MAY 22

Be clear minded and self-controlled. 1 PETER 4:7 NIV

Teenagers can test your sanity. They’re neither adult nor child, and can become either without notice. Flooding hormones and exploding neurons spark biochemical reactions in their heads and bodies. Words like, “What in the world were you thinking?” form involuntarily on your lips. In response come sullen teenage shrugs, followed by the incomprehensible, “I don’t know.” And they don’t! What can you do? “Lock them up?” Sorry, that’s illegal. But here are two things that will help. (1) Back off and slow down. “Be clear minded and self-controlled.” One of the biggest mistakes parents make is over-reacting, which triggers an escalating battle of wills you’re unlikely to win. Decibel levels rise, wisdom fails, your teen concludes you’re the crazy one, and suddenly there’s no adult present and nobody’s “minding the store.” You’ve become part of the problem, leaving your child angry and insecure, without a rational role model. Pray, breathe deeply and count to ten!

For your child’s sake, it’s time for the clear minded and self-controlled parent to prevail. (2) Remember, anger begets anger. “An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin” (Pr 29:22 NLT). No one can infuriate you like a teenager trying to grow up. A look, a word, an attitude, and

you’re “hooked;” you’re in a shouting match with your own child. How crazy is that? Emotionally charged exchanges hard wire your teenager’s brain for automatic, long-term anger reactions. What’s the answer? Use the carrot and stick approach of Scripture: “Provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture [love and encouragement] and admonition [character building discipline] of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).




A wife comes home late at night and quietly opens the door to her bedroom.

From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two.

She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can.

Once she’s done, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink.

As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading a magazine.

​Her husband says: “Hi Darling, Your parents have come to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom. Hope you said Hello to them.” .


MAY 21

Until Christ is formed in you. GALATIANS 4:19 NKJV

There are three stages to spiritual growth: 1) Conception: It results from intimacy between two people. God’s love for you is dear and compelling; the question is, how much do you love Him? (See In 21:15). (2) Forming: Paul writes: “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (GaI4:19 NKJV). God knows the experiences required to produce in us the character of Christ and He’ll do whatever it takes to bring it about. (3) Pushing: When you commit to bringing forth what God has placed within you, you’ll have to push against everything everybody ever did to you or said about you. Now God will help you to bring it out, but it’s up to you to push. In fact, it may not happen if you don’t. You’ll have to push against satanic attacks in all their debilitating forms such as bad memories, low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. The Devil may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you

back and putting you down, but today God is saying to you, “I want to open you up, I want to empower you to give birth to what I’ve placed within you.”

When a baby is born everything in the family changes. The same is true for you. When you give birth to what God’s placed within you, everything in your life will be affected. God’s blessing is an overflowing blessing that will touch every area of your existence. A mother knows when she’s pregnant; the same is true in the spiritual realm. So don’t fail to give birth to what God has put within you. Now is the time for you to bring it forth!



A pastor parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”  …


MAY 20

Daniel purposed in his heart. DANIEL 1:8 NKJV

Daniel was a victim of circumstances far beyond his control. King Nebuchadnezzar had conquered his homeland and carried him off into exile in Babylon. He lost his freedom, his home, his culture, his friendships and his status as one of Israel’s nobility. He had to learn to speak a foreign language and live in a place he never wanted to be. If you’d been Daniel, wouldn’t you have been tempted to focus on the things you couldn’t control, like complaining what a bad leader Nebuchadnezzar was, blaming exile for your unhappiness and feeling sorry for yourself? Not Daniel! He “determined that he would not defile

himself by eating the king’s food” (See Da 1:8). He spent time thinking about what he most deeply valued and decided to honor God and live by his convictions-even in small things. Small battles train us to win big ones. If Daniel hadn’t taken action early on, he wouldn’t have had the strength to say “no” to idol worship and face the lion’s den without fear or compromise. Maybe you can’t do anything right now about the house you live in or the job you work at, but you can change your life by taking action in small things. Maybe like Daniel it will involve what you eat, what you feed your mind, or what comes out of your mouth. You can refuse to allow your boss or your spouse the power to dictate what kind of mood you’ll be in based on how they treat you. Like Daniel, you can choose.

When you “purpose in your heart” to honor God, He blesses you and becomes involved in your life in ways you never thought possible.



This notice can now be found in many French Churches: En entrant dans cette église, il est possible que vous entendiez l’appel de Dieu. Par contre, il n’est pas susceptible de vous contacter par téléphone.  Merci d’avoir éteint votre téléphone. Si vous souhaitez parler à Dieu, entrez, choisissez un endroit tranquille et parle lui. Si vous souhaitez le voir, envoyez-lui un SMS en conduisant.


Translation:  It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the Call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely that He will contact you by phone. Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to God, come in, choose a quiet place, and talk to Him. If you would like to see Him, send Him a text while driving.


