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Great Quote From Twilight Zone: “If Everyone is the Same …”

Hi Friends:

Recently, late night on Sunday (no School the next day), I had the chance to “travel to another dimension …”

It was one of those Twilight Zone episodes which takes a look into “a future time,” in a classic episode entitled, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” It was another episode which saw me, in the wee hours of the morning, scrambling to find pen and paper, to make hurried notes or a quote from the show, before weariness overtook me.

“Number 12 Looks Just Like You” originally aired on January 24, 1964. That was … uh … 57 years ago.

This was an episode about “the government” wanting to make every citizen the same: Look the same, act the same, etc. This, of course, was “for their own good,” and “to help them.” Rod Serling, in his introduction, did a rarity: As you know, he would always use the word “future,” but never rarely mentions a year … In this introduction, Rod Serling stated that this show was “about a time in the future … let’s say the year 2000 …”

In order for every citizen to “conform,” they must, at the age of 19, undergo an operation, which would physically change the person to “Number 1, Number 2,” etc. There was a limited number of choices, all “government approved,” each beautiful or handsome, and it was a requirement for all citizens. They were “free to choose,” … as long as they chose one of the accepted numbers.

Enter Marilyn Cuberle, an independent-minded young lady (played by Collin Wilcox), who is finishing her 18th year, and doesn’t want to “be like everyone else.” She is perfectly happy the way she is, and refuses to undergo the operation. Of course, everyone else tries to convince her otherwise. I mean … why wouldn’t she want to be like everyone else? Why wouldn’t she want to be beautiful … like everyone else?

Note: I especially enjoyed Richard Long (remember “The Big Valley,” “Nanny and the Professor” and a host of guest-starring roles), who played multiple characters in this episode. Of course, they were “different” people … but, remember, everyone looked the same … and, there seemed to be fewer choices for men … so, Richard Long was Marilyn’s Father, and the doctor who would conduct the operation, and a famous psychiatrist from history.

Naturally, Marilyn’s best friend, Valerie, tries to convince Marilyn to undergo the transformation, and Valerie just can’t understand why Marilyn wants to just “be herself.”
To convince her, she asks questions like, “Why don’t you want to be beautiful?” And, “Why don’t you want to be like everyone else?
Finally, frustrated, Valerie asked, “Why would you want to be a nobody?”

It was in response to this question that Marilyn gave the quote which drove me toward pen and paper:

“If everyone is the same … doesn’t that make everyone a nobody?”

Blessings,

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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Times Change-His Promises Don’t

Hi Friends:

It has become somewhat of a tradition that I take the calendars I receive as a gift each year, and put the calendar photos into a slideshow/movie.

This always allows me the opportunity to emphasize how important it is to have God’s Word “posted” around your house … where you “can’t help” but to see it every day … every day of the year. And … not just you … but, everyone who visits your home will see the Scriptures, too.

For many, this past year has been the toughest, the hardest, and the most difficult year they have ever experienced. We look ahead, to a time when things are “back to normal.”

I think of every year. Many “tougher” than others.

I think about the weather. Yes, the weather. As I write this, we’re in the middle of our latest snow storm. Can’t help but think about Summer. About Spring. I would file that under “hope.” Real hope. Hope I have. Hope you have.
Spring will come. Summer will come. And, so will Fall. And Winter.

My hope comes from God’s Word.
Period.
Same as last year.
And, the year before that.
The same hope I have for this year.
And, the year after that.

As “different” as this past year has been, has it really been all that different?

We’ve suffered great loss. And, achieved great victories.
We’ve experience a lot of bad.
We’ve experienced a lot of good.
Our Hope remains the same:


Hope in God’s promises.
Because they are true.

Posted in PASTOR APPRECIATION GIFTS

Welcome to Our New and Updated “Pastor Appreciation Gifts” Online Store

Hi Friends:

Our newly re-built and re-designed online store, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, is now up and running, and we’d like to invite you to visit us and take a look at the “new look.”

It has been our honor and privilege to be allowed to serve so many of you, for these many years, helping to “Honor Those Who Honor Him.”

We’ve worked very hard on this, and have spent many, many months getting the new website built, and we still have some updates and re-arranging to complete, some “spacing” issues to resolve, but we can finally invite you in for a look at our new online store.

While this is just “the tip of the iceberg,” it is still the tip, so we wanted to get it as close to completed as possible before we “opened the doors.”

We will be adding many more new products, and product categories, as we go, but we are proud to be able to begin anew with the Personalized Plaques and Christian Calligraphy Artwork we have been so blessed to offer over the years. This includes our Mini-Pulpits, Standing Billboard Plaques, in addition to “Why, Pastor, Why” Plaques, “In Praise of Pastor’s Wife,” “Letter to Assistant Pastor,” and the “Star Witness” Personalized Plaques. Plus, we have added 5” x 7” artwork, which is perfect for shelf or desktop display.

We will also be updating our online ministry efforts, with complementary looks to our Blog, Facebook, and YouTube sites.

We invite you to please visit Pastor Appreciation Gifts, where we welcome any comments, and we’d love to hear from you, and be allowed to serve you, and your family.

As always, you can call us. Our new toll-free number is 833-4PULPIT (833-478-5748), our email address is still customerservice@pastorappreciationgifts.com, and you can always use our “Contact Us” page to send us a message.

We will continue to do everything we can to serve you, in any way we can. Our mission and credo haven’t changed. We still believe that God honors those who honor Him, and that “He will bless those who bless you.”

Again, we look forward to your visit, and serving you in any way we can.

Blessings to you, and your family,

Pastor Appreciation Gifts

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