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1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get catgut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI's first name?

8) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

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1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? *116 years
2) Which country makes Panama hats? *Ecuador
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? *Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October
Revolution? *November
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? *Squirrel fur
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what
animal? *Dogs
7) What was King George VI's first name? *Albert
8) What color is a purple finch? *Crimson
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? *New Zealand

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It will be hard to forget some of the most heartbreaking images of the
end of the 20th Century - like those tens of thousands of Kosovo refugees
fleeing from the attacks of Serbian soldiers and police. Day after day, we
would hear reports on the news of how many more refugees had arrived on the
Albanian or Macedonian border, how many were jammed into makeshift camps,
desperate for food, for water, for shelter, for a feeling of being human
again. Most of the major networks had correspondents on the scene who would
report from that sea of humanity and misery. In a moment of disarming
honesty, one reporter said, "When you cover a tragedy like this, you have to
put up a steel wall to protect yourself or you can't do your job." But then
he went on to say, "But I have to confess to you, suddenly today my steel
wall came down and I just lost it."

Maybe it's time for your steel wall to come down. If it does, you'll be
on your way to having a heart like your Savior's.

Our word for today from the Word of God is from Matthew 9, beginning
in verse 35. It's about a heart that feels what others are too busy or too
hard to feel. It says, "Jesus went through all the towns and villages ...
preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and
sickness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."

Now, the original Greek version of this passage reveals how deep
Jesus' feelings really were. That Greek word for "had compassion" is
actually rooted in the word for "entrails." In other words, when Jesus saw
the need of these people, something happened way down deep inside the very
deepest parts of His heart. He wants to give you a heart like His. And in
the stress and pressures and superficiality of the world we live in, it's
easy to inadvertently build a steel wall that keeps us from feeling the
lostness of the people around us. But when you lose that, you've lost an
essential part of what it means to have a Christ-like heart.

Yes, there are people who care too much. They make every burden
their burden, and they end up burning out because they didn't turn those
burdens over to Jesus, because they tried to make every need their concern
instead of focusing on one or two and making a real difference in those.

But the far more common heart problem is not overcaring, it's
undercaring. Most of us need to let the wall around us come down - to pray
this transforming prayer, "Lord Jesus, help me see what You see when you see
my neighbor, my co-worker, my friend, the people around me who have no
relationship with You." See, even in ministry, it's easy to lose the broken
heart that brought you into ministry in the first place. What once was
passion can become just profession. You do most of the same things, but the
passion is gone.

I heard recently of an urban pastor who often waited until sermon
time to come to the platform. One Sunday, though, he wasn't there at sermon
time. So, two deacons went back to the pastor's office and they found him
looking out his window at the nearby houses and crying. One deacon said,
"Pastor, you're weeping over the needs of the people in this neighborhood,
aren't you?" The pastor said, "No. I'm weeping because it doesn't move me
like it used to."

Maybe that's you. Let the wall come down. Let Jesus put a piece of
His caring, broken heart in you. Let Him help you see what He sees, feel
what He feels for the people around you - for some people with a need He
wants you to do something about. Living with your heart open makes every day
a mission and every day a holy adventure. (Ron Hutchcraft)

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Dismembering the Law: The Rise of 'Antijural Jurisprudence'

A few years ago, a film called THE TRUMAN SHOW came out. It featured a
man in his thirties whose entire life from the moment of his birth had
been filmed and -- unbeknownst to him -- watched by a vast television
audience twenty-four hours a day. The small town he lived in was
actually a giant movie set. The people he thought were family and
friends were actors. He had the illusion of living a normal life in a
normal town -- but it was just that: an illusion.

It was a fascinating movie -- and it also serves as an illustration of
what's happening to our democracy.

We Americans think we enjoy self-government. We have all the trappings
of self-government, like elections. But in reality, we have gradually
lost many of our rights to govern ourselves. We have the form of
self-government, but only some of the substance. We are, in a sense, a
nation run by a handful of judges who often enforce, not the law, but
their personal opinions.

A case in point: Beginning in 1997, federal judges began ruling on a
series of state laws enacted to outlaw a barbaric abortion procedure
called partial-birth abortion. As Hadley Arkes, a moral philosopher at
Amherst College, writes in his excellent new book, NATURAL RIGHTS AND
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, these laws were written with great care -- yet,
predictably, abortionists went to court, claiming the statutes were
confusing. In crediting their claims and being willing to act on them,
Arkes writes, "judges had to be willing to break from the conventions
that defined quite sharply in the past the 'ethic' of judges in a

In a democratic regime, Arkes explains, judges are supposed to confine
themselves to cases in which the law is actually being enforced on
particular persons -- "cases and controversies," as the Constitution
calls them. But in these cases, abortionists simply said they were
confused by the statute. And if judges are "willing to pass judgment on
a statute, without the occasion of a case, then the judges" cast
themselves in the role of legislators: "Lacking any record of a case,
they would simply" vote on their sense of whether the legislation was
desirable or constitutional.

And in fact, the judges "would be legislators on a more exalted plane,"
as Arkes puts it. In striking down a statute, their own votes would
override the votes of lawmakers who, representing millions of citizens,
had passed the law.

This kind of power has always been viewed as deeply problematic.
In a democracy, a sense of propriety obliges judges to work under
a discipline that confines the reach of their power. So long as judges
use restraint, power remains in the hands of the people elected to office.

But these were the very constraints judges willingly threw off in the
partial-birth abortion cases. Judges found a reason to strike down
every single law without exception. And, Arkes writes, they would not
even bother to justify this extraordinary unconcern for the restraints
on their office.

We need to be concerned, not only about abortion, but all the issues
judges will be ruling on in the next decade. As citizens, we need to
insist that lawmakers confirm judges who are willing to exercise
judicial restraint. If we don't, we may one day end up in our own
TRUMAN SHOW -- living in what looks like a democracy, but is in
fact, a land run by judicial tyrants.
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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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