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Aspiring Psychiatrists Seminar!



The aspiring psychiatrists from various colleges were attending their first seminar on emotional extremes.

"Just to establish some parameters," said the professor, to the student from the N.C. State U., "What is the opposite of joy?"

"Sadness," said the student.

"And the opposite of depression?" he asked of the young lady from Duke.

"Elation," said she.

"And you sir," he said to the young man from UNC*, "how about the opposite of woe?

" The Tar Heel* replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up."




*Please see "comments"
for additional pertinent 

& germane information.

7 comments:

W. Rose, M.D. - Atlanta said...

Serving as a Marine recruiter in North Carolina,
I found a UNC student who met all the requirements
and was ready to enlist. I explained the importance
of being truthful on the application, and he began filling
out his paper work.

But when he got to the question "Do you own any foreign
property or have any foreign financial interests?" he
looked up at me with a worried expression.

"Well," he confessed, "I do own a Toyota. Does that matter?"

Margaret Manning - RZIM said...

Via Dolorosa


His final hours were spent in prayer. Yet, the gospel of Luke tells us
that there was nothing unusual about him being in prayer. "And He came
out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives...and when He
arrived at the place...He withdrew from them...and knelt down and began to
pray" (22:39-41). As was His custom, He would go to pray. We do
not often hear the content of these prayer times, but in this case, in
these final hours, we see Him gripped with passion. Luke tells us that He
was in such agony that His sweat "became like drops of blood" (22:44).
Medical science tells us that under extreme conditions of duress,
capillaries in the head burst forth drops of blood literally pouring out
of the skin like perspiration. Whatever the case, Jesus had never been in
this much distress before--even in his wilderness testing--we have no other
portrait of such extreme anguish in prayer.

"And being in agony He was praying very fervently," writes Luke. I've
often wondered about the nature of these agonized prayers. Was Jesus in
agony over the physical torture and death He was about to endure? Was He
in agony over the spiritual condition of His disciples, one who would
betray Him and the others who would all abandon Him in His time of need?
Certainly, the latter is a real possibility as He exhorts His disciples at
least two times to "watch and pray that you might not enter into
temptation" (Luke 22:40; 46).

Whatever the reason for His agony, Jesus's humanity was on full display in
His prayer. He did not want to walk the path that was unfolding before
Him, and He pleads with God to provide an alternative path, a "plan B" as
it were. Matthew's gospel reveals more of His struggle. He tells His
disciples "I am deeply grieved, to the point of death" (26:38). Then He
prays to His Father, "If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet
not as I will, but your will be done" (Matthew 26:38-39). The via
dolorosa, the way of suffering, unfolded before Him and He would go to
His death, despite His anguished prayers for another way.

As I meditate on Jesus's passionate prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane,
His human agony and suffering on full display, I am reminded how often we
followers of Jesus also long for God to provide another way in the face of
our own suffering. We do not want to follow Jesus down the via
dolorosa. We seek to follow the victorious entry of the Messiah into
Jerusalem to be enthroned and crowned the king. We want that kind of
victory borne out in our lives as the absence of difficulty. We want the
glory and the grandeur of Palm Sunday as our entry into eternal life, with
as little pain and suffering as possible. But as author Kim Reisman has
noted, "That is not the Jesus way. God doesn't dispense with death. God
resurrects us from it. The truth is that the Jesus way isn't about God
taking pain away from God's people; it's about God providing us with
strength, courage, and meaning, with abundant life, often in the midst of
pain."(1)

I am always thankful then, for this very human portrait of Jesus's own
agonizing struggle with His own suffering. For I know He shares my own
struggle. And while I often reluctantly say to God, "Not my will but
yours be done," I remember that God transforms the evil of suffering and
affliction perpetrated against Jesus. God takes the very death of Jesus,
and brings about resurrection. In my own prayers during this holiest of
all weeks, I bow my head and my heart to the king who reigns not from a
throne, but from the Cross.

Margaret Manning is associate writer at Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1)Kimberly Dunnam Reisman, Following At a Distance (Nashville:
Abingdon Press, 2005), 75.


