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Stupidity not a crime, but consequences may be one’s undoing

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Someone said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb than it is to open and remove all doubt.” Or, as Forest Gump’s mother said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” In other words, mental aptitude is often demonstrated by the stupid things a person does.

Take, for instance, dumb criminals. Last week, Timothy Chapek broke into Hillary MacKenzie’s house in Portland, Oregon, went into the bathroom and began taking a shower. Then he heard the homeowner return, so he locked the door and called 911 because he was afraid. Read More»

‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’

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Recently, I drove out into the county to visit one of our members recovering from surgery. As I approached her house, I saw blue lights flashing up ahead. A small, red-brick church was on the corner, and the front yard was full of people standing around. Read More»

Spunky senior lady loves to affirm military

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James Denison told about the senior adult lady who finished her shopping and returned to her car, only to find four men sitting in it. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, screaming at the top of her lungs that she knew how to use it and would if she had to, so get out of her car!

The four men ran like crazy! Read More»

Communications guide — just in time for Valentine’s Day

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A wife returned home from work and found her husband sitting in his favorite chair totally absorbed in the local newspaper. After rummaging around in the kitchen for awhile, she said, “Honey, I read today that men speak 2,000 words a day and women 4,000 words each day.”

In a low growl he muttered, “Uh-huh, I wonder why that is?” He continued to be preoccupied with the paper.

After a pause, she said, “I guess it’s due to the fact that women have to repeat everything twice to their husbands.” Read More»

Today may be rough, but God is good, all the time

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Several years ago, I shared one of my more embarrassing moments with our Sunday evening congregation. I locked my keys in my car. In all of my years of driving, and of all the other dumb things I’ve ever done, I’ve prided myself in the fact that I’ve never locked my keys in my car (I have to admit I’ve done it one other time since). I always make sure that I have my keys in my hand or in my pocket before I close the car door. The crazy thing was, I didn’t just lock my keys in the car. I also left the motor running. Read More»

New year brings optimism, challenge, opportunity for growth

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The savvy, creative experts in the advertising industry understand the impact of key words in getting consumers’ attention. Can you guess their favorite word used most often in advertising campaigns? It’s not sale, or clearance. It’s the little word new. Read More»

How do we come to Christmas?

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I recently heard a newscast that reported Americans are spending about $20 less per person this year than last year on Christmas gifts. Our average this year is about $680.

Then the newscaster said that 31 percent of Americans feel they are worse off economically this year than last. That same day, a news article found its way to my inbox with the headline, “Study Says Recession Catching Up to Churches.” Read More»

Watch for God’s wonderful Christmas surprises

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What would you say is the biggest Christmas surprise you ever experienced? If you believe the TV commercials, someone is going to walk out their front door Christmas morning, and a shiny new Lexus will be parked there with a red bow on top. Surprise!

Last Christmas, Mike Simon of Mundy Township, Mich., surprised his wife with her 3,800-square-foot “dream home” on Christmas day. After opening presents, the family loaded up to go to brunch, and Mike intentionally drove his family by this house that his wife had been admiring and had been calling her “dream home.” Read More»

Thanksgiving more than a holiday, but a way of life

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A Baptist minister was summoned to the bedside of a Presbyterian woman who was quite ill. As he went up the walk towards the house, he met the little daughter running toward him and said, “I’m glad your mother remembered me in her time of illness. Is your minister out of town?”

The little girl replied, “No, he’s at home, but we thought it was something contagious and we didn’t want to expose him to it so we called you.”

The Thanksgiving holiday exposes us to something that should be contagious, and that’s a heart of gratitude. Read More»

The gift of laughter

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A Texas kindergarten teacher was helping one of her students put on his cowboy boots. He had asked for help, and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.” She looked, and sure enough, they were. Read More»

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