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I Love You의 의미/ 2010-06-30
I Love You의 의미 I : Inspire warmth - 따뜻함을 불어 넣어주고 L : Listen to each other - 상대방의 말을 들어주고 O : Open your heart - 당신의 마음을 열어주고 V : Value your umionn - 당신을 가치있게 평가하고 E : Express your trust - 당신의 신뢰를 표현하고 Y : Yield to good sense - 좋은 말로 충고해주고 O : Over- look mistake - 실수를 덮어주고 U : Understand difference - 서로 다른것을 이해 해주는 것이다.
IAM, 아프간 진정으로 섬긴 그들/ 희생자들 추모/ 2010-08-11
IAM, 아프간 진정으로 섬긴 그들/ 희생자들 추모 힐러리 클린턴 미 국무장관도 애도 표시 아프가니스탄에서 무장괴한들에 의해 10명의 팀원들을 잃은 인도주의 구호단체 국제지원단(IAM)이 숨진 동료들에 대한 추모의 뜻을 밝혔다. 더크 프랜스 IAM 사무총장은 “우리는 희생된 동료들이 아프간 국민들을 위해 보여 온 헌신을 기리기 원한다”고 성명에서 밝히고 “그들을 알아 온 사람들과, 봉사에 임하는 그들의 모습을 본 사람들이라면 누구나 그들이 어떻게 헌신했는지 알 것”이라고 말했다. 그는 이어 “그들은 자신들의 삶과 모든 가진 것을 의미있는 일에 쓰기로 결심했고 이 곳에서 봉사해 왔다”며 “많은 기사들이 그들이 이 곳에서 ‘성자(saint)’로 불리곤 했음을 밝히고 있다. 그러나 이는 그들이 스스로에게 부여한 것이 아니라 그들의 이타주의적인 삶에 의한 것”이라고 말했다. 한편 프랜스 사무총장은 이번 사건에도 불구하고 아프간에서의 활동을 철수할 계획은 없다며, “지금처럼 안전상 위험이 컸던 적은 없었다. 그러나 우리는 아프간 정부와 국민들이 우리를 필요로 하는 동안은 여기에 계속 머무르며 그들을 도울 것이다”고 밝혔다. 1966년부터 아프간에서 활동해 온 IAM은 현지 구호단체들 중 가장 오랜 기간 아프간 국민들을 섬겨 왔다. 약 5백 명 규모이며 주로 의료봉사와 경제개발 지원사업 등을 펼쳐 왔다. ▲아프간에서 희생된 IAM 팀원 10명 중 8명의 사진. 시계 방향으로 셰릴 베케트·32세, 브라이언 카더렐리·25세, 글렌 랩·40세, 톰 리틀·61세, 댄 테리·63세(이상 미국인), 다니엘라 베이어·35세(독일인), 조드·24세, 마흐람 알리·50세(이상 아프간인). ⓒIAM 지난 6일(이하 현지 시각) 시신으로 발견된 IAM 팀원 10명 중에서는 미국인이 6명(셰릴 베케트·32세, 브라이언 카더렐리·25세, 돔 그램스, 글렌 랩·40세, 톰 리틀·61세, 댄 테리·63세)으로 가장 많으며, 그 외에 영국인 1명(캐런 우), 독일인 1명(다니엘라 베이어·35세)과 아프간인 2명(마흐람 알리·50세, 조드·24세)이 포함돼 있다. 이 중 미국인 2명과 영국인 1명은 여성, 나머지는 모두 남성이다. 