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Post  Admin on Wed 29 Feb 2012, 4:39 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

GIGO

"If you want a happy life and good days, keep your
tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from
telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Work
hard at living in peace with others."1

Most readers will be aware of "computerese" language
that has developed in relation to computers, email and
the web. Words, or letters rather, with specific
meanings such as: HTML, FTP, PDF, CSS, LOL, RSS, GIGO
etc., etc. GIGO stands for "garbage in garbage out."
That is, if we put garbage (nonsensical information)
into our computer we will get nonsensical information
out of it. It's the same with life.

For instance, you may have read the story about the
mother who was cleaning and slicing vegetables for a
salad when her daughter came into the kitchen to ask
permission to go to a movie--one with sufficient
rating to indicate that it had "adult" language and
other material offensive to Christians.

"All the kids are going," she said, "and their parents
don't think it will hurt them."

As she talked, she saw her mother pick up a handful of
the scraps and throw them into the salad. Rather
startled, she shouted, "Mother, you're putting the
garbage into the salad!" "I know," her mother
replied, "but I thought if you didn't mind garbage in
your heart and in your mind that you wouldn't care
about a little in your stomach.

Thoughtfully, the girl picked the peelings from the
salad and then smiled at her mother. "I guess I'll
just tell them I'm staying at home tonight," she said
as she went through the kitchen door.2

The world we live in is plagued by evil and moral
filth. As Christians a vital part of living a happy,
meaningful and fulfilling life is, as God's Word
instructs us, "turn away from evil and do good."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
insight to immediately recognize those things that are
morally wrong and the good sense to turn from them.
Help me to maintain a pure heart and live a life that
is pleasing to you. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 1 Peter 3:10-11 (NLT).
2. Chuck Webster, "Protecting Our Minds," The Words of
Truth, Vol. 42, No. 4, April 2005, Ted Burleson,
editor.

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Post  Admin on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 9:21 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Overcoming Addictive Behaviors

"When you ask [pray], you do not receive, because you
ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you
get on your pleasures"1

A Daily Encounter reader writes: "I am writing because
I need to confess some things I am struggling with. I
have a drinking, smoking, and pornography problem and
am irresponsible with spending. As a result I have
lost my home. I don't want to do these things and
repent over and over but keep doing them. I am so sick
of this filth that's inside of me. I feel like I'm
going down this shame spiral. I feel very frustrated,
depressed and angry. I want to change in a hurry
before something more drastic happens."

Dear Tim (name changed), thank you for sharing your
struggles. This is the beginning point of recovery.
Unfortunately, I can't offer you a quick fix as it
takes commitment, time and hard work, as well as God's
help, to overcome problems that have established
themselves in our life over a period of years.

The next step in recovery is to learn how to pray the
right prayer; that is to pray honestly with the right
motive. For instance, it is imperative that you admit
that you are an addict--addicted to drinking, smoking,
pornography and over-spending. Realize that any habit
that controls us is an addiction. When we want God to
deliver us only from our addictive behaviors without
admitting the real issue of being an addict and
dealing with the cause or causes (often hidden) of the
addictive behaviors that enslave us, we are praying the
wrong prayer with the wrong motive.

True, while your addictive behaviors are problems that
need to be confronted, they are not the main issue, but
the symptoms of a deeper problem--the fruit of a deeper
root. It's at that deeper root level that God wants to
heal you. When we focus our prayers only on the
symptoms, we tend to reinforce them, for what the mind
dwells on, the body acts on.

From what you have shared about your family
background, it is obvious that you are suffering a
deep love-deprivation need that goes all the way back
to your childhood. It is at this level where you need
healing. Your addictive behaviors have been used as a
defense against feeling this pain and as a means to
medicate and deaden it.

You need help to stop acting out in addictive
behaviors so you can feel your pain, face it, confront
it, and resolve it. Start by praying the right prayer.
Admit to God that you are an addict, that you are
powerless to overcome your addictions in your own
strength, and ask God to help you see the real cause
of your problem, and to lead you to the help you need
to overcome it.

Also, realize that you can't overcome your problem
alone. You have already learned that this doesn't
help. A recovery program such as an AA (Alcoholic
Anonymous) group can help you to stop acting out in
addictive behaviors. This will allow you to get in
touch with and resolve the cause or causes of your
addictive behaviors.

Chances are that you are going to need help from a
capable counselor who can help you work through and
resolve your childhood hurts and lack of meaningful
love--which is undoubtedly at the root cause of your
addiction. (See below for helpful information.)

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all my praying, please
help me to be honest with myself and with you, admit
what I really am (an addict that needs help … or name
whatever problem you are struggling with), and see the
root cause of my addictive behaviors. And please lead
me to the help I need to resolve and overcome my
problem. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: For help to locate a counselor/counseling in
your area see "Suggested Resources for Counseling" at:
http://www.actsweb.org/counseling_resources.php

1. James 4:3 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:45 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Forgiveness: The Power That Heals

"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each
other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of
a righteous person has great power and wonderful
results."1

In response to a recent Daily Encounter on the
relation between confession and healing I received the
following email from a man I will call John:

"Dear Dick, I am a pastor of 39 years of age and have
found what you said about confession and physical
healing to be absolutely true. It has happened to me.

