A Christmas Message 2014

Back To Square One

You've probably noticed. Our world's IQ, insanity quotient, has gone crackers, crazy, gonzo, bonkers, wacko of late. Pick your adjective. And this trend seems to escalate with each new sunrise. When looking through the prism of Biblical prophecies, our world has been changed in fundamental ways since 9/11. What we are witnessing is the steady emergence, the rising up of the sixth empire, Babylon the Great of Revelation. This story began with a prophecy in the book of Genesis, when Isaac’s wife Rebekah was pregnant. “And the LORD said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from within you; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.” [Gen. 25:23]. Today, both these different manner of people, you included, are at the heart and core of the prophecies of Revelation unfolding before our eyes on a daily basis.

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  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity. Never lose a holy curiosity." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

  • "Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."
     Arnold Edinborough
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
     Anatole France
  • "Socrates told us, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' I think he's calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge." 
     Roger Ebert
  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     Anon
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

  • "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." 
     Walt Disney
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts." 
     Sherlock Holmes

     

  • "Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance." 
     William Wirt 
  • "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 

Book Excerpts

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Riding Rogue Ponies Into The Apocalypse, The Curious Elephant

At its most fundamental level, the story contained in the Biblical record is quite simple to understand as the Flow Chart at the back of the book shows. [Also see the chart at the bottom of the Feature article, A Tale Of Two Covenants]. It is totally and completely related to the two covenants, the one made with Abraham and his Seed, Christ and the law covenant made with the children of Israel and the relationship between them both through Christ.





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Bum’s Rush

It all began with Adam and Eve. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to the garden of low-hanging fruit. Of course in Matthew 7, it reads a little bit differently, “For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.” The low-hanging fruit part of the sentence above refers to the fact that in our society it’s made virtually effortless for us to take the path of least resistance, chasing the passions of the flesh, which, being contrary to the Spirit of God, leads to destruction and death. It is this path of false promise, as Aldous Huxley pointed out in Brave New World, of phantom comfort and happiness, rather than truth and beauty, the high-hanging fruit, that we ardently pursue.


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