It was quiet that
day, the guns and the mortars, and the land mines for some
reason hadn’t been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday,
the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got
out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk. Just
then an army sergeant came in and said, “Why aren’t you with the
rest of the platoon?” The soldier replied, “I thought I would
stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.” The sergeant
said, “Looks to me like you’re going to play cards.” The soldier
said, “No, Sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles
or other spiritual books in this country, I’ve decided to talk
to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.” The sergeant asked
in disbelief, “How will you do that?”
“You see the Ace,
Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents
the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.
The Three represents
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for
the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The Five is for the
five virgins - there were ten but only five of them were
The Six is for the
six days it took God to create the Heavens and the Earth.
The Seven is for the
day God rested after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the
family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives –
the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the
The Nine is for the
lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine
never thanked Him. The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that
God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a
reminder of Satan, one of God’s first angels, but he got kicked
out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker
of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for
the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for
Jesus, for He is the King of all kings.
I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one
for every day of the year.
There are a total of
52 cards in a deck, each is a week – 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits
represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Each suit has
thirteen cards – there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to
talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of
cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.”
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in
his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, “Soldier, can I borrow
that deck of cards?”
Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all
of our soldiers who are away, putting their lives on the line
fighting. Of all the gifts you could give a Soldier, prayer is
the very best one.
Prayer for the
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Bless them and their families.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
ALERT: MOTORISTS URGED TO BE
CAUTIOUS FOR DEER ON ROADS
The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish
and Wildlife is urging motorists to be on the alert for
white-tailed deer on the roadways with the arrival of the fall
breeding season, especially during the morning and evening
commutes when visibility may be poor and deer activity is likely
to be higher.
"White-tailed deer become most active and unpredictable during
the annual fall rut," said Division of Fish and Wildlife
Director David Chanda. "At this time of year, deer are much more
likely to dart into roadways without warning. Drivers need to be
extra alert to avoid collisions that could result in serious
injuries or even death."
movements related to the rut are beginning now and will pick up
in the coming weeks. Studies indicate that the peak of the
mating season in New Jersey occurs during the first three weeks
of November in northern counties and during the last three weeks
in southern counties. Breeding can continue well into December
in both regions.
by shorter days and cooler weather, deer disperse and move
around considerably as they search for mates. Deer behavior is
likely to be sudden and unpredictable.
instances, deer will wander closer to and onto roadways. They
may suddenly stop in the middle of a road, crossing and even
re-crossing it. The danger is particularly pronounced at dawn
and dusk when many people are commuting to and from work.
Visibility resulting from low light or sun glare may be
difficult during these times.
should be esecially alert and drive with additional caution when
daylight saving time ends on Nov. 6. Normal driver commuting
times will more closely align with peak deer activity periods
after this time.
offers the following tips to help motorists stay safe:
* If you
spot a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden
movement. If the deer doesn't move, don't go around it. Wait for
the deer to pass and the road is clear.
attention to "Deer Crossing" signs. They are there for a reason.
Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high
concentration of deer so you will have ample time to stop if
* If you are
traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no oncoming
traffic. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or
* If you see
one deer, be on guard: others may be in the area. Deer typically
move in family groups at this time of year and cross roads
tailgate. Remember: the driver in front of you might have to
stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and
sensible speed, taking into account weather, available lighting,
traffic, curves and other road conditions.
* If a
collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact. The
deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake firmly, but stay in
your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a
driver swerves to avoid a deer and instead collides with
oncoming traffic or a fixed structure along the road.
* Report any
deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency
information about white-tailed deer in New Jersey, visit
Where is Sunday School in your children’s lives?
As parents, we work hard to
provide our children with any number of lessons to help them
develop their talents in music, art, dance, sports and more. We
want them to have all the experiences we may not have had and
opportunities that we hope will enhance their young lives.
about whether our children are accepted by their peers, if they
have enough friends and if they are popular. We pierce their
ears, cover their teeth with braces and buy them the latest
fashions. We see to it that they are plugged in and attached to
every piece of electronic equipment available. We even spring
for tutors so they can up their SAT scores. So while our
children look put together, have we done our best to take care
of their total being?
we feed them nourishing food, give them vitamins and see to all
the necessary medical check-ups; after all, we are caring
parents. We try to teach them right from wrong, to have good
manners and to be respectful. While we think we have covered
all the bases, our children are facing, on a daily basis, a
world filled with anger, hatred, (explicit often incorrect)
sexual information, opportunities for temptation and a myriad of
other negative influences. But how do we help our children to
lay the groundwork to build their character? How do we equip
them to resist temptation, to be secure in their belief of right
and wrong, and to have faith in themselves and others? How do
we prepare them to be able to discern a healthy spiritual
community from a cult? Is the power within our family strong
enough to outfit our children with the needed resources to grow
and mature in order to defend themselves from the negative
aspects of the world in which they live?
