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UGLY
UGLY Anonymous art critic: \"They couldn\'t find the artist, so they hung the picture.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNANTICIPATED
UNANTICIPATED Long-time actress and comedienne Gracie Allen once received a small, live alligator as a gag. Not knowing what to do with it, Gracie placed it in the bathtub and then left for an appointment. When she returned home, she found this note from her maid: \"Dear Miss Allen: Sorry, but I have quit. I don\'t work in houses where there is an alligator. I\'d a told you this when I took on, but I never thought it would come up. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNAPPRECIATED
UNAPPRECIATED 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 and Pieces, June, 1991. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNAWARE
UNAWARE 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.
UNBELIEF
UNBELIEF Important lessons are given by this alternation of the two ideas of faith and unbelief, obedience and disobedience. Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the mother of further disobedience. Faith is voluntary submission within a person\'s own power. If faith is not exercised, the true cause lies deeper than all intellectual reasons. It lies in the moral aversion of human will and in the pride of independence, which says, \"who is Lord over us? Why should we have to depend on Jesus Christ?\" As faith is obedience and submission, so faith breeds obedience, but unbelief leads on to higher-handed rebellion. With dreadful reciprocity of influence, the less one trusts, the more he disobeys; the more he disobeys, the less he trusts. Alexander Maclaren. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNCERTAINTY
UNCERTAINTY A newspaper publisher sent a telegram to a noted astronomer: WIRE COLLECT IMMEDIATELY FIVE HUNDRED WORDS ON WHETHER THERE IS LIFE ON MARS. The astronomer dutifully replied: NOBODY KNOWS -- 250 times. Carl Sagan, Cosmos. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNDERSTANDING
UNDERSTANDING The first section was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory. When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said. Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, \"Do you understand this theory?\" It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, \"No, sir.\" You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited. And then the slow words of the professor: \"Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed.\" Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Reminiscences recalling a strategy he carried out while at West Point. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNEXPECTED
UNEXPECTED Long-time actress and comedienne Gracie Allen once received a small, live alligator as a gag. Not knowing what to do with it, Gracie placed it in the bathtub and then left for an appointment. When she returned home, she found this note from her maid: \"Dear Miss Allen: Sorry, but I have quit. I don\'t work in houses where there is an alligator. I\'d a told you this when I took on, but I never thought it would come up. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNFORESEEN
UNFORESEEN Long-time actress and comedienne Gracie Allen once received a small, live alligator as a gag. Not knowing what to do with it, Gracie placed it in the bathtub and then left for an appointment. When she returned home, she found this note from her maid: \"Dear Miss Allen: Sorry, but I have quit. I don\'t work in houses where there is an alligator. I\'d a told you this when I took on, but I never thought it would come up. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNFORGIVABLE SIN
