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Post  Admin on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 10:59 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
What Is Sin Anyhow?

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and
doesn't do it, sins."1

Some sins are easy to see--such as stealing, cursing,
violence, drunkenness, abuse, adultery, lying,
cheating, and so on. These are all obvious.

These are sins of commission. But there are also sins
of omission. As James pointed out, if we know to do
good and don't do it, that's sinning too.

There are also subtle sins, sins that are often
hidden. These could be called sins of the spirit such
as greed, jealousy, envy, pride, self-righteousness,
lust, bitterness, resentment, hostility, manipulative
and/or impure motives, and the desire to control
others, and so on.

Even more subtle, and perhaps the most common sin of
all and practiced by so many, is the sin of denial. It
is lying to one's self--which is as big a sin as lying
to anyone else. Denial is being out of touch with
reality. It can be a silent killer. It is being
emotionally and spiritually asleep, and we don't
become aware of it unless we wake up. It usually takes
a crisis of some kind to wake us from this dangerous
sleep. We deny our true feelings, we deny our motives,
we deny many of our sins, we rationalize our behavior
and end up believing the lies we tell ourselves. In
other words, we hide from the truth. And the more in
denial we are (that is, dishonest with ourselves), the
more we will distort all other truth, including God's
truth, to make it match our misguided perception of
reality.

It is a dangerous and self-destructive way to live.

Sin is a cancer of the soul. The reason God is so
opposed to it is because it hurts and ultimately
destroys those whom God loves--us! Unconfessed and
unforgiven it will separate us for all eternity from a
holy and loving God.

But thank God there is a remedy. It is found in the
saving gospel message of Jesus Christ. You can read
all about it in No. 2 below.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be real with
myself, with you, and with at least one or two safe,
non-judgmental friends. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 4:17 (NIV).
2. "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

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Post  Admin on Thu 04 Oct 2012, 12:38 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Do You Want to Be Made Whole?

"Him [Jesus Christ] we preach, warning every man and
teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present
every man perfect [complete, mature] in Christ Jesus.
To this end I also labor, striving according to His
working which works in me mightily."1

When Jesus spoke to the man at the pool of Bethesda
who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years, he
said to him, "Do you want to be made whole [or made
well]?"2

Obviously he did--his was an active faith--because
Jesus healed him immediately. The key word here is
"want." To illustrate this point I often ask people in
classes I teach how many want to weigh less than they
do? There are always hands raised, so I then ask,
"Well why don't you?" Not all, but many of us could
weigh much less if we actually wanted to by doing
something about it. Many people, who say they want to
weigh less, but don't do anything about it, merely
wish to weigh less. And a "wish" is never a "want"
until I do something about it.

For years I kept physically fit by hiking in the
mountains near where I used to live, and by riding my
mountain bike several times a week up and down steep
hills where I currently live. A couple of years back I
hurt my leg which forced me to stop riding my bike.
Consequently, I put on a few extra pounds. So how am I
wanting to lose those extra pounds? By going to the
local gym three times a week and maintaining a
reasonable diet. Do I enjoy going to the gym? Not
really, but I know that I need to if I am going to
meet my goal to weigh less. Fortunately, I'm already
half-way to meeting my goal.

The fact is that Jesus never asked anyone, "Do you
wish to be made whole or do you wish to get well?" If
we are going to be made whole or made well, we have to
genuinely want it by doing what we need to do in order
to see it happen. For instance, if I want God to heal
me of a sickness that is caused by an unresolved
resentment, it is imperative that I forgive the person
who I feel has hurt me, in order to clear the way for
my healing. And if, in any way, I am living out of
harmony with God's will, I need to clean up my act if
I want to be made whole/well.

As today's Scripture points out, God's goal for each
of us is not just physical well-being but also that we
are made "perfect [complete, mature] in Christ Jesus."
The ideal model is to become like Jesus who "grew in
wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men."3
That is, he grew intellectually, physically, and
relationally (that is, emotionally).

The reality is that only to the degree that we are
made whole will our lifestyle, our actions, our
behavior, our attitudes, our motives, and our
relationships be wholesome. This is available for all
who truly want it, and do their part in helping to
make it happen.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word
that teaches principles for wholesome and healthy
living. Please give me a love for learning what your
Word teaches, and help me to live in harmony with all
its life-principles. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus name, amen."

1. Colossians 1:28-29 (NKJV).
2. John 5:6 (KJV).
3. Luke 2:52 (NKJV).

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Remembering

"For when we were still without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a
righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man
someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates
His own love toward us, in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us."1

Ron Clarke of Tasmania tells the following story about
the devastating Irish famine (1845-1849) that wiped out
a million people some 150 years ago when many thousands
left Ireland for the New World, or Australia and New
Zealand searching for a new life.

"One of these was a penniless boy who hid as a
stowaway on an immigrant ship bound for America. In
the mid-Atlantic the ship began to sink, but there was
enough time to get everybody into life-boats. Deep down
in the bowels of the ship the boy wondered why the ship
had stopped and as he emerged from his hiding place
there was no-one around. He came up on deck just as
the captain was about to step into the last seat of
the last life-boat. In the highest tradition of the
sea, the captain stepped back and put the boy in his
place, and as the life-boat was pushed off, he said to
the lad: 'Never forget what has been done for you.'

"As the life-boat pulled away, the lad could see the
captain standing on the deck, and that vision never
left him. He became a successful businessman in the
New World, and when people asked him about the secret
of his achievement, he always told the story of the
captain giving his life for him, and how he was urged
to never forget what had been done for him. 'Whenever
I get discouraged and feel negatively about myself,'
he said, 'I recall the vision of what has been done
for me, and it gives me new courage to keep on keeping
on to be worthy of such a price.'"2

To sacrifice one's own life for that of another is
without doubt the supreme sacrifice. But that is
exactly what Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Creator
of the universe, did for you and me when he left the
ivory palaces of Heaven, laying aside his external
robes of deity, and came to earth as a man to pay the
just penalty for your sins and mine through his death
by crucifixion on the insufferably cruel Roman cross.
As today's Scripture reminds us: "But God demonstrates
His own love toward us, in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us."1

May we never forget the overwhelming sacrifice that
Jesus paid for you and me! And because Christ gave his
life to die in our place, with God's help, may we give
our life to live for him always in all ways.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank you
enough for dying in my place on the cross at Calvary
to pay the just penalty for all my sins, so that I can
be freely forgiven and receive your gift of eternal
life in your Heaven? Help me always to live a life
that is well-pleasing and honoring to you. And help me
to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I touch, and
grant that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want you to
be in their life too. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: If you have never thanked God for dying for you
and received his gift of forgiveness you can do that
today. For help read the article, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian" online at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

1. Romans 5:6-8 (NKJV).
2. Ron Clarke, w4w2@bigpond.com.

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Post  Admin on Tue 02 Oct 2012, 2:17 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Show me. Don't Tell Me.

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

"There's a wonderful scene near the end of the movie
'My Fair Lady' in which Eliza Doolittle sings words
that God must also sing. She says, 'Words! Words!
Words! I'm so sick of words…. If you're in love, Show
me!'"2

The reality is that words have power. However, if
personal and are spoken only from the head and not the
heart, they are meaningless. Or if they are used to
impress, flatter, manipulate, or don't mean a thing to
the one who speaks them, they can be worse than
useless.

