Happy Resurrection Day!

Greetings

Easter is a message of HOPE. God intervened in the affairs of man, and where man failed, Jesus prevailed. He lived a perfect life and then offered it up for our salvation. And God raised Him from the dead that we might have new life in Him.

May … the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling… (Ephesians 1:18).

Here is an excellent short video to view:

Lamentations 3:21-24 says

21 Yet I still dare to HOPE when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin after each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will HOPE in him!”

And this was after reviewing the devastation of Babylon destroying Jerusalem & Judea.

May your hope in God’s goodness grow exponentially as you remember His love for you in giving His Son Jesus, that you might have forgiveness of sin and a new life in Him.

What better HOPE can there be for us than an empty grave!

Happy Resurrection Day!

BobMac

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A Reflection

Greetings in Jesus’ Name,

 Do you know how important you are to God? He cares so much about every detail of your life. He cares about your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In fact, what you are going through is so important to Him that He records every sorrow and collects every tear you’ve shed. Why would God record your sorrows and collect your tears? It’s because He loves you so much. He is your Vindicator. He’s keeping account of every wrong that’s ever been done to you so that He can make up for every single one of them. He wants to restore everything that has ever been stolen. He wants to heal every single hurt and pain. He sees the longings and desires of your heart, and you can rest assured that behind the scenes He is working things out for your good!

I want to remind you today that God is with you. He is on your side. He has your best interest at heart, and He is working to bring restoration and peace to every area of your life. Keep standing, keep believing, and keep doing the right thing because the One who collects your tears will restore every broken place in your life!

—-From I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me Facebook page. (also at  www.VerseInspire.Me)

 We are in a battle, a battle for our minds. The enemy would have us doubt God’s goodness towards us in Christ.

 This weekend we ponder what it cost God to show His love for us. The death of His Son Jesus as the sacrificial lamb to satisfy the judgment of God for our sin. He took our place in death that we might have life and freedom in Him.

 And Sunday we celebrate the resurrection, God proving what Jesus said about Himself by raising Him from the dead.

 Not only is Jesus who He said He was, but we are who He says we are in Him. Let who we are in Christ go deep into your hearts. Let your roots go deep into His love, mercy and grace. And when you do you’ll not only give glory to God, but you are defeating the enemy’s schemes.

 Move towards God regardless of your circumstances, not away from Him. Grow in God. Grow in His freedom for you.

 Happy Resurrection Weekend!

 

No Church Is Exempt!

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin. Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy.

However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church. Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin Prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. We have noticed that the Bin Prayin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Fastin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ, to return.

NO CHURCH IS EXEMPT!

(However, you can spot them if you bin lookin and bin goin.)

Humor #25

Our church has a singles ministry called SALT (Single Adults Learning Together).

During a recent service, our minister mentioned SALT in the announcements. “If any of you are single,” he told the congregation, “be sure to check out SALT. Those initials stand for …” The minister paused a moment before continuing.

At last he seemed to remember their meaning. “They stand for Single Adults Living Together.”

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A man and his wife were making their first doctor visit prior to the birth of their first child. After everything checked out, the doctor took a small stamp and stamped the wife’s stomach with indelible ink.

The couple was curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got home, the husband dug out his magnifying glass to try to see what it was.

In very tiny letters, the stamp said, “When you can read this, come back and see me.”

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A father and son saw a fisherman standing waist-deep in the water, repeatedly casting a net into the surging tide, but it seemed every time he pulled it in, the net was empty.

“Look how hard he works to support his family,” Dad observed. “We can learn a lot from his perseverance.”

“Aw, Dad,” quipped his computer-savvy son, “he isn’t working; he’s just netting the surf!”

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Two Parrots are on a perch.

One says: “Can you smell fish?”

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One of my husband’s duties as a novice drill instructor at Fort Jackson, S.C., was to escort new recruits to the mess hall. After everyone had made it through the chow line, he sat them down and told them, “There are three rules in this mess hall: Shut up! Eat up! Get up!”

