RIP Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips). Her pseudonym "Abigail Van Buren" came from "a wise woman from the Old Testament" & her favorite president
Martin Luther King Jr taught only 1 college course in his life. 8 students signed up for "Social Philosophy" at Morehouse College in 1961. >

< These 8 are the only real "students of Dr King," but none kept any notes! They were in the presence of greatness, but missed their moment.

My favorite quote on yesterday's pseudo-Apocalypse (Dec 21/12) from the wit of @ALJCSupt ... "No Mayan knows the day or the hour" (Matt 24:36)

Today we'll see 12:12:12 on 12/12/12 (this phenomenon won't happen again for 88 years - 01/01/01), and today marks 12 days to Christmas Eve!

Yesterday's favorite quote: "It's 12/12/12, last repeating date in our lifetime. Also National Soundcheck Day. 1-2, 1-2, 1-2." ~@ERHennessey

"I don't know of any city in the world whose regulator is the US president." ~ Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Obama's attempt at manipulation

Max Lucado, 12/14/12: "Dear Jesus, Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. >

< The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. Just to see your face, >

< Mary & Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty & violence. >

< Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won't you enter ours? We are weary. We, like the wise men, are looking ... for YOU."

"I love you in Heaven." ~ note written by Brian, who thought he was going to die today at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"No decision by the UN can break the 4000-year-old bond between the people of Israel & the land of Israel." ~ Israeli PM Benjamin @Netanyahu

"The UN is a feckless organization, maimed by a congenital deformity, increasingly dominated by autocratic states." ~ Winston Churchill 1957

Previous quote from "Winston Churchill predicted the future - many times" ( 11/30/12 would have been his 138th birthday

Arab world = 4,560,000 sq mi; Israel = 8,000 sq mi; Israel has 1:570 area & UN wants another Arab nation inside Israel!

The Human Rights Council of the UN has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than it has all other states combined! See Zechariah 12:3.

Israel's current military operation "Pillar of Defense" in Hebrew is "Amud Anan," literally "Pillar of Cloud" (Ex 13:21) Hamas, meet Yahweh!

T-shirt I saw in Israel last year: "Civilizations, nations & empires that have tried to destroy the Jewish People" GONE

HAMAS ("enthusiasm") = acronym for "Islamic Resistance Movement" in Arabic // ISRA-EL ("God wrestler") = name of God's people // No contest!

Recent Infographic Tweets from @IDFSpokesperson // "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6)

Recent Infographic Tweets from @IDFSpokesperson // "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6)

No government would tolerate a situation where 1/5 of its people live under constant missile fire. Israel will not tolerate it. ~ @netanyahu

7 years ago, Israel withdrew from every inch of Gaza. Rather than build a future, Hamas turned it into a terrorist stronghold. ~ @netanyahu

"Hamas is committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians." ~ Israel PM @netanyahu

NEWSWEEK magazine regularly predicted "The Decline & Fall of Christian America" and cynically suggested "Forget the Church - Follow Jesus" >

< NEWSWEEK lasted 80 years; final print issue is next month. The CHURCH? 2000 years; still strong!

Best election QUOTE I've read - "America is electing a president, not a pastor. Vote on the issues!" / Praying 4 America's crucial decision!

Via @IJCunningham: Best election VIDEO I've seen - "Conservatism Is Calling" / Praying 4 my American friends on Nov. 6!

There's a close ELECTION going on all the time. The Lord votes for you and Satan votes against you, and YOU get to cast the deciding ballot.

"I have never been more hopeful about America." ~ President Obama // "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick." ~ King Solomon (Proverbs 13:12)

"The best is yet to come" ~ Obama // "But evil men & seducers shall wax worse & worse, deceiving& being deceived" ~ Apostle Paul (2Ti 3:13)

"We are not as divided as our politics suggests." ~ Obama // "A house divided against itself cannot stand." ~ Jesus Christ & Abraham Lincoln

"Love & charity & duty & patriotism. That's what makes America great." ~ Obama // "Righteousness exalteth a nation." ~ Solomon (Prov. 14:34)

"Elections belong to the people. If they turn their back on the fire & burn their behinds, they will have to sit on the blisters." ~ Lincoln

"20 American embassies were under attack yesterday. None of that is on the national news, or being pressed in the papers." ~ Patrick Caddell

Gay Marriage harms more than marriage! New law will remove all references to "mothers & fathers" in France's civil code

Early Greeks believed in land beyond Indian Ocean, Terra Australis Incognita (unknown southern land). Glad we found it!

