Friday Funny: God Built A Woman

When God created man, He knew that something wasn’t right.

He said that everything He created was “Good”… until He came to Adam and then he said: “Not Good”.

It wasn’t right that man should be alone, so God built a woman; Eve. He kinda threw man together but He took His time on Eve. God knew his man needed a helper but He wanted to do something special to get man’s attention! Listen as Joe explain it!

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“She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not”

It’s common to hear young people say, “We just fell in love!”

Then years later you might hear that same couple on the verge of divorce telling their marriage counselor, “We couldn’t help it. We just fell out of love.”

The reality is love isn’t something you fall into or fall out of. Love isn’t something you feel, although it’s good to have those warm and fuzzy love feelings. But love is actually an action. Love is something you do. It’s not an emotion or a feeling. Bottom line, love is a choice.

Have your kids ever done something that annoyed you, frustrated you, or just made you plain mad? At that moment, did you have any warm and fuzzy love feelings toward them? Probably not, but yet you still love them. Your love isn’t based on a feeling or emotion. It’s a choice. You choose to love them in spite of the annoying and frustrating things they may do.

The Bible says that God loved us when were still sinners and were His enemies. How did He love us? Through His actions; He did something. He acted on His love by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Even when we weren’t lovable, God still loved us and expressed that love through an action (Romans 5:8).

God tells us we are to love Him in that same way—through our actions. He says in John 14:15 (MSG), “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you.”
Love is the most expensive word you’ll ever use. If it doesn’t cost you something, then it isn’t love. Here’s what God says love is:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1
Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV).

So, the next time you think you may have fallen “out of love” with someone, go back and read that scripture. Make a decision to not base your love on a feeling, but choose to love. And remember, love never fails! 

The Take Away

When it comes to marriage, don’t let feelings determine whether or not you “love” your spouse. Start acting on God’s love that was poured into your heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) whether you “feel” like it or not. Love is an action word. Each day think of one way you can “show” your spouse that you love him or her.

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The “Good Old Days” Just Got Better!

The key to happiness is not riches or wealth.

The key to happiness is knowing that God is our source, knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us, and knowing that He will always provide for us.

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (NIV)says,“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is the gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”

God is going to give us the power to get wealth, and He’s going to give us the ability to enjoy it. He’s going to give us the ability to be happy in our work. That’s His gift to us.

We should be so excited about what God is doing with us now and with what He’s going to do with us in the future, that we won’t think back on the “good old days.”

The “good old days” are going to pale in comparison to the great day we have today, and to the great day that we’re going to have tomorrow. God is going to do great things for us!

The Take Away

God is our source, and He will give us the power to get wealth and enjoy it. We don’t have to be afraid of men, the boss at work, or what’s going on in the economy. We can be confident God is going to take care of us!

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Encourage Yourself

We all go through times where it seems there’s no one around to pat us on the back and tell us how wonderful we are and what a great job we’re doing. It’s during those times that we need to know how to encourage ourselves.

In 1 Samuel chapter 30th the Bible relays an incident where David was having a pretty bad day!

While he and his men were away, their enemies invaded the town they were living in, set it on fire, and took all their wives and kids captive.
There was no one around to encourage David. In fact, David’s men blamed him for what had happened and wanted to kill him!

David could have gotten depressed and let the situation defeat him, but he chose to do something else instead. The Bible says that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV).

Parents, when your kids are having a bad day—maybe someone talked bad about them, or they didn’t make the basketball team—teach them how to encourage themselves. Teach them that the best way to encourage themselves is to quote scriptures: “Greater is He that’s in me” (1 John 4:4).  “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

The Take Away

Training your children to encourage and affirm themselves is a major key to living a happy, successful life. It will buoy them up to the top of any situation that tries to drag them down.

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Friday Funny: God Bless You!

Listen as Joe shares about early marriage to his late-wife Denise.

To say the least, it wasn’t what he thought it was going to be. After a few very-rough years, the two of them finally learned the first thing they were going to have to do is shut their mouths.

After learning to stop the negative from spewing out, they had to learn to start speaking the positive.

It was a journey. A journey that eventually led to a happy marriage. If applied, God’s Word will always work.

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Write the Vision

God believes in writing things down.

He wrote down His thoughts, examples, ideas, plans, and purposes. He called that book The Bible! The Bible is a book filled with God’s vision.  

Psalms 139:16 talks about God also having a book in heaven that has things written in it about us. If God thinks it’s important to write things down, then we should too! The first step we need to take when we God gives us a vision is to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV) says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Writing the vision down helps you remember what the vision is. It also gives you the “big picture” view to keep in front of you as you plan smaller goals to achieve it. 

Habakkuk 2:2 also emphasizes that when you write the vision, make it plain If it’s not clear to you or other people that God may join together with you, you’ll have problems trying to run with it. Make sure the vision is written plainly enough so that everyone involved can understand it. 

