“So let’s do it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps his work. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out… spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:22-25

            We are called on to encourage and strengthen one another.  Sometimes it seems like we do not have anything of importance or power to motivate others toward Christ, but there is a story about one little lady who saw an opportunity to touch the life of D.L. Moody. The story goes something like this.

            “Few persons in Chicago were better known in certain religious circles than she, for she was continuously going to the missions, street meetings, conventions, camps, conferences, lectures and every kind of religious gathering within her reach. She was the living personification of aggressive evangelism, instant in season and out of season, ever exhorting sinners to flee the wrath of God and urging believers to plunge in the fountain of cleansing.”

So quotes a memorial article (Moody Monthly, September 1921) for “Auntie Cooke.” She arrived in Chicago in 1868-in her words, “a perfect stranger”-but it didn’t take her long to become involved in God’s work, helping the YMCA on Madison Street. She attended Moody’s church when he was young. Cooke described him years later as a ” ‘diamond in the rough’-most truly, with the one desire to do good burning through everything, his very earnestness moving people, but withal such a lack in his teachings of the divine unction and power.”

During a St. Charles camp meeting in 1871, she felt burdened for Moody-he needed an anointing of power from the Holy Spirit. She and her friend, Mrs. Hawxhurst, who usually sat on the front row, told Moody they were praying for him to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire. Moody was unsure this was a need; nevertheless, he asked the two ladies to meet with him in Farwell Hall every Friday afternoon to discuss this matter and pray. Apparently his hunger increased. Cooke reports that on the Friday before the Great Chicago Fire, “Mr. Moody’s agony was so great that he rolled on the floor and in the midst of many tears and groans cried to God to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire.”

Following the fire, Moody went to New York shortly thereafter to raise funds for the rebuilding of the church and YMCA building. In New York, while walking down Wall Street, the young preacher finally received the spiritual blessing they had prayed for. Moody felt such a sense of the Holy Spirit’s filling that he cried, “Hold, Lord, it is enough!”

“I went to preaching again,” Moody testified. “The sermons were not different; I did not present any new truths, and yet hundreds were converted. I would not now be placed back where I was before that blessed experience if you should give me all the world.”

Auntie Cooke continued in vigorous service and died in Chicago in 1921.

            Who will you touch today?.  They could be another Moody.

            Pastor Don



USEFUL THOUGHTS  (or Useless, what ever the Case)

If a man speaks in a forest, and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?.

How can there be incompetence in the world?  They don t teach it in schools.

There are times that try mens souls, like after eating at a Mexican restaurant.

Never date philosophy majors, my last girlfriend was one and she spent her time proving I didn’t exist.


 The Bus Ride

A blonde, a red head and a brunette sign up with a tourist group and chartered a double-decker bus to go to London. There are only 2 seats left on the bottom of the bus and only 1 seat in the top of the bus available when they board.  They decided to take turns riding in the top and flipped a coin to see who got the first turn.  The blonde won the toss.

A couple of hours later it’s the red heads turn so she walks up the stairs, and sees the blonde sitting there scared half to death.  She’s clutching the seat in front of her so hard that her knuckles are white.

“What’s goin’ on?” the red head asks.  “We’re havin’ a grand old time down below.”

The blonde replies, “Yeah, but you’ve got a driver.”


All You Need Is To Take A Hot Bath

Feeling edgy, a man took a hot bath. Just as he’d become comfortable, the doorbell rang. The man got out of the tub, put on his slippers and a large towel, wrapped his head in a smaller towel, and went to the door. A salesman wanted to know if he needed any brushes. Slamming the door, the man returned to the bath.

The doorbell rang again. On went the slippers and towels, and the man started for the door again He took one step, slipped on a wet spot, fell, and hit his back against the hard porcelain of the tub.

The man struggled into his street clothes and, with every move a stab of pain, drove to the doctor. After examining him, the doctor said, ‘Nothing’s broken. But you need to relax. Why don’t you go home and take a hot bath?’