MAY 19

Let nothing be done through strife. PHILIPPIANS 2:3

Strife is defined as “conflict … struggle … rivalry,” and God’s says to avoid it at all cost: “Let nothing be done through strife … but in lowliness of mind let each esteem [the] other better than themselves.” Strife is custom-designed to play havoc in marriages, churches, businesses and relationships. It stems from our self-centered ego and leads to comparing, competing and condemning. The Word of God says: “Where envying and strife is, there is … every evil work” (Jas 3:16). Keeping strife out of your life means recognizing and uprooting it before it grows; “See … no root of bitterness springing up, causes trouble, and … many be defiled” (Heb 12:15 NAS). And Paul adds, “Complete my joy by living in harmony … being of the same mind … having the same love” (Php 2:2 AMP). Enjoying God’s blessings requires doing all we can to live in harmony with one another. Is that easy to do? No, but the sooner you learn it, the better things will be.

When David saw Goliath he didn’t stop to consider the odds or listen to the opinions of others. Instead, he “ran quickly toward the battle … to meet him” (I Sa 17:48 NIV). Rapid response is required here. When God prompts you to turn the other cheek or take the short end of the stick, draw on His grace

and do it. In fact, when you do it on your timetable you end up doing it in your own strength. So: (a) forgive those who hurt you; (b) pray for them; (c) bless them by speaking well of them and wanting only good things for them. Your commitment to walk each day in love and forgiveness (yes, it’s a daily commitment!) will open the door to God’s blessing in your life.



I was at an amusement park on a brutally hot day when I saw a father with 2 kids.

“Who’s enjoying themselves most?” I asked cheerfully.

 “I am” said one.

 “I am” said the second.

 “No,” the father said “their mother is!”


And In The End,

Mankind Used So Much Toilet Paper,

They Wiped Themselves Out. …



Run in such a way that you … win. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24 NRS

Have you ever moved into a new house and made a list of all the little jobs you wanted to do, like touching up the paintwork or planting a garden? Chances are, six months later they’re still not done and you are okay with it. Complacency is part of the human psyche. Incredible as it may sound, the children of Israel got so used to living in slavery that they were angry when Moses wanted to free them. Here is what they said to him: “We hope the Lord will punish … you for making [Pharaoh] and his officials hate us” (Ex 5:21 CEV). When you get so used to living with your problems and hang-ups that you lose your desire to overcome them, the enemy has you exactly where he wants you.

Ever wonder why some of us go on to experience higher heights and deeper depths in our walk with God, while others go in circles or never make it out of the starting gate? That’s because the first group committed themselves to pursuing God till His presence became a reality in their lives and as a result

God honored their commitment. Paul says: “Run in such a way that you … win.” If you’ve grown lukewarm and half-hearted about running the race, God wants to reenergize you and get you back on track. His word says, “Return to Me … and I will return to you” (Zec 1:3 NKJV). In this Scripture God is saying to us, “Turn around. Come back, you’ll find me where you left me.” Don’t settle for less than a living, breathing, walking, talking relationship with the King of Kings Himself, when it’s part of your inheritance.



​Little Johnny comes downstairs crying. His mother asked, “What’s the matter now?”

 “Dad was hanging pictures, and just hit his thumb with hammer,” said little Johnny through his tears.

 “That’s not so serious,” soothed his mother. “I know you are upset, but a big boy like you shouldn’t cry at something like that.

​Why didn’t you just laugh?” “I did!” sobbed Johnny. ..


Lucy asks Charlie Brown, “What surprises do you believe will come about this coronavirus?

“Charlie Brown says, “It has done what no woman has been able to do.    Cancel all sports,   Shut down bars,   and Keep men home.” …

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MAY 15

He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. PSALM 106:15 NKJV

When you insist on wanting something that God in His wisdom is withholding, sometimes He steps back and says, “Okay, have it your way.” After God brought His people through the Red Sea and delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, we read, “They believed His words; they sang His praise” (Ps 106:12 NKJV). That sounds good. But notice what happened next, for it happens to us: “They soon forgot His

works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (vv, 13-15). Wanting our own way can lead to spiritual emptiness.

When God called Moses to deliver His people from Egypt, Moses decided to do it his own way. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave, but instead of consulting God he took matters into his own hands. The Bible says, “He looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Ex 2:12 NKJV). Obviously Moses was more concerned with the opinions of people than how God felt about it. So God had to teach Moses that his orders came from Him. After Moses dug a hole and tried to hide the work of his flesh, God allowed it to be exposed. He showed Moses that by doing things his own way he couldn’t keep a single soldier buried in the sand. Whereas, by doing things God’s way, a whole army could be buried in the depths of the Red Sea. So today, make up your mind to do it God’s way.



Teachers share the most questionable questions they’ve ever been asked:

“How old was the average 18 year old in 1942?”

“What are those pyramid-shaped things in Egypt called?”

“If the patient has a brain hemorrhage can we tie a tourniquet around his neck to stop is?”


