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Year 2013 - April thru June

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Congratulations to Dean Cutshaw, voted our 2013 Father of the Year!
Our Daddy
Written and submitted by: Lela Trotter
In memory of Earl Farlow
 We love you, From your family.
As we get older, our family talks about how blessed we are to have the parents we had. Daddy was a kind and gentle man who loved us and showed us in many ways. Daddy also loved other people’s children. If we went to the store and our friends were with us, Daddy also bought them things too.
I remember when we visited Oakle and Myrtle Hunt. Junior was a little boy. Daddy gave Junior a whistle. It about drove Oakle crazy. Our Daddy thought it was funny. I think in most families the daddy keeps the children in line. Not our Daddy. Momma had to be the one to keep us straight.
We still miss him everyday and we talk and laugh about things he told us. He will always be in our memories and our love.
On The Way Out
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One Sunday morning a Christian layman from Louisville, Kentucky walked down the streets in St. Louis, Missouri, trying to find a place to worship. The streets were rather deserted, but he saw a police officer; so he went up to him and said, “Officer, I’m a Protestant, and I want to go to church to worship.  Could you suggest a place?”
The officer said, “I will,” and he named a church and gave him directions as to how to get there. The man thanked him and started to go; then suddenly he stopped, turned around, and said, “By the way, officer, there must be several churches on your beat.  Why have you named this particular one for me to go to?”
And the officer said, “I’ll tell you why! I’m not a very religious man; I’m not a church man. There are several churches on my beat.  I’m sending you to this one because I’ve observed for years that the people who come out of that church are the happiest-looking church people in St. Louis!”  How little these people realized that an ungodly police officer had taken notice of the fact that there was the evidence of the joy of the Lord upon their countenances, as they came out of His sanctuary.
Running on Empty
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen
Sunday, 05/26/13
I thanked Pastor Brian for the wonderful sermon he preached in church today. In his message, he talked about our need for spiritual power in our lives. He told how we need the Lord’s strength and power to be victorious in this earthly life. Pastor Brian made mention of how our vehicles need fuel to sustain their power too. He told of looking at his car’s fuel gauge and trying to judge how far he could drive his car before he had to stop and fill up with gas. Pastor Brian asked for a show of hands of all who have ever had a car to run out of gas. I raised my hand. I looked around and noticed that Richard did not have his hand raised. I punched him and told him to raise his hand. He whispered, “I just don’t remember that ever happening.” I replied, “Well it did, and you should have raised your hand!”
How well I remember one such incident. We owned a 1974 orange Volkswagen Beetle at that time. We had purchased the car from another couple. They didn’t tell us that the fuel gauge did not register correctly. Richard and I were going north on Fayetteville Street in Asheboro. We had just passed Worth Street and the car started sputtering, a pretty good sign the car was running out of gas. The gas hand was not on empty. Richard had to get the car out of the street, so that meant steering the slowing car onto the sidewalk right smack dab in front of the bank. It’s the bank that’s located at the corner of Fayetteville and Salisbury streets. I don’t remember what the name of the bank was at that time but I do remember being stared by everyone who drove or walked by. Richard had escaped the stares by walking to a gas station to get some gas to go in the car. If Richard had been the one left sitting in a 1974 orange VW Beetle parked that close to the front door of the bank, I’m sure he would have remembered it today too.
Pastor Brian’s message reminded me how important it is to check daily on the spiritual fuel tank of our lives. It would be horrible to run out of spiritual fuel that we need to make it in this world. I know summer is a busy time with vacation trips and so many fun summer time things to do. Please remember each day to check your spiritual fuel tank. Be sure to remember God and don’t just forget about attending church during the summer months.
You shouldn’t face a single day with your spiritual fuel tank running on empty. You never know what’s just up ahead of you in this life. You never know when a trial or a problem will come your way. That’s when you’ll be so glad you can call on Jesus and He’ll be there to meet your need. 
Why It’s Important To Raise Your Kids in the Church
Written by: Lisa Strnad
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For many of us, Sunday is the day in which we regularly attend church with our families. Perhaps we were raised in the church, and attending a Sunday service is just what we do. But now I have friends who have stopped attending church. For them, somewhere in their adulthood is a big disconnect with the church and religion, or specific persons in the church caused them to lose faith in the need to belong to a church family.  They see the church as a flawed, man-made institution, and one which they no longer wish to belong.
My husband and I have decided that it’s important, on many levels, that our children grow up in the church.  It’s a grounding which we believe solidifies the worldview we have decided to follow, and it is us belonging to a family of like-minded brothers and sisters. But are there real inherent dangers for kids who don’t grow up in the church?  I think so.  If we go back just 20 or 30 years ago there was a pretty common consensus about what was right and wrong; most of which was based on a Judeo-Christian ideology.  But in today’s world, there many different religious and secular theologies purposely blended together to validate non-Biblical ideologies and life choices. How are kids going to know what really is right and wrong in the eyes of God if they’ve never been taught His TRUTH or belonged to a Body of believers who will be there to assist them during their confusing years of adolescence?
For those of us who do regularly attend a church, why do we go?  Does the Bible specifically tell us that we HAVE to go to church on Sunday? Really, can’t I just watch a service online, in the comfort of my own home and get the same out of it?
There are Christians who have very personal reasons as to why they choose not to attend a church on a regular basis. For many what began as a personal hurt, ended up ultimately separating them from any church body.  Perhaps their perception of what the church is has been distorted due to:
  • Huge amounts of legalism ever-present in the church.
  • A perception that all the church wants is our money AND/OR its misuse of funds.
  • Un-welcoming / judgmental congregants. Where’s the love?
  • Guilt as opposed to forgiveness is practiced. I am not worthy.
  • Grace is a mystery, therefore not discussed. How do I earn my salvation?
  • Church politics and a perception of social cliques make me feel uncomfortable.
  • Ritualistic worship that has no personal impact in my walk with Christ. It’s boring!
  • I am the church… I don’t need a building.
These are big hurdles that shouldn’t be ignored. In love these personal hurts need to be addressed. While we are truly THE CHURCH, there are three main spiritual pillars that will help us have a strong Christian walk in this life.  They are:  Prayer, Studying God’s Word, and Worshipping the Lord with fellow believers.  Imagine a three-legged stool without one leg.  It wouldn’t work.  It would topple over.
Does the Bible specifically instruct us to attend church? (Hebrews 10:25) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Being firmly rooted in God’s Word and having a true relationship with the Lord through prayer and devotion will bring us a measure of discernment when it comes to where we are called to worship.  To be with other like-minded believers will strengthen us, and will hopefully allow us to gain a better understanding of how to apply God’s Word to our daily lives.  We are all part of the Body of Christ.  As members of this Body, we belong to each other! Sure there are those Sundays that illness, travel or family activities prevent us from attending our regular church service. With today’s technology we are blessed to have the online or archived messages which can easily be accessed wherever we are!  But these “viewing” sessions are really exceptions and not meant to be the rule. We are part of a Body, and we need each other. We need to be physically present, for ourselves as much as for the other members of the Body.
(Romans 12:5) “so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
(1 Corinthians 12:12) “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”
Have you taught your children it’s important to attend church? What criteria do you use to choose a church home for you and your family? Have you ever thought of attending church as a GIFT and not an OBLIGATION?
People may mock our message, but they can’t stop our prayers.


