April 08, 2017: Saturday ONAIRprep

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Here is today’s career tip for aspiring young radio DJs. Always start your show with a witty remark designed to make the audience laugh. A remark like the one I should have used here if I hadn’t wasted this time giving career tips to aspiring young DJs.


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” –Hebrews 12:1

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. — Isaiah 53:3-4

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. — Amos 5:14


(From VerseOfTheDay.com.)

Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. — Psalm 4:1

Thought: At first, this cry for help seems very demanding. However, closer inspection shows that this is really the cry of desperation. Have you been there? I surely have and I regularly hear from folks who are there now. But, read how this Psalm ends! What is the secret to surviving a long agony? I believe three things are important: 1) honesty in our prayer life with God, 2) confidence that God hears and cares even when our prayers sizzle with pain and frustration, and 3) genuine praise for God included in our prayers even when things seem bleak. It’s not a magical formula, but it is a Spirit-inspired one — check it out in Psalm 4!

Prayer: O God, please hear my cry for relief, as well as the relief of those I love, from agony, burdens, and suffering. Please answer in amazing and miraculous ways so that we may not only be relieved, but so that you may be glorified as well. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

BIRTHDAY VERSE” OF THE DAY (The chapter and verse correspond to the month and day!)

Philippians 4:8 NIV = Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)

This is NATIONAL BIRTHPARENTS WEEK. ***A huge thanks to you parents! You have the most important and most difficult job in the entire world. You are molding our future. Guess it’s a good thing that I don’t have kids, isn’t it? Can you imagine four or five little (JOCKS) running around? The world would be doomed.

Today is BEHAVE YOURSELF DAY. ***And if you’re a parent, I don’t have to tell you how often you’ll likely use that phrase today.

Today is THANK YOU DAY. While we thank God in November for all we have, why not set aside a day every year where we thank everyone else publicly that we want to thank?

And, no pressure, but your TAXES ARE DUE IN ONE WEEK! (Actually, you have TEN MORE DAYS this year – taxes are due April 18th, 2017)


Baby Massage Day
Draw A Bird Day
International Roma Day
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
Take Your Parents To The Playground Day
Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day
Slow Art Day

COMING UP NEXT (Just a list, we are not endorsing the holidays posted below. Find more holidays and link to their websites at BrownieLocks.com)


Appomattox Day
Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse
Jenkins Ear Day
Jumbo Day
National Cherish An Antique Day
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
Winston Churchill Day


ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day
National Farm Animals Day
National Sibling Day
Salvation Army Founder’s Day
Safety Pin Day


Barbershop Quartet Day
Education and Sharing Day
International “Louie Louie” Day
National Pet Day
National Teach Children To Save Day
Submarine Day
World Parkinson’s Disease Day
National Be Kind To Lawyers Day
National Library Workers Day
National Library Day


Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument Day
D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
International Day of Human Space Flight
International Day for Street Children
National Bookmobile Day
National Licorice Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day


Make Lunch Count Day
Scrabble Day
Thomas Jefferson Day
Celebrate Teen Literature Day


American Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
Children with Alopecia Day
Dictionary Day
International Moment of Laughter Day
National Dolphin Day
National Ex-Spouse Day
National Pecan Day
Pan American Day
Pathologists’ Assistant Day
World Marbles Day


Jackie Robinson Day
McDonald’s Day
One Boston Day
Rubber Eraser Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
That Sucks Day
Record Store Day
World Art Day
Auctioneers Day
Husband Appreciation Day


Easter: 16
National Bean Counter Day
National Health Care Decisions Day
National Orchid Day
Plum Pudding Day
Save The Elephant Day


Bat Appreciation Day
Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
Boston Marathon
Dyngus Day
Ellis Island Family History Day
Ford Mustang Day
International Haiku Poetry Day
Malbec World Day
Nothing Like A Dame Day


1941: Brace Beemer became the radio voice of “The Lone Ranger” after Earle Graser died in a Detroit auto accident. Graser had played the role for eight years. Beemer, who was previously the show’s announcer, was the Ranger for 14 years. (audio clip)

1953: Relatives of the great Hunkpapa Sioux medicine man Sitting Bull secretly moved his remains from Fort Yates, North Dakota, to his birthplace, the banks of the Missouri River west of Mobridge, South Dakota. The army had buried him at Fort Yates 62 years earlier.