            “What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth.  Every God-direction is road tested.  Everyone who runs toward Him makes it.  Is there any god like GOD?”  Psalms 18:30-31  The Message Bible

            Since God has “road tested” all of His directions, maybe we should view life’s problems as a sort of test.  Richard Carlson, in his book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff”, shares this tremendous insight into facing life’s problems simply as a test.  Here is what he says:

“One of my favorite posters says, “Life is a test. It is only a test.  Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.”  Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously.

            When you look at life and its many challenges as a test, or series of tests, you begin to see each issue you face as an opportunity to grow, a chance to roll with the punches.  Whether you’re being bombarded with problems, responsibilities, even insurmountable hurdles, when looked at as a test, you always have a chance to succeed, in the sense of rising above that which is challenging you.  If, on the other hand, you see each new issue you face as a serious battle that must be won in order to survive, you’re probably in for a very rocky journey.  The only time you’re likely to be happy is when everything is working out just right.  And we all know how often that happens.

            As an experiment, see if you can apply this idea to something you are forced to deal with.  Perhaps you have a difficult teenager or a demanding boss.  See if you can redefine the issue you face from being a “problem” to being a test.  Rather than struggling with your issue, see if there is something you can learn from it.  Ask yourself, “Why is this issue in my life?  What would it mean and what would be involved to rise above it?  Could I possibly look at this issue any differently?  Can I see it as a test of some kind?”

            This is only a test……

            Pastor Don     




College Funds

  A woman called the dean of the college that her freshman son was going to.

  “I’m worried.  I don’t know who my son can hang out with. He doesn’t have the kind of money all the other students have.” 

  The dean replied, “He can hang out with the faculty.”


Other Silly Sayings:

  1. What do you get when you toss a hand grenade into a kitchen in France? Linoleum blownapart.
  2. A city in Alaska passed a law outlawing all dogs. It became known as Dogless Fairbanks.
  3. Which famous golfer loves to drink wine? Litre Vino.
  4. A man goes to a dermatologist with a rare skin disease. The doctor says, “Try a milk bath.” So the guy goes to the grocery store and tells the dairy manager he needs enough milk to take a bath. The dairy guys ask “You want that pasteurized?” “Nah,” the man replied “Up to my chin should do it.”
  5. What’s the difference between an angry circus owner and a Roman barber? One is a raving showman, and the other is a shaving Roman.
  6. In ancient Rome, deli workers were told that they could eat anything they wanted during the lunch hour. Anything, that is except the smoked salmon. Thus were created the world’s first anti-lox breaks.
  7. Did you hear about the red ship and the blue ship that collided? Both crews were marooned.
  8. Why did the Maharishi refuse Novocain when he had his tooth pulled? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
  9. Did you hear about the two men from the monastery who opened a fast-food seafood restaurant? One was the fish friar, the other was the chip monk.


SEPTEMBER 8         

“Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God! Run from evil!  Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!”   Proverbs 3:7-8  The Message Bible.

            We live in the information age.  Actually there is probably more information than anyone really cares about floating out here in cyber land.  But knowledge increases and causes many to feel that they have all the answers.

            Last night, someone suggested that they had a child who had all the answers.  Another mother said, “your child must be about 16.” To which the first parent affirmed, “he is 16.”  I was surprised how intelligent my parents became while I attended College.  I thought that they must too have enrolled.  After all before I left home, I did know everything. But after being on my own a few years, I realized I didn’t have all the answers.

            I read this today about what we place our trust in during our lifetime.

            “Some people see education as the anchor of civilization, but it was the best educated nation on earth that gave birth to the Nazis. Some see health as an anchor for life, but much of the work in the world is being done by people who don’t feel like doing it. Some see stability in wealth–it is their anchor. They may have an experience similar to that of the ship Marine Electric, which sank off the coast of Virginia early in 1983, costing the lives of thirty-one sailors. The reason was this: the ship’s eight-ton anchor came loose and battered the hull of the ship until the ship went down. The vessel was destroyed by its own anchor. If wealth is your anchor, it may destroy you. Our hope in Christ is the only unfailing anchor for the soul.”

            So where is your anchor?  To whom do you turn for the answers to life’s problems? “Run to God!”  He will give you wisdom, health, stability.

            In other words, He will Bless You!

            Pastor Don


Reality Check:

A person asked God, “What surprises you most about mankind?”

