WHERE IS YOUR ACCUSER?

JUNE 21

He (Jesus) lifted himself erect until his shoulders were straight and his head was high. He stood, not to preach, for his words would be few. Not for long, for he would soon stoop again. Not to instruct his followers; he didn’t address them. He stood on behalf of the woman. He placed himself between her and the lynch mob and said, “‘ All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!’ Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust” (vv. 7– 8 NLT). Name-callers shut their mouths. Rocks fell to the ground. Jesus resumed his scribbling. “When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman” (v. 9 NLT ). Jesus wasn’t finished. He stood one final time and asked the woman, “Where are your accusers?” (v. 10 NLT). My, my, my. What a question— not just for her but for us. Voices of condemnation awaken us as well. “You aren’t good enough.” “You’ll never improve.” “You failed— again.” The voices in our world. And the voices in our heads! Who is this morality patrolman who issues a citation at every stumble? Who reminds us of every mistake? Does he ever shut up? No. Because Satan never shuts up. The apostle John called him the Accuser: (Rev. 12: 9– 10 NLT). Day after day, hour after hour. Relentless, tireless. The Accuser makes a career out of accusing. Unlike the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Satan’s condemnation brings no repentance or resolve, just regret. He has one aim: “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10: 10). Steal your peace, kill your dreams, and destroy your future. He has deputized a horde of silver-tongued demons to help him. He enlists people to peddle his poison. Friends dredge up your past. Preachers proclaim all guilt and no grace. And parents, oh, your parents. They own a travel agency that specializes in guilt trips. They distribute it twenty-four hours a day. Long into adulthood you still hear their voices: “Why can’t you grow up?” “When are you going to make me proud?”

He (Jesus) “is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.”  (Rom. 8:34 MS) Let this sink in for a moment. In the presence of God, in defiance of Satan, Jesus Christ rises to your defense. He takes on the role of a priest. “Since we have a great priest over God’s house, let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience” (Heb. 10: 21– 22 NCV).

Lucado, Max, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

 

Service with a Smile
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:
I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.

I went to a bookstore and asked the sales woman,
“Where’s the self-help section?”
She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

Q – Why do chicken coops have two doors?
A – Because if they had four doors, they’d be chicken sedans.

Night & Day
A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor. After he was back on dry ground he said to the farmer, “At those prices, I should think you would be pulling people out of the mud night and day.”
“Can’t replied the farmer. “At night I haul water for the hole.”



THE CHRISTIAN PARADOX

JUNE 11

The blessing of the LORD makes one rich . . . Prov 10:22

What a strange person a TRUE Christian is:

He is dead and yet he lives forever.

He died and yet he lives in Christ and he lives by the death of another and if another hadn’t died, he couldn’t live.

He saves his life by losing it and he’s in danger of losing it by trying to save it.

When he wants to get it, he stands down, for God’s way up is always down. The foolish things of God are wiser than anything on this earth.

When he wants to win, he always surrenders. Instead of standing up and slugging it out, he surrenders to God and then lets God win the fight.

He’s strongest when he is weakest and weakest when he is strongest, and that his strength lies in his weakness and his weakness is his strength, and when he thinks he’s getting strong, he’s weak, and when he gets down on his knees thinking he is weak, he is strong.

He is poor, and yet he makes others rich.

He is highest when he feels lowest and lowest when he feels highest.

He is in the least danger when he is fearful and trusting God, and in the most danger when he gets self confident.

He is most sinless when he feels the most sinful and the most sinful when he feels the most sinless.

He has most when he gives more away and he has less when he’s keeping more.

He is doing the most when he isn’t doing anything at all. Sometimes to get the most done, God calls him aside and says, “sit down there”.

Sometimes he goes the fastest when he’s standing still. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

He is saved now, and is to declare it with shining face, “I am saved.”. and yet he expects to be saved later.

He is looking for a salvation ready to be revealed at the last days.

Born on earth and never been anywhere else, but he’s a citizen of another country that he’s never visited. Born onl earth but a citizen of heaven. If that is not enough, he’s walking on earth and yet he’s seated in heaven.

He tells God he’s nothing, yet at the same time he knows he’s the apple of God’s eye.

The world finds faulty with Christians saying, “You act like you are one of God’s “Pets” and no one else matters.

He loves one he’s never seen and fears God yet he’s not afraid of God.

True Christians are:

An Enigma to the World

Thorn in the flesh of Adam

A Puzzle to Angels

Delight of God

and a Habitation of the Holy Ghost”

A.W. Tozer, sermon, “Rejoice. . . Though Now you are in Heaviness.”