1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. The homer was off pitcher Al Downing.

1975: History’s oldest canary died in Hull, England. Joey, owned by Mrs. Kay Ross, was 34 years old.

1986: In a landslide, actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California. ***MARLAR: It’s not hard to win an election when you can give your constituents the, “Do you feel lucky” speech and mean it. (audio clip)

1988: The Rev. Jimmy Swaggart was defrocked by the Assemblies of God church after he rejected an order to stop preaching for a year.

1989: “Entertainment Tonight” hostess Mary Hart married producer Burt Sugarman. (audio clip)

1990: 11-year-old Richard Daff Jr. of Crownsville, Maryland, bowled a perfect game. He is believed to be the youngest bowler ever to score 300.

1992: Britain’s top humor magazine Punch published its final issue. It had lasted 151 years.

1994: The grunge rock group Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in his Seattle home.

1995: Associated Press reported that Virginia prisoner Robert Lee Brock’s lawsuit for $5-million against himself had been dismissed in state court. Brock claimed he had violated his own civil rights by getting himself arrested for grand larceny and asked the state to pay the $5-million because he had no income in prison.

1998: Japan slapped restrictions on the use of flashing lights on television after a “Pocket Monster” cartoon made thousands of kids sick. Some 680 children were rushed to hospitals after being thrown into fits by the cartoon show. Another 10,000 reportedly suffered convulsions and blurred vision.

2001: A Valparaiso, Indiana, couple who met through their mutual love of jogging were married in their running shorts after completing a 5-kilometer race in which they competed against their pastor and best man. During Wanda Johns’ and Clarence Melion’s wedding, the Rev. Duane Schmidt told the sweaty couple they were starting the “marathon of life.” Johns’ racing outfit included a white veil attached to a baseball cap, a wrist corsage and a white lace garter.

2006: A White House spokesman said President George W. Bush approved a leak of classified information, as charged in the I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby case, because it served a “public interest” and did not compromise security.


1378: Bartholomew Prignano is elected Pope Urban VI. Mired in political controversy even before his election (threats from masses of violent demonstrators helped drive his election), his violent demeanor did little to contradict rumors that he was insane. His electors conspired to leave Rome and name a new pope (Clement VII), starting the Great Western Schism.

1498: Savonarola is arrested. His friars fought fiercely despite his pleas that they not take up the sword.

1546: At its fourth session, the Council of Trent adopts Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible (called the Vulgate), completed in 405, as the only authentic Latin text of the Scriptures. It became the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church.

1857: A small group of Dutch immigrants, meeting in Zeeland, Michigan, organize the Christian Reformed Church.

1868: George Matheson, a blind hymn writer, is ordained pastor of Clydesdale parish of Innellan in Argyllshire, Scotland. He wrote the hymn “O Love that Will not Let Me Go.”

1901: After nearly 30 years of successful church planting in New Guinea, Presbyterian missionary James Chalmers (accompanied by missionary Oliver Tomkins, who had just arrived in the field) sets out to explore a new part of the islands. No one ever saw the two again. A rescue party learned the men had been clubbed to death and eaten by cannibals. When London preacher Joseph Parker heard the news, he exclaimed, “I do not want to believe it! Such a mystery of Providence makes it hard for our strained faith to recover. Yet Jesus was murdered. Paul was murdered . . . I cannot but feel that our honored and noble-minded friend has joined a great assembly.


