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Today's Daily Encounter
Pain, Part I: The Tsunami Effect

"And I [John] heard a loud voice from the throne
[heaven] saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men,
and he will live with them. They will be his people,
and God himself will be with them and be their God. He
will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no
more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old
order of things has passed away.'"1

Daily the news media continues to report more and more
tragedies such as earthquakes (think of the recent
Japanese massive earthquake and the warning of
tsunamis that could affect 50 countries; devastating
fires; floods; despicable acts of terrorism; child
abuse; the murder and rape of Christians by religious
fanatics who despise Christianity.

Over and over we hear tragic stories about thousands
of families being torn apart--grieving children losing
parents; heartbroken parents losing children; homes
totally destroyed; and despicable evil including
criminals kidnapping orphaned children for their
loathsome sex trade business.

Where is God at times like this? If we say God has
nothing to do with these events, we will be seen as
people who believe in a sadistic God who doesn't care.
If we say that God causes or even allows such
tragedies, again we will be criticized as believing in
a God who doesn't care.

The fact is that God created mankind with a free will
to choose whichever way he wanted to go. Tragically
man chose to disregard God and go his own sinful way.
Subsequently, we now live in a world that has been
broken by sin and that by sinful mankind. Thus a more
realistic question to ask is not, "Where is God," but
"Where is man?" When mankind sinned, he left and
separated us from God and in so doing divorced mankind
from God's protection. When we leave God and go our own
way (believing that we know better than God), we suffer
the natural consequences. This happens at an individual
level, a national level, and a world-wide level.

For just one example, the more that God's Word and
Christian beliefs have been attacked and abandoned in
the U.S.A., the greater has been the moral decline and
the increase of national problems. This, too, has
happened and will continue to happen worldwide as long
as we are living in a world that is plagued by evil. In
fact, according to God's Word, tragedies will continue
and intensify until Jesus Christ returns and rules and
reigns on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.1

However, because of God's love he has made a way of
escape by giving his Son, Jesus, to die for our sins
and offer us the gift of forgiveness and eternal life
to be with him forever where "He will wipe every tear
from their eyes. There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of
things has passed away."1 But this is not going to
happen until Jesus returns to earth as he promised he
would.2

The good news is that Jesus is coming again and will
clean up the mess this world is in and in time will
create a new heaven and a new earth. The critical
issue for every individual is, "Are you ready for
Jesus Christ's return?" While we may never fully
understand the circumstances of life until Christ
returns, whatever you do be sure to accept God's
forgiveness and his invitation to eternal life. For
help to do this click on:
http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
made a way of deliverance from this world of evil and
evil's consequences by giving your Son, Jesus, to die
for my sins and making forgiveness and eternal life to
be with you and your protection forever. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV).
2. John 14:1-3.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Pain, Part II: The Great Motivator

"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes
your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when
your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to
grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character and ready
for anything."1

Yesterday we noted that all pain is caused by the fact
that we live in a broken, sinful world and pain will
not be a thing of the past until the Lord Jesus
returns and ends all pain for his true followers. In
the meantime how do we live with personal pain?

Not so long ago a friend was in our home. She recently
learned that she has cancer; she is only in her mid
30s. The same week we learned than one of the pastoral
staff from our church just discovered that she, too,
had cancer. And in fact, earlier this year we found
out that Joy, my wife, had breast cancer and needed a
mastectomy. So many Daily Encounter readers write and
share their heart-breaking situations. The big
question most of us ask at times such as these is,
"Where is God when it hurts?"

I don't want to sound over-simplistic, and I certainly
don't claim to have all the answers, but for one thing
pain is nature's way of letting us know that something
is wrong and needs attention. It is a self-protective
device. When a bone breaks, it hurts, If it didn't
hurt, chances are we wouldn't take proper care of it
and it wouldn't heal properly.

Without pain, life would be extremely hazardous. For
instance, the first symptom of high cholesterol, which
of itself causes no pain, can be sudden death by a
heart attack. One of the dangers of leprosy is the
loss of feeling and pain. A person with this disease
hurts his foot, but because he feels no pain, he has
nothing to remind him to protect his wounded limb. He
hurts it again. And again. Still there's no pain.
Eventually he loses his foot.

