This is the time of year we are beginning t0 receive tax forms from various financial entities. It reminds us that April 15 is coming, to get our records together and file our income taxes. And then pay up!
While we may grumble to some extent about taxes, the waste of government and the supposed inequities in the system, taxes are necessary. Continue reading
Joe went to a psychiatrist for a problem that had plagued him for years– fear that someone was under his bed at night.
“Doc,” he pleaded, “You’ve got to help me. I’m going crazy. I can’t get a good night’s sleep.”
“I can cure you in 6 months,” said the doctor. “If you will come 3 times a week, I will rid you of your fears.”
“How much do you charge?” asked Joe.
“$150 a visit.”
“I’ll think about,” Joe replied. Continue reading
John 3:16, one of the most famous and widely quoted verses in the New Testament, is in the headlines again.
Former NFL New England Patriots star, Aaron Hernandez, apparently wrote “John 3:16″ across his forehead before he reportedly hanged himself in his prison cell. A Bible in the cell lay open to the same verse. Continue reading
This story is told that during one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on Theodore Roosevelt at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up.
“Ah, gentlemen,” he said, “come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work.”
At the barn, Roosevelt picked up a pitchfork and looked around for the hay. Then he called out, “John, where’s all the hay?” Continue reading
Malcolm Forbes, who died in 1990, was one of the wealthiest people to have lived in our time. Forbes enjoyed all the symbols of status that one can achieve in this life. Prosperity. Possessions. Power. Privilege. And a pleasurable lifestyle that comes with it.
In his book, The Man Who Had Everything, Christopher Winans relates a motorcycle tour that Forbes took through Egypt in 1984. After viewing the tomb of King Tut, Forbes seemed in a reflective mood. Continue reading
A Spokane man, John Underhill, was painting the home of an 89 year-old woman when he noticed a large family Bible prominently displayed on the coffee table. She proudly pointed out that it was 116 years old and a priceless heirloom.
John commented on how remarkable that was, then added, “It doesn’t matter how old the Bible might be, what’s on the inside is what matters.” Continue reading
In two days Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. Unless you’re on a total news blackout, you know that this inauguration is being met with protests, demonstrations, and out right defiance in many quarters.
Mr. Trump is entering the Presidency with the lowest approval rating of any President in modern history. At least, that’s what the polls state . To say that his election has been unprecedented and controversial is an understatement. Continue reading