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Post  Admin on Fri 04 Nov 2011, 6:25 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Screaming for Help

"The Lord is near to all who call on him; to all who
call on him in truth."1

A troubled mother writes, "My nine-year-old daughter,
Jeanie (not her real name), has had a sudden, major
change of behavior from being a well-behaved child to
one who has become very rebellious. She now criticizes
so many of my and my husband's activities. We agreed to
change some routines in order to give in to what she
wants. We canceled her school bus since she doesn't
want to ride in it anymore as she prefers to go home
alone. It is risky but we have to give in. Then came
more demands, constantly calling both her father and
me at our workplaces, saying that she doesn't want to
be in our place because it is boring, is always
crying, talking back to us, and banging on things."

Dear mother of Jeanie … it is good that you have
reached out for help. This is the beginning point for
resolving all problems. Like adults who scream, it
seems that your Jeannie is "screaming for help" and
her change of behavior is the only way she knows how
to deal with what is bothering her. However, it is
important that you don't give in to any unreasonable
demands and allow her to control you, as this will
only make matters worse. She is obviously deeply
troubled about something and may not even recognize
what it is, or know how to or is afraid to tell you.
In your exasperation try not to lose your cool and
lash out and hurt her, otherwise she may close down
even more.

Jeannie may have been molested by someone, is
experimenting with drugs, or may feel you are too busy
for her, or any of a number of things.

You urgently need to see a qualified professional
counselor. As expensive as it is, you really can't
afford not to get help even if you have to take out a
loan. Your daughter is deeply troubled and it won't
resolve itself. If she represses or hides her problem,
it will come out later and cause far greater problems.
Because Jeannie is your daughter, it is not just her
problem--it is a family problem. (See footnote for
help.)

I also encourage you to be ruthlessly honest and open
with God, and be willing to look at anything that you
and your husband might be contributing to this
situation. Ask God to show you this--and then help you
to see and understand your daughter's problem--and to
lead you to the help your family urgently needs.

Be assured that God wants to heal your daughter and
your family problem; so be totally open and honest
with him. Remember today's Scripture: "The Lord is
near to all who call on him--to all who call on him in
truth."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all my conflicts
please help me to see first of all what I may be
contributing to the situation, then give me the wisdom
to know what to do and the courage to do it, whatever
it is. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 145:18 (NIV).

Note: For a Christian counselor in your area, if you
live in North America call the Narramore Christian
Foundation today at 1-800-477-5893, press "1" and the
secretary will be able to give you the name/s of a
fine Christian counselor/s in your area.

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Post  Admin on Thu 03 Nov 2011, 5:42 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Remember

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

Leo Buscaglia wrote, "There was a girl who gave me a
poem, and she gave me permission to share it with you,
and I want to do that because it explains about putting
off and putting off and putting off--especially putting
off caring about people we really love. She wants to
remain anonymous, but she calls the poem, "Things You
Didn't Do," that said the following:

Remember the day I borrowed your brand
new car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me, but you didn't.
And remember the time I dragged you to the
beach and you said it would rain, and it did?
I thought you'd say, "I told you so," but you
didn't.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the
guys to make you jealous, and you were?
I thought you'd leave me, but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry
pie all over your car rug?
I thought you'd hit me, but you didn't.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the
dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you'd drop me, but you didn't.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do.
But you put up with me, and you loved me,
and you protected me.
There were lots of things I wanted to make up to
you when you returned from Viet Nam.
But you didn't.2

Is there something you need to do today for someone
you care about--something that you've been putting off
for too long? Why not do it today?

Also, is there someone who needs to put his or her
life right with God? You know who you are. Be sure to
do this today. And is there a reader who needs to
accept God's forgiveness. If so, be sure to read the
article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian"
online at: www.actsweb.org/christian. Remember that
"now is the accepted time … now is the day of
salvation."1 The fact is that none of us has any
guarantee of tomorrow.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank that your Word
reminds is that 'now is the day of salvation.' Please
give me the courage to do what I need to do and to do
it today. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT).
2. Author Unknown

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Post  Admin on Wed 02 Nov 2011, 6:28 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Masculinity

"Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach
me wisdom in the inmost place."1

"Dear Dick," a reader writes, "I am a single
38-year-old woman and many people ask why I'm not
married? I tell them, 'I just haven't found the right
one yet.' However, if I find someone like my dad who
was warm and open and a real gentleman, I will have a
change in plans. Such men are a rare find in these
times."

Dear Jessica (name changed), I've taught seminars on
relationships for a number of years, and one of the
most repeated questions I am asked by both single and
married women is, "Where are the men who understand my
feelings and express theirs; that is, who can
communicate at a feeling level?"

Sadly, our Western culture has by and large
conditioned men pretty much to be in denial regarding
our inner self (our feelings and motives). It happens
to a lesser degree with women, but we certainly need a
totally different view of what true manhood and
masculinity is. For a starter, regarding men my belief
is that one of our greatest strengths is to admit our
weaknesses (then we can do something about them), and
that being macho (pretending to be strong) has nothing
to do with masculinity. Being macho is a symptom of
being out of touch with our inner self (feelings and
motives), and is one of our biggest weaknesses, and a
cover-up and denial of our insecurity.

Genuine masculinity and true strength start with being
ruthlessly honest with our inner feelings and motives.
Admittedly, this can be like learning a whole new
language, but learn it we must if we want to
communicate effectively with our wife, children, and
close friends and therein greatly enhance our
relationships.

Masculinity also involves being courteous, kind,
loving, warm, gentle, non-controlling, exercising
tough love when called for, and just plain being real.
In other words it means being like Jesus. We can learn
a lot about him by studying the Gospels and noting how
Jesus related to others; how he dealt with people who
ripped off others, and with hypocrisy, which he
condemned vigorously. One thing is certain, Jesus was
always real.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me in all of
life to speak truly, deal truly, and live truly so
that I will become more and more in every way like
Jesus--an authentic Christian gentleman. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Psalm 51:6 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Tue 01 Nov 2011, 10:49 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Your Key Is Still in the Ignition

"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will
abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and
things taught by demons. Such teachings come through
hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared
as with a hot iron."1

Some time ago I read the following story in Focus on
the Family magazine about a man who bought a car that
had replaced warning lights with spoken instructions
from a woman.

In a soft voice, his little woman, as he called her,
would say, "Your door isn't closed properly." "Your
key is still in the ignition." "Your seatbelt isn't
fastened properly."

On one occasion, he recalled how the voice of his
little woman said, "Your fuel level is getting low."

The driver thanked her and, figuring he had sufficient
fuel to take him fifty more miles, ignored the voice
and kept driving. Soon his little woman repeated,
"Your fuel level is low." The longer he drove, the
more his little woman repeated her warning.

Getting frustrated, he stopped his car, searched under
the dashboard, and found the appropriate wires. One
quick jerk and his little woman was silenced.

Imagine the look on his face when, a few minutes
later, his car sputtered and jerked to a
standstill--out of fuel! One could almost imagine a
grin on his little woman's face!

We all have a little voice within. It's called
conscience. It can get very annoying at times, too.
Sometimes we "pull its wires" and, too late, we
discover we are "out of fuel."

