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The Parson Place Newsletter

June 2006   Rev. Michael L. White, Editor/Publisher

MISSION STATEMENT: Using computers and the Web to promote Christian views and a faith-related community, Parson Place offers FREE software downloads, inspirational articles, pastoral ministry materials, a subscription-only newsletter, and much more. Be sure to visit Parson Place on the Web today, and spread the word to all your family and friends to come visit, too!

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Reverend Fun's Weekly Cartoon!


Driving Time

David and Bernice had just given their teenage daughter family-car privileges. On Saturday night she returned home very late from a party. The next morning her father went out to the driveway to get the newspaper and came back into the house frowning. At 11:30 a.m. the girl sleepily walked into the kitchen, and her father asked her, "Sweetheart, what time did you get in last night?"

"Not too late, Dad." she replied nervously.

Dead-panned, her father said, "Then, my precious one, I'll have to talk with the paperboy about putting my paper under the front tire of the car."

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*

Lost and Found

My job as a land surveyor took me to a golf course that was expanding from 9 holes to 18 holes. Using a machete to clear thick brush in an area I was mapping, I came upon a golf club that an irate player must have tossed away. It was in good condition, so I picked it up and continued on.

When I broke out of the brush onto a putting green, two golfers stared at me in awe. I had a machete in one hand, a golf club in the other, and behind me was a clear-cut swath leading out of the woods.

"There," said one of the golfers, "is a guy who hates to lose his ball!"

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh

God is Watching

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:

"Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note,

"Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*

Quotable Quotes

"The man who gives in when he is wrong ... is wise. The man who gives in when he is right ... is married." (Anonymous, of course!)

"Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle." (Another anonymous one.)

"Your children need your presence more than your presents." (Yet another anonymous one.)

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality.” - T.E. Lawrence

"The Christian life isn't difficult--it is impossible. If we don't know that, we will try to do things ourselves. Faith is not necessary when we think we can do it ourselves. Faith comes along when we realize that we cannot do it on our own." - Joseph Garlingen

"If you are always shouting at your children, when it's really serious, they won't h-e-a-r you. A whisper beats a shout." - Mark Victor Hansen

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*

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Sunday School Lessons by Rev. Walter Albritton

This is a weekly instruction by Rev. Walter Albritton. Visit the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Conference (AWFUMC) web site to read the most current one. To find out more about his inspirational writings and Christian ministry, visit Brother Walter's web site.

The Parson's Ponderings: Faith of Our Fathers
by Rev. Michael L. White

I was nine years old when my Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. That event made a tremendous difference in my family. We became regular church-goers; my Dad began to read and study the Holy Bible with fervor; and we began trying to live according to the principles of Scripture. My mother had accepted Christ years earlier in her childhood, before she even met my Dad, and she had seen to it that I was in church when she could get me there, but when my Dad became a devoted Christian, it made all the difference. From that time forward, we believed in Christ and worshiped Him as a whole family. To this day, not a visit or phone conversation I have with either of my parents goes by without some mention of our faith in Jesus and some discussion of the Holy Bible. Moreover, I can never sing that old hymn, "Faith of Our Fathers", without thinking of the impact my father's faith has had on my life, not to mention his own. I am infinitely grateful to God for saving my parents' souls, and mine, and so many others I love dearly, like my wife and children. As we celebrate another Father's Day this year, I want to pause and reflect not only upon the faith of great saints of old whose deeds and personal sacrifices made faith in Christ possible for us, but I want to thank my Heavenly Father again for my earthly father, whose faith and personal devotion to Christ continues to help shape my own. I pray that my faith has been half as exemplary to my own children as my father's has been to me. Happy Father's Day, Daddy, and thanks for keeping the faith. I pray all the rest of you reading this will have a Happy Father's Day and a very Blessed Season of Pentecost/Kingdomtide, too!

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Christian News and Issues

Agape Press News (Top Christian news headlines)

Christian News and Commentary at Cross Walk

Maranatha Christian Journal
Read all the current Christian news headlines at MCJ Online.

Praize News (Top Christian news headlines from the Praize Christian Network)

Religion News Service
Read the latest press releases from various religious groups.

Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter
(Keep abreast of the latest reports of persecution of Christians all around the world.)

World Net Daily (Extensive news from all around the world.)

The Berlin Wall Between Church and State
A blog with lesser-known news stories.

Read Breakpoint commentaries on the Breakpoint web site. Breakpoint is a daily (M-F) radio and email commentary by Chuck Colson. They are always insightful, thought-provoking, and very apropos to our times.

Listen to Breakpoint commentaries from the Breakpoint web site (in real audio format - works with Windows Media Player and RealOne Player).

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Recommended Web Sites

Holidays this month: Pentecost (4 June); Trinity Sunday (11 June); Father's Day (18 June, in the USA)
All links open in a new window.

A great explanation of Pentecost by Rev. Ken Collins

Trinity Sunday
A great explanation of Trinity Sunday by Rev. Ken Collins

DLTK's Father's Day
Lots to do with celebrating fathers, fatherhood, and Father's Day

Parson Place Press
Want to publish your Christian book? Let Parson Place Press consider it!

The Christian Web Site Newsletter
For a complete list of current new additions, go to:

The Internet for Christians Newsletter
(read it online!)

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This Issue's Web Tip

Have you tried the MSN Toolbar with desktop search yet? It integrates very nicely with Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 or later, and IE doesn't have to be your default browser. Be sure to read the complete system requirements before you download it though. Once installed, you can search the web or search for a file or email on your desktop with equal ease, check your Hotmail email account, start the MSN Messenger chat software, and automatically fill forms on the web. It offers a few other nifty features, too, such as a phishing filter to protect you against unsafe sites seeking to steal your personal identify information, as well as links to news, the MSN web site, and blogging spots. It's definitely a very useful little toolbar! You can read all about it and download it from the MSN Toolbar web site.

Well, that's all there is to this issue's web tip! If you have questions, feel free to email me, and I'll do my best to give you answers. If I don't know, I can, at least, refer you to someone else who can help you.

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Final Remarks

Well, that does it for this issue! I hope you found something useful to share with others. You are welcome to share this newsletter with whomever, but PLEASE DON'T SPAM ANYONE with it.

God willing, I'll greet you again next month with another collection of the best of my Internet experience. May God bless you!

Michael L. White
Email: info@parsonplace.com
Web Site: http://www.parsonplace.com

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