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The Parson Place Newsletter

September 2004   Rev. Michael L. White, Editor/Publisher

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Reverend Fun's Weekly Cartoon!

If Biblical Headlines Were Written by Today's Liberal Media

On Red Sea crossing:

Pursuing Environmentalists Killed


On David vs. Goliath:

Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock


On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:

400 Killed


On the birth of Christ:

Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple


On feeding the 5,000:

Disciples Mystified Over Behavior


On healing the 10 lepers:

"Faith Healer" Causes Bankruptcy


On healing of the Gadarene demoniac:

Local Farmer's Investment Lost


On raising Lazarus from the dead:

Will Reading to be Delayed

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*

Shopkeepers Competition

The shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read BEST DEALS.

He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST PRICES.

The shopkeeper was panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop--it read...


*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*

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Sunday School Lessons by Rev. Walter Albritton

This is a weekly instruction by Rev. Walter Albritton. Visit the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Conference (AWFUMC) web site to read the most current one. Go to the AWFUMC's archives page to read past issues. To find out more about his inspirational writings and Christian ministry, visit Brother Walter's web site.

The Parson's Ponderings: Dealing with Disappointment and Discouragement
by Rev. Michael L. White

I received some bad news last week on Monday, 23 August. The Army chaplain promotion list for the rank of Major was about to be published on Tuesday, 24 August, and my senior chaplain informed me my name wasn't on it. I say "bad news", because I thought I would be selected. However, I have learned in my lifetime that when I don't get what I want, it's because God has a better plan. I don't pretend to know what His plan for me is at this point, but I am willing to be patient and wait and see. I was disappointed, even discouraged, by the news, but I was not devastated. Life will go on, whether I serve God as a Army chaplain or as something else.

I am entitled to another look next year (April 2005), but in the interim, if God presents me with a better alternative, I'll take it. If He doesn't, then I'll wait and see if I am selected next year. If I am selected next year, since His timing is always perfect (never too early nor too late), I will believe that next year is a better year for me to be promoted than this year. If I am not selected next year, I will have to leave the Army and look for new employment. That's the rule.

I am certain God will make His plan clearer as time passes, and I will let you know when He lets me know. I am actually getting excited that He is perhaps preparing me for something new. As soon as I know what it is, I'll share it with you. In the meantime, when you experience your next disappointment and discouragement, remember this: God is just pointing out to you that He has a better plan. So, go with the flow and wait for His plan to become clear to you. I assure you, it will be even better than what you initially hoped for.

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Christian News and Issues

Maranatha Christian Journal
Read all the current Christian news headlines at MCJ Online.

World Net Daily (Extensive news from all around the world.)

Agape Press News (Top Christian news headlines)

Praize News (Top Christian news headlines from the Praize Christian Network)

Christian News and Commentary at Cross Walk

Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter
(Keep abreast of the latest reports of persecution of Christians all around the world.)

Read Breakpoint commentaries on the Breakpoint web site. Breakpoint is a daily (M-F) radio and email commentary by Chuck Colson. They are always insightful, thought-provoking, and very apropos to our times.

Listen to Breakpoint commentaries from the Breakpoint web site (in real audio format - works with Windows Media Player and RealOne Player).

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Recommended Web Sites

6 September 2004, is Labor Day in the USA!

The History of Labor Day
Excellent information about this American holiday.

Sheryl's Holiday Site: Labor Day
Interesting site, and nicely done.

Effective Evangelism
All sorts of useful information on how to be a more effective evangelist.

Linda's Lyrics
This is a site by the author of the poem, "The Dash", which I'm sure you've likely received by email as Author Unknown. Well, now you can put a name to it and read all about the impact that poem has had.

The Internet for Christians Newsletter
(read it online!)

The Christian Web Site Newsletter
For a complete list of current new additions, go to:

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This Issue's Web Tip

I snagged this month's web tip from Rev. Bert Hibberd's e-newsletter, The Barnabas Report (1 August 2004). It's really quite useful!

Narrow down your Internet search results with these helpful symbols to use with a keyword search. Plus sign (+): Your search engine will find an entry containing each of your keywords, not just one of them (i.e. +kakadu +camping +reservations). Minus sign (-): If searching for information relating to a vast topic, use the minus sign to narrow down your results and find that specific information. (i.e. Keating -Paul) Quotation marks (" "): An entire phrase will appear together in the order you specify (i.e. "Kakadu camping reservations").

If you have questions, feel free to email me, and I'll do my best to give you answers. If I don't know, I can, at least, refer you to someone else who can help you.

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Final Remarks

Well, that does it for this issue! I hope you found something useful to share with others. You are welcome to share this newsletter with whomever, but PLEASE DON'T SPAM ANYONE with it.

God willing, I'll greet you again next month with another collection of the best of my Internet experience. God bless!!

Michael L. White
Email: info@parsonplace.com
Web Site: http://www.parsonplace.com

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