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GAMBLING
GAMBLING Human beings are incurable optimists. They believe they have a pretty good chance to win a lottery, but that there is hardly any chance of their getting killed in a traffic accident. Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, p. 9. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on what people will do. Oscar Wilde. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My grandmother, a staunch Southern Baptist, had marched me off to Sunday school and church regularly. So when I switched to the Episcopal church after marriage, she challenged me: \"What\'s wrong with the Baptist Church, son?\" \"Well,\" I explained, \"Carole and I flipped a coin to see if we would go to her church or mine, and I lost.\" \"Serves you right,\" said my grandmother. \"Good Baptists don\'t gamble.\" J.E. Bedenbaugh. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are two times in a man\'s life when he should not speculate: when he can\'t afford it, and when he can. Mark Twain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong--but that\'s the way to bet. Damon Runyon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics Average number of dollars, per capita, spent on lottery tickets each year, in the top ten lottery states: $135. Gaming & Wagering Business, reported in American Demographics, February 1989. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GANDHI
GANDHI When Mahatma Gandhi was the spiritual leader of India, he was asked by some missionaries, \"What is the greatest hindrance to Christianity in India?\" His reply was, \"Christians.\" You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its taste, with what shall it be salted? It is thereafter good for nothing but to be thrown out and walked on by the people. Matthew 5:13. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GENERAL REVELATION
GENERAL REVELATION Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GENERATION GAP
GENERATION GAP A convenience food today is chicken already cooked. In grandmother\'s time it was a chicken she didn\'t have to kill personally. Bill Vaughan, NANA. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It used to be if you didn\'t feel well, you went to a doctor. These days you have to know why you don\'t feel well--in order to know what kind of a doctor to go to. Paul Harwitz in the Wall Street Journal. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GENEROSITY
GENEROSITY The story is told that one day a beggar by the roadside asked for alms from Alexander the Great as he passed by. The man was poor and wretched and had no claim upon the ruler, no right even to lift a solicitous hand. Yet the Emperor threw him several gold coins. A courtier was astonished at his generosity and commented, \"Sir, copper coins would adequately meet a beggar\'s need. Why give him gold?\" Alexander responded in royal fashion, \"Cooper coins would suit the beggar\'s need, but gold coins suit Alexander\'s giving.\" Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the past forty years Eunice Pike has worked with the Mazatec Indians in south-western Mexico. During this time she has discovered some interesting things about these beautiful people. For instance, the people seldom wish someone well. Not only that, they are hesitant to teach one another or to share the gospel with each other. If asked, \"Who taught you to bake bread?\" the village baker answers, \"I just know,\" meaning he has acquired the knowledge without anyone\'s help. Eunice says this odd behavior stems from the Indian\'s concept of \"limited good.\" They believe there is only so much good, so much knowledge, so much love to go around. To teach another means you might drain yourself of knowledge. To love a second child means you have to love the first child less. To wish someone well--\"Have a good day\"--means you have just given away some of your own happiness, which cannot be reacquired. Bernie May, \"Learning to Trust,\" Multnomah Press, 1985. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There were once two young men working their way through Leland Stanford University. Their funds got desperately low, and the idea came to one of them to engage Paderewski for a piano recital and devote the profits to their board and tuition. The great pianist\'s manager asked for a guarantee of two thousand dollars. The students, undaunted, proceeded to stage the concert. They worked hard, only to find that the concert had raised only sixteen hundred dollars. After the concert, the students sought the great artist and told him of their efforts and results. They gave him the entire sixteen hundred dollars, and accompanied it with a promissory note for four hundred dollars, explaining that they would earn the amount at the earliest possible moment and send the money to him. \"No,\" replied Paderewski, \"that won\'t do.\" Then tearing the note to shreds, he returned the money and said to them: \"Now, take out of this sixteen hundred dollars all of your expenses, and keep for each of you 10 percent of the balance for your work, and let me have the rest.\" The years rolled by--years of fortune and destiny. Paderewski had become premier of Poland. The devastating war came, and Paderewski was striving with might and main to feed the starving thousands of his beloved Poland. There was only one man in the world who could help Paderewski and his people. Thousands of tons of food began to come into Poland for distribution by the Polish premier. After the starving people were fed, Paderewski journeyed to Paris to thank Herbert Hoover for the relief sent him. \"That\'s all right, Mr. Paderewski,\" was Mr. Hoover\'s reply. \"Besides, you don\'t remember it, but you helped me once when I was a student at college and I was in a hole.\" Edward W. Bok, Perhaps I Am.
GENIUS
GENIUS Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. Elbert Hubbard.