It's the same with our Christian witness. If we say we
are a believer in Jesus Christ and don't act
accordingly, what does it mean? It means nothing.

I recall seeing a poster on the wall of the office
where I attended college. It read:

The living truth is what I long to see,
I cannot live on what used to be,
So close your Bible and show me how
The Christ you talk about is living now.

As Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works and glorify your
Father in heaven."3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
man/woman of my word in that I always do what I say I
will do, and always live so my actions, which speak so
much louder than my words, will always bring glory to
you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:22 (NKJV).
2. Richard Drake, "Authorized Personnel" (sermon) .
3. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV).

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What You See Is ...

"Why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you
have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to
your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in
your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own
eye?"1

You may have read about the young couple who moved
into a new neighborhood and, the next morning while
they were eating breakfast, the young woman sees her
neighbor hanging washed clothes on the clothesline.
"That laundry is not very clean," she said, "she
doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs
better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. However,
every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
the young woman would make the same comments.

About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a
nice, clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder
who taught her how."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life: what we see when watching
others depends on the purity of the window through
which we look. The reality is that we see things not
the way they are, but the way we are. Furthermore, to
the degree that we are in denial, we will see only
what we want to see; will hear only what we want to
hear; will expose ourselves only to what we want to be
exposed to, and will twist what we see to make it match
our distorted perception of reality. Only the
truth--brutal self-honesty--will set us free from this
self-deception.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please confront me with
the truth about me so that I will see myself exactly
the way you see me. Please reveal to me any log in my
eye that causes me to have distorted vision. Help me
to become like Jesus--real and authentic. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 7:3-4 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Seize the Day

"A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of
helping the entire church."1

"Motivational speaker Danny Cox tells about a 'Broom
Hilda' cartoon in which her naive, innocent little
friend Irwin puts on a long-tailed formal tuxedo
jacket, picks up a conductor's baton and walks into
the woods alone.

"Irwin steps up on a fallen tree trunk and begins to
wave his arms as if to conduct. There are no
musicians, only rocks, trees and flowers. Soon,
musical notes pour from the rocks, trees and flowers
and fill the panel.

"Finally, Irwin turns and confidently says to the
reader, 'It's all in there; you just have to work at
getting it out.'"2

Michelangelo, the great artist, said, "I saw the angel
in the marble and chiseled until I set it free." That,
my friend, is what God wants to do for you and me.
Every one of us has gifts, abilities, and talents that
God wants us to see, develop, and use in some way
(large or small) for the betterment of others and the
enrichment of mankind. Remember that God has a place
for you and what you have to offer--no matter how
small or large your giftedness may be--in his work in
your world. There are no exceptions to this rule!

As Irwin said, "It's all in there. You just have to
work at getting it out."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the gifts,
abilities and talents you have given to me. Please
help me to identify these, develop them and use them
for serving you by helping others and therein help
make my world a better place in which to live. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT).
2. Seize the Day by Danny Cox and John Hoover, Career
Press, Hawthorne, N.J., 1994, p. 81.

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Post  Admin on Thu 27 Sep 2012, 1:22 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
What is Real Love?

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but
have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a
clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and
can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have a faith that can move mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the
poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not
love, I gain nothing."1

A Daily Encounter reader asks, "What is real love? It
seems to me that some people who don't claim to be
Christians are more loving and non-judgmental than
some Christians I know."

Dear Sharon (name changed), unfortunately, just
because someone claims to be a Christian doesn't mean
that they are a real or an emotionally mature person.
It is also true that some non-Christians are more
loving and non-judgmental than some Christians because
they are more emotionally mature. However, it is
important not to determine what love is by human
standards but by God's standards.

The best definition of real love is found in the Bible
in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13. It probably would be wise
for all of us, including myself, to memorize this
entire chapter so it becomes a vital part of our inner
belief system. This would definitely help us to act in
a loving manner.

As God's Word says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It
does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It
is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not
delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always
protects, always trusts, always hopes, always
perseveres. Love never fails."2

Thus real love is unconditional; that is, it is love
without strings attached. It doesn't have hidden
motives for loving someone. When one gives love it is
always gratifying if that love is returned, but real
love loves regardless of the response of the other. It
always has the other's best interest at heart--and this
sometimes calls for tough love.

The Apostle Paul also noted in this masterpiece on
love, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I
thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I
became a man, I put childish ways behind me."3 In
other words, real love is the fruit, perhaps the
highest fruit, of both emotional and spiritual
maturity. So to grow in love we need to keep growing
in both emotional and spiritual maturity.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to keep
growing in spiritual and emotional maturity so that my
life will always--in all circumstances--reflect the
heart of a truly loving person and therein bring glory
to your name. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV).
2. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV).
3. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV).

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Bonding

"Don't be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good
character.'"1

The first connection every child has is with mother.
It starts in the womb and as the newborn child is in
his or her mother's arms (and especially on her
breasts) that connection or bonding is reinforced.
Unfortunately, the child who doesn't have healthy
bonding in those early years is being programmed for
life-long problems unless he goes through recovery. If
the child feels no bonding at all, he can die.

Connection and bonding in loving relationships are
essential for our entire lifetime. We cannot live
healthily without this kind of relationships. As
counselors tell us, we cannot not be bonded. Thus, if
we are not bonded in healthy ways to healthy people,
we will be bonded in unhealthy ways. For example, some
people stay in very unhealthy and toxic relationships
for fear of being isolated and not connected to
someone. Others, if not bonded to people, may be
bonded to their work, gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex,
or material possessions and so on.

Healthy bonding needs to be a priority of every
individual and should be available in every family and
every church. If you can't find it where you are, look
for a healthy church where you can get connected in an
open, honest, support group. Or find it with some open,
non-judgmental healthy friends. If necessary, find it
in a recovery or twelve-step group. Healthy bonding
and connection to healthy people is essential for
healthy, wholesome, and meaningful living.

As the Bible reminds us, the company we keep affects
our life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to find at
least one safe soul-brother/sister with whom I can be
totally open and honest, connected, and bonded in a
healthy way, and in so doing help me to stay connected
and bonded to you. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Tue 25 Sep 2012, 5:29 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Good News for Jerks

"Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in
every way more and more like Christ, who is the head
of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit
together perfectly. As each part does its own special
work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole
body is healthy and growing and full of love."1

I'm sure you've heard or read about the book authored
by Thomas Harris, I'm OK-You're Ok, that was published
some years ago. A humorist adapted it to say, "I'm not
okay-and you're not okay-but that's okay." I read an
even funnier suggestion not so long ago where an
author said he would like to write a book and title
it, I'm a Jerk-You're a Jerk (although he used a much
stronger word than jerk).

This wasn't intended to put people down, but to
realize that it is such a liberating experience when
we admit what we are, because only then are we free to
change.

The reality is that everybody at times feels insecure
and not okay. And it's okay to feel this way. Once we
admit it, then we don't have to quit living and
pretending as if we don't feel that way. It's called
being authentic.

It starts with courageous honesty and admitting who
and what we are. On one occasion in a support group I
was leading after a comment I made to a lady she
retorted, "Innes, you are a j with an erk." So I
replied, "You're correct. Sometimes I am a jerk."
That's a fact. If I get defensive and deny it, I will
never improve, but if I admit this and all my faults,
which, by the way is vital for self-acceptance, I am
then free to grow and improve.

