HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE

MARCH 4

I was walking down life’s highway  a long time ago.

One day I saw a sign that read, “HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE”. As I got a little closer the door came open wide, and when I came to myself I was standing inside.  I saw a host of ANGELS.  They were standing everywhere. One handed me a basket and said, “My Child shop with care”. Everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store. And all you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for more.

 

First, I got some PATIENCE:  LOVE was in the same row.

Further down was UNDERSTANDING: you need that everywhere you go.

I got a  box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.

I just couldn’t miss the HOLY GHOST, for it was all over the place. 

I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race. 

By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some GRACE.

 

I didn’t forget SALVATION, for SALVATION was free,

so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me. 

Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,

for I thought I had everything to do the MASTER’S will.

 

As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER: and I just had to put that in,

for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run into sin. 

PEACE AND JOY were plentiful; they were last on the shelf. 

SONG and PRAISE were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

 

Then I said to the angel, “Now, how much do I owe?”  He smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”  Again, I smiled and said, “How much do I really owe?”  He smiled again and said, “MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG, LONG TIME AGO.”

 

“ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YOU SHALL ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, YOU SHALL RECEIVE.” (MATTHEW 21:22)

 

A Radiant Smile

 

Wisdom?

The following proverbs were collected by a first grade teacher over the years. She gave her classes part of an old proverb and let them fill in the rest.

As You Shall Make Your Bed So Shall You…….. Mess It Up.

Better Be Safe Than…….. Punch A 5th Grader.

Strike While The…….. Bug Is Close.

It’s Always Darkest Before…….. Daylight Savings Time.

Never Under Estimate The Power Of…….. Termites.

You Can Lead A Horse To Water But……. How?

Don’t Bite The Hand That… …..Looks Dirty.

No News Is…….. Impossible.

A Miss Is As Good As A…….. Mr.

You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New…….. Math.

If You Lie Down With The Dogs, You’ll……..Stink In The Morning.

Love All, Trust…….. Me

The Pen Is Mightier Than The…….. Pigs.



A LIFE THOUGHT (3)

MARCH 3

“DON’T LET SATAN STEAL YOUR JOY”

   “All of us will admit, I am sure, that there are times in our life when we do not feel like giving thanks to God.  No matter who we are, there are many things that rob us of the joy of our salvation, the joy of giving thanks to the Lord.  This can cause us to have a negative attitude.  In fact, if we are totally honest, we will have to confess that we have to guard ourselves against negativism quite often.  That is true of the best of us – even preachers of the gospel.”

  “Usually it is not the big things that rob us of our joy, it is the little things.”

  “Just as it is the little foxes spoil the vines (Song of Sol. 2:15), so it is the minor irritations and trivial inconveniences in our daily life that most often rob us of our joy.  It may not sound as though it amounts to much at the moment, but over a period of time it can build up and become a serious problem.”

  “Why is it so important to the devil to steal our joy?  Because he knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10)  If we don’t have any joy, we don’t have any strength.  If we have no strength, we have no resistance.  If we cannot resist the devil, he won’t flee from us.  If Satan doesn’t flee from us, we don’t win.  It is a vicious cycle.”

  “Paul knew all this.  That’s why he wrote to the believers in Philippi that, although he would prefer to depart and be with the Lord, he was certain that he was going to go on living so he would teach them how to grow in faith and how to celebrate life more fully.”

  “Life is good. Life is enjoyable.  Life is fun.  It is exciting to be a Christian.  It is invigorating to face and overcome challenges.  It is satisfying and fulfilling to grow in faith.  It is wonderful to be able to give thanks to God and to celebrate the life He has bestowed upon us in all its fullness and abundance.”

Jerry Savelle,  “Turning Your Adversity Into Victory.”

 

 

 Thermos Flask

Paddy is walking across a building site and sees the foreman pouring coffee from a Thermos flask.

“What’s that you’ve got there foreman” says Paddy.

“A Thermos Flask” says the foreman.

“And what does that do?” says Paddy.

