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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 6, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"If you are willing to admit you are wrong when you are wrong, you are all right."

Submitted by B. B.


When our children were young, my husband and I decided we wouldn't watch R-rated movies. We wouldn't allow our children to watch them, so we decided that to watch them ourselves would be confusing to them. We made this decision in good conscience and never regretted it. I found, however, that it made me feel judgmental toward other parents who watched R-rated movies. I began to feel they weren't fully committed to Christ because they watched things I'd decided not to watch.

Even as I write this, I realize how ridiculous it is to judge someone's relationship with God by what rating of movies he or she watches, but it was so subtle at the time. Since it was a sacrificial commitment for me, I instinctively evaluated other people's spiritual dedication when they talked about the latest movie they'd watched. As I made this judgment, I never thought about my own sin or all the things that person was doing right. Instead I focused on this one thing I thought they were doing wrong.

The ability to see sin in others and ignore it in your own heart is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a Pharisee, and being a Pharisee is so easy. It's great to make rules to guide our own behavior, but when we extend those rules to everyone around us, we're in danger of becoming pharisaical.

By JoHannah Reardon, Editor

Source: Christian Bible Studies Newsletter, http://tinyurl.com/yq8snq

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

The Oddball Wall

The British have some very colorful slang terms. Your mission today is to guess the meaning of the following British slang terms, and don't throw a wobbler about it. If you are British or have lived there, you should take this quiz with your eyes closed so you don't have an unfair advantage.

1) Barmy means...
a. crazy b. too warm c. foolish

2) Blinkered means...
a. drunk b. asleep c. narrow minded

3) Codswallop means...
a. talking baloney b. smelled badly c. the cold shoulder

4) Hard lines means...
a. nice body b. bad luck c. delays

5) Horses for courses means...
a. call a cab b. unfit food c. each to his own

6) Scrummy means...
a. lousy b. particularly nice c. ready to fight

7) Spend a penny means...
a. go to the bathroom b. a cheap date c. broke and jobless

8) Squidgey means...
a. fishy b. sloppy c. soft and squishy

And now for one that's sure to make you wonder...

9) Tickety-boo means...
a. all messed up b. it's going well c. under arrest

Answers below, here's the scoring:

9 correct: Perfection!
7-8 correct: Outstanding
5-6 correct: Very Good
2-4 correct: Fairly Fair
0-1 correct: Turn the TV off


1) a. crazy
2) c. narrow minded
3) a. talking baloney
4) b. bad luck
5) c. each to his own
6) b. particularly nice
7) a. go to the bathroom
8) c. soft and squishy
9) b. it's going well

Source: Internet Tutor, http://www.gophercentral.com/sub/sub-tutor.html


My six-year-old son came running into the house, crying and shaking his right hand. Sobbing, he told me he had been bouncing the basketball and it had bounced into the end of his fingers. From the way he was crying, I knew he just needed a kiss-it- better cure. His crying subsided and as he turned to go back outside, he said absently, "...or was it this hand?"

Submitted by Lorraine

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The Associated Press - January 19, 2007

Three thieves who allegedly stole 14 global positioning system devices didn't get away with their crime for long. The devices led police right to their home.

Town officials said the thieves didn't even know what they had: they thought the GPS devices were cell phones, which they planned to sell.

According to Suffolk County New York police, the GPS devices were stolen Monday night from the Town of Babylon Public Works garage in Lindenhurst. The town immediately tapped its GPS system, and it showed that one of the devices was inside a house. Police said that when they arrived there, Kurt Husfeldt, 46, had the device in his hands.

Husfeldt was charged with criminal possession of stolen property. His 13-year-old son also was arrested on grand larceny charges.

Town officials said the boy committed the burglary with Steven Mangiapanella, 20, also of Lindenhurst. He was charged with grand larceny.

Babylon installed 300 GPS devices in snow plows, dump trucks, street sweepers and other vehicles last January.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press, http://www.ap.org/

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