Checking to see that he had everyone’s attention, he asked, “What is the first rule?”

Much to the amusement of the other instructors, 60 privates yelled in unison, “Shut up, Drill Sergeant!”

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A doctor, a civil engineer, and a computer scientist were sitting around late one evening, and they got to discussing which was the oldest profession.

The doctor pointed out that according to biblical tradition, God created Eve from Adam’s rib. This obviously required surgery, so therefore that was the oldest profession in the world.

The engineer countered with an earlier passage in the Bible that stated that God created order from the chaos, and that was most certainly the biggest and best civil engineering example ever, and also proved that his profession was the oldest profession.

The computer scientist leaned back in her chair, and with a sly smile responded, “Yes, but who do you think created the chaos?”

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Political Correctness For Kids

–Your bedroom isn’t cluttered; it’s “passage-restrictive.”

–Kids don’t get in trouble anymore. They merely hit “social speed bumps.”

–You’re not having a bad hair day; you’re suffering from “rebellious follicle syndrome.”

–No one’s tall anymore. They’re “vertically enhanced.”

–You’re not shy. You’re “conversationally selective.”

–You don’t talk a lot. You’re just “abundantly verbal.”

–It’s not called gossip anymore. It’s “transmission of near-factual information.”

–The food at the school cafeteria isn’t awful. It’s “digestively challenged.”

–Your homework isn’t missing; it’s just having an “out-of-notebook experience.”

–You’re not sleeping in class; you’re “rationing consciousness.”

–You don’t have smelly gym socks; you have “odor-retentive athletic footwear.”

–You weren’t passing notes in class. You were “participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations.”

–You’re not being sent to the principal’s office. You’re “going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative building.

Prayer of Trust

Found two things on Facebook this evening I really like. The first is on Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 
God says to you, “I know that I have the plans I have for you.
God says, I have success for you, I will make a way for you, I have a job for you,
I made you, I formed you, I breathed life into you and I redeemed you.

I promise you God has a plan for you,
so move forward and let Him be God in your life.

It is from a posting from the FaceBook, Pastor –  Darrell Creswell:
Second a prayer of trust…

HeavenlyFather

This is from https://www.facebook.com/verseinspire.

Humor #24

Several women, each trying to one-up the other, appeared in court, each accusing the others of causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived.

The judge, with Solomon-like wisdom decreed, “Okay, I’m ready to hear the evidence…I’ll hear the oldest first.”

The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.

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A couple decided to take their teenage daughter to a shopping mall in a nearby town one weekend. As they were getting ready to go, the girl came downstairs dressed in short shorts and a spaghetti-string top.

An anticipated fight broke out between her and the husband over her inappropriate attire. In order to keep the peace, the mother stepped in and reminded her husband that when they were young she had dressed the same way; it was the style.

He said, “Yeah! Well, if you remember right, I had something to say about that, too!”

“Yes dear,” she said, “you did … you asked me for my phone number!”

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Discovering too late that a watermelon fruit punch spiked with vodka had accidentally been served to a luncheon meeting of local Baptist ministers, the restaurant’s owner waited nervously for the clerics’ reaction.

“Quick, man,” he whispered to the head waiter, “what did they say?”

“Nothing,” replied the waiter.

“They were all too busy slipping the seeds into their pockets.”

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EVER WONDER . . .

– Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

– Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?

– Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?

– Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?

– Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”?

– Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on “Start”?

– Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

– Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

– Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

– Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

– When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

– Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

– Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

– You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

– Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

– Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

– If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

– If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

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A preacher and a the president of a soap manufacturing company went for a walk together.

The president said, “What good is religion? Look at all the trouble and misery of the world! Still there, even after years, thousands of years, of teaching about goodness and truth and love and peace. Still there, after all the sermons and teachings. If religion is good and true, why should this be?”

The preacher said nothing.

