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Post  Admin on Sat 02 Nov 2019, 10:06 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Determination 

"It is God himself, in his mercy, who has given us this
wonderful work [of telling his good news to others],
and so we never give up."1

When the United Kingdom's back was against the wall
during World War II, Winston Churchill declared: "We
shall go to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall
fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with
growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we
shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be. We
shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in
the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the
hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I
do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large
part of it were subjugated and starving, then our
Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the
British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in
God's good time, the New World, with all its power and
might steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of
the old."

May we who call ourselves Christian have the same
determination when coming against our arch enemy who
himself, with his horde of evil spirits, is totally
committed to destroying everything that is Christian
and doing everything in his power to stop people coming
to Jesus and receiving God’s gift of sins forgiven and
eternal life.

In the words of the classic hymn:

    Onward Christian soldiers
    Marching as to war
    With the cross of Jesus
    Going on before.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
true soldier of the cross with a determination to never
give up in doing my part to help ‘the cause of Christ,’
to make a stand for right, and to help spread the
gospel around the world. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (TLB).

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Children Learn What They Live 

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is
old he will not turn from it."1

Change is rarely easy. In fact it can be very difficult
to change the patterns learned in our developmental
years. Solomon noted the importance of early training
some 3,000 years ago. Dorothy Law Nolte explained it
rather precisely in the following words:

   If a child lives with criticism,
      he learns to condemn.
   If a child lives with hostility,
      he learns to fight.
   If a child lives with ridicule,
      he learns to be shy.
   If a child lives with shame,
      he learns to feel guilty.
   If a child lives with tolerance,
      he learns to be patient.
   If a child lives with encouragement,
      he learns confidence.
   If a child lives with praise,
      he learns to appreciate.
   If a child lives with fairness,
      he learns justice.
   If a child lives with security,
      he learns to have faith.
   If a child lives with approval,
      he learns to like himself.
   If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
      he learns to find love in the world.2

It hardly needs saying that we need to be very loving
in the way we bring up our children. But what if we, as
adults, didn't receive loving, wholesome training as a
child ourselves? Can we change? Yes, if we truly want
to and are willing to accept responsibility for doing
what we need to do to change.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, knowing that my parents
did the best they knew how, help me never to blame them
for any problems I have, and please give me the desire
to keep growing so I become a warm, loving, accepting
adult/parent. And please lead me to the help I need to
overcome the effects of any deficiencies in my
childhood upbringing. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Solomon (Proverbs 22:6).
2. Adapted from "Children Learn What They Live" by
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Today's Daily Encounter

Come Apart and Rest a While 

"The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him
all they had done and taught. Then, because so many
people were coming and going that they did not even
have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by
yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'"1

"According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man
noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish
games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at
Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such
frivolous activity.

"Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its
string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to
the critical Athenian, 'Now, answer the riddle, if you
can. Tell us what the unstrung bows imply.'

"The man looked at it for several moments but had no
idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop
explained, 'If you keep a bow always bent, it will
break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will
be more fit for use when you want it.'"2

So many of us today, including me, are bogged down with
being too busy. Much of life seems to be controlled by
the tyranny of the urgent--unforeseen crises or needs
that daily pop up unexpectedly--all of  which are a
vivid reminder that I, too, need to "come apart and
rest a while--before I come apart." Even Jesus and his
disciples, in the midst of their busy ministry, needed
to take time out to get some rest. Dare we do less?
There are times when we, too, need to loosen the bow.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the reminder
that I need, not only to be diligent in my work and
service, but also to take time to get needed rest every
day. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Mark 6:30-31 (NIV).
2. Our Daily Bread, June 6, 1994.

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Forgotten Provisions 

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his
glorious riches in Christ Jesus."1

"A story is told about William Randolph Hearst, the
late newspaper publisher. Hearst invested a fortune in
collecting great works of art. One day he read about
some valuable pieces of art and decided that he must
add them to his collection. He sent his agent abroad to
locate and purchase them. Months went by before the
agent returned and reported to Hearst that the items
had at last been found--they were stored in his own
warehouse. Hearst had purchased them years before."2

Sometimes we get so bogged down with the busyness and
pressures of life, with the abundance of things we
possess, and/or with unresolved baggage from the past
that we are either unwilling to claim, unable to
appropriate, or simply unaware of the riches in Christ
Jesus that God has for us.

We're not talking about material riches that clutter
the lives of many, but about riches of a far greater
kind, such as peace with God, forgiveness of our sins
and wrongs, freedom from guilt, the assurance of
eternal life and a home in Heaven, and the journey in
the “here-and-now" to growth, inner healing and
wholeness.

God has all these riches [blessings] and many more for
all of us. But it's up to each of us to claim them. To
discover what they are, it helps to read and study
God's Word the Bible.

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, deliver me from the
barrenness of a life that is too busy, a life that
carries too much baggage from the past, and from the
curse of being controlled by materialism. Help me to
make my peace with You through Jesus Christ, to resolve
every impaired relationship, and to find inner peace,
healing and wholeness as You promised to all who truly
want it and put their trust in You. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s
name, amen."

1. The Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:19, NIV).
2. From Our Sufficiency in Christ by John MacArthur,
Jr.