모두 아프간 정부의 허가 하에 누리스탄 지역에 세워진 안과 진료소에서 활동해 왔으며, 이 지역에서도 가장 극빈층에 속하는 주민들을 찾아가 안과 검진을 하고 돌아오던 중 숲에서 무장괴한들의 습격을 받고 사망했다. 같은 팀원들 가운데서 가까스로 생존한 2명은 무장괴한들이 자신들의 물품들을 강탈한 뒤에 일렬로 줄을 세웠으며 총격을 가해 한 명씩 차례대로 살해했다고 증언했다. 생존자 2명은 모두 아프간인이며 이 중 한 명은 코란 구절을 읽은 뒤에 풀려났고, 나머지 한 명은 피습 전에 팀원들과 헤어진 것으로 알려졌다. 아프간 정부와 미국, 영국, 독일 정부 대표로 구성된 합동 조사단이 이번 사건의 수사에 나선 가운데, 탈레반은 10명의 목숨을 앗아간 것은 자신들이라고 주장하고 나섰다. 살해 이유에 대해서는 “기독교 선교 활동을 하고 미국의 첩자 노릇을 했기 때문”이라고 밝히고 있다. 그러나 IAM측은 탈레반측의 주장에 대해서 “우리는 기독교 정신을 바탕으로 세워진 단체이지만 이웃을 위한 구호활동을 선교의 수단으로 삼지는 않는다”고 반박한 바 있다. 아프간에서 10명에 이르는 구호팀원들이 한꺼번에 살해된 것은 최근 수년간 처음이며 국제 교계와 사회에도 큰 충격을 안겨 주고 있다. 세계복음연맹(WEA)은 아시아복음연맹(AEA)과 공동으로 발표한 성명을 통해 희생자들과 그 가족, 그리고 IAM측에 애도의 뜻을 전하는 한편, 탈레반이 자신들의 소행임을 자처하고 있는 이번 사건을 “무자비한 잔혹 행위”라고 규탄했다. 또 “이번 사건의 가장 큰 피해자는 이 지역에서 구호의 손길을 필요로 하는 힘없는 아프간인들”이라고 밝히고, “무의미한 폭력에 의해 구호활동에 장애가 초래될 수 있고 아프간인들이 더 큰 어려움에 처할 수 있다”고 우려했다. 한편 힐러리 클린턴 미 국무장관은 성명을 통해 “무자비한 학살 행위를 그릇된 구실로 정당화하려는 시도는 비난 받아 마땅할 것”이라고 무고한 생명을 앗아간 세력을 향해 일갈했다. 클린턴 장관은 “테러는 종교로 합리화될 수 없다. 이같은 행위는 세계 어디에서도 용납되지 못한다”고 강력하게 비판했다. 또, 10명의 희생자들에 대해서 “이웃에 대한 관대함을 실천한 영웅들이었다”며 “그들의 희생에 깊은 애도를 표한다”고 전했다.
ICE-BREAKERS
ICE-BREAKERS If I knew I couldn\'t fail, I\'d try... One lesson I\'ve learned the hard way is... Some of the best advice I was given is... One unfulfilled dream of mine is... You would know me better if you knew that I... More than anything, I would like to be remembered as a person who... If I could have a five-minute face-to-face meeting with Jesus Christ, I would talk about... Given one day to do anything I\'d like, with no economic constraints, I would choose to... Source Unknown.
