7 October, 2012

posted 4 Oct 2012, 20:18 by C S Paul

7 October, 2012

Dart Test

Author Unknown

A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day. 

On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.

Sally's girlfriend drew a picture of a girl who had stolen her boyfriend.

Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. 

Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved. 

The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. 

As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall. 

Underneath the Target was a picture of Jesus.

A complete hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced. Dr. Smith said only these words...

"In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew 25:40. No other words were necessary; the tear filled eyes of the students focused only on the picture of Christ.

To All Mothers!

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Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. The child asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?" 

God replied, "Among the many angels, I chose one for you. Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you." 

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy." 

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you everyday. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy." 

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?" 

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak." 

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?" God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray." 

"I've heard that on Earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?" 

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life." 

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore." 

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you." 

At that moment there was much peace in heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name." 

"Her name is not important. You will simply call her "Mom." 


by Lew Wallace

Part Four

Judah Ben-Hur trains for five years in the Palaestra in Rome and becomes the heir of the deceased Arrius. Judah goes to Antioch on state business. On the voyage, he learns that his real father's chief servant, Simonides, lives in a house in this city, and that his father's possessions had been entrusted to him. He pays a visit to the house and tells his full story to Simonides, who demands more proof. Ben-Hur replies he has no proof, but asks whether they know the fate of Judah's mother and sister. He says he knows nothing and Judah Ben-Hur leaves the house with an apology. Simonides hires his servant Malluch to spy on Judah to see if his story is true and find more information. Malluch meets and befriends Judah in the Grove of Daphne and they go to the games stadium together. There, Ben-Hur finds his old rival Messala racing one of the chariots, preparing for a tournament.

A prosperous Arab of Antioch, Sheik Ilderim, announces that he is looking for a chariot driver to race his team in the coming tournament. Judah, wanting revenge on Messala, decides to drive the sheik's chariot and defeat Messala. Meanwhile, Balthasar and his daughter Iras are sitting at a fountain in the stadium. Messala's chariot nearly hit them but Judah intervenes. Balthasar thanks Ben-Hur and presents him with a gift. Judah heads to Sheik Ilderim's tent. The servant Malluch follows him there, and along the way they talk about the Christ and Malluch relates Balthasar's story of the Magi. They realize that the man rescued at the fountain was the same Balthasar that saw the Christ's birth.

Back at Simonides' house, Esther, Simonides and Malluch talk together, and conclude that Ben-Hur is who he claims to be, and that he is on their side in the fight against Rome.

Messala realizes that Judah Ben-Hur has been adopted into a Roman home and his honor has been restored. He threatens to take revenge.

Meanwhile, Balthasar and his daughter Iras arrive at the Sheik's tent. With Judah they discuss how the Christ, approaching the age of thirty, is ready to enter public ministry. Judah takes increasing interest in the beautiful Iras.

Part Four  Chapter III 

Next day early, to the neglect of the city, Ben-Hur sought the 
house of Simonides. Through an embattled gateway he passed to a 
continuity of wharves; thence up the river midst a busy press, 
to the Seleucian Bridge, under which he paused to take in the 

There, directly under the bridge, was the merchant's house, a mass 
of gray stone, unhewn, referable to no style, looking, as the 
voyager had described it, like a buttress of the wall against 
which it leaned. Two immense doors in front communicated with 
the wharf. Some holes near the top, heavily barred, served as 
windows. Weeds waved from the crevices, and in places black moss
splotched the otherwise bald stones.

The doors were open. Through one of them business went in; 
through the other it came out; and there was hurry, hurry in 
all its movements.

On the wharf there were piles of goods in every kind of package, 
and groups of slaves, stripped to the waist, going about in the 
abandon of labor.

Below the bridge lay a fleet of galleys, some loading, others 
unloading. A yellow flag blew out from each masthead. From fleet 
and wharf, and from ship to ship, the bondmen of traffic passed 
in clamorous counter-currents.

