Monday Fodder Weekly Update

May 29, 2017


I’m far behind the things I need to get done after last week’s busy week and today's (Tuesday) holiday, Dragon Boat Festival. . It’s already Tuesday evening. I’m going to simply let the photos speak for themselves on the This week’s blog, and on Facebook.


Hopefully next week will be better! Make it a great week. Blessings, Dave


SERIOUS FODDER


All Except The Verbs  (By James Coggin)

     Averill Harriman, veteran of many European conferences, was asked about his French. "My French is excellent, all except the verbs."

     Quite an exception. It often happens that our Christianity is excellent, "All except the verbs."

     Nouns are wonderful: Master, Redeemer, Savior.

Adjectives are inspiring: Noble, Divine, Sacred.

     Verbs are often missing, no action. Yet the verb is the sinew of speech.

     It is the sinew of the gospel: Come, Go, Follow, Serve, Give, Love, Live, Share.

     How are the verbs of your Christian experiences?

@Laugh & Lift - http://www.laughandlift.com/

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Every Church Needs a Tychicus  (By Kerry S. Doyal, Christ Community Fellowship, Sarver, PA)

      Are you a reliable, "go to" person? Do you occupy the rare ranks of those trusted to carry out tender tasks and bless others in the process? Tychicus - one of the Apostle Paul's trusted representatives - was such a servant. We could stand for a few more today.

     Traveling and ministering with Paul (Acts 20:4), Tychicus was often sent by Paul to churches to share news and encourage them (Eph. 6:21; 2 Tim. 4:12; Titus 3:12). He was a loyal and loved messenger, a faithful co-worker and beloved servant of the church.

      To get a flavor of the favor Tychicus earned, read what Paul penned to the church in Colossae. Don't miss the mention also of runaway slave Onesimus.

     "Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here" (Colossians 4:7-9 - NIV).

     Tychicus was a trusted friend. Of how many people do you feel safe in saying they "will tell you all the news about me... They will tell you everything." These men were vulnerable with and accountable to one another. Paul entrusted his news and reputation to others - like Tychicus, an intimate associate. Can others do this with you?

     These two Proverbs remind us of Tychicus (and you?): "A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing." ... "Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters." (Prov. 13:17 & 25:13)

     Paul now piles the praise on Tychicus, describing him as "a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord."

     I trust you know a few beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord. Ever wondered what makes them that? Simply put, they are beloved for being loving. In their own way, building off how God made them, they show kindness and charity. They are engaged, aware and attentive to others' needs - your needs.

     Weather prognosticators often refer to themselves as "reliable, dependable." But with factors out of their control, they can only do so well. Tychicus - not a fair-weather fellow - was faithful [full-of-faith] in ministering to others. He was a steady servant.

     Traveling with Paul meant travails: shipwrecks, hunger, stonings, risking robbery, illness, beatings. Writing from prison, he commends our man Tychicus for being a fellow slave. They served as humble bond-slaves in the Lord.

     Tychicus was willing to share in suffering for the gospel, for the church, for those who needed Jesus. He was willing to submit to the Lord and his spiritual leaders, evidenced by being a faithful emissary. What an example!

     Are you an encourager? We all need cheerleaders, those who lift our spirits. People who love us through hard times and challenge us when needed. Such is our new friend.

     Paul not only sent him to deliver news, but also to come along side the church to encourage, support and strengthen them. Such sweet saints are still sorely needed - be one.

     Don't miss the mention of Onesimus. He was a runaway slave who visited Paul and has come to Christ. Paul is sending him back to his master Philemon, part of the church in Colossae (read Philemon). Paul calls him "our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you."

     Onesimus is not just from Colossae, but is now to be counted as part of the church. Paul even considers him one of his messengers: "They will tell you everything that is happening here." Onesimus was getting a fresh start. To which former "runaways" do you need to give a fresh start, allow a new identity?

     The church will always need Tychicii (or is that Tychicusses?): faithful servants who can be given sensitive support roles. Can people entrust their reputations to you; count on you to fulfill needed - even dangerous - tasks? (A word of respect to those who minister to Middle Schoolers!)

     Do you make and take opportunities to encourage others? Are you beloved or bemoaned, impacting others or merely invisible, yet another inactive body member. We are overstocked in that department.

     We too are messengers, emissaries. We must be faithful with God's good news. It is a message worth serving, suffering for and with which we may encourage others. Be a Tychicus!

