MAY 26

“God is love.  When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home, and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day — Our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s.”         1 John 4:16-17            The Message Bible

There is a big difference between a house guest and a permanent resident.

I often tease my parents in that while I was away at College, they built a new home and moved…. but I found them anyway….. LOL.  But it is true that they did move during my sophomore year at college and therefore the house where they have lived for the past 30+ years is a house where I never did live.  It is a wonderful house, in a great neighborhood, but it is just not the “home” that I grew up in.

It is very good when we allow “Love” to dwell in the houses of our spirit. But if “love” is a temporary boarder, that is, one who comes and goes when it is convenient, it will never reproduce the long standing purpose for which it is intended, to make us more like God.

“God is Love.”  To be like Him is to be His Love revealed to our world. The only way to do that is to let “love have the run of the house” or be in everything that we do.

The more that we “love”, especially love when it is hard or difficult to “love” the stronger that Love gets.  It’s like exercise.  When you use muscles over and over again they get stronger and more responsive to the challenge.  So the more we love, the stronger it becomes ingrained in us and the more responsive it becomes to our neighbor.

Today, find someone new to “love”.  You never know what kind of permanent resident, Love can become when you give it a chance.

            Pastor Don     



I Need The Day Off

Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office. “Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.”

“We’re short-handed, Smith” the boss replies. “I can’t give you the day off.”

“Thanks, boss,” says Smith “I knew I could count on you!”


The School Play

Billy’s father picked him up from school to take him to a dental appointment. Knowing the acting roles for the school play were being posted that day, he asked Billy if he got a part.

Billy enthusiastically announced that he’d gotten a part. “I play a man who’s been married for twenty years.”

“That’s great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they’ll be giving you a speaking part.”


MAY 25

“You get us ready for life: you probe for our soft spots, you knock off our rough edges.  And I’m feeling so fit, so safe: made right, kept right. God is solemn honor does things right.   Psalm 7:9-11  The Message Bible.

The other night I saw an infomercial (we know how to coin names don’t we), that was selling a wonderful product that would cause you to lose weight, gain energy and fulfill all the body’s vitamins requirements.  It was a simple pill that you take before bedtime and “while you sleep”, you slumber your way to good health.

RIGHT!  We are so caught up in the fitness craze that we’ll do anything to get fit, except do the right things.  Discipline of what you eat and how you exercise is the only way to get and stay physically fit.

The same is true of our spiritual muscular system.  What we eat and how we exercise will determine our Spiritual Fitness. 

What we eat has to be a balanced and healthy diet.  Good books are great, but don’t forget your daily minimum requirements of God’s Word.  God’s Word is compared to the fruits and vegetables that the physical body needs to eat.  There are some who try to live on the cake and ice cream of some great Christian authors and their books or tapes.  And there are some who eat nothing but the junk food of TV and non-religious materials.  Eating properly is the key to getting a good start to your day.

And then there is the exercise that we need.  Exercise for exercise sake is not the way to build a strong body.  Neither is “good works” for “good works” sake the way to build the spiritual man.  We must be available to use God’s good works to help and assist others in their struggles through life.  To point someone else to the cross or to the work of the Holy Spirit is the exercise that brings health and happiness to the spiritual man.  I guess the simple answer to what kind of exercise do I need is this. Does it bring notice to my super spiritual life or does it bring glory to God?  I’ve seen some pretty muscular Christians out there, you know what I mean, muscles on top of muscles, but never able to lend a helping hand for fear they might pull one of those precious muscles.  God doesn’t need an “Incredible Hulks.” He needs someone who will reach out and give a hand up to someone down in the gutter.

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Fitness Trainer.  He will guide you into all truth.  So starting today, let’s watch what we eat, and get the exercise we need.  You’ll have more spiritual energy than ever before.

            Pastor Don


What A Preacher Does For A Living:

The Sunday sermon was long and tedious, especially for the six year old boy, who squirmed through most of it.

“What does the pastor do the rest of the week,” the boy asked as  he and his father headed home?”

“Oh,” his father responded, “he has plenty to do.” He counsels people with problems all week long, he visits the sick, conducts funerals and weddings writes the church bulletin. And then there’s a lot of hard work preparing his Sunday sermon.”

