Why The Message "Sunrise/Sunset"?
One day while exploring an ocean reef at low tide, I found a young moray eel that had been stranded in a small coral rock pool and left to die. The out-going tide had trapped him and he was already lifeless when I arrived. My heart hurt for him for he was just inches from the water he desperately needed. But while I was wishing that I had arrived soon enough to help, another fact came to mind. I could not have rescued him anyway. Had I attempted to pick him up, he would have misunderstood my motive. Instinctively, he would have fought me, thinking I was an enemy who would bring harm. In that tragic confusion he would have chosen death rather than life–not because death was necessary, but because he would not have recognized the danger he was in or that rescue was genuinely possible.
I came away from the reef that day with a deep impression in my heart. It was as if the Lord were saying, "What you have seen in the eel is the circumstance of my Christian children too. Many do not realize that they are in pools that will soon be dry. Since they refuse to look beyond the reef of their own churches, they cannot see how much their water level has fallen. Warn them what the receding tide really means. Tell them they are in the final days. Even when they distrust your motive and mistake you for an enemy, offer your help. Love them. Keep on loving them. Let your love encourage them to believe that my Spirit, like an ocean of living water is ready to come as a tidal wave upon them. They need not perish in the dried up pools of their own reef. I am willing to give my Spirit to those who ask me and it will become a river of living water flowing out of them."
This book is an attempt to pick up the eel. CC
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Comments On Today’s Politics by Cecero
In the history of the Roman Empire no other speaker surpassed Marcus Tullius Cicero, 115-53 BC. His writings on politics, philosophy, other topics, still influence Western thought today. As an example, read his comments about a nation’s betrayal from within, remembering that this was spoken before the birth of Christ. He said:
A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly, but the traitor moves against those within the gate freely. The traitor speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their arguments. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." —Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. ... Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the "new, wonderful good society" which shall now be Rome's, interpreted to mean "more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious." —Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)