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VALUE
VALUE A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. \"I couldn\'t read it,\" the friend explained. \"Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.\" \"Not Gutenberg!\" the book lover exclaimed in horror. \"That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!\" His friend was unimpressed. \"Mine wouldn\'t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.\" Our Daily Bread, June 7, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In April 1667, English poet John Milton signed an agreement with Samuel Simmons, a London publisher, by which he sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for five pounds, plus five pounds for the sale of each of three subsequent editions, an edition comprising 1,500 copies. Milton received a second five pounds in April 1669, making a grand total of 10 pounds to the author of England\'s greatest epic. After his death, Milton\'s widow Elizabeth sold all remaining rights for eight pounds to Simmons, who became perpetual copyright owner. It\'s hard to imagine someone selling something of such great value for so little. Today in the Word, April 7, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- American artist James Whistler, who was never known to be bashful about his talent, was once advised that a shipment of blank canvases he had ordered had been lost in the mail. When asked if the canvases were of any great value, Whistler remarked, \"not yet, not yet.\" Today in the Word, December 3, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At age 16 Andor Foldes was already a skilled pianist, but he was experiencing a troubled year. In the midst of the young Hungarian\'s personal struggles, one of the most renowned pianists of the day came to Budapest. Emil von Sauer was famous not only for his abilities; he was also the last surviving pupil of the great Franz Liszt. Von Sauer requested that Foldes play for him. Foldes obliged with some of the most difficult works of Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann. When he finished, von Sauer walked over to him and kissed him on the forehead. \"My son,\" he said, \"when I was your age I became a student of Liszt. He kissed me on the forehead after my first lesson, saying, \'Take good care of this kiss--it comes from Beethoven, who gave it to me after hearing me play.\' I have waited for years to pass on this sacred heritage, but now I feel you deserve it.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was reported that eleven millionaires went down on the Titanic. Major A. H. Peuchen left $300,000.00 in money, jewelry and securities in a box in his cabin. \"The money seemed a mockery at that time,\" he later said. \"I picked up three oranges instead.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:--\'Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. T. Paine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kristin Lewis, about 8 years old, mentioned that her mother\'s birthday was soon approaching. I asked her if she was going to make a birthday card on her father\'s computer. She said, \"No. If you make one on the computer they don\'t keep it on the refrigerator as long as when you make one yourself.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VALUES
VALUES At one time, Francis Schaeffer says, he shared a platform with former cabinet member and urban leader John Gardner, during which Gardner spoke on the need to restore values to our culture. After he finished, a Harvard student asked him: \"On what do you build your values?\" Gardner, usually articulate and erudite, paused, looked down, and said, \"I do not know.\" I repeatedly encounter the same reaction. When I have contended before scholars and college audiences that in a secular, relativistic society there is no basis for ethics, no one has ever challenged me. In fact, in private they often agree. Charles W. Colson, The Body, Word Publishing, 1992, p. 162-163. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When actress Sophia Loren sobbed to Italian movie director Vittorio De Sica over the theft of her jewelry, he lectured her: \"Listen to me, Sophia. I am much older than you and if there is one great truth I have learned about life, it is this--never cry over anything that can\'t cry over you.\" A.E. Hotchner, Sophia: Living and Loving. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Norman Cousins, after his experiences at UCLA Medical School, notes a common misunderstanding about what is \"real\" and \"unreal.