Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Daniel 4:30-33

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;
and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,
and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:
for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me,
Say not, I am a child:
for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee,
and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces:
for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Then the LORD put forth his hand,
and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me,
Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
See, I have this day set thee over the nations
and over the kingdoms,
to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy,
and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah, what seest thou?
And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen:
for I will hasten my word to perform it.
And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot;
and the face thereof is toward the north.
Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north
an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Letter from Jesus:
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that, let Me go on.
If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can and may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it.
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
4. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
5. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile - it could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local suicide hot-line: they talk with people like that every day.
6. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.
7. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them (and I suspect you don't) buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
8. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
PS - Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember,
~~ Jesus

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Noah and His ARK...

It is the year 2006 and Noah lives in the United States.
The Lord speaks to Noah and says:
"In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover

the whole earth with water until all is destroyed.
But I want you to save the righteous people and
two of every kind of living thing on earth.
Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark."
In a flash of lightening, God delivered the specifications
for the Ark. Fearful and trembling, Noah took the plans
and agreed to build the Ark.
"Remember," said the Lord, "You must complete
the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year."
Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud covered

the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult.
The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping.
"Noah", He shouted, "Where is the Ark"?
"Lord, please forgive me!", cried Noah.

"I did my best, but there were big problems."
"First, I had to get a permit for construction
and your plans did not comply with the codes."
"I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.

Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not
the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system and floatation devices. "
"Then, my neighbor objected, claiming I was
violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark
in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from
the City Planning Commission."
"I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark,
because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect
the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest
Service that I needed the wood to save the owls.
However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won't let me
catch any owls. So, no owls!"
"The carpenters formed a union and went on strike.
I had to negotiate a settlement with the
National Labor Union. Now, I have 16 carpenters
on the Ark, but still no owls."
"When I started rounding up the other animals,
I got sued by an animal rights group.
They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard."
"Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA
notified me that I could not complete the Ark
without filing an environmental impact statement
on your proposed flood."
"They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they
had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the
Creator of the Universe."
"Then the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map
of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a globe."
"Right now, I am trying to resolve a Complaint
filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
that I am practicing discrimination by
not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard!"
"The IRS has seized all of my assets,
claiming that I'm building the Ark in preparation
to flee the country to avoid paying taxes."
"I just got a notice from the State that I owe

some kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark
as a "recreational watercraft."
"Finally, the ACLU got the Courts to issue
an injunction against further construction of the Ark,
saying that since God is flooding the earth,
it is a religious event and, therefore, unconstitutional."
"I really don't think I can finish the Ark
for another five or six years!", Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine,
and the seas began to calm. Even a rainbow
arched across the sky.
Noah looked up hopefully. "You mean you
aren't going to destroy the earth, Lord?"
"No," the Lord said sadly.
"The government already has!"

Monday, December 11, 2006

Are We Running Out of Time?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Basics of Islam

The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States, especially in the minority races!

Allah or Jesus? Rick Mathes

Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance.
During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their beliefs.

I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say.The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world. And, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"
There was no disagreement with my statements and without hesitation, he replied, "Non-believers!"
I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven. Is that correct?"
The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
He sheepishly replied, "Yes."
I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr.Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!"
The Imam was speechless.

I continued, "I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me. Let me ask you a question. Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to Heaven or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be with me?"
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head.
Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the "Diversification" training seminar were not happy with Rick's way of dealing with the Islamic Imam and exposing the truth about the Muslim's beliefs.

I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the liberal justice system, liberal media, and the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized.

This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.

