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Fever – unorthodox cure for, Part II

A young Revolutionary War soldier developed a raging fever that sent him into delirium.  Thinking he was before his home, he left his tent and walked into a pool of water.  While lying submerged there for a number of hours he lay his head on a tree root.  When found and carried back to his tent, his fever had broken and he recovered, without contracting pneumonia.

His experience reminds this writer of a fever he had as a boy in Lincoln, Illinois.  I had lots of fevers and illnesses in my first 5 to 6 years.  The most dangerous being scarlet fever (at 6 weeks or 6 months) that, as they said, “went in” and created a very high temperature.  They thought I would either die or be mentally retarded.  They may have been half-right.

A later fever hit during a cold winter with snow on the ground.  While my family sat in the living room—we had only four rooms total—I lay delirious from fever—on a couch.  Not aware of circumstances I rose and, without drawing attention, walked to the back door into the backyard.  Then turned to the snow-covered grass yard until I came to the edge of the property.  There in a snowbank I lay down, out of my head.

Without knowing how long I lay there, I suddenly heard my mother calling from the front door, “Virgil, come in here.  You’ll catch pneumonia.”

Reading the story of the Revolutionary War soldier gave me an insight: as the cool water “cooked” his fever, as a doctor said, could the snow have broken a fever that had driven me into delirium?

Unorthodox in both cases, yes.  But not impossible.  He recovered after his dunking; I recovered from my snow bed.  My advice, however, “Don’t try either remedy at home.”  Fini

P.S.  I’d like to hear from anyone with a similar experience.

 

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Fever – unorthodox cure for, Part I

A young man broke from the traditions of his Tory family and became a soldier in General Washington’s Revolutionary Army.  While in bivouac near Wilmington, North Carolina, serious illness hit the entire encampment.  Taken sick, the boy contracted a fever that sent him out of his head for five weeks.  Medical officers gave up hope.

One evening, in delirium he dreamed of home and thought himself before the family house.  He physically left the tent to enter the house only to find himself by running water.  It had created a pool as it fell from a large poplar tree root.  Thinking he had entered his family home he stepped into the hole and, while submerged, rested his head on a big root, the water cool to his burning body.

He remained there until 10 AM the next day when his sergeant pulled him from the pool and carried him back to the tent.  The Doctor arrived and, to his surprise, found that the water had “cooked” the fever and the boy would survive.  He did recover “very fast.”  American History Illustrated, April-February, 1966-1967, p. 29

What should have given him pneumonia and certain death instead broke the fever that had nearly killed him.  A similar personal experience follows.  – End Part I –

 

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Potential – not seeing it

In the 1830’s, when Chicago had no more residents than New Salem, village officials needed financial help to develop their infrastructure.  Since at the time Shawneetown had deep financial pockets in Illinois, men from the infant Lake Michigan town traveled the length of the state to apply for a $10,000 loan.  Shawneetown bank leaders retired to consider the application.  Tradition says they turned down the request based on the distance between the northern village and the southeastern powerhouse.  Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois, p. 154

Obviously, Shawneetown leaders thought too little of Chicago by thinking too much of themselves.  Shawneetown is now a tourist destination while Chicago remains a world-class business, culture and tourist destination.  The city and its far-flung suburbs also have the attention of Ignite, a Church planting organization of the Christian churches.  Each year sees the beginning of new churches designed to reach unsaved people in Chicagoland.

Much evangelism needs to be done, since Chicago remains the murder capital of the country.  In 2016, 762 people died by homicide in the city itself.  Chicago, the poster child of everything that’s wrong with the welfare system, needs Christ’s grace. Ignite deserves more financial support than ever to keep Chicago from fulfilling the low expectations of Shawneetown bankers.  Not to develop infrastructure, understand, but to keep Chicago from going farther and farther from the Love of God through Jesus Christ into deeper depravity that will bring God’s judgment if not reversed.

 

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Discipleship – turns from rights to responsibility

Well, the women have been out in force, marching.  Like mothers against war before them; or suffragettes marching to get the vote; or the women to raise money against breast cancer.  Etc.   The present women’s movement, led by feminists who don’t merely want rights or equality, but dominance.  Which will never happen.  But by dragging along their 6-8 year old daughters, they’re preparing them to pursue that will of the wisp.  For now the feminists settle for their “rights.”

And what do they mean by ‘rights?”  A few examples suffice.  The right to promiscuous sexual relationships.  The right to secure prophylactics against pregnancy.  The right to abortion should preventative measures not work.  The right to live freely as lesbians and homosexuals.  The right to adopt children to mature in their unnatural relationships.  The right to live together without marriage so they can enjoy sexual passion without life-long commitment marriage imposes.

Also, the right to get into a square ring and pound another female to the canvas.  Whatever happened to women being the “gentle sex?”  Also, the right to fight in battle, crouching in the dirt against “income mail,” learning to live with filth, crawling on the tummies, risking wounding and death.  Men have done it for centuries by compulsion.  Why do women want to volunteer?  What gain do they think they make by being tough?  And whatever happened to men protecting their women and removing them and the children FROM harm?