Thank God for this kind of pain. It's an impelling
force to motivate us to take proper care of ourselves
when we are hurting. It is also one of the most
effective motivators (and perhaps the only motivator)
to cause us to look at ourselves and deal with our
personal problems, resolve our past, and grow in
maturity. One of the worst things we can do with our
pain is to ignore or deny it, and run from it. We need
to accept and invest it; first in our own growth and
maturity and then in supporting others who are going
through the same or similar experiences.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to
understand the purpose of pain in my life and realize
that you want to use it to help me grow and become a
better person while Satan wants to use it to
discourage me and make me bitter. Help me to choose
the higher road and therein become a healthier and
more mature person as well as an encourager of others
who are experiencing pain. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

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

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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Sep 2011, 10:28 am

Today's Daily Encounter
Be a Responsibility Thinker

"The man said, 'The woman you put here with me--she
gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.' Then
the LORD God said to the woman, 'What is this you have
done?' The woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I
ate.'"1

I'd had a busy weekend and had barely arrived home
late one Sunday night when my telephone rang. "Is it
convenient for you to talk now?" an all too familiar
voice asked.

"I'm afraid it's not," I replied. "I'm exhausted and
need to get to bed." Can you call me in the morning?"

But the man didn't stop talking. He began to pour out
a tale of doom and gloom. He'd already called me
several times and once again was telling me how badly
his parents were treating him. He blamed them for all
his problems--even though he was a grown man.

Finally I interrupted and said, "Peter, what your
parents have done may be terrible, but as long as you
keep blaming them or anybody else for your reactions
and the difficulties you are having, you will never
get better. I know you want them to change, but you
can't do that. If you try to, chances are they will
only get madder at you. The only person anyone of us
can ever change is our self--and as we change, those
around us are almost forced to change (not always for
the best however). Some people don't want us to change
because they want someone to "beat up on" as it were,
or gripe about, or to pamper or parent them, or
whatever. However, now that we are adults let us never
forget that parents or others only do negative things
to us if we allow them to.

Admittedly, Peter's case was somewhat extreme, but it
does illustrate a very common relationship problem. In
a more subtle but just as real way, this is seen in a
friend's marriage which is in trouble and the husband
writes and asks me to pray for his wife. "She really
needs prayer for her problem," he says, but says
nothing about his problems!

Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been avoiding
personal responsibility and blaming someone else for
their problems. So, if I could impart to all people
only one truth that has the power to transform their
life, it would be this: You are responsible for your
reactions, your over-reactions, for what you feel, for
what you think, and for what you do. Always in all
ways!

True, we weren't responsible for our upbringing and
many things that happened to us in the past, but as
adults we are now totally responsible for what we do
about resolving our past, for what we do about our
problems, to our reaction to them, and for what we
become and for what we do with our life.

As I often say, God will give us wisdom, guidance and
direction if we truly want it, but he won't do for us
what we can and need to do for ourselves. If he did,
he would be keeping us over-dependent and immature.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to
be honest with myself and with you, quit blaming
others for my responses and my problems, and always be
personally responsible for both my actions and
reactions in all situations. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Genesis 3:12-13 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Friendship

"A man who has friends must himself be friendly."1

The North American Indians had no written language
before they met the white man. Their language,
however, was far from primitive. Many of the Indians
had as many words in their vocabulary as their English
and French exploiters. Some of their words were much
more picturesque, too. For example, "friend" to the
Indians was "one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back."

Every one of us needs at least one trusted Indian-type
friend with whom we can share our deepest sorrows and
disappointments. We all need a helping hand and a
listening ear when we're going through difficult
times; a shoulder to cry on when we are hurting,
loving arms to hug us when we are lonely, and a good
friend to laugh with us when we are happy.

Choose friends who are encouragers. Avoid as far as
possible friends who are negative--and those "who are
cursed with the affliction to give advice" when it is
neither asked for nor wanted. They're not your
friends. They will drain you. Being loving doesn't
mean that we let people walk over us. Being "as Jesus"
to people often requires tough love which, when
necessary, is the most loving thing to do.

And most important of all … be an Indian-type friend!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be an
Indian-type friend to others and at the same time not
allow others to walk over me. Give me the wisdom to
know when to exercise tough love and the courage to do
this when called for--but always in the Spirit and love
of Jesus. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Blame Game Projection

"Jesus said, '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? How can you say to your
brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when
all the time there is a plank in your own eye?'"1

A rather humorous thing happened to me recently. I
received an email from a somewhat irate subscriber
informing me that he wanted me to stop sending him
duplicate copies of Daily Encounter. The interesting
thing was that I received a duplicate copy of his
message to me! I wonder whose computer had the glitch.

