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WAGERING In 1982, \"ABC Evening News\" reported on an unusual work of modern art--a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking directly into the gun barrel. The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an undetermined moment within the next hundred years. The amazing thing was that people waited in lines to sit and stare into the shell\'s path! They all knew the gun could go off at point-blank range at any moment, but they were gambling that the fatal blast wouldn\'t happen during their minute in the chair. Yes, it was foolhardy, yet many people who wouldn\'t dream of sitting in that chair live a lifetime gambling that they can get away with sin. Foolishly they ignore the risk until the inevitable self-destruction. Jeffrey D. King
WAITING ON GOD Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given. G. Campbell Morgan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WANT A storekeeper in Maine refused to buy a salesman\'s wares. \"You must remember, young fellow,\" he said, \"that in this part of the country every want ain\'t a need.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WAR A group of academics and historians has compiled this startling information: Since 3600 B.C., the world has known only 292 years of peace! During this period there have been 14,351 wars large and small, in which 3.64 billion people have been killed. The value of the property destroyed is equal to a golden belt around the world 97.2 miles wide and 33 feet thick. Since 650 B.C., there have also been 1,656 arms races, only 16 of which have not ended in war. The remainder ended in the economic collapse of the countries involved. Today in the Word, June 19, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few years ago, a Dutch professor took time to calculate the cost of an enemy soldier\'s death at different epochs in history. He estimated that during the reign of Julius Caesar, to kill an enemy soldier cost less than one dollar. At the time of Napoleon, it had considerably inflated--to more than $2,000. At the end of the First World War, it had multiplied several times to reach the figure of some $17,000. During the Second World War, it was about $40,000. And in Vietnam, in 1970, to kill an enemy soldier cost the United States $200,000. Plain Truth, April, 1988, p. 15. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Global military expenditure is now running at well over $1 million per minute, according to New Internationalist magazine. One in every five scientists worldwide, says the magazine, is now engaged in military work, and the average military product is 20 times as research-intensive as a civilian product. World Vision, April, 1984. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WARNING In 1969, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, a group of people were preparing to have a \"hurricane party\" in the face of a storm named Camille. Were they ignorant of the dangers? Could they have been overconfident? Did they let their egos and pride influence their decision? We will never know. What we do know is that the wind was howling outside the posh Richelieu Apartments when Police Chief Jerry Peralta pulled up sometime after dark. Facing the Beach less than 250 feet from the surf, the apartments were directly in the line of danger. A man with a drink in his hand came out to the second-floor balcony and waved. Peralta yelled up, \"You all need to clear out of here as quickly as you can. The storm\'s getting worse.\" But as other joined the man on the balcony, they just laughed at Peralta\'s order to leave. \"This is my land,\" one of them yelled back. \"If you want me off, you\'ll have to arrest me.\" Peralta didn\'t arrest anyone, but he wasn\'t able to persuade them to leave either. He wrote down the names of the next of kin of the twenty or so people who gathered there to party through the storm. They laughed as he took their names. They had been warned, but they had no intention of leaving. It was 10:15 p.m. when the front wall of the storm came ashore. Scientists clocked Camille\'s wind speed at more than 205 miles-per-hour, the strongest on record. Raindrops hit with the force of bullets, and waves off the Gulf Coast crested between twenty-two and twenty-eight feet high. News reports later showed that the worst damage came at the little settlement of motels, go-go bars, and gambling houses known as Pass Christian, Mississippi, where some twenty people were killed at a hurricane party in the Richelieu Apartments. Nothing was left of that three-story structure but the foundation; the only survivor was a five-year-old boy found clinging to a mattress the following day. Christian Values Qs Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1994, Page 10. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In U.S. Navel Institute Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch illustrates the importance of obeying the Laws of the Lighthouse. Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing reported, \"Light, bearing on the starboard bow.\" \"Is it steady or moving astern?\" the captain called out. The lookout replied, \"Steady, Captain,\" which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship. The captain then called to the signalman, \"Signal that ship: \'We are on a collision course, advise you change course twenty degrees.\'\" Back came the signal, \"Advisable for you to change course twenty degrees.\" The captain said, \"Send: \"I\'m a captain, change course twenty degrees.\'\" \"I\'m a seaman second-class,\" came the reply. \"You had better change course twenty degrees.\" By that time the captain was furious. He spat out, \"Send: \'I\'m a battleship. Change course twenty degrees.\'\" Back came the flashing light, \"I\'m a lighthouse.\" We changed course. Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, Word Publishing, 1991, Page 153. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some years ago a fearful railroad wreck took a dreadful toll of life and limb in an eastern state. A train, loaded with young people returning from school, was stalled on a suburban track because of what is known as a \"hot-box.