Saturday, April 10, 2010

The odds

In 1945, there was a young boy of 14 in a concentration camp. He was tall, thin but had a bright smile. Every day, a young girl came by on the other side of the fence. She noticed the boy and asked him if he spoke Polish, and he said yes. She said he'd looked hungry, and he said he was. She then reached in her pocket and gave him her apple. He thanked her and she went on her way. The next day, she came by again, bringing with her another apple which she gave him. Each day, she walked by the outside of the fence, hoping to see him, and when she did, she happily handed him an apple in exchange for conversation.

One day, he told her not to come by anymore. He told her he was being shipped to another concentration camp. As he walked away with tears streaming down his face, he wondered if he'd ever see her again. She was the only kind soul he'd seen across the fence.

He made it out of the concentration camp, and immigrated to America. In 1957, his friends had fixed him up on a blind date. He had no idea who the woman was. He picked her up, and during dinner began talking of Poland and the concentration camp. She said she was in Poland at that time. She said she used to talk to a boy and gave him apples daily. He asked if this boy was tall, skinny and if he had told her that she shouldn't come back because he was leaving. She said yes.

It was her, the young girl who came by every day to give him apples. After 12 years, after the war and in another country, they had met again. What are the odds? He proposed to her on that very night and told her he'd never again let her go. They are still happily married today.

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When you thought

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked at you and wanted to say, Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'"

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The Japanese Fish Problem


The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. however, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower rice.

So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.

Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

As soon as you reach your goals, you might lose your passion and you tend not to work so hard and start to relax. Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!




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Smile


A Smile costs nothing, but gives much.

It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.

It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, but that he can be made rich by it.

A Smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile;

Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

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Subconscious mind - 1


Mind power is a dual system that includes your conscious mind (brain) and your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind and your subconscious mind work together to create reality.

Your subconscious mind power is similar to fertile soil that consents to any seed planted inside it. Your habitual thoughts and beliefs are the seeds which are being continually sown and they will eventually produce a crop. So if you plant weeds you will get weeds, if you plant fruit, you will get fruit. In other words, you reap what you sow. Now the conscious mind is the gardener, and it is the mind power to choose what reaches our inner garden- the subconscious.

Below are few powers of your subconscious mind.

1. The treasure house is within you. Look within for the answer to your heart’s desire.

2. The great secret possessed by the great men of all ages was their ability to contact and release the powers of their subconscious mind. You can do the same.

3. Your subconscious has the answer to all problems. If you suggest to your subconscious prior to sleep, “I want to get up at 6 A.M.”, it will awaken you at the exact time.

4. Your subconscious mind is the builder of your body and can heal you. Lull yourself to sleep every night with the idea of perfect health, and your subconscious being your faithful servant, will obey you.

5. Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect.

6. If you want to write a book, write a wonderful play, give a better talk to your audience, convey the idea lovingly and feelingly to your subconscious mind and it will respond accordingly.

7. You are like a captain navigating a ship. He or she must give the right orders, or the ship is wrecked. In the same way, you must give the right orders (thoughts and images) to your subconscious mind, which controls and governs all your experiences.

8. Never use such expressions as “I can’t afford it” or “I can’t do this”. Your subconscious mind takes you at your word. It sees to it that you do not have the money or the ability to do what you want to do.

9. The law of life is the law of belief. A belief is a thought in your mind. Do not believe in things that will harm or hurt you. Believe in the power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen and prosper you. According to your belief is it done to you.

10. Change your thoughts, and you change your destiny.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Bus - puzzle


A tourist couple decided to go sight seeing in a mountainous area. They decided to get down at a certain place.  After the couple got down at that place, the bus moved on. As the bus moved on, a huge rock fell on the bus from the mountain and crushed the bus to crumbs. Everybody on board was killed.

The couple upon seeing that, said, 'We wish we were on that bus.'

Puzzle: Why do you think they said that?


Post your answer here if you came up with any.

I shall post the answer here Sunday evening.

