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While on a car trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside
restaurant for lunch.

After finishing their meal, the elderly woman left her glasses on the
table, but she didn't miss them until they were back on the highway.
By then, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a
place to turn around.

The elderly man fussed and complained all the way back to the
restaurant. He called his wife every bad name he could think of.

When they finally arrived at the restaurant, and the woman got
out of the car to retrieve her glasses, the man yelled to her, "And
while you're in there, you might as well get my hat, too."

Two UNC grads are walking through the woods and come
across this big deep hole.

"Wow...that looks deep."

"Sure does... toss a few pebbles in there and see how deep it is."

They pick up a few pebbles and throw them in and wait... no noise.

"WOW. That is REALLY deep... here.. throw one of these great
big rocks down there. Those should make a noise."

They pick up a couple football-sized rocks and toss them into
the hole and wait... and wait. Nothing.

They look at each other in amazement. One gets a determined look
on his face and says, "Hey...over here in the weeds, there's a
railroad tie. Help me carry it over here. When we toss THAT
sucker in, it's GOTTA make some noise."

The two drag the heavy tie over to the hole and heave it in. Not
a sound comes from the hole.

Suddenly, out of the nearby woods, a goat appears, running
like the wind. It rushes toward the two men, then right past them,
running as fast as it's legs will carry it. Suddenly it leaps in
the air and into the hole.

The two men are astonished with what they've just seen...

Then, out of the woods comes a farmer who spots the men and
ambles over. "Hey... you two guys seen my goat out here?"
"You bet we did! Craziest thing I ever seen. It came running
like crazy and just jumped into this hole!"

"Nah", says the farmer, "That couldn't have been MY goat.
My goat was chained to a railroad tie."
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Athletes Behaving
Badly What Happened
To America's Olympians?

Every two years, America looks to its Olympic athletes for an unparalleled
display of drive, sacrifice, team spirit, and patriotism. Unfortunately,
this year, many of our country's best athletes provided us with a very
different kind of display.

Drive and sacrifice? Much-hyped skier Bode Miller barely managed to step out
of the local bars long enough to participate in his events. Not surprising,
then, that he didn't win a single medal.

Team spirit? Speedskaters Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis provided a whole new
twist on that concept, with their very public bickering.

Patriotism? How about figure skater Johnny Weir attending practices in a
jacket with the old Soviet Union logo on it? Weir downplayed the outfit,
explaining, "I just admire Russian culture." Apparently, no one ever
educated Weir on what the Soviet government did to Russian culture (and
would have liked to have done to our own culture).

The list goes on: Aerialist Jaret Peterson was expelled from the Games for
punching an acquaintance. Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis decided to show
off on her way to the finish line, resulting in a fall that cost her the gold.

Hockey player Mike Modano skipped his final team meeting after the U.S. team
was eliminated, and then publicly blasted USA Hockey for forcing him to make
his own travel arrangements.

It wasn't just about winning or losing gold medals either. Figure skater
Sasha Cohen and mogul skier Toby Dawson didn't manage to win gold, but both
were honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee for their fighting spirit and
mature attitude. And there were plenty of other examples of inspiring
behavior, like speedskater Joey Cheek's donating his entire winnings to
refugees from the Sudan. But it seemed as if, for every feel-good story to
come out of the Olympics, there were at least four or five that made us

True, it's not the first time an Olympic athlete has embarrassed himself and
his country. But it's difficult to remember a time when so many of them
were doing it all at the same time. The American media and the public were
understandably disgusted with the behavior of some of our best and our
brightest. As the Washington Post reported, "As a whole, the U.S. Olympic
Committee learned that its athletes need some lessons in comportment and
team play. . . . So many American athletes seemed consumed with their own

Self-fulfillment . That certainly rings a bell. Isn't that the very same
idea that so many American parents and teachers have been instilling in
their kids from their earliest days? We have been telling them, in effect,
that life is all about doing whatever will make them happy—go after their
own desires, unmindful often of what happens to other people. This idea
of exalting the self has so permeated our culture that now even some of our
most disciplined and hardest-working citizens—our athletes—have fallen prey
to it. The old Olympic ideals we once took for granted now seem like a
foreign language to much of this generation.

America may have been left with a bad taste in its mouth as the Olympics
ended. But maybe these athletes are just reflecting the values we have
embraced. And if so, we have no one to blame for this sorry display but
ourselves. BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson & Mark Earley
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Here's a speech we would like to hear from an Academy Award winner:

I thank you for this wonderful award. Receiving an Academy Award gives the recipient an almost unique opportunity to speak to hundreds of millions people around the world, so I would like take this once-in-a-lifetime moment to say this:

First, I want to thank my country, the United States of America. Every one of us here has this country to thank for enabling us to live lives of unprecedented freedom and unimaginable affluence. Too many of us forget that no other country in history has offered such opportunities to people in our profession or in any other profession, for that matter.

Second, I want to thank the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. While we bask in freedom and spend a good part of our lives going from party to party and award show to award show, tens of thousands of my fellow Americans are confronting a menace to our world as great as that fought by previous generations fighting Nazism and communism.