\" The limited was soon due, but a flagman was sent back to warn the engineer in order to avert a rear-end collision. Thinking all was well, the crowd laughed and chatted while the train-hands worked on in fancied security. Suddenly the whistle of the limited was heard and on came the heavy train and crashed into the local, with horrible effect. The engineer of the limited saved his own life by jumping, and some days afterwards was hailed into court to account for his part in the calamity. And now a curious discrepancy in testimony occurred. He was asked, \"Did you not see the flagman warning you to stop?\" He replied, \"I saw him, but he waved a yellow flag. I took it for granted all was well, and so went on, though slowing down.\" The flagman was called, \"What flag did you wave?\" \"A red flag, but he went by me like a shot.\" \"Are you sure it was red?\" \"Absolutely.\" Both insisted on the correctness of their testimony, and it was demonstrated that neither was color-blind. Finally the man was asked to produce the flag itself as evidence. After some delay he was able to do so, and then the mystery was explained. It had been red, but it had been exposed to the weather so long that all the red was bleached out, and it was but a dirty yellow! Oh, the lives eternally wrecked by the yellow gospels of the day -- the bloodless theories of unregenerate men that send their hearers to their doom instead of stopping them on their downward road! H.A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, Page 62-63. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It pays to heed a warning. Argentinean race driver Juan Manuel Fangio discovered that after the opening lap of the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. As he approached a dangerous bend for the second time, Fangio noticed that something was wrong. The faces of the spectators, which he usually saw as a whitish blur as he drove by, were all turned away from him. \"If they are not looking at me,\" Fangio thought, \"they must be looking at something more interesting around the corner.\" So he braked hard and carefully rounded the bend, where he saw that his split second assessment had been accurate. The road was blocked by a massive pileup. Today in the Word, February 9, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was in the north of England in 1881, when a fearful storm swept over that part of the country. A friend of mine, who was a minister at Evemouth, had a great many of the fishermen of the place in his congregation. It had been very stormy weather, and the fishermen had been detained in the harbor for a week. One day, however, the sun shone out in a clear blue sky; it seemed as if the storm had passed away, and the boats started out for the fishing ground. Forty-one boats left the harbor that day. Before they started, the harbor-master hoisted the storm signal, and warned them of the coming tempest. He begged of them not to go; but they disregarded his warning, and away they went. They saw no sign of the coming storm. In a few hours, however, it swept down on that coast, and very few of those fishermen returned. There were five or six men in each boat, and nearly all were lost in that dreadful gale. In the church of which my friend was pastor, I believe there were three male members left. Those men were ushered into eternity because they did not give heed to the warning. I lift up the storm signal now, and warn you to escape from the coming judgment! Moody\'s Anecdotes, Page 115-116. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During the 1982 war in the Falkland Islands between England and Argentina, the Royal Navy\'s 3,500-ton destroyer HMS Sheffield was sunk by a single missile fired from an Argentine fighter jet. It caused some people to wonder if modern surface warships were obsolete, sitting ducks for today\'s sophisticated missiles. But a later check revealed that the Sheffield\'s defenses did pick up the incoming missile, and the ship\'s computer correctly identified it as a French-made Exocet. But the computer was programmed to ignore Exocets as \"friendly.\" The Sheffield was sunk by a missile it saw coming and could have evaded. Today in the Word, May 12, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Teenagers are much more inclined to take warnings about steroids seriously if the drugs\' muscle-building benefits are acknowledged in the same speech, say doctors at Oregon Health Sciences University. That was the case when the doctors lectured nine high school football teams on the effects of steroids. They found that football players who heard a balanced presentation on steroids were 50 percent more likely to believe that the drugs could harm their health than those who were told just of the dangers. This isn\'t the only instance where scare tactics have been known to fail. In spite of a massive, ongoing campaign on the hazards of cigarette smoking, millions continue to light up. Health experts might be more successful if they acknowledged pleasurable aspects of smoking. Then once they had a smoker\'s attention, they could let loose on why it\'s time to quit. Spokesman Review, November 13, 1991, p. C1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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, MBI, October, 1991, p. 21. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, everyone has heard of the \"midnight ride of Paul Revere.\" But few have heard of Israel Bissel, a humble post rider on the Boston-New York route. After the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, Bissel was ordered to raise the alarm in New Haven, Connecticut. He reached Worchester, Mass., normally a day\'s ride, in two hours. There, according to tradition, his horse promptly dropped dead. Pausing only to get another mount, Bissel pressed on and by April 22 was in New Haven--but he didn\'t stop there! He rode on to New York, arriving April 24, and then stayed in the saddle until he reached Philadelphia the next day. Bissel\'s 126 hour, 345 mile ride signaled American militia units throughout the Northeast to mobilize for war. Today in the Word, October 1, 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On September 21, 1938, a hurricane of monstrous proportions struck the East Coast of the United States. William Manchester, writing about it his book The Glory and the Dream, says that \"the great wall of brine struck the beach between Babylon and Patchogue (Long Island, New York) at 2:30 p.m. So mighty was the power of that first storm wave that its impact registered on a seismograph in Sitka, Alaska, while the spray, carried northward at well over a hundred miles an hour, whitened windows in Montpelier, Vermont. As the torrential 40-foot wave approached, some Long Islanders jumped into cars and raced inland. No one knows precisely how many lost that race for their lives, but the survivors later estimated that they had to keep the speedometer over 50 mph all the way.