“Well”, says the foreman, “if you put anything hot in it then it stays hot, and if you put anything cold in it then it stays cold”.

“Bloody hell” says Paddy, “I must get myself one of those.”

Next days Paddy is sitting having his lunch when in comes Mick.

“What’s that there Paddy” says Mick.

“A Thermos Flask” says Paddy.

“And what does that do?” says Mick.

“Well”, says Paddy, “if you put anything hot in it then it stays hot, and if you put anything cold in it then it stays cold”.

“That’s marvelous”, says Mick, “and what have you got in there?”

“Well”, says Paddy, “Two cups of coffee and an ice-cream”



A LIFE THOUGHT (2)

MARCH 2

  “Called to Speak a Word in Season”

   “The Lord God hath given me a tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary…..  Isaiah 50:4

  “This speaking the good word is not just an Old Testament teaching and practice.  In the New International Version the author of Hebrews 10:25 writes:  …. let us encourage one another….”

   “Encouragers, edifiers, that is what you and I ought to be to one another.  We should be Joshuas and Calebs to one another, those who speak good words to one another so that our spirits can continually soar in the Lord.”

   “Some of us are called ‘preachers’. A better word would be ‘exhorters’, those who, like Isaiah, are called to speak ‘a word in season to him who is weary.'”

   “But how can I do that if I myself am oppressed, hopeless, and weary?  That’s the problem with many preachers today: they preach their experiences rather than the Word of God.  And the sad thing is that there are always those who will go to listen to that kind of message instead of giving heed to the good word that gladdens the heart.”

   “The writer of Proverbs tells us that a good word will make our heart glad.  If we do not have a glad heart, then it is obvious that we need to change our source of information.  We need a new outlook, a new attitude, and a new viewpoint.  We need to be like the Apostle Paul who knew how to llok at every situation of life  – whether good or bad – and to draw from it a positive reinforcements.”

   Jerry Savelle,  Turning Your Adversity into Victory.

 

A Radiant Smile

           Elevator Laws

There are un-written rules that everyone who rides elevators follow whether they know it or not. It’s not something that anyone has placed into effect by law…It’s just the way things are….

  1. When you are waiting for an elevator and there are two sets, the one that is the greatest distance from you will open first.
  2. While you are riding the elevator, it is not permissible to look anyone in the eyes. The proper place to stare is at the floor or at the numbers.
  3. The person at the very back of the elevator will always be the one who needs off first.
  4. If you are on the top floor of a 32 story building and needed to go the 1st floor, the elevator will stop 31 times before you reach the ground.
  5. If you get off on the wrong floor and realize it the instant your foot hits the ground outside the elevator, it’s much too embarrassing to admit you are wrong, so you stay outside the door and act like you know what you’re doing then catch the next one and hope all the people you were with have gotten off.
  6. When there are six elevator doors, the one you stand in front of will be the last to open.
  7. When the elevator is the most full, one of two people will be on with you: an extremely sick man who coughs constantly and then gets off on the same floor you do, or a lady with a baby that screams through the entire ride.
  8. Don’t pass gas in an elevator even if you are all alone because when you do, the very next stop will have ten people waiting to get on. It’s always best to wait until the elevator is full then no one knows who to blame.
  9. If you speak to a stranger in an elevator there will always be nervous laughter.
  10. The friendliest person on the elevator that insists on talking to you will always have bad breath and body odor.
  11. Elevators force us to be close to people that we would never choose to be around otherwise. If you want a cultural experience, spend a day riding elevators around town.
  12. The first person to get on the elevator gets the command position next to the buttons so that they can feel important when people ask them to punch their floor for them.
  13. While waiting on an elevator, there will always be one person to comment on how slow the elevator is and then push the up or down button over and over as if that will make it speed up.
  14. Once inside the elevator that same person will repeatedly punch the button for their floor thinking that this also will speed up the elevator.
  15. On top of the list of the most annoying elevator pet peeves is the parent who will allow their child to push the buttons and then smile at you after the kid has pushed all 26 buttons while you are on the first floor needing to get to the 25th floor. Then at every floor the kid will yell “Is this where we get off?”
  16. The floor that is labeled the 1st floor is not really the 1st floor but is in reality the basement. The 1st floor is actually labeled the 2nd floor.
  17. If you are not in any hurry, there will always be an empty elevator just waiting with the doors open just for you by yourself.
  18. If a child rides the elevator, they will have a balloon that just happens to be at your face level and there is no place to turn. Popping the balloon is a strong temptation.
  19. I would rather ride the elevator with people than take the stairs alone!