 

Two young boys had never been to a wedding and didn’t really know what to expect there. One was invited to a wedding of a relative, was excited, and vowed to share the experience with his friend.

After the ceremony, the one who had not attended was filled with questions, one after the other. Finally, he asked, “Just how many women can a man marry? I think we should know this sort of thing since someday we will be married. How many?,” he wanted to know.

The proud attendee announced: “Sixteen!

“Sixteen? Are you sure?”

“Why, of course; the preacher said so. I heard him say, ‘4 richer; 4 poorer; 4 sickness; 4 health.'”

* * * * *

Heard this in an address recently:

“Old preachers are like old shoes; the last thing to wear out is the tongue.”

* * * * * *

“Someone told me that a commencement speaker is like the body at an Irish wake. They need you in order to have a party, but nobody expects you to say

very much.” — Anthony Lake, National Security Adviser, commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

* * * * *

(quoted in Leadership Magazine online)

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx

 



LIVING THROUGH TIMES

JUNE 10

The blessing of the LORD makes one rich . . . Prov 10:22
“Sometimes we think our generation has more problems than the last. Dwight Bohmbach in What’s Right with America. “America’s elders lived through the great 1929 stock market crash that ruined many of their families; the Depression years, the Bonus March on Washington, when veterans were dispersed by Army troops; the New Deal years; Pearl Harbor, the loss of the Philippines; years of long days and nights in defense plants in the 1940’s; V-E day; the hope filled beginning of the United Nations in America; the A-bomb; V-J Day; the Marshall Plan in Europe; the Berlin airlift; war in Korea; the U-2 incident; the Bay of Pigs invasion; the Cuban missile crisis; the killings of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the civil rights struggle; the Vietnam War; Americans on the moon; Watergate and the resignation of a president and vice-president; the energy crisis; Three-Mile Island; Iranian hostages; a new president shot in 1981; the bombing of our embassy and hundreds of Marines in Lebanon; becoming a debtor nation, with the highest budget deficit in history. What a lifetime!”
We should remember the words of Paul Harvey who said that in times like these it is always helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.”
John Maxwell, “Developing the Leader Within You.”
Always remember, YOU ARE BLESSED! despite the situations around you.

Nathan Hale’s Used Cars
One day, an elderly woman was walking along the street, coming home from the supermarket. Her bag of groceries was especially heavy that day, and as she passed Nathan Hale’s Used Cars, she got an idea that she could drive herself  to the store and save a lot of shoe leather, time and aching muscles. She walks into the car dealership and just so happens, gets the owner himself. He asks her what kind of car she wants and she replies,
“Well, sonny, I can’t remember the name exactly, but it has something to do with hate or anger.”
The owner replies, “Well, let’s see… Oh yes, you want a Plymouth Fury! We have a couple on the lot. What color do you prefer?”
The lady has some trouble explaining the exact color to him, so she reaches into her shopping bag, takes out an ear of corn, strips down the shucks and says,
“I want this color sonny.”
To which Nathan replies, “Ma’am I’m sorry, but we don’t have any in this color.
Could I show you a nice blue one?”
“No son, I want this color.”
“But ma’am, they didn’t make that color! Maybe a cherry red one would suit you?” says the owner, obviously worried about losing a sale.
By this time, the old lady gets mad, and starts throwing things at the owner, thereby chasing him out of the office and into the lot. One of the salesmen, coming
into the office from the back door, notices the disruption and asks the secretary what the old woman was so upset about.
The secretary replies, “Apparently, Hale hath no Fury like the woman’s corn!”

A woman motorist was driving along a country road when she noticed a couple of repairmen climbing telephone poles.



YOUR WINDOW

JUNE 9

The attitude with which we see things around us has much to do with the way we live our lives. When we have the attitude that WE ARE BLESSED, our lives have such an appeal to those who are hurt and hopeless. The following story is quoted in John Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You.

“G. W. Target, in his essay, “The Window,” tells the story of two men confined to hospital beds in the same room. Both men were seriously ill and though they were not allowed much diversion – no television, radio, or books – their friendship developed over months of conversation. They discussed every possible subject in which they both had interest or experience, from family to jobs to vacations, as well as much of their own personal histories.”

“Neither man left his bed, but one was fortunate enough to be next to the window. As part of his treatment he could sit up in bed for just an hour a day. At this time he would describe the world outside to his roommate. In very descriptive terms he would bring the outside world inside to this friend, describing to him the beautiful park he could see, with its lake, and the many interesting people he saw spending their time there. His friend began to live for those descriptions.”

