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Post  Admin on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 8:12 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Rising Above Discouragement  

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams
come true at last, there is life and joy."1

"These boys won't make it. Go back to Liverpool, Mr.
Epstein, you have a good business there." This is what
a recording company executive told the Beatles' manager
at their first audition! Can you imagine that?

"That kid can't play baseball. He can't pull the ball"
is what the manager of the Brave's Triple-A team said
about Hank Aaron in 1952. Aaron went on to hit 755 home
runs, the most ever in the history of baseball.

Remember, no matter what the critics say, in God's
economy everybody has a purpose and everybody has
something of value to offer. Never give up until you
know what your God-given talent is, or talents are,
sharpen them, dedicate them to God, and give them all
you've got. Take courage. Nothing you do for God will
ever be in vain.

If what you are choosing to do is in harmony with God's
will for you, then dream big dreams, work hard, trust
God and in time you will reap what you sow--and will be
richly rewarded. Know your God-given dreams and keep
hope alive. In due time you will be rewarded if you
"faint not."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know my
God-given life purpose and dream. Help me to be
faithful to this calling and keep hope alive so that I
will receive the reward that comes from you. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 13:12 (TLB)(NLT).

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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Mar 2019, 9:24 pm

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The Way It's Always Done  

"If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a
pit."1

In his book, Mind Your Own Business, Murray Raphel
shares the following story. "Years ago, in Russia, a
czar came upon a lonely sentry standing at attention in
a secluded corner of the palace garden. 'What are you
guarding,' asked the czar. 'I don't know. The captain
ordered me to this post,' the sentry replied.

"The czar called the captain. His answer: 'Written
regulations specify a guard was to be assigned to that
area.' The czar ordered a search to find out why. The
archives finally yielded the reason. Years before,
Catherine the Great had planted a rose bush in that
corner. She ordered a sentry to protect it for that
evening.

"One hundred years later, sentries were still guarding
the now barren spot."

The application is obvious.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom
to know what to guard carefully--especially that which
is imperative and eternal--and forget continuing to
guard that which is no longer relevant. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen." 

1. Matthew 15:14.

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Mar 2019, 10:31 am

Today's Daily Encounter

What Is the Gospel? Part 1  

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the
power of God that brings salvation to everyone who
believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."1

In the first century AD, in a time of severe
persecution of the early church and Christians, the
Apostle Paul, being anything but politically correct,
stated unequivocally that he was not ashamed of the
gospel. 

But what is the gospel that Paul was not ashamed of,
and was so convinced of its reality that he was
prepared to face persecution and death? As Webster's
Dictionary explains, the meaning of "gospel" is
"godspell, God story, or good news." It is the good
news about God's story of his salvation plan for
mankind. Specifically, as another has said: "The gospel
is a message about God, a message about sin, a message
about Jesus Christ, and a summons to faith and
repentance."

First, the gospel is a message about God. The gospel is
not a message about religion. It's about having a right
relationship with God. Religion tends to want to fix us
from the outside in. God wants to fix us from the
inside out. The first can become an impossible,
legalistic burden. The latter is what brings freedom.
Neither is the gospel a set of rules and regulations.
It is experiencing God's divine love, divine acceptance
and divine forgiveness--and learning to communicate
these to every life we touch.

It helps to realize that God isn't out to zap us for
the wrongs we've done. In fact, no matter what we have
ever done or have failed to do, God loves us with an
everlasting love and has a wonderful purpose for our
lives--for this life as well as the next! As Jesus
said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life."2 And again, "My purpose
is to give life in all its fullness."3

Second, the gospel is a message about sin. Many people
understandably ask, "If there is a God and if he is a
God of love, why does he allow so much suffering,
sickness, and sadness in today's world? Without
sounding too simplistic, this is because we have all
sinned and separated ourselves from an infinitely holy
God.4 It's not that God left us, but rather, we left
God and separated ourselves from him--and, in so doing,
we separated ourselves from his protection. Furthermore
sin has its own natural consequences that, as a human
race, we have brought upon ourselves.

Another misconception about God is that he is out to
punish us for our sins when, in fact, we bring sin's
punishment on ourselves because sin has its own natural
consequences. If we try to break the universal law of
gravity, for instance, we can't. It will break us.
Neither can we break God's universal moral law. When we
do, it breaks us, and besides its painful effects in
this life--suffering, sorrow, sickness, and physical
death--its ultimate and tragic consequence is spiritual
death, which is not the cessation of life; that is, the
life of our soul, but rather eternal separation from
God, the author of all love and life, in the place
where God's Word, the Bible, calls hell. 

To be continued ...

