“GOOD NIGHT, GRACIE”

DECEMBER 27

I am bringing all of my energies to bear on forgetting the past and looking forward            .

(Philippians 3:13 TLB)

Are you old enough to remember television’s The Burns and Alllen Show? At the end of each episode, George Burns would look at Gracie Allen and simply say, “Good night, Gracie.” When those words were spoken, the show was over-finished!

And sometimes that’s all it takes: a simple “good night.” You lay it

to rest, and you move on.

I’ve spent endless hours counseling people who’ve lost precious time constantly struggling with issues that should have been put to bed a long time ago. How much happier and more productive they could have been if they’d just faced them, and simply said “Good night, Gracie.” ‘

More things are forgotten than are ever solved so take stock of your life today and determine what’s holding you back. Recognize your losses, and have the courage to write them off That’s what Paul did listen: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Until you get over the past, you’ll keep sacrificing your future. Don’t live that way another day!             .               .

If you’re still obsessing over past failures, listen to this promise: “I’ve blotted out your sins; they are gone … return to me for I have paid the price to set you free” (Isaiah 44:22 TLB).

WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?

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What’s every elf’s favorite type of music?

Wrap.

 

What do you call a scary looking reindeer?

A cariboo.

 

What’s the absolute best Christmas present?

A broken drum—you can’t beat it!

 

What do you call Santa’s little helpers?

Subordinate clauses.



ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

DECEMBER 26

Shamgar … killed six hundred Philistines with an ox goad, thereby saving Israel. (Judges 3:31 TLB)

The Philistines had been running roughshod through the land, bullying God’s people, and Shamgar wasn’t taking anymore. Maybe like we do, he had been waiting for God to do something about it. But God was waiting for him, because all He needs is someone He can use.

Shamgar discovered he had rights. The right to own. The right to defend. The right to win. Do you know your rights. today? Listen: “Keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, to keep his statutes … that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest” (1 Kings 2:3). You have the right to succeed! Look at who your Father is!

You also have the right to defend what God has given you. Don’t surrender your family to the world. Remember, God keeps His promises: “All thy children shall be taught of the LORD and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13). Shamgar wasn’t talented; he was simply determined! And God honored that determination. He not only slew six hundred Philistines; he delivered an entire nation.

TODAY. IT’S TIME TO TELL THE ENEMY, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH'”

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What nationality is Santa Claus?

North Polish.

 

What do you call a blind reindeer?

I have no eye deer.

 

What do you call an obnoxious reindeer?

Rude-olph.

 

How is Christmas exactly like your job?

You do all the work and some fat guy in a suit gets all the credit.



THE REASON WHY

DECEMBER 25

Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16)

In his book, The Reason Why, Robert Laidlaw tells of two friends who attended law school. One became a judge, while the other squandered his life, broke the law, and one day finished up in court. Sitting on the judge’s bench was his old friend, and everyone wondered what kind of sentence he would pass. To their surprise, he demanded the full penalty of the law. No sooner had he passed sentence, however, than he stepped from the seat of judgment, took off his robes, and walked over to the dock where his old friend stood. He put his arm around him and gently said, “Let it be recorded today that not only have I passed sentence upon him, but I will stand chargeable with all his debts.”  In that moment, his judge became his redeemer.

Christmas is the story of the day God took off the robes of deity and put on the garments of humanity. He left a palace to come to a stable because He loved you. Listen to the poet: The Maker of the universe, As man for man was made a curse. The claims of law that he had made, Unto the uttermost He paid.

Did you hear that? He paid! Had you been the only sinner who ever lived. He would have come. He would have died, and He would have paid the price just for you!

GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS!

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THE SCULPTOR

DECEMBER 24

I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)

Listen: I took a piece of ‘living clay, and gently formed it day by day; And molded ‘with my power and art, a young child’s soft and yielding heart.

I came again when years were gone, it was a man I looked upon; He still that early impress bore, and I could change it nevermore.

Nothing so totally changes your life as children. They’ll keep you on your toes most of the time, and on your knees the rest of it. If you think having a baby will solve your problems, think again! If you think life will be easier when they reach their teens, you’re dreaming! ‘The first time they take the family car or go on a date, you’ll pray that the values you taught them will guide them and bring them home safe.

If you were raised without words of love, make sure your children aren’t! Tell them often that you love them-it’s the basis of their self- worth. Plant the Word deep in their hearts. Give them an anchor,

because life will give them lots of storms. Cover them with prayer daily. Expect God to bless them, for He promised, “I will pour out my spirit upon thy seed.”