“After a particularly fascinating report, the one man began to think it was not fair that his friend got to see everything while he could see nothing. He was ashamed of his thoughts, but he had quite a bit of time to think and he couldn’t get this out of his mind. Eventually his thoughts began to take their effect on his health, and he became even more ill, with a disposition to match.”

“One evening his friend, who sometimes had difficulty with congestion and breathing, awoke with a fit of coughing and choking and was unable to push the button for the nurse to come to his aid. The frustrated, sour man lay there looking at the ceiling, listening to this struggle for life next to him, and doing nothing.”

“The next morning the day nurse came in to find the man by the window dead.”

“After a proper interval, the man who was so eager to see out that window asked if he could be moved, and it was quickly done. As soon as the room was empty, the man struggled up on his elbow to look out the window and fill his spirit with the sights of the outside world.”

“It was then he discovered the window faced a blank wall.”

What do you see out the window of your Blessings?

 

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23. Avoid cliches like the plague



THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

June 8

Preaching about the Day of Pentecost. I was reminded of the many different people that were in that upper room. About how they each had an agenda much different from others in that room. The eleven disciples could share about all that they had heard and seen Jesus do in His ministry, while his bothers probably wondered why he had not taken time to teach them. His mother Mary was there who for 34 years knew that her Son was the Son of God, and yet there were some disciples there who had only recently met this Jesus. Mary Magdalene, did the disciples accept her yet as Jesus had or did they cast suspicious eyes toward her. And how about the Pharisee, Nicodemus, was he a true disciple or a Sanhedrin spy sent to discover who these believers were. Sitting next to each other in that room could have been Bartimaeus, the blind beggar and the rich Joseph of Arimathea, who donated the tomb for Jesus to be buried in.

A motley crew at best, but they came together around the central figure of Jesus and His promise to wait until something new happened. I’m sure they all had feelings of loss. What were they going to do without Jesus “with” them? Who would teach them the things of God?

But when the beautiful presence of the Holy Spirit descended in that room, Jesus was no longer just “with” them. He was “in” them. The Holy Spirit was teaching them the things of God. They were moved to action.

I saw this in action one Sunday morning when the whole time of Praise and Worship was permeated with the sense of God’s presence in a quiet, yet powerful affirmation of His glory. And when the choir finished singing “In the Presence of Jehovah” the people were standing weeping before Him in worship.

As I asked for those who needed a Miracle to come to the altar, about 20 responded, but instead of praying for each one as I usually would do, I called for the congregation to come and pray for each of them. I saw a Peter, praying with a Philip. A John praying with Mary. An Andrew praying with a lame man by the pool.

As I moved from group to group, I felt such a New Testament atmosphere. True Love and Caring flowing from one to another. It is hard to release ministry sometimes, but yesterday I saw the Holy Spirit do in a few moments, through vessels of clay, some monumental works of healing and miracles. Those lives, both those who were ministered to and those who ministered will never be the same. Pentecost is repeated by the sovereign acts of God.

 

 

Modem Times – Maxims for the Internet Age

  1. Home is where you hang your @
  2. The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.
  3. A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.
  4. You can’t teach a new mouse old clicks.
  5. Great groups from little icons grow.
  6. Speak softly and carry a cellular phone.
  7. C:\ is the root of all directories.
  8. Don’t put all your hypes in one home page.
  9. Pentium wise; pen and paper foolish.
  10. The modem is the message.
  11. Too many clicks spoil the browse.
  12. The geek shall inherit the earth.
  13. A chat has nine lives.
  14. Don’t byte off more than you can view.
  15. Fax is stranger than fiction.
  16. What boots up must come down.
  17. Windows will never cease.


24 THINGS TO ALWAYS REMEMBER

“24 Things to Always Remember…

June 7

and One Thing Never to Forget…

 

Your presence is a present to the world.

You’re unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be.

Take the days just one at a time.

 

Count your blessings, not your troubles.

You’ll make it through whatever comes along.

Within you are so many answers.

Understand, have courage, be strong.

 

Don’t put limits on yourself.

So many dreams are waiting to be realized.

Decisions are too important to leave to chance.

Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

 

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.

The longer one caries a problem, the heavier it gets.

Don’t take things too seriously.

Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

 

Remember that a little love goes a long way.

Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.

Remember that friendship is a wise investment.

Life’s treasures are people . . . together.

 

Realize that it’s never to late.

Do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.

Have health and hope and happiness.

Take the time to wish upon a star.

 

And don’t ever forget . . .

For even a day . . .

How very special you are. “

YOU ARE BLESSED!

 

 

 

Puns…

 

What do you get when you toss a hand grenade into a kitchen in France?

Linoleum blownapart.

 

Did you hear about the red ship and the blue ship that collided?