"This occurred after I confessed guilt regarding
holding onto bitterness against a person who hurt me
when I was a child. Even though I had often said that
I had let the hurt and the bitterness go, I hadn't.

"But God showed me I needed to confess and repent of
my bitterness and I heeded His voice this time. And so
I told this person's marriage partner, who is a dear
friend of mine, that I needed forgiveness for having
borne that grudge for so many years. I
received it--with love and affirmation--and since I
confessed my guilt I have lost a severe backache which
had afflicted me for 17 years (and for which I had many
medical sessions of manipulation, etc). You see, the
root of my problem had actually been a spiritual [as
well as an emotional] issue and not merely
a medical/physical one.

"So, thank you for your insightful and thoroughly
Biblical spiritual ministry."

God has given us directives and/or principles that
cover every area of life and death. The smartest thing
we can do is to adhere to and follow these.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word
that contains directives and principles for healing,
wholeness and happiness. Give me the hunger to learn
these, the wisdom to understand them, and the good
sense to apply and follow them. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

See online article on Forgiveness:The Power That Heals
at http://tinyurl.com/btwy7

1. James 5:16 (NLT).

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Post  Admin on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 8:47 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Conscience

"David was conscience-stricken after he had counted
the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, 'I have
sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O Lord, I beg
you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a
very foolish thing.'"1

I'm not sure why God didn't want David to take a count
of his "armed forces" unless it was that God wanted
David to stay dependent on him--not on his military
might. At any rate, David went against God's
directives and became conscience-stricken.

Conscience can be a tricky thing. We weren't born
knowing what was right or wrong but with the ability
to learn this. The word "conscience" is comprised of
the prefix "con" meaning "with" and "science" meaning
"knowledge" and literally means "with knowledge."

At birth our conscience was like a blank tape that was
programmed by those who shaped our early life. If you
grew up in a rigid, legalistic, punitive home, church
or religious group, chances are you will have a rigid,
legalistic and punitive conscience. Some of these
people feel so controlled, restricted and smothered
that they end up rebelling against or even deadening
their conscience. On the other hand if you grew up in
a very liberal or loose environment, you may do some
things God's Word teaches are wrong and not feel a
twinge of conscience.

As a result of faulty teaching, some of us sometimes
feel guilty (conscience-stricken) when we shouldn't
and don't feel conscience-stricken when we should.

As adults, to have a healthy conscience many of us
need to deprogram the legalism and other faulty
teaching we received in the past, and reprogram our
conscience with knowledge based on what God's Word
teaches so that we know what is right and what is
wrong so our feelings no longer confuse, control or
lead us astray.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, sometimes I am confused
so please help me to always know what is the right
thing to do and the courage to do it. And help me to
know what wrong things not to do, and the wisdom and
strength not to do them--based on the truth of your
Word and not on the basis of how I feel. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 2 Samuel 24:10 (NIV).

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NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
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Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ,
please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.

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Post  Admin on Thu 23 Feb 2012, 6:51 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Good Guilt--Bad guilt

"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to
salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow
brings death."1

Guilt, false guilt, and shame can all look alike but
they're not. For instance true guilt says you have
done something wrong or bad, while shame says you are
bad; that is, you are a bad person.

With real guilt, if you know you've done something
wrong, and confess it and make restitution, the
feeling of guilt goes away. If it doesn't, it may be
false guilt or shame you are struggling with.

You can confess false guilt forever, but that will
never resolve it because it isn't guilt. It is a
conditioned response learned mostly in earlier years.

It can come from parents, siblings, and even from some
rigid churches, sad to say.

Some of it, at least, works like this: "If you do what
I want you to do, behave the way I want you to behave,
conform to what I want, and even believe what I want
you to believe, I will give you my love and approval.
If you don't do these things, I will withhold my love
and approval and make you feel guilty. Or if you do
things I don't like, I will make you feel ashamed with
my 'shame on you' statements and attitude." Or if a
child was sexually violated or abused he or she may
feel shame-based.

False guilt and shame are destructive ways of
controlling other people. Both are psychologically
damaging. To overcome these, a recovery program or
counseling is often needed.