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Honesty: Still the Best Policy 

"We will lovingly follow the truth at all
times--speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly--and
so become more and more in every way like Christ."1

Sadly, there seems to be a sad lack of truth in high
places these days (in many low places, too). However,
truth is eternal. It will always win out in the long
run. Once an individual or a business company becomes
known for not always telling the truth, he or it will
never be trusted.

Personal honesty always pays off. And, in the long run,
so does corporate honesty.

Some time ago Donald Douglas was competing with Boeing
to sell Eastern Air Lines its first big jets. Eddie
Rickenbacker, who headed Eastern at the time, is said
to have told Douglas that his specifications and claims
for the DC-8 were close to his competition on
everything but noise suppression. He then gave Douglas
one last chance to out-promise Boeing on this feature.

After consulting his engineers. Douglas reported back
that he did not feel he could make that promise.

Rickenbacker replied, "I know you can't. I wanted to
see if you were still honest. You just got yourself an
order for $135,000,000."2

As Christians we are instructed to always speak the
truth in love. Always in all ways!

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
totally honest with myself, with my loved ones,
friends, and business contacts--and especially with
You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
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Witnessing Made Simple 

"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the
gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good
things."1

"Do you remember the Mercedes TV commercial a few years
ago that showed a Mercedes crashing into a concrete
wall during a safety test? An engineer in a white lab
coat walks over after the crash and kneels down to
examine the damage, which is minimal. A reporter then
asks the engineer about Mercedes' energy absorbing car
body. After the engineer tells all about the unique
design the reporter asks him why Mercedes doesn't
enforce their patent on the design, a design evidently
copied by several other companies because of its
success.

"The engineer then replied matter-of-factly, 'Because
some things in life are too important not to share.'
How true this is. There are many things in life that
fall into this 'too-important-not-to-share category.'
Advances in science, in medicine, in technology. But
all of these pale in importance to that of sharing our
faith."2

As Billy Graham said, "I am convinced the greatest act
of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them
about God's love for them in Christ."

There are many ways we can do this. Here's one very
simple way. For example, whenever I eat at a
restaurant, I always leave one of my Good News business
witness cards with the tip. And whenever a suitable
opportunity arises, without being pushy, I ask the
person I am talking to if I can give him or her one of
my cards. It is a very attractive card that invites
people to visit one of our Good News websites. The site
has many articles that speak to the felt needs of the
average person--articles that deal with overcoming
worry, stress, marriage, relationships, and the like.

I've never had anyone ever refuse to accept one of
these cards. They are attractively printed and are not
in any way preachy. This is a very easy, attractive,
and non-offensive way to witness even for the most
timid person. This is an idea for witnessing to others.

It is true, the gospel message of Jesus Christ is far
too important not to share. Let us not forget that one
of the most important ways to be a witness for Christ
is through the way we live. People are always watching!
Let's be sure our actions are leading others to Christ.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I come to you with all my
fears making myself available for You to use as a
witness for Jesus Christ. Please use me to be 'as
Christ' in some way to someone in need today, and give
me the courage to share my Christian faith in a
non-offensive and gracious way. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Romans 10:15 (NKJV).
2. Rev. Steve Jackson, Sermon: "Come and See."

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Broken and Beautiful 

“The Lord will work out his plans formy life--for your
loving-kindness, Lord, continues forever. Don’t abandon
me--foryou made me."1

Friends of ours recently moved toHawaii and shared
something that I found fascinating. It was a video of a
papayatree that they have in their backyard at their
new home. This papaya tree isunlike any I have ever
seen. It looks as though someone tried chopping it
downat some point, but instead of dying or drying out,
it grew sideways instead! Itlooks like an elephant
trunk hanging off the side of the main tree trunk.
Whatis fascinating, though, is that the extension of
this tree has continuedproducing beautiful papayas and
its leaves are flourishing. It may be broken,but it
continues giving fruit just like it was created to do.

Seeing this video was such a wonderfullife lesson for
me personally. We all have past experiences that
perhaps werenot very pleasant. Circumstances may have
tried cutting us down at some point,and we may be
struggling to regain composure and continue moving
forward. Thescars from our past may still feel so
fresh, but our past experiences and scarsdon’t define
our future! God continues working out His plan in our
lives and isusing our past to mold us into powerful
instruments that will have a mightyimpact in our world
today and will reach others for Christ.

Just like this papaya tree thatcontinues giving fruit
regardless of the giant scar in its trunk, we too, can
reachour full potential and allow God to fulfill His
purpose and plan in our lives…even with our scars. God
loves us and has promised never to leave or forsakeus.
He is not done with us and will continue His work in
us. In Him we can bebroken and beautiful.

 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thankyou that, despite my
past and the scars I carry, you are creating
somethingbeautiful. In you we have forgiveness,
healing, hope, and a future. I surrendermy life to you,
hurts and all, and ask that you mold me and use me to
be thehands and feet of Jesus in our world today. May
the experiences you have allowedin my life be used to
have an impact in the lives of others for your
glory.Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In
Jesus’ name. Amen."

