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Posted: 25-May-2004, 05:46 PM
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From time to time I find things I'd like to share but they don't always fit the topics we are currently discussing. So as long as no one tells me to stop I'll put them here.

Here's one now:

A Poem by Annie Johnson Flint

"It is not for a sign we are watching
For wonders above and below,
The pouring of vials of judgment,
The sounding of trumpets of woe;
It is not for a Day we are looking,
Not even the time yet to be
When the earth shall be filled with God's glory
As the waters cover the sea;
It is not for a King we are longing
To make the world-kingdoms His own;
It is not for a Judge who shall summon
The nations of earth to His throne.

Not for these, though we know they are coming;
For they are but adjuncts of Him,
Before whom all glory is clouded,
Besides whom all splendor grows dim.
We wait for the Lord, our Beloved,
Our Comforter, Master and Friend,
The substance of all that we hope for,
Beginning of faith, and its end;
We watch for our Savior and Bridegroom,
Who loved us and made us His own;
For Him we are looking and longing:
For Jesus, and Jesus alone."*


Revelation 22
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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Posted: 25-May-2004, 06:50 PM
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AMEN! Praise the Lord of Hosts!

Hello MacE!

In case I didn't make myself clear, I LOVED this! Thank you for sharing it!

I didn't get to see the second file, though. I downloaded the pps viewer. When I tried to open the pps file I got a message that said "Cannot open file. This viewer is only supported on systems using Windows 98 (and several other Windows Editions.)" The funny thing is, though, I use Windows 98! Oh well, I did really love the poem you posted! Thanks again!


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Thanks for posting such a beautiful poem. If you ramble like this, ramble on! biggrin.gif

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The Power Point presentation put a smile on my face. I agree with Maggiemahone1 ramble on!


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Thanks, mace. I needed that. Both of them. thumbs_up.gif beer_mug.gif


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Thanks, MacE. I really enjoyed the poem and the PowerPoint pres. Post as much of this stuff as you want! smile.gif


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MacE, That was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

I loved it! How can I send it to my friends?


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Posted: 26-May-2004, 09:10 AM
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MacE, That was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loved it! How can I send it to my friends?


MacE, I hate to sound like everybody else, but:

[B]I loved it! AWESOME, BABY![B] (As that sports announcer whose name I can't recall might say.)

Elspeth, right click on the link as save it to your hard drive. Then just email it to your friends.


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QUOTE (gtrplr @ May 26 2004, 09:10 AM)


Elspeth, right click on the link as save it to your hard drive. Then just email it to your friends.

Duh!

How could I have forgotten right click, my best computer friend in the whole wide world.

BTWgtrplr, your avatar cracks me up, the statue of the orgional grumpy old man. biggrin.gif
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BTWgtrplr, your avatar cracks me up, the statue of the orgional grumpy old man.


Grumpy!? Who, me? Bah, humbug. wink.gif
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I really enjoyed watching that!!! way cool. Keep posting these!!! laugh.gif


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Posted: 26-May-2004, 04:08 PM
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1) Thanks for all the positive response to my first post notworthy.gif , but now I'm worried about how I can ever come close to something as good as the poem by Annie Johnson Flint. unsure.gif I found it by accident looking for something else on the web.

2) Well here I go anyway:

Making Pancakes

Six -year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents
pancakes He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter,
opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on
the floor.

He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of
a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor
which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.

Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be
something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.

He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on
the stove and he didn't know how the stove worked!. Suddenly he saw his
kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking
the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this
monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and
sticky.

And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up
in Brandon's eyes. All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a
terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But
his father just watched him.

Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and
loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process! That's
how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns
into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can't
stand our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in
tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when God picks
us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all
over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to "make
pancakes" for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and
then they'll be glad we tried... Please pass some of this love on to
others....suppose one morning you were called to God; do all your friends
know you love them? I was thinking. .. and I wondered if I had any wounds
needing to be healed, friendships that need rekindling or three words
needing to be said, sometimes, "I love you" can heal & bless! Remind every
one of your friends that you love them. Even if you think they don't love
back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a
reminder like this can do.
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Posted: 27-May-2004, 06:14 PM
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A joke from: A Joke a Day Ministries ( http://www.the-word.net/~ajokeaday7 )

Atheist Theology

On the Upper West Side lived a man who was a very militant atheist
but he sent his son to Trinity School because, despite its Christian
roots, it was a great school. After a month, the boy comes home and
says casually, "By the way Dad, do you know what Trinity means? It
means the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."

The father can barely control his rage. He seizes his son by the
shoulders and declares, "Danny, I'm going to tell you something now
and I want you never to forget it. There is only one God and we
don't believe in Him!"



.....and on a more serious note: Also from A Joke a Day Ministries

Chaplain's service in Iraq abounds with faith, miracles

By Kelli Cottrell BP News
CHRISTIAN EXAMINER

NORFOLK, VA. Sitting on the ramp of a military vehicle on the lawn
of Saddam Hussein's presidential palace, Lance Cpl. Jeff Guthrie's
eyes welled with tears that streamed down his muddy face.

He had just stormed the gates of the palace in a gruesome fight with
his fellow Marines and claimed victory.

Lt. Carey Cash, a chaplain with his battalion, saw Guthrie's
distraught face and walked up to him.