GENTLENESS
GENTLENESS At their school carnival, our kids won four free goldfish (lucky us!), so out I went Saturday morning to find an aquarium. The first few I priced ranged from $40 to $70. Then I spotted it--right in the aisle: a discarded 10-gallon display tank, complete with gravel and filter--for a mere five bucks. Sold! Of course, it was nasty dirty, but the savings made the two hours of clean-up a breeze. Those four new fish looked great in their new home, at least for the first day. But by Sunday one had died. Too bad, but three remained. Monday morning revealed a second casualty, and by Monday night a third goldfish had gone belly up. We called in an expert, a member of our church who has a 30-gallon tank. It didn\'t take him long to discover the problem: I had washed the tank with soap, an absolute no-no. My uninformed efforts had destroyed the very lives I was trying to protect. Sometimes in our zeal to clean up our own lives or the lives of others, we unfortunately use \"killer soaps\"--condemnation, criticism, nagging, fits of temper. We think we\'re doing right, but our harsh, self-righteous treatment is more than they can bear. Richard L. Dunagin.
GEOGRAPHY
GEOGRAPHY No illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics One out of five Americans age 18 to 24 can\'t find the U.S. on a world map. 75% of adult Americans surveyed were unable to locate the Persian Gulf (after years of war there, involving the U.S.). 45% couldn\'t pick out Central America. 25% were unable to find the Pacific Ocean. Of 18 to 24 year olds, only 30% could find Britain on an unlabeled world map, 35% located Japan, 40% located Central America. U.S. News and World Report, August 8, 1988, p. 11. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GIFT
GIFT A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. Thomas A Kempis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The only gift is a portion of thyself. R.W. Emerson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary What not to Buy Your Wife: Although the only person a man usually shops for is his wife, the whole experience is a stressful one. Many a man has felt extreme frigid temperatures for a long period based on a poor present decision. As a veteran of these wars, I\'m still not sure what to buy my wife, but I\'ll pass on what not to buy her: 1. Don\'t buy anything that plugs in. Anything that requires electricity is seen as utilitarian. 2. Don\'t buy clothing that involves sizes. The chances are one in seven thousand that you will get her size right, and your wife will be offended the other 6999 times. \"Do I look like a size 16?\" she\'ll say. Too small a size doesn\'t cut it either: \"I haven\'t worn a size 8 in 20 years!\" 3. Avoid all things useful. The new silver polish advertised to save hundreds of hours is not going to win you any brownie points. 4. Don\'t buy anything that involves weight loss or self-improvement. She\'ll perceive a six-month membership to a diet center as a suggestion that\'s she\'s overweight. 5. Don\'t buy jewelry. The jewelry your wife wants, you can\'t afford. And the jewelry you can afford, she doesn\'t want. 6. And, guys, do not fall into the traditional trap of buying her frilly underwear. Your idea of the kind your wife should wear and what she actually wears are light years apart. 7. Finally, don\'t spend too much. \"How do you think we\'re going to afford that?\" she\'ll ask. But don\'t spend too little. She won\'t say anything, but she\'ll think, \"Is that all I\'m worth?\" Herb Forst in Cross River, NY, Patent Trader, in Reader\'s Digest, p. 69. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An American Express survey about Christmas gifts found that the fruitcake was chosen most often (31%) from a list of \"worst\" holiday gifts. It even finished ahead of \"no gift at all.\" When asked how to dispose of a bad gift, 30% would hide it in the closet, 21% would return it, and 19% would give it away. This suggests that the Christmas fruitcake might get recycled as a gift for the host of New Year\'s party. Resource, Mar/Apr, 1990. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GIRL
GIRL Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock. John Barrymore. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do. Will Rogers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Give and Take
Give and Take 2008-04-18 11:16:35 read : 2126 이번에 갑자기 본부에서 5분거리의 시골 폐교를 인수하게 되면서 그동안 준비하던 기독대안학교를 시작할 준비를 하느라 학교 수리에 여념이 없다. 이에 장인이 오셔서 적극적으로 수리에 참여하고 있다. 노구에 힘들텐데 몸을 아끼지 않고 일하는 모습을 보며 그간 장인에 대한 섭섭함이 싹 녹아내렸다. 그간 섭섭함이란... 한 20여년전 서울에서 이사를 잘못해서 갑자기 이사짐을 가지고 장인집에 들어간적이 있다. 물론 살려고 들어간것이 아니라 잠간 들어간것이다. 그런데 그 날밤 장인이 한잔하시고 하는 말씀이 '자네 기댈 생각이랑 말게' 그 후로 장인만 생각하면 그말이 따라 생각났다. 그후 장인을 접할 시간이 별로 없다보니. 그때 일이 마음 한구석에 남아 있었나 보다. 그런데 이번에 이렇게 애쓰는 모습을 보며 장인을 다시 생각하게 되었다. 정말 고맙고 장인에 대한 마음이 애틋해진다. 하나의 진리가 있다. Give and Take.. 인간관계는 주고 받는것이다. 좋은것을 주고 받을때 관계가 좋아지고 아름다워지는 것이다. 박필
GIVING
GIVING (See also STEWARDSHIP) Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure is, there is your heart; where your heart is, there is your happiness. Augustine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you give what you do not need, it isn\'t giving. Mother Teresa. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Matthew, Mark, and Luke 1 out of every 6 verses deals with money. Of the 29 parables Christ told, 16 deal with a person and his money. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The American industrialist, Henry Ford, was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility. The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day in the newspaper, the headline read, \"Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital.\" The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied that they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, \"Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.