Typhoid! Tetanus! Measles!

A newly hired nurse listened 
while the doctor was yelling,
"Typhoid! Tetanus! Measles!"

She asked another nurse, 
"Why is he going on like 

The experienced nurse replied, 
"Oh, he just likes to call the 
shots around here."


In 1796 the US Supreme Court issued this ruling, "By our form
of government, the Christian religion is the established religion,
and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on
equal footing." Some 57 years later, after Congress was
petitioned to separate Christian principles from government,
in 1853 the House Judiciary Committee issued their formal
report, including these words: "In this age there is no substitute
for Christianity. This was the religion of the founders of the republic,
and they expected it to be the religion of their dependents. The
great vital, conservative elements in our system is the belief of
our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the gospel
of Jesus Christ." - - - Dr. Gerald Beavan


Professor Howdy said...

When I was about twelve or thirteen years old, I was asked by our Sunday
School teacher if I would be willing to play Joseph in the Nativity mime
that Christmas. I must add as kindly but as truthfully as I can that the
church itself was so rankly liberal that the Gospel was lost under the
weight of ceremony. I was on the verge of saying no to this request,
for I really did not know what all that meant. But then I was told what
I would need to do: basically, to walk Mary to the altar with her arm in
mine; stand there, turn around, have her put her arm in mine, and walk
out. No words, no big acting skill needed. When I met who was going
to play Mary, I decided this would be quite a thrill.

I arrived at the church early and was walking around with time to kill.
At the altar, I saw a silver bowl with wafers in it on a table. Having
very little knowledge of what this could be, I took a handful of those
wafers and enjoyed them as I admired all the great art and statuary in
that fine cathedral. Suddenly I saw the vicar coming out of the vestry
and walking straight towards me. I politely greeted him and continued my
enjoyment of the biscuits in hand. He stopped, stared, and quite out of
control, shouted, "What are you doing?" As surprised by his outburst as
he was at my activity, I said, "I am Joseph in the Nativity mime." That
evidently was not what he was asking. "What is that in your hand?" he
demanded. As he stared me down from head to toe, he could see that
there was more in my pocket, too. I received the most incomprehensible
tongue-lashing to which I had ever been subjected. The word that he
kept repeating was the word "sacrilege." I chose never to check out its
meaning for I was sure this was the end of the line for me, having done
something I did not even know how to pronounce.

Years later, I could not help but chuckle when I was reading G. Campbell
Morgan's definition of sacrilege. He said that it is normally defined as
taking something that belongs to God and using it profanely. We all know
the instance in the book of Daniel when Belshazzar took the vessels in the
temple and used it for his night of carousing and blasphemy. That was a
sacrilegious use. But sacrilege, said Morgan, does not only consist of
such profane use. In its worst form it consists of taking something and
giving it to God when it means absolutely nothing to you. That was the
charge God brought against his people when He said, "You bring the lame
and the blind and the sick as an offering, is it not evil?" (See Malachi 1:8).

Conversely, giving all that is your best to God is worship at its core.
This cannot be done without the sacrifice of the acclaim and adulation of
the world. If we were to only pause for a few moments and take stock, we
would see how close we all come to sacrilege each day. Do we give Him the
best of our time? Do we give Him the best of our energies? Do we give Him
the best of our thinking? Do we give Him the best of our wealth? Do we
give Him the best of our dreams and plans? Or does the world get our best
and God merely gets the leftovers? As we look to the New Year, might our
lives echo the heartfelt words of Charles Wesley:

O Thou who camest from above
The pure celestial fire to impart.
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart!

There let it for Thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return
In humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work and speak and think for Thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up Thy gift in me.

Ready for all thy perfect will,
My acts of faith and love repeat,
Till death Thine endless mercies seal,
And make the sacrifice complete. (1)

(1) Charles Wesley, "O Thou Who Camest From Above."

Ravi Zacharias

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Professor Howdy said...

1940: German Aircraft Firebombed Central London

Between September 7, 1940 and May 11, 1941 the inhabitants of London
were subject to the "Blitz": a campaign of almost nightly bombing by
German aircraft that killed just over 20,000 people and left
1,400,000 homeless. The night of December 29, 1940 saw the first
extensive use of incendiary bombs in the Blitz, with some 24,000
dropped on central London in a giant raid. Approximately 1,500 fires
were started, destroying large parts of the city. It was the worst
fire damage in London since the great fire of 1666. The raid even
became known as "The Second Great Fire of London."

An online museum devoted to the history of the Blitz:

Click Here

Professor Howdy said...

[Jesus said,] "I have told you these things, so that in Me you
may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take
heart! I have overcome the world. --John 16


Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth

Astronomers spotted an asteroid this week after it had flown past Earth on
a course that took it so close to the planet it was below the orbits of some

The space rock was relatively small, however, and would not have posed any
danger had it plunged into the atmosphere.

The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that's
a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it
entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure.

Satellite territory

The asteroid passed just under the orbits of geostationary satellites, which
at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects
circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space
Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up.

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