October 2, 2001
The Lord keeps all who love Him; but all the wicked he will destroy. Psalm 145:20
Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include
a free trip around
Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the
How long a minute is depends on what side of the
Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier
than the people who have to wait for them?
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.
If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come
nothing is free
You may be only one person in the world, but you
may also be the
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.
We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp,
some are pretty,
dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors... but
have to learn to
live in the same box.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought
October 4, 2001
"Being confident of this
very thing, that He who has begun
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
A lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian.
She replied, 'It's like being a pumpkin: God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins. Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., then he carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.
Passed on to me from another pumpkin
Sunday October 7, 2001
I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes
in me shall live even if he dies. John 11:25
A man dies and goes to the pearly gates where he is met by, you guessed it, St. Peter. Peter says, "It takes 1000 points to enter heaven."
The man puffs up and says, "That should be no trouble. I am a Presbyterian elder who has been faithfully married for 60 years." St. Peter says, "That will give you a point."
The man is troubled but unruffled and says, "I am a staunch Republican and have never missed voting in a national election. I was a Scoutmaster for 25 years and never missed Sunday school for 50 years." St. Peter says, "Good, that will give you another 2 points."
Now the man is beginning to show the first signs of deep agony. "Well, I have tithed my GROSS income, not "net" like many others on the Session. I have never declared bankruptcy and I have always paid my bills on time. I've been a good father and an ardent lover to my wife. So there." St. Peter says "Good for you. That will give you another three points for a total of six.
The man is sweating and on the verge of serious arguing. Finally he collapses in the arms of St. Peter with the words, "I guess I'll just have to throw myself on the mercy of God.
St. Peter, calmly replies, "That will give
you an additional 1000 points. Welcome to the heavenly kingdom!"
God bless you today:-)
October 9, 2001
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you......Psalm 119:9-11
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on
small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for
God to rescue him, and every day he scanned
the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little
hut out of driftwood to protect him from the
elements, and to store his few possessions.
But then one day, after scavenging for food, he
arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the
smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened;
everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and
"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. Early
the next day, however he was awakened by the sound
of a ship that was approaching the island.
It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was
here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.
"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
It is easy to get discouraged when things are going
bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at
work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and
suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is
burning to the ground - it just may be a smoke
signal that summons the grace of God.
For all the negative things we have to say to
ourselves, God has a positive answer for it
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All thing are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest (Matt 11:28-20)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16; John 13:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Cor.12:9; Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things (Phil 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able ! ! ! (II Cor.9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you (I John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage."
God says: I will supply all your needs (Phil 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I don't have enough faith"
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (I Cor 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5)
Pass this on, you never know whose life may be in
need of this today. There are some weeks that we
all feel our huts are burning
Have A Wonderful Day Today And May Tomorrow Be Twice As Nice. . . . . .
October 12, 2001
I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you. John 14:18
ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM EATING
Some people are semi-sweet; others are just plain nutty.
Don't cry over spilled milk - unless, of course,
it's chocolate milk.
Blind dates are like chocolate - they are usually chunky and they quickly disappear.
When life presents you a rocky road, just eat your
way out of it.
Keep your fingers off other people's bonbons.
Flowers and champagne may set the stage, but it's
chocolate that steals the show.
An ounce of truffles is worth a pound of anything.
Milk Chocolate. . . for all it's worth.
You never really know a person till you've shared a box of chocolates with them.
A kiss is just a kiss, but a chocolate kiss is bliss.
The best things in life are not fat free.
Sunday October 14, 2001
"Get yourself ready!
Stand up say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them,
or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city,
an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land-against the
kings of Judah, it's officials, its priests and the people of the land. They
will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will
rescue you," declares the Lord! Jeremiah 1:17-19
One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.
Satan had just come
from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I
just caught the world full of people down there.
Set a trap used bait I knew
they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"
"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.
Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun!
I'm gonna teach them how to marry
and divorce each other,
how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and
smoke and curse.
