Archive for May, 2009

30
May

VACATION

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Anita and I have been on a working vacation trying to get our basement back in shape. I’ve been putting the trim back up around all the doors (some of it needing glued from splitting), hanging a chairrail in the bathroom and den, and priming and repainting all seven rooms down there.┬áIts tedious work but will look nice when its done. Tomorrow I will purchase stain for the baseboard trim that will go down when the carpet guy gets his job done.

All this work to repair the mess the flood made. It reminds me of all the work God must be continually doing to clean up the mess we make of our lives. I’m so thankful He never takes a vacation!

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29
May

REMEMBERING DELORIS

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Deloris Emerick passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was a hard worker and always seemed very responsible. I remember when Deloris first began attending Calvary Chapel (our former name). Christine Storrjohann was a bus kid who gave her life to Christ and became very involved in the church. She brought her parents, Bill and Helen Vallance to church and they also became committed. In turn, Helen brought her good friend Deloris. They always sat together in the back row and often brought other friends.

She always had an encouraging word when she waited on me at McDonald’s. What will you remember about Deloris?

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28
May

DECEIVED

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In 1943 the Allies wanted Adolph Hitler to believe they were going to invade Sardinia and the Greek Peloponnesus, not Sicily as was actually planned. The British came up with an ingenious scheme: float a dead man, carrying phony letters concerning invasion plans, off the coast of Spain, where German operatives were active. If all went well, the body would be recovered and its false secrets would fool the enemy.

Scrupulous attention was devoted to detail. The body had to look as though it had been in an airplane crash and then drowned. After an exhaustive search, the British discovered the perfect corpse: that of a man who had died of pneumonia following exposure. They called him Maj. William Martin.

The British conspirators stuffed the corpse’s pockets with theater ticket stubs, an “overdrawn” notice from his bank, love letters from his fiance, a cranky letter from his father about fuel rationing. And of course, the secret invasion plans. The body was placed strategically where currents would deposit it where desired.

The entire deception worked marvellously and the Germans were caught off guard. Satan is the master deceiver. He knows how to work events around to make us think we’re safe when we’re about to be destroyed.

When was the last time you were deceived?

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27
May

SPECIAL DEAL

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Everyone wants a great bargain. Pay close attention to the real deal you get in this national donut store chain ad:

FREE! 3 Muffins when you buy 3 at the Regular Half-Dozen price.

Unless there’s a typo in that, it sounds like you can buy 6 donuts at the price of 6 donuts. But the double-talk makes it seem like another deal altogether.

Its kind of like that with Satan’s deceptions. He makes it sound like its a special deal to do this or that. Then in the end, we pay much more than we thought, and the bargain ceases to become a bargain. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and there is no way around it except to repent.

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26
May

THE CROSS

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a world-famous Russian author who had been sent to a Siberian prison because he criticized communism. Languishing there under intolerable conditions year after year, he decided to end his life. But suicide, he firmly believed, would be against God’s will. He thought it would be better for a guard to shoot him.

So, at a public assembly of the prisoners, he sat in a front row, planning to get up and walk toward an exit, compelling a guard to kill him. But to his surprise, another prisoner sat down, blocking his exit. That unknown man leaned over and, to Solzhenitsyn’s astonishment, drew a cross on the dirt floor.

There in prison Solzhenitsyn became a Christian and was eventually set free to bear witness to the world. There is still life changing power in the cross.

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25
May

MARBLE CHUNKS

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Tourists throughout the centuries have visited the famous Acropolis, the ancient hilltop religious citadel in Athens. Thousands of sightseers from all over the world have picked up marble chunks as souvenirs.

Why hasn’t the supply of pieces been exhausted long ago? The answer is very simple. Every few months a truckload of marble fragments from a quarry miles away is scattered around the whole Acropolis area. So tourists go home happy with what they think are authentic pieces of ancient history.

There are many ways we can be deceived. Right now the FDA is suing General Mills over false advertizing on a box of Cheerios. Beware of deception because its everywhere. But Jesus is the truth, and you can take it to the bank.

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23
May

RHINO

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In an article in Reader’s Digest, the following story was told:

High Troy, a well-known artist, was a smart aleck who spent most of his life perpetrating frauds for the joy of it.

“One winter in the 1920s, while a student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y., Troy got hold of a hideous old wastebasket with a real rhinoceros foot as a base. He filled it with metal weights and tied 30 feet of clothesline to either side. Late one night he and a friend caried it out onto campus, suspended between them. Every few feet they would lower it into the snow, their own footprints so far away as to raise no suspicions.

The next morning someone noticed the prints and summoned learned professors. Excitedly, they followed the rhinoceros tracks. The trail led out onto the ice covering Beebe Lake, which connected to the school’s source of drinking water. There the tracks ended in a gigantic hole.

It is said that half the population of Cornell stopped drinking tap water. Those who continued to drink it swore it tasted like rhinoceros.”

Its easy to be deceived. Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on what is getting all the attention.

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