WHAT’S THE “TAKE AWAY?”

FEBRUARY 17

I must leave everything I gain to people who haven’t worked to earn it. ECCLESIASTES 2:21 NLT

In business we talk about the “take away.” It’s your net profit, your bottom line reward.

Here’s a truth you need to know before they tag your toe, arrange your funeral service and lay flowers on your grave: when you live for yourself and fail to fulfill God’s purpose for your life, the “take away” is not worth the investment. Solomon writes, “So I turned in despair from hard work. It was not the answer to my search for satisfaction in this life. For though I do my work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, I must leave everything I gain to people who haven’t worked to earn it. This is not only foolish, but highly unfair” (Ecc 2: 18-21 NIV). Or as author John Capozzi puts it, “The executive who works from 7 a.m, till 7 p.m. every day will be very successful. He will also be fondly remembered by his wife’s next husband. ”

The day is coming when all the stuff you’ve striven, strained and stressed out to acquire will make no difference. Your resume and job title will no longer impress anyone. No one will care what clothes you wore or what cars you drove, except your relatives who plan to wear them, drive them or sell them. If you’re wise you’ll plan to exit this life with a “take away” that involves these three things: (a) satisfaction, that comes from having fulfilled your God-given assignment here on earth. (b) Success, that’s measured in terms of eternal rewards, not temporal ones. (c) Security, that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, These are the only “take away” worth living for!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Restaurant Bloopers

A table ordered a Dr. Pepper and a Coke. The Server brought their drinks over, then in front of the, took a sip from each drink to see which was which.

 

A customer asked that his lamb did not taste like lamb.

 

The manager kept reminding waitresses to encourage customers to order dessert. At the end of an especially exhausting day. I walked over to a couple who had just sat down, gave them each a menu and as glass of water, and asked, “Would you care for anything else!”



BE WISE WITH YOUR MONEY

FEBRUARY 14

Then Isaac sowed in that land; and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. GENESIS 26:12 NKJV

Where money is concerned, the Bible teaches us that we are to:

(1) Save for a rainy day. “There is … treasure .. .in the dwelling of the wise. But a foolish man squanders it” (Pr 21:20 NKJV). Learn to live within your means and teach your children to do the same. Instead of maxing out your credit cards remind yourself that you can live happily without most of the stuff advertisers are peddling. Before you make another purchase, pray. Just because your banker approves the loan doesn’t mean it’s wise, or that God approves the expenditure. All boats rise with the tide; they also go down with it. Joseph instructed Pharaoh to “gather all the food of those good years … Then that food shall be as a reserve for … seven years of famine” (Ge 41:35-36 NKJV). Live by “the Joseph principle,” and save.

(2) Sow in the time of famine. The Bible says, “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2Co 9:6 NIV). You say, “But things are tight for me right now.” Don’t withhold because you are afraid of not having enough. Give God a seed to work with and He’ll make sure you have a harvest when you need it. God’s ability to provide is not limited by the world’s economy. Do what Isaac did: “There was a famine in the land … Then Isaac sowed … and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him” (Ge 26:1, 12-13 NK]V). Who blessed Isaac? The Lord! When God tells you to give, give in faith, confident that at the right time, in the right way, and in exactly the right places, you’ll receive!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Kids On Love and Marriage

 HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? 

“You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.” Alan, age 10

“No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.” Kirsten, age 10

 

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? 

“Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.” Camille, age 10

  “No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.” Freddie, age 6

 

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

“Married people usually look happy to talk to other people.”  Eddie, age 6

“You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” Derrick, age 8

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

“Both don’t want no more kids.” Lori, age 8



YOU’LL BE REWARDED

FEBRUARY 13

Your Father who sees in secret will … reward you openly. MATTHEW 6:4 NKJV

Tony Campolo writes: “J know a man who loves to use money to help people who will never know it was him. When I told him about a student who was hoping to become a minister but was going to have to drop out of school for financial reasons, he contacted the college and arranged to have the student’s bills paid. That student became one of the best preachers in my denomination. Hundreds have become Christians under his leadership. Thousands have been influenced by his sermons-and he never did find out who put up the money! Behind it all was a person with resources, and the desire to do something that would live on. It surprises me more people don’t do this. Many keep their money tucked away, and when they die they leave it to people who don’t really need it. What a waste, when they could make a difference in so many lives.”

A lost opportunity to give is a lost opportunity to receive, because “Your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Imagine what it will be like on Judgment Day when God tells somebody you helped anonymously that it was you. There will be rewards handed out to people who don’t even remember doing the things they’re being honored for, like making a phone call that landed somebody a job, paying their light bill, encouraging them when they’re down, or leaving a bag of groceries on their doorstep. Even when those who’ve benefited from your kindness forget, God remembers, records and rewards. Jesus said if all you can do is give somebody “a cup of cold water. .. you will ..be rewarded” (Mt 10:42 NLT).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

While getting married, most of the guys say to girl’s parents,

“I will keep your daughter happy for the rest of her life”.