“Hard work? The Sermon?”

“Yeah,’ said the father, “he works hard on that sermon.”


MAY 24

“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens… Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity.  Love your spiritual family.  Revere God. Respect the government.”  1 Peter 2:13,16-17 The Message Bible.

The Message Bible has such a simple way of explaining our responsibility to show good citizenship in this world in which we live.  Many are looking for ways to avoid their obligation to the government by using the cry of “religious freedom.”  But God never intended for Christians to be less than “model citizens” of the country to which we are born.

Most of us live in the United States of America, and like me I’m sure, are sick of the way many abuse the idea of “freedoms” or “civil liberties”. It is very disconcerting to see the “heathen rage” while the saints are deprived their own rights.  But Peter reminds us that we are to serve God in whatever situation that we find ourselves.

Freedom is the opportunity to do “right” not “what I want to do.” Freedom recognizes the needs of others as well as our own. Freedom gives us the privilege to do “unto others” …. even better than they do unto us.

Prejudice hinders us from treating one another with dignity and honor.  One of the key elements of our national moral failures is the lack of dignity shown one another.  It’s a put-down generation out there that corrupts our appreciation for others.

Dr. W. R. Corvin once said, “You cannot push someone else down without pulling yourself down with them. But if you will lift others up, it will naturally cause you to be lifted as well.”  That advice has been one of the mainstays of my lifestyle.  It is so much better on us to lift someone else up.

So today, be a model citizen.  Not only of your local government but of heaven, for after all, that is where your true citizenship is found.  Lift someone up.  Lift Jesus up. And He will draw others to Him through you and God will lift you up at the same time.

            Pastor Don



  1. Don’t come.
  2. If you do come, come late.
  3. When you come, be grouchy.
  4. Try to find fault with everything.
  5. At every service ask yourself, “What do I get out of this?” Never mind how you might help others get something out of it.
  6. Never accept an office. It is better to stay outside and criticize.
  7. Visit other churches about half the time to let your pastor know you are not tied to him or her.
  8. Let the staff do all the work and earn their pay.
  9. Sit pretty well back. Don’t imagine the front seats were meant for you; people might think you are conceited.
  10. Never sing. Try to look bored instead.
  11. Never pay in advance. Wait till you get your money’s worth.
  12. Frequently look at your watch.
  13. Never encourage the preacher. If you like a sermon, keep mum about it. You wouldn’t want your pastor to get a big head.
  14. It is good to tell your pastors’ failings to any strangers that might happen in. Otherwise they might be a long time in finding them out. Of course, you can’t expect to get new members for the church with such pastors.
  15. If your church unfortunately happens to be harmonious, call it apathy, or indifference, or lack of zeal.
  16. If there happen to be a few zealous workers in the church, make a protest against the church being run by a small clique.
  17. Don’t teach Sunday School or be a youth advisor.
  18. Scowl.
  19. If you see a stranger in the congregation, make him or her as uncomfortable as you can.
  20. Never pray for the church.



MAY 21

“The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing.  From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.  That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the son.  I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”          John 14:12-14, The Message Bible

Sometimes it is hard for me to realize that I am a part of the Body of Christ.  That is, that I have the responsibility to show the same attitude, concern and caring that Christ showed while He lived in Israel.  But this commandment that Jesus gave us was to inspire us to continue to do the things that He was recognized as having started in the earth.

Think about it.  IF we each one did one example of what Christ did each day, How many thousands, yea even million more great acts of God would be done daily.  If I showed some compassion to someone who really didn’t deserve it that would be Christ-like.  But if you also lent a helping hand to someone else in need as Christ would have, then we have just doubled the acts that Christ manifested.  Then each Christian would continue to multiply the effects of Christ-like acts to this world.

Some statisticians say that Christianity is growing faster than the world’s population, but most would say that the church is losing ground daily.  The only way that we can show a positive influence on our generation is to become more Christ-like and increase our effectiveness upon the world.

So let’s ask for the mind of Christ, and be ready to be obedient to the calling for which we have been joined to this glorious Body of Christ.  Let’s do even “greater” things for we are all extensions of the hands of God.  Let God’s hand extend through yours today.

