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Preparing for College by Reading the Bible
What Students Need to Know

June 7, 2006

Is it possible to be an educated person without knowing about the Bible? That's the question that was posed to thirty-nine English professors at some of our leading universities. Their answers should not come as a surprise, although given our culture's "Christophobia" and the politically correct attitudes on campuses, they probably do.

The relationship between biblical literacy and education was the subject of a survey conducted by the Bible Literacy Project. The study, whose subtitle is "What University Professors Say Incoming Students Need to Know," found that every professor surveyed agreed with the following statement: "Regardless of a person's faith, an educated person needs to know about the Bible." Every professor!

By way of elaboration, Professor George P. Landow, from my alma mater, the very liberal Brown University, said, "[Without the Bible] it's like using a dictionary with one-third of the words removed." Professor Ulrich Knoepflmacher at Princeton said that the lack of "Bible knowledge is almost crippling in students' ability to be sophisticated readers."

Case in point: A preparation workbook for the Advanced Placement Literature exam lists sixty-seven biblical allusions among the 105 allusions that it recommends students know. Yet, only 8 percent of public high schools teach about the Bible even as literature.

Then there's the Bible's central role in Western civilization. As David Kastan of Columbia said, "The Bible is the foundational text, certainly of the West . . . We need to know more, and we need to know it better."

Given the Bible's status, it shouldn't be "too much to ask," as Gordon Braden of the University of Virginia put it, for students to read what he called a "core Bible." This would include "Genesis, Exodus, the Psalms, the four Gospels, and the Book of Revelation." In Braden's words, "If they have that, then we can get started."

If leading academics agree on the importance of the Bible, regardless of one's faith or lack thereof, why isn't it being taught more? Why are we raising the first generation to have lost the biblical narrative that was second nature to prior generations in America?

The answer certainly is not for lack of a suitable curriculum. The Bible Literacy Project recently released a textbook called The Bible and Its Influence. The textbook has been well received, not only by evangelical leaders, but by Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish leaders as well.

The text enables students to learn about the role of the Bible in an accurate, scholarly, and constitutional way. It helps teachers and administrators feel more confident about their ability to do justice to our "foundational text."

The problem lies in getting past the "Christophobia" I mentioned earlier. Whether the problem lies in overt hostility or a misunderstanding of what the law actually says, many schools are reluctant to teach the Bible.

That's where you come in. There is overwhelming evidence of the need for biblical literacy in public education. You need to bring this evidence to the attention of those running your local school boards. You need to help them understand that the goal is not spreading a particular religion but preventing the spread of something far worse: a crippling kind of ignorance.

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A woman, searching for a job, inquired about the benefits.
The Personnel Manager informed her they had group health
and life insurance, but the costs were deducted from the
employee's pay.

She said, "My last employer had full health coverage, as
well as five years salary for life insurance and a month's
sick leave AND they paid the full premiums."

"I can't help but asking madam why you would leave a job
with such benefits," the interviewer replied.

The woman shrugged her shoulders and said, "The company went
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The Stanley behind the Stanley Cup was Lord Stanley of


The puck is made of vulcanised rubber, 3" in diameter and
1" thick and weighs 6oz.


The Cup weighs 36 pounds and stands 35 1/4 inches high.



As it moves across the ice it scrapes the loose shavings
of ice off and lays down a layer of hot water, the water
must be hot to melt the upper surface and weld a smooth
sheet. It takes minutes to freeze.



The name hockey--as the organized game came to be known--
has been attributed to the French word "hoquet" (shepherd's
stick). The term rink, referring to the designated area of
play, was originally used in the game of curling in 18th-
century Scotland.


Original Six

The survivors of a league that had grown at times to as
many as 10 franchises, and had seen teams change names
and cities with regularity in the 1920's and 30's, would
settle in an era of stability, known as the age of the
"Original Six." The Red Wings, the Blackhawks, the Rangers,
the Canadiens, the Bruins, and the Leafs; these few teams
would symbolize hockey for fans across North America.



"Our necessities never equal our wants."

- Benjamin Franklin
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Pay no attention to what the critics say;
no statue has ever been erected to a critic.


O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.

Ps 69:5 - Show Context



The Mushrooms are commercially grown in virtually every state
in the U.S. Pennsylvania, however, still accounts for over
40 percent of total U.S. production, which in 1998, reached
over 800 million pounds.