\" In Bob Benson\'s He Speaks Softly, Cousins is quoted: \"The words \'hard\' and \'soft\' are generally used by medical students to describe the contrasting nature of courses. Courses like biochemistry, physics, pharmacology, anatomy, and pathology are anointed with the benediction of \'hard\' whereas subjects like medical ethics, philosophy, history, and patient-physician relationships tend to labor under the far less auspicious label \'soft\'. . . (but) a decade or two after graduation there tends to be an inversion. That which was supposed to be hard turns out to be soft, and vice versa. The knowledge base of medicine is constantly changing . . . But the soft subjects--especially those that have to do with intangibles--turn out in the end to be of enduring value.\" Vernon Grounds. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is faith in Jesus Christ. If they had that and I had not given them a single shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor indeed.\" Patrick Henry. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I recently saw the story of a high school values clarification class conducted by a teacher in Teaneck, New Jersey. A girl in the class had found a purse containing $1000 and returned it to its owner. The teacher asked for the class\'s reaction. Every single one of her fellow students concluded the girl had been \"foolish.\" Most of the students contended that if someone is careless, they should be punished. When the teacher was asked what he said to the students, he responded, \"Well, of course, I didn\'t say anything. If I come from the position of what is right and what is wrong, then I\'m not their counselor. I can\'t impose my views.\" It\'s no wonder that J. Allen Smith, considered a father of many modern education reforms, concluded in the end, \"The trouble with us reformers is that we\'ve made reform a crusade against all standards. Well, we\'ve smashed them all, and now neither we nor anybody else has anything left.\" Senator Dan Coats, Imprimis, Vol. 20, Number 9, Sept 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On April 14, 1912, 10:00 p.m. the Titanic crashed into an iceberg in the mid-Atlantic and four hours later sank. One woman in a life boat asked if she could go back to her room. She was given only three minutes to do so. She hurried down the corridors, already tilting dangerously, through the gambling room piled ankle-deep in money. In her room were her treasures waiting to be taken, but instead, she snatched up three oranges and hurried back to the boat. One hour before she would have naturally chosen diamonds over oranges, but in the face of death, values are seen more clearly. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert Oppenheimer was the one man responsible for the development for the atomic bomb the United States used against Japan at the close of World War II. He was born in 1904 in New York City, and showed an early interest in science. He entered Harvard at 18 and graduated 3 years later with honors. He continued his studies in theoretical physics at various universities in Europe prior to teaching at the California Institute of Technology. He was considered one of the top ten theoretical physicists in the world, and specialized in the study of sub-atomic particles and gamma rays. From 1943 he began directing 4500 men and women at Los Alamos, New Mexico, whose sole purpose was to build an atomic bomb. Two years and two billion dollars later, they had successfully detonated the first atomic bomb. When he saw what he had made, Robert Oppenheimer underwent a radical revaluation of his values; a value inversion. Upon seeing the first fireball and mushroom cloud, he quoted from the Bagavad-gita, \"I am become death.\" Two months later he resigned his position at Los Alamos and spent much of the remainder of his life trying to undo the damage, trying to get the genie of atomic weapons back in the bottle. There are certain individuals who, in a flash so to speak, like Oppenheimer, see that all they once valued is really of no lasting value at all. Their entire life has been turned on its head, everything is upside down. They see with painful clarity that the very things they prized most in life are in reality worthless baubles. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I once heard of a child who was raising a frightful cry because he had shoved his hand into the opening of a very expensive Chinese vase and then couldn\'t pull it out again. Parents and neighbors tugged with might and main on the child\'s arm, with the poor creature howling out loud all the while. Finally there was nothing left to do but to break the beautiful, expensive vase. And then as the mournful heap of shards lay there, it became clear why the child had been so hopelessly stuck. His little fist grasped a paltry penny which he spied in the bottom of the vase and which he, in his childish ignorance, would not let go. Helmut Thielicke. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you\'re raised in the country, hunting is just a natural part of growing up. For years I enjoyed packing up my guns and some food to head off into the woods. Even more than the hunting itself, I enjoyed the way these trips always seemed to deepen my relationship with friends as we hunted during the day and talked late into the night around the campfire. When an old friend recently invited me to relive some of those days, I couldn\'t pass up the chance. For several weeks before the trip, I had taken the time to upgrade some of my equipment and sight in my rifle. When the day came, I was ready for the hunt. What I wasn\'t ready for was what my close friend, Tom, shared with me the first night out on the trail. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Tom. He had become a leader in his church and his warm and friendly manner had also taken him many steps along the path of business success. He had a lovely wife, and while I knew they had driven over some rocky roads in their marriage, things now seemed to be stable and growing. Tom\'s kids, two daughters and a son, were struggling in junior high and high school with the normal problems of peer pressure and acceptance. As we rode back into the mountains, I could tell that something big was eating away at Tom\'s heart. His normal effervescent style was shrouded by an overwhelming inner hurt. Normally, Tom would attack problems with the same determination that had made him a success in business. Now, I saw him wrestling with something that seemed to have knocked him to the mat for the count. Silence has a way of speaking for itself. All day and on into the evening, Tom let his lack of words shout out his inner restlessness. Finally, around the first night\'s campfire, he opened up. The scenario Tom painted was annoyingly familiar. I\'d heard it many times before in many other people\'s lives. But the details seemed such a contrast to the life that Tom and his wife lived and the beliefs they embraced. His oldest daughter had become attached to a boy at school. Shortly after they started going together, they became sexually involved. Within two months, she was pregnant. Tom\'s wife discovered the truth when a packet from Planned Parenthood came in the mail addressed to her daughter. When confronted with it, the girl admitted she had requested it when she went to the clinic to find out if she was pregnant. If we totaled up the number of girls who have gotten pregnant out of wedlock during the past two hundred years of our nation\'s history, the total would be in the millions. Countless parents through the years have faced the devastating news. Being a member of such a large fraternity of history, however, does not soften the severity of the blow to your heart when you discover it\'s your daughter. Tom shared the humiliation he experienced when he realized that all of his teaching and example had been ignored. Years of spiritual training had been thrust aside. His stomach churned as he relived the emotional agony of knowing that the little girl he and his wife loved so much had made a choice that had permanently scarred her heart. I\'m frequently confronted with these problems in my ministry and have found that dwelling on the promiscuous act only makes matters worse. I worship a God of forgiveness and solutions, and at that moment in our conversation I was anxious to turn toward hope and healing. I asked Tom what they had decided to do. Would they keep the baby, or put it up for adoption? That\'s when he delivered the blow. With the fire burning low, Tom paused for a long time before answering. And even when he spoke he wouldn\'t look me in the eye. \"We considered the alternatives, Tim. Weighed all the options.\" He took a deep breath. \"We finally made an appointment with the abortion clinic. I took her down there myself.\" I dropped the stick I\'d been poking the coals with and stared at Tom. Except for the wind in the trees and the snapping of our fire it was quiet for a long time. I couldn\'t believe this was the same man who for years had been so outspoken against abortion. He and his wife had even volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center in his city. Heartsick, I pressed him about the decision. Tom then made a statement that captured the essence of his problem...and the problem many others have in entering into genuine rest. In a mechanical voice, he said \"I know what I believe, Tim, but that\'s different than what I had to do. I had to make a decision that had the least amount of consequences for the people involved.\" Just by the way he said it, I could tell my friend had rehearsed these lines over and over in his mind. And by the look in his eyes and the emptiness in his voice, I could tell his words sounded as hollow to him as they did to me. Tim Kimmel, Little House on the Freeway, p. 67-70. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is an old legend of a swan and a crane. A beautiful swan alighted by the banks of the water in which a crane was wading about seeking snails. For a few moments the crane viewed the swan in stupid wonder and then inquired: \"Where do you come from?\" \"I come from heaven!\" replied the swan. \"And where is heaven?\" asked the crane. \"Heaven!\" said the swan, \"Heaven! have you never heard of heaven?\" And the beautiful bird went on to describe the grandeur of the Eternal City. She told of streets of gold, and the gates and walls made of precious stones; of the river of life, pure as crystal, upon whose banks is the tree whose leaves shall be for the healing of the nations. In eloquent terms the swan sought to describe the hosts who live in the other world, but without arousing the slightest interest on the part of the crane. Finally the crane asked: \"Are there any snails there?\" \"Snails!\" repeated the swan; \"no! Of course there are not.\" \"Then,\" said the crane, as it continued its search along the slimy banks of the pool, \"you can have your heaven. I want snails!\" This fable has a deep truth underlying it. How many a young person to whom God has granted the advantages of a Christian home, has turned his back upon it and searched for snails! How many a man will sacrifice his wife, his family, his all, for the snails of sin! How many a girl has deliberately turned from the love of parents and home to learn too late that heaven has been forfeited for snails! Moody\'s Anecdotes, Page 125-126. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Values are often unwritten assumptions that guide our actions. Values demonstrate our convictions and priorities. Values are confirmed by our actions, not just our words. Values are not a doctrinal statement; they are convictions that determine how our church operates. Values provide the foundation for formulating goals and setting the direction of the church\'s ministry. Core values are the 5-10 key statements that reflect the distinctives of a church. Key issues for determining your core values: If the church were really the church, what would it be doing? What makes you angry? What do you get passionate about? How do you invest your time and money? What\'s your biggest criticism of the church? For what do you want your church to be known? What are the essential functions of the church? Determining your core values: Brainstorm a list of potential core values. Make sure each value is easily translated to action. Group similar statements together. Highlight the ones that are the most important. Write a tentative list of 4-7 values. Check for completeness. Do all the essential ministries of the church flow logically from one of the core values? Describe the specific behaviors that will demonstrate each core value in action. Bob Logan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All across this country, the undermining and destruction of the values that children were taught at home is going on in public schools. One of the first things a family tries to teach its children is the difference between right and wrong. One of the first things our schools try to destroy is that distinction. The up-to-date way to carry on the destruction of traditional values is to claim to be solving some social problem like drugs, AIDS or teen-age pregnancy. Only those few people who have the time to research what is actually being done in \"drug education,\" \"sex education\" or \"death education\" courses know what an utter fraud these labels are. For those are courses about how right and wrong are outmoded notions, about how your parents\' ideas are no guide for you, and about how each person must start from scratch to develop his or her own way of behaving. Thomas Sowell, Creators Syndicate, quoted in Reader\'s Digest, March, 1993, Page 178. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Church attendance makes little difference in people\'s ethical views and behavior with respect to lying, cheating, pilferage, and not reporting theft. For example, equal proportions of churched and unchurched admit to overstating income on tax forms. George Gallup, \"Religion in America\", Leadership, Fall, 1987. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VANITY
