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feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights. --Habakkuk 3
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A famous general died and his ashes were to be taken to
Arlington National Cemetery. All the airlines were booked
and there were no planes available. Someone came up
with the idea of using a helicopter. It arrived at five a.m.
and startled the city awake. Just goes to show you that
the whirly bird gets the urn.
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I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not sure...

No sense being pessimistic, it probably wouldn't work anyway...

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*Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may
have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
--Colossians 3
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Several years ago when a well-known actress made her plea for funding and
awareness of a particular disease, congressional committee chambers were
packed to capacity and surrounded by cameras. A stark contrast was seen
when an unknown woman suffering with Parkinson’s disease made her
appearance: hers was a reception of chairs left empty by legislators.

Remarked a congressman on ABC’s 20/20: “If you have the politically correct
disease, the prospects of getting federal funding to help find the cure are
100 times greater than if you have some other disease, even though it may
be a much more common disease.”

The irrationality of this goes beyond disease, does it not. By granting
the celebrity such esteem we seem unable to distinguish between a glamorous
skill we admire and the entirety of the person, as though artistry empowers
one to be a guru for all matters. Whether one is an actor or an athlete,
we are imperiled if we forget that giftedness says absolutely nothing about
a person’s integrity or wisdom.

We are now, by design, a culture steeped in manufacturing icons. Some time
ago one such person, whose only act on stage was to turn the words of an
alphabet and look happy while doing so, wrote her autobiography. The
demand was so great that it went into a second printing very quickly. One
major news anchorman marveled and wondered what prompted such fawning by
the masses for a skill as childish as that. He said it was an indictment
against their own profession--that it did not take much to be a hero.

Transference of authority is a scary phenomenon in our time. Being a great
entertainer is just that—a great entertainer. Let us not transfer
greatness across from one point to another without scrutinizing the
reasoning behind the recognizable face. Our judgements are in danger if
our heroes are influential only because they are well known. Jesus’ words
are striking: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous
judgment.” He also goes on to say that we look at the outward, but God
looks at the heart.

Let us not miss the responsibility of judging an idea by the test of truth
and wisdom by foolishly being seduced at the altar of the popular. Life,
dear friend is more than glamour and substance is more than image.

Ravi Zacharias
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August, 1846
German composer Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" premiered at the
Birmingham Festival, England. One of the most dramatic oratorios
ever written, "Elijah" narrates the events in the life of the
biblical character Elijah.

Mendelssohn died at the young age of 38:
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Under War¹s Bloody Banner [Excerpts]

Has religion really inflicted "more suffering" than any other manmade cause?
Is this assumption, one shared by a large segment of society, an accurate
notion? Certainly it's a position that's well ingrained. Demonstrating the
imbedded nature of this popular impression, history professor Pat Johnson
writes, "I challenge my classes to comment on the following statement:
Organized religion has caused more suffering, wars and violence than any
other cause. Almost all the students raise their hands in agreement."

Logically, if religion has been the major cause of the world's wars and
death, then religion should shoulder the burden of responsibility towards
making peace. Today, this rationale underscores much of the global
interfaith movement, including the recent United Nations Conference on
Interfaith Cooperation for Peace.

But can the finger of guilt really point to religion as the primary cause of
war and strife?

The Killing Century

In analysing this hypothesis of religion's global war guilt, let's examine
the role of religion as the primary killing factor in the bloodiest century
of all time -- the last one hundred years. As Winston Churchill explained
during the MIT Mid-Century Convocation,

"Little did we guess that what has been called the Century of the Common Man
would witness as its outstanding feature more common men killing each other
with greater facilities than any other five centuries together in the
history of the world."

So was religion the prime death factor, the "single greatest source" of war
and suffering, for this very cruel and brutal century?

In order to understand the answer to this question, we need to chart the
major wars and human-caused genocides that occurred during this time frame.
And in order to do this in the space allotted for this short article, we
need a lower stop-limit number -- let's say 1.5 million as a minimum death

Please bear in mind that this chart will not be able to list or separate-out
all examples. Some, such as the death figure for World War II, could be
broken down into holocaust tabulations, single battle totals, etc. -- but
we'll try to keep it simple.

Furthermore, it's important to note that many historical conflicts and
killings lack accurate death tabulations, and in some instances ­ such as
killings done under Stalin and Mao ­ the numbers given in our chart may
actually be too low.

Other problems arise from the lack of concrete death totals. For example:
the Mexican uprisings of 1910-1920 variably runs between 750,000 and 2
million dead, likewise the decades-old Rwanda/Burundi conflict falls into
this statistically difficult range. Because of the variance in accounting up
to the 1.5 million mark, I will leave out these two examples, along with
many others that display complex numerical discrepancies up to the 1.5
million figure.

However, the following death-inventory will suffice for our brief
review.[10] Notice how many of these mass-killing events had classical
religion as its central cause.

[The following list is arranged by event (war), date, number of deaths, and
lastly, cause.

Congo Free State
Control of colonial profit and power base.

Feudal Russia
(figures vary)
Political control

Turkish purges
(cross-over with the Russian struggle and World War I)
Ottoman Empire collapse. Political control struggle. Islamic/ethnic factors
play an important role

First World War
Balance of power

Russian Civil War
Political control

Soviet Union, Stalin Regime
Political control

China Nationalist Era
Political control

Second World War
Balance of power. Expansionism

Sino-Japanese War

(includes WWII)
Political control. Ethnic and religious issues

Post-WWII German Expulsions from Eastern Europe
(figures vary)
Post-war policies. Retributions/Soviet and Eastern European control

Chinese Civil War
Political control

People¹s Republic of China (Mao Zedong)
Political control

North Korean Regime
(figures vary)
Political control

Korean War
2,800,000 (figures vary)
Political control

Second Indochina War
Political control

(includes famine)
Political control. Ethnic issues came into play

Pakistan-Bangladesh Genocide
(figures vary)
Political/economic, and social control over East Pakistan. Islam and Hindu
ethnic/religious issues

Khmer Rouge
Political control

Political control. Soviet expansion. Islamic issues

Second Sudanese War
Historical ethnic struggles. Islamic religious issues play a key role.
Resource control and usage

Kinshasa Congo
Political control and debasement. Ethnic strife. Resource control

The sheer horror and brutality of mankind throughout the twentieth century
cannot be properly demonstrated in a simplistic chart. However, it's more
than apparent that the principal causations of the majority of these awful
events -- especially those with death numbers more than five million high --
cannot be laid at the feet of classical religion.

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1) schadenfreude SHAHD-n-froy-duh (noun)
: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.

Schadenfreude comes from the German, from Schaden,
damage + Freude, joy. It is often capitalized, as it is
in German.

2) spruik sprook (intransitive verb)
: to make an elaborate speech, especially to attract

Of unknown origin.
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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