Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Voice From Above

A pastor asked a member of the church to fix some wiring in the sanctuary. The only way to work on it was to enter a small crawl space over the ceiling and balance on the rafters.

His wife was concerned that it was a very dangerous thing to do and insisted on coming along to make sure he was safe. She sat in the pew while he went up to the second floor and entered the crawl space access over the sanctuary ceiling. While she waited in the pew with eyes glued to the ceiling a small group of women entered the sanctuary to replace the flowers. They assumed she was praying and left her alone.

After a time they heard her yell up to the ceiling, "Henry, are you up there? Did you make it OK?"

There was quite an outburst from the other ladies when they heard Henry's loud voice echo down, "Yes honey I made it just fine and I am OK."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Never Mess With Old People

An 80 year old man was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light  on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. He opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

 He phoned the police, who asked 'Is someone in your house?' He said 'No.' Then they said 'All patrols were busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.' He said, 'Okay'. 
He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again. 'Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot them.' and hung up. 

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed. One of the Policemen said, 'I thought you said that you shot them!' 

The old man said, 'I thought you said there was nobody available!' 

  I LOVE IT! Don't mess with old people! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


It is very frustrating when a word, phrase or a name will not come to mind. It drives me crazy when something I know very well simply will not pop into my mind. Then ten minutes after I needed it bang there it is. Sometimes it is only when we quite trying to remember that the illusive bit of information shows up in our gray matter.

The other thing that drives me crazy is going down stairs to look for something and winding up diverted and forgetting what I was looking for in the first place. That happens way too often.

It is considered a human shortcoming to be forgetful. There are times when forgetting is useful and needed. In Hebrews 8:12 God is quotes as saying "For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more." That God would voluntarily forget our forgiven sins is love beyond human comprehension.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jesus Love Me for Seniors


Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.


Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.


When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song..
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."


When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love.


I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

If Only They Would Listen To Me

Raising a teenage daughter changed my perspective on how God relates to us. She was at the age where dad didn't know anything, she knew everything and was angry that I didn't let her have her way. If I said one thing she did the other and it made for a very difficult time for both of us. Many times I told her that if she would only listen to me her life would be a lot easier!

Reading through the Book of Judges in the Bible I read the words, "They did what was evil in the sight of God." over and over again. I can imagine that God thinks, "If they would only listen to me their lives would be a lot easier." If we did listen to God and live by the teachings of Jesus we could save ourselves a lot of pain and heartache.

I still learn that lesson for my self every day. Today is a day to love God, love others and get the word out.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lent and Devotions

Between now and Holy Week there is not much to do for Lent beyond our personal devotions.  Now is the time to give yourself a focus for your prayer time to help you get ready for the events of Holy Week. One way to do this is to image your self on the highway up to Jerusalem traveling with Jesus and the Disciples. Each day look at a map of  Israel and starting at the Sea of Galiee move slowly down the Jordan River picking a different place each day. Pray about Jesus stopping and teaching there. Read the Gospels account of his journey and the people Jesus encountered. How did he treat them and what did he teach them. Make that part of your prayer life.

This Lenten journey calls for a time of reflection and repentance for our daily highway is crammed with a cacophony of chaotic encounters in this world. We need a holy retreat to recover from the noise and confusion. It is most fortunate that you already know from the scriptures that you belong in the one place where it counts. You are blessed for you belong to God because of Christ Jesus. In the presence of the saints [other church members] we can share a prayer life that strengthens our spirits and draws us closer to our Lord.

Let your prayers take on special meaning during the Lenten time of  getting ready for the  Resurrection Sunday celebration.