IDENTITY
IDENTITY I\'ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin in Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In The Mask Behind the Mask, biographer Peter Evans says that actor Peter Sellers played so many roles he sometimes was not sure of his own identity. Approached once by a fan who asked him, \"Are you Peter Sellers?\" Sellers answered briskly, \"Not today,\" and walked on. Today in the Word, July 24, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano spoke with a reporter. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team. \"Why is winning so important to you?\" the players asked Valvano. \"Because the final score defines you,\" he said, \"You lose, ergo, you\'re a loser. You win, ergo, you\'re a winner.\" \"No,\" the players insisted. \"Participation is what matters. Trying your best, regardless of whether you win or lose -- that\'s what defines you.\" It took 24 more years of living. It took the coach bolting up from the mattress three or four times a night with his T-shirt soaked with sweat and his teeth rattling from the fever chill of chemotherapy and the terror of seeing himself die repeatedly in his dreams. It took all that for him to say it: \"Those kids were right. It\'s effort, not result. It\'s trying. God, what a great human being I could have been if I\'d had this awareness back then.\" Gary Smith in Sports Illustrated, quoted in Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While walking through the forest one day, a man found a young eagle who had fallen out of his nest. He took it home and put it in his barnyard where it soon learned to eat and behave like the chickens. One day a naturalist passed by the farm and asked why it was that the king of all birds should be confined to live in the barnyard with the chickens. The farmer replied that since he had given it chicken feed and trained it to be a chicken, it had never learned to fly. Since it now behaved as the chickens, it was no longer an eagle. \"Still it has the heart of an eagle,\" replied the naturalist, \"and can surely be taught to fly.\" He lifted the eagle toward the sky and said, \"You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly.\" The eagle, however, was confused. He did not know who he was, and seeing the chickens eating their food, he jumped down to be with them again. The naturalist took the bird to the roof of the house and urged him again, saying, \"You are an eagle. Stretch forth your wings and fly.\" But the eagle was afraid of his unknown self and world and jumped down once more for the chicken food. Finally the naturalist took the eagle out of the barnyard to a high mountain. There he held the king of the birds high above him and encouraged him again, saying, \" You are an eagle. You belong to the sky. Stretch forth your wings and fly.\" The eagle looked around, back towards the barnyard and up to the sky. Then the naturalist lifted him straight towards the sun and it happened that the eagle began to tremble. Slowly he stretched his wings, and with a triumphant cry, soared away into the heavens. It may be that the eagle still remembers the chickens with nostalgia. It may even be that he occasionally revisits the barnyard. But as far as anyone knows, he has never returned to lead the life of a chicken. Theology News and Notes, October, 1976, quoted in Multnomah Message, Spring, 1993, p. 1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The renowned artist Paul Gustave Dore (1821-1883) lost his passport while traveling in Europe. When he came to a border crossing, he explained his predicament to one of the guards. Giving his name to the official, Dore hoped he would be recognized and allowed to pass. The guard, however, said that many people attempted to cross the border by claiming to be persons they were not. Dore insisted that he was the man he claimed to be. \"All right,\" said the official, \"we\'ll give you a test, and if you pass it we\'ll allow you to go through.\" Handing him a pencil and a sheet of paper, he told the artist to sketch several peasants standing nearby. Dore did it so quickly and skillfully that the guard was convinced he was indeed who he claimed to be. His work confirmed his word! Our Daily Bread, January 6, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Setting out from Hamburg, Germany, one day to give a concert in London, violinist Fritz Kreisler had an hour before his boat sailed. He wandered into a music shop, where the proprietor asked if he could look at the violin Kreisler was carrying. He then vanished and returned with two policemen, one of whom told the violinist, \"You are under arrest.\" \"What for?\" asked Kreisler. \"You have Fritz Kreisler\'s violin.\" \"I am Fritz Kreisler.\" \"You can\'t pull that on us. Come along to the station.\" As Kreisler\'s boat was sailing soon, there was no time for prolonged explanations. Kreisler asked for his violin and played a piece he was well known for. \"Now are you satisfied?\" he asked. They were! Today in the Word, December 22, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alfred the Great was the ninth-century king who saved England from conquest by the Danish. At one point during his wars with the Danes, Alfred was forced to seek refuge in the hut of a poor Saxon family. Not recognizing her visitor, the woman of the house said she had to leave and asked Alfred to watch some cakes she was baking. But the king had other things on his mind and did not notice that the cakes were burning. Upon her return, the lady unknowingly gave her sovereign a hearty scolding! Today in the Word, April 9, 1992 Leadership, IV, 3, p. 94. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In \"A Portrait of America\", Newsweek (l/17/83) poked some fun at the national census: Give your name and age and business. Is your husband working? Do you rent or own the building? Did you ever milk a cow? This is strictly confidential--are you underweight or fat? Does your husband have a bunion? Are his arches good or flat? Did you vote for Herbert Hoover? Are you dry or are you wet? Did you ever use tobacco? Did you ever place a bet?. . . Are you saving any money? Do you ever pay your debt? Are your husband\'s old red flannels in the wash or on him yet? \"The Census Taker,\" Scott Wiseman 1940. \"Uncle Sam\'s armies of statisticians don\'t really ask questions about the cleanliness of the old man\'s flannels, \" writes Newsweek, \"But they do ask about the state of our arches (2.6 million are flat or fallen). . . They can expound on life and its quality and on death and and its causes. They can analyze sex and birth, divorce and income, crime and eating habits. . . As a result, America knows more about itself than ever before.\" That may be true--yet people are still confused about who they are and the roles they are to fill. Could it be that in the thousands of questions, the census takers have overlooked the most important ones? \"A Portrait of America\", Newsweek, January 17, 1983. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The dilemma of an unclear sense of personal identity was illustrated by an incident in the life of the famous German philosopher Schleiermacher, who did much to shape the progress of modern thought. The story is told that one day as an old man he was sitting alone on a bench in a city park. A policeman thinking that he was a vagrant came over and shook him and asked, \"Who are you?\" Schleiermacher replied sadly, \"I wish I knew.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IDLENESS
IDLENESS Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct at Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in 109 A.D. For eighteen hundred years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly sixty generations of men drank from its flow. Then came another generation, a recent one, who said, \"This aqueduct is so great a marvel that it ought to be preserved for our children, as a museum piece. We shall relieve it of its centuries-long labor.\" They did; they laid modern iron pipes. They gave the ancient bricks and mortar a reverent rest. And the aqueduct began to fall apart. The sun beating on the dry mortar caused it to crumble. The bricks and stone sagged and threatened to fall. What ages of service could not destroy idleness disintegrated. Resource, Sept./ Oct., 1992, p. 4.
IDOLATRY
IDOLATRY Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that ought to be worshiped. Augustine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hideyoshi, a Japanese warlord who ruled over Japan in the late 1500s, commissioned a colossal statue of Buddha for a shrine in Kyoto. It took 50,000 men five years to build, but the work had scarcely been completed when the earthquake of 1596 brought the roof of the shrine crashing down and wrecked the statue. In a rage Hideyoshi shot an arrow at the fallen colossus. \"I put you here at great expense,\" he shouted, \"and you can\'t even look after your own temple.\" Today in the Word, MBI, August, 1991, p. 23. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- God often allows the ungodly to amass great wealth--to their destruction. But if you are one with whom God is dealing and if you put the pursuit of riches (or anything else) before service to Christ, God may take away those riches (and other things) until you turn to Him. Some years ago Donald Grey Barnhouse was counseling a young woman on the sidewalk in front of Tenth Presbyterian Church following an evening service. She said she was a Christian and that she wanted to follow Christ. But she wanted to be famous too. She wanted to pursue a stage career in New York. \"After I have made it in the theater, I\'ll follow Christ completely,\" she said. Barnhouse took a key out of his pocket and scratched a mark on a postal box standing on the corner. \"That is what God will let you do,\" he said. \"God will let you scratch the surface of success. He will let you get close enough to the top to know what it is, but He will never let you have it, because He will never let one of His children have anything rather than Himself.\" Years later he met the girl again, and she confessed that this had indeed been her life story. She had dabbled in the stage. Once her picture had been in a national magazine. But she had never quite made it. She told Barnhouse, \"I can\'t tell you how many times in my discouragement I have closed my eyes and seen you scratching on that postal box with your key. God let me scratch the edges, but He gave me nothing in place of Himself.\" J.M. Boice, Christ\'s Call To Discipleship, Moody, 1986, p. 154. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen retells a tale from ancient India: Four royal brothers decided each to master a special ability. Time went by, and the brothers met to reveal what they had learned. \"I have mastered a science,\" said the first, \"by which I can take but a bone of some creature and create the flesh that goes with it.\" \"I,\" said the second, \"know how to grow that creature\'s skin and hair if there is flesh on its bones.\" The third said, \"I am able to create its limbs if I have flesh, the skin, and the hair.\" \"And I,\" concluded the fourth, \"know how to give life to that creature if its form is complete.\" Thereupon the brothers went into the jungle to find a bone so they could demonstrate their specialities. As fate would have it, the bone they found was a lion\'s. One added flesh to the bone, the second grew hide and hair, the third completed it with matching limbs, and the fourth gave the lion life. Shaking its mane, the ferocious beast arose and jumped on his creators. He killed them all and vanished contentedly into the jungle. We too have the capacity to create what can devour us. Goals and dreams can consume us. Possessions and property can turn and destroy us--unless we first seek God\'s kingdom and righteousness, and allow Him to breathe into what we make of life. Nathan Castens. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary and Devotional Though we do not face a pantheon of false gods like the Israelites did, we face pressures from a pantheon of false values--materialism, love of leisure, sensuality, worship of self, security, and many others. The second commandment deals with idols. This may be something that most of us can\'t relate to--unless we include life goals that revolve around something other than God Himself. What is the object of our affections, our efforts, and our attention? Where does the majority of our time go? On what do we spend the greatest amount of our resources? Today in the Word, June 14, 1989. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What other gods could we have besides the Lord? Plenty. For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the great gods Sex, Shekels, and Stomach (an unholy trinity constituting one god: self), and the other enslaving trio, Pleasure, Possessions, and Position, whose worship is described as \"The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life\" (1 John 2:16). Football, the Firm, and Family are also gods for some. Indeed the list of other gods is endless, for anything that anyone allows to run his life becomes his god and the claimants for this prerogative are legion. In the matter of life\'s basic loyalty, temptation is a many-headed monster. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today\'s idols are more in the self than on the shelf. Goudzwaard\'s three basic Biblical rules: 1. Every person is serving god(s) in his life. 2. Every person is transformed into an image of his god. 3. Mankind creates and forms a structure of society in its own image. That for which I would give anything and accept nothing in exchange is the most important thing in my life. Whatever that is is my god (cf. Isa. 44:6-20). J. McMath. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IF
IF Famed pianist Artur Rubinstein, celebrating his 84th birthday, said: \"As long as we have what we have inside, the capacity to love, to work, to hear music, to see a flower, to look at the world as it is, nothing can stop us from being happy...but one thing you must take seriously. You must get rid of the ifs of life. Many people tell you, \'I would be happy -- if I had a certain job, or if I were better looking, or if a certain person would marry me.\' There isn\'t any such thing. You must live your life unconditionally, without the ifs.\" Bits & Pieces, April 30, 1992. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IGNORANT
IGNORANT Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. Will Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shortly after the 1912 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson visited an aged aunt whom he hadn\'t seen for a long time. \"What are you doing these days, Woodrow?\" she asked. \"I\'ve just been elected president,\" replied Wilson. \"Oh, yes? President of what?\" inquired the aunt. \"Of the United States.\" \"Don\'t be silly!\" she snorted impatiently. Today in the Word, March 7, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was playing in Los Angeles and had a caddy with a reputation of constant chatter. Before they teed off, Bolt told him, \"Don\'t say a word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no.\" During the round, Bolt found the ball next to a tree, where he had to hit under a branch, over a lake and onto the green. He got down on his knees and looked through the trees and sized up the shot. \"What do you think?\" he asked the caddy. \"Five-iron?\" \"No, Mr. Bolt,\" the caddy said. \"What do you mean, not a five-iron?\" Bolt snorted. \"Watch this shot.\" The caddy rolled his eyes. \"No-o-o, Mr. Bolt.\" But Bolt hit it and the ball stopped about two feet from the hole. He turned to his caddy, handed him the five-iron and said, \"Now what do you think about that? You can talk now.\" \"Mr. Bolt,\" the caddy said, \"that wasn\'t your ball.\" Crossroads, Issue No. 7, pp. 15-16. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While touring America, the English author, G.K. Chesterton, was taken by several enthusiastic New Yorkers to see Times Square at night. Chesterton, after a moment\'s silent gazing at the millions of electric lights, turned to his friends and remarked, \"How beautiful it would be for someone who could not read.\" Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, p. 15. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once out of school, nearly 60 percent of all adult Americans will never again read a single book. Larry Wolwode (novelist), quoted in Youth Worker Update, Signs of the Times, October, 1992, p. 6. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IGNORED