\" For some reason the meteorologists--who should have known what was coming and should have warned the public--seemed strangely blind to the impending disaster. Either they ignored their instruments or simply couldn\'t believe them. And, of course, if the forecasters were blind, the public was too. \"Among the striking stories which later came to light,\" says Manchester, \"was the experience of a Long Islander who had bought a barometer a few days earlier in a New York store. It arrived in the morning post September 21, and to his annoyance the needle pointed below 29, where the dial read, \'Hurricanes and Tornadoes.\' He shook it and banged it against the wall; the needle wouldn\'t budge. Indignant, he repacked it, drove to the post office, and mailed it back. While he was gone, his house blew away.\" That\'s the way we are. If we can\'t cope with the forecast, we blame the barometer. Or ignore it. Or throw it away! Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On a laser in a physics laboratory: \"Don\'t look into laser beam with remaining eye.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One Arkansas farmer discourages trespassers with this admonition: \"Please do not trample the poison ivy or feed the bull.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WASHING In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of \"childbed fever.\" A doctor\'s daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to was his hands. Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers--about one in fifty. He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues. Once he argued, \"Puerperal fever is caused by decomposed material, conveyed to a wound. . .I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proved all that I have said. But while we talk ,talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying. I am not asking anything world shaking. I am asking you only to wash. .. For God\'s sake, wash your hands.\" But virtually no one believed him. Doctors and midwives had been delivering babies for thousands of years without washing, and no outspoken Hungarian was going to change them now! Semmelweis died insane at the age of 47, his wash basins discarded, his colleagues laughing in his face, and the death rattle of a thousand women ringing in his ears. \"Wash me!\" was the anguished prayer of King David. \"Wash!\" was the message of John the Baptist. \"Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,\" said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter. Without our being washed clean, we all die from the contamination of sin. For God\'s sake, wash. Boyce Mouton --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WASTE I read a humorous story about a woman who fell out of a second-floor window and landed in a slow-moving garbage truck. Half-buried in the litter, she tried without success to get the truck-driver\'s attention. A foreign diplomat standing on the sidewalk saw her and quipped, \"another example of how wasteful Americans are. That woman looks like she\'s good for at least another 10 years.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some people die in ashes. Some people die in flames. Some people die inch by inch, playing silly, little games. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: \"Went fishing with my son today--a day wasted.\" His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: \"Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!\" The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one\'s ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly. Silas Shotwell, September 1987. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A rich man was determined to give his mother a birthday present that would outshine all others. He read of a bird that had a vocabulary of 4000 words, could speak in numerous languages and sing 3 operatic arias. He immediately bought the bird for $50,000 and had it delivered to his mother. The next day he phoned to see if she had received the bird. \"What did you think of the bird?\" he asked. She replied, \"It was delicious.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How would you like to spend 2 years making phone calls to people who aren\'t home? Sound absurd? According to one time management study, that\'s how much time the average person spends trying to return calls to people who never seem to be in. Not only that, we spend 6 months waiting for the traffic light to turn green, and another 8 months reading junk mail. These unusual statistics should cause us to do time-use evaluation. Once we recognize that simple \"life maintenance\" can chip away at our time in such huge blocks, we will see how vital it is that we don\'t busy ourselves \"in vain\" (Ps 39:6). Psalm 39 gives us some perspective. In David\'s complaint to God, he said, \"You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You\" (V. 5). He meant that to an eternal God our time on earth is brief. And He doesn\'t want us to waste it. When we do, we throw away one of the most precious commodities He gives us. Each minute is an irretrievable gift--and unredeemable slice of eternity. Sure, we have to make the phone calls, and we must wait at the light. But what about the rest of our time? Are we using it to advance the cause of Christ and to enhance our relationship with Him? Is our time well spent? Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- See Useless
