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A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her.
They saw her and began calling greetings to her "Hello - How are you! We've been waiting for you! Good to see you."
When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him, "This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?"
"You have to spell a word," Saint Peter told her.
"Which word?" the woman asked.
The woman correctly spelled "Love" and Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.
About a year later, Saint Peter came to the woman and asked her to watch the Gates of Heaven for him that day. While the woman was guarding the Gates of Heaven, her husband arrived.
"I'm surprised to see you," the woman said. "How have you been?"
"Oh, I've been doing pretty well since you died," her husband told her. "I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of you while you were ill. And then I won the multi-state lottery. I sold the little house you and I lived in and bought a huge mansion and my wife and I traveled all around the world. We were on vacation in Cancun and I went water skiing today. I fell and hit my head, and here I am. What a bummer! How do I get in?"
"You have to spell a word," the woman told him.
"Which word?" her husband asked.
*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh
Abraham was reading an article out loud to his wife. "Did you know that women use about 30,000 words a day, whereas men only use 15,000 words?"
Sadie replies, "The reason has to be because a woman has to say everything twice."
Abraham turns to Sadie and asks, "What?"
*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
An elementary school teacher, well versed in educational jargon, asked for a small allotment of money for "behavior modification reinforcers."
The principal saw the item and asked, "What on earth are those?"
"Lollipops," the teacher explained.
*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
Gardening with God
My sermon focused on how God knows which of us grows best in the sunlight and which of us needs shade. "For example," I said, "roses must be planted in the sun, but fuchsias thrive in the shade." After the service, a woman—face beaming—approached me. "Your sermon did me so much good," she said.
Before I had time to gloat too much, however, she added: "I always wondered what was wrong with my fuchsias."
Submitted to Christian Reader, "Lite Fare", by Perry Comer, of Camden, South Carolina.
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: A Shared Honor
by Rev. Michael L. White
One night during this past week, I was watching a television program in which they showed numerous clips from interviews with Medal of Honor recipients to put a personal touch on the observance of American Independence Day. The Medal of Honor, if you don't know, was created by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, and is the highest award our country gives for military valor and heroism.
Two of the recipients made comments which really touched my heart. One said that he believed all Medal of Honor recipients wear that award for those they fought with who can't wear it. The other said that everyone thinks the Medal of Honor is awarded by the Congress and President of the United States, but in actuality, it is awarded by those few who fought alongside them and thought they ought to receive it. In all of those interview clips, though, I was struck by the obvious humility each man exhibited as he wore that award. He saw himself more as a representative of his military unit than a man singled out for distinction and honor.
As a military man who has never seen a day of combat in all my 24 years of service, I feel a great sense of respect for these warriors, and I owe a very deep debt of gratitude not only to them, but to all our military service members who have fought bravely in all our nation's wars. I hope that, as you enjoy your backyard barbeques, recreational parkside picnics, and family get-togethers this 4th of July weekend, you will pause, if only for a moment, to reflect on the sacrifices many men and women have made throughout our nation's history to defend our values and our way of life. Thank God for blessing America so richly throughout our history, and don't take any of it for granted anymore. Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!
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.)
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).
Holidays this month: 4 July, is Independence Day (in the USA).
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American Independence Day
Features a list of online documents significant to American history.
"Encouraging pastors and church leaders with tools for healthy, growing churches." Subscribe to the Rick Warren Ministry Toolbox, too. It's a weekly e-newsletter from Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church and author of the highly aclaimed books, The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church.
Happy Birthday America
Contains loads of links and information.
Armed Forces Tribute
Heart-touching flash presentation of a child's letter to her daddy serving in the American military. Turn up your speakers' volume for this one.
Fourth of July Online Fireworks Greetings
Have fun with your own fireworks display! (Requires a Jave-enabled web browser.)
Even though this commentary was first broadcast on Canadian radio back on 5 June 1973, by Gordon Sinclair, it seems the world situation and outlook toward Americans hasn't changed. These words could just as easily have been penned today. In fact, if the date of origin wasn't included with this article, I think we would all believe it had been written just this week. May God bless America!
I Can Only Imagine
A beautiful flash presentation based on the song by the same title and performed by Jeff Carson. Turn your speakers' volume up for this one.
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!
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