And God answered:

“That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived…”


“My wife drives like lightning.”

“She drives fast?”

“No, she hits trees!”


A man is driving with his wife at his side and his mother-in-law in the backseat.  The women don’t leave him alone.  His mother-in-law says, “You’re driving too fast!”

   His wife says, “Stay more to the left.”

   After ten mixed orders, the man turns to his wife and asks, “Who’s driving

this car – you or your mother?


The Newest In Talking Clocks

A man showed some friends his apartment.

One guest asked “What’s that big brass basin for?”

“That’s the talking clock!” answered the man.

So the guest gave it an ear shattering pound with a hammer.

Suddenly, a voice on the other side of the wall screamed, “Knock it off, it’s 2 a.m., you idiot!”



Computer Virus’ Going Around:  (NOT)

Titanic virus – Makes your whole computer go down.

Disney virus – Everything in the computer goes Goofy.

Mike Tyson virus – Quits after one byte.

Tim Allen virus – Appears helpful, only to later destroy your hard drive.

Saddam Hussein virus – Won’t let you into any of your programs.

Tonya Harding virus – Turns your .BAT files into lethal weapons.

X-files virus – All your Icons start shape-shifting.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian virus – Searches for old files and deletes them.

Martha Stewart virus – Takes all your files, sorts them by category, and folds them into cute little doilies to be displayed on your desktop.

Oprah Winfrey virus – Your 200MB hard drive suddenly shrinks to 80MB, and then slowly expands to 300MB.

Arnold Schwarzenegger virus – Terminates and stays resident. It’ll be back.

AT&T virus – Every three minutes it tells you what great service you’re getting.

MCI virus – Every three minutes it reminds you that you’re paying too much for the AT&T virus.



            “Don’t assume you know it all.  Run to God!  Run from evil!  Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” Proverbs 3:7-8  The Message Bible.

            Life is an every learning experience.  Someone said, “the day that I do not learn something new is the day that I died.”  We can learn from the source of life, God  or we can learn by the mistakes that we make.  It is so much easier to learn from God and to do it His way. 

            Yesterday I met someone who I asked, “Is it going your way?”.  I was delightfully surprised when he said, “I hope not.” “I hope it’s going His way.”. That’s our daily prayer. 

            I received this yesterday and thought I’d share it with you.  Are we daily learning God’s way?



*I GAVE YOU LIFE…but I cannot live it for you.

*I CAN TEACH YOU THINGS —but I cannot make you learn.

*I CAN GIVE YOU DIRECTION … but I cannot always be there to lead you.

*I CAN ALLOW FREEDOM … but I cannot account for it.

*I CAN TAKE YOU TO CHURCH …but I cannot make you believe.

*I CAN TEACH YOU RIGHT FROM WRONG …but I cannot alway’s decide for you.

*I CAN BUY YOU BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES … but I cannot make you lovely inside.

*I CAN GIVE YOU ADVICE … but I cannot accept it for you.

*I CAN TEACH YOU TO BE A FRIEND … but I cannot make you one.

*I CAN TEACH YOU TO SHARE … but I cannot make you unselfish.

*I CAN TEACH YOU RESPECT … but I cannot force you to show honor.

*I CAN TEACH YOU KINDNESS … but I cannot force you to be gracious.

*I CAN GRIEVE ABOUT YOUR REPORT CARD …but I cannot doubt your teachers.

*I CAN ADVISE YOU ABOUT FRIENDS … but I cannot choose them for you.

*I CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT SEX … but I cannot keep you pure.

*I CAN TELL YOU THE FACTS OF LIFE … but I cannot build your reputation.

*I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT DRINK … but I can’t say NO for you.

*I CAN WARN YOU ABOUT DRUGS … but I can’t prevent you from using them.

*I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT LOFTY GOALS … but I can’t achieve them for you.

*I CAN TELL YOU HOW TO LIVE …but I cannot give you Eternal life.

            Pastor Don



An English professor wrote the words, “a woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

The women wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”


Pet Names For My Wife:

A guy was invited to some old friends’ home for dinner.  His buddy preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. He was impressed since the couple had been married almost 70 years, and while the wife was off  in the kitchen he said to his buddy, “I think it’s wonderful that after all  the years you’ve been married, you still call your wife  those pet names.” His buddy hung his head. ” To tell you the truth, the reason I call her all those pet names is because I forgot her real name about ten years ago.”


