Friday, October 28, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 10/28/16
“There is no them; there is only us.  Some of us think this, or some of us think that, but we’re all us.”  (Lisa Williams)  The greatest photo ever is said to be the one of Earth taken by the astronauts from outer space.  It was a stunning visual of our planet as a spaceship with all of us as passengers.  When we ever learn that we are interdependent?  The things that separate us, borders, race, ethnicity, wealth are nothing compared to what unites us.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Do Panthers have to think of Maroons as "us"?====JACK:  I always thought that the Tri-Cities (Quad-Cities, Quint-Cities, whatever you want to call it) should have joined together into one metro area called, Moline.  BTW, I remember the Panthers as the Hilltoppers.  And, of course, the Maroons will always be the Maroons.  And,,,I was just kidding about naming the metro area, Moline.  John Deere would have been good..or Illowa.====JOHN:  I think we should call it "Obama" ....that would bug all the rednecks.====JACK:  Given enough time, there will be some schools, roads, and maybe even cities named after this president.  I think that his library (near LSTC is going to be a very popular place.

FROM TARMART REV:  Yes sir!! Very true!! I wonder if God would feel the same today as He did in former days when folk were more united as one? Would we be found thinking the same, if united as such today? Just wondering? 0;-)Genesis 11:1-9Amplified Bible  Universal Language, Babel, Confusion  11 Now the whole earth [a]spoke one language and used the same words (vocabulary). 2 And as people journeyed eastward, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they settled there. 3 They said one to another, “Come, let us make bricks and fire them thoroughly [in a kiln, to harden and strengthen them].” So they used brick for stone [as building material], and they used tar (bitumen, asphalt) for mortar.4 They said, “Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the Lord instructed].” 5 Now the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore the name of the city was[b]Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the entire earth; and from that place the Lord scattered and dispersed them over the surface of all the earth.====JACK:  In the days when that Bible passage was written, the concept of "oneness" was different than it is today.  The earth is no longer flat.  We have the chance to step back and to see Earth as one of many space objects...not the only one.  God, in my view, is timeless, so his mind today is the same as it was in Babel days and before.  Since God is the creator, he is the creator of all...of us and them.  Just musing...and wondering.

FROM SUE BLU:  Except for on Saturday :) Go Blue!!====JACK:  After "the game" there may be some "green" who feel "blue."  If so, they can find comfort in remembering last year.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Yes - as our interim pastor said in his sermon last week, it's the UNITED States of America (and the world).  Now if we could just find like minded people to run for political office........... ====JACK:  On Nov 9 we'll find out whether it's the United States or the Untied States.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How true that is! Nothing will be perfect until we get to heaven. But we have to keep trying to make a better world.====JACK:  There's a song..."My God and I."  This world is in our hands...God as the owner and we as the caretakers.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Oh if everyone just would get along!  Can you imagine this world?!?


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