Beauty, the … kind … God delights in. 1 PETER 3:4 TM

A lady was applying face cream when her little girl asked, that you’re putting on, Mom?” “Moisturizer,”

she replied. “The saleslady said it would make me beautiful.” With an honesty only children have, she replied, “Mom, I don’t think it’s working.” There’s nothing wrong with looking good, but there’s much more to you than your clothes and your hairstyle. Plus, you can go broke fixing up the outside, because

“what Mother Nature giveth, Father Time taketh away!” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To find beauty we must carry it with us.”

It’s a big mistake to focus on the outside and fail to appreciate the inner qualities God’s given you. Solomon said, “Beauty is … [not lasting]” (Pr 31:30 AMP). When God made you He didn’t just decorate the outside, He gave you “inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind … God delights in.” However, because

Peter also talked about “fancy hair, gold jewelry .. .fine clothes” (NCV), a few well-intentioned people have used that to create a legalistic standard by which to measure and judge others. Does the Bible teach us to dress appropriately? Absolutely. Paul. writes: “I.. .want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety … appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Ti 2 :9-10 NIV). But when you focus on the wrong area you get the wrong results. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (lSa 16:7 NIV). Don’t allow what you see on TV or in the mirror to define your worth. Work instead to develop the kind of inner beauty God commends.



While walking along the pavement in front of his church, the minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.

Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton wadding, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said:

“Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.”



Let every living, breathing creature praise God! PSALM 150:6 1M

In pre-Emancipation days it was common practice for white people to occupy the main floor of a church while African-Americans were assigned to the balcony. Every Sunday a black man called Frank would interrupt the sermon by praising God out loud from the balcony. Irritated, Frank’s boss promised him

a pair of new boots if he’d stay quiet. So Frank made up his mind not to utter a peep. The following Sunday the pastor spoke about all the wonderful gifts God gave us through His Son Jesus. Frank struggled to stay quiet, but inside he was shouting, “Hallelujah … Praise the Lord.” Still, he kept his lip

buttoned, thinking about the new boots. But eventually the Word of God connected with the Spirit of God that was within him. Unable to contain himself he jumped up and shouted, “Boots or no boots-s-I’m gonna praise the Lord!”

We sit in church every week with our mouths closed, maintaining a facade of respectability and decorum. Not in the New Testament times! When Jesus “came near. .. the whole crowd … began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: [saying] ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord’ … the Pharisees … said to Jesus … ‘rebuke your disciples!’ … he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out'” (Lk 19:37-40 NIV). Isaiah said, “The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees … will clap their hands” (Isa 55:12 NLT). Stones! Mountains! Trees! Are you getting the message? God’s Word says, “Let every living, breathing creature praise God.” Unless you’re dead, that’s what you should be doing!



Two bowling teams, one of all blondes and one of all brunettes, charter a double-decker bus for a weekend bowling tournament in London.

The Brunette team rides in the bottom of the bus. The Blonde team rides on the top level. The Brunette team down below is living it up having a great time, when one of them realizes she doesn’t hear anything from the Blondes upstairs. She decides to go up and investigate.

When the Brunette reaches the top, she finds all the Blondes frozen in fear, staring straight-ahead at the road, and clutching the seats in front of them with white knuckles.

​She says, “What the heck’s going on up here? We’re havin’ a grand time downstairs!” One of the Blondes looks up and says, “Yeah, but you’ve got a driver!”



Put God first, and he will … crown your efforts with success. PROVERBS 3:6 Tlll

When you experience rejection early in life, you feel like you constantly have to “prove” yourself, so you become a workaholic in order to gain people’s acceptance. One woman writes, “I can still hear my father yelling, telling me I’d never be any good, never amount to anything. The more he yelled, the more determined I became to prove him wrong.” Do you have voices like that in your head? It’s true that you’ll succeed by working hard, but to experience lasting satisfaction you must know that you’re fulfilling God’s will for your life. When all is said and done, what matters most is knowing you’re loved and accepted by God. What can top that?

God measures with a different yardstick. He won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but how many people you gave rides to. He won’t ask the square footage of your horne, but how you raised your children and treated your family. He won’t ask about the brand names in your closet, but who you helped to clothe. He won’t ask about your salary, but how much you invested into the building of His kingdom. He won’t ask about your job tide, but if you tried to perform with excellence and integrity. He won’t ask how many friends you had, but how many people you were a friend to. He won’t ask what neighborhood you lived in, but if you loved your neighbor. He won’t ask about your politics or the color of your skin, but about the quality of your character. So don’t just work hard, work hard for the right reasons!