Criticism is par for the course in the work I do.
Constructive criticism I appreciate. If it's fair, I
consider it, thank the sender, and often make changes
accordingly.

It's amazing how many subscribers blame me because
they can't get Daily Encounter or get angry at me
because they can't unsubscribe. Most of the time,
however (not always), it's because of a spam blocker
with their server or computer that blocks their
receiving Daily Encounter. Or when they can't
unsubscribe, it's often because they are trying to
unsubscribe the wrong email address. I always politely
explain the cause of the problem, but rarely--if
ever--do any of these subscribers apologize for
blaming me for their problem.

On one occasion I got cursed out by an angry
"subscriber" calling me among other things an
"expletive deleted" blithering idiot for subscribing
him. Interestingly enough I recognized the email
address. It was that of a friend of this complainer
who subscribed using his office email address and
someone else opened the email. I couldn't resist
telling this man that the person whom he was calling a
"blithering idiot" who subscribed this address was one
of his workmates.

It sure is easy to project the blame for our mistakes
onto someone else. I've been guilty of doing the same
thing myself. I try not to do this, but when I do, I
always apologize when I realize it is my error. By way
of interest, angry people are notorious for projecting
the blame onto the people around them for the problems
they themselves have caused.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see
when I am in the wrong and be quick to admit it, and
apologize for it when I blame someone else for it.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

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

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Today's Daily Encounter
Use It or Lose It

"Through love serve one another."1

I have read how "the Roman Aqueduct at Segovia, Spain
was built in A.D.109. For eighteen hundred years it
carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and
thirsty city. Nearly sixty generations of men drank
from its flow. Then came another generation, a recent
one, who said, 'This aqueduct is so great a marvel
that it ought to be preserved for our children as a
museum piece. We shall relieve it of its
centuries-long labor.' They did and they ruined it.
They laid modern iron pipes to carry the water. They
gave the ancient bricks and mortar a rest. And the
aqueduct began to fall apart. The sun beating on the
dry mortar caused it to crumble. The bricks and stone
sagged and threatened to fall."2

The same principle applies to one's personal and
family life, to his business, and/or to his or her
church. When the Roman Aqueduct stopped serving
others, it slowly fell apart. When a business or a
church stops serving others, it too begins to fall
apart. When family members ignore family
responsibilities, the family rapidly falls apart. And
as individuals when we stop using our God-given
gifts--both natural and spiritual gifts--and fail to
fulfill our God-given life purpose, little by little,
what we once had in golden opportunities to serve we
lose.

It's an old adage but there's a lot of truth in it: If
you don't use it, you will lose it!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to use the
gifts and talents you have given me to serve you by
serving others in the endless opportunities you give
me every day. Grant that when I come to the end of
life's journey I won't be among those who have nothing
but 'dry bricks' to offer you. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Galatians 5:13 (NKJV).
2. Cited on KneEmail #774,
http://www.forthright.net/kneemail/

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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Sep 2011, 1:10 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Praying for a Life Partner, Etc.

"If we ask anything according to God's will, he hears
us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we
ask, we know that we have the request which we have
asked from him."1

"Please help me," a Daily Encounter reader asks. "Is
it okay to ask God to send me a special
someone/companion to share my life? And how will I
know that God has sent this person?"

You can ask God for every desire of your heart as long
as it is in harmony with his will. He hears all sincere
prayers and answers them--not always in the way we want
them to be answered, but always in the way that is best
for us.

However, to be attracted to and find a healthy, mature
adult we need to be a healthy mature adult our self. So
the key is learning to pray the right prayer; rather
than asking God to send you or lead you to the right
partner, you need to ask God first and foremost to
help you become the right partner.

The fact is that only healthy, happy, mature people
find healthy, happy, and mature partners. If an
immature, unhealthy, self-centered person asks God for
a life partner, will God lead them to a healthy and
mature person? Not likely. And yet I see people
expecting God to do this sort of thing all the time.

In our Western culture at least, romantically we are
basically attracted to a partner where our neuroses
(unresolved personal issues) mesh and we call it love
or falling in love. Often it's pure passion and/or
need. This can lead to real love, but the problem with
falling in love is that once the passion subsides, if
we don't have anything deeper, instead of growing in
love we'll fall out of love.

So the important way to pray is to ask God to help you
grow in maturity and that he will then lead you to a
healthy, mature person. Furthermore, to grow in
maturity takes strong commitment and hard work on our
part. There's no such thing as instant maturity.