Above the bridge, across the river, a wall rose from the water's 
edge, over which towered the fanciful cornices and turrets of an 
imperial palace, covering every foot of the island spoken of in the 
Hebrew's description. But, with all its suggestions, Ben-Hur scarcely 
noticed it. Now, at last, he thought to hear of his people--this, 
certainly, if Simonides had indeed been his father's slave. But 
would the man acknowledge the relation? That would be to give up
his riches and the sovereignty of trade so royally witnessed on 
the wharf and river. And what was of still greater consequence 
to the merchant, it would be to forego his career in the midst 
of amazing success, and yield himself voluntarily once more a 
slave. Simple thought of the demand seemed a monstrous audacity. 
Stripped of diplomatic address, it was to say, You are my slave; 
give me all you have, and--yourself.

Yet Ben-Hur derived strength for the interview from faith in his 
rights and the hope uppermost in his heart. If the story to which he 
was yielding were true, Simonides belonged to him, with all he had. 

For the wealth, be it said in justice, he cared nothing. When he 
started to the door determined in mind, it was with a promise to 
himself--"Let him tell me of mother and Tirzah, and I will give 
him his freedom without account."

He passed boldly into the house.

The interior was that of a vast depot where, in ordered spaces, 
and under careful arrangement, goods of every kind were heaped and 
pent. Though the light was murky and the air stifling, men moved 
about briskly; and in places he saw workmen with saws and hammers 
making packages for shipments. Down a path between the piles he 
walked slowly, wondering if the man of whose genius there were 
here such abounding proofs could have been his father's slave? 
If so, to what class had he belonged? If a Jew, was he the son
of a servant? Or was he a debtor or a debtor's son? Or had he 
been sentenced and sold for theft? These thoughts, as they passed, 
in nowise disturbed the growing respect for the merchant of which 
he was each instant more and more conscious. A peculiarity of our 
admiration for another is that it is always looking for circumstances 
to justify itself.

At length a man approached and spoke to him.

"What would you have?"

"I would see Simonides, the merchant."

"Will you come this way?"

By a number of paths left in the stowage, they finally came to 
a flight of steps; ascending which, he found himself on the 
roof of the depot, and in front of a structure which cannot 
be better described than as a lesser stone house built upon 
another, invisible from the landing below, and out west of the 
bridge under the open sky. The roof, hemmed in by a low wall, 
seemed like a terrace, which, to his astonishment, was brilliant 
with flowers; in the rich surrounding, the house sat squat, a plain 
square block, unbroken except by a doorway in front. A dustless path 
led to the door, through a bordering of shrubs of Persian rose 
in perfect bloom. Breathing a sweet attar-perfume, he followed 
the guide.

At the end of a darkened passage within, they stopped before a 
curtain half parted. The man called out,

"A stranger to see the master."

A clear voice replied, "In God's name, let him enter."

A Roman might have called the apartment into which the visitor was 
ushered his atrium. The walls were paneled; each panel was comparted 
like a modern office-desk, and each compartment crowded with labelled 
folios all filemot with age and use. Between the panels, and above and 
below them, were borders of wood once white, now tinted like cream, 
and carved with marvellous intricacy of design. Above a cornice of 
gilded balls, the ceiling rose in pavilion style until it broke 
into a shallow dome set with hundreds of panes of violet mica, 
permitting a flood of light deliciously reposeful. The floor was 
carpeted with gray rugs so thick that an invading foot fell half
buried and soundless.

In the midlight of the room were two persons--a man resting in a 
chair high-backed, broad-armed, and lined with pliant cushions; 
and at his left, leaning against the back of the chair, a girl 
well forward into womanhood. At sight of them Ben-Hur felt the 
blood redden his forehead; bowing, as much to recover himself as 
in respect, he lost the lifting of the hands, and the shiver and 
shrink with which the sitter caught sight of him--an emotion as 
swift to go as it had been to come. When he raised his eyes the 
two were in the same position, except the girl's hand had fallen 
and was resting lightly upon the elder's shoulder; both of them 
were regarding him fixedly.