One danger, when we ignore the voice of our conscience
and don't live according to our convictions, is that
our mind experiences what counselors call "cognitive
dissonance." That is, mental disharmony. Because this
is too uncomfortable to live with, we switch off our
conscience.

When we do this often enough, our mind not only
switches off the voice of conscience but turns up the
volume on the voice of rationalization and
justification.

The sad fact is that if we don't live the life we
believe, we end up unhappily believing the life we
live. The Bible calls this having a seared conscience.
It is a dangerous and self-destructive path to follow.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to realize
the danger of switching off the voice of conscience and
justifying what I want to do. Please help me to live
the life I believe--a life that is lived in harmony
with your will and your Word. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 31 Oct 2011, 7:40 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
True Riches

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break
in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where
thieves do not break in and steal."1

Today's Daily Encounter is told by Henry Gariepy.

A rich man named Carl loved to ride his horse through
his vast estate to congratulate himself on his wealth.
One day on such a ride, he came on Hans, an old tenant
farmer who had sat down to eat his lunch in the shade
of a great oak tree. Hans' head was bowed in prayer.
When Hans looked up, he said, "Oh, excuse me, Sir. I
didn't see you. I was giving thanks for my food."

"Hmph!" snorted the rich man, Carl. He noticed the
coarse dark bread and cheese which made up the old
man's lunch. "If that were all I had to eat, I don't
think I would feel like giving thanks."

"Oh," replied Hans, "it is quite sufficient. But it is
remarkable that you should come by today, Sir. I feel I
should tell you, I had a strange dream just before
awakening this morning."

"And what did you dream?" Carl asked with an amused
smile. The old man answered, "There was beauty and
peace all around, and yet I could hear a voice saying,
'The richest man in the valley will die tonight.'"

"Dreams!" cried Carl. "Nonsense!" He turned and
galloped away. Hans prayed as he watched horse and
rider disappear.

Die tonight, mused Carl. It's ridiculous, of course!
No use my going into a panic. The best thing to do
about the old man's dream is to forget it. But he
couldn't forget it. He had felt fine, at least until
Hans described his stupid dream. Now he didn't feel
too well. That evening he called his doctor, who was
also a personal friend. "Could you come over?" he
asked. "I need to talk to you." When the doctor
arrived, Carl told him the old man's dream--how the
richest man in the valley would die that night.

"Sounds like poppycock to me," the doctor said, "but
for your peace of mind, let's examine you."

A little later, his examination complete, the doctor
was full of assurances. "Carl, you're as strong and
healthy as that horse of yours. There's no way you're
going to die tonight." Carl thanked his friend and
told him how foolish he felt for being upset by an old
man's dream.

It was about 9 A.M. when a messenger arrived at Carl's
door. "It's old Hans," the messenger said. "He died
last night in his sleep."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to live with
eternal values in mind and become rich in the eyes of
heaven regardless of whether I am rich or poor in the
eyes of man. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: To be sure you are ready for the day when you
will meet your Maker, be sure to read the article,
"How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian--without
having to be religious" online at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. Jesus in Matthew 6:19-20 (NIV).
2. This story is told by Henry Gariepy in Portraits of
Perseverance, (Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1989).

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Post  Admin on Fri 28 Oct 2011, 6:12 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Healthy Parenting and Partnering

"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and
especially for those of his household, he has denied
the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."1

I read recently about a man who said, "I failed my son
when he needed me most. I was under a great strain from
a workload I seemed unable to escape. A gulf came
between me and my son, and when I recognized it, it
was too late. I have never been able to regain
communication. I failed God as well as my son."

In our dreadfully materialistic culture in the Western
world, far too many parents (who are on the obsessive
merry-go-round of what the secular world calls
success) try to buy off their kids with endless
things, and/or get them involved in endless activities
so they don't have to spend time with them.

In some of America's most affluent class, madness
reigns. Super wealthy parents can give their kids "an
'Atherton Castle' [that] comes with a two-story,
seven-foot-square 'fort,' and a ten-foot bridge that
connects to another five-level fort with a 'crazy bar'
climb--all for only $54,600. If that price seems steep,
there's a 'pirate's haunt' for only $35,000."2 There's
far higher priced models too.

We, including our children, were created for
relationships with each other--not with things. We all
need to be bonded to people, without which we live
together alone apart and consequently suffer from
emotional malnutrition and die a little every day.

What kid needs any gift--be it large or small--without
the loving emotional connection to his mom and dad?
More than anything else our kids need our presence, to
be with them, listen to them, be kind to them, care
about them, help them, and communicate to them through
word and deed that we truly love them. If a child
doesn't feel loved, he/she is heading for major
problems somewhere down the road--and it may be just
around the corner.

And by the way, our spouses have exactly the same
need. I have a friend from back home who, when her
husband was climbing the ladder of success, used to
say, "My husband gives me everything I want … except
himself." Needless to say their marriage failed.

When we try to pay off our kids with things and our
wives with expensive jewelry and the like, we wonder
why our kids get into serious trouble and our spouses
have emotional or physical breakdowns and/or get
involved in an affair. I had another friend who, when
going through chemotherapy, said, "I know why I have
cancer. I'm dying of loneliness in my marriage."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to love my
spouse and my children as you love me, and help me to
make them, as well as my relationship to you, my
number one priority in life. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Timothy 5:8 (NASB).
2. Quoted on Breakpoint with Chuck Colson, Feb 25,
2005.

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Post  Admin on Thu 27 Oct 2011, 3:17 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

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

Not so long ago two of my sisters and a brother-in-law
from Australia visited us here in California. John, my
brother-in-law came down with a heavy cold and was
feeling lousy. He went to a local pharmacy to get some
medication--or to try to get some. He spoke to the
pharmacist (chemist, as he called him) and said in his
heavy Aussie accent, "I have a dreadful cold and need
some medicine todie."

"I beg your pardon," replied the pharmacist, "you want
what?"

"I want some medicine todie."

"I can't do that for you," the pharmacist declared.

"But I'm feeling very sick and need help todie," John
repeated, and for the life of him he couldn't
understand why the pharmacist wouldn't help him. John
ended up walking out of the pharmacy and came home
very frustrated.

John and the pharmacist were both speaking the same
language but neither one understood the other. When
John, with his heavy Australian accent, said, "I need
help todie," translated into American he was actually
saying, "I need help today."

Needless to say when we "translated" for him, we all
had a fit of laughter.

In relationships however, miscommunication can be the
cause of considerable misunderstanding and conflict.
Two partners or friends may be saying the same thing
but each interprets it differently. When Joy and I
have a disagreement (which is rare), it is almost
always a communication problem. We misinterpret what
the other had said. We think that what we think is
what the other was thinking when they didn't say what
we thought they said and didn't know what they were
thinking. That's how confusing miscommunication can
be.

So … three keys for effective relationships are: (1)
communication, (2) communication, and (3)
communication.

So again … all of us (including myself) need to stick
to the old remedy by counting to ten before we fly off
the handle when we are upset by what another has said.
Before jumping to a wrong conclusion, ask, "I'm
confused, did I hear you correctly?" Explain what you
heard, and then ask, "Is this what you meant? If not,
will you please explain so I don't misunderstand you?"

