Oxymorons From Prof Howdy!

Act naturally
Found missing
Resident alien
Advanced BASIC
Genuine imitation

Airline Food
Good grief
Same difference
Almost exactly
Government organization

Sanitary landfill
Alone together
Legally drunk
Living dead
Small crowd

Business ethics
Soft rock
Christian liberal

Software documentation
New York culture

Democrat democratic

New classic
Sweet sorrow
School food

"Now, then ..."
Synthetic natural gas
Passive aggression
Taped live
Clearly misunderstood

Peace force
Extinct Life
Temporary tax increase
Computer jock
Plastic glasses

Terribly pleased
Computer security
Political science
Tight slacks
Definite maybe

Pretty ugly
Twelve-ounce pound cake
Diet ice cream
Working vacation
Exact estimate

There is simply no historic foundation 
for the position that the Framers intended 
to build the 'wall of separation' that was
constitutionalized in Everson. The 'wall 
of separation between church and state' 
is a metaphor based on bad history,
a metaphor which has proved useless 
as a guide to judging. It should be frankly 
and explicitly abandoned.     
- Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist


In 1796 the US Supreme Court issued 
this ruling, "By our form of government, 
the Christian religion is the established 
religion, and all sects and denominations 
of Christians are placed on equal footing."  
Some 57 years later, after Congress was
petitioned to separate Christian principles 
from government, in 1853 the House Judiciary 
Committee issued their formal report, including 
these words: "In this age there is no substitute
for Christianity. This was the religion of the 
founders of the republic, and they expected 
it to be the religion of their dependents. The
great vital, conservative elements in our system 
is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines 
and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ."  

- Dr. Gerald Beavan


 It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, 
to own their dependence upon the overruling 
power of God and to recognize the sublime 
truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and 
proven by all history, that those nations only 
are blessed whose God is the Lord.     
- President Abraham Lincoln


Trust in yourself and you are doomed 
to disappointment; trust in money and 
you may have it taken from you; but 
trust in God, and you are never to be 
confounded in  time or eternity.                                     
- D.L. Moody


Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic 
in the best of minds.  Men and women 
live on the brink of mysteries and harmonies
into which they never enter and with 
their hand on the door latch they die 
outside. -  GK Chesterton 


Ron Hutchcraft said...

This is a true story. It happened on Long Island, just outside of New York
City. A little two-year-old girl asked her mommy to drive her to get an ice
cream cone. Mom said she was feeling sick and she needed to take a nap. That
little girl had a very observant five-year-old brother. After Mom was
asleep, he told his sister, "I'll take you." He knew where Mom's car keys
were, got them out of her purse, and proceeded to get his sister settled in
the car. Then he started the car, backed it out of the driveway, and then
slowly drove it to the stop sign at the end of the street. He managed to
maneuver the car out onto the main road. It was at that point that a
policeman happened to see that car moving down the road, apparently without
a driver! That will get your attention! He gave chase until the invisible
driver pulled over to the side of the road. Wouldn't you love to have seen
the look on the policeman's face when he walked up to the car and saw this
little boy at the wheel? Thankfully, this had a happy ending. You know that
car was a headed for disaster with that little guy driving!

I'm Ron Hutchcraft, and I want to have A Word With You today about "Never
Meant to Drive."

That boy was never meant to drive. And with someone driving who never should
have, you know there was a crash coming. There are people's lives like that
with the wrong person driving and ultimately headed for a crash. It could be

The "who's driving" issue created two distinct kinds of people in Jesus'
day. And, in fact, it still does today. Our word for today from the Word of
God, Luke 7:29, 30, "All the people, even the tax collectors (Those who were
considered the sleazy guys in Jesus' day.) when they heard Jesus' words,
acknowledged that God's way was right." Interesting - some of the people you
would least expect to end up with Jesus are the very ones who do.

"But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purposes for
themselves." That's pretty sobering stuff for some of us who are religious
people - people of the Bible - even religious leaders. Those were the people
who totally missed Jesus - who, according to the Bible, missed the whole
purpose for their lives. Actually, if you miss Jesus, you do miss the
purpose you were created for, because God says, "All things were created by
Him for Him" (Colossians 1:16.) Including you.