WATER The body needs about 3 quarts of water a day to operate efficiently. It helps break up and soften food. The blood, which is 90 percent H2O carries nutrients to the cells. As a cooling agent, water regulates our temperature through perspiration. And without its lubricating properties, our joints and muscles would grind and creak like unused parts of some old rusty machinery. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WEAK A person who calls himself frank and candid can very easily find himself becoming tactless and cruel. A person who prides himself on being tactful can find eventually that he has become evasive and deceitful. A person with firm convictions can become pigheaded. A person who is inclined to be temperate and judicious can sometimes turn into someone with weak convictions and banked fires of resolution . . . Loyalty can lead to fanaticism. Caution can become timidity. Freedom can become license. Confidence can become arrogance. Humility can become servility. All these are ways in which strength can become weakness. Dore Schary, Bits and Pieces, December 9, 1993, Page 3-4. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WEALTH John G. Wendel and his sisters were some of the most miserly people of all time. Although they had received a huge inheritance from their parents, they spent very little of it and did all they could to keep their wealth for themselves. John was able to influence five of his six sisters never to marry, and they lived in the same house in New York City for 50 years. When the last sister died in 1931, her estate was valued at more than $100 million. Her only dress was one that she had made herself, and she had worn it for 25 years. The Wendels had such a compulsion to hold on to their possessions that they lived like paupers. Even worse, they were like the kind of person Jesus referred to \"who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God\" (Luke 12:21). Daily Walk, June 2, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John D. Rockefeller\'s three simple rules for anyone who wants to become rich: 1. Go to work early. 2. Stay at work late. 3. Find oil. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How rich is rich? According to a survey of people who ought to know, the answer is $1 million to $5 million in assets. Investment managers Neuberger & Bergman sponsored the survey of people who stand to give or receive inheritances (median household assets: $500,000). Paradoxically, 55% of those whose assets ranged from $1 million to $5 million don\'t consider themselves wealthy. USA Today, November 11, 1991, D1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Lord, I have been re-reading the record of the Rich Young Ruler and his obviously wrong choice. But it has set me thinking. No matter how much wealth he had, he could not-- ride in a car, have any surgery, turn on a light, buy penicillin, hear a pipe organ, watch TV, wash dishes in running water, type a letter, mow a lawn, fly in an airplane, sleep on an innerspring mattress, or talk on the phone, If he was rich, then what am I? P. Brand, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, p. 61. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the standpoint of material wealth, Americans have difficulty realizing how rich we are. Going through a little mental exercise suggested by Robert Heilbroner can help us to count our blessings, however. Imagine doing the following, and you will see how daily life is for as many as a billion people in the world. 1. Take out all the furniture in your home except for one table and a couple of chairs. Use blanket and pads for beds. 2. Take away all of your clothing except for your oldest dress or suit, shirt or blouse. Leave only one pair of shoes. 3. Empty the pantry and the refrigerator except for a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a few potatoes, some onions, and a dish of dried beans. 4. Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, and remove all the electrical wiring in your house. 5. Take away the house itself and move the family into the tool shed. 6. Place your \"house\' in a shantytown. 7. Cancel all subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, and book clubs. This is no great loss because now none of you can read anyway. 8. Leave only one radio for the whole shantytown. 9. Move the nearest hospital or clinic ten miles away and put a midwife in charge instead of a doctor. 10. Throw away your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, and insurance policies. Leave the family a cash hoard of ten dollars. 11. Give the head of the family a few acres to cultivate on which he can raise a few hundred dollars of cash crops, of which one third will go to the landlord and one tenth to the money lenders. 12. Lop off twenty-five or more years in life expectancy. By comparison how rich we are! And with our wealth comes responsibility to use it wisely, not to be wasteful, and to help others. Think on these things. Steve Williams. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money. Anonymous. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perhaps the most famous gold strike in American history occurred in January 1848 when a man named John Marshall found gold at Sutter\'s Mill in northern California. The find set off a gold rush that reached a frenzied pitch and even attracted prospectors from Europe--but it ruined Marshall and John Stutter, the man who owned the land where gold lay for the taking. Sutter\'s land was overrun by gold seekers, his cattle were stolen, and he was driven into bankruptcy. Marshall died drunken and penniless. Today in the Word, June, 1990, p. 16. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If thou art rich, thou art poor, for like an ass whose back with ingots bows, thou bearest thy heavy riches but a journey, and death unloads thee. William Shakespeare. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The difference between playing the stock market and the horses is that one of the horses must win. Joey Adams. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WEATHER Back in 1839 James Espy claimed that rain could easily be produced by heating the air. But his plan to saturate parched farmland by building great log fires across vast stretches of the American West never materialized -- for which Espy\'s contemporaries were probably grateful! Later in the 19th century a new theory emerged: loud noises would bring rain. This theory was put to the test in Texas, where Robert Dyrenforth piled up enough munitions for a small war. He blasted away at the skies, but as one observer wrote, \"[Dyrenforth] attacked from the front and rear, by the right and left flank. But the sky remained clear as the complexion of a Saxon maid.\" Today in the Word, July 23, 1992.
