Reminders: Why Me Lord?

God often chooses unlikely candidates to carry out His work.  There was Noah––a drunkard, Abraham and Sarah––an elderly couple, Moses––a stutterer, Rahab––a prostitute, David—an adulterer and murderer, Jonah––a man who tried to run away and hide from God, Matthew––a tax collector, a little boy with five loaves and two fish, and Saul (who became Paul)…

Food for Thought: Price vs Value

Comedy writer Megan Amram wrote, “I just spent $30 on apples at Whole Foods and then dropped both of them!” Reader’s Digest, February 2015, p.95 We all complain about prices.  It is hard for some of us to believe how much prices have gone up over the years.  We try to save money where we can…

Reminders: Worshipers Anonymous

Pete was leaving church after the Christmas services.  When the pastor greeted him, he said, “Pete, it’s time you joined the army of the Lord.  We need to see you here every Sunday.”  “I’m already in the army of the Lord, Pastor,” Pete replied.  “Then why do we only see you on Christmas and Easter?” …

Reminders: Is There Grass on Your Path?

In one region of Africa, the first converts to Christianity were very diligent about praying.  The believers each had their own special place outside the village where they went to pray in solitude.  The villagers reached these prayer places by using their own private footpaths.  When grass began to grow over one of these trails,…

Food for Thought: Problems Solved!

A businessman walked into a bank in New York City and asked for a $100 loan.  He offered his luxury Mercedes car as collateral.  Since the collateral was worth far more than $100 the bank manager quickly approved the loan.  A year later, the man came back.  He repaid the loan and the 10% interest…

Food for Thought: Be Open to God’s True Meaning

The winner of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee did so by correctly spelling the word koinonia.  Most champions win with a word that few people have ever heard, much less know how to spell.  The Scripps’ press release defined koinonia as an “intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community.”  Adapted…

Reminders: Gifts and Grace

Some parents encourage children to make gifts and cards themselves.  They tell them that hand-made gifts are especially appreciated.  The gifts are not only specifically made for the recipient, but they also represent the effort its creator puts into the gift.  One father who received a gift from his six-year-old son was a bit puzzled…

Reminders: Rich Man Poor Man

A wealthy man was driving his big BMW down the highway, singing to himself, “I love my BMW, I love my BMW.”  Focusing on his car, not his driving, he smashed into a tree.  He miraculously survived, but his car was totaled.  “My BMW! My BMW!” he sobbed.  A Good Samaritan drove by and cried…

Reminders: Resetting Priorities

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn.  A farmer nearby heard the noise.  “Hey Willis!” the farmer yelled. “Forget your troubles.  Come in and have lunch with us.  Then I’ll help you get the wagon up.” “That’s mighty nice of you.” Willis answered, “but I don’t think Pa would like me to.” “Aw,…