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English Grammer

Don't abbrev.

Check to see if you any words out.

Be carefully to use adjectives and adverbs correct.

About sentence fragments.

When dangling, don't use participles.

Don't use no double negatives.

Each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.

Just between You and i, case is important.

Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.

Don't use commas, that aren't necessary.

Its important to use apostrophe's right.

It's better not to unnecessarily split an infinitive.

Never leave a transitive verb just lay there without an object.

Only Proper Nouns should be capitalized. also a sentence should.

begin with a capital and end with a period

Use hyphens in compound-words, not just in any two-word phrase.

In letters compositions reports and things like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.

Watch out for irregular verbs which have creeped into our language.

Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

Avoid unnecessary redundancy.

A writer mustn't shift your point of view.

Don't write a run-on sentence you've got to punctuate it.

A preposition isn't a good thing to end a sentence with.

Avoid cliches like the plague.

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April 10 and 11

Talent competition is going to be held tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM.  Those of you who are participating, wish you good luck.  Bible verse writing is going to be held on April 11th.

As of this writing, I have no word of whether there will be Sunday school classes on April 11th.  As soon as I hear something, I shall notify you.  We had to cancel our wedding trip to Ohio, but are still unsure whether we'll be able to attend church on Sunday or not.

Two more classes remaining for this year!!

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Second set of 10 Commandments


11. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

12. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

13. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

14. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.

15. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, For they make very poor bedfellows.

16. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems. They can better care for them than you can.

17. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening
in your life and be happy now!

18. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.

19. Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only
interfere with positive action.

20. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one

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Letter from an Angel Warrior



Hi,

I have seen some of your paintings of angels. Not very accurate. Why do some of your artists try to make us look like lovely, soft women or cute, chubby babies? Let’s correct that idea right now.

When you think of an angel, don’t think of soft clouds or little cupid-like cherubs decorating packages of bathroom tissue. Angels are terrible warriors. We are the army of the Living God, His heavenly host — a mighty, terrible host, surrounded with the blinding glory of the Almighty’s holiness. Our strength is incomprehensible to you humans.

Why one night while the Assyrian army was surrounding Jerusalem, one of our host went through their camp and put to death 185,000 of their soldiers (2 Kings 19:35). Cute, chubby cherubs, ha! Every time a human actually sees one of us, he collapses in terror. That’s why we always have to start our conversations with: “Fear not!”

Like your human armies, we have ranks and orders, differing duties and tasks. Some angels are not quite so military of course, but me and my boys are a real army. We’ve been in on some of the great campaigns. Our regiment follows the Commander Himself. He has a very particular interest in earth. So many of our operations have brought us into this arena of conflict.

Earth, you know, is contested territory. Oh, there’s no real question of who really rules, but the final mop-up action is being delayed in order to compete certain rescue operations in which the Commander has taken a personal part. We look forward to the end of it all. The day is coming when the last battle will take place. All of the hostiles will gather against our Commander and will mount a terrible offensive. We (and some of you too) will be with Him when He meets the Enemy on that day! There’s no doubt at all about the outcome of that conflict.

In the meantime, our present missions are typically restraining actions related to the ongoing rescue program. We move into an area and secure a perimeter of operations from enemy interference. For instance, on one occasion, Dothan, the village of God’s prophet Elisha, was surrounded by the Syrian army. Our unit was deployed to ensure the safety of the prophet and clear the area of hostiles. Elisha knew we were there. He had notification from our Commander. But the prophet’s servant was uninformed about our presence. Elisha told his servant, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha requested from the Commander, that we angels be displayed for the servant’s benefit. So we executed a partial decloaking. The servant was duly impressed; as well he should be (2 Kings 6:8-17).

Most of the time, however, we remain unobserved. But we are present in fearsome power — hundreds, some times thousands of us. We’ve been there in countless operations with the Commander sometimes in warfare against the enemy, sometimes as auxiliary personnel to human endeavors.

