Some Lutheran Humor

The Bible tells us that laughter is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22), so it’s not surprising to find that borne out by science Laughter is, indeed, good for our health. It reduces stress, fights against depression and sorrow, fosters a positive outlook on life, and relieves tension. Laughter also lowers blood pressure, and impacts the cells in your body, preventing disease and setting you up to live long and strong. Although our annual church conference is serious business, there are moments of humor, and I thought I would share a few of these with you today. Maybe you will find a way to pass these small jokes along and make someone’s day a little merrier!

Q: Who was the best businesswoman in the Bible?

A: Pharoah’s daughter. She went to the Bank of the Nile and drew out a small prophet (profit).

The Bible tells us: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17, but sometimes this process creates a lot of sparks!

Of course, there were many more puns, jokes and good-natured teasing, as we went about the discussing matters that were important for our entire church body. The WMF (Women’s Missionary Federation) sang their report, which was hilarious. It does us all good to remember that is part of life, too, and a bit of it, used correctly, can defuse a difficult situation, lift spirits, and inspire hope. As Christians, we have lots to be joyful about, so don’t forget to laugh!

“Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

For more about laughter see these posts:

Laughter in Heaven by Barbara Jean Meter–Book Review

More Easter Laughter

Take Time to Laugh

Looking for a Bible Study?

If you are looking for a Bible study to use in your congregation, or personally, the WMF (Women’s Missionary Federation) publishes a study every year, written by a woman who is a member of the AFLC. This year the study is entitled, “Behold Our God.” It was coauthored by four sisters — Karen Floan, Anne Presteng, Gwen Berg and Wendy Westlake, who gave a presentation at our annual conference during WMF day.

Here is a description of the study taken directly from the WMF website:

“As we behold God in Psalms 90-100, we are overwhelmed with His mighty power as Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth. We are humbled by His holiness and His plan of Salvation. We see His faithfulness in our lives and throughout all generations.

Overwhelmed by joy or overtaken by sorrow, God hears the cry of our hearts, He draws us to Himself, and His presence changes us.  It is the Almighty God who lovingly commands us to praise Him for our good and His glory.

May you be blessed as you “Behold our God” in the Psalms.”

If you are interested in purchasing this study, visit https://www.aflc.org/women/resources/bible-studies/

The cost is $13 which includes shipping. Also available are studies written in previous years, including one that I wrote on the book of Acts (AFLC 2019 Bible Study for Women).

For more study resources see these posts:

Plan to Read the Bible

Study Resources for Ladies

The CSB Study Bible for Women – Book Review

New Month/No Theme

June will be a no theme month. God is always at work, and we can rely upon the Holy Spirit to lead us in the direction we are meant to go. For many, this is a season of vacation and rest. For some (especially those who love gardening) it is a busy time for outdoor activities. Maybe you will be going to the beach or the mountains. Maybe you’ll be hiking or picnicking or visiting family. My husband and I will be traveling a bit. The annual conference of our denomination is this month and will be held at our retreat center in Wisconsin. I am eager to see what topics will be discussed, and what spiritual insights will be gained. It is always a joy to worship with a large group of Christians, to sing and praise the Lord!

So, readers, enjoy the warmer weather and exercise your body, but don’t neglect your spiritual life. Vacation time does not mean a vacation from God, from church, or from brothers and sisters in Christ. Use this time wisely to grow closer to Him. He loves you and so do I!

For more about traveling see:

Henri Nouwen on Traveling

Martin Luther on Traveling Lightly

Traveling Companions