Written by By Rev. James L. Snyder

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When you put these two words together, it means thatrepparttar American public will not stand for morality or ethics in their home.

We sure have come a long way, baby. My only question is, how do we get back? Was it really necessary to come this far?

One thing missing in this whole situation isrepparttar 118165 lack of humor inrepparttar 118166 family.

I have come to believe in what I call, "laughter therapy." This isrepparttar 118167 ability to get yourself back into good humor, and believe me, many people are in a bad humor.

As a pastor, I guess I see this side of people more than other professionals. The violence inrepparttar 118168 home today is a reflection of this bad humor. Parents are in danger of being murdered by their own children in their own homes.

Just ask any schoolteacher and he or she will tell you thatrepparttar 118169 schoolyard, once filled withrepparttar 118170 excited voices of innocent children at play, is nowrepparttar 118171 modern war zone in our country.

People today are filled with rage, andrepparttar 118172 blame rests withrepparttar 118173 home. It is inrepparttar 118174 home people learnrepparttar 118175 skills enabling them to cope withrepparttar 118176 outside world.

The reason so many people are not able to cope with society in general is that they have never learned to cope withinrepparttar 118177 confines ofrepparttar 118178 modern family unit.

I think that is why God designedrepparttar 118179 family unit as He did.

Try as we might, we can never improve on God's creation. An important thing we need to develop withinrepparttar 118180 home environment isrepparttar 118181 ability to laugh.

People do not know how to laugh or what to laugh at. Many are laughing atrepparttar 118182 wrong things.

Laughter is important. God created us with an enormous capacity to laugh. What a shame so many people have yet to discover this great and wonderful gift from God.

It isrepparttar 118183 responsibility ofrepparttar 118184 home, I believe, to cultivate a healthy sense of humor. The family that laughs together can face any situation.

Asrepparttar 118185 old saying goes, "Laugh andrepparttar 118186 whole world laughs with you; cry and people wonder why you didn't getrepparttar 118187 joke."

The Bible clearly instructs us, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose underrepparttar 118188 heaven ... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 KJV.)

The problem with many is that we do not know when to do what.

Againrepparttar 118189 Bible says, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit driethrepparttar 118190 bones." (Proverbs 17:22 KJV.)

A sick world needs some powerful medicine. It is my conviction that this hilarity begins inrepparttar 118191 home.

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Mr. Cheapie's Frugal Shopping Tips

Written by David Leonhardt

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The second tip is to pay forrepparttar steak with online coupons. You don't have to flip through flyers for coupons any more. For instance, I found this place that offers lots of free online coupons:

Coupon shopping does have its drawbacks, likerepparttar 118164 first time you try it you will findrepparttar 118165 coupons are extremely hard to cut (unless you took my advice and bought one of those really cool cardboard computers atrepparttar 118166 furniture superstore).

But you'll getrepparttar 118167 hang of it, and before you know it you will save even more, because you can slash your scissors budget. Plus, you won't have to clean up allrepparttar 118168 coupon clippings fromrepparttar 118169 floor. And think of allrepparttar 118170 trees you will save.

My third tip is to bid at online auctions. Yeah, I know, you think auctions are only for antiques, multi-million dollar canvasses by dead people with funny accents and celebrity underwear.

But online is different. You can even bid on used chewing gum...which is why I advise being very careful what you bid on. For instance, I found this site:

Feel free to bid on used fly-fishing-gear. I am sure you will get a great deal. But stay away from any auction for used bait.

Notice allrepparttar 118171 used hunting supplies you can buy at:

However, you will also notice how few auctions there are for used moose meat. There is a reason for that. If aliens capture your brain and you are compelled to bid on used moose meat, please watch forrepparttar 118172 "urgent" label.

My best advice is not to bid on used chewing gun, used fishing bait or used moose meat. These have very little sizzle, and what steak they have is probably not very tasty.

Happy shopping.

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