LOVE AND ROMANCE
4/23/2017 11:07:15 AM
What is the difference between "romance" and "authentic love"? According to the popular inspirational writer, Marjorie Holmes, the difference amounts to "turning 'sweet nothings' into 'sweet somethings.'" For example:
ROMANCE is seeking perfection.
LOVE is forgiving imperfection.
ROMANCE is flying;
LOVE is a safe landing.
ROMANCE is waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will utter endearments.
LOVE is waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will assure you someone else is happy and safe.
ROMANCE is eager, striving always to appear attractive for each other.
LOVE is two people who find beauty in each other no matter how they look.
ROMANCE is gazing deep into desired eyes across a candlelit table.
LOVE is saying, "You're tired my dear, I'll get up this time," and stumbling through the darkness to warm a bottle or comfort a frightened child.
ROMANCE is flattering attentions;
LOVE is genuine thoughtfulness.
ROMANCE is tingling excitement.
LOVE is tenderness...consistency...loyalty...being cherished.
ROMANCE can't last.
LOVE can't help but last!
4/23/2017 11:05:25 AM
In Sholem Asch's great novel, "The Apostle," the closing scene is set in a dungeon in Rome.
Hundreds of Christians have been lowered into a pit through a little trap door, and they know that they will never come out except to die in the arena. Many of them die in the dungeon.
The scene as described by the author is one of darkness and horror. Suddenly the trap door opens and there is a shaft of light for a brief moment as a man is lowered. And as the man descends into this place of indescribable darkness, death and despair, he is singing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
The word spreads like wildfire among the people in the dungeon: "It's Paul! It's Paul! Paul has come!" And Paul's joy is so contagious that before long he has all the people in he dungeon singing songs of praise and thanksgiving -- and a whole new spirit is burning within them.
...........In this, the author has given us an accurate description of the New Testament spirit. Even in the darkest corners of life, God gives His people joy -- and through His people, He gives joy to the world.
4/23/2017 11:04:16 AM
An extremely wealthy man, reflecting on his business career and the life it brought him, said,
"If you go into the business world with the idea of satisfying all your needs and wants, your greed will erect for you not a soul-satisfying empire but a cage. And you become a prisoner of the monster you yourself created. And let me tell you, it's lonely!"
4/10/2017 6:54:27 AM
This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.??When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:??"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done.??* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.?* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.?* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.?* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.?* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.?* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.?* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.?* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.?* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.?* We have abused power and called it politics.?* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.?* We have insitutionalised bribery and called it sweets of office.?* We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.?*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.?* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.??Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"??The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.??In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. ??The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.?With the LORD'S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be called "ONE NATION UNDER GOD."??Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. How many people on your list will not receive this prayer.??Do you have the boldness to pass it on???I
3/1/2017 6:37:06 PM
> dad Thought you might
> like this.
> .This is a well written
> article about a father who put several of his kids through
> expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine.
> Interesting observation by this dad. See below. A very
> interesting commentary that says a lot about our
> society. By
> Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post Before
> my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was
> defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the
> coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a
> picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I
> read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I
> cry. In
> 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in
> dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in
> the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand
> these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless
> uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher
> education-worshiping North Shore of Boston. I write novels
> for a living. I have never served in the
> military. It had
> been hard enough sending my two older children off to
> Georgetown and New YorkUniversity. John's enlisting was
> unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the
> prospect of answering the question, "So where is John
> going to college?" from the parents who were itching to
> tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to
> Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other
> students were going into the military.
> "But aren't the Marines terribly Southern?"
> (Says a
> lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast)asked one perplexed
> mother while standing next to me at the brunch following
> graduation. "What a waste, he was such a good
> student," said another parent. One parent (a professor
> at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a
> school meeting and suggested that the school should “
> carefully evaluate what went wrong." When
> John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris
> Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck
> stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many
> races but also were representative of many economic classes.
> Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of
> pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents
> could not afford the trip. We in
> the audience were white and Native American. We were
> Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were
> former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least
> baseball caps emblazoned with battles' names. We were
> Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New
> Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and
> white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse
> tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated
> and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s
> private school a half-year before. After
> graduation one new Marine told John, "Before I was a
> Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would've
> probably killed you just because you were standing
> there." This was a serious statement from one of
> John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit
> who, as John said, "would die for me now, just like
> I'd die for him." My son
> has connected me to my country in a way that I was too
> selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to
> the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest
> friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the
> same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks
> me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger
> brother is in the Navy. Why
> were I and the other parents at my son's private school
> so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons
> and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did
> their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War
> was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college
> dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to
> volunteer for military service once that war was done?
> Have we
> wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the
> world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having
> somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy
> when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite
> universities are far more likely to be put in harm’s way
> than are any of the students whose dorms their parents
> clean? I feel
> shame because it took my son's joining the Marine Corps
> to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope
> because perhaps my son is part of a future "greatest
> generation. "As the storm clouds of war gather, at
> least I know that I can look the men and w