 1.      Psalms 138:8 (TLB).   
 
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Cordless Jump Rope 

“For the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] is going to come in
his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will
reward each person according to what he has done."1

In his Thought for the Day in June 02, 2006 devotional,
Alan Smith said, “Perhaps you have heard about
thelatest invention. This report came through the AP
news service this week:

"If you think keeping fit is merely mind over matter,
Lester Clancy has an invention for you--a
cordlessjump-rope. That's right, a jump-rope minus the
rope. All that's left are twohandles, so you jump over
the pretend rope.

"And for that idea kicking around Clancy's head since
1988, the U.S. Patent Office awarded the
52-year-oldMansfield, Ohio, man a patent.

"It's perfect for the clumsy, Clancy said, 'If you’re
still jumping, you're still using your legs as well
asyour arms, and getting the cardiovascular workout.
You just don't have to worryabout tripping on the
rope….'

“As one professor pointed out in the article, you could
accomplish the same thing using two toilet paper
holders!"2

Naturally we laugh at such an absurd invention, but as
Alan Smith points out, “And yet, there are things in
the spiritual realm that are just as ridiculous. There
are some who want to hold on to the handles of ‘faith’
without a rope of ‘works.’ There are others who want to
hold onto the handles of ‘a God of mercy and grace’
without a rope of ‘a God of justice and
holiness.’ There are some who want to hold onto the
handles of ‘Christianity’ without a rope of
‘love.’ There are some who want to hold onto the
handles of accepting Jesus as ‘Savior’ but want to
leave off the rope of accepting Jesus as ‘Lord’ of
their lives."3

In the end, as today’s Scripture reminds us, we will be
rewarded by God on the basis of what we have done and
how we have lived--not on the basis of what we
professed. Some of us may be holding only a couple of
“religious sticks."

“Dear God, please help me to become all that You
envisioned for me to be when I accepted Jesus as my
Savior, be genuinely committed to You, live in harmony
with Your will, and enthusiastically serve You with my
life. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Matthew 16:27 (NIV).
2. Alan Smith, “Thought for the Day," June, 02, 2006,
   http://www.tftd-online.com
3. Ibid. 

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Why Temptation Is Like Ice Cream 

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to
man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
stand up under it."1

Nelson Searcy tells of a study that was conducted about
the best tasting ice cream. Members of the control
group were blindfolded and given all kinds of vanilla
ice cream to taste--quality brand ice cream, gourmet
ice cream, homemade ice cream, cheap ice cream and
everything in between.

It didn’t matter if it was gourmet, brand name, or
homemade ice cream, “The number one determining factor
was the percentage of fat in the ice cream. In other
words, the more fat that was in the ice cream, the more
people liked it."

As Searcy stated, “Now, isn’t that one of the ironies
of life? Why can’t fried chicken, which happens to be
my favorite food, be as good for you as an apple?  I
have never heard a doctor say--‘A fried chicken leg a
day will keep the doctor away.’ The reason they say
that is because if you had fried chicken every morning
for breakfast, it would probably keep the doctor nearby
because your cholesterol would shoot up. I guess I’ll
have to settle for apples."2

And who doesn’t like a good fatty ice cream? As a kid
we even used to pour pure cream over our ice cream.
Yum! Yum! We had no idea how unhealthy that was.

Temptation, too, can have an overpowering attraction
and appeal. It can look fabulous and at first taste
very inviting--but in the long run its effects are
deadly. It reminds me of an extremely beautiful fish
that is found on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
It’s only very small but its sting is incredibly
painful. It needs to be avoided at all cost. Same with
sin. Regardless how attractive it appears, its end
result is deadly so it needs to be avoided at all
costs. As Searcy said, “When we give in to temptation,
we always regret it because in the long run we always
give up something greater for instant gratification
right now."3

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to remember
that while sin’s temptation can be very appealing, it
always pays self-destructive dividends. Through Your
Spirit please give me the strength to resist the lures
of the evil one--and the good sense to always depend on
You and not try to fight it in my own strength. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus’s name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV).
2. Nelson Searcy. Source: KneEmail.
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Today's Daily Encounter

Avoid the Stink! 

“As dead flies causeeven a bottle of perfume to stink,
so a little foolishness spoils great wisdomand honor."1

When we think of Judas Iscariot,we picture the man who
betrayed Jesus. However, Judas most likely didn’t
beginhis journey with Jesus with betrayal in mind, but
his greed was something thatdeveloped over time and it
consumed him to the point of betraying Jesus. InJohn
12:4-6 we read Judas’ reaction after Mary anoints
Jesus’ feet with anexpensive perfume. “But Judas
Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him,said,
‘Thatperfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have
been sold and the money givento the poor.’ Not that he
cared for the poor--he was athief, and since he was in
charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole somefor
himself." The sin of greed and theft had become
“normal" for him andeventually led him to betray Jesus.
His sin didn’t even allow him to see thebeautiful
moment that was taking place right in front of him!

Our relationship with Christ canbe affected either
positively or negatively by our choices. Many times, we
continuallyindulge in “little" sins and fail to realize
it because they have become ahabit without us realizing
it. Things such as lying, gossiping, jealousy,
greed,pride… these are all areas that Satan uses to
hook us. Then after we are spirituallyweak, Satan sends
a bigger temptation our way and we fall. There is no
suchthing as little sins for God. A sin is a sin and
the consequence is separationfrom God (spiritual
death).