  • actor (Mark on “Home Improvement”) Toran Noah Smith 33 (audio clip)

  • actress (Maxie Jones on “General Hospital”, Bonnie Rockwaller on “Kim Possible”) Kirsten Storms 33 (audio clip)
  • actress (Stigmata, Holes, Fast Food Nation, “Medium”) Patricia Arquette 49 (audio clip)

  • actress (Moll Flanders, The Princess Bride, Unbreakable, Beowulf, Forest Gump) Robin Wright Penn 51

  • actor/singer (“Smallville”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”) John Schneider 63 (audio clip)


(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1920 : Carmen McRae

1941 : J.J. Jackson

1942 : Roger “Chappo” Chapman (Family)

1947 : Steve Howe (Yes)

1947 : Larry Norman

1962 : Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses)

1963 : Julian Lennon

1964 : Biz Markie

1972 : Paul Gray (Slipknot)

1975 : Anouk


What’s the deal with marshmallow peeps?

Are you a “Peeps” person? If you are, then you’ve already seen and most likely purchased the pastel marshmallow creations lining the grocery store shelves. This Easter, Peeps fans will consume more than 700 million Peeps chicks, bunnies and eggs.
Over one billion individual Marshmallow Peeps are made every year for Easter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day at Just Born’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania factory. During the early years, it took 27 hours to create one Peep. Today, it takes six minutes. Peeps were once squeezed one at a time out of a pastry tube and their eyes were painted by hand. Now, technology can create 3,500 Peeps’ eyes per minute.

Today, Just Born is America’s largest manufacturer of seasonal marshmallow confections, with Marshmallow Peeps the top selling non-chocolate Easter candy brand for the last decade. Peeps even outsell jelly beans.
The history of Just Born, Inc. began in 1910, when Samuel Born immigrated to the U.S. from Russia. In 1932, the operation moved from Brooklyn to Bethlehem. Many of Just Born’s 400-plus employees are second and third generation candy makers.
Marshmallow Peeps came in only three colors as recently as 1995, when lavender was added. Blue Peeps were hatched for Easter 1998. Each Peep has 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.


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Jaci Velasquez recently released a new album in both English and Spanish. Now she has partnered with the YouVersion Bible App to produce a 5-day devotional based on Trust! http://buff.ly/2orruQq

Third Day’s Mac Powell says he is dealing with the effects of getting older. He posted: Just lost my glasses. Got these readers for my trip. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSa4qeDl-Qz/

Casting Crowns Megan Garret recently shared the story behind the song “Song That the Angels Can’t Sing.” Check out her thoughts behind the song in the bands latest Weekend Word video. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSWRU8Ig1Q0/

A suggestion from Josh Wilson if you have trouble going to sleep at night. He posted a picture of the hand written copy of Psalm 4 that he has taped in his bus bunk. Josh says it’s a very comforting passage before sleeping.


Third Day member David Carr is getting a little edgy. He posted: Just to be a rebel I want to eat some pineapple upside down cake while standing on my head.

Matt Redman recently posted: I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of writing about the cross. In his devotional for the song No ONe Like Our God, the UK worship leader said: I’ve written so many songs about it already, but there are so many angles from which you can approach it. Besides, God’s mercies are new every morning – how could we ever run out of things to say about all He has done for us in that place? https://bit.ly/2oicKXy

If you need some tips on how to survive in the forest, Matthew West is a pro. He’s been spending time at his cabin in the woods working on a new album that will release later this year. This week Matthew released a fun video describing the struggles he went through while living in the forest and working on the new project. http://matthewwest.co/MWvsWild

Casting Crowns Juan Devevo shared this week about his favorite author, C.S. Lewis. Find out more about why Jaun enjoys reading his books and then tell him about your favorite author. https://twitter.com/castingcrowns/status/849350915618476032/video/1

Colton Dixon had some fun at Crowder’s expense over the weekend. Crowder has an Arctic fox named Kenny Rogers on stage at each of his shows. On the final night of their tour Colton dressed up as an Arctic fox and replaced Kenny Rogers on stage. Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/coltondixonmusic/videos/1434192109987673/


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CLOSE: Is he kidding?!?! There can’t possibly be a better spot than that – and everyone is hungry and tired! What more does Gruffy want? Find out next time, As the Jungle Turns!

