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Year 2016 - April thru June

 
 

 

 
 
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We had a tie in the voting for our 2016 Father of the Year:
Congratulations to our 2016 winner -- Brian Hunt !!
Congratulations to our 2016 winner -- James Vanhuss !!

Being a Copycat
Written by: Pat Lewallen 

Richard and I recently walked in the mall before the stores opened. It was a good time to walk
and get some exercise. I soon noticed a little boy walking with his father. The boy looked very much like his dad. The little boy was copying the way his dad walked. He kept a close eye on his dad. When his dad swung his arms, the little boy swung his arms. He was careful to put his hand in his pants pocket every time he saw his dad put his hand in his pocket. When his dad stopped to look in a store window, you guessed it - the little boy stopped and looked intently with his dad too. I thought to myself of how proud this dad must have been of his little copycat son. 

I’m not sure the father even recognized that his son was being a copycat of him. Being a parent is a great responsibility that is often taken too lightly by fathers. Dads, do you know what the Bible says about your duty to your child? Proverbs 22:6 (KJV): Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

If you’re a man and the Lord has blessed you to be a dad, what kind of training are you giving your child? Are you talking to your child about the Lord? Are you being faithful in taking your child to a Bible believing church? Father’s day this year falls on Sunday, June 19th. I can’t think of anything better than for you to be in church with your child. I pray that the best gift your child could ever give you would be to become a copycat of you! 

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It Takes Time to Be a Successful Father
Carolina Country article, May 1982
Submitted by: Clarence Harrelson

 

If that statement is true, then America’s youth are losing out. The average man in the United States spends his time: 

                    1. Sleeping 8 hours for 75 years

                    2. At a job for 8 hours a day, plus some overtime for 40 years.

                    3. Eating 1½ hours per day.

                    4. Working on his lawn for 2 hours a week.

                    5. Dressing and undressing 1 hour per day. 

Converted into years, that means the average man spends 25 years sleeping, 12 years working, 6½ years eating, 1 year doing lawn work, and 3 hours grooming. Now how much time does this average man spend with his children? The average father spends 18 minutes a week talking with his child. Multiply that by 52 weeks per year and then by 18 years and the total time the average father spends communicating with his child while he/she is growing up is just 11 days and 16 hours. 

The first thing we ask when that child does something bad is, why? The answer is right here in front of all of us. Increase the time you spend with your children. Allow that child to come to you with questions and perhaps someday you won’t have to ask, why? 

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Christians Must Not Compromise with the World
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

For a long time Christians have had little opposition in serving the Lord, but I believe we are approaching an abrupt change in America. Only a few years ago there was little argument that we were a Christian nation. Now there is little argument that Christianity is under assault throughout our land. The general population has become hostile to Christianity.  

People have drifted away from the Lord and have formed their own opinions as to what’s right or wrong. With no spiritual direction in their lives, they begin to follow the lust of the flesh. What’s right then becomes what’s wrong, and what’s wrong becomes what’s right. With the loss of spiritual direction, the general population begins to view the church as an outdated institution that discriminates. Preachers are finding it much more difficult to preach against sins such as homosexuality which is condemned in Romans 1:26-27. 

Political correctness has caused people to shut their eyes and stop up their ears to the truth of the scriptures. We may face what the first church faced for its’ stand on Godliness. As Christians, what kind of a stand should we take? That question is a no brainer! We should stand on the Word of God just like the first Church did! There is an anti-Christ spirit in our world today that is crying “Compromise, compromise!” Sad to say, much of the church is compromising its’ Godly stands. Compromise is good in the right places. It’s good to compromise with your spouse to keep peace in the home. It’s good to compromise with your neighbors in order to live in peace with them. 

There are things that we as Christians can’t compromise on. For instance, the Bible tells us in Acts 4:12b, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There is no compromising on this truth with those of other faiths because all other faiths are false. We must praise the God of our forefathers, the One that has already proved Himself to be the one true God. Nothing can bring down our nation any quicker than praising the false gods of other nations. Our nation has opened the door too much in compromising with false gods. We hear politicians stating that there are many good faiths. That is a lie! There is only one good faith and that is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  

The scripture tells us there is but one door in John 10: 9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” The Bible also tells us there is little time to enter that door in James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Lastly, we are warned to accept the Lord today, 2 Corinthians 6:2b “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 

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The Technologically Challenged…. 