Have you ever heard a girl saying something like this to the boy’s parents ?

like “I will keep your son happy for the rest of his life”

Nooo…. because women don’t tell lies.

 

If wife wants husband’s attention, she just has to look sad and uncomfortable.

If husband wants wife’s attention, he just has to look comfortable & happy.

 

Remember:

The FEMALE always makes the rules.

The RULES are subject to change at any time without prior notification…by the FEMALE.

No MALE can possibly know all the RULES.

If the FEMALE suspects the MALE knows all the RULES, she must immediately change some or all of them.



LEARN TO LIVE LIKE JESUS

FEBRUARY 12

Learn from me … and you will find rest for your souls. MATTHEW 11:29 NIV

You’ll notice that unlike us, Jesus didn’t suffer from the fear of failure. That’s because He never entertained the thought that He couldn’t do something His Father had already assured Him He could. And He didn’t suffer from a fear of lack either. Even though He lived a simple life He was responsible

for supporting Himself and a team of others. How did He do it? He prayed a lot, and stayed in sync with His heavenly Father. Consequently He knew how to catch fish when they weren’t biting, or find tax money in a fish’s mouth when He needed it. (Yes, Jesus paid His taxes!) Now God may not provide for you in similar fashion, but He’s promised to take care of you (See 1 Pe 5:7). Today Jesus is saying to you, “Come to me .. .learn from me … and you will find rest for your souls [emotions and mind].”

Stress is brought on by our need to know everything ahead of time-to be in control. Even after we pray and supposedly turn the situation over to God, we develop a “backup plan” in case He doesn’t handle things the way we think He should. Do you do that? You don’t put your money into a bank then stay

awake all night worrying about it, do you? Have at least that much confidence in God. Each time you begin the downward spiral of “How? What? When? Where?” stop and give it back to God. Not the little God of your understanding, but the big God whose track record speaks for itself, whose faithfulness

never fails, and who has earned the right to ask you, “Is any thing too hard for [me]?” (Ge 18:14), In other words-learn how to live like Jesus.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Man outside phone booth: “Excuse me you are holding phone since 29 minutes and you haven’t spoken a word”.

Man inside: “i am talking to my wife”.

 

What is the thinnest book in the world?

“What Men Know About Women”

 

How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?

We don’t know… it has never happened



THE WAY THAT’S BEST FOR YOUR CHILD (2)

FEBRUARY 10

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. PROVERBS 24:3 NKJV

You say, “I raised all my children the same way, how come this one is a problem?” (1) Congratulations on succeeding with your other kids! You’re ahead of the curve. A good family rule is: Pray about your shortcomings; focus on your successes. Don’t obsess over one particular child, shortchanging the others of your time and attention. Though it doesn’t feel natural, reduce your intense concentration on your problem child. Stop “fixing” them, enjoy all your children, and watch things improve. (2) Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Many problem children are just late arrivers; give them the time they need. (3) Most families have a “black sheep.” They make us uncomfortable by not doing life like the rest of us. Accept what you don’t like about them till God either changes them or teaches the family mature, unconditional, non-controlling love through them. (4) You do your best as an imperfect but loving parent, then your children, not you, make their own choices. The prophet Samuel’s sons “did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice” (l Sa 8:3 NIV). Embarrassing and disappointing, yes! But no charge of spiritual or parental failure is laid on Samuel’s doorstep. As godly a man as ever lived, he “walked the talk.” But when push came to shove, his sons had their options and chose not to do likewise. (5) However dysfunctional your child may be, under God their greatest asset is a parent who responds by faith not by fixing, by praying not prying, and who gets out of God’s way and lets Him work.

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Actual Reasons for missing Church

“I couldn’t get the lid off the peanut butter.”

“The church is too close to drive and too far to walk.”

“Both of my girlfriends attend that church.”

“The pastor stays in the Bible too much.”

“The pastor is too attractive. When I see him preaching, I have impure thoughts and I am distracted.”



THE WAY THAT’S BEST FOR YOUR CHILD (1)

FEBRUARY 10

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. PROVERBS 24:3 NKJV

You say, “I raised all my children the same way, how come this one is a problem?” (1) Congratulations on succeeding with your other kids! You’re ahead of the curve. A good family rule is: Pray about your shortcomings; focus on your successes. Don’t obsess over one particular child, shortchanging the others of your time and attention. Though it doesn’t feel natural, reduce your intense concentration on your problem child. Stop “fixing” them, enjoy all your children, and watch things improve. (2) Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Many problem children are just late arrivers; give them

the time they need. (3) Most families have a “black sheep.” They make us uncomfortable by not doing life like the rest of us. Accept what you don’t like about them till God either changes them or teaches the family mature, unconditional, noncontrolling love through them. (4) You do your best as an

imperfect but loving parent, then your children, not you, make their own choices. The prophet Samuel’s sons “did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice” (l Sa 8:3 NIV). Embarrassing and disappointing, yes! But no charge of spiritual or parental failure is laid on Samuel’s doorstep. As godly a man as ever lived, he “walked the talk.” But when push came to shove, his sons had their options and chose not to do likewise. (5) However dysfunctional your child may be, under God their greatest asset is a parent who responds by faith not by fixing, by praying not prying, and who gets out of God’s way and lets Him work.