I understand many of you may have the notion that serving in an army is a matter of grim, unquestioning duty. That may be the case in some human deployments, but it is emphatically not the case with us in the angel corps. Every last one of us serves because of love for the Commander. We would follow Him anywhere and do anything He requested.

Perhaps you can get some idea of our motivation for service by remembering how the soldiers under David loved him. My squad was in the area one time when David and his command were surrounded by a band of Philistines. At that time David was in his stronghold and he casually remarked how good a drink of water from the well in Bethlehem would taste. Three of David’s men broke through the enemy lines without being discovered and I might add that one of our personnel had something to do with that. They drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David, just because they loved him. (1 Chronicles 11:15-19).

That’s how it is in this army. We love the Commander. Not one of us would hesitate in the slightest to perform any assignment that He might choose to give us. You can hear our love for Him in the songs we sing when we are on the march. How does your proverb go? There are four things that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts who retreats before nothing, a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him (Proverbs 30:29-31). You should see our King with His army around Him!

Actually, some of you did see something like that once. I mentioned earlier that our Commander has taken a very personal interest in the rescue operation on Earth. According to His own plan He left heaven and was born into your human race. It was His mission to effect a decisive blow to the key power center of the enemy, effectively opening the gates from the inside to secure the escape of the rescuees.

We had been with Him in smaller companies since He joined Himself to His human mother’s flesh. We kept her under close guard during her season of pregnancy. But on the night He selected for His human birth, we were all there in full array. There was some possibility that the enemy would attempt to oppose His birth action, so we were prepared to secure the area. Of course, as it happened, the enemy was not encountered in the area that night. Only some time later did he mount a counterstrike through that King Herod. So on the night of our Commander’s birth we had nothing to do but stand watch, until we were ordered to reveal ourselves to a few shepherds. And after making the announcement about our Commanders birth, we sang.

Have you ever heard a really big men’s choir? Start with that idea, but imagine them not in choir robes, but girded for battle. Not grim draftees, but soldiers terrible in joy. Not so few you could count them if you tried, but thousands and thousands. Not bare, four-part harmony, but every voice with a slightly different song and all the voices fitting together like a million pieces of a stained-glass window into the glory of heaven.

Not singing with weak human lungs, but sounding eternal chords like the ones that we used at the creation of the world. Not a song with a few words and a chorus, but a song that could not be contained even if you knew all the greatest words from all the languages of your earth. And this song, if you tried to sing it, would say, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom the Commander’s grace rests.” That is the kind of song the shepherds heard!

That night was singing — a song full of terrible love for the Commander, a song full of God’s love for the earth. (You celebrate Christmas for this same reason,rt?) And if you have love for this God who joined your human race, maybe one day you will sing with our army.

As we stand before the throne of our Commander there will be a million upon a million voices of praise, voices singing of endless love, voices singing glory to God in the highest!

That is all I wanted you to know Friends, Hope to see you all soon.

—An Angel Warrior.

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Real Man


A real man values and carefully handles the scriptures. (2 Tim. 2:15)

A real man isn’t embarrassed to worship God and pray in a group setting. (Mark 8:38)

A real man is wise, yet humble. (Prov. 2:1-10, 1 Pet. 5:5, Rom. 12:16)

A real man takes leadership in a self-sacrificing way. (Eph. 5:25-28)

A real man doesn’t put others down with his actions, attitude, words, or his strength. But on the contrary, he affirms and builds others up. (Prov. 15:4, Eph. 4:29)

A real man not only respects but appreciates a young lady’s purity and innocence. In our culture innocence isn’t retained by accident. (2 Cor. 11:2-3)

A real man values his purity as much as he values a young lady’s purity. He is not ashamed to live and act differently from the world in order to guard himself. (1 Thess. 4:1-8, Ecc. 7:26)

A real man understands the value of work and is financially responsible. (Col. 3:23-24, 2 Thess. 3:10-12, Luke 16:10-11)

A real man can accept correction (Prov. 12:1, Prov. 29:1)

