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Post  Admin on Thu 31 Jan 2019, 1:07 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Two No-No Words  

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'"1

Without a doubt one of the major causes of conflict in
relationships is poor communications. And two of the
most damaging "no-no" words in interpersonal
communications are "you always" and "you never" as
these are almost always false statements.

The husband who repeatedly says to his wife (or any
family member), "You never do such and such, or you
never do thus and so," is almost always expressing an
overstatement, and never builds a bridge for resolving
the conflict at hand. Or the wife who repeatedly says
to her husband (or any family member), "You always do
such and such, or you always do thus and so," is also
almost always expressing an overstatement, and in so
doing, builds a barrier between herself and her loved
one.

This type of accusation is usually an unfair criticism
from an unhappy, and sometimes angry, person who is
projecting his or her own unresolved issues onto the
other person.

When misunderstandings occur, it is much wiser, more
creative, and more loving to express how one feels
without accusing the other person for the way he or she
feels. When I am upset and start a sentence with words
such as, "You always …" or "You never…" I am blaming
the other person for the way I feel, while in reality
nobody can make me feel the way I feel without my
permission.

It is important to acknowledge the fact that my
feelings are always my responsibility. Furthermore, to
the degree that I overreact, my feelings are always my
problem. The most loving way to respond when our
feelings are hurt is to start our sentence by saying,
"I feel hurt …" or "I feel sad, lonely," or whatever it
is I am feeling. This way I am being honest with my
emotions; am taking responsibility for them; and am not
blaming the other person for the way I am feeling. By
taking this approach, we have a much greater chance and
opportunity for resolving the conflict or issue at
hand. Remember too, that feelings are neither right nor
wrong, it's the way that we handle them that counts.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
be open and honest regarding my reactions and my
emotions; never blame anyone else for the way I respond
or feel; and always accept responsibility for these by
communicating how I feel in an open, honest and loving
way. Please help me to always be like Jesus in every
situation in which I find myself. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen.

1. Matthew 5:37 (NKJV).

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Because We Are What We Are  

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be
comforted."1

Have you ever felt in the pits when a well-meaning
friend told you that you shouldn't feel that way? It
makes you feel worse. Right? Whether we should or
shouldn't feel what we feel is beside the point. We
feel what we feel because we are who and what we are.

Feelings are neither right nor wrong. They just are.
It's what we do with them that counts. And, contrary to
what many of us were taught, feelings are important.
They are a God-given vital part of our humanity.

In one sense feelings are an "emotional thermometer."
They tell us what's going on inside of us--what our
emotional temperature is and, when interpreted
correctly, can indicate when we are emotionally well or
if there is some issue in our life we need to resolve. 

When feelings are repressed, one's "thermometer" is out
of order. It's a very unhealthy way to live. You don't
even know when you are sick (emotionally and/or
spiritually). Furthermore, people whose feelings are
repressed may be clever but can, at the same time, be
very cold, calculating, insensitive, callous, and--in
the extreme--even murderous. 

Feelings can be trusted. What we can't always trust is
our interpretation of them. That's the difficult part,
but with help it can be learned and learn it we must if
we are to be emotionally, spiritually and physically
healthy.

Learn to listen to your emotions. Take time to write a
daily journal. Record what you are feeling without any
kind of self-judgment. David did a lot of this in the
Psalms. Get into a support, recovery or therapy group
where it is safe to express your feelings and get them
out into the open where they can be accepted and
examined. If emotions are deeply buried, chances are
you will need a capable therapist to help you work
through and resolve the barriers in your life that are
blocking your feelings. 

Be aware, too, that the negative emotions we fail to
talk out creatively we will inevitably act out in one
way or another destructively. Also remember that Jesus
never told us how to feel or how not to feel--only how
to act.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to get in touch
with all of my emotions--both positive and
negative--and learn how to express them creatively in a
healthy manner so that I will become an honest and real
person as David was. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Jesus in Matthew 5:4 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 28 Jan 2019, 11:44 pm

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Hello, Lord  

"Pray without ceasing."1

Ivor Bailey prayed: "I enjoy talking to you every
night, Lord. I tell you what's on my mind--the things
that bug me, the people I meet, the challenges I face,
questions I can't answer. 

"Because you're my friend, I don't feel I have to dress
up or use out-dated language. I can relax with you. 

"Isn't that what prayer is all about, Lord? You and I
sharing things we think are important. Thank you,
Lord." 

Besides the Lord's Prayer this is another excellent way
to approach prayer--just share with God what's on your
heart, what's on your mind, what you are feeling, your
joys, sorrows, and so on. 

Sharing feelings is what intimacy, communication and
connection are all about--not only with people, but
also with God. We can do this not only at night but
anytime, anywhere. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be open,
honest, and real with you. You desire truth in the
innermost being. Help me to share my inner truth with
you--the good, the bad, the indifferent--share it all,
God, no matter what. Thank you for hearing, accepting
all my feelings, and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

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Post  Admin on Fri 25 Jan 2019, 11:37 pm

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The Safest Road to Hell  

Jesus said, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the
body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the
One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."1

C. S. Lewis wisely pointed out that "The safest road to
Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft
underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones,
without guideposts." 

The danger is that good people can be lost and on their
way to Hell without knowing it. For instance,
Nicodemus, the Jewish religious leader, was a good man.
He asked Jesus a question about God and, ignoring his
question, Jesus told him that there was only one way to
see the kingdom of God, and that was, "You must be born
again." Understandably, Nicodemus was confused and
asked Jesus for an explanation. Simply put, Jesus was
saying that to enter earth we were born physically;
similarly, to enter God's kingdom--including Heaven--we
have to be born spiritually. Jesus added that unless we
are born spiritually, we wouldn't even see the Kingdom 
of Heaven let alone enter it.2

And how can we be born spiritually? 1) By admitting
that we have sinned and are guilty before God; 2) By
believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that
he died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins;
and 3) By inviting Jesus Christ to come into our heart
and life as personal Lord and Savior, and asking God
for his forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. 

For help to do this, please read "God's Invitation to
accept his full and free pardon," on line at:
www.actsweb.org/invitation.php.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for explaining
to Nicodemus, a good man and a religious leader, that
he, too, needed to be born again spiritually to enter
your kingdom of Heaven. Please help me to know for
certain that I am born again and will be with you in
Heaven when my life's work is ended. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Mathew 10: 28 (NIV).
2. See John 3:3, 5 and 7 (NKJV)

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Post  Admin on Fri 25 Jan 2019, 1:11 am

Today's Daily Encounter

On Boulders and Knapsacks  

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ … for each one should carry
his own load."1

In one breath Paul says that we should bear each
other's burdens, and in the next breath he says that
every man should bear his own burden. Is he talking out
of both sides of his mouth?