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank you
enough for loving me so much that you gave your Son,
Jesus Christ, to die in my place on the cruel Roman
cross, to pay the penalty and punishment for all my
sin, so that when I receive Jesus as my Savior, I will
be freely forgiven and receive your gift of eternal
life, knowing that when my life on earth is finished, I
will spend eternity with you in Heaven forever. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

Note: If you have never received Jesus as your Savior
or received God's forgiveness, I encourage you to do
that today. To do so see "God's Invitation" at:
www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or for further help
read, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

1. Romans 1:16 (NIV). 2. John 3:16 (NIV). 3. John 10:10
(TLB)(NLT). 4. Romans 3:23.

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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Feb 2019, 2:36 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Creative Solutions  

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my
path."1

Ideas can come from the strangest places. Creative
genius comes to people who are open to new ideas and
seeing different ways of doing things.

For example, in 1964 the freighter Al Kuwait, which was
carrying 6,000 live sheep capsized and sank in Kuwait's
harbor. The sunken ship with its decomposing cargo was
presenting a serious threat to the country's water
supply through its desalination processing plant.

To overcome the problem the ship had to be raised and
moved to a safe place without falling apart and dumping
its poisonous contents into the nation's water supply.

Karl Kroyer, a Danish engineer working in Kuwait came
up with a novel idea. He pumped 27 million ping-pong
balls into the freighter's hull which slowly raised it
to the surface.

And where did he get this idea? From a Donald Duck
comic book. Somebody sank Donald's boat and he and his
feathered friends raised it by filling it with
ping-pong balls!

When it comes to creative and meaningful living the
most valuable resources are found in the Word of God,
the Bible (not always in a comic book), It pays to know
what it teaches and hide its truths in one's heart.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a greater
love for your Word, the Bible, and help me to live by
its principles so it will truly be 'a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.' Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

NOTE: The above illustration is a cute story but this
might be a more realistic report of how the ship was
raised at: http://www.starch.dk/isi/kroyer/schrooge.asp

1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Feb 2019, 11:57 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
 
Do Your Best  
 
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your
might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is
neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor
wisdom."1
 
"When Leonardo da Vinci was still a pupil, his elderly,
well-known teacher asked him to finish a painting that
he, the teacher, had begun.
 
"Young da Vinci stood in such awe of his master's skill
that at first he respectfully declined. But his teacher
would accept no excuse. He simply said, 'Do your best.'
Trembling, da Vinci took his brush and began. With each
stroke, his hand grew steadier as the genius within him
awoke. Soon he was so caught up in his work that he
forgot his timidity. When the painting was finished,
the frail and weak master was carried into the studio
to see it. Embracing his student, he exclaimed, 'My
son, I paint no more!'"2
 
Not everyone has the kind of talent and genius that
Leonardo da Vinci had, but every one of us has
God-given talents that he wants us to develop and use
for his glory. He never expects from us what he hasn't
gifted us to do. And he has already equipped us to do
what he wants us to do. So use what talents you
possess. Do your best and leave the rest to God. As
Henry van Dyke said, "The woods would be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best." 
 
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the talents
you have given to me. Please help me to see what they
are, develop them fully, and use them to the best of my
ability for your glory. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
 
1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV).
2. Richard W. De Haan, Radio Bible Class, www.rbc.org.
 
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Post  Admin on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10:57 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Faith Without Action  

"Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action,
is dead."1

Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and
believe can be achieved." While this statement sounds
rather grandiose, there is certainly a measure of truth
in it. It's somewhat similar to what Jesus said two
thousand years earlier: "According to your faith be it
unto you."2 But as James, the brother of Jesus,
explained, without action faith is useless.

As the old saying goes, you can't steer a ship or a
bicycle to go anywhere until they're moving. Zig Ziglar
in his book, See You at the Top, put it this way: "The
largest locomotive in the world can be held in its
tracks while standing still simply by placing a single
one-inch block of wood in front of each of the eight
drive wheels. The same locomotive moving at 100 miles
per hour can crash through a wall of steel reinforced
concrete five feet thick."

The important thing is that we get moving! As James
said, "Faith without works is dead."

Some people are sitting around waiting for some kind of
special call or revelation from God before they get
involved in his work. It's not likely to happen because
God has already given us lots of instructions in his
Word regarding what to do. All we need to do is read
these instructions … and start moving into action! 

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

1. James 2:17 (NIV).
2. Matthew 9:29.

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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Feb 2019, 11:13 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Being Connected  

"If we claim to have fellowship with him [God] yet walk
in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."1

For a number of years Ken was a capable professional
man, a dedicated church worker, and a leader in his
community. Outwardly he functioned very well. However,
people had difficulty getting close to Ken because he
seemed aloof. His family relationships were not good
and he had ulcers. Vaguely sensing an inner emptiness,
Ken joined a recovery group where he discovered that he
was repressing many of his emotions.

Ken is still in the process of rediscovering his
repressed self. Fortunately, however, since learning to
recognize and express many of his true feelings (many
of which were repressed and denied) in healthy ways,
his ulcers have cleared up, and his family
relationships have improved dramatically.

