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It's Time for Tickles 'n Truth A Fun, Faith 'n Funny Bone Feature
"Funny Bone Faith" sees humor--AND faith--in the tough times and with God's help, smiles through tears as it triumphs in a Lord who brings joy and laughter to our lives--daily! Enjoy the fun and inspiration--and strengthen YOUR "Funny Bone Faith" right here--today!
NOTE: Humor pieces are meant to be funny. No offense is meant with regard to age, sex, race, religion, occupation or any other topic. It is simply a way of laughing at ourselves, so please just laugh along with us!
Today's Tickles: "Sixth Grade Genius!?!"
The following were actual answers on a 6th grade history test:
Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the Java.
Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
--Selected from Sunday Funnies Mid-Week Issue.
Today's Truth: "Spiritual Shopping!"
A WORD WITH YOU - By Ron Hutchcraft #4079 - "Spiritual Shopping" - John 14:6
Recently my sister-in-law introduced me to a tasty new addition to my usual breakfast menu - these great English crumpets. Low fat, great taste. Now I'm hooked. In fact, I decided I had to go get myself more of them. I learned from her that there's only one local store that carries them so I made my way to this super-supermarket - one I was unfamiliar with. I went to where I figured something in the English muffin/bagel category would be: the bread section, right? No crumpets. I tried the bakery section. Failure again. I looked in every aisle that I could logically expect to find something from the breakfast bread family. Zippo! I finally tried something really radical. I asked someone who worked there. He said, "They're in dairy." Dairy? Well, I guess these things are supposed to be refrigerated. And dairy is where I found them! But it had been a long search.
Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft, and I want to have A Word With You today about "Spiritual Shopping."
Now in my search for what would satisfy my appetite, I was shopping in the right store, but not in the right aisle. It's easy to make that same mistake when you're shopping spiritually - for something that will satisfy your appetite for meaning in life.
You only have to watch a few talk shows or look at today's best selling books to see that more and more of us are shopping in the store that says "Spirituality." We seem to have concluded that earth-stuff doesn't satisfy the human soul. It doesn't give the meaning, the fulfillment that we can only get from something bigger - something spiritual. It may be that your own search has taken you down several aisles, looking for truth, peace, significance. There are probably more aisles in the spiritual store than ever before. It's easy to get confused, to get deceived, to even get lost.
In our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus Christ makes a bold declaration about where we will find what our hearts are hungry for. It's found in John 14:6. "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" Now Jesus said our spiritual shopping comes to an end when we go to His aisle and find the way He's provided to belong to God. This "coming to the Father" is all about finding a personal relationship with the One who created us, the One we meet when we die.
Basically, there are three possibilities in the Spiritual Store. One is religion. You can try to fill the spiritual vacuum in your heart with the rituals and beliefs of a religion. The second possibility is spiritual experiences from meditating, to channeling, to occult arts, to a wide variety of New Age spiritualities. And the third possibility in the Spiritual Store is a love relationship with our Creator.
And the world's best selling book, the Bible, makes clear in its timeless wisdom that it is that relationship we're really looking for. In fact, the Bible says we were "created by Him and for Him." (Colossians 1:16) In other words, we can't find our ultimate meaning until we belong to the One we were made by and made for. And the Bible goes on to point out that instead of living for Him, we have, day after day, lived for ourselves. And that has cut us off from our Creator, and left us looking to religion or spiritual experiences to fill the hole that only a God-relationship can fill.
Jesus came to pay for, to fix the brokenness that has come from our self-rule. That's why He died on that cross. That's why He said He is the way to get to our Heavenly Father - because only He paid the price to remove what keeps us from that relationship.
A religion can't love you, neither can a spiritual experience. We need a Creator-relationship. And that begins when you reach out and trust Jesus, the Creator's Son, to bring you and God together.
If you want to open yourself up to this relationship you were made for, I'd like to send you the booklet I wrote about it called "Yours For Life." Just let me know you want it. Most of all, let Jesus know you want him. Maybe Jesus was the last aisle you thought you'd find the answers in. But He's the only aisle where you'll finally find what you're looking for.
If you're not sure you belong to Jesus, and you would like to make sure today, Ron would like to send to you a free copy of the booklet, "Yours for Life: How to Have Life's Most Important Relationship."
--Written by Ron Hutchcraft, based on his popular radio broadcast, "A Word With You" .
Copyright (c) 2002, Ron Hutchcraft. Reprinted with permission. "A Word With You" is a radio outreach of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.
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