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by Paul Harvey

Do you remember Paul Harvey, the famous ABC radio  commentator? Paul Harvey? Millions of Americans listened to his programs which were broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide. When you listen to it, remember the commentary was aired 47 years ago.... April 3, 1965. It's short... less than 3 minutes.

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Confronting 'No-Fairs'

When our twin sons were boys, they loved to play with what was then a new electronic marvel: Atari.  Their favorite was "Combat," featuring air-to-air dogfights with biplanes of the World War I era.

One of the boys -- I think it was Joel -- discovered first he could guide his plane out of the screen on the right and it would instantly reappear on the left side.  James, thus, was at a disadvantage and would yell out, "No fair, no fair!"

Joel would just laugh and shoot down James' plane.

The psalmist recognizes there are many "no-fairs" in our world.  You can e sure that we will confront them – or, maybe, cause them.  How to deal with them is suggested in Verses 1 and 2:

"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2

When you read the entire psalm, you find many gems about dealing with "no-fairs.  Here is a sampling:

Vs. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good . . .

Vs. 7  Be still before the Lord .

Vs. 8  Refrain from anger . . .

Vs. 13 ". . . the Lord laughs at the wicked"

Vs. 27 Turn from evil and do good . . .

Vs. 34 Wait for the Lord and keep His way.

How many more did you find?

So, give your soul a treat.  Read it now (click here), and permit the Lord to bless you mightily!

The better way, Thy Word doth show
How to walk rightly and where to go.
Thus, guide me and direct my way
So in Thy will I'll be found every day.
--Rev. Don Meadows (1/9/2017)

Psalm 37:1-40

 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
10  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
18  The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20  But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21  The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22  For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34  Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (KJV)

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Talking about taxes. . .

Golf is much like taxes—you drive hard to get to the green and then wind up in the hole.

The most permanent thing in the world is a temporary tax.

Today the earth rotates around its taxes.

Our government could raise unlimited revenue simply by taxing sin.

Taxes are strange; you pay this year’s taxes with the money you earned last year but spent the year before.

After the government takes enough to balance the budget, the taxpayer has to budget the balance.

The taxpayer no longer fears that Congress will let him down; he just hopes it will let him up.

America is the only country where it takes more brains to make out the income tax return than it does to make the income.

There’s this to be said about taxes—if the taxpayer is alive, he’s kicking.

A taxpayer is one who does not have to pass the civil service exam to work for the government.

A tax collector has what it takes to get what you got.

The American taxpayer may be America’s first natural resource to be exhausted.

Save for a rainy day and a new tax comes along and soaks you.

Taxation is based on supply and demand—the government demands and we supply.

Taxes are a form of Capitol punishment.

We need more watchdogs at the Treasury and fewer bloodhounds at the IRS.

The purpose of the IRS is to collect the money and give it  to those who spend it.

A fine is a tax for having done wrong—a tax is a fine for having done well.

The IRS can’t tax the riches you store in your soul.

An income tax form is like a laundry list—either way you lose your shirt.

When filing income taxes, it is better to give than to deceive.

Complete Book of Practical Proverbs, Wacky Wit and Zingers.

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