Archives For July 2012


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Rodney Dangerfield jokes
Happy no matter what
Classroom humor
Layover humor
The keys to success

Get the power….

Brad Stanton —  July 26, 2012 — 21 Comments

Everyone who has learned the power of confidence will tell you that if you really change the way you think and obtain a completely optimistic outlook, it will give you power you never knew was possible. Does that seem hard to believe? Read about people who accomplished great things like Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Sam Walton (the founder of Walmart), W. Clement Stone (became fabulously wealthy by selling insurance) and many others, and you will see that they accomplished great things because they had something about them that seemed like powerful magic. They had confidence.

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919)

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

W. Clement Stone went from extreme poverty as a child, to incredible wealth. He is famous for saying “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He began selling insurance at a very young age and because of his incredible confidence, he quickly became rich. He decided he could make even more money by hiring people to help him sell insurance. As time went by, he found he could size a person up after talking to them for only a few minutes and determine if they would be successful at selling. He knew confidence was key.

Henry Ford accomplished things that most people said were impossible. Before the United States entered World War 2, the US government knew they must start preparing for war. They gave Henry Ford the task of designing a plant to build airplanes– heavy bombers. Many people looked around the world and said that at most we could build one bomber a day because each bomber was made of about one and a quarter million parts. Henry Ford designed a plant that could build one bomber every 55 minutes! Hitler didn’t think it was possible. This prodigious output of airplanes helped the allies win the war.

Sam Walton said “It is amazing what people can accomplish if they believe in themselves.”
William James, the Father of American Psychology said “The most important thing that determines success is whether or not you believe you can do it.”

Confidence, belief, power of positive thinking…. Jesus called it faith. He said if you have a little faith you can tell a mountain to move and it will.–Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 “Mountain” may have meant “problem,” just like we use it today in the phrase “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” amazing power


Rodney Dangerfield jokes…

With my wife I don’t get no respect. I made a toast to her in a fancy joint on her birthday to ‘the best woman a man ever had.’ The waiter joined me.

What a childhood I had, why, when I took my first step, my dad tripped me! 

Last week I told my psychiatrist, “I keep thinking about suicide.” He told me from now on I would have to pay in advance.  

I tell you when I was a kid, all I knew was rejection. My yo-yo…. it never did come back!

When I was a kid I got no respect.  I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, “Give us five thousand dollars or you’ll see your kid again.”

I am telling ya, my wife was never nice. On our first date, I asked her if I could give her a goodnight kiss on the cheek – she bent over!

I tell you, with my doctor, I don’t get no respect. I told him, “I’ve swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills.” He told me to go have a few drinks and get some rest.

Some dog I got too. We call him Egypt because he leaves a pyramid in every room in the house.

With my dog I don’t get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don’t want to go out. He wants me to leave.  

I saw my psychiatrist and told him, “Doctor, I keep thinking I’m a dog.” He told me to get off his couch.

I worked in a pet store and the customers kept asking how big I’d get.

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

One night I came home. I figured, let my wife come on. I’ll play it cool and let her make the first move. She went to Florida.

I asked my old man if I could go ice-skating on the lake. He told me, “Wait til it gets warmer.”

My doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror. I drink too much. Way too much. My doctor drew blood. He ran a tab.

When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father, “I’m very sorry. We did everything we could…but he pulled through.”

I come from a slow family. During the Civil War my great uncle fought for the west!

My father was not too bright. He worked in a bank and they caught him stealing pens.

My mother had morning sickness… after I was born.

My father carries around the picture of the kid that came with his wallet.

When I played in the sandbox the cat kept covering me up.

I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

One year they wanted to make me poster boy… for birth control.

I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent back a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.


What a wonderful quote from Shakespeare

(I have added the words in red to explain the meaning)

The "gravedigger scene" The Gravedig...

Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! Hamlet sits in a cemtary and looks at Yorick’s skull.

I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest fun, of most excellent fancy wonderful imagination.

He hath borne carried me on his back a thousand times, and now,

how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. How sad and terrible it is to think about him being gone.

Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.

