Be Like Babies.  They Like Changes


  ” Proverbs 13:19 (LB) says, ‘It is pleasant to see plans develop. That is why fools refuse to give them up even when they are wrong.”  Wise people sometimes change their minds – fools never do.  Be open to God’s change in your plan.  It is a sign of strength to make changes when necessary.”

  “The longer a man is in error, the surer he is he’s right.  Defending your faults and errors only proves that you have no intention of quitting them. An obstinate man does not hold opinions – they hold him.”

   “Where we cannot invent we can at least improve.  A ‘sensational new idea’ is sometimes just an old idea with its sleeves rolled up  – if you itch for ideas, keep on scratching. Everybody is in favor of progress.  It’s the change they don’t like.  Constant change is here to stay.  Most people are willing to change, not because they see the light, but because they feel the heat.”

  “Great ideas still need change, adaptation and modification in order to prosper and succeed.  Henry Ford forgot to put a reverse gear in his first automobile.  Few knew of his oversight.  Few don’t know of his success.  Success and growth are unlikely if you always do things the way you’ve always done them.”

         John L. Mason,  You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy



  –In Quitman, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.

  –In Columbus, it is illegal to sit on one’s porch in an indecent position.


  –“Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.”

  Rhode Island:

  –Its illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley.


  –It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

  –In Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.

  –In Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; “a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists.”


  –The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer at home.

  -It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.



   “‘Misery is a yesterday person trying to get along with a tomorrow God,’ says Mike Murdock.  Don’t let your past mistakes become memorials. They should be cremated, not embalmed.  It is important to look forward – your calling and destiny are there.  The apostle Paul said, ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil 3:13-14 NIV)”

   “Those who predominantly talk about the past are going backward.  Those who talk about the present are just maintaining.  But those who talk about the future are growing.”

   “Some people stay so far in the past that the future is gone before they get there. The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.  No one has ever backed into prosperity.  You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday today.  Yesterday has passed forever and is beyond our control.  What lies behind us is insignificant compared to what lies ahead.”

   John L. Mason –You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy


A Radiant Smile

Strangest US Laws


  –It is illegal to tease skunks.

  –Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.



  –A state law stipulates that a woman’s hair legally belongs to her  husband.

  –Under state law, dentists are officially classified as  “mechanics.”

  –In Clawson, it is legal for a man to “sleep with his pigs, cows,  horses, goats, and chickens.”



 –Whale hunting is strictly forbidden.

  –People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.



  –In Columbus, it is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on  Sunday.

  –In Oxford, it is illegal for a woman to disrobe in front of a  man’s picture.

  –In Youngstown, it is illegal to run out of gas.



  –The town of Hood River prohibits the act of juggling without a  license.



  –In Whitehall, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.

  –It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.



  –If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, his or her  parents may be arrested.

  –It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a  state license.



  –Unmarried women who parachute on Sunday’s will be jailed.



   “What does God think about your future?  We find the answer in the book of Jeremiah (29:11, NIV): “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  All of what we are, good and bad, is what we have thought and believed.  What you have become is due to the price you paid to get what you used to want.”

   “All of the important battles we face will be waged within ourselves.  Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that God was superior to any circumstance.  First John 4:4 says, ‘Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.”

   “Don’t put water in your own boat; the storm will put enough in on its own.  Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to: find one reason why you can.  It is easier to do all the things you should do than spend the rest of your life wishing you had.  The first key victory you must win is over yourself.  “You can’t consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself,” says Zig Ziglar.”

   “Building a case against yourself is like a microscope – it magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.  To keep from building a case against yourself; multiply your prayer time, divide the truth from a lie, subtract negative influences and add God’s Word.  We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.  Both faith and fear may sail into your harbor, but allow only faith to drop anchor.”

     John L. Mason,  You’re born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy 


A Radiant Smile


The following letter from the family’s solicitor is addressed to a member of the British aristocracy who has been spending much of the summer in his residence in the south of France leaving his wife in the United Kingdom to look after the ancestral home.