When we are truly honest with ourselves and learn to
love and accept ourselves as we are, warts and
all--the way God loves and accepts us--we gain a much
healthier sense of self-love and self-acceptance.
Realizing however, that while God loves and accepts us
as we are, he loves us too much to leave us as we are.
His goal is that we not only become followers of Jesus
but that we grow to become whole and mature in every
area of life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see
myself as you see me--warts and all--and learn to love
and accept myself as you love and accept me so that I
am free to grow and become more and more like Christ
in every area of my life. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Ephesians 4:15-16 (NLT).

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Perspective

"Love each other with genuine affection, and take
delight in honoring each other."1

An American visitor in England was driving with a
British friend who made a remark about the windscreen
of his car needing to be cleaned.

"You mean the windshield, don't you?" said the
American.

"No. Over here, we call it the windscreen," the
Englishman said.

"Then you are wrong," the American corrected, "because
we invented the automobile and we call it a
windshield."

"That is quite true," countered the Englishman, "but
don't forget who invented the language."

All of us see things through the lenses shaped and
colored by our background. That is, from our
perspective. If we would only realize this, many of us
wouldn't be as dogmatic as we sometimes are.

In conflict situations or where there is a difference
of opinion we need to say, "This is the way I see it,"
and then ask the other person, "And how do you see it?"
Not always, but often the truth is somewhere between
the two. Remember, too, it is a very insecure person
who is dogmatic, never wrong in his own eyes, and
consistently has a neurotic need to be right.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to remember that
I always see things from my perspective and that
others see things from their perspective. Help me
always to be willing to look at and genuinely consider
others' point of view, and be ready to see and accept
the truth regardless of my personal opinion. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Romans 12:10 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Enthusiasm

"And a certain Jew named Apollos … being fervent in
spirit [enthusiastic] spoke and taught diligently the
things of the Lord … who, when he was come, helped the
believers greatly."1

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Every great and commanding
moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of
some enthusiasm."

Enthusiasm is a wonderful gift but the type that
doesn't have deep roots can, when the trials of life
seem overpowering, quickly fizzle out.

There's another kind of enthusiasm that can survive
the deepest trials of life and motivate great souls to
soar above the winds of adversity to achieve noble and
worthwhile goals.

The word "enthusiasm" itself comes from "en-theos."
"En" meaning "in" and "theos" meaning God. The word
literally means "in God" or "inspired of God."

Thus true enthusiasm is that which has its roots not
in human inspiration but in God. This enthusiasm is
available to all who genuinely want it when they seek
God and his will for their life with all their heart.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be so
committed to you that I will find 'the great
enthusiasm of life' that has its roots in you. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Acts 18:24-27 (Paraphrase) (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Tact

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in
settings of silver."1

When President Gerald Ford was in office, he was on
one occasion visited in the White House by Queen
Elizabeth and Prince Philip. When the Ford's son,
Jack, was dressing for a formal dinner with the queen
and prince, he couldn't find the studs for his shirt
so he rushed into his father's bedroom to see if he
could borrow some.

He ran into the elevator with his shirt unbuttoned and
hanging out and his hair disheveled--too late to
discover that somebody else was already in the
elevator. It was his parents with their guests, Queen
Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Mrs. Ford, feeling awkward, introduced Jack to their
distinguished visitors. Sensing Mrs. Ford's
embarrassment, the queen remarked sympathetically, "I
have one just like that!"

I used to have one at home something like that too. In
time, I learned to keep his door closed and my mouth
shut! Sometimes it's what we don't say that can say
the most and be the most tactful.

Tact and kindness are great gifts to use every day.
Indeed, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in
settings of silver."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to guard
my tongue and learn to say the right thing at the
right time, for the right reason, in the right way,
with the right motive. Help me, too, to know when to
seal my lips and keep my mouth shut. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV).

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The Search for Happiness

"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

Some time ago "former Tyco executive Dennis Kozlowski
walked out of a Manhattan courtroom and into a swarm
of photographers. He had just been convicted on
multiple counts of looting Tyco of hundreds of
millions of dollars.

As Chuck Colson wrote, "I have an idea that at the
peak of Kozlowski's wealth and fame, he found his
life empty and meaningless. I did when I rose to great
heights of political power. According to researchers …
a growing body of data points to the conclusion that
the amount of money accumulated above middle-class
comfort level has no impact on our happiness. They
found instead that it's social interaction and
friendships that give us lasting pleasure in life."2

Amazing isn't it? Modern research is now agreeing with
what Jesus taught 2,000 years ago. Furthermore, God's
Word repeatedly emphasizes the importance of
relationships. One of the first things Jesus did at
the very beginning of his earthly ministry was to
choose the twelve disciples "that they might be with
him." He reminded his friend, Martha, that it was more
important to relate to him--in the way that her sister,
Mary, was doing--than it was to work for him--as
important as that was. A new commandment that Jesus
gave all his followers was to "love one another."

Jesus also pointed out that when we come with an
offering for God and remember that we have an impaired
significant relationship, we are to first resolve that
relationship and then bring our gift to God.

It has been claimed that 80 percent of life's
satisfaction comes from satisfactory relationships.
For happiness, yes we do need to have our basic needs
met, and there's nothing wrong with wealth if it is
gained honestly and used purposely with healthy
motives; but of far greater importance is that we not
only find peace with God, but also peace with others
by forgiving all who have hurt us, and resolving every
impaired relationship as far as is humanly possible.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, while not neglecting my
work and responsibilities, please help me to sort out
my priorities and develop and maintain healthy
relationships, first with my family, then with
friends, and also with strangers whom you bring into
my life. And above all, please help me to love you
with all my heart, and always put my relationship to
you first in everything I am and do. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).
2. Chuck Colson in Breakpoint, July 19, 2005.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Crippling Handouts

"For even when we were with you, we gave you this
rule: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not
eat.'"1

Isn't It Ironic? According to an article I read, "The
food stamp program is pleased to be distributing the
greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the
Park Service asks us to 'please do not feed the
animals' because the animals may grow dependent, and
not learn to take care of themselves."

I couldn't verify the validity of this statement;
regardless, it is a fitting parable. With the way
today's government is handing out free welfare to so
many irresponsible people is of great concern. True,
we need to help those who want to help themselves but,
because of the economy or a physical handicap, simply
cannot find or are unable to work. On the other hand,
as the Bible teaches, it is imperative that we do not
help people who are "unwilling to work."

The reality is if we feed animals in the wild, they
can easily grow dependent on our handouts and neglect
to take care of themselves. In so doing we help
destroy them. It's the same with people. And
tragically, we know very well that all those who don't
want to work and know that they can get free handouts
from the government will always vote to keep that
handout government in power.

So it is imperative that you and I, the voters, keep
the government responsible and elect only those
politicians who have proven by their past record to be
responsible. It's not what they say that counts, but
what they have done. The best proof as to what they
will do in the future is to look at what they have
done in the past.