—Where be your gibes teasing now? Your gambols dance, play, frolic ? Your songs?

Your flashes of merriment

that were wont to set the table on a roar? That made everyone at the table roar with laughter?

Not one now to mock your own grinning? No one now to laugh at your jokes?

Quite chapfallen? Do you feel sad about that?

Now get you to my lady’s chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor

she must come. No matter how much makeup she puts on, her face will end up like yours—gone. Make her laugh at that.—Prithee, pray thee (I ask you) Horatio, tell me one thing…”

from Hamlet   (Act 5, Scene 1)

This is such a wonderful quote from Shakespeare. Hamlet remembers what a fun and wonderful person Yorick was, and a fine friend. In fact he called him a man of infinite fun who had an incredible imagination to think up fun things to do and funny jokes. He was so good at it that he worked for the king as a jester.

“But where are your banters, teasings, your dancing, your songs, your flashes of merriment that made everybody at the table roar with laughter?” I think of a table full of people out in the forest surrounded by lush green trees with a bonfire nearby, children playing close to the table. What a wonderful time that must have been.

I had a friend like Yorick once. He was the kind of guy who could walk into a room and liven it up, make everyone laugh and have fun. What a joy to have a friend like that! Like the song says, those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end…

But my friend got married and I moved away and so we parted. I’ve never had a friend quite like him. He was always fun to be around, always there when I needed him. Have you had many friends like that? Leave a comment and tell us about some of your special friends.

Airport Humor

Brad Stanton —  July 20, 2012 — 28 Comments

A man had a layover on his flight to Los Angeles, so he stopped by a snack shop in the

English: A chocolate chip cookie. This is from...

airport and bought a package of 10 small cookies and a newspaper. He sat down at a table and began reading the newspaper. After a few minutes he heard the rustling of cellophane, the kind his cookies were wrapped in so he peered over his paper and was shocked to see an elderly lady taking a cookie out of the cellophane and then taking a bite.

He frowned at her but she didn’t notice. He reached out and took a cookie, still frowning at her. She looked up, noticed his frown and kept chewing the cookie.

After a few moments, while reading again, he heard the same noise. He looked and the lady was taking another cookie without asking, without even looking at him! He reached forward and took two cookies with an even fiercer frown. She paused for a moment, looking at him, then went back to eating.

He ate both cookies and went back to reading until he heard the cellophane again. She took two this time and even frowned at him! He grabbed the rest of the cookies and stood up to leave, opening his briefcase as he walked so that he could put the remaining cookies in it. To his chagrin, he saw the unopened bag of cookies he had purchased and absent mindedly inserted in the briefcase.

He quickly wheeled around and gave the lady back the remaining cookies, apologizing profusely.

Happy no matter what

Brad Stanton —  July 19, 2012 — 41 Comments

Ceiling fan (photo taken in an hotel in India)

I once visited an underground house church in a country in Asia where that sort of thing was illegal. I heard that it was a secret church, but I found as soon as I got close to the house where they met, vendors who were sitting near the street selling their wares motioned me over and asked me if I was looking for the house church. I guess it wasn’t so secret after all. About 3000 people met there on Saturday and Sunday in several services. His house was 3 stories high, but not nearly big enough to hold that many people at one time, so he had several different meetings.

I went in, and was warmly welcomed. I sat down on a small stool, sandwiched tightly between other people. It seemed that every bit of space was taken up by stools of eager people waiting to hear Pastor Lamb. The ceiling fans were on, blowing the hot, humid air.

I sat making small talk with those sitting beside me, wondering what Pastor Lamb looked like. I knew that he was in a prison camp for over 20 years because he shared the gospel. I knew he was very old, so I assumed he would look old, feeble, and have lots of pain showing on his face.

Some time later a man sprang out onto the platform. I couldn’t believe it was Pastor Lamb! He looked much younger than I expected. Not only that, his face was radiant, very happy. He looked happier than many other people who had lives much less full of problems than him. But he was an over-comer, he remained happy no matter what happened to him.