Dear Sir Royston,

I hope you are having a good time on your holiday. 

I say this with sincerity because I am afraid that I have some bad news for you, although there is good news too. First the bad news. I am sorry to tell you that your favorite dog, Honey, is dead. The vet says that she died instantly and could have felt no pain. She was kicked in the head by your horse, Sherbert, though I’m sure that no blame can be attached to Sherbert, frightened as he was by the fire in the barn.

I’m afraid that Sherbert was in the barn along with your other horses when it burnt to the ground. The fire brigade had been called within a short time of the barn catching fire and would normally have been able to put the fire out. Had it had not been for the fact that the tender crashed into your Bentley in the lane. Your wife had taken it out for a spin with your brother. As it was, both the tender and your Bently were written off. No blame can be attached to your wife for the accident I’m sure.

The Bentley was stationary at the time and your wife was in the back seat of the car. She managed to escape death only due to the fact that your brother was lying on top of her at the time of the collision. The doctors say that given time she will regain her sight but that she will never walk again. She has also lost her memory and cannot even remember you. Your brother, unfortunately, was killed.

I should explain how the barn came to be on fire in the first place.

You see a spark from the house blew over and set the roof alight. The fire started in the main hall of the house where, as you know, your Mattisse and your Picasso once hung. I say ‘once’ because they are not there now. Fortunately neither of these paintings were damaged in the conflagration as they were stolen beforehand by the burglar who started the fire.

Although all of this may seem to you very serious it is not in fact the bad news that I wrote of. Your wife and brother had been visiting your Insurance Agent in prison where he is serving a three year sentence for fraud. I’m afraid that none of your insurance policies are valid. This is the bad news.

As I said, there is some good news. The heat from the fire warmed your greenhouse and brought your flowers on.

Regards, Morgan

There is something good in every situation.



I’ll admit that faith is a sore subject for millions. It’s been abused, mishandled, distorted, and ultimately disfigured. Sometimes it seems like there’s a custom-tailored faith for everyone.

*If the Galatians 2:20 kind of faith – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” – is too clunky for you, trade it in. Exchange it for an easier, no-money-down model.

*If trusting in the miracle-working power of Jesus is too out there for your modern mind, play it safe.  Don’t ever ask God to provide for you supernaturally. Don’t dare to ask for physical healing or anything else that would put God on the spot. Because what if He doesn’t come through?

A lot of Christians I know stagger through life in a daze. Suffering from posttraumatic faith disorder, they hunker down in the basement, open a can of Beanie Weinees, and wait for the end of the world.

Am I reading your mail?  If so, you’re probably stuck in spiritual survival mode. You’ve settled for spiritual mediocrity. You’re not trying to be a hypocrite. It’s just that so far the faith thing hasn’t well, worked for you.

But we can’t let abuses and misunderstandings hold us back. God has no Plan B. The Bible throws down the gauntlet in Hebrews 11:6  “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

It doesn’t get any plainer than that. Faith isn’t just a Get Out of Hell Free card. It’s the most vital building block of your relationship with God. And it’s the only real foundation worth establishing your life on.

We can’t abandon the life-changing promise of full-frontal faith because some have dealt with the topic recklessly and un-biblically. It would be a shame for us to let bad experiences or past disappointments keep us bound, poor, and blind to what God wants to do in our lives.

We’ve got to find a better way.

Furtick, Steven  Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible



My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes, I know , but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.
She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said ‘We’re sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.’
The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.
Do not confuse the clerks at McD’s.

I live in a semi rural area.
We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office
to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road.
The reason: ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!
I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.’

My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.
She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.



Today, I was reading about Joseph. About how he was put in the pit, the prison and the Pharaoh’s house. The Blessings that came as a result of his life and faithfulness were really the fulfillment of the dreams that he was given. What are your dreams? What is the power of dreaming great things?

John L. Mason has several quotes about Dreams in his book, “Let Go of Whatever makes You Stop” Here are a few.

“We’ve got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.” – Dennis Waitley

“Nothing happens unless there’s a dream first. The more you can dream, the more you can do.”