A hip young man goes out and buys the best car available: a brand-new Ferrari 550. It is also the most expensive car in the world, and it costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops for a red light.

An old man (about 75 years old) on a moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek, shiny new car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?” The young man replies, “A Ferrari 550. It cost half a million dollars!” “That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!” states the young dude proudly. The old man asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?” “No problem,” replies the owner. So the old guy pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, he says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my moped!”

Just then the light changes, so the young guy decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly, WHHHOOOOSSSHHH! something whips by him, going much faster. What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?! the young man asks himself.

He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the moped. Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it some more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. WHHOOOOSSSHH!

He’s feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again. Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not 10 seconds later he sees the moped bearing down on him again.

​The Ferrari is flat out and there’s nothing he can do. Suddenly the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear. The young man jumps out; unbelievably, the old man is still alive!!! He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh, my God! Is there anything I can do for you?” The old man whispers softly, “Unhook… my… suspenders… from… your… side-view… mirror.”



Let us continually … praise … God … giving thanks.           HEBREWS 13:15 NKJV

At a Women of Faith conference they were short of space for 150 people, so the staff brought in narrower chairs. Everyone had a seat, but conditions in the auditorium were cramped and nobody was happy. The director asked the guest speaker, Joni Eareckson Tada, to help calm the crowd. A childhood

diving accident had left Joni quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. As the attendants pushed her out onto the platform she addressed the audience: “I understand some of you don’t like the chair you’re sitting in. Well, neither do I! But I’ve a thousand handicapped friends who’d gladly trade places with

you.” Immediately the hall went quiet and the complaining stopped.

When Paul was training Timothy he said, “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ” (2Ti 2:l NKJV), and gratitude is an off-shoot of grace. The Bible says, “Let us continually [not just when you feel like itl] offer the sacrifice of praise to God … giving thanks to His name.” After the Bible expositor Matthew Henry was accosted and robbed he wrote in his diary: “Let me be thankful, first, that I was never robbed before, second, that although they took my purse they didn’t take my life, third, that although they took everything I had, it wasn’t much, fourth, that it was I who was robbed, and not I who did the robbing.”

If you’re struggling to find something to be grateful for today, here’s a good reason: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Ps l18:29 NIV).



The navy psychiatrist was interviewing a potential sailor.

To check on the young man’s response to trouble, the psychiatrist asked, “What would you do if you looked out of that window right now and saw a battleship coming down the street?”

The baby sailor said, “I’d grab a torpedo and sink it.”

“Where would you get the torpedo?”

“The same place you got your battleship!”​ …



In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. PROVERBS 3:6

One of the most important questions you must ask yourself is, “What am I supposed to prepare for?” You don’t want to be like the Miss America contestant who recently told a late-night TV talk show host, “My goal is to bring world peace- and get my own apartment.” Ask God what you’re supposed to do, and keep asking till you get dear instructions as to your next step (or for that matter, your first step).

There are timeless principles in the Bible that work, whether you’re walking with God or going your own way. So be careful that you are not using God, rather than allowing God to use you. “In all thy ways acknowledge [consult, listen and submit to] him, and he shall direct thy paths. ” What ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life, but what God says.

The humbling truth is, all achievements will eventually be surpassed, records will be broken, reputations will fade, and tributes will be forgotten. In college Dr. James Dobson’s goal was to become the school’s tennis champion. He felt very proud when his trophy was prominently placed in a display cabinet.

Years later someone mailed him that trophy-they had found it in a trash can when the school was remodeled. Dobson says, “Given enough time, all your trophies will be trashed by someone else.” Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. You weren’t put here to be remembered, you were put here to do God’s will and to prepare for eternity. If you’re wise you’ll keep that in mind!



A husband takes his wife dancing. They notice a guy on the dance floor living large, break dancing, moon walking, backflips, the works.

The wife turns to her husband and says, “See that guy? 25 years ago, he proposed to me and I turned him down.”

 ​Husband says: “Looks like he’s still celebrating!!!” …


July 14

Hold on to instruction … guard it well, for it is your life. PROVERBS 4:13 NIV

It’s not enough to get prepared, you must stay prepared. We’re being told that knowledge is doubling every five years. So if you don’t keep growing, you’ll end up with coping skills that no longer match the challenge you face in the world you live in. It’s estimated that many doctors are so busy taking care of

patients, they’re years behind the latest developments in their field. If you or a loved one gets ill, that could become a real concern for you.

