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Train to Kindergarten Class
By Greg Miller © 2013
The train chugged and whistled its way through the beautiful mountain countryside.
With smoke swirling toward the heavens, the train sped through the tunnel that led to the wide open terrain.
Tammie and her mother, Tommie, lived in a home located about one mile from the tunnel entrance. At 6 p.m. each evening, the mom and daughter stood in their front yard and watched the train as it sped toward a valley town 100 miles away.
Tammie attended kindergarten in the local elementary school. Miss Terrie, Tammie’s teacher, always allowed Tammie to share any news about the train with the class.
One day Tammie announced, “Miss Terrie, I have decided to give a name to the train that mom and I watch every evening.”
Miss Terrie asked, “What have you decided to name the train, Tammie?”
“I’ve named him Tiny,” said Tammie.
“Why are you naming him Tiny?,” asked Miss Terrie.
“Because of the tiny cloud of smoke he always is shooting into the air,” Tammie replied. “When I see the smoke, I know he’s happy and healthy and is having a great day.”
Miss Terri asked all the students to give an oral report to the class. Each child could select his or her own topic. Not surprisingly, Tammie talked to the class about Tiny. Tommie helped her daughter prepare for the talk.
The day for the oral reports finally arrived. Tommie, who made a lot of Tammie’s clothing, sewed a brand new dress for her daughter’s big day.
Tammie dazzled the class with her new dress, which was bright red. Miss Terrie asked Tammie why she chose red for the color of her new dress. “Well, red stands for the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins,” said Tammie. “Also, red is the color of the inside of Tiny’s passenger cars.”
Tammie also dazzled the class with her presentation. With a sparkle in her eyes, she skipped to the front of the room.
“My mom and I have been spending a few minutes each day watching Tiny,” said Tammie. “He has such a wonderful personality. He always looks so strong and powerful. He always looks so happy to be rolling down the tracks. Sometimes I dream about Tiny. I dream I am talking to him and telling him how much Jesus loves us.”
Miss Terri and the students gave Tammie a standing ovation. “Thank you very much, Dear,” said Miss Terrie. “That was a beautiful speech.”
“You’re welcome, Miss Terrie,” said Tammie. “The main purpose for my talk was to make sure I mentioned something about Jesus. I figure Tiny is the best train a kid could have for a friend, but Jesus is the best friend in the whole wide world!”
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Veterans Participate in July 4th Celebration
By Greg Miller © 2012
Five veterans of America’s military teamed up to coordinate their town’s Fourth of July celebration.
Andy, an Army veteran, volunteered to coordinate the event’s publicity in the community’s media: Radio and TV stations, and newspapers, as well as over the Internet.
Arlene, who had served in the Air Force for 10 years, volunteered to judge the parade’s float entries. “This is my cup of tea,” she said.
Maxwell, who had retired from the Marines after 20 years of service, was selected to oversee all of the event’s operations. “Great,” he said. “I feel very comfortable in such leadership roles.”
A nurse, Norma had served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. “I’ll coordinate getting some first aid kits together and asking a few local nurses to help out during the parade in case anyone needs medical attention,” she said.
Christy had just concluded a tour of duty in the Coast Guard. “I’ll line up some off-duty police officers to provide security for the parade,” she said.
Local church choirs and youth bands provided music for the extravaganza.
Everyone was filled with such a sense of patriotism that many parade-goers wept openly. Arthur had to have an arm amputated after being wounded in Afghanistan. “America is such a great nation,” he said. “I just have to weep.”
Amanda, who had written a book about her lengthy Air Force Career, bawled like a baby. “Without the blessings and grace of Almighty God and the blood shed by our brave troops, the United States of America would not even exist,” she said.
Monty, a former Marine drill sergeant, sobbed as he recalled a close friend being shot during combat in Iraq. “He took a bullet that had my name on it,” Monty said.
Norman learned to cook while serving in the Navy. He had gone on to open a restaurant chain with eateries in more than 15 states. “I joined the Navy to see the world,” he said. “I did see the world, but another world, the culinary arts was opened to me.”
Norman cried as he recalled that one of his best friends, who had served as a Navy pilot, was shot down and killed during the Vietnam Conflict. “He paid the ultimate price,” Norman wept.
Andy’s dad, Andrew, who had served as an Army chaplain during World War II, was the parade‘s grand marshal. After the parade, Andy told his father, “You’ve always been my hero, Dad. What was your secret to such a successful military career?”
“Well, Son, before I enlisted in the military, I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ,” Andrew said. “All the battles of my life, as well as during my military career, were really fought by Jesus, and He gave the victory to me in all of them!”