MAY 14

These things ought not to be so. JAMES 3:10 NK.JV

The Bible says: “With [our tongue] we bless our God … and with it we curse men … these things are not to be so” (Jas 3:8-10 NK]V). It displeases God when we praise Him in church on Sunday then tear someone down at work on Monday. “But what I’m saying is true,” you say. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Pr 16:2 NIV). Slander begins with pride; it says, “When I’m right and you’re wrong, I’ve the right to say so.” No, people flock to church altars for healing from wounds inflicted by Christians. Gossip broke their spirits. One lady writes: “I went through a period of trying to overcome gossip but I’d still tell it to my husband. Although 1 knew he wouldn’t repeat it, I realized that by exposing him to it I was poisoning his spirit. That’s when I decided to change what was coming out of my mouth. ”

What you say about someone colors how others see them. One pastor tells all his new members, “If you hear another member slandering somebody, stop them right away and say, ‘Excuse me, who hurt you, ignored or slighted you? We’ll pray together about it so that God can restore peace to this body, but we won’t let you talk about people who aren’t around to defend themselves.” Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the issue dies right there-or the offender leaves. “Be … gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love” (Eph 4:2-3 NCV). Since none of us are infallible and all of us need to be treated gently, patiently and with love, let’s make it a habit of treating each other that way.



An Oregonian came home, heard rustling sounds from inside a bathroom, and could see a shadowy figure moving about underneath the closed door. The resident called police. They arrived drew their guns, and ordered the prowler to come out with hands up. Receiving no response they burst into the bathroom, where according to a deputy. “We  encountered a very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.”


MAY 13

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. MARK 14:34 NIV

Ever hear the words: “You shouldn’t feel that way. If you trusted God more you wouldn’t be emotionally down and feel like quitting. A good dose of faith and prayer is what you need!” When the bottom falls out of your world well-meaning friends think such words ought to pick you up instantly. But they don’t; they can actually make you feel worse. Remember Job’s friends?

So, what should we do when we experience these troubling, anxious, discouraging feelings?

 (1) understand that feelings are neither right nor wmng. Having them doesn’t make you unspiritual and not having them doesn’t make you spiritual. They’re just human emotions we all have. No one experienced greater emotional pain than Jesus: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He felt like he was going to die on the spot. Such deep feelings threatened His very life! Yet He didn’t hide or deny His feelings, or condemn Himself for having them. Denial only amplifies emotion. Jesus openly acknowledged His feelings, processing them in a healthy way. In the throes of anguish, He prayed twice, “Father … Please take this … suffering away from me” (Mk 14:36 NLT). The Father didn’t scold or rebuke His plea to avoid His circumstances or His feelings, and He won’t scold or rebuke you either,

(2) Understand that your feelings don’t dictate your options or invalidate your choices. You can have bad feelings and still make good choices! Crushed with grief, Jesus said, “Yet I want your will, not mine” (Mk 14:36 TLB). Choose God’s will regardless of your feelings and He’ll strengthen you to handle the

tough times.

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today


Great Con Job

During my interview today, I poured some water into a cup and it overflowed a bit.

“Nervous?” asked the interviewer.

I simply replied, “No, I just always give 110 percent.”


Happiness is an egg-salad sandwich with salt, pepper, and mayo in exactly the right proportion.


MAY 12

Jesus … laid aside His garments. JOHN 13:3-4 NKJV

John records that: “Jesus … rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself … poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, are You

washing my feet?” (Lk 13:3-6 NKJV).

Jesus didn’t wait for His disciples to make the first move, He went first. He taught that in order to serve God you must be willing to lay aside your image, your comfort and your agenda. And He dramatized it in a way His disciples would never forget. By laying aside His garments He showed them God has no time for form or fashion. Real ministry is not image conscious; it’s done with a complete loss of distinction. God incarnate clothed Himself in humility. Amazing! But Peter didn’t get it. He was embarrassed to think that His Lord would allow Himself to be seen in such demeaning light. So Jesus said, “You call Me Teacher and Lord … If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you .. .If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (In 13:13-17 NKJV). If you want to be blessed, don’t join the “spiritual elitists” who are impressed by their own speeches and display their own accomplishments. Lay aside everything you privately glory in and pick up the towel of servant-hood. And don’t wait for others. Somebody at your table needs to start a trend. Today let it be you!

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today


It always irked a single mother that her grocery store didn’t carry eggs in packages of six – just by the dozen. Then one day, her wish came through. She walked into the grocery and found fresh eggs in cartons of six.

“I was so excited”, she told us later, “that I bought two.”


Suffering from an unsightly rash, my friend Denise made an appointment with a dermatologist who happened to be very attractive.

After a full examination, the doctor cocked his head and asked, “Denise did you get your hair done?”

“Why yes. Thank you for noticing.” Said Denise, flattered.

“I thought so”, the doctor replies “Because your scalp looks red that irritated.”


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