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Two UNC* girls were talking to each other
and one couldn't help but notice how pretty
and beautiful the others skin was. So she
asked her outright what made her skin
so soft and beautiful.

"Well.. once a week I fill a bathtub up
with milk and just soak in it."

So the UNC student went to a farm and
spoke to the farmer. "I'd like a lot of milk."

"How much?" asked the farmer.

"Well quite a lot because I'm going to soak in it."

He asked, "Pasturized?"

"No...just up to my neck."

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A sheriff walks into a saloon and shouts for everyone's attention."Has anyone seen Brown Paper Jake?""What's he look like?", asks one shoddy-looking cowboy."Well", replies the Sheriff. "He wears a brown paper hat, a brown paperwaistcoat, a brown paper shirt, brown paper boots, brown paper pants,and a brown paper jacket.""So what's he wanted for?", asks the same cowboy."Rustlin'."


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One of the most amazing Christian warriors in my lifetime is a manwho has come to be known as Brother Andrew, or "God's Smuggler." He's riskedeverything to get God's Word into spiritually closed countries where thatwas virtually impossible. Many consider him a real spiritual hero. No onecan doubt that he is, at the very least, a bold risk-taker for Christ.

In his biography, he tells about an incident in his early life as afollower of Christ that showed him the kind of God he was serving. Aftersome pretty wild years without the Lord, he came to Christ and almostimmediately felt the call to begin training for the ministry. He went tothis small Bible school in Scotland, and before the students were allowed tograduate, they were given a very unusual assignment. They were asked to goout for a month to do evangelistic outreaches in Scottish villages, and theywere given some money to live on - one British pound, to be exact. For thoseof us who are Americans, it would be like being given a dollar to live onfor a month. The students were to go with that one bill and eat, and sleep,and rent halls, and buy refreshments, and hold outreaches, and return thatone bill at the end of the month. Brother Andrew's team went out and didjust that. Except he returned with enough money for the school to send outtwo missionaries!

Maybe everyone in God's service should have an assignment likethat - to live the adventure of what life is like when all you've got isGod. Now you may be at or near that point right now. Or it may be that Godwants you to be at that point, and you've been avoiding it. For all of us,the ultimate questions of security and obedience boil down to this: Can Godbe trusted? Is God really enough? Figuratively speaking, can I make it whenit's just "one dollar and God"? Our word for today from the Word of God is 1 Kings 17:1-6. Theprophet Elijah has just delivered a message of God's judgment to the Jewishking that there's going to be a long drought in Israel. Then the prophet isgiven an assignment that sounds something like Brother Andrew's in Bibleschool. He is sent into a situation where it's just him and God - just himand whatever God provides, that is. He's being sent away from all the normalsources of supply.

Here's what the Bible says: "Then the word of the Lord came toElijah, 'Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine. You willdrink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.' Sohe did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine and stayedthere. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread andmeat in the evening, and he drank from the brook."

Now, God sends Elijah into this situation where God is all he has.God may be doing the same thing with you. And notice, God will always find away to provide what His servant needs. He's, in fact, the God of unlikelysources! His people have nowhere to get water in the wilderness, so it comesfrom a rock! Five thousand people have nowhere to get lunch, so Jesus takesthe one lunch there and makes 5,000 lunches from it.

Elijah is in the wilderness where there is nowhere to get food. Ohyeah? Twice a day, here come the ravens, delivering God's supply. But youhave to be in a seemingly hopeless situation like this to experience God'samazingness like this. I want to tell you that after 35 years of faithministry, I can "amen" David's testimony in Psalm 37:25. "I was young andnow I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their childrenbegging bread."

If God has you at a point where it's "one dollar and God" -financially, emotionally, physically - don't stop trusting Him now. Yoursecurity is not the resources you have in your hand, but the Heavenly Fatheryou belong to. And if you've been holding back from God's calling becauseyou can't see where the resources will come from, remember the God of themanna, and the ravens, and the endless lunch. If you don't step out of theboat, you'll never know what it is to walk on water!

A great spiritual warrior was once a Bible school student with theequivalent of a dollar to live and a month to live on it. And he found outwhat you can discover in a time when there seems to be "no way," one dollarand God is more than enough for everything you need!


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*UNC is the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Specializing in a wide range of degree programs including:
B.A. A.H.F.(Advanced Hamburger Flipping), A.P.E., B.R.C.
(Bar Room Conversations), etc. Institution was founded in 1898
for sons/daughters of local Chapel Still politicians that were
unable to qualify for the more prestigious institutions of higher
learning such as Duke, Wake Forest, and N.C. State.
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Where Will They Stand?
Congress and Religious Freedom

October 20, 2006

Many political pundits see this year's mid-term elections as a defining moment. How will the next Congress deal with contentious issues like stem-cell research, judges, immigration reform, Iraq? But it's a pivotal election for another reason as well. What will our leaders in Washington do about the erosion of religious liberty in this country?

As Mark Earley and I have discussed this week, American Christians need to wake up to the growing threats to religious freedom. The evidence is everywhere.

