Raymond is a pastor (Westgate Memorial Baptist Church) who started a sermon illustration service for preachers in 1991. For many years, he would send out weekly mailings--we're talking about the U. S. Postal Service, friends--which would contain interesting facts, quotes, stories, and humor. For this, he charged a paltry $79.95 a year. Then, the internet came along.

Now, he gives it away. Yep. With one little tiny hitch. There's a $15 activation fee, which covers the cost of someone who works for him taking your information and feeding it into the computer, then making sure you are on the internet mailing list and remain there.

Raymond emails 35 mailings a year now, and it's the bargain of the century.

His ministry is called "In Other Words," and his website is www.iows.net. Check it out. And no, you don't have to tell him "Joe sent you."

Then--special message here to Charlie, Anthony, Craig, Christoph, Carl, Jim and Mark--create two files: an internet file where you can store these mailings as they arrive, and the old-fashioned manila file folder in a file cabinet (meaning you print out the mailings and drop into the file, then review them occasionally to find just what you are looking for).

I thought you'd like this. You're welcome.

Now, if you happen to have snuck in here and you're not a preacher type person, you have my permission to forward this to your pastor or print it out and hand to him. If you actually like him and want to be an encourager to him, then offer to pay the $15 activation fee yourself. Otherwise, clip this off the end before handing it to him. (That's a joke, son).

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at joemckeever.com/mt. Used with permission