On Pentecost (May 14, 1606), Pedro Fernandez de Quiros possessed "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu" (Great South Land of the Holy Spirit).

11 years later I still remember this piece by Max Lucado just after 9/11 - "Do It Again, Lord" / /

If U see a US flag at half-mast, it's for a great American ... Neil Armstrong. http://

Martin Luther King didn't stand at the Lincoln Memorial to proclaim "I have a PLAN" but to declare "I have a DREAM!" // Without a vision ...

“@mydocjackson: On Kristallnacht the Germans attacked the BUSINESSES of covenant people who weren't assimilated in mainstream culture.” WOW!

LONDON OLYMPICS: What do Chariots of Fire, Mr. Bean, James Bond, & the Queen have in common? // //

JULY 4 TRIVIA: Both Adams and Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to serve as President, died on the same day: >

< July 4, 1826 - the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration. Calvin Coolidge is the only President born on Independence Day (July 4, 1872).

JULY 4 TRIVIA: In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday so the holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5 - the only time the holiday was ever moved.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to my American friends ... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to @HappyHattabaugh, leader of MK Ministries. Let the celebrations begin!

Perhaps you've heard the lesser-known stanza of "Defence of Fort McHenry" written in 1814 by a 35- year-old lawyer named Francis Scott Key: >

< O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand, Between their loved home and the war's desolation. >

< Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land, Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! >

< Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." >

< And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! (AKA American National Anthem)

Toured Wallace Monument, on spot where William Wallace rallied men 2 win Battle of Stirling Bridge

William Wallace's broadsword, used on September 11, 1297 to rout the English army @ Battle of Stirling Bridge. #History

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations kick off tomorrow in London. Here are 60 facts for 60 years as monarch:

Awesome to be in the UK for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Today is the 1000-boat flotilla on the River Thames in London. >

CNN News Anchor Piers Morgan on the typically unpredictable London weather: "BREAKING NEWS: It's stopped raining. Still reigning though." >

P. Morgan: "Given it's probably rained for at least 60% of the Queen's entire reign, shall we all just get a grip and enjoy the day anyway?"

P. Morgan: "I doubt I'll ever do anything better than co-anchor this event 2 celebrate my Queen." / I feel the same about working 4 my KING!

Via @EatThisBook - "C. S. Lewis on Queen Elizabeth II" ( Will see Royal Yacht Britannia today - especially meaningful!

How fortunate for leaders that men don't think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it& eventually they will believe it. ~ Hitler

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one." ~ Hitler, in Mein Kampf, quoted by Andy Andrews

"The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them." - Andrews in "How Do U Kill 11M People?"

One year ago, 2 billion watched Prince William marry his bride. One day soon, every eye will see King Jesus and His Bride. (Rev. 1:7,19:6-9)

TITANIC: April 15, 1912 // Final moments, James Cameron CGI video ( // Iceberg that sank Titanic (

Sermon Illustration Alert ... Sunday, April 15, 2012 (week after Easter) is 100th Anniversary of sinking of the Titanic

Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter! Over 1/2 billion members, one of the "most influential social media tools" ~ Phil Han, CNN

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the lunar module had a total memory of 77KB, a fraction of your cell phone! ~ Donald Bryan #Ignite12

"We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - NO ALTERNATIVE." ~ Golda Meir (former Prime Minister of Israel)

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." ~ Gen. Ulysses Grant

PREPARATION: "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." ~ Gen. Dwight Eisenhower

Steve Jobs to Pepsi CEO John Sculley in 1983: "Do U want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do U want to change the world?"

