The Beauty Of Autumn!

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold

I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon Ill hear old winters song

But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Cest une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu maimais et je taimais

Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que maimais moi qui taimais

Mais la vie spare ceux qui saiment

Tout doucement sans faire de bruit

Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants dsunis...


Chuck Colson & said...

Chastity Leads to Marital Success
Chuck Colson
A pastor—we will call him Reverend Galsworthy—was meeting with a young
engaged couple, and he could not help heaving a quiet sigh of frustration.
Kirk and Gillian, you see, were like most of the other couples he had met
with lately. They wanted to be married right away—no premarital counseling.
They were also living together. When their pastor asked if they would
consider living apart until their wedding day, the couple emphatically
Instead of insisting, Rev. Galsworthy gave up and went along with the
couple's wishes.

What a terrible mistake. In my view, pastors like this ought to have their
marriage licenses revoked. As my friend and marriage expert Mike McManus
writes, ministers who go along to get along are complicit in 's divorce
rate—among the highest in the world.

Mike and his wife, Harriet, have just written a new book titled Living
Together: Myths, Risks, & Answers . Its target audience is pastors who have
no idea why or how they should counsel engaged couples.

For example, pastors ought to insist that engaged couples live apart and
remain chaste. If they object, they ought to be told that couples who live
together in a kind of "trial marriage" are 50 percent more likely to divorce
than couples who do not cohabit. As the McManuses note, "What four out of
five [co-habiting couples] experience is really a 'trial divorce.' The only
question is whether they will break up before the wedding or afterwards."

There is also the matter of pre-marital counseling. Couples often brush
aside the need for it. They are convinced that love will overcome anything.
Bunk! Counseling is absolutely essential.

The McManuses describe a Christian couple they once counseled: Hector and
Teresa lived together, but kept separate bank accounts. Teresa fought with
Hector's family, and Hector spent large amounts of money without consulting

Mike and Harriet McManus had the couple take a premarital inventory called
PREPARE. This questionnaire helps couples determine if they are truly
compatible and predicts marital success with 80 percent accuracy.

Although hesitant at first, Hector and Teresa agreed to live apart until the
wedding. The McManuses also helped the couple see their independent
attitudes would damage their future marriage. They taught them what a
nurturing, biblical marriage is all about.

Today, five years after tying the knot, Hector and Teresa are happily
married—and they credit marital counseling for their success.

Too often today, young couples accept secular teachings on love, sex, and
marriage—destructive teachings that they absorb through films, television,
and academia. Christian counseling helps couples recover centuries of
wisdom: that in the happiest marriages, husbands and wives are chaste
beforehand and faithful afterwards. They submit to and serve one another,
and bring their marriage under the Lordship of Christ.

I suggest you give your pastor a copy of the McManus's book, Living Together
. And tell him how wonderful it would be if your church was known as the one
where divorce was almost unheard of—because couples were so well prepared
for marital bliss.

And if you know a couple planning to marry—give them a copy, too. You will
be giving them the perfect wedding gift: the gift of a happy, lifelong

BreakPoint is a daily commentary on news and trends from a Christian
perspective. Heard on more than 1000 radio outlets nationwide, BreakPoint
transcripts are also available on the Internet. BreakPoint is a production
of The Wilberforce Forum, a division of Prison Fellowship: 1856 Old Reston
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Ron Hutchcraft - AWWY said...

A Glowing Hunk of Rock -

Every once in a while we think someone left the floodlight on in the
backyard, so I look outside the window to discover the floodlight isn't on -
the moonlight is! It's one of those really impressive full-moon nights.
The most beautiful one, for my wife and me I think, was when we were on
vacation in the mountains. Our cabin was nestled in this quiet valley next
to this gentle little stream. Not long after dark, I noticed that the
valley was like ablaze with light! The full moon was rising in the eastern
sky and it was casting this celestial glow over everything. It was perfectly
positioned in the sky to just totally illuminate the valley we were in. But
then, something made me realize what I was really looking at, and I said as
we stood on the porch in admiration, "You know, that moon really isn't
producing any light at all. It's only reflecting the light of the sun."

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from 2 Corinthians 3:18. Paul
says, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are
being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes
from the Lord, who is the Spirit." Now as followers of Jesus Christ we are
supposed to light our world. God has positioned you where you work, or
live, or go to school, or where you shop, to make a difference, a
Jesus-difference there. By your love, your joy, your Jesus-treatment of
people, you're supposed to light up what would otherwise be a much darker

But we are like the moon; we have no glory of our own. This verse says we
reflect Jesus' glory! He says it in another way in chapter 4, verse 7. "We
have this treasure in jars of clay so that this all-surpassing power is from
God and not from us." You see, anything we do for the Lord, it's all God.
Now we should be a lot brighter, I think, than we are. There are a lot of
important things He wants to do through you, but maybe you're not making
nearly the difference you should be making. It's probably because of one
basic spiritual misunderstanding about who's the "sun" and who's the "moon."
Maybe these are things you've been asked to do for the Lord, but you're
afraid to say "yes" because you feel inadequate. You want people you're
around to hear about Jesus, but you just haven't said anything because
you're afraid you'll mess it up. God is putting before you some ways that
He wants you to make a difference, but you keep shrinking back. But see,
you're missing something. You're not the "sun." You don't have to produce
the power, or the words, or the strength, or the light to pull it off. It's
Jesus who does the work. He's only asking for you to be available. He
knows you and I can't produce the light; that's His job! He just wants you
to be in a position to reflect His light onto the people around you. That
takes a lot of pressure off. That means you can help somebody be in heaven
with you someday.