Only 40 days left until 2004.


In England a "bap" is a hamburger bun.


Spinach is native to the area of Iran, but didn't spread
to other parts of the world until the beginning of the
Christian era.



There are 1,792 steps leading to the top of the Eiffel Tower.



During pregnancy, the uterus expands to 500 times its
normal size. (See Ps. 139)




And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, just as God in Christ
forgave you. Eph 4:32 - Show Context


Just got this in from a reliable source. It seems that there is a virus out
there called the C-nile Virus that even the most advanced Antivirus
programs cannot take care of, so be warned. (David W.)

Symptoms of C-nile Virus:

It appears to affect those of us who were born before 1958!

1. Causes you to send same e-mail twice.
2. Causes you to send blank e-mail.
3. Causes you to send to the wrong person.
4. Causes you to send back to person who sent it to you.
5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
6. Causes you to wonder who all the people in your address book are.
7. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished the



“None of the Democrats in the running appeals to Senator Zell Miller, former
governor and lieutenant governor of Georgia. And he doesn’t think they can
win the trust of the kind of Southern Democratic voters he grew up with, in,
and around the mountain town of Young Harris, Georgia, where he was ‘born a
Democrat’.” In fact, Senator Miller has very few bridges to the current
Democratic Party left to burn. So reported The Washington Times two weeks
ago, a report based on an exclusive interview with Zell to mark his
apparently “blunt and often-scathing” new book A National Party No More: The
Conscience of a Conservative Democrat.[1] Mr. Zell, who has grown
increasingly disgusted with his Democratic colleagues’ willingness to be led
by liberal special-interest groups, will “buck his party” and its left
leanings by voting for President Bush, the first time a Republican has ever
won his vote for president.

Unlike other Democrats-turned-Republicans who say the Democratic Party
deserted them, Mr. Miller said that he sees it “as his party having been
invaded by squatters.” “I compare it to living in this old house, where I
have lived all of my life,” he said, “where it’s drafty and hard to heat,
the plumbing won’t work, the commodes won’t flush, and some strangers have
moved in down there in my basement and I don’t know who they are and I don’t
know how to get them out. But I haven’t got long to live here, and it’s
home, it’s always been home and I have a lot of bittersweet memories of it.”

As a conservative Republican, I am delighted with Senator Zell’s
perspective, but I am not singling out this story for political reasons.
What I am most interested in is Zell’s thoughtfulness and refusal to be
loyal for the sake of loyalty alone. This is a Christian principle that one
rarely sees employed within the church or Christian institution. We are
often urged to be faithful and mistakenly think that means unquestioning
loyalty to a leader or set of leaders because they call themselves

To question them gets confused with questioning God. Yet, unconditional
loyalty to any person, institution, or party, finally, to anyone but God, is dangerous.

In his wonderful book on Christian thinking called The Christian
Mind, Harry Blamires writes that we too often “set aside individual
Christian judgment in the interests of keeping the machinery going…while,
as Christians rejecting at a profound level the policy and principles
professedly served by those who give the machine its direction.”[3] We
cannot stop thinking Christianly in the interest of national, institutional
or church harmony. That is the way of false compromise. As Blamires writes,
“May God deliver us from the sin of loyalty” when loyalty means overlooking
what needs to be confronted.

I respect Senator Zell for understanding the problem of false
loyalty, for being willing to confront what he considers to be the fatal
mistakes of his party, and for voting for the person who will represent what
he believes in, even if that means voting outside his party. His example is
a model for the way each one of us should think, not only politically but
also spiritually. Rosalie de Rosset on the Moody Broadcasting Network.
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A young private sought permission from his Commanding
Officer to leave camp the following weekend. "You see,"
he explained, "my wife`s expecting."

"Oh..." said the Officer, "I understand. Go ahead and
tell your wife that I wish her luck."

The following week the same soldier was back again
with the same explanation: "My wife`s expecting."

The Officer looked surprised. "Still expecting?" he
said, "Well, well, my boy, you must be pretty bothered.
Of course you can have the week-end off."

When the same soldier appeared again the third week,
however, the Officer lost his temper. "Don`t tell me
your wife is still expecting!" he bellowed.