WESLEY, John 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although George Whitefield disagreed with John Wesley on some theological matters, he was careful not to create problems in public that could be used to hinder the preaching of the gospel. When someone asked Whitefield if he thought he would see Wesley in heaven, Whitefield replied, \"I fear not, for he will be so near the eternal throne and we at such a distance, we shall hardly get sight of him.\" W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 255. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, \"Stop! I have something more to give you.\" The surprised robber paused. \"My friend,\" said Wesley, \"you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here\'s something to remember: \'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!\'\" The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit. Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ as a successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! \"I owe it all to you,\" said the transformed man. \"Oh no, my friend,\" Wesley exclaimed, \"not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!\" Our Daily Bread, October 1, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Wesley\'s father, Samuel, was a dedicated pastor, but there were those in his parish who did not like him. On February 9, 1709, a fire broke out in the rectory at Epworth, possibly set by one of the rector\'s enemies. Young John, not yet six years old, was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbors rescued the lad just seconds before the roof crashed in. One neighbor stood on the other\'s shoulders and pulled young John through the window. Samuel Wesley said, \"Come, neighbors, let us kneel down. Let us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children. Let the house go. I am rich enough.\" John Wesley often referred to himself as a \"brand plucked out of the fire\" (Zecheriah 3:2; Amos 4:11). In later years he often noted February 9 in his journal and gave thanks to God for His mercy. Samuel Wesley labored for 40 years at Epworth and saw very little fruit; but consider what his family accomplished! W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 251. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Wesley preached his last sermon of Feb 17, 1791, in Lambeth on the text \"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near\" (Isa 55:6). The following day, a very sick man, he was put to bed in his home on City Road. During the days of his illness, he often repeated the words from one of his brother\'s hymns: I the chief of sinners am, But Jesus died for me! His last words were, \"The best of all is, God is with us!\" He died March 2, 1791. W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 245. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charles Wesley wrote some of his hymns to promote his brother John\'s doctrine of entire sanctification. The second verse of his \"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling\" asks God to \"take away our bent to sinning.\" This was too much for Calvinist Augustus Toplady. In a magazine of which he was editor, Toplady wrote an article in refutation, detailing a picture of man\'s potential for sinning. He arrived at the mathematical conclusion that a man of eighty is guilty of many millions of sins, a debt he can never hope to pay but for which he need not despair because of the sufficiency of Christ. He closed the article with an original poem. \"A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest believer in the World.\" This poem, now one of the most beloved hymns of all time, we know under the title, \"Rock of Ages,\" was born out of party spirit Frederick John Gilman, The Evolution of the English Hymn, Macmillan, 1927, pp. 223-225. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Being much concerned about the rise of denominations in the church, John Wesley tells of a dream he had. In the dream, he was ushered to the gates of Hell. There he asked, \"Are there any Presbyterians here?\" \"Yes!\", came the answer. Then he asked, \"Are there any Baptists? Any Episcopalians? Any Methodists?\" The answer was Yes! each time. Much distressed, Wesley was then ushered to the gates of Heaven. There he asked the same question, and the answer was No! \"No?\" To this, Wesley asked, \"Who then is inside?\" The answer came back, \"There are only Christians here.\" 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get on fire for God and men will come to see you burn. John Wesley. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This was how Susannah Wesley defined \"sin\" to her young son, John Wesley: \"If you would judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of pleasure, then take this simple rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, and takes off the relish of spiritual things--that to you is sin.\" Resource, July/August, 1990. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WHAT IF The frustration with \"What ifs\" is never finding out the answers. Traditional
When I Dream/ Carol Kidd/ 2009-07-02
When I Dream Carol Kidd #. When I Dream I could build the mansion That is higher than the trees 난 나무보다 더 높은 집을 지을수는 있어요 I could have all the gifts I want And never ask please 원하는 모든 선물을 부탁하지 않아도 받을 수 있어요 I could fly to Paris 나는 파리로 날아갈수도 있어요 It\'s at my beck and call 언제나 내 마음대로 할수 있지요 Why do I live my life alone With nothing at all 왜 난 아무것도 없이 홀로 인생을 살아야하는건가요? But when I dream 하지만 꿈을 꿀때면 I dream of you 난 당신 꿈을 꾸워요 Maybe someday You will come true 언젠가는 당신이 현실이 되어 나타나겠지요 When I dream 꿈을 꿀때면 I dream of you 당신 꿈을 꾸워요 Maybe someday You will come true 언젠가는 당신이 현실이 되어 나타나겠지요 I can be the singer 난 가수도 될 수 있고 Or the clown in any role 어떤 광대 역활을 할 수 있어요 I can call up someone To take me to the moon 누군가 불러 나를 달로 보내 달라고 할 수도 있어요 can put my makeup on And drive the man insane 난 화장을 하고 다른 남자를 유혹할 수도 있지만 I can go to bed alone And never know his name 혼자 잠이 들고는 그 사람의 이름도 기억하지 못해요 But when I dream 하지만 꿈을 꿀때면 I dream of you 난 당신 꿈을 꾸워요 Maybe someday You will come true 언젠가는 당신이 현실이 되어 나타나겠지요 When I dream, I dream of you 꿈을 꿀때면 당신 꿈을 꾸워요 Maybe someday You will come true 언젠가는 당신이 현실이 되어 나타나겠지요.