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Showing off to impress your girlfriend not only rarely impresses her, but it’s usually the set up for a Moment of Duh.

18-year-old Nicholas Rogers, of England was out cruising in his car with his girlfriend when he happened upon a slower moving vehicle. Perhaps wanting to show off, Nicholas began sounding his horn, tailgating and lunging at the car in front. As Nicolas finally pulled alongside the other car, he slowed, and his female passenger made a hand gesture. The whole incident might have been fun for the couple had the other vehicle not been an unmarked police car. Rogers was fined about $200 and had three penalty points put on his license.



10. For Sale: Used Tomb. Good location! Like new! No longer occupied!

9. For Sale: Temple Curtain. Subdivided by owner. (Mat. 27:51)

8. For Sale: Used Wrap Collection. Excellent condition. You can have it for a song!

7. For Sale: Large selection of sackcloth (mourning clothes)–men’s and women’s, various sizes and styles. No longer needed.

6. Looking For Work: Two former guards. Willing to lie for right price. No Cemeteries! (Mat 28:11-15)

5. Companions Wanted: Long-term relationships desired. I am dying to meet you!—Jesus Christ

4. Lost Item: One body lost. Big Reward for its return!–the Sanhedrin.

3. Personal to Mr. S: nah-nah, nah-nah, nah, nah–you lose!

2. Personal to Jesus Christ: Well-done, Son! You da man!–Dad

1. For sale: One Cross. Well used! Priceless! Best offer!


Can you imagine escaping from prison and then not being punished for it?  That’s the LAW in Columbia! 

FILE #1: This is pretty bizarre. A dozen inmates had successfully escaped from Colombia’s mountain prison of Caloto, but returned the very next day to the front gates of the compound, asking to be readmitted. After visiting family and friends, the prisoners said they had opted to take advantage of a Colombian amnesty law that forgives and forgets prison breaks if fugitives return voluntarily within 72 hours.

FILE #2: As one Tennessee police officer puts it, “We can’t be everywhere all the time.” So, one Tennessee town has come up with a solution to deter speeders — a lifelike plastic cutout of a real Smyrna police officer. Sgt. Andy Miller, who posed for the picture, says “It’s meant to get people to think about it and slow down.” And he says “It’s actually worked.” The fake officer has worked so well the city is planning on getting another one. Sometimes Miller even stands behind his plastic twin and catches speeding drivers who apparently aren’t fooled by the cutout.

FILE #3: Always bring the right tools for the job. Waterloo, Iowa’s, Jacob Mason walked up to the drive-up window of a local Hardee’s restaurant and placed his order for a bacon, egg and cheese combo. Apparently thinking cash was part of the combo, Jacob crawled through the window and demanded money. Seeing as how he was armed only with a long cardboard tube covered in black tape, employees held him until police arrived.

STRANGE LAW: In St. Cloud, Minnesota, hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.


Before you start talking about stupid people, be sure your not one of them first!

A Slidell, Louisiana, man who struck up a conversation with a sheriff’s deputy about dumb criminals was cited when the deputy spotted a bag of marijuana protruding from his pocket. The uniformed sheriff’s deputy was at a gas station when a man walked up to him at the soda fountain. The man asked the deputy how busy he was and remarked, “There are some stupid people out there.” As they talked, the deputy noticed a plastic bag protruding from a pocket of the man’s cargo pants. When the deputy asked what was in the pocket, the man said it was empty. But the deputy persisted and asked him what was in the bag. At that point, the red-faced culprit produced a small bag of marijuana and surrendered it to the deputy, who said, “What was that you were saying about stupid people?”


It’s THANK YOU DAY (see today’s Weird Holidays), so I’m giving you 30 seconds to say “thank you”. Call in and you can thank anyone for anything on the air – you just have 30 seconds in which to do it. So, who deserves an “on-air thanks” from you?