A real man understands and lives according to the basic purposes for which he was created: to worship, honor, and serve God. (Rom. 12:1-2)

A real man doesn’t pride himself on being knowledgeable in the sinful ways of the world. (1 John 2:15-16, James 4:4, Phil. 4:8)

A real man expresses himself with intelligent words rather than using “street talk”. (Prov. 17:20, Titus 2:6-8, 1 Pet. 4:11, Eph. 4:29)

A real man has no desire to be gross in order to impress other men. He doesn’t burp, swear, or tell disgusting stories. (Prov. 13:5, Eph. 5:4)

A real man is a gentleman. He is polite and shows women honor in everyday things such as opening doors, etc. (1 Pet. 3:7)

A real man is pleasant and expresses joy rather than feeling that it’s masculine to be sullen. (Prov. 21:29, 1 Thess. 5:16)

A real man doesn't blame others for his own problems but embraces responsibility. (Prov. 12:27)

A real man shows by his actions that he loves children. (Matt. 19:13-14)

A real man doesn't try to prove himself but is simply confident as he walks in the fear of the Lord. (Prov. 14:26-27)

A real man is kind because, “What is desirable in man is his kindness” (Prov. 19:22)

A real man can look a girl straight in the eye without communicating any impurity. (Prov. 20:11)

A real man treats his sisters and mother with as much respect as he would treat a prospective wife. (Matt. 25:21)

A real man isn’t ashamed to identify himself with his family (Eph. 6:2-3)

A real man is mature in his emotions and his expressions of them. He can deal with the trials of life logically, with wisdom, not on a basis of emotional instability. (Prov. 14:29, Prov. 17:27, Prov. 12:18)

A real man doesn’t have long hair because it is a “woman’s glory.” A real man doesn’t desire to adorn himself with a woman’s glory. (1 Cor. 11:14-16)

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Value of time

To realize The value of a sister: Ask someone who doesn’t have one.

To realize The value of ten years: Ask a newly Divorced couple.

To realize The value of four years: Ask a graduate.

To realize The value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize The value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize The value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize The value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize The value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize The value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize The value of one-second: Ask a person who has survived an accident…

To realize The value of one millisecond: Ask the person who won that bronze medal in the Olympics!

To realize the value of a friend: Lose one.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

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Obedience

At the end of the age when all the believers were standing in line waiting to get into heaven, God appeared and said, “I want all the men to form two lines. One line will be for the men who were the true heads of their households. The other will be for the men who were dominated by their wives.”

God continued, “I want all the women to report to St. Peter.”

The women left and the men formed two lines. The line of men who were dominated by their wives was seemingly unending. The line of men who were the true head of their household had one man in it.

God said to the first line, “You men ought to be ashamed or yourselves. I appointed you to be the heads of your households and you were disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose. Of all of you, there is only one man who obeyed me. Learn from him.”

Then God turned to the lone man and asked, “How did you come to be in this line?”

The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”

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Few interesting laws

Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity - Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Alibi - If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law - If you change traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theatre - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.

The Starbucks Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

Wilson 's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. Don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.

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Gift of Jesus


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The Cross

Click on the image to enlarge and read.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beatitudes - another version

Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain and gathered them around him. And he taught them, saying “Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who are persecuted. Blessed are those who suffer. When these things happen, rejoice, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

And Simon Peter said, “Do we have to write this down?”
And Phillip said “Is this going to be on the test?”
And John said, “Would you repeat that, slower?”
And Andrew said, “John the Baptist’s disciples don’t have to learn this stuff.”
And Matthew said, “Huh?”
And Judas said, “What’s this got to do with real life?”

And then one of the Pharisees said, an expert in law, said, “I don’t see any of this in your syllabus. Do you have a lesson plan? Where’s the student guide? Will there be a follow-up assignment?”

And Thomas, who had missed the sermon, came to Jesus privately and said, “Did we do anything important today?”

And Jesus wept.

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Flight Seat


On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African Lady had found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating. “What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant.

