In my anguish I cried to the Lord,
and He answered by setting me free.
The Lord is with me; I will not be
afraid. What can man do to me?
I have suscribed to your "thought
and humor" e-gazette for probably
close to 2 years now. I am an NCSU
student and faithful anti-Tarheel
:-D I was born and bred a duke
go to school as a member of the pack,
can't get much more anti-Carolina
than that! I have enjoyed reading
your articals for they have alwayss
brought a smile to my face. Including
your April Fool's joke about discon-
tinuing your weekly e-mails. This past
weeks e-mail was particularly enjoyable
for me because of one of the pictures
that was in the letter. That is a picture
of Concord United Methodist Church
in McDowell County, North Carolina
where I spent the first 18 years of my
life learning about the God that you
and I both love. By the way, I'm an
Aerospace Engineering and High
School Mathematical Education
student. I hope to use the two
degrees to make high school edu
more real to life. Anyway I just
thought it was so cool to see
something from my home
(approx 240 miles west of
here) in your e-mails. I hope
to enjoy future reading.
John: Did you hear about the tire
that had a nervous breakdown?
Larry: No! Tell me about it.
John: It just couldn't take any
Let Google translate for you from one language
to another. Also great for translating websites
Deje Google traducir para usted a partir de una
lengua a otra. También grande para traducir
websites en inglés.
Lassen Sie Google für Sie von einer Sprache
zu anderen übersetzen. Auch groß für das
Übersetzen von websites ins Englische.
Laissez Google traduire pour vous d'une langue
à l'autre. En outre grand pour traduire des
websites en anglais.
When I first encountered fly-fishing as a hobby, I was overwhelmed.
Growing up a bass-fisherman, the new world of flies and tippets was like
graduating from high school to university.
Besides fish and water, everything was new to me. The rigging, the types
of rods, the back and forward casting, the matching of flies with the
hatch of the insects on the river, the waders and felt-bottomed shoes,
and the art and science of imitation and precision were all as fresh as
the first ride on a bicycle.
These categories are foreign to most readers, as it once was to me. And
as I grew from naming equipment to using equipment, and then grew
from casting to imitating hatching aquatic insects, I kept finding that no
matter how much you learn in fly-fishing, there is always a lot more to
learn. I was baffled, even discouraged at first because of so much
information. But as I grew in my learning and my practice, I was ready
for yet another step.
This, from my view, is parallel to preaching, apologetics, and youth
ministry today. I believe people are hungry to understand Christ more
deeply every day, both relationally and conceptually (terms that are
difficult to separate). There is a thrill that comes when a Scripture
passage is unpacked with sound Bible-interpretation principles. There
is a satisfaction of faith when another part of Christ's faithfulness is
revealed in a simple scene of feeding fish and bread to hungry folks.
Yet there is a constant pressure in our society, even our church
societies, to keep things simple, practical, to a reduced bare minimum.
After all, it is reasoned, if we don't speak to the lowest common
denominator, we may discourage people from being part of the church
community. While I think this a noble thought, it may actually be a
disadvantage to the healthiness of each individual believer and our church
Let me offer youth as an example. I am repeatedly amazed at how young
people respond to philosophy, theology, and spiritual formation.
They certainly do not understand all of it, but they are intrigued by
it. After walking away from a talk I gave on the role of feelings in the
spiritual life, a 13-year-old approached me. She was inching closer and
closer toward unbelief because she had a view that if Jesus were real in
her life, she would "feel" him. But after my talk she thanked me for
helping her realize that Christ is still present in her life even without
those feelings. Her face glowed. If I had been unwilling to venture into
territory that is perceived as too difficult, she may still be silently
wrestling with false beliefs. For some, it is not only helpful to talk
about Christ, but to also talk about how he meets us.
In school, youth are constantly pressured to handle new and deeper
concepts. They have to label and understand the parts of a cell. They
have to memorize names and events that lead to civil wars. Yet, we often
fall into the trap that while science and history may require depth, our
theology does not.
Our young people are looking for something to live and die for that is far
more serious than their subjects at school. Even if some of our content
soars over their heads, I believe this is all right. It lets them know
that, just like my fly-fishing, when the day comes for them to explore
their faith more diligently on their own, that there will be something
there to think about. In my journey, I have found it most assuring as
I develop as a Christian to know that there is territory beyond my reach
that I can mature into. I think our youth, indeed most people, are
looking for a church, a Scripture, a life that is bigger than their own.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus," says the Apostle
Paul (Phil 2:5). There are riches to be mined from such a phrase in the
context of the epistle. How well are we giving our fellow believers
encouragement to climb to higher places with Christ? How well are we
developing our own interior life to know Christ, not just to solve our
practical problems for the moment, but to order our lives to tackle the
even harder obstacles of tomorrow? We need not be afraid that we can
exhaust the riches of understanding Christ. He is always calling us to a
deeper faith and a deeper life. Dale Fincher
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No temptation has seized you except
what is common to man. And God is
faithful; He will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, He will
also provide a way out so that you
can stand up under it.
--1 Corinthians 10:13
Two new Internet Explorer flaws announced by a security company
recently. You should consider a switch to Firefox.
The descriptions of these flaws are difficult to understand. Basically,
they allow you to download dangerous files without a warning from
Windows. The warning feature is part of Service Pack 2.
So, should you switch to Firefox? Kim Komando has & so has