Pastor Don



There was a dance teacher who talked of a very old dance called the Politician. “All you have to do” she told her class “is take three steps forward, two steps backward, then side-step, side-step and turn around”



 If the Devil were to write his own beatitudes, they would possibly go something like this:

** Blessed are those Christians who are TOO TIRED, TOO BUSY, too distracted to spend time with their fellow Christians in Church-they are my best candidates to back- slide.

**Blessed are those Christians who WAIT TO BE ASKED and EXPECT TO BE THANKED -I can use them to slow things down.

**Blessed are those Christians who are TOUCHY, with a bit of luck they may STOP GOING TO CHURCH and get others to quit-they are my missionaries.

**Blessed are those Christians who are VERY RELIGIOUS but GET ON EVERYONE’S nerves-they are my most effective stumbling blocks.

**Blessed are those Christians who are TROUBLEMAKERS -they are my best wrecking crew.

**Blessed are those Christians who have NO TIME TO PRAY -they are easy prey for me.

**Blessed are those Christians who are COMPLAINERS -they are my best discouragers.

**Blessed are YOU when you read this and THINK IT IS ABOUT OTHER people and not yourself—I’ve got you.


MAY 20

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Romans 12:1  The Message Bible

There is a big difference in seeking God with our whole heart, mind and body, as compared to an occasional accidental encounter with God. Too many times we get so caught up in the “Tyranny of the Urgent” that we forget that God wants to order our lives on a day to day basis. But we can never know what His instructions are until we learn to fully give ourselves to His plan.

So today, what plans do you have? What schedule are you bound to?.  What aims and ambitions do you need to see happen in your life?.  Well, give them over to God.  He will not only take them, accomplish them, but return them to you fully satisfied and complete.  He will take and achieve even greater things, because HE lives in control of  your situations.

Embracing God at your point of life is the greatest plan available. Have you embraced all of God that you can find.  If not, let this be the day where you hunger and thirst after God so much that you will die if you can’t get a taste of Him.  Every great Revival came, not because people prayed for Revival, but because they Hungered after God.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Pastor Don



A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a gaggle of cars all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.

The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think  it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me who were going just as fast, so why did ”I” get the ticket?”

“Ever go fishing?” the policeman suddenly asked the man.

“Ummm, yeah…” the startled man replied.

The officer grinned and added, “Ever catch “all” the fish?”



Rev. Matthew Sassano, Jr.:  I am a pastor and father of two children. The day before we were to attend a cousin’s high school graduation, I thought I’d prepare the kids, knowing how fidgety they can get. “Graduations are sometimes long, boring events,” I said.  “I want you guys to behave and not ask constantly when it’s going to be over.” “Don’t worry, Dad.  We’ll live,” my daughter replied.  “We last through all your sermons, don’t we?”


MAY 19

What we say is important.  The Bible States that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matt 12:34).  We need to change our vocabulary.  We need to speak words of life and light.  Our talk should always rise to the level of the Word of God.

We Christians should be known as people who speak positively, those who speak the Word of God into situations, those who speak forth words of life.

We should not be like the man who joined a monastery in which the monks were allowed to speak only two words every seven years.  After the first seven years had passed, the new initiate met with the abbot who asked him, “Well, what are your two words?”

“Food’s bad,” replied the man, who then went back to spend another seven-year period before once again meeting with his ecclesiastical superior.

“What are your two words now?” asked the clergyman.

“Bed’s hard,” responded the man.

“Seven years later -twenty-one years after his initial entry into the monastery – the man met with the abbot for the third and final time.

“And what are your two words this time?” he was asked.

“I quit!”

“Well, I’m not surprised.” Answered the disgusted cleric. “all you’ve done since you got here is complain!”.

Don’t be like this man; don’t be known as a person whose only words are negative.

If you are a member of the “murmuring grapevine,” you need to resign.  In John 6:43 our Lord instructed His “. . . disciples, murmur not among yourselves. IN Philippians 2:14-15, the Apostle Paul exhorted the believers of his day: “Do all things without murmurings and disputing:That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”

Contrary to what you may have heard, talk is not cheap.  Talk is very expensive.  WE should know that our words are powerful.  What we say affects what we get from others, and what others get from us. When we speak the wrong word, it lessens our ability to see and hear the will of God and will cause even our closest friends to forsake us.      