This lady calls in to complain that she gets an “Access Denied” message every time she logs in. It finally turned out she was typing her user name and password in capital letters.
Tech Support: “OK, let’s try this one more time. This time use only the lower case letters.”
Customer: “But young man, you don’t understand… I only have capital letters on my keyboard!” 

Overheard in a computer shop:
Customer: “I’d like a mouse pad, please.”
Salesperson: “Certainly sir, we’ve got a large variety.”
Customer: “But will they be compatible with my computer?”
 

A woman called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. The tech asked her if she was “running it under Windows.” The woman then responded, “No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his is working fine.”

 
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Is the Handwriting on the Wall for America?
Written by: Franklin Graham
(Talking about his Decision America Tour)
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There is no doubt that the tens of thousands who have attended know that America is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse—unless God intervenes. 

Like me, they have no hope in either the Democratic or Republican party. They know our only hope is in Almighty God. Unless we repent and turn quickly to Him for forgiveness and restoration, our nation will no longer be the city on the hill that has helped bring the illuminating light of Biblical truth to the world. 

Never before have I seen such a sharp rift in the moral and spiritual fabric of our country. The Cross of Christ has become the deep divide between a growing segment of our population that no longer fears God and those who follow Christ as Lord and Savior. 

In this secular age, the influence of Biblical principles and values has diminishing impact upon education, government and politics. More young people than ever before claim no religious affiliation at all. We Christians are not just simply tolerated—we are under constant, unrelenting assault for our beliefs and practices. 

The Cross of Christ is the dividing line between the righteous and the unrighteous, between the deceitfully dark powers of evil and the liberating light of the Gospel, between the virtues of godly living and the unfettered lusts of corrupt, debased passions. The wisdom and power of the Cross appears as more and more foolishness to those who suppress the truth and rebel against its claims. 

Not long before Daniel was cast into the lion’s den by the Persian king Darius, he was called into the presence of the last Babylonian king, Belshazzar, after the king witnessed the fingers of a human hand writing on the wall in his palace. This sudden, divine event occurred as the king and his court were reveling in debauchery and idolatry, drinking wine from the golden vessels that had been carried away by the Babylonians from the Jerusalem temple. 

As the king saw a hand writing on the wall of plaster, he instantly was alarmed and frightened. Daniel interpreted the meaning of the strange inscription Belshazzar had seen, telling him that his kingdom was about to come to an end, that he had been weighed in God’s divine balance and found wanting, and that his vast kingdom would be handed over to a new world power, the Medes and Persians. 

That very night, Belshazzar was killed and the Medes and Persians entered Babylon. 

I wonder if the handwriting is now on the wall for America. Has God decided that our idolatry, immorality and godlessness has become such a stench in His nostrils that we as a people will experience a harsh form of divine judgment? Have our iniquities grown so foul and vast that we will reap the bitter harvest of our wickedness and rebellion against Almighty God? 

I don’t know the answer to that, but I do believe that God is able to restore and heal us if we repent of our sins—personal and corporate—and turn to Him in humility and reverence. The Bible tells us that the Lord is patient toward us, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). 

We are a people and nation in imminent danger. We mock God, ridicule His Word and His ways, and flaunt gross immorality. 

Only Almighty God can deliver us, and it is our fervent prayer as we go across America in the months to come, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land. 

He is our only hope.
 

(Note: The Decision America Tour will be in Raleigh, NC on Thursday 10/13/16)

 
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Nine Things You Never Knew about the American Flag

Written by: Hannah Loewentheil
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Whether we are singing the National Anthem at a sporting event or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Americans show loyalty and respect to the flag every day. But June 14 is a national holiday every year in America. It’s a day that honors the Star Spangled Banner. Here are some interesting facts about the American flag and the development of its National Day.

 

1. A Wisconsin Teacher is the Brains Behind Flag Day
In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year old Waubeka, Wisconsin teacher, proposed the idea of Flag Day "to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag."  Cigrand wrote hundreds of articles advocating to celebrate the day on June 14, the day the U.S originally adopted its national flag. 

2. President Truman Made Flag Day Official

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed the legislation making June 14 the official, annual flag day. Sixty years later in 2004, Congress concluded that Flag Day had its origins in Waubeka, Wisconsin, home of Bernard Cigrand. 

3. Betsy Ross May Not Have Sewn the First Flag

Most children are taught that Betsy Ross was the seamstress who sewed together the first flag, but in reality there is no historical evidence to prove it.  

