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It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing,
I wanted just once to be wasteful.
Waste signaled affluence.
Throwing away things meant you knew
there'd always be more.

But then my husband died,
and on that clear, cold morning,
in the warmth of our bedroom,
I was struck with the pain of learning
that sometimes there isn't any more.

No more hugs,
no more special moments to celebrate together,
no more phone calls just to chat,
no more "just one minute".
Sometimes, what we care about the most
gets all used up and goes away
never to return before we can say good-bye,
say, "I love you".

So while we have it . . .
it's best we love it . . . .
and care for it...
and fix it when it's broken. . . .
and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage . . . . .
and old cars . . .
and children with bad report cards . . . .
and dogs with bad hips . .
and aging parents and grandparents.

We keep them because they are worth it,
because we are worth it.
Some things we keep like a best friend that moved away
or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.
Life is important, like people we know who are special . . . .
and so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'!
Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way.

Now it's your turn to send this to all those people
that are "keepers" in your life . .

Thank you for being a special part of my life! . . .. .

You are a keeper!
God Bless you always ! ! !
Sarah (UNC)
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Many many years ago
when I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow
who was pretty as could be.

This widow had a grown-up daughter
who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
and soon the two were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.

To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.

For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.

My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She is my grandma too.

If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.

For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa.
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It was such a neat surprise to see our longtime friends, Bob and Marcy,
at a conference I was speaking at. We hadn't seen them for several years,
and we didn't know they were coming. After one session, my wife was talking
with them in the hall outside the auditorium, and my observant honey noticed
Bob's color suddenly turn pale. And within moments, he was suddenly
crumpling to the floor. My first thought was, "Is that what my speaking does
to people?" When Bob finally came around, he sat in a chair wondering what
had hit him. His wife wanted to drive him six hours to their home, but
others were really urging him to get to a local hospital - preferably in an
ambulance. Men usually resist ideas like that, but Bob was wise enough -
or maybe just concerned enough - to agree. And that was a good thing. His
heart stopped once on the way to the hospital, and again in the emergency
room. Within two days, he had a pacemaker implanted, and he left that hospital
feeling great. Had he not had that scary incident in the lobby, he might not
have made it.

Things going wrong can be your friend, if they show you a problem
that could really hurt you and if they get you to the help you need. That
may be what's happening in your life right now and it may explain the real
reason for what's going wrong. In short, God wants you back before some
really damaging things happen because you're not where you're supposed
to be with Him.

You'll better understand how He pursues those He loves when you hear
our word for today from the Word of God. In Hosea 2, beginning with verse 5,
God likens His spiritual wanderer to a woman loved by her husband who's been
unfaithful to him. She says, "I will go after my lovers, who give me my food
and my water." We get away from God when we turn to other people and other
things to meet our needs. But God says, "I will block her path with
thornbushes; I will wall her in so she cannot find her way. She will chase
after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find
them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for I
was better off than now.'" Then God says, "She has not acknowledged that
I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on
her the silver and gold."

Your best days were the days you were closest to Jesus. But you've
"pursued other lovers." You've forgotten He was the only one who ever loved
you enough to die for you, and that sense of peace and worth you had when
you were close to Him is gone. But God loves you too much to let you go, so
He's been "blocking your path with thornbushes" and "walling you in." He's
been making your sin more painful, more expensive, more disappointing. And
if it hasn't happened, it will. More and more you'll keep chasing what
you're after, but you won't catch it because only God has it.

If someone you love is the one who's away from the Lord, you can
pray in accordance with God's recovery plan here in Hosea 2. Pray for the
thornbushes and the walls and the frustrating pursuits that can cause this
one you love to think about what they're doing and to remember the better
days - the Jesus-days.

If you're away from Jesus, the One whose love you were made for, the
One who died for you, things are only going to get worse because He loves
you. Things are going wrong, not to hurt you or destroy you, but to help you
wake up to something far more serious going on in your soul. You've got
a deadly heart condition, and you need to get to the doctor before it does
serious damage. You need to get to Dr. Jesus. It stinks away from Him.
The porch light is on, the door is open, and Jesus is coming down the
road to welcome you home. And home is where you belong.
- - Ron Hutchcraft
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1883: Standard Time Zones Adopted in U.S.A.

The actual local time, or "sun time" constantly changes as one moves
either east or west. With the arrival of railroad travel, the
situation raised problems for railway lines and passengers trying to
synchronize schedules in different cities. The need for a system of
standardized time was evident, and eventually a system proposed by
Charles F. Dowd, a school principal in New York State, was adopted.
Under Dowd's system, North America was divided into four time zones,
fifteen degrees of longitude, and one hour of "standard time" apart.
At noon on Sunday, November 18, 1883, the new system went into
effect. It became the basis for the international system of time
zones we're familiar with today.
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Question on UNC Physical Science test: Tell which is more important,
the sun or the moon and defend your answer in 50 words or less.

UNC Senior: The moon is more important than the sun, because it is
already light in the day making the sun useless.
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We Gather Together

1. We gather together
to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens
his will to make known.
The wicked oppressing
now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name,
he forgets not his own.

2. Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining
his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning
the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side,
all glory be thine!

3. We all do extol thee,
thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still
our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation
escape tribulation;
thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!

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Engaging a Needy World
The Centurions

November 20, 2006

In the months before World War II, an Oxford don by the name of C. S. Lewis wrote, "Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason because bad philosophy needs to be answered." Lewis's students questioned the importance of studying the humanities and sciences with war on the horizon. But Lewis understood, as he wrote so beautifully in his classic book Weight of Glory, that "To be ignorant and simple now . . . would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen."

Three years ago, I launched a year-long distance education program called Centurions, designed to equip one hundred men and women each year to defend truth in an age when too many are throwing their weapons down.

Sadly, bad philosophy—like relativism, naturalism, and secular humanism—runs rampant in our legislatures, schools, movie theaters, and even our churches. In the face of this, Centurions is preparing men and women not just to understand and articulate their own Christian worldview, but also to proactively teach that worldview to others and engage the culture in their own particular sphere of influence.

One of our Centurion graduates, Jeff Clinton, a contributor to BreakPoint's blog, The Point, describes in a recent post what sets the program apart. He writes, "The Centurions program is not a program where you [leave simply] with a fresh set of books. Entering the program comes with a commitment to . . . influence others and pass on knowledge, [which] creates a special dynamic that goes with being part of a community of serious, kingdom-minded Christians who want to engage a needy world for the cause of Christ." Jeff underscores exactly the vision we have for the program, one of exponential cultural impact.

And we have plenty of examples of Centurions doing just that from Wendell Cantrell in Johannesburg, South Africa, who is investing deeply in discipling fifteen others in biblical worldview, to Centurions Nanci Boice, Rick Hooten, and Dave Brown, who hosted a worldview conference in Austin, Texas, for 130 people last January.

But not only are Centurions sharing the training they've received, they are also impacting the culture firsthand. There's Jim Walter, who is engaging in public debate, meeting with public officials, and writing letters-to-editors on issues of bioethics and human dignity. There's Will Burns, who is part of a team that is planting a church that will seek to draw in artists, encouraging and supporting them in their craft during the week and celebrating the Creator on Sundays. And there's John Nunnikhoven, who has taught an eight-week worldview course for civic and political leaders in Vermont.

If you'd like to find out more about how to join the ranks of the next class of Centurions, please visit us at The deadline for application is November 30, so don't delay. Our culture urgently needs more men and women who will rightly wield good philosophy to counter the bad philosophy of the postmodern era, men and women who can winsomely present the Christian worldview in their sphere of influence.

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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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