\" Realizing the poor publicity that would result, the industrialist agreed to the $50,000 contribution in return for the following: That above the entrance to the hospital was to be carved the biblical inscription: \"I came among you and you took me in.\" Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, pp. 1-2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church \"Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,\" she told the girl. When they were coming out of church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given. \"Well,\" said the little girl, \"I was going to give the dollar, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I\'d be a lot more cheerful if I gave the quarter, so I did.\" Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993, p. 23. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charles Spurgeon and his wife, according to a story in the Chaplain magazine, would sell, but refused to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, \"You may have them if you pay for them.\" As a result some people labeled the Spurgeons greedy and grasping. They accepted the criticisms without defending themselves, and only after Mrs. Spurgeon died was the full story revealed. All the profits from the sale of eggs went to support two elderly widows. Because the Spurgeons where unwilling to let their left hand know what the right hand was doing (Matthew 6:3), they endured the attacks in silence. Chaplain Magazine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After Abraham Lincoln became president, before the days of civil service, office seekers besieged him everywhere trying to get appointments to various jobs throughout the country. Once, confined to bed with typhoid fever, exasperated, Lincoln declared to his secretary, \"Bring on the office seekers; I now have something I can give to everybody.\" Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into God\'s hands I still possess. Martin Luther. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. C.S. Lewis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"In Other Words,\" a publication of the Wycliffe Bible Translators, recently told a story about Sadie Sieker, who served for many years as a house-parent for missionaries\' children in the Philippines. Sadie loved books. Though she gladly loaned out some, others she treasured in a footlocker under her bed. Once, in the quiet of the night, Sadie heard a faint gnawing sound. After searching all around her room, she discovered that the noise was coming from her footlocker. When she opened it, she found nothing but an enormous pile of dust. All the books she had kept to herself had been lost to termites. What we give away, we keep. What we hoard, we lose. Larry Pennings. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice. Sir Henry Taylor, quoted in New Beginnings. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the latter part of the 17th century, German preacher August H. Francke founded an orphanage to care for the homeless children of Halle. One day when Francke desperately needed funds to carry on his work, a destitute Christian widow came to his door begging for a ducat--a gold coin. Because of his financial situation, he politely but regretfully told her he couldn\'t help her. Disheartened, the woman began to weep. Moved by her tears, Francke asked her to wait while he went to his room to pray. After seeking God\'s guidance, he felt that the Holy Spirit wanted him to change his mind. So, trusting the Lord to meet his own needs, he gave her the money. Two mornings later, he received a letter of thanks from the widow. She explained that because of his generosity she had asked the Lord to shower the orphanage with gifts. That same day Francke received 12 ducats from a wealthy lady and 2 more from a friend in Sweden. He thought he had been amply rewarded for helping the widow, but he was soon informed that the orphanage was to receive 500 gold pieces from the estate of Prince Lodewyk Van Wurtenburg. When he heard this, Francke wept in gratitude. In sacrificially providing for that needy widow, he had been enriched, not impoverished. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- J.L. Kraft, head of the Kraft Cheese Corporation, who had given approximately 25% of his enormous income to Christian causes for many years, said, \"The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.\" J.D. Rockefeller said, \"I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.\" W. A. Criswell, A Guidebook for Pastors, p. 154. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do your giving while you\'re living so you\'re knowing where it\'s going. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- God judges what we give by what we keep. G. Mueller. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It\'s not what you do with the million if fortune should ere be your lot, but what are you doing at present with the dollar and quarter you got. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The trouble is that too many people are spending money they haven\'t yet earned for things they don\'t need to impress people they don\'t like. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving. Peter Marshall. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In his book of sermons The Living Faith, Lloyd C. Douglas tells the story of Thomas Hearne, who, in his journey to the mouth of the Coppermine River, wrote that a few days after they had started on their expedition, a party of Indians stole most of their supplies. His comment on the apparent misfortune was: \"The weight of our baggage being so much lightened, our next day\'s journey was more swift and pleasant.