Actually Paul is referring to two types of burdens. The
first means a large boulder, the weight of which is too
heavy for any one person to carry alone.

The second refers to a knapsack size burden that one
can readily carry himself. In other words, we need to
help people when their load is too heavy to bear alone
but not when they can handle it quite well by
themselves.

However, those who are "takers" can be adept at getting
those of us who are "care-takers" hooked into feeling
sorry for them and we end up taking responsibility for
their knapsack. What we need to do is to walk away and
leave their knapsack for them to carry. They may get
nasty and mean when we do this, but if we don't walk
away from them, we become a part of their sickness.

To do this can be very unnerving at first.
Long-standing patterns never surrender without a
struggle, but helping people help themselves when they
are fully capable of doing so is the kindest and most
loving thing we can do for them--regardless of what our
feelings "tell" us. By developing healthy boundaries to
protect ourselves from being used, in time we will feel
good about what we have done--or what we have stopped
doing--because we will know that we have done the right
and healthy thing. Plus, when we allow ourselves to be
used, we make ourselves angry and upset and feel badly
about ourselves--and understandably so.

So here's a paraphrased edition of what Paul said:
"Help carry one another's boulders but don't carry
their knapsacks for them."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, give me a discerning heart
so I know when to help a brother or sister with their
boulder, and when I need to quit carrying knapsacks for
people who are quite able of carrying their own
knapsack. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name." 

1. Galatians 6:2, 5 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Wed 23 Jan 2019, 9:32 pm

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies  

"What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has
happened to me."1

If I fear that I will get sick, dwell on it, and
believe it, chances are more than likely that I will
get sick. If I fear that I am going to be rejected and
believe it, I will act in such a way to set myself up
to be rejected and, like Job, the thing I fear will
happen to me. 

If because of a fear of failure, criticism, of not
being perfect, and so on, I never step outside my
comfort zone and take risks to achieve what God
envisioned for me to do, I will never discover what I
could achieve with my life. 

Personally speaking, if I feel strongly about a project
and sense God is leading me to do this, I would rather
try, put it to the test, and even fail rather than
through fear of failure never step out to follow my
God-given life purpose and dream. I appreciate the
words of the unknown poet who wrote: 

    I would rather stumble a thousand times 
    Attempting to reach a goal, 
    Than to sit in a crowd 
    In my weather-proof shroud 
    A shriveled and self-satisfied soul. 
    I would rather be doing and daring 
    All of my error filled days, 
    Than watching, and waiting, and dying 
    Smug in my perfect ways. 
    I would rather wonder and blunder, 
    Stumbling blindly ahead, 
    Than for safety's sake 
    Lest I make a mistake 
    Be sure, be safe, be dead. 

As I suggested to a friend recently, let your decisions
about what to do be based on love for serving God and
others, and never on your fears. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I admit my fears and I
bring them all to you. Grant that all of my decisions
will be based on direction from and love for serving
you, and never on my fears. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Job 3:25 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Tue 22 Jan 2019, 11:33 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Well Done  

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful
servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I
will put you in charge of many things. Come and share
your master's happiness!'"1

Theodore Roosevelt said, "It's not the critic who
counts, not the one who points out how the strong man
stumbled or where the doer of good deeds could have
done better. 

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena: Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short
again and again… 

"Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause… 

"Who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement…

"And who, at worst, if he fails at least fails while
daring greatly so his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor
defeat." 

Every one of us has been given at least one talent;
many have been given several. Regardless of whether we
have one or many talents, what is important is to use
well what God has given and entrusted to us and
therewith give life our best shot. 

Remember, too: "Only one life 'twill soon be past /
Only what's done for Christ will last." 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant that I will so live
today that when I stand before you face to face, I will
hear your welcoming words, 'Well done, good and
faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.'
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 25:21 (NIV). 

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Post  Admin on Sun 20 Jan 2019, 10:14 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Approval Vs. Affirmation  

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have
drawn you with loving kindness."1

As a youth I never felt fully loved. For many years I
substituted approval for love. I got lots of approval
for the many good things I did and, yes, it felt good
at the time, but it never satisfied or lasted. Why?

Approval is based on what we do. Affirmation is based
on who we are. Approval is a good thing when given and
received for the right reasons, but when substituted
for love, it can become another addiction to avoid
facing the pain of not feeling loved.

Many of us codependents suffer from this affliction. We
only feel good when we feel needed. But deep down what
we really need is to feel loved and affirmed at the
core of our being--for who we are and not for what we
do. Most of all, we need to experience love and
affirmation from God the heavenly Father. Only when we
feel so affirmed, can we get off the merry-go-round of
doing things to get approval.

And how do we experience God the Father's love and
affirmation at the core of our being? First, by
believing that God loves us because his Word says so.
And second, by sharing my total self (including my dark
side) with one or two safe and trusted friends who will
love and accept me just as I am--warts and all. As they
love and accept me in this way, little by little, I
come to love and accept myself, and in so doing, I open
myself to accepting God the Father's love and
acceptance through them.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to believe, know,
and experience your love for me in the core of my
being. Help me to find a trusted friend who reflects
your unconditional love and with whom I can share my
total self, 'warts and all,' and experience your love
through them. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 


1. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV). 

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Approval Vs. Affirmation  

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have
drawn you with loving kindness."1

As a youth I never felt fully loved. For many years I
substituted approval for love. I got lots of approval
for the many good things I did and, yes, it felt good
at the time, but it never satisfied or lasted. Why?

Approval is based on what we do. Affirmation is based
on who we are. Approval is a good thing when given and
received for the right reasons, but when substituted
for love, it can become another addiction to avoid
facing the pain of not feeling loved.

Many of us codependents suffer from this affliction. We
only feel good when we feel needed. But deep down what
we really need is to feel loved and affirmed at the
core of our being--for who we are and not for what we
do. Most of all, we need to experience love and
affirmation from God the heavenly Father. Only when we
feel so affirmed, can we get off the merry-go-round of
doing things to get approval.

And how do we experience God the Father's love and
affirmation at the core of our being? First, by
believing that God loves us because his Word says so.
And second, by sharing my total self (including my dark
side) with one or two safe and trusted friends who will
love and accept me just as I am--warts and all. As they
love and accept me in this way, little by little, I
come to love and accept myself, and in so doing, I open
myself to accepting God the Father's love and
acceptance through them.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to believe, know,
and experience your love for me in the core of my
being. Help me to find a trusted friend who reflects
your unconditional love and with whom I can share my
total self, 'warts and all,' and experience your love
through them. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 


1. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV). 