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Triplets open amusement park
By Greg Miller © 2012
Jordan and her sisters, Janette and Jocyln, decided to open amusement park.
The triplets wanted to operate a family-oriented amusement park, and they wanted to offer some unusual amenities.
Their father, Josiah, provided financing for the venture. “I know the Lord will bless this project, since you’re using it to glorify him,” Josiah told his daughters.
The sisters brainstormed for ideas about how to make the venture as successful as possible.
Jordan provided the first idea that was adopted. “I think we should offer a free dessert to everyone who purchases a dinner at one of the park’s restaurant,” she said. “Plus, children ages six and under can eat free.”
“That’s a wonderful idea,” remarked Joclyn. “And it needs a wonderful name. “We can call it ‘Jordan’s Magical Dessert.’”
Janette’s idea was the next to be accepted. “My idea is very unusual,” she bragged. “The center of our park will be so tranquil, with all the wildlife and waterfalls. Why don’t we offer a daily contest for some lucky couple to have their big day’s events at the park? And since I’m engaged to be married, I figured my fiance, Jack, and me could be the first couple to be married there. We can call it Janette‘s Magical Weddings.”
She continued, “Also, this idea should result in increased park attendance, because of all the people in the various wedding parties.”
“What’s your idea, Joclyn?,” asked Janette.
Joclyn replied, “We can declare one week out of every month a special park holiday, where we only charge half the normal admission fee. I think we’ll make a ton of additional money by doing that. So one week in each month will be declared Joclyn‘s Magical Half Price Days!”
“I think you’re right,” Jordan agreed.
Jordan also wanted to share other ideas with her sisters. “I think we should operate as a for-profit park Monday through Friday. On Saturday, we can let various non-profit agencies use the park to raise funds for their various outreaches.
“On Sunday, we’ll close down all the rides, games and restaurants, and host an all-day worship service. Admission to the park will be free, and everyone can spend all day worshipping God.”
Janette and Joclyn agreed that Jordan’s ideas were fantastic. “Especially the part about the picnic lunches,” Joclyn said. “If everyone shows up with nothing to eat, we may not have a boy show up with fish and bread. And even if we do, we may not have anyone who can feed an amusement park filled with people with such a small amount of food!”
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God Sends Job Double Blessings
By Greg Miller
Job, a righteous man who lived thousands of years ago in the land of Uz, loved the Sovereign Lord and hated the appearance of evil.
God blessed Job and his wife with seven sons and three daughters. The greatest of all the men of the East, Job owned many sheep, cattle, oxen and donkeys.
Job thought his sons and daughters may have sinned against God, so he offered burnt offerings to God for them.
One day, Satan appeared before the Lord. Job 1:8-12 says, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.”
Then Job’s sons and daughters were killed, as were his servants, and many of his animals. The camels were stolen. Job worshipped God. Job 1:21-22 says, “And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
Once again Satan presented himself before God. In Job 2:1-8, God gave Satan permission to touch Job‘s body but to spare his life. Verses 7-8 states, “So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”
Job had a long conversation with three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, against whom the Lord’s anger was kindled. Job then prayed for his friends and God once again blessed him abundantly, giving him twice as many riches as he previously had. God also blessed Job with seven sons and three daughters.
Job thought to himself, “Do you ever wish the Lord had given you twice as many sons and daughters as you had before?”
Chuckling, Job replied to himself, “No, I love all my children very much, but God knew that if He had given us 10 more children, that would have been too many blessings for us to handle!”
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Couple has guests for colorful dinner
By Greg Miller
Charlie was very proud of his wife Clarissa’s cooking.
“She is the best cook in the world,” Charlie bragged to Chad, his best friend.
“So what is Clarissa preparing for dinner this evening?,” asked Chad.
“Let’s see,” Charlie chuckled. “We’re having spinach, peas, sliced cucumbers, green bean casserole and fried green tomatoes. And Clarissa has made some of her famous homemade vinegar to go with the spinach.”
“Sounds like the two of you are going green with your dinners,” grinned Chad.
“We are trying to eat healthier,” Charlie acknowledged.
“Not everything at dinner will be green, though,” Clarissa smiled as she entered the room.
“Clarissa’s right,” Charlie agreed. “I asked her to add some other colors, so we’re also having orange carrots and yellow squash.”
“By the way, Chad,” said Clarissa. “I just spoke with your wife, Claire, and asked her if the two of you will eat dinner with Charlie and me this evening. She said that will be fine, and she will be here in a few moments.”
“Great!,” exclaimed Chad. “I’m really looking forward to seeing such a colorful feast.”
