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March 26, 2014

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From the Moon, July 20, 1969: Did you know?

by Robert Hart

The First Holy Communion on the Moon….

Forty-five years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I'm talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

The background of the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life and knowing he would soon be doing somthing unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow. He asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth's orbit and on to the surface of the moon. He and Armstrong had only been on the  lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:

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February 13, 2014

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Encouraging Insights from Ben Franklin…

by Robert Hart

 

Just Prior to the Revolutionary period, from around 1730 to 1770, our nation saw a wonderful Christian revival known as the Great Awakening.

Benjamin Franklin recalled the effect of this massive spiritual resurgence in his autobiography:

    "It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk through the town (Philadelphia) in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street."

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January 31, 2014

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A great, true, Presidential story…

by Robert Hart

    

On  January 29, 1843… future president William McKinley, Jr. was born. His family were devout Methodists. At age 10, young William went forward in a revival meeting and gave his life to Christ. At age 16, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. When the Civil War began he joined the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In contemplating the possibility that he could be killed in battle, McKinley wrote in his diary…

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January 22, 2014

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England….January 23, 1555

by Robert Hart

 

Henry the 8th's son, King Edward VI died at age 15 in 1553. He was a sincere, Protestant Christian. His cousin, Lady Jane Gray, an evangelical girl, also age 15,(against her wishes) ascended to the throne of England. She was deposed after nine days and was replaced by Mary Tudor, Edward's Roman Catholic half-sister. Mary had Jane Gray imprisoned and seven weeks later commanded Lady Jane to be executed.

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January 16, 2014

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Where did we get the name “Bible” ?

by Robert Hart

 

The name comes from the Greek word biblia, plural of biblion, meaning "book".  Going back even earlier, byblos meant "papyrus", the plant used in making the early form of paper. And one step farther back in time, Byblos was the name of an ancient city noted for exporting papyrus.

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January 14, 2014

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Some Church History…

by Robert Hart

 

Oh Lord…

Thou hast formed us for Thyself…

And our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.

 

St Augustine…425 A.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 14, 2013

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Great Story…”The List”

by Robert Hart

 

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday, she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and "I didn't know others like me so much," were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. 

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to pass the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as a pallbearer came up to her. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "Yes." Then he said, "Mark talked about you a lot."

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously  waiting to speak with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it."

Opening the billfold, the man carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously be taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking, that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."

Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her purse, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all time," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be. Tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

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November 6, 2013

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Out of a grateful heart…

by Robert Hart

 

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon gives us this vivid word picture:

    "I have heard of some good old woman in a cottage, who had nothing but a piece of bread and a little water, and lifting up her hands, she said as a blessing, 'What! all this and Christ too?' "

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October 29, 2013

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Special Verses

by Robert Hart

 

I have started my day for years with these verses. Thought they might be a blessing to you as well…

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October 23, 2013

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Prayer…

by Robert Hart

 

"We do not pray because we doubt…

                  

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