Let’s take a moment to reflect onwhat we are nurturing
in our hearts. Are we harboring negative habits or
behaviors?Are we stuck in a cycle of sinning without
even realizing it? It is importantthat we acknowledge
and confess these to God. Not only might these little
sinsadd up to a larger problem later, but they will
also hinder our spiritual growthand make us ineffective
right now. God wants us to be men and woman of
greatwisdom and honor, so let’s not allow our “dead
flies" to cause a stink in ourheart and prevent us from
being used by God.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God,please open the eyes of my
heart to see the little sins I may be
harboringunknowingly. I ask forgiveness for allowing
myself to be distracted by these,and I leave them at
your feet now. I ask that you create a new heart in me
thatwill reflect you. I pray that you would guard my
heart and my mind from thelittle things that Satan may
try to use to make me ineffective in serving you.You
are my God and I surrender my life and will to you
only. Use me for yourglory I pray. Gratefully. In
Jesus’ name. Amen."

 1.      Ecclesiastes 10:1 (NLT).   
 
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Pressing Toward the Goal 

The Apostle Paul wrote, "One thing I do: Forgetting
what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I
press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God
has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who
are mature should take such a view of things."1

According to Peter Wagner, "Goal setting is a risk. One
of the most comfortable things in the world is to have
no goals, because then there can be no failure. It is
equally comfortable to define your goals in terms of
what you happen to be doing at any given time. If you
shoot first, then draw the target around the bullet
hole, you'll never miss the bull's eye. If someone
looks later, he might even call you a good marksman."
Some people have developed this technique very well.
Their goals are set more by their own inclinations than
by carefully formulated biblical priorities.

Having a clearly defined goal is the first step towards
the success of anything. However, according to
motivational specialists only three percent of people
have a major goal for their life. Without this we are
like a rudderless ship. Instead of our setting the
direction of our life, we let the winds and tides of
the times take us where they will. As someone has said
facetiously, "Blessed be he who aims at nothing for he
shall surely hit it!"

As with the Apostle Paul, God has a specific goal for
each one of us. It is our responsibility to discover
what that goal is and work towards achieving it. And as
Paul said, "All of us who are mature should take such a
view of things."

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have a
specific purpose and goal for my life. Please help me
to discover what that is and give me the desire,
courage, and direction to help me work towards
fulfilling that goal. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Philippians 3:13-15 (NIV).

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Paul’s Support Team

 
   
   
 
The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. – Acts 19:29 NASB

It took a high level of courage and commitment as well as a sense of calling to bring the Gospel to the first-century Roman world. Paul was trained and chosen for this task. But he did not travel alone. One of his companions was Aristarchus, a believer from Macedonia.
While in Ephesus, a huge disturbance erupted after Paul shared the Gospel. Paul was the center of the confusion, but Aristarchus was there with him, facing the same dangers.
Aristarchus was one of Paul’s “traveling companions.” Some might have abandoned the journey because of the hazards. But Aristarchus remained loyal, traveling with Paul after leaving Ephesus (Acts 20:4).
For a time others traveled with Paul but, along the way, some abandoned him. But months later when Paul boarded a ship that was to take him to Rome, Aristarchus was one of the few to accompany him (Acts 27:2).
In the introduction to his letter to the Colossians, Paul described Aristarchus as “my fellow prisoner” (Colossians 4:10), which demonstrated their developing partnership.
Paul recognized that followers of Christ were like a body with many members, each of whom was important (1 Corinthians 12:14).
Aristarchus was a powerful example of this principle in action. He did not get attention himself, but he supported Paul. He was a man of encouragement and partnership, totally committed to the Gospel, a faithful servant, and an example for all of us.

Prayer

Father, I commit my life to serving You. Show me the role You want me to play. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Affluenza 

"Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not
consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"1

On one occasion we had a speaker at our church who
conducted a class for parents to help protect them from
becoming infected with "affluenza." The idea being that
we and our kids can get so caught up in the world of
materialistic affluence that we miss the real meaning
of life.

I believe that one of the main reasons we are so
materialistic here in the West is because we are so
emotionally repressed. Emotions are God-given. They add
beauty and interest to life. When they are repressed
and denied, life can be deadly dull and empty.

Furthermore, when we bury emotions, we tend to settle
for counterfeit experiences and the feelings they
produce. For instance, when the emotion of love is
repressed, there is a tendency to substitute lust which
can look like love and feel like love--but it isn't
love and a damaging substitute at that--and leaves one
more empty, lonely, and unsatisfied.

Also, consider the emotion of wonder--the emotion that
puts sparkle into life and moves us deeply when a baby
wraps its tiny hand around just one of our fingers and
in so doing touches our very heart. When wonder is
repressed, we become "characteristically bored with
life," and tend to turn to materialism in a vain
attempt to fill the empty void in our heart. And
instead of loving people and using things, we end up
unhappily loving things and using people.

So if we want to avoid the problem of "affluenza" and
the blight of empty materialism and learn to fully live
and fully love, it is essential that we get in touch
with and connected to all of our God-given emotions.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the
blight of materialism which can easily become the
driving force in my life. Help me to get in touch with
all of my God-given emotions and use them in the manner
and ways you designed them to be used so that I will
learn to fully live and fully love. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).