“Can’t you see?” she said. “You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!” “Please calm down Madam.” the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do- I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.” The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention at many of the surrounding passengers also).

A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin: “Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class”.

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues, “It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.” With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to her, and said: “So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you in first class up at the front...” At which point, apparently the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black guy walks up to first class in the front of the plane.

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Footsteps

A woman who is a physician told this story about her then four-year-old daughter. On the way to preschool, the doctor had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little girl picked it up and began playing with it.

“Be still, my heart,” thought my physician friend, “my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps!”

Then the child spoke into the instrument: “Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order?”

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Contributions on 1040

RING . . RING

“Good morning, St. George Orthodox Church. How may I help you?

“I’d like to speak with Pastor John?”

“This is he.”

“This is Special Agent Smith from the IRS. I’m calling to inquire about a member of your congregation, one Mr. Xavier George. Do you recognize the name?”

“Of course. He’s a member of our congregation. How may I be of service?”

“Well, on his 2009 tax return, Mr. George claimed that he made a sizable tax-deductible contribution to your church? Is it true?”

“Well, I’ll have to have our church Treasurer verify this information for you. How much did Mr. Xavier George say he contributed?”

“Twenty five thousand dollars,” answered Agent Smith. “Can you tell me if that’s true?”

There is a long pause. “I’ll tell you what,” replied Pastor John. “Call back next Monday, and I’m sure it will be.”

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Ways to make your day better

Bad days happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are a few…

1. Play with kids.
Notice how innocent they are.  Their innocence radiates towards you and you will become one among them.

2. Give someone a compliment.
Not a fake one, but take the time to see something that someone else is doing well.

3. Sing in your car.
Sing as loud as you can. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to frown while you are singing?

4. Read Philippians 4.
And while you are at it, just think about where Paul was while he was writing it. Link here.

5. Bake your favorite kind of cookies.
Then eat some, and share with your loved ones.

6. Count your blessings.
Start a list of all the things you are thankful for. Write until you can’t write anymore. Put is up somewhere you can see more often.

7. Watch people.
Go find a crowded public area, sit down and watch. Allow yourself to wonder what he ate for breakfast, or what her name is, or where he bought that shirt.

8. Do something for someone you love.
Help your spouse with daily chores, take your cousin/niece out for ice cream, take younger kids for an outing, mom to Starbucks for a coffee.

9. Pray.
What could be more encouraging that talking to the Creator of the universe?

10. Think of the most encouraging person you know and call them.
But don’t complain. Refrain from telling them how bad your day is and focus on making their day better.

11. Write a letter.
A good old-fashioned paper and ink letter. Bonus: write it to someone who has impacted your life and thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their role/impact in your life.

12. Remember the truth.
Remember that God causes all things to work together for GOOD.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You've touched me


My alarm went off……………….It was Sunday again.
I was sleepy and tired……………….My one day to sleep in.
But the guilt I would feel……………The rest of the day
Would have been too much……………..So I’d go and I’d pray.
I showered and shaved………………..I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat………………….In a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer……………..As I closed my eyes.
I saw the shoe of the man next to me…..Touching my own. I sighed.
With plenty of room on either side…….I thought, “Why must our soles touch?”
It bothered me, his shoe touching mine…But it didn’t bother him much.
A prayer began: “Our Father”………….
I thought, “This man with the shoes……………has no pride.
They’re dusty, worn, and scratched………Even worse, there are holes on the side!”
“Thank You for blessings,” the prayer went on.
The shoe man said………………..a quiet “Amen.”
I tried to focus on the prayer…….But my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren’t we supposed to look our best………When walking through that door?
“Well, this certainly isn’t it,” I thought, Glancing toward the floor.
Then the prayer was ended…………And the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud……Sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters………His hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear………..The shoe man’s voice from the sky.
It was time for the offering………And what I threw in was steep.
I watched as the shoe man reached……..Into his pockets so deep.
I saw what was pulled out…………What the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft “clink”……….as when silver hits tin.
The sermon really bored me………..To tears, and that’s no lie
It was the same for the shoe man……..For tears fell from his eyes.
At the end of the service…………As is the custom here
We must greet new visitors………..And show them all good cheer.
But I felt moved somehow………….And wanted to meet the shoe man
So after the closing prayer……….I reached over and shook his hand.
He was old and his skin was dark…..And his hair was truly a mess
But I thanked him for coming………For being our guest.