UNFORGIVABLE SIN This statement (Matt 12:32, par Mk. 3:29, Luke 12:10) has been the subject of much questioning. Obviously the reference here is not to the naming of the Holy Spirit in a blasphemous utterance, for in Matt. 12:32 even blasphemy against the Son of man can be forgiven. Among the many attempts at exegesis, the most convincing is the suggestion that the man who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit is he who has recognized that God is working through the Holy Spirit in the actions of Jesus, and who quite consciously \"misrepresent faith in God as faith in the devil. This saying is an extremely serious warning against the demonic and scarcely conceivable potential in man: To declare war on God. This is not done in weakness and doubt, but by one who has been overcome by the Holy Spirit and who knows very well on whom he is declaring war\" (E. Schweizer, The Good News according to Mark, 1971, 87; cf. H.W. Beyer, TDNT I:624; O.E. Evans, \"The Unforgivable Sin\", ExpT 68, 1956-57, 240-44). This is the blasphemer who does it deliberately, after encounter with the God of grace, as the context shows. For Jesus has just been accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons. \"Therefore he who blasphemes the Spirit is no longer speaking against a God who is distant, about whom he entertains mere foolish thoughts, but against the one who makes evident to him his gracious work, and confirms it with his manifest, divine seal. He is a man who ought to give thanks, not to blaspheme\" (A. Schlatter, on Matt. 12:32). W.L. Lane draws attention to Sifre on Deut. 32:38 (end): \"The Holy One, blessed be he, pardons everything else, but on profanation of the Name [i.e. blasphemy] he takes vengeance immediately\" (The Gospel of Mark, NLC, 1974, 145) Lane goes on to comment: \"This is the danger to which the scribes exposed themselves when they attributed to the agency of Satan the redemption brought by Jesus. The expulsion of demons was a sign of the intrusion of the Kingdom of God. Yet the scribal accusations against Jesus amount to a denial of the power and greatness of the Spirit of God. By assigning the action of Jesus to a demonic origin the scribes betray a perversion of spirit which, in defiance of the truth, chooses to call light darkness. In this historical context, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit denotes the conscious and deliberate rejection of the saving power and grace of God released through Jesus\' work and act\" (ibid). Thus blasphemy here is much more serious than the taking of the divine name in vain which a believer may have done before coming to repentance and faith. It may be said to those who have been tormented by fear that they have committed the unforgivable sin that their concern is itself a sign that they have not committed the sin envisaged in Jesus\' teaching here. Lane\'s interpretation also helps to explain the distinction drawn between blasphemy against the Son of man and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The distinction suggests that \"while an attack on Jesus\' own person, as son of Man and therefore \'hidden\', is pardonable, any speaking against the power by which he works (i.e. the divine endowment for his messianic ministry) will not be pardoned\" (D. Hill, The Gospel of Matthew, New Century Bible, 1972, 318). For such an action would be deliberately to attribute to Satan the action of God himself. (NIDNTT, v. 3, pp. 343-344) What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Though many suggestions have been offered, I think the answer lies in the context here (Luke 12:7-12) and in the context of redemptive history. Remember that the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out, and it is the Spirit who causes men to recognize who Jesus is. Hebrews 6 and 10 contain discussions of unforgivable sins, but the distinction between blasphemy against Christ and the Spirit has disappeared. Jesus seemed to be saying this: Because the Holy spirit has not yet been poured out in fullness, the Jews will be forgiven for blaspheming the Son of Man. They will be given a second chance to repent, as we see in the book of Acts. If, however, they continue to blaspheme after the Spirit has come, they will not be forgiven. But what is the sin, specifically? Since it is blasphemy, we must see it essentially as a verbal sin. In context it is the sin of saying that Jesus Christ is of the devil. Jesus was willing to excuse this blasphemy before Pentecost; but, in the new covenant era it is not longer excusable. If a person curses Jesus, but does not really know who Jesus is, that sin is forgivable. But if the Holy Spirit has borne witness to a person that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and that person curses Him, it cannot be forgiven. Tabletalk, July 12, 1990. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIMPORTANT
UNIMPORTANT 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 and Pieces, June 27, 1991, p.7.
