*Someone took this picture of Howdy's back yard...
Comment & Forward>>>
Recently a man in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the crime, getting in and out past security, he was captured only 2 blocks away when his Ford Econoline ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a daring and otherwise brilliant crime and then make such an obvious error...
... He replied: "I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."...
*What do cannibals make out of Democrat congressmen? Bologna sandwiches.
I looked like I had it all together when I attended Multnomah Biblical Seminary. I was well-educated and fluent in English. I had worked in a bank in Argentina, and spoken on the radio and in churches. I mingled with pastors, seminary professors, and other Christian leaders.
On the inside, however, I knew I was falling apart. Everything was a show. How could God possibly use me?
Then Major Ian Thomas, founder of the Torchbearers, spoke in chapel. "Any old bush will do," he said, "as long as God is in the bush."
It took Moses 40 years in the wilderness to realize that he was nothing, Major Thomas said. God was trying to tell Moses, "I don't need a pretty bush or an educated bush or an eloquent bush. Any old bush will do, as long as I am in the bush. If I am going to use you, I am going to use you. You won't do something for Me-- I'll do something through you."
I could do nothing for God. All my reading and studying and asking questions and modeling myself after others was worthless. Unless God was in the bush.
I ran back to my room in tears and fell to my knees next to my bunk. I prayed, "Lord, now I get it. I understand. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The whole thing is 'not I, but Christ in me.'"
An out-of-towner entered the Ice Cream Palace in Chapel Hill and asked, "What kinds of ice cream do you have?"
"Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry," the UNC grad wheezed as she spoke, patted her chest and seemed unable to continue.
"Do you have laryngitis?" the out-of-towner asked sympathetically.
"Nope," she whispered, "just vanilla, chocolate and strawberry."
Famous last words>>>
The Scriptures make it clear that "Man is destined to die" (Hebrews 9:27 NIV).
Woody Allen once quipped: "I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
* Napoleon: "What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!"
* Robert Ingersoll: "Life is a narrow veil between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry."
* Thomas Hobbes: "If I had the whole world, I would give it to live one day. I shall be glad to find a hole to creep out of the world at. About to take a leap into the dark!"
* Sir Francis Newport: "Oh, eternity, eternity! forever and forever! Oh, the insufferable pangs of hell!"
* Voltaire: "I am abandoned by God and man; I shall go to hell!" (as recorded by his physician, who expressed astonishment over the emotional torment of his patient).
* John Calvin: "Thou, Lord, bruisest me, but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is from Thy hand."
* Catharine Booth: "The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well. The dying will be right."
* Isaac Watts: "It is a great mercy that I have no manner of fear or dread of death. I could, if God please, lay my head back and die without terror this afternoon" (which he did!).
* Sir David Brewster: "I will see Jesus: I shall see Him as He is. I have had the light for some many years. Oh, how bright it is! I feel so safe and satisfied!"
* D. L. Moody: "This is glorious! Earth recedes; heaven is opening; God is calling me!"
* John Wesley: "The best of all is, God is with me!"
* May Wilson: "If you do not hear from me [again] it could be because I am with the Lord" (in a letter to Luis Palau).