Last song by Whitney Houston before death at 48 - "Yes, Jesus Loves Me." Lord, help us preach that to dying men today!

85-year-old Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne 60 years ago today when her father, George VI, died on Feb. 6, 1952. >

< "In this present time of glaring, intrusive media, it is hard to imagine the proportions of the Queen’s achievement in serving 60 years, >

< every one of them as one of the most prominent and publicized people in the world, without one gaffe, one embarrassing photograph, >

< one injudicious utterance or slip on a banana peel, literal or metaphoric." ~ Conrad Black, in the National Post

Queen Elizabeth has walked circumspectly because she is ROYALTY. Apostolics, "ye are a chosen generation, a ROYAL priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9).

Steve Richardson ("Just to Walk w/ Him Means Everything to Me") walked into the presence of his "Daystar" this morning.

TwitterSpeak Dictionary: TWITTCRASTINATION [twit-kras-tuh-NEY-shun]. Avoiding action while Tweeting. Procrastination enabled by Twitter use.

Social media can be as addicting as drugs. It meets a perceived need of inclusion, acceptance& friendship. ~ P. Noble

"America's great 21st century contribution 2 fomenting freedom abroad wasn't imposing it militarily but enabling it technologically." ~ Time

Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Protester // 0,28804,2101745_2102132,00.html?hpt=hp_c1 // Article: "The stakes are very different in different places ... >

< Protesters [there] are dying 2 get political systems roughly resembling the ones that seem intolerably undemocratic 2 protesters [here]."

7:55 AM (HST) - At this moment 70 years ago, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began, killing 2400 and ushering America into WWII. #Remember

Never-before-seen footage of "a date which will live in infamy" found after decades in Florida storage shed.… #Remember

Both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 precipitated long, costly wars, but with a key difference: "Pearl Harbor inspired a sense of SHARED SACRIFICE >

< that impacted the lives of every citizen. But now, although the United States has been at war for a decade following the 9/11 attacks, >

< most of us have gone about our daily lives w/o interruption, allowing a small group to bear the burden of war." ~ Craig Shirley #Remember

“The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.” ~ George W. Bush, writing in his diary on the night of September 11, 2001 #Remember

"The Eagles-Redskins game was interrupted by news of the Pearl Harbor attack. The Redskins won 20-14 but that no longer mattered." #Remember

"The teacher said I would be speaking about Pearl Harbor. One of the 7th grade girls asked ‘Who was she?’" ~ survivor Bob Kerr, 90 #Remember

ARTICLE: Twitter Shares Biggest World News Stories This Year / twi… / "2011 more than any other year was influenced by YOU."

"Meetings are held in a tumble-down shack on Azusa Street. Devotees work themselves into a state of mad excitement in their peculiar zeal. >

< They spend hours in prayer & claim to be filled w/ the spirit. They have an illiterate preacher who stays on his knees much of the time. >

< He doesn't talk very much, but at times can be heard shouting a single word - ‘Repent!’ - and he's supposed to be running the thing! >

< They repeatedly sing the same song, ‘The Comforter Has Come.’” ~ The Los Angeles Times, reporting on revival meetings at 312 Azusa Street

LA Times readers couldn't know that historians would one day call the Azusa Street revival the most significant revival of the 20th century!

(From Charles A. Beard) - All the lessons of history in FOUR SENTENCES: 1) Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. 2) >

< The mills of God grind slow but exceedingly small. 3) A bee fertilizes the flower it robs. 4) When it's dark enough you can see the stars.

Having people close their eyes to pray wasn't common practice until 1800s. It was mostly 2 get children 2 behave in Sunday School. ~ Ortberg

For the world's worst nuclear disaster, I think this history buff will skip the tour :-) Chernobyl only 2 hrs from Kiev

If you're an addict of texting while driving, check out how your reaction time is affected: interactive/20… (test courtesy of NY Times)

TWITTER: A collective collaboration manifesting our ability to unconsciously connect kindred voices through the experiences that move us. >

< As such, Twitter is a human seismograph. ~ Brian Solis, Principal of FutureWorks (from "Among Worlds," a magazine for Third Culture Kids)

“@tylerwalea: Obstacle of previous generation was LACK. My generation has overcome that, but lack breeds prayer and PLENTY breeds cynicism.”

