The big old meeting house had filled sufficiently to use the 'Amen' corner pews, and the lamplight cast a warm glow on the ancient tongue-in-groove planks forming the interior walls and ceiling. Part of the congregation sweated from being too close to the coal stove, and the rest snuggled a little because they were too far from it. Some read the hymnbooks, and others contemplated the pictures on the fans donated by a local funeral home. The preacher had passed the first hour after taking his text, and was still going strong.

At the second hour, he showed no signs of flagging. Almost on the third hour, several remarks that sounded something like the signs of a conclusion failed to achieve their promise.

Finally, an exhausted, exasperated old brother took off his good heavy dress shoe and hurled it at the speaker's head. It was close, but missed the back of the unphased orator's noggin by four inches and sailed onward to catch his own sweet wife squarely on the forehead. As she teetered on the brink of consciousness, need overcame her customary silence, and she was heard to beg, "Hit me with the other one, Paw, for I can still hear him!"


Courtesy of Hulan Bass


Vegetable Slaw

Here is what you need

3 cups - shredded cabbage
5 plum tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
1 cup - fresh broccoli florets, cut into small pieces

1 cup - cauliflower, cut into small pieces
cup - chopped red onion
cup - fat-free sour cream
cup - reduced fat Mayo
1 tbsp - vinegar
tsp - salt
tsp - pepper

Here is how to do it:

In a bowl, combine the cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower & red onion.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper; pour over the cabbage mixture, and toss until coated evenly.

Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Yields 6 servings!

Sister Winifred Farmer, Bettendorf, IA

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36)

Sometimes as we look at verses such as this one, we tend to look over certain words thinking we understand what is being said, without giving much thought of who and what is being said. In this verse the word (Israel) is being used. Sometimes this word is used to describe natural Israel, sometimes it is used to describe spiritual Israel, and sometimes it is used to describe both natural and spiritual Israel. In Romans 9:6 Paul says; "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel." Other words just because you are a natural Jew and born in Israel does not mean that you are a true Israelite. In Romans 2:28 Paul says; "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." What I am saying in putting this out is that both Jew, both Gentile, natural or spiritual is embraced in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was our sins that nailed Christ to the cross and it was the love of God to us that kept him there.                                                       Brother George

  Simple cartoon drawing of an elderly, slightly overweight man wearing glasses and suspenders, looking up to the sky

Monday, April the 27th, 2009 under cloudy skies, wind from the south at six mph, with the temperature at sixty-nine degrees.