We have only communicated effectively when the
listener interprets in his/her thinking as close as
possible to what we meant in what we said. Something
we all need to work on when communicating.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that even when
I don't get my words right, you understand what my
heart is saying. Please help me to do likewise with
all my loved ones and friends. Help me, not only to be
a good communicator in what I say, but also a good
listener and in close relationships always listen with
my heart as well as with my head. 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
Trust

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"1

Speaking of dreams, rock-climbing definitely is not a
dream of mine. I've seen rock climbers scale the face
of El Capitan in the magnificent Yosemite National
Park in California. The thought of my doing what they
are doing terrifies me. What if they fell? It can
happen. Imagine the terror that rock climber, Lynn
Hill, experienced in May of 1989 when scaling a cliff
face in France. As she reached the top of a 72-foot
ledge, she leaned back into her harness to take a
rest--and her rope didn't hold. She hurtled backwards
into space. Amazingly, she survived the fall. She
shared this in her autobiography, Climbing Free.

Hill was an experienced rock climber and relied fully
on her equipment. Her experience, however, is a
powerful reminder of the dangers of putting our trust
into something that can fail.2

Think of all the people who held stock in companies
such as Enron. Thousands thought their future was
secure but lost all their retirement funds. Same with
me, I put my trust in my broker and he stole my entire
retirement fund. True, we can't go through life being
suspicious of everyone, but having said that, we do
need to be wise and careful about who and what we put
our trust in.

In some situations where we have been let down, we can
recover, but when it comes to putting our trust in
planning for eternity, there's no recovery if we place
our trust in the wrong religion or in a false "god."

Many religious leaders besides Jesus Christ have and
still claim that their religion is the true way to
God. But Jesus was emphatic in stating that he--not
religion nor Christianity for that matter--but that HE
was the only way to God. "No one," he said, "comes to
God except through me!"

While Jesus Christ is not the only religious leader
who claimed to be God, he is the only one who ever
convinced a great portion of the world that he is. He
is also the only leader who ever claimed that he would
rise from death,3 and according to historical evidence,
he did. Following his resurrection, he was seen by the
women who visited his tomb and found it empty, by the
disciples, and by more than 500 other witnesses.4

Christ's resurrection was also recorded by Josephus,
the Jewish historian, in his Antiquities (18:3).
Josephus was a Jew writing to satisfy the Romans, so
his report of Christ's resurrection would not have
pleased the Romans at all. He would not have included
it had he not believed it to be true.*

Had there been any other way to save lost mankind from
sins' eternal destruction, why would Jesus, the Son of
God, have come to earth as a baby to identify with
mankind and then die in our place to pay the penalty
for all our sins on the cruel Roman cross?

So be extremely wise and careful in what and in whom
you put your trust when it comes to life after death.
Your life depends on it. Eternity is forever!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please be merciful to me,
a sinner. Help me to see your truth. Help me not to
depend on anyone other than you, the one and only God,
to reveal to me the way to you and the way to eternal
life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

*Note: For further evidence of the deity of Jesus
Christ see the article, "Jesus Christ: God or Man?"
at:
www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=24&d=1&c=1&p=1.
And, if you are not sure that you have placed your
trust in Jesus for your eternal destiny, be sure to
read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=2&d=1&c=1&p=2.

1. John 14:6 (NIV).
2. James B. Meigs, "Extreme Living," O, The Oprah
Magazine, July 2002, p. 35-37.
3. Matthew 16:21.
4. Luke 24:13-43; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Attitude

"Always giving thanks to God the Father for
everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."1

Attitude, as it has been said, is much more important
than aptitude. Aptitude says that we can do things,
but attitude will determine how well we do them.
Aptitude will determine how well we can think, but
attitude will determine how well we feel about what we
think. Aptitude will help us see things that perhaps
others don't see, but attitude will help how we
interpret what we see and what we do about it. A
person with a healthy, positive attitude can achieve
much more with his average aptitude than a person with
a highly skilled aptitude but who has a negative and
self-defeating attitude.

People with a positive attitude will see the glass
half-full and be thankful, while those with a negative
attitude will see the glass half-empty and complain
about it. Both are correct of course but it's attitude
that makes the difference in how they see things. In
life we see things not the way they are but the way we
are. And if we don't have an honest and realistic
attitude, we will distort the most obvious facts to
make them match our prejudiced attitude.

Then, of course, there are those who will argue that
the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. You can't
win with these people because no matter what you say,
they will disagree with you because they have a
disagreeable attitude.

In all of life it's attitude that makes the
difference. Aptitude is a gift. Attitude is a choice.

I like what Michael Josephson of Character Counts
said, "So, at least for today, I'm not going to worry
that roses have thorns; I'll rejoice that thorns have
roses."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see the
roses on the thorny bush, the rainbow in the rain, and
the hidden blessings you have for me in every
circumstance. Help me to develop a thankful attitude
so that I will put to best use the aptitudes you have
gifted me with. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:20 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Turning Pebbles Into Pearls

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's
will for you in Christ Jesus."1

Into the shell of an oyster a tiny foreign body--such
as a tiny parasite--finds its way into the soft oyster
body. "The intruder, though microscopic, is a source of
irritation and pain to the soft body of the oyster.
Unable to rid itself of the unwelcome 'guest,' the
oyster seeks to reduce the irritation by coating it
with layers of soft, iridescent mother-of-pearl
material from its own shell. Over time, the oyster
transforms a painful irritation into a beautiful pearl
of great value."

Most of us have "tiny parasites" or annoying "pebbles"
that come into our life on a regular basis … many of
which can be very frustrating and even painful.

But every one of these annoyances gives us a chance to
grow and mature. Some will require great patience,
others tough love. Some will require our turning the
other cheek, some confrontation, and some kindness and
understanding. For example, addicts need to be treated
with tough love. Bullies require us to maintain
healthy boundaries. Cheaters need to be confronted.
Manipulators need to be managed. Control freaks need
to be resisted, guilt throwers need to be challenged,
and toxic people may need to be avoided, and so on.

With God's help, if we so choose, we can turn every
one of these annoying pebbles into pearls or we can
allow them to make us bitter. For it's not what
happens to us that matters, but how we react to what
happens. What we do about it is what matters--and
that's a choice we make either consciously or
unconsciously. And remember, "The bumps are what we
climb on."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see an
opportunity for growth in every annoying situation.
Give me the courage to be strong when needed, have
healthy boundaries where required, exercise tough love
where it is essential, and show kindness, patience and
understanding where these are needed. Help me to
always ask, 'What would Jesus do?' And please give me
the courage to do just that. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Daddy, Daddy

"Around mid-afternoon [from the cross] Jesus groaned
out of the depths, crying loudly … 'My God, my God,
why have you abandoned me?'"1

Tom Miller wrote about the following experience:

My Nine-Year-old daughter Jennifer was looking forward
to our family's mini-vacation, but when our vacation
arrived, she became ill, and a long anticipated day at
Sea World was replaced by an all-night series of CAT
scans, X-rays, and blood work at a hospital.