In an era of brilliant men, Washington was not the deepest thinker. He never wrote profoundly like Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton or Adams. >

< Other military commanders before & after Washington - Caesar, Cromwell, Napoleon, Lenin - seized power & held it until death or defeat. >

< But he abhorred kingship, even his own. “A virtuoso of resignations,” he could be trusted with power since he was ready to surrender it. >

< He gave up power twice – at the end of the revolutionary war, and at the end of his second term when he refused entreaties to run again. >

< Washington’s adversary, King George III, asked his American painter Benjamin West what Washington would do after winning independence. >

< “They say he'll return to his farm,” said West. “If he does that,” the incredulous king said, “he will be the greatest man in the world.”

Did you know that Steve Jobs' obituary was accidentally published online about 3 years before he actually died?… >

< There's a long history of untimely obits, including Alfred Nobel (being called "Merchant of Death" inspired him to create Nobel Prize) >

< & Mark Twain (who told reporters "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"). If you saw YOUR obit early, would you like what it said? "No one wants to die, & yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it."  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 "Willing to tear down walls, build bridges, light fires. Experience, energy, that vision thing."  on Steve Jobs resume "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter. Knowing we did something wonderful - that matters."  Steve Jobs "A computer is the most remarkable tool we ever came up with, the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."  Steve Jobs "Death is the best invention of Life. Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new."  Steve Jobs

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want 2 do what I'm about 2 do? If the answer is NO, I need 2 change something." ~ Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' sister reports his last words: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." (…) I hope my last words are: "Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!"

“@jerryjjones: MAYFLOWER demonstrates tragedy of generation that inherits POWER & PRESTIGE but not PRINCIPLES on which they are based” / wow

If U started business year Jesus born & lost $1 Million/DAY, debt wouldn't B $1 Trillion 4 another 700 YEARS. U.S. nat debt > $14 Trillion!

George W. Bush, at dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial (Shanksville, PA) to the 40 passengers who decided to fight back against hijackers:

"The moment America's democracy was under attack our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote." // Democracy = power of a principle!

President George W. Bush asked Michael W. Smith 2 write a song about 9/11 attacks. This was the result: There She Stands…

"Welles Crowther: Man with the Red Bandanna" is 1 of the most powerful 9/11 stories I've heard. I first read it last Friday in USA Today. ->

<- This poignant video is my opening illustration 4 tomorrow's 9/11 message. v=CWvnV0… Thanks to @woodwardson 4 editing. REMEMBER!

@AndyStanley and North Point Community Church have also made their 9/11 video available for use. Hi- Res download here:…

Christians in parts of the former Soviet Union have actually voted for Communists to return to power b/c the church was much more pure then.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sent an anonymous note to 5 prominent Englishmen: "All is found out, flee at once!" Within 1 day all 5 left England.

With apologies to my American friends - this was just too good to resist! (Courtesy Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle)

Today it is faster 2 send a signal 20,000 miles 2 a satellite & back 2 a pager than it is 4 someone 2 walk 20 feet 2 say your table is ready

Your digital watch contains more computing power than existed in the entire world before 1961. We are a generation of unlimited opportunity!

Pear Analytics found 6 Tweet types: Pointless babble 40%, Conversational 38%, Pass-along value 9%, Self-promotion 6%, Spam 4%, News 4%. YOU?

The word 'twitter' was perfect - 'a short burst of inconsequential information.' That's exactly what it was. – Jack Dorsey, Twitter Creator

Classic Twitter

Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom often spoke to audiences with her head down as if she was reading notes - but she was doing needlepoint.

(con't) After telling of atrocities at the hands of the Nazis, Corrie would hold up the backside of her needlepoint first and recite a poem:

THE WEAVER My life is but a weaving between my God and me, I do not choose the colors, He works so steadily.

Oft times He weaves in sorrow, and I in foolish pride, Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent, and the shuttles cease to fly, Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver’s skillful hand, As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.


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