As I understand it, guilt in the Bible is a legal--not
a feeling--entity. If we have sinned and done wrong, we
are guilty regardless of what we feel. Its purpose is
not to make us feel that we are bad persons or to
shame us, but to inform us that we have done wrong and
that there are always consequences. The feeling
response we ought to feel when we have done wrong is
Godly sorrow. This is to motivate us to come to Jesus
Christ for his salvation and forgiveness, wherever
possible to put right the wrongs we have done, and to
genuinely repent of (turn away from) sinful actions.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me never to use
false guilt or shame to control anyone. Also, help me
to resolve any feelings of false guilt and shame that
I may have and therein experience your unconditional
love, forgiveness, and affirmation at the very core of
my being. If there is any real guilt in my life, help
me to see it, to seek your forgiveness for it, and
wherever possible put right any wrongs that I have
done. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Feb 2012, 5:52 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

"He [Jesus] came unto his own, but his own did not
receive him."1

Way back in AD 10 Julius Frontinus said, "Inventions
have reached their limit, and I see no hope for
further development." Even Thomas Edison, the great
inventor, was at times himself a doubting Thomas. He
said, "Fooling around with alternating current is a
waste of time." In 1934 Albert Einstein, of all
people, declared, "There is not the slightest
indication that nuclear energy will be obtainable."

For many of us if change doesn't compute with what we
have seen or experienced, there can be a tendency for
us to reject it.

Most of the religious people of Christ's day died
without ever having found their Messiah even though
they were looking for him--and saw him in person. They
rejected him because he didn't come in the way that
they expected, nor did he do what they expected a
Messiah to do; that is, to come in great power and
overthrow the Roman rule.

When God wants to do a new, or at least a renewed,
work in many of our churches, organizations, and/or
individual lives, sometimes we don't want to see it
because we resist change.

True, there are some things that don't change, such as
moral principles as taught in the Word of God; and we
need to stand firm on these issues. And while the
gospel message never changes, we need to change some
of our methods of communicating it. The Internet and
email have revolutionized communications, but take a
look at the average church web site and you'll be hard
pressed to find a relevant gospel message. What you
will mostly find is an electronic bulletin board for
the church members. Once again we're mostly using this
incredible God-given means of communication and
outreach to "preach to the choir."

You don't catch fish in the bathtub--you go to where
the fish are. It's the same with reaching the
non-church community. We need to go where non-church
people are, and that's outside the four walls of the
church. To do this effectively we need to have a
message that is relevant to the needs of non-church
people … spoken in non-churchy language and addressed
to the felt needs of non-church people.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
insight to see what changes I need to make in my life,
and give me the courage to do what I need to do to
implement these changes so I will be a more effective
Christian and a more effective witness to your saving
power in my life. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

NOTE: To see one simple yet effective way you can
share your faith simply go to
http://www.actsweb.org/announce.php.

1. John 1:11 (NKJV).

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Feb 2012, 12:23 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Guilt Throwers and Guilt Catchers

"The Lord shall judge the peoples."1

When we stop codependent caretaking, we can expect to
get lots of flack, especially if we've been doing this
for someone for a long time. They, too, are not likely
to give up their overdependence without a struggle.
Some will pout, some may "scream and holler" and some
may get downright nasty. They are very adept at
playing the "blame-game" and will do all in their
power to make us feel guilty and/or ashamed.

Getting blame/shame/guilt thrown at us is bound to
happen. But if we catch (accept) it, that's our
problem and we'll need to work on that.

To stop catching these "fiery darts" we need, first of
all, to see them for what they are and say kindly but
firmly to the thrower, "You're not trying to make me
feel guilty are you?" or "You're not trying to make me
feel bad are you?"

They will deny it of course, but if we stop catching
what they're throwing, eventually they will at least
stop throwing it to us.

However, if we are blame/shame/guilt throwers
ourselves, we need to admit what we are doing (as it
is a way of "dumping our stuff" onto others) and take
full responsibility for resolving "our stuff" (our own
unresolved problems/issues). And, if we are
blame/shame/guilt catchers, we need to see this for
what it is and stop allowing others to "dump their
stuff" on us.

At times we may need to confront irresponsible people
with the truth of their actions, but it isn't our
responsibility to make them feel guilty. Guilt is best
left to the Holy Spirit.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me neither to be a
blame/shame/guilt thrower or catcher, but to own and
take responsibility for my 'stuff' (unresolved
issues/problems) and become the whole and mature
person you have envisioned for me to be. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Psalm 7:8 (NKJV).

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NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
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if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ,
please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.

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Post  Admin on Mon 20 Feb 2012, 11:57 am

Today's Daily Encounter
On Boulders and Knapsacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter
Predestination: Does God Choose Whom We Marry?

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge
him, and he will make your paths straight [or will
direct your paths]"1

A Daily Encounter reader writes, "In a recent daily
devotional you talked about free will vs.
predestination. Do you think that it is predestined by
God whom we marry?"

Dear Anita (name changed), one way to think of
predestination is as follows: imagine that your life
here is like being on a train. Because you have
accepted Jesus as your Savior the train you are on
represents God's overall plan for your life. God is
taking that train all the way to your final
pre-determined destination which is heaven. However,
while on the pre-destination train, you have free will
to choose to stay in one carriage or move from carriage
to carriage … you can eat at which eating places you
choose … dress the way you choose … sit with whom you
choose … choose which educational classes you will
attend … choose what kind of work you want to do and
are best equipped for … choose which church you attend
… make friends with whom you choose … and marry whom
you choose.

