Read the Bible in a year: Genesis 9-10, Psalm 11-13, Matthew 7
I watched a documentary recently on Mussolini, the Italian dictator who allied with Hitler in the Second World War and brought upon his country and those around him, untold misery and death. At one point, to impress Hitler he had his own son-in-law shot to death by firing squad. This was despite the pleadings of his own daughter. The event was recorded on film, and I was heartbroken to see the young man being dragged before his killers. It was clear that his knees were weak with fear to a point where he was unable to walk. Thus death drags terrified human beings to its firing-squad each day. How this should break our hearts—-to think that anyone would face that moment without the Savior is a horror beyond words, but to think of what awaits them on the other side of death should stir us to push aside of our fears and tell them that "Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel."
Copying Thorns to Make Barbed Wire
"Barbed wire continues the ancient and widespread practice of planting thorny hedges to confine livestock. Good evidence points to an origin as a copy of plant thorns, of the thorns of one plant in particular. Osage orange was used in the American mid-west as such a hedge during the 19th century, and the first barbed wire was developed, manufactured, and sold there. Michael Kelly, who received the first patent, in 1868, called his enterprise the Thorn Wire Hedge Company – drawing attention to the familiar antecedent must have saved a lot of explaining – and his version looked very much like plant thorns."1. (From, Theft! The Stealing of God’s Design—Master books—publishing date April 2012)
"If you can't see His way past the tears, trust His heart." ― Charles H. Spurgeon
Notes: 1. Basalla, G., The Evolution of Technology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988.