To be happy everyday it can really help to sit down and write at least ten things you are thankful for, ten blessings in your life. The more you do this the easier it will become to think of things that are good in your life. For example you probably have someone that loves you. You can be sure God loves you. You probably have enough to eat every day and a bed to sleep in, a roof over your head and maybe even a car to drive. You have your eyes and your ears, many people do not. You may be able to walk, some people cannot. If you’re like most people your health is not perfect, but you can be thankful for the health that you do have. One of the really big things to be thankful for is heaven.  People that have no hope for the future are very sad people indeed. To people with hope, every day can be great.

Kindergarten humor

Brad Stanton —  July 17, 2012 — 59 Comments

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It was the last day of kindergarten and all the kids in class brought presents to give their teacher.

A little boy whose father owned a flower shop handed the teacher a gift. She looked at the shape of the package and said “I bet it’s flowers from your fathers shop!”

“You are right! Exclaimed the little boy.

A little girl came up with a square box neatly wrapped; she was the candy shop owner’s daughter. The teacher shook the box and asked “Is it a box of candy?”

“Yes, it is!” shouted the girl.

Next the liquor store owner’s son came forward with a colorfully wrapped box that was leaking. The teacher placed her finger on the dripping corner and tasted it.

“Could it be wine?” she queried

“No,” said the boy. The teacher held the box up and licked the dripping corner.

“Champagne?” she asked.

“No,” the boy answered. It’s even better than that. It’s a puppy!”


Oyeyemi Olodo and Jack Canfield

Oyeyemi Olodo and Jack Canfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jack Canfield, the coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, writes about a party he went to that built confidence in all of the people that went to it. Everyone was instructed to pretend that it was five years later and they had achieved their goals and dreams in life. They were to spend the whole evening talking about what they accomplished and how it made them feel.

Jack went as a writer of bestselling books. One man went as a movie producer that was the first to work with the Russians on a big movie deal. Another man went as a man who had retired and was able to work as a sculptor. He dressed the part. A lady went as an author of bestselling books, she brought mock up books with her. Another lady brought a magazine she had put the image of her face on which told about her accomplishments. One man went as a rich stockbroker and hired someone to call him every 15 minutes so that he could shout “sell ten thousand shares” or some other similar thing.

20 people had been hired to act as adoring fans and paparazzi. They took photos and shouted to the group as if they were real fans meeting famous people.

The people laughed and talked for several hours, never stepping out of the characters they were playing. It had an incredible effect on them. It built and strengthened their faith in themselves. It made them actually believe they could accomplish their dreams.

As you know, Jack Canfield went on to write/edit books that have sold many millions of copies. All of the people at the party went on to achieve their goals, and to actually achieve more than they had dreamed of that night.

Why not do this for your friends or children? Make a commitment to do it. You don’t have to hire the paparazzi, if you get together with enough friends you can find people to play that part.

Many people who have achieved great things in life say that it is very important to dream about and imagine your goals as if you already achieved them. There is a very powerful psychological message sent throughout your mind when you do this. In fact, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote an entire book about the power of imagining because he found it was so important to achieve goals and dreams.

From The Success Principles by Jack Canfield  chapter 12

The Keys to Success

Brad Stanton —  July 14, 2012 — 68 Comments

English: A skeleton key. Español: Llave antigu...

Keys to success:

Decide what you want in life
(What would you do with your life if you knew you couldn’t fail )
Think about what you do well
Clarify your values
Set goals (don’t be afraid to set high goals)
Believe you can reach your goals
Find other people to work with
Be disciplined and persistent
Enjoy your work, work hard
Never, never give up
pray

A key or set of keys can be the key to success. Many people put their keys in their pocket or purse in the morning and take them out to start their car, unlock their house, possibly other things. Many people take them out of their pocket before bed.

When you touch your key, remember to be thankful for whatever that key unlocks. Take your apartment or house for example. Even if it is not exactly what you want, you can still be thankful for it. If you are reading this it means you have money for an internet connection, which means you are probably in the top half richest people in the world. If you make $50,000 US dollars a year or more, it means you are in the top 1% richest people in the world.

