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Post  Admin on Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10:29 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Many Reasons to be Thankful 

“Every good and perfect gift isfrom above, coming down
from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does
notchange like shifting shadows."1

I saw this the other day andthought it was appropriate
to share on this Thanksgiving.

“I am grateful for…1.      Early wakeups = children to
love2.      House to clean = safe place to
live3.      Laundry to do = clothes to
wear4.      Dirty dishes = food to eat5.      Crumbs
under the table = family meals6.      Grocery shopping
to do = money to use7.      Toilet to clean = indoor
plumbing8.      Lots of noise = kids having
fun9.      Endless questions = a child who is
learning10.  Getting into bed tired & sore = I’m
stillalive"2

These may seem simple and mundane, but they are all
gifts ourHeavenly Father has given us that we sometimes
take for granted. Many of thethings we complain about
are things others would love to have. Our
perspectivemakes all the difference.

Helen Kellerwisely said, “So much has been given to me
that I have no time to ponder thatwhich I don't have."
Let this be our attitude this Thanksgiving and always.
Letus live with such gratitude that we don’t have time
to think about that whichwe don’t have, but instead
appreciate what we have and love those God has givenus
to share life with.

Suggestedprayer: “Dear God, thank you because you never
change and you constantly fillmy life with blessings.
Forgive me for taking the simple things for granted
attimes. Give me a heart of continual gratitude and
keep me from complaining.Thank you for your love,
faithfulness and provision. You are a good Father andI
praise you. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. In Jesus’ name,amen."

 1.      James 1:17 (NIV). 2.      Chelsea Lee Smith /
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Post  Admin on Fri 29 Nov 2019, 7:59 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Fruit of a Deeper Root 

"People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if
they confess and turn from them, they will receive
mercy."1

Problems. Nobody is immune from committing sins.
However, often the problems we see are not the problems
that are! For instance, a problem, whether it is
emotional, spiritual or physical, is often the symptom
of a deeper problem; that is, "the fruit of a deeper
root." The root cause may be an unresolved emotional,
spiritual or moral problem which can express itself in
any one of a number of ways such as the following:
relational conflicts, worry, stress, anxiety, insomnia,
depression, addictions, spiritual dryness, physical
sickness, abuse, etc., etc.

Many physical symptoms can be symbolic. For example,
ulcers may be caused not so much by what we eat but by
what is eating us. Tension headaches can be caused by
"jamming up" anger in our head. Aching shoulders may be
caused by our feeling that we are burdened by a heavy
load. And if I have a pain in the neck, I may be one or
have someone in my life whom I feel is a "pain in the
neck."

Confession opens the door for recovery: not only from
the symptoms but also from the causes.

After David confessed his sin, he said, "Oh, what joy
for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is
put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record
the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in
complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my
body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and
night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My
strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped
trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will
confess my rebellion to the Lord.' And you forgave me!
All my guilt is gone."2

A good example to follow.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, here's the symptom/s (be
specific_____________name it/them) in my life. I
acknowledge these to you. Please give me the courage to
face the cause/s of these and lead me to the help I
need to resolve them. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 28:13 (NLT).
2. Psalm 32:1-5 (NLT).

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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Nov 2019, 10:28 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Living in Harmony with Your "Bumper Sticker" 

"By their fruits [actions] you will know them." - Jesus

The story is told how a driver was being tailgated by a
stressed-out driver on a busy boulevard. Suddenly the
light turns yellow just in front of her. She does the
right thing and stops even though she could have beaten
the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating driver hits the roof, and the horn, and
yells in frustration as he misses the chance to get
through the intersection. As he is still in mid-rant,
he hears a tap on his window and looks up into the face
of a police officer.

The officer orders him to exit his car with his hands
up. He takes him to the police station where he is
searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a
cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman opens the
cell door, and escorts him back to the booking desk
where the arresting officer is waiting with his
personal effects.