Unfortunately, many people are taught to ignore their
negative emotions. As John T. Raffa wrote in Psychology
for Living magazine: "They believe you should hide such
feelings--deny, deny, deny--and become nothing but a
robot instead of what God made us, beings with
feelings."

Obviously, the early Christians didn't act this way
otherwise they never would have been known for their
love one for another. Peter, James, John and Paul all
emphasized the need to be honest, to be open-faced, to
walk in the light, to openly confess sins and faults,
and to love one another. Repressed people are closed
people and are unable to fully love and fully live.
Neither can they have any kind of emotional intimacy in
marriage and close relationships.

Only as we walk in the light, that is, in honesty and
openness, are we able to have true fellowship and
connection with both God and others. Furthermore, only
then are we able to be open channels through which
God's love can flow to others, and in so doing will we
be able to fully live and fully love.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please reveal to me any
and every barrier in my life that blocks my feeling
close to you and to others so that I can know true
intimacy with you and the ones I love the most--and be
a vibrant channel through which your love to others can
flow. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully­­­, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 1 John 1:7 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Wed 20 Feb 2019, 10:40 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Beauty and Meaning of Life  

"When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I
had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a
chasing after the wind."1

In speaking about the meaning and purpose of life, one
insightful writer said, "It is not about writing great
books, amassing great wealth, achieving great power. It
is about loving and being loved. It is about savoring
the beauty of moments that don't last, the sunsets, the
leaves turning color, the rare moments of true human
communication."

King Solomon, one of the wisest and richest men of
antiquity said about his life: "I undertook great
projects: I built houses for myself and planted
vineyards. I made gardens and parks … reservoirs to
water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and
female slaves …. I also owned more herds and flocks
than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver
and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and
provinces….In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I
denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my
heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my
work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet
when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I
had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a
chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the
sun."2

When we realize that the essence of life is not in
power, performance, or possessions but in loving
relationships--both with our fellow man and with
God--and in appreciating the beauty of his creation,
and fulfilling his purpose for our lives, we will have
discovered what Solomon took a lifetime to learn.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, give me the wisdom to
understand that the beauty and true meaning of life is
not found in power, performance, or possessions, but in
loving relationships the human heart yearns for, and in
loving and serving you. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Ecclesiastes 2:11 (NIV).
2. Ecclesiastes 2:4-8, 10-11 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

In the Beginning God  

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth."1

I appreciate the way the Bible opens. No fanfare. No
fancy words. Just the simple statement: "In the
beginning God." It is a totally non-defensive
statement. God isn't trying to prove himself or defend
his existence. He doesn't have to. We can take his
statement or leave it. It's up to us. It's our choice.

In his booklet, The Reason Why, Robert Laidlaw shared
how a former president of the New York Scientific
Society once gave eight reasons why he believed in God.

"The first one is this. Take ten identical coins and
mark them one to ten, place them in your pocket, then
take one out. There is one chance in ten that you will
get number one. Now replace it, and chances that number
two will follow number one are not one in ten, but one
in one hundred. With each new coin taken out the
chances that it too will follow in the right order are
multiplied by ten, so that the chance of all ten
following in sequence is one chance in ten billion." 

George Gallup, the famed American statistician, is
reported to have said, "Take the human body alone--the
chance that all the functions of the individual would
just happen is a statistical monstrosity."

The bottom line is that belief in God is a choice. For
some it's a faith choice. For others it's a moral
choice. I say a moral choice because if we choose to
believe in God, we know that we are morally
responsible. If we choose not to believe in God, we
deceive ourselves into thinking that we are not morally
responsible for how we live and, thus, can live any way
we like. Whatever choice we choose, the choice we make
will make us. It will also determine our eternal
destiny. Forever.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom
to know and the desire and courage to always make the
right choices--faith wise and moral. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Genesis 1:1 (NIV).

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Don't Waste Your Pain--Invest It  

"Dear Brothers [and sisters], is your life full of
difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when
the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, and don't try to squirm out of your
problems. For when your patience is finally in full
bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in
character, full and complete."1

In almost every trial we face God is seeking to "tell"
us something. Sometimes the only time he can get our
attention is when we're hurting sufficiently to slow us
down so we will stop and listen.

That has certainly been true in my life. On one
occasion, God used an accident and a time in the
hospital to get my attention and to speak to me. The
decision I made as a result ended up radically changing
the total course of my life. Another time God used a
major crisis and loss to expand my work. He used
another setback to get me started in writing. That was
more than four decades ago and I'm still writing!

When you are hurting, you can be sure that God has
something to say to you too--something for your good.
Ask him to help you hear what it is and to give you the
courage to do what he is telling/leading you to do.
Whatever it is, you can be certain it will enrich your
life in one way or another.

