Reminders: Making God Laugh

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”.  In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Does that mean that we…

Reminders: Entertaining Strangers

One cold December evening, several years ago, while living in Calmar, Iowa, ten miles south of Decorah, my husband brought home three young people, a young man and two young women.  He asked if I would fix something for them to eat.  We had already eaten, and I have to admit, I was taken aback…

Reminders: Take Courage

Courage has been defined as, “not the absence of fear, but being afraid and doing the difficult thing anyway.”  We all have our areas of fear, and we think that if we could just conquer our fears, we could do some great things.  If the above definition is true, being brave does not depend on…

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)…

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,…

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,…