"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;"-Psalm 98:4
I (Sal) was chatting with a friend (Sabanna) of mine yesterday (Saturday, June 28th of 2007) and she was telling me how she becomes sad/depressed at times. I encouraged her by saying that I like to play praise and worshipmusic 24/7 on my radio (2 of them throughout the house) and would "try" to sing along-especialy in the morning to get me going for the day.
08' April "Fools" Day Engagement Joke on Facebook
April Fools Day Enagement Joke....
"Background story of this video: Early this morning I was telling some folks after our weekly church morning prayer that we should "fool" people today because it's "April Fools Day". As I rode my bike home I thought of doing a joke on facebook telling people I'm engaged. I've been asked frequently if I have found anyone special. I decided to just give an answer to that as a joke for a day. I publicized it on facebook right when I got home. As I was doing some "multi-media" projects (new homebased business), I decided to check my "wall" on facebook. I was actually overwhelmed by so many people getting this note about me being engaged. I really didn't expect that I would get this many feedback on this topic. I just started laughing hysterically to myself. I decided to wait till the end of day to break the joke. However, I just couldn't stand it anymore. One of my friends in my facebook network kept asking me about my engagement during this evening event at the University of Minnesota-Morris campus. Another friend happened to be around and wanted to know who this lady I'm engaged. I couldn't hold back this joke, so I had to tell them. I responded with this question back at them, "What day is today?"-trying to hold back my smile and laughter! Before going home, I watched a disappointed Twins baseball game lost with my friend at another friend's house. I then immediately went home to make this video...www.goodnewseverybody.com...above to explain this hilarious story.
I have to be honest, I just couldn't make this video with impromptu, but had to script my video (as you can tell by my eyes towards the end).
Congratulations-some of you got "Punk'd"-you fell for my joke-you got fooled!
I want to take this opportunity to share that I actually have been engaged (see marriage/convenant with God)-actually since 1996 when I came to a personal relationship with God (John 3:16). Check out the book of of Psalms (a.k.a "love" chapter) . Feel free to read more on www.goodnewseverybody.com and my
videos on this site are self-explanatory. Thanks and Happy April Fools Day (be ready for next year!) and God bless!
Stories in the Bible
"as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor."-Esther 9
"For additional information visit:
Daren's clean comedy breaks down all generational walls as he has a knack for connecting with teens. In today's world, the youth have been the most difficult to capture. Daren Streblow's hilarious, clean comedy allows parents to sit with their teens and laugh at each other without feeling uncomfortable. "
Bob Stromberg - Morris EV Free
"Bob Stromberg comes to Morris April 13, 2008. 6:30 PM. Get there early, seating limited. Don't miss it. Morris Area Concert Hall"
" What does it mean to "rejoice"? The Greek word for "Rejoice" means to be "cheerful, glad, continually happy, joyful, and calmly happy." How often are we instructed to "rejoice"? "Always." The word "always", as we all know, means at all times and in all conditions. No matter what - Christians are to "rejoice."
*inspired by Hear & Obey Conference
"A video report on WebMD maintains that laughter is not only "good for the soul," but studies have shown it to be advantageous to your physical health as well.
"Research shows laughter can improve your health," says the report. "It helps reduce stress hormones like cortizol and adrenaline, and plumps up immune system activity by increasing interferon, T-cells and white blood cells."
*referred by Elijah List on March 17th of 2007
"PARAMUS, New Jersey (AP) -- When Mark Malkoff thought about where he could stay while his New York City apartment was being fumigated for cockroaches, he quickly ruled out friends' places (too small) and hotels (too expensive).
Instead, the comedian and filmmaker decided to move into an Ikea store in suburban New Jersey, where on Monday he unloaded two suitcases into a spacious bedroom at the store.
At night when the store is closed, he says he'll play laser tag with security guards and even plans to host a housewarming party.
"The fact that Ikea is letting me do this is mind-boggling," said Malkoff, lounging on a bed in his new room. "There's no way I'm going back. I love this way too much." \
Mama Had Enough - by Mark Lowry
"This is from Mark's very first comedy video. It could easily be his funniest and most infamous story he's ever told."
"We’re told that the holidays are a time for celebration, joy and happiness, but some find it to be a season of sadness, loneliness and frustration. What are your expectations for this holiday season?"
I thought the holidays are supposed to be the most joyful time of the year? Why isn't this so? I think it's because of the way we "focus"? We envy or compared others with our situation. If the have it, we want it too. Well, the world doesn't work that way. We are all different and we all go through different circumstance. Others receive differently then we do. I was listening to this guy on t.v. on "one of many ways" to deal with death of a love one during the holiday season. Besides reflecting the "good times" with this individual with others that knew him or her, take sometime to refocus on "other" people by volunteering. Look for a group of those "less fortunate" (e.g. visit someone sick in the hospital, feed the hungry at a local food shelf or homeless shelter, etc...) and help them. This will help you to "refocus" away from your "negative" situation into a "joyful-positive" situation.