WHY On February 15, 1947 Glenn Chambers boarded a plane bound for Quito, Ecuador to begin his ministry in missionary broadcasting. But he never arrived. In a horrible moment, the plane carrying Chambers crashed into a mountain peak and spiraled downward. Later it was learned that before leaving the Miami airport, Chambers wanted to write his mother a letter. All he could find for stationery was a page of advertising on which was written the single word \"WHY?\" Around that word he hastily scribbled a final note. After Chambers\' mother learned of her son\'s death, his letter arrived. She opened the envelope, took out the paper, and unfolded it. Staring her in the face was the question \"WHY?\" No doubt this was the questions Jesus\' disciples asked when He was arrested, tried, and crucified. And it was probably the questions Joseph of Arimathea asked himself as he approached Pilate and requested the Lord\'s body (v.58). It must have nagged at him as he wrapped the body in a linen cloth, carried it to his own freshly hewn tomb, and rolled the massive stone into its groove over the tomb\'s mouth. In the face of his grief, Joseph carried on. He did what he knew he had to do. None of Jesus\' relatives were in a position to claim His body for burial, for they were all Galileans and none of them possessed a tomb in Jerusalem. The disciples weren\'t around to help either. But there was another reason for Joseph\'s act of love. In Isaiah 53:9, God directed the prophet to record an important detail about the death of His Messiah. The One who had no place to lay his head would be buried in a rich man\'s tomb. Joseph probably didn\'t realize that his act fulfilled prophecy. The full answer to the why of Jesus\' death was also several days away for Joseph and the others. All he knew was that he was now a disciple of Jesus -- and that was enough to motivate his gift of love. Today in the Word, April 18, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From an Army Manual: \"Tent pegs, aluminum, 9-inch, NSN 8340-00- 261-9749, must be painted orange. The bright color provides an easy means of locating the pegs under various light and climatic conditions during field use. When bright orange pegs are used, they must be driven into the ground completely out of sight.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WIFE Bob Greene (in the Detroit Free Press) cited a study by attorney Michael Minton on the monetary value of a wife\'s services in the home. First he listed the various functions she performs: chauffeur, gardener, family counselor, maintenance worker, cleaning woman, housekeeper, cook, errand runner, bookkeeper/budget manager, interior decorator, caterer, dietitian, secretary, public relations person, hostess. Using this impressive list of household duties, Minton figured the dollar value of a housewife\'s work in today\'s (1981) labor market. He came up with the amount of $785.07 a week. That\'s $40,823.64 a year! Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bishop Taylor came the closest of anyone to capturing the sentiment of Proverbs 31 when he wrote: \"If you are for pleasure, marry. If you prize rosy health, marry. A good wife is heaven\'s last best gift to a man; his angel of mercy; minister of graces innumerable; his gem of many virtues; his box of jewels; her voice, his sweetest music; her smiles, his brightest day; her kiss, the guardian of innocence; her arms, the pale of his safety; the balm of his health; the balsam of his life; her industry, his surest wealth; her economy, his safest steward; her lips, his faithful counselors...and her prayers, the ablest advocates of heaven\'s blessing on his head.\" Today in the Word, July, 1989, p. 44. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WILL OF GOD A bishop of a century ago pronounced from his pulpit and in the periodical he edited that heavier-than-air flight was both impossible and contrary to the will of God. Oh, the irony that Bishop Wright had two sons, Orville and Wilbur! Wright was wrong. Sure of himself, but wrong. Robert P. Dugan, Jr., Winning the New Civil War, Page 38. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Hawn, former church secretary who committed immoral acts with Jim Bakker (former host of the PTL Club), and later brought down the PTL empire, said today (9-28-87) that God gave her \"real peace\" about granting an interview to Playboy magazine and posing for topless pictures. On 9-29-87 the news reports that she still considers herself a Christian, but goes to God \"one-on-one,\" not through any church or organization. Also: she doesn\'t consider herself a \"bimbo.\" But her mother does. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once while Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, \"What would you do if you suddenly learned that you were to die at sunset today?\" He replied, \"I would finish hoeing my garden.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions or revelations to be from God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the Devil. J.K. Johnston, John Wesley Why Christians Sin, Discovery House, 1992, p. 102. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One day Dwight Morrow and his wife, the parents of Anne Lindbergh, were in Rugby, England. After wandering through the streets they realized that they had lost their way. At this moment an incident occurred that entered into Morrow\'s philosophy and became a guiding principle in his life. He stopped a little Rugby lad of about 12 years. \"Could you tell us the way to the station?