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Right Word  

"Speaking the truth in love."1

Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word
and the almost right word is the difference between
lightning and the lightning bug."

When English poet Keats was writing a poem he asked his
friend Leigh Hunt what he thought of the line, "A
beautiful thing is an unending joy."

"Good, but not quite perfect," said Hunt.

"How about this?" said Keats, "A thing of beauty is an
unending joy."

Finally Keats put it this way, "A thing of beauty is a
joy forever."

"That," said his friend, "will live as long as the
English language is spoken.'

When God speaks he always has the right word. Sometimes
his words are difficult to understand. Other times they
are incredibly simple but extremely profound. The
following are some examples: "Love one another," "God
is love," "I am the bread of life," "I am the vine, you
are the branches," "I am the door," and so on. His
first word in the Bible is about as straightforward as
anyone could make it. It simply says, "In the beginning
God." His last word or message as the Bible closes is
just as simple and just as profound: "I am coming
soon!"

May God help us to always speak the right word? It
doesn't have to be eloquent but it needs to be
straightforward, genuine, and spoken in truth from the
heart! God put it just right: "Speak the truth in
love."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to say the
right thing at the right time and always speak the
truth in love--and keep my mouth shut when I need to.
Always. Even when I'm ticked off. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Enemy Surrounds Us--Don't Let One Escape  

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against
the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly realms."1

It was Vance Havner who said in his own inimitable way,
"The enemy surrounds us--don't let one escape." 

Neither was he, nor am I, referring to any man-made
wars. Havner was referring to the spiritual warfare
that every Christian is involved in either actively or
sitting idly by on the sidelines oblivious to what is
happening in the world around them. 

Having said that, I have always been impressed with the
resolve of Winston Churchill when Hitler's army and the
might of the German military power were threatening to
bomb England almost out of existence. At the height of
World War II in one of England's darkest yet finest
hours Mr. Churchill valiantly declared: "We shall go on
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 beaches, 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 claim to be Christ-followers have the same
resolve in today's sin-sick-broken-world in the
spiritual warfare where the forces of evil are running
rampant in every corner of the world.

Again, I am not referring to man-made wars, I'm
referring to spiritual warfare against the prince of
darkness, Satan, and his forces of evil. The only
effective resolution of which--and victory over--is the
transforming power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ. 

To battle effectively in this urgent hour of world
conflict, we Christians need first of all to LIVE the
gospel and demonstrate its transforming power in our
own lives, and then PROCLAIM the gospel--as Jesus
commanded us to do. We are to preach / proclaim /
communicate it to everyone everywhere. 

Remember, too, if we don't live the gospel, our words
are worthless and may do more to drive people away from
Christ rather than draw them to him. 

As committed followers of Jesus Christ, let us join
forces, and as Vance Havner said, "The enemy surrounds
us. Don't let one escape!" 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please grant that the
tragic man-made conflicts our world is facing today
trigger a great spiritual awakening as never before
seen--one that will sweep the earth from north to south
and east to west. Grant that it will cause people
everywhere to turn to you and be saved. And please
start this spiritual awakening in me so that my life
will be a living witness to your saving power, and by
your grace help me to have a small but vital part in
your plan to reach everyone in the world with the
gospel while there is time. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


Ephesians 6:12(NIV).

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How to prayer

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications,
prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;

Most of the time people do something else in the name of prayer and thus do
not see results, at times even anger God with their prayers.

In today’s message we see Paul gives the process (stages) of prayer.. If we
get to the Greek words and its root meanings we get a clear idea of the
stages of how to prayer.

The Greek word ‘deesis’ translated as supplication means needs, indigence,
want. It is about asking what one needs. In many places it is also
translated as prayer.
The Greek word proseuche translated here as prayer comes from two words to
advance (unto) and to wish. The word unlike deesis is more of asking for
things that would be required and not for needs.
The Greek word enteuxis translated as intercession comes from the term to
follow a thrown javelin till it hits it mark. It means to remember one’s
supplication and requests put to the Lord until one receives it. It does
not mean to keep asking God again and again but awaiting its receipt.
The last stage of our prayer is thanking God in faith.

Putting our needs and requests before God should be the smallest part of
our pray but sadly people make it the longest part of their prayer life.
For most Christians asking and crying out to the Lord is what prayer is all
about. For a mature Christian what others do as prayer is the smallest
part of one’s prayer life, what they spend most time is intercession
(awaiting result) and thanking God.

What will be interesting to note is what we do as prayer should be a small
part of our prayer life. The strongest and most powerful prayer of Jesus in
the Bible is not the one in the Garden of Gethsemane but the simple words
‘thank you Father’ which Jesus said before He did all the great miracles
like bringing Lazarus to life even after his mummification.

Let us not irritate God with long prayers (pleadings) like the widow did to
the judge and later got her request in the parable (Luke 182-8) where Jesus
later said when the Son comes would He find faith? But let us be people of
strong faith who believe and receive. Let us mature beyond and be persons
of authority like Jesus who do not need to ask but bring to manifestation.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Awesome God. You Lord understand only the language of faith.
You Lord have already given us all that we need and it is our faithlessness
that prevents us from receiving it. Lord we pray we become strong in faith
like Jesus to be called men of authority who bring forth glory to the
Father...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Luke 18:2-8
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither
regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying,
Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself,
Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto
him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son
of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers in a pure
conscience, how unceasing is my remembrance of thee in my supplications,
night and day

John 11:41-43
41 Then they took away the stone [from the place] where the dead was laid.
And Jesus lifted up [his] eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou
hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which
stand by I said [it], that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come
forth.

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Enrich Your Personal Life - Part III  

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and
not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."1

Another way for enriching your personal life is by
investing your life in a worthwhile cause. Everybody
needs something to live for that is bigger than him or
herself--a noble or worthwhile cause into which he/she
can put his/her best efforts.

A few years ago I was going through a particularly
difficult time. Had it not been for both my work and an
outside project, I'm sure I would have cracked under
the strain. My work is helping people discover more
meaningful personal and spiritual values and my outside
project at that time was building my own home with my
own hands--both worthwhile causes.

A creative use of one's talents is also essential for
giving meaning to life. God gave us all talents to use.
When we aren't using them, we feel unfulfilled.