Claire arrived within just a few minutes, and the foursome sat down to enjoy their dinner. Charlie asked Chad to pray the blessing over the meal. Chad prayed, “Dear Lord, thank you for this meal we are sharing. Bless this food to nourish our bodies, and bless our bodies to your service. Help us to always glorify you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
“This is such a colorful, delicious meal,” Claire told Clarissa. “Thanks again for inviting Chad and me for dinner.”
“You’re very welcome, Claire,” said Clarissa. “We’re glad you could come.”
Clarissa continued, “Since we’re finished with the main part of the meal, it’s time for dessert.”
“What is tonight’s dessert?,” asked Claire.
“It’s my own shortcake combo,” Claire smiled as she went to get the dessert. “It’s topped with lots of fresh, sweet strawberries and peaches.”
“Why both strawberries and peaches?,” asked Claire.
“Strawberries are red and peaches are yellow,” replied Clarissa. “And since we were having so much green with only a little orange and yellow for dinner, I felt we needed a little more color added to the menu.”
Claire took a huge bite out of her shortcake combo. “These are the best-tasting colors of the evening!,” she bragged. “Definitely the best-tasting colors of the evening!”
Charlie rose from his seat, leaned over and kissed his wife lovingly on the lips. “The dessert was great!,” he acknowledged. “But the kiss was even better than the shortcake.”
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God Blesses Adam and Eve
By Greg Miller
God created the heavens, the earth, and everything else in the universe.
Created in God’s image, mankind was given a mandate by the Creator. We’re told this part of the story of the human family in Genesis 1:26-31, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
God declared his finished work of creation very good. Wanting to please his Creator, after finishing his job of naming the animals, Adam exclaimed, “Not bad, Adam! Not bad!”
Everything in Eden was extraordinary. “The Sovereign Lord really knew what He was doing with creation,” Adam stated. “You and I are God’s most-prized creation. And you are so beautiful, Eve.”
“You’re kinda handsome yourself,” Eve said. “God didn’t make anything that was ugly.”
Adam remembered God’s instructions about not eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. “It looks so tasty,” Adam said. “But God says if we eat it we will die. I don’t really know what that means, but I know I don’t like the sound of it.”
Adam noticed that the serpent had begun acting a bit peculiar. He warned Eve about hanging around the serpent and engaging in conversations with him. “I’ve noticed him,” said Eve. “He looks like he might be a pretty smooth talker, but I’m a pretty smooth talker myself.”
“But he may be the world’s smoothest talker,” Adam said. “And we can’t afford to be deceived into disobeying God! God has never lied to us, but we don‘t know what to expect from this serpent character!”
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Couple plans late-summer wedding
By Greg Miller
Renee and Renaldo had been engaged for more than a year, and their families and friends were looking forward to the couple’s late-summer wedding.
Renee wanted her wedding to have a Valentine’s Day theme. “Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love,” she reminded Renaldo.
Renaldo wanted Renee to be happy, so he made all the arrangements for the Valentine’s Day theme.
The wedding day was a fabulous experience for both Renee and Renaldo. Following the reception, Renee put her arms around Renaldo and expressed her thanks for the work he had done on the special theme.
“Everything was wonderful,” Renee gushed. “Thank you so very much.”
“You’re welcome, Dear,” Renaldo replied. “You know I would do anything for you.”
“I’d do anything for you, too, Honey,” said Renee. “My love for you is unconditional.”
For their honeymoon, Renaldo surprised Renee with a multi-nation vacation cruise, including visits to the Bahamas, Jamaica, Martinique, and the Virgin Islands.
Following the honeymoon, Renee and Renaldo began their lives together in a small two-bedroom apartment. Each room was decorated to resemble a scene from Jesus’ earthly ministry.
The bathroom depicted Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. The couple’s bedroom showed the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat, then calming the raging storm. The guest bedroom told the story of Jesus walking on water.
The kitchen prominently displayed the story of Jesus feeding thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two small fish. On the front door, Renaldo painted a compelling scene of Jesus’ knocking at the door of someone’s heart.
The couple dedicated their marriage to the Lord, because they wanted their relationship to please Him. They took turns sharing Scriptures from the Bible and praying during their family devotional time. Renaldo primarily used passages from Psalms and Proverbs, while Renee preferred using the four gospels.
Two of the couple’s best friends, Rex and Rexann, began having devotions with Renee and Renaldo on a regular basis. Before long, the foursome began to sense the Lord wanted them to start a new church. They began praying for a good location for the fledgling congregation.
“I wonder where the Lord will provide a building for the church,” said Rexann.
“I’m not sure,” said Renee. “In the beginning, we could even have the services in our apartment, but we definitely wouldn’t be able to do that for very long.”
“Why not?,” asked Renaldo.