Furthermore, whatever you do, don't waste your pain.
Invest it in your own growth and then in helping
another fellow struggler along the way.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see how
you want to use all the trials that come my way to help
me grow and change my life for the better. And please
help me never to waste my pain but to invest it wisely
in my own growth and in making me a more effective
helper to other fellow strugglers. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (TLB)(NLT).


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God of the Minority  

"Come, follow me," Jesus said [to fishermen Peter and
Andrew] and I will make you fishers of men."1

Some of us have the idea that our life can't make much
of a difference. Sometimes we think, "What can one
person do?" This reminds me of the man who, when
walking along the beach, kept picking up starfish that
had been washed ashore. There must have been hundreds
of them. One by one he picked them up and threw each
back into the ocean.

A stranger watching said to the man, "Why are you doing
that? There are so many starfish on the beach. What you
are doing makes no difference."

"Makes a difference to that one," the man replied as he
threw another starfish back into the ocean.

Robert Kennedy once said, "Many of the world's great
movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the
work of a single person. A young monk began the
Protestant Reformation … It was a young Italian
explorer who discovered the New World, and it was the
32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all
men are created equal."

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a bus to
a white man on December 1, 1955, she triggered the
civil rights movement in the U.S.A. In so doing she
played a key role that changed a nation. 

And it was a motley band of twelve very ordinary
men--unsophisticated and uneducated--whom Jesus chose
for his disciples to introduce the Christian message to
pretty much a hostile world.

You and I may not achieve such greatness but we can
make a difference. We do so every time we stand up for
what is right, lend a helping hand to a friend or
stranger in need, and help communicate the love of God
and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Added up, our
small ripples blend together to reach ever-widening
circles. In so doing, one life does make a difference
and can make an impact for Christ in our corner of the
world.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available. Please help
and use me to make a difference in somebody's life
today. Help me to be as Jesus in some way to every life
I touch. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 


1. Matthew 4:19 (NIV).

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Happy Valentine's Day  

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved
you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay
down his life for his friends."1

Every February, throughout the Western World (at
least), romantic greeting cards, flowers, and specially
packaged candy are given to our loved one/s as an
expression of our love, all in the name of St.
Valentine.

And who might St. Valentine be? One legend says that he
was a priest in Rome during the third century AD at the
time of the Roman Empire and that he may have been
thrown into prison and killed for helping Christians
escape the cruelty of Roman prisons where Christian
prisoners were beaten and tortured.

According to another legend, "Valentine actually sent
the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in
prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with
a young girl--who may have been his jailor's
daughter--who visited him during his confinement.
Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a
letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an
expression that is still in use today. Although the
truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the
stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a
sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic
figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages,
Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England
and France."2

If truth be known, there's probably a mixture of
validity and make-believe in all of these legends.
Nevertheless it's a good thing to show and tell our
loved ones how much we love and appreciate them, not
only in a romantic way on Valentine's Day, but every
day of the year. As Jesus commanded us: "Love one
another as I have loved you." That needs to be applied
at all times--a big order and a goal we all need to
strive towards.

In the words of John Oxenham, "Love ever gives,
forgives, outlives, and ever stands with open hands,
for while it lives, it gives. For this is love's
prerogative--to give, and give, and give."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for special days
and special ways to show our loved ones how much we
love and appreciate them. Please help me to love my
loved ones and others as you have loved me every day of
the year. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Jesus in John 15:12-13 (NIV).
2. The History Channel, www.history.com 

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Where is God? - Part III  

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word [Jesus Christ] was God. He was with
God in the beginning. Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made. . . .
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
4

Besides revealing himself through creation, God has
also shown himself through the human soul. As well as
being a physical, rational, and emotional being, man is
a spiritual being with a living soul in which is
implanted a consciousness of God. This consciousness is
made up of a "religious and moral instinct" which
acknowledges a supreme being upon whom man is dependent
and to whom he is responsible.5

Anselm, the famous Italian theologian who lived in the
eleventh century, stated that the idea of God in the
mind is proof that God exists. Pascal, the French
physicist and philosopher who lived in the seventeenth
century, spoke about the "God-shaped vacuum in every
life that only God can fill."

Furthermore, if God didn't exist in the mind of the
atheist, why would he feel compelled to disprove God's
existence?

God has also revealed himself to us through his Word,
the Bible. The Bible doesn't seek to prove God's
existence. It accepts it as fact and simply says, "In
the beginning God. . . ."6

In the Bible God speaks with authority, stating that it
is his Word and that he is the one and only God.7 It is
God's written message to mankind. Fulfillment of scores
of prophecies in accurate detail, some of which were
written hundreds of years ahead of their fulfillment,
is sufficient evidence to confirm the validity of the
Bible.