As morning approached, the doctors told my exhausted
little girl that she needed to have one more test, a
spinal tap. The procedure would be painful, they said.
The doctor then asked me if I planned to stay in the
room. I nodded my head, knowing I couldn't leave
Jennifer alone during her ordeal.

The doctor gently asked Jennifer to remove all her
clothing. She looked at me with childlike modesty as
if to ask if that were all right. Then they had her
curl into a tiny ball. I buried my face in hers and
hugged her.

Jennifer cried as the needle went in. As the searing
pain increased, she sobbingly repeated, "Daddy, Daddy,
Daddy." Her voice becoming more earnest with each word.
It was as if she was saying, "Oh, Daddy, this hurts so
badly. Please, can't you do something?"

My tears mingled with hers. My heart was broken. I
felt nauseous. Because I loved her, I allowed her to
go through the most agonizing experience of her life,
and I could hardly stand it.

In the middle of the procedure, my thoughts went to
the cross of Christ. What unspeakable pain both the
Son and God the Father endured for our sakes. We owe a
debt that can never be fully paid. The best thing we
can do is give ourselves as living sacrifices.2

Ed. Note: If you've never truly thanked Jesus for
dying on the cross to pay the penalty for all your
sins and received God's gift of forgiveness and
eternal life, why not do that today by praying this
simple prayer: "Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner
and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I
believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross
for my sins. Please forgive me and I invite you, Jesus,
to come into my heart and life as Lord and Savior. I
commit and trust my life to you. Please give me the
desire to be what you want me to be and the desire to
do what you want me to do. Thank you for dying for my
sins, for your free pardon, for your gift of eternal
life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen."

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1. Matthew 27:46 (The Message).
2. KneEmail at http://www.oakhillcoc.org.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Courtesy?

"Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love
them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the
good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take
delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your
work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically."1

It has been said that the job of the preacher is to
comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable!
So here goes!

I often hold the door open for people when entering or
exiting a restaurant or store--be it for a woman or a
man, the young or the old, a boy or a girl. Most are
appreciative and say thank you, but quite a few don't
bother to say anything. I'm often tempted to say,
"You're welcome," anyhow, but bite my tongue.

And it never ceases to amaze me how many people ask me
via email to do something for them without saying
please, thank you, or anything courteous--not to
mention drivers who cut in front of you on the
highway, etc., etc.

Or like I've said before about the many people who
just leave their shopping cart out in the parking lot
for someone else to put away … some even leave them in
car parking spaces. And what about people who throw
their garbage out of their car window and litter the
magnificent highways we are so privileged to have, at
least where I live? And what about those who dump
their empty beer and soft drink cans and trash along
hiking trails in our beautiful forest and mountain
areas?

I can't help but wonder how these self-centered,
thoughtless folk act at home?

Whatever happened to old-fashioned courtesy--thinking
of others, saying please and thank you, cleaning up
our own messes, picking things up after ourselves, and
fixing what we break?

In the early church Christians were known for their
love for one another. Would to God that this were true
today. Love is always expressed, not in what we say or
in what we believe in, but in what we do and how we
treat others. And I don't think we can have love
without courtesy and thoughtfulness towards others.
Furthermore, it's the little things--not the big
things we do--that define who we really are.

Let's make sure we reflect the love of God and Spirit
of Christ in everything we do and say. "WWJD--what
would Jesus do?" is still a good principle by which to
live.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, again today I pray,
please help me to be as Jesus to every life I touch
and give me the wisdom to know what you would do in
situations where I am not sure how to act. May I be
known for my love and concern for others and always be
Christ-like and courteous in every situation. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Romans 12:9-11 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Does Jesus Care?

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who
has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was
without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace
with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find
grace to help us in our time of need."1

"Dear Dick," a reader writes, "Your Daily Encounter,
'Living with a Challenge,' has really inspired me.
Less than a week ago the bombshell dropped. My adult
son, Jim, has the HIV virus. He was released from the
hospital yesterday, but without any kind of counseling
help.

"We don't even know how to begin to cope. He has a
teen-age daughter and a seven-year-old son. He is
terrified of being rejected even by our family. I
think the hardest part is his not wanting to lie to
anyone about his illness, but not wanting to share it
with anyone because of the terrible stigma attached.
Just yesterday with fear and trepidation he asked if
he could come and see me to spend a little time
together for my birthday. Please could you pray for
us?"

Dear Jennifer (not her real name), how incredibly sad
for Jim, you, his children, and your entire family. I
grieve with you. However, as D.L. Moody once said when
he saw a drunken skid row alcoholic lying in the
gutter, "But for the grace of God there go I."

Having said that, the words of an old hymn, written
many years ago by Frank E. Graeff, come to my mind:

Does Jesus care?

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Oh yes he cares;
I know he cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

While we must never condone sin, it is very important
that we never reject repentant sinners. Jesus always
hated sin because it destroys those whom God loves,
but he always loved the sinner. We need to do the same
for it is only by the grace of God that we haven't
fallen into destructive sins.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please be with Jim,
Jennifer, Jim's children and the entire family. May
they, and all who might be in a similar situation,
look to you in their hour of deepest need, and sense
your loving presence. No matter what the
circumstances, may they know that your grace is
sufficient to cover all that has happened in the past,
and may they know that you care deeply. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Sunk in a Sink Hole

"One evening David got up from his bed and walked
around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw
a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and
David sent someone to find out about her. The man
said, 'Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and
the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'"1

"In December 1985 an enormous sinkhole swallowed a
house and carport and forced the evacuation of four
homes in a retirement community in Florida. The hole
was about the size of a pickup truck when it was
discovered. Within three hours it had grown to 30 by
40 feet and had swallowed half of a small house. Two
hours later it had expanded to more than 70 feet, and
the house with its carport was gone. Authorities were
grateful that it finally stopped growing without doing
even more damage.

"David discovered that sin is like an ever-expanding
sinkhole. As he was walking on the flat roof of his
palace, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of
turning away, he stared longingly at her. At this
point the sinkhole was small but expanding. When he
inquired about who she was, the hole grew larger. And
finally, when he sent for her, he soon found himself
and those around him swallowed up. What started out as
only a look ended in tragedy for all involved."2

Many people, like David, find themselves falling into
the sinkhole of temptation because they leave the door
open for temptation to enter.

Temptation works the same for all of us. It's
progressive. It can start with an innocent look, then
a thought, and then if we linger longer on the look,
the thought progresses to desire, then to becoming
blind to reality and fooling ourselves into
rationalizing that it won't hurt, and then to
yielding. Following this pathway can quickly lead one
into the sinkhole of sin as well as despair.