The Take Away

When God speaks to you, write it down. Use your smart phone, your iPad, a journal, or a 3-ring notebook and write down the things God says to you and the vision He gives you. Write out scripture verses like Ps. 139:16-17, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3, just to name a few, and personalize them by inserting your name in the verses. Make it a habit to regularly read the vision God has given you and also read the personalized scriptures He shows you. As you do, it will build faith in your heart so that you can put action to your vision and run with it! Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is just passing the time. A vision with action can change the world.

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Friday Funny: You’re Getting Kinda Portly

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One of greatest teachings Jesus ever gave was in Matthew 23:11. Jesus was speaking to the crowds and to his disciples when he talked to them about being a servant.

Jesus told the people “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
To the people, this was a brand-new teaching. This was a completely different message than they were used to hearing from their religious leaders.

One thing every great marriage requires, is two people who have decided they will serve each other. Becoming a servant isn’t an easy thing. Putting others first is usually one of the hardest things we will ever try to do.
Listen as Joe shares how he first realized that being marriage isn’t what he thought it was going to be.

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Friday Funny: Losing Your Temper

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This week’s video is a classic! Easily in the top 10 funniest stories that Joe has ever told

Laugh as Joe shares insight on losing your temper, four-letter words, and forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:26-27 says: “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If we do what this scripture says, our lives will be much better for it. Not letting anger take hold of us and learning to quickly forgive is key. It’s not easy, but worth it every time.

Joe shares how he waited until the last minute to deal with anger & forgiveness.

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Get Around What You Want to Become

If you have a vision, one of the best things you can do is find some way to get around people who are already successful at what you would like to do.  

I remember a young man that told me he wanted to be an engineer. His family was poor, so he didn’t know how he could ever attain that goal. He asked me, “This is what I want to do, but how am I going to do this?” 

Now, the Bible says that if we walk with wise men, we’ll become wise (Proverbs 13:20). So, if we want to become wise and learn some things in a certain area, then we need to start seeking out those people who have wisdom in that area and start hanging around them. 

So, I said to him, “Well, this summer, instead of getting a job at McDonald’s, we’re going to get you a job with an engineering firm. Now, I like McDonald’s, and it pays well, but if you want to become an engineer, then we need to get you around an engineering company.” 

I found an engineering firm that was close to his home. All summer, he worked for this engineering firm. Did he work directly with any of the engineers? No. He mowed the grass, swept out the building, emptied the trash cans. He just did maintenance duties and cleaned up, but he got to be around an engineering firm. 

He stuck with that firm, and every year they gave him more responsibilities, like operating the copy machine and running errands. He hung around that company, working there through high school and college. By the time he got his engineering degree, seven years later, he had an office in that building with his name on it.  

Do you have a vision? Make it a point to get around what you want to do or become. 

The Take Away

Take a minute to evaluate the steps you’re taking toward accomplishing your vision. Is there a business or person that you can work with or volunteer some time in order to gain experience in the field you’re interested in? Volunteer work and internships are a great way to be able to get connected with others who have the same vision. 

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Your Gift Will Get You a Job

I remember a guy came by my office one time.

He was 53 years of age. He had a great white-collar position with a really good company. They paid him well, and he had great benefits. However, the economy was changing. This company decided to outsource various jobs, which affected his position.  

All of a sudden, this 53-year-old businessman went from having a great paying job to getting laid off and drawing unemployment. He was devastated. He was afraid that he was going to lose his house and that his kids were going to have to drop out of college. 

He came into my office distraught, “Joe, what am I going to do?” 

I said, “Well, what are you called to do?” 

He said, “What?” 

I said, “What are you called to do?”  

He thought the word “called” only referred to what you did at church, and since we attended the same church he said, “Well, I’m an usher in section four.”  

I answered, “No, no, no. What are you called to do with your life? What are you doing here on this planet? Why were you born? Who are you? Where are you going? What are you doing? How do you plan to get there?” 

He had no concept. Here was a very successful, white-collar businessman whose entire life and purpose was tied up in a job. It had become his security and his identity, and he didn’t really know what his gift and calling in life was. He had lost a great job, but it was just a job. He didn’t realize that it was his gift that actually enabled him to get that job in the first place, and his gift could also help him get another one.  

The Bible says that a man’s gift makes room for him, and the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 18:16; Proverbs 10:4). The key to being successful in life is knowing what you’re gifted to do and then being diligent with the gift you’ve been given. Jobs and positions may come and go, but your gift will always make room for you.

The Take Away

If you want to move forward in life, you have to take inventory and ask yourself some questions: Is your security and identity wrapped up in your job? Do you know what your gifts and talents are? Are you using them? Are you applying yourself to develop and grow those areas? Where do you want to be in one, two, five years? How do you plan to get there? 

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