Furthermore, you and I need to be responsible in
how--and for whom--we vote knowing that a critical
vote will soon be here in the U.S.A. Know all that you
need to know about the ones you vote for, and exactly
what they stand for based on what they have done in
the past.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that at least
here in the U.S.A. we have the privilege to choose and
vote for the leaders whom we feel will be the most
responsible and the most trusted. Please help me to be
responsible in the way that, and for whom, I vote.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Hope Springs Eternal

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he
will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been
destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God."1

We can endure many trials in life as long as we have
hope. Without hope, however, many people in seemingly
hopeless situations give up and die before their time.
Too many end up taking their life.

If anyone ever had a reason to feel hopeless it was
Job. He lost his wealth, his health, and his children.
His body, covered with boils, was racked with pain. His
life had become a living nightmare. His friends said it
was because of his sins and failures. He was so
destitute his wife suggested he curse God and die.

Job had no idea that God was allowing Satan to test
him. But through all his tests and attacks, Job never
lost his faith in God. In the midst of his despair his
soul cried out the profound words upon which Handel
based his "Messiah."

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he
will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been
destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God." Job
instinctively knew that he was more than a body in
that he was a living soul and that, in the end, he
would see God.

We too, can have this same confidence and hope knowing
that no matter what happens to us, by accepting Jesus
Christ as our Lord and Savior, and trusting our life
to God day by day, we too can have the hope and
confidence that we too, like Job, will see God face to
face and remain with him forever in heaven.

God's Word promises, "And this is the testimony: God
has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son
[Jesus Christ]. He who has the Son has life; he who
does not have the Son of God does not have life. I
write these things to you who believe in the name of
the Son of God so that you may know that you have
eternal life."2 There is no greater hope than this in
all of life. Do make sure this hope is yours. For
help, read the article in No. 3 below.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to know you in a
personal way, so that I have the assurance that all my
sins are forgiven, and that I have the hope of eternal
life when, like Job, I will see you face to face.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Job 19:25-26 (NIV).
2. 1 John 5:11-13 (NIV).
3. "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
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Today's Daily Encounter
Healing a Man's Father Wound

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead,
bring them up in the training and instruction of the
Lord."1

In spite of what some women libbers, gay and lesbian
would-be-parents, and mothers having children out of
wedlock--to justify their actions--claim about fathers
not being important for the development and well-being
of children, the fact remains, God's plan for
parenthood and family life has never changed, and the
significance of the role of fatherhood (as well as
motherhood) cannot be underestimated.

"According to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a father's
involvement with a child increases the child's IQ, the
child's motivation to learn, and the child's
self-confidence. In addition, children with involved
dads are more likely to develop a sense of humor as
well as an 'inner excitement.'"2

Interesting too, that Dr. Frank Minirth reports how
one "survey revealed how children are learning their
values: 43 percent by parents, 38 percent by
television, 8 percent by peers, and 6 percent by
teachers."3

Ask a hundred men how many felt close to and affirmed
by their fathers and you will see about three or four
hands raised. Herein lays the secret of so much of our
relational and emotional distress. The father-wound
that injured our masculine soul is because we never
felt close to or loved by our father. And that wound
desperately needs to be healed. (The same principle
also applies to women who carry a deep father-wound.)

Speaking personally, from early childhood I started
looking for love in the wrong places in a vain attempt
to fill the empty vacuum caused by my emotionally
absentee father. For example, for many years starting
in my youth, I looked for love in the things I did,
like making beautiful things including a dream home.
Then I majored in words and wrote books and poems. I
learned to move a group to tears, make them laugh
hilariously and inspire them to reach for noble goals.
I got lots of approval but none of these things ever
made me feel loved.

Unfortunately, no mother, wife or any other woman can
ever make a boy or a man love himself as a man. An
attractive woman might make him feel terrific for a
time, but she can't make him feel loved or that he is
a man no matter how attractive she might be. A man may
even be intoxicated with passion when he meets a
beautiful woman and may want to marry her. If he does,
he may be in for a rude awakening. Not because of her,
but because of him. When his passion subsides, he'll
be faced with the pain and reality of his own
loneliness and emptiness.

And then to avoid facing his pain, he'll look to
another performance, climb another mountain, or seek
another beautiful woman … and another … to prove to
himself that he is a man. Or he'll deaden the pain
through alcohol, drugs or addictive behaviors and
eventually ruin his health, get cancer, die of a heart
attack, never get close to the ones he loves, or ruin
those relationships. That is, he'll keep acting out
until he faces why he looks in the wrong places for
the father-love (and/or mother-love) he never received
as a child.

To fathers I trust today's Daily Encounter will help
you realize the importance of investing your very soul
and becoming emotionally and spiritually involved in
the lives of your children. And those of us who have a
father-wound, let us stop our crazy ways of making
attempts to deaden the pain of our inner emptiness,
admit the real need of our heart and soul, and seek
the help of God and a trusted counselor (if necessary)
to find healing for our father-wound.

NOTE: For additional help, see the complete article,
"Healing a Man's Father Wound," at
http://tinyurl.com/father-wound.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, (for those of us who are
parents--especially fathers) please help me to be the
father you planned for me to be to my children. Help
me always to be as Christ to them, and may they grow
up knowing that they are very much loved by me as well
as you. And (for all of us who have a deep
father-wound), please help me to face my wound and
lead me to the help I need for healing and recovery so
that I may become the family man and man of God you
planned for me to be. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ephesians 6:4 (NIV).
2. Source: Victor Parachin, "The Fine Art of Good
Fathering," Herald of Holiness, February 1995, pp.
32-33.
3. Dr. Frank Minirth, "Withstanding the Tides of
Change," Today's Better Life, p. 52.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Trials and Temptations

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you
know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that
you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."1

John Newton, the converted slave trader wrote the
following poem, the title of which is, "I Asked the
Lord That I Might Grow."

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

'Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He'd answer my request;
And by His love's constraining pow'r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow'rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
"'Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may'st find thy all in Me."2

As God's Word also says, "Many are the afflictions of
the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them
all."3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in every trial and
difficult time I experience, please use it to help me
grow and become the person you envision for me to be.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (NIV).
2. John Newton.
3. Psalm 34:19 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
How to Know If God Is Speaking to You

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the
spirits, whether they are of God; because many false
prophets have gone out into the world."1

A Daily Encounter subscriber writes, "I just asked a
friend why I was not able to reach her via her
telephone. She told me that God had told her to
separate herself from everyone--not to be in touch
with anyone, even family, so she changed her home and
cell phone numbers. Have you ever heard of anything
like this? Or is she listening to the wrong spirit?"

Dear AB, "When people like this say that God has told
them to do (or not to do) such and such, I always
discredit it if it is contrary to what the Word of God
teaches. What this person has said certainly appears to
be contrary to God's Word the Bible."

Speaking personally, I never say that God has told me
to do anything apart from what His Word has already
said. If I sense that God may be leading me to do
something, I always put it to the test to see if it is
of God or of myself. People who have OCD (Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder) tendencies can easily believe
that their own compulsive thinking is from God. I like
to remind myself that "where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty"2--never compulsions!

In one church where I was a deacon we had one deacon
who claimed to have many "gifts of the Spirit." In
deacon meetings, when we had major issues to discuss,
he would sometimes say, "The Lord has told me how it
is to be." On one of these occasions I said, "Because
the Lord hasn't told me how it should be, can we
discuss the issue at hand." On another occasion this
same man came to my office and told me that God had
told him that he was to work for me. I didn't give him
a job because he was not in any way qualified to do the
work that we do!