Q: What are some other ways to be more joyful during the holidays?
"..14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ..-1 Thessalonians 5
"this is the best bits of spaceballs i cudnt fit all the best bits in the whole movie so i only did the first 30mins hope u enjoy " Ernest goes to Jail
Would You Like To Know What Jim Varney Found?
Although I never personally knew of or met Jim Varney, I have come to learn about him from his friends, and even some of his own family. Jim had quite a life. Jim accepted Jesus as his saviour as a teenager. Although Jim found himself in the fast lane in show business which pulled him back at times and away from God, he never really gave up on God and his faith. I should say, God never gave up on Jim Varney. As you have read in this site, Jim returned to Jesus in a closer walk then he had ever known in his entire life. Jim especially in his last few years before he passed away turned to God in a close walk and faith. One particular friend of Jim's said that he was the strongest in his faith she had ever seen him. Jim Varney realized towards the end of his life that he needed to return to God, and he found peace of the likes he never had before. Would you like to also know the faith and the Jesus that Jim found, and many other people as well have found? You can, and I will be happy to show you how....
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Is The Song Of Mary Poppins (1964) Written By The Sherman Brothers. I Made A Karaoke Version With The Lyrics & Video On, Enjoy And Post Comments About My Work" Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Origin
According to Richard M. Sherman, co-writer of the song with his brother, Robert, the word was created by them in two weeks, mostly out of double-talk.
The roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- "above", cali- "beauty", fragilistic- "delicate", expiali- "to atone", and docious- "educable", with the sum of these parts signifying roughly "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty." Although the word contains recognizable English morphemes, it does not follow the rules of English morphology as a whole. The morpheme -istic is a suffix in English, whereas the morpheme ex- is typically a prefix; so following normal English morphological rules, it would represent two words: supercalifragilistic and expialidocious. The pronunciation also leans towards it being two words since, the letter c doesn't normally sound like a k when followed by an e, an i or a y.
According to film, it is defined as "something to say when you have nothing to say""
" As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings [f] before the LORD. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"
21 David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD's people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor." -2 Samuel 6
, from Bananas Comedy
Sent: April 18th of 2007
"Thank you for making me laugh this past Sunday (April 15th of 2007). I need it after a long weekend visiting my family members (please pray for my family) in St. Paul. I arrived eagerly back in Morris from the Twin Cities to see the rest of your show around 7:30pm (1 hour after it began). I laughed hysterically and was glad it lasted longer (yeah-intermission!) -I needed that extra laugh. Also, it was a blessing to meet the other family of believers in this small community. I attend Morris Community Church and it's awesome to get together with other churches in our community for one common purpose-Jesus Christ! God bless you and may He continue to use you to minister to others... http://www.angelfire.com/mn2/goodnewsumm/children.html
Bro in Christ,
p.s. the folks in VA tech could really need a taste of some joy from you...
*found it through a UMM Alumn (Nate Metcalf 95') on tuesday, March 6t 07'
People of the Web: Nobody's Fool
John Hargrave has pulled pranks on everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Wal-Mart. His goal is to make you laugh, but he won’t mind if you think a little, too.
By KEVIN SITES, FRI MAR 28, 5:06 PM PDT (potw.news.yahoo.com)
"Sir John Hargrave hated Ashton Kutcher’s MTV show "Punk’d" so much, calling it "Candid Camera for morons," he decided to “punk” the celebrity practical joker himself.
Hargrave did it through an elaborate scheme that included legally changing his own name to Ashton Kutcher and creating a website claiming to have recordings from Kutcher’s personal voicemail, including a message from a trash-talking “mistress” and an angry tirade from Bruce Willis, ex-husband of Kutcher’s wife, actress Demi Moore.
Hargrave legally changed his name to Ashton Kutcher to "punk" the celebrity prankster.
Despite claims from Kutcher’s publicist that the site was a fake, media worldwide picked up the story, exposing a system so hungry for gossip that the truth hardly matters.
“Once you get one mention of something it’s much easier for other journalists to step on board and accept that as truth, even though it’s not,” says Hargrave.
In the end, the real Ashton Kutcher had to admit he had been "punk’d."
Kutcher shouldn't be ashamed. Hargrave has been at this game a lot longer. Few are either brave — or foolish — enough to try the following: signing credit card receipts as Porky Pig and Mariah Carey; smuggling banned books and pornography into Wal-Mart; or posing as a terminally ill girl to test the sincerity of superstar celebrities.
