“Laura’s Own Bible-y Stuff List!”

Well, Laura has done it! She met Rob’s list challenge, and she even taught him something in the process! As a bonus, she admitted getting some help! (The first item was from was her most recent “Time Warp Trip” when Laser Eyes Jesus gave her an answer, and the second item was from her first “Time Warp Trip” where she learned you don’t just get Laser Eyes Jesus to read about the Gospel off of a piece of paper!)

The lists, comments, and suggestions you readers provided were great! And I think it’s really important to emphasize, as several of you pointed out, the things we do that please God are really things He enables us to do in the first place! So in a huge way, these things are not necessarily ours as in originating within us. Not at all.

So what do you think about things that please God Our Father? And what about adding “My” at the beginning? For me (and it’s okay if this is not for you), adding “My” at the beginning helps me to be accountable and helps me to create balance.

Here’s what I mean by balance. I can be quick to say “My prayer life is not what it should be” or “My generosity towards the less fortunate needs some work.” I claim the “Not-So-Pleasing-To-God Things” quickly, yet I tend to push away the “Pleasing-To-God” things even more quickly! I will say things like, “Oh, it was nothing” or “Well that’s what I’m supposed to do.”

Does that seem a little off-balance to you like it does to me? (Maybe you do that too? Hopefully I’m not the only one! Remember, a lot here is just me figuring things out, not necessarily saying “This is true for everyone. Do this.”)

For myself, I want to look at this more from a coaching perspective. In things like sports or mentoring programs, we can say, “My coach has really helped me work on my speed and focus, and I achieved my goals.” So I’m suggesting that we can say, “Jesus has really helped me work on my prayer life and my generosity and Our Heavenly Father is pleased!” (Or maybe that’s what everyone else is already doing, and I’m just figuring it out now? Oops!)

One of the big things Jesus coached people on was their faith. He often let people know whether their faith was pleasing to God or not, and He coached them when it was not.

…“Daughter, your faith has made you well…” Mark 5:34 (NASB)

…“I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” Luke 7:9 (NASB)

…“Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”… Matthew 8:26 (NASB)

Yet we also know that our faith really comes from God.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith… Hebrews 12:2a (NASB)

…God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:3b (NASB)

So I look to Jesus as My Coach to help me with (1) My Praise and My Thanksgiving, (2) My Speaking The Gospel, and (3) My Walk, because I know He was pleasing in all of His ways and bore fruit in every good work, and He can show me how.

What if we imagined these things that please God were like Olympic events? How would that change our perspective? (Remember that “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews Chapter 12?) We can each say “My Coach is THE BEST!” Then we get to claim the trophy when all the time we know that we’d never be able to have that trophy with Our Coach! Isn’t that extravagantly loving of Him? When all the time we are just floundering without Him with our shoelaces untied!

Who knows, maybe Laura’s “Bible-y Stuff” will really help her to become a coach to Rob and others! Maybe she will even start a list titled “Things Jesus Is To Me” and start it with “(1) My Coach”!?! And what about those twins of hers?!? Hmm…

“Freedom And Failure (Mother’s Day Morning)”

This is #020 of “The Lloyd Servant Show,” and we see now why there was no show with the staged joyful healing and restoration of everyone’s beloved pie maker, Miss Betty Mae Butler! She is no longer held captive and manipulated by evil. Somewhere she is safe and truly getting healed and restored.

…Yet, only this chapter is ended. There is still more plot to unfold, more loose ends to tie up! Can you tell?!?

For now, I can only say that looks can be deceiving, even in hidden or obscured images, and stereotyped images can often conceal something much more wicked and sinister! (And remember, the last panel does take place in a temporary television studio where there are sure to be special lights and scenery!)

“The events depicted in this comic strip are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental. The similarity of the empty warehouse and an empty tomb are indeed intentional, not merely coincidental!

Thanks, everyone!

More to follow for sure! Until then…Godspeed, Miss Betty Mae! Godspeed, Miss Gladys Louise!

I will be making available for download soon a PDF document with all of the pages for this chapter of “The Lloyd Servant Show.” It didn’t really occur to me to do that until today! Seriously! I’m eager to see how the whole 20 pages will look when combined together, and I hope you are too!

“Time Warp Cheating!”