To overcome temptation we need to realize how
vulnerable we are to the pull that temptation has on
us. When temptation knocks on your door, ask Jesus to
answer the door. Also, as God's Word says, "Be on your
guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of
courage; be strong."3 And again, "Be self-controlled
and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to devour".4 "Submit
yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you."5

I also find that when tempting thoughts knock on "the
door of my mind," I realize that I need to take
control of my thinking and pray, "Help, Jesus, help,"
and keep saying, "Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ
is Lord of my life," until the chain of tempting
thoughts is broken.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, may I never forget that
I, like David, am just as open to temptation as he
was. Please help me to call on you in the hour or even
the moment of temptation, and give me the strength to
resist the devil so that he will flee from me. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Samuel 11:2-3 (NIV).
2. "Lessons on Living," Back To the Bible.
www.backtothebible.org.
3. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV).
4. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV).
5. James 4:7 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
No Fear--No Kidding

"Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before
Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of
all who sail with you."1

A common question asked in motivational seminars is:
"If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do with
your life?"

Participants imagine all sorts of things: take flying
lessons … write a book … travel around the world …
start a business … learn to play a musical instrument
… make pottery, and so on.

Think of Martin Luther King's life-transforming,
world-impacting statement: "I have a dream." And while
King didn't live to see his dream fulfilled, his dream
and what he started made a powerful impact on his
world and helped change the world for every American.
The fears he and his family faced from constant
harassment and threats on his life would have
overwhelmed all but the bravest of souls. However, it
was his dream that overcame his fears and caused him
even in death to triumph.

Remember, it's normal to be afraid. Most of us
struggle with fear from time to time. It's part of the
human condition. The important thing is not to deny
one's fears but to acknowledge them, and not allow
them to control us. As one author put it, "Feel the
fear and do it anyway."

If the fear of failure were removed, what would you
really like to do? Whether it's something small or
something major doesn't matter. What is your dream, or
better still, what is God's dream for you? And what
will you do about it? Will you choose to allow your
fear to control you? Or, with God's help, will you
allow your dream to control your fear?

Remember too, that it's okay to fail in attempting to
reach a goal. Failures are par for the course. In many
ways they are our greatest teacher. The only real
failure is not to get up one more time than we fall
down--and to give up on our dream. Remember, too,
failure is an event not a person. Know your dream.
Trust God and put your dream in charge of your fears
and, in time, as you step out in faith to begin to
fulfill you dream, you will be able to say, "No fear.
No kidding. That is, fear no longer has control over
me!"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to know my
God-given life purpose and to make that my dream.
Please give me the courage to step out in faith to
begin fulfilling my dream--today. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Acts 27:24 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Superman Who?

"When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him,
'Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing
false.'" 1

I read how Ray, an energetic three-year-old, liked to
play being Superman. Each morning he would have his
mother pin a bath towel to the back of his T-shirt and
off he'd go imagining he was wearing the magic blue and
red cape pretending he was Superman. In his mind he
came to believe he was Superman.

Then came kindergarten. When the teacher asked Ray for
his name, he replied, "Superman." Trying to hide her
amusement she asked again, "I need to know your real
name." Again he replied in all sincerity, "Superman."

The teacher, still trying to hide her amusement, got
down to Ray's level and, looking squarely into Ray's
eyes, said quite firmly, "I need to know your real
name. What is it?"

Little Ray looked around the room, making sure no one
was listening and, leaning close to the teacher,
whispered in her ear, "I'm Clark Kent."

We smile at a child's innocence and make-believe
world. But in reality some of us, afraid of being
known for who we truly are, have hidden behind a
pretend-mask for so long that we have come to believe
that the role we play is the real us. In doing so, we
fail to realize that the loneliness we struggle with
is caused by our living in a make-believe world,
neither knowing who we are or being known for who we
are. For we can only ever be loved and connected to
other loving people to the degree that we are known.
Masks can't be loved. Only real people can be loved.

Let's learn to be like Nathanial about whom Jesus said
when he first saw him, "Here comes a man in whom there
is nothing false." Or in our language, "Here comes an
honest man."

Suggested prayer, "Dear God, please help me to see any
areas of my life where I am hiding or whatever things
in my life I am hiding from. Help me to be honest with
myself, with you, and with at least one trusted and
loving friend. Help me to be real so I can truly love
and be loved. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 1:47 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
P-A-T Decision Making

"And he [Abraham's servant] said, 'Blessed be the LORD
God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His
mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being
on the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's
brethren.'"1

One of my favorite questions to ask seminar
participants is: "How many have a difficult time
making decisions?"

It's interesting to see how many hands are raised. The
most common reason is a fear of making a wrong
decision. Unfortunately, many opportunities are lost
because of a failure to make a decision--which is
itself a decision; that is, a decision not to make a
decision! That can be a bad decision because, as a
general rule, "Opportunities come to pass--not to
pause."

One man said to me not so long ago, "I don't know
where I'm going [with my life], but I'm in a hurry to
get there." His problem seems to be his fear or
reluctance to make decisions. So at the moment he
appears to be going nowhere fast.

Some times I joke by saying that I wish God was on
e-mail so I could get his leading real fast. Knowing
that is not being realistic, every day I commit and
trust my life and way to God, asking for his guidance
in all that I do, and trust him to guide me and I act
accordingly.

I like what Abraham's servant said when he was sent to
find a bride for Isaac: "I being in the way the Lord
led me."2 That is, as the servant did his part, God
did his.

I can't recall God ever leading me when I sat back and
did nothing. When I trust God and act on the
information I have (as little as that may be), he
always opens the door to the next step--for me it's
usually just one step at a time. Maybe, just maybe, if
I saw God's entire plan ahead of time, I may be too
afraid to take the first step. But I can trust God and
handle one step at a time. When I first thought about
writing a book, it seemed like an impossible task. A
friend suggested I think of writing just one page at a
time. I knew I could handle that. All we need to do is
make the decision to take the first step. As another
has said, "Beginning is half-done."

And as another has suggested, use the PAT method for
making decisions; that is, Pray-Act-Trust!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
insight to discern your leading and step out in faith
trusting you to guide me one step at a time. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 24:27 (NKJV).
2. Genesis 24:27 (KJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
A Unique Way to Pray

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known to God."1

Terry tells how she "was in the habit of praying very
specifically for what she wanted. She told God in
great detail about the kind of job, the kind of
husband, the kind of life that she envisioned for
herself. And Terry was frequently frustrated. But one
day, Terry's friend suggested that she try a different
tack. 'Give God a blank sheet of paper,' the friend
suggested, 'and let God give you his list for your
life.'

"Not long afterwards, Terry went back to
school--something she hadn't anticipated doing. And
she met a wonderful new man, whom she eventually
married. He didn't fit the criteria of her earlier
lists, but he was everything she wanted in a husband.
When Terry turned her life over to God's will, God
provided for her needs in ways she couldn't have
imagined."2

Another excellent way to pray is, taking off on the
famous quote by JFK: "Ask not what God can do for you
but rather, what can you do for God--today?"

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, in light of all that you
have done for me, what can I do for you today? Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV).
2. Terry Fitzgerald Sieck, found in Stories of God's
Abundance for a More Joyful Life (Lancaster, PA:
Starburst Publishers, 1999), pp. 196-198.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Angry at God, Part II

"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son [Jesus]. 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."1

Is it okay to be angry at God? Yes, we said in
yesterdays Daily Encounter, but we need to resolve
angry feelings along with our grief; otherwise, in the
long run, we only hurt ourselves.