"Yes sir!" said the soldier resolutely, "She`s still
expecting." "What in heaven is she expecting?" cried
the Officer.

"Me." said the soldier simply.


This past week a panel of judges in Alabama fired Chief Justice Roy Moore
from the Alabama Supreme Court. There could hardly have been chosen a site
offering a more symbolic portrayal of what was taking place than the capitol
city of the State of Alabama. The focal point of the issue was a monument
which was erected (and totally paid for with private donations) in the foyer
of the Alabama Supreme Court building. The monument bears the words
of the Ten Commandments and quotations from America's founding fathers.

Just a few blocks away, in front of the Federal court house stands a
statue of Themis, the Greek Goddess of Law and Justice, paid for by Federal
funds. Hard as it may be to believe, but the statue of Themis is allowed
under the US Constitution, and is guarded by Federal troops -- but a US
District Judge ordered that the monument depicting the Ten Commandments
must be removed.


Thus says the Lord: "In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you; I will preserve
you and give you as a covenant to the people, To restore the
earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages...
Isa 49:8 - Show Context


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Here's a great site if you're a Civil War buff or interested in
genealogy. It's called The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.
This is a huge database filled with information on people who served
during the Civil War.

There's over 5 million names in the database, and it's simple to use.
Submit a query based on any of the following criteria: first name,
last name, Union or Confederate, state, unit and function. There's
also information on battles, national parks and cemeteries.

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A philosopher from Paris once commented, "God is dead. Marx is dead.
And I don't feel so good myself." His attitude illustrates the
pessimism rampant in our culture today.

If there really is a God, people wonder, why has He allowed so much
suffering in the world?

Many Christians honestly struggle with that same question. Only
by turning to the Bible can we begin to understand the problem of
suffering in this life.

Basically, there are four types of suffering. The first type is that
which comes as the result of natural disasters, such as an earthquake
or a hurricane. The suffering that results from these disasters happens
to both the righteous and unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

A second type of suffering can be called man's inhumanity to man. War
would be classified under this type of suffering, as well as the tragedy
that occurred on September 11, 2001. Because of humanity's greed and
pride, people try to hurt other people (James 4:1-2).

A third type of suffering is best seen in the life of Job in the
Old Testament; it came as a result of Satan's attack on him. After
receiving permission from God, Satan moved in and caused incredible
suffering to Job and his family.

A fourth type of suffering is that which comes as a result of our
own erroneous actions. For example, if I walk off the roof of my office
and fall to the ground, breaking my leg, I am suffering because I broke
God's law of gravity. We also suffer when we break God's moral laws.

Much suffering can be traced to the evil choices we make. Some,
but not all, suffering is allowed by God as a punishment for sin. Often
God simply forces us to live with the consequences of our actions
(Galatians 6:7-8).

Whenever people break God's laws, others are bound to suffer as
well. I refer you to the story of Achan in Joshua 7. When he coveted
and took some of the spoil from the battle of Jericho, Achan cost
the lives of thirty-six men in battle against Ai. It is inevitable that
others will suffer in the wake of an individual's disobedience.

How we respond to suffering--whether or not we brought it on
ourselves--is going to make us or break us as Christian pilgrims.
Circumstances often do more to reveal our character than to shape
it. But by properly responding to trials, we can develop patience and
proven character (Romans 5:3-4).

Problems, stress, calamity, or the death of a loved one often cause
us to search ourselves for any sin in our lives (see 1 Kings 17:18).
Pain plants the flag of truth in a heavy heart. But we must be
cautious not to let Satan overwhelm us with excessive and false guilt
or grief (2 Corinthians 2:7). Job's wife told him to curse God and die.
He refused to give up and remained faithful to the Lord. Notice that
in the end God gave him all he had before and even more (Job 42:10-17).

Instead of looking at our circumstances, we need to keep our eyes
on Jesus Christ, the source of life. He will bring us through whatever
situation we face, and as a result we will be stronger Christians,
better able to serve Him because of our trials.

In a day of pessimism and suffering we can say with the psalmist,
"The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
(Psalm 118:6). The Lord Himself, as the great Sufferer, is our
comfort and hope in troubled times.


Three cowboys were hanging out in the bunkhouse.

"I know that smart-alec Tex," said the first. "The boy's going to start
bragging about that new foreign car he bought as soon as he gets back."