\" Hearne was in route to something very interesting and important; and the loss of a few sides of bacon and a couple of bags of flour meant nothing more than an easing of the load. Had Hearne been hole in somewhere, in a cabin, resolved to spend his last days eking out an existence, and living on capital previously collected, the loss of some of his stores by plunder would probably have worried him almost to death. How we respond to \"losing\" some of our resources for God\'s work depends upon whether we are on the move or waiting for our last stand. Eugene L. Feagin. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- W.A. Criswell tells of an ambitious young man who told his pastor he\'d promised God a tithe of his income. They prayed for God to bless his career. At that time he was making $40.00 per week and tithing $4.00. In a few years his income increased and he was tithing $500.00 per week. He called on the pastor to see if he could be released from his tithing promise, it was too costly now. The pastor replied, \"I don\'t see how you can be released from your promise, but we can ask God to reduce your income to $40.00 a week, then you\'d have no problem tithing $4.00.\" W. A. Criswell, A Guidebook for Pastors, p. 156. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A fellow in our office told us recently of a household incident of which he had been an innocent but perplexed spectator. Our friend had called a Venetian-blind repairman to come pick up a faulty blind, and the next morning, while the family was seated at the breakfast table, the doorbell rang. Our friend\'s wife went to the door, and the man outside said, \"I\'m here for the Venetian blind.\" Excusing herself in a preoccupied way, the wife went to the kitchen, fished a dollar from the food money, pressed it into the repairman\'s hand, then gently closed the door and returned to the table. \"Somebody collecting,\" she explained, pouring the coffee. Caskei Stinnett in Speaking of Holiday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Captain Levy, a believer from Philadelphia, was once asked how he could give so much to the Lord\'s work and still possess great wealth. The Captain replied, \"Oh, as I shovel it out, He shovels it in, and the Lord has a bigger shovel.\" Today in the Word, July, 1990, p. 28. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you go to a doctor for your annual check-up, he or she will often begin to poke, prod, and press various places, all the while asking, \"Does this hurt? How about this?\" If you cry out in pain, one of two things has happened. Either the doctor has pushed too hard, without the right sensitivity. Or, more likely, there\'s something wrong, and the doctor will say, \"We\'d better do some more tests. It\'s not supposed to hurt there!\" So it is when pastors preach on financial responsibility, and certain members cry out in discomfort, criticizing the message and the messenger. Either the pastor has pushed too hard. Or perhaps there\'s something wrong. In that case, I say, \"My friend, we\'re in need of the Great Physician because it\'s not supposed to hurt there.\" Ben Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When God\'s work is done in God\'s way for God\'s glory, it will never lack God\'s supply. J. Hudson Taylor. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lengthy Illustrations The following article is based on a sermon by missionary Del Tarr who served fourteen years in West Africa with another mission agency. His story points out the price some people pay to sow the seed of the gospel in hard soil. I was always perplexed by Psalm 126 until I went to the Sahel, that vast stretch of savanna more than four thousand miles wide just under the Sahara Desert. In the Sahel, all the moisture comes in a four month period: May, June, July, and August. After that, not a drop of rain falls for eight months. The ground cracks from dryness, and so do your hands and feet. The winds of the Sahara pick up the dust and throw it thousands of feet into the air. It then comes slowly drifting across West Africa as a fine grit. It gets inside your mouth. It gets inside your watch and stops it. The year\'s food, of course, must all be grown in those four months. People grow sorghum or milo in small fields. October and November...these are beautiful months. The granaries are full -- the harvest has come. People sing and dance. They eat two meals a day. The sorghum is ground between two stones to make flour and then a mush with the consistency of yesterday\'s Cream of Wheat. The sticky mush is eaten hot; they roll it into little balls between their fingers, drop it into a bit of sauce and then pop it into their mouths. The meal lies heavy on their stomachs so they can sleep. December comes, and the granaries start to recede. Many families omit the morning meal. Certainly by January not one family in fifty is still eating two meals a day. By February, the evening meal diminishes. The meal shrinks even more during March and children succumb to sickness. You don\'t stay well on half a meal a day. April is the month that haunts my memory. In it you hear the babies crying in the twilight. Most of the days are passed with only an evening cup of gruel. Then, inevitably, it happens. A six or seven-year-old boy comes running to his father one day with sudden excitement. \"Daddy! Daddy! We\'ve got grain!\" he shouts. \"Son, you know we haven\'t had grain for weeks.\" \"Yes, we have!\" the boy insists. \"Out in the hut where we keep the goats -- there\'s a leather sack hanging up on the wall -- I reached up and put my hand down in there -- Daddy, there\'s grain in there! Give it to Mommy so she can make flour, and tonight our tummies can sleep! \"The father stands motionless. \"Son, we can\'t do that,\" he softly explains. \"That\'s next year\'s seed grain. It\'s the only thing between us and starvation. We\'re waiting for the rains, and then we must use it.