God can be seen in creation, in the human soul, and in
the Bible, but his final and clearest revelation of
himself to us is in his Son, Jesus Christ.8 Not only is
Jesus the Son of God, but also God the Son. Referring
to Jesus, John the disciple wrote, "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God . . . . The Word became flesh and lived among
us."9

When Philip, a disciple of Jesus, asked to see God,
Jesus said, "He who has seen me has seen the Father
[God]."10

In life we all see and believe basically what we want
to see and believe. If we want to see and believe in
God, we can. If we don't want to see him, we won't.
Most people do believe in God but it is an entirely
different experience to find and relate to him
personally. The only way to do this is through Jesus
Christ.

As Jesus himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and
life; no man comes to the Father [God] except through
me."11

It is our sin that has separated us from God and
prevented us from finding him. But because God loved
us, he gave his Son, Jesus, to die for us and thereby
pay the penalty for our sins, which is death.

To find and know God is very simple. You can do this
right where you are. Simply pray and confess your
sinfulness to God, tell him that you believe Jesus died
on the cross to pay the just penalty for all your sins,
ask God to forgive you for all your sins, and invite
Jesus to come into your heart and life as your personal
Lord and Savior. When you do this, God forgives you for
all your sins, cancels your guilt and gives you the
gift of eternal life. His invitation is to all who will
come.12

For help to find and know God, read, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian . . . without having to be
religious" at: www.actsweb.org/christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for all the
revelations of yourself given to mankind, but most of
all I thank you for revealing yourself through Jesus,
the Christ, and how he gave his life on the cross as a
ransom to pay the penalty for all my sins. Please
forgive me for all my sins. I do believe and accept
you, Jesus, as my Savior and my Lord. Please help me to
live for you always in all ways. Thank you for your
forgiveness and the gift of eternal life, and for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

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Christian life--all without charge.

4. John 1:1-3, 14 (NIV).
5. See Genesis 2:7; Acts 17:22-28 and Romans 2:14-15.
6. Genesis 1:1.
7. See 2 Timothy 3:16 and Mark 12:29.
8. Hebrews 1:1-2.
9. John 1:1,14.
10. John 14:9. 
11. John 14:6.
12. Revelation 22:17. 

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Where Is God? - Part II  

"From one man he [God] made every nation of men, that
they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined
the times set for them and the exact places where they
should live. God did this so that men would seek him
and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he
is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and
move and have our being.' As some of your own poets
have said, 'We are his offspring.'"3

As we noted yesterday, one doesn't need to be a
scientist to see and feel the greatness of creation all
around us. Vacationing on Kangaroo Island in South
Australia, I marveled at the wonders of nature--the
grandeur of rolling hills, the brilliance of spring
flowers, the majesty of cliffs rising from the sea with
the waves crashing rhythmically against them and
pounding lonely, deserted beaches.

I watched a sea gull, beautiful and agile, swooping
over the waves, tipping its beak into the water to
pluck a tasty meal from the sea. I marveled at the
grace of a huge pelican, stretching his wings to a span
of eight to ten feet as he soared effortlessly above
me.

So many marvels to see: a playful porpoise dodging
beneath the bow of our boat, gliding with ease through
the crystal clear water; a curious fur seal, popping
out of the sea in answer to a child's call; a kangaroo
bounding across a distant field; and a koala high in a
eucalyptus tree. Later, a million stars shone above to
dance in chorus with a brilliant full moon and mirror
their beauty in a now calm sea.

I have stood breathless at the sight of millions of
gallons of water plunging over the Niagara Falls, and
speechless at the splendor of the Grand Canyon. I have
walked in amazement in the Yosemite Valley where
mountains of granite seem to reach up out of nowhere to
stab the sky in unparalleled artistic beauty.

"Did all this happen by chance?" I ask myself. For me
it would take more faith to believe that than to
believe that our world and universe were created by a
Master Designer whose power and greatness are beyond
human understanding.

Besides revealing himself through creation, God has
also shown himself through the human soul. (To see how
be sure to read tomorrow's Daily Encounter.)

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
revealed yourself to mankind in varied ways. Open the
eyes of my blindness so that I can see with my spirit
all that you are and have done for me. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

For help to find and know God, read, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian . . . without having to be
religious" at: www.actsweb.org/christian.

3. Acts 17:26-28 (NIV).

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Where Is God - Part I  

"The heavens declare the glory of God."1

Splashed with bright white paint right across the side
of the garbage truck in large, bold letters, a baffled
university student had written, "Where is God?"

Most people wonder about this same question at some
time or other. If there is a God, how can we know that
he exists and how can we find him?

In some ways God is like an atom. You can't see him
with the naked eye but you can see evidence of his
presence and power everywhere you look. 