John L. Mason, An Enemy Called Average


10 reasons Adam was the luckiest man

  1. He is the only man who has never been compared to the man she could have married.
  2. He had no in-laws to drop in.
  3. There were no Jones for him to keep up with.
  4. There were no credit cards OR shopping centers.
  5. He never had his dinner interrupted by window salesmen.
  6. He got away with wearing a simple wardrobe.
  7. He never had to shovel snow!
  8. If he had gone bald, who would have known that wasn’t normal.
  9. There was no “standard weight and height” tables – and the word FAT meant good.
  10. When God asked “Adam, where are you?” He replied, “The woman you gave me was reading the map.”


The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is,” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won’t be able to wheel back.”

“You’re on, old man,” the braggart replied. “Let’s see what you got.”

The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”


MAY 18

“Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’  Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”  Acts 4:11-12  The Message Bible

I very rarely throw anything away.  It seems like I may be the King of the packrats.  If only I knew what I had, it would save me hours of trying to find the right item.

But recently I have been trying to be very selective in what I keep.  Finding a very unusual item a few months ago, I searched for some possible meaning or use for the object.  It didn’t seem to fit anywhere that I could possibly think of. 

Well the other day guess what I found.  The exact replica of the item that I had thrown away was starring me in the face.  I could almost hear it, “nan, nanna, nana”. “You’ve thrown away the key ingredient to my operation.”

Needless to say, I was disheartened to think that I had thrown something away that didn’t seem useful.  But so many people are doing exactly that today.  They are throwing away the “key” stone, the cornerstone of life, Jesus Christ.

Throwing away the advice and assistance that only He can give, is the same as rejecting that stone.  I know it is shaped unusually.  I know that it is heavier than the rest.  I understand that it doesn’t have the same characteristics of the others.  But He is God and He wants to be the key ingredient to the life that you are building.

Be careful of the things that you throw out of your life because of lack of time, or energy, or interest. Don’t throw Christ out of your life.

          Pastor Don



Do NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.

Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents do occur in home.

Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.

Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.

Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders. Hence, the safest place for you to be at any time is church. Bible study is safe, too. The percentage there is even less. Go to church!




The Dentist’s Hymn:            Crown Him With Many Crowns

The Weatherman’s Hymn:    There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

The Contractor’s Hymn:       The Church’s One Foundation

The Tailor’s Hymn:               Holy, Holy, Holy

The Golfer’s Hymn:              There is A Green Hill Far Away

The Politician’s Hymn:         Standing On The Promises

The Optometrist’s Hymn:     Open My Eyes That I May See

The IRS Agent’s Hymn:        I Surrender All

The Gossip’s Hymn:            Pass It On

The Electrician’s Hymn:      Send Out Thy Light

The Shopper’s Hymn:          Sweet By And By


MAY 17

          “God is all mercy and grace – not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace…  God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does..  Psalm 145:8-9,13  The Message Bible

In a world that has such a short fuse, toleration level and a tendency to forget whatever promises that have been made, it is so comforting to know that you have an awesome God that is exactly the opposite of life.

“God is all mercy and grace”, the Psalmist said.  Isn’t it wonderful to have a relationship with someone who is more gracious than yourself.  Who is able to overlook your flaws and weaknesses despite the mess you get yourself into.  He is the only one I know who can keep forgiving and forgiving and forgiving.  He’s more lasting than the energizer bunny.

God is “not quick to anger, is rich in love.”. What a lesson I need to learn in this situation. Keep cool despite the attacks of the enemy.  One thing that I’m constantly working on is the realization that my enemy is not the one who uses and abuses me, but is Satan himself.  Those who I loose my temper with are just puppets of Satan’s.

God doesn’t show favoritism. That’s a remarkable characteristic in this dog eat dog world, where, everyone will use anyone else to get ahead in life.  But God is good to one and all….  He has no favorites.

God does what He says. How many broken promises have you had to deal with in your closest friends and relatives? Some would even try to convince us that promises are made just to be broken.  But God’s Word is Yea and Amen.  What did God’s Word say to you today?.  It is a promise that He cannot or will not break.