Monday, October 23, 2006


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Goosebumps Poem

A drunken man in an Oldsmobile
They said had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.
When broken bodies lay about
"And blood was everywhere,"
"The sirens screamed out eulogies"
For death was in the air.
"A mother, trapped inside her car,"
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
"Oh, God, please spare my boys!"
She fought to loose her pinned hands;
"She struggled to get free,"
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.
Her frightened eyes then focused
"On where the back seat once had been,"
But all she saw was broken glass and
Two children's seats crushed in.
Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
"She did not hear them cry, "
"And then she prayed they'd been thrown free, "
"Oh, God, don't let them die! "
Then firemen came and cut her loose, "
"But when they searched the back, "
"They found therein no little boys, "
But the seat belts were intact.
They thought the woman had gone mad
"And was traveling alone, "
"But when they turned to question her, "
They discovered she was gone.
Policemen saw her running wild
And screaming above the noise
"In beseeching supplication, "
Please help me find my boys!
They're four years old and wear blue shirts;
"Their jeans are blue to match."
"One cop spoke up, ""They're in my car, "
And they don't have a scratch.
They said their daddy put them there
"And gave them each a cone, "
Then told them both to wait for Mom
To come and take them home.
"I've searched the area high and low, "
But I can't find their dad.
"He must have fled the scene, "
"I guess, and that is very bad."
"The mother hugged the twins and said, "
"While wiping at a tear, "
"He could not flee the scene, you see, "
"For he's been dead a year.
"The cop just looked confused and asked, "
"Now, how can that be true? "
"The boys said, ""Mommy, Daddy came "
"And left a kiss for you."
He told us not to worry
"And that you would be all right, "
And then he put us in this car with
"The pretty, flashing light. "
"We wanted him to stay with us, "
"Because we miss him so, "
"But Mommy, he just hugged us tight "
And said he had to go.
He said someday we'd understand
"And told us not to fuss, "
"And he said to tell you, Mommy, "
"He's watching over us."
The mother knew without a doubt
"That what they spoke was true, "
"For she recalled their dad's last words, "
" I will watch over you."
The firemen's notes could not explain
"The twisted, mangled car, "
And how the three of them escaped
Without a single scar.
"But on the cop's report was scribed, "
"In print so very fine, "
An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.
The 7 Second Prayer
I love you and I need you,
come into my heart,
and bless my family, my home,
my friends, and myself."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Reminds Me of R Current Situation

A mouse looked through the crack
in the wall to see the farmer and his
wife open a package.
"What food might this contain?"
The mouse wondered - he was
devastated to discover it was a
Retreating to the farmyard,
the mouse proclaimed the warning.
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched,
raised her head and said,
"Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is
a grave concern to you,
but it is of no consequence to me.
I cannot be bothered by it.
The mouse turned to the pig and told him,
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized, but said,
"I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse,
but there is nothing I can do about it
but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse.
I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house,
head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night
a sound was heard throughout the house
like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see
what was caught. In the darkness,
she did not see it was a venomous snake
whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer rushed her to the hospital
and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever
with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer
took his hatchet to the farmyard for
the soup's main ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued,
so friends and neighbors came to sit with her
around the clock. To feed them, the farmer
butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not
get well; she died. So many people came
for her funeral, the farmer had the cow
slaughtered to provide enough meat
for all of them. The mouse looked upon
it all from his crack in the wall with
great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone
is facing a problem and think it doesn't
concern you, remember --
when one of us is threatened,
we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out for one another
and make an extra effort
to encourage one another.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Project Genesis

Internal Corporate Correspondence :

To: General Director Jehovah From: Gabriel, Marketing Director
The market research conducted by our department for the Genesis project, shows that systems of the following configuration will generate the highest level of consumer enthusiasm:

Planet(s): 1
Radius: 3,000 km
Gravitational pull: 0.5g
Land/Water ratio: 1:1
Temperature: +24 C
Atmosphere: Oxygen
Oceans/Seas: Fresh Water
Rivers: Milk, Honey
Fauna: Herbivores
Peripherals: 2 luminary bodies, (for day, night).
Orbital Speed: 0.0007 RPM (1 revolution / 24h cycle)
Resolution:Forwarding to the strategy planning department for preparation. -- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Michael, Strategy Planning Manager
In order to minimize the overall project costs, I propose we power both luminary bodies using one energy source, and substitute Nitrogen for Oxygen.
Comments:Leave at least 50% of the oxygen - otherwise we run the risk of user suffocation.-- Raphael
25% Should suffice.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
In the course of our work on project Genesis, we have run into some difficulties (specifically in the "Let there be Light" phase of the project):
We do not currently have access to a source of uninterrupted light that can be channeled into two separate luminary bodies. I propose we utilize a standard "Red Dwarf" type light source for daytime illumination, and use a mirror for nighttime light.
Comments:Upgrade to "Yellow Dwarf". The cost differential is minimal, but aesthetically, the look is far more impressive. -- Gabriel (Marketing dept.)
But that's a multi-client light source! Why would the user need it for a single-planet system?-- Lucifer
The marketing department will tell to the user what he needs or doesn't need. -- Gabriel
Lucifer, please restrict your comments to questions within the field of your competence. I'm approving the "Yellow Dwarf". -- Jehovah
By the way, with the level of light output generated by a Yellow Dwarf, we can use a regular planetoid instead of a mirror.-- Michael
Agreed.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
The recent deviations from the specification introduced the following problems into the system:
The mass of the uninterruped light source is significantly greater than the mass of the planet. Due to this, the light source cannot be in orbit around the planet. Instead, it is the planet that is orbiting the light source.
Furthermore, due to the energy output of the light source, we are observing surface temperature that consistently exceeds the spec. by a factor of 2. However if we move the planet further away from the light source, the overall dimentions of the system will grow significantly.
Comments:A larger system will probably benefit us from the marketing standpoint, but the fact that the planet is rotating around a peripheral device may lead to self esteem issues on the part of the user. Could we perhaps change the Gravitational Constant to compensate?-- Gabriel
Changing the Gravitational Constant will result in compatibility problems down the line-- Michael
What difference is it to the user what orbits what? Let Marketing come up with some kind of theory of Relativity.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
After the increase in the orbital radius, all attempts to accelerate the planet to specified velocity have consistently lead to a system crash. (The planet escapes from orbit into outer space.)
By the way, the nighttime luminary exhibits the same behavior.
Comments:The internal behavior of the system is irrelevant. We must deliver on the user experience. Why not make the planet revolve around its own axis? The user will then think that both the Sun and the Moon are orbiting it with the speeds originally specified.-- Gabriel
Won't the user catch on?-- Jehovah
Even if he does, it won't be til' the project is long delivered.-- Gabriel
Agreed.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Raphael, QA & Support Lead
Initial testing has revealed the following defects:
1. We are observing consistent overheating.
2. The axis of revolution has shown a 33 deg. declination from the vertical, resulting in cyclic temperature anomalies.
3. The rivers' throughput falls far short of expectations.
4. Herbivore fauna (as specified) is missing.
5. The orbit is unstable. Planet tends to fall into the Sun.
Resolution:Forwarding to the tech. department for review. -- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
1. We are observing consistent overheating.What else did you expect with that Land/Water ratio? For proper cooling to occur we need a ration of 1:3 - 1:4.
2. The axis of revolution has shown a 33 deg. declination from the vertical, resulting in cyclic temperature anomalies.We're working on it.
The rivers' throughput falls far short of expectations.This is because milk curdles, and honey crystallizes.
Herbivore fauna (as specified) is missing.Hebivores require vegitation, which cannot grow in this heat without water. I propose to put water into the rivers. This should also help resolve problem (3).
The orbit is unstable. Planet tends to fall into the Sun.We will intoroduce another planet on a larger orbit to serve as a gravitational counterweight.
Comments:There's not enough room to reduce the landmass. We will have to increase the area of the oceans. This will result in a larger diameter and stronger gravitational pull. Plus the extra planet...-- Michael
That's allright, the user will just have to live with it. We will present the extra planet as an added feature. However, we have already announced the Milk and Honey, will have to at least leave them in the most prominent rivers.-- Gabriel
Let me remind you that the deadline for this project is fast approaching, and yet you are still beating a dead horse. Speaking of which, why have the designers not come up with a horse concept yet, and are still mucking about with the dinosaurs? Who needs these dinosaurs anyway?-- Jehovah
Generally speaking, the user has shown great interest in dinosaurs.-- Gabriel
Fine. But we must have horses too.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Raphael, QA & Support Lead
1. In addition to the unsolved problems with the axis, the planet now has the tendency to fly away into space.
2. Herbivores are missing again.
Resolution:Forwarding to the tech. department for review. -- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
1. In addition to the unsolved problems with the axis, the planet now has the tendency to fly away into space.We'll add another counterweight, this time on a smaller orbit.
2. Herbivores are missing again.They seem to have multiplied, ate all the vegitation and died out.
Comments:How many counterweights do you need?! -- Michael
All in all after the calibration we were able to stabilize the system at nine. -- Lucifer
Did I understand correctly? Instead of one planet the user will be getting 9?!-- Jehovah
So what? Eight of them will be uninhabitable anyway.-- Lucifer
The user doesn't need to know. Half of these planets cannot be seen without a telescope. I suggest ammending the user manual with an 11-th Commandment: "Thou Shalt Not Invent A Telescope".-- Gabriel
No. Then they will definitely invent it.-- Jehovah
By the way, after the orbital radius was increased, the brightness of the night-time light source fell below the specified minimum. I propose using a mirror after all. -- Raphael
Where were you before? We just finished balancing the system! Should we start over?-- Lucifer
There will be no starting over! The project deadline is in six days! Lucifer, either make it all work or you will be demoted and transferred to a different post.-- Jehovah