QUESTION: “I am the Lord’s servant,” ___________ answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”

ANSWER: Mary (Luke 1:38)


QUESTION: Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

ANSWER: Lettuce


Pay attention! If our next player doesn’t answer all ten T/F questions correctly we start all over from question #1! First person to answer question #10 correctly is our winner!

1. The first patent issued in the U.S. was for a dietary aid. (False – In 1833, George Dulty in Wheeling was granted the first patent for a soda fountain.)

2. Earthquakes occur on the moon. (True. “Moonquakes” do occur, but they happen less frequently and have smaller magnitudes than earthquakes on the Earth.)

3. The only living tissue in the human body that contains no blood vessels is the transparent cornea of the eye. (True)

4. There is a course on the “Films of Keanu Reeves” offered at The Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California. (True)

5. Milton Bradley originally wanted to name the game Twister, Pretzel. (True – but they couldn’t since the name “pretzel” was already copyrighted.)

6. One tree can provide enough oxygen needed for a family of four. (False – but two trees will do the job.)

7. In Charles Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts,” Snoopy was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. (True)

8. The world’s fastest flying insect is a species of honeybee. (False – it’s a species of horsefly, and it can fly as fast as 90 miles per hour.)

9. Rolls-Royce used to make rifles. (True – during World War I.)

10. No word in the English language rhymes with orange. (True. Same goes for the words month, silver, and purple.)


You have to match the blank in the tabloid headline with the word or phrase that has been removed!


Men are going extinct and scientists have now put them on the “endangered species” list.  Professor Jenna Goodman even claims the male of the species is heading for extinction by the end of this century.  Professor Goodman, one of  England’s most influential scientists, believes that women will win the battle of the sexes – and men will be permanently vanquished.  She says that the inherent fragility of the male sex chromosome, the Y sex chromosome, means that men will no longer be able to survive in the genetic pool.  The female, or X, chromosome, contains a healthy 1,000 or so genes.  And girls and women have two of them. The Y chromosome started off with as many genes as its female counterpart.  But over hundreds of millions of years it has crumbled away, leaving fewer than 100 genes in modern man.  This includes the SRY gene, the ‘male master switch’ that determines whether an embryo is male or female.  What is more, while women have two X chromosomes, men have just one, dying Y.  Lacking a mate, the Y chromosome finds it more difficult to patch up mistakes and so decays away.  Professor Goodman, of Cambridge University, said: ‘The X chromosome is all alone in the male but in the female it has a friend, so it can swop bits and repair itself.  The Y is going to get hit in the next twenty years and then… it’ll be all over.”  The Professor said the Y Chromosome has turned to “junk.”  Scientists say that women will still be able to have babies from artificial sperm and some speculate that the world will be a more peaceful and joyful place.



Jack’s wife likes to sing so she decided to join the church choir. From time to time she would practice while she was in the kitchen preparing dinner. Whenever she would start in on a song, Jack would head outside to the porch.  His wife, with hurt feelings, said, “What’s the matter, Jack?  Don’t you like my singing?”

Jack replied, “Honey, I love your singing, but I just want to make sure the neighbors know I’m not beating you.”


Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband, “I bet you don’t know what

day this is.”

“Of course I do,” he indignantly answered. “How could you think I would forget?”

Whereupon he left for the office.

At 10 AM, the doorbell rang, and when the woman opened the door, she was handed a box containing a dozen long stemmed red roses. At 1 PM, a foil wrapped, two pound box of her favorite chocolates arrived. Later, a boutique delivered a designer dress. The woman couldn’t wait for her husband to come home.

“First the flowers, then the chocolate and then the dress!” she exclaimed. “I’ve never had a more wonderful ‘Arbor Day’ in all my life!”



  • In the old days, discipline for the kids was easy. You just bopped them at least once every day. If you didn’t know why, they did.

  • I’ve found children to be a great comfort in your declining years. good thing too – they “declined” ya faster in the first place.

