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A farmer named Ken Kellogg raised sheep. Among them was a ram. Living nearby were two groups of ravens, known as swoops, which loved to tease the ram. They would sit on the wooden fence, cawing. When the ram charged, they would fly away, and the ram would bang into the fence. But one day, a raven was too slow and was killed. The ravens decided to get even. They opened the gate, then led the ram on a merry chase. The fun ended when the ram charged into a thresher, and came out a mangled mess. The ravens gathered on the ram's carcass, leaving the farmer with: Two swoops of ravens on a package of Kellogg's brazen ram.
=============== Please note: If you see a UNC student or a liberal reading 'Thought & Humor', please explain to them which is thought & which is humor. They always get it backwards.......
G.K. Chesterton once remarked that to disbelieve in God would be like waking up in the morning, looking into the mirror, and seeing nothing. There would be nothing to reveal your appearance.
That is what the Bible contends is the effect of sin; it robs us of our true nature and denies us the vision of who we really are. So much of this vital Christian concept is misunderstood or misrepresented. Jesus talked about the great gain that each of us realizes when we recognize our own spiritual poverty and turn to God for deliverance from ourselves. He began his Sermon on the Mount with the words, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
But does being "poor in spirit" mean being humiliated? No, humbling and humiliation are not the same thing. Only God humbles us without humiliating us and elevates us without flattering us.
This point of recognition awakened the slumbering spirit of journalist Terry Anderson who had been held captive by terrorists in Lebanon. Anderson said that during his captivity he saw much in his captors that he hated and despised. The more he saw them and talked to them, the more he was repelled by them. "Yet," he said, "in a strange way there was nothing in them that I had not now also seen in myself."
Former automotive tycoon John DeLorean tells us in his book how he found himself in a court of law as a paid informer bore false testimony against him. Watching the selfishness with which this lying witness trampled on decency, DeLorean said he suddenly saw that it was no different to the blind ambition that had driven him earlier in his own life; for in his pursuit he too had trampled on what he had once treasured. This inward look, he said, paved the way for a dramatic transformation in his life as he sought forgiveness before a merciful God.
Friend, until we come to that point of recognizing our own spiritual impoverishment, our enslavement is greater than if we were physically shackled. If we, in our world, are to be rescued from the hell that can be unleashed in our own hearts, we need to see its cause and cure. That human condition is corrected only by a humbling ourselves before God and by allowing Him to refashion us to reflect His work of grace by a transformed life.
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-- Jane Wyatt - October 23, 2006 Born August 12, 1910, Jane was prototypical housewife and mother in the television series "Father Knows Best," Before taking her role in the television series, Wyatt had already established herself as a television pioneer, serving as host of the "Bell Telephone Hour." But it was her co-starring role with Robert Young on "Father Knows Best" that catapulted her to stardom and led her to become the first consecutive winner of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy Award. In the late 1960s, she appeared in an episode of "Star Trek" as Spock's mother, a role she reprised in 1986 in "The Voyage Home," a Star Trek movie.