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WITandWISDOM(tm) December 11, 2007
Happiness is not having all the answers but listening closely to the questions of the heart. Author Unknown
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In his Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale, Gardner C. Taylor observed, "Let every person who would preach be well aware that whatever even approaches acceptable pulpit work on any sustained basis will never come without effort and even anguish. Superficial, easily produced preaching almost always falls under the judgment made upon a preacher by Andrew Thomson, the nineteenth century Scottish preacher who from his pulpit at St. George's restored culture to the pulpit of that land without obscuring the cross."
"A minister who was a keen fisherman once said to Thomson, 'I wonder you spend so much time on your sermons, with your ability and ready speech. Many is the time I've both written a sermon and landed a salmon before breakfast.'"
"Well, sir," replied Thomson, "I would rather have eaten your salmon than listened to your sermon." The faithful preacher, willing to pay the price in study, prayer, and that meditation which is a "sitting silent before God," will find rich reward for his pulpit work.
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Quotes of the Day
Fools rush in where fools have been before. Unknown
Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that! - Matt Frewer, as Dr. Mike Stratford in "Doctor, Doctor"
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. - Peter Drucker
If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it. - Pierre Gallois
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. - Soren Kierkegaard
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The Flood Of Holiday Catalogs
Some 19 billion catalogs mailed each year consume 53 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water, environmental groups say.
Shop locally instead. And to reduce your junk mail, consider:
Catalog Choice, a free on-line service, lets you choose which catalogs you want. http://www.catalogchoice.com
Mail Preference Service keeps you off future mailing lists for $1 http://www.dmachoice.org/MPS
Greendimes charges a fee that goes toward planting trees http://www.greendimes.com
41 Pounds is an organization that took its name from the amount of junk mail each person receives annually. A third of their $41 fee supports environmental organizations http://www.41pounds.org
And remember to recycle those catalogs, too.
By Diana Somervilte and Patrick Loafman
Source: Peninsula Daily News, 2007, http://peninsuladailynews.com
My husband and I have always exchanged chores around the house, including doing the dishes, which I hate to do, and mowing the lawn, which he hates to do. This worked to our mutual satisfaction until he began to be bothered by people in passing cars staring at him as he relaxed while I mowed.
He solved the problem by presenting me with a T-shirt to wear while I was cutting the grass. On the front, big letters said: "IT'S ALL RIGHT." The back of the T-shirt proclaimed: "HE DOES THE DISHES." - Margaret A. Trauger in Laugh Letter