In all of life's choices if we genuinely seek God's
will, he will give us guidance, wisdom and direction,
but he won't violate our free will and make our
decisions or choices for us. If he did, he would be
keeping us over dependent and immature. With many of
life's options we need to choose wisely because we
will reap the benefits/consequences of the choices we
make--be they good or bad.

Because God's gift of forgiveness of sins and his
invitation to heaven is to "whoever will may come" we
can choose to board the "train" that is predestined
for eternal life in heaven. Or by default we can
choose to stay on the "train" that is predestined for
eternal death and separation from God, the author of
all love and life.

So whatever you do, choose today which "train" you are
going to board. For Help see "How to Know God and be
sure you're a real Christian without having to be
religious" online at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
given me the choice to accept your forgiveness for all
my sins with the gift of eternal life in heaven. This
is what I choose. Please help me to do this. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV).

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Caretaking

"For each one should carry his own load."1

Caretaking, when it is a symptom of codependency, is
being so concerned about taking care of others that we
neglect to take responsible care of ourselves. It's
also feeling responsible for somebody else's happiness
and for their negative feelings as well.

It is good to be kind to others, but when we do things
for them that they should, could and need to be doing
for themselves, we are not being helpful or loving. We
are encouraging overdependence.

The bottom line is motive. The codependent caretaker
may look like he is doing something for someone else
but he's really doing it for himself--to be liked, to
have others think he is wonderful, to feel needed and
wanted, or trying to earn love. But love cannot be
earned. It's a gift. If it has to be earned, it's
conditional and isn't love--it's need.

One of the kindest things we can do for ourselves is
to take responsible care of ourselves and be
responsible for our own happiness. And one of the
kindest things we can do for others is to allow them
to do the same. This is a part of what I believe Paul
meant when he said, "Every man shall bear his own
burden or carry his own load."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to help
another where he or she can't help him/herself, but
help me not to take over another's responsibilities
when he/she needs to be taking care of him/herself.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Galatians 6:5 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Dark Night of the Soul

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are
the everlasting arms."1

A few years ago I snapped an Achilles tendon and was
only out of the cast a few weeks when I snapped it
again! I was not a happy camper. Altogether I was
hobbling around on crutches for much of a six-month
period.

Other things were a lot worse at the same time and for
quite a while I felt like God had forgotten me.

Times like these have been called "the dark night of
the soul." Most of us go through such periods.
Sometimes it's just life's circumstances that get us
down such as having an accident, getting sick, being
betrayed by a friend, or experiencing the loss of a
loved one or a job, or because of an unresolved
relational conflict. And sometimes we have no idea why
we feel so down.

Whatever the reason, the difficulties we are
experiencing may be God's wake-up call for us to put
something right in our life, to help us grow, or to
motivate us to get into a recovery or counseling
program to overcome a depression that has lasted too
long or to help us overcome an addiction--or even
motivate us to change the direction of our life.

If you are going through "a dark night of the soul" be
assured that God wants to use this time to help you
grow and become a better and wiser person or to change
some direction in your life. For me personally, I don't
think I have ever made a major change in my life or
work without it having been preceded by a "dark night
of the soul" period. I mean, who wants to change
anything when everything is going great? Not me! The
"dark night" times leave me open to change and to
God's direction.

However, no matter what we are going through, if our
lives are committed to God, of one thing we can be
certain, "The eternal God is our refuge and underneath
are the everlasting arms."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in any dark night of my
soul and anguish of heart, please help me to learn
what you are seeking to teach me, to hear what you are
saying to me, and/or to know what you want me to do.
And give me the good sense and courage to follow your
bidding. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Unexpected Strangers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Words of Wisdom

"Hear instruction, and be wise."1

I love one-liners. Many are like modern proverbs and
are like nuggets of gold or pearls of wisdom. Here are
a few:

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang there except those that sang
best." - William Blake

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is
indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small
jumps." - David Lloyd George

"I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately
triumph than to triumph in a cause that will
ultimately fail." - Jim Elliot

"Would that God would make hell so real to us that we
cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men
there; Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim
shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by
the conversion to him of many." - J. Hudson Taylor.

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will
escape a hundred days of sorrow." - Chinese proverb

"You are wise when you learn from your mistakes. You
are wiser still when you learn from others' mistakes."
- Rob Acker

"The experience of resistance and frustration is often
an indication that you are doing the wrong thing." -
Brian Tracy

"Every person is working for him or herself." - Brian
Tracy

"He who never walks except where he sees other men's
tracks will make no discoveries." - Unknown

"Success is a marathon, not a sprint." - Unknown

And, "If it's going to be, it will be up to me." -
Unknown

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything
too hard for me?" - God (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV).

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not
on your own understanding; In all your ways
acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" - God
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV).