The officer says, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You
see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing
your horn, shaking your fist and yelling at the driver
in front of you. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license
plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker,
the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and
the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to
so live that my life and actions will always bring
glory to Your name--and not ridicule. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Matthew 7:20 (NKJV).
2. Author Unknown

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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Nov 2019, 12:27 am

Today's Daily Encounter

When You Don’t Feel Like Being Loving 

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

Do you ever get your feelings hurt? If so, when this
happens, how do you usually react? Do you want to
withdraw from that person or get angry? Or if it it is
a friend whom you feel hurt you, do you feel like
ending the friendship?

When I feel hurt, my tendency is to want to withdraw,
but what I try to remember to do is to pray and admit
to God just how I feel and then ask Him to help me to
be “as Jesus" to this person no matter how I feel, and
then choose to do the loving thing towards this person,
whether I feel like it or not.

Wherever possible, I also choose to share my hurt
feelings with the person involved with the goal to
“speak the truth in love." To do this it is important
to use “I" messages, not “you" messages. That is, to
say, “I really feel hurt and need to talk to you about
such and such…." Don’t say, “You really hurt my feeling
when you did or said such and such." We need to
remember that what the other person says or does is
their issue. The manner in which we respond and how we
feel is always our issue and our responsibility.

I am not in any way seeking to justify what the other
person does; rather, I am taking full responsibility
for what I do and the manner in which I react. If I
over-react to what is said or done, that is triggering
some unfinished business in me. Furthermore, to the
degree that I overreact, that is entirely my problem
and my responsibility.

Admittedly, speaking the truth in love when we are
feeling hurt and/or angry is much easier said than
done, but it is something we need to learn how to do to
maintain loving relationships.

At the same time, if the person who we feel has hurt us
has a habit of lashing out when things don’t go their
way, then we need to be firm with tough love, letting
him or her know that if he/she continues to treat us in
a hurtful manner, we will need to distance our-self
from them, until they resolve their issue.

In all conflict situations, with God’s help, as a
Christian, our goal is always to speak the truth in
love.

Suggested prayer, “Dear God, when my feelings are hurt,
please help me to evaluate my feelings to see if they
are justified, or if I am over-reacting. If the latter,
please help me to resolve the cause of my reaction and
never blame anyone else for my issue. And even if my
hurt feelings are justified, always help me to be ‘as
Jesus’ to the person in question and always speak the
truth in love. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Ephesians 4:15 (TLB).

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article, “Resolving Conflict Creatively" at:
http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=126&d=1&c=3&p=1  
 
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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Nov 2019, 12:20 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Reaching Others Jesus’ Way 

 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them
becausethey were confused and helpless, like sheep
without a shepherd. He said to his disciples,
“Theharvest is great, but the workers are few.  Sopray
to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to
send more workersinto his fields."1

“Years ago, a woman missionarywent to Tunis in North
Africa, where she tried to reach Muslims for Christ.
Shemet with little success, as often seems to be the
case in Muslim countries. Butshe persisted, above all
trying to love those to whom she witnessed.

One Muslim boy came to her homeevery week for English
lessons. As she taught him English, she tried to
tellhim about Jesus, but he was unmoved. Finally, the
summer before he was to goaway to the university came,
and he dropped his English sessions. One day,
justbefore his departure, he came to say goodbye to the
missionary for the finaltime. They had tea together and
she told him again of the love of Jesus. Butwhile he
was polite, he was adamant in resisting the gospel.

At last, he bid farewell andheaded down the path
through the garden, leading to the outside gate. Here
hestopped and looked back and he saw his teacher
standing in the doorway lookingafter him with tears
streaming down her face. He could resist no longer.
Hertears conquered the rebellion in his heart. He
returned up the path and intoher living room, where he
trusted Christ as His Savior."

You may have heard this storybefore, but I think it is
a great reminder for us. In order to be
effectivewitnesses for Christ, we need to see what
Jesus sees and feel what He feels.Only then can we
truly be His hands and feet in reaching others for His
Kingdom.