"If you are Simonides, the merchant, and a Jew"--Ben-Hur stopped 
an instant--"then the peace of the God of our father Abraham upon 
you and--yours."

The last word was addressed to the girl.

"I am the Simonides of whom you speak, by birthright a Jew," the 
man made answer, in a voice singularly clear. "I am Simonides, 
and a Jew; and I return you your salutation, with prayer to know 
who calls upon me."

to be continued

The Three Trees

Author Unknown

Wanted to share this special story with you.... Like a lot of things in life, it's much easier said than done but this is where faith and perseverance comes in.

Once there were three trees on a hill in a woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."

Then the second tree said "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."

Finally the third tree said. "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.."

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter." and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsman said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one" and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day, a man and women came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the king of kings in it's boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

Power of Positive Thinking

 by Norman Vincent Peale

Chapter 9 - continued

Dr. George W. Crile, famous American surgeon, said, "We fear not only in our minds but in our hearts, brains, and viscera, that whatever the cause of fear and worry, the effect can always be noted in the cells, tissues, and organs of the body."

Dr. Stanley Cobb, neurologist, says that worry is intimately connected with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

A doctor recently stated that there is an epidemic of fear and worry in this country. "All doctors," he declared, "are having cases of illness which are brought on directly by fear, and aggravated by worry and a feeling of insecurity."

But do not be discouraged, for you can overcome your worries. There is a remedy that will bring you sure relief. It can help you break the worry habit. And the first step to take in breaking it is simply to believe that you can. 

Whatever you believe you can do, you can do, with God's help. Here, then, is a practical procedure which will help to eliminate abnormal worry from your experience.

Practice emptying the mind daily. This should be done preferably before retiring at night to avoid the retention by the consciousness of worries while you sleep. During sleep, thoughts tend to sink more deeply into the subconscious. 

The last five minutes before going to sleep are of extraordinary importance, for in that brief period the mind is most receptive to suggestion. It tends to absorb the last ideas that are entertained in waking consciousness.

This process of mind drainage is important in overcoming worry, for fear thoughts, unless drained off, can clog the mind and impede the flow of mental and spiritual power. But such thoughts can be emptied from the mind and will not accumulate if they are eliminated daily. To drain them, utilize a process of creative imagination. 

Conceive of yourself as actually emptying your mind of all anxiety and fear. Picture all worry thoughts as flowing out as you would let water flow from a basin by removing the stopper. Repeat the following affirmation during this visualization: "With God's help I am now emptying my mind of all anxiety, all fear, all sense of insecurity." Repeat this slowly five times, then add, "I believe that my mind is now emptied of all anxiety, all fear, all sense of insecurity." Repeat that statement five times, meanwhile holding a mental picture of your mind as being emptied of these concepts. Then thank God for thus freeing you from fear. Then go to sleep.

In starting the curative process the foregoing method should be utilized in midmorning and midafternoon as well as at bedtime. Go into some quiet place for five minutes for this purpose. Faithfully perform this process and you will soon note beneficial results.

The procedure may be further strengthened by imaginatively thinking of yourself as reaching into your mind and one by one removing your worries. A small child possesses an imaginative skill superior to that of adults. A child responds to the game of kissing away a hurt or throwing away a fear.

This simple process works for the child because in his mind he believes that that is actually the end of it. The dramatic act is a fact for him and so it proves to be the end of the matter.

Visualize your fears as being drained out of your mind and  the visualization will in due course be actualized. Imagination is a source of fear, but imagination may also be the cure of fear. "Imagineering" is the use of mental images to build factual results, and it is an astonishingly effective procedure. Imagination is not simply the use of fancy. The word imagination derives from the idea of imaging. That is to say, you form an image either of fear or of release from fear. What you "image" (imagine) may ultimately become a
fact if held mentally with sufficient faith.

