BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

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A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate!  It began back in 1988…  every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales!  The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.

Here’s how it works.  About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks.  Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with.  A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.

It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants).  It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!

The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!  – Toshihiro Kawabata

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 If you’re looking for a great coffee table book, this is a favorite of mine.  Published in 2004, this book of fishing tales will keep you “hooked” from cover to cover!  It’s a series of books entitled THE GREATEST (fill in the blank) EVER TOLD.  There are only twenty-eight fishing stories, so it is a quick read – but if your family is like mine, we like to pick up books from the coffee table when it’s cold or blustery outdoors – and just thumb through, half-reading, hoping to escape to a better climate.  It’s not a book about big whopper lies, but extraordinary true stories about fishing excursions.

A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?”  “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”

Are you a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away???  Today’s the day you have permission to tell a WHOPPER lie!  While you have the chance, you’d better tell your best story.  Tomorrow will be too late!  Wink!  😉
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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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WAY OF ESCAPE
Yesterday I was in a small Kansas town antiquing with my husband. I walked around looking at all the goodies in the store and at the back of the store was a sign that said “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY”.
It seems like there are ways of escape all around us. Sometimes we all seek a way out of a painful or sinful situation.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The best escape is the one that our heavenly Father provides for us. We don’t always get to “escape” but Christ will help us to endure. Some situations we just have to go through. but those are the ones that make us stronger as we lean more on Christ. I think we need to be reminded that it’s Christ we need to depend on, don’t you?

It’s painful to have to go through tests when you’re praying for an escape hatch. I’m thankful for tests I have to go through, but not until afterward – usually a long time afterward!

I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish. – Chuck Norris

Remember Paul had a thorn in his flesh. We don’t know the details of that, but we do know that instead of removing the thorn, God gave Paul enough grace to endure and stand up under it and get the victory over it. The Apostle Paul was triumphant and we can be too. There is not a crooked path in life that God cannot help you either endure or escape. Yes there are days when it’s difficult to really believe that, but it’s true.

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2:18

Christ was tempted but was able to resist. We belong to Him and should do the same because we rely on His help. He will lovingly guide us to His safe place so we don’t end up in a hot mess. That’s my heavenly Father.

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I'M LIKE A COFFEE BEAN
Of course when I think of coffee beans, I think of the You Tube video where Mr. Bean is late for work and trying to make coffee in a big hurry – it is so funny!  Go over to You Tube and watch it – it’ll make your day brighter.

Yes, yes, yes… I have a very active imagination! Guilty as charged!

Haven’t you ever learned a lesson on the spot from an inanimate object? You learn a lesson if God wants you to learn a lesson!

I was making coffee. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. I scooped the beans to put in the grinder and one little bean jumped out of the scoop. He rolled around on the counter for a while then fell to the floor. He rolled around on the floor for a while – then rolled underneath the little area rug in front of the sink.

My eagle eyes followed it and as I raised the mat to pick it up, I said, “Ah ha! You thought you could run and hide, didn’t you?”

As a Christian I’ve done that, haven’t you? No, we don’t roll around and hide under carpets, but we try to run and hide, unsuccessfully. You know, the prophet Jonah thought he could run from God too. Yep, and we all know where he ended up! I don’t wanna live in the belly of the big fish, do you?  Yeah – now the song BIG FISH is running around in my mind – it’s on You Tube also – go on over and listen to it.  That’s your ear worm for the day.  You’re welcome!

No doubt about it, disobedience is not an option. Well, it shouldn’t be an option. When we make it an option, we set ourselves up for a big fish experience. It’s not pretty, but God does what He has to do to get us on the path He wants us to be on. He’s picky about what His prophets do because they are to do specific work for God.

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

We just have to believe that God will give us the tools we need to do the work He wants us to do. If He gives us the tools, will He not also give us the intestinal fortitude so we can forge ahead with the job He has purposed for us? Indeed. We don’t have to be like the coffee bean that tried to escape. 🙂