Then there are those who want a special word from God
to know what they are supposed to do when God's Word
has already made that very plain. For instance, I
heard one lady say that she didn't support evangelism
because God didn't tell her to do this. However, the
fact is that Jesus has commissioned [told] EVERY
Christian in his Word saying, "You are to go into all
the world and preach the Good News to everyone,
everywhere."3 For many things we don't need any
special word from God because he has already given
that to us.

Yes, it is certainly true that God does lead and call
people to undertake certain tasks and
responsibilities, but if it is from God, it is always
in harmony with what his Word teaches and never
contrary to it. If we feel God is "speaking" to us or
leading us, we need to "test the spirit" to see if it
is of God. For instance, years ago I felt very
strongly that God was leading me to write and do
literature work, something I had never ambitioned to
do. So as a test I started to write and guess what?
That test was in 1968. It worked. I've been writing
ever since.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to discern
the difference between 'a word from you' and a word
from myself or from any other source. Always face me
with the truth in every such situation. And when the
word or directive is from you, please give me the
courage to step out and put it to the test.
Furthermore, help me to always obey what is clearly
written in your Word, the Bible. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 1 John 4:1 (NKJV).
2. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV).
3. Mark 16:15 (TLB) (NLT).

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September Eleven’s Clash of Civilizations

Today we remember with great sadness and again extend
our sincere and heart-felt condolences to all who lost
loved ones on this tragic day in 2001. We also ask
and answer the question as to why did this happen on
September 11? There is a real reason....

A friend, a former professor from the University of
Queensland in Brisbane Australia, was telling me how,
back in the 1970s when Communism was the greatest
threat to world peace, she heard a speaker who
predicted that it wasn’t Communism we needed to fear
for the future but Islam. Who would have ever
believed that radical claim back then?

Some time ago Chuck Colson in his daily BreakPoint
wrote, “In the mid-1990s Harvard professor Samuel
Huntington predicted that the twenty-first century
would see a great clash of civilizations between
Islam and the West. Nobody paid much attention. After
all, we had just defeated communism. There was peace
in the world. All was well.

“Then came September 11, when we awoke to the fact that
there are people out there who want to destroy us--not
just defeat us, but annihilate us."1For radical Muslims
their only worldview is convert to Islam or die. The
numerous suicide bombers ought to wake us up to this
fact. They are all too willing to die for their cause.

Can we in the West negotiate with such radicals? The
reality is that we can’t negotiate with terrorists
any more than we could negotiate with Hitler or
Stalin. Their goal was to conquer the world. It didn’t
matter one iota how many people they killed to achieve
their goal of world domination. To them, the end
always justified the means. That, too, is the goal and
philosophy of radical Muslims.

However, today’s struggle goes far beyond that of
Nazism and Communism of the 20th Century. Today we are
not so much in a war against terrorism as we are, as
Chuck Colson put it, in a clash of civilizations.

Terrorism is just a means to an end. For instance,
“The history of Islamic hostility toward the West goes
back centuries. Radical Muslims are still smarting
over the defeat of their armies south of Paris in the
year 732, not to mention the catastrophic defeat of
the Ottoman Empire at the gates of Vienna on September
11, 1683. That’s right, September 11. Bin Laden chose
his date for a reason. He was avenging the defeat of
Muslim armies more than four hundred years earlier.
September 11 has roots in an [ongoing long-term]
irrational hatred of the West."2

Today, September 11, is a graphic reminder that we are
indeed in a clash of civilizations. The politicians
and political pundits don’t have the answer. The
United Nations doesn’t have the answer. The media
doesn’t have the answer. Sadly much, though not all,
of Western Christendom, which has become wishy-washy,
doesn’t have the answer either. And as much as I
appreciate the military powers of the West that we
desperately need to protect us, they don’t have the
answer either. True, we need to pray for our leaders
and our military that God will direct and guide them,
but we need more than these for our protection.

Why do I claim this? Because we need to realize that
long before Bin Laden and radical Islam the world has
been in a clash of “civilizations" from the beginning
of time--the clash between the world of evil and the
world of good--a clash that seems to be heating up.

So wherein is the answer? What can we do? How can we
win against suicide bombers--those who “hide in
darkness" and are willing to die for their cause?

First, we in the West need to wake up and smell the
“gun powder" and face reality. The radical Muslims
are coming. They’re growing. They are on the increase
around the world. We’re in a life-and-death struggle
against the forces of evil.

Second, we in the West who claim to be Christian need
to get serious and be willing to live for, be
genuinely committed to, and practice our faith. If
we don’t, we may die because those who are willing
to die for their faith are intent on killing us.

Third, because we are in a battle between good and
evil, the bottom line is that we in the West
desperately need a great spiritual awakening. And
that needs to start with you and me.

And fourth, be sure to note who of late has wanted
God removed from their political platform. The reality
is that the farther we move away from God, the more
we move ourselves away from God's protection.

As God's word reminds us, "Blessed is the nation whose
God is the LORD. No king is saved by the size of his
army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A
horse [and military might] is a vain hope for
deliverance; despite all its great strength it
cannot save."3

Suggested prayer, "Dear God, as King David prayed,
'we wait in hope for the LORD; [you are] our help and
our shield. In [you] our hearts rejoice, for we trust
in [your] holy name. May your unfailing love rest
upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.'4
Please send a great spiritual awakening to our land
and let your work begin in me. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Chuck Colson, BreakPoint, August 16, 2006.
2. Ibid.
3. Psalm 33:12, 16-17 (NIV).
4. Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Handwriting on the Wall

The prophet Daniel, one of the Jewish captives taken
to Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar, was a servant to
King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar's son. Approximately
500 B.C. Belshazzar held a banquet for the lords and
ladies of his court. While the guests were drinking
from gold and silver cups that had been taken from the
Jewish Temple, the House of God in Jerusalem, praising
their idols of gold and silver, a mysterious hand
began writing on the wall of the banquet room. Daniel
was called on to interpret the message, which was from
the God of the Israel; he informed the king that his
reign was ending. That very night the king was slain.1

Undoubtedly, this is where the term, "the handwriting
on the wall," originated. It is used today as a
warning that something significant is about to happen
or come to an end. In a very real sense God's
handwriting "is on the wall" again today; that is, on
"the wall of world history"--warning all mankind of
the coming climax of world history--a climax that will
be marked by two spectacular worldwide events the likes
of which have never ever been seen before--one
exciting; the other terrifying!

What Are the Two Events?

One, the exciting: This will be the return of Jesus
Christ to earth to rapture (the catching up to heaven)
of every Christian who has accepted Jesus Christ as
his/her Savior, and whose sins have been forgiven by
God.

Two, the terrifying: The other dramatic event will be
the entrance of the Antichrist onto the stage of world
history to launch his worldwide reign of terror during
the seven-year Great Tribulation period which will be
a horrific time of hell on earth. The Antichrist will
be a world-leader who will violently oppose anything
and everything that has to do with God, with Jesus
Christ, and with Christianity. While there is not
always agreement as to which of these two events will
happen first, the critical issue, however, is that we
are ready for Christ's return so we won't be left
behind when he comes.