4. The Flag Has Official Colors

The Color Association of the U.S defined the official flag colors as "White," "Old Glory Red" and "Old Glory Blue," colors that are only able to be reproduced on cloth.  

5. The U.S Flag is the Third Oldest Original Flag Still in Use
Though the United States became a nation far after many European countries, its national flag is the third oldest of the National Standards of the world behind only those of Denmark and Austria. The U.S flag is older than the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France.  

6. There Are Six Flags on the Moon

We've heard of the man on the moon, but what about the flag on the moon? There are currently six U.S flags in outer space — Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 each put one on the moon.  

7. The Nickname, "Old Glory," Refers to a Specific Flag
The flag's nickname "Old Glory," actually refers to a specific flag owned by Captain William Driver. Old Glory accompanied the Captain on all of his voyages. After Driver died, the original Old Glory was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where it is currently preserved under glass. 

8. Each Year, the President Must Proclaim Flag Day

In 1949, Congress issued a joint resolution stating that the president must issue a proclamation each year calling for the national observance of the flag, and that it must be displayed on all federal government buildings.  

9. The Flag Shares its Birthday with the U.S Army

Coincidentally, the flag shares its birthday with the U.S Army. The army, however, was founded on June 14, 1775, two years before the flag was born.  

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Pledge to the American Flag

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

 

 

 
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Congratulations to our 2016 Mother of the Year -- Lisa Cutshaw !!

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MOTHER
Written and submitted by: Irene Wright
In Memory of my Mother: Mary Morris 

M is for the mother that loved unconditionally
O is for the only one that was always there for me
T is for the times you wiped the tears from my eyes

H is for heavenly prayers that reached beyond the skies
E is for each hug
R is for reminding me of the important things of life, giving my heart a special tug

Oh yes, I thank GOD for a blessed mother such as you

I could always believe the things you said were true

Always willing to lend a helping hand

And kept on giving when you could hardly stand

With a smile on your face
 

You always made home a loving place

Whether it would be sunshine or rain

You never seemed to complain

And when things did go wrong

I wondered how you could be so strong

And the memories so vivid on my mind

Often visiting just to unwind

I can still hear the laughter that we shared

And feel your touch as though you were there

Although on this earth you no longer reside

I know you are by GOD’S side!

So for now, I will say there was no other

Than my precious dear MOTHER!

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Don’t forget…. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, 2016.

 
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A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "How does God feel about mothers?" One little girl said that God feels happy about Mommies that they take care of all the kids. One boy said that God loves them a lot; He thinks that they are beautiful, and He is happy when they obey Him. He is sad when they don’t. Another child said: "I don’t know. I guess God loves them, because He made them." And finally one child said: "God feels good about Mommies, that they are nice to their children. He is glad that He made them."

 
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We Can’t “Really” Live Without God
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

Ann Poole was recently teaching our Sunday school lesson and she made the statement, “I don’t understand how people get by without God in their lives.” Ann’s statement caused me to write this article. I had to ask myself, “How did I get by the first twenty-two years of my life without God?” Honestly, I didn’t get along very well. I was going down a dead end street with a life that had no real peace and no real security for my future. I was exactly like a lot of my friends because I couldn’t identify what was missing in my life. 

After living with God in my life for the past forty-six years, I can’t imagine living without Him. That would absolutely be a nightmare scenario! I look to God daily for His protective care and guiding hand. Today we live in a very shaky world. We need a solid foundation and we have it in the Lord! There’s no way to count all the benefits that come from walking with the Lord. One great benefit is having peace with God and your fellow man! Even from the very beginning we were not meant to live apart from God. He actually visited Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day. It’s very hard to look at our world today and believe that once it was in a perfect state. In Genesis 1:31, God was able to look at His creation and say it was very good. But God had another creation that became His arch enemy - Satan. We all know that God doesn’t make mistakes, so we know God created Satan with a good purpose in mind. Perhaps Satan was created to test your and my love for God. Satan certainly was used for that purpose with Adam and Eve! 

Satan’s job from the very beginning was to break our fellowship with God, and Satan’s very good at it! Even after Jesus had risen from the dead, Satan distracted Peter to the point that he took a little fishing trip. It was such a distraction that it caused Jesus to question Peter’s loyalty, “Loveth thou me more than these?” Often enough, through His Holy Spirit, we can hear those same words when we lose our proper focus. Jesus has an excellent reason for asking us that question! We certainly can’t question His love for us. Look at the incredible words from Heaven addressed to you and me in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

No greater love for us has ever been shown than the love shown at Calvary. Jesus simply made it possible, through His sacrifice, to actually have God take up residence in our human life. How can we live without God in our life? We can’t live life in true fullness until we allow God, the greater part of our life, to move into our heart and soul. 