May I Play Through?     (Playing Golf)

A man was about to tee off on the golf course when he felt a tap on his shoulder & a man handed him a card that read “I am a deaf mute. May I play through, please?”

The 1st man angrily gave the card back, and communicated that “no, he may NOT play through, and that his handicap did not give him such a right.”  The first man whacked the ball onto the green & left to finish the hole.

Just as he was about to put the ball into the hole he was hit in the head with a golf ball, laying him out cold.  When he came to a few minutes later, he looked around & saw the deaf mute sternly looking at him, on hand on his hip, the other holding up 4 (fore) fingers.


You’re Late!  Please Explain!

The General went out to find that none of his G.I.s were there.  One finally ran up, panting heavily.

“Sorry, sir!  I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I’m here.”

The General was very skeptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the G.I. go.  Moments later, eight more G.I.s came up to the general panting, he asked them why they were late.

            “Sorry, sir!  I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I’m here.”

            The General eyed them, feeling very skeptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too.  A ninth G.I. jogged up to the General, panting heavily,

            “Sorry, sir!  I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but…”

            “Let me guess,” the General interrupted, “it broke down.”

“No,” said the G.I., “there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them.”



            “God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from – if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.  The Message he sent to the children of Israel – that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again – well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.”  Acts 10:24-26  The Message Bible                     This is amazing to think about!!

Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them?  They had to be fed. Feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food.

According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have 1,500 tons of food each day.  Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains each a mile (1.6 kilometers) long would be required!  Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, and they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food.  This would take 4,000 tons (3,600 metric tons) of wood and a few more freight trains each a mile (1.6 kilometers) long, just for one day.

            And just think, they were forty years in transit.

Oh, yes, they would have to have water.  If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons (41,639, 510 liters) each day, and a freight train with tank cars 1,800 miles (2,889 kilometers) long, just to bring water!

            And then another thing.  They had to get across the Red Sea at night.

            Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles (1280 kilometers) long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) wide so that they could walk 5,000 abreast to get over in one night.

But then another problem.  Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles (my converter won’t do square miles, sorry) long, think of it!  This space just for nightly camping.

Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt?  I think not! You see, Moses believed in God.  God took care of these things for him.

Let us take courage.   We have the same God.  We think our problems are so big.   Remember what God can do!  What He has done!  Team up with God and your problems will be His.  Let Him run your life.  All the way the Savior leads us HOME.

            by: Dr.  Danny Kellum


Somebody always complains

A church had to hire a new pastor. Over the protests of one vocal male member a woman was hired as the new senior pastor.

After the new pastor had been there a few weeks, a member of the congregation offered to take the new pastor fishing. The vocal objector reluctantly agreed to allow them to use his boat and to go along.

The trio got into the boat and motored out on the lake. When they got ready to fish, they realized that all their tackle had been left on the dock. One of the men commented that he guess they would just have to go back and get it.

The pastor said that wouldn’t be necessary, and she got out of the boat and started walking across the water toward the dock.

The old grouch said, “See I told you we never should have hired that woman. She can’t even swim.”



A new arrival, about to enter hospital, saw two white coated doctors searching through the flower beds. “Excuse me,” he said, “have you lost something?”  “No,” replied one of the doctors. “We’re doing a heart transplant for an income-tax inspector and want to find a suitable stone.”


A Flight Change

During the “rush hour” at a major Texas airport, a flight was delayed due to a mechanical problem.  Since they needed the gate for another flight, the aircraft was backed away from the gate while the maintenance crew worked on it.

The airline then announced the new gate number, which was some distance away.

Everyone moved to the new gate, only to find that a third gate had been designated for the flight.

After some further shuffling, everyone got on board, and as they were settling in, the flight attendant made the standard announcement, “We apologize for the inconvenience of this last-minute gate change.  This flight is going to Washington DC.  If your destination is not Washington DC, then you should ‘deplane’ at this time.”