  • The young Mother, tired of all the loud noise, tells her son to go outside and play with his friends. “I only have one friend.” he retorts, “and I HATE him !”

  • The little girl had just finished her very first soccer match & her Mother asked her how she liked the sport. “It’s OK, I guess.” she replied. “But it’d be a lot more fun if the other team learned how to share better.”

  • To any of you out there who’ve yet to have children. If you’re still deciding whether or not to bring some into this poor old world, I highly recommend you go to lunch at some fast food place and sit next to a bunch of them.

  • The Mother was having more than a little bit of trouble with her pre-teen boy. She summed it up for him by saying, “Lloyd, you must live each day as if it were your last.” “No way !!!” he yelled. “I tried that last week and you grounded me.”


During a 2004 episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was Sid. ***So, “Sid Monster”? Terrible name for a monster. But then, so is “Cookie”.

Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey went on a couple dates in the mid-1980s. It was Roger who convinced her to syndicate her talk show. ***So yeah… it’s his fault.



My son is so lazy he hates emptying the trash in the recycle bin on his computer.


Smelly feet cause a happy couple to break up!

A Birmingham, Alabama woman has decided that the smell of her boyfriend’s feet is the reason why their relationship can go on no more! It seems that 18-year-old Kelly Green has dropped Matt Hassett because the odor of his feet is intolerable. Devastated, Matt has tried to fix the problem by changing his socks and washing his feet twice a day, but to no avail as the smell was just too much to bear.  ***MARLAR: Calling Dr. Scholls, Dr. Scholls to the emergency room please!



One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we’d refuse to forgive in our life, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite heavy.

We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for one week, putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to our desk at work.

The hassle of lugging this around with us made it clear what a weight we were carrying spiritually, and how we had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget, and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.

Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity!

Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and while that’s true, it clearly is also a gift for ourselves!

So the next time you decide you can’t forgive someone, ask yourself…

Isn’t MY bag heavy enough?

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”- Mark 11:25



Read: Philippians 4:10-20

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13

I once read about a distraught Christian woman who was extremely upset because her children had become unruly. She telephoned her husband at work one day and tearfully described the visit of a friend who had pinned this verse above the kitchen sink: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). The friend had meant well. She was trying to be helpful, but her action just made the mom feel even more like a failure.

Sometimes it’s not helpful merely to quote a Scripture verse to someone. Philippians 4:13 was Paul’s personal testimony that he had learned to be content in all situations, in plenty and in want (vv.11-12). His secret of contentment was that he could “do all things through Christ” who strengthened him (v.13).

We too can live by Paul’s secret. We can be victorious through Christ’s strength, but we shouldn’t force this truth on people who are feeling overwhelmed. Paul also wrote that we should care for one another and share in one another’s distress (Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:4; 4:14).

We need each other, for we all have burdens to bear. Let’s use the strength Christ gives us to minister to the needs of others and find ways to lighten their loads. —Joanie Yoder



While playing a game of fetch in Germany, a man threw a stick for his dog to chase. One problem though… the dog didn’t come back with a stick. It came back with something else.

It used to be an innocent game. You’d throw the stick, the dog would run to get it and bring it back. Then you’d throw the stick again. It wasn’t a really hard game to play either, now that I think about it. But things got really complex for a German man when he threw the stick and his dog returned with something else. Not a stick… but a live hand grenade! Fortunately, it did not go off, and he called the police – who evacuated the area and had explosives experts make it safe. The dog’s owners said, “Hajo has already found loads of things. He could easily become a search dog.”



Gross-out warning, gross-out warning! The next story will likely make you gag… just wanted to give you fair warning.

When I was little, like in kindergarten, we used to make fun of kids that… well… how can I put this delicately? Kids that consumed their own nose candy. I’m sure you get the picture. Anyway, we made fun of those kids because, after all, that kind of thing is gross! But no one ever really stopped to think if doing that kind of t hing was healthy or not. Some scientists in Toronto who apparently have way too much time on their hands and way to much taxpayer money to play with decided to do some tests to see if eating your own “boogies” is harmful to your health or not. It turns out that a certain “mucin” actually blocks the body’s mechanism to fight a cancer cell… and if you eliminate that mucin that you might actually eliminate the cancer. So eating that… well… you know… might actually prevent you from getting cancer.