The Shadow
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen
I know this title sounds like the title from a drama back in the 1930’s. I’m talking about my sister Sandy’s black and white terrier dog named Trixie. I was visiting with my sister recently and I noticed how much Trixie is Sandy’s shadow. She wants to be with Sandy all the time. Trixie was lying motionless on the sofa and appeared to be asleep to me. Sandy got up to go out to check on clothes in the dryer. Sandy hadn’t even got out the kitchen door when up jumps Trixie and out the door she goes right beside Sandy. I heard Sandy say, “Trixie, you don’t have to go everywhere with me!”
This dog is just like Sandy’s shadow. Sandy said the dog has to follow her everywhere, no matter where she is going. I don’t know what we would do with Trixie if something ever happened to my sister. All Trixie’s love and attention is focused on my sister Sandy.
I was reminded that day of just how much my Savior loves me. He is always there for me. He goes with me everywhere I go. His love and attention is focused on me. He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. I’m so glad I have allowed Jesus to become the Shadow in my life. What a wonderful and faithful Savior my Jesus is to me!
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
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Congratulations to Grace Johnson, voted our 2013 Mother of the Year!
The Purpose of Biblical Prophecy
David C. Cook Teacher’s Guide
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A popular saying among Christians is, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future”. God revealed things about the immediate and distant future to His Old Testament prophets, like Daniel, and to New Testament writers like Peter and Paul. Not everyone agrees what some of the prophecies mean. Some of the prophecies have already come to pass. Others are definitely about the future, but biblical scholars interpret their fulfillment differently.