A very confused-looking and red-faced pilot emerged from the cockpit, carrying his bags.  “Sorry,” he said, “wrong plane.”



            “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.  This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”  1 Timothy 2:1-3  The Message Bible

            I believe that one of the most important lessons that we need to learn as a Believer in Jesus Christ is that there are as many different ways to pray as there are Believers.  I have a good friend, former evangelist that loved to pray while heaped up on a bean bag chair.  I know quite a few people who pray while driving their car (hope they keep their eyes open). 

            There are the “HELP ME GOD!” emergency prayers.  And there are the slow deliberate prayers that take the believer through a series of steps, like Larry Lea’s, praying the Lord’s Prayer.

            Some like to pray in the King’s Old English, “Thee” and “Thine”. While others pray in the current colloquialisms of the day.  Many just pray like God was their best friend and they can talk freely to Him about anything and everything.

            Recently I hear Pastor Larry Jackson speak on Intercession.  He has written a book on the subject called, “Numbered with the Transgressors”.  It is a life changing view of praying from the perspective of those for whom we pray.  In his approach, we literally take on the quilt and blame of the sins of those we are praying for.  For example, if we are praying for a person who is in absolute rebellion to God, we begin to ask God to examine us, expose our own rebellion to God’s Will and from there we can repent and intercede more effectively.

            God is faithful.  He has revealed so many of the sins in my own life, root sins of those for whom I am interceding.  I guess the old Indian proverb, “Don’t judge someone else until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins” is applicable here. And of course the scripture that tells us not to find fault with the person who has a splinter in his eye, while we have a two-by-four in our own, is the formula for prayer.  “Lord remove my two-by-four, so I can pray more effectively for the one with the splinter.

            So whether you pray three hours a day.  Or you pray three second prayers.  God want you to pray without ceasing.  In other words, Never stop praying.  Prayer changes You and it changes things.  What great things will God do through your prayer today.

            Pastor Don


A new missionary recruit went to Venezuela for the first time. He was struggling with the language and didn’t understand a whole lot of what was going on.  Intending to visit one of the local churches, he got lost, but eventually got back on track and found the place.  Having arrived late, the church was already packed. The only pew left was the one on the front row.

So as not to make a fool of himself, he decided to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate.  He chose to follow the man sitting next to him on the front pew.  As they sang, the man clapped his hands, so the missionary recruit clapped too.  When the man stood up to pray, the missionary recruit stood up too.  When the man sat down, he sat down.  When the man held the cup and bread for the Lord’s Supper, he held the cup and bread. During the preaching, the recruit didn’t understand a thing.  He just sat there and tried to look just like that man in the front pew.

Then he perceived that the preacher was giving announcements.  People clapped, so he looked to see if the man was clapping.  He was, and so the recruit clapped too.  Then the preacher said some words that he didn’t understand and he saw the man next to him stand up.  So he stood up too. 

Suddenly a hush fell over the entire congregation.  A few people gasped.  He looked around and saw that nobody else was standing. So he sat down.

After the service ended, the preacher stood at the door shaking the hands of those who were leaving.  When the missionary recruit stretched out his hand to greet the preacher, the preacher said, in English: “I take it you don’t speak Spanish.”

The missionary recruit replied: “No I don’t.  It’s that obvious?”

“Well yes,” said the preacher, “I announced that the Acosta family had a newborn baby boy and would the proud father please stand up.”   Marie Soward Green – Hutchinson, KS


Two boy scouts went on a nature hike in the hills picking hickory nuts. Along the way, they filled their small pails and then started to fill their pockets and shirts. 

When they could hold no more nuts, they started down the country road until they came across a cemetery.  The boys decided that would be a good place to stop and rest and divide out the nuts. 

The two boys sat in the shade of a large oak tree and unloaded their pockets and buckets by dumping all of the nuts in a large pile. 

In the process, two of them rolled away and rested near the road.  The boys then proceeded to divide out the nuts.  “One for you.  One for me.  One for you.  One for me.”

As they were doing this, another boy was passing by and Happened to hear them.  He looked into the cemetery, but could not see the boys, because they were obscured by the tree.  He hesitated a moment and then ran back to town. 

“Father! Father!” he yelled as he entered his house.   “The cemetery.  Come quick!”