And how will you know this person you want to marry is
God's choice? First, realize that the choice is yours.
God will give you wisdom and direction if you truly
want it, but he won't make your choices for you.
That's your responsibility because God isn't
codependent. And how will you know this person and you
are right or best for each other? To discover this I
urge couples to seek not only God's direction in
prayer, but also wise competent Christian counseling
where, besides intense counseling, both partners are
given psychological tests before they ever say, "I
do." This is using your head as well as your heart in
one of life's most important and critical decisions.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please lead me by your
Holy Spirit to see any areas of immaturity in my life
that I need to resolve. Help me to find the help I
need to overcome any such issues. And then please give
me wisdom and direction in finding a healthy and mature
life partner (and/or good friends). Furthermore, teach
me to always pray the right prayers, ones that are
based on truth and reality, and are in harmony with
your will. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: For further help, read "How to Get Prayer
Answered." Click on:
http://www.actsweb.org/faith_prayer_answer1.htm.

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

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Today's Daily Encounter
Sunk in a Sinkhole

"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. Note that "what the mind dwells on the body acts
on," so when temptation knocks on our door, the best
defense is to change our thinking. To do this
immediately, pray, "Help, Jesus, help," and say over
and over, "Jesus Christ is Lord," until the tempting
thoughts are wiped out.

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

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, may I never forget that
I, like David, am just as open and vulnerable 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
Effective Communication

"If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will
get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you
speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will
anyone know what you are saying? You will just be
speaking into the air."1

A seminary student turned in his copy of a sermon he
had written to his preaching professor for grading. At
a later conference the professor told the student how
impressed he was with his sermon, how well it was
written but that he was giving him a D. Confused the
student asked, "Why a D if it's as good as you say it
is?"

"It's because of your title," the professor remarked.
"Nobody will want to hear a sermon entitled: 'The
Pericopes of Jesus in Relationship to the Eschatology
of the Apostle Paul.' I tell you what I'll do. You see
if you can come up with a better sermon title and I'll
reconsider the grade. What you want is a title that
will reach out and grab people by the heart. Imagine
that title on the sign in front of a church making
such an impact that if a bus stopped in front of the
church and the people on the bus saw the sign, it
would be so powerful it would motivate them to
immediately get off the bus and run into the church."

The student said that he would give it his best shot
and returned with the title, "Your bus has a bomb on
it!"2

Whew … from one extreme to another. When seeking to be
a witness for Jesus, the words we say (or don't say)
are very important; but of far greater importance and
impact is the message that comes from our heart, which
is an expression of who we are. This message speaks so
much louder than what we say. "People don't care how
much we know but rather how much do we care?" Do we
communicate the love of Jesus? If not, our words, no
matter how eloquent, may have a boomerang effect and
do more to drive people away from Jesus rather than
draw them to him.

As another has wisely said, "To win some we need to be
winsome."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a genuine
love for the lost and help me to always communicate
your love in some way to every life I touch. And as
opportunity arises give me the right words to say at
the right time in the right manner so that my life and
witness will always draw people to you and never drive
them away. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 14:8-9 (NIV).
2. Adapted from Illustrations Unlimited. Edited by
James S. Hewett 1988. Cited in Encounter magazine,
December '04-January '05, Australian edition.

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Today's Daily Encounter
The Human "Face" of God

"Then, leaving her water jar, the [Samaritan] woman
went back to the town and said to the people, 'Come,
see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could
this be the Christ?'"1

In the Australian edition of Encounter magazine Ivor
Bailey wrote how Trinity College in Cambridge,
England, has a long-held tradition of sending students
to the slums of South London. At the parish of
Camberwell the students sleep in the parish hall and
spend a week each year working among the parishioners.

Some years ago a student was helping do some home
repairs when the occupant, a bed-ridden elderly lady,
asked him if anyone had ever told him that he bore a
remarkable likeness to Prince Charles. "Spitting image
of him you are," she said. The student replied, quite
truthfully, that no one had ever told him that before.
"Strange," she replied, "even with my poor eyes you
look just like him." To her dying day she probably
never realized that her drains were being cleaned by
the heir to the throne of England [Prince Charles].2

Some 2,000 years ago the King of kings came into the
world as a baby and most of the people of his day,
including the religious leaders, never recognized him
as the long-promised Messiah because he didn't fit the
role of what they expected. However, there were those
who did see him for who he was. Even the loose-living
woman, whom Jesus ministered to at the well in
Samaria, was so impressed with the fact that Jesus
accepted her that she ran back to her community and
shared how this stranger ministered to her and she
asked, "Could this be the Christ?"