For instance, God shows himself to us through creation.
As David the psalmist said, "The heavens declare the
glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night
they display knowledge. There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out
into all the earth, their words to the end of the
world."2

In My Search for the Ultimate, research scientist
Lambert Dolphin Jr. writes, "Confronted every day with
the mysteries of space and the atom, I continue to be
amazed at the complexity and order of our universe.
From the sub-microscopic realm of the atom to the
expanding reaches of the galaxies, our universe runs
like intricate and well-oiled clockwork according to
great physical laws which never change or falter.

"Our sun, which is the nearest star, a hundred earth
diameters across, is 93 million miles into space. Each
day the sun supplies our solar system with heat, power
and light at the rate of a million billion, billion
horsepower! Yet it is only an average star. 

"Our island universe of stars which we call the Milky
Way is 100,000 light years across. If we could travel
at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), it
would take us 100,000 years to traverse the Milky Way!
Yet this is only one of a billion or more such island
universes stretched out in every direction from our
earth to distances measured in billions of light
years."

However, one doesn't need to be a scientist to see and
feel the greatness of creation all around us. (To see
how, be sure to read tomorrow's Daily Encounter.) 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
revealed yourself through creation and that the earth,
the sun, the moon, the stars, and the vastness of the
universe all declare your glory and show that all have
come into existence through Intelligent Design and that
you are the Master Designer. Thank you for this great
revelation of yourself. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen." 

1. Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
2. Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Where Is God - Part I  

"The heavens declare the glory of God."1

Splashed with bright white paint right across the side
of the garbage truck in large, bold letters, a baffled
university student had written, "Where is God?"

Most people wonder about this same question at some
time or other. If there is a God, how can we know that
he exists and how can we find him?

In some ways God is like an atom. You can't see him
with the naked eye but you can see evidence of his
presence and power everywhere you look. 

For instance, God shows himself to us through creation.
As David the psalmist said, "The heavens declare the
glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night
they display knowledge. There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out
into all the earth, their words to the end of the
world."2

In My Search for the Ultimate, research scientist
Lambert Dolphin Jr. writes, "Confronted every day with
the mysteries of space and the atom, I continue to be
amazed at the complexity and order of our universe.
From the sub-microscopic realm of the atom to the
expanding reaches of the galaxies, our universe runs
like intricate and well-oiled clockwork according to
great physical laws which never change or falter.

"Our sun, which is the nearest star, a hundred earth
diameters across, is 93 million miles into space. Each
day the sun supplies our solar system with heat, power
and light at the rate of a million billion, billion
horsepower! Yet it is only an average star. 

"Our island universe of stars which we call the Milky
Way is 100,000 light years across. If we could travel
at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), it
would take us 100,000 years to traverse the Milky Way!
Yet this is only one of a billion or more such island
universes stretched out in every direction from our
earth to distances measured in billions of light
years."

However, one doesn't need to be a scientist to see and
feel the greatness of creation all around us. (To see
how, be sure to read tomorrow's Daily Encounter.) 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
revealed yourself through creation and that the earth,
the sun, the moon, the stars, and the vastness of the
universe all declare your glory and show that all have
come into existence through Intelligent Design and that
you are the Master Designer. Thank you for this great
revelation of yourself. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen." 

1. Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
2. Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV).

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Living With Purpose  

"Praise be to God … who comforts us in all our
troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."1

It was Emily Dickinson who spoke so eloquently when she
said,

    "If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life from aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his voice again,
    I shall not live in vain."

I have had the privilege of publishing the gospel
message of Jesus Christ since 1968 … starting in an
extremely small way. I never cease to be amazed at what
God will do with a life that is committed to serving
him. And my prayer today is that God will use me to
achieve more in the next decade of my life than I have
in the past four-plus decades.

I hope that you, too, will pray a similar prayer so
that when you and I meet God face to face we will both
hear his welcome words, "Well done, good and faithful
servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please use me to achieve
more in the next decade of my life (should you grant me
this time) than I have in all of my past years. And
please help me to so live that my life will not be
lived in vain. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV).

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Christianity vs Churchianity  

As Jesus said to the religious leaders of his day, "You
have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in
order to observe your own traditions."1

Francis McNutt, author of the classic book, Healing,
and director of Christian Healing Ministries points out
how God's answer to the church in one generation can
become a problem in the next or in following
generations.

McNutt, in one of his monthly news reports, The Healing
Line, gave the following example: "In the Old Testament
God instructed Moses to set up a bronze serpent on a
stick, so that whoever might look at it was healed of a
snake-bite during their wanderings in the desert. But
then, centuries later, the good, reforming King
Hezekiah 'broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had
made' because the Israelites had started to worship
it!"

If we knew how Peter "gave the invitation for people to
come to Christ" on the Day of Pentecost when 3,000
people were converted, we would cling to this method
religiously and tenaciously. We would even fight over
it and allow it to split churches. Fortunately, the New
Testament is almost totally silent on methodology. What
God is concerned about is our heart--not our methods!
As E.M. Bounds said, "Men are looking for better
methods. God is looking for better men [and women]."