In chapter 3, verse 5 in 2 Corinthians He says, "Not that we are competent
in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from
God. He has made us competent." See, you can dare to step up to
responsibility that would be impossible if it depended on you. It doesn't.
It depends on the Son of God! This "reflected" glory neutralizes our
feelings of inadequacy and pride. Maybe you've begun to feel a little
prouder of the kind of Christian you've been, or some of the things you've
done for the Lord. Hey, news flash! You haven't done them! You're only a
glowing piece of rock." It's all Jesus, reflecting His glory through you.
What are you doing taking any credit for any of it? If the sun were to go
out some full-moon night, we would immediately know where the light's been
coming from all along and how little the moon has to do with it. The light
of the Son of God never goes out, and He chooses to reflect in on your
valley, through your life, your personality, your abilities, even your
weaknesses. Isn't that amazing? You can light up your world with light
that does not come from you, but from the very Son of God himself!

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Wist u dat de God van u houdt?
Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?
Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
Avete saputo che il dio li ama?
Você soube que o deus o ama?
¿Usted sabía que el dios le ama?

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Lee C. - Tennessee said...

The Cemetery Evangelist
Charles R. Swindoll

When I was growing up in Houston, our family lived across the street from a
man and woman who had married later in life. Ms. Brill met and married Mr.
Roberts after her childbearing years had passed, so the two of them enjoyed
a honeymoon that lasted well into retirement. He was a wonderful, doting
husband who loved her deeply, and she found great joy in the man of her
dreams. Mr. Roberts was not only the light of her life; he provided much of
its meaning. Then, a sudden heart attack took him from her. Her grief knew
no bounds.

In the weeks that followed the funeral, my mother watched Mrs. Roberts leave
the house every day to visit his gravesite. Like many often do, she spent
hours there, talking, crying, seeking some kind of connection with her
departed soul mate. Each day as she left that lonely house for the cemetery,
her despair worsened. You see, our neighbor was a fine, morally upright
woman, but she had no personal relationship with Christ. Over the years, my
mother had attempted to reach her with the gospel, but Mrs. Roberts was
never particularly receptive. And because she had no hope in Jesus Christ,
she had no hope in His resurrection, no hope of happiness that would not
tragically end again, and certainly no hope of heaven.

I'll never forget the day my mother said to me, "Charles, I want you to pray
that Mrs. Roberts's heart will be open to what I have to say." And within a
few minutes, she was across the street with a batch of warm cookies and a
pitcher of lemonade. That very afternoon, Mrs. Roberts embraced the truth:
because Jesus rose from the dead, death does not lay claim to the final

Stop for a moment and think about this: What if Jesus's resurrection was a
fraud, perpetrated by a small band of zealots trying to start a new
religion? What, then, is the meaning of your fleeting seventy years on
Earth? As Mrs. Roberts looked back on her delightful years with her
husband-years that ended so suddenly, so absurdly to her-she had no answer.
And her futile graveside attempts to reconnect only further confused her and
deepened her hopelessness.

Let's face it. If Jesus didn't stand up that first Easter morning, lay aside
His burial wrappings, and leave the tomb to walk among those who loved Him,
nothing really matters. Let me write that another way. If Jesus didn't rise
from the dead, or if His resurrection was a hoax, then nothing-absolutely
nothing-has any meaning at all. Any blessing you enjoy will come to a
sudden, heartbreaking end. Any good work we accomplish will either decay or
quickly become obsolete. When our life has passed-a mere twinkling of a
moment when compared to the eons before and after you-any impact we leave
will be washed away like footprints in wave-washed sand. Furthermore, we
waste our time trusting in some strange, dead god.

The apostle Paul wrote it this way in his letter to the church in Corinth:

If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also
is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we
testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in
fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even
Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is
worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen
asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life
only, we are of all men most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-19)

How pointless is our belief in a dead Lord! How futile to trust a lying God!
How fleeting is any happiness or any future or any hope that will only end
with death!

On the other hand, because Christ has indeed risen, we have every reason to
live well, worship God, and savor the blessings we enjoy today because they
are only a taste of so much more to come. The resurrection of Jesus Christ
is our promise that the life we live is not vain. We have significance both
temporally and eternally. Our lives have purpose beyond the seventy-or-so
years we spend on Earth because the living God has promised us that our
investments in eternity will not come back empty. Because Jesus conquered
death, and because of our faith in Him, we now anticipate victory over the
grave. That triumph gives us the courage to endure all temporal tragedies
and the wisdom to relish every earthly delight. His victory over the final
evil, death, assures us that nothing is too dead for Him to revive. So
whatever our circumstances, we can be confident that better days are coming.

Mrs. Roberts embraced this truth the day my mother returned with an empty
pitcher and a full heart. But her trips to the cemetery didn't stop. In her
many gravesite visits, she had noticed other people weeping over and talking
to cold stones, trying in vain to contact the dead in hopes of recapturing
the relationships they once enjoyed. She understood their despair... but now
she held a truth they desperately needed to hear and believe.

And that's how Mrs. Roberts became the only cemetery evangelist I ever knew.
With her little New Testament and a few well-chosen words, this transformed
lady comforted mourners as they wept, then offered them the very hope that
had given her life eternal meaning: Jesus Christ lives!

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Professor Howdy said...

"Here is a very odd story. A woman in Tennessee is now suing
a local pharmacy after buying what she thought were birth
control patches. They turned out to be nicotine patches. The
good news, her new baby is now down to a half a pack a day."
--Jay Leno

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