\" The rains finally arrive in May, and when they do the young boy watches as his father takes the sack from the wall and does the most unreasonable thing imaginable. Instead of feeding his desperately weakened family, he goes to the field and with tears streaming down his face, he takes the precious seed and throws it away. He scatters it in the dirt! Why? Because he believes in the harvest. The seed is his; he owns it. He can do anything with it he wants. The act of sowing it hurts so much that he cries. But as the African pastors say when they preach on Psalm 126, \"Brother and sisters, this is God\'s law of the harvest. Don\'t expect to rejoice later on unless you have been willing to sow in tears.\" And I want to ask you: How much would it cost you to sow in tears? I don\'t mean just giving God something from your abundance, but finding a way to say, \"I believe in the harvest, and therefore I will give what makes no sense. The world would call me unreasonable to do this -- but I must sow regardless, in order that I may someday celebrate with songs of joy.\" Copyright Leadership, 1983. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary Take a look at your own heart, and you will soon find out what has stuck to it and where your treasure is. It is easy to determine whether hearing the Word of God, living according to it, and achieving such a life gives you as much enjoyment and calls forth as much diligence from you as does accumulating and saving money and property. Martin Luther. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In II Cor. 8-9 giving was: and it: Church centered (8:1) Blessed others (9:1-5) From the heart (8:2-9) Blessed the giver (9:6-11) Proportionate (8: 10-15) Glorified God (9:12-15) Handled honestly (8:16-24) Lloyd Perry, Getting the Church on Target, Moody, 1977. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics and Research Charitable giving per capita 1980: $214, 1990: $490 U.S. charity that got the most private donations in 1990: The Salvation Army, $658 million. Americans who never give to Salvation Army bell ringers at Christmas: 5%. Those who always give: 23%. Age group that gives the highest percent of income to charity: Ages 65 to 74 is 4.4%. The lowest: Ages 18 to 24 is 1.2% Personal income Americans gave to charity last year: Poorest households: 5.5%. Wealthiest households: 2.9% Estimated value of time volunteers gave in 1989: $170 billion. U.S. News and World Report, December, 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The average church member contributes between 1.5% and 2.5% of his total income specifically to the Lord\'s work. Lloyd Perry, Getting the Church on Target, Moody, 1977. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We\'d all like a reputation for generosity, and we\'d all like to buy it cheap. There is a recent study that seems to affirm the effectiveness of this priority system by demonstrating that church dollars accomplish far more than television dollars. Robert Polk, director of the Cooperative Program Promotion for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, came to this conclusion after analyzing the 1986 expenditures of leading TV ministries as compared to the Southern Baptist Convention. First, he studied how the $684 million given to six leading TV ministers was used. Beside paying for TV time, he discovered that the donations supported 4 schools, 1 hospital, 3 churches, 2 ministries to needy children, 1 ministry to others in need, and 1 home for unwed mothers. He then studied how the $635 million given to the Southern Baptists was spent. The contrast is startling! For the Baptist donations supported 52 children\'s homes, 48 hospitals (including 23 overseas), 67 colleges and universities (enrolling over 200,000 students), and 33 nursing homes; it also supported 3,756 foreign missionaries, 3,637 missionaries in the USA, and ministries to students on 1,100 campuses. These funds also supported six seminaries (enrolling a fifth of this country\'s seminarians), and the ACTS television network carried on cable in many cities. Robert Polk. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- American church members may be getting more selfish as their incomes rise according to a recent survey of 31 denominations. Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Empty Tomb, Inc., a nonprofit research and service organization in Champaign, Illinois, contrasted changes in per-member giving patterns with changes in U.S. per-capita disposable income. The report points out that although income after taxes and inflation increased 31 percent from 1968 to 1985, per-member giving as a percentage of disposable income was 8.5 percent less during that same period. \"People are objectively richer, but the wealth is not expanding the ministry of the church,\" said Sylvia Ronsvalle, who founded Empty Tomb with her husband, John, in 1970. Their study further reports that most of the money donated by members to their churches stays within the local congregation. \"We may be seeing an accommodation to lifestyle expectations among evangelicals that will rob them of their commitment to the church,\" said Ronsvalle. According to the survey, 24 of the 31 denominations showed a decrease in giving as a percentage of disposable income. Christianity Today, September 2, 1988, p. 47. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The U.S. Department of Commerce has recently released statistics on American churches, clergy and church schools. Church Law & Tax Report gave some interesting figures: Number of U.S. congregations: 294,271 Churches with fewer than 100 members: 60,300 Churches with fewer than 500 members: 205,556 Churches with 1,000-1,999 members: 21,691 Churches with 2,000 or more members: 13,958 Last year churches received $49 billion in revenues, of which $40 billion came from contributions, $1.4 billion from wills and estates, and $2.5 billion from fees or charges for services. There are a total of 348,000 clergy employed in the United States, and they have served an average of 15.8 years in each position. Of special interest are the statistics on who is supporting these churches. Persons 65-74 years of age donated the largest percentage of their income (3.1 percent) and those 18-24 the least (0.6 percent). Increasingly, those with lower incomes gave a higher proportion of their income to charity than higher income individuals. Persons with household incomes of under $10,000 gave 2.8 percent of their total incomes, while those with incomes over $100,000 gave only 2.1 percent. The average annual contribution to the church was $715 per household. Pulpit Helps, August, 1992, p. 8. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The study found that households with incomes below $10,000 give away an average of 2.8% of their income, while households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 give away only 1.5%. Nearly half of the total contributions to charity in the U.S. comes from households with incomes below $30,000. The average total giving to charity per household was $790. From Independent Sector, a Washington based nonprofit organization that recently conducted a study on provate giving to charity. \"Confident Living,\" February, 1989 p. 20. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Percentage of personal income the poorest households in America gave to charity in 1992: 5.5 percent. Wealthiest households: 2.9 percent. Youthworker Update, quoted in Signs of the Times, March, 1993, p. 7. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1983 U.S. churchgoers donated $21.5 billion. But if churchgoers had donated 10% of income, they would have given $134 billion. 80% of the money given paid the congregation\'s expenses. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Humor Martyn Lloyd-Jones told a story about a farmer who went into the house one day to tell his wife and family some good news. \"The cow just gave birth to twin calves, one red and one white,\" he said. He continued, \"We must dedicate one of these calves to the Lord. We will bring them up together, and when the time comes, we will sell one and keep the proceeds and we will sell the other and give the proceeds to the Lords work.\" His wife asked him which he was going to dedicate to the Lord. \"There\'s no need to bother about that now,\" he replied, \"we\'ll treat them both in the same way and when the time comes, we\'ll do as I say.\" A few days later, he entered the kitchen looking unhappy. \"What happened?\" his wife asked. \"I have bad news,\" he replied, \"The Lords calf is dead.\" \"Wait,\" said his wife, \" you didn\'t decide which calf was the Lords.\" \"Yes\" he said,\" I decided it was the white one, and the white one died. The Lords calf is dead.\" Martyn Lloyd-Jones. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A missionary, speaking of the need on the foreign fields, was to receive an offering to help out with the work. A man was sitting next to the aisle about halfway up. He had folded his arms and sat with a grim look, a scowl and a frown. He evidently didn\'t want to be there. Perhaps his wife had made him come. When the usher held the plate in front of him, he just shook his head. The usher jiggled the plate invitingly. Still the only response was the head shake. The usher leaned over and whispered, \"It\'s for missions, you know.\" Still the scowl and a mumbled sentence, \"I don\'t believe in \'em.\" This usher was a sharp man. He leaned down and said, \"Then you take some out. It\'s for the heathen, anyway.\" Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A fellow in our office told us recently of a household incident of which he had been an innocent but perplexed spectator. Our friend had called a Venetian-blind repairman to come pick up a faulty blind, and the next morning, while the family was seated at the breakfast table, the doorbell rang. Our friend\'s wife went to the door, and the man outside said, \"I\'m here for the Venetian blind.\" Excusing herself in a preoccupied way, the wife went to the kitchen, fished a dollar from the food money, pressed it into the repairman\'s hand, then gently closed the door and returned to the table. \"Somebody collecting,\" she explained, pouring the coffee. Caskei Stinnett in Speaking of Holiday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A man had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He could receive little company and was not to be excited. While in the hospital a rich uncle died and left him a million dollars. His family wondered how to break the news to him with the least amount of excitement. It was decided to ask the preacher if he would go and break the news quietly to the man. The preacher went, and gradually led up to the question. The preacher asked the patient what he would do if he inherited a million dollars. He said, \"I think I would give half of it to the church.\" The preacher dropped dead. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Poetry Leftovers are such humble things, We would not serve to a guest, And yet we serve them to our Lord Who deserve the very best. We give to Him leftover time, Stray minutes here and there. Leftover cash we give to Him, Such few coins as we can spare. We give our youth unto the world, To hatred, lust and strife; Then in declining years we give To him the remnant of our life. Author Unknown.
GLORY
GLORY Some men become proud and insolent because they ride a fine horse, wear a feather in their hat or are dressed in a fine suit of clothes. Who does not see the folly of this? If there be any glory in such things, the glory belongs to the horse, the bird and the tailor. St. Francis de Sales.
GLORY, of God
GLORY, of God J.S. Bach said, \"All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul\'s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub.\" He headed his compositions: \"J.J.\" \"Jesus Juva\" which means \"Jesus help me.\" He ended them \"S.D.G.\" \"Soli Dei gratia\" which means \"To God alone the praise.\" Kingdom Conflict, J. Stowell, Victor, 1985, p. 77ff.