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Anonymous said...

This story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa...

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in
spite of all we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny premature baby and
a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby
alive, as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator).

We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the
equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student
midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the
baby would be wrapped
in.

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She
came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had
burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). "And it is our last
hot
water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over
spilled milk so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over
burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores
down forest pathways.

"All right," I said, "put the baby as near the fire as you
safely can,
and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your
job is to keep the baby warm."

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with
any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the
youngsters various suggestions of things
to pray about and told them about
the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough,
mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it
got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her
mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten-year old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual
blunt conciseness of our African children. "Please, God" she prayed,
"send
us a water bottle. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead,
so please send it this afternoon."

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added,
"And
while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so
she'll know You really love her?"

As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I
honestly s say," Amen". I just d! id not
believe that God could do this.
Oh,
yes, I know that He can do everything, the Bible says so. But there are
limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer
would be by sending me a parcel from homeland. I had been in Africa for
almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever received a parcel from
home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water
bottle? I lived on the equator! Halfway through the afternoon, while I was
teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a
car at my front door.

By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there, on the
veranda, was a large twenty-two pound parcel.. I felt tears pricking my eyes.
I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.

Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot! . We

folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was
mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large
cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys.
Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for
the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a
box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the
weekend. Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....could it really be?
I grasped it and pulled it out - yes, a brand-new, rubber
hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not
truly believed that He could. Ruth was in the front row of the children. She
rushed forward, crying out, "If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent

the dolly too!"
Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pull! ed out
the small,
beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!

Looking up at me, she asked: "Can I go over with you and give this
dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?"

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months. Packed up by my
former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's
prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the
girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in
answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that
afternoon."

"Before they call, I will answer" (Isaiah 65:24)

Professor Howdy said...




*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), N.U.T., 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. UNC
is a trademark of Underachievers of North Carolina...


*Please Note: Two of the above doctorate degrees are
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shining, signal, singular, special, stately, striking,
superior, talked of, unforgettable, venerable,
well-known but very humble Professor Dr. Howdy.
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All of us, at one time or another, have experienced
the strange physiological reaction of zygomatic
stimulation and subsequent larynx strain.

This strain upsets the respiratory system, which
results in deep, noisy gasps. The mouth opens
and closes as the lungs struggle for oxygen.

The struggle for oxygen causes the face to turn
various shades of red and strange, unique noises
emerge from deep within. What is this strange,
physiological reaction I am describing? It is laughter!

We normally associate laughter with humor. But,
gelotology, the study of laughter, suggests another
trigger for laughter called the incongruity theory.

This theory suggests that laughter arises when logic
and familiarity are replaced by things that don't normally
go together--when we expect one outcome and another
happens. Generally speaking, our minds and bodies
anticipate what's going to happen and how it's going
to end based on logical thought, emotion, and our past
experience. But, when circumstances go in unexpected
directions, our thoughts and emotions suddenly have
to switch gears and laughter emerges out of the tension
between what we expect--and what actually happens.
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falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and
so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we
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--President Woodrow Wilson

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--President George W. Bush

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Take the best medicine of all for what ails you -- laughter:

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon
without springs--jolted by every pebble in the road."
~Henry Ward Beecher
"Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."
--Arnold Glasow
"Laughter is by definition healthy."
--Doris Lessing
"If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life."
--Bette Midler
"The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter."
--Mark Twain
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
-- Yiddish Proverb
"Laughter is an instant vacation."
-- Milton Berle
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
-- Victor Borge

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time
to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a
time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (King Solomon)

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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

And this Good News about the Kingdom will be
preached through all the world for a witness to
all people; and then the end will come. Mat 24:14






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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.
--Matthew 7:13-14




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A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
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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


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

O God, You have taught me from my
youth; And to this day I declare
Your wondrous works. Now also when
I am old and gray headed, O God,
do not forsake me, Until I declare
Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Ps 71

Professor Howdy said...

"Who is this who darkens
counsel by words without
knowledge? Now prepare
yourself like a man; I will
question you, and you shall
answer Me.