“Ideas are like the stars; we never reach them, but, like that mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.” – Carl Schurz

“Since it doesn’t cost a dime to dream, you’ll never short-change yourself when you stretch your imagination.” – Robert Schuller

“I’m a big fan of dreams. Unfortunately, dreams are the first casualty in life – people seem to give them up quicker than anything for a ‘reality'” – Kevin Costner

“Realistic people with practical aims are rarely as realistic or practical in the long-run of life as dreamers who pursue their dreams” – Hans Selye

“What you need is an idea. Be brave enough to live creatively.” John Mason



Musings on the English Language

Let’s face it — English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese.  So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preacher praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and wise guy are opposites?

How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike?

How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another.

Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent?

Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love?

Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable?

And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm clock goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all).

That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.



The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up.” Numbers 14:7-9 (report of Joshua and Caleb after spying out the land of Canaan)

“But fear won out that day. God’s people didn’t understand that if you want to experience God’s blessings, audacious faith is not optional. Even after all the miracles they’d witnessed in the desert, they still hadn’t grasped that what seemed impossible for them to accomplish was exactly what God wanted to accomplish for them.

Forty wasted years followed.

I feel for Joshua. To my mind, forty years of enduring the consequences of other people’s bad decision would be enough to derail anybody’s faith. Yet Joshua never flinched. He never gave in.  He never lost sight of God’s promises. And when Moses died, God chose Joshua to be his successor. Big shoes to fill. Most ordinary believers would back down, but Joshua stepped up.

He launched a campaign activated by audacious faith in God’s goodness and power.  And Joshua changed the world in his generation.

Think about it: Before Joshua took charge, God’s people were migrants, living hand to mouth. Afterward, they were settlers – owners of the “exceeding good” land God had promised

At this point it would be totally understandable if you’re thinking, I’m not sure I see how a Bible hero’s military campaign relates to my life. My most exciting daily battles are navigating stop-and-go traffic at 7:30 am without doing violence to anyone, on the way to a job I’d give anything to quit, and getting my kids to clean their rooms at night without any bloodshed.

I feel you. But stay with me. The story God has scripted for your life isn’t inferior to Joshua’s – or anyone else’s. There’s an exceeding good land that you’re meant to occupy. And as you put yourself in this story, something life changing will begin to happen inside you.

Furtick, Steven, Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible



The doorman at a hotel where we were saying told Mrs Jim Jr that I always tipped more than she did.

Without a pause, she said, “That’s because he has a wife who is thrifty and saves money. I haven’t.”


 Mrs Jim Jr and I once visited the Tower of London. She still talks about the affable Briton who approached us with the remark “You’re Americans, aren’t you ? I thought so from your accent.”

After he was out of earshot, she fumed, “The nerve of that guy, HE was the one with the accent!”


 Again, while in London, we were walking along when the music of some wonderful chimes from a near-by Cathedral were playing. I said, “Aren’t those chimes beautiful?” Receiving no answer, I asked again.

Mrs Jim Jr said, “I can’t hear you. Those pesky bells are making way too much noise.”


Once on a cruise I was truly honored to be asked to sit at the Captain’s table the first night out.

The ever practical Mrs Jim Jr was insulted however. She said, “What ??? As much money as all this is costing us and we have to eat dinner with the crew ?”



Smith Wigglesworth tells of his early life

My father was very poor and worked long hours for little pay in order to support Mother and us three boys and one girl. I can remember one cold frosty day when my father had been given the job of digging a ditch seven yards long and a yard deep, and filling it up again, for the sum of three shillings and six pence (about eighty-seven cents). My mother said that if he would only wait a bit, it might thaw and his task would be easier. But he needed that money for food, for there was none in the house. So he set to work with a pickaxe. The frost was a full yard deep, but underneath the hard ground was some soft wet clay. As he threw up some of this, a robin suddenly appeared, picked up a worm, ate it, flew to a branch of a nearby tree, and from there sent out a song of joyous praise. Up to now, Father had been very despondent, but he was so entranced by the robin’s lovely song of thanksgiving that he took fresh courage and began to dig with renewed vigor-saying to himself, “If that robin can sing like that for a worm, surely I can work like a father for my good wife and my four fine children!”  Frodsham, Stanley H. (2012-01-30). Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith

Can you heard a Robin singing today?