At the same time, I also want to apologize to these troops for my profession not having made even one motion picture about any of the heroic American fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq. This country is fighting a war, Hollywood. You may think this war is unwise, waged under mistaken, or even false, pretenses. And as an actor in Hollywood, you are overwhelmingly likely to hate this commander in chief. But even the men and women of Hollywood must recognize that America is fighting the worst people of our time, people who hurt every group Hollywood claims to care about — minorities, women, gays — people who engage in the sins Hollywood most professes to oppose — intolerance and violence — far more than anyone else on the planet.

In another era, when what many have labeled "the greatest generation" fought the German Nazis and the Japanese fascists, Hollywood made movie after movie depicting that great war and our great warriors. And Hollywood showed freedom's enemies as the cruel and vicious people they were. We have not produced one film yet depicting this war in positive terms or one depicting this generation's enemies of freedom as the cruel and vicious people they are.

In fact, the only nominated film about people who slaughter children at discos, blow up weddings, and bomb pizzerias and buses filled with men, women and children is one that attempts to show these murderers in God's name as complex human beings. Just imagine how the Academy would have reacted 60 years ago to a film depicting Nazi murderers as complex human beings. We have descended far.

We in Hollywood walk around thinking we are very important. That is why this year's nominated films for best picture are largely pictures with messages, pictures that relatively few people actually see. But although Hollywood was always concerned with politics, we have let ourselves be taken over by those for whom their message is more significant than the primary purposes of film — to illuminate life and to entertain. Yes, entertain.

You know, entertainment is actually a noble pursuit. Life is difficult for almost every human being on earth. And if we can offer people an elevated way to divert their attention for a couple of hours from their troubled child, their marital tensions, their ill parent, their financial woes, we have rendered the world a greater service than by making another message-film against racism in America, the least racist country in the world.

My fellow actors, we walk around feeling that we are very important. But we do so only because we confuse fame with significance. We do have more fame than any other human beings in history. Far more people have heard of any actor here tonight than of any of the discoverers of any medication saving billions of lives, of any teacher of the disabled, of any nurse tending the aged, of almost any national leader.

But the truth is that, as noble a calling as acting can be, all we do is make-believe: We portray other people, and we speak words written by other people. Everyone knows our names, but almost no one knows us. All they know are the characters we play.

Thank you again. I hope I haven't ruined your evening.

(If you did hear this, it would indicate an acor now out of work)

Dennis Prager
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When my friend Larry isn't running his business, he can often be
found riding his bicycle. We're talking serious biking here, not just the
leisurely around-the-block stuff. He and his friends have covered a lot of
America on the their bicycles, conquering all kinds of challenges. Like big
hills, for example. Now, any of us who has ever ridden a bike knows that it'
s the hills that bite your leg muscles. As you're riding, you see this
mountain looming in front of you. OK, it's a hill, but your mind is thinking
"mountain." My friend told me a fundamental "big hill" principle that he has
discovered - and that he passes on to other bikers. "The longer you look,
the bigger it gets!"

You may be facing one of life's big hills right now - financially,
medically, in your family, or your ministry, your work. And right now you've
stopped pedaling, you're looking at how big that hill is - and the longer
you look, the bigger it's getting. And the weaker and more paralyzed you're

That must have been how God's ancient people felt when they looked
at the challenges of the land God had promised them - walled cities,
barbarian armies, intimidating giants, and a big piece of occupied ground.
God knows how we feel when we're staring at those big hills. In our word for
today from the Word of God - Deuteronomy 7, beginning in verse 17, God says:
"You may say to yourselves, 'These nations are stronger than we are. How can
we drive them out?' Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who
is among you, is a great and awesome God. The Lord your God will drive out
those nations before you, little by little.'"

OK, first, you have to remember Who's going to conquer that hill -
it's not going to be you - so your limitations are not an issue here. It's
going to "the Lord your God." I love that phrase. "The Lord" - that's the
One who created and controls over a hundred billion galaxies! Then, "your
God." Yes! The Lord who rules the galaxies is my God. He is so big - and He'
s so close!

Secondly - as you're staring at that hill you've got in front of
you, remember how God is going to help you conquer this challenge - "little
by little." He's not going to do it all at once. He's asking you to take it
in bite-size chunks. Now, my bicycling friend says that rather than looking
at the top of the hill, he looks at the short distances in front of him.
That's how you conquer your hill. Jesus asks us to take up our cross, not
all at once, but "daily." (Luke 9:23) Your job is just to do today -
faithfully and positively.

The size of life's hills often keeps us from facing what we need to
be dealing with - issues in our family, our marriage, our spending, the care
of your body, that habit, or even something Jesus has been asking you to do
for Him. And the longer you look at the hill, the bigger it gets. But the
longer you look at the God you belong to, the bigger He gets. You've been
looking at the wrong thing - fixated on the problem or the challenge, or the
people, and missing the awesome size of your God!

Let today be Day One of you tackling that hill. Just look at the
short distance immediately in front of you - this one day. And open yourself
up to the strength of God that we only experience when we know we can't do
it. Look at the size of your Lord, not the size of your hill! Today's
looming challenge is going to be tomorrow's amazing conquest!
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in our discussion forum!

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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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