Fourth, the question was also asked, is my daughter,
who was killed in a car accident, in heaven with God
even though she had strayed from him for a season?

In addressing this grief-stricken mother, the answer
to her question, "Is my daughter with God in heaven
right now?" is a very understandable question at such
a time. The good news is that none of us gets into
heaven on the basis of what we have or haven't done.
We get into heaven by the grace of God--and on the
basis of what Jesus has done for us in that he died to
pay the penalty for all our sins--and believing and
accepting this. Because your daughter trusted in Jesus
as her Savior, she is safe in heaven and you will see
her again and be together forever.

As today's Scripture assures us, if we have accepted
God's Son, Jesus, as our Savior, we can know that we
know that we know that we and our loved ones who have
also accepted Jesus will be with God in Heaven
forever.

Fifth, getting back to your grief, if you can't seem
to resolve it, I urge you to seek professional
counseling to help you work through your pain. If you
live in North America and would like the name and
phone number of a Christian counselor in your area,
call the Narramore Christian Foundation at
1-800-477-5893 and press 1 for Dianne and she will
help you.

Sixth, every day be sure to commit and trust your life
and way to God no matter how you feel … and keep
telling God exactly how you feel. He knows, he
understands, and he cares. And keep saying out loud in
a private place, "I choose to trust you God … I choose
to trust you God …." When you keep doing this, in time
your feelings will catch up with your choice to trust
in God.

Seventh, give yourself time to heal. Broken arms heal
in six weeks. Broken hearts take much, much longer.

Finally, remember that God is with you no matter what
and he will never leave you or forsake you. Never.
That's his promise to you and to all believers.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the
assurance in that all who have put their trust in you
and have accepted your Son, Jesus, as their savior
will spend eternity in heaven with you. And whenever I
face heartbreaking disappointments, help me to remember
that while these may be allowed by you, they are not
caused by you. And help me always to resolve feelings
of anger and grief and not bottle them up. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 John 5:11-13 (NIV).
2. See Hebrews 13:5.

NOTE: For further help see the article, "Grief and
Loss Recovery" at: http://tinyurl.com/7l5xd.

The book, How to Mend a Broken Heart might also be
very helpful. You can check it out at
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Today's Daily Encounter
Angry at God, Part I

"But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your
name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver
me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded
within me. I fade away like an evening shadow; I am
shaken off like a locust. Help me, O LORD my God; save
me in accordance with your love."1

"Dear Mr. Innes," a Daily Encounter reader writes, "we
lost our daughter in a car accident less than a year
ago. She was only 18 and we are having a difficult
time accepting God's will. I am so very angry at him.
It is a terrifying feeling, like a black hole with no
bottom. Do you have anything that will help us accept
what has happened and let go of the rage and sense of
helplessness? Our daughter was a Christian but had
strayed from God, but she had come back to him and
turned her life around before she was killed. I have
been tormented for months and want to know if she is
in heaven with the Lord."

Dear Norma (name changed), how terribly sad for you
regarding the loss of your daughter. I would be
brokenhearted too. At times like this it is difficult
to know what to say.

First, however, let me say that a lot of things that
happen are not God's will. He has a directive will and
a permissive will. Your daughter's death was in God's
permissive will in that we live in a broken world
where it "rains on the just as well as the unjust."
That is, because we live in a broken world, we all
suffer in this life and won't be freed from suffering
until we get to heaven. While God allows things to
happen, he doesn't cause all of them.

Second, it's okay to be angry at God but it's not okay
to stay angry because that only hurts you. God knows
how you feel so the best thing to do is to tell him
exactly how you feel and get it off your chest. Angry
feelings need to be expressed. If necessary, go to a
private safe place alone in your car. Turn your radio
up loud, wind up your windows and verbalize all those
angry feelings to God in all their intensity. It can
help to do this say for 30 days … for 30 minutes the
first day, 29 minutes the second day, 28 minutes the
third day and so on.

If you don't feel free to verbalize your feelings,
write them out in a letter to God. Then read the
letter back to him day after day until your anger has
dissipated. Then you can either tear the letter up or
burn it as a way of giving up your anger.

Third, grief needs to be sobbed out--sobbed out from
the depths of your being--from your very gut. Tears
are not for resolving anger. They are God's gift to
drain the pain of grief. Keep in mind, too, that
"every unshed tear is a prism through which all of
life's hurts are distorted."

Is your daughter with God in Heaven? See tomorrow's
Daily Encounter for an answer to this question.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that in the
tragedies of life you know, you care, and you
understand. Please help me to understand why bad
things often happen to good people, and lead me to the
help I need to overcome my anger towards you, and to
resolve my grief over the loss of my daughter. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 109:21-23, 26 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Stress Management

"Then Jesus said [to his disciples], 'Let's get away
from the crowds for a while and rest.' There were so
many people coming and going that Jesus and his
apostles didn't even have time to eat."1

I read about a lecturer who, when teaching on stress
management, raised a glass of water and asked the
audience, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Numerous
guesses were suggested.

"What it weighs doesn't matter," the lecturer replied.
"What matters is how long I hold it. If I hold it for a
minute, that's no problem. If I hold it for an hour, my
arm will ache terribly. And if I hold it for a day,
I'll be in real trouble. The longer I hold it the
'heavier' it becomes."

That's true in life. If we keep working without a
break, eventually we will break. And if we keep
carrying a burden that is too heavy to bear without
doing something about it, sooner or later the burden
will break us. Stress needs to be managed--without
which it can become a killer.

Like Jesus and his disciples, there are times when we
need to come apart and rest a while before we come
apart.

Learn to take breaks. Rest a while. Then you will be
able to renew your strength and carry on.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the example
set by Jesus in that we, too, need to take breaks to be
refreshed. Help me to not only hear your advice but
accept and put it into practice. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

For further help read, "Turning Stress into Success"
online at: Turning Stress into Success:
http://tinyurl.com/stress007.

1. Mark 6:31 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
On Evolution

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands."1

Not so long ago a school district here in the United
States was ordered by a judge to remove stickers from
biology text books that said that evolution was a
theory, not a fact.

How interesting in this so-called day of diversity
that we allow evolution to be taught as fact but are
not allowed to teach that there might be another way
to look at life--including Intelligent Design--even if
not God!

Even Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, said a
century and a half ago, "To suppose that the eye with
all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the
focus to different distances, for admitting different
amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical
and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by
natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in
the highest degree."

And as Chuck Colson said, "And Darwin didn't know
nearly as much as we do about the sophistication of
the signal processing from the eye and the nose."3 Not
to mention the miracle of birth and millions of other
miracles that we live with every day of our life. Even
our little dog that is so bright and so loving
absolutely amazes me.

In life we pretty much hear what we want to hear and
turn a deaf ear to what we don't want to hear. We also
see what we want to see and turn a blind eye to what we
don't want to see. Belief is basically the same and not
based on rational thinking. It's based on choice.
Generally speaking, we believe what we want to
believe, what we are most comfortable with, and what
we choose to believe.

True, none of us has ever seen God and many use this
as an excuse not to believe in him. I can't see
electrons either, but every time I turn on my light
switch, I see the evidence of electrons in action. I
can't see radio waves either, or TV signals that come
from satellites, or the wind, but I see and hear the
evidence of their existence continually.

