Friday, April 8, 2011

Have a Sense of Humor

Check out the pictures I got by email....they are so funny and so true.

Sense of humor is a great way to relieve stress and laughter is the best medicine. I do feel that joking around in the right time and right place is important and it also helps lighten up the soul too. We all should remember that no religion is the right one. Pg. 51: Religions should be understood as only the fingers that point to the moon, not the moon itself.  many people believe that their religion is the "best" and the "right" one.   Each church has their own routine and rituals that they follow. As long it "points to the moon" that they focus on God and love, that's all it matters. People should remember not to worship the church but to worship God and Jesus Christ our savior.    I believe that going to one church and follow what they do everyday or every Sunday can lose meaning. It becomes a habit and we forget what we are doing or why we are doing it in the first place.   I have absolutely respect for all Churches and I admire their discipline and the way they praise our Lord.  I like to take a little bit of their "rituals" and apply it to my life. I believe that it is important to be open minded because everyone is so different. God made everyone different so He doesn't expect us to be the same. That's why forgiveness is so important because if someone insults us because we are different from them, we have to forgive them and remind them that God created us the way He wants us to be and we should respect and obey his decision. 

I love what Lon Solomon said in his sermon about obeying.. (4/3/2011)

Now, I'm sure none of you ever do that, but sometimes I do. And so this one time I was coming in the neighborhood not too long ago, and it just so happened as I rolled the stop sign that there was a Fairfax county police officer making a routine cruise through my neighborhood. You say you idiot! If there was a policeman right there, what in the world did you roll the stop sign for? Well, I didn't see him until after I rolled it!
So he pulled me over. And he came walking up to my car, and he said, sir, he said I know that there is not much traffic in this neighborhood, he said, but, sir, do you see that little red of course toke tag nail sign back there. He said I want to remind you, sir, that that sign is not a suggestion.
It is an order to be obeyed. Do you understand, sir? I said, yes, officer, I do. You say, did he give you a ticket? No, he gave me a warning. And I know for those of you who drive 55 on the beltway that this just irks you to no end that he didn't give you a ticket. I know it bothers you. But all I got was a warning, praise the Lord!
However, he made his point. He made his point. And that is my friend, a suggestion is something for us to consider. But a stop sign is a command, and a command is something for us to obey, and that's exactly what the Lord, Jesus is telling us about the great commission, that the great commission is not a suggestion. It is a command to every one of his followers, and every one of his Churches. 

I will write more about this in my next blog. Lon Soloman is a great pastor!! Anyway, I thought I would end with a good joke that my friend told me at work. :) 

Silent Battle With The Pope


Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to leave Italy. There was, of course, a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious debate with a leader of the Jewish community. If the Jewish leader won the debate, the Jews would be permitted to stay in Italy. If the Pope won, the Jews would have to leave.

The Jewish community met and picked an aged Rabbi, Moishe, to represent them in the debate. Rabbi Moishe, however, could not speak Latin and the Pope could not speak Yiddish. So it was decided that this would be a "silent" debate.

On the day of the great debate, the Pope and Rabbi Moishe sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

Rabbi Moishe looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.

Rabbi Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope then brought out a communion wafer and chalice of wine.

Rabbi Moishe pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and said, "I concede the debate. This man has bested me. The Jews can stay."

Later, the Cardinals gathered around the Pope, asking him what had happened.

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions. Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and the wafer to show that God absolves us of our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?"

Meanwhile, the Jewish community crowded around Rabbi Moishe, asking what happened.

"Well," said Moishe, "first he said to me, 'You Jews have three days to get out of here.' So I said to him, 'Up yours'. Then he tells me the whole city would be cleared of Jews. So I said to him, 'Listen here Mr. Pope, the Jews ... we stay right here!"

"And then?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said Rabbi Moishe. "We broke for lunch."



  1. Amanda, I love the humor in your photos! I think what is most important is spirituality--the connection to something greater than us. Different people find it in various ways--formalized religion, yoga, observing the stars, and/or serving others.

    I was flipping through the channels last night and Joel Osteen was on. He had a massive stadium of viewers. He was saying that people should ask for forgiveness of sins and pray that the Lord will use all their talents to be an instrument of His will. The audience was in tears and moved by him. While he seems simple to me, he is truly blessed with gift to move people to a higher level. What a gifted teacher!

    Hope you enjoy this warm day and your impending birthday!


  2. Thank you LG!! I hope you had a great day too.

    Everybody is designed and wired differently and I think it's better that way. If everyone is different from each other, it makes life more interesting and more intense when we find God together. It shows how creative and powerful He is that nobody is a "challenge to him" no how different we see Him. After all he did design us :)

    Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Lon Soloman and John Hagee are wonderful speakers.