A dog goes to church every Sunday in Portugal… and walks 16 miles to do it!

I have to admit that, even though I should, I don’t always make it to church. But now I’m beginning to feel shamed into doing it, because it turns out that a dog in Portugal is more dedicated to going to church than I am.  I drive to church – about five miles from my home. Preta the dog walks to church – every Sunday – 16 miles by herself to get there in time for the 7:30 a.m. mass! She’s done this every single Sunday for the last 3 years! And Preta doesn’t stop there. Even though she’s a dog, whenever worshippers stand up or sit down, Preta does the same. Once mass is over, she usually walks back home. Sometimes Preta will return in a car — but only with a human she knows. Congregations have grown at the church as many people come just to see Preta. ***MARLAR: So when you go to church to hear God speak, you might also hear a dog speak too.  (Did you ever notice that GOD spelled backwards is DOG?)



Tax day, April 15th, is quickly approaching. So, Maxim magazine took the time to bring us “taxes from around the world.”

  • Australia – Tax: 65 percent on cigarettes. Sure, the unflappable Aussies risk life and limb with snakes, crocs, and Australian Rules Football but their government has to protect them from the perils of smoking.

  • China – Tax: 80 percent to 100 percent on foreign cars. Your old $5,000 Escort would cost $9,000 if someone in China were stupid enough to buy it.

  • Turkmenistan – Tax: 100 percent on mineral water. This former Soviet republic slaps the same heavy premium on cotton mittens, saws, blankets, pillows, and mattresses, deeming them “luxury items.” Apparently, so is “tourism.”

  • Costa Rica – Tax: 170 percent on foreign poultry. Costa Rica has definitely taken chicken nuggets off the value menu. And don’t try to swallow that tax with a glass of milk, as foreign dairy products garner a 96 percent mark-up.

  • Sweden – Tax: 400 percent on hard liquor. Back in the 1800s, Swedes drank a whopping 46 liters of liquor a year per person. To fend off this encroaching “Irishness,” (according to them) the Swedish government slapped incredibly high taxes on alcohol.

  • Japan – Tax: 1,000 percent on foreign rice. Japan has always been a good fortress to imported goods, but the Japanese will do everything shy of hari-kari to keep alien rice out of their country. No Uncle Benihana’s for you.



Anger may not be so bad after all!

…Many experts think that getting angry can actually be good for you… as long as you vent your rage in constructive ways. The key to making anger work is to let it all out, because if you keep it bottled up inside, it’ll turn into a monster. How can you use the anger constructively? If you’re mad at the power company for raising rates, write a letter. Even if you don’t send it, you’ll feel better just putting your feelings on paper. ***MARLAR: However, if you’re mad at (STATION) or (THE JOCK SHOW), go ahead and send the letter, but please enclose $50 in cash for handling costs.


Experts have long known the skimping on sleep may lead to overeating, and a new review published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has pinpointed how much. Folks who slept for 3 and a half to 5 and a half hours per night ate an average of 385 more calories the next day than those who slept for at least seven hours. It could be because lack of sleep can disrupt hunger hormones, or perhaps tired folks simply have more of an urge to munch, says study author Gerda Pot, Ph.D. Something to keep in mind (food for thought as it were) for the next time you’re tempted to stay up late at night with your latest Hulu obsession. (Health)

Overworking your brain may cause overeating. The stress of thinking drove folks into feeding frenzies, says a study reported in the journal, Psychosomatic Medicine. Researchers compared the hunger drives of students who performed three tasks sitting and relaxing, reading and summarizing text and taking a complex computer test. After each task, the scholars were unleashed on a buffet. Compared to the resters, the readers wolfed down 203 more calories, a 23.6% increase, and the computer gamers gobbled 253 more calories, a 29.4% increase. “Overeating after intellectual work could contribute to the obesity epidemic,” says study leader Jean Philippe Chaput of Canada’s Universite Laval. “We can’t ignore this factor because more and more people hold jobs of an intellectual nature.” ***So if you ever feel famished after a long day of thinking, this might explain it! You may not have been burning off those calories with aerobic exercise, but the brain burns food too!

