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Joe’s Hot Donuts & Cold Storage

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Joe’s Hot Donuts & Cold Storage

Two of my Grandchildren, Huntley and Christyana Ballestero love to play a name game they made up. They use a name like Joe, and then try to think of two businesses that normally wouldn’t go together. Then they try to imagine what the sign over the business would read like. Their game would sound a little something like this, for example:

Joe’s Mortuary & CB Shop

Joe’s Auto Sales & Tanning Booths

Joe’s Diner & Wig Shop

Joe’s Barber Shop & Cafe

Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor & Bicycle Repair

Joe’s Bowling Alley & Bakery

Joe’s Transmission Repair & Pedicure

Joe’s Hot Donuts & Cold Storage

Joe’s Taxidermy & Petting Zoo

Joe’s Roofing & Marriage Counseling

Joe’s Day Care & Optometry

Joe’s Plumbing & Glass Repair

Joe’s Palm Reading & Pet Detective

Joe’s Service Station & Office Supplies

Joe’s Recording Studio & Crop Dusting

Joe’s Auto Parts & Dating Service

Joe’s Financial Advisory & Bait Shop

Joe’s Burglar Alarms & Hot Dog Stand

Joe’s Furniture Upholstery & Valet Parking Service

Joe’s Slaughter House & Florist

Joe’s Concrete Finishing & Dog Grooming

Joe’s Drywall & Tax Preparation

Joe’s Tires & TV Repair

Joe’s Driver’s Ed & Firecrackers

Joe’s Dentistry & Stump Grinding

Joe’s Bar-BQ & Shoe Repair

Joe’s Chimney Sweeping & Ski Instruction

Joe’s Well Digging & Private Investigations

Joe’s Demolition & Hearing Aids

Joe’s Lawn Care & Diaper Service

Joe’s Gun Repair & Wedding Announcements

Joe’s Photography & Radiator Repair

Joe’s Accounting & Dog Walking Service

Joe’s Tattoo Parlor & Divorce Mediation

Joe’s Auto Detailing & Tuxedo Rentals

Joe’s Laundry & Pest Control

Joe’s Blacksmithing & Banjo Repair

Joe’s Estate Planning & Fish Market

Joe’s Notary & Welding Shop

Joe’s Malt Shop & Fitness Center

Joe’s Carpet Laying & Web Hosting

Joe’s Painting & Paralegal Service

Joe’s Travel Agency & Bail Bonds

Joe’s Motel & Wig Shop

Joe’s Real Estate & Alterations

Joe’s Beauty Shop & Carburetor Repair

Joe’s Deli & Dog Kennel

Joe’s Graphic Design & Fresh Farm Eggs

Joe’s Grocery & Septic Service

Joe’s Pizza & Acupuncture

Joe’s Wedding Chapel & Wrecker Service

All of this may be kid’s stuff. However, a few of us adults may have chuckled in the process. Since our imaginations are working over time, imagine God looking at “Joe” the churchgoer.

The worst “Joe” joke of all would be, “Joe The Spirit Filled Christian” who doesn’t live that way at home.

Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

That’s something no one would laugh at. Not even God.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

Posted in Christian Living, Holy Ghost

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  1. Bro. Ballestero, this was way to funny. I laughed my way through it. My side hurts. It also has a lot of truth in the end. It is sad that there are going to be people who get to heaven thinking that they made it, and in then end they find out that the worst joke was on them, It pays to get right and stay right. May Jesus ever keep us mindful of how easy it will be to miss the mark.


    September 8, 2011 at 5:07 am

  2. Strange! This is something that has been going through my mind all day! Hope I’m not “Joe”. What does that old song say? You’ve got to live your religion everyday…” It’s a fun game but I’m afraid you are right. There are alot of people who are trying to live two ways that completely contridict each other!

    Crystal Smith (Morris)

    September 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  3. I LOVED this post. Just absolutely adorable. Then leave it to you to find us a spiritual application!!! You are incredible!!


    September 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

  4. My dad was leading service in the church he pastored and made a statement to the affect that your family knows better than anyone if you are truly a Christian. Late that night we received a call from a lady in our church…she was sobbing hysterically. Her husband assumed that comment was directed at him and that his wife had told my dad what he had been doing. He went home and beat her up. She hadn’t told my dad anything and if the man hadn’t come unglued his pastor would never have known…but God knew…


    September 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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