One man I know was very successful in his work but he
was feeling very unfulfilled in it. He felt his job was
too small and that he wasn't using his best talents. So
he took the risk, quit his job and went back to college
to train for the work he really wanted to do. He
struggled for several years but today he has built a
work that is helping many people, and this has greatly
enhanced his purpose for living.

This is why I believe it is important to discover what
your best talent is (or talents are), get the training
you need to sharpen that talent, and find a place where
you can use it--either in your job, in a hobby, in your
church, or with a volunteer organization. God's purpose
for your life will definitely involve the use of your
gifts and talents in ways to help others.

Faith, hope, and charity. The poet Goethe lists nine
requisites for meaningful living. They are as follows:
"Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough
to support your needs. Strength enough to battle with
difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess
your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil
until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see
some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to
be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make
real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all
anxious fears concerning the future."

There is, I am sure, no greater way to increase your
hope for the future and enrich your personal life than
by learning to love others more fully, by developing a
vital faith in God, and discovering and fulfilling your
God-given life purpose. Why not tell God right now that
you want to do that and confirm your decision by
becoming more involved as a volunteer in community
service, a mission organization, and/or in your church
or chapel. If you are not involved in a local church,
ask God to help you find the church that is right for
you.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to increase
my hope and trust in you and thereby renew my strength
and, as I serve you with meaningful purpose, help me to
soar on wings as eagles, run and not be weary, and walk
and not faint. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Enrich Your Personal Life - Part III  

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and
not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."1

Another way for enriching your personal life is by
investing your life in a worthwhile cause. Everybody
needs something to live for that is bigger than him or
herself--a noble or worthwhile cause into which he/she
can put his/her best efforts.

A few years ago I was going through a particularly
difficult time. Had it not been for both my work and an
outside project, I'm sure I would have cracked under
the strain. My work is helping people discover more
meaningful personal and spiritual values and my outside
project at that time was building my own home with my
own hands--both worthwhile causes.

A creative use of one's talents is also essential for
giving meaning to life. God gave us all talents to use.
When we aren't using them, we feel unfulfilled.

One man I know was very successful in his work but he
was feeling very unfulfilled in it. He felt his job was
too small and that he wasn't using his best talents. So
he took the risk, quit his job and went back to college
to train for the work he really wanted to do. He
struggled for several years but today he has built a
work that is helping many people, and this has greatly
enhanced his purpose for living.

This is why I believe it is important to discover what
your best talent is (or talents are), get the training
you need to sharpen that talent, and find a place where
you can use it--either in your job, in a hobby, in your
church, or with a volunteer organization. God's purpose
for your life will definitely involve the use of your
gifts and talents in ways to help others.

Faith, hope, and charity. The poet Goethe lists nine
requisites for meaningful living. They are as follows:
"Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough
to support your needs. Strength enough to battle with
difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess
your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil
until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see
some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to
be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make
real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all
anxious fears concerning the future."

There is, I am sure, no greater way to increase your
hope for the future and enrich your personal life than
by learning to love others more fully, by developing a
vital faith in God, and discovering and fulfilling your
God-given life purpose. Why not tell God right now that
you want to do that and confirm your decision by
becoming more involved as a volunteer in community
service, a mission organization, and/or in your church
or chapel. If you are not involved in a local church,
ask God to help you find the church that is right for
you.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to increase
my hope and trust in you and thereby renew my strength
and, as I serve you with meaningful purpose, help me to
soar on wings as eagles, run and not be weary, and walk
and not faint. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Enrich Your Personal Life - Part II  

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your
might."1

It is purpose--not wealth or success--that makes life
worthwhile. Purpose makes even drudgery acceptable and
is an immunization against many sicknesses. How then
can we find more meaning and purpose to life? The
following tips can help:

Getting out of yourself. Another grandmother I know had
a large family to bring up and was widowed reasonably
early in life. She had her share of heartaches but
never allowed these to get her down. She lived a full
and active life and had a wonderful gift for passing on
cheer to those around her. Her secret was helping other
people. She was an active member of her church and had
a deep conviction that one of the basic purposes of the
church was to help people less fortunate than herself.
One way she did this was through years of hospital
visitation to pass on a word of comfort to the sick.

No matter how busy we are or how many problems we have,
we can all find little ways to bring cheer to those
around us--like bringing home a rose for your wife, a
special treat for the children, a favor for a neighbor.
Visit someone who is shut-in. Write a note, use your
telephone, or send an email to tell a friend you
appreciate him or her. Words of encouragement and acts
of kindness do wonders for both the giver and the
receiver.

A vital part of finding happiness and contentment is
found in discovering something more important than
yourself to believe in, by helping others, and by
directing your thoughts and actions towards them.
Egotists are seldom happy.

Love and friendship are also essential for giving life
meaning and purpose. Without wholesome relationships,
which give us a sense of belonging, we live as islands
alone in a very large universe.

So take time for friends. They are a priceless asset in
life. "Do you want to make friends?" asks Dale
Carnegie, who gives the following advice. "Be friendly.
Forget yourself. You can make more friends in two
months by becoming interested in other people than you
can in two years by trying to get other people
interested in you."

And remember, as another has said, "The person all
wrapped up in himself makes a very small package."

To be concluded …

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to live
life beyond myself, love people, and therein serve you
by serving others. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Enrich Your Personal Life - Part I  

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I
am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful
labor for me…."1

Several years ago one grandmother I know sold off the
old family home, pulled up her roots, left many of her
friends and activities behind, and moved to a
retirement village in another town. She had been
healthy and energetic all her life, but in the last
year after her move she aged considerably and developed
a terminal illness.

At age 65 another friend of mine retired from being a
full-time minister of a large church and set up a
full-time counseling center and wrote his first book.
His book became a bestseller and he has since written
ten more. At age 80 he had slowed down but was still
counseling and writing.

What made the difference between these two people? Like
many elderly people who retire or move to another
place, the first person suffered deeply from the loss
of friends, her home of many years, and the activities
she was used to. She became lonely and life for her
seemed to lose its meaning. She had no real purpose to
carry her through this time of major change and
readjustment.

The second person, however, had something to live for
long before his retirement. He just continued it after
"retirement."

Loneliness, emptiness, boredom, and lack of purpose are
all a very real part of modern man's dilemma. They are
indicative of our failure to find meaning for living
and they show up in the alarming abuse of alcohol and
other drugs, and in the high depression and suicide
rate.

In America, for example, the most affluent country on
earth, thousands of people take their own lives each
year. And there are countless others who, while living
in the midst of abundance, to quote Henry D. Thoreau,
live lives of "quiet desperation."