A man was invited for dinner at a friends house. Every time the host needed something, he precede his request to his wife by calling her “My Love”, “Darling”, “Sweetheart”, etc., etc. His friend looked at him and said, “that’s really nice after all of these years you’ve been married to keep saying those little pet names.”

The host said, “Well, honestly, I’ve forgotten her name.”


  1. I really do like blondes……. LOL

The Executions

Three women are about to be executed. One’s a brunette, one’s a redhead, and one’s a blonde.

The guard brings the brunette forward and the executioner asks if she has any last requests. She says no and the executioner shouts, “Ready!…Aim!! …”

Suddenly the brunette yells, “EARTHQUAKE!!!” Everyone is startled and looks around. She escapes.

The guard brings the redhead forward and the executioner asks if she has any last requests. She say no and the executioner shouts, “Ready! … Aim!!…”

Suddenly the redhead yells, “TORNADO!!!” Everyone is startled and looks around. She escapes.

By now the blonde has it all figured out. The guard brings her forward and the executioner asks if she has any last requests. She says no and the executioner shouts, Ready! … Aim!! …” …and the blonde yells, “FIRE!!!”


Two mentally challenged men are trying to measure a telephone pole. They keep trying to climb it and keep sliding down.

Along comes this really big, musclebound man and says, “Hey, what are you guys doing?” The two idiots say, “We’re trying to measure the height of this pole.”

The muscle man wraps his arms around the pole, pulls it out of the ground, lays it down and measures it. Then he picks it up, puts it back in the ground, says “40 feet” and walks away.

The first moron says to the other, “What a stupid idiot – we wanted the *height*, not the width.”



“Meet all the problems and opportunities of your life with decision. A great deal of talent is lost for want of a little decision. “Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision is a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind,” says Gordon Graham.”

“Faith demands a decision before it can work. Every accomplishment great or small starts with a decision. Not everything that is met can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is met.”

“You’ll have the wrong foundation and won’t know what to do if you’re indecisive. The Bible says, “If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established” (Is. 7:9), “If the trumpet giveth an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? (1 Cor. 14:8).”

“Remain indecisive, and you will never grow. To move on from where you are, decide where you would rather be. Decision does determine destiny.”

John L. Mason, “You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy!”


Political correctness strikes again.

* He is not quiet; he is a Conversational Minimalist.

* He is not stupid; he suffers from Minimal Cranial Development.

* He does not get lost all the time; he discovers Alternative Destinations.

* He is not balding; he is in Follicle Regression.


Don’t Eat The Fruit

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing God said to them was: “Don’t.”

“Don’t what?” Adam asked.

“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit”, said God.

“Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?” Adam and Eve asked, jumping up and down excitedly.

“It’s over there,” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.

A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and he was very angry.

“Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?” the First Parent asked.

“Uh huh,” Adam replied.

“Then why did you do it?” God asked exasperatedly.

“I dunno,” Adam answered.

God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance In this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be so hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling his children, what makes you think it should be a piece of cake for you?



“The Bible says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). I know people who are triple and quadruple-minded . . . I don’t know what they are. It’s not the difference between people that’s the difficulty, it’s the indifference. All around us, fools seem to be growing without watering. Too many people spend their lives failing and never even notice.”

“God wants us to be the most decisive people on the face of the earth. Why did He give us His Word and the Holy Spirit? So that we can live decisive lives! How can the Lord guide a man if he has not made up his mind which way he wants to go? All of us are at fault for all of the good we didn’t do. “The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever,” said Anatold France.

“The most unhappy people are those who can never make a decision. An indecisive person can never be said to belong to himself. Don’t worry about not making a decision, someone else will make if for you. Indecisive people are like a blind man looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there.”