Too often I have heard folks saythey have not accepted
Christ or won’t go to church because they feel judged
byChristians or feel that they are being condemned.
This should not be. Just asJesus had compassion on the
crowds in the verse above, we too are to havecompassion
on the numerous souls around us who desperately need
Christ. Let usfocus on loving God and loving others as
ourselves, just like Jesus told us todo. He will handle
the rest.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, ourworld today is filled
with people who will spend eternity in hell unless
theycome to know you. Allow us to feel the urgency to
step up and be the workersyou are looking for to bring
them to you. Not through our many words, butthrough the
compassion we demonstrate to them. May they see Jesus
in us and findtheir salvation to experience Jesus for
themselves as well. Help me see whatyou see and feel
what you feel so that I can act as you would act. Thank
youfor hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus’ name. Amen. 1.      Matthew 9:36-38
(NLT).2.      Told by James Boice, The Gospel of
John[Zondervan], p. 771.   
 
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Today's Daily Encounter

The Art of Staying in Love - Part II

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but
as wise.... Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to
debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit ...
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one
another out of reverence for Christ."1

In continuing our three-part series on "The Art of
Staying in Love" we need to understand that much
negative behavior in adults as well as children is
caused by not feeling adequately loved. This may have
its roots in present relationships or from unmet
childhood needs. Either way, when people are acting
negatively or yelling, they are hurting and, in a way,
however clumsily, are yelling for help. If we can see
this and take the time to understand the real cause
behind their behavior instead of taking it personally
and yelling back, we can go a long way in strengthening
our love relationships. Admittedly, this isn't easy but
we do need to work at it.

Love is also accepting responsibility. Most of us bring
the excess baggage of unresolved issues from the past
into our close relationships. For example, the man who
didn't get along with his mother and is still angry at
her will inevitably take out his hostility on his wife
and family. Or the woman who felt mistreated by her
father or some other significant male and is
distrustful of men will take out her hurt and anger on
her husband, and so on.

If we desire to stay and grow in love, it is imperative
that each of us accepts responsibility for resolving
our inner conflicts that cause dissension in our
present relationships. We were not responsible for our
upbringing but we are now totally responsible for what
we do about resolving any negative effects our past had
on us.

Love is more than physical intimacy. Love is much more
than a physical relationship. It is also an emotional
relationship. The man who ignores the emotional needs
of his wife and expects to receive a warm response in
bed is inviting frustration. Women are not machines to
be turned on at will. Physical intimacy starts in the
kitchen at six, not in the bedroom at nine, ten, or
eleven--or even later. A long-lasting physical
relationship is the result of an ongoing healthy,
long-lasting emotional relationship.

On the other hand, the wife who no longer shows any
interest in her husband's life outside the home feels
totally shocked when she discovers that one of the
younger women at the office has. Many men (and women
too) who get involved in extra-marital activity, don't
do it so much for sexual reasons but for
companionship--someone who will listen to them and make
them feel important and appreciated.

To be concluded ...

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
understanding of and always sensitive to the needs of
my partner and my children [if you have any]. Help me
always in all ways to be 'as Jesus' to them and they,
seeing Jesus in me, will want the same for themselves.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. Ephesians 5:15-21 (NIV).     
 
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The Art of Staying in Love - Part III 

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a
spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."1

As we have been discussing this week true love has many
characteristics, another of which is as follows:

Love is romance. I read about one woman who had been
married for 25 years. She was in her front yard when
the newlywed man from across the street arrived home
from work. His wife rushed out the door to greet him
and they stood embracing for a long time.

The observing woman got the message. When her husband
came home that evening she did likewise. The rewards of
all such romantic gestures are well worth the effort.
And men, don't forget that our ladies love a rose from
time to time and other "little things" that make them
feel loved and important. A good tip for keeping
romance alive, as one person suggested, is to have an
affair--with your wife!

Love is also a commitment. Love that lasts is a
commitment of one imperfect person to another imperfect
person. It means that no matter what, I am committed to
you and to your growth. I will be what you need me to
be--not necessarily what you want me to be. If you need
me to be loving and affectionate, I will be loving and
affectionate. Or, if for your growth you need me to be
lovingly tough and firm, I will be lovingly tough and
firm. Within the bounds of my own imperfections I will
always strive to do and be what is best for your
growth.

This kind of commitment means that one will not try to
manipulate or control the other person to get his or
her own way, but will at all times maintain gut-level,
open and honest communication. It isn't easy, but it is
the way of love.