He said, “My names’ Charlie……….I’m glad to meet you, my friend.”
There were tears in his eyes………But he had a large, wide grin
“Let me explain,” he said…………Wiping tears from his eyes.
“I’ve been coming here for months….And you’re the first to say ‘Hi.’”
“I know that my appearance………..Is not like all the rest
“But I really do try……………..To always look my best.
“I always clean and polish my shoes…….Before my very long walk.
“But by the time I get here……….They’re dirty and dusty, like chalk.”
My heart filled with pain…………and I swallowed to hide my tears
As he continued to apologize………For daring to sit so near.
He said, “When I get here…………I know I must look a sight.
“But I thought if I could touch you……..Then maybe our souls might unite.”
I was silent for a moment…………Knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison………….I spoke from my heart, not my head.
“Oh, you’ve touched me,” I said,……”And taught me, in part;
“That the best of any man…………Is what is found in his heart.”
The rest, I thought,……………This shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am…That his dirty old shoe touched my soul.

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The happiest man

There once was a king who had more money than he knew what to do with. He owned all of the land as far as the eye could see, several castles, and he ruled his land with an iron fist. But no matter how much he had, he never seemed to have enough and was a very miserable man.

One day he told his servant, "I want you to go out and scour the land, from one horizon to the other, and find the happiest man on earth, and bring me his shirt. Once I have the shirt of the happiest man, I will be able to be happy myself. And I don't want you to return without that shirt or you will be beheaded."

The servant set out about his mission and was gone for many moons. The king was getting impatient as he waited and waited. Finally, after many months of searching, the servant returned, on hands and knees, crawling before the king. The king noticed the servants hands were empty and became very angry.

He told the servant that he had one minute before he was to be beheaded and he had better explain why he had disobeyed his orders. With tears in his eyes, the servant looked to the king and said

"Master, I did as you said, I searched from horizon to horizon looking for the happiest man on earth, and I finally found him."

So the kings asks, "Why didn't you bring me the shirt of this man?"

The servant replied, "Master, the happiest man on earth did not own a shirt."

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The scholarly shepherd

Once a shepherd while grazing his cattle in the pastures happened to be seen by the king of that kingdom. The shepherd was in a jovial mood.

When the king asked him the reason of his happiness, the shepherd without knowing that he was the king said, "Shouldn't I be happy? I am happier than the king of our kingdom."

When the king asked him to prove this, he replied, "I have the wealth of this nature. The sun gives me warmth and light, the blue sky pampers me and this valley gives me peace of mind. I have enough money to live a comfortable life. Now tell me, does the king have so much wealth?"

The king realized that the real wealth is not money but the peace of mind.

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Phrasing words

One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: “I am blind, please help.”

A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it.

He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.

The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it.

The publicist responded: “Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.” He smiled and went on his way.

The new sign read: “Today is spring and I cannot see it.”

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The needy


One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town.

“All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.”

When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me; I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them. So the couple agreed.

As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”

The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh.

As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.

Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a palace of reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.

“That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.”

“You must be joking,” the young man said.

“I can assure you I am not,” said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.

The older man’s name was William Waldorf Astor, and the magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels.
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Never turn your backs on those who are in need, for we might be entertaining angels.
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than the things you acquire.

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Spell checker


Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

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Three bullets


There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild animals for dinner.

As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it. The rabbit ran away.

Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it. The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree.

As he went further, he saw a large wild turkey up in a tree, but he had only one bullet remaining. A voice spoke to him and said, “Pray first, aim high and stay focused.” However, at the same time, he saw a deer which would provide more meat than the turkey. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake.