“What’s the matter?” his father asked.   “No time to explain,” the boy frantically panted.  “Follow me!”

The boy and his father ran up the country road and stopped when they reached the cemetery.  They stopped at the side of the road and all fell silent for a few moments.  Then the father asked his son what was wrong.

“Do you hear that?” he whispered.  Both people listened intently and heard the Scouts.  “One for me.  One for you.  One for me.  One for you…”

The boy then blurted out, “The devil and the Lord are dividing the souls!”

The father was skeptical but silent — until a few moments later as the Scouts completed dividing out the nuts and one Scout said to the other, “Now, as soon as we get those two nuts down by the road, we’ll have them all.”    Marie Soward Green – Hutchinson, KS



            “God … decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of His Son…  He followed it up by calling people by name.  After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself.  And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.”  Romans 8:29-30  The Message Bible

            Often God uses natural or earthly things to illustrate the Spiritual Blessings that God intends for his people.  And one of God’s favorite illustrations is the way that a marriage should work.

            God, like a bride and groom make a unanimous decision to become husband and wife. To bring their lives together as one, based on their faith and commitment to become one flesh.  It is almost as though they were predestined to be that one together.

            Then one takes the name of the other.  In our society, most brides take the name of the bridegroom.  God has given us His name.  In it we have authority and assurance of his protection and care.  We have his “power of attorney” to use on earth what He has secured in heaven.

            Then there is the establishment of a solid relationship.  The building of roles and responsibilities in marriage as to what is expected and freely given by each other to the marriage.  Most of us fall short on our contribution, but God never fails to do his part.  He is always going the second mile, bending over backwards, giving an extra blessing or two to show His love for us. Over and over again, God justified or forgives us our shortcomings.

            No where in any other relationship is forgiveness as vital as in marriage.  It is the cornerstone and the keystone that holds a marriage together.  For it is the one who you love the most, who can hurt you the most.  And they need more forgiveness for the hurts that they cause us.  God knows all about it.  He forgives us and looks at us, just-as-if  (justified) we had never sinned.  Marriage forgives and then looks at each other just-as-if they never hurt us.

            And finally, the vow that we made at the wedding altar, “Until death do us part…” is never broken.  The bonds, the love, the commitment is never ended, even through divorce, until death separates us from that vow.  Ideally, marriage is a lifelong commitment and the glory is revealed as we celebrate anniversary after anniversary together. You are the glory of your husband or wife just as Christ is you glory and you are his.

Pastor Don



Quirks About Life You Notice By The Time You Are Fifty,

Most people deserve each other.

All the good ones, no matter what it is, are taken.

The one who snores will fall asleep first.

The length of a marriage is inversely proportional to the amount of money spent on the wedding.

The gifts you buy your spouse are never as good and apropos as the gifts your neighbor buys their spouse.

Never get overly excited about a man/woman by just the way they look from behind.

If you help a relative in need, he/she will remember you the next time they are in need.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with.

Toothaches always start on Friday night right before the weekend when the Dental Office will be closed.


There was this lady who was visiting a church one Sunday. The sermon seemed to go on forever, and many in the congregation fell asleep.

            After the service, to be social, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand in greeting, and said, “Hello, I’m Gladys Dunn.”

And the gentleman replied, ” You’re not the only one ma’am, I’m glad it’s done too!!!”


The Reverend Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So… he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his Parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?”          The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.”

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!  St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”



            “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together – spirit, soul and body – and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.  The One who called you is completely dependable.  If he said it, he’ll do it.!”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

            Webster defines the word “whole” as ” not broken into pieces; complete, all in one piece; not missing any parts.”  It is God’s purpose and desire to make us “Whole” or complete in Him. 

            Before we made Christ our Lord, we were “Incomplete”.  Brokenness marked our lives and dreams.  We were missing the key ingredient that links our triune being into one piece.

            Our spirit was out of control. Running here and there without any purpose or meaning.  Many felt like there was no reason to care for themselves or others.  Today’s society is faced with this growing problem.  People today don’t even seem to care about themselves let alone others.  The “Golden Rule” of this day and age is “Do unto others, BEFORE they can do it to you.”.  There is no value to human existence anymore.  Many think that they won’t survive their childhood, let alone achieve their life goals.