today’s world children spend less time at home than they do in
other places. It is a comfort to know that in at least one of
those locations we can provide a community of love and support
without the fear of judgment, harassment, sexual innuendo, mean
spiritedness and excessive competition. Membership in a
spiritual community among one’s peers provides the opportunities
to learn and practice compassion, tolerance, forgiveness,
patience and the confidences that add to the building of
show that while many young people, ages 18-35, leave the church
for one reason or another, they often return if they attended
Sunday School during their formative years. The reasons cited
were memories of the good feelings regarding the classes,
friendships with other children, a sense of belonging and the
observance of religious holidays.
Sunday School in your children’s lives?
By Jean Dale, Chairperson
Asbury Methodist Church, Woodstown, NJ
Submitted by Leah Bucolo
FOOTPRINTS...A New Version
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the
road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go
along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.
But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags,
starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.
For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually
your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon
paralleling, His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true
friends! This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing
happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to
Jesus' are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His
larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are
becoming one. This goes on for many miles, but gradually you
notice another change. The footprints inside the large
footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually they disappear
altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have
become one. This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the
second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse!
Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the
sand. A variable mess of prints. You are amazed and shocked.
Your dream ends. Now you pray: 'Lord, I understand the first
scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just
learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me
learn to walk with You.'
'That is correct.'
'And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was
actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very
'Very good.. You have understood everything so far.'
When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose
that I was becoming like You in every way.'
'So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints
separated, and this time it was worse than at first.'
There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.
'You didn't know? It was then that we danced!'
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose
under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn,
and a time to dance. `
Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4.
Slow to suspect…quick to trust
Slow to condemn…quick to justify
Slow to offend…quick to defend
Slow to expose…quick to shield
Slow to reprimand…quick to forbear
Slow to belittle…quick to appreciate
Slot to demand…quick to give
Slow to provoke…quick to help
Slow to resent…quick to forgive.
Are you a loving person?
Hugging is healthy. It helps the body’s
immune system. It keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it
reduces stress, it induces sleep, it’s invigorating, it’s
rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effect, and hugging is
nothing less than a miracle drug.
Hugging is all natural. It is organic,
naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial
ingredients and 100 percent wholesome.
Hugging is practically perfect. There
are no movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic
check-ups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation
proof, nonfattening, no monthly payments, no insurance
requirements, theft-proof, nontaxable, nonpolluting, and of
course fully returnable.
WHAT KIND OF MEMBER ARE YOU?
A lot of members are
like wheelbarrows – no good unless pushed.
Some are like trailers –
they have to be pulled.
Some are like kites – if
you don’t keep a string on them they fly way.
Some are like balloons –
full of wind and ready to blow up;
Some are like footballs
– you can’t tell which way they will bounce.
And then, some are like
a good watch – open face, pure gold, quietly busy,
and full of good works
"From an Oregon Newsletter"
Six Key Financial Principles
Today in worship we will look
closely at biblical principles of money management and learn how
they apply to our daily lives. We will review some common
pitfalls and cultural traps and discover how to avoid them. We
also will receive a reminder of the Six Key Financial
Principles. We hope you will take time this week to read these
principles and Scriptures. They will make a great table
devotional for you and your family. By practicing these biblical
principles, all of us can find greater simplicity, contentment,
generosity, and joy for our lives.
Pay your tithe and offering first
Create a budget and track your expenses
Simplify your lifestyle (live below your means).
Establish an emergency fund
Pay off your credit cards, use cash/debit cards for
purchases, and use credit wisely
Practice long-term savings and investing habits
Kids were asked questions
about the old and new testaments. The following statements
about the Bible were written by children. They have not been
retouched or corrected. Incorrect spelling has been left in.
In the first book of the
Bible, Genesis. God got tired of creating the world so he took
the Sabbath off.
Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was
Joan of ark. Noah built and ark and the animals came on in
Samson slayed the
Philistines with the axe of the apostles.
led the Jews to the red sea where they made unleavened bread
which is bread without any ingredients.
The Egyptians were all
drowned in the dessert. afterwards, Moses went up to Mount
Cyanide to get the ten commandments.
Moses died before he ever
reached Canada then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of
The greatest miracle in
the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he