Both crews were marooned.

 

Eskimos in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank; proving once-and-for-all that you can’t have your kayak & heat it, too.



DON’T LOSE YOU CONNECTION

JUNE 4

Posted several years ago but still is relevant.)

“Earlier this evening we realized that there was no dial tone, (Wondered why it was so quiet around here….. LOL), and when we called to report it, was informed that a major cable had been accidently cut and service would be restored by 6 tomorrow. This evening on the way home from church, we passed the tent with the phone guys working inside trying to repair it. . . so if you don’t get this on the morning of June 4, you’ll know why it’s late……. LOL. couldn’t resist that one.

Anyway, it makes you stop to think . . . what if our heavenly line was cut off. Prayers could not be prayed, Praise would not be lifted up, Blessings would be delayed.

Another example: We stopped at Arby’s for dinner, on the way to church, and the new cashier-in-training, was beating on the cash register as if play a drum. I looked at him strangely when he replied, “I sure miss our music.” Now thinking that this kid is a little bid weird, I asked him, “Music?” And he explained. “When the satellite fell out of it’s orbit, we lost the music. Our music was piped in from that satellite.”

We truly live in the communication age. Telephones, Television, Cellular Phones, Computers (PTL), pagers, fax machines, etc. but the most important communication is often the one being neglected, our heavenly communication. God has never had a cable cut, nor a satellite fall out of orbit. He has never been “cut off”. Yet, we fail to use the only unbreakable communication line in existence, the one that can give us the answers we need.

If I can just get one message out today, Communicate one truth. . . YOU ARE BLESSED! Keeps those lines open.”

 

 

If you were to list the ten smartest people you know, who would be the other nine?

No matter how far money goes, it still can’t go as far as the next paycheck.

What most men really liked about their mother’s cooking is that it didn’t cost them anything.

There are those who are not the life of the party until they leave.

Some jobs have to be put off dozens of times before they completely slip your mind.

Sardines are little fish that crawl into a can, lock themselves up and leave the key outside.

A filing cabinet is where papers get lost alphabetically.

Car sickness is the feeling you get when you can’t meet the monthly payments.

Remember, a top banana is supported by the rest of the bunch.

It’s called “instant credit” but what it really means is “instant debt.”

In some restaurants, the catch of the day is the waiter.

If at first you don’t succeed, deny you were even trying.

Nothing is impossible – except dribbling a football.

Nothing widens a narrow driveway quite as much as looking at it with a snow shovel in your hand.

A synonym is the word you use when you can’t spell the other one.

Do it tomorrow–you’ve made enough mistakes today.

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it sometimes makes misery easier to live with.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

If only the good die young, what does that say about senior citizens?

Indecision is the key to flexibility.

Always remember to pillage before you burn.

Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving to where you can’t find them.



WHAT IS ANOINTING?

JUNE 1

 “…No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God  (Luke 9:62 KJV)”

“There are no acceptable excuses to turn back, even temporarily!  When God speaks, He knows the full extent of the circumstances around you.  It is interesting to note that God never “discusses” His plans with man,  He only speaks to them.  God is not looking to you and me for additional information and He does not need our input to make the best decision. To make anything happen, God only needs our obedience.”

 “When God pours out a river of joy and laughter upon His people,  He expects only that we should jump in and became saturated.  There is a purpose in what He is doing today that extends far beyond the immediate benefit.  The Holy Spirit is empowering people, anointing them, for God’s work.  I like Bill Ligon’s definition of the anointing: “Tangible evidence of the manifested presence of God.”

“Skeptics, hesitaters and procrastinators do not get anointed.  Observers who stand on the sidelines with labels and maps, identifying for others what God is doing, do not get anointed.  People who are “looking back” get overlooked in any great move of God.”

       –  Mona Johnian,  Fresh Anointing

 

 

Useless Facts

*Q. What is a Noggin?

*A “noggin” is also a half a cupful of whatever.

*Q. How does a lobster breathe?

  1. Takes in water through its legs, lets it out through its head. Odd, but not to the lobster, who thinks we breathe funny maybe.

*Q. What makes an “infant” different from a “baby”?

  1. “Infancy” comes from the Latin for “without language,” so a baby is only an infant until it starts to talk.

 *Don’t you think “Cinnamon” — it’s bark — is a good name for a puppy?

* Q. There are six classes of musical instruments: “string,” “woodwind,” “brass,” “percussion,” “keyboard” and “other.” In which is the harmonica?

  1. “Other.”

*The Omaha Herald in 1877 printed this advisory to passengers of stage coaches: “Spit on the leeward side.”