God's Handwriting Today

So what is God's handwriting today telling us? It is
all but flashing in neon lights that the world as we
know it is about to end, perhaps more quickly than we
think. As Jesus said, "When these things begin to take
place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your
redemption [the return of Jesus Christ] is drawing
near."2

The Bible refers to "these things" as signs to
indicate the approaching nearness of these two major
events we are discussing today. While it is true that
some of these signs--especially those relating to wars
and rumors of wars, earthquakes and the like--have been
happening since Jesus Christ was on earth 2,000 years
ago, today, as another has said, "THEY ARE ALL
STANDING UP AT ONCE!"

The final signs of the times have to do with the
nation of Israel; the entrance, or preparation for the
entrance of the Antichrist; the mark of the beast; the
new Jewish temple in Jerusalem; an exponential
knowledge explosion; and the worldwide gospel
outreach--all of which are either happening right now
or in the process of getting ready to happen.

For an explanation of each of these final signs in
detail read this complete article online at:
http://tinyurl.com/wall-handwriting … It is exciting
to see how the predictions of God's Word are happening
right now in our day and age. In a vital way they are
God's warning to us, in the words of Jesus: "Therefore
you also be ready, for the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] is
coming at an hour you do not expect."3

Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for your Word
that informs us of the signs that will precede your
return and that will take place immediately prior to
the end of this world age. Please help me to know and
understand your Word, be aware of what is happening,
and be prepared for your coming by accepting your Son,
Jesus Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you
for this blessed hope and assurance of your salvation
and for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

If you are not sure that you are ready for Christ's
return, please read the article, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian," at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

1. See Daniel 5.
2. Luke 21:28 (NIV).
3. Matthew 24:44 (NKJV).

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Special Note: May we always stay conscious of the fact
that people without Christ are lost for all eternity.
To help reach family, friends and contacts with the
saving message of Jesus Christ so that they, too, will
be fully prepared for the day Christ returns, we have
set up a very simple program--GLOBAL MEDIA
OUTREACH--an attractive, non-threatening, and very
effective outreach ministry that is without cost
except for having an e-mail account. Please see this
program at:
http://www.actsweb.org/people_power_invite.php.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Beware of CINOs

"These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and
Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a
counterfeit faith. But they won't get away with this
for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools
they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres."1

In a takeoff regarding certain political adherents
CINOs are Christians in Name Only. They are people who
claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but, like Jannes
and Jambres in the time of Moses, they had a
counterfeit faith.

Wayne Blank wrote about Jannes and Jambres saying that
they "are mentioned only once in the Bible by the
apostle Paul…. Although they are not identified by
name in the Old Testament, Rabbinic tradition holds
that Jannes and Jambres were, or were among, the
magicians who opposed Moses and Aaron at the time of
the [Israelites'] Exodus [out of Egypt]…. Jannes and
Jambres obviously had 'miraculous' powers, but unlike
Moses and Aaron who were empowered by God, the
Pharaoh's magicians were fraudulent and/or Satanic."2

In today's world there is never a shortage of
counterfeit Christians, and counterfeit so-called
"Christian" leaders who may have magnetic
personalities, great oratory skills, and who are able
to attract many followers, and in so doing deceive
masses of people. Sad to say, this kind of person is
found in every aspect of life be it in religion, in
pseudo-science, in education circles, in business, and
in politics.

As Christians we need to be like the people of Berea
who are recommended by the Bible: "Now the Berean Jews
were of more noble character than those in
Thessalonica, for they received the message with great
eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see
if what Paul said was true."3 Even though the Apostle
Paul was the great leader of the early church, the
Berean believers wanted to make sure that everything
Paul taught was in harmony with the Word of God, the
Bible. I suggest you do the same regarding all of my
writings too.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be an
authentic follower of Jesus and grant that my life and
words will always be in harmony with your Word. And
please give me a spirit of discernment so that I will
always recognize false teaching. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 2 Timothy 3:8-9 (NLT).
2. www.keyway.ca/htm2000/20001210.htm.
3. Acts 17:11 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Israel: The Miracle

"Indeed, he [God] who watches over Israel will neither
slumber nor sleep."1

If you were to ask me what I thought might be the
number one evidence for the validity of God's Word,
the Bible, I would answer that question in one word by
saying, "Israel."

In fact, the nation of Israel is one of the clearest
evidences for the validity of God's Word. Its history
is a continual story of biblical prophecy being
fulfilled. For instance, some fifteen hundred years
B.C., God said through Moses that Israel would turn
from him and be driven by enemies from their homeland.
God said, "I will bring the land into desolation … I
will scatter you among the nations … your land shall
be desolate, and your cities waste."2

The result? In 721 B.C., the ten northern tribes of
Israel were taken into captivity by Assyria, and in
586 B.C. the two southern tribes were taken captive by
Babylon. Seventy years later a small remnant of 40,000
Jews returned to Israel while the rest were scattered
throughout the world. In A.D.70 Jerusalem was
destroyed by the Romans, and the remnant of Israelites
was dispersed among the nations. Israel then became
desolate as predicted 1,600 years before.

God's word also stated that the nation of Israel would
be restored, saying, "Neither will I destroy them
utterly."3 "For I will take you from among the
nations, and gather you out of all countries and will
bring you into your own land."4 "I will restore the
fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild
the ruined cities and live in them again,"5 and the
nation "will blossom as the rose."6 The beginning of
these prophecies being fulfilled was on May 14, 1948
when Israel once again became a nation.

The people of Israel have survived heinous atrocities
committed against them by the Assyrians, the
Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans, Hitler and
others. And even today there are surrounding nations
who want to "wipe Israel off the map." Israel's
repeated survival against overwhelming odds and the
rebuilding of their nation--which is still taking
place at this time, twenty-five hundred years after
God said that it would happen--is irrefutable evidence
of the validity of the Bible.

But God has not finished with the nation of Israel by
any means. According to the Bible the climax of world
history as we know it will be when the nations of the
world, headed by the Antichrist (Satan's emissary),
will unite to come against Israel in an attempt to
destroy her forever.7 This war, the like of which the
world has never before seen, is known as Armageddon.
At this point Jesus Christ will return to earth from
Heaven, will rescue Israel and totally destroy all
opposing armies. Christ will then set up his Kingdom
and rule and reign on earth from Jerusalem for a
thousand years8--after which he will create a new
earth and a new heaven.9

Keep an eye on Israel. This tiny nation is without
doubt--in God's plan--the center stage for the world's
final battle between good and evil. Thus, the more we
see nations uniting to oppose Israel, the more we need
to realize that the setting of the stage for the
entrance of the Antichrist is accelerating. At the
same time the setting of the stage for the second
coming of Jesus Christ will also be accelerating.

Of these yet unfulfilled biblical prophecies regarding
Israel, we can be just as certain that they will be
fulfilled in minutest detail just as all prior
prophecies regarding Israel have been fulfilled in
minutest detail.

The important issue for you and me today is that we
are ready for these end-time events and especially for
the return of Jesus Christ to earth. You will not want
to be left behind. To make sure you are ready, be sure
to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian" at: www.actsweb.org/christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word,
the Bible, that informs mankind regarding the ultimate
defeat of Israel's enemies and assures us of the return
of Jesus Christ to earth to end forever the rule of
evil over mankind, and to set up your eternal kingdom.
Thank you, too, for your great gift of salvation so
that all who trust in you and accept your forgiveness
will be delivered from the coming evil and spend
forever with you in eternity. Please help me to be
absolutely certain that I am ready for the day of your
return. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name."