“The devil is the only one who can use a neutral person. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Making no decision is a decision. It does not require a decision to go to hell. “Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more, the man who is indifferent to everything.” says Larry Bielat.

John L. Mason, “You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy”


“Cash, check or charge?” I asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet I notice a remote control for a television set in her purse.

“Do you always carry your TV remote?” I asked.

“No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.”


The solution is…

A man has been in business for many, many years and the business is going down the drain. He is seriously contemplating suicide and he doesn’t know what to do. He goes to the Priest to seek his advice. He tells the Priest about all of his problems in the business and asks the Priest what he should do.


The Priest says “Take a beach chair and a bible and put them in your car and drive down to the edge of the ocean. Go to the water’s edge. Take the beach chair out of the car, sit on it and take the Bible out and open it up. The wind will rifle the pages for a while and eventually the Bible will stay open at a particular page. Read the Bible and it will tell you what to do.”

The man does as he is told. He places a beach chair and a Bible in his car and drives down to the beach. He sits on the chair at the water’s edge and opens the Bible. The wind rifles the pages of the Bible and then stops at a particular page. He looks down at the Bible and sees what he has to do.

Three months later the man and his family come back to see the Priest. The man is wearing a $1,000 Italian suit, The wife is all decked out with a full-length mink coat and the child is dressed in beautiful silk. The man hands the Priest a thick envelope full of money and tells him that he wants to donate this money to the church in order to thank the Priest for his wonderful advice. The Priest is delighted. He recognizes the man and asks him what advice in the bible brought this good fortune to him.

The man replies: “Chapter 11.”




He (Jesus) lifted himself erect until his shoulders were straight and his head was high. He stood, not to preach, for his words would be few. Not for long, for he would soon stoop again. Not to instruct his followers; he didn’t address them. He stood on behalf of the woman. He placed himself between her and the lynch mob and said, “‘ All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!’ Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust” (vv. 7– 8 NLT). Name-callers shut their mouths. Rocks fell to the ground. Jesus resumed his scribbling. “When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman” (v. 9 NLT ). Jesus wasn’t finished. He stood one final time and asked the woman, “Where are your accusers?” (v. 10 NLT). My, my, my. What a question— not just for her but for us. Voices of condemnation awaken us as well. “You aren’t good enough.” “You’ll never improve.” “You failed— again.” The voices in our world. And the voices in our heads! Who is this morality patrolman who issues a citation at every stumble? Who reminds us of every mistake? Does he ever shut up? No. Because Satan never shuts up. The apostle John called him the Accuser: (Rev. 12: 9– 10 NLT). Day after day, hour after hour. Relentless, tireless. The Accuser makes a career out of accusing. Unlike the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Satan’s condemnation brings no repentance or resolve, just regret. He has one aim: “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10: 10). Steal your peace, kill your dreams, and destroy your future. He has deputized a horde of silver-tongued demons to help him. He enlists people to peddle his poison. Friends dredge up your past. Preachers proclaim all guilt and no grace. And parents, oh, your parents. They own a travel agency that specializes in guilt trips. They distribute it twenty-four hours a day. Long into adulthood you still hear their voices: “Why can’t you grow up?” “When are you going to make me proud?”

He (Jesus) “is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.”  (Rom. 8:34 MS) Let this sink in for a moment. In the presence of God, in defiance of Satan, Jesus Christ rises to your defense. He takes on the role of a priest. “Since we have a great priest over God’s house, let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience” (Heb. 10: 21– 22 NCV).

Lucado, Max, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine


Service with a Smile
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:
I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.

I went to a bookstore and asked the sales woman,
“Where’s the self-help section?”
She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

Q – Why do chicken coops have two doors?
A – Because if they had four doors, they’d be chicken sedans.

Night & Day
A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor. After he was back on dry ground he said to the farmer, “At those prices, I should think you would be pulling people out of the mud night and day.”
“Can’t replied the farmer. “At night I haul water for the hole.”


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