Hargrave has done them all, documenting the capers both on his website, Zug.com — started in 1995, he claims it’s the Internet’s oldest comedy site — and in his book “Prank the Monkey.” He's also working on a second book of kid's pranks.
One of Hargrave's more elaborate stunts involved hiring a Michael Jackson impersonator.
Depending on your opinion, he is either a crusading consumer advocate, devising clever and witty ways to tweak the noses of those in power, or a comic kamikaze going to extremes to make his point. Hargrave, who legally added the “Sir” to his name when Buckingham Palace rebuffed his self-nomination for knighthood, concedes he’s probably a little of both.
“I think normal life is kind of boring and doing [pranks] is just the most thrilling kind of experience that you can have,” he says. “When it works well it’s like robbing a bank.”
On this day, he’s about to play a prank on shopping center patrons in Boston’s historic downtown. He will pretend to be a costumed tour guide dressed like Benjamin Franklin — but the tour will be anything but factual.
It starts with Hargrave telling the story of Franklin’s life, being born on nearby Milk Street and becoming a young printer’s apprentice, but it quickly devolves into madness.
“It culminates in an invention: Ben Franklin’s robot who was sent from the past, is now coming to the future and will be chasing me around,” says Hargrave outside the shopping center.
Hargrave’s frequent accomplice, Moses Blumenstiel, will don a hazmat suit to play the killer robot.
“I just hope they don’t think we’re terrorists,” Blumenstiel says with a little apprehension. Hargrave nods.
Hargrave in costume in Boston.
Inside the shopping center, Hargrave begins his warm-up.
“How are you sir,” he says to an 11-year-old boy with his mother. “I was one of America’s presidents.”
The boy tugs on his mother’s sleeve, “I told you!”
"I’m on Mount Rushmore,” Hargrave continues.
Smiling, the mother corrects her son, “he’s not on Mount Rushmore, and he wasn’t a president.” Around the corner, Hargrave is getting a kiss on both cheeks from two female tourists.
“Ah, Ben Franklin loves the ladies,” he says, posing for a photograph.
Born on April Fool’s Day, Hargrave says he’s been a prankster all his life — and no one is safe. In fact, he's trying to prank me right now. Hargrave attended the Berklee School of Music, but tells me he actually went to MIT — a school so legendary for pranks that the most elaborate are honored in the student center. As we walk through the Frank Gehry-designed building, he points out the “police cruiser” infamously snuck onto the top of the school’s Great Dome by engineering students in the dark of one February night in 1994.
“It was basically a hollowed-out body of a car — just the chassis — that they had hauled up using ropes and pulleys,” Hargrave explains. “There was a dummy dressed up as a police officer in the seat. There was a box of donuts on the passenger’s seat, and there was a parking ticket on the windshield.”
It’s that kind of cleverness, Hargrave says, that separates a prank from a practical joke. He continues his ruse with me — saying his years MIT also taught him that there should be rules to pranking: no one should get hurt; don’t bully people or damage and destroy things; but most of all, the prank needs to be funny. I'm sure he thinks the prank he's currently pulling on me is hilarious.
For Hargrave, the best pranks are those that challenge authority and power. His aren’t just aimless exercises in humor — they have a point.
He went after Wal-Mart for its policy of not stocking certain items they deemed offensive and “smuggled” in books and magazines which he stocked on Wal-Mart’s shelves.
Upset about the quality of Microsoft products, he cornered Bill Gates at a technology show in Las Vegas and asked him how much he could bench press. Hargrave also grilled Gates about how to shut off the autocorrect feature in Microsoft Word, then gave him a hug and kissed him on the chest.
Hargrave has pranked Congress, utility companies, and even email spammers. When unsolicited ads for a get-rich-quick seminar jammed his inbox, he tracked down the real estate guru who sent them and woke him up with a 4 a.m. phone call asking to be taken off the mailing list.
While some of his pranks seem to cross the line, Hargrave believes that making people uncomfortable also gets them to think.
Take what he calls his “Celebrity Sincerity Test,” in which he wrote a letter to eleven celebrities, posing as a terminally ill 11-year-old girl.
Some celebs, like Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey, didn’t respond at all. Others like Bono and Jerry Lewis were quite generous, sending signed photographs and T-shirts. But jailed serial killer Charles Manson sent a package containing three hand-carved wooden keepsake boxes. One had an engraved pink heart on top, another, the word “Love” with the message “From: Manson” carved inside the lid.
“The most sincere celebrity,” says Hargrave, ”was the man with blood on his hands.”
Meanwhile, back at the Boston shopping center, Hargrave dressed as Ben Franklin has begun his spiel in the building’s rotunda. Visitors look amused as he tells them he invented the urinary catheter. The security guards are decidedly less pleased.
