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Tell Me a Knock-Knock Joke

Monday, October 7, 2019

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“The person who declares that Christianity makes men miserable is himself an utter stranger to it.” – C.H. Spurgeon

I belong to a local group called VBCBA, which stands for the Vero Beach Christian Business Association. I joined it when we first relocated to Florida in 2011 and have faithfully attended their monthly lunch meetings ever since.

Once a quarter, the meetings follow a networking theme with members having 30 seconds to give their “elevator speech” describing their business or organization. The other two quarterly luncheons feature a guest speaker who addresses the group on a business-related topic.

Recently, the guest speaker was the host of a local Christian radio show. Her topic was a simple one: Christians should be known for their joy. She went on to describe how the inner peace that comes from knowing that our sins are forgiven – and that we are on our way to heaven – should put everything else in our lives in its proper perspective.

Without diminishing the fact that life is hard and filled with countless trials, she shared a story about her grandmother. Suffering from a fatal affliction that would soon claim her life, the grandmother had a favorite expression: “The devil is not going to steal my joy!”

The radio host went on to say that the devil really doesn’t steal our joy. On the contrary, we willingly give it away when we allow the temporal things of this world to cloud the eternal things of heaven.

Ouch… guilty as charged!

So, the next time you see me looking sad or pensive, do me a favor. Tickle me in the ribs and tell me a knock-knock joke. Like her blessed grandmother, I’d rather die with a smile on my face than a frown.

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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