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Did You Know?
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If someone says, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” they’re looking to achieve a goal. When they use this phrase, it means that they will achieve their goal as long as there are no outside forces of which they have no control preventing them from doing just that.

The first time this phrase was known to be in print it was written by a man named Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. Hawkins was a politician in the late 18th century and early 19th century as well as an Indian diplomat. This was back in the day where American Indians and the white settlers were constantly fighting for the land in the United States. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the United States to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”

Benjamin Hawkins capitalized the word “Creek”. Therefore, it is deduced that what he was referring to was not a body of water at all, but instead was the Creek Indian tribe. The Creek Indians were also known as the Muscogee tribe which were located in the southeastern region of the United States (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma). Since the Creek Indians were prevalent in the area where he was located, Hawkins knew that there was a great risk of the Creek Indians attacking.

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Your life is God's gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to God! 

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Who Created/Wrote the Bible?
Copied from: AmazingFacts.org

 

The 66 books of the Bible were written:

1. On three continents.
2. In three languages.

3. By about 40 different people (kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician).

4. Over a period of about 1,500 years.
5. On the most controversial subjects.
6. By people who, in most cases, had never met.
7. By authors whose education and background varied greatly.
 

Yet, though it seems totally inconceivable,

1. The 66 books maintain harmony with each other.

2. Often new concepts on a subject are expressed, but these concepts do not undermine what other Bible writers say on the same subject.

 

Talk about astounding!

Ask people who have viewed an identical event to each give a report of what happened. They will differ widely and will virtually always contradict each other in some way. Yet the Bible, penned by 40 writers over a 1,500-year period, reads as if written by one great mind. And, indeed, it was: "Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:21. The Holy Ghost "moved" them all. He is the real Bible Author. The four Gospels do sometimes differ in the way they report the same event, but they complement each other.

 
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The Law of the Garbage Truck
Written by: David J. Pollay
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One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’” 

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.” He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. He said, “Don’t take it personally.” 

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on! Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. 

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! Have a blessed, garbage-free day. 

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Good Advice from Young’uns 

“When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer.” Hannah, age 9 

“Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” Joel, age 10 

“When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.” Karen, age 11 

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The Meaning of Memorial Day
Written by: TIME Kids Staff
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The three-day weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters and the beach. Memorial Day honors the men and women who serve our country. 

Technically, summer doesn't start until June 21. But many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 30. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the beach or take in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word "memorial" in it for a reason. 

The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars. 

It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers' graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Most towns have local Memorial Day celebrations.  

Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:
 

-- Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars. 

-- Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.
 
-- Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.
 
-- Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
 
-- March in a parade.
 
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The Power of an Extraordinary Mother
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One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” 

His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child: “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.” 

After many, many years, after Edison’s mother died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, one day he was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: “Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school anymore.” 

Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.” 

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Be kind to unkind people because they are the ones who need it most.

 
 

 

 
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Can’t Sleep?
Written & Submitted by: Pat Lewallen 

An April 2012 survey, conducted by Braun Research for Pfizer’s Advil PM, polled 1,000 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older on their sleep habits, the effects of not getting enough sleep and what they’d be willing to give up for a little more sleep. The survey showed that 25% of them got 6 hours of sleep a night, 22% got 7 hours and only 16% got 8 hours sleep a night. 

What kept them from sleeping at night?
                   69% aches and pains
                   60% family/life stress
                   48% work life stress
                   35% environmental noises/distractions 

What happened when they didn’t get enough sleep?
                   74% fell behind on household chores
                   50% performed poorly at work
                   38% missed important appointments
                   31% were late to work by more than 15 minutes 

What were they willing to give up for better sleep?
                   70% would give up 1 vacation day per year
                   62% would give up a lifestyle luxury (like cable tv)
                   32% would give up a bonus or raise at work 

Reverend William Austin (Bud) Frye preached here at Mountain View Church for 37 years. I still remember him telling us about having problems sleeping when he was a young man. What kept Bud from sleeping? He was afraid he might die in his sleep and he wasn’t saved. What would he do? He’d pull the covers up over his head because of his terrible fear. What did he give up to help him sleep? He asked the Lord to forgive him of his sins and save him. Did it work? Yes, the Lord gloriously saved Bud and even called him to preach. Bud could sleep in peace because he had an eternal home awaiting him in Heaven. Bud was a great preacher and was greatly loved by his entire church family! Preacher Bud moved to his Heavenly home on June 27, 2000. 