They continued walking until he noticed a child playing in the gutter. Then the preacher said, “Look at that child. You say that soap makes people clean, but see the dirt on that youngster. Of what good is soap? With all the soap in the world, over all these years, the child is still filthy. I wonder how effective soap is, after all!”

The president of the soap company protested, “But preacher, soap can’t do any good unless it is used!”

“Exactly,” replied the preacher. “Exactly.”

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A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street.

“But officer.” the man began, “I can explain,”.

“Just be quiet,” snapped the officer. “I’m going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back…”

“But officer, I just wanted to say….”

“And I said to keep quiet! You’re going to jail!”

A few hours later the officer looked in on his prisoner and said, “Lucky for you that the chief is at his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be in a good mood when he gets back.”

“Don’t count on it,” answered the fellow in the cell. “I’m the groom.”

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Our Nigerian students often had trouble with King James English. Once during a Bible test a student wrote,

“Paul tells us that we must loin up our girds and be strong.”

Humor #23

“I used to be a people person but people ruined that for me.”

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Be An Optimist: No sense being pessimistic…it won’t work anyway.

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After trying to for hours to get my daughters to clean their room, I burst in and yelled, “GET THIS ROOM CLEAN NOW, BEFORE I HAVE A COW!!!”

My youngest daughter (3 years old) looked at me with a very puzzled expression and said, “You mean you’re going to get rid of us and have a cow instead?”

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Many years ago, when my 9 year old daughter was 3, we went to our usual Sunday morning church service. We were seated and waiting for the service to begin, when this woman walked by us in a really bright, gaudy dress. My husband, who never says anything about anyone, even made a comment about how “loud” the dress was.

After the service was over, we were standing outside the church chatting with another couple. I couldn’t see my daughter and then I noticed her standing right next to (practically on top of) the woman with the dress. When I asked her what she was doing, she said “I’m trying to hear this dress mom. Dad said it was really loud, but I haven’t heard it make a peep yet.”

Everyone within earshot, with the exception of my husband and the woman in the dress burst out laughing. My husband wanted to crawl in a hole, and I have to say I never saw that particular dress worn again.

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I have a friend who filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven away, he realized that he had left the gas cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was lost.

Well, he thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same thing, and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road since even if he couldn’t find his own gas cap, he might be able to find one that fit. Sure enough, he hadn’t been searching long when he found a gas cap. He tried it on, and it went into place with a satisfying click.

“Great,” he thought, “I lost my gas cap, but I found another one that fits.

And this one’s even better because it locks…”

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“Doctor, please help me,” says an elderly patient. “I have silent passage of gas every morning. I have silent passage of gas every afternoon, and I suffer from silent passage of gas in the evening. Sometimes I have silent passage of gas at unpredictable times—for instance, just now. Doctor, can you help me?”

“Sure, I can help you‚” says the doctor. “But first you need your hearing checked.”

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A family was visiting a church and the minister announced they had both Spanish and English Bibles for use during the service. The youngest son tugged at mom’s sleeve and whispered, “Mommy, I want one of those Spanish Bibles.”

“Don’t be silly, you can’t read Spanish,” she quickly rejoined.

Holding out his own Bible to her, the kindergartner explained, “Mom, I can’t read English either.”

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Did you hear the one about the bank where the employees went on strike, leaving the bank officers to do the teller’s tasks?

While the strike was on, a customer called the bank to ask if they were open.

They told her that they had two windows open.

Then the caller asked, “Can’t I just come through the front door?”

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During “children’s time” in the worship service, the kids came forward and the pastor, wanting to teach about prayer, asked, “How can we talk with God?”

The pastor produced paper and envelope and said, “Maybe we can write God a letter. Does anyone know God’s address?”

The group said no.

Then the pastor pulled out his cell phone and said, “Maybe we can telephone God. Does anyone know God’s phone number?”

The response was again negative.

Then the pastor displayed his laptop computer and said, “Maybe we can send God an e-mail!”

A little five-year-old boy enthusiastically said, “Yeah, try www-dot-God-dot-com!”