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a heart
for wisdom that I might know your truth and live
according to it. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

For more great quotes see "Quotable Quotes" at:
http://www.actsweb.org/quotes.php. Also check out
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See this week's edition at:
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1. Proverbs 8:33 (KJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Right Word

"Speaking the truth in love."1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Lost and Found

But he [Jesus] answered and said, "It is written, 'Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"1

Some years ago Bishop Fulton Sheen was scheduled to
speak at the Town Hall in an unfamiliar city. He
decided to walk and, on the way, got lost. He saw some
boys so asked them the way to City Hall.

"What are you going to do there?" asked one of the
boys.

"I'm going to give a lecture," replied the bishop.

"About what?"

"On how to get to heaven. Would you care to come
along?"

"Are you kidding?" said the boy, "You don't even know
how to get to Town Hall!"

Wherever we're going, it helps to know the way …
especially if we want to get through life successfully
and go to heaven. Clear directions are available.
They're all in the Bible. For help see the article,
"Passport to Heaven" at: http://tinyurl.com/dm472.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be sure I know
the way to heaven and please give me opportunities to
tell others how to get there too. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Gift of an Untroubled Mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Scratch 'Em Where They Itch

"The Samaritan woman said to him [Jesus], 'You are a
Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for
a drink?' (For Jews do not associate with
Samaritans)."1

On one occasion Jesus and his disciples left Judea for
Galilee. Jesus wanted to go through Samaria as he had
some "business" to take care of there. About midday
Jesus was tired so he sat down and rested at Jacob's
well. He sent all twelve disciples off to get some
lunch and, while they were gone, a Samaritan woman
came to draw water from the well.

Without doubt this woman was the reason for Jesus
coming this way. But how could he approach her? For
one thing she was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew. In
those times it wasn't socially acceptable for a Jew to
speak to a Samaritan. She also had some personal issues
that would make it look rather suspicious for Jesus to
be talking to her alone. She had lived a colorful life
and had had a few men in her day. Because of this she
wasn't accepted by the other town women, so she came
to the well alone in the middle of the day. The other
women came in the cool of the evening to draw their
water.

Imagine the outcome had Jesus approached this woman by
asking a question like this: "Excuse me, lady, my name
is Jesus. May I ask you a personal question?" And
then, without giving her a choice, he asked, "If you
should die tonight, where would you spend eternity?"

There are times when it is right to ask such a
question, but this wasn't one of them. Had Jesus done
that, she probably wouldn't have had the faintest idea
what Jesus was talking about and dismissed him as being
some kind of a religious nut.

But Jesus didn't approach her with a pat question.
Being sensitive to people's needs he knew that this
woman had issues. The fact that she came to the well
alone in the heat of the day was saying that. Jesus
knew the kind of woman she was and that she was
lonely--and had been searching for love and acceptance
in all the wrong ways and places. He knew that her
pressing need was for loving acceptance. And that's
what Jesus gave her before ever speaking of spiritual
things.

Psychologists say that with the lives we touch we
either build a bridge to that person or a wall between
us. And Jesus, being a great bridge builder, bridged
the great social gap between her and this stranger by
simply asking, "Will you please give me a drink of
water."

This was the beginning of an interesting conversation.
Following a brief discussion about living water, Jesus
put his finger on both the need and problem area of
her life. Without judging her in any way Jesus told
her that he knew she was living with a man who wasn't
her husband and that she had already gone through five
husbands.

"You have to be a prophet," she exclaimed and then
turned the conversation to spiritual things herself.
She then got so excited that she left her water-pot
behind, rushed back to the town and, in essence, said
to the men in her life, "Come with me. I want you to
meet a man who told me all about myself with all my
weaknesses and he accepted me just as I am. He didn't
judge or criticize me. He must be the Christ."2

Jesus knew this woman's deepest need--her need for
acceptance--and when he met it, she believed in him
and automatically became a most enthusiastic witness.

That's the kind of witness we who call ourselves
Christians also need to be. In other words, on most
occasions before speaking of spiritual things to
people, we need to be sensitive to their personal
needs and "scratch 'em where they itch" just as Jesus
did--and minister to their deepest need whatever it
may be.3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
sensitive to people's needs, and be 'as Jesus' to them
by meeting them at their point of felt need. And grant
that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want you for
themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 4:9 (NIV).
2. See John 4:1-30.
3. Adapted from I Hate Witnessing by Dick Innes which
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Today's Daily Encounter

The Tiger Rattlesnake . . . Strikes First then Rattles

From God's Word, the Bible: "Now the serpent [Satan in
disguise] was more crafty than any of the wild animals
the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God
really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the
garden"?' The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat
fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say,
"You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the
middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or
you will die."' 'You will not certainly die,' the
serpent [Satan] said to the woman. 'For God knows that
when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you
will be like God, knowing good and evil.'"1

Roberta, a Daily Encounter reader, wrote, "I enjoyed
your devotional about rattlesnakes. I live in Arizona
and used to be the maintenance director of an outdoor
museum, so I have had plenty of experience with
rattlers. There is one kind of rattlesnake, though,
that doesn't rattle to warn you of the eminent danger.
It's the Tiger Rattler. This is the most beautiful
rattler created, with a soft pinkish tint and tiger
stripes across its body. We had them at the museum and
had to shut down one exhibit until they were eradicated
because of the danger. They strike first, and then
rattle, as though to laugh at the stupidity of their
prey. Isn't that much the same as Satan?"

