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Summary: 1- Acquitting and Condemning. 2- Money and Wisdom.

INTRO.- More quips, quotes and notes.

- The only loafer who makes money these days is a baker. (and I’m not so sure about that, what with the Atkins’ diet that warns against eating bread! How ridiculous!)

- Many of our modern girls have plenty of polish – on their fingernails.

I Pet. 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

I have nothing against a woman adorning her body with nice clothes, painting her fingernails, having her hair colored, etc., as long as this is not a priority in life. And of course, the same principle applies to a man. I see nothing wrong with looking nice, smelling good, etc. as long as this is not the only or the major emphasis.

If a person lives for botox treatments, collagen injections, etc. then something is wrong. If all emphasis is on the physical only, we have missed the mark and will be sadly disappointed. Why? Because eventually everything will drop, bag, sag, wrinkle, or fade.

ILL.- I love to watch the EXTREME MAKEOVER TV show and see the appreciation and thrill of being remade, so to speak. Some people are so homely that it’s a thrill for them and others to see a great physical change take place. These people often “come alive” and they all, obviously, are so appreciative.

Most of us would like to change something about our appearance or looks. (hair, height, weight, shape, etc.) Be honest. It’s true, but the most important “makeover” that is needed is a spiritual makeover.

And there is only one surgeon who can perform that makeover.

Jerm. 13:23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil."

No, we can’t change ourselves, but the Lord can. He can give us all an extreme makeover, but only if we let Him.

II Cor. 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (in God’s eyes); the old has gone, the new has come!”

II Cor. 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness (very extreme makeover) with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

- A Hollywood actress is always talking about her last picture or her next husband. (or maybe her last husband)

- Bulletin board notice in Minneapolis – Conserve energy – work slower.

I think some people really subscribe to that theory, thinking that perhaps if they work slower they will live longer. BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IT. Of course, everyone has their own opinion of things, but if I have a job to do, I don’t want to mess around. I want to get it done.

Of course, I also realize that “haste makes waste” too. Been there and done that as well. But a little speeding up in doing certain things wouldn’t hurt anybody. Probably being steady is better than being speedy. But when we have work to do, let’s get it done. Anyone in favor?

- A 20th wedding anniversary is difficult to celebrate. It’s too soon to brag and too late to complain.

- Anybody who doesn’t feel insecure these days is probably living in some remote, uncivilized corner of the world.

There is a lot to be said for getting away from this fast-paced, stressed-out society that we live in. That’s why hobbies are handy. (e.g. I can get away by going fishing and almost forget about everything else.)

ILL.- And President Herbert Hoover once said, “Presidents have only two moments of personal seclusion. One is prayer. The other is fishing and they cannot pray all the time!” Amen!

- It’s hard for a fellow to stumble onto something good while sitting down.

- Since the advent of sex education, the old fellow who drives the local school bus can’t tell whether the kids are talking dirty or discussing their lesson assignments.

- The energy situation is getting so bad that even rumors are traveling slower. I DOUBT IT!

- The only people you should want to get even with are those who have helped you. Good thought!

- In the old days, if a man missed the stagecoach, he was content to wait a day or two for the next one. Nowadays he feels frustrated if he misses one section of a revolving door. (or perhaps misses a green light, etc.)

What are we talking here? That is, the virtue that we all need more of? How is it acquired? Patience. The Lord.

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