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Actual Reasons for missing Church

“I couldn’t get the lid off the peanut butter.”

“The church is too close to drive and too far to walk.”

“Both of my girlfriends attend that church.”

“The pastor stays in the Bible too much.”

“The pastor is too attractive. When I see him preaching, I have impure thoughts and I am distracted.”



THE TRUTH ABOUT DAVID’S BROTHERS

FEBRUARY 7

Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons. 1 SAMUEL 16:5 NKJV

David’s seven brothers were each circumcised: a mark of divine ownership. Yet not one of them would fight Goliath. Why? Because:

(1) They allowed the fears of those around them to erode their faith. Fear is contagious; if you listen to it long enough you’ll get infected. Now, you shouldn’t be isolated from the world, but you must be insulated against its negative influences. Listening to Goliath wore David’s brothers down, so who are

you listening to? Get God’s opinion and build your life around it. Allow His Word to settle every issue.

(2) They had no personal track record with God to fall back on. There are no insignificant battles in life. The little battles equip us for the big battles which shape our destiny. The lion he killed as a boy was

big, the bear was bigger, and Goliath was bigger yet. But David wasn’t intimidated. “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and … the bear … will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (l Sa 17:37 NKJV). Stand on your “God moments.” What you believe in a crisis will be determined by the experiences you’ve had with God in the past.

(3) They had looks that impressed but not hearts that sought God. So He disqualified them, saying, “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the

heart” (lSa 16:7 NKJV). David’s spiritual core was formed while observing creation and having fellowship with his Creator. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, 0 God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Ps 42:1-2 NKJV). Can you say that?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes the man to the parrot section and asks the man to choose one.

The man asks, ”How much is the yellow one?” The assistant says, ”$2000.” The man is shocked and asks the assistant why it’s so expensive. The assistant explains, ”This parrot is a very special one. He knows typewriting and can type really fast.”

”What about the green one?” the man asks. The assistant says, ”He costs $5000 because he knows typewriting and can answer incoming telephone calls and takes notes.”

”What about the red one?” the man asks. The assistant says, ”That one’s $10,000.” The man says, ”What does HE do?”

​The assistant says, ”I don’t know, but the other two call him boss.”



LEARN TO BE CONTENT (2)

FEBRUARY 5, 2020

I have learned the secret of being content. PHILIPPIANS 4:12 NIV

Sometimes contentment means:

(1) Learning to be happy with less. A hard-charging executive decided to spend a few days in a monastery. “I hope your stay is a blessed one,” said the monk who showed him to his cell. “If you need anything let us know. We’ll teach you how to live without it.” Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s enjoying what God’s given you. Paul said he had learned to be content, “Whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (vv. 12-13).

(2) Reminding yourself things could be worse. Snoopy was lying in his doghouse one Thanksgiving Day,

mumbling about being stuck with dog food while all those humans got to be inside with the turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie. “Of course, it could have been worse,” he finally reflected, “I could have been born a turkey.” Reminding yourself, “It could be worse” can be a powerful developer of contentment.

(3) Understanding that what you seek is spiritual, not material. Paul says to beware of “greed, which is idolatry” (Cot 3:5 NIV). Our problem isn’t just that we want more, it’s that the condition which underlies all our wanting is that we really want God. As Augustine said, “Our souls will never rest, until they rest in

Thee.” Why would God let us feel at home, when this world is not our home? Our dissatisfaction, if we let it, can sharpen our spiritual hunger and cause us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10 NIV).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A little old lady went to the grocery store to buy cat food. She picked up three cans and took them to the check out counter. The girl at the cash register said, “I’m sorry, but we cannot sell you cat food without proof that you have a cat. A lot of old people buy cat food to eat, and the management wants proof that you are buying the cat food for your cat.”

The little old lady went home, picked up her cat and brought it back to the store. They sold her the cat food.

The next day, she tried to buy two cans of dog food. Again, the cashier said, “I’m sorry, but we cannot sell you dog food without proof that you have a dog. A lot of old people buy dog food to eat, but the management wants proof that you are buying the dog food for your dog.” 

So she went home and brought in her dog. She then was able to buy the dog food.