Well…enough about all that nonsense.  While they demand their rights, where does responsibility start?  Why always RIGHTS, but no RULES?  Or RIGHTS but no responsibility?  Why self-fulfillment but no self-control?

Who’s going to be responsible?  Who’s going to bear responsibility?  So that rights don’t become anarchy.  Because if all we seek are rights, rules decrease, in proportion as rights become dominant.  And as rights dominate, rules don’t apply.  As rules are forgotten and limits don’t exist—chaos supervenes and anarchy becomes the rule.

The demand for Rights is nothing but a re-birth in feminist form of the discredited human potential movement of a generation ago.  And it will have no positive, long-term impact.

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Judgment – when Jesus decides

A young Al Jolson climbed the stairs without permission and entered his parents’ bedroom.  He found his mother:  sitting in bed, giving birth; dying in the effort; screaming at the top of her voice; looking directly at him; not seeing him through her pain.  He never forgot the shock.

When we appear before Jesus Christ:  at judgment; as everyone shall, none exempt; the unsaved weighed by his justice; the redeemed by his Grace; everyone drawn to his blazing eyes, by force or willingly; PRAY he will look AT US, not THROUGH US as if we’re not there.  PRAY he sees us as the PRESERVED, not as the REJECTED.  PRAY he says “welcome home”— and not “go away!”  The time to decide our eternal fate is now, while we can decide to accept Jesus.  For when Judgment arrives, we have no choice.  Jesus then decides whether we’re kept or discarded.

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Chance – and the creative impulse

While Hans Christian Anderson waited to have a novel published, he wrote four fairy tales for children:  The Tinder Box, Little Claus and Big Claus, Little Ida’s Flowers and The Princess and the Pea.  None was original and all were adapted from folk tales.  His non-pariel story-telling ability turned the four into folk classics.

Hank Ketchum got the idea for his famous cartoon strip when his wife stormed into his home studio.  Thoroughly exasperated with their 4 year old son Dennis, who had dismantled his room instead of taking a nap, she shouted, “Your son is a menace.”  That sentence became Dennis the Menace.

C.S. Lewis chanced across George MacDonald’s book Phantasies.  God baptized Lewis’ imagination in that reading.  The awakening would result in, among other masterpieces, The Chronicles of Narnia.  As Lewis said, the rest of him naturally took longer to awaken.  Shadowlands, p. 26

Al Jolson hummed a tune while listening to a playback of a record.  The tune was J. Ivanovici’s “Danube Waves.”  A friend told him he hummed that tune every time he waited to hear a playback.  Jolson didn’t realize it.  He did know his mom hummed the tune when she rocked him to sleep.  They decided to write a lyric that fit the tune.  Jolson gave the first line and his friend Saul Chaplin the remainder.  It was published as the “Anniversary Song.”  It sold millions of copies and made the two a fortune.  Jolson by Goldman, p. 275

Creativity doesn’t demand extended exposure to an idea.  Though it sometimes takes longer, an instant can fuel the imagination.  Jesus proved the Master of seeing lessons in incidents where others saw only incidents.  The Holy Spirit’s guidance gifts Christians to see spiritual truths in everyday life.

 

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Chance – getting a second – by mistake

When Irving Thalberg, who supervised all production at MGM in the 1920 and 1930’s died unexpectedly, Hollywood turned out en masse in tribute.  Young actor Harry Carey received an invitation to be a pallbearer for Thalberg.  To that time Carey’s acting career had been as much down as up, as much idle as employed.  Nor had he met Thalberg.

No matter.  Being seen as one of the honored men carrying the famous man’s casket put him on the A-List of casting agents and studio heads.  He kept busy in his career from that time.

And all by the accident of chance.  Thalberg’s secretary sent the pallbearer’s invitation to Harry Carey, actor, instead of to Carey Wilson, screenwriter, and close friend of Thalberg.  Which Reminds Me, p. 48

Chance:  the unexpected; the accidental, the unintended; the undesigned; the unpremeditated.  (Thanks to my Thesaurus.) It can never be mistaken for the intentional, the determined, the prepared, the predestined.  Chance can take us by surprise and delight us.  It can also by surprise shock or devastate us.

Evolutionists rely on the mindless fortunes of chance to account for God’s designed, orderly, dependable creation  As if chance and order have any factor in common.  Those same evolutionists take nothing for granted—make that chance in their education, career, choice of cars and clothes.  Yet they consider something as complex as the human body to be the product of blind opportunism.

Here’s to faith in the Living God, to his Eternal Word Jesus Christ and to their Eternal Spirit.  To the planned, determined, wrought-in-history forgiveness promised in Law through Moses and perfected through Christ’s Grace—intentionally, specifically, particularly.  And all of that is but for NOW—with the certainty—not the chance—of greater-by-far-glories to come in God’s eternally designed and prepared New Heaven and Earth.