\" he asked. \"Well,\" the boy answered, \"You turn to the right there by the grocer\'s shop and then take the second street to the left. That will bring you to a place where four streets meet. And then, sir, you had better inquire again.\" \"This answer came to symbolize for Dwight Morrow his own method of approaching complicated problems,\" writes Harold Nicolson in his excellent biography. \"It implied in the first place a realistic skepticism regarding the capacity of human intelligence. It was in the second place an object lesson in the inevitability of gradualness. And in the third place, it was a parable of how, when the ultimate end is uncertain, one should endeavor to advance, if only a little way, in the correct, rather than the incorrect direction.\" Bits and Pieces, December 1991, p. 14. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Writing about God\'s sure guidance, British pastor Frank W. Boreham recounted a time when a minister visited his home in New Zealand. Being young and inexperienced, Boreham sought the counsel of his guest. He said that one morning they were sitting on the veranda, looking out over the golden plains to the purple sunlit mountains. He asked the minister, \"Can a man be sure that in the hour of perplexity he will be rightly led by God? Can he feel secure against making a false step?\" \"I am certain of it,\" exclaimed the minister, \"if he will but give God time! As long as you live, remember that. Give God time!\" Tim LaHaye, How to Study the Bible for Yourself, Harvest House, pp. 95-96. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When God bolts the door, don\'t try to get in through the window. The will of God never will lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As the golfer approached the first tee, a hazardous hole with a green surrounded by water, he debated if he should use his new golf ball. Deciding that the hole was too treacherous, he pulled out an old ball and placed it on the tee. Just then he heard a voice from above say loudly: \"Use the new ball!\" Frightened, he replaced the old ball with the new one and approached the tee. Now the voice from above shouted: \"Take a practice swing!\" With this, the golfer stepped backward and took a swing. Feeling more confident, he approached the tee when the voice again rang out: \"Use the old ball!\" The will of God, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A lady once asked John Wesley if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day, how would he spend the intervening time. He replied, \"Why, madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to Martin\'s house...talk and pray with the family as usual, retire myself to my room at 10 o\'clock, commend myself to my Heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory.\" Today in the Word, March 1989, p. 40. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once while Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, \"What would you do if you were suddenly told you would die at sunset today?\" He replied, \"I would finish hoeing my garden.\" Moody Monthly, April, 1990, p. 76. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went from home to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed. One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times. \"Why do you toss the stick more than once?\" someone asked. \"Because,\" replied the woman, \"it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right.\" She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air until it pointed the way she wanted to go! Today in the Word, May, 1989. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commentary and Devotional If we want God to guide us, our attitude needs to be right. Here are some guidelines as to how we can play our part in arriving at right decisions. First, we must be willing to think. It is false piety, super-supernaturalism of an unhealthy pernicious sort that demands inward impressions with no rational base, and declines to heed the constant biblical summons to consider. God made us thinking beings, and he guides our minds as we think things out in his presence. Second, we must be willing to think ahead and weigh the long-term consequences of alternative courses of action. Often we can only see what is wise and right, and what is foolish and wrong, as we dwell on the long-term issues. Third, we must be willing to take advice. It is a sign of conceit and immaturity to dispense with taking advice in major decisions. There are always people who know the Bible, human nature, and our own gifts and limitations better than we do, and even if we cannot finally accept their advice, nothing but good will come to us from carefully weighing what they say. Fourth, we must be willing to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves. We must suspect ourselves: ask ourselves why we feel a particular course of action will be right and make ourselves give reasons. Fifth, we must be willing to wait. \"Wait on the Lord\" is a constant refrain in the Psalms and it is a necessary word, for the Lord often keeps us waiting. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986, Page 13. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man\'s salvation, faith and life is either expressly set down in Scripture or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture, unto which nothing at anytime is to be added whether by new revelations of the Spirit or traditions of man. From the Westminster Confession of Faith. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- God\'s will for us is: I. Sanctification is God\'s will for us A. Avoiding sexual immorality and impurity is God\'s will for us - I Thessalonians 4:1-8 B. Wise living is God\'s will for us - Ephesians 5:15-21 C. Non-conformation, transformation, and renewal are God\'s will for us - Romans 12:1-2 D. Continual rejoicing, ceaseless prayer, and constant thanksgiving are God\'s will for us - I Thessalonians 5:16-18 II. Security is God\'s will for us - John 6:38-40 III. Service is God\'s will for us - Ephesians 6:5-9; I Peter 5:2 IV. Suffering is God\'s will for us - I Peter 3:17; I Peter 4:19 Source unknown
