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My new dress. Do you like it? It's from my favorite designer,

Rita R.
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I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig
to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht
oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the
frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae
the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod
as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling
was ipmorantt!
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Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that
your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same
kind of sufferings.

--1 Peter 5:8-9


My friend Tom has a taste for some of the beautiful things in
like great food for example. In face, he's a wonderful chef. I think I'm
still wearing some of his culinary creations on my body. Tom also really
appreciates nature, including plants. Actually, I've been fascinated to
him tell of some of the incredible creations of God that live in that
of plants and flowers that I don't know much about. The last time we saw
him, he told us about a flower called the Night Blooming Cyrus, which he
said he's only seen bloom once. That's because they don't do much when
folks are awake. In fact, they only bloom for two hours a day, and that's

from midnight till 2:00 A.M. But for those who stay up late or set their
there's the splendor of a richly colored flower that measures about six
inches in bloom. It's beautiful late at night.

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from 2
12. 2 Corinthians in many ways is Paul's most personal letter. He
with this chronic physical ailment here in chapter 12 that had really
brought a dark cloud over his life. Listen to what he says in verses 8
9, for example. He says, "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it
away from me.' But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my

power is made perfect in weakness.'" Paul says, "Therefore, I will boast
the more gladly about my weaknesses." Look at this. First, he's pleading
for it to go away, now he's grateful he's got it. His suffering has been
a dark
night in his life, but something happened in his night. He says, "So that

Christ's power may rest on me." Then in verse 10, he says, "That is why,
for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

He's learned something about life's hard times. They can birth a
beauty that could never come out if it were day. How? Your dark time
strips you of a lot of the self stuff: self-reliance, self-confidence,
And as life careens more and more out of your control, you begin to melt
before God. You're no longer standing before Him in some kind of partner-
ship. You are melted on your knees before Him with nothing to contribute
to the answer, and there in that season of forced dependency and humility

something unexpected happens. You feel the powerful hands of Jesus
picking you up, carrying you, and you experience Jesus loving you in ways

you never felt when things were good. And as you face the unimaginable
His strength taking over, you taste the power of God as you never could
the power of you was working.

There's a new beauty in Him that comes only through the night.
pain has given you a new tenderness and a new compassion. You have a deep

peace that is known only by those who have walked through the valley with

Jesus. And there is this unexplainable radiance of one who has been
into the central power of God to make it through each new day.

It may be that you've been going through all of your valleys
much alone. There's one who wants to walk through every valley with you,
if you have a personal relationship with Him. It took His death on the
to remove the sin wall that keeps you from that relationship. It may be
don't want to go through one more valley without the one who loves you
Why don't you tell Him "I'm yours" today? Then let me know that you want
that relationship and I'll send you my booklet about it called Yours For

Like that flower my friend told me about, you could suddenly
midnight beauty - the kind that only comes when it's dark.
Ron Hutchcraft

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A steam locomotive passing through Poland one night was
running low on coal. The engineer said to his fireman,
"We're coming to a town, let's stop and send the porter
out to get more coal. Can you see the name of the town on
the depot sign?"

The fireman replied, "It appears to be Danzig in the dark."

And the engineer shouted, "Buy coal, Porter!"
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One Down, Millions to Go
Abdul Rahman and Religious Freedom

March 29, 2006

Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley.

Last week, Chuck told you about Abdul Rahman, the Afghani Christian who faced death for converting from Islam. Since then, there have been positive developments in this case, which we'd like to share with you—not only because we can all use some good news, but also as a reminder of what Christians can accomplish.

As you will recall, Rahman converted to Christianity sixteen years ago while working for a Christian group that helped Afghani refugees. After he returned to Afghanistan, a custody dispute with his parents brought his conversion to the attention of the authorities. Under Islamic law, the punishment for his conversion to Christ is death.

The idea of a Christian being executed in a country where three hundred Americans had died to rid the people of an Islamic theocracy was intolerable. Chuck and others throughout the Christian community asked you to let our leaders know that "Abdul Rahman's execution must not take place."

You heard us, and our government leaders, in turn, heard you. After a shaky start, public pressure yielded results. President Bush courageously said that he was "deeply troubled" by Rahman's case and added that he expect Afghanistan to "honor the universal principle of freedom."

Afghani officials initially resisted Western pressure to free Rahman. They were worried about the kind of sentiment expressed by one Kabul resident to the BBC: "If [president] Karzai listens to them, there will be jihad."

So, instead of releasing Rahman on grounds of religious freedom, they dismissed the case on technical grounds. They cited "a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case" and expressed doubts about Rahman's sanity.

"BreakPoint" listeners and readers should be happy and gratified that their efforts paid off. The events of the past week are a powerful reminder of the difference concerned listeners and readers like you can make.

Still, we shouldn't celebrate too much or too long. While Rahman's release saved his life, the grounds on which he was released still leaves the door open for similar prosecutions. As if to underscore this fact, his release was greeted by demonstrations where protesters chanted "death to Bush." There have been calls for similar protests across Afghanistan.

What's more, Rahman is hardly out of danger. His future in Afghanistan is, to put it mildly, uncertain. The Taliban may be out of power, but it's not out of business.

Then there's the status of Christians in the rest of the Islamic world. Just last week, Algeria enacted a law against "anyone urging or forcing or [even] tempting, to convert a Muslim to another religion." The law was prompted by recent mass conversions of Berbers—North Africa's native population—back to Christianity. I said "back" because Berbers, such as St. Augustine, were once Christians.

That Algeria felt free to enact such a law, even as religious freedom was in the headlines, demonstrates just how daunting the task of promoting religious freedom is. That's the bad news—the good news is that our leaders are paying attention. Now we need to make sure that our Christian brethren in the Islamic world keep ours.

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Dear Howdy,

Our UNC Freshman daughter,
Melanie, had to write a
report for English about
World War II, specifically
D-Day and the invasion
of Normandy.

"Isn't there a movie about
that?" she asked me.

I told her there was, but
I couldn't think of the name.

Then it came to her, "Oh,
I remember! Isn't it something
like 'Finding Private Nemo'?"


P.S. You have been so right
about that school!!!
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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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