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Women only have two complaints. Nothing
to wear, and not enough closet space for it.

Dear Howdy,

Keep up the good work
for the"Good News"

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Dear Howdy,

Remember the old typing exercise,
"Now is the time for all good men
to come to the aid of their country.".
Perhaps it is time to bring this back.

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One cold, windy night two Christian youths headed toward the
tavern district in their hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, with the
"preposterous" idea of holding an open-air Gospel meeting. The
two young men began singing hymns to gather a crowd. Their
singing was tolerated, but whenever they stopped singing to share
the saving message of Jesus Christ, they were mocked by the crowd
with vulgar hoots and jeering howls.

Frederick S. Arnot and his friend were quite sincere about
sharing their faith and the Gospel message with the drunks along
tavern row. Yet the crowd was determined not to let them talk.
Finally, Arnot, with tears running down his face, acknowledged
defeat. He and his friend turned to leave.

Suddenly someone grabbed Arnot's shoulder. Startled, Arnot
turned to find a tall, elderly man towering over him. The
stranger smiled warmly and said quietly, "Keep at it, laddie; God
loves to hear men speak well of His Son."

With that encouragement, the two Scottish lads squared their
shoulders and returned. It wasn't long before the rowdy crowd
began to pay attention to the message the young men wanted to

In 1881, several years after this incident, Arnot, influenced
by the example set by David Livingstone, left his Scottish
mission field and headed for Central Africa, where God used him
in a great way to proclaim the gospel.

God loves to hear men and women speak well of His Son. Yet
how easy it is for us to become silent, ineffective ambassadors
for Christ because of discouragement, lack of results, or some
other excuse. Do you speak well of God's Son? If not, what is
your excuse?

In an honest and challenging article entitled "Excuses,"
seminary professor Norman L. Geisler admits that even though he
was in full-time Christian ministry for eighteen years, he never
witnessed for Christ. His excuses sound familiar, don't they?

"I didn't have the gift of evangelism. It was obvious to me
that someone like Billy Graham did, and it was equally obvious
that I didn't."

"I had the gift of teaching [Christians], and it's pretty
hard to make converts from that group."

"I didn't like...impersonal evangelism, so I would do
'friendship evangelism.' I wasn't going to cram the Gospel down
anybody's throat."

"I came to the conclusion that if God is sovereign...then
He can do it with or without me."

One day, however, a visiting speaker literally demolished
Geisler's excuses by saying, "I've been a missionary for years
and I was never called...I was just commanded like the rest
of you." That statement startled Geisler, and he became a fisher
of men.

"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all
creation" (Mark 16:15) wasn't a suggestion, but a command of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps you were once eager like Arnot to
witness for Christ, but somehow that zeal has faded. Remember,
God loves to hear you speak well of His Son.

To Ponder

God has commanded you to be one of His ambassadors. How have
you responded?

When have you tried to speak well of God's Son? What
happened? How did you feel afterward? Has anyone ever encouraged
you to "Keep at it, laddie"?
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Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too
much fraternizing with the enemy.

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the
shore like an idiot.

Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in?
I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
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At a convention of biological scientists, one prominent researcher
remarked to another, "Did you know that in our lab we have switched
from mice to lawyers for our experiments?"

"Really?" the other researcher replied. "Why did you switch?"

"Well, for three reasons. First we found that lawyers are far more
plentiful. Second, the lab assistants don't get so attached to them,
and thirdly there are some things even a mouse won't do."
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A UNC grad was having some physical problems and his doctor told him
that he had to drink warm water one hour before breakfast.

At the end of a week he returned and the doctor asked if he was
feeling better. He said he actually felt worse.

"Did you drink warm water an hour before breakfast each day?"

"No," replied the man, "All I could do was about 15 minutes!"
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*I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of
heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for
her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with
them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with
them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their
eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or
pain, for the old order of thing has passed away.
--Revelation 21
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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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