One of the biggest battles in the church today is over
the music and manner of worship. The reality is that
God isn't concerned with our method of worship be it
contemporary, traditional, or whatever, but with the
spirit of our worship--the attitude of our hearts. As
Jesus said to the woman at the well when she mentioned
the "proper" place to worship, "God is spirit, and his
worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."2 Like
the brass serpent, when "old traditions or modern
methods of worship" become the focus of our worship, we
may be going through the motions, but totally missing
the point--and missing out on God!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be real
and not to get bogged down in traditions or methods
that are not relevant, but always be open to the work
of your Spirit in my heart and life--and in my church.
And please help me to always worship you in spirit and
in truth--from the heart. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen." 

1. Mark 7:9 (NIV).
2. John 4:24.

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Preparation for Eternity  

"Prepare to meet your God."1

"I came home from work last evening," said David E.
Leininger a while ago, "greeted the family, changed
clothes, and began reading the mail. The Newsweek
magazine was there, so I began flipping through it.
Early on I came to this rather striking ad: it said, '…
You're DEAD. What do you do now? Just for a minute,
think the unthinkable. Think about when suddenly you're
not there.'2 And then the ad goes on to try to sell
life insurance. Years ago, a friend of mine who was an
insurance agent would approach potential clients on the
street and say, 'I had a dream about you last night … I
dreamt you died … and you didn't have insurance!' The
amazing thing to me is that his approach actually
worked--he made a fine living."3

I find it interesting that the first thing many people
read in the daily newspaper is the obituary notices. I
don't know why except it is an admission of sorts that
death is a fact of life. 

Other people avoid reading the obituary notices
altogether as they don't want to even begin to think of
death. This is sad because sooner or later it happens
to us all. In younger days death seemed a lifetime
away--and it was. The years passed, then my father
died, then my mother, then my oldest sister … and now,
along with my younger sisters, I'm next in line. Dying
doesn't bother me, but the process can be frightening
if one should lose his or her health and, especially,
his or her mind. Over that we have little or no
control. 

However, what we do have control over is life after
death. Should you have a dream tonight that you died,
what would happen to you? Where would you spend
eternity if this were a reality and not a dream? Better
still, where will you spend eternity when it is a
reality? 

God has an insurance plan exactly for this purpose and
it is totally without charge to you. You can read about
it by clicking on: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian
and read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian--Without Having to Be Religious."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for letting me
know in your Word that I need to be prepared to meet
you at the end of my life here on earth. And thank you
for showing me the way you have provided for such
preparation by accepting your Son, Jesus, as my
personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Amos 4:12 (NIV).
2. Ad for the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for
Education, Newsweek, 2/26/96. 
3. In a sermon by the Rev. Dr. David E. Leininger,
"Thinking About the Unthinkable." (Unfortunately, the
web site is no longer available.) 

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Good News: I'm Fired  

"And we know that in all things God works for the good
of those who love him, who have been called according
to his purpose."1

In his commencement address to Stanford's 2005
graduating class, Steven Jobs, founder of Apple
Computer, shared how he and his friend, Woz, started
Apple in his garage and within ten years it grew to a
$2 billion company. He also shared how he was fired
from his own organization and in his words, "I didn't
see it then, but getting fired from Apple was the best
thing that could have ever happened to me. The
heaviness of being successful was replaced by the
lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about
everything. It freed me to enter one of the most
creative periods of my life. 

"During the next five years, I started a company named
NeXT, and another company named Pixar. Pixar went on to
create the world's first computer animated feature
film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful
animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of
events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the
technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of
Apple's current renaissance."2

Not to the same degree by any means, but in a similar
way this is how ACTS was started. At the time I was the
South Australian director of a well-known youth
organization. I changed our approach to ministry by
commencing direct mail evangelism and included reaching
adults as well as teenagers. I was told by the powers
that be that my ministry didn't fit the required role
and was asked to either give up my ministry, stay with
the current methods (which weren't working that great
anyhow), or get out of the organization. I chose the
latter. It, too, was the best thing that happened to me
at the time--as frightening as it was. Like you, I've
been through other seeming crises, too, which have all
turned out far better than I could have ever dreamed or
hoped for. 

So, if it seems like your world is crumbling around you
and your life is truly committed to God and his will
for your life, choose to trust your life to him, and,
in time, you too will discover that all things do work
together for good for "those who love him, who have
been called according to his purpose." 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for every crisis
in my life that you have made to work for good, and
turned into a blessing beyond my wildest dreams. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Romans 8:28 (NIV).
2. www.snopes.com/glurge/stevejobs.asp 

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Winning over Temptation  

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is
weak."1

Temptation! A very common problem for all mankind and
is something we all struggle with at one time or
another--and perhaps will always struggle with it in
this life. As God's Word reminds us, "No temptation has
overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it."2
Furthermore, "But each person is tempted when they are
dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to
sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to
death."3

So the question we ask today is, "How can we win over
temptation?"

