A father was walking down the street with his two small sons, both of whom were cry loudly, A neighbor passing by inquired, “What’s the matter? Why all the fuss?” The father responded, “The trouble with these lads is what’s wrong with the world. One has a piece of candy and the other wants it!”
The trouble with this world is that too many people try to go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.
The story is told of an elderly Quaker who, to teach his neighbors a lesson, put up a sign on a vacant piece of property he owned that read, “I will give this lot to anyone who is really satisfied.”
A wealthy farmer read it as he rode by and said to himself, “Since my Quaker friend is going to give this piece of land away, I might as well have it as anyone else. I am rich and have all I need, so I am well able to qualify.” He went up to the Quaker’s door and, when the aged man appeared, the farmer explained why he had come.
“And art thou really satisfied?” asked the owner of the lot.
“I surely am,” was the farmer’s reply. “I have all I need, and I am well satisfied.”
“Friend,” said the other, “if thou art satisfied, then what dost thou want with my lot?” The question revealed the covetousness that was hidden in the man’s heart.
”Total depravity” is a doctrine rarely preached anymore. Why don’t we feel as wicked as the doctrine says we are? For the same reason that a fish doesn’t feel wet—because it is immersed.
The Bible says that man was created a little lower than the angels. One thing is clear today—he’s been getting a little lower ever since.
Nothing comes out of man’s physical body that is either pleasing to look at or pleasing to smell. Likewise there is nothing that comes out of man’s heart that is pleasing to God (for salvation).
Suppose we pour a measure of salt into a container of pure water. The salt affects every drop of the water to the extent that all the formerly pure water becomes salty. From that time on, every bit of water drawn from that container is salty and no pure water can be drawn. This is similar to the depraved condition of man. The first sin was an act, one act that brought sin into the human race. Since that one act the very bloodstream of the human race has been polluted.
Dr. Albert Einstein, in a lecture given in 1948, spoke of the nature of man in relation to the world: “The true problem lies in the hearts and thoughts of men. It is not a physical but an ethical one…What terrifies us is not the explosive force of the atomic bomb, but the power of the wickedness of the human heart.”
No clever arrangement of bad eggs will make a good omelet. –C.S. Lewis
”If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” –Alecksandr Solzenitsyn
Fornication is like a cat’s paw. When lightly stroked, it is quite soft and pleasurable, but increased pressure brings out the claws of sin that will shred you very life.
Vice is a monster of such terrible mien
That to be hated needs but to be seen.
Yet seen too often, familiar her face
We first endure, then sanction, then embrace.
The creator of Hustler magazine's "Chester the Molester" cartoon
was found guilty January 5, 1990 on five counts of molesting a teen-age girl. Jurors found Duane Tinsley, 44, guilty of molesting his victim, now an adult, from the age of 13 to 18. He was also found guilty on three counts of substantial sexual contact with the girl. Tinsley's cartoon features a lewd old man who molests young children. The woman he victimized as a child said some of his cartoons were based on things he did to her. Tinsley could face a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. --American Family Association Newsletter, Spring, 1990
The Bible says that in the last days
"the love of many will grow cold", indicating a terrible breakdown in
the ability to treat even those closest to us properly. A sad example of this condition comes
from North Chicago, where prosecutors say a father poured sulphuric acid down
the throat of his infant son, and then he put sulphuric acid in a can of baby
formula, and then he conspired with the mother to blame the manufacturer of the
baby formula, hoping for a large cash settlement. The baby boy, after 27 months, his
throat and insides irreparably burned, died. --Associated Press,
A jury in Allegan, Michigan, deliberated about 40 minutes before
convicting Carolyn Wilson, 42, and Annette Sanford, 34,
of criminal sexual conduct. They
were accused of allowing men to rape and molest their children in exchange for
money or drugs several times a week from 1985 to 1988. These convictions involved the rape of
More than twice as many people as previously estimated - 2.2 million - are addicted to cocaine in the USA, says a congressional survey. The new survey, which finds one addict for every 100 people, is considered more accurate than previous federal surveys conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "We're facing an epidemic that's out of control," says Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., who is releasing the Senate Judiciary Committee Survey.
The new study shows:
* 1 out of every 5 people arrested for any crime is a hard-core cocaine addict.
Homeless people are five times more likely than average to be cocaine
addicts.--Jack Kelley, USA Today,
James City, VA - A girl who said she
loves what Freddy Krueger does in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies has been
charged with attempted murder. She
tried to murder a 13 year old boy with a jump rope - this is the girl's fourth
assault. Her reply, "It feels
good to try and strangle - it is fun to kill." --
Most of us have watched T.V. grow from
infancy to adultery. It's
interesting to note that when it was made in 1946, the script of the classic
Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life," -- starring Jimmy Stewart --
had the following words deleted:
jerk, lousy, God, dang, impotent, and garlic eaters. These words were censored from the
original script because they were deemed unacceptable at that time for movie
audiences. Whether up or down we
have come a long way. --Associated Press,
In an article published on April 2,
I read recently some remarks shared by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who spent many years in Soviet concentration camps, upon receiving the Templeton Prize in Religion in London:
"Through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the 'pursuit of happiness'...The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries...It has become embarrassing to appeal to eternal concepts...The West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss...losing more and more of its religious essence as it thoughtlessly yields up its younger generation to atheism."
Today's quote worth requoting is by
Billy Graham. He says, "Most
of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction
we want it to go." --Associated Press
Fornication - Teen Facts
Since the popular push for contraceptives for teens began, teenage sexual activity and pregnancy have increased almost 400%. 70% of unwed teen mothers will go on welfare. Of teens who marry because of pregnancy, 60% will be divorced in five years. --Josh McDowell
Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.
October 7, 1969 the Montreal, Canada police force went on strike. Because of what resulted, the day has been called Black Tuesday. A burglar and a policeman were slain. Forty-nine persons were wounded or injured in rioting. Nine bank holdups were committed, almost a tenth of the total number of holdups the previous year along with 17 robberies at gunpoint. Usually disciplined, peaceful citizens joined the riffraff and went wild, smashing some 1,000 plate glass windows in a stretch of 21 business blocks in the heart of the city, hauling away stereo units, radios, TVs and wearing apparel. While looters stripped windows of valuable merchandise, professional burglars entered stores by doors and made off with truckloads of goods. A smartly dressed man scampered down a street with a fur coat over each arm with no police around, anarchy took over.── Source Unknown.
A school teacher lost her life savings in a business scheme that had been elaborately explained by a swindler. When her investment disappeared and her dream was shattered, she went to the Better Business Bureau.
"Why on earth didn't you come to us first?" the official asked. "Didn't you know about the Better Business Bureau?"
"Oh, yes," said the lady sadly. "I've always known about you. But I didn't come because I was afraid you'd tell me not to do it."
The folly of human nature is that even though we know where the answers lie--God's Word--we don't turn there for fear of what it will say. ── Jerry Lambert.