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Do Good People Go to Heaven? Part II 

"Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], 'Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he
cannot see the kingdom  of God.'"1

Do Good people go to Heaven? If so, why? And if not,
why not?

Continuing our two-part series on "Do Good People Go to
Heaven?" If ever there were an individual who would
have qualified for heaven through his goodness, it
would have been Nicodemus, a religious leader of
Christ's day.

By all human standards Nicodemus would have been a
model citizen--strong in character, a man of integrity,
and a sincere religious leader. It was to this good man
that Jesus said, "You must be born again." In other
words, unless a man/woman is born again he will not
even see the kingdom of God/heaven let alone enter it.

"You must be born again," meant that Nicodemus, like
everybody else, needed to be born spiritually (as well
as physically) if he is to enter God's heaven.

Once, after addressing a group of church workers, the
famous evangelist Dwight Moody was confronted by an
angry person. "Mr. Moody," she said, "do you mean to
tell me that I, an educated woman, taught from
childhood in good ways, and all my life interested in
the church and doing good, must enter heaven the same
way as the worst criminal of our day?"

"No, madam," said Mr. Moody, "I don't. God does. He
says everyone who would enter heaven, no matter how
good they think they are, or how well educated, or
zealous in good works, must be born again [that is,
born spiritually]."

The difficult thing to grasp is that our sin has made
us spiritually dead to God. This is why we all need to
be reborn spiritually. To become a member of the human
family, we were born physically. To become a member of
God's family, we need to be born spiritually. But how
can we do this?

Contrary to what many people think, it isn't by being
good or through good works…or religion. It is simply by
confessing our sinfulness to God and by believing that
his Son, Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the
penalty for our sins, and by responding to his call to
receive him into our heart and life as personal Lord
and Savior.

If you're not sure that you have been born again
spiritually, you can be--right now--by sincerely
praying a prayer such as the following:

"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and ask for
your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus, your Son, died
on the cross to pay the consequences and penalty for
all my sins. And, dear Jesus, I thank you for doing
this for me. Please come into my life as Savior and
Lord and help me to become the person you want me to be
and to live always for you. Thank you for your
forgiveness and the assurance that I will spend
eternity with you in heaven forever."


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1. John 3:3(NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Obsession With Confession 

"Don't recite the same prayer over and over as the
heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by
repeating them again and again."1

Confession of all sins and wrongdoings is not only
essential for receiving God's forgiveness, but also for
achieving physical, emotional and spiritual healing and
total well-being. However, a word of warning:
Confession without repentance is a game.

Repentance means to turn around and go a different way;
that is, turning from negative to positive behavior. To
confess and not genuinely seek to discover and resolve
the causes behind our negative behavior/s means that we
don't want to face the real issues and are using
confession as a salve to soothe our conscience. When we
keep repeating this pattern, our confession may have
become an "obsession with confession" and nothing but a
smoke screen behind which to hide our real selves.

As Jesus said, "When you pray, do not keep on babbling
like pagans, for they think they will be heard because
of their many words. Do not be like them, for your
Father knows what you need before you ask him."2

The bottom line for effective prayer and genuine
confession is the motive behind the prayer; that is,
being honest with ourselves and with God with a genuine
desire to overcome the sins and faults we are
confessing.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me never to
use confession or any religious ritual as a means of
hiding from my true self. Help me to always be honest
with myself and with you. And may my confessions always
be genuine; and grant that, with your help, I will
overcome my sins and faults. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus name, amen."

1. Mathew 6:7 (TLB)(NLT).
2. Mathew 6:7-8 (NIV).

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Opening the Door to Healing  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective."1

Related to what the Bible calls "confession,"
counselors call "catharsis," which means to purify by
emptying out--an emptying out of the emotional poison
that makes us sick or sicker than we need to be.
Catharsis is needed to "get rid of … feelings of
hatred"2 as God's Word instructs us to do. Just talking
"about" negative feelings doesn't get rid of them. In
fact, it can keep one stuck in them. They need to be
felt in all their intensity and expressed creatively by
either verbalizing them or writing them out until they
are totally dissipated. (For help see footnote No. 3.) 

Confession is not only confessing our failures and
sins, but also where we've been sinned against, as this
can leave a spirit of resentment in us that we need to
"empty out" and resolve. 

Confession with catharsis is the emptying out of the
poisonous emotions of hurt, anger, grief, guilt, and
shame that are a result of our own actions or of being
hurt, abandoned, abused, criticized, rejected, and so
on, which stops us truly forgiving any and all who may
have hurt us in the past--anywhere from yesterday to
yesteryear all the way back to early childhood. 

Furthermore, to fail to forgive keeps us bound by the
past. As we have noted before, "Failing to forgive is
like drinking poison and waiting for the other person
to die." Or as Max Lucado put it, "Forgiveness is
unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing
you were the prisoner." 

It is a fact of life that confession with catharsis,
followed by forgiveness of any and all who have ever
hurt us, opens the door to our healing and wellbeing. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see any
sins in my life that I need to confess, and help me to
get in touch with any unresolved negative emotions and
learn how to 'empty them out' in helpful and healing
ways. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. 1 Peter 2:1 (TLB) (NLT). 
3. See, "Taming Your Anger," http://tinyurl.com/b439f.

