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Save Home Heat This Winter!

On a cold winter night who of us is not tempted to go to the living room and stoke up a fire in the fireplace and read a book in front of the crackling hearth? You may be thinking "I am doing myself a favor by supplementing the furnace with additional heat". But the dark secret about your fireplace is, you are making your house colder, and making your heating bill rise. Using a fireplace each night can actually raise your monthly heating bill by about 20%.* 
The air action that a fireplace starts in your home is wasteful. The second the damper is opened, heated air from your homes interior begins pouring out of the top of the chimney. As the fire in the hearth accelerates, the combustion process grabs more heated air from your home and burns the oxygen and combustible gasses in it and tosses it up the chimney. While the fire burns and exhausts most of the heat straight up the chimney, the home is drawing in cold outside air from other places (i.e. windows, light sockets, doors, etc) to replace the air that is escaping the home. Hearth professionals refer to this as the "stack effect".
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Which Holiday Is This?
by Rubel Shelly
Michelle asked the children in her class about the upcoming
Thanksgiving holiday. She thought it might be effective to inch
toward its meaning by having them playfully correct some wrong ideas.
"Now let me think," she began. "Thanksgiving. That's the day when
we think about all the stuff we have. And how we want more things
than anybody else has. And how we don't care about anybody but ourselves. And . . ."
"No!" the preschool kids were starting to chorus! "No-o-o!"
Then one little guy in the middle of the pack looked up and chirped,
"That's not Thanksgiving, Miss Michelle. That's Christmas!"
Little children understand that there is something unique about
the fourth Thursday in November. As much as I love Christmas,
its commercialism gone to seed leaves me feeling jaded at times.
Our children still have Halloween candy in their mouths when the
store windows and TV ads begin the Santa Shakedown.
Thanksgiving has somehow escaped almost unscathed. Oh, the
florists may do a little extra business. And there are greeting cards
for Thanksgiving. But the focus of the day is still generations
gathered at a table. The traditional meal is pre-microwave. And,
so far at least, there is no McTurkey or cranberry pizza.
An essay by Walter Shapiro made this point several years back:
"In a nation where the mall never palls and seven-days-a-week
shopping seems enshrined as a civic religion, Thanksgiving stands
out as an oasis of tranquility and a reminder of the values that once
tempered America's materialism. This Thursday give thanks for the
one holiday that cannot be bought."
Before you sit down to your loaded table this week, try to do something
that helps insure that a person or family whose year has been bleaker
than yours will have a hearty Thanksgiving meal too. Then, when you
finally do sit down to your own, don't feel guilty -- just blessed -- and
bow with your dear ones to give God your sincere gratitude. As you
get up from a table still heavy with leftovers, pray silently for God to
make you sensitive to those whose hearts cry out for help.
The blessings we celebrate will become a curse unless we receive
them with grateful hearts and with a willingness to share.

Rubel Shelly

(c) 2008 Rubel Shelly. Used by permission. From Rubel Shelly's
"FAX of Life" printed each Tuesday.

Visit: to read more of Rubel's writing.

Rubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of
Christ in Nashville since 1978. During that time, he has also
taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 20 books,
including several which have been translated into languages
such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, and


Creation Q & A

Q: Why do many Christians accept evolution?

A: Unfortunately, many Christians--in fact, many pastors--accept some form of evolution and try to add it to the Bible. They say that God could have used evolutionary processes over millions of years to bring about plants, animals, and finally man. Many accept molecule-to-man evolution because they believe that science has "proven" that the earth is millions of years old, so they simply attach God to the process.

But this view, called "theistic evolution," is actually destructive to the gospel message. Of course, this does not mean that people who believe in theistic evolution aren't Christians, since the Bible teaches that believing in and confessing Christ's death and resurrection is the key to salvation. However, they are being very inconsistent in their faith.

The Bible clearly teaches that when God created Adam and Eve, the world was perfect (i.e., "very good"). There was no death and bloodshed. But because of the sin of Adam, God brought death as a judgment into the world. Of course, He also provided a means by which man could be reconciled to his Creator.

But a Christian who believes in evolution over eons as told by evolutionists must also believe that God used death and bloodshed over millions of years as a way to bring man into existence. For them, the fossil record is not a sign of God's judgment in the Flood, but of the cruel nature of the world they believe God created. However, if death is not a result of the Fall, then why would God need to send His Son to save us from death? In this view, cancer, pain, and death would simply be part of the original plan.

But thank God this is not the true history of the world. Death came into the world because of sin, but Christ came to the earth and died to save us from sin and death. There is no room for death before sin, and no room for the evolutionary myth in the Bible.

For more information, see: The God of an Old Earth at:

Creation News

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This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.

This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at

Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!


Thought For The Day

"The world wants your best but God wants your all."

Verse for the Day:

"Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind." --Matthew 22:37

Kid's Thought for the Day

"If you want someone to listen to what you are saying, whisper it."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Men who have fought in the world's bloodiest wars....are apt to
faint at the sight of a truly foul diaper." --Gary D. Christenson

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Competition is the spice of sports, but if you make spice
the whole meal, you'll be sick." --George Leonard

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances
for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting
different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical
and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural
selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."
--Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, page 167.

Writer's Thought For the Day

"If you're a singer, you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A
writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better
he writes." --Mickey Spillane

Deep Thought For The Day

"If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum." -- Fran Lebowitz



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the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!

This Week: "Virtous Reality: Goodness" by Jeff Williams


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Dear Michael,

"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me!
It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children
grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set
aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful.
My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create
such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that
I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours
was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"

Silverhill, AL

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