How very true this is.

Today's scripture is referring to the first man and
woman, Adam and Eve, as they were in the Garden of
Eden--a place of absolute beauty and perfection. Enter
Satan, disguised in the form of a serpent. His goal was
to deceive mankind into rejecting God's plan for them.
God created mankind with a free will so they could
choose, or choose not, to follow God's ways. They were
given a simple test: they were free to eat the fruit of
every tree in the Garden of Eden except for just one
tree. If they ate this forbidden fruit, they would be
choosing to defy God's ways and, in so doing, would
eat the seeds of their own death--both physical and
spiritual.

Satan sowed the seed of doubt in Eve's mind by saying,
"Did God really say?" Then Satan lied saying that they
wouldn't die but become like God knowing the
difference between good and evil." This part-truth was
the most deadly lie in human history. What the serpent,
Satan, (like the Tiger Rattle snake) didn't tell them
was that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, while
they would know the difference between good and evil,
they would be forever bound in a state of evil. When
Adam and Eve disobeyed God, evil entered the human
race and all of mankind has suffered ever since.

Satan struck first and has been "rattling his evil
tail in delight" ever since. That's the way he always
operates. He deceives by either part-truths or
straight out lies always tempting us to eat of life's
forbidden fruits. Furthermore, people who disregard
God's directives and promote what God forbids are
Satan's agents. They, too, strike first and then
rattle their proud deceptive tails ever afterward.

The battle between good and evil began eons ago in the
Garden of Eden when Satan entered mankind's domain and
it continues to rage today.

Never forget God's warnings and directives--they are
given to protect us from evil, deception, and ultimate
destruction. His Word says, "Stay alert! Watch out for
your great enemy, the devil [Satan]. He prowls around
like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."2
And again, "Even Satan disguises himself as an angel
of light."3

While Satan may appear to have won in the first book
of the Bible, in the last book and in the end God
triumphs. His Word says, "Then the devil, who had
deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of
burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false
prophet. There they will be tormented day and night
forever and ever."4

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, because you have given me
a free will to choose, or choose not, to follow your
ways, please help me always to see through the lies
and deceptions of the "tiger rattlesnake" serpent,
Satan, and the wisdom to always choose to follow your
directives as found in your Holy Word, the Bible.
Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer--gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 3:1-5 (NIV).
2. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT).
3. 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NLT).
4. Revelation 20:10 (NLT).

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Mindset Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV).

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Think and Grow Peaceful

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

What I See Is Who I Am

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your
brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in
your own eye?"1

Ken Crockett, in his book, I Once Was Blind, But Now I
Squint, shares the experience of Pastor Ed Manning who
told "about a situation when a woman approached him to
ask a question. As she drew closer to him, he tipped
his head back to look through the bottom lenses of his
bifocals to focus on her more clearly. 'There you go
again!' the woman exploded. 'You stick your nose up in
the air every time I talk to you! Who do you think you
are? I'm sick of your arrogant attitude!'

"Manning was taken aback by her outburst of anger.
'You don't understand,' he explained. 'I'm not
sticking my nose up in the air at you. I just can't
see you when you get near me. I'm tilting my head back
so I can see you through the bottom half of my
bifocals.'"2

Sound familiar?

Blaise Pascal said, "We view things not only from
different sides but with different eyes." Or to put it
another way, "We see things not the way they are, but
the way we are."

For instance, if I have unresolved anger, I will see
things through angry, critical eyes. If have
unresolved fears, I will view things through fearful
eyes. If I have a negative attitude, I will look at
things through negative eyes. If I am insecure, I will
see things through insecure eyes. If I am a jealous
person, I will view things through jealous eyes. If I
am a cheat, I will see things through cheating eyes,
and so on.

Whatever I see--the way I see it will always be
twisted to match my distorted perception of reality
and in so doing I will rationalize my every thought
and justify my every action. A very unhealthy and
self-defeating way to live.

Any wonder that Jesus said that if we are going to see
things the way they are, we need to see the plank in
our own eye and get rid of that. It is true, what I
see is who I am. It is equally true, if I am a loving
person, I will see things through loving eyes.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open my eyes so
that I will see clearly who I am--warts and all--and
help me to get rid of any specks and all planks in my
eye so I will see the truth as it is and not as I
distort or want it to be. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Matthew 7:3 (NIV).
2. From I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, by Kent
Crockett, AMG Publishers/Living Ink. See
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Today's Daily Encounter

Faith or Fake Healers

"Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to
speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the
spirit they have comes from God. For there are many
false prophets in the world."1

"I don't need to get into a recovery group and deal
with my past," my good friend Graham said, "I had
special prayer and God has healed me from all that."

