Steve Shepherd, a Missouri preacher, tells a story about the time the French novelist, Honore de Balzac, was awakened by an intruder.
Balzac lived in a single room apartment. So the thief was trying to avoid waking Balzac as he quietly picked the lock on the writer’s desk. Suddenly the silence was broken by a sarcastic laugh from the bed, where Balzac lay watching the thief.
The startled thief asked, “Why do you laugh?” Continue reading
It was Benjamin Franklin who is credited with the often repeated quip, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Today is tax day in the United States. Due to the 15th falling on Saturday and Monday being Emancipation Day, the tax deadline was extended until April 18th this year.
According to statistics about 25 percent of Americans wait until the last week to file. Another 17 million will file an extension. And about 99 percent will complain about taxes. Continue reading
Today is a holiday in Washington, D. C. Public schools and local government offices are closed. It’s Emancipation Day.
Since 2005 it’s been a public holiday to mark the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in D. C. . The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation liberating slaves in the South. Continue reading
After six grueling hours of vicious taunts, mental torture and physical torment, Jesus cried with a loud voice, breathed his last breath and “yielded His Spirit.” The centurion guards standing by saw he was dead.
Later solders came to break the legs of Jesus and the two criminals, but they said “He is dead.”
The women standing at the foot of the cross, including Mary and Mary Magdalene, said, “He is dead.’ Continue reading
The wise man wrote in Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” Well, Norma Jean and I just gained another jewel in our crowns. Her name is Katherine Joy Weliever. She was born April 13, 2017. At 7:35 am. In Lafayette, LA. She weighted in at 5 lbs 13 oz. And is 20″ long.
Oh, and the parents, Kenny and April are doing great! And Grammy? Well, she’s on cloud 9! And Papaw couldn’t be any prouder. Continue reading
A father asked his Son, “If three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pond, and one frog decided to jump how many frogs would be left?”
The little boy grinned and said, “That’s easy, Dad. Two.” Continue reading
Monday morning we awoke to headlines like these:
Bombings Kill Dozens in Churches in Egypt
Why ISIS Declared War on Egyptian Christians
“ISIS Egypt affiliate: Christians are our ‘favorite prey’
In two separate attacks on Sunday, houses of worship in Egypt were targeted by Islamic radical terrorist. At least 44 people were killed and over 100 injured in Alexandria and Tanta. Continue reading