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WHEN COWS FLY

I read a story some time back about a cattle truck traveling on I20 in West Texas that experienced trouble when the back of the trailer came open. For lack of a better way to put it, cows flew out. Of course, cows can’t fly, which in this occasion, is not good news for the cows involved.

Neither was it good news for the traffic following the cattle carrier. The flying cows led to a chain reaction of negative events. Several cars hit some of the cows. State Highway Patrol officers scrambled to the scene. While working to control the accident scene, another truck approached on the interstate. It raced by, nearly hitting a patrol officer. Two Highway Patrol vehicles immediately began pursuit of the speeding truck. The truck quickly pulled off to the side of the interstate and two men jumped out and began running. The Patrol vehicles also pulled over, whereby the officers gave chase on foot. Eventually, the suspects were caught. Unfortunately, the officers had stopped their vehicles in tal…

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

If you’re reading this it means the predictions from a small American religious sect’s leader Harold Camping have proven once again to be inaccurate. There have been billboards on major highways around the country that announce, “The Bible Guarantees It.”

Camping a former civil engineer based in California has made the claim that May 21, 2011 will be when the world will face “Judgement Day” signaled by a “worldwide earthquake” that will begin in each time zone around the world at 6 PM incasing the world in hellish destruction then five months later the end of the world by which God destroys the planet in October 2011.

The idea of the end of the world has been the topic of much discussion for over 2,000 years. Ever since Jesus Christ announced He would return to earth opinions about how that happens have been plentiful. If people would read just basic verses they would never worry about May 21, 2011.

Let me offer up some scripture verses that speak to the issue. Check out; Matthew 24:3-4;…

Fence Walking

As a kid you may have at one time or another tried to keep your balance while walking on a fence. Sometimes you made it and sometimes you fall. When it comes to obedience, far too many Christ-followers try to "walk the fence." They keep one foot in the Spirit while one foot flirts with the world. These are some of the unhappiest people in the world.

Charles Spurgeon once said, "I never saw anybody try to walk on both sides of the street but a drunken man; he tried it, and it was awkward work indeed; but I have seen many people in a moral point of view try to walk on both sides of the street, and I thought there was some kind of intoxication in them."

If God is God and Christ is our Savior, let us give our undivided attention and whole hearts to God. “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”—Revelation 3:15, 16

A lukewarm C…

SEEING PAST THE DOTS

Nobel Prize winner Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, is now retired after more than 40 years service in the UN system.

He was asked about the success he experienced in his career, he relates some of it to this story from his early teenage years in a Methodist boarding school in Ghana.
One day our headmaster walked into the classroom and put up a broad sheet of paper with a small black dot in one corner.

"Boys," he asked, "what do you see?"

All of us shouted in unison, "A black dot!"

Then he said, "So not a single one of you saw the large white sheet of paper? Don't go through life with that attitude."

On any given day we see these dots everywhere — in the system, in society, in the people we work with and the projects we’re trying to complete. If we’re not careful, we can become completely focused on the dots to the extent that we fail to see the big picture.

Red tape. Bureaucracy. Opposition. Criticism. Leaders who lack vision.…

STOP THE CAR!

When driving on the freeway, I usually make it a point to casually glance at the drivers who are in the lanes around me. Frequently when I do that, I get the overwhelming sense that life is passing us by. The hustle and bustle of living in a fast-paced world is gradually taking its toll.

Tension, anger, frustration and depression are the realities that many people face when living at too fast of a pace. Having life pass you by at 70 miles per hour is not a model for healthy and happy living. If lived too fast, much of life will be lived with a feeling of loneliness and isolation. In our culture today, what we really need is for someone to stop the car! We need a friend. We need relationships. We need community. God designed us for relationships. His greatest desire is not only to draw close to us, but also to see us draw close to each other. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will p…