Monthly Archives: April 2012

A TOUGH BOOK TO SWALLOW

A man walked into a local bookstore and asked if he could make a return. 

“Sure,” said the sales clerk, “What do you have? 

 It’s a Bible,” he said, handing it to the clerk  Continue reading

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A Marriage Made in Paradise

One of my favorite authors, anonymous, wrote the TOP TEN REASONS WHY GOD CREATED EVE.

10. God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.

9. God knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote.

8. God knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him.

7. God knew that Adam would never make a doctor’s appointment for himself. Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Excess Baggage

The movers are coming in four weeks to load our earthly possessions and take us to Kansas City, Missouri.  For the past couple of weeks we have been going through stuff.  Sorting. Separating. Discarding. Keeping. Leaving.  You name it!   Continue reading

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Tasting God’s Goodness

My wife, Norma Jean, has a lot of great recipes.  Suppose we invited you over one Saturday night.  We sit down at the table and she passes around her recipe for grape salad,  poppy-seed chicken, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole and home-made yeast rolls.  She sees your puzzled expression, and says, “Go ahead and read them.”  And I add, “Yes they taste great!  Just wait until you read her desert recipe for Strawberry cake!” Continue reading

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How Did You Celebrate Earth Day?

What did you do on Earth Day?  Anything special?  Ah, don’t tell me you missed it?!  It was yesterday.  Sunday, April 22.  Well, it was an important day for me.  Let me tell you what I did. 

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Sex. Society. And the Secret Service.

“Prostitution scandal ricochets through Washington”

 This was Tuesday’s headline from many newspapers and internet news sources.

By now, I’m sure you’ve read or heard about the eleven Secret Service agents and ten military personnel who were sent to Cartagena,Columbiato protect the President and were caught with twenty-one women in their hotel. Continue reading

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Humility–A Forgotten Virtue

           There is an old Mac Davis song that says, “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way.  I can’t wait to look in the mirror cause I get better looking each day.”  That reminds me of the quote by Muhammad Ali, who when he was in his prime said, “It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am.”  Continue reading

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Did Jesus Pay Taxes?

Is it just me, or does it seem like Christians grumble a lot about paying taxes?  

With recent news accounts about government waste, extravagant trips and questionable expenditures  of our tax money, it does make paying taxes a bit distasteful at times. 

But what would Jesus do?  Did Jesus pay taxes?  Continue reading

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Would You Like To Be A Minister?

Oliver Cromwell of Britain was one of the great politicians and solders in the mid 1600’s.  He served in the British Parliament for many years.  During that time Britain was running very low on silver for coins, so they began to search for sources of the precious metal.  The place where they found the most silver was in the Cathedrals.  And specifically in the statues of the saints.  Cromwell is purported to have said, “Well let’s melt down the saints and put them into circulation!”  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Peter: From Failure to Forgiven

It was very early in the morning on Friday as Peter followed Jesus from a distance.  Much has happened in a few hours.  The Passover feast.  The argument among the apostles of who would be the greatest in the Kingdom.  Jesus’ washing of the Disciples’ feet to teach them humility and service.  Continue reading

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