"Where were you when I
laid the foundations of the
earth? Tell Me, if you
have understanding. Who
determined its measurements?

Surely you know! Or who
stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations
fastened? Or who laid its
cornerstone, When the
morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God
shouted for joy? "Or who
shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and
issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds
its garment, And thick
darkness its swaddling
band; When I fixed My
limit for it, And set bars
and doors; When I said,
'This far you may come,
but no farther, And here
your proud waves must stop!'

"Have you commanded the
morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know
its place, That it might take hold
of the ends of the earth, And
the wicked be shaken out of it?
It takes on form like clay under
a seal, And stands out like a
garment. From the wicked
their light is withheld, And
the upraised arm is broken.

"Have you entered the springs
of the sea? Or have you walked
in search of the depths? Have
the gates of death been
revealed to you? Or have
you seen the doors of the
shadow of death? Have
you comprehended the
breadth of the earth?

Tell Me, if you know all this.

"Where is the way to the
dwelling of light? And
darkness, where is its
place, That you may
take it to its territory,
That you may know
the paths to its home?

Do you know it,
because you were
born then, Or because
the number of your days
is great? "Have you
entered the treasury
of snow, Or have you
seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved
for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle
and war? By what way
is light diffused, Or
the east wind scattered
over the earth?

"Who has divided
a channel for the
overflowing water,
Or a path for the
thunderbolt, To
cause it to rain
on a land where
there is no one,
A wilderness in
which there is no
man; To satisfy
the desolate waste,
And cause to spring
forth the growth of
tender grass?

Has the rain a
father? Or who
has begotten the
drops of dew?

From whose
womb comes
the ice? And the
frost of heaven,
who gives it birth?

The waters harden
like stone, And the
surface of the deep
is frozen. "Can you
bind the cluster of the
Pleiades, Or loose the
belt of Orion? Can you
bring out Mazzaroth in
its season? Or can you
guide the Great Bear
with its cubs? Do you
know the ordinances of
the heavens? Can you
set their dominion over
the earth? "Can you lift
up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water
may cover you? Can you
send out lightnings, that they
may go, And say to you,
'Here we are!'? Who
has put wisdom in the mind?

Or who has given understanding
to the heart?

Who can number the clouds
by wisdom? Or who can pour
out the bottles of heaven,
When the dust hardens in
clumps, And the clods cling
together?

"Can you hunt the prey for
the lion, Or satisfy the appetite
of the young lions, When they
crouch in their dens, Or lurk
in their lairs to lie in wait?

Who provides food for
the raven, When its young
ones cry to God, And
wander about for lack
of food?



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It was the largest cooperative effort ever among the churches of this county where we were about to do our next community-wide outreaches. What we do is a full-scale mobilization of God's people in an area to reach lost people with what we call "non-religious" evangelism. One of the outreaches, the youth event, was especially targeted to reach lost young people. One main attraction was going to be a concert by one of America's best-known contemporary Christian bands. And the committee for that youth event was a little overwhelmed when they saw the size of the stage this group was going to need. But they went to work like beavers, and they busily rose to the challenge of constructing a very big stage for a very big event. When you walked into the gym the afternoon of the outreach, you might well ask, "What's all this for?" Answer: a big platform for a big event, which turned out to be the biggest youth event anyone could ever remember in that county! An event where, praise God, hundreds of young people met Jesus Christ!


God may be building a big platform in your life right now. Oh, it doesn't look like a platform. It looks like a big problem, a big threat, or a big pain! But actually it's a big platform on which God is about to give a big performance!

There's a great example of how that works in our word for today from the Word of God in 1 Kings 18:36-37. Elijah is up against something huge; he is confronting 450 prophets of the god Baal who much of his culture worships. It's a showdown with the odds 450 to 1. A sacrifice has been laid on the altar on Mt. Carmel and Elijah lays down a challenge to see whose God, Jehovah or Baal, will consume that sacrifice with fire from heaven. Then Elijah builds a bigger platform for God by drenching the sacrifice, the altar, and the whole area with water.