            Our soul was out of control.  Our mind is fogged with false humanistic philosophies of getting what is Mine.  Our plans are based on what will it get ME, not what can I do for you.  Our emotions are on the brink of disaster as more and more teenagers are having “Nervous” breakdowns.  The need for false stimulation grows hourly through the use of drugs to keep our balance.  And Our bodies are out of control. Never has a generation spent as much to maintain a healthy lifestyle and be so out of shape. 

            God’s purpose and plan is to make us “Whole” again.  To bring our Spirit, Soul and Body into a relationship with the Christ who makes us complete in Him.  Without Him to maintain the proper balance and perspective, we are lopsided in our lifestyles.

            So let Christ take charge of your fitness plan.  Let Him work at your wholeness.  Let His Holiness, work wholeness into your life.  Let Him have the broken pieces. He will make it whole again.

            Pastor Don


Mary Simpson was almost crazy with her three kids.  She complained to her best friend, “They’re driving me nuts. Such pests, they give me no rest and I’m half-way to the nut hatch.”

“What you need is a playpen to separate the kids from yourself,” her friend said.

So Mary bought a playpen.  A few days later, her friend called to ask how things were going.

“Superb!  I can’t believe it,” Mary said. “I get in that pen with a good book and the kids don’t bother me one bit!”


Mom’s answering Machine

Hello, this is your mother … If you want my advice: Press 1.

If you just want to argue: Press 2.

If you want to leave a message: Wait for the tone.

If you just want to aggravate me or borrow more money: *Hang Up*!

The town founder had passed away and the whole town turned out, as did his family who arrived from all over the globe. This threw the mortuary into an uproar. They had some employees doing two or three jobs and others switching jobs to get everything done. After the chapel services, all the members of the funeral party piled into the different cars for the drive to the cemetery. The procession was very long, and one group of family members, not knowing their way, decided to ask the driver how much further it would be. The patriarch tapped the driver on the shoulder, and said, “Pardon me…..” The driver let out a scream and turned with a grimace of horror to see who had tapped him. In doing so, he drove the car into the ditch and through a farmer’s fence, almost overturning it. After calming everyone down, the driver somberly explained, “I’m so sorry for what happened, but you see, I’m usually driving the hearse.”


A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question.

“Boys and girls, what do we know about God?”

A hand shot up in the air.

“He is an artist!” said the kindergarten boy.

“Really?! How do you know?” the teacher asked.

“You know – ‘Our Father, who does art in Heaven. . .”



            “I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.  And that’s not all.  You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven.  A yes on earth is yes in heaven.  A no on earth is no in heaven.”   Matthew 16:18-19  The Message Bible

            When we sold our old church building in Chesterfield and we were meeting in a local school building, I was asked many times, “When are you going to build a Church?”.  My stock answer was, “The Church is being built, but Christ said He would do it.”

            I was amazed at the overall attitude of the congregation.  More of an evangelism flavor came forth during those trying months without a building.  The majority of people were truly concerned with building “THE” church, rather than just a building or facilities.

            I was anxious to reach that part which this passage indicates however. “a church so expansive with energy….”. Every pastor, every Christian should have this zeal of energy that motivates us to “plunder hell and populate heaven.”. This kind of “gate kicking” energy that will go out into the highways and byways and compel folks to come to know Christ is what it will take for Christ to build His church.

            It is time that the church develop some “Bruce Lee” karate kicks against the gates of hell.  Everyone else is being caught up in this kind of strategy.  There is hardly a child today that will not show this kind of aggressive behavior in their play time.  Most every video game includes some kind of kick boxing activity.  Rather than deny this kind of action, why don’t we channel it against the real enemy of our souls, Satan.

            It is time that we, the church take up the offensive, rather than the defensive and “go into all the world, preaching…”  It is time the church stop singing, “Hold the Fort” and start marching, “Onward Christian Soldiers”. It is time the church start acting like the “winning side” for a change.  We are more than conquerors through Christ today.  Let’s go get the spoils of war.  They belong to the Offensive Church. Take the keys and possess the Land. Christ is returning soon.  How much territory have we gained for Him?  This weekend, let the church be the church.