A LIFE THOUGHT (1)

MARCH 1

   “You’re beginning to see that God made you special for a purpose.  He has a job for you that no one else can do as well as you. Out of the billions of applicants, only one is qualified, only one has the right combination of what it takes.  God has given each person the measure of faith to do what He has called them to do.  Every person is gifted.”

  “A person is never what he ought to be until he is doing what he ought to be doing.  God holds us not only responsible for what we have, but for what we could have; not only for what we are, but for what we might be.  Man is responsible to God for becoming what God has made possible for him to become.”

  “Your life makes a difference. Although we’re all different no mixture is insignificant.  On judgment day, God won’t ask me why I wasn’t Joshua or Billy Graham or Pat Robertson but why I wasn’t John Mason.  Jerry Van Dyke said it best when he said, “The best rose bush is not the one with the fewest thorns, but that which bears the finest roses.”

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

 

I would have given him 100% for his creativity and wit!

Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die? * his last battle

Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? * at the bottom of the  page

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? * liquid

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? * marriage

Q5. What is the main reason for failure? * exams

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast? * Lunch & dinner

Q7. What looks like half an apple? * The other half

 

 



CONTROL YOUR ANGER (2)

FEBRUARY 26

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath. PSALM 37:8 NIV

A bad temper is not something to be proud of, but prayed over. When you blow your top, you just reveal your contents. And which of us hasn’t done that, and regretted it? The Bible says losing your temper “leads to harm” (NLT), because God knew we’d be dealing with:

(1) Stress: By cramming too much into too little time, you set yourself up! Like violin strings that are pulled too tight, you end up snapping, then feeling guilty because you’re not “spiritual” enough. “Have a sane estimate of your capabilities” (Ro 12:3-4 PHPS). In life “it’s always something,” so anticipate and allow time for the unexpected. (2) Frustration: Defined as “someone or something that upsets you all the time.” A recent news story told of a guy who went hunting on his mountain bike. When it broke down he shot it to pieces. Crazy! It makes no sense, but as Robert Green Ingersoll said, “Anger is like wind that blows out the lamp of the mind.” (3) Perceived violations of our rights: When you walk around feeling angry it clouds your judgment, because when the only tool you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail. The bottom line is, it’s not always about you! This is especially true in marriage. Jesus said that in order to receive, you must first learn to give (See Mk 9:35). (4) Things that challenge your values: Sometimes “enough is enough” and you need to speak up. When Jesus got angry in the temple it was because of dishonest practices and people being mistreated. In this case, “it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (Jas 4:17 NLT).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Little Bob went with his mom to church every Sunday.

One morning in the middle of the service Bob complained that he was feeling a bit queasy and was afraid he was going to puke. “No problem dear,” whispered his Mom in his ear, “just head on over to the bathroom on the other side of the church, and take care of it there.”

Thirty seconds later Bob came back.

“Did you go to the bathroom?” question his Mom.

​“No need” responded Bob. “Right outside the door was a big box with a sign next to it ‘for the sick’, so I just did it in there!”

 



CONTROL YOUR ANGER (1)

FABRUARY 25

In your anger do not sin. EPHESIANS 4:26 NIV

In the era when commuters routinely traveled by train, a businessman en route to an important meeting asked a porter to make sure he got off the train at 5:00 a.m. Imagine how he felt when he woke at 9:00 the next morning, miles past his destination. Furiously he ripped into the porter, and he didn’t mince

words! “That’s one angry man,” remarked a passenger who overheard the tirade. “If you think he was angry,” said the porter, “you should’ve seen the guy I put off the train at 5:00 this morning!” We smile, but as Dr. James Comer of Yale Medical School observes: “We have a sense the world’s closing in on

us, that there are too many people around, that we’re getting ripped off. We feel powerless about our problems and we explode in frustration.”

