Thought For The OPEN Mind - Humor From American Culture!
First Published In The Last Century - July 26, 1997!
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An Amusement Park Of Ideas! #ProfHowdy
It was with great anticipation that I began viewing the videos by Professor Howdy on YouTube andhis two Blogs!The Professor is simply amazing at retelling an old story in a contemporary manner with exquisite Classical Music accompanied with H.D. Photographs & sprinkled with alluring, charming, classy and bewitching Video Clips! Rather than containingsimply one music selection, the Professor includesup to four popular music sensations on each video! The High Definition photographs were beautiful beyond words and accompanied with those was the most heavenly music one will ever hear! With a creative genius' ability to carry us around the globe and to fall unrestrainedly in love with everybeautiful creature shown, the Professor lifts & relaxes not only our spirits but our emotions as well.Now with some 250+ videos available, one can enter the world of musical enchantment similar to Narnia or Middle Earth with spell bounding emotional attachment to each world musically presented. Of special note while viewing each musical video, it is often nearly impossible at timesto determine whether a photograph or video is being used during a particular segment. Each pulchritudinous video tells it own allegorical ten minute novel with statuesque and emblematic awareness! Remember that his Music Videos are defined as theater of the mind!Part of the Genius also in these opulent & ostentatious videos are not only in the Transitions that change beautifully in slow motion but the charmingly, daintily, delicately & delightful photographs & videos that ameliorate the musical narrative!Only one with low intelligence quotient or attention deficit will not be relaxed, cheered & entertained by these astounding video novelettes.This magic world may be entered through the portholes of the Wardrobe, Narnia, YouTube, FaceBook or the Professor's Blogs! Enjoy the musical adventure (and be sure to click the proper buttons below the screen to view with your computer's full screen). Oh, and his Videos when viewed on Apple's new iPad are simply astounding!Phillip T. YarboroughProfessor EmeritusHarvard UniversityAnd EntertainmentEditor for Time MagazineLearn About The Many Facets Of'Thought & Humor' At Their Website: ILoveProfHowdy.Com
As we watched the tragedies of the earthquake, and cholera, and the misery of Haiti unfold in recent months, it's really touched our hearts, because my wife and I have had the opportunity to be in Haiti a couple of times. I remember some years ago when my wife brought back a strange souvenir from her visit. She came home with I guess you'd call it a bacterial souvenir from a mission trip there.We got home from the airport, opened up the luggage, greeted our three children and started to hand out the little souvenirs that we got them. Well, meanwhile, my wife retreated to the bedroom and within an hour she was in intestinal agony with gastroenteritis. Well, I went to the doctor a couple of times and I tried to get her something to give her relief. When all else failed, he said, "Well, you had better get the emergency medical people over there and bring her to the hospital.That was a little scary. I mean, here comes the EMS people barging in, they've got a stretcher, they've got the ambulance out in front, they're barking orders to each other. Our boys just stood there wide-eyed trying to process it all, but not our 14-year-old daughter. No. No, she responded to this bad news situation differently. Suddenly she's in the kitchen doing dishes; cleaning madly; working frantically. I guess she didn't want to deal directly with what was going on, so she just got busy. Maybe it's a first-born thing. Now that's not all bad unless it's God you're not dealing with.Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Isaiah chapter 30. I'll begin reading at verse 15. It's about people on the run. "This is what the sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, 'In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength.' But you would have none of it. You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.' Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore, your pursuers will be swift."Now, notice here, God says to people, "I want you to repent; to rest, to trust." And they say, "I want to run. I want to run as fast as I can." You know, some of us are lifetime fugitives, running from something God is trying to get us to face. This says your pursuers will be swift; they will always catch up with you. Some escapes are obviously destructive: alcohol, drugs, physically running away. But many Christians take the noble escape from facing issues. They just get busy in worthy causes, like my daughter bustling around in the kitchen. We get so busy, so we don't have to face a situation.Now, on the one hand, serving others is a positive way to find personal healing, but not if you're working as a substitute for dealing with the issue. Now think about it. When you slow down, don't you start to see some things about