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Be cautious about trying to shape or mould your Christianity after another’s. Live your Christianity the way God wants you to, in your own, individual way.

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When you are seeking God’s face, be cautious about trying to follow someone else’s pattern. God has a personal plan just for you.

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We may not always be conscious of the presence of God, but we can always be confident of His presence!

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A few days ago I stumbled onto a manila folder that was filled will all shapes and sizes of pieces of paper that contained notes my mother had made over the years. I paused for a few minutes to look over some of the material. I soon found there were some good laughs that came with the memories the various comments stirred up in my mind. Near the top of the folder was a copy of a letter my Dad had written in November 1963. It was on the back of a black and white, 8 x 10 photograph. He did that a lot—sending letters to people which he had typed on the back of photographs. It began this way:

“Hi, Folks:

If you are partial to a particular brand of toothpaste, you should try Glum, a toothpaste that has particles of food in it for people who cannot eat between brushings…..”

Dad wrote on, explaining that my Uncle Zane was always dredging up jokes of that caliber when he visited with them. He apparently laughed longer and harder than anyone else after he told these stories. But his laughing always seemed to be infectious and my Dad would get to laughing along with him.

Then Dad wrote: “Mom thinks our jokes are as low-brow as they can be, but as she watches Zane threatening to slide off his chair to the floor, and observes Lorrain (Zane’s wife) sitting there with such a puzzled expression on her face—Lorrain is not able to see through a joke—Mom is carried away by the situation and is laughing as heartily as anybody.”

One of the positive memories I have of my growing up years was the laughter around our house, especially on the occasions when we had visitors. It seemed to be a part of every occasion when people got together.

I have learned that laughter is good for us. There is so much sadness and tragedy in the world in which we live, and times of laughter can literally lift the clouds that may cover our hearts.

Psalm 126:2 reminds us that: We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

Watch for the humor in the situations you may be faced with today. Look for it.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of humor. I am reminded that it can revitalize our hearts and bring sunshine to an otherwise cloudy day. Thank you for the gift of laughter. Yes, thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

PS. As an afterthought, here is an item I saw on a web site for pastors needing sermon illustrations. I hope it brings a smile…….

Montana Daughter to Carolina Mother—

Dear Mother:

"I’m writing this slow ’cause I know you can’t read fast. We don’t live where we did when you left. My hubby read in the paper where the most accidents happened within twenty miles of home, so we moved. I won’t know the address for awhile yet as the last Montana family that lived here took the numbers with them for their next house so they won’t have to change their address.

This place we’re rentin’ has a washin’ machine. The first day I put four new shirts in it, pulled the chain, and I haven’t seen ’em since. It only rained twice this week: three days the first time and four days the second time.

The coat you wanted me to send that you forgot here was too heavy to send in the mail. So we cut off the big buttons and put them in the pockets.

We got a bill from the funeral home, said if we didn’t make the last payment on Aunty’s funeral bill, up she comes.

I heard that Sis had a baby this morning but I haven’t been over there yet to find out if it’s a boy or a girl so I don’t know if I’m and Aunt of an Uncle.

Our neighbor up the road fell in the whisky vat. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off playfully, so he drowned. We cremated him and he burned for three days.

Three local kids from DeBorgia went off the bridge in a pick-up truck. The one that was driving rolled down the window and swam out. The two sitting in the back drowned. They couldn’t get the tailgate down.

Not much to tell this time. Nothin’ much happens ’round here.

Love, Your Daughter

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™  Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

www.sermonillustrations.com; Humor, 2013.

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Don’t try to live your life simply on the “economy” of your feelings.

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There is nothing more divisive in a church than someone who always wants to have their own way.

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Don’t teach a life that would be contrary to that which you might be living.

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