However, his constant gut-level coughing bothered me,
but what could I say? God had healed him--those who
prayed for him told him so! However, not too long
afterwards Graham came down with cancer. Again he was
prayed for and a year later told me how grateful to
God he was because he had been totally healed--those
who prayed for him told him so!.

Exactly one week later he was back in the hospital.
His body was riddled with cancer. The hospital did
what they could but after a few weeks sent him home to
die.

The reality was that Graham had a very dysfunctional
upbringing. His so-called-sister was actually his
mother. As a teen she had a child out of wedlock and
her mother adopted this child, and brought the two of
them up as brother and sister. As an adult Graham
covered the pain caused by his dysfunctional family
background by becoming a super workaholic. As long as
he kept super busy, he didn't feel or face the pain.
However, in "deadening" the pain he very likely
contributed to his own demise.

Very often it's the buried pain from the
past--supercharged repressed negative emotions such as
envy, resentment, guilt (real or false), anger, hurt,
grief, fear, anxiety and/or hatred and so on that make
us ill. These "sins of the spirit," if not resolved,
can be lethal.

When we bury these emotions we never bury them dead
but very much alive and, as John Powell says, "When we
bury our emotions our stomach keeps score." To put this
another way, and pardon the language, the stuff we
stuff damages up our lives--physically, emotionally,
spiritually, and/or relationally. These negative
emotions are like an emotional cancer and we either
get the "cancer" or the "cancer" gets us.

This is why gut-level confession is absolutely
essential for healing. Without which, prayer is like
putting a Band-Aid over a deep wound without cleaning
out the pus. It just drives the wound deeper and
increases the infection.

Certainly, not all sickness is caused by unresolved
personal issues, but if it is, God isn't going to heal
me any more than he will heal me if my sickness is
caused by my living in sin or in an unhealthy manner
and refusing to change my ways. God's way is to deal
with issues that make us sick so healing can follow.
If I smoke, eat unhealthy foods, or fail to exercise,
I will suffer the natural consequences. Healthy living
requires a healthy lifestyle--physically, emotionally,
relationally, as well as spiritually.

So beware of faith healers who ignore the principle of
genuine confession which is essential for healing. As
God's word says, "Therefore confess your sins to each
other and pray for each other so that you may be
healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful
and effective."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, about these constant
'headaches' (or whatever … name the specific sickness)
I'm experiencing--please help me to face, deal with,
and resolve any unresolved personal issue that may be
causing or affecting my sickness in any way. Please
lead me to the help I need to see and resolve these
issues. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 John 4:1 (NLT).
2. James 5:16 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Are You God's Wife?

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and
faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in
their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted
by the world."1

According to a story reportedly written by Leo
Buscaglia, "On a cold day in December, some years ago:
A little boy, about 10 years old, was standing before
a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering
through the window, and shivering with cold.

"A lady approached the young boy and said, 'My, but
you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

"'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,' was
the boy's reply.

"The lady took him by the hand, went into the store,
and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks
for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a
basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to
her.

"She took the little fellow to the back part of the
store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his
little feet, and dried them with the towel.

"By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.
Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she then purchased
a pair of shoes for him.

"She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave
them to him. She patted him on the head and said, 'No
doubt, you will be more comfortable now.'

"As she turned to go, the astonished child caught her
by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears
in his eyes, asked, 'Are you God's wife?'"2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, open the eyes of my heart
so that wherever there is a pressing need placed across
my path, I will see it--and help to meet it. And
wherever there is a hurt, please help me to heal it.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:27
2. Leo Buscaglia.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Enlightened or Endarkened

"This is the message we have heard from him and
declare to you: God is light; in him there is no
darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with
him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live
by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in
the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."1

You may recall that several years ago Mel Gibson was
bitterly criticized for his movie, The Passion of the
Christ. Much of the criticism was apparently by people
who didn't even see the movie. But that's not my point.
What if Mel Gibson, or any other actor for that matter,
were doing a movie glorifying homosexuality and/or gay
marriage, or promoting the liberal and legal use of
marijuana? Chances are many of these same critics
would praise such a movie as being enlightening.

One cannot help but wonder if the accelerating moral
decline in the U.S.A. didn't begin "in 1947 when the
Supreme Court ruled on the 'Separation of Church and
State,' opening the door for Madalyn Murray O'hair and
her 1962 lawsuit which literally kicked God out of our
schools. Furthermore, in 1973, the Supreme Court ruled
to make abortions legal, and since that time some 50
million babies have been killed."2

Even many churches today have also gravely lowered
their standards of biblical morality. Not so long ago,
an openly gay bishop was appointed to the Anglican
Church. Does this also mean that a single bishop would
be accepted and appointed if he were an openly
practicing fornicator? More recently the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) lowered its standard thereby opening
the door to allow homosexuals to be ordained as
pastors.

One cannot help but wonder at how far we have moved as
a society from the light and how much are we now
walking in darkness?

