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Ye shall laugh

The Hebrew word for Laugh is Tsachaq pronounced tsaw-khak'. It means to laugh, mock, play, to jest to sport, play, make sport, toy with, make a toy of . The first mention of laughter in the Bible is in , she spoke about her old husband (natural) and she lied to the LORD.

This is the second time she put the "natural order of things" above God. When was the first time? ( She gave Hagar…

Ye shall laugh 2

Stand-up comedians will tell you that most people laugh at the ridiculous, at a "twist" of meanings and a surprise outcome to the end of a story. This is why jokes are funny, they surprise us and it is why some jokes are not funny, the punch line isn't a surprise. Or sometimes the images conjured up are so ridiculous that we laugh no matter how many times we've heard the joke. Other people laughing…

Ye shall laugh 3

What is the one thing that usually gets us in trouble? James says it can light a fire. has a habit of running without our brains kicking in gear and that usually gets us in hot water. The same thing happens in our next funny story from the Bible.

"In those days, there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

All the trees decided they needed a king…

You Don't Know What Will Come Out Untill You're Squeezed

On Sunday evening I was sure I would be sharing this week's column on contentment and my recent victory in it. Then I woke up and it was Monday and I was sent running back to the scripture which reassured me so much in the previous week of how this contentment thing really works- when it's actually put to the test.

Romans 5:2-5 2And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and…

You Gotta be Kidding

This is from the "strange but true" files. There is a man named Peter Maxwell who owned a urethane manufacturing plant in Chino, California. Not only was he the owner but he carried himself on the books as an employee for an annual salary of $10,000. One day, while in the plant helping out, his sweater got caught in a machine and he was injured severely. This is where it gets bizarre.

You Gotta Have Friends

There are lots of great songs about friends - a little tune by Michael W. Smith comes to mind, as does James Taylor's seasonal serenade. Turn to literature and there are friendships for the ages: the classic Frodo and Sam ridding the world of evil; on a more contemporary note, Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget, bonded before birth, mailing jeans all over the world. Television and the movies have…

You just knew it was from God?

Numerous times God has spoken to me or given me a delight for encouragement. Oh, not out loud, but in such a way I knew it was Him talking to me.

I was on my teeth-grinding drive home from Arizona after my second husband decided he didn't want to be married anymore. I was devastated and I kept wanting to turn back. God kept nudging me forward. Finally, the whole western sky was a brilliant orange…

You Know You'de Rather Be A Coward!

It takes genuine courage to trust God. It's a lot easier to just be a coward because cowardice behavior is generally more acceptable and excusable. Trusting God can be like a Trust Fall, which I have done many times in activities with my peers, as well as trainees in my field of work. You blindfold a person and have them fall backwards into someone's arms. As I have myself participated in this…

You Want Cheese with That?

When I worked at McDonald's a couple of decades ago the menu offered Quarter Pounders and Quarter Pounders with cheese. You'd be surprised how many people wanted them without the cheese - at least I was. I mean, it's not like they weren't still 700 calories and no one even calculated fat grams back then.

After I had worked there a few months the company apparently decided that not enough people…

You're What?

This week as my family and I returned home from an out-of-state adventure, we stopped for a late lunch, pulling off the interstate into a combo KFC/Taco Bell. I promptly gave my south-of the-border order and headed for the bathroom while my family ordered their chicken pieces. When I returned, it was to find the kids whining to my husband and my husband looking bewildered.

'They're out of chicken,'…

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020
the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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