Touch your car key. Think about how grateful you are to have a car. If you have a car you are rich, only a small percentage of the people in the world own cars.

Every morning and every evening, be thankful for what you have. It is important to do it at those times because the thoughts you think before going to sleep help condition your subconscious thoughts and dreams as you sleep. What you think about in the morning helps you set a good mood that will make the whole day go better. I find that the proper thoughts in the morning really are a powerful way to change my day and my whole life.

It may seem surprising, but one of the most powerful things you can do to put yourself on a higher plane spiritually is to praise God. By doing this you are being grateful for God’s love for you. It makes you stronger and it makes your day more joyful, especially if you are doing it for God and not for you.


The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the Holy Spirit comes in power beautiful things happen.  People’s hearts are made alive to the Holy Spirit and it can be like a huge bucket of joy is being poured out into people’s hearts.  Sometimes so much love, blessings and joy flow from the Spirit that people want to stay in revival meetings until late into the night because they don’t want the blessings to stop.

God used a young man named Evan Roberts to bring revival toWales in 1904. In late October and early November, Evan facilitated meetings in churches by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead. He talked to the people with great passion. They could hear the urgency in his voice, they could see the sweat beading on his brow, but mostly they felt the power of the Holy Spirit. Most of the people had no idea how long and hard Evan Roberts and others had prayed for revival, he had spent many years praying for it. He often fasted so that he could have more time to pray. He started prolonged and intense intercessory prayer when he was thirteen years old. But he wasn’t the only one who prayed for revival. All around the world people prayed. Some people prayed alone, others formed groups and organized many people to pray.

On a Sunday evening in November of 1904, the presence of the Holy Spirit was so thick and the people were so excited about it, that they didn’t want to leave the church meeting. It was undoubtedly cold outside and the sun set early in November, but the people didn’t care. Even the thought of a cold walk home in the dark didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.  The meeting was still going strong at midnight. This was one of the many times that the Holy Spirit was moving so powerfully that people sat in their seats spellbound, listening to the speaker and drinking in the joy of the Holy Spirit.  It must have been a time of wonder and astonishment.

Harry Butz humor

Brad Stanton —  July 12, 2012 — 8 Comments

Chellaston Methodist Church

Harry Butz was a member of his Baptist church for so long no one wondered how his parents could name him that, they just sort of forgot about it. But when the Methodist church down the street met together with the Baptists for a celebration, the Baptist pastor forgot that he should explain things before he said from the pulpit to two ladies in the crowded church “Would the two ladies with Harry Butz come forward to the front, please?”

The two ladies looked extremely embarrassed and didn’t have the nerve to walk forward. After a bit of laughter from the crowd the preacher realized his mistake.


FAITH part 2 (Continued from yesterday)……………………………….

God could have answered Daniel’s prayer immediately if He wanted to, but for some reason, He allowed the struggle in the heavenly realms to continue for days before the angel was able to reach Daniel. Romans 8:28 says that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. God is certainly powerful enough to answer your prayer immediately if He wants to, but usually He takes some time before He answers it. God is more concerned about us growing spiritually strong than getting everything we want right away. Just as our parents did not give us everything we wanted because they knew it was for our best, God also sometimes does not give us what we want when we ask for it. Every parent has probably had a child who wanted to eat ice cream for supper; however, the parent knew it would not be good for the child and did not permit it.

John 15:7 promises, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” The more God’s Word remains or lives in us, the more our desires will become closely aligned to God’s desires. If we really want God’s Word to abide in us we need to memorize it. Scripture has amazing power to realign your thinking when you memorize it and meditate on it. From the book The Amazing Power of Prayer

John tells us at the beginning of his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” When we memorize the Word, we are making space in our mind for God in a very powerful way. To really increase your spiritual power, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word.
As we make space for God and His Word in our minds, our emotions come into play. Emotions are important to increasing your faith. You have to feel thankful and really enjoy the situation or person for which you prayed. Believe in the answer so much that you start to enjoy it as if you already have received it.
Your emotions are a good indicator of your level of faith. If you feel angry at God because He has not answered your prayer soon enough, that is an indicator that your faith is weak. If you feel any negative emotions fear, worry, guilt, depression, or anger, remember that these are indicators of weak faith. Get rid of them and be happy. Just as the negative emotions bring you away from God, the good emotions, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control, bring you close to God and strengthen your faith.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 (Amplified)

5. Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait for the answer to come to you.
Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
In this parable Jesus said that we may have to keep asking for a period of time. This is usually the most difficult part of prayer. It is easy to ask, and it’s sometimes easy to have faith when we ask. But to wait and wait for God to answer the prayer often makes our faith weak. The more faith we have, the more we can relax and enjoy waiting for the answer. We ,know that we have a great reward (the answer to our prayer) waiting for us. Just think how you would feel if you inherited a million dollars, but the court said you could not touch the money until it was probate was completed. You would be sure you would get it, but it might be a bit frustrating at times waiting. However, you would probably spend a lot of time thinking about how you would spend the money after you got it. The certainty of receiving a million dollars would bring you joy and change your attitude. You would begin planning how to spend the money. It might seem that you’d already received the money; it just wasn’t in your hands yet. That is the same way with prayer. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have… From the book The Amazing Power of Prayer


From the book The Amazing Power of Prayer
F Faith and Find a Bible verse to stand on.
A Ask
I Imagine the answer
T Thank God for it
H Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

1. Faith. Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on.
Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Mark 11:23, 24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Find a verse in the Bible that applies to your prayer request. At first, that seems restrictive and difficult, but there are so many promises in the Bible, you will surely find one if your desire aligns with God’s will. For example, if you are praying for money, get a concordance and look up verses that speak of wealth or prosperity. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and Psalm 112 are a few of many good verses about wealth. If you are praying for a relationship, look up verses on love. If you are lacking something, think of Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.”

Find scriptures that promise you an answer to your prayer. It is a good idea to memorize a verse or two of those promises. Many times you will not find a specific verse that promises you what you are asking. That is okay. Just have faith and pray for it.

2. Ask God for it in faith.
Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Simply put, ask God for what you need. Another “A” in our FAITH acronym might be “Agree.” It is good to find other people to agree with you in prayer. Matthew 18:19 tells us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

3. Imagine the answer to prayer in your mind.

Imagine it like you already have it. If you are praying for a relationship to get better, imagine that it is. Your optimistic attitude will help change the relationship. That is the way God created faith. On the other hand, being pessimistic, lacking faith, and thinking about negative things, will cause problems in the relationship. When a person thinks about the negatives of the relationship, he will be more likely to get angry or do other things that are not good for the relationship. I have seen this happen many times in my own life and in the lives of others.

It is important to imagine you have already been given the answer to your prayer, because if you have faith and you pray in God’s will, you do already have the answer. I will explain this more in the chapter on Daniel.

4. Thank God for it.

In Mark 11:24 we read, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice it says “…believe that you have received it…”. This means that at the moment you ask God for it, you receive it. However, it may take some time for it to materialize or to become substance Some translations of Hebrews 11:1 read, “Faith is the substance (my emphasis) of things hoped for…” Daniel prayed in Daniel 10, but the powerful angel that came to give him the answer to his prayer was detained by Satan or a demon. There was apparently a wrestling match in the unseen world. Paul said we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers in the heavenly realms. These powers will do everything possible to damage our faith and prevent us from getting an immediate answer to our prayer. From the book The Amazing Power of Prayer
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A blind lady named Sue was flying across country and the airplane landed in Dallas for a short layover. Sue flew often and the captain knew her name. He wanted to stretch his legs a bit so he approached her and asked “Sue do you want to leave the airplane and walk around for a bit?”

“No” said Sue, “but would you mind walking my seeing-eye dog for a few minutes?”

“Sure” he said. It was rather sunny from the large windows in the airport waiting room so he put on his sunglasses.

You can imagine the shocked looks on the people waiting for the plane when they saw the airline captain walking off the airplane wearing sunglasses with a seeing-eye dog.