Years ago former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower,
posed the same question: "In the swift rush of great
events, we find ourselves groping to know the full
sense and meaning of these times in which we live. In
our quest of understanding, we beseech God's guidance.
We summon all our knowledge of the past and we scan all
signs of the future. We bring all our wit and all our
will to meet the question: How far have we come in
man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward the light?
Are we nearing the light--a day of freedom and of
peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another
night closing in upon us?"

I am also reminded of the words of President Ronald
Reagan who said, "If we ever forget that we are one
nation under God, then we will be one nation gone
under!"

With God's help let us make sure that you and I walk
in the light--the light as revealed to us in God's
Word, the Bible.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help us as a
nation to see the folly of our ways when we turn from
the light of your Word and walk in darkness. In your
mercy please send a great spiritual awakening to our
country … and let it begin in me. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 1 John 1:5-7 (NIV).
2. Jerry Beavan, American News Commentary, June 8,
2011.

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Whale--Gratitude

"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that
you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery
to the law."1

"If you read this front page story in the San
Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a
female humpback whale who had become entangled in a
spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted
down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards
of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her
torso, and a line tugging in her mouth.

"A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon
Islands (outside the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge)
and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a
few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that
she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to
dive in and untangle her.

"They worked for hours with curved knives and
eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers
say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She
then came back to each and every diver, one at a time,
and nudged them, pushed them gently around as if she
was thanking them. Some said it was the most
incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The
man who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes
were following him the whole time, and he will never
be the same."2

When we realize that the chains of sin, unless we are
set free by Jesus Christ, will damn us to a lost
eternity, our eyes will be opened so that we can see
that Jesus Christ is the only one who can set us free
and save us for all eternity. When we allow Jesus to
set us free, we, too, will never be the same again.
For help to be set free see "How to Be Sure You're a
Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

And may we, who have been set free, like the divers
who set the whale free, do everything we can to help
others be freed from the chains of sin by introducing
them to Jesus. For simple and effective helps to do
this go to: www.actsweb.org/people_power02.php.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you are
the only one who can set me free from the chains of
sin. Please use me to help bring others to you so that
they, too, can be freed from the chains of sin. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Galatians 5:1 (NLT).
2. Reported to be from San Francisco Chronicle. Date
unknown.

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for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ,
please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Globalization

"Go into all the world and preach [communicate] the
Good News [the gospel message] to everyone."1

According to Britannica Online Encyclopedia,
"Globalization is the process by which the experience
of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of
commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around
the world. Factors that have contributed to
globalization include increasingly sophisticated
communications and transportation technologies and
services, mass migration and the movement of
peoples…."2

In today's highly sophisticated world, globalization
has increasingly become a buzz word, not only at the
business level, but also at the political and
religious levels. Besides the push for a global
economy, we are bound to see in the days ahead a push
also for a global government, and a global religion.

According to God's Word, the Bible, in the end times
of this world age when the Antichrist arrives, he will
control a one-world government and a one-world
religion--besides a one-world economy where people
won't be able to purchase any goods without the mark
of the beast [the Antichrist]. With all that is
happening in today's world, it certainly appears that
the stage for the coming Antichrist is being set up at
an accelerated rate.

Because of this, however, what is needed right now
more than anything else is a Global Gospel Outreach.
Let us remember that Jesus commissioned his disciples
saying, "Go into all the world and preach
[communicate] the Good News [the gospel message] to
everyone."1

Let us also realize that without accepting Jesus
Christ as their Savior, people all around the world
are lost--eternally. Furthermore, because somebody
introduced you and me to Jesus Christ, let us make
certain that you and I do everything in our power,
with God's help, to introduce others to Jesus Christ
for he is the only hope for saving lost mankind. As
Jesus also said, "I am the way and the truth and the
life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through
me."3

One very simple and effective way you can help
introduce others to Jesus is to join with us as a
"People Power for Jesus Partner." There is no cost
involved and there are many simple helps to show you
how you can effectively communicate the Good News of
the gospel to every person on your e-mail list, as
well as in other simple, non-offensive ways. See
http://www.actsweb.org/people_power/ and then click on
the "Tips for People Power People" link in the header.
You can also use any of these tips without becoming a
People Power for Jesus Partner.

The critical issue is that every Christian becomes
involved in an urgently needed Global Gospel Outreach.
Please check out the ACTS People Power for Jesus
website and prayerfully consider joining with us today
to help reach the world for Jesus Christ--one person at
a time.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in appreciation for all
that you have done for me, today I commit and dedicate
my life afresh to you. I am available today and every
day to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I
touch, and for you to use me to share the gospel
message to others and thereby help introduce them to
Jesus. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: You can subscribe/join with us as a People Power
for Jesus Partner at:
http://www.actsweb.org/people_power/subscribe.php.
There is no charge.

1. Mark 16:15 (NLT).
2. Britannica Online Encyclopedia,
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1357503/cultural-globalization
3. John 14:6 (NIV).

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NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ,
please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.

* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

Copyright (c) 2012 by ACTS International.

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