LAST WEEK (1)

DECEMBER 27

 

Today is the first day of the final week of publishing these short devotionals. I will be retiring from Radiant Life Ministries the first of the new year.

It began in the year 1998 when talking with a group of pastors, that they gave out all the time, but did not have anyone putting into their lives. It led me to start sharing some of the things that I was reading or that came across my path. It was long before FACEBOOK or any other Social Media. Anyone remember “You’ve Got Mail” from AOL. . . that is where it started.

It began with 12 pastors on a mailing list. To my amazement, I received so many requests to be put on the list. Requests came from as far away as South Africa, Europe, and across the entire United States. It grew to almost 250 emails a day going out from my first powerful computer with a 10 meg hard drive. The format was simple. An excerpt from a book I was reading, a thought that came to me that day but it always included a good “clean” bit of humor. Many pastors told me they began their church services with one of the jokes or “top ten lists” that they had received.

There was not an easy way to include graphics or pictures in those early emails, so someone taught me how to use the “sign of the fish” which we understood was a sign used in early Christendom as a place for Christians to meet.  So the head of each email had the tag:

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A DAILY BLESSING

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him…. Psalms 84:12

Followed by the thought or devotion of the day.

Then came the second part.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… Prov. 17:22

This came from an old monthly publication from the Pentecostal Holiness Church that I read when I was a teenager. It always had a short joke or item that would make you smile.

I felt we all need a smile.

Recently, it has been easy to share a devotional idea or article, but it has become much harder to find good “Clean” jokes.

 

Creation

An atheist scientist came to God and said, “We’ve figured out how to make a man without you.”

God said, “OK, let me see you do it.”

So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, “Oh, no you don’t. Get your own dirt!”

 

God creates everything that begins. In some small way I pray that each of these posts have been a Blessing to you.