VANITY Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world -- yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, \"I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed ... It\'s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.\" Becker is not the only one to feel that sense of emptiness. The echoes of a hollow life pervade our culture. One doesn\'t have to read many contemporary biographies to find the same frustration and disappointment. Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: \"That when you get to the top, there\'s nothing there.\" Our Daily Bread, July 9, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On November 25, 1895, a cornerstone of ice was laid in Leadville, Colorado -- the beginning of the largest ice palace ever built in America. In an effort to bolster the town\'s sagging economy, the citizens staged a winter carnival. On New Year\'s Day of 1896, the town turned out for the grand opening. The immense palace measured 450 x 320 feet. The towers that flanked the entrance were 90 feet high. Inside was a 16,000-square-foot skating rink. But by the end of March the palace was melting away, along with the hopes of Leadville. The thousands of visitors had spent very little. Today in the Word, August 4, 1993. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VERIFICATION
VERIFICATION A young American engineer was sent to Ireland by his company to work in a new electronics plant. It was a two-year assignment that he had accepted because it would enable him to earn enough to marry his long-time girlfriend. She had a job near her home in Tennessee, and their plan was to pool their resources and put a down payment on a house when he returned. They corresponded often, but as the lonely weeks went by, she began expressing doubts that he was being true to her, exposed as he was to comely Irish lasses. The young engineer wrote back, declaring with some passion that he was paying absolutely no attention to the local girls. \"I admit,\" he wrote, \"that sometimes I\'m tempted. But I fight it. I\'m keeping myself for you.\" In the next mail, the engineer received a package. It contained a note from his girl and a harmonica. \"I\'m sending this to you,\" she wrote, \"so you can learn to play it and have something to take your mind off those girls.\" The engineer replied, \"Thanks for the harmonica. I\'m practicing on it every night and thinking of you.\" At the end of his two-year stint, the engineer was transferred back to company headquarters. He took the first plane to Tennessee to be reunited with his girl. Her whole family was with her, but as he rushed forward to embrace her, she held up a restraining hand and said sternly, \"Just hold on there a minute, Billy Bob. Before any serious kissin\' and huggin\' gets started here, let me hear you play that harmonica!\" Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, p. 17-18. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Via Dolorosa(고난의 길)/ 2015-05-27
Via Dolorosa(고난의 길) Via Dolorosa "Vino astazi Doamne!" BenedictuS 남성 합창단 Track. 11 - Via Dolorosa   Via Dolorosa (슬픔의 길) 여기 Via Dolorosa 예루살렘 길에서 수 많은 군인들이 서 있네 많은 사람들 모여 갈보리 예수 죽음 보았네 그의 등은 채찍 맞아 찢기어 피 흘리고 머리 깊이 박힌 가시면류관 멸시 조롱 당혀며 그 길을 가는 어린양 보라 여기 Via Dolorosa 골고다의 언덕 길 왕으로 오신 메시아 어린 양 우릴 사랑하사 주님 가신 고난의 그 길 여기 Via Dolorosa 슬픔의 갈보리 길 사람들은 말을 했네 모두 끝이 났다고 더 이상 기대 할 수도 없다고 자신마저 못 구한 그는 메시아 일 수가 없다고 사랑하는 제자마저 모두 떠나 버리고 증오와 멸시의 비웃음 속에 너와 나를 향한 그 애절한 사랑 때문에 주님은 그 길을 걸어 가셨네 갈보리 길 모든 영혼을 구원 하시려 그의 피 흘렸네 저 예루살렘 여기 Via Dolorosa 골고다의 언덕 길 왕으로 오신 메시아 어린 양 우릴 사랑하사 주님 가신 고난의 그 길 여기 Via Dolorosa 슬픔의 갈보리 길 사랑의 길 생명의 길 슬픔의 길 고난의 길 갈보리     인순이 - Amazing Grace Live Concert 2006 인순이 - Amazing Grace Live Concert 2006 Via Dolorosa / 인순이 예루살렘 돌로로사 그 마을에서는 좁은 길을 넓히려는 병정들 끌려가 죽음당할 한 남자를 보려하는 군중들 가시관을 머리쓰고 고통스런 그 모습 채찍의 상처에선 피가 흐르고 고통의 걸음마다 죽음 부르는 사람들의 함성 고통의 길 돌로로사 그 작은 마을에 양과 같은 예수 왕중 왕 주 예수 당신과 나에 대한 사랑으로 고통의 길 가네 고통의 길 돌로로사 갈보리 언덕으로 가시관을 머리쓰고 고통스런 그 모습 채찍의 상처에선 피가 흐르고 고통의 걸음마다 죽음 부르는 사람들의 함성 고통의 길 돌로로사 그 작은 마을에 양과 같은 예수 왕중 왕 주 예수 당신과 나에 대한 사랑으로 고통의 길 가네 고통의 길 돌로로사 갈보리 언덕으로 고통의 걸음마다 죽음을 부르는 사람들의 그 함성 고통의 길 돌로로사 그 작은 마을에 양과 같은 예수 왕중 왕 주 예수 당신과 나에 대한 사랑으로 고통의 길 가네 고통의 길 돌로로사 갈보리 언덕으로 고통의 길 돌로로사 갈보리 언덕으로 ... '가수가 인정하는 가수'인순이, 감동을 주는 2006년 CCM 콘서트 앨범! 인순이 음악의 모태는 소울과 R&B이다. 그래서 2006 싱글 '열정'과 같은 신세대 취향의 앨범을 내 놓고, 팬들의 식지않는 폭발적 사랑을 받는 유일한 가수이다. 인순이 어메이징 그레이스 콘서트는 음악적 장르에서 CCM으로 구분할 수 있겠지만, 대형 오케스트라와 코러스, 그리고 가요 백댄서까지 등장하는 화려한 무대로 꾸며졌고 온라인 예매 1위와 전석 매진이라는 놀라운 결과를 통해 인순이의 인기와 성공적 공연임을 입증했다. 대표곡 'Dolorosa'는 1994년 드라마 '종합병원'을 통해 가수 김태영이 '혼자만의 사랑'으로 개사해 부른 원곡으로 가요 팬들에게 익숙한 곡이며, '친구여'는 조PD가 참여한 곡으로 색다른 또하나의 감동을 안겨주기에 충분하다. 가스펠 공연으로서 찬양가의 인순이식 해석과 일반가요 및 팝 스타일의 다양한 장르의 곡을 선보여 최근 새로운 전성기를 맞고 있는 인순이의 모든 가요 장르를 감상할 수 있는 시원하고 폭발적인 대형 콘서트 실황 앨범이다. - 음반사 보도자료에서 발췌   인순이, (2006) 'Amazing Grace Live Concert' 3. Dolorosa       Via Dolorosa - The Finest Moments (1990)   Sandi Patti, The Finest Moments (1990) Sandi Patti (born July 12, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), known as "The Voice,[citation needed]" is an American Contemporary Christian music singer. She is renowned for her impeccable musicality and the breadth of her voice, once described as "nuclear powered,[citation needed]" both in terms of its range and flexibility.   Track. 