Be Blessed in knowing who your God really is.  Don’t be blinded by what you see around you.

          Pastor Don



Modern Day Prayer

Lord help me to relax about insignificant details 

 beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 am PST

God help me to consider people’s feelings,  

even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

God help me to take responsibility for my own actions,  

even though they’re usually NOT my fault.

God, help me to not try to RUN everything. 

But, if You need some help, please feel free to ASK me!

Lord, help me to be more laid back,  

and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

God help me to take things more seriously,  

especially laughter, parties, and dancing.

God give me patience,  

and I mean right NOW!

Lord help me not be a perfectionist.  

(Did I spell that correctly?)

God, help me to finish everything I sta

God, help me to keep my mind on  

one th — Look, a bird — ing at a time.

God help me to do only what I can, and trust you for the rest.  

And would you mind putting that in writing?

Lord keep me open to others’ ideas,  

WRONG though they may be.

Lord help me be less independent,  

but let me do it my way.

Lord help me follow established procedures today.  

On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.

Lord, help me slow down  




MAY 14

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that… there is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.  And you count far more to him than birds.”  Matthew 6:25-26  The Message Bible

I read somewhere that if you took all the chemicals that make up the human body, we would be worth something like $3.52.  That doesn’t sound like much of a value in today’s language of net worth, but to God, it’s more than enough for Him to care about you.

I overheard our youth share about the fears and worries that many of them have in the light of the shootings that are taking place in our country. They expressed concern that even the elementary school students are so concerned about whether they have the most recent “Nike” shoe craze, or the most “rad” clothes.  That if they did not fit into the “mold” of the “Phat” (we used to call them “Kool”) kids then they were not of any value.

But in this passage, Christ teaches us, that more important than what we eat and how we dress, is the fact that we are free in Christ to live Godly, wholly Holy lives before Him.  And the amazing truth is that God wants you to succeed.

God is not giving “pop quizzes” to see how little you know.  He’s giving tests to see how much you trust Him.  Each trial or test that you face today, is God’s way of saying, “Have you given me that problem yet?”.  If you have, then sit back, sing a melody of praise and watch me take care of you, for you are of MUCH value to me.

            Pastor Don



Judi is speaking to her psychiatrist.

Judi: “I’m on the road a lot, and my clients are complaining that they can never reach me.”

Psychiatrist: “Don’t you have a phone in your car?”

J: “That was a little too expensive, so I did the next best thing. I put a mailbox in my car.

P: “Uh … How’s that working?”

  1. “Actually, I haven’t gotten any letters yet.”
  2. “And why do you think that is?”
  3. “I figure its because when I’m driving around, my zip code keeps changing.”



Children brighten up a home:  They always forget to turn out the lights!

The best way to keep your kids out of hot water is to put some dishes in it.

Your child has started growing up when he stops asking you where he came from and starts refusing to tell you where he’s going.

You know the kids are growing up when your daughter begins to put on lipstick and your son starts to wipe it off.


MAY 13

“Love . . . isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth…”  1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Love Test:


…did I put someone else’s needs or desires ahead of my own?

…did I get my way despite what other’s wanted?

…did I lose my cool and verbally attack another?

…did I react rather than act to someone else?

…did I remember what that person did to me last week, last month, last year?

…did I feel that it was alright to cheat “a little” because everyone else does?

…did I enjoy seeing someone else suffer because of their attitude?

…did I feel more important because someone else failed?

…did I rejoice when one of my flaws were exposed?

…did I quiver when I suspected that someone saw me in a wrong attitude?

Everyone seems to be asking, “What’s wrong with this upcoming generation of kids?”  or  “How can we prevent these tragedies from happening again?”

Some say, “Give them more freedoms”.  Others say, “Take away more rights.” But the Bible says, “Learn to love, God’s Way.”

Take the test, it’s a practice quiz. One day, you’ll be asked the questions that will determine your eternal destiny.  How you answer, or better yet, how you live will count toward your final grade.

            Pastor Don


Grandpa was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared.

“Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success,” he cackled.  “I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now.”

The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime.

“Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago.  On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge.  Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk.”


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