God and Tenure

God and Tenure

Please note: the following is part of a chain letter collection.

Dear friends,

It came to pass in my mind that for the many years that we've known one 
another, we, as Christians, have never had fellowship together.  Think of 
how good and pleasing it would be to Him if our ties to one another were 
built in Him instead of just our memories.  I just kept invisioning how 
awesome it would be if we didn't think of fellowshipping as something 
that occurs only within our own perspective churches.  Afterall, aren't 
we all one body in Christ?  Really, one of these days we should try to 
convert one of our famous get togethers as a fellowship night where we 
could sing praises and share about some of the awesome things that God 
has been working in our lives.  I think I've learned a lot of new things 
up here, and I don't mean academically or of wordly knowledge.  I'm just 
excited to learn about the things that you guys have learned, how you've 
grown, and to share your struggles.  I mean, think about it...  all of us 
have prayed to God at one time or another, yet we've never prayed 
together or lifted Him up while we were together.  Isn't that sad how a 
group of Chrsitians could actaully spend an entire day together and yet 
forget to acknowledge God?  pretty sad, huh?  

I know that even within our own circle of friends we have quite a few 
non-Christians.  I think they should be our prayer concern, or at least a 
part of it.  Afterall, just as even secular friends we care for one 
another quite a bit.  But do we care enough?  Can you imagine how 
different it would be if they knew that we gathered together to pray and 
to have fellowship?  

"But Jesus said to then, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a 
prophet without honor."" Matthew 13:57

I think that particular verse says a lot about our character.  For me 
personally, I have a lot of difficulty in being myself at all times.  I 
mean, in this letter I come off as someone who is really knowledged in 
the Word.  I wish that were true.  But you guys know how I am.  You guys 
know who I was.  But the truth is, I feel like a hypocrite because 
though I have known all of you to be Christians, I don't treat you as 
such.  Sorry.  But I think this is especially true when I'm around our 
non Christian friends.  But if I was one character, my Christian self, at 
all times....how different things would be...  I just wanted to encourgae 
you guys to try and be what God wants you to be at ALL times.  As a body, 
let's all try to ediyf one another to that goal and to "stimulate one 
another to do good."
Well, I hope something I said caught your interest.  Sorry it was so 
long.  Promise next time I'll keep it shorter.

ps.  Don't forget to read the forward that is attached to this letter!

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Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  --1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

Please read the title carefully and make any
suggestion or comments you wish.  The original copy was written by a non 
Christian, and a original copy is currently posted by a math prof at Harvey
Mudd.  We need to compose a list which gives encouragement to Christians!


--------------------------begin list----------------------------------
>                 (why we know God is the one and only)
>                 (Why everyone should Learn from Him)
>   1. He had only one major publication.
> 	(He had one major publication that surpasses all others)
>   2. It was in Hebrew.
> 	(It was translated into more than 893 languages and is the current
> 	 #1 selling book on earth)
> >       It was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
>   3. It had no references.
> 	(It needed no references)
> >       No other piece of ancient literature has more manuscript witnesses
>         than the New Testament.  Over 20,000 copies  
>   4. It wasn't published in a referred journal.
> 	(It was read/heard by all kinds of people)
> >       It is the most referred to book in the world.  The Old Testament was
>         the primary reference for the Israelite nation.
>   5. Some even doubt he wrote it himself.
> 	(God wrote it himself)
> >       It was Spirit inspired and God-breathed, and it is based on
>         eyewitness' accounts.  In fact, the Word became a living Word so
>         that all may see the glory of God:
>         "We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about
>         the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were
>         eyewitnesses of his majesty....  No prophecy of Scripture came about
>         by the prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its
>         origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were
>         carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:16,20-21)
>         "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we
>         have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have
>         touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life" (1 John 1:1)
>         "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
>         Word was God....  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among
>         us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came
>         from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-2,14)
>   6. It may be true that he created the world, but what has he
>      done since then?
> 	(He created the whole universe including our planet and us)
> >       He has changed the lives of all who believe in the name of His Son
>         Jesus Christ.
>   7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.
> 	(He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent)
> >       We have limited his efforts by not accepting the gift of eternal
>         life that he freely gives to all who will receive Jesus Christ as
>         their personal Savior.
>   8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.
> 	(People have had a hard time replicating His results)
> >       This is true.  The scientific community has never been able to
>         replicate the Creation.
>   9. He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission to use human
>      subjects.
> 	(He uses us to further His ministry and to glofify His name)
> >       We never apply his ethics to our lives, but he permits us to live
>         our lives under our own free will.
>  10. When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it up by drowning
>      the subjects.
> 	(He showed us that He is a just God who hates all evil)
> >       His Son died on the cross to cover our deepest sins with his blood,
>         so we can be washed white as snow.
>                 "You forgave the iniquity of your
>                      people
>                   and covered all their sins"
>                                       Psalm 85:2
>                 "Come now, let us reason together,"
>                      says the Lord.
>                 "Though your sins are like scarlet,
>                    they shall be as white as snow;
>                  though they are red as crimson,
>                    they shall be like wool."
>                                       Isaiah 1:18
>  11. When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the
>      sample.
> 	(Humans perish without pressing on toward the goal He set up for them)
> >       God knows all things, and it is our sinful nature that leads to
>         death.
>  12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the Book.
> 	(He is always in class, if we look with our heart.  Then we understand
> 	 the Book)
> >       He is always ready and willing to teach us, but we rarely listen.
>         He wants to prepare us for life, but we rarely prepare ourselves by
>         doing the reading.
>  13. Some say he had his son teach the class.
> 	(He *did* have His son teach the class.  He even had His son
>         crucified on the cross so the students may understand what He is
>         trying to teach) 
> >       YES!!
>  14. He expelled his first two students for learning.
> 	(He sent His first two students on a field trip so they can learn
> 	 hands on)
> >       He banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden for cheating in the
>         class and trying to become independent of the Teacher.  God
>         sentenced Adam and Eve to painful toil and hard labor so they might
>         acquire wisdom, for knowledge without wisdom in applying it is
>         useless.  And, by God's grace, the man's labor produces food to
>         sustain life.
>  15. Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed
>      his tests.
> 	(He is God and His tests ARE difficult.  He has a high standard 
> 	 and high expectation for us.)
> >       God has only *one* requirement: that we be sinless, for He is a holy
>         and just God and thus *cannot* accept sin.  *Everyone* has failed
>         this requirement, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory
>         of God." But because He loves the world, He gave his one and only
>         Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal
>         life (John 3:16).  "This righteousness from God comes through faith
>         in Jesus Christ to all who believe." And all who believe "are
>         justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by
>         Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:21-26).
>  16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountaintop.
> 	(His office hours were frequent and held at any place, ie mountaintops,
> 	 by the sea, in the villiages, in the synagogues....and now in our
> 	 hearts.)
> >       God doesn't *have* office hours.  He wants to come into your life to
>         teach and guide you personally.
>         Jesus says:
>         "Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my
>         voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he
>         with me" (Revelation 3:20).
> Additional Qualifications for God:
>         He is Almight, All-Knowing, and All-Present.
>         He is also Awesome!
>                 "I am the way and the truth and the life.
>                No one comes to the Father except through me."
>                                                      John 14:6
>         Please add to this, especially Scriptural references to support all
>         the lines.

This file last edited October 17, 2004.