Yet another pro-coffee story has been published. Good news for java junkies. Love your coffee? Your heart may love it, too. People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day appear to have a lower risk of developing clogged arteries, one of the top causes of a heart attack. HealthDay News reports that researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland found that moderate coffee consumption was associated with less calcium build-up in the arteries. Calcium build-up is an early sign of hardening of the arteries and the risk for heart disease. The study found that the more coffee a person consumed, the lower the amount of calcium build-up. Specifically, those who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day had the least amount of calcium build-up. This held true even when such factors were counted for age, sex, smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Previous studies have shown that coffee also protects us from stroke and type 2 diabetes.

If you want to be happy, then get religion. Joining and actively participating in a religious group can do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class, according to a study from the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” said study author Mauricio Avendano. Here’s the caveat: Even the researchers admit they are not clear whether this benefit is about religion per se, that is having faith, or whether it is more about a sense of belonging and being part of a caring community.

The study found:

Participating in a religious organization was the only social activity that provided sustained happiness.

Joining political or community organizations lost their benefits over time. In addition, the short-term benefits from those social connections often lead to depressive symptoms later on.

Although healthier people are more likely to volunteer, there was no evidence that volunteering led to better mental health and could even induce stress.


If Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose. So why is it then that when Mike, Charlie, Bob and John go out, they call each other Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy?

If Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose. So why is it then that when Mike, Charlie, Bob and John go out, they call each other Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy?


Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 35 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet. For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org. Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).

APRIL 07, 2017…

Smurfs: The Lost Village–Yes, your friends are back in their second animated movie. This time, Smurfette (voice of Demi Lovato) is told to take friends, leave the forest and hunt for the Lost Village, before the evil Wizard gets there. The chase is on. Voices of Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Mandy Patinkin and Rainn Wilson. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is rated PG. Rating of 2 for fans and you know who you are.

Going In Style—Three people have remained pals for years and years. A certain bank has managed to take their money and they want it back, so plan something special. Stars are Morgan Freeman, Joey King, Christopher Lloyd and Ann-Margaret. “Going In Style” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for fans.

The Case For Christ—Based on a true story, a journalist (Mike Vogel) who is also an atheist decides to research Christ, as Mike’s wife is now a Christian. This film is a comedy/drama and also stars Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster and Frankie Faison.. The journalist finds unexpected information. “The Case For Christ” is rated PG. Rating of 2.

Wonder—This film is the story of a young boy who has a facial deformity. It is time for a new school and he has to gather courage to meet everyone there, plus give them a lesson in life. Julie Roberts is the mother while Jacob Tremblay is the little boy and Mandy Patinkin is the grandfather. Colin Wilson is also in the cast. “Wonder” is rated PG. Rating of 2.

Colossal—And you thought it was bad when you had a headache? In this film, Anne Hathaway is the woman with the headaches and when she has them, catastrophe’s happen around the world. Also in the cast are Dan Stevens (yes, the one from “Downton Abbey” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and Tim Blake Nelson. “Colossal” is rated R. No rating.

APRIL 14, 2017…

Fate Of The Furious, No. 8 and here goes Vin Diesel and his gang against the bad guys in Cuba and even along the Barents Sea. Fasten seat belts.

Gifted is a film about raising a child prodigy with parents and teachers sometimes at odds. Stars Olivia Spencer and Chris Evans.

Spark: A Space Tail is an animated film about saving a planet from an evil warlord. Some familiar? Voices of Patrick Stewart and Jessica Biel.

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