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The UNC football coach was asked how he picked a team from a bunch of raw recruits."I hate to give away my secrets," he replied, "but I'll tell you. I takethem out into the woods. Then, at a given signal, I start them running.Those that run around the trees are chosen as guards. Those that run into the trees are chosen as tackles."
“Would you create a world with such pain,” the skeptic charges, “and if youdid, could you at the same time still be called good?“. Plainly speaking, there are only four possible worlds. The first is thatthere be no creation at all. Would it not have been better for God to havenot created a world than to have created ours—where good and evil are bothpossibilities? The second is a world where only good is permitted, a kindof robotically beneficent universe. The third option is a world wherethere is no such thing as good or evil, an amoral world. There, right andwrong would not even be legitimate categories for consideration. Thefourth is the world that we live in, where good and evil exist with thepossibility of choosing either. In the final analysis, our world is the only one where love is genuinelypossible because freedom is a precondition for authentic love. Weintuitively recognize that love is the supreme ethic and where love ispossible, freedom is necessary. Where freedom is real, so is thepossibility of suffering. Perhaps you picture God observing our world like an astronaut viewing theearth while in orbit—abstract and distant. But this is not God of theScriptures! He has not removed himself from the dimensions of ourexperience, nor has He left us to our own devices. Rather He has powerfullybroken into our reality. How? Through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Outside ofa Christian worldview, this may seem odd, and even the apostle Paul saidthis reality appears “foolish” to the unbeliever. Yet when you perceive theinfinite holiness of God and His boundless love, we see God’s twin desiresfulfilled in the Cross: His holiness satisfied through suffering, andmotivated by love strong enough to endure pain. In the Cross love, holiness and suffering are brought together. God cannotbe at the same time both holy and unloving, or both loving and unholy. Whoof us cannot understand that love cannot exist without goodness? Ourhearts hunger for a love that is pure. If we turn our backs upon God, welose not only the source of defining love, but even our suffering remainsan enigma—leaving our finite minds crying for an answer. Even Mahatma Gandhi concluded that the display of grace in the crucifixionis without comparison. Have you made the extraordinary discovery that inlove Jesus bore the cost of our freedom gone wrong? Click HereClick Here 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?http://everystudent.com/menus/intl.htmlClick HereClick Here
1787: First of Federalist Papers AppearedBefore the U.S. Constitution could come into effect, it had to beapproved by each of the states. But many people opposed it becausethey feared it would give too much power to the federal government.In order to gain support for the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton,John Jay, and James Madison wrote a series of articles known as theFederalist Papers. Beginning with an article that appeared under thename "Publius" in the "New York Independent Journal" on October 27,1787, the Federalist Papers helped convince the nation to accept theConstitution, and also established the theory of constitutional government.
Ode to Ohio Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding. *** Mmmm...Macadamia Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa - dominate the center of the island. Most of the world's macadamia nuts are grown on the island. *** Home of the Wolverines In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first univer- sity established by any of the states. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit the name was chan- ged in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
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I had a friend who was a veteran sailor, and occasionally he would take us out on his sailboat. And I learned that when my sailing friend said it was time to go in, I'd better listen. There were times when we were out and the weather was beautiful, and I thought it was going to stay beautiful. But, man, his instincts knew better. He'd say, "I think we'd better go in." I'd say, "On a beautiful day like this? This is a ten." He'd say, "It isn't going to stay that way."You know, there has been more than one occasion where I sailed with him into port and entered the harbor just as the storm broke loose. His instincts were amazing! You might be in a storm right now, or maybe you're headed for one and it just doesn't look like it yet. I have some very critical advice before you set your course or before you sail any furtherNow, our word today from the Word of God is found in Luke 5:5, and the occasion here is where Jesus has asked Simon Peter to go out and fish again after he had fished all night and caught nothing. And Jesus said, "Look, I know it's the middle of the day. I know that it's hot. I know it doesn't look like a good time to go out, but I want you to." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything, but because You say so, I will let down the nets."See, the way it looked would have led Simon Peter to a fruitless conclusion...or let's say a fishless conclusion. It looked like there was no point in going back out again, but Jesus said do it. And just because He said it, Simon Peter did it. And what Jesus said, led to victory.I watched an interview that was recorded on an anniversary of the D-Day Invasion--the greatest military assault in history--June 6, 1944. General Eisenhower told about how the decision was made to go on that date. He wanted to go on June 4th or 5th, and June 4, 1944, was a beautiful, starlit night. The commanders of the allied troops were gathered with General Eisenhower at their Southwick House command post in England. Colonel Page was the Chief Army Meteorologist, and General Eisenhower was told by him that gale-force winds and high tides would soon be assaulting the Normandy beaches; actually by the next morning.Well, should Ike believe what he saw--this beautiful, clear starlit night? Or should he listen to the man who knew? His answer, "No go." Even though it would cost them their first choice and it would prolong the wait for 180,000 troops who were waiting on ships anxious to move. Now the next day--opposite weather. It was stormy as predicted and Colonel Page came in and said, "We're going to have improved weather the next day with moderate winds and tides. It's going to be a good day to go." Okay, should General Eisenhower go by his senses, or by the man who's the authority? Ike paused for about 30 seconds, and then he said two words that are emblazoned in history, "Let's go." The room was clear in two seconds, and the rest is history.Now, you have a decision right now to make whether to believe what your senses, and your feelings, and your environment are telling you about a moral choice, about giving up on a person, about giving in to a temptation, about giving up on a commitment like a marriage, or about running into a decision. Don't base your life on what's going to change in 20 minutes--which is your feelings. Base it on the Word of God which hasn't changed in 20 centuries.Do it His way, no matter how it feels. To find out how you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please visit: Yours for Life or call 1-888-966-7325."A Word With You" by Ron Hutchcraft
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