Laura seems quite determined to get help with Rob’s list challenge without opening her Bible! First she tried a “Dear Abby” kind of letter, now she’s using a time warp! (How she did this is another storyline entirely!)

What actually prompted this little series was a recent garage cleaning. I found some old books that I had put away along with some notes, and they were mostly all about Bible commentaries and Bible lists. This reminded me of how I had for a time been more inclined to “read about the Bible” rather than to “actually read the Bible.” I think I’ve said before, Laura is a lot like me in some respects!

So what do you think about reading the Bible? Is it something that you avoid doing? Would you rather take a “shortcut”? Even a “cheating shortcut”? (Which for me would be the times when I was afraid of what God would say to me if I read His Word directly, so I’d choose to read someone else’s word about His Word!)

I guess there may be two different ways of looking at the Bible.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow… Hebrews 4:12a (NASB)

The Bible can be used as a sword, a weapon, and I’ve done that. But I think that may have been wrong. The verse is only making a comparison, not giving a command to hack down as many people as possible with God’s Word.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

This is probably my more favorite view of the Bible these days. I really like how personal this makes God’s Word for me. My Lamp. My Feet. My Light. My Path.

And honestly, I really can’t go around hacking other people to pieces when I am looking for my next step, can I?!?

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Paul is wrong. I’m just saying that at times I have forgotten the latter part.

…and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12b

That’s still God’s Word for me. My Judgment. My Thoughts. My Intentions. My Heart.

“Tiptoeing Through The Flame Tulips!”

With Mother’s Day come and gone, we can only imagine what that day may have been like for this cartoon family. (Remember, last Sunday’s comic strip was pulled to make way for the “Spokeschick“!) I imagine that the fancy award and title were just as artificial as the oversized bouquet. These were appeasements for Margie, “Flamethrower Mommy.”

So what do you think about fancy titles, awards, gifts, and being in the spotlight? I must admit that they are kind of nice at times, but they really do fade quickly.

When you think of a title like “The BEST Christian Mother Of The Year,” how do you feel about that? At first I’m thinking that’s fine, and there is sort of an understanding that most people believe their mother is “The BEST,” but I have to say I wonder about putting the word “Christian” in there. Does that imply that Hindu mothers and Buddhist mothers and Muslim mothers and Jewish mothers are somehow not quite as good? That their loving actions are somehow inferior in some way? I’m just asking. Sometimes little things like this make a difference in how we are perceived.

But this comic strip really isn’t about the question, “What makes a good mother?” or even “What does motherly love look like?” It’s more like “What does love look like?”

Does God even look at any of our love the way that people do? What if God perceives love somewhat like the way you and I perceive color? We see bright bold rich colors and we see dull drab poor colors. Could love be like that? Through God’s eyes?

What if Jesus has the ability to see love the way that we see light and color? It would be an astounding thing, wouldn’t you agree? Wouldn’t He see His own divine love radiating out from Himself, being reflected and dispersed through the lives of His followers just like each of us was a small prismatic mirror reflecting His divine love throughout the world?!?

What would Jesus call these people, these prismatic mirrors who have received and shared all that He has to give? What would be the greatest and BEST name or title He could give them? Surely it would be the longest most elaborate one ever, right?!?

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 (NASB)

He would call them “Friend.” Can you really imagine a better title for yourself? “His Friend.”

Now back to the comic strip before closing! Amazing, isn’t it, that I waited until the end to point out how that the big yellow flame tulip looks remarkably like a blast from “Flamethrower Mommy” at her most unloving?!? If you don’t see the similarity, just browse back through a few “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad” comic strips! But tiptoe carefully!

“Anonymous Housewife Seeks Help With Bible-y Stuff”

Just a regular silly comic strip today because the internet has been crazy here last night and this morning! It is a follow up to this comic strip which was the result of this comic strip where Laura, the Tidy List Maker has gotten carried away with one of her Lists.

Please consider taking this poll. I realized this week that I’ve gotten way off of what I had sort of set up as a “comic strip posting schedule,” and so there hasn’t been a “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad” or “Laser Eyes Jesus” this week. Looks like that happened with a few others too, however they aren’t always posted weekly. But maybe there are some which ar not weekly but should be?!?

Anyway, the point is that if there’s a comic strip that is particularly popular, I want to make sure that I post a new one at least every week whenever I can! This poll should help with that goal.