First, at the beginning of every day pray this prayer
with sincerity: "Dear God, again today I commit and
trust my life and way to you, please help me to become
the person you want me to be, and help me live today to
glorify you in everything I do." 

Second, avoid going to places where you know very well
you will most likely face temptation.

Third, temptation gets ahold of us in our thoughts.
Realize that what the mind dwells on the body acts on,
so guard your thinking. My number one defense for
changing my thinking, when facing temptation, is to
keep repeating the following statement: "Jesus Christ
is Lord. Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and
is Lord of my life." As long as I concentrate my
thoughts on Jesus Christ as being Lord of my life,
shortly my thinking changes and the temptation
dissipates.

Furthermore, Satan and his demons hate hearing the
statement that Jesus Christ is Lord and that he is the
Son of the Living God.

As God's Word advises, "Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable--if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy--think about such things."4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I confess that my flesh is
weak so please help me to remember when I face
temptation, that no matter what the temptation is, you
always provide a way of escape so that I won't be
overcome. Help me to remember at such times to confirm
in my thoughts and words that 'Jesus Christ is Lord and
is Lord of my life,' and in so doing, with your help,
overcome any and all temptations. Thank you for
providing this way of escape and for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 26:41 (NIV).
2. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV).
3. James 1:13-15 (NIV).
4. Philippians 4:8 (NIV).

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Is Tithing Still Valid Today?  

Jesus said, "Woe to you, teachers of the law and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth [a tithe]
of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have
neglected the more important matters of the
law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have
practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."1

Here Jesus is confirming that tithing is still as valid
in New Testament times as it was in Old Testament days.


"For a number of years, The Barna Group (research
specialists) has been following the practice of
'tithing,' which is donating at least ten percent of
one's income. While Christians dispute whether tithing
refers to giving the entire ten percent to churches or
whether that sum may include money donated to churches
and other non-profit entities, the survey data reveal
that no matter how it is defined, very few Americans
tithed in 2004. Only 4% gave such an amount to churches
alone; just 6% gave to either churches or to a
combination of churches and para church ministries."2

If every Christian tithed his or her income and
"invested" it wisely in God's work, all of God's work
on earth would be done. In addition to new churches
being established, the starving would be fed, the cold
would be dressed warmly, the oppressed would be cared
for, the homeless would be sheltered, orphans would be
nurtured, and every person on earth would be presented
with the gospel. All of these things are a vital part
of God's will being "done on earth."3

And how does God say (not suggest) his work on earth
should be financed? By every Christian giving at least
a tenth of his or her income and donating it for God's
work--for God's work, that is, not for building
religious empires or to churches or religious
organizations that do not faithfully proclaim the whole
counsel and/or Word of God. 

Think of it. Only six out of every 100
Christians--American Christians that is--tithed their
income to help with God's work on earth. That's only 60
out of every 1,000. Certainly many families are
struggling, some people are out of work, and many
single parents are scraping to get by, but not 940 out
of every 1,000 Christians, and we are among the
wealthiest people on earth. Unbelievable! Could this be
one reason why we are experiencing such a moral decline
and national decay?

Our pocketbook is an indicator of where our heart and
priorities are,4 whether we are givers or takers,
whether we acknowledge the fact that it is "God who
gives the ability to produce wealth,"5 and whether we
are grateful or otherwise for all that God has done for
us, not the least of which being what Jesus did by
coming to earth as a man to die on the cross in our
place to give us a full and free pardon and a home in
heaven for all eternity. 

If you are not a tither, I urge you to become one today
and start tithing with your very next paycheck. As
Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we
get. We make a life by what we give." Also, what we
give is a reflection of the depth of our gratitude for
all the incredible blessings we receive and have
received from God.

Remember, too, that when tithing to further God's work
on earth, there is a promise of blessing from God. His
Word says, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so
there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,"
says the Lord of Heaven's Armies, "I will open the
windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing
so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try
it! Put me to the test!"6 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in gratitude for all you
have done for me in giving your very life to save me
for all eternity, I make a commitment today that as
long as I am earning an income, I will tithe at least
ten percent of all that I make--starting this week.
Please direct me to place my tithe and offerings in
ministry/ies that are truly doing your work on earth.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Matthew 23:23 (NIV). 
2. The Barna Update, April 24, 2005. www.barna.org.
3. See James 1:27.
4. Matthew 6:20-21.
5. Deuteronomy 8:18.
6. Malachi 3:10 (NLT).

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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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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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Today's Daily Encounter

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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