The tragedy in life, however, is not death, but rather,
as Albert Schweitzer once said, "what dies inside a man
[or woman] while he/she lives." A person dies inside
when he has no meaningful purpose outside of himself
for which to live.

To be continued …

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to discover
my God-given life purpose and then, with your help,
employ all of my powers for the achievement of this
purpose. And please grant that what I contribute will
help make the world in which I live a better place for
others to live. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21-22 (NIV).

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Love Opens Doors  

"Love never fails."1

According to an article in Today in the Word, soon
after Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert, the
couple had a quarrel, whereupon Prince Albert locked
himself in his private apartment. Queen Victoria
knocked furiously on his door.

"Who's there?" asked Albert.

"The Queen of England, and she demands to be admitted."


There was no response and the door remained locked. The
queen knocked furiously again.

"Who's there?" asked Albert again. The queen's response
was the same … as was Albert's. 

After more furious knocking and no response came a
quiet pause--and then a gentle tap.

"Who's there?" asked Albert once more.

"Your wife, Albert," the queen replied. Immediately the
door was opened.

As the writer of this article pointed out, "Love opens
doors." 

Need I say more?

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, help me always to be a
door opener and not a door closer. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen." 

1. 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV).

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Think and Grow Peaceful  

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and
right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about
things that are excellent and worthy of praise."1

In his article, "Today I Will Make a Difference," Max
Lucado wrote, "Today I will make a difference. I will
begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the
product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and
hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy
and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my
circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such
as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my
masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism
will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark.
Today I will make a difference."2

The reality is that we eventually become what we
constantly think about for "what the mind dwells on the
body acts on." 

Admittedly, controlling our thoughts can be much easier
said than done. To succeed, it not only needs
consistent practice and mental discipline, but also the
resolution of things that "bug" us. For instance, if we
have any major unresolved personal conflicts with
accompanying super-charged negative emotions, these can
have a major effect on our thinking. They can be
compared to having a throbbing toothache that literally
controls our thinking. Because of the pain, it's just
about impossible to think about anything else until we
get to the dentist and have the aching tooth taken care
of.

To live a peaceful life, it is imperative that we learn
to control and consistently think positive thoughts.
And to control our thoughts, it is imperative that we
resolve any and all personal conflicts. In other words,
if we want to live peacefully we need to get all our
"emotional-tooth-aches" resolved.

Suggested prayer, "Dear God, thank you that your Word
teaches the importance of positive thinking 'about
things that are excellent and worthy of praise.' Please
help me to live in harmony with your will, be rid of
all guilt by confessing  my sins, and resolving all
personal conflicts so that I will be able to fix my
'thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable.' Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer, gratefully in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Philippians 4:8 (NLT). 
2. Max Lucado, www.MaxLucado.com.

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Mindset Matters  

The Apostle Paul at the end of his life confidently
said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith."1

There's an old parable that explains how three men were
working hard cutting stone from large blocks of
granite. When asked what they were doing, the first man
said, "I'm making bricks." The Second man said, "I'm
cutting stones for the foundation of a large building,"
while the third man said, "I'm building a cathedral."

All three men were equally capable and doing the same
work, so which man's work do you think would have been
the most fulfilling? What mattered was each man's
thinking about the purpose of the work he was doing. It
wasn't his aptitude that made the difference--it was
his attitude--his mindset!

One's attitude will determine the direction and purpose
of one's life. The purpose of one man might be to make
lots of money, while the purpose of another might be to
help build the lives of the people he is serving. One
woman may see housework as a burdensome chore while
another does it joyfully because she is doing it for
the ones she loves. It's their mindset that makes the
difference. 

The reason the Apostle Paul ended his life victoriously
was because he had a noble God-given life-purpose and
had dedicated his entire life to fulfilling that
purpose. He had a mindset that mattered.

If we want to end our life with a sense of fulfillment,
it will be our mindset now that will determine how we
end. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, Please help me to discover
my God-given life purpose and dedicate my life to
serving you by loving and serving people. Help me to
live in harmony with your will and, with your help, to
fulfill my God-given life purpose by living a life that
matters--not only for time but also for eternity. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer, gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV).

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New Year's Resolutions  

Wishing all a very Happy and God-blessed New Year!


Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are
the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are
the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."1


Writing in The Age, a Melbourne, Australia newspaper,
John Weldon stated that "the custom of making New
Year's resolutions 'has been observed since ancient
Babylonian times--when most of the resolutions recorded
concerned, not surprisingly considering that culture's
fascination with all things agricultural, the returning
of borrowed gardening tools.'"1 

That's a great idea for a practical New Year's
resolution--returning things we've borrowed! 

Because New Year's Day is the oldest special day of the
"Big Five: Mother's Day, birthdays, Christmas and
Easter," Weldon is amazed that some marketer hasn't
commercialized this day as it has the other four for
squeezing another buck out of unsuspecting customers.

Fortunately, New Year's day hasn't been commercialized
(yet) and while most New Year's resolutions don't last
longer than a day's journey to the next temptation, I
still think it is a good idea to make at least one that
you (with God's help) vigorously intend to keep and
then do something about making it happen--providing it
is a resolution of value.

Suggested prayer for the New Year:

"Dear Lord, Please give me …
A few friends who know me and love me still,
A thankful heart to give you praise always and in
everything,
A trusting mind to keep on believing in you no matter
what the future holds,
A humble, pleasing personality,
A teachable disposition,
A thoughtful, kind, and caring touch,
A forgiving and understanding spirit,
A loving and accepting attitude to communicate your
love to every life I touch,
A worthwhile work into which I can put my best efforts
and thereby help make my world a better place in which
to live, and 
A life that will make a difference not only in my
world, but in my street and, most of all, in my home.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Matthew 5:6-9 (NIV).
2. John Weldon, "There's gold in those New Year's
resolutions," The Age, Melbourne, Australia, December
29, 2004, http://www.theage.com.au/.

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A Sermon Walking  

"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
yourselves."1

In 1953 reporters gathered at a Chicago railway station
waiting to meet the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He was a big man, six-feet-four tall with bushy hair
and a large mustache.

Reporters were excited to see him and expressed what an
honor it was to meet him. Cameras were flashing,
compliments were being expressed--but seeing beyond the
adulation the visitor noticed an elderly Afro-American
woman struggling to carry her two large suitcases.

"Excuse me," he said as he went to the aid of this
woman. Picking up her cases, he escorted her to a bus
and then apologized to the reporters for keeping them
waiting.