GNOSTICISM
GNOSTICISM One of the earliest and most potent threats to early Christianity came from the heretical group known as the Gnostics. Blending elements of Christianity, Greek philosophy, and oriental mysticism, the Gnostics denied the orthodox view of God, man, and the world, and Christ. The apostle John included them in the camp of the Antichrist. The Gnostics were so called because of their view of revelation. The word gnosis is the Greek word for \"knowledge.\" In many cases the Gnostic heretics did not make a frontal assault against the apostles or against the apostolic teaching of Scripture. In fact, many of them insisted that they were genuine, Bible-believing Christians. It wasn\'t that they rejected the Bible; they just claimed an additional source of knowledge or insight that was superior to or at least beyond the knowledge of Scripture. The \"Gnostikoi\" were \"those in the know.\" Their knowledge was not derived from intellectual comprehension of the Scripture or by empirical research, but was mystical, direct, and immediate. God \"revealed\" private, intuitive insights to them that carried nothing less than divine authority. Here is a typical Gnostic statement: \"We cannot communicate with God mentally, for He is a Spirit. But we can reach Him with our Spirit, and it is through our Spirit that we come to know God . . .This is one reason God put teachers (those who are really called to teach) in the church -- to renew our minds. Many times those who teach do so with only a natural knowledge that they have gained from the Bible and other sources. But I am referring here to one of the ministry gifts. Those who are called and anointed by the Spirit to teach. God has given us His Word, and we can feed upon that Word. This will renew our minds. But He also puts teachers in the church to renew our minds and to bring us the revelation of the knowledge of God\'s Word.\" (Kenneth E. Hagin, Man on Three Dimensions (Tulsa, Okla.: Faith Library, 1985), 1:8,13.) Notice that this quotation does not include a direct assault on the Bible. The Bible is recognized as God\'s word. But in order to understand the Bible we need something beyond our natural mental ability. We need the Spirit-anointed teachers to \"bring us the revelation of the knowledge of God\'s Word.\" This is a typically Gnostic statement, but the quote is not fromValentinus or any of the other early Gnostics. It is from the pen of a modern missionary of Gnosticism, Kenneth E. Hagin. It is from Hagin\'s Man on Three Dimensions. Hagin\'s theology echoes the tripartite epistemology of early Gnosticism (man as having three separate entities: body, soul, and spirit). Robert Tilton also claims a direct pipeline to divine revelation: \"God showed me a vision that almost took my breath away. I was sucked into the Spirit . . ., caught away . . . and I found myself standing in the very presence of Almighty God. It just echoed into my being. And he said these words to me. . . exactly these words . . .\"Many of my ministers pray for my people, but I want you to pray the Prayer of Agreement with them\" . . . I have never seen the presence of God so powerful. This same anointing flooded my Spirit-man . . . It\'s inside of me now, and I have supernatural faith to agree with you. From that day forth, as I have been faithful to that heavenly vision, I\'ve seem every kind of miracle imaginable happen when I pray the Prayer of Agreement with God\'speople.\" (Robert tilton, newsletter from Robert Tilton Ministries, Word of Faith World Outreach Center, Box 819000, Dallas, TX75381. It seems that in Robert Tilton the church is blessed with a twentieth-century apostle whose visions of revelation exceed that of the apostle John and whose miracle powers surpass that of the apostle Paul. If we are to believe Tilton\'s astonishing claims, there is no reason we should not include his writings in the next edition of the New Testament. Paul Crouch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), has revelatory dreams and has warmly embraced the neo-Gnostic dogma. His network has become a prime distribution center for the growing movement. Kenneth Copeland also receives phrases from God in \"his spirit.\" Michael Horton Editor, The Agony of Deceit, Moody Press 1990, pp. 38-40. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Go away, Satan! (사탄아 물러 가라!)
Go away, Satan! (사탄아 물러 가라!) l order you go away, Satan, in Jesus name. Go away, Satan, in Jesus name. 내가 예수의 이름으로 명하노니 사탄아...물러가라.. 예수의 이름으로 사탄아 물러가라..... God loves you. Jesus is our Lord. Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have etenal life.... 하나님은 당신을 사랑하십니다. 예수님은 우리의 구주가 되십니다. 누구든지 저를 믿으면 멸망하지 않고 영생을 얻습니다.
GOD
GOD When Scottish theologian John Baillie taught at Edinburgh University, he made it a practice to open his course on the doctrine of God with these words: \"We must remember, in discussing God, that we cannot talk about Him without His hearing every word we say. We may be able to talk about others behind their backs, but God is everywhere, yes, even in this classroom. Therefore, in all our discussions we must be aware of His infinite presence, and talk about Him, as it were, before His face.\" Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is man one of God\'s blunders, or is God one of man\'s blunders? Friedrich Nietzsche. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- H.G. Wells was never particularly religious, but after he had studied the history of the human race and had observed human life, he came to an interesting conclusion: \"Religion is the first thing and the last thing, and until a man has found God and been found by God, he begins at no beginning, he works to no end. He may have his friendships, his partial loyalties, his scraps of honor. But all these things fall into place and life falls into place only with God.\" Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which has the best football coach. Heywood Broun. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- C.S. Lewis once wrote of a girl he knew who said that the word \"God\" reminded her of a \"vast tapioca pudding.\" The only problem was that she hated tapioca pudding! Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God\'s side, for God is always right. A. Lincoln. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The existence of God means that we are living in a moral order, and in a moral order we can no more sin and get away with it than we can break all physical laws and escape the penalty. H.E. Fosdick. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
God is nowhere!/ God is now here!/ 2002-02-03
God is nowhere!/ God is now here! 미국의 어떤 불신자가 평생을 하나님은 없다고 주장하며 살았다. 임종이 가까왔을 때 그는 예수를 믿는 딸에게 하나님이 없다는 사실을 주지시켜 주려고 병상 곁에 God is nowhere ! (하나님은 어디에도 없다.)고 써놓고 딸을 불러서 큰 소리로 읽으라고 했다. 그런데 딸은 서슴지 않고 God is now here !(하나님은 지금 여기 계신다.)라고 읽었다. 그 사람은 깜짝 놀라 자신이 쓴 글이 바로 하나님을 인정하는 글이 되었음을 인정할 때 성령님이 감동을 주셨고 눈물을 흘리며 하나님을 인정하고 주님을 영접했다고 한다. 어떤 철학자는 명명되어진 것은 이미 존재하는 것이라고 말했다. 무신론자들이 하나님이 없음을 증명하려는 것 자체는 이미 하나님이 계심을 인정하는 행위에 불과한 것이다. God is now here !!!!!!!
