IS FAKE LAUGHTER LYING?

We’ve all done it!

To be polite…

To appease the boss…

To be a good audience…

To prevent hurting someone’s feelings when they weren’t really funny.

How many times do you fake laugh? How often do you type LOL when you didn’t really laugh-out-loud?

How many times do you say, “THAT’S HILARIOUS”… but you aren’t really laughing?

So, if it’s not really funny, and you pretend to laugh…is that considered lying?

Now, we all know that David pretended to be crazy to save his life, but I can’t find an example of someone pretending to laugh.

1 Samuel 21:12-14 (NKJV)

12 Now David (A)took these words [a]to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So (B)he changed his behavior before them, pretended [b]madness in their hands, [c]scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me?

What do you think?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

MEETING MADNESS: WHY WE SHOULD PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS…

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Have you ever been in a dysfunctional meeting?

A meeting that seemed unproductive?

A meeting with several opinions, suggestions, but no viable solutions?

A meeting where tempers flared, and enemies and alliances were made?

A meeting where big egos were begging to be fed?

A meeting where everyone wanted their way?

A meeting where people behaved immaturely?

A meeting where no one would admit the wrong decision was made or the organization is on the wrong path?

All of these meetings, whether virtual or in-person, are held by people…imperfect people. People with faults. People with egos. People who make mistakes…sometimes big mistakes.


Usually every major decision that affects our lives comes out of a meeting.


Please pray that God leads our leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Don’t have blind faith that their experience, credentials and qualifications will make things all right.

The only differences in the meetings that you’ve attended and the high-level meetings that determine the direction of…

Our economy…

Our national security…

Our children’s education…

Our future…

…are ‘higher-level’ job titles, personalities and influence. They’re all still just people…very imperfect people just like you and I.

Pray for our leaders and that God blesses their meetings. Pray for peace, cooperation, collaboration and most of all agreement with and submission to the will of God.

Just as the bible says, don’t put your trust in them…put it in God.

Psalm 118:8-9 (NKJV)

8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY LAUGHTER IS MINISTRY TOO…

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Have you ever noticed that some people are naturally funny? They have a wit so quick, you wonder, how could they think of that so fast.

Why?

Think about these verses in the context of laughter…

James 1:17 (NKJV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Romans 12:8 (NIV)

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously;if it is to lead,[a] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,[a]
But a broken spirit dries the bones.


I’m convinced that comedy is a God-given spiritual gift of exhortation.


I mean, what is more encouraging than a good laugh? A well-placed laugh in a good sermon only helps keep the audience engaged and possibly drive a point home.

The bible tells us that one of the promises from God is that we will all see trouble during our days on this earth…

Job 14:1(NKJV)

14 “Man who is born of woman
Is of few days and full of trouble.

It’s God’s gift of laughter that gets us through many of those tough days.


 I’m convinced that God has appointed some of us Ministers of Laughter…


So, do you know anyone with a special anointing to make the best situations better and inject some encouraging humor into the worst. Those who can make us smile when we feel like crying. Is it you?

Unfortunately, many comedians and comediennes use their gift to glorify the enemy through vulgarity and profanity, but that doesn’t mean the gift isn’t from God. It’s just misdirected.

Are you a Minister of Laughter? If so, walk in your anointing. You’re important to the Kingdom of God!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY MANY PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY AGREE TO ‘A PURGE’…

‘The Purge’ is a movie series where the United States government has made all crime legal, including murder, for one night a year.

This absurdity was validated because crime and unemployment were at historical lows ‘because of the annual purge.

As far-fetched as this sounds, if 10 years ago someone predicted that there would be a worldwide pandemic forcing everyone to wear masks, and a reality show star would be President of The United States… that would sound far fetched too.

People have done some large-scale horrible things to one another throughout history, even in the past 200 years…

The Trail of Tears…

The Ku Klux Klan…

The Holocaust…

Crips/Bloods/Mafia gang violence…

Vigilante justice…

Cults.

Don’t be surprised at what people who call themselves Christian can be influenced to do by charismatic leaders for the ‘greater good’.

As absurd as a real PURGE may sound, where the hearts of many people are now…I wouldn’t be surprised.

That’s why the word of God warns us.

Galatians 5:15 (NKJV)

15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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