The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous
missionary-doctor who had invested his life helping
poor and sick people in Africa.

A member of the reception committee remarked to one of
the reporters, "That's the first time I ever saw a
sermon walking."

The measure of any man or woman is not their name,
their fame, nor what they say--but what they do.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
doer of your Word and not just a hearer. Grant that my
life will also be a sermon walking. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen." 

1. James 1:22.

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The Gift of an Untroubled Mind  

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not
give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts
be troubled and do not be afraid."1

In his book, Peace of Mind, Joshua Liebman writes of an
experience he had when he was still a boy. "I made a
list of the supreme goods in life," Liebman said. "I
went to a wise mentor and I showed him the list
expecting to be praised for my precocity. The list went
something like this … health, love, talent, riches,
beauty, and faith. As I shared the list with the old
wise man, he reached for a stub of a pencil, and
carefully scratched through all of the things that I
had listed. He said, "Young man, you may have all of
these--health, love, faith, riches, beauty--but they
will all turn out to be enemies instead of friends
unless you have the one thing you missed." Then he
wrote on the paper, "The gift of an untroubled mind."2

From what I read and hear it appears that so many
people (at least in our modern society) are plagued by
depression, heartbreak, worry, anxiety, fear, and
impaired relationships. And (compared to most of the
world) we have just about every material benefit and
human comfort we want, except so many don't have peace
of mind.

There are two kinds of peace we all need in order to
fully live. First, and most important of all, is
spiritual peace or peace with God knowing that our sins
are forgiven, our guilt is gone, and we have God's
promise of a home in heaven for all eternity. This gift
from God is absolutely free and comes from admitting
our sinfulness and accepting Jesus as our Savior. For
help see No.4 below: "Finding Peace with God."

The other kind of peace we could call emotional or
relational peace. This comes from resolving any and all
impaired relationships, forgiving any and all who have
ever hurt us, and resolving any and all negative
emotions--especially super-charged repressed negative
emotions which are destroyers of both emotional and
physical wellbeing and extremely destructive of
personal relationships. The Bible also instructs us to
get rid of (not bury or deny) all feelings of hatred
and all negative emotions.3


As this year comes to an end, let's do our part in
ending it in peace. Whether it be finding spiritual
peace by renewing our relationship with the Lord, or
doing our part in mending broken relationships and
finding peace with others. Let's start 2019 well. 


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see and
resolve anything in my life that is causing me to have
a troubled mind. Please fill me with your love and help
me to know and experience your eternal peace in the
very center of my being. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 14:27 (NIV).
2. Cited in Receive the Gift of an Untroubled Mind by
Robert H. Schuller. 
3. See 1 Peter 2:1-3 and James 5:16.
4. "Finding Peace With God" at:
http://tinyurl.com/find-peace.

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Unexpected Strangers  

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing
it."1

Imagine you were an expert mechanic working on your car
and along comes a stranger and tells you what you
should do to fix it. What would you think and how would
you feel? At the very least I'd question the stranger's
reliability.

Maybe that's the way Peter, James and John felt after
they had been fishing all night and caught nothing when
Jesus told them to take their boats out and try again.
They were experienced fisherman so what would Jesus
know about fishing that they didn't know? They didn't
know who he really was. Nevertheless, they did what he
suggested and caught so many fish they had to get help
to bring in the nets.

Then there were the religious leaders of Christ's day
who had no idea who Jesus was either, but they were
jealous of him and had him crucified.

Unfortunately, it is true that we can't trust everybody
and we need to be on our guard against deceptive and
dishonest people. At the same time we never know who
the stranger is that has crossed our path. He/she may
be an angel unawares. Or he/she may be a person in need
of a helping hand, an encouraging word, or just "a cup
of cold water." Jesus said, "I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
of mine, you did for me."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me eyes to
see, ears to hear, and a heart to sense so that I will
know when you have sent a 'stranger' to minister to me
in my hour of need, or if you have brought into my life
a person in need of a helping hand or a touch from
you--please help me to be as Jesus to him or her. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).
2. Matthew 25:40 (NIV).

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Life With a Purpose  

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all
the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it
to the right or to the left, that you may be successful
wherever you go."1

Motivational speaker, Mark Victor Hansen, said,
"Setting goals is one of the most important things you
can do to guarantee your personal, professional and
financial success. Goals are like a road map to your
target destination. Each goal accomplished is another
mile behind you on the way to where you want to be."

Years ago I heard another speaker say, "Success is the
ability to embrace a worthwhile goal and employ all of
your powers for the achievement of that goal."

A life without goals is like a ship without a rudder
drifting where the winds and waves of chance direct.
However, even more important than setting goals is to
first discover one's God-given life purpose and then
establish goals to fulfill that purpose. 

This is exactly what Joshua did. And as long as he and
the people of Israel lived by God's laws and followed
God's plan, God assured them that they would have good
success. God will do the same for you and me, too, as
we live in harmony with his will and follow God's plan
and purpose for our life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to discover
and clearly define my God-given life purpose and then
direct me in the setting of worthwhile and specific
goals that, with your help and my commitment, will
assure the fulfillment of my life purpose. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Joshua 1:7 (NIV).