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Don't Be a Part of the Living Dead  

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control."1

Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-famous architect, tells
how a lecture he received at the age of nine helped set
his philosophy of life. An uncle, a stolid, no-nonsense
type, had taken him for a long walk across a
snow-covered field. At the far side, his uncle told him
to look back at their two sets of tracks. "See, my
boy," he said, "how your footprints go aimlessly back
and forth from those trees, to the cattle, back to the
fence then over there where you were throwing sticks?
But notice how my path comes straight across, directly
to my goal. You should never forget this lesson!" "And
I never did," Wright said. "I determined right then not
to miss most things in life as my uncle had."2

To experience the wonders of life we need to be in
touch with all of our God-given emotions--including the
emotion of wonder. "Life without emotions," said one
humorist, "would be like playing a trombone with a
stuck slide," which of course would be dreadfully
monotonous and boring. The same is true when one's
emotion of wonder is repressed, the effects of which
are to be characteristically bored with life. 

Emotions are God-given. They are a vital part of living
a life with vitality, joy and wonderment. So learn to
enjoy the emotion of wonder. Learn to let your hair
down more often. Have fun. Hang loose. Go with the
flow. Plant a tree. Write a poem. Draw with your
non-dominant hand. Tell your spouse and kids how much
you love them … tell them now and tell them often. Get
out of your ruts. Do something different. Stretch your
imagination. Step out of your comfort zone. 

As Robert Frost said in his poem, "Road Less Traveled,"
"I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages
and ages hence / Two roads diverged in a wood / And I
took the one less traveled by / And that has made all
the difference." 

And by the way, being in touch with all of your
God-given emotions and using them as God intended is a
vital part of being whole and living the abundant life
Jesus spoke about. It's also being authentic. Repressed
people are a part of the living dead. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be in
touch with all of my God-given emotions and use them as
you intended. Help me to be authentic and free, and an
open channel through whom your love can freely flow.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV). 
2. Gary Swanson, "Living in a Powder Keg," Focus on the
Family, Sept. 1992, p. 14. 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Evolution or Intelligent Design  

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands."1

Chuck Colson in BreakPoint talked about evolution
scientists who "came up with the 'million monkeys'
theory to show that Shakespeare's genius was nothing
special, that his works could have come about purely by
chance. And, the theory goes, 'If monkeys could knock
out a Shakespearean tragedy given enough time, then
what about creating Shakespeare himself? Couldn't he be
almost as easily explained on Darwinian grounds?'

"But do you know what happened when scientists tried to
test their theory? Obviously, they couldn't test it for
a million years, but they thought they could get some
idea about the truth of the theory by testing it for a
month. The monkeys pressed some random letters on the
keyboard, bashed the computer with stones, and--to put
it as delicately as possible--used it as a toilet.
'Suffice it to say,' the authors remark dryly, 'their
literary efforts fall a good deal short of the Bard'2
[goal].

"It's difficult to see how extending this farce for a
million years would have made any difference at all. In
fact, a scientist at MIT used a computer simulation to
prove that it could not have happened."3

It seems to me that it takes a whole lot more "faith"
to believe in evolution than it does to believe in
intelligent design and a divine Creator. 

Everybody believes in something--and what we believe in
is a choice. Choose wisely for what you choose will
determine your eternal destiny. Eternity is forever and
that is an awful long time.

For help on choosing to believe in God and accept his
way, go to: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of my
understanding so that I will see the truth about life,
about You, and about my eternal destiny with or without
You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
2. Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, A Meaningful
World.
3. Chuck Colson, "What Has Darwin to Do with
Shakespeare?" BreakPoint, October 12, 2006.
http://www.breakpoint.org/.

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Sound Doctrine  

The Apostle Paul wrote, "He must hold firmly to the
trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he
can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those
who oppose it."1

In the early days of the Christian church Paul was
giving instructions to Titus regarding qualifications
for church leadership. One requirement was that leaders
were to be well established in sound doctrine; that is,
in the understanding and teaching of God's Word.
Unfortunately, there are some leaders and some churches
whose doctrine may be sound, but as Vance Havner put
it, sound asleep! Sound awake doctrine is critical
because if we are not well grounded in God's truth, we
can easily be led astray by persuasive and charming
false teachers. As another has said, "If we don't stand
for truth, we can fall for anything."

Sound doctrine, as critically important as it is, is
not enough in and of itself. It needs to be balanced
with love. Without love, doctrine can become deathly
legalism or modern day Phariseeism. On the other hand,
love without sound doctrine can become, at best,
"sloppy agape" and at worst empty humanism. The real
church and true Christianity is based on God's truth
(sound doctrine) and genuine love. Both are equally
important.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know and
understand Your truth but give me a loving heart to
live it as well as to learn it. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name,
amen."

1. Titus 1:9 (NIV).

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Life's Little Things  

"Be kind to each other."1

Chances are you've been bitten by a mosquito, an ant, a
gnat, a bee or a wasp, but have you ever been bitten by
a lion or an elephant? Not too likely.

The point is that it's usually the little things in
life that get under our skin and upset our apple cart
more often than the biggies.