The fact is if we want to "see" God, we will because
the evidence of his existence is everywhere we look.
But if we don't want to see him, we won't.

Again, it is choice, not chance, that not only
determines our belief in God but also our eternal
destiny. So choose wisely. Your life depends on it.
Eternity awaits us all.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open my eyes to
'see' you in all that surrounds me. Give me listening
ears to hear your call when you 'speak' to me. And
give me a willing heart so that I will always choose
to follow you in all that I am and do. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
2. From BreakPoint by Chuck Colson, November 19, 2004.

3. Ibid.

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Living With a Challenge

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects
everything you do."1

A few years ago a dear friend was diagnosed with
cancer. It was not an encouraging diagnosis. In the
months ahead even when she was going through chemo
therapy treatment and was very sick, she always had a
positive outlook and often said, "I'm living with
cancer, not dying of cancer."

Sad to say, in due course the cancer took her.
However, her positive outlook made her final days much
brighter because of her upbeat attitude.

I have a close family member who is bi-polar, which
caused him many struggles in the past. He felt this
was a problem that made life discouraging. My goal was
to encourage him to change his thinking from, "I'm
living with a problem" to "I'm living with a
challenge."

If we change our attitude it can change our life. The
reality is that we eventually become what we think
about. If I keep thinking I have a problem that is
holding me back, I will end up believing this and act
accordingly.

No wonder the Bible teaches us to guard our heart,
which applies to our thinking, our feelings, and our
actions. If my thoughts are constantly negative, my
emotions will become negative, and my actions will be
self-defeating. As the King James Version of the Bible
advises: "Keep your heart with all diligence."

So … if you have a problem--one that you have to live
with--think of it this way, "I'm living with a
challenge … and with God's help I will overcome."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the
principles you teach in your Word. Please help me to
apply them to my life and help me to turn my challenge
into something that will be a blessing and help to
others. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Hell: What Will It Be Like and Who Will Be There?

Warning: Danger Ahead! What if you noticed that a
bridge had collapsed--a bridge that was around a bend
on a high speed highway, the danger of which was out
of sight to oncoming traffic--and you were the first
to notice it? Would you call 911 immediately to send
for urgent help? And would you do everything you could
to warn oncoming motorists of the danger ahead? Or
would you reason that it wasn't your responsibility to
do this, and turn around and be on your way? How cruel,
irresponsible, and murderous that would be!

So what if hell is real and I do absolutely nothing to
warn people of the impending doom ahead? I would not
only be a false witness, I would be an insensitive,
uncaring, unloving self-centered person and,
consequently, would be contributing to the damning of
untold numbers to hell.

When writing on subjects such as hell--considered by
many today as being out of step with the times--I have
been accused of frightening people and told that I
needed to be like Jesus and always be positive. They
forget that Jesus blasted the false teachers of his
day and repeatedly warned people about the impending
dangers of hell, and the tragic consequences ahead for
all who fail to heed God's warnings about the future
life.

So, Is Hell Real?

The only reliable source to answer this question is
God's Word, the Bible, and his Word confirms the
reality of hell repeatedly.1 For one of many instances
his Word says, "And the sea gave up the dead which were
in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which
were in them: and they were judged every man according
to their works. And death and hell were cast into the
lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life [God's book]
was cast into the lake of fire."1

Where Is Hell?

As the Bible doesn't tell us the physical location of
heaven, neither does it tell us the physical location
of hell. What the Bible does teach, however, is that
hell is a literal place of torment of eternal
duration. And of this we can be certain, as heaven is
where God is, hell is where God and his loving
presence aren't, and where Satan, the devil, and his
evil demons are.

What Is Hell Like?

"The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is
described throughout Scripture as 'eternal fire,'2
'unquenchable fire,'3 'shame and everlasting
contempt,'4 a place where 'the fire is not quenched,'5
a place of 'torment' and 'fire,'6 'everlasting
destruction,'7 a place where 'the smoke of torment
rises forever and ever,'8 and a 'lake of burning
sulfur' where the wicked are 'tormented day and night
forever and ever,'9 The punishment of the wicked in
hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous
in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in
hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven.10, 11

Who Will Be in Hell?

Many claim, "If God is a God of love, how could he
ever send anyone to hell?" We need to be clear about
hell in that it was created, not for mankind, but for
Satan, the devil, and his horde of evil demons. In a
real sense it isn't God who sends people to hell. If
we refuse or fail to accept God's pardon for all our
sins, we send ourselves to hell because there is
nowhere else to go after death. The only choices are
either God's heaven or the devil's hell. Keep in mind
that God has provided a way of escape, but it is the
responsibility of each individual to accept God's way
of escape.

Keep in mind that God is a God of absolute holiness
and no sin or evil can ever survive in his presence
any more than a moth can survive in a flame. As
sinners, in God's presence we would be consumed. God
is also a God of perfect justice and, as such, all
sin--the breaking of God's laws--must be judged, the
penalty of which, and the natural consequences
thereof, is spiritual death, which is not the
cessation of life, but being dead to God and eternally
separated from him. If God were not a God of infinite
holiness and perfect justice, he would not be God.

The great news, however, is that God is also a God of
infinite love, and out of his eternal love for
mankind, he gave his only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
to die in our place on a cruel Roman Cross to pay the
just penalty for all our sins. That is, God has made a
way of escape from the devastation of hell for everyone
who accepts his free pardon and his gift of eternal
life.12

So the people in hell are those who have refused or
failed to accept God's full and free pardon. And while
all who are forgiven will spend forever in heaven with
God and his incredible blessings, all who have failed
to acknowledge their sinfulness and accepted God's
pardon will have to accept God's judgment and penalty
for their sins for themselves--which is spiritual
death--and spend eternity in hell with Satan and his
horde of evil spirits.

The critical issue is: in which direction are you
headed? Have you accepted God's forgiveness and are on
your pathway to heaven--or are you headed towards hell
and eternal punishment? To be absolutely certain that
you are on your way to heaven, all you need to do is
to confess your sinfulness to God and accept Jesus as
your Savior and God's pardon. It is as simple as that.


For help here is a suggested prayer: "Dear God, I
admit that I am a sinner and have fallen far short of
your standard. I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son
and that he died on the cross in my place to pay the
penalty of death on my behalf for all my sins. Today,
I invite you, Jesus Christ, to come into my heart and
life as my personal Lord and Savior. Please forgive me
for all my sins and grant to me your gift of eternal
life to be with you for all eternity in heaven. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

If you prayed this prayer and truly meant it, please
let us know by going to www.actsweb.org/decision.php
and we will send you online articles without charge to
help you in your Christian life.

NOTE: For further help read "God's Invitation" at:
http://tinyurl.com/gods-invitation, or "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian, and/or "Passport
for Heaven" at: http://tinyurl.com/passport-heaven.
Whatever you do, don't leave earth without your
passport for heaven. It's available to all who ask for
it and it comes without charge.

