Sunday

Warning For Husbands!



Over breakfast this morning, a woman said to her
(UNC grad) husband, "I'll bet you don't know what day this is."

"Of course I do," he answered acting as if he was

offended, and left for the office.

At 10:00 a.m., the doorbell rang and when the

woman opened the door, she was handed a box
of a dozen long stemmed red roses. At 1:00 p.m.,

a foil-wrapped, two-pound box of her favorite
chocolates was delivered. Later, a boutique
delivered a designer dress.

The woman couldn't wait for her husband to
come home.


"First the flowers, then the chocolates and
then
the dress!" she exclaimed.


"I've never had a more wonderful Blah Blah 

Blah Day in my life!"


5 comments:

Margaret Manning - RZIM said...

Conversations with God


I have had the wonderfully enriching opportunity over the years to engage
in great conversations. I call these "great" conversations because they
involved the exchange of ideas, a challenge for putting ideas into action,
or strategic planning and envisioning of the future for a particular
person, ministry, or for myself. I also call these conversations "great"
because they were filled with honesty, authenticity, and debate all within
a context of mutual respect and appreciation.

My current work at RZIM affords me the wonderful opportunity to engage in
great conversations as a daily part of my ministry. Often, these
conversations are conducted through the internet and email server; or they
are conversations that take place casually, as colleagues come and go
through my office. At other times, my conversations are with ideas
presented to me in the pages of books, periodicals, and websites. No
matter the media for conversation, it is a daily part of my life and
ministry.

In recognizing the gift of conversation in my own life, I began to notice
the conversations that took place in Scripture. Particularly, I began to
examine the nature of conversation between God and various individuals.
As I read these dialogues, I noticed a peculiar feature of these great
conversations. For example, the first time we hear Abraham engage God in
conversation, God has just promised to give him a great reward (Genesis
15:1). But Abraham responds with doubt. "O Lord God, what will you give
me, since I am childless?" (Genesis 15:2). These are the very
first recorded words of Abraham. As far as we are told from the
biblical story, Abraham left his country and family of origin without
question; he heard God's great promise of a great nation and blessing
without any question or doubt. Yet his first words question God.

Moses also questions God in his encounter with the Almighty.(1) Despite
seeing a bush burning with fire but not consumed, despite seeing his
shepherd's staff transformed into a serpent, and despite seeing his hand
become leprous and then healed of leprosy, Moses fires back question after
question and challenge after challenge to the God revealed specially and
uniquely to him: "I AM THAT I AM; I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE." Moses appears
not to recognize his conversation partner, the God of his father, the God
of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, as he questions God
repeatedly in their dramatic conversation: "Who am I, that I should go to
Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" (Exodus
3:11). "Now they may say to me, 'What is God's name?' What shall I say
to them?" (Exodus 3:13). "What if they will not believe me, or listen to
what I say?" (Exodus 4:1). "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent,
neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow
of speech and tongue" (Exodus 4:10). "Please Lord, send someone else to
do it" (Exodus 4:13).

At this point in the conversation God becomes furious with Moses, and who
can blame God? After all, God has pulled out all the miraculous stops in
trying to convince Moses that God will be with him to help him accomplish
the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage and slavery. Remarkably,
God concedes to Moses, and appoints Aaron, the brother of Moses, as the
mouthpiece for the reluctant prophet.

What amazes me about these dialogues is that they are included in
Scripture at all! For on the surface, it appears that these are very bad
conversations for God! If we simply evaluated them on contemporary
conversational etiquette, or persuasive ability, neither party does very
well. God isn't very successful in terms of persuasion and his
conversation partners are better at giving excuses than giving respect.
But of course, there is more to the story. For I believe these
conversations are recorded to demonstrate that even what we might consider
"bad" conversation matters to God. As Abraham and Moses continue their
conversations with God--as one offers up the child of promise for
sacrifice, as the other negotiates with Pharaoh and then navigates the
Israelites in the wilderness--we hear complaint, lament, question, and
argumentation that we could hardly imagine, let alone speak before the
Almighty. And yet, Abraham is called "the friend of God" (Isaiah 41:8)
and Moses beholds the glory of God on Mount Sinai (Exodus 33:18-9). Yes,
conversation matters to God--even conversation that questions and
argues--for God values communion with God's people. Indeed, Abraham and
Moses, Job, the psalmists, and the prophets all provide us with rich and
engaging narratives of authentic, challenging, questioning, and even
argumentative conversation with God.

