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June 21, 2024

Verse


James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Quote


Booker T. Washington,

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."

Joke


What did the comedian say when he walked into the bank?

This is a standup.

June 20, 2024

Verse


James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Quote


Thomas J. Watson,
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart."

Joke


What do you call a Golden Retriever at the beach?

A hot dog.

Jun 19, 2024

Verse


James 2:8-10

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” a you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Quote


G.M. Trevelyan,
"Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."

Joke


We're not socks. But I think we'd make a great pair.

June 18, 2024

Verse


James 1:13-15

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Quote


Milton Berle,
"Money can't buy you happiness, but it helps you look for it in a lot more places."


Joke


Why did the man put his money in the freezer?
He wanted cold, hard cash.

June 17, 2024

Verse


Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. b 12Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Now all has been heard;
  here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
  for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
  including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.

Quote


Les Dawson,
"The way prices are rising, the good old days are last week."

Joke


Want to hear a joke about procrastination?
I’ll tell you later.

June 14, 2024

Verse


2 Timothy 3:1-5

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Quote


Billy Graham,

"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."


Joke


I couldn’t figure out how to fasten my seat belt.

Then it clicked.

June 13, 2024

Verse


Psalm 24:24,25

To show partiality in judging is not good:
  Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
  But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.

Quote


Buddha,
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing is at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

Joke


Never laugh at your significant other's choices — because you happen to be one of them.

June 10, 2024

Verse


Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Quote


Soren Kierkegaard,
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."

Joke


"What does a lemon say when it answers the phone?"
"Yellow!"

June 5, 2024

Verse


Isaiah 1:21-23

See how the faithful city
has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
righteousness used to dwell in her—
but now murderers!
Your silver has become dross,
your choice wine is diluted with water.
Your rulers are rebels,
partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.


Quote


Henry Ford,
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."


Joke


Why don't skeletons fight each other?
They don't have the guts.

June 4, 2024

Verse


Jude 1:17-20

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.


Quote


Woody Paige,
"I can do without your attitude. I have one of my own."


Joke


What did one hat say to the other?
"You stay here, I'll go on ahead."

June 3, 2024

Verse


Joshua 9,3-6
However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded a with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”


Quote


Robert Frost,
"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."


Joke


Did you hear about the fire at the circus?
It was in tents.

May 31, 2024

Verse


Matthew 6:9-15
This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.  ’

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Quote


Jim Rohn,
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

Joke


How do you organize a space party?
You planet.

May 30, 2024

Verse


Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.

Quote


Hunter S. Thompson,

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

Joke


I'm reading a book on anti-gravity.
It's impossible to put down.

May 29, 2024

Verse


Genesis 9:1-3

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Quote


Roy T. Bennett,
"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choices you make makes you. Choose wisely."

Joke

What do you call a group of musical whales?
An orca-stra.

May 28, 2024

Verse


Psalm 32:8-10

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Quote


Robert Frost,

"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."

Joke


Why did the bicycle fall over?
Because it was two-tired.

May 27, 2024

Verse


Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Quote


Joshua J. Marine, "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."

Joke


Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.

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