12 - Via Dolorosa Down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street But the crowd pressed to see A Man condemned to die on Calvary Down the Via Dolorosa, called the way of suffering Like a lamb came the Messiah Christ the King But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me Down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Calvary He was bleeding from a beating there were stripes upon His back And He wore a crown of thorns upon His head And He bore with every step The scorn of those who cried out for His death Down the Via Dolorosa, called the way of suffering Like a lamb came the Messiah Christ the King But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me Down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Calvary The blood that would cleanse the souls of all men Made its way through the heart of Jerusalem Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering Like a lamb came the Messiah Christ the King But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me Down the Via Dolorosa all the way         Via Dolorosa 부활을 축하합니다. Have A Happy Easter Day!!! Hagais Felices Pascuas !!!
VICTORY
VICTORY There are no victories at discount prices. General Dwight Eisenhower. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Colin Chapman, in The Case for Christianity, quotes Ugandan bishop Festo Kivengere\'s account of the 1973 execution by firing squad of three men from his diocese: February 10 began as a sad day for us in Kabale. People were commanded to come to the stadium and witness the execution. Death permeated the atmosphere. A silent crowd of about three thousand was there to watch. I had permission from the authorities to speak to the men before they died, and two of my fellow ministers were with me. They brought the men in a truck and unloaded them. They were handcuffed and their feet were chained. The firing squad stood at attention. As we walked into the center of the stadium, I was wondering what to say. How do you give the gospel to doomed men who are probably seething with rage? We approached them from behind, and as they turned to look at us, what a sight! Their faces were all alight with an unmistakable glow and radiance. Before we could say anything, one of them burst out: \"Bishop, thank you for coming! I wanted to tell you. The day I was arrested, in my prison cell, I asked the Lord Jesus to come into my heart. He came in and forgave me all my sins! Heaven is now open, and there is nothing between me and my God! Please tell my wife and children that I am going to be with Jesus. Ask them to accept him into their lives as I did.\" The other two men told similar stories, excitedly raising their hands, which rattled their handcuffs. I felt that what I needed to do was to talk to the soldiers, not to the condemned. So I translated what the men had said into a language the soldiers understood. The military men were standing there with guns cocked and bewilderment on their faces. They were so dumbfounded that they forgot to put the hoods over the men\'s faces! The three faced the firing squad standing close together. They looked toward the people and began to wave, handcuffs and all. The people waved back. Then shots were fired, and the three were with Jesus. We stood in front of them, our own hearts throbbing with joy, mingled with tears. It was a day never to be forgotten. Though dead, the men spoke loudly to all of Kigezi District and beyond, so that there was an upsurge of life in Christ, which challenges death and defeats it. The next Sunday, I was preaching to a huge crowd in the home town of one of the executed men. Again, the feel of death was over the congregation. But when I gave them the testimony of their man, and how he died, there erupted a great song of praise to Jesus! Many turned to the Lord there. Ray Stamps. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walking through a park, I passed a massive oak tree. A vine had grown up along its trunk. The vine started small--nothing to bother about. But over the years the vine had gotten taller and taller. By the time I passed, the entire lower half of the tree was covered by the vine\'s creepers. The mass of tiny feelers was so thick that the tree looked as though it had innumerable birds\' nests in it. Now the tree was in danger. This huge, solid oak was quite literally being taken over; the life was being squeezed from it. But the gardeners in that park had seen the danger. They had taken a saw and severed the trunk of the vine--one neat cut across the middle. The tangled mass of the vine\'s branches still clung to the oak, but the vine was now dead. That would gradually become plain as weeks passed and the creepers began to die and fall away from the tree. How easy it is for sin, which begins so small and seemingly insignificant, to grow until it has a strangling grip on our lives. And yet, Christ\'s death has cut the power of sin. Yes, the \"creepers\" of sin still cling and have some effect. But sin\'s power is severed by Christ, and gradually, sin\'s grip dries up and falls away. J. Alistair Brown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VIGILENCE