Still, the voice again said to him, “Pray first, aim high and stay focused.”

So, the man decided to listen to God’s voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree, and shot the wild turkey. The bullet went into the turkey, deflected off a bone and hit the deer, killing it. When the gun fired, it knocked the man off balance, he stepped on the rattlesnake’ s head which killed it and fell backwards into a pond. When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a deer and a turkey with which to feed his family. The snake was dead simply because the man listened to God.

Moral: Keep God first and everything else will follow.

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Attitude is everything

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three strands of hair on her head.

Well,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair today?’ So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two strands of hair on her head.

‘H-M-M,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today?’So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one strand of hair on her head.

‘Well,’ she said, ‘today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.’ So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single strand of hair on her head.

‘YEAH!’ she exclaimed, ‘I don’t have to fix my hair today!’

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Two pastors wives

Two women meet at the tailor's shop and are waiting while the tailor is repairing their husband's pants.  While chit chatting, the women find out that both of them have something in common - both their husbands are pastors.

One wife said, "My husband is just beside himself, he does not know what to do anymore and he is so tired and depressed he said he is ready to just give up and resign."

The other wife said, "I am sorry to hear that because my husband has never been happier. Our membership is growing and we are out of our financial burden, we have such a large and loving congregation. Life could not be any better than it is right now."

One woman was mending the seat of her husbands pants, the other was mending the knees.

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Makeover

A woman in her 60's has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience she sees God and asks if this is it. God says no and explains that she has another 30 years to live.

Upon her recovery she decides to just stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, few other modifications etc. She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she’s got another 30 years she might as well make the most of it.

She walks out of the hospital after the last operation and is killed by an ambulance speeding by. She arrives in front of God and complains, “I thought you said I had another 30 years.”

God replies, "I didn’t recognize you.”

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Attending Church

Yesterday, our priest announced the importance of celebrating the 'Feast of St. Thomas' that's being held next Sunday.

To make it possible for everyone to attend church this coming Sunday, we are going to have a special “No Excuse Sunday“:

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep in.”

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our chairs are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV or computer late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.”

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute “No Solicitation” badges for those that feel the church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think he’s too loud!

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

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Phone calls


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Car accident


A priest and a rabbi are in a car crash and it’s a bad one. Both of their cars are demolished but amazingly neither one of them is hurt. After they crawl out of their cars, the rabbi says, “So you’re a priest. That’s interesting; I’m a rabbi. Wow, just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but we’re unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace.”

The priest replies, “Oh, yes, I agree. It’s a miracle that we survived and are here together.”

“And here’s another miracle,” says the rabbi. “My car is destroyed but this bottle of wine didn’t break. Surely God wants us to drink the wine and celebrate our good fortune,” he says, handing the bottle to the priest.

The priest nods in agreement, opens the wine, drinks half of it, and hands it back to the rabbi.

The rabbi takes it and puts the cap back on.

“Aren’t you going to have any? asks the priest.

“Not right now,” says the rabbi. “I think I’ll wait until after the police make their report.”

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Request

A little girl told GOD… Let all my friends be healthy and happy forever…!
GOD said: But for 4 days only….!

Girl: Yes, let them be a Spring Day, Summer Day, Autumn Day, and Winter Day.
GOD said: 3 days..

Girl: Yes, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
GOD said: No, 2 days!

Girl: Yes, a Bright Day (Daytime) and Dark Day (Night-time).
GOD said: No, just 1 day!

Girl: Yes!
GOD asked: Which day?

Girl: Every Day in the living years of all my friends!
GOD laughed, and said: All your friends will be healthy and happy Every Day.

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Angels watching a believer

The storm


A pastor had been on a long flight between church conferences. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: Fasten Your Seat Belts. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened.”

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us.”

And then the storm broke …

The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, “As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

“Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and every- thing within her small world was calm and orderly.

“Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.” The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The child replied, “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot, and he’s taking me home.”

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