How sad and how tragic when we don't recognize Jesus
for who he is and for the gift of salvation and
eternal life he has for all who come to him.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, though I cannot see you
with my physical eyes, please open the eyes of my
understanding so that I recognize you for who you
truly are and always be aware of the leading of your
Spirit in every area of my life. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. John 4:28-29 (NIV).
2. Ivor Bailey, Encounter, December '04-January '05, p
15. ACTS International, Australia.
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Today's Daily Encounter
The Light of the World Is

Jesus said, "Neither do people light a lamp and put it
under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it
gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way,
let your light shine before men, that they may see your
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."1

Michael Josephson, founder of Character Counts, shares
how, "during my idealistic youth I attended an event in
a large stadium. Everyone was given an unlit candle.
Later, a speaker talked about the power of one person
with an enlightened message. He also had a candle and
a single match. He lit his candle and walked over to
two people in the stands and with his candle he lit
theirs and asked each of them to just light two other
candles. Within a few minutes, everyone's candle was
lit and the entire stadium glowed.

"It was the most powerful visual metaphor I've ever
experienced. First of all, thousands of candles were
lit by a single tiny flame. What's more, while the
flame was passed on and on, each flame continued to
burn with undiminished light. The speed with which the
light and warmth of that single flame spread to
everyone in the stadium was literally awe-inspiring."2

In this day of increasing darkness caused by so much
evil, terrorism, and turning from God there is an
urgent need for every Christian to let his/her light
shine. As we used to sing as kids in Sunday school:
"This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine
… Hide it under a bushel, NO! I'm going to let it
shine … Don't let Satan puff it out … I'm going to let
it shine, let it shine, let it shine."

The only way we are going to make an impact on the
world in which we live is to let our light shine. Our
words may be eloquent, our speeches inspiring, our
writing powerful, but unless people see and/or sense
Jesus and God's love within us, we are not going to
impact anyone.

Remember, too, that all the darkness in the world
cannot put out or diminish the light of one small
candle. And while Jesus is the Light of the World,3 we
are his "lesser lights" and need to be reflectors of
his light.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available today,
please help me to reflect your light--the Light of the
World--and to be as Jesus to every life I touch and
grant that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want him for
themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV).
2. Michael Josephson, "The Power of a Single Flame"
Character Counts 387.5 www.charactercounts.org.
3. John 8:12.

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Is Unbelief an Intellectual Issue?

"Now, therefore, fear [reverence] the LORD and serve
Him in sincerity and truth…. If it is disagreeable in
your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves
today whom you will serve … but as for me and my
house, we will serve the LORD."1

"I don't believe in God," say some, "because to do so
means committing intellectual suicide." Really?

There is nothing wrong with having honest doubts about
God, asking intelligent questions, and examining
evidence. This is good for one's growth. Furthermore,
most of us struggle with doubts from time to time. I
certainly do. And there are many things I don't
understand and probably won't be able to this side of
heaven. However, is belief in God an intellectual
issue?

Partially yes, but I wonder if it's not more a moral
issue. For example, if I choose to believe in God, I
know that I am morally responsible and accountable for
my life and actions. This is a demanding path to choose
and follow. If, on the other hand, I choose not to
believe in God, I don't have to follow his directives.
I then deceive myself into thinking that I am not
responsible for my life and actions and am only
accountable to myself. This way I can live and do as I
please--a very easy path to follow. This, however, is
not only self-deceptive but also ultimately
self-destructive. For as God's Word clearly states, in
the end "we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ," 2 and again, "And as it is appointed for men
to die once, but after this the judgment."3

And, by the way, if I say I believe in God but
disregard his directives, do I really believe in God?
Belief may have many facets but one thing is certain,
it is also a moral issue and a moral choice. And it's
not what we say that counts, but what we do.

Furthermore, choice needs to be based not on emotion
but on an act of one's will. As another has wisely
said, "A man convinced against his will is of the same
opinion still."

Remember too, "It is choice, not chance that
determines destiny." This includes our eternal
destiny. And as Joshua said to the ancient Israelites,
"Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of
my understanding so that I can see my true motives in
all the choices I make. Help me to see truth from your
perspective and give me the wisdom and courage to
choose your way and not my own. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

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1. Joshua 24:14-16 (NIV).
2. 2 Corinthians 5:10.
3. Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Let God Be God

"In the beginning God."1

In response to the Daily Encounters on "Do Good People
Go to Heaven?" I received many responses. Most were
positive and