Note: Again, if you are not absolutely certain that
you are ready for Christ's return, be sure to read the
article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

1. Psalm 121:4 (NIV).
2. Leviticus 26:32-33.
3. Leviticus 26:44.
4. Ezekiel 36:24.
5. Amos 9:14 (TLB) (NLT).
6. Isaiah 35:1.
7. Revelation 16:12-16.
8. Revelation 20:1-6.
9. Revelation 21:1-3.

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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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Today's Daily Encounter
Apathy--But Who Cares?

"And then he [Jesus] told them, 'You are to go into
all the world and preach the Good News to everyone,
everywhere.'"1

On one occasion when I was leading a seminar, I asked
the group in attendance the following question: "What
do you think the Christian's number one sin or problem
is?" One jokester called out from the back of the room,
"Apathy! But who cares?"

Funny, yes, but tragically, as the old saying goes:
"Many a true word is spoken in jest."

Look at today's world, for example: Our government is
spending, spending, spending and borrowing trillions
of dollars to do just about anything it wants to do
without considering the ultimate consequences, but who
cares? Political correctness (which is anything but
correct) is destroying us, but who cares? Our country
is on an accelerating moral decline, but who cares?
Opposition to Christianity is growing more intense,
but who cares? Giving in to the demands of Islam and
their relentless push to have their Sharia law
accepted, and for them to gain more and more power and
control in our Western nations, is also steadily but
surely increasing, but who cares?

Surely, Satan has blinded the minds of the masses. But
what about us; that is, we who call ourselves
Christians, what are we doing to make an impact on
today's society? In younger days we used to sing with
great enthusiasm, "Onward Christian soldiers, marching
as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before…."
It's been many years since I have heard this grand old
hymn sung anywhere, or similar call to action hymns
such as: "Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of
the cross…." Perhaps there is a lot of truth in another
jokester's words who said, "Like a mighty tortoise
moves the church of God, brothers we are treading
where we've always trod."

As Edmond Burke so simply yet powerfully stated: "All
that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men
[and women] to do nothing!" And might I add, "and to
remain silent."

Note, too, what Chuck Colson said: "German sociologist
Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann coined the phrase "the Spiral
of Silence" after witnessing Hitler and his ilk
intimidate citizens until they were afraid to speak
out against the most horrible evils imaginable: the
mass slaughter of human beings."2

So, apathy just may be our greatest sin, our greatest
danger, and our greatest enemy.

So what can you and I actually do? For one thing we
can pray earnestly for a great spiritual awakening
throughout our countries. And in this day of
incredible electronic communications, everyone with an
email address can become involved in helping to spread
the message of Jesus Christ--the only hope of our
sin-sick world. To help you do this I encourage you to
stand with ACTS International in our Global Media
Outreach and learn how to be a missionary right from
your own home--and therein have a vital part in
worldwide gospel outreach by becoming an ACTS People
Power for Jesus Partner. Click HERE or on
www.actsweb.org/people_power/. There is no charge.
Furthermore, there is no greater opportunity and
privilege than to share the message of Jesus Christ so
please consider joining with us today so you can be a
missionary right from your own home.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the sin of apathy--of doing nothing and remaining
silent when there is an urgent need to help share the
message of Jesus Christ with people across the street
and around the world. I am available; please use me to
have an active part in what you are doing in the world
today by helping to introduce others to Jesus. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Mark 16:15 (TLB) (NLT).
2. The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview,
Feb 29, 2012.

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Today's Daily Encounter
No "Ifs," "Buts," or "Maybes" ... It's a Must

"There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a
ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and
said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher
come from God; for no one can do these signs that You
do unless God is with him.'"1

In Christ's day, Nicodemus, a well-known Jewish
religious leader, and undoubtedly an outstanding man
of noble character and high moral living, came to
Jesus one night wanting to find out just who this
miracle-working Jesus was. Knowing what was really on
Nicodemus's mind, Jesus ignored his statement and went
directly to the heart of Nicodemus's personal need, and
said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one
is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."2

Understandably, Nicodemus didn't understand what Jesus
was talking about; but to underscore the point he was
making, Jesus said, "Do not marvel that I said to you,
'You must be born again.'"3 To reiterate the
imperativeness of what Jesus was seeking to
communicate to Nicodemus, he said, "Most assuredly, I
say to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."4

Jesus was saying to Nicodemus that unless a person is
born again, he won't even see the Kingdom of Heaven,
let alone enter it. That truth applies to every one of
us.

So what does it mean to be born again--to be born of
God's Spirit? Obviously, to enter earth we had to be
born physically, so to be born again means that if we
want to enter Heaven after this life, we need to be
born spiritually. For one thing, our physical bodies
could never survive out of earth's atmosphere, so
obviously could not survive in Heaven. Furthermore,
the fact that we are all sinners, God would never ever
allow sin or sinners to enter his Heaven and pollute
it. Furthermore, because God is a God of infinite
holiness, no sinner could ever survive in God's
presence--like a moth in a flame, we would be
consumed.

But because God is also a God of infinite love, He
sent his Son, Jesus, to die in our place to pay the
just penalty for all of our sins. We are born
spiritually when we, as an act of faith, believe that
Jesus is the Son of God, that he died on the cross in
our place to pay the penalty for our sins, and in our
hearts accept and with our lips confess Jesus Christ
as our Lord and Savior. When we do this, we are born
again--spiritually, and in so doing receive God's
forgiveness and are made fit to enter God's Heaven.
This means that after we die, at the resurrection, we
will be given a new body, just like the body that
Jesus had following his resurrection. We know this
because Jesus said that when we see him, we will be
like him.5

When it comes to entering God's Heaven, there are no
"ifs," "buts," or "maybes." It's an imperative! As
Jesus said to Nicodemus, 'You must be born again."6
The same truth applies to you and me. We, too, must be
born again to see and enter God's Kingdom of Heaven.

If you are not absolutely certain that you are born
again (spiritually), you can be today by genuinely
praying the following prayer: "Dear God, I do believe
that Jesus Christ is your Son--the Son of God, and
that he died on the cross to pay the penalty for all
my sins. I confess that I am a sinner; please ha ve
mercy on me and forgive me for all my sins. And, Lord
Jesus Christ, I invite you to come into my heart and
life as my Lord and my Savior. I thank you for taking
the punishment for all my sins by dying in my place on
the cruel Roman cross. And I thank you, God, for giving
your Son, Jesus, to die for me; for your gift of
forgiveness, for the gift of spiritual re-birth, and
the gift of eternal life so I will be able to live
with you in Heaven forever. Thank you for the
assurance that I am now born again according to your
instructions. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer; gratefully, in Jesus name, amen."

Note: If you prayed this prayer and genuinely meant
it, please let us know by filling in the brief form
online at: www.actsweb.org/decision.php and we will
give you additional help without charge. Be sure to do
this today. Or if you need further help, be sure to
read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian--without having to be religious" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

1. John 3:1-2 (NKJV).
2. John 3:3 (NKJV).
3. John 3:7 (NKJV).
4. John 3:5 (NKJV).
5. 1 John 3:2 (NKJV).
6. John 3:3 (NKJV)

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Today's Daily Encounter
How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

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

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

"What do you see?" asked Coleridge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV).