Then the Bible says, "At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: 'O Lord, let it be known today that you are God in Israel. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.' Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and it also licked up the water in the trench."

Man! Here was something so big only God could do it, and this huge challenge provided a huge platform for God to show up with a huge performance of His power. That huge challenge you're facing right now - God didn't bring it or allow it to hurt you. It's there to provide a stage on which He can show up for you in a way that you and those who know you will never forget.

Elijah here shows us a powerful way to pray: that God will answer in whatever way will let everyone know that He is God. If you're facing a need so great that only God could meet it - a problem so impossible only God could solve it; something so big only God could do it - well, get ready for God to show up big-time! And pray as Elijah did - not just for the situation, but for God to do this in the way that will give Him the greatest glory and you and the people around you the biggest view of His greatness and His love.

The bigger the challenge becomes, the bigger the platform for your God to do His amazing thing - maybe something bigger than you have ever seen Him do before!


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Ravi Zacharias said...

The Same Old Story

How far can we get on good intentions? According to a recent survey conducted among a diverse group of men and women, thirty percent of those who make New Year's resolutions admit not keeping them into February. Just one in five continues his or her resolution for six months or more. Apparently, we don’t get very far on good intentions.

We meet life with intentions to succeed, intentions to be a good person, intentions to live life to the fullest. However many ways we might interpret success, goodness, or “fullest” living, our good intentions have certain aspects in common: the hope to improve, the idea of becoming something more than what we are at the moment, the expectation that one should reach his or her potential. It is as if there is an image implanted in our minds that upholds the idea of something we could be or might be--or were even meant to be. But there is all too often a tragic side to our best intentions. When they are not fully realized, it
is usually we who have gotten in the way.

Great thinkers from Augustine to G.K. Chesterton saw clearly that the most verifiable truth of the Christian worldview is the certainty of the depravity of humanity. It can be observed across countries and languages, at any time and within every decade, from barbaric accounts of depravity in far away places to more accepted forms of depravity close at home. We close our eyes to reality where we refuse to see the same story repeating itself again and again. We might euphemize the doctrine of original sin into neurotic myth, outdated opinion, or church propaganda, but it has not been euthanized. Observe for a short time at any playground and you will note quickly amongst even the youngest that something has gone terribly wrong. If we were to truly observe our hearts, motives, and wills, we would hardly find them good and consistent leaders to follow.

The Christian worldview recognizes the recurring story of a fallen humanity and the
depth of our condition. Not only do we fall short of our own intentions, we fall short of the standard we faintly recognize within us; we fall short of the glory of God. “As for God,” writes the psalmist, “his way is perfect. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” (18:30-31). The one who spoke to the dejected Eve in the Garden of Eden and to the defiant David through the prophet Nathan is the standard beside whom we, too, stand in fearful contrast. We can step no closer to that standard by our own merit than a foolish king can order the stars to bow before him. To look at the Father and his only Son is to find that even our best intentions are made of straw.

Yet looking at Christ, we not only see our overwhelming shortfall beside a perfect human standard, we find this better standard moving toward us in mercy, giving us a bigger picture of the good and the fullest, and ushering us into the possibility of holding more than we ever imagined. When we most
clearly understand the depth of our falling short, we are most truly amazed by the life of the Son and the grace of the Father. Where we are humbled by the deceitfulness of our own hearts, we can truly grasp the beauty of Jesus and the unimaginable depth of a Father’s love. It is in Christ where we find that God moves the mountains of sin to give us the picture of all God intended. And here, we find the Christian worldview not only coherently offers the diagnosis, but also the cure.

The late Christian songwriter Rich Mullins alluded to the bigger pictures of God when he observed of his own life: “What I’d have settled for/ You’ve blown so far away/ What You brought me to/ I thought I could not reach.” In the intentions of God, we find that where we would have settled, where we would have been content with success or goodness, the Father moves us far beyond. Where we would have fallen beyond reach, the Son took our place. “God who is mighty,” proclaims the psalmist, “has done
great things for me.” In the coming of this New Year, might we recognize a similar story in our own lives.



Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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