It is most important to remember the purpose of the Bible prophecies. One purpose is to distinguish the Lord from any false gods. Only the Lord can foretell the future (Isa. 41:22-23). Only He could say that Cyrus would become king of Persia and order the rebuilding of Jerusalem – a prophecy made over 100 years before it occurred. (Isa. 44:28--45:7, 13; Ezra 1:2-4).


Another purpose of prophecy is to show that God, not man, is in control of what happens in this world and He has already determined the outcome of history. This can give comfort to those who are suffering and wondering what God is doing in the midst of all the chaos around us. Prophecy says that one day that will all end and “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4).


A third purpose of prophecy is that it confirms who Jesus is and that He is returning. Over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament tell of Jesus’ first coming, and much of the New Testament predicts His second coming. The coming of what other person in history was announced hundreds of years before His arrival? And, Jesus’ suffering and death were described in great detail as well over 400 years before they happened (Isa. 52:13—53:12). It would not be unusual for someone to predict his or her own death, but who has predicted He will return from the dead as well (Matt. 20:18-19)?


Finally, prophecy reminds us to be ready for Jesus’ return at any time. The letters of Peter especially point out that the knowledge that Jesus is coming back should give us hope but also compel us to “live godly and holy lives” (2 Pet. 3:11) as we wait for Him.


A year ago, we replaced several windows in our house. They were the expensive double-insulated, energy-efficient windows. This week I got a call from the window company complaining that although the windows were installed a year ago, we still hadn't paid the bill. Boy, oh boy, did we go around and around. I told him no one pulls a fast one on me. I may be blonde, but that doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid! I proceeded to tell him just what his salesman told me last year: "In one year, they will pay for themselves."

A Mother’s Love
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A Mother’s Love is important,
For every child to see,
To hold, to touch, to kiss their cheeks,
Her way for them to be.
A love that is so gentle,
A love that is so pure,
A love that only A Mother’s Love,
Is felt and will endure.
She knows your every weakness,
She knows your every pain,
She knows A Mother’s Love for you,
Has everything to gain.
You see her will to do what’s right,
And hope you don’t do wrong,
But if you do, A Mother’s Love,
Forgives and just goes on.


Four Worms in Church
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Submitted by: Edith Kearns


A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were place into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good, clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol … Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke …Dead.

The third worm in chocolate syrup … Dead.
The fourth worm in good, clean soil … Alive!

So the Minister asked the congregation, “What did you learn from this demonstration?”

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said… “As long as you drink, smoke, and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!”

That pretty much ended the service!
The Watcher

Written by: Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978)
Submited in memory of our Mother, Edna Callicutt Farlow
We love you and miss you! Lela, Judy, Annie Sue and Daryl

 She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.

And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.


Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.


Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late,
Watching from Heaven’s window,
Leaning on Heaven’s gate.

Thank You, Mother

Written by: Mary Hyatt
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Thank you for rocking and singing to me when I was a baby,

For keeping me safe and secure wrapped in your love,

For kissing my “boo boos” when I fell down learning to walk,

For making all the little dresses I wore to school,

For packing thousands of school lunches to me to eat,

For making me do my homework when I didn’t want to,

For driving me many miles; places I really didn’t have to go,

For taking me shopping even though your feet must have hurt,

For teaching me to cook, sew, and all the arts of housekeeping,

For instilling in me your love of nature and God’s creatures,

For teaching me the value of a dollar and how to save for a rainy day,

For always being there for me for every school function,

For sitting on hard bleachers to watch me play ball,

For all the encouragement you gave me when I thought I would fail,

For doing without new clothes yourself to make sure there was enough money for me to go to camp and take field trips,

For letting me spread my wings to fly away to a college far away,

For somehow managing to find the money to send me there,

For trusting me to make the right decisions in life,

For the many prayers you offered on my behalf,

If I could, I would thank you for everything you ever did for me. I would tell you how much I loved you and missed you. I would give you a big bouquet of red roses from my garden.

Maybe someday I will have that chance when we meet again in Heaven.

The God Test
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God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.


God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.


God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.


God won't ask about your social status; but He'll ask what kind of class you displayed.


God won't ask how many material possessions you had, but He'll ask if they dictated your life.


God won't ask what your highest salary was, but He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.


God won't ask how many promotions you received, but He'll ask how you promoted others.


God won't ask what your job title was, but He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.


God won't ask what you did to help yourself, but He'll ask what you did to help others.


God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.


God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.


God won't ask about the color of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.


God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but He'll ask how many times they didn't.


God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation, but He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.


