"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Have you ever felt like you were the only one in the crowd who didn’t get the joke? The joke was told with great delivery...but the punch line just flew over your head? The Christian life can be a lot like that. We’re told that God has a great sense of humor, but sometimes His irony leaves us gasping instead of giggling. In his new book, I Love God’s Sense of Humor; I Just Wish He’d Let Me in on the Joke, Stan Toler addresses the awkward moments of life and the silence that fills the air after trouble or tragedy has occurred. With humor and insight, Toler revisits the lives of biblical heroes who struggled to find the humor in horrifying situations yet found the courage and faith to overcome the obstacles in their lives. He helps you learn to deal with some of life’s most pressing problems--while still managing to keep a smile on your face. I Love God’s Sense of Humor ...will remind you that you don’t necessarily need a great sense of humor to get God’s punch lines. You just need a great sense of faith--the ability to see that God will get you to Jerusalem even if you have to go through Cleveland to get there. In I Love God’s Sense of Humor ...you’ll learn to overcome: Obstacles Disappointment Temptation Anger Fear Inadequacy Doubt Hopelessness Failure Loneliness