Therefore hold an image of yourself as delivered from worry and the drainage process will in time eliminate abnormal fear from your thoughts. However, it is not enough to empty the mind, for the mind will not long remain empty. It must be occupied by something. It cannot continue in a state of vacuum. Therefore, upon emptying the mind, practice refilling it. Fill it with thoughts of faith, hope, courage, expectancy. Say aloud such affirmations as the following: "God is now filling my mind with courage, with peace, with calm assurance. God is now protecting me from all harm.

God is now protecting my loved ones from all harm. God is now guiding me to right decisions. God will see me through this situation"

A half-dozen times each day crowd your mind with such thoughts as these until the mind is overflowing with them. In due course these thoughts of faith will crowd out worry. Fear is the most powerful of all thoughts with one exception, and that one exception is faith. Faith can always overcome fear.

Faith is the one power against which fear cannot stand. Day by day, as you fill your mind with faith, there will ultimately be no room left for fear. This is the one great fact that no one should forget. Master faith and you will automatically master fear.

So the process is—empty the mind and cauterize it with God's grace, then practice filling your mind with faith and you will break the worry habit.

Fill your mind with faith and in due course the accumulation of faith will crowd out fear. It will not be of much value merely to read this suggestion unless you practice it. And the time to begin practicing it is now while you think of it and while you are convinced that the number-one procedure in
breaking the worry habit is to drain the mind daily of fear and fill the mind daily with faith. It is just as simple as that.

Learn to be a practicer of faith until you become an expert in faith. Then fear cannot live in you.

The importance of freeing your mind of fear cannot be overemphasized. Fear something over a long period of time and there is a real possibility that by fearing you may actually help bring it to pass. The Bible contains a line which
is one of the most terrible statements ever made—terrible in its truth: "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me..." (Job 3:25) Of course it will, for if you fear something continuously you tend to create conditions in your mind propitious to the development of that which you fear. An
atmosphere is encouraged in which it can take root and grow. You tend to draw it to yourself.

But do not be alarmed. The Bible also constantly reiterates another great truth, "That which I have greatly believed has come upon me." It does not make that statement in so many words, and yet again and again and still again the Bible tells us that if we have faith "nothing is impossible" unto us, and "according to your faith be it done unto you." So if you shift your mind from fear to faith you will stop creating the object of your fear and will, instead, actualize the object of your faith. Surround your mind with healthy thoughts, thoughts of faith, and not fear, and you will produce faith results instead of fear results.

to be continued

Did you Know ?

  • The word “trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible.
  • The longest line in the Bible is Esther 8:9 – 89 words, 425 letters.
  • The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz: Isaiah 8:1.
  • The word “Lord” appears 1855 times in the Bible.
  • The word “God” appears in every book except Esther and Song of Solomon.
  • The word “grandmother” appears in the Bible only once: 2 Timothy 1:5.
  • The word “eternity” is mentioned only once: Isaiah 57:15.
  • Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men – Matthew 2:1 only says: “Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” and later they present three gifts.
  • During the 6th Century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because it was thought that they were expelling evil from their bodies. During the great plague of Europe, the Pope passed a law to say “God bless you” to one who sneezed.

Just for Laughs

Occupational Hymns

Astronaut - "Nearer My God, to Thee"

Baker - "I Need Thee Every Hour"

Baseball batter - "Seek Thee First"

Builder - "How Firm a Foundation"

Canoeist - "Flow River, Flow"

Dentist - "Crown Him with Many Crowns"

Electrician - "O Joyful Light"

Fisherman - "Shall We Gather at the River?"

Gossip - "It Is No Secret"

IRS or (Revenue Canada) - "All to Thee" (I Owe)

Jogger - "The Path of Life"

Lifeguard - "Come to the Water"

Sailboater - "Deep River"

Stonecutter - "Rock of Ages"

Watchman - "Silent Night"

Weatherman - "There Shall Be Showers of Blessings