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A Place for Jesus  “And she gave birth to her firstborn sonand wrapped him
in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because
there wasno place for them in the inn."1There is a
well-known children’s book called “Mortimer’s
ChristmasManger", by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman,
that is read by many families duringChristmastime. The
book tells the story of a small mouse named Mortimer
wholives in a dark hole under the stairs in a big
house. He disliked this hole verymuch, so he decided to
look for a new home within the same house. One day
hecame across a house that was just his size that sat
on a table next to the Christmastree. When he climbed
up to take a look, he saw it was occupied by small
people.After trying to speak with these people, he
realized that they were smallstatues, so he decided to
drag them out of the house so that he could livethere.
This new house he had found was actually a Nativity set
with all of thecharacters that form part of it, amongst
these was baby Jesus. He was so very pleased with this
new house, especially with thenew bed (manger) which
was just his size. He went out during the day to find
food,and when he returned to his home, he found all of
the characters placed neatlyback where they belonged.
So, he tugged and pulled until he got all of them
outagain. This happened day after day until one day
when he overheard the fatherof the family telling a
story. The father told the story of how Joseph and
Marywent to Bethlehem and how there was no room for
them in the inn. Then Mortimerheard about a baby. A
baby who was born in a stable and had no real bed
butslept in a wooden manger, and that his name was
Jesus. Suddenly he realizedthat all this time he had
been kicking Jesus out of his home! With tears in
hiseyes, he runs to baby Jesus and says “There was no
room for you in the inn. ButI know where there is
room." He quickly puts all of the statues back in
theirplace, and lies Jesus back in the manger. This may
seem like a simple children’s tale, but it has a
veryspecial message for us this Christmas. During the
holiday season, many of usrun from here to there trying
to get all we need to make Christmas a specialtime:
decorations, the Christmas tree, gifts, etc. In the
busyness of it all,we forget the main reason for
Christmas - Jesus. We “kick" him out of his home(our
hearts) and selfishly try to fill that place with our
own stuff. Friends, let me invite you to pause right
where you are andlisten. Listen to Jesus knocking on
the door of our hearts waiting for us togive him his
rightful place in our lives. After all, He and He
alone, is thereason we celebrate. Born to us as a baby,
who then grew to take our place onthat rugged cross and
pay the penalty for our sins. We were bought with a
greatprice. Let’s choose to make a place for Jesus in
our hearts once again, andkeep him there for good.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you for giving us
the greatestgift of all in your only Son Jesus. Please
forgive us for filling our heartsand lives with our own
agenda and leaving no place for Him. Allow us to
pauseand reflect and remember the reason we celebrate
today. Jesus, we welcome youback into our hearts where
we ask you to live and reign forever as our Lord
andSavior. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen."
1.      Luke 2:7 (ESV)    
  
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A Place for Jesus  “And she gave birth to her firstborn sonand wrapped him
in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because
there wasno place for them in the inn."1There is a
well-known children’s book called “Mortimer’s
ChristmasManger", by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman,
that is read by many families duringChristmastime. The
book tells the story of a small mouse named Mortimer
wholives in a dark hole under the stairs in a big
house. He disliked this hole verymuch, so he decided to
look for a new home within the same house. One day
hecame across a house that was just his size that sat
on a table next to the Christmastree. When he climbed
up to take a look, he saw it was occupied by small
people.After trying to speak with these people, he
realized that they were smallstatues, so he decided to
drag them out of the house so that he could livethere.
This new house he had found was actually a Nativity set
with all of thecharacters that form part of it, amongst
these was baby Jesus. He was so very pleased with this
new house, especially with thenew bed (manger) which
was just his size. He went out during the day to find
food,and when he returned to his home, he found all of
the characters placed neatlyback where they belonged.
So, he tugged and pulled until he got all of them
outagain. This happened day after day until one day
when he overheard the fatherof the family telling a
story. The father told the story of how Joseph and
Marywent to Bethlehem and how there was no room for
them in the inn. Then Mortimerheard about a baby. A
baby who was born in a stable and had no real bed
butslept in a wooden manger, and that his name was
Jesus. Suddenly he realizedthat all this time he had
been kicking Jesus out of his home! With tears in
hiseyes, he runs to baby Jesus and says “There was no
room for you in the inn. ButI know where there is
room." He quickly puts all of the statues back in
theirplace, and lies Jesus back in the manger. This may
seem like a simple children’s tale, but it has a
veryspecial message for us this Christmas. During the
holiday season, many of usrun from here to there trying
to get all we need to make Christmas a specialtime:
decorations, the Christmas tree, gifts, etc. In the
busyness of it all,we forget the main reason for
Christmas - Jesus. We “kick" him out of his home(our
hearts) and selfishly try to fill that place with our
own stuff. Friends, let me invite you to pause right
where you are andlisten. Listen to Jesus knocking on
the door of our hearts waiting for us togive him his
rightful place in our lives. After all, He and He
alone, is thereason we celebrate. Born to us as a baby,
who then grew to take our place onthat rugged cross and
pay the penalty for our sins. We were bought with a
greatprice. Let’s choose to make a place for Jesus in
our hearts once again, andkeep him there for good.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you for giving us
the greatestgift of all in your only Son Jesus. Please
forgive us for filling our heartsand lives with our own
agenda and leaving no place for Him. Allow us to
pauseand reflect and remember the reason we celebrate
today. Jesus, we welcome youback into our hearts where
we ask you to live and reign forever as our Lord
andSavior. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen."
1.      Luke 2:7 (ESV)    
  
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A Touching Christmas Story  

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's
glory, are being transformed into his likeness with
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who
is the Spirit."1

"The Doll and a White Rose" by V.A. Bailey 

I hurried into the local department store to grab some
last minute Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people
and grumbled to myself. I would be in here forever and
I just had so much to do. Christmas was beginning to
become such a drag. I kind of wished that I could just
sleep through Christmas. But I hurried the best I could
through all the people to the toy department. Once
again I mumbled to myself at the prices of all these
toys, and wondered if the grandchildren would even play
with them.

I found myself in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of
my eye I saw a little boy about 5 holding a lovely
doll. He kept touching her hair and he held her so
gently. I couldn't seem to help myself. I just kept
looking over at the little boy and wondered who the
doll was for.

I watched him turn to a woman and he called his aunt by
name and said, "Are you sure I don't have enough
money." She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that
you don't have enough money for it. The aunt told the
little boy not to go anywhere because she had to go get
some other things and would be back in a few minutes.
And then she left the aisle.

The boy continued to hold the doll. After a bit I asked
the boy who the doll was for. He said, "It is the doll
my sister wanted so badly for Christmas. She just knew
that Santa would bring it." I told him that maybe Santa
was going to bring it. He said "No, Santa can't go
where my sister is, I have to give the doll to my Momma
to take to her."

I asked him where his sister was. He looked at me with
the saddest eyes and said, "She has gone to be with
Jesus. My Daddy says that Momma is going to have to go
be with her."

My heart nearly stopped beating. Then the boy looked at
me again and said, "I told my Daddy to tell Momma not
to go yet. I told him to tell her to wait till I got
back from the store." Then he asked me if I wanted to
see his picture. I told him I would love to. He pulled
out some pictures he'd had taken at the front of the
store. He said, "I want my Momma to take this with her
so she doesn't ever forget me. I love my Momma so very
much and I wish she did not have to leave me. But Daddy
says she will need to be with my sister."

I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had
grown so very quiet. While he was not looking, I
reached into my purse and pulled out a hand-full of
bills. I asked the little boy, "Shall we count that
money one more time?"

He grew excited and said, "Yes, I just know it has to
be enough" So I slipped my money in with his and we
began to count it. And of course it was plenty for the
doll. He softly said, "Thank you Jesus for giving me
enough money."