VIGILENCE The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won\'t get much sleep. Allen\'s Distinction, in The Official Rules, p. 4. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Green, who sang six years with Bill and Gloria Gaither, tells about getting to know some of the work crews in the large auditoriums where their concerts were held. The Gaithers prefer concerts-in-the-round, which means extra work for the \"riggers,\" who walk the four-inch rafter beams--often a hundred feet above the concrete floor--to hang sound speakers and spotlights. For such work, understandably, they are very well paid. \"The fellows I talked to weren\'t bothered by the sight of looking down a hundred feet,\" says Green. \"What they didn\'t like, they said, were jobs in buildings that had false ceilings--acoustical tile slung just a couple of feet below the rafters. They were still high in the air, and if they slipped, their weight would smash right through the flimsy tile. But their minds seemed to play tricks on them, lulling them into carelessness.\" Satan\'s business is not so much in scaring us to death as persuading us that the danger of a spiritual fall is minimal. No wonder Peter advised us to \"resist him, standing firm in the faith\" (I Peter 5:9). Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VIOLENCE
VIOLENCE Of all married couples, 30% have at least one violent episode during their marriage. Each year some 1.8 million wives are severely attacked by their husbands, and almost the same number of husbands are assaulted by their wives. In 1975 it was estimated that nearly 2 million individuals faced a mate wielding a gun or knife. Nearly 2 million children a year (almost 4% of all children between the ages of 3 and 17) are victims of parental abuse and neglect. More than 2,000 die as a result. According to national averages, every household in America is the scene of family violence at least once a year. Murray Straus and Richard Gelles, Behind Closed Doors, Violence in the American Family, Family Violence Research Program, University of New Hampshire, 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A recent survey on marital violence reorts that approximately one in every seven American couples has used some form of physical abuse during an argument within the past year. National Institute of Mental Health, Homemade, June, 1990. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VISION
VISION T.E. Lawrence once said, \"All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible...\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About 350 years ago a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward into a wilderness. Who needed to go there anyway? Here were people who had the vision to see three thousand miles across an ocean and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision. With a clear vision of what we can become in Christ, no ocean of difficulty is too great. Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries. Lynn Anderson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. \"Jimmy, it\'s time to go to bed. Go up now and I\'ll come and settle you later.\" Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. \"What are you doing, Jimmy?\" \"I\'m looking at the moon, Mommy.\" \"Well, it\'s time to go to bed now.\" As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, \"Mommy, you know one day I\'m going to walk on the moon.\" Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon\'s surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so? Bill Hybels, Who You Are When No One\'s Looking, IVP, 1987, p. 35. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vision: the capacity to create a compelling picture of the desired state of affairs that inspires people to respond; that which is desirable, which could be, should be; that which is attainable. A godly vision is right for the times, right for the church, and right for the people. A godly vision promotes faith rather than fear. A godly vision motivates people to action. A godly vision requires risk-taking. A godly vision glorifies God, not people. Bob Logan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vision is the ability to understand the history, the present condition, and the potential of the church, and to conceive a plan for action that will maximize the ministry potential. More often than not, vision is a result of having spent much time absorbing the facts about the community, knowing the resources upon which the church can call (people, funding, facilities, equipment, etc.), and devising sound but creative strategies for moving forward. Vision always entails progress: it is never satisfied with the status quo. George Barna, How to Find Your Church, p. 104. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VISION, Physical