Paul says: “If you are angry, be sure that it is not a sinful anger … don’t give the devil that son of foothold” (Phillips). Does that mean it’s always bad to get mad? No, Paul is making the point that misdirected anger opens the door to the enemy. In the temple, Jesus showed us there’s a place for righteous anger over injustice and exploitation. But much of the time we’re angry because we think people don’t appreciate us, or take advantage of us, or don’t give us what we deserve. Again Paul

writes: “Get rid of all. .. anger .. .forgiving each other … as … God forgave you” (Eph 4:31-32 NIV). But even the best advice in the world is useless unless you do something with it. So if you’re inclined to be hot-tempered, start your day by asking God to help you act in ways that honor Him.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Signs of the Times

Harry walked over to the Priest after services, “You know Father, I am really stuck in a quandary I would like to attend church next week but I just can’t miss the big game next Sunday, it’s just out of the question.”

“Oh Harry Harry” said the Priest putting his arm around Harry, “don’t you know? that’s what recorders are for.”

 ​Harry’s face lit up “you mean I could record your sermon?” …



THE ANSWER TO MICHAEL’S QUESTION

FEBRUARY 24

To depart and be with Christ … is far better. PHILIPPIANS 1 :23 NKJV

Things we’ve never experienced before tend to frighten us. A little boy wrote a letter to God, addressed it to heaven and mailed it. Letters like that usually end up in the dead letter office, but somehow this one was opened. It read, “Dear God, what’s it like to die? I don’t want to do it, I just want to know. Your friend, Michael.” It’s a question we’ve all pondered.

Harold Sala writes: “When I’m going to a part of the world I’ve never been to, I read and investigate to find out what it’s like. I browse travel books, go on the Internet, talk with someone who can tell me what it’s like from personal experience. No other book in the world can tell me what the Bible tells me about heaven. The only person who has been there and can tell me what it’s like, is Jesus.” Knowing that for the believer, death is just a transition into God’s presence, Paul writes: “When our … body wears out … we have … an eternal house in heaven” (See 2Co 5:1). At the end of his book The Last Battle, the characters die in a train accident, and C.S. Lewis concludes the story like this: “The things that [happened] after that were so beautiful I cannot write them. For us this is the end of all the stories, but for them it was only the beginning of the real story.” Speaking about heaven Paul says: “If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose … The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better” (TM). And that’s the real answer to Michael’s question!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​A large family visited the zoo.

Upon arrival they discovered that the admission was one dollar per family.

The father guided his twelve children through the gate and handed the ticket collector a dollar bill.

“Are all these your children?” he asked.​”

Take you dollar back. It’s worth more for the animals to see your family than for your family to see the animals.” …



MAKE RIPPLES

FEBRUARY 23

God chose the weak things. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:2″ NIV

The story’s told of Elzeard Bouffier, a fifty-five-year-old widower who lived in a French village in 1910, surrounded by poverty and despair. So he did something: he collected thousands of acorns and planted them throughout the area. When they took root, he cultivated beeches. When they became saplings, he planted birches. One day, amidst the death and devastation of World War I, a mysterious grey mist appeared on the horizon. It was the oaks of 1910, below them the adolescent beeches, and below them the tiny birch seedlings. Bouffier kept planting, and at the end of World War II, French environmentalists announced that a “natural forest” had “mysteriously” sprung up, flourishing amidst its barren surroundings. But the story doesn’t end there; his forest started a chain reaction. Water flowed in brooks that had dried up. The wind scattered seeds, and willows, rushes, meadows and gardens sprang up. New people carne to live there, bringing. with them hope and prosperity. Elzeard Bouffier found acorns, planted them, and God did the rest.