“For one thing, the apartment is so small,” said Renee. “We can only have about eight or 10 people in our apartment at once. If the Lord sent us 100 people for one of the services, we’d have to send about 90 of them back home!”
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Mice overhear conversation about heaven
By Greg Miller
One Sunday evening, Pastor George preached a sermon about the return of Jesus Christ.
“Is your heart right with God?,” the preacher thundered. “Jesus could come back at any time, so don’t take any chances with your eternal destination. You have heaven to gain and hell to shun.”
After the service, Gertrude and her husband, Gerald, discussed the subject of Jesus’ return. “Pastor George preached a great message, didn’t he, Honey?,” Gerald asked his wife.
“He certainly did, Sweetheart,” Gertrude replied. “I wish everyone would realize how important it is to give their hearts and lives to the Lord.”
“I know I’ll be glad when the Lord returns,” Gertrude replied. “It will be so nice living in our heavenly mansions, because I know there won’t be any mice living up there.”
“Yes,” Gerald agreed. “I’ve noticed that we’ve got a couple of the little critters living in our home again. And I believe they think we’re going to allow them to live here permanently.”
“We need to set out some new traps,” said Gertrude.
“I’ll do that in a few minutes,” said Gerald. “And I’m going to double bait them. I’m going to put both peanut butter and cheese in each trap to make their visits to the traps irresistible.”
“I wonder where they are tonight,” said Gertrude. “Usually by this time of night, they are running around all over the place, acting like they live here.”
Georgette and Gavin, the two mice, were eavesdropping on the humans’ conversation from underneath the sofa. The mice suddenly ran across the living room floor, chuckling as they ran.
“Gerald said something about cheese,” grinned Gavin. “Cheese is my favorite food. It has such a wonderful texture.”
“And Gertrude mentioned peanut butter, my favorite,” smiled Georgette. “I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about peanut butter.”
“Maybe they were kidding about the traps,” said Gavin. “After all, for humans they seem like such likeable creatures.”
“Oh, take my word for it, Darling,” chattered Georgette. “Most humans want nothing to do with us rodents. And I just don’t understand it. You’d think we were carrying some sort of disease or something.”
“Something else bothers me,” said Gavin. “These mansions in heaven they were talking about. The humans seemed to be so happy they are going to live there, because they said there would be no mice there. Heaven sounds like a nice place, but if mice aren’t allowed to live there, I would never want to go…not even for a short visit! I wonder what is the alternative to heaven?”
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Sunday school class receives special assignment
By Greg Miller
A Sunday school teacher, Miss Rebecca, gave the members of her class a special assignment.
“Today,” she said, “I want each of you to write down the name of your favorite Bible story. Also, I want you to write the reason the story is your favorite. After everyone has completed the assignment, I want each of you to tell me what you have written.”
Roy said his favorite Bible story was the one about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “As the world’s first couple, they would have a great perspective on life in today’s world,” he remarked. “Plus, they could tell us how they felt after they committed the first sin.”
Rexann said her favorite story from God’s Word was the one about Cain and Abel. “Since this was the story of the world’s first murder, it gives us a good view of sin in the heart,” she said.
“My favorite story is about Jonah and the Whale,” Raven said. “In this story, a great fish is able to tell the tale about the human who got away!”
“Daniel and the Lion’s Den is my favorite story,” said Ron. “Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, and those lions didn’t even act like they wanted a snack!”
“My favorite story is the one where David killed that mean old Goliath,” said Rita. “Goliath was trusting in his physical strength and military ability, but David’s faith was in the supernatural power of the creator of the universe.”
Rose emphatically declared that her favorite story was the one about Jesus feeding the multitude with the loaves and fishes. “I’m afraid that’s one I would have to see to believe,” Rose said.
Rollie’s favorite story was the one in which Jesus healed the 10 lepers but only one returned to thank Him. “I’d like to get a good look at the nine who didn’t even thank Him,” Rollie said.
Rachel’s favorite story was the entire life of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The story of Jesus is the most important one in the Bible,” she said. “His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and second coming.”
She continued, “If you remove the story of Jesus from the Holy Word of God, you would be removing the part of the Bible that gives mankind the only way to be reconciled to God.”
“You’re right, Rachael,” said Miss Rebecca, who began jumping up and down and clapping her hands. “You did such a wonderful job, I’m giving you a standing ovation!”
The ovation for Rachael soon gave way to a standing ovation for Miss Rebecca. After a few seconds, Miss Rebecca motioned for silence.
Miss Rebecca offered a suggestion to the class. “I think we should offer a standing ovation to the Lord,” she said. “He’s the one who suffered and died on the Cross of Calvary. I think He should be the one to receive all the praise!”
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