UNINFORMED
UNINFORMED 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, p. 15-16. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNITY
UNITY (see also BODY OF CHRIST) I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field. John Wesley. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Calvin, who saw that the Devil\'s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague: \"Among Christians there ought to be so great a dislike of schism, as that they may always avoid it so fast as lies in their power. That there ought to prevail among them such a reverence for the ministry of the word and the sacraments that wherever they perceive these things to be, there they must consider the church to exist...nor need it be of any hindrance that some points of doctrine are not quite so pure, seeing that there is scarcely any church which has not retained some remnants of former ignorance.\" Charles W. Colson, The Body, 1992, Word Publishing, p. 107-108. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the Cambridge, Minn., Star: \"Isanti County Commissioner Tom Pagel has 100-percent support from his family, not 10 percent, as was stated in last week\'s article on Pagel\'s announcement to seek re-election.\" Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"To remain divided is sinful! Did not our Lord pray, that they may be one, even as we are one\"? (John 17:22). A chorus of ecumenical voices keep harping the unity tune. What they are saying is, \"Christians of all doctrinal shades and beliefs must come together in one visible organization, regardless... Unite, unite!\" Such teaching is false, reckless and dangerous. Truth alone must determine our alignments. Truth comes before unity. Unity without truth is hazardous. Our Lord\'s prayer in John 17 must be read in its full context. Look at verse 17: \"Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.\" Only those sanctified through the Word can be one in Christ. To teach otherwise is to betray the Gospel. Charles H. Spurgeon, The Essence of Separation, quoted in The Berean Call, July, 1992, p. 4. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During World War II, Hitler commanded all religious groups to unite so that he could control them. Among the Brethren assemblies, half complied and half refused. Those who went along with the order had a much easier time. Those who did not, faced harsh persecution. In almost every family of those who resisted, someone died in a concentration camp. When the war was over, feelings of bitterness ran deep between the groups and there was much tension. Finally they decided that the situation had to be healed. Leaders from each group met at a quiet retreat. For several days, each person spent time in prayer, examining his own heart in the light of Christ\'s commands. Then they came together. Francis Schaeffer, who told of the incident, asked a friend who was there, \"What did you do then?\" \"We were just one,\" he replied. As they confessed their hostility and bitterness to God and yielded to His control, the Holy Spirit created a spirit of unity among them. Love filled their hearts and dissolved their hatred. When love prevails among believers, especially in times of strong disagreement, it presents to the world an indisputable mark of a true follower of Jesus Christ. Our Daily Bread, October 4, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn\'t. \"What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?\" asks Linus. \"These five fingers,\" says Lucy. \"Individually they\'re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.\" \"Which channel do you want?\" asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, \"Why can\'t you guys get organized like that?\" Charles Schultz. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are two ways of being united -- one is by being frozen together, and the other is by being melted together. What Christians need is to be united in brotherly love, and then they may expect to have power. Moody\'s Anecdotes, p. 53. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Native American warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and asked, \"What are we going to do?\" Tonto replied, \"What you mean \'we,\' Whiteman?\" Edward Dobson, In Search of Unity, p. 20-27. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There can be union without unity: tie two cats together by their tails and throw them over a clothesline. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become \'unity\' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Snowflakes are one of nature\'s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. Vesta Kelly. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIVERSALISM
UNIVERSALISM Beulah Collins: Several cotton farmers were whiling away a winter afternoon around the potbellied stove. They soon became entangled in a heated discussion on the merits of their respective religions. The eldest of the farmers had been sitting quietly, just listening, when the group turned to him and demanded, \"Who\'s right, old Jim? Which one of these religions is the right one?\" \"Well,\" said Jim thoughtfully, \"you know there are three ways to get from here to the cotton gin. You can go right over the big hill. That\'s shorter but it\'s a powerful climb. You can go around the east side of the hill. That\'s not too far, but the road is rougher\'n tarnation. Or you can go around the west side of the hill, which is the longest way, but the easiest.\" \"But you know,\" he said, looking them squarely in the eye, \"when you get there, the gin man don\'t ask you how you come. He just asks, \'Man, how good is your cotton?\'\" Los Angeles Times Syndicate. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At a recent missions conference attended by thousands of evangelical students, only one third of the participants indicated their belief that \"a person who does not hear the Gospel is eternally lost.