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The Wedding Guest (humility)
For me to live is (fill in the blank)

Home is where the heart is
Sweeter than honey!

Crown of Silver - old age
Faith to see

The Wedding Guest
Manna for 3/24/2005

When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast,
Do not sit down in the best place,
Lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
And he who invited you and him come and say to you,
"Give place to this man,"
And then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited,
Go and sit down in the lowest place,
So that when he who invited you comes he may say to you,
"Friend, go up higher."
Then you will have glory in the presence of those
Who sit at the table with you.

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
And he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Luke 14.8-11

My friend Jerry
by Marc Weinstein

The verses quoted above have a true-life meaning and experience for me.

When I got married, I invited a dear friend, Jerry R., who so graciously came at the last minute from Yuba City to San Jose; a 3 hour drive.

I considered Jerry to be my ‘spiritual father’ in the Lord. He always was a shining example to me of Christ and a most gracious and humble man.

My wife was Phillippino and the vast majority of the guests were her family and friends.

We all sat down to eat and my Pastor offered a blessing on the food and time together. There was so much commotion, that I hardly knew where any of my friends were. Suddenly, I noticed Jerry sitting in a table amongst my wife's Phillippino friends nearest to the “head table” which was elevated off the floor.

Immediately, I got up and rushed to Jerry's seat and begged him to sit with us at the head table. He was such a dear friend, I couldn't bear to see him sitting amongst strangers. Thus we all enjoyed each other's company.

I shall never ever forget that experience -- one of my dearest friends, humbly taking a “low seat” as Christ has instructed us. Not asking anything of prominence, but simply taking a seat amongst others not known to him. Humbly sitting amongst anyone that he might share the Gospel.

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom

I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves
One above the other,
And that the taller we grew in Christian character
The easier we could reach them.

I now find that God's gifts are on shelves
beneath the other.

It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower.
We have to go down, always down, to get God's best gifts.
F.B. Meyer

Fill in the blank:
"For me to live is _______"

Manna for 3/9/2005

I know what it is to be looked down on,
And I know what it is to be honored.
Everywhere and in all things I have learned how to be full
And how to go hungry;
How to have wealth and how to be in need.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
Then the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children

Philippians 4.12-13; Psalm 103.15-17

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom

Life is like an onion --
You peel it off one layer at a time,
And sometimes you weep.
Carl Sandburg

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returneth,
Was NOT spoken of the soul.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face,
I just pick myself up and get back in the race.
From "That's Life" as sung by Frank Sinatra

Home is where the heart is
Manna for January 2005

You are God's field.
You are God's building.

For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said:
"I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people."

1 Corinthians 3.9a; 2 Corinthians 6.16b

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Little Tina, age 5, was sitting on top of a pile of luggage in a hotel lobby. Her parents were at the desk registering for their room.

A sympathetic lady asked Tina if they were visiting relatives in the city.

"Oh, no," Tina replied. "We're going to live at this hotel until we find a house. My Daddy has a new job so we had to sell our house and move."

The lady said, "Oh, it's too bad that you don't have a home."

Tina smiled and said, "Oh we have a home. It's just that we don't have a house to put it in yet."

Sweeter than honey!
Manna for 12/5/04

The Law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.
The Testimony of the LORD is sure, making the simple wise.
The Statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.
The Commandments of the LORD are pure,
Giving light to the eyes.

The Fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever.
The Judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether,
More to be desired than gold, even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Your servant is warned by them.
In keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19.7-11

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.
Henry Ward Beecher

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
Theodore Roosevelt

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the Word of God because you will have found in it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.
Woodrow Wilson

We search the world for truth; we call
The good, the pure, the beautiful,
From graven stone and written scroll,
From all old flower fields of the soul;
And, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read.
from "Miriam" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong.
Abraham Lincoln

The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of special revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man.
Daniel Webster

The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.
John Flavel

Hold fast to the Bible as the anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this Book we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.
Ulysses S. Grant

It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
Horace Greeley

The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others in my eyes are of minor importance; and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.
Robert E. Lee

Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the Moon also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or evil. The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the Law of God.
Werner von Braun

Physical evidence

Mary Simpson, a Christian girl, was in Philosophy class where a class discussion about whether or not God exists was in progress.

Professor Wilbur offered the following logic: "Has anyone in this class ever seen God?" Nobody spoke.

"Has anyone in this class ever touched God?" Again, nobody spoke.

The Professor smiled smugly, While staring directly at Mary, he slammed his hand down on his desk and loudly proclaimed: "Then there is no God!"

Mary immediately stood up. "May I speak?" she asked.

The Professor readily gave Mary permission, confident that she would be unable to refute his logic.

For a second or two Mary just stood there, looking around the classroom until every student's attention was focused upon her. Then she quietly asked, "Has anyone in this class ever seen Professor Wilbur's brain?"

Crown of Silver
Manna for 12/1/04

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing.

Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.

The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.

Even to your old age, I am God,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Psalm 92.13-14; Job 12.12; Proverbs 16.31; Isaiah 46.4

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom

  • Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Satchel Paige
  • You know you're getting old when people start telling you how good you look. Alan King
  • Old age is when you've finally learned lots of the answers, but nobody asks you the questions any more.
  • There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

8 Silly Business Mergers for 2005

Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush and W. R. Grace Co. will merge into: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers will join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker

3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as: MMMGood

Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa

FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP

Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become:
Fairwell Honeychild

Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:
Poupon Pants

Knotts Berry Farms and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!

Faith to see
Manna for 11/30/04

When Moses turned aside to look,
God called to him from the midst of the burning bush and said,
"Moses, Moses!"

And Moses said, "Here I am."

Then God said,
"Do not draw near this place.
Take your sandals off your feet,
For the place where you stand is holy ground."
Exodus 3.4-5

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Earth is crammed with Heaven,
And every common bush is afire with God.
But only he who sees with eyes of faith
Removes his sandals.
The rest pass by unknowing,
Eager to get home and watch television.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet,
And the winds delight to play with your hair.
Kahlil Gibran

7 Fiendish Put-Downs

  • I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
  • I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
  • I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...
  • I like you. You remind me of when I was young and irresponsible.
  • The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
  • Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
  • Chaos, panic, & disorder -- my work here is done.

Manna for 11/29/04

Be strong and of good courage.
Do not fear nor be afraid of them;
For the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The LORD is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.

Deuteronomy 31.6 | Psalm 118.6-8

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom

Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear -- NOT absence of fear. Except a person be part coward it is not a compliment to say that he is brave. Mark Twain

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Dorothy Bernard

7 Qwik Qwips

  • Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives.
  • Miser: a person who, before he sends his pajamas to the laundry, stuffs a sock in each pocket.
  • I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy it.
  • Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me.
  • Moral indignation: Jealousy with a halo.
  • Why do they put Braille on the drive through bank machines?
  • If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the one it has.


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