VISION, Physical One time when Michigan State was playing UCLA in football, the score was tied at 14 with only seconds to play. Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State\'s coach, sent in placekicker Dave Kaiser who booted a field goal that won the game. When the kicker returned to the bench, Daugherty said, \"nice going, but you didn\'t watch the ball after you kicked it.\" \"That\'s right, Coach,\" Kaiser replied. \"I was watching the referee instead to see how he\'d signal it. I forgot my contact lenses, and I couldn\'t see the goal posts.\" Bits & Pieces, September 15, 1994, p. 7-8. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VISIONS
VISIONS In 1212 a French shepherd boy by the name of Steven claimed that Jesus had appeared to him disguised as a pilgrim. Supposedly, Jesus instructed him to take a letter to the king of France. This poor, misguided boy told everyone about what he thought he had encountered. Before long he had gathered a large following of more than thirty thousand children who accompanied him on his pilgrimage. As Philip Schaff records it, when asked where they were going, they replied, \"We go to God, and seek for the holy cross beyond the sea.\" They reached Marseilles, but the waves did not part and let them go through dry-shod as they expected. It was at Marseilles that tragedy occurred. The children met two men, Hugo Ferreus and William Porcus. The men claimed to be so impressed with the calling of the children that they offered to transport them across the Mediterranean in seven ships without charge. What the children didn\'t know was that the two men were slave traders. The children boarded the ships and the journey began, but instead of setting sail for the Holy Land they set course for North Africa, \"where they were sold as slaves in the Muslim markets that did a large business in the buying and selling of human being. Few if any returned. None ever reached the Holy Land.\" Two cunning men enjoyed enormous financial profits simply because they were willing to sacrifice the lives of thousands of children. Steve Farrar, Family Survival in the American Jungle, 1991, Multnomah Press, p. 60-61. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VOCATION
VOCATION In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made application to Prior Richard at as local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery. \"Your Majesty,\" said Prior Richard, \"do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king.\" \"I understand,\" said Henry, \"The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.\" \"Then I will tell you what to do,\" said Prior Richard. \"Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.\" When King Henry died, a statement was written: \"The King learned to rule by being obedient.\" When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to be faithful where he puts us, and when he returns, we\'ll rule together with him. Steve Brown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VOLUNTEER
VOLUNTEER On a blood-bank poster which read: \"Be a volunteer Blood Donor,\" somebody had printed, \"That\'s the best kind.\" Ed Freeman, quoted by Herb Cain in the San Francisco Chronicle. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It\'s always easier to volunteer someone else than to help out yourself. After Mt. St. Helens blew up in May, 1980, 4th Church needed cleaning up. Ash was in the parking lot and all over the inside because of open windows. A woman met me in the hallway on Friday and asked \"Why don\'t the High School and College kids come in and help poor Fred clean this place up? Let\'s get them involved.\" I asked, \"Would you be willing to get some women together to cook lunch for us?\" \"Well, we\'d planned to go to the lake tomorrow to work on the cabin cleanup, and I don\'t know when we\'ll be back...\" (They did come back and helped with the cleanup the next day.) Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VOTING
VOTING In 1883 in Allentown, New Jersey, a wooden Indian -- the kind that was seen in front of cigar stores -- was placed on the ballot for Justice of the Peace. The candidate was registered under the fictitious name of Abner Robbins. When the ballots were counted, Abner won over incumbent Sam Davis by 7 votes. A similar thing happened in 1938. The name Boston Curtis appeared on the ballot for Republican Committeeman from Wilton, Washington. Actually, Boston Curtis was a mule. The town\'s mayor sponsored the animal to demonstrate that people know very little about the candidates. He proved his point. The mule won! Our Daily Bread, November 3, 1992. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------