Preparation doesn’t begin with what you do, it begins with what ‘You believe. If you believe that success tomorrow depends on what you do today, you’ll treat today differently. A wise sailor studies the weather before he goes to sea, because he knows that avoiding a storm is easier than getting out of one, Howard Coonley of the American National Standards Institute stated, “The leader of the future will be rated by his ability to anticipate problems, rather than to meet them as they come.” Preparation is not merely an event, it’s a lifestyle. Abraham Lincoln said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d

spend six sharpening my axe.” As a young man Lincoln had split rails with an axe, so he knew the value of staying sharp, Wisdom always prompted him to prepare-whether he was getting ready to cut wood, study law on his own to pass the bat; or lead the nation. This is why your Bible says, “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go. Guard it well, for it is your life.”



A highway patrolman pulls alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing inside the car, he is astounded to see that the lady behind the wheel is knitting! He attempts to get her attention by turning his lights and siren on, but she doesn’t even look up. Realizing that his efforts are not working, the trooper rolls down his window, turns on his bullhorn, and yells, “PULL OVER!”  The woman yells back, “NO, IT’S A SCARF!”


July 13

Work hard so you can … receive his approval. 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 NLT

Moses spent eighty years preparing for a job that would last forty. That’s a two-to-one ratio of preparation to execution, The greater the goal, the greater the preparation! Much of your life can be spent getting ready for what seems like a brief season and assignment. But to be able to say at the end,

“I have finished my course” is to have lived successfully. And that’s so whether you are called to run a marathon or a 1OO-yard dash. Before passing the torch to Timothy, Paul says, “Work hard so you can … receive his approval.” Who does God use? People who prepare well. Whether you’re called to business,

education, politics, art, medicine or ministry, this principle remains-God uses prepared people. The price tag required for long-term success cannot be lowered. We all want what successful people have, we’re just not all willing to pay the price they paid to achieve it. You must be prepared when your opportunities come. Abraham Lincoln said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” Benjamin Disraeli said, “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” When the fate of the Jews hung in the balance, Mordecai told Esther that her experience in the king’s palace had prepared her, “For such a time as this” (Est 4:14). She responded and the Jews were saved. All these people had talent, prepared themselves and made the most of their opportunities when they arose. So your greatest challenge is not lack of opportunity, but being ready when it comes.



Four surgeons are comparing the type of patients they consider the easiest to operate on.

The first surgeon says, “I like to operate on electricians, because when you open them up everything is color coded.”

The second surgeon says, “I prefer to operate on accountants, because when you open them up everything is numbered.”

The third surgeon says, “I think librarians are the easiest to operate on because everything inside them is in alphabetic order.”

​The fourth surgeon says, “I’ve got you all beat. I like to operate on politicians best. They are by far the easiest because they have no guts, no heart, no spine and their head and behind interchangeable.”


This Sunday, July 12 will be the last ZOOM meeting for now. If we begin using this again, I will be sure to let you know on FACEBOOK.  If you do not have or use FACEBOOK, please drop me a note saying you wish to follow us on ZOOM. You can send the message on FACEBOOK, call the church office 757-539-1096, or even send me something on “snail mail”……….  I do want everyone who wants to join us on Sunday to do so. We hope to resume on FACEBOOK LIVE in a couple of weeks, if you have access to that means. Thank you for staying with us through these tough times.

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Hold them in highest regard. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:13 NIV

Phil Hines tells a humorous imaginary story about Jesus walking along the road one day and seeing a man crying. When He asked what was wrong, the man replied, “I’m blind,” so Jesus healed him. Further along He met another man in tears and asked him the same question. He replied, “I’m lame,” so Jesus healed him. Then He encountered a third man weeping. In response to Jesus’ question he replied, “I’m a pastor.” So Jesus sat down and wept right along with him! Pas to ring can be a thankless job; that’s why the Bible says, “Hold them in highest regard. ”

Somebody has described the “Perfect Pastor” as one who preaches twenty minutes and sits down. Condemns sin without offending anybody, works sixteen-hour days doing everything from preaching to sweeping, makes $400 a week and gives $200 back to the church, wears nice clothes, has a model family, supports good causes and helps panhandlers who stop by the church. He’s thirty-six and he’s been preaching for forty years. He has a burning desire to work with the youth, and spends all his time with the senior citizens. He smiles all the time while keeping a straight face, because he has a keen sense of humor that finds him seriously dedicated. He makes twenty visits a day, spends every waking moment evangelizing, and is always in his office in case he’s needed. The bad news is, he burned out and died at thirty-seven! Paul writes, “Appreciate … pastoral leaders who gave you the: Word” (Heb 13:7 TM). “Honor those … who work so hard for you, who have … the responsibility of guiding you … Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!” (lTh 5:12-13 TM). In other words, support your pastor!



A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it.

Later they get together.

The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his first communion.”

“I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God’s holy Word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”

​They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”


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