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Fear is a universal emotion and all persons, consciously or unconsciously, have fear in some sort. 

Fear can channel one’s energies away from areas of perceived threats and into directions that seem safe. 

US President Franklin Roosevelt never travelled on a 13th and refused to have a meal with 13 people at the table. Apparently the president had Triskaidekaphobia - fear of number 13! 

Did you know the word hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia means the fear of long words? 

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A Challenge for Good Living
Written by: Anonymous
Copied and submitted by: Becky Freeman 

I have never seen God,
But I know how I feel,
It's people like you
That make Him so real. 

My God is no stranger;
He is friendly and gay
And does not ask me
To weep when I pray. 

It seems that I pass Him
So often each day
In the faces of people
I meet on my way. 

He is the stars of the heavens,
A smile on some face,
A leaf on a tree,
A rose in a vase. 

He is Winter, and Autumn
And Summer and Spring
In short is a very real
And wonderful thing. 

I wish I might meet Him
Much more than I do -
I would - if there
Were more people like you. 

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Amazing Facts About the Human Heart 

A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime. 

The heart begins beating at four weeks after conception and does not stop until death. 

The fetal heart rate is approximately twice as fast as an adult’s, at about 150 beats per minute. By the time a fetus is 12 weeks old, its heart pumps an amazing 60 pints of blood a day. 

The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. Only the corneas receive no blood supply. 

Cocaine affects the heart’s electrical activity and causes spasm of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke, even in healthy people. 

Blood is actually a tissue. When the body is at rest, it takes only six seconds for the blood to go from the heart to the lungs and back, only eight seconds for it to go the brain and back, and only 16 seconds for it to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart. 

Does this blow your mind because you’ve always been told it’s on the left? When we place our hands over our hearts to pledge allegiance, we actually go a tad too far to the left. The heart is located in the middle of the chest, snuggled between the lungs. 

Grab a tennis ball and squeeze it tightly: that’s how hard the beating heart works to pump blood.

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Crowd Control
Our Daily Bread, 12/21/1999
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How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? —John 5:44 

A crowd can wield great control over an individual. I was reminded of this as I read a newspaper article about an old carnival headliner nicknamed “Cannonball.” In his younger days he was blasted out of a cannon 1,200 times. When asked why he did this, he replied, “Do you know what it’s like to feel the applause of 60,000 people? That’s why I did it!” 

Many religious leaders of Jesus’ day loved the approval of the crowd. Outwardly religious, they pretended to have the truth but rejected the Savior. As they walked across the stage of human history, they paraded around in robes of self-righteousness and refused to believe in Jesus, not even giving Him a fair hearing. They were like people walking on a sheet of ice that was melting from the heat of an underlying lake of fire. They faced eternal condemnation because they were more concerned with receiving honor from one another than from God (Jn. 5:44). 

How much does the crowd—your family, friends, and co-workers—influence you and your response to Jesus? Are you so interested in their approval that you are rejecting the only One who can save you from your sins? If so, consider the risk. Take the course of wisdom and receive Christ as your personal Savior. 

The Lord's approval is worth far more than the world's applause. 

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One day Debbie’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different color hair than the other family members. 

One child suggested that he was adopted and a little girl named Susan said, “I know all about adoptions because I was adopted.” 

“What does it mean to be adopted?” asked another child. 

“It means,” said Susan, “that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy.” 

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Back in the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. 

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” 

“50 cents,” replied the waitress. 

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. 

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. 

“35 cents,” she said abruptly. 

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. 

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. 

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. 

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies – her tip. 

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The Resume of Jesus Christ

Address:      Ephesians 1:20
Phone:         Romans 10:13
Website:      The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and King

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Objective

My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.

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Qualifications

I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)

I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)

I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)

I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)

The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

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Occupational Background

I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).

I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.

My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills and Work Experiences

Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).

I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).

Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

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Educational Background

I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).

In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).

My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).

I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

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Major Accomplishments

I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).

I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).

I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).

I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!

There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

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Reference

Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.

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In Summation

Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).

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