Just last year, for example, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire barred resident assistants (known as RAs) from leading Bible studies in dorm rooms—even though the Bible studies were private activities, not some mandatory dorm-sponsored event. Yet the administration said, "Some residents might not feel that these RAs are approachable because of their strong faith." The mandate was blatantly unconstitutional, and laughably ironic. The year before the administration had commended another RA for hosting the Vagina Monologues as a residence-hall event. Nobody questioned that a play with vulgar themes, strong anti-male bias, and an unmasked pro-lesbian agenda might make RAs unapproachable.

In the end, the administration backed down, but not without illustrating a jarring double-standard when it comes to evangelical Christians.

Earlier this year, the InnerChange Freedom Initiative®, called IFI, the faith-based prison program in Iowa launched by Prison Fellowship, was sued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. A federal judge in Iowa ruled that IFI was an unconstitutional violation of the establishment clause.

Now let's see, what are we talking about here? Inmates volunteer for the program; they can leave at any time; they can be of any or no faith; and they are not required to convert to graduate from the program. On top of that, the religious element of IFI is privately funded, and the program itself is proven to reduce re-incarceration rates to 8 percent. Whose rights are being violated?

But to make matters worse, the judge drew on supposed "expert testimony" that caricatured evangelical Christianity as a narrow-minded, coercive cult by nature. The judge ruled that it is virtually impossible for a Christian group to perform any public service without proselytizing. His ruling, if upheld, jeopardizes the rights of thousands of Christian groups who offer social services.

Even more jarring is the judge's unprecedented decision to require IFI to repay $1.5 million that the Iowa Department of Corrections paid for secular services rendered by IFI. The state of Iowa does not even want the money back. Yet this decision, if upheld on appeal, signals to all faith-based groups that they are vulnerable not just to litigation, but also to the threat of having to repay the government for services rendered in good faith. The results could be catastrophic, not only for religious organizations from soup kitchens to hospitals to schools, but also to the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on their services.

Look, the bottom line is this: Christians cannot afford to be silent about issues of religious freedom this election season. We must let candidates know that religious freedom is an issue that is vitally important to us. If we don't speak up now, we may find out that we will not be able to speak out in the future.

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Murphy's Technology Law #1: You can never tell which way the train went by looking at the track.

Murphy's Technology Law #2: Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.

Murphy's Technology Law #3: Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.

Murphy's Technology Law #4: If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

Murphy's Technology Law #5: An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he/she knows absolutely everything about nothing.

Murphy's Technology Law #6: Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe, and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it, and he'll have to touch to be sure.

Murphy's Technology Law #7: All great discoveries are made by mistake.

Murphy's Technology Law #8: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.

Murphy's Technology Law #9: All's well that ends... period.

Murphy's Technology Law #10: A meeting is an event at which minutes are kept and hours are lost.

Murphy's Technology Law #11: The first myth of management is that it exists.

Murphy's Technology Law #12: A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.

Murphy's Technology Law #13: New systems generate new problems.

Murphy's Technology Law #14: To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.

Murphy's Technology Law #15: We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything.

Murphy's Technology Law #16: Any given program, when running, is obsolete.

Murphy's Technology Law #17: A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.
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The Land of Sandra Dee

Long ago and far away,
In a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan
Or the dawn of Camelot.

There lived a race of innocents,
And they were you and me,
Long ago and far away
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Oh, there was truth and goodness
In that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges,
And Peyton Place was porn.

For Ike was in the White House,
And Hoss was on TV,
And God was in his heaven
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We learned to gut a muffler,
We washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry
In circles on the lawn.

And they could hear us coming
All the way to Tennessee,
All starched and sprayed and rumbling
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We longed for love and romance,
And waited for our prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz,
And no one's seen him since.

We danced to "Little Darlin,"
And Sang to "Stagger Lee"
We cried for Buddy Holly
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Only girls wore earrings then,
And three was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts,
Except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams
Did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We fell for Frankie Avalon,
Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie,
They never made it twice.

We didn't have a Star Trek Five,
Or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold,
And Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat
Whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard,
But not a Mr. T,
And Oprah wasn't talkin' yet
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We had our share of heroes,
We never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin,
Or Marilyn Monroe.

For youth was still eternal,
And life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever,
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We'd never seen the rock band
That was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson,
And Zeppelins weren't Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then,
And Monkees in a tree,
Madonna was a virgin
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We'd never heard of microwaves,
Or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed,
But they weren't grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out,
And "gay" meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-ed
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We hadn't seen enough of jets
To talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left in
The bottom of the bag.

And Hardware was a box of nails,
And bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

Buicks came with portholes,
And side show came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough
To cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles,
And skirts came to the knee,
And Castro came to power
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

We had no Crest with Fluoride,
We had no Hill Street Blues,
We all wore superstructure bras
Designed by Howard Hughes.

We had no patterned pantyhose
Or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for condoms
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

There were no golden arches,
No Perriers to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda,
And cats were not called Bill.

And middle-aged was thirty-five
And old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents
In the Land of Sandra Dee.

But all things have a season,
Or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline
We swear by Retin-A.

And they send us invitations
To join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby,
From the Land of Sandra Dee.

So now we face a brave new world
In slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using
Smaller print in magazines.

And we tell our children's children
of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away
In the Land of Sandra Dee. ~
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The True Origin of the Internet

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called 'Amazon Dot Com.'

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.

But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young man did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."

And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known "eBay" he said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."

"YAHOO," said Abraham.

And that is how it all began. It wasn't Al Gore after all.
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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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