yourself that you don't see any other time? Some of it, well, it may be hard to face: a deeply entrenched personal sin, a deep wound maybe you've never dealt with. Something God wants you to do that you'd rather avoid. It's the still, small voice of God trying to get through.Now, either we face what He's saying, or we run like mad. If you run into busyness, oh, well, everyone will praise you for your dedication. But busyness that is running from the truth is an escape, as surely as drugs or alcohol. And it's just as addicting. Isn't it time to stop running finally and unload the stress of a neurotic, destructive busyness and just listen to God? Deal with what he's been chasing you for all these years, and you won't have to run nearly so much. Wouldn't it would be nice to live without always having to look over your shoulder. 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
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." - Revelation 17:14 NKJV
I was speaking at a youth conference, and we all had breakfast in the cafeteria together. And then when we got together for our morning session I said, "Now, I want you guys to imagine that somebody who was at breakfast with us comes in the room and his cheeks are all puffy and you ask him what's wrong, and he just goes, "uh...uh... uh..." And you go, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Here's a piece of paper." And you give him a piece of paper and he writes down, "I'm starved." Now I ask him, "Did you eat breakfast?" "Uh-huh." "And you're still hungry?" "Uh-huh." And then I would ask him, "Did you swallow it?" "Huh-uh." "Oh, maybe that's why you're still hungry." See, it isn't enough just to ingest your food; you've got to swallow it for it to do anything for you.Now, our word for today from the Word of God is in Joshua 1:8. And you might say it's about spiritual eating and spiritual digestion, because ingestion is not enough to satisfy your appetite. Ingesting food is not enough to nourish you. Joshua 1:8 puts it this way in the biblical formula for personal success. It says this, "Do not let this book of the law (the Bible) depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night."In other words, be saturated with the Bible. Take a Bible bath. You should be in it day and night, really knowing what it's saying. But listen, it says, "So that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."Did you catch those words "careful to do"? It doesn't say, "I want you to read the Bible to just know what it says." I want you to read the Bible to do what it says. The purpose of being in God's Word is to memorize it, meditate on it, but then to do what you read. In other words, until the Bible gets into your real life; until you've found a change you're going to make because of what you've read, all you've done is sort of take it in, kind of hold it in your mouth spiritually, but it's not in your system.So when you study the Bible, if you're going to read it to do something, that means before you close the Bible each morning when you're with the Lord, you say, "Lord, help me make a connection to something I'm going to face today." Always make that connection between what you're reading and what your life is doing right now. So, if you're reading about loving your brother, you say, "Okay, which brother am I having a hard time loving?" Okay, "Love your Ralph." Or whoever's the hard guy to love.(Contined)
If it's talking about patience, you say, "Let's see, who do I need to be more patient with right now? Okay, Lord, help me be more patient with my Mom, or my wife." If it's talking about temptation, then you say, "Which temptation am I facing right now?" And you put that temptation into the verse. So if it says, "Do not let sin control your body." Then which sin? Okay, so you put in there, "Do not let gossip control your body (the one you struggle with, whatever it is)."For example, in James 1. Let's try this. You're reading the book of James, and it says, "Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds." Now if you're just ingesting, you'd kind of go, "Today I read about trials." Now, wait a minute. No, no! Which trial are you facing right now?" You go, "Oh, man, my boss!" Or you might say if you're married, "My in-laws." Okay, then make it in the verse, "Whenever you face trials of many kinds (with your boss), (with your in-laws) because you know that the testing of your faith (by your boss), (your in-laws) develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."Now, that verse could just be about trials in general, or it could be about someone or something you're facing today. When you make that connection, you begin to swallow what you're eating. God's got a lot of fat children who've never put into use what they're reading.Every day ask yourself the question, "What am I going to do because of what I read?" And once you do that and start to make those changes, you are well on your way to an exciting new you; one day, one change at a time.Hey, don't be content to just ingest the Bible, digest it. That's the only way you grow.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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