It's also the little things that make a big difference
to the quality of our life. A simple thank you, a
kindly word, a word of encouragement, a telephone call,
a note, an email, a greeting card, a smile, a word of
appreciation, a flower, and so on. As another put it:
"It's the little things that bother us and put us on
the rack; you can sit upon a mountain, but you can't
sit on a tack."

Why not determine to do something kind every day for
someone, and especially for your loved ones as well as
to friends and work mates. As someone else said, "When
we deserve love the least is when we need it the most!"

Do it today!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to always remember
the important little things in life and give such gifts
every day, not only to my loved ones and friends, but
also to those who cross my path who need it--including
those whom I don't especially like. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Paul, the Apostle (Ephesians 4:32).

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The Ant and the Feather  

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be
wise!"1

"One morning," writes Ron Clarke, "I wasted nearly an
hour watching a tiny ant carry a huge feather across my
back terrace. Several times it was confronted by
obstacles in its path and after a momentary pause it
would make the necessary detour.

"At one point the ant had to negotiate a crack in the
concrete about 10mm wide. After brief contemplation the
ant laid the feather over the crack, walked across it
and picked up the feather on the other side then
continued on its way.

"I was fascinated by the ingenuity of this ant--one of
God's smallest creatures. Here was a minute insect,
lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to reason,
explore, discover and overcome."

Can you imagine God telling us to learn from an ant? So
what can we learn? Ants are determined, they are not
afraid to work to achieve their goals, they work as a
team, they think through and work to overcome the
challenges thrown in their pathway, and they never give
up. But most of all they teach us about the marvels of
God's creation.

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the
miracles of Your creation. Help me to learn the lessons
I need to learn from the ants. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Proverbs 6:6 (NIV).

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Heartprints of Kindness  

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."1 "He
who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God."2

William Wordsworth also said it well: "That best
portion of a good man's life; his little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and love."

The following well-known anonymous poem is well worth a
reminder:

    "Whatever our hands touch -
    We leave fingerprints!
    On walls, on furniture
    On doorknobs, dishes, books.
    There's no escape.
    As we touch we leave our identity."

So for today's suggested prayer: "Dear God:

    'Wherever I go today
    Help me leave heartprints!
    Heartprints of compassion
    Of understanding and love.

    'Heartprints of kindness
    And genuine concern.
    May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
    Or a runaway daughter
    Or an anxious mother
    Or perhaps an aged grandfather.

    'Send me out today
    To leave heartprints.
    And if someone should say,
    "I felt your touch,"
    May they also sense the love
    that is deep within my heart.'3

"Thank You God for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).
2. Proverbs 14:31 (NIV).
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Today's Daily Encounter

Procrastination  

"When I find it convenient, I will send for you."1

When the Apostle Paul was brought before Governor Felix
to be judged for his Christian faith, Paul may have
come close to persuading him to become a Christian. On
one occasion after listening to Paul's case, Felix
trembled and sent Paul away saying he would speak to
him at a more convenient time.

Today is the only day we ever have. Yesterday is gone
forever. Tomorrow may never come. Whatever it is we
need to do today we need to do today. Procrastination
surely is the thief of time. There are many reasons why
we put things off--apathy, fear, anxiety, uncertainty,
habit, indifference, passive resistance, and/or just
plain not-getting-around-to-doing-it.

Whatever the reason, there are some things that are far
too critical to put off until a more convenient
time--especially putting our life right with God.

Even though Felix spoke to Paul on a number of
occasions after saying he would speak to him at a more
convenient time, there is no indication that he ever
accepted the Christian faith.

If you need to put things right with God and/or accept
Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, why not
do that today? As the Bible says, "Behold, now is the
accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation."2

For help on how to be sure you are a real Christian
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Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be sure that I
am a true Christian and help me to so live that it will
show in my daily living. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Felix, the governor (Acts 24:25, NIV).
2. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV).

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Healing the Whole Person  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed."1

Medical science, numerous self-help and recovery
programs, and personal experience indicate that
emotional, as well as spiritual growth is an essential
and often lacking ingredient of physical health, inner
peace, and meaningful relationships.

Jesus said, "Do you want to be made well/whole?"2 His
purpose was not only to save us from our sins and give
us the gift of eternal life, but also to bring us
healing and wholeness--not only spiritually, but also
physically, emotionally and relationally.

Sadly, many of us, even those of us who are committed
to the Christian faith, still have some physical ills
that could be healed. Many carry around unresolved
feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, depression, guilt and
shame. Some struggle with addictions, and many have
never found the loving relationships the human heart
craves. These are the issues/stresses that either cause
or greatly aggravate many of our physical ills and
relational conflicts.

As God's Word points out, in order to be healed of
some, if not many, diseases we need to confess our
sins--this includes our sins of the spirit such as
unresolved anger, resentment, grudges, unforgiveness,
bitterness, grief, guilt, fears, lack of trust in God,
and so on.

Speaking personally, when I resolved a lot of buried
grief by getting in touch with it and sobbing it out, I
was healed of hay-fever that plagued me for years. And
when I got in touch with a lot of buried anger from
childhood days, expressed it creatively, and got it off
my chest, I was healed of painful bursitis in both of
my shoulders. When we bury our emotions, where do they
go? We never bury them dead but very much alive and,
what we fail to talk or weep out creatively, we will
inevitably act out in one way or another destructively.