God can do much with little. Look what He did for David with a sling and a stone. Watch Him feed five thousand with a boy’s lunch. And He will do the same for you! Your life is like a pebble: it may not look like much, but drop it into a pond and watch the ripples spread in every direction. Every day you live

you have three options: (a) Think only of yourself and your own interests. (b) Since success doesn’t come without the possibility of failure, take no risks and go no further. (c) Ask God to show you what you’ve got, then use it to make ripples.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.

After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.

”But why?” they asked, as they moved off.

 ”because,” he said. . .”I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.” …



BATTLING SELFISHNESS

FEBRUARY 22

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:24 NIV

As citizens of God’s kingdom, we live by a different value system. “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” Now let’s be honest; that’s hard to do and easy to forget, because selfishness is a battle we fight daily.

When Jesus was hanging on the cross in intense pain, He took time for a condemned criminal hanging next to Him (See Lk 23:39-43). When Stephen was being stoned to death, he prayed for those who were killing him, asking God not to lay the sin to their charge (See Ac 7:59-60). Though Paul and Silas were beaten and wrongly imprisoned, they took the time to minister to their jailer. Even after God sent a powerful earthquake that broke their chains and opened their prison doors, they remained there just for the purpose of ministering to their captor. How tempting it must have been to run away while the opportunity was there. How easy it would have been to take care of themselves and not worry about anybody else. But their act of love moved the jailer to ask how he might be saved. As a result, he and his entire family were won to Christ (See Ac 16:25-34).

When we begin to win the war against selfishness and walk in Jove, others will take notice. We’ll never win the world by being like them. So here’s the question you need to answer: How many of your loved ones might come to know Jesus if you demonstrated that you genuinely loved them, instead of ignoring, judging or rejecting them? It’s time to find out!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​Grandpa was telling his young grandson what life was like when he was a boy.

“In the winter we’d ice skate on our pond. In the summer we could swim in the pond, and pick berries in the woods. We’d swing on an old tire my dad hung from a tree on a rope. And we had a pony we rode all over the farm.”

The little boy was amazed, and sat silently for a minute.

Finally he said, “Granddad, I wish I’d gotten to know you a lot sooner!” …



SEEING GOD IN OUR SITUATION

FEBRUARY 12

Because of this I rejoice. PHILIPPIANS 1:18 NIV

Paul wrote, “What has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel” (Php 1:12 NIV), he was in prison using his situation to tell people about Jesus. He goes on to say, “It has become clear throughout the whole palace guard … that I am in chains for Christ” (Php 1:13 NIV). Then he ”

points out that through his imprisonment “most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Php 1:14 NIV). Even when Paul found out some people were preaching the Gospel to make trouble for him, he said, “What does it matter? The important thing is … whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice” (Php 1:18 NIV). Arrested unjustly, treated unkindly, his future uncertain, Paul looked for God’s

hand in every situation. Therefore he could say in all things “because of this I rejoice.” What perspective! What an attitude!

A century ago, following a coal mining accident, the Bishop of Durham told mourners, “It’s difficult to understand why God let such a disaster happen, but we know and trust Him and all will be right. At home I have an old silk bookmark given to me by my mother. When I examine the wrong side I see nothing but a tangle of threads .. .it looks like a big mistake. One would think someone had done it who didn’t know what they were doing. But when I turn it over and look at the right side I see beautifully embroidered, the words GOD IS LOVE.

We are looking at this today from the wrong side. Someday we shall see it from another standpoint and we shall understand.” When we begin to see God in our situation, we can say “because of this I rejoice.”

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A woman was taking a nap on Valentine’s Day afternoon. After she awoke, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a gorgeous and expensive diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day! What do you think it means?”

You’ll know tonight,” he said.

That evening, her husband came home with a small package for her. Thrilled, she opened it and found a book titled “The Meaning of Dreams.”

 

Ben: What did one magnet say to the other magnet on Valentine’s Day?

Finn: I have no idea. What?

Ben: “I find you very attractive!”




 

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