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GUFFAW FODDER


     Two elderly, excited women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher.

     When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two  ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, "AMEN, BROTHER!"

     When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "PREACH IT, REVEREND!"

     And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS... AMEN!"

     But when the preacher condemned the sin of gossip, the two got very quiet. One turned to the other and said, "He's quit preaching and now he's meddlin'."

@Sent by Tommy Wilkerson

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     Little Joe walked into his dad's study while his dad was working on the computer.

     "Dad," said Joe, "Remember when you told me you'd give me twenty dollars if I passed my math test?"

     Dad nodded.

     "Well, the good news is that I just saved you twenty bucks."

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     When my son graduated from high school, he had to give a speech. He began by reading from his prepared text: "I want to talk about my mother and the wonderful influence she has had on my life. She is a shining example of parenthood, and I love her more than words could ever do justice."

     At this point he seemed to struggle for words. After a pause, he looked up with a sly grin and said, "Sorry, but it's really hard to read my mother's handwriting."

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     Due to a job transfer, Brian moved from his hometown to New York City. Being that he had a very comprehensive health history, he brought along all of his medical paperwork. It wasn't long before he went for his first check up with his new Doctor.

     After browsing through the extensive medical history, the Doctor stared at Brian for a few moments and said, "Well there's one thing I can say for certain, you sure look better in person than you do on paper!"

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5 TOUGHEST QUESTIONS WOMEN ASK MEN

couple argue1.  What are you thinking about?

2.  Do you love me?

3.  Do I look fat?

4.  Do you think she is prettier than me?

5.  What would you do if I died?


What makes these questions so difficult is that every one is guaranteed to explode into a major argument if the man answers incorrectly.  Therefore, as a public service, each question is analyzed below, along with possible responses.


Question # 1: What are you thinking about?


The proper answer to this, of course, is: "I'm sorry if I've been pensive, dear.  I was just reflecting on what a warm, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, intelligent woman you are, and how lucky I am to have met you."


This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer, which most likely is one of the following:

A.  Baseball.

B.  Football.

C.  Curling.

D.  Golf.

E.  How I would spend the insurance money if you died.  (Perhaps the best response to this question was offered by a TV sitcom, where the husband told his wife, "If I wanted you to know what I was thinking, I would be talking to you!")


Question # 2: Do you love me?


The proper response is: "YES!" or, if you feel a more detailed answer is in order, "Yes, dear!"

Inappropriate responses include:

A.  I suppose so.

B.  Would it make you feel better if I said yes?

C.  That depends on what you mean by love.

D.  Does it matter?

E.  Who, me?


Question # 3: Do I look fat?


The correct answer is an emphatic: "Of course not!"

Among the incorrect answers are:

A.  Compared to what?

B.  I wouldn't call you fat, but you're not exactly thin.

C.  A little extra weight looks good on you.

D.  I've seen fatter.

E.  Could you repeat the question?  I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.


Question # 4: Do you think she's prettier than me?


Once again, the proper response is an emphatic: "Of course not!"

Incorrect responses include:

A.  Yes, but you have a better personality.

B.  Not prettier, but definitely thinner.

C.  Not as pretty as you when you were her age.

D.  Define pretty.

E.  Could you repeat the question?  I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.


Question# 5: What would you do if I died?


A definite no-win question.  (The real answer, or course, is "Buy a Corvette.") No matter how you answer this, be prepared for at least an hour of follow-up questions, usually along the these lines:


Woman: Would you get married again?

Man: Definitely not!

W: Why not, don't you like being married?

M: Of course I do.

W: Then why wouldn't you remarry?

M: Okay, I'd get married again.

W: You would?  (with a hurtful look on her face)

M: Yes, I would.

W: Would you sleep with her in our bed?

M: Where else would we sleep?

W: Would you put away my pictures, and replace them with pictures of her?

M: That would seem like the proper thing to do.

W: And would you let her use my golf clubs?

M: Of course not, Dear.  She's left-handed.

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These photos are some of the activities and highlights from last week's busy activities. The first two phots are of our UWGI Board dinner and meeting. The third picture is of Yan Yue's head pastor Rev. Tse sharing his testimony / introduction at the HKEC co-workers' prayer meeting. Next is Tom, Gretchen and their son who were visiting Hong Kong and the last photos are of the UCC - Kowloon East 13th graduation service.

Kowloon

Ma On Shan

Tai Wan Village

ShaTin

Fei Ngo Shan