Love is spiritual. Love is not only physical and
emotional, it is also spiritual. For instance,
sociologist Steven Nock of the University of Virginia,
studied the link between religion (the spiritual) and
the family. He concluded that couples who attend church
regularly are 42 percent more likely to be still
married for the first time than couples who don't go to
church.

However, it's more than just going to church that makes
a marriage happy. It's commitment that makes the
difference. Those truly committed to their spiritual
faith are 23 percent more likely to have a "very happy"
marriage than couples who don't go to church.

The point is when we respond to God's love, He gives us
"a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline"--all
essential for cultivating loving relationships. So, if
you don't attend church regularly, why not start this
week. Find a church where love, friendship, and
affection are expressed. This, too, can help to greatly
enrich your love life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to realize
that among the many requirements for lasting loving
relationships is a commitment, not only to my partner,
but also a deep commitment to You. Help me always to
live in harmony with Your will and keep you in the
center of my life and relationships. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy1:7 (NIV).

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Doers vs. Watchers 

"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand
elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For
the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows
favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from
those whose walk is blameless."1

"Dr. J.B. Gambrel tells an amusing story from General
Stonewall Jackson's famous valley campaign. Jackson's
army found itself on one side of a river when it needed
to be on the other side. After telling his engineers to
plan and build a bridge so the army could cross, he
called his wagon master in to tell him that it was
urgent the wagon train cross the river as soon as
possible. The wagon master started gathering all the
logs, rocks and fence rails he could find and built a
bridge. Long before daylight the wagon master told
General Jackson that all the wagons and artillery had
crossed the river. General Jackson asked where the
engineers were and what were they doing. The wagon
master's only reply was that they were in their tent
drawing up plans."2

It has been said that there are three kinds of people:
those who make things happen; those who watch things
happen; and those who don't know that anything is
happening!

With God's help, I want to be a doer and among those
who make things happen. In college days, I was
attending a college-age youth group in a local church.
The group was struggling and I was asked by the leaders
what I thought was wrong. I said that I didn't feel I
had a right to criticize unless I was willing to do
something about the problems. Guess what? I got
actively involved as a doer. Those were some of my best
college days.

Let's not be critical unless we are willing to be
involved. To be a doer, start doing something of
eternal value, realizing that we serve God by serving
people.

Suggested prayer, "Dear God, please help me to invest
my life by being actively involved as a doer in the
work of Your Kingdom--no matter how small and menial
the tasks I do may appear to be. And help me every day
to be 'as Christ' to all who cross my path. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 84:10-11 (NIV).
2. Pulpit Helps, May, 1991.

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When All Else Fails 

"When he [the prodigal son] came to his senses, he
said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to
spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out
and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have
sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your
hired men.' So he got up and went to his father."1

In his One-Minute Uplift email newsletter Rick Ezell
writes, "In the highlands of Scotland sheep often
wander off into the rocks and get into places that they
can't get out of. The grass on these mountains tastes
very sweet, and the sheep like it. They will jump down
ten or twelve feet to a ledge with a patch of grass,
and then they can't jump back up again. The shepherd
hears them bleating in distress. The shepherd may leave
them there for days, until they have eaten all the
grass and are so faint that they cannot stand. Only
then will the shepherd put a rope around the sheep and
pull them up out of the jaws of death.

"Why doesn't the shepherd attempt a rescue when the
sheep first get into the predicament? The sheep are so
foolish and so focused on eating that they would dash
away from the shepherd, go over the precipice and
destroy themselves.

"Such is the case with us. Sometimes we need to
experience a little bit of 'death' before we can enjoy
the abundance of life. The Lord will rescue us the
moment we have given up trying, realizing that we can't
liberate ourselves, and cry to him for help."2

For many of us, like the prodigal son, it's only when
all else fails and we hit rock bottom, that we turn to
God for help but that's a good thing because only God
can rescue us from the jaws of eternal death and
damnation.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that when I
finally admit that I have a problem--that I am a
sinner--and need help, I discover that You have been
waiting patiently for me to come to You so You could
rescue and save me from the tragic consequences of sin
which is eternal death and separation from You. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Luke 15:17-20 (NIV).
2. Rick Ezell, Defining Moments, © 2001. Cited on
PreachingNow Ezine.
www.preaching.com/preaching/preachingnow.html.