​The next day she brought in a box with a hole in the lid.  The little old lady asked the cashier to stick her finger in the hole. The cashier said, “No, you might have a snake in there.” The little old lady assured her that there was nothing in the box that would harm her. So the cashier put her finger into the box and quickly pulled it out. She said to the little old lady, “That smells like poop.” The little old lady said, “It is. I want to buy two rolls of toilet paper.”​



LEARN TO BE CONTENT (1)

FEBRUARY 5, 2020

I have learned the secret of being content. PHILIPPIANS 4:12 NIV

Sometimes contentment means:

(1) Learning to be happy with less. A hard-charging executive decided to spend a few days in a monastery. “I hope your stay is a blessed one,” said the monk who showed him to his cell. “If you need anything let us know. We’ll teach you how to live without it.” Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s enjoying what God’s given you. Paul said he had learned to be content, “Whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (vv. 12-13).

(2) Reminding yourself things could be worse. Snoopy was lying in his doghouse one Thanksgiving Day,

mumbling about being stuck with dog food while all those humans got to be inside with the turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie. “Of course, it could have been worse,” he finally reflected, “I could have been born a turkey.” Reminding yourself, “It could be worse” can be a powerful developer of contentment.

(3) Understanding that what you seek is spiritual, not material. Paul says to beware of “greed, which is idolatry” (Cot 3:5 NIV). Our problem isn’t just that we want more, it’s that the condition which underlies all our wanting is that we really want God. As Augustine said, “Our souls will never rest, until they rest in

Thee.” Why would God let us feel at home, when this world is not our home? Our dissatisfaction, if we let it, can sharpen our spiritual hunger and cause us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10 NIV).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A little old lady went to the grocery store to buy cat food. She picked up three cans and took them to the check out counter. The girl at the cash register said, “I’m sorry, but we cannot sell you cat food without proof that you have a cat. A lot of old people buy cat food to eat, and the management wants proof that you are buying the cat food for your cat.”

The little old lady went home, picked up her cat and brought it back to the store. They sold her the cat food.

The next day, she tried to buy two cans of dog food. Again, the cashier said, “I’m sorry, but we cannot sell you dog food without proof that you have a dog. A lot of old people buy dog food to eat, but the management wants proof that you are buying the dog food for your dog.” 

So she went home and brought in her dog. She then was able to buy the dog food.

​The next day she brought in a box with a hole in the lid.  The little old lady asked the cashier to stick her finger in the hole. The cashier said, “No, you might have a snake in there.” The little old lady assured her that there was nothing in the box that would harm her. So the cashier put her finger into the box and quickly pulled it out. She said to the little old lady, “That smells like poop.” The little old lady said, “It is. I want to buy two rolls of toilet paper.”​



SPIRIT SIGNALS

FEBRUARY 4, 2020

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:14 NIV

Paul says: “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit. .. they are foolishness to him … because they are spiritually discerned.” Pastor Jon Walker writes: “Spirit warnings alert YOU to impending danger. A friend of mine was driving towards a green light when he was strongly prompted to hit his brakes. As he did so a semi-truck ran a red light. Had it not been for my friend’s instant obedience he’d probably have been killed. Spirit stop signs red-Hag you not to go somewhere. A dog I owned … was used to being on a leash and when I took him to a neighbor’s field to run, I’d simply say ‘No’ when he approached a place he shouldn’t go. He’d done nothing wrong, and my warning wasn’t a rebuke- it was a caution for his own protection. Spirit timing is God telling you the time is not right. In grad school I planned to buy a computer through a discount program. When I turned in my paperwork, however, they told me it had been discontinued. I was very angry at God. Two months later the university reopened the program [offering] upgraded models bundled with software that cost extra two months ago-the whole package was cheaper than the previous one … Turns out God knows what he’s doing!”

Be sensitive to Spirit signals. Trust God’s Spirit to guide you in the decisions and details of your life. Keep a list of the times He has prompted you; it’ll sensitize you and strengthen your resolve to obey. Remember, God’s promptings always line lip with His Word-even when they don’t line up you’re your ideas.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

When the lodge meeting broke up, John confided to a friend. “Mike, I’m in a terrible pickle! I’m strapped for cash and I haven’t the slightest idea where I’m going to get it from!”

“I’m glad to hear that” answered Mike. “I was afraid you might have an idea you could borrow it from me!” …

 

Three old ladies sit in a diner, discussing their health. One lady says, “You know, I’m getting really forgetful. This morning, I was standing at the top of the stairs, and I couldn’t remember whether I had just come up or was about to go down.”

The second lady says, “You think that’s bad? The other day, I was sitting on the edge of my bed, and I couldn’t remember whether I was going to sleep or had just woken up!”

The third lady smiles smugly. “Well, my memory is just as good as it’s always been, knock on wood,” she says as she raps on the table. Then with a startled look on her face, she asks, “Who’s there?”




 

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