I'm not implying that if we confess all our sins that
we will be cured of all ills such as being bitten by a
malaria mosquito, eating bad food, or of problems that
come from aging. However, if we put into practice and
live by the principles found in God's Word, many of us
would be a whole lot healthier, happier and more
fulfilled than we presently are.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the
guidelines that are found in your Word that, if adhered
to diligently, will greatly improve my physical, mental
and emotional health and lead to a more fulfilled life
and loving relationships. Please help me to so live.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. John 5:6 (NKJV).

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Pardoned  

"But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us."1

The story is told about a young man who received a
ticket for a speeding violation. As he stood before the
judge, the judge found himself in a dilemma because he
knew the young man didn't have any money to pay the
fine and he didn't want to send him to jail.

However, the judge had to fine the young man $150,
which was the accepted amount for this traffic
violation. Immediately the judge handed down the
sentence, he stepped away from the bench, took off his
robes, went to the defendant and paid the fine for him.

The young man was his own son whom he loved.

That's what God's Son, Jesus Christ, did for us on the
cross of Calvary. God's justice required death as the
automatic judgment upon our sin. However, because he
loved us, the Son of God laid aside his "judge's
robes," stepped out of the "ivory palaces" of heaven,
came to earth and identified with us as a man, and died
on the cross in our place to save us from our sins.

Because of this, God offers each of us a free pardon
with forgiveness for all our sins and gives us his gift
of eternal life. Jesus, the Son of God, paid the
"fine/penalty" for us with his life. All we need to do
is confess our sinfulness and accept his gift of
salvation--the greatest gift known to man.

"He paid a debt he didn't owe to free us from a price
we couldn't pay."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your great
love gift for me in giving your Son, Jesus, to die in
my place to pay the just penalty for all my sins. May I
never take Your love for granted but learn to love You
with all my heart, soul, mind and strength--and my
neighbor as myself. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

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how simple it is to do this.

1. Paul in Romans 5:8.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?  

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is
old he will not turn from it."1

I read about one atheist who objected strongly to
teaching religion in public schools. His argument was
that children should be allowed to reach maturity then
decide for themselves what they choose to believe. 

Coleridge the poet, who heard the atheist invited him
to join him in his garden which happened to be
overgrown with weeds. 

"What do you see?" asked Coleridge. 

"It's nothing but a patch of weeds," replied the
atheist. 

"Yes," said Coleridge, "I decided to let the garden
decide for itself what it should grow." 

To leave a child without guidance would be a disaster
and if we don't want to influence his thinking, why
send him to school? 

To train him in the way he should go involves training
in every area of life--physically, intellectually,
socially, emotionally, and spiritually--so that he
becomes well balanced in every area of life and a
mature, healthy, interdependent adult. 

This takes a lot of wisdom, guidance, and instruction.
It doesn't take care of itself. And what is the first
and most effective teaching method? Modeling by example
what we want our children to learn. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to model for my
family the kind of person you want me to be so that
they, seeing what you have done in my life, will want
the same for themselves. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Don't Let Your Past Dictate Your Future  

"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to
wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition
of the Lord."1

It is true that our lives are significantly shaped
during our early formative years and many of our
character issues formed then are with us for the rest
of our lives.

What if we grew up in a home that was less than
wholesome or where we may have been emotionally abused
if not physically abused? It's interesting to note that
where I live physical and sexual abuse of a child is
justifiably considered a crime and is punishable by law
with the likelihood of being sentenced to time in jail.
Furthermore, if the abuse is by a parent, the child is
often removed from his or her custody. Tragically,
emotional abuse is not even considered a crime and,
depending on the intensity, can be just as
psychologically damaging as physical or sexual abuse.

As an adult, overcoming the effects of childhood abuse
and love deprivation is possible but it can be very
challenging. Speaking personally, I grew up in a very
dysfunctional family and because I felt unloved and
rejected, especially by my father, for many years I
felt extremely insecure and felt that I was ugly and
unlovable. True, I was not responsible for my
upbringing, but as an adult I realized that I was
responsible for overcoming my less than wholesome
background.

Besides having a lot of therapy, one of many
significant things I did to resolve the effects of my
impaired relationship with my father was to go to his
gravesite and in my imagination I "talked to him" as if
he were there with me. I said, "Dad, if you were still
alive today, what advice would you have for me?" The
answer that came to my mind was, "Don't let your past
control your future."

Good advice. True, I may have been a victim in the past
but if I chose to remain a victim I would have become a
willing volunteer.

For healthy living and loving relationships it is
imperative that we resolve all our past impaired
relationships and forgive all who have ever hurt us. We
don’t have to remain a victim but with God's help, and
that of others where necessary, we can overcome a
hurtful past and become all that God envisioned for us
to be. The choice is ours. So, whatever you do don't
let your past control your future.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for all the good
that I received from my parents and my past. Also, help
me to acknowledge where I may have been abused or hurt
in any way physically, emotionally or spiritually and
lead me to the help I need to overcome the effects
caused by these destructive experiences. In so doing
may I be freed to become all that You planned for me to
be. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV).

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