THAT’S THE WORD FOR TODAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?

Nothing. It was on the house!

 

How do you help someone who’s lost their Christmas spirit?

Nurse them back to elf.

 

What do you call an elf wearing ear muffs?

Anything you want. He can’t hear you!



TAKE THE BRAKES OFF !

DECEMBER 23

They … would not put their shoulders to the work. (Nehemiah 3:5 NIV)

Against all odds, God’s people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, but sadly some of them refused to put their hearts into it. Could that be said of you?

Two men were riding a tandem bicycle up a hill. When they finally reached the top, exhausted, the one on the back seat said, “Man, you’re lucky; if I hadn’t kept the brakes on all the way, we’d have slid back down that hill again!” You may smile, but a lot of God’s people live with the brakes on. They speak of being “balanced,” or “prudent,” or “not making waves,” but the truth is, they don’t make any impact at all!

On the summit of Mount Everest there’s a marker placed in memory of one of the oldest climbers ever to attempt to scale the mountain, It reads simply: “He died climbing!” Make that your testimony!

Harold Kushner says, “Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, so that our Iives matter, and the world will at least be a little bit better for our having passed through it. ”

WHATEVER GOD’s CALLED YOU TO DO – BUlLD CATHEDRALS OR SWEEP STREETS – TAKE THE BRAKES

OFF AND GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT!

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Why does Scrooge love reindeer so much?

Because every single buck is dear to him!

 

What do you get when you cross a duck with Santa?

A Christmas quacker.

 

What’s Santa’s favorite snack food?

Crisp Pringles.

 

Why do mummies like Christmas so much?

They’re into all the wrapping.



CONSIDER THE BIRDS

DECEMBER 20

 Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

(1 Peter 3:8 NIV)

Have you ever seen a flock of geese flying in a “V” formation? What a lesson they provide for you and me! When one of them gets sick or wounded, it never falls from formation by itself. Two other birds fallout with it, and follow the ailing bird to the ground. One of them is usually the mate of the wounded bird, since geese mate for life and are extremely loyal. Once on the ground, the healthy birds protect and care for the sick one; even to the point of throwing themselves between it and any predator. They stay there until the wounded bird is either able to fly again, or until it dies. Only then do they leave and rejoin the flock.

That’s what the family of God should be like. Listen again to these words: “Live in harmony; be sympathetic, love as brothers.” Have you ever seen brotherly love in action? Brothers may fight among

themselves, but if someone else touches one of them, he often ends up fighting them all!

When you don’t agree with your brother, don’t tear him down-pray for him; and if he fails, pick him up!

LET THE WORLD SEE HOW MUCH WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (SEE JOHN 13:35.)

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Rudolf to Blitzen

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year (the only members of the deer family, Cervidae, to have females do so). Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December.

   Female reindeer, however, retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen…. had to be a female.

   We should’ve known this when when they were able to find their way.

 The Lost Purse

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, “Hmmm…. That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills.”

        The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”

 



“BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD”

DECEMBER 19

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24)

Aman once received a telephone call, and when he answered it a voice on the other end said, “Bang! Bang! You’re dead!” Then he recognized the familiar voice of a friend saying, “John, I was just calling to remind you that we all need to die to ourselves every day.” That’s hard to remember! Paul says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him, so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless” (Romans 6:5), Some days our “old man” is anything but dead. We’re aware of him when someone steps on our toes; when we don’t get the appreciation we think we deserve, self-pity rises to sit on the throne, I’m sure you know what I mean!

The Christian life is so opposite from the way of the world. You can’t rule unless you’re willing to serve. You can’t receive unless you’re willing to give. You can’t live unless you’re willing to die to self.

Jesus said unless you die to self and sow your lite into the lives of others, you’ll always be alone. Here’s the answer to loneliness! Find a need that no one else is meeting, and sow your lift like a seed into it.

Jesus said, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

REMEMBER, “THE WAY TO THE THRONE ROOM IS THROUGH THE SERVANTS’ QUARTERS,”

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Santa’s A Woman

I think Santa Claus is a woman….I hate to be the one to defy a sacred myth, but I believe he’s a she. Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!

      For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. On this count alone, I’m convinced Santa is a woman.

      Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.

      Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen’s rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.

      Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he’d still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.

      Other reasons why Santa can’t possibly be a man:

       – Men can’t pack a bag.

       – Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.

       – Men don’t answer their mail.

       – Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a “bowlful of jelly.”