NOTE: For help to know God be sure to read, "How to Be
Sure You're a real Christian Without Having to Be
Religious" at: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

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The Art of Staying in Love - Part I 

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the
church and gave himself up for her."1

What is more exciting and exhilarating than falling in
love? Is there anything?

Sadly, though, many of us have learned that it's just
as easy to fall out of love as it was to fall into it.
And while finding love and affection is one of our
greatest personal needs, why is it that so many fail to
stay in love?

Falling in love can be the start of a loving
relationship, but lasting relationships don't just
happen; they grow. In many ways nurturing a
relationship is like tending a garden. Neglect it and
it dies. Constant care and cultivation--including the
following suggestions--are needed to keep love alive
and growing.

Love is being there. One of the chief ingredients of
love is to give another person your presence. Without
presence, as Dr. David Augsburger says, love receives
an invitation to die.

Presence is not only spending physical time with
another person but it also means giving him or her your
undivided attention when you are with him/her. It
includes being sensitive to his/her feelings and aware
of his/her needs. It means not only hearing with your
ears but, much more so, hearing with your heart.

For instance, recently I visited with a friend who
spent the entire time talking about his interests and
concerns. I tried to share some of my interests, too,
but felt as if my words fell on deaf ears. There was no
experiencing of mutual presence--the basis for all
meaningful relationships including friendships.

Love is understanding. Most behavior is caused or
motivated. Once we understand this, we can be much more
accepting and loving. For example, one father I know
was having difficulty with one of his two children. One
was the "perfect" child, the other constantly
rebelling.

"Is one of your children a favorite?" I asked the
father. With a tinge of embarrassment he admitted the
"good" child was. "Do you think this could be the cause
of your difficult son's negative behavior?" I asked
again. The answer was obvious.

To be continued …

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to have an
understanding heart and be sensitive to the needs of my
partner, my children and/or my friends. Help me to
listen with my heart, be understanding and accepting,
and always be present for those I love. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:25 (NIV).

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Priorities 

 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and
liverighteously, and he will give you everything you
need."1

What is the first thing you dowhen you wake up every
morning? For many of us, we may hit snooze on the
alarmclock one too many times only to realize that we
are then rushing to get outthe door on time. For others
we may exercise first thing in the morning tostart the
day energized and fresh. Regardless of what our morning
routine is, Iencourage you to put God first!

When our eyes open to the sound ofthe alarm clock,
let’s take a moment to pray and thank God for the new
day, ourjob, our family and loved ones, our health,
etc. Take a moment to spend time inHis word. It can be
a verse or a couple chapters, but the important thing
is tospend that time with our Heavenly Father.

The verse for today reminds us to“Seek the Kingdom of
God above all else, and live righteously, andhe will
give us everything we need." Do we believe that? Are we
willing totrust that God is faithful and will do it?
When we put God first and leave therest in His hands,
we can be sure that no matter what comes our way, God
willgo before us and equip us to encounter every
situation and will be our peaceand strength when we
grow weary.

We all have a long list ofresponsibilities, but when we
make God a priority, the blessings will come, andGod
will provide.

Suggested Prayer: “Dear God, Ipray that you would allow
me to put you first in everything I do. Allow me
totrust you fully and believe that you are faithful and
will provide everything Ineed in doing this. Thank you
because you desire to spend time with me, and youlove
me unconditionally. I choose to make you my priority
and trust that youwill give me everything else I need.
Thank you for hearing and answering myprayer. In Jesus’
name. Amen.

 1.       Matthew6:33 (NLT).   
 
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The Only Time We Ever Have 

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the
day of salvation."1

In his sermon, "Obedience," Warren Lamb said, "I used
to have problems getting my son to clean his room. I
would insist that he, 'Do it now,' and he would always
agree to do so, but then he wouldn't follow through--at
least, not right away.

"After high school he joined the Marine Corps, which is
where he is now [or was at time of writing]. When he
and I were on the plane together coming home for his
leave after Boot Camp, he said to me, 'My life makes
sense now, Dad. Everything you said and did when I was
growing up now makes sense. I really, really
understand.'

