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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 25, 2003
"It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson." - Emmet Fox
Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Turn Back the Clock
By Bob Perks, Copyright (c) 2003
He sat there on the edge of the bed with his face nestled in his hands.
He was remembering a time when things were better.
"It seemed like such a short time ago when we were happy," he said as he lifted his head.
"If only I could turn back the clock," he moaned.
His life was supposed to be different.
His dreams were meant to come true.
But here he sat with nothing at all
And nothing more he could do.
He didn't know that he heard him
He thought he was completely alone
But his son was there in the doorway
Hearing his Daddy moan.
He ran to his room to find one
Then hurried back to his side
He said "Daddy, here. I turned back the clock."
Are you happy?" he asked and Dad cried.
The man on bed was speechless
You see, God had answered his plea
"Whenever you think you have nothing at all," God said.
Remember, my son, you have me!"
"I believe in you!"
Bob Perks is a professional Speaker, Trainer and author. To receive his free weekly messages, I Believe in You!, visit http://www.BobPerks.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The new pastor decided to visit the children's Sunday School. The teacher introduced him and said, "Pastor, this morning we're studying Joshua."
"That's wonderful," said the new Pastor, "let's see what you're learning. Who tore down the walls of Jericho?"
Little Billy shyly raised hand and offered, "Pastor, I didn't do it."
Taken aback the Pastor asked, "Come on, now, who tore down the walls of Jericho?"
Teacher, interrupting, said, "Pastor, Billy's a good boy. If he says he didn't do it, I believe he didn't do it."
Flustered, the Pastor went to the Sunday School director and related the story to him.
The Director looking worried, explained, "Well, sir, we've had some problems with Billy before. Let me talk to him and see what we can do."
Really bothered now, by the answers of the teacher and the director, the new pastor approached the deacons and related the whole story, including the responses of the teacher and the director.
A white-haired gentleman thoughtfully stroked his chin and said, "Well, Pastor, I move we just take the money from the general fund to pay for the walls and leave it at that."
Source: Bill's Punch Line, http://www.tcmr.com/billspunchline.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our church was planning a chili supper for the homeless, and my wife, Florence, agreed to prepare four gallons of her rather mild variation. The man in charge of organizing the program asked Florence how she would describe her chili -- three alarm or four alarm. After hearing some of the ingredients that went into other chili donations, my wife replied, "I guess you'd call mine false alarm."
Contributed to "Life In These United States" by J. C. Bjorkholm
Source: DailyInBox: Reader's Digest CyberSmiles, http://dailyinbox.com/rd/
I am a lay preacher. At the time that this episode took place my close'up vision was gradually getting weaker, and though I could manage to read my own handwritten notes I had difficulty reading the print in my Bible and the typed quotations. Explaining to the congregation that I had forgotten to bring my spectacles, I asked the elder to read the Scripture passage. When the offering was taken the deacon passed the plate to me with a pair of specs sent by one of the brethren who was about my age. They were a perfect match for both close-up and distance. How wonderful life is with a bit of brotherly give-and-take.
By Steve Pretorius, Newcastle, South Africa
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) September 13, 2001, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Nancy Simpson