       – Men aren’t interested in stockings unless somebody’s wearing them.

       – Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.

       – Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.



GOD WILL USE WHATEVER YOU’VE GOT

DECEMBER 17

 What is that in thine hand? (Exodus 4:2)

When God asked Moses, “What is that in thine hand?” you can almost hear the discouragement in his reply: “A rod.” Just a walking stick. But it was what came naturally to him! Today, the Lord wants you to know that He’ll use what comes naturally to you! The secret is to put what you’ve got into His hands. Make it available to Him. When Samson faced a thousand Philistines, he had nothing to fight with but the jaw bone of an ass. It was what was available to him! It was enough! Reverently speaking, God could have used a daffodil, if that was all Samson had had that day!

When Pastor Ray Bevin from Wales preached recently on this thought, a church secretary came to him in tears and said, “I see it! All my life I’ve felt inadequate and inferior because I wasn’t talented like other people. I never thought God could use me, but today I see God has been using me/or years. Every time I sit down at my word processor and type seventy words a minute, that’s God using my gift!”

Stop trying to be someone else, and discover who you are. Instead of trying to compare yourself with others, or change what God has made you, recognize the gifts and strengths you’ve got, and start building on them.

YOU’LL BE AMAZED WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH THEM!

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  1. What do you call a broke Santa Claus?

Saint-nickel-less.

 

5. What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?

A rebel without a Claus.

 

  1. Why did Frosty ask for a divorce?

His wife was a total flake.



LIVING FOR OTHERS

DECEMBER 16

He never thought of doing a kindness. (Psalm 109:16 NIV)

Make sure that what you’re most concerned about is what God’s most concerned about. Otherwise you’ll have eternity to wish you had done things differently! The King James Version says, “He remembered not to show mercy.” Could that charge be laid at your door? You’re ambitious, hard-working, and responsible, but have you forgotten to show mercy-especially to those who seem to deserve it least? David said, “With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful” (Psalm 18:25).

Listen to this moving illustration:

When the British government sought to reward General Gordon for his brilliant service in China, he declined all money and titles, but accepted a gold medal inscribed with the record of his thirty- three engagements. It was his most prized possession. But after his death the medal could not be found. Eventually it was learned that he had sent it to Manchester during a severe famine, directing that it should be melted down and used to buy bread for the poor. On the date he sent it, these words were found written in Gordon’s diary: “The last earthly thing in this world that I valued, I have given to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

THERE IS NO WAY TO LIVE FOR JESUS WITHOUT LIVING FOR OTHERS!

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  1. How did the ornament get addicted to Christmas?

He was hooked on trees his whole life.

 

  1. Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?

Because he had very low elf esteem.

 

  1. What does the Grinch do with a baseball bat?

Hits a gnome runs.

 



HAVE YOU DISCOVERED YOUR GIFTS?

DECEMBER 18

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)

If you’ve never discovered your gift, or if you’ve been running from it-it’s still there! That means you can choose to do something with it, beginning right now. God’s gifts are never loans; they are always deposits. They are never exhausted or depleted. The more you use them, the stronger they get. Paul told Timothy, “Stir up the gift that is within you” (2 Timothy 1:6).

Author John Mason says, “You were born an original; don’t die a copy!” Discover your gift! In the time of famine, Elijah asked his servant to go and look at the horizon and come back and tell him what he saw. He said, “I see a little cloud the size of a man’s hand” (1 Kings 18:44). But that little cloud was the beginning of a downpour and the end of a drought. Don’t despise your small beginnings. Walt Disney

told people, “This whole thing began with a mouse.”

In the New Testament, they started with 120 believers against the might of pagan Rome, but they ended up changing the world. There are people waiting to be reached, saved, and blessed by what God has placed within you.

ASK HIM TO HELP YOU DISCOVER YOUR GIFT, UNLOCK IT, AND OFFER IT BACK TO HIM FOR HIS GLORY.

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Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort – one that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, “Sorry, no room. The hotel is full.”

The Jewish lady said, “But your sign says that you have vacancies.”

 The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, “You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town…”

 Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeable and said, “I’ll have you know I converted to your religion.”

 The desk clerk said, “Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?”

  Mrs. Rosenberg replied, “He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem.”

  “Very good,” replied the hotel clerk. “Tell me more.”

  Mrs. Rosenberg replied, “He was born in a manger.”

  “That’s right,” said the hotel clerk. “And why was he born in a manger?”

  Mrs. Rosenberg said loudly, “Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn’t give a Jewish lady a room for the night!”

 

 




 

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