            Pastor Don


During my surgical residency I was called out of a sound sleep to the emergency room.  Unshaven and with tousled hair, I showed up with an equally unpresentable medical student.  In the ER we encountered the on-call medical resident and his student, both neatly attired in clean white lab coats.  The resident said to his student, “You can always tell the surgeons by their absolute disregard for appearance.”

Two evenings later, I was at a banquet when called to the ER to suture a minor laceration.  I was stitching away — wearing a tuxedo — when I encountered that same medical resident.  He looked at me, then said to his student, “Sure is sensitive to criticism, isn’t he?”

— Joseph Marrazoo III, MD  –  “Reader’s Digest”


A man is driving with his wife at his side and his mother-in-law in the backseat. The women just won’t leave him alone.

His mother-in-law says, “You’re driving too fast!”

His wife says, “Stay more to the left.”

After ten mixed orders, the man turns to his wife and asks,

“Who’s driving this car – you or your mother?”


“Who’s calling?” was the answer to the telephone.


“What is your name, please?”

“Watt’s my name.”

“That’s what I asked you. What’s your name?”

“That’s what I told you. Watt’s my name.”


A long pause, and then from Watt, “Is this James Brown?”

“No, this is Knott.”

“Please tell me your name.”

“Will Knott.”


Whereupon they both hung up.



          “We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message.  We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity.  To be mature is to be basic.  Christ! No more, no less.”  Colossians 1:28  The Message Bible

          As every preacher knows, whatever you preach in a sermon, that subject will become the challenge of the week.  For example, preach on Divine Healing and there will be an increase in sickness and disease.  Preach on Love and you will be tested to love like Christ loves.

          So the lesson we must learn, is if we preach Christ, we will experience more of Him for the coming period.  The more we exalt and lift up the name of Jesus, the more of Him that we experience in our own life.

          And what else can we live and preach better than Christ?  Some would believe that He is unbelievable and make Him seem less than he is.  The Classic story of the little boy who came home from Sunday School illustrates this. 

Mom asked him, “what did you learn in Sunday School today?”  to which he replied, “We learned how Moses sent his engineers ahead and built a pontoon bridge across the Red Sea, so that everyone could get across safely, and then they blew it up when the Egyptians tried to follow them.”

 Mom said, “Johnny, they didn’t teach that in Sunday School did they?”.  And Johnny again answered, “Well if I told it the way they did, you’d never believe it.”

          Don’t “water” down Christ. He is more than you’ll ever expect or believe.

          And some think they have to add something to Christ to make Him bigger than life.  He already is.  There is nothing that you can add to make Him sound “better”.

          Christ, think about Him today.  Share your thoughts about Him. And He will give you the opportunity to put into practice all that Christ has revealed to you.  He will be more than enough for the day.

          Pastor Don



(Good News and Bad News for a Pastor)


Good news: You baptized seven people today in the river.

Bad news: You lost two of them in the swift current.


Good news: The Women’s Guild voted to send you a get-well card.

Bad news: The vote passed by 31-30.


Good news: The elders accepted your job description the way you wrote it.

Bad news: They were so inspired by it, they also formed a search committee to find somebody capable of filling the position.


Good news: You finally found a choir director who approaches things exactly the same way you do.

Bad news: The choir mutinied.


Good news: Mrs. Jones is wild about your sermons.

Bad news: Mrs. Jones is also wild about the “Gong Show,” “Beavis and Butthead” and “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”


Good news: The trustees finally voted to add more church parking.

Bad news: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of your parsonage.


Good news: Church attendance rose dramatically the last three weeks.

Bad news: You were on vacation.


Good news: Your biggest critic just left your church.

Bad news: He has been appointed the head bishop of your denomination.


Good news: The youth in your church come to your house for a surprise visit.

Bad news: It’s in the middle of the night and they are armed with toilet paper and shaving cream to “decorate” your house.


After church on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother,

“Mom, I’ve decided I’m going to be a minister when I grow up.

“That’s okay with us,” the mother said, “But what made you decide to be a minister?”

“Well,” the boy replied, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway.”


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