More of Cergie’s Jokes

What do pampered cows produce?
Spoiled milk.

 

In case you missed the news this morning, Fed-Ex is merging with UPS. After some intense negotiations, the new company will be named Fed-Up!

 

How many opticians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Is it one…or two? One? Two?

 

You know, instead of writing in a family member’s name on forms that ask who to notify in case of emergency, I think the better answer would be “a very good doctor”!

 

Q: How do billboards talk?
A: Sign Language

 

Q: What did the programmer call his bathroom?
A: The IP address.

 

I bought my friend an elephant for his room.
He said, “Thanks.”
I said, “Don’t mention it.”

 

My friend says to me, “What rhymes with orange?”
I said, “No, it doesn’t.”

For Pastor Cemie, Heather, Sean, Kim, Javier, and Father Nathan and all Those Who Serve God

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

Recently I saw a post on facebook from a high school friend of mine:

Calling all my prayer warriors, I have a lot on my mind and heart…..so much that I have been praying about for quite a while, and even more currently so, I figure getting an online prayer circle going wouldn’t hurt. Much love to everyone who reads this. I believe that when someone asks you to pray for them, you pray because prayers are free and should be given wholeheartedly! I decided to do this today because I’m standing in the need of prayer and so many others are as well. Let’s pray for each other today, regardless of who or what your spiritual foundation! All prayers needed right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to whisper a prayer for all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, or worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

Last week I tried to blog about how pastors, priests and people of the clergy are suffering from depression and anxiety. I felt that I did not address the topic well enough and I plan to make amends here today.

There are a variety of reasons for people to become anxious, depressed and filled with self doubt. Admittedly the state of the world does not lend itself to a positive and optimistic environment. A long time ago, when I was a child, we would play in the neighborhood streets keeping a watchful eye for oncoming cars. In those days everyone respected the neighborhood and the children in it and the cars did not go speeding through the streets without regard to children and people as they do today. There was emphasis on God and country and doing good for all people and the country. When there was a birthday party moms and dads banded together and helped with the party. Usually the moms were inside maintaining some resemblance of order and the dads kept guard in the front yard redirecting the sprinting sugar high children back inside to the already frazzled moms. There was no such thing as “fake news”. We didn’t like school but kids thought you were weird if you did but no one was afraid to go to school because there was no fear of a potential gunman. My generation has seen a lot of changes in the people and the world over the decades and we wonder.

Times have changed and the world is not what it used to be. More now than ever the Christian brotherhood must rise and pray for so many people their communities and their countries.

17 pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NRSV)

So many of the clergy suffer from depression, anxiety, and other ailments so we should pray for all our pastors, priests, and all of the clergy that minister God’s Word to all the people and for all people.

29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Isaiah 40:29 (NRSV)

and

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4 (KJV)

and

10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

We should hug our pastors and all of those of the clergy…every time we see them. Then tell them how much we appreciate the things that he/she is doing for God and the church.

11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

Actually we should do these things for all the people as Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior has commanded us to do.

A new commandment I give you, Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34 (NRSV)

And remember to

17 pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NRSV)

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)