And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."
And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will bewith you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility."
And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration."
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam.
And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Dog wagged his tail.
Last Friday, we had a lightning strike and most of our home electrical appliances got fried. The list is long, including the Air Conditioner, TV, VCR, Home Theater, Garage door opener, phones, Jacuzzi, etc. etc. Due to an important event coming up at work, I had to stay late into the wee hours and work from home. The feeling was similar to sitting in a boiler room. Since the a/c display was not lit up, I could not measure the heat inside our house, but our atomic clock used to say it was little over 90 deg F (32 deg C).
Ever wonder how the temperature on Heaven would be? Read this to get an idea. It would be a refresher course in physics, if you have been out of touch for a while. For those attending Sunday school, who are in touch with the bible (yeah, literally), the article should shed some light into your minds.
The temperature of Heaven may be accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, “Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days.”
Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that.
The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation.
Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 = 50, where E is the absolute temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C).
The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed. However, Revelation 21:8 says “But the fearful, and unbelieving … shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C.
Therefore Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.
Didn't get it? Not your fault. You should have signed up for my 10th grade Sunday school class in the past two years.
Two donkeys who were friends, met at a crossroad. One donkey was healthy and the other malnourished.
The healthy donkey asked the weak one, "What happen to you? Why do you seem so weak?"
The weak donkey replied, "My master makes me work the whole day and doesn't give me enough food to eat and also beats me.
"Oh! exclaimed the healthy donkey. "Then why don't you run away from your master's house."
He replied, "I think my job has better prospects. My master beats his only daughter, too. And whenever he does so, he says to her, "I'll marry you off to this donkey." For this reason I'm not running away."
I have two boxes in my hands which God gave me to hold. One was colored gold, and the other black.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black, and all your joys in the gold."
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes, I stored both my joys and sorrows. As days passed by, the gold one became heavier than the day before, and the black was as light as air. Curious, I had to open the black one, because I wanted to find out why. Then I saw a hole in the base of that black box where my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud, "I wonder where my sorrows could be."
He smiled a gentle smile at me, and said, "My child, they're all here with me."
I asked, "God, why did you give me two boxes, why the gold one and the black one with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings, and the black is for you to let go."
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own - Matthew 6:34
A certain photographer from Fox news wanted to take ariel pictures of California fires, and requested the CA airport atuthorities to do so. Once his request was approved, the photographer used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.
Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let’s go."
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.
Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, "Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides."
"Why?" asked the pilot.
"Because I’m a photographer for Fox Cable News," he responded. "And I need to get some close-up shots."
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, "So, what you’re telling me, is . . you’re NOT my flight instructor?"
Communicate as much as you can.
Here is what infants will tell us about communication, "The louder and more often you cry, the faster they will show up at your crib!""