Abe Lincoln, Bob Dylan and John Bolton

Written by Roger Wright

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“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance withrepparttar will of God. Both may be . . . and one must be wrong. God cannot be for and againstrepparttar 118068 same thing atrepparttar 118069 same time. Inrepparttar 118070 present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different thanrepparttar 118071 purpose of either party.. . .

The contest. {Lincoln wrote} proceeds.”

Lincoln stares outrepparttar 118072 window on torepparttar 118073 rainy September White House lawn. The Dylan record ends, and Lincoln, a weariness now taking over his whole 6’5 frame, forgets to liftrepparttar 118074 needle offrepparttar 118075 vinyl;repparttar 118076 only sound a scratching ofrepparttar 118077 finished disc endlessly turning.

And torepparttar 118078 sound of that finished Dylan record scratching, Lincoln thinks to himself: What if God is not on our side?

While Lincoln sits alone, feeling faint and powerless: on a different plane of time, a bitter cold Manhattan wind hits John Bolton like a body blow as he waits forrepparttar 118079 parking valet to bring his car. He’s late. He’s got things to do. The liberal press had putrepparttar 118080 spin on his quote: “Ifrepparttar 118081 UN building lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” Of course they had taken it out of context. Trumped uprepparttar 118082 volume. But Bolton was feeling good. Feeling strong. Just this morning, downing his Power shake, his personal trainer Amber Lynn had told him that he hadrepparttar 118083 body of a man ½ his age. And as for Amber Lynn’s tan and golden body---well, he knew there would be time for that. There would be time for everything John Bolton wanted time for. Everything. I am John Bolton he thought.

A man who can control time itself

Except for that damn car parking jockey. Where was he dammit? Where was his car? Where was his Beamer??? Oh there would be hell to pay for this. He was sure of it!

Roger Wright can be found on the Blog Church Food Chicago. He connects things in strange ways. http://blogs.salon.com/0004257/

How To Cash In On Your ‘Ailment Capital'

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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By this time, I was becoming a little discouraged and wondered if I would ever be able to tell my story. Then I had a brilliant idea. I mentioned that while inrepparttar hospital I suffered a severe case of diarrhea. I could not imagine anybody trying to upstage someone with diarrhea. Boy, was I wrong.

“Diarrhea? Did you say diarrhea?" I slowly nodded my head inrepparttar 118067 affirmative.

"When I was inrepparttar 118068 hospital I had such a severe case of diarrhea that I stayed onrepparttar 118069 toilet for 30 days without getting up. My doctor told me it wasrepparttar 118070 severest case of diarrhea he had ever read about."

By this time I despaired ever cashing in any of my "ailment capital." It seems such a shame for all that capital to go to waste. I thought I should give it at least one more try.

Refusing to quit just yet, whenrepparttar 118071 next lull inrepparttar 118072 conversation came I was ready.

"When I came intorepparttar 118073 hospital," I chirped enthusiastically, "the doctor thought I was having a heart attack ..."

"Heart attack? Did I hear you talk about having a heart attack? Three years ago, they rushed me torepparttar 118074 hospital because I was having a real heart attack. The ambulance driver didn't think he would get torepparttar 118075 hospital in time."

If I thought he was done with this story, I thought wrong.

"My heart attack was so bad I had 17 bypasses. And it was so serious that whenrepparttar 118076 heart surgeon opened up my chest my heart attacked him."

I gave up. It's a wise person who knows when he's been beat — and I've been beat.

"My doctor said," this person continued despite my obvious disinterest, "that my heart attack wasrepparttar 118077 worse heart attack he had ever heard of in allrepparttar 118078 years of practicing medicine."

I suppose I'll have to bank my "ailment capital" and save it for a rainy day. Or at least, when I can find some unsuspecting person to tell my story to.

For me,repparttar 118079 worst thing inrepparttar 118080 world is having something exciting to talk about and no audience eager to listen.

I must confess being a little discouraged when a thought hit me. I do have an audience.

The Bible declares, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Andrepparttar 118081 peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV.)

No matter what is on my mind at any time ofrepparttar 118082 day, I have access torepparttar 118083 greatest ears inrepparttar 118084 world. By pouring out my heart to God, He replaces it with peace. What a great deal.

Reverend James L. Snyder is currently ministering at the "Family of God Fellowship" in Ocala, Florida. More of his articles are available for reprint at his website: http://www.godspenman.com/ Rev. Snyder is available as a guest speaker. He writes a weekly column and is the author of "Romance Around a Parsonage Fireplace" available at: http://www.jamessnyderministries.com/

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