Test Your Word Knowledge?

Match the words in the left-hand
column with the correct
in the right-hand column.

1. aggress .......... A. Bantering.
2. spurious ......... B. To make a soft, low sighing sound.
3. placate ........... C. To scold or criticize harshly.
4. esurient ......... D. Not genuine.
5. voluptuary .... E. Austerity, harshness, gloominess.
6. sub rosa ........ F. To commit the first act of hostility.
7. quizzacious ... G. To appease; to pacify.
8. tetricity ........ H. Secretly; privately; confidentially.
9. upbraid ........ I. A person devoted to luxury; a sensualist.
10. sough ........ J. Hungry, greedy, voracious.

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Professor Howdy said...


1. aggress F. To commit the first act of hostility.
2. spurious D. Not genuine.
3. placate G. To appease; to pacify.
4. esurient J. Hungry, greedy, voracious.
5. voluptuary I. A person devoted to luxury; a sensualist.
6. sub rosa H. Secretly; privately; confidentially.
7. quizzacious A. Bantering.
8. tetricity E. Austerity, harshness, gloominess.
9. upbraid C. To scold or criticize harshly.
10. sough B. To make a soft, low sighing sound.

Jill Carattini - rzim said...

"Stay Awake"

The alarm of discovering your house has been broken into is one I imagine
stays with you long after the thief has gone home. Though most are not
eyewitnesses to the looming figure that wrongfully entered, victims of
such crimes often report seeing shadows in every corner and silhouettes
peering through their windows. Signs that someone had been there
are enough to call them to alertness.

Whether you have experienced the shock of burglary and its lasting effects
or not, the portrayal of Christ as one who will come like a thief in the
night is a startling image. The description is one that seems uncouth
amongst images of the quiet baby in a manger and the star that guides wise
men in the obscurity of night. How could one who came as a child of hope
return like a looming, unwanted figure? Yet this is the counsel from
Christ himself: "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what
day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house
had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept
watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must
be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not
expect him" (Matthew 24:42-44).

The cry of Advent is the cry of wakeful vigilance. One of the key figures
in celebrating the season, John the Baptist's probing message continues to
cry in urgency: "Are you ready?" Are you ready to respond to the infant
that came to dwell in the midst of night and suffering? Are you ready to
hear his invasive message? Are you ready to recognize God among you, the
hunter, the thief, the King? During the season of Advent, we are called
to keep alert, to read again the fearful signs that someone has been
here moving about the places we dwell. And we are called to stay
awake to the startling possibility of his nearness even now. "I
say to all: 'Stay awake,'" says Christ (Mark 13:37).

The owner of a house that has been disturbed once by a thief lives with
the wakefulness that the thief will come again, however persuasively he is
urged to see otherwise. He remembers the signs of a presence other than
his own--prints left behind, a door left open, the memory of a life turned
upside down--and he vows to keep watch, knowing the thief will be back. In
the same way, we are called to be ready.

The child who was born in Bethlehem came quietly in the night, unbeknownst
to many who dwelled near him, yet leaving prints behind in history, and
signs upon our lives. Like a thief, he shattered barriers that told us we
were autonomous and invaded hearts we thought were shielded. Yet, Christ
came not to steal and destroy, but to dwell in all that overwhelms us, and
to live in a world groaning in death. He became human as we are that he
might offer us the abundant life of knowing him. "He was wounded for our
transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the
chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed"
(Isaiah 53:5). The signs that Christ has been here are enough to call us
to alertness. Like a thief in the night, he will come again. Let us
therefore keep watch.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Professor Howdy said...

In just one year, a whole lot changed for my wife and me. We sold our home of 24 years, and we disposed of a quarter century of accumulated "stuff"! We relocated to a home way out in the country in another state after our Board decided to relocate the entire ministry to that part of the country. So, we got a new personal address, we got a new ministry address, we all have new phone numbers, and new license plates, and new co-workers. But with all the changes, there was one thing that didn't change - our e-mail address. No matter where we are, our e-mail address is always the same!

Now you may or may not have an e-mail address. You may be in the computer Stone Age like I am. You may not even know what e-mail is! But if you belong to Jesus Christ, you have an address that never changes no matter how many other things in your life are moving around.

That address where you can always be found is mentioned repeatedly in our word for today from the Word of God. It's Ephesians 1:3-7. Listen for it. "God has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world, He predestined us to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through His blood." Then God talks about what "He purposed in Christ" for us, that "in Him" we were also chosen," that we were "the first to hope in Christ," that you were included "in Christ."

Unless you have gone totally deaf, you now know your unchanging spiritual address. You are always what? Say it with me, "in Christ." That's right. In just twelve verses, God says you are "in Christ" eight times! You are, whether you know it or not, whether you feel like it or not, no matter where else you are, permanently in Christ! You're anchored in an unloseable relationship with this Jesus who loves you eternally, who has planned this relationship with you since before there was a world, who makes all His spiritual fortune available to you for what you're facing right now.

Now, if I ask you where you are right now, there are a number of answers you might give me. Maybe you're "in the hospital," or "in pain," or "in love," or "in over your head," or "in a new place." Or it's possible that you're "in doubt," or "in between," or maybe you're "in debt," or "in trouble," "in danger." But wherever your situation has located you, your anchor address is that you are in Christ. Paul could remain at peace inside, whether he was in jail, in pain, or in trouble because he didn't draw his sense of wellbeing or who he was from his surroundings. Wherever you put him, he was in Christ and nothing and no one could touch that!

I hope that is your anchor, too. You know it could be that even though you're religious and have a lot of Christianity, somewhere along the way there has never been that time when you have grabbed on to Jesus to be your rescuer from your sin, just as people would grab a life guard if they were drowning. This could be that day for you. See, without that kind of turnover of you to Him, you're not in Christ; you're still outside of Christ. He's got to come in at your invitation before you are in Him. So this could be the day for that. This could be your spiritual birthday to be born into His family. Just say, "Jesus, I am yours beginning this day because you died in my place.

And I would love to help you walk down that road and be sure you've begun a relationship with Him if you'd just go to our website. It's I hope you'll go there as soon as you can today. Or I'll send you my booklet about that. It's called Yours For Life. Just call toll free at 877-741-1200 and ask for it, because you're standing on the edge of a complete, totally dependable security. Do you realize how secure you are no matter what has changed when you are in Christ and you're never moving!

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