"If you'll make the toast and pour the juice, Sweetheart," said the newlywed bride, "breakfast will be ready." "Good, what are we having for breakfast?" asked the new husband. "Toast and juice," she replied.
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If you stop believing what your professor told you had to be true and if you start thinking for yourself you may come to some conclusions you hadn't expected. You may find the Bible makes more sense than you thought or were told to think. Allow yourself to be ruined, ruined with regard to what you always thought could be true. Can you believe what you don't understand?You and I believe everyday what we don't understand unless it comes to the issue to salvation. (Dr. Woodrow Kroll)
The railroad bridge across the estuary of Scotland's Tay River was one of the great engineering projects of the Victorian era. Consisting of 85 spans and nearly two miles long, it was the longest bridge in the world when it was completed in 1878. Just 19 months after it opened, on the stormy night of December 28, 1879, with a strong gale blowing down the estuary, the bridge collapsed into the river. A train with six carriages plunged into the water, killing 75 and leaving no survivors. The engineer who had designed the bridge became ill and died ten months later. This disaster remains the British Isles' worst structural engineering failure.
Two accounts of the Tay Bridge disaster: http://www.tts1.demon.co.uk/tay.html http://www.scotclans.com/clans/1879.htm
C.S. Lewis had a sagacious eye for illustrating certain truths of culture and history often distorted by self-absorption. Today we live in an anxious world where sensitivities exist at the surface. As hostilities toward God and religion are uttered in increasing intervals, I believe one Lewis illustration in particular speaks profound insight into what has arguably become a common vision.
Says Lewis: "God is in the dock." He is describing the difference between modern and ancient minds in their approach to God. Ancient man, he explains, approached God (or even the gods) as an accused person approaches his judge. But for modern man these roles are reversed. Man is the judge. God is in the dock.
The modern posture toward the subject of God is one leaning heavily upon a cynical list of questions, which means that God should ready himself with a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war and cancer, poverty and terrorism, loneliness and pain. Some have milder questions than others. Indeed, the trial may even end with exoneration, but the important thing is that man seemingly holds the gavel and God is in the dock.
Through some of the more turbulent years en route to my own faith and belief in Christ, I too stood armed with my diary of questions, taking more a stance of interrogator than glad follower. I vividly recall the first time this stance occurred to me; I was reading the last chapter in the Gospel of John.
In that scene, the disciples were fishing when Jesus appeared on the shore; this, just days after they watched in horror as he was crucified. The disciples quickly drew in their nets and joined Jesus who was preparing breakfast at the fire. And then John writes, "None of the disciples dared to ask, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Savior." (Footnote 1: John 21:12)
It was the word "dare" that got under my skin. It upset me that none of them dared to ask. They had every reason to ask questions. That they were not full of questions seemed remarkably unnatural to me.
It did not take me long to realize that I was bothered by their lack of asking—because I dared to ask. You see, for me, God was in the dock. But for the disciples, the very alive Christ, their teacher and friend - indeed, God incarnate had joined them for breakfast. Can we honestly blame them for growing silent?
There are a few fascinating truths about questions that can be seen throughout the Bible. The first is that the questioning soul grows silent in the presence of God. One thinks of Job whose flurry of questions was silenced by the thunder of God's own line of questioning. (Footnote 2: Job 38-42) Or the prophet Isaiah whose grief for king Uzziah was quieted when he saw the Lord. (Footnote 3: Isaiah 6) Even the fluent Peter grew still on the mount of Christ's transfiguration. (Footnote 4: Matthew 17:1-6)
And in such scenes we learn a second truth: The questions God asks of us are infinitely more revealing than any question we might ask of Him. When God asks a question, we should fully note: it is not He that needs the answer. Jesus once pressed the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" (Footnote 5: Matthew 16:13-19) At Peter's response to those words, Jesus gave him a new name with a revealing identity.
The modern mind may approach God as if He is in the dock, but it is Jesus who is asking. "Who do you say that I am?" That is the most revealing question you will ever answer. (Jill Carattini)
Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you; but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity. - D.L. Moody
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap020810.html Earth at night - a composite of many satellite photographs.
Sky diving is good to the last drop.
I heard that FedEx and UPS are going to merge. They're going to call it FedUp
"This probably isn't really "SPAM", somebody you probably know signed you up for this and the newsletter..."
"Broadband Reports" responding to a 'T & H' Critic 11/2/2 Issue