IGNORED During the Revolutionary War, a loyalist spy appeared at the headquarters of Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall, carrying an urgent message. General George Washington and his Continental army had secretly crossed the Delaware River that morning and were advancing on Trenton, New Jersey where the Hessians were encamped. The spy was denied an audience with the commander and instead wrote his message on a piece of paper. A porter took the note to the Hessian colonel, but because Rall was involved in a poker game he stuffed the unread note into his pocket. When the guards at the Hessian camp began firing their muskets in a futile attempt to stop Washington\'s army, Rall was still playing cards. Without time to organize, the Hessian army was captured. The battle occurred the day after Christmas, 1776, giving the colonists a late present--their first major victory of the war. Today in the Word, October, 1991, p. 21. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In some stores you have to wait on yourself and in others they hire salespeople to ignore you. George Daacon, quoted in Tower Ticker, Chicago Tribune. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ILLUMINATION
ILLUMINATION No illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary & Devotional We would be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Scriptures, alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask His teaching and His guidance unto all truth. When the prophet Daniel sought to interpret Nebuchadnezzar\'s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. Therefore, if, your own and others\' profiting, you desire to be \"filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,\" remember that prayer is your best means of study. Like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and its interpretation, when you have sought God. You may force your way through many barriers to understanding with the leverage of prayer. Thoughts and reasonings are like the steel wedges which give a hold on truth, but prayer is the lever which forces open the treasure hidden within. C. H. Spurgeon. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMAGE OF GOD
IMAGE OF GOD No illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary & Devotional The image of God in which man was and is made has been variously explained in detail. Although scholars may differ on the nuances of the phrase, there is general agreement that it has to do with dignity, destiny, and freedom. The assertion that man is made in God\'s image shows each man his true dignity and worth. As God\'s image-bearer, he merits infinite respect. God\'s claims on us must be taken with total seriousness. No human being should ever be thought of as simply a cog in a machine, or mere means to an end. The assertion points also to each man\'s true destiny. Our Maker so designed us that our nature finds final satisfaction and fulfillment only in a relationship of responsive Godlikeness -- which means, precisely, that state of correspondence between our acts and God\'s will which we call obedience. Living that is obedient will thus be teleological -- progressively realizing our telos (Greek for \"end\" or \"goal\"). Also the assertion confirms the genuineness of each man\'s freedom. Experience tells us that we are free, in the sense that we make real choices between alternatives and could have chosen differently, and theology agrees. Self-determining freedom of choice is what sets God and his rational creatures apart from, say, birds and bees, as moral beings. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMITATION
IMITATION President Calvin Coolidge invited some people from his hometown to dinner at the White House. Since they did not know how to behave at such an occasion, they thought the best policy would be just to do what the President did. The time came for serving coffee. The President poured his coffee into a saucer. As soon as the home folk saw it, they did the same. The next step for the President was to pour some milk and add a little sugar to the coffee in the saucer. The home folks did the same. They thought for sure that the next step would be for the President to take the saucer with the coffee and begin sipping it. But the President didn\'t do so. He leaned over, placed the saucer on the floor and called the cat. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Children have never been good
IMMORTALITY
