Gami's Gallery - Sunday, June 02, 2013
Profound - What comes around, goes aroundHis name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.
What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?
Sir Winston Churchill.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
Religious - EasterDavid Limbaugh (Yes, Rush's brother) is a high school friend of mine who now writes this syndicated column and emails it to me(and others) before it hits the papers. He has become a strong Christian supporter as evidenced by this commentary. Take care.
----- Original Message -----
From: David S. Limbaugh
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2000 7:28 AM
One of the unfortunate myths of our popular culture is that Christianity is a superstition whose beliefs are incompatible with reason and will not stand up to scrutiny. As Easter approaches, let's take a look.
To begin, let's dispel this notion that Jesus never asserted His own Deity. He claimed to be God in the flesh, not merely a great prophet. "Before Abraham was born I am." Jesus didn't simply say that he knew what the truth was. He boldly asserted that He was Truth. He claimed He had the authority to forgive sins. He accepted worship. He said He had the power to answer prayer.
C.S. Lewis told us not to listen to revisionists who said Christ was simply a great moral teacher. If He claimed to be God and wasn't, then He was the worst sort of liar, or a lunatic. Hardly a moral teacher. "You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
Christ's disciples also claimed that He was God. He lived a sinless life. He performed many miracles. He fulfilled Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah made hundreds of years before He was born.
His moral teaching was simple enough to be understood by anyone, yet so profound that no human being can ever completely fathom its depths. In fact, when the temple guards returned without arresting Him they gave this as their reason for not doing so, "No one ever spoke the way this man does."
Yet, none of this would matter if Christ had not been physically resurrected. The evidence of this most pivotal historical event is powerful, but many theories have been advanced to refute it. Some say that He never died on the cross but just appeared dead (swooning). But New Testament accounts testify that Jesus did die and that His corpse was placed in a tomb.
Roman soldiers were so sure of His death that they didn't even break His legs to hasten His death, as was their usual practice. When they pierced his side, blood and water flowed out, which is said to be a medical sign of death. Pilate inquired to make sure that Jesus was dead before he gave the body to Joseph of Arimathea for burial. Dr. Norman Geisler states there is more evidence that Jesus died than there is that most important people from the ancient world ever lived.
There were many and diverse witnesses to the resurrection. Christ appeared over seven weeks on different days at different times of the day in different places and to different people. One of His appearances was witnessed by 500 people. And we must remember that all the Romans needed to do to nip Christianity in the bud was to produce the body of Jesus, dead or alive.
The disciples had no motive to concoct this story. By proclaiming His resurrection they were putting their own lives at risk. Not one of them ever recanted his account despite being variously tortured, hated, scorned, persecuted, imprisoned, exiled, crucified, boiled alive, roasted, beheaded, disemboweled and fed to lions. One of the greatest proofs of the truth of Christianity is the radical transformation of the disciples from a terrified bunch into a fearless group ready to proclaim the Gospel to the world.
Most of our evidence about these matters comes from the New Testament. Is it historically reliable? Scholarship demonstrates that there is more abundant and accurate manuscript evidence for the New Testament than for any other book from the ancient world. There are also numerous early secular writings (Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Thallus, Mara Bar-Serapion) attesting to Jesus and to many of the essential claims of the New Testament concerning His life, death and resurrection.
It is impossible to do more than scratch the surface of this subject in a short column but suffice it to say that there exists a mountain of evidence affirming the truth of Christianity. Easter is an appropriate time for skeptics, such as I used to be, to investigate that evidence and for believers to celebrate the risen Lord.
?2000 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
Patriotic - America: The Good Neighbor**************
Date: December 19, 1999 1:47 PM
Subject: TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
America: The Good Neighbor.
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have always faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. America will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles ("I hope Canada is not one of those"), of course America will not gloat, she continues to lend a helping hand to all her neighbors.
Stand proud Americans!
Humorous - Hot air balloonistA man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted: "Excuse me, can you help me"? " I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am".
The woman below replied: "you are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. Your are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude"
"You must be an engineer said the balloonist". "I am said the woman, but how did you know". "Well" answered the ballonist,"everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your infomation, and the fact is I am still lost. Frankly you've not been much help so far"
The woman below responded, "you must be in management". "I am replied the balloonist but how did you know"? "Well" said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow it's my fault".
Quotes - Montesquieu"Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them." - Montesquieu
Poems - If Roses Grow In HeavenIf roses grow in Heaven Lord
please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my mother's arms
and tell her they are from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek,
and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
But there is an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
Bible - 1 Corinthians 7-9"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." - 1 Corinthians 7-9
Facts - TurkeysTurkeys can reproduce without having sex.
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