When will robots be able to find their own food, eat and digest it so they don’t need energy supplied by some outside source (usually electricity)? When will robots be advanced enough to have babies? When will a scratch to the robots skin be programmed to heal like a cut to a human hand?

It is interesting that thousands of the best scientists and engineers work to build better robots, but we are not even close to achieving what happened by chance through evolution. Yea, right. Happened by chance.

Why is it most engineers/scientists believe in God?  I work with lots of those kinds of people and almost all of them believe in God. Maybe it is because as we design high tech airplanes and helicopters we find that complex designs just don’t happen by chance. It takes teams of highly trained professionals to design and build high tech. But none of the high tech today comes close to the complexity of even one human cell.

One hundred years ago scientists thought a human cell was pretty simple. So when they said a cell came about by chance, people believed it. But now we know that a cell is so complex that we have not even come close to fully understanding it, much less designing and building one.

Leave a message, feel free to tell me I’m wrong.

There is an old saying “Wrestling with a pig in the mud is a lot like arguing with an engineer, after awhile you realize the pig loves it.”


Whether you believe in the eastern religions (karma), Jewish religion (Proverbs 11:17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves) Christianity (Galatians 6:7  A man reaps what he sows.) or no religion at all (the law of attraction-what you think about you bring about) there is evidence that you can control your life much more than most people realize. You have the power to make your life good or bad, happy or sad, successful or unsuccessful.  Many Christians believe in the law of attraction-it is basically the law of faith.

Karma says that if you are good and you do good things, good will come to you.

King Solomon said that the kind benefit themselves, if a person is kind and says and does kind things, good will flow toward him. If he does bad things, bad will flow toward him. Something as simple as saying “thank you,” the experts say, can bring about a blessing to you and to the one you said it to.

The problem with this is that no matter if someone sees you doing good or bad, the same will flow to you. If you steal something, whether or not anyone knows it, it will still bring some kind of bad to you, either that day or later. The bad may seem to have nothing to do with the bad deeds you did.

How do we know if we are bringing good into our life? We check our feelings. If we are feeling good, not angry, bitter, sad or fearful, we will bring good things into our life. But if we worry, hold a grudge against someone or think of the bad things in life, the things we don’t like, life will bring more of those things to us. Your feelings are the indication of what you are bringing to you.

Are you feeling bad? You can change your mood. Do something you like, think about things you like, don’t think about things you don’t like. Think about good, not bad and good will come to you.  Eastern religion tells us this, the Jewish religion does, Christianity does and the law of attraction does too.

Many people don’t believe this. But certainly Jesus said it is true, and he said it over and  over again throughout the first four books of the New Testament.
Matthew 7:8 says “Everyone who asks, receives,”
Matt 9:29 “According to your faith it will be done to you.
Matt 17:20 “If you have faith nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matt 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Matt 25 The person with no faith buried money and didn’t earn any, the people with faith doubled their money.

Complaining brings bad things into your life. Worry, gossip, whining and most anger also bring bad things into your life. Remember, check your emotions to see what you are bringing to yourself. The Amazing Power of Prayer

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Faith is powerful

Brad Stanton —  July 5, 2012 — 14 Comments

English: Clement Stone, Chairman, Combined Ins...

English: Clement Stone, Chairman, Combined Insurance Company of America meets Gerald Ford in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I heard a preacher talking about his mother battling cancer. She wanted to keep her faith strong and her attitude good, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She put up pictures of herself before she was sick, when she was vibrant and healthy. After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.

She put up a photo of herself riding a horse, having fun and in many different poses. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years.

Another lady I read about had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.

You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.

Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.

Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”

W. Clement Stone, who became rich by selling life insurance because he had powerful faith said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.

What do you think, does faith work? Leave a comment or click Press This if you want.


I hit the jackpot by finding this on www.MichaelHyatt.com, the blog of the chairman of one of the largest publishing companies. He has lots of free info for bloggers on his site. A link to another blog with free resources is below. Since he really knows his stuff I know there is some really good information here. There are free ebooks on the site.

http://www.danieldecker.net/free-resources-for-leaders-and-influencers/

 
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