"Oh yeah, Dad," he added. "I learned what 'now'
means."2

For all of us, the only time we ever have is now.

If God is urging you to make amends with a friend or
loved one, do it now. If there is a job or
responsibility you have been putting off, do it now. If
God is calling you to accept his gift of salvation,
remember NOW is the day of salvation. Be sure to do
this today. For help go to: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9 to
read, "How to Be Sure You're a real Christian Without
Having to Be Religious."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for your Word
that reminds me that the day of salvation is
now--today. Please help me to do today what is the most
important thing in my life, and especially to make sure
my life is right with You. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV).
2. Warren Lamb, www.sermoncentral.com

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Today's Daily Encounter


He Fooled Himself 


"Be sure your sins will find you out."1


The story is told of a young actor who was trying to
impress an important movie director. The actor wanted
to send an expensive gift, but he didn't have the
money, but he had an idea. If he could find a valuable
vase which was already broken and get it at a very
small cost, then he could mail it to the director. He
would think it had gotten broken in the mail and would
be impressed anyway.


So this actor went to an exclusive store and found a
vase that had been broken into many pieces. It was just
going to be thrown out, so he was able to get it at a
very small cost. He told them to wrap it up and send it
and gave them the address. He waited to hear from the
director, but heard nothing for several days. Finally
he sent a telegram: "Did vase arrive?" Shortly he
received this response: "Vase arrived. But why was each
piece wrapped separately?"2


As Abraham Lincoln said, "You may fool all the people
some of the time, you can even fool some of the people
all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people
all of the time."


But with God we can never fool Him any of the time. "Be
sure your sins will find you out"--mine too!


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, deliver me from the sin of
denial and trying to fool myself into justifying
whatever wrong I want and choose to do--let alone
trying to deceive You. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."


1. Numbers 32:23 (KJV).
2. From Alan Smith's Thought for the Day,
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Unanswered Prayer 


"This is the confidence that we have in approaching
God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he
hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we
ask--we know that we have what we asked of him."1


A friend told me about her minister whose five-year-old
son told his father that he was praying for him.
Excitedly his dad asked him, "And what did you ask God
for?"


"Dear God," I prayed, "I don't want my dad to be a
minister. Will you please make him the ice-cream man
because he makes all children happy?"


We are amused by this child's prayer but I wonder
sometimes if God doesn't laugh at some of my childish
(not child-like), self-centered prayers. As someone
else has said, God always answers prayer. Sometimes the
answer is "Yes," sometimes it's "No;" sometimes it's
"Wait a while;" and sometimes it's "You've got to be
kidding."


Like a loving father, God knows what is best for us and
answers accordingly. Of one thing we can be sure, when
we come to him through Jesus Christ our Lord with a
sincere heart, God always hears and answers our prayers
one way or another. One of the keys for getting prayers
answered the way we request them is, as the Bible says,
to pray in harmony with God's will.


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know
Your Word and always pray in harmony with Your will,
and always trust that the answer You give is what is
best for me and all others concerned. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's
name, amen."


1. John (1 John 5:14-15, NIV).


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Today's Daily Encounter

Determination 

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

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

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

In the words of the classic hymn:

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

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

1. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (TLB).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Children Learn What They Live 

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

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

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

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

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

1. Solomon (Proverbs 22:6).
2. Adapted from "Children Learn What They Live" by
Dorothy Law Nolte. 
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Come Apart and Rest a While 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forgotten Provisions 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:19, NIV).
2. From Our Sufficiency in Christ by John MacArthur,
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Honesty: Still the Best Policy 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Broken and Beautiful 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Matthew 16:27 (NIV).
2. Alan Smith, “Thought for the Day," June, 02, 2006,
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Why Temptation Is Like Ice Cream 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV).
2. Nelson Searcy. Source: KneEmail.
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3. Ibid.

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Avoid the Stink! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul’s Support Team

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

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

Prayer

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Affluenza 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Do Good People Go to Heaven? Part II 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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1. John 3:3(NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Obsession With Confession 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Opening the Door to Healing  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Don't Be a Part of the Living Dead  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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