1. Revelation 20:13-15 (KJV). 2. Matthew 25:41. 3.
Matthew 3:12. 4. Daniel 12:2. 5. Mark 9:44-49. 6. Luke
16:23-24. 7. 2 Thessalonians 1:9. 8. Revelation
14:10-11. 9. Revelation 20:10. 10. Matthew 25:46. 11.
From gotQuestions.org,
www.gotquestions.org/hell-real-eternal.html. 12. See
John 3:16.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Heaven: What Will It Be Like and Who Will Be There?

As Shakespeare said so eloquently, "There is a tide in
the affairs of men, / Which taken at the flood, leads
on to fortune; / Omitted, all the voyage of their life
/ Is bound in shallows and in miseries." If heaven is
real and the opportunity to gain entrance thereto is
omitted, the consequences for all eternity are
unthinkable. How unwise not to consider its validity?

Is Heaven Real?

In God's Word, the Bible--in the New Testament
alone--there are 276 references to "heaven" and
"heavenly" such as in heavenly places, assuring us
that heaven is as real a place as is earth. The
greatest evidence that we have regarding the validity
of the Bible can be found in the fulfillment of
prophecies written hundreds of years in advance. For
instance, a thousand years B.C. the Bible said that
Christ would come through the family of David.1 Seven
hundred years B.C.., Bethlehem was named by the
prophet Micah as the birthplace of Christ.2 Six
hundred years B.C., the prophet Daniel predicted the
time of Christ's coming.3 All of these predictions
were fulfilled exactly as stated in the Bible. And
hundreds of years before Christ came to earth both
David and Isaiah predicted in specific detail the
sufferings of Christ and the manner of his death.
David, referring to and "speaking for" Jesus Christ,
wrote in the Psalms, "They pierced my hands and my
feet."4 This is precisely what happened when Jesus was
crucified on a Roman cross. For more evidence regarding
the validity of the Bible read, "Is the Bible God's
Word?"*

Where Is Heaven?

The Bible doesn't tell us where heaven is located, but
what it does tell us is that it is where God is, and
that it is the place of God's throne.5 Furthermore, it
is also where Jesus is. As the Bible says, "After the
Lord Jesus had spoken to them [his disciples--
following his resurrection], he was taken up into
heaven and he sat at the right hand of God."6

Heaven is also where Jesus has gone to prepare a place
for his followers. As he promised his disciples, "Do
not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God;
believe also in me. My Father's house [God's home] has
many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you
that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back
and take you to be with me that you also may be where
I am."7

What Will Heaven Be Like?

We cannot even begin to imagine what heaven will be
like apart from a tiny glimpse of the new heaven as
found in God's Word where it says that the "the street
of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass."8
The Bible also says that "no eye has seen, no ear has
heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared
for those who love him."9

Furthermore, in heaven there will be no more death; no
more sorrow; no more crying; no more pain; no more sun
or moon, no abominations,10 and no more hunger, thirst
or heat.11 In other words there will be no more
sickness, sadness, crying, death nor loss of loved
ones or friends, and no more suffering of any kind,
but eternal peace, satisfaction and joy. As King David
wrote: "In Your [God's] presence is fullness of joy; At
Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."12

Most important of all is that a temple will no longer
be needed "because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
[Jesus] are its temple. The city does not need the sun
or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives
it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."13 In other words,
the glory of God will be the very center of heaven for
all existence will radiate from and revolve around
him.14

Who Will Be in Heaven?

As Jesus said, he was going to prepare a place in
heaven for all who believe in him.15 That is, all who
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he
died on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sins,
and in doing so, grants forgiveness and the gift of
eternal life to all who accept him as their personal
Lord and Savior. There are no other grounds for
entering heaven. As Jesus said, "I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me."16

God's Word also says, "But to all who believed him
[Jesus] and accepted him, he gave the right to become
children of God."17 And again, "He who has the Son
[Jesus] has life; he who does not have the Son of God
does not have life. These things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may
know that you have eternal life, and that you may
continue to believe in the name of the Son of God."18

The important thing is that you know that have
received God's forgiveness and his gift of eternal
life by having accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior--and thereby be absolutely certain that you
will be with God in heaven forever.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the promise
in your Word that there is a heaven. Thank you, too,
that right now Jesus is preparing a place there for
all who believe in him, and have accepted your
forgiveness. Please help me to be absolutely certain
that I will go to heaven when my life on earth is
over--or should you return for your true followers
before I die. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

NOTE: For help to be sure you will go to heaven read
"God's Invitation" at:
http://tinyurl.com/gods-invitation, or "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian, and/or "Passport
for Heaven" at: http://tinyurl.com/passport-heaven.
Whatever you do, don't leave earth without your
passport for heaven. It's available to all who ask for
it and it comes without charge.

*"Is the Bible God's Word?" at:
http://tinyurl.com/yulazq.

1. 2 Samuel 7:12-16. 2. Micah 5:2. 3. Daniel 9:25, 26.
4. Psalm 22:16 and Isaiah 53. 5. Acts 7:49. 6. Mark
16:19 (NIV). 7. John 14:1-3 (NIV). 8. See Revelation
21:18-21 (NKJV). 9. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT). 10.
Revelation 21:4, 23, 27; 22:5. 11. Revelation 7:16.
12. Psalm 16:11. 13. Revelation 21:22-23 (NIV). 14.
See also Revelation 7:16-17 (NIV). 15. John 14:1-4.
16. John 14:6 (NIV). 17. John 1:12 (NLT). 18. 1 John
5:12-13 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Pain, Part III: The Enricher of Life

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of
all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so
that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we
will be able to give them the same comfort God has
given us."1

There's something else invaluable about pain. It can
make you more sensitive, more compassionate, more
understanding, and more creative.

Beethoven, for instance, composed one of his greatest
oratorios after he became deaf. John Milton wrote one
of his greatest poems after he became blind. Walter
Scott wrote "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" after he
was kicked by a horse and confined to his house for
many days.

Those who have given the world the most are often
those who have suffered the most. This is because
those who have suffered the most tend to understand
life and people the most.

One of my favorite stories is told about Renoir, the
famous French painter. Apparently, when he was older,
he suffered greatly from arthritis, but he kept
painting anyhow. On one occasion his friend, Matisse,
said to him, "Renoir, why do you keep painting when
you are in so much pain?"

Renoir simply replied, "The pain passes, but the
beauty remains."

When it comes to your pain, if you invest it wisely by
using it to help yourself grow and reach out to nurture
other hurting people, your pain, too, will pass, but
the beauty of what you have done will remain forever.

Remember, it's one thing to hurt. It's another thing
to allow your pain to hurt you. Accept your hurt as an
opportunity to heal, to grow, and to become a more
understanding, sensitive, compassionate, real, and
creative person. It has been costly. Don't waste it.
Invest it wisely in your own growth and in the
enrichment of other people's lives as well.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when pain comes into my
life please help me to hear what you are 'saying to
me' and what you want me to learn through it. Help me
to not waste it but invest it wisely in my own growth
and therein become a more understanding, sensitive,
compassionate, real and creative person. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT).
2. Adapted from How to Mend a Broken Heart, by Dick
Innes. Available from www.actscom.com/store/

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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.

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