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Come Out and Go In …Quit Walking In Circles

They say that as people get older they forget things. I wouldn’t know because I’m still so young and dynamic, but can you imagine how it would be if you walked out of the front door of your home and realized that you’d forgotten where you were going?

I can’t remember if I’ve ever done that, but it would be quite a problem if I had.

That happened to God’s people once. God brought them out of Egypt to bring them into the place He had promised them. And they spent forty years wearing ruts in a desert circle. Actually, they never forgot where they were going. The problem was that their head was so full of where they came from, that they often looked looked back instead of forwards.

Which is surprising because where they came from wasn’t pretty. That’s why they were in the desert. They griped so much about slavery that God delivered them. Then they griped about the desert. Then they griped when they realized that their promised home wouldn’t be given them on a silver platter without a fight. Continue reading

Will you be happy in that little place in the mountains?

Will you be happy in that little place in the mountains?

A friend of mine put a picture of a rustic little house in the mountains on Facebook.  The little place could have sprung straight from a Thomas Kinkaide or Currier and Ives type photo.

And I could see myself living there, walking around all day wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt, chopping wood, killing squirrels (bears are too mean) and living life as it was meant to be lived.

It makes you kind of weepy just thinking about it.

Only problem is: I’ve found that rustic places are often more fun to look at than to live in. Continue reading

Did You See God?

He’s there. Look!

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“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made,” wrote Gene Weingarten in an article in the Washington Post.

The violinist was Joshua Bell who had filled the house at Boston’s Symphony Hall three nights before, where good seats went for $100 or more. He played this day on a violin handcrafted in 1713 by Antonio Stradivari, for which he was reported to have paid 3.5 million dollars.

Those people in the metro station were in for a treat! A free forty-five minute concert by one of the world’s greatest violinists on one of the finest instruments in the world.

Only no one knew it was Bell. He just stood there and played his heart out. That morning of the 1,070 people who hurried by, seven people stopped to take in the performance, at least for a minute. He got $32 for 45 minutes work. Continue reading

Dying Of Laughter

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A sketch from the British television show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” imagines what it would be like to fall dead from the funniest joke in the world.

Supposedly during World War II, Ernest Scribbler, a British “manufacturer of jokes” (Michael Palin), creates “the funniest joke in the world” and  dies laughing.

According to Wikipedia, “The British Army test the joke on Salisbury Plain against a rifleman (Terry Jones), then translate it into German. Each translator only translates one word of the joke, so as not to be killed by reading the whole joke. One of them saw two words of the joke and had to spend a few weeks in hospital.

“The nonsensical German translation is used for the first time on 8 July 1944 in the Ardennes, causing German soldiers to fall down dead from laughter.”

British soldiers are shown running through artillery fire, yelling the joke at the Germans who begin to laugh hysterically.”Afterward, a German field hospital is shown with uncontrollably laughing German soldiers in blood-stained bandages, being attended to by medics with stoppered ears.” (Wikipedia)

According to the sketch, the joke was banned at the Geneva convention after the war.

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I don’t know if you can really die of laughter or not, though some say it has caused heart failure. Much more common than this, though, is laughing when you’re not supposed to. Someone says something funny and you burst out laughing when suddenly you realize that it was no joke. You try to swallow your giggles.

This happened to God in the Bible. He said something and Abraham thought it was so funny that he fell down laughing. He must have thought, “That’s a good one Lord; where did you hear it. Suddenly the 99-year old man realized that it was no joke.

“God continued speaking to Abraham, ‘And Sarai your wife: Don’t call her Sarai any longer; call her Sarah. I’ll bless her—yes! I’ll give you a son by her! Oh, how I’ll bless her! Nations will come from her; kings of nations will come from her.’

“Abraham fell flat on his face. And then he laughed, thinking, “Can a hundred-year-old man father a son? And can Sarah, at ninety years, have a baby?” (Gen. 22:16, 17 MSG)

And God told him, ” Your wife, Sarah, will have a baby, a son. Name him Isaac (Laughter). I’ll establish my covenant with him and his descendants, a covenant that lasts forever.” (MSG)

Well, the joke that wasn’t a joke worked on Sarah because later when she heard it she also laughed. A ninety-year old woman having a baby! Now, that’s a good one! But, God got onto her for her unbelief, ” Is anything too hard for God?” he challenged.

And a year later she was laughing for joy, holding that laughing baby (Isaac) in her wrinkled arms.

Has God ever told you anything that made you laugh–laugh bitterly with disappointment or laugh heartily because it seems so impossible?

Maybe you better swallow that smile soldier! This is dead serious. God wants to use you. “Is anything too hard for God?”

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 Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
~Albert Einstein

​Four Ways To Smash Spiritual Moles

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Do you sometimes feel that your best efforts fighting against your own weaknesses fail? Is there any hope? Let me share a story, then a few keys to help you respond.

I was house-sitting for a friend for three weeks. I had laughed about a struggle he was having with a mole that was ravaging his front yard. But, when I moved in, I found the Battle of the Moles took on the air of a personal challenge. Here’s an email that I wrote to him about the situation (revised):

“When I told you that you might want to plant corn in your front yard, I was just kidding but this mole is getting serious.  He’s everywhere. Wednesday, I knocked down 10-15 of his bunkers.  Thursday I looked out and he had made one just in front of the house!  As I looked I saw some dirt fly up. Continue reading