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Chance – encounter leading to a career

Walter Lantz wanted to be an artist from age twelve.  In his career he drew a “cartoon stable” of characters, including Oswald Rabbit.  His breakthrough character came from his honeymoon with wife Gracie.  They rented a cabin at California’s Lake June.  An obnoxiously noisy woodpecker drilled his monotonous staccato on their roof.  After Lantz exhausted his vocabulary reviling the intruder, Gracie stepped up with a brilliant idea:  why not make the woodpecker the hero of a comic strip?

A case of serendipity!

Gracie also wanted to audition as the bird’s voice when Mel Blanc had to stop after signing an exclusive contract as the voice of Warner Bros’ cartoon stable.  When Lantz said “thanks, but no thanks”, she practiced some wifely deceit:  (may as well get the husband trained at the start).  She secretly made her effort and as secretly placed it among seven other audition tapes.  Without knowing the author, Lantz chose his own wife’s voice!  For the following 25 years and 200 cartoons, Gracie Lantz served as the mocking, heckling voice of Woody Woodpecker.  San Diego U-T, 3/23/94

Chance encounters can have lasting importance:  if we have imaginative responses when viewing life.  Jesus studied the science and mastered its art.  A Sower sowing his seed?  Nothing to it; an everyday sight.  Except when he saw it as an illustration of people responding to the Gospel.  A burial party on the way to the cemetery, led by a grief-stricken mother?  Seen any day in Israel.  Except he saw the funeral as an opportunity to eliminate funerals.  And on his resuscitation of the son predicted the resurrection of all the dead at the end of history John 5:24-27.

Keep your minds active, Christians.  In any situation experienced, or sight seen, the Holy Spirit can give you a glimpse into God’s Glory that becomes a shining lesson for everyday life.

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God – understandable…that’s what terrifies us

Using so-called intellectuals in important societal, business or media positions, Satan convinces many that God is too complex for the average mind to understand.  Better to let those intellectually endowed be in charge of what constitutes permissive beliefs, morality, sexuality and politics.  Only they can fathom what lesser-gifted minds couldn’t possibly know.  And, of course, they invariably conclude that you can’t trust the Bible to accurately educate us.

That’s also the siren-call of liberals in Washington, D.C.  “Let big government make the decisions you ‘little people’ can’t.  Only those blessed by Ivy School education really understand human behavior and what mortals need.”

Both claims are packs of lies.  Naturally, if Satan tells the BIG LIE—God is dead or irrelevant or hopelessly out-of-date, he won’t scruple to tell lesser lies—like, let the government make your decisions or don’t even try to understand God.

The truth is, we all too-clearly understand God and his Word.  We simply don’t like what he’s said.  Since we can’t change it, we lie that we can’t understand it—or God didn’t mean what he said.  Where God says he’s the Only God, we demand multiple deities.  When he says Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven, we demand multiple ways.  (While it’s true that many ways to serve God exist, we refuse to believe only ONE way to reach God exists.)  When God says we must deny ourselves to be Christ’s disciples, we demand the right to self-fulfillment.  When God warns that Hell awaits the disobedient, we petulantly say he can’t be God if he sends people to Hell.

And so forth; and so on; human arrogance flaunting itself, impressing only itself.  Clearly understanding what God said, but refusing to think he’s serious.  Having no trouble with Scripture’s words, except to think they apply to 21st century minds.  Let’s be honest, friends.  We have no trouble knowing who God IS and what God SAYS.  We simply refuse to believe that we need to take the Bible seriously unless we affirm it or accept any decision it reaches unless we ratify it.  We simply want to be our own deity; we want to out-God God.

Which will never happen.  And, by the way, many don’t care if it never happens.  They want it because it’s what makes them presently comfortable with their beliefs.  They’ll take their chances on eternity if they can have what presently makes them content.  Fools that they are, that’s how they think.

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Blame – stop the . game

In his book Further Along the Road Less Traveled, Dr. Scotty Peck wrote about the blaming game.  Where we blame someone else, something else—relatives, parents, governments, schools, GOD…you name it…for our attitudes, behavior, divorces, etc.  pp 40-41

The Doctor showed no mercy.  He demanded that we stop the blame game.  And the only way to stop it was TO STOP IT!  In other words, to make a mental decision to assume accountability for our life, however uncomfortable it makes us, however costly to our ego, however difficult to be that mature.

Only then will we forgive the person committing an offense against us.  A wrong that has made it more difficult for us to be positive, to be friendly with people, to assume more blame than we’re due, to give more credit than others deserve.

Accepting responsibility for our life also makes forgiveness progressively easier, even to making it “comfortable” for us, becoming a natural response to offenses.  That in turn makes the difficulties in relationships forgettable “small stuff.”

Forgiveness is both an act and a process.  It’s something we offer on each occasion which we find easier the more it’s practiced.  Until we naturally overlook offenses we previously noticed.  Until, instead of being tougher than we ever imagined it’s as common as breathing.  Until our entire physical, mental and spiritual life is healthier than it’s ever been, but nothing compared to what further practice will make of it.  Until, one day, we feel the freedom forgiveness of others brings by releasing ourselves from the grudges and griefs we had once considered so important to us.

 

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