His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Written in 1905 by: Civilla D. Martin

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

 I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

The Significance of Memorial Day
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Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? The primary reason why people celebrate this special event is to commemorate the lives of U.S. soldiers and other military personnel who sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country. Before, people celebrated this event in honor of the casualties of the American Civil War, particularly Union soldiers. Today, the entire country celebrates this event to honor all the Americans who have died while taking part in any kind of military action or war.


People usually visit memorials and cemeteries in observance of this very special day. Every 3 p.m. of this day, the whole country holds a national moment of remembrance. In various parts of the country, people set the U.S. flag at half-staff position for a significant period. Meanwhile, certain individuals and volunteer groups visit national cemeteries in order to reflect and put small American flags on every gravesite.


Aside from remembering the courageous efforts of deceased U.S. soldiers, many people spend this time with their families and friends. Together, they cook and eat barbecues while enjoying the presence of one another. Furthermore, other people hold picnics to celebrate this special day, which is indeed a very worthy cause for national celebration. People also hold national sporting events during this day such as the Indianapolis 500.


At the U.S. Capitol, organizers set the so-called National Memorial Day Concert. This special show is aired on NPR (National Public Radio) and televised over PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). In addition to the special music performances, people commemorate the lives of decreased American soldiers and military personnel. In the past, people celebrated this special holiday every 30th day of May.


This special day of celebration started in the village of Waterloo in New York. Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson solidified this fact when he signed a proclamation, which designated it as the birthplace of the holiday. From the usual May 30 observance, the celebration of this holiday was changed to the last Monday of May in order to form a highly convenience three-day weekend each year.

Buddy-Buddy Among Creatures
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On top of the Spanish Pyrenees may be found a magnificently beautiful but elusive mountain goat. It seems always to get away from shooting range. Why? It has a companion, a young goat, who follows and sounds the warning of enemies around it.


The rhinoceros has very poor eyesight. But its tough hide is infested with ticks—a delicacy to a certain little bird which rides on its back, feeding on the insects and alerting the rhino to danger.


Both the ratel, a badger-like animal, and the little honey-guide bird love honey. And so they go out together. The keen eye of the little bird quickly pin-points a beehive with honey, and the ratel’s powerful claws tear up the hive, making the honey available to both.


H. K. Downie told about a large newspaper that offered a substantial amount of cash for the best answer to the question, “What is the shortest way to London?” The entry which won the prize was: “The shortest way to London is good company!”



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The Cocoon and the Butterfly
Author Unknown
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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly and he brought it home.
One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly in its struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon... and the butterfly emerged easily.
As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body which would contract and the butterfly would be able to fly.
But neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. 
What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required for the butterfly to be able to fly. The butterfly must push its way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly's wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.
I asked for Strength…. and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom…. and God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity…. and God gave me a brain and brawn to work.

I asked for Courage…. and God gave me obstacles to overcome.

I asked for Love…. and God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors…. and God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted, but I received everything I needed.