To: General Director Jehovah From: Lucifer, Head of System Technology Department
> Lucifer, either make it all work or you will> be demoted and transferred to a different post.
How is it my fault, if I didn't get a proper spec?
Anyway... The axis will have to stay angled as it is. The garden of Eden at least, will get +24C, but if the user goes wandering around elswhere, that's his problem. Doesn't look like we'll be able to finish the dinosaurs, but at least the horses will definitely be done. Milk and Honey are out, we made the rivers run with water, although it's bringing salt out into the oceans and seas. We had to introduce some Predators to keep the Herbivores from eating up all the vegetation again. However, we didn't have time to set the predators up to distinguish the users from their prey.
In short, it will all probably work out.
Comments:Let it be so. -- Jehovah

The head of System Technology Department, Lucifer, was in the end demoted and transferred, as punishment for unsanctioned assistance lent to the user in the usability testing phase of project Genesis.

Friday, August 11, 2006

This is Great:

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Carrot-egg-cup of coffee

A young woman went to her mother
and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her.
She did not know how she was going
to make it and wanted to give up
She was tired of fighting and struggling.
It seemed as one problem was solved,
a new one arose. Her mother took her
to the kitchen. She filled three pots
with water and placed each on a high
fire. Soon the pots came to boil.
In the first she placed carrots,
in the second she placed eggs,
and in the last she placed ground
coffee beans.
She let them sit and boil-
without saying a word. In about
twenty minutes she turned off the
burners. She fished the carrots out
and placed them in a bowl. She pulled
the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and
placed it in a bowl. Turning to her
daughter, she asked, "Tell me
what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee,"
she replied.
Her mother brought her closer
and asked her to feel the carrots.
She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter
to take an egg and break it.
After pulling off the shell,
she observed the hardboiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the
daughter to sip the coffee.
The daughter smiled as she tasted
its rich aroma The daughter
then asked, "What does it mean,
mother?" Her mother explained
that each of these objects had
faced the same adversity:
Each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard,
and unrelenting. However,
after being subjected to the boiling
water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile.
Its thin outershell had protected
its liquid interior, but after
sitting through the boiling water,
its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were
unique, however. After they
were in the boiling water, they had
changed the water.
"Which are you?"
she asked her daughter. "When
adversity knocks on your door,
how do you respond? Are you a
carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong,
but with pain and adversity do I
wilt and become soft and lose
my strength? Am I the egg that
starts with a malleable heart,
but changes with the heat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after
a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship or some other trial,
have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same,
but on the inside am I bitter and
tough with a stiff-spirit and
hardened heart? Or am I like
the coffee bean? The bean
actually changes the hot water,
the very circumstance that
brings the pain. When the water
gets hot, it releases the fragrance
and flavor. If you are like the bean,
when things are at their worst,
you get better and change the
situation around you.When
the hour is the darkest and
trials are their greatest, do you
elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a
coffee bean? May you have enough
happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you
human and enough hope to
make you happy. The happiest of
people don't necessarily have the
best of everything; they just
make the most of everything
that comes along their way. The
brightest future will always be
based on a forgotten past; you can't
go forward in life until you let go
of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were
crying and everyone around you was
smiling. Live your life so at the end,
you're the one who is smiling and
everyone around you is crying!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

For nearly three weeks, war has raged in northern Israel — a war begun by Hezbollah terrorists committed to the destruction of Israel, the Jewish people and democracy.
Immediately after the first rocket was fired into Israel, Fellowship staff began responding. Taking calls from mayors in distress because they didn’t have the resources to help people in their cities. . . . Locating food, bedding, flak jackets, water, and other basics for survival for municipal workers and families now living in bomb shelters. . . . Delivering the supplies and a message that Israel is not forgotten by the world because Christians and Jews in America care and are responding with outstretched hands.
Understandably, our staff are weary. They have literally had to run for their lives when the sirens sounded, and have worked around the clock to make sure Israelis in the north have at least the minimum for survival. This is on top of working constantly in a country where a suicide bomber is a very real possibility on any street corner or city bus or in any store or restaurant.
Will you send a message of encouragement — and appreciation — to Fellowship staff in Israel? We have prepared a special electronic card that we will make sure is delivered to them. But we want your name on it! Please add your name and email address to our note of encouragement to the Israeli people. We'll make sure our staff in Israel — including Rabbi Eckstein who is there right now — know of your prayers, your love and your gratitude.
"Sign" the card today!
The struggle in Israel is very real and very exhausting — but all of us at The Fellowship are committed to seeing it through and keeping Israel a strong and safe homeland for the Jewish people. Please stand with our colleagues in their time of need.
Thank you!Fellowship Chicago Staff

Friday, July 28, 2006


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