 *Medical records contain accounts of women who’ve given themselves cesarean sections and men who’ve given themselves appendectomies.

*Lot of animals have hands, sort of. And can hold them out flat. But only humans can turn the palms of the outstretched hands up then down or down then up.

*Only before its first meal of the day can the electric eel zap out that 640 volts.

 The “Second” avenues nationwide outnumber the “First” avenues.

 * Q. How long do big league baseball players use the same gloves?

  1. Infielders, a year. Outfielders, seven to 10 years. Typically.

 * Q. What’s the opposite of “extinct”?

  1. “Extant.”

 8 Drivers drive faster when other cars are around. Whether those cars are behind, in front, beside. Curious how it works.

 * Only captive-born and people-raised parrots can be taught to talk.

*The original mincemeat in mincemeat pies was the flesh of small birds.

 * Researchers say fewer letter carriers are bitten by dogs in England than anywhere else, but it’s not known whether this is due to the temperament of English dogs or to the speed of English carriers.

*Ugly creatures, lobsters. Most remain unmated. Not surprised.

 *Q. Where’d that old name for a dog — “Fido” – come from?

  1. Latin. Means “trusting,” roughly. It’s a cousin of such words as fidelity, faithful, fiduciary.

 *Any fisherman will tell you it’s against the law to use goldfish for bait.

 *In the mid-1960s, scientists came up with straight bananas, but nobody would buy them.

 *Few realize Abraham Lincoln’s likeness is represented not once but twice on the Lincoln penny.



CHURCH IMPETUS

MAY 31

“What happens when a plane takes off – or a car starts uphill – or an athlete begins the game?  Impetus – additional energy – must be released.  Spiritual truths have natural parallels.  The Church today needs a fresh impetus.  How can we repeat the same ritual for hundreds of years and tell ourselves we are being led by God?  Where is the fresh impetus in the Church – the sudden burst of energy that will give us the lead over the world?”

 “What if the Holy Spirit should suddenly manifest Himself in a new or fresh way in your church?  What if He should suddenly manifest Himself in a new way in your personal life?  Are you really prepared to flow with Him if He chooses to change the direction of your life within the next hour?  It is not unlike God to move suddenly in a life:

God spoke suddenly to Moses (Num 12:4)

God uproots the wicked suddenly (Job 5:3)

At the birth of Jesus, the angel of the Lord was joined suddenly by the host of heaven praising God (Luke 2:13)

Pentecost the Holy Spirit came suddenly (Acts 2:2)

Saul of Tarsus, on his way to persecute believers, was stricken to the ground when a light appeared around him suddenly and the Lord spoke to him (Acts 9:3)”

           – Mona Johnian,  Fresh Anointing.

 

Thoughts

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film.

Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

If you choke a smurf, what color does it turn?

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.

I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he’s gone.

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?



THE COST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

MAY 28

“I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ — God’s righteousness.  I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power …  If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.”   Philippians 3:9-11The Message Bible

Most of us have had the experience of going to the store and seeing two seemingly identical items but one is a “brand name” and therefore the price tag reflected that.  So we purchased the cheaper item so we could brag to all our friends about the “bargain.”  

The only problem was that the first time we used it, or washed it, we discovered why it was cheaper.  It was also inferior.  Now, I’m not advocating that we always have to buy the most expensive item, for I’ve seen that carry people into an area of pride as well, but we need to compare the value for the cost.

Self-righteousness does not cost us much because we adjust our lifestyle to fit our righteousness of the moment.  That is, whatever suits us for that day becomes our garment of righteousness.

God’s righteousness cost us even less, since He’s already paid for it and furnishes it freely, but it is necessary for us to “work out our salvation” so that the cloak of God’s righteousness will fit.  God’s righteousness comes in one size.  The exercise of our faith keeps us in the right size to enjoy its fit.  When we become careless or lax in our Christian faith, it begins to not fit as well. 

Have you ever seen a Christian whose righteousness is a little tight and the buttons are stretching?  Have you ever seen a Christian whose righteousness was so loose it looked as though it would fall off at any moment?  The problem is that the quality of God’s righteousness will never shrink nor stretch.  It is always the same.  It is the believer’s responsibility to keep him or herself fit for that righteousness.

You’ve got the highest quality of Righteousness.  Does it fit this morning?

                        Pastor Don

 

A pious man, who had reached the age of 105, suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance, the Rabbi went to see him. He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, “How come after all these years we don’t see you at services anymore?”

 The old man lowered his voice. “I’ll tell you, Rabbi,” he whispered. “When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So, I figured that God is very busy and must’ve forgotten about me, and I don’t want to remind Him!”

 

 

Then there’s the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family.

She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”




 

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