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Do You Want to Be Made Well?

"Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there,
and knew that he already had been in that condition a
long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made
well?"1

You may have heard the story (a fable to be sure)
about the father who knocks on his son's door.
"Jaime," he says, "wake up!" Jaime answers, "I don't
want to get up, Papa."

The father shouts, "Get up, you have to go to school."
Jaime says, "I don't want to go to school." "Why not?"
asks the father. "Three reasons," says Jaime. "First,
because it's so dull; second, the kids tease me; and
third, I hate school." And the father says, "Well, I
am going to give you three reasons why you must go to
school. First, because it is your duty; second,
because you are forty-five years old, and third,
because you are the headmaster."

When I ask people in seminars how many believe that
God has a life-purpose for them, most raise their
hand. But when I ask how many know what it is, only a
few have any idea what it might be, and even fewer
have clearly defined it. Most say they want to know
what it is but don't diligently seek God to discover
what it is.

Many people say they want to overcome their problems
too, but are not prepared to do their part to make it
happen. Even the best psychologists will tell you that
"people don't really want to be cured. What they want
is relief; a cure is too painful." One surgeon said
that many patients who come to him with a problem
would rather that he operate on their body than they
operate on their lifestyle, and that only about 25
percent of his patients accept responsibility for
their wellness.

Jesus didn't say, "Do you wish to be made well, but
rather, do you want to be made well?" To be made well
needs to be more than a wish. It needs to be a true
desire, with determination and commitment to do what
one has to do to get well. As a Chinese proverbs puts
it, "Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only
wishes."

Do you want to get well … to achieve something
worthwhile with your life … to become happy and
fulfilled … and to go to Heaven when you die? Or do
you just wish all these things? Remember that wishes
don't make it. If you truly want to go to Heaven be
sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a
Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the want
to get well in every area of my life, and reveal to me
any areas of resistance so I can deal with these
issues, and accept full responsibility for my
wellness. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 5:5-6 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
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, for nobody gets out of this place
alive. 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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Today's Daily Encounter
One Step at a Time

"Precept upon precept; line upon line."1

Before I wrote a book, the task seemed impossible. "No
way," I said to myself, "that I could ever write a
book." A friend suggested I tackle it just one page at
a time.

"Good idea," I thought and that's exactly what I did.
Several years ago I wrote 365 daily devotionals hoping
to get them published in a book--but little did I know
that I would end up using these to get Daily Encounter
started back in 1998 with just a handful of
subscribers. I also wrote these messages just one at a
time. And that's how I still write Daily
Encounter--just one at a time!

Are you facing a daunting task, a major
responsibility, or just need to clean your garage. If
it's the latter, start in one corner and work your way
around it in a clockwise pattern picking up one thing
at a time and either store it in its proper place, put
it in a pile to be given away, or throw it away.

Treat cleaning your house the same way, systematically
tidying one room at a time. As you see one corner and
then one room tidied, each of these successes will
help keep you motivated. Just don't jump all over the
place or discouragement will quickly dampen your
enthusiasm. Apply the same principle to any task you
have to face. Do it one step at a time--one day at a
time. As the old saying goes, "Inch by inch anything's
a cinch" to which a friend added, "but yard by yard
it's miles too hard."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to take care of
today's responsibilities one thing at a time and quit
worrying about what I need to do tomorrow. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Isaiah 28:10.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Church: To Be or Not to Be

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us
encourage one another--and all the more as you see the
Day approaching."1

You've probably read about the man who quit attending
church and was visited by his pastor.

According to the story, "It was a chilly evening. The
pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a
blazing fire. The pastor made himself at home but said
nothing. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire
tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember
and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host
watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one
lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was
a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it
was cold and dead.

"Not a word had been spoken since the initial
greeting. The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized
it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the
cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of
the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with
the light and warmth of the burning coals around it."

"As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host
said, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially
for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next
Sunday.'"2

Note: Be sure to read, "Benefits of a Good Church" at:
http://tinyurl.com/bs9jf

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to realize the
need to be involved in a good church where the people
believe in your Word and live in harmony with the
principles found therein. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Hebrews 10:2 (NIV).
2. Author unknown.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

"When all was ready, he sent his servant around to
notify the guests that it was time for them to come.
But they all began making excuses. One said he had
just bought a field and wanted to inspect it, so he
asked to be excused. Another said he had just bought
five pair of oxen and wanted to try them out"1

"Douglas Bernstein, a psychology professor at the
University of Illinois, recently asked faculty members
for the 'most unusual, bizarre and amazing student
excuses' they had ever heard. He got dozens."
Following are a few:

"An old favorite, but one professor's class
established some sort of record when 14 out of 250
students reported their grandmothers' deaths just
before final exams. In another class a student
reported that he could not take the mid-term because
his grandmother had died. When the instructor
expressed condolences a week later, the student
replied, 'Oh, don't worry. She was terminal, but she's
feeling much better now.'

"I had an accident, the police impounded the car, and
my paper is in the glove compartment."

"I can't be at the exam because my cat is having
kittens, and I'm her coach."

"I need to take the final early because the husband of
the woman I'm seeing is threatening to kill me."2

Excuses go all the way back to Adam and Eve who said
when they blew it, "The devil made me do it." Yeah.
Right!
Sir Walter Scott put it realistically when he wrote,
"Oh, what tangled webs we weave / When first we
practice to deceive."

Of one thing we can be sure. God sees all and knows
all. We can never deceive him. There will be no
excuses when we stand before him on our final
examination day, "As it is appointed for men to die
once, but after this the judgment."3 To make sure you
are prepared for your final exam be sure to read, "How
to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" online at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the self-deception of excuses. Help me always to tell
the truth and accept responsibility for my foul-ups.
And above all, help me to admit and confess to you all
my failures and sins and seek your forgiveness. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 14:17-19 (NLT).
2. Dynamic Illustrations, Mar/Apr 1995. Cited in a
sermon by Rev. Dr. David E. Leininger.
3. Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Things That Bug Us

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known to God; and the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus."1

As the ditty goes, "It's the little things that bother
us and put us on the rack, you can sit upon a mountain
but you can't sit on a tack."

And isn't that the truth? It's the little annoyances
in life that get us tied in a knot. A slight
criticism, a driver who cuts us off on the freeway, a
green light that turns red before we get to it, a
friend running late, and so on.

Let us realize, however, that somebody's negative
reaction may have more to do with them than us. A
criticism may be somebody projecting their unresolved
issues onto us. Somebody failing to thank us may
indicate that they are having a "bad hair" day, and
somebody cutting us off on the freeway may be an
indication of their impatience--as well as a
reflection of ours!

What somebody else does to me may or may not be a
problem. How I react, though, is always my issue, and
when I overreact, that is always my problem. What the
other person does is their issue. How I act, react, or
overreact is always my issue and my responsibility.

If we'd remember that "whatever others think of me is
none of my business," I would at least learn to cope
much better with many of life's little annoyances. I
know it's easier said than done, but it is a goal to
work towards. Furthermore, the more mature and whole I
become, the less life's little annoyances will bother
me. I'm still working on this issue.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, as it is your purpose for
me, please help me to grow through the circumstances of
life that 'push my hot buttons' and so become more and
more like Jesus in every way. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Job 3:25 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

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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