Mysterious Disappearances
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
I love a good mystery. I’ve always enjoyed the old mystery movies. I also enjoy the current real life mysteries too. There are two very famous real life mysteries that took place many years ago that still capture my interest. 
Amelia Earhart was trying to set a round-the-world-flight record but this was cut short when her airplane disappeared on July 2, 1937 over the Pacific Ocean. She had navigator Fred Noonan with her on her flight. Both she and Noonan have never been found. The U.S. government concluded that the two seasoned flyers ran out of fuel and their plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and sank. Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939.
On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappeared in Detroit, Michigan. He was a very charismatic man. He was noticed by the Teamster union at a young age. He became a member and quickly rose through the Teamster’s organization. He became president of Teamsters in 1957. It wasn’t long before he partnered with the Mafia and got into much corruption. He was found guilty by the U.S. government of serious crimes and was sent to prison. Richard Nixon commuted Hoffa’s sentence in 1971 and Hoffa made a quick comeback with the Teamsters. That comeback was ended on July 30, 1975. That was the last time Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive in the parking lot of a Detroit restaurant. He was declared legally dead on July 30, 1982.
Did you know that one day there will be some people from all over the earth who will suddenly disappear from the earth? It’s the event that is called “the rapture.” This disappearance is one that doesn’t alarm me. I have accepted the Lord and I know Him as my Savior. I’m looking forward to the day He comes back to take me Home to live with Him for all eternity.
Here’s how the rapture is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (NIV version):
15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Written by: George W. Swarberg
Copied & submitted by: Lela Trotter
A little hope, a lot of faith
Are what we need today
We learn from past experience
That worry does not pay
We wring our hands and rack our brain
In moments of despair
But all that worry does for us
Is bring us more gray hair
For when the things we worry over
Are finally understood
We do not find them half as bad
As first we thought we would
So should our reason deem it wise
Our worries we discard
Then substitute a little hope
And lots of faith in God
Together We Can Make It
Written by: Dan Clark
Copied & submitted by: Becky Freeman
We are all like one-winged angels. It’s only when we help each other that we can fly.
     Lucianco deCrescenzo
Bob Butler lost his legs in a 1965 land mine explosion in Vietnam. He returned home a war hero. Twenty years later, he proved once again that heroism comes from the heart.
Butler was working in his garage in a small town in Arizona on a hot summer day when he heard a woman's screams coming from a nearby house. He began rolling his wheelchair toward the house but the dense shrubbery wouldn't allow him access to the back door. So the veteran got out of his chair and crawled through the dirt and bushes.
"I had to get there," he says. "It didn't matter how much it hurt."
When Butler arrived at the house, he traced the screams to the pool, where a three-year-old girl was lying at the bottom. She had been born without arms and had fallen in the water and couldn't swim. Her mother stood over her baby screaming frantically. Butler dove to the bottom of the pool and brought little Stephanie up to the deck. Her face was blue; she had no pulse and was not breathing.
Butler immediately went to work performing CPR to revive her while Stephanie's mother telephoned the fire department. She was told the paramedics were already out on a call. Helplessly, she sobbed and hugged Butler's shoulder.
As Butler continued with his CPR, he calmly reassured Stephanie’s mother. "Don't worry," he said. "I was her arms to get out of the pool. It'll be okay. I’m now her lungs. Together we can make it."
Seconds later the little girl coughed, regained consciousness, and began to cry. As they hugged and rejoiced together, the mother asked Butler how he knew it would be okay.
"When my legs were blown off in the war, I was all alone in a field,” he told her. “No one was there to help except a little Vietnamese girl. As she struggled to drag me into her village, she whispered in broken English, 'It okay. You can live. I be your legs. Together we make it.'
“This was my chance,” he told Stephanie’s mom, “to return the favor.”
Bubba walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had.
Bubba said, "Shingles."  So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat. 
Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Bubba what he had.
Bubba said, "Shingles."  So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Bubba to wait in the examining room. 
A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had.
Bubba said, "Shingles." So the nurse gave Bubba a blood test, checked his blood pressure, did an electrocardiogram, and told Bubba to wait for the doctor. 
An hour later the doctor came in and found Bubba sitting patiently and asked Bubba what he had. 
Bubba said, "Shingles."
The doctor asked, "Where?"
Bubba said, "Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em?"
Gain and Loss
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The old recluse spent most of his years in the mountains of Colorado. When he died, relatives traveled from Chicago to collect what valuables he’d possessed. Upon their arrival, they found a dilapidated shack with an outhouse adjacent to it. Inside, they viewed a single small room highlighted by a broken fireplace. A hand-crafted table sat in the middle of the room with a three-legged chair pushed underneath; a kerosene lamp served as the centerpiece for the table. In a dark corner was a worn out cot with a threadbare bedroll.
They spent a while gathering up a few of the old man’s relics – an old cooking pot and some of his mining equipment – and began packing their way out. As they were pulling away, an elderly friend of the recluse rode up on an old mule and flagged them down.
“You folks mind if I help myself to what’s left in my old friend’s cabin?” he asked.
“Go ahead,” they replied. After all, they thought to themselves, what inside that shack could be worth anything?
So the old friend pushed open the door of the shack and walked directly over to the table. Reaching under it, he lifted one of the floorboards and began lifting out all the gold his friend had discovered over the past several decades – quite enough to build several mansions. Only his friend had known his true worth.
So his friend looked out of a little window and watched the cloud of dust kick up behind the relative’s car, he thought to himself, they really should have got to know him better.
The apostle Paul didn’t want anyone to miss out on the real gold of life, which is why he so yearned for everyone to know Jesus.
The "U" in Jesus
Author Unknown
Copied & submitted by: Becky Freeman

Before U were thought of or time had begun,
God even stuck U in the name of His Son.
And each time U pray, you'll see it's true
You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.

You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
For U, He was born; that's why He came.
And His great love for U is the reason He died.
It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand
He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?
The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.

When JesUs left earth at His upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.
“Go into the world and tell them it's true
That I love them all – Just like I love U.”
So many great people are spelled with a U,
Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?
It all depends now on what U will do.
He'd like them to know, But it all starts with U.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)