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Only One Black Friday

There was only one Black Friday.

It was not the day after Thanksgiving.

It was not a day when self-oriented consumers

bumped into

climbed over

pushed into

screamed at

and hated the other consumers who were

in their way.

No, all the action of the one Black Friday

was on a hill of death

outside the city

where three souls hung on crosses,

two criminals and the Messiah

doing what he came to do

and what the world was desperate for.

That Friday the world went dark

the Father turned his back

graves opened

the veil ripped in two

the Son carried the Father’s anger.

Death was offered so life could be given.

Darkness fell so light would shine.

Payment made

freedom given

redemption accomplished.

There was only one Black Friday.

No need to shop anymore for a

Savior.

By Paul David Tripp

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Humor – January 29

Lawyerese

The Wall Street Journal recently quoted the following comment by Robert H. Mundheim, general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department.

“When an ordinary man wants to give an orange to another, he would merely say, ‘I give you this orange.’ But when a lawyer does it, he says it in this way:

‘Know all men by these presents that I hereby give, grant, bargain, sell, release, convey, transfer, and quitclaim all my right, title, interest, benefit, and use whatever in, of and concerning this chattel, otherwise known as an orange or citrus orantium, together with all the appurtenances thereto of skin, pulp, pip, rind, seeds, and juice, to have and to hold the said orange together with its skin, pulp, pip, rind, seeds, and juice for his own use and behoove, to himself and his heirs in fee simple forever, free from a liens, encumbrances, easements, limitations, restraints, or conditions whatsoever, any and all prior deeds, transfers or other documents whatsoever, not or anywhere made to the contrary notwithstanding, with full power to bite, cut, suck, or otherwise eat the said orange or give away the same, with or without its skin, pulp, pip, rind, seeds or juice.’

One Liner
“I hope I live to be as old as my jokes.”

Thought for the day
“Look out for the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24b NCV).

Kindness always begins with the eyes — the way you observe the world and are sensitive to the needs of other people.

Humor – August 4

A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while.

“I can hardly believe my eyes!” he exclaimed. “That’s the smartest dog I’ve ever seen.”

“Nah, he’s not so smart,” the friend replied. “I’ve beaten him three games out of five.”

One Liner
Sign in a John Deere sales office: The only machine we don’t stand behind is our manure spreader.

Thought for the day
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. . . . Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:6, 8

For every ten dreamers in the world, there is only one decision maker. A lot of people have dreams but they never get to Step Two—making the decision to trust God and follow their dream.

Humor – August 3

My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers. Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 20 years of experience.

“Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.

The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”

One Liner
“It is never wise to let any piece of electronic equipment know that you are in a hurry.”

Thought for the day
“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” Romans 12:3b

The first and greatest barrier to change in any area of your life is pride.

Humor – May 1

“Coffee Choices”

In our home we tend to get the children to help out. One day our youngest son came in to the living room and asked, “Does anyone want a cup of coffee?”

“Yes please!” we said.

He replied, “What kind of coffee do you want? Capitated or decapitated?”

One Liner
It’s easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.

Thought for the day
“We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. . . . Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understand us”  1 Corinthians 13:9, 12 

It might not make sense now — but one day it’s all going to be clear. It’s all going to make sense. You’re going to be able to say, “So that’s why God allowed that in my life!” Until then, God wants you to trust him.