Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Laughter


 
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

Laughter is good medicine. A regular feature in Reader’s Digest for generations was “Laughter, the Best Medicine.” And now, thousands of years after it was written in the Bible, medical science is using laughter to treat cancer and a host of other illnesses.

That’s right, scientific studies have shown that laughter can: boost the immune and circulatory systems, enhance oxygen intake, stimulate the heart and lungs, relax muscles throughout the body, trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), benefit digestion, relieve pain, balance blood pressure, improve mental abilities, improve attitude (duh), reduce stress and tension, promote relaxation, strengthen social bonds and relationships, and produce a general sense of well-being.

So, it is clearly my duty and obligation as your blog-writer to present to you a variety of jokes I have carefully sifted from the World Wide Web after an extensive and exhaustive search, solely for the benefit of your physical and mental well-being. (You’re welcome.)

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A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.
"Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector.
"Yes, that was it!"
"You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!"
"Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther."

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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.
"Momma, look what I found," the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: "I think it's Adam's suit!"

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Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle's picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent.
"The flight to Egypt," said Kyle.
"I see ... And that must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus," Ms. Terri said. "But who's the fourth person?"
"Oh, that's Pontius-the Pilot.”

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A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"
My friend replied, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor."

"Well, how come I only see you at Christmas and Easter?" asked the Pastor.
He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service."

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A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.
Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.
"Hey" asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, "Don't you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle."
The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the "realities" of the miracles of the Bible. "That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across."
The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.
"Wow!" exclaimed the boy happily, "God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!"

Today’s Praise

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

(Psalm 32:11, ESV)

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