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No Laughing Matter

    Life is funny but death is no laughing matter. Celebrities often find grist for their comedic mill in bringing levity to the serious subject of dying. Here are a few of my favorites:
Erma Bombeck suggested these words for her grave marker, “Big deal! I’m used to dust.”“I’m not afraid to die,” said Woody Allen, “I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”Dustin Hoffman once said he wanted the epitaph, “I knew this would happen!”George Burns’ take on life and death: “If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred.”    Death can be many things but in the end no man can honestly say that it was unexpected. Life is plastered with warnings. We are reminded of death in the changing of the seasons, the observation of nature, and the passing of generations. Our bodies send out warnings when something is not right. Death is personally experienced through the loss of friends and loved ones. God reminds all that “it is appointed u…

Unity of the Faith

Read: Ephesians 4:13
    For years counterfeiters have created countless headaches for government officials. The threat is very real: unauthorized imitations must be eradicated for real currency to retain its validity. This was highlighted in 2003 when, in Roanoke Rapids, NC, a checker at a local grocery store made change for a shopper’s $150 in groceries. The customer paid with a single bill and was given $50 in change. The math sunk in later when it was realized that the $200 bill was counterfeit (www.thesmokinggun.com).
    The parallels to the one authentic faith portrayed in the New Testament seem clear. We live in a world of multiple faiths. Despite promises to be just as good as any other faith, they will prove powerless to deliver on those promises. Those counterfeit “faiths” stand in stark contrast to the one true faith that alone will shape us into “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.“ Only authentic faith comes from the word of Christ (Rom. 10:17). It alone …

The Value of Your Past

It is just a penny. You get change for your coffee or a quick trip to the convenience store and drop it into your pocket or stash it in your pocketbook and don't give it much thought. But what if that penny is not what you think? What if that penny has a value far greater than it seems?
    In 1995 the Philadelphia mint struck a number pennies with what www.collectorsalliance.com describes as a "Double Die Error." The master of the coin's desired image requires more than one stamping. On this particular coin the stamping process resulted in a slight imperfection in which the words "Liberty" and "In God" are blurred. A similar mistake was made on the 1955 penny. That coin has been highly sought by coin collectors who have valued it at $20,000. The 1995 coin has not achieved such a high value, as of now. It is valued closer to the $200 mark. But specialists expect the coin to rapidly increase in value as the decades pass.
    Our past may be somew…

Only You Can Decide

     She called it a "merciless bed." The German woman created the devise as a foolproof method of getting a person out of bed in time for class. No more repeatedly hitting the snooze button, after the alarm clock rings the bed will begin to slowly lift and if, after five minutes, the sleeper doesn't put their feet on the ground by their own volition the bed will dump them on the floor against their will (news.excite.com).     If you still need help getting up, you might be interested in trying "The Carpet Alarm Clock." Created by Sofie Collin & Gustav Lanberg, the sleeper sets their alarm clock as usual. However, it will be the carpet (which actually is more like a throw rug), not the clock, that will sound the alarm in the morning. There is no "snooze" feature, the alarm sounding from the carpet will not go off until they physically get up and stand on the carpet (bitrebels.com).     We live in a high-tech world with devices and trinkets to make o…