How can someone who's been around Jesus - who knows a lot about Jesus -
still miss Jesus? And ultimately miss the heaven that only those who know
Jesus will ever see. The people who ended up with Jesus came to the point
where they saw that God's way was right - that God should be driving their
life. The people who ended up without Jesus wanted to live their lives for
their purposes. They were "my way" people. They insisted on driving, and it
cost them everything.

In Matthew 7, Jesus describes people who will stand before Him on Judgment
Day, expecting to get into heaven. They tell Him about all the wonderful
Christian things they have done. And Jesus speaks to them some of the most
chilling words in the Bible, "Depart from Me. I never knew you." Those are
words I don't ever want you to hear; words He doesn't ever want you to hear.

Which is why I must ask you, "Has there ever really been a time when you
have relinquished the steering wheel of your life and turned it over to
Jesus Christ?" You were never meant to drive. But you have, and the price is
crashing eternally.

Jesus died on that cross to erase your sin-penalty - to give you eternal
life. You may have been around Jesus a lot, you may know a lot about Him and
still have missed that moment of surrendering your life to Him. This could
be that moment. Tell Him you're done driving - that you are putting your
total trust in Him because He loved you enough to die for you.

If you really want to begin this relationship with Jesus, I really urge you
to go to our website as soon as you can today. It's, and
it's all about how to be sure you belong to Jesus Christ. Or let me send you
my booklet called Yours For Life. You can get it by calling our toll free
number. It's 877-741-1200.

Let Jesus begin driving today. He'll take you where you could never drive

To find out how you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus
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Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
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Professor Howdy said...

By the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think
of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of
yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure
of faith God has given you. --Romans 12



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Dog Dictionary

Two-wheeled exercise machines,
invented for dogs to control body
fat. To get maximum aerobic
benefit, you must hide behind a
bush and dash out, bark loudly
and run alongside for a few yards;
the person then swerves and falls
into the bushes, and you prance away.


“Who are You, God?” begets contradictory answers when left to experience
or perception. Faced with an array of answers, the seeker often turns to
argument. Are the philosophers able to tell us who God is?

Having read numerous debates, I have noticed the ease with which the
sophisticated can hide behind a mountain of words and been left doubtful as
to whether argument, even at its best, is able to untangle the mystery of
God. While I do not wish to minimize the importance of philosophical
debate, it seems that many find it easy to climb the ladder of abstraction.
Yet I wonder: When the discussion rises to such high levels, how many are
blocked from debate and our existential struggles obscured?

With the limitations of both experience and argument, frustration reaches a
high point, and all kinds of caricatures of God can be fashioned to suit
our desires.

Eugene Peterson tells a fascinating story about when he was a pastor in New
York City. His church’s caretaker, a German man named Willi Ossa, was an
artist by day and a janitor by night. Ossa offered to do a portrait of
Peterson, and Peterson agreed, only to keep the friendship going, for Ossa
harbored a quiet but hostile attitude toward Christianity. Day after day,
Ossa would paint his subject, yet never permitting him to see how he was

One day, the artist’s wife dropped in and with one look at the picture she
shrieked, “Sick! You paint him to look like a corpse!” Ossa, upset by this
untimely revelation, snapped back, “He’s not sick; that is the way he will
look when the compassion is gone, when the mercy gets squeezed out of him.”
You see, Ossa hated the state church of his homeland, blaming it for not
doing more to stop the Holocaust. He wanted to show Peterson his future if
he persisted in what he perceived to be the “Christian way.” It is a sad
story and an indictment against Christendom’s historic baggage.

But behind it all, one wonders if that is not the picture of God that many
have, perhaps even you, my friend. Born out of some aberrant experience or
radical philosophy, one is left with a portrait of an unloving and uncaring
God, conditioned by the artist’s own misperceptions. Once again, a point of
reference is needed in order to answer the question: “Who are you, God?”
Ravi Zacharias

Professor Howdy said...

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.

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