Then the boy said, "I just asked Jesus to give me
enough money to buy this doll so Momma can take it with
her to give to my sister. And he heard my prayer. I
wanted to ask him for enough to buy my Momma a white
rose, but I didn't ask him, but he gave me enough to
buy the doll and a rose for my Momma. She loves white
roses so very, very much."

In a few minutes the aunt came back and I wheeled my
cart away. I couldn't keep from thinking about the
little boy as I finished my shopping in a totally
different spirit than when I had started. And I kept
remembering a story I had seen in the newspaper several
days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and
killing a little girl and the mother was in serious
condition. The family was deciding on removal of the
life support. Now surely this little boy did not belong
with that story.

Two days later I read in the paper where the family had
disconnected the life support and the young woman had
died. I couldn't forget the little boy and just kept
wondering if the two were somehow connected. Later that
day, I couldn't help myself and I went out and bought
some white roses and took them to the funeral home
where the young woman was. And there she was holding a
lovely white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture
of the little boy in the store.

I left there in tears, my life changed forever. The
love that little boy had for his little sister and his
mother was overwhelming. In a split second a drunk
driver had ripped the life of that little boy to
pieces.2

Please don't drink and drive this holiday season nor
throughout the coming year.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
be sensitive to the needs of others around me and,
where needed, help me to reach and be as Jesus to them
as the lady in today's lesson reached out to the
heart-broken little boy. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV).
2. "The Doll and a White Rose" by V.A. Bailey. Source
Unknown. 

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The Power of One  

"Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who
heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother
Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that
is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus."1

Did you ever stop to think how very important you are
in God's economy and his plans? Pretty much throughout
the entire Bible when God had a work to be done, he
chose and called an individual to lead. True he chose
the nation of Israel to be his special people, but he
chose individuals to lead this nation to do his work.
God also has a place for you and me in his plan. It may
not be a gigantic role, but it is an important one. 

Think of the twelve disciples, for example, who were
all a vital part of God's mission. Half of them never
said anything that is recorded in the New Testament.
And if I remember correctly, three of them said only a
word or two that was recorded. And Andrew, who didn't
have much to say, brought Peter, who became the early
church leader and evangelist, to Jesus. Andrew was also
the one who brought the boy with the two loaves and
fishes to Jesus that Jesus used to feed the multitude.
It was only Peter, James, Matthew and John that we
heard much from, but every one of Jesus' disciples had
an equally important role to play in God's program.

Whether your task is great or small, God wants to use
you to be a part of his plan in what he is doing in
your world today. All we need is to be available.
Remember, as an anonymous poet wrote:

    One song can spark a moment,
    One flower can wake the dream.
    One tree can start a forest,
    One bird can herald spring.
    One smile begins a friendship,
    One handclasp lifts a soul.
    One star can guide a ship at sea,
    One word can frame the goal.
    One vote can change a nation,
    One sunbeam lights a room.
    One candle wipes out darkness,
    One laugh will conquer gloom.
    One step must start each journey,
    One word must start each prayer.
    One hope will raise our spirits,
    One touch can show you care.
    One voice can speak with wisdom,
    One heart can know what's true.
    One life can make the difference,
    You see it's up to you!

In the words of Edward Everett Hale: "I am only one.
But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I
can do something. And because I cannot do everything I
will not refuse to do the Something that I can do." 

Don't ever forget how very important you are, not only
to your loved ones, your work, but also to God.
Remember, too, "if it's going to be, it will be up to
you and me!"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available, please use
me to be a part of your plan and what you are doing in
the world in which I live. Use me to be 'as Jesus' in
some way to make a difference in someone's life today.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. John 1:40-42 (NIV).

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Life's Little Frustrations  

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about
everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to
thank him for his answers. If you do this you will
experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful
than the human mind can understand."1

Paul Dickson discovered that the size of the cut he
inflicted on himself while shaving was directly
proportionate to the importance of the event he was
shaving for. That led him to an interest in other
"universal laws" evident in daily life. The following
are a few of the many he has collected:

"No books you lend are lost except those you
    particularly want to keep.

"There are three ways to get something done:
    do it yourself, hire someone, or tell your kids 
    not to do it.

"You can throw a burnt match out of the window
    of your car and start a forest fire easier than
    you can start one under dry logs in your fireplace
    with a box of matches and the complete edition
    of the Sunday newspaper."

Let's face it, more often than not it's life's little
annoyances that get to trigger our "worry/ frustration
button" and cause us to overreact in one way or
another. 

As one of my favorite ditties goes: "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."

Most of us have at least one worry/frustration
button--and as long as this button is active, it's a
good reminder that I still have some growing to do--and
will until I get to the place where I quit worrying and
overreacting and learn to trust God for everything! 

Hmm. I see I still have a ways to go!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to keep
growing in 'faith and love and every grace' so I can
get to the point where I can accept life's frustrations
without getting my buttons pushed, and trust you in
every situation. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)(NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Holiday Blues  

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared
with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God
in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his
favor rests.'"1

Most of us suffer from fears, anxiety, stress, and
various degrees of depression and the "blues" at
various times of our life. It's when these feelings are
affecting our daily functioning for extended periods,
or when they are debilitating, that they become a
problem for many. 

However, during the Christmas and holiday season
depression and the "blues" increases considerably for
many. This can be caused by increased stresses, the
loss of income, and especially because of the loss of a
loved one, broken or impaired relationships, no
meaningful relationships, being away at war and/or
separated from family and loved ones, and just plain
old-fashioned loneliness. 

Unfortunately, I don't know of any simple answers for
how to cope with the holiday blues when one is facing
adverse circumstances. Simple, pat answers can be even
more depressing. Certainly we need to trust God, but
even Jesus needed personal friends and
relationships--and so do we. We were created for
relationships, not only with God, but also with each
other. And we especially need loving, warm
relationships at Christmas time--when it is meant to be
"peace on earth good will toward men."

I don't want to sound simplistic as I have known times
of loneliness when nothing seemed to take away the
pain. But if you will be alone at Christmas time, for
some it can help a little if you can reach out to help
someone else who might be lonely, or call some people
on the phone and wish them a happy Christmas. Or invite
someone to your home for Christmas dinner, or contact
your (or another local church) to see if they have a
program for the lonely at Christmas that you could
attend, or better still, that you could help with.

I would like to think that most churches put on a
special family style dinner for the lonely at Christmas
or have a program where members open their homes for
the lonely during the holidays.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
sensitive to the needs of others--especially the
lonely--during this holiday season, and reach out in a
practical way to help bring comfort to someone in need.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 2:13-14 (NIV).

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