With these kinds of conversational examples, how have you been talking
with God lately? Do you hold back aspects of your thoughts and feelings,
afraid of causing offense, or do you engage God with your whole being,
even those parts that question, argue, or doubt? Despite Moses's
questioning of God, the Scripture tells us that "The LORD would speak to
Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend" (Exodus
33:11). Perhaps the way we talk with God illuminates our willingness to
engage in great conversation. Indeed, perhaps the way we talk with God
illuminates the depth of our friendship.

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

(1) See Exodus 3-4.

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Professor Howdy said...

Recognizable Names

Ernesto Miranda

In 1963, Ernesto Miranda was accused of kidnapping and raping
an 18-year-old, mildly retarded woman. He was brought in for
questioning, and confessed to the crime. He was not told that
he did not have to speak or that he could have a lawyer present.
At trial, Miranda's lawyer tried to get the confession thrown
out, but the motion was denied. In 1966, the case came in
front of the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that the state-
ments made to the police could not be used as evidence, since
Miranda had not been advised of his rights. Since then the
police have been required to recite the Miranda warning.

***

Captain William Lynch

A Virginia farmer during the Revolutionary War, Lynch organized
bands of townspeople to dispense justice to outlaws and British
collaborators. These bands became known as "Lynch Mobs," and
hanging someone without a trial became known as "Lynching."

***

Henry Deringer

An American gunsmith of the 1840s, Deringer invented a tiny
pistol that he named after himself. Further development and
copying of his design resulted in the mis-spelled 'derringer'
pistol, manufactured widely by other companies.

Professor Howdy said...

However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. - John 11:13 NKJ

Professor Howdy said...

One Sunday afternoon, my son and I were chasing a Giants football game wherever we went. When we were near the TV at home, of course, we were glued to that. And then we were in the car, and so we'd listen on the radio. And when we got to a place where one of us had to go in, only one of us went in so the other one could stay in the car and could get an update. Yeah, a little fanatic! And then the one who went in got back as soon as he could.

You can see why the word fan is short for fanatic, right? We were in bad shape! But, you know, it was a decisive game and the outcome was up for grabs. When the Giants took the lead, my son said, "Dad, I'm wearing my Giants sweater to school tomorrow." I said, "Good. What if they lose?" He paused for a moment and then he very proudly said, "Either way." I respect loyalty like that, and I'm not the only one.

There's a man in the Bible who didn't always wear Jesus' colors. In John 19:38, our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus has been crucified. Later it says, "Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilot for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilot's permission, he came and took the body away." Now, it's interesting that Joseph of Arimathea probably, well figuratively had a jersey that said, "I belong to Jesus Christ." But he took it off when he was in settings where it could be embarrassing or where it could cost him something.

Jesus has a lot of followers like that--maybe you. You're probably His when that's the winning idea; when that's the thing everybody's doing. You sing the songs, maybe give a testimony, you voice His values when you're in His meetings, and then you go to the office or your workplace where being identified with Jesus might give you a loser status. Or you go to school, or you're with a group of friends, and suddenly you submerge faster than a submarine. See, we're like "fit in" people; changing our allegiance as the environment changes.

Well, there's good news for people like that, because people like that can change. Joseph did. Notice he came out of hiding. He took his stand for good. He said, "Jesus can be buried in my tomb." He would be forever identified with Jesus from that day on. There was no turning back. Why? Because he saw what Jesus did on the cross for him.

Isn't it time for you to go public with your commitment to Christ, to let people know where you stand and who you stand with, to let them know you are not ashamed of the Man who was not ashamed of you as He hung on a cross? The fans who can truly celebrate when their team finally wins are the ones who were loyal when no one else was. Jesus will win. Every knee will bow at His name. The real winners will be those who stood by Jesus when it cost them something.

So, step up to the freedom, the adventure of finally saying, "I belong to Jesus Christ no matter what it costs." And if someone should ask you, "But what if it means you lose?" Answer proudly, "Either way."


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"A Word With You" by Ron Hutchcraft

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