Cash, in a new book, "A Table in the Presence" released April 7,
takes his readers onto the hot, dusty, Iraq battlefield to learn how
God worked miracles and answered prayers in individual lives of
Marines like Guthrie.

Sitting down on the grass in front of him, I asked what was wrong,
Cash writes in the book, recalling a few life-changing moments spent
with Guthrie.

Sir ... I'm, I'm just so sorry, he said, tears welling up in his tired eyes.

Sorry for what, Guthrie? I had no idea what he was talking about.

It's just what I've done in my life. All I can think about is that
I've just been through the worst experience of my life, and yet, God
protected me through it all. But why did He do it? How could He do it
after all the things, the bad things, I've done? I don't know what else
to say, what else to feel. I'm just so sorry.

Surrounded by 20 Marines, Cash, 33, led the young soldier to Christ.

The next day, April 13, 2003, Cash baptized Guthrie in the palace.

Cash wrote, "... I baptized Jeff Guthrie, a new creation, in the name
of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As the waters of baptism
poured over his head and onto the marble floors of the palace, the
symbolism wasn't lost on anyone. Here we were in the inner chamber of
a place known for oppression and tyranny, vice and unspeakable
cruelty. Yet that Sacrament proclaimed to us all the greatest freedom
and victory that a man can experience. There before our eyes, the
courts of evil had become nothing less than the courts of the Lord. A
place that had been known for the presence of darkness and treachery
had become a place of the presence of God, a table in the presence."


Pursuing the presence

Before his tour was over, Cash had the privilege of baptizing 59 men
in his battalion.

"I watched God use that environment to behold His Son," Cash told
Baptist Press. "It was awesome."

Cash's book is named "A Table in the Presence" after the fifth verse
of the 23rd Psalm, written by King David, a warrior himself in the
Old Testament. It was that Psalm that came to Cash's mind as his unit
prepared to deploy into Iraq from Kuwait in March 2003.

"The table that David spoke about, the table that David longed
for in the presence of his enemies, was the table of God's presence,"
Cash wrote in the book. "It amounted to a feast of spiritual strength
and friendship that no degree of danger and no amount of evil could
infringe upon.

Cash said he feels he was called by God to sit at this table. He was
the older of two children who grew up as "Navy brats." His father was
a career Navy pilot who served in several wars and his father-in-law,
an ordained Baptist minister and Navy chaplain, helped mold him into
who he is today.

"I feel like trials in my life that strengthened my faith a few years
prior to my entering the military really prepared me to be a
chaplain," Cash said in a telephone interview from Norfolk, Va.,
where he moved in April to serve as chaplain on the USS San Jacinto.

After graduating from Citadel College in South Carolina on a football
scholarship, Cash was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He encountered
God face to face during that time seeking to know Him better when he
felt called to ministry. He entered seminary, served as pastor of a
small church for two years and then with the help of a medical
release from one of his doctors was accepted as a chaplain with the
Navy. While serving at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., Cash was
called to overseas duty with the 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment.

When his battalion returned in June 2003 to Camp Pendleton, several
trusted friends suggested that he write a book recounting the
miracles he had witnessed in Iraq.

"I started thinking about what happened and it was like a fire in my
bones," Cash, who admits the writing was therapy for him, told
Baptist Press. "It became an issue of stewardship and obedience to
write this."

In the 230-page book, Cash details miracle after miracle experienced
through the first days of fighting in Iraq. The first printing of
28,000 books sold out in the first two weeks.


Spontaneous worship
Cash said that he learned that God does not need a sanctuary of
religious "things" for worship.

With a portable pulpit containing a cross, a goblet and communion
bread, he moved from Humvee to AAV using a tailgate, an ammunition
box or meal ration box as platforms for worship services.

One worship service Cash will never forget was with a young soldier
who said he hadn't been to church in a while.

"I'm from a Christian tradition that worships on Saturdays rather
than Sundays, the soldier explained. "Since it's Saturday night, I
was wondering if you and me, just the two of us, could do church
together?"

Cash's heart melted.

"I quickly grabbed my Bible, pocket devotional, and red-lens
flashlight, and the two of us, huddling together in the back of Dr.
Trivedi's combat ambulance, worshiped God," Cash wrote. "As we bowed
in prayer in that darkened and cramped compartment, my soul was
flooded with the awareness that we might as well have been in the
world's most beautiful cathedral. It didn't matter. There we were,
only two of us, filthy; neither of us had taken a shower in at least
two weeks. We were turning the torn pages of a mud-stained Bible. The
only light we had to guide our reading was the dim red glow of a
flashlight the size of a pen. But for us that ambulance was holy
ground because we were in the presence of God.

"I worshiped with filthy, bloody, scared soldiers who sang Amazing
Grace and Lord, I Lift Your Name on High a cappella. Danger magnifies
the presence of God. God seemed to be using the very chaos of war to
provide stark contrast with the peace and assurance that He brings
through His Son Jesus."

Our God is truly an "Awesome God". He is always there for us no matter what the circumstance.
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Thank you so much for posting that story. I admit it made me a bit misty. Truely an inspirational story. I think I'll try to find this book.

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QUOTE (tsargent62 @ 27-May-2004, 10:06 PM)
I admit it made me a bit misty.

Gee Todd, didn't anybody ever tell you "guys don't cry" biggrin.gif ( I got "misty" too when I read it)? Now those Marines are our brothers twice over, "Brothers in Arms" and "Brothers in Christ"!! smile.gif

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