I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill
each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"
"And what will you do when you get done with them?" Jesus asked.
"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.
"How much do you want for them?" Jesus
"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good.
Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you.
They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!!
You don't want those people!!"
"How much?" He asked again.
Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears, and all your blood."
Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.
Isn't it funny how simple it is for people to trash
God and then wonder why
the world's going to hell. Isn't it funny
how we believe what the newspapers
say, but question what the Bible says.
Isn't it funny how everyone wants to
go to heaven provided they do not have to believe,
think, say, or do
anything the Bible says. Or is it scary?
Isn't it funny how someone can say
"I believe in God" but still follow Satan
(who, by the way, also "believes" in God).
Isn't it funny how you can send a
thousand jokes through e-mail and
they spread like wildfire, but when you
start sending messages regarding the Lord,
people think twice about sharing.
Isn't it funny how the lewd, crude,
vulgar and obscene pass freely through
cyberspace, but the public discussion of
Jesus is suppressed in the school
and workplace. Isn't it funny how
someone can be so fired up for Christ on
Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.
Are you laughing?
Isn't it funny how when you go to
forward this message, you will not send it
to many on your address list because
you're not sure what they believe, or
what they will think of you for sending it to them.
Isn't it funny how I can
be more worried about what other people
think of me than what God thinks of me.
October 17, 2001
When you make a vow to God,
do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes
A true story by Josh and Karen Zarandona
Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.
In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took
a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. She got to a ledge
where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope
snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here
she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet
above her. Of course, she
looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn't there.
Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye
and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found.
She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest
of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after
range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, "The eyes
of the Lord run to and fro throughout the
whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me."
Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.
Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, "Lord, I don't know why you want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."
I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will."
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the
October 19, 2001
Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them.
He will not permit the godly to slip or fall. Psalm 55:22
Sunday October 21, 2001
I hate double minded men,
but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield, I have put my hope in
your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may do the commands of God!
A sign on the lawn, "Puppies for Sale, Five
Dollars," caught the eye of an excited boy, who sauntered up the front
walk and asked to see the litter. A man brought out five frisky puppies and
one that limped.
"What's wrong with that dog?" asked the boy, pointing to the lame one. "That puppy will live, but it will never run much because it was born without a hip socket," the owner replied.
The boy pulled out $5 and said, "That's the
one I want." The man tried to dissuade him, pointing out the problems
a lame dog would bring. "You want a dog you can chase and play with,"
he told the boy.
"This one suits me fine," smiled the boy, pulling up his pants leg to reveal a full-length brace.
- BITS & PIECES, Copyright © 1994 by The Economics Press, Inc.
October 24, 2001
What a wonderful God we have, He is the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully
comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do
this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement,
we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old dead tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.
And if that weren't enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, "Look what I found!"
In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn, not enough rain, and too little
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a smile and then shifted away.
But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with such
"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful too.
That's why I picked it; here, it's for you."
The flower before me was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I
But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.
It was then that I noticed for the first time...
That flower-toting boy could not see: he was blind.
I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.
"You're welcome," he smiled, and then ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.
Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.
And for all of those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every
second that's mine.
Then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose.
I smiled as I watched that young boy, another flower in his
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.
(Author Unknown to Me )
Sunday October 28, 2001
That if you confess with your
mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised
him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
God won't ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won't ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
God won't ask about your social status, but will ask what kind of class you displayed.
God won't ask how many material possessions you had, but will ask if they dictated your life.
God won't ask what your highest salary was, but will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
God won't ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
God won't ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
God won't ask what your job title was, but will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
God won't ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
God won't ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
God won't ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but will ask how many times they didn't.
God won't ask how many friends you had, but will
ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
Written by: Jill E Penley \
Oct. 31, 2001
No discipline seems pleasant
at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
has well said that there are only two kinds of people in the
world - there are those who wake up in the
morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up
the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."