WILL Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will; I must exercise it. I must will to obey. When God gives a command or a vision of truth, it is never a question of what He will do, but what we will do. To be successful in God\'s work is to fall in line with His will and to do it His way. All that is pleasing to Him is a success Henrietta Mears, Dream Big: The Henrietta Mears Story, quoted in Christianity Today, June 21, 1993, Page 41. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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WILL, bondage of Toad baked some cookies. \"These cookies smell very good,\" said Toad. He ate one. \"And they taste even better,\" he said. Toad ran to Frog\'s house. \"Frog, Frog,\" cried Toad, \"taste these cookies that I have made.\" Frog ate one of the cookies, \"These are the best cookies I have ever eaten!\" said Frog. Frog and Toad ate many cookies, one after another. \"You know, Toad,\" said Frog, with his mouth full, \"I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick.\" \"You are right,\" said Toad. \"Let us eat one last cookie, and then we will stop.\" Frog and Toad ate one last cookie. There were many cookies left in the bowl. \"Frog,\" said Toad, \"let us eat one very last cookie, and then we will stop.\" Frog and Toad ate one very last cookie. \"We must stop eating!\" cried Toad as he ate another. \"Yes,\" said Frog, reaching for a cookie, \"we need willpower.\" \"What is willpower?\" asked Toad. \"Willpower is trying hard not to do something you really want to do,\" said Frog. \"You mean like trying hard not to eat all these cookies?\" asked Toad. \"Right,\" said Frog. Then Frog put the cookies in a box. \"There,\" he said. \"Now we will not eat any more cookies.\" \"But we can open the box,\" said Toad. \"That is true,\" said Grog. Frog tied some string around the box. \"There,\" he said. \"Now we will not eat any more cookies.\" \"But we can cut the string and open the box.\" said Toad. \"That is true,\" said Frog. Frog got a ladder. He put the box up on a high shelf. \"There,\" said Frog. \"Now we will not eat any more cookies.\" \"But we can climb the ladder and take the box down from the shelf and cut the string and open the box,\" said Toad. \"That is true,\" said Frog. He climbed the ladder and took the box down from the shelf. He cut the string and opened the box. Frog took the box outside. He shouted in a loud voice. \"Hey, birds, here are cookies!\" Birds came from everywhere. They picked up all the cookies in their beaks and flew away. \"Now we have no more cookies to eat,\" said Toad sadly. \"Not even one.\" \"Yes,\" said Frog, \"but we have lots and lots of willpower.\" \"You may keep it all, Frog,\" said Toad. \"I am going home now to bake a cake.\" Ray and Anne Ortlund, Renewal, 1989, Navpress, Page 73-74.
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WILL, freedom of We accompanied our son and his fianc?when they met with her priest to sign some pre-wedding ceremony papers. While filling out the form, our son read aloud a few questions. When he got to the last one, which read: \"Are you entering this marriage at your own will?\" he looked over at his fianc? \"Put down \'Yes,\'\" she said. Lilyan van Almelo, Reader\'s Digest, May 1993, p. 138. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Einstein gave grudging acceptance to \"the necessity for a beginning\" and eventually, to \"the presence of a superior reasoning power,\" but never did he accept the doctrine of a personal God. Two specific obstacles blocked his way. According to his journal writings, Einstein wrestled with a deeply felt bitterness toward the clergy, toward priests in particular, and with his inability to resolve the paradox of God\'s omnipotence and man\'s responsibility for his choices. \"If this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty being? In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?\" Seeing no solution to this paradox, Einstein, like many other powerful intellects through the centuries, ruled out the existence of a personal God. Hugh Ross, The Finger of God, Promise Pub., 1991, p. 59. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During his days as guest lecturer at Calvin Seminary, R.B. Kuiper once used the following illustration of God\'s sovereignty and human responsibility. \"I liken them to two ropes going through two holes in the ceiling and over a pulley above. If I wish to support myself by them, I must cling to them both. If I cling only to one and not the other, I go down.\" R.B. Kuiper. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"I read the many teachings of the Bible regarding God\'s election, predestination, his chosen, and so on. I read also the many teachings regarding \'whosoever will may come\' and urging people to exercise their responsibility as human beings. These seeming contradictions cannot be reconciled by the puny human mind. With childlike faith, I cling to both ropes, fully confident that in eternity I will see that both strands of truth are, after all, of one piece.\" John Morren, Decision Making and the Will of God, p. 205. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------