Still Laughing

 

I actually teach a seminar on humor because I think there isn’t much of it going on in today’s world. I am not alone. See the esteemed folks and their quotes below.

“Humour is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. The minute it crops up, all of our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” -Mark Twain

“Trouble knocked at the door but hearing laughter hurried away. ” -Benjamin Franklin

“You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” – Jay Leno

“A day without laughter is a day wasted. ” -Charlie Chaplin

“Laughter is a mini vacation. ” -Milton Berle

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people. ” -Victor Borge

“From there to here and here to there funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss

Never let it be said that God doesn’t have anything to say on the topic!

Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. (Psalm 26:2, AMP)

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter [Job] and your lips with joyful shouting. (Job 8:21, AMP)

Measuring Up

 

In Acts 13:13, John Mark left the group for some reason.

That was that for Paul. Later Barnabas wanted John Mark to travel with them again but Paul would have none of it.

Has that ever happened to you? You failed your first time out and no one would give you a second chance? Thank God for the Barnabas folks of the world; the folks who are willing to give us a second chance.

I guess it worked out in the Lord , for now, there were two teams instead of one. Sadly though, it caused disruption in the faith.

Thank God for folks and God who both  give second chances. 

How do You Know?

 

When I deliver a message and no one responds to the Gospel, I feel quite let down.

My friend sent me this letter in response to my woes.
As for your last paragraph: What I say is that I am the farmer – I plant the seed – God brings the increase.

Not everybody shares what is going on in their mind after a meeting – you don’t know this side of heaven.

W

Can you guess What this is?

‘The white man wore a woman’s skirt made of funny colors. He grew whiskers out of his belt and carried a black swan with lots of legs and ribbons on it. He held the swan upside down, put the swan’s head in his mouth and bit hard. He also pinched its neck and squeezed its body until it screeched. (Unknown)

Time to replace????

How do you know its time to replace your car, your blender or your underwear? Some simple rules apply.

  1. You are prepared and don’t care about the item breaking down just when you need it. (Ask how that turned out with my stove on a Thanksgiving Day with a turkey to cook!)
  2. You can’t sell it for enough to make it worthwhile. (What is worthwhile?)
  3. Everything seems to be working OK. (i.e.- the elastic is holding!)
  4. It’s paid for.
  5. You have taken good care of the item and kept it up to date, honored the warranty.

The Great Return

 

This week begins the season of the Great Return, you know when everything you spent hours looking for and many dollars buying gets returned to the unknown abyss.

Do you know what happens there?  Untold bunches of stuff are taken back to their original store, where they are then sent to some kind of discount place store. All will be sold for a tiny percentage of original value.

Is anything we own of any real worth? Clothes get baggy and worn, dishes break. All that really lasts is our relationships.

Sadly they don’t go on forever either. People move or die and everything is over…unless we have the hope of seeing them again.

The only thing we can really count on is our one on one relationship with the Lord. Thankfully it is non-returnable.

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.   (John 1:18, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, draw our hearts to what really lasts…the Christ. Amen.

21 Ways to Forgive

Are you groaning over that title? Have you been struggling with a needed forgiveness? Refuse to forgive ‘your enemy’ in the usual ways?  Step out of the box and try anyone of the many ways offered by Wes Daughenbaugh in his new book, 21 ways to Forgive.

Stop clinging to the traditional family feud and do as God asks you. Forgive. Stop listing reasons why not and start doing it. Oh and by the way, the book includes nine reasons we must forgive. Whew. I have said a mouthful now, haven’t I? To top it all off the book is illustrated s well!

Here are a few of the chapter outlines.

Forgive so we won’t go to Hell.

Forgive so the devil doesn’t get a foothold in our lives.

Forgive so we don’t die of stress related illnesses.

Forgive so that we can be like Jesus.

This book is for every one. Even a child will easily understand the illustrations. Be brave. Face the truth about your way of living. Forgive where you need to forgive. If you aren’t sure, ask God. He will tell you quite quickly where your forgiveness needs lie; that is, if you will be bold enough to ask.