\" Timothy George, TableTalk, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Matthew 18:21-35 How long would it take the slave to repay a billion dollars?? In the long run, the answer...is itself a question: \"What are you asking God to do?\" To wipe out their past sins, and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does\" (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain). Since Christ is the Word of God and the Truth of God, he may be received even by those who have not heard of his manifestation in the flesh. A proud and self-righteous morality is inconsistent with saving faith; but a humble and penitent reliance upon God, as a Savior from sin and a guide of conduct, is an implicit faith in Christ; for such reliance casts itself upon God, so far as God has revealed himself,--and the only Revealer of God in Christ. We have, therefore, the hope that even among the heathen there may be some, like Socrates, who under the guidance of the Holy Spirit working through the truth of nature and conscience, have found the way to life and salvation. A.H. Strong, Systematic Theology, 1909, p. 843, quoted in W. Dyrness, Christian Apologetics in a World Community, IVP, 1983, p. 106. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIVERSE
UNIVERSE If you were to hold out a dime at arm\'s length, the coin would block out 15 million stars from your view, if your eyes could see with that power. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To help us grasp the vastness of our galaxy, one scientist suggests we imagine a smooth glass surface. Shrink the sun from 865,000 miles in diameter to two feet and place it on the surface. Using this scale, Earth would be 220 paces out from the sun, and would be the size of a pea. Mars, the size of a pinhead, would be 108 paces beyond Earth. But to reach Neptune, you\'d need to step off another 6,130 paces from Mars. By now you would be five miles from the sun--but there still wouldn\'t be room on the glass surface for Pluto! And you would have to pace off 6,720 miles beyond Pluto to reach the nearest star. Yet, this glass model represents only a tiny fraction of the universe. Today in the Word, July, 1990, p. 6. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN From an old mariner\'s chart, drawn in 1525, on display in the British Museum in London, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote: \"Here be giants,\" \"Here be fiery scorpions,\" and \"Here be dragons.\" Eventually, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Scratching out the fearful inscriptions, he wrote these words across the map: \"HERE IS GOD.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNNECESSARY
UNNECESSARY 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 and Pieces, June, 1991. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNPREPARED
UNPREPARED \"A Japanese attack on Hawaii is regarded as the most unlikely thing in the world, with one chance in a million of being successful. Besides saving more powerful defenses than any other post under the American flag, it is protected by distance.\" Gordon Prange, At Dawn We Slept, quoting journalist Clarke Beach from Sept. 6, 1941.
UNREALISTIC
UNREALISTIC Bachelor Bob: \"I got a cookbook for Christmas from my mom, but after checking out some of the recipes, I decided to toss it into the garbage can.\" Married Marvin: \"Too much fancy work in it, eh?\" Bachelor Bob: \"You said it! Every recipe began with the same words: Take a clean dish...How unrealistic can you get? Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNTHANKFULNESS
UNTHANKFULNESS Blessed is he who expects no gratitude for he shall not be disappointed. W.C. Bennett, Trinity Ave Pres. Church, Durham, N.C. in The Official Rules, p. 12. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The careless soul receives the Father\'s gifts as if it were a way things had of dropping into his hand...yet he is ever complaining, as if someone were accountable for the problems which meet him at every turn. For the good that comes to him, he gives no thanks--who is there to thank? At the disappointments that befall him he grumbles--there must be someone to blame! George MacDonald. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Andrew Carnegie, the multimillionaire, left $1 million for one of his relatives, who in return cursed Carnegie thoroughly because he had left $365 million to public charities and had cut him off with just one measly million. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Samuel Leibowitz, criminal lawyer and judge, saved 78 men from the electric chair. Not one ever did bother to thank him. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Many years ago, as the story is told, a devout king was disturbed by the ingratitude of his royal court. He prepared a large banquet for them. When the king and his royal guests were seated, by prearrangement, a beggar shuffled into the hall, sat down at the king\'s table, and gorged himself with food. Without saying a word, he then left the room. The guests were furious and asked permission to seize the tramp and tear him limb from limb for his ingratitude. The king replied, \"That beggar has done only once to an earthly king what each of you does three times each day to God. You sit there at the table and eat until you are satisfied. Then you walk away without recognizing God, or expressing one word of thanks to Him.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ingratitude denotes spiritual immaturity. Infants do not always appreciate what parents do for them. They have short memories. Their concern is not what you did for me yesterday, but what are you doing for me today. The past is meaningless and so is the future. They live for the present. Those who are mature are deeply appreciative of those who labored in the past. They recognize those who labor during the present and provide for those who will be laboring in the future. Contact, Homemade, December 1984. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------