GOD, care of
GOD, care of George Muller (1805-1898) built many orphanages at Ashley Down, England. Without a personal salary, he relied only on God to supply the money and food needed to support the hundreds of homeless children he befriended in the name of Christ. A man of radiant faith, he kept a motto on his desk for many years that brought comfort, strength, and uplifting confidence to his heart. It read, \"It matters to Him about you.\" Muller believed that those words captured the meaning of 1 Peter 5:7, and he rested his claim for divine help on that truth. He testified at the end of his life that the Lord had never failed to supply all his needs. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little boy was eagerly looking forward to the birthday party of a friend who lived only a few blocks away. When the day finally arrived, a blizzard made the sidewalks and roads nearly impassable. The lad\'s father, sensing the danger, hesitated to let his son go. The youngster reacted tearfully. \"But Dad,\" he pleaded, \"all the other kids will be there. Their parents are letting them go.\" The father thought for a moment, then replied softly, \"All right, you may go.\" Surprised but overjoyed, the boy bundled up and plunged into the raging storm. The driving snow made visibility almost impossible, and it took him more than half an hour to trudge the short distance to the party. As he rang the doorbell, he turned briefly to look out into the storm. His eye caught the shadow of a retreating figure. It was his father. He had followed his son\'s every step to make sure he arrived safely. Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A construction crew was building a new road through a rural area, knocking down trees as it progressed. A superintendent noticed that one tree had a nest of birds who couldn\'t yet fly and he marked the tree so that it would not be cut down. Several weeks later the superintendent came back to the tree. He got into a bucket truck and was lifted up so that he could peer into the nest. The fledglings were gone. They had obviously learned to fly. The superintendent ordered the tree cut down. As the tree crashed to the ground, the nest fell clear and some of the material that the birds had gathered to make the nest was scattered about. Part of it was a scrap torn from a Sunday school pamphlet. On the scrap of paper were these words: He careth for you. Bits & Pieces, November, 1989, p. 23. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Poetry Be not troubled with thoughts of the morrow, Of duties you surely must do. On the Lord cast your burden of sorrow; It matters to Him about you! Be not weary when trials are given, But trust Him to carry you through. He will make all a pathway to heaven; It matters to Him about you! Then be patient until His appearing, \'Tis dawn almost now on your view; For the mists of this dark age are clearing. In love He is planning for you! Audrey Mieir. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once on a time a paper kite Was mounted to a wondrous height, Where, giddy with its elevation, It thus express\'d self-admiration: \"See how yon crowds of gazing people Admire my flight above the steeple; How would they wonder if they knew All that a kite like me can do! Were I but free, I\'d take a flight, And pierce the clouds beyond their sight, But, ah! like a poor pris\'ner bound, My string confines me near the ground; I\'d brave the eagle\'s towring wing, Might I but fly without a string.\" It tugg\'d and pull\'d, while thus it spoke, To break the string--at last it broke. Depriv\'d at once of all its stay, In vain it try\'d to soar away; Unable its own weight to bear, It flutter\'d downward through the air; Unable its own course to guide, The winds soon plung\'d it in the tide. Ah! foolish kite, thou hadst no wing, How could\'st thou fly without a string! My heart reply\'d, \"O Lord, I see How much this kite resembles me! Forgetful that by thee I stand, Impatient of thy ruling hand; How oft I\'ve wish\'d to break the lines Thy wisdom for my lot assigns? How oft indulg\'d a vain desire For something more, or something high\'r? And, but for grace and love divine, A fall thus dreadful had been mine.\" John Newton.
GOD, character of
GOD, character of During the Thirty Year\'s War in Europe (1618-1648), the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, was slain while his troops were winning the Battle of Lutzen, in what is now Germany. Sweden was thrown into mourning, and government officials met to determine how to replace the king. Some suggested a republic; others thought the crown should go to Adolphus\' cousin, the king of Poland. The chancellor of Sweden arose and said, \"Let there be no talk of a republic or of Polish kings, for we have in our midst the heir of the great Gustavus, his little daughter, who is 6 years of age.\" Some protested that they had never seen her. The chancellor said, \"Wait a minute, and I will show you.\" He brought in Christina, daughter of the king, and placed her on the throne. One of the representatives who was especially suspicious of the move pressed forward and gazed intently into her face. Then turning to the assembly, he exclaimed, \"Look at her nose, her eyes, her chin! I see in the countenance of this child the features of the great Gustavus. She is the child of our king!\" From all quarters of the room rang the proclamation, \"Christina, Queen of Sweden!\" Unknown.