"Nah... not Tex," said the second. "He'll always be just a good ole boy.
When he walks in, I'm sure all he'll say is hello."

"I know Tex better than any of you," said the third. "He's so smart, he'll
figure out a way to do both. Here he comes now!"

Sure enough, Tex swung open the bunkhouse door and shouted, "Audi, partners!"


"In the days before one could cross the ocean by plane, people traveled
more slowly and, often, with more style. Diary entries and old film footage
tell us that the departure of an ocean liner from a port city was a grand
occurrence. As the ship's band played rousing music, the gangplank
receded and well-wishers on shore waved to the happy passengers on board.
Throughout the lengthy voyage, the same band was responsible for providing
the passengers with music for strolling the deck and dancing, as well as
playing hymns for church services.

In times of disaster, the ship's musicians were still expected to carry
out their duties and play even as the ship sank. So many legends surround
the Titanic story that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, but
the prevailing account says that "Nearer, My God, To Thee" was the last
song the band played as the Titanic went down. However, one survivor
claimed that as the ship went down the band played, contrary to popular
belief, not a hymn but a ragtime tune. This memory presents a sharp and
somewhat disturbing contrast to the more poignant picture of the ship
going down to the music of a hymn. The hymn's lyrics point to a coming
hope that lies beyond death and suffering:

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E'en tho' it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee!

Ragtime, on the other hand, was music meant to encourage one to seize the
day. It was fast and carefree. Those dancing to a cheery rag gave no
thought for tomorrow. The image of the ship sinking to a ragtime tune is
a picture of denial, a refusal to admit the imminence of death. In
contrast, the image of the boat sinking to the tune of "Nearer, My God, To
Thee" is one of a send-off, though it is a somber one, to a known

What sort of tune is accompanying your life? Does it move you to dance
faster and faster so you won't have to think about what is to come? Does
your song lend meaning and purpose to your path and urge you on to a
destination, or does it sing to you that you have already arrived?
Passengers who board a ship know that they are on a voyage; but when your
voyage is a luxury cruise, it is easy to forget that you haven't reached
your destination. Disaster forces the passengers of a sinking ship to
remember that they are not on firm ground and announces that they will
reach an unintended destination much sooner than they would like. With
this knowledge, the carefree songs become discordant. On the other hand,
the one who remembers that he is a voyager listens to a song of hope that
incorporates the coming disaster and points to something beyond it. Death
and disaster may bring him to his destination sooner than he expected, but
the destination is not ultimately unexpected.

The songs that we sing with our lives should beckon others on to God, even
as they accompany a sinking ship, because that is what this world is. But
that is not all that this world is; this life is our passage and we have a
known destination. Those who live life with eternity in mind do not have
to change their tune on their deathbed. For those of us who see this life
as a voyage and know their destination, our song will always be "Nearer,
my God, to Thee!"

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Around the World in 80 Days

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My Foolish Heart

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Poor People of Paris

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* * * Four Important Things To KNOW: #1) For ALL (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist, Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) have sinned & fall short of the glory of God. #2) For the wages of above (see #1) are DEATH (Hell, eternal separation from God, & damnation) but the Gift (free & at no charge to you) of God (Creator, Jehovah, & Trinity) is Eternal Life (Heaven) through (in union with) Jesus Christ (God, Lord, 2nd Person of The Trinity, Messiah, Prince of Peace & Savior of the World). #3) For God so greatly loved & dearly prized the world (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist, Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) that He even gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, that whosoever (anyone, anywhere, anytime - while still living) believes (trust in, relies on, clings to, depends completely on) Him shall have eternal (everlasting) life (heaven). #4) Jesus said: "I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE. No one (male/female - American, Muslim, Jew, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Asian, Presbyterian, European, Baptist, Brazilian, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc. ) comes (arrives) to the Father (with GOD in Heaven) EXCEPT BY (through) ME (no other name). *** This wonderful loving GOD gives you the choice - - - (Rev. 3:20) {Please note that church membership, baptism, doing good things, etc. are not requirements for becoming a Christian - however they are great afterwards!!!} *** Jesus said, "Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction (Hell, damnation, eternal punishment), and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life (Heaven, eternal happiness, forever with God), and only a few find it.

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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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