They ask him to leave repeatedly, but Hargrave never breaks character. They slump off for a moment, unable to derail the performance. Then Hargrave begins warning of the giant robot he created. Blumenstiel appears in the silver hazmat suit and begins chasing Hargrave around the building. Security follows, chasing them both out the door.
For Hargrave, shaking up the status quo, even for a few minutes, is worth the risk.
“Every one of those people will have this fantastic story to tell when they go home about this crazy guy dressed up like Ben Franklin who was chased by a robot who was chased by security guards,” he says. “You can’t buy that kind of entertainment.”
Producers: Kevin Sites and Jamie Rubin
Camera: Kevin Sites
Video Editor: Jon Brick "
Ashton Kutcher Gets Punk'd
"I LEGALLY CHANGED MY NAME to Ashton Kutcher, just to prank the brainless Hollywood celebrity. The full story is available in my book, PRANK THE MONKEY (www.prankthemonkey.com)."
"Top 5 World's Happiest Cities
1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Barcelona, Spain
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. Melbourne, Australia
Behind the Numbers
"This is a survey of perception, not a survey of reality," he says. "People write me all the time and say 'that's not true.' It probably isn't true, but it's what people think. The gap between perception and reality is what interests city governments."
The Pursuit of Happiness
The beauty of the city and its environs, along with affordable housing and business opportunities, is the fantastic lifestyle," says Michelle Finkelstein, a vice president at travel agency Our Personal Guest..
Regina Spektor- Laughing With (Official Music Video)
"The words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol 'Joy to the World' were written in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). The father of John Watts was a Non-conformist and so extreme were his views that he was imprisoned twice. His father's influence over Isaac was demonstrated when he choose to attend Non�conformist Academy at Stoke Newington in preference to a University. Watts was ordained as a Pastor of an Independent congregation. He wrote many hymns and Carols and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the the University of Edinburgh in 1728. The music to the carol is by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)."
"MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (ANS) -- Stand-up comic Rabbi Bob Alper, who performs internationally with Muslim comedians in The Laugh in Peace Tour, has been doing stand-up comedy for 23 years, following a successful career serving synagogues in Buffalo and Philadelphia.
Now Alper will headline at Ontario's award-winning festival, Muslimfest 2009, in Mississauga, August 2, according to a media release.
"I was thrilled to receive the invitation to appear at Muslimfest," said Alper.
"During the past seven years I've seen repeatedly how shared laughter diffuses suspicion and builds bridges between formerly unconnected communities. This is a concept that the organizers of Muslimfest 2009 also value," he said.
We try to work with Canada's rich diversity to foster an understanding of each other's culture and identity; having Rabbi Bob Alper perform will further develop this," says Amer Meknas, director of Muslimfest 2009.
The festival, now in its sixth year, aims to highlight Muslim arts and culture, celebrate diversity, and build lasting relationships with other groups -- and has won multiple awards for its effective pioneer efforts.
The news release says that what started as an experiment in 2002 now constitutes nearly half of the rabbi's annual tour schedule.
Alper and his first comedy partner, Ahmed Ahmed, performed at synagogues and a mosque, but their unique, clean comedy soon caught on at college campuses with Jewish and Muslim groups co-sponsoring.
One year, Alper and Ahmed were invited to the University of Arkansas, home of the ''azorbacks."
"Very cool," Alper observed. "A Muslim and a Jew performing at a college whose mascot is a pig!"
When Ahmed's career transitioned into movie roles, Alper was joined by Azhur Usman*, an attorney by training and founder of the "Allah Made Me Funny" group.
Alper reflects how "traveling across North America and performing with Azhar is exciting and loads of fun, but it can also be daunting.
"People respond to Azhar with anger, fear, suspicion, and event hatred. Which is understandable. Because he is, of course…a lawyer."
Last year, CNN Headline News aired a profile of the duo at: www.wptz.com/video/17250540/index.html .
Alper also performs occasionally with Mo Amer, another member of "Allah Made Me Funny."
Following a show at Congregation Kol Ami, a synagogue in White Plains, NY, Amer asked Alper what "kol ami" means.
"It's Hebrew for 'voice of my people,'" Alper explained. To which Amer responded, "Oh. Because in Arabic, it means 'eat my uncle!'"
Muslimfest 2009 will take place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, during the Civic Holiday Weekend, August 1st and 2nd, 2009.
*Azhar and Bob will tour Vermont August 8-10: one church, two synagogues, and a theatre.
Rabbi Bob Alper -- 802-362-4464 -- www.bobalper.com
Mariam Munawar -- 416-457-7421 -- www.muslimfest.com "
Japanese Candid Camera
"Funny as hell Matrix Karate :]"
*referred by Chris G. (12/6/09)