IMMORTALITY No Illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary and Devotional While none of the actual terms for immortality are found in the gospel teachings of Jesus, he addresses the subject in passages such as Luke 20:27-40 and John 11:25-26. Strawson claims that, for Jesus and his Jewish contemporaries, immortality was synonymous with resurrection (Jesus and the Future Life, p. 209). Murray Harris holds that, while the two terms are distinct, they are also inseparable, for the resurrection inevitably involves the acquiring of immortality. They are interdependent sides of the same truth. See his volume, Raised Immortal: Resurrection and Immortality in the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1983), pp. 199-201, 209-214, 232-236, for a stimulating and detailed study of this subject. We also want to be clear that the term immortality is not to be confused with notions such as the Greek concept of immortality of the soul. Actually, three Greek synonyms (athanasia, aphtharsia, aphtartos) are used only eleven times in the New Testament (ten by Paul and one by Peter) to refer to the believer\'s life after death. In no case are these terms applied directly to the human soul. In fact, the Greek teaching had very little influence in Palestine anyway. For several reasons why Paul, in particular, opposed this Greek belief, see the next section of this chapter. Further, Paul specifically used immortality and eternal life in a related manner in Rom. 2:7 (cf. Gal. 6:8; 2 Tim. 1:10), while interchanging his references to immortality and the resurrection of the body in 1 Cor. 15:50-55. He thereby asserts that the term eternal life in the New Testament \"refers primarily to quality ... secondarily to quantity ... Immortality, on the other hand, refers primarily to quantity ... and secondarily to quality\" (see p. 199; cf. pp. 273-275). Gary R. Habermas & J.P. Moreland, Immortality - The Other Side of Death by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992, p. 263. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMMUTABILITY
IMMUTABILITY Repenting means revising one\'s judgment and changing one\'s plan of action. God never does this; he never needs to, for his plans are made on the basis of a complete knowledge and control which extends to all things past, present, and future, so that there can be no sudden emergencies or unlooked-for developments to take him by surprise. \"The counsel of the Lord stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations\" (Ps. 33:11). What he does in time, he planned from eternity. And all that he planned in eternity, he carries out in time. And all that he has in his Word committed himself to do, will infallibly be done. Thus we read of the \"unchangeable character of his purpose\" to bring believers into full enjoyment of their promised inheritance, and of the immutable oath by which he confirmed his counsel to Abraham, the archetypal believer, both for Abraham\'s own assurance and also for others (Heb. 6:17-19). So it is with all God\'s announced intentions. They do not change. No part of his eternal plan changes. It is true that there is a group of texts (Gen. 6:6-8; 1 Sam. 15:11; 2 Sam. 24:16; Joel 2:13-14; Jon. 3:10) which speak of God as repenting. The reference in each case is to a reversal of God\'s previous treatment of particular men, consequent upon their reaction to that treatment. But there is no suggestion that this reaction was not foreseen, or that it took God by surprise, and was not provided for in his eternal plan. No change in his eternal purpose is implied when he begins to deal with a person in a new way. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When Lloyd C. Douglas, author of The Robe and other novels, was a university student, he lived an a boarding house. Downstairs on the first floor was an elderly, retired music teacher, who was infirm and unable to leave the apartment. Douglas said that every morning they had a ritual they would go through together. He would come down the steps, open the old man\'s door, and ask, \"Well, what\'s the good news?\" The old man would pick up his tuning fork, tap it on the side of his wheelchair and say, \"That\'s middle C! It was middle C yesterday; it will be middle C tomorrow; it will be middle C a thousand years from now. The tenor upstairs sings flat, the piano across the hall is out of tune, but, my friend, THAT is middle C!\" The old man had discovered one thing upon which he could depend, one constant reality in his life, one \"still point in a turning world.\" For Christians, the one \"still point in a turning world,\" the one absolute of which there is no shadow of turning, is Jesus Christ. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPERSONAL
IMPERSONAL Given the many details which a presidential inaugural committee must cope with, mistakes are inevitable. So it was that Franklin Delano Roosevelt received an invitation to his own January 20, 1937 presidential inauguration! Through the White House social bureau, he solemnly sent word that the press of official business would keep him away. Then, relenting, he sent a further note in his own handwriting: \"I have rearranged my engagements and think I may be able to go. Will know definitely January 19. F.D.R.\" Today in the Word, April 12, 1992. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPORTANCE
IMPORTANCE When Irving S. Olds was chairman of the U.S. Steel Corporation, he arrived for a stockholders\' meeting and was confronted by a woman who asked, \"Exactly who are you and what do you do?\" Without batting an eye, Olds replied, \"I am your chairman. Of course, you know the duties of a chairman--that\'s someone who is roughly the equivalent of parsley on a platter of fish.\" Bits & Pieces, June 27, 1991, p.7 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- People who matter are most aware that everyone else does too. Malcolm S. Forbes, The Sayings of Chairman Malcolm. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts. Dr. Charles Garfield. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPOSSIBLE
IMPOSSIBLE The next time you feel yourself feeling confident, challenge yourself to do the impossible. You just may. There are legions of people with unchallenged genius potential. In 1912, two Irish music hall players were spending an afternoon in a pub at Stalybridge in Cheshire, England. They were extolling the musical traditions of Ireland. It is said that on that day they boasted they could write and perform a song in the same day. It might have been a gimmick to stimulate attendance or it could have been genius jumping out of its bag, for It\'s a Long Way to Tipperary was performed that night at the Stalybridge Grand Theater by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was an overnight success that gained tremendous popularity during World War I as an Allies marching song. Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 18-19. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I\'d place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: Leave slide rules here. If I didn\'t do that, I\'d find someone reaching for his slide rule. Then he\'d be on his feet saying, \"Boss, you can\'t do it.\" Charles F. Kettering in Bits & Pieces, Dec, 1991, p. 24. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Years ago new engineers in the Lamp Division of General Electric were assigned, as a joke, the impossible task of frosting bulbs on the inside. Eventually, however, an undaunted newcomer named Marvin Pipkin not only found a way to frost bulbs on the inside but developed an etching acid that gave minutely rounded pits instead of sharp depressions. This materially strengthened each bulb. Fortunately, no one had told him it couldn\'t be done, so he did it. Bits & Pieces, December, 1989, p. 20-21. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Automobile genius Henry Ford once came up with a revolutionary plan for a new kind of engine which we know today as the V-8. Ford was eager to get his great new idea into production. He had some men draw up the plans, and presented them to the engineers. As the engineers studied the drawings, one by one they cane to the same conclusion. Their visionary boss just didn\'t know much about the fundamental principles of engineering. He\'d have to be told gently--his dream was impossible. Ford said, \"Produce it anyway.\" They replied, \"But it\'s impossible.\" \"Go ahead,\" Ford commanded, \"and stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time is required.\" For six months they struggled with drawing after drawing, design after design. Nothing. Another six months. Nothing. At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers and they once again told him that what he wanted was impossible. Ford told them to keep going. They did. And they discovered how to build a V-8 engine. Napolean Hill, Think and Grow Rich, 1960. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPRISONED
IMPRISONED On one of his European tours, the master magician and locksmith Harry Houdini found himself locked in by his own thinking. After he had been searched and manacled in a Scottish town jail, the old turnkey shut him in a cell and walked away. Houdini quickly freed himself from his shackles and then tackled the cell lock. But despite all his efforts, the lock wouldn\'t open. Finally, ever more desperate but completely exhausted, he leaned against the door--and it swung open so unexpectedly that he nearly fell headlong into the corridor. The turnkey had not locked it. Harold Kellock, Houdini.
IMPROBABLE
IMPROBABLE In WWI, the American 308th regiment was surrounded by enemy forces and under severe mortar and machine gun fire. Casualties were heavy and supplies were short. The unbearable situation intensified when American artillery began shelling the sector where the 308th had dug in. The only communication was by carrier pigeon. In desperation, a sergeant released the last bird with a note pleading for the Americans to hold their fire. As soon as the pigeon lifted off, a stray bullet grazed the side of his head and tore out his left eye. Then a piece of shrapnel hit his chest, shattering his breastbone. But his homing instinct was strong and he struggled onward. Somewhere in the flight another piece of shrapnel tore off his left leg, leaving the message canister dangling from torn ligaments. The pigeon made it to his loft, however, and the order went out immediately to stop shelling. The 308th survived. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPROVEMENT
IMPROVEMENT There\'s always room for improvement. It\'s the biggest room in the house. Louise Health Leber, quoted in Women Women Women. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------