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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 13, 2006
The first sight of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. - Chicago Tribune
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Because Charles H. Spurgeon, one of the worlds’ greatest preachers, could not put his finger on a definite day or date for his new birth, which occurred in early youth or childhood, a certain contentious man assured him that he had never been born again. He claimed that an experience such as he himself had gone through was the necessary “birth certificate” of a child of God, and that anyone who did not have this so-called “birth certificate,” and could not vividly remember the very instant of conversion was not born again.
But Spurgeon, the man of God, replied: “Years ago I was born as a baby into this world, and my birth certificate was lost, or nobody took time to make one. Therefore I suppose you would contend that I have never been born and do not exist.”
Of course the other brother admitted that Spurgeon had certainly at one time been born—his presence in the world proved it. “And so,” concluded the great preacher, “does a man’s true Christian experience now prove that he has been born again, even though he may not always be able to put his finger on the date when it occurred.” “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20. The old orchard test still holds good.
By H. M. S. Richards
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) October 20, 1942, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
My youngest daughter, Angi, graduated from the university and started teaching in an area college. One day, she went to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
The man who seated her asked, "Are you a teacher?"
Surprised, Angi replied, "Why yes, I am." She enjoyed a warm feeling throughout the meal; she looked like a teacher!
As she was leaving the restaurant, she asked the man, "How did you know I was a teacher?"
"You have chalk dust on your seat," he replied.
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
During one of his house calls, my father, a geriatrician, was examining an elderly patient. To determine her awareness, he asked her what day of the week it was. "Wednesday," she promptly answered. Gently my father corrected, "No, dear, it's Tuesday."
Dad's colleague leaned over to him and whispered: "Dr. Adams, she's right. It is Wednesday."
Submitted by Lorraine
A recent study from empty tomb (a Christian service and research organization) reports that if all American Christians tithed their income, church-related giving would increase by $156 billion a year. The study notes that in 2003, members of U.S. churches gave an average of just under 2.6 percent of their income to churches. And the long-term trend shows a downturn in personal giving. The 2.59 percent giving in 2003 is in contrast to 3.11 percent giving in 1968. http://www.emptytomb.org
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/subscribe.html