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Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee. And there was a final reason why this man was foolish.
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He failed to realize his dependence on God. Go back again and read his words. He talked as if he regulated the seasons. He talked as if he produced the rain. He talked as if he controlled the setting and the rising of the sun. This man was a fool because he felt that he was the creator instead of a creature. And so he sought to live life without a sky. He sought to live life merely on the horizontal plane, devoid of the vertical.
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Now there is nothing new about this foolishness. It is still alive today. We find it in a collective sense at times when whole nations rise up and say that God is an irrelevant item on the agenda of life. This is something of what communism says; it talks about its dialectical materialism, and thinks of the whole of reality being pulled on by certain economic, materialistic forces.
And so God is eliminated from the whole program of life. But not only do we find theoretical denials; at times we find another type of atheism, which is even worse. It is a practical atheism, living as if there is no God. Amen A part of the secularism and the materialism of modern life is found in this practical atheism, not where the individual denies the existence of God with his lips, not where the individual goes through the intellectual process of arguing this question of the reality of God, where the individual affirms the reality of God with his lips and denies His existence with his life.
This is an even greater type of atheism and a more dangerous type. In spite of our theoretical denials, in spite of our inordinate worship of things, we continue to have those spiritual experiences which cannot be explained in materialistic terms. And so we go out in life and look about. Maybe at night we look up at the beautiful stars as they bedeck the heavens like swinging lanterns of eternity, and we conclude that we see all. But then something comes to remind us that we don't see all, for we can never see the law of gravitation that holds them there.
Yeah We look at this beautiful church and its beautiful architectural designs, and for a moment we think we see all. Oh no, we can never see the mind of the architect who drew the blueprint. We can never see the hope and the love and the faith of the individuals who made it so. You see my body. Amen, Right on, Yeah You see the external manifestations of my personality, but you can never see my mind. You can never see my personality; you can never see the me that makes me me. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Yeah And so maybe Plato was right; the visible is a shadow cast by the invisible.
Therefore, all of our new knowledge, as important as it is, cannot decrease God's being.
The day Britain changes: welfare reforms and coalition cuts take effect
All of our new knowledge can banish God neither from the microcosmic [ compass? Yeah And the son of man that thou remembereth him? Yes, He is And all of our new knowledge cannot decrease His being one iota. And when we discover Him, and when we allow Him to be the central force in our lives, we begin to live with new meaning Amen , for there is something about this faith in God that lifts us from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope Yeah , that can transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy. Then we come to know that as we struggle for the good life, we do not struggle alone but that we have cosmic companionship.
Yes When we believe in God sure enough, we know that there is a power in this universe working at every moment to bring low gigantic mountains of injustice and to pull down prodigious hilltops of evil.
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This man was a fool because he didn't realize this. And then the story comes to a dramatic end. It says that when this man had come to the heyday of his prosperity and his stock had accrued the greatest amount of interest, and somehow his Cadillac car was shining with all of its radiance, and when his palatial home stood out in all of its impressive proportions, it tells us that he died.
And maybe that added drama to it, the fact that he came to physical death at this moment, but even if he hadn't died at this moment, he was already dead. Yeah And the cessation of breathing in his life was but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. Amen He died when he failed to realize his dependence on others.
He died when he failed to realize his dependence on God. And whenever we do that, whenever an individual does that, he, too, is engaged in a tragic foolishness. And it may well be that Jesus was talking about our acquisitive generation. Yes, we have the privilege of having things and many things. Through our scientific genius, we have been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains.
Yes, we've been able to carve highways through the stratosphere. There is the danger now that we will forget something even more important, for in spite of all of our material and technological advances we have not learned the simple lesson of living together as brothers.
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The alternative to understanding goodwill, to a world of brotherhood, to world government, to disarmament, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation. We must all learn to live together as brothers, or we will all perish together as fools. And if we as a nation will but discover this, if we as individuals will but turn away from this foolishness, the morning stars will sing together Amen and the sons of God will shout for joy. May we pray? The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make His face to shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee.
Oh yes The Lord lift up the light of His countenance unto thee and be with thee forever and ever more. Lenox to King, 14 April King accepted in a 30 April letter. The audio tape begins with a voice announcing the sermon's date. King had also given this sermon at Chicago's Sunday Evening Club on 2 January , and the preaching journal The Pulpit published this version in its June issue pp.
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Bad Hair Day Pick up your kids from school wearing an outrageous wig. Sound the alarm! Penny for your thoughts Start placing pennies in places where your child will find them. This also comes at a time when 2. An NHS commissioning board and a total of clinical commissioning groups made up of doctors, nurses and other professionals will take control of budgets to buy services for patients.
They will buy from any service providers, including private ones so long as they meet NHS standards and costs. Strategic health authorities and primary care trusts disappear. The Bank promises these changes do not represent the death and Easter resurrection of the same body.
A new, proactive supervisory approach towards the City is promised, focused on outcomes rather than a tick-box culture. It has powers to prosecute, throw people out of the industry and withdraw a bank's licence. Above all it monitors risk to the financial system as a whole. Announced in the budget. The personal independence payment PIP replaces the disability living allowance and, according to the DWP, is not based on your condition, but on how your condition affects you, so narrowing the gateway to the PIP.
It will contain two elements: a daily living component and a mobility component. If you score sufficient points, a claim can be made. Assessments will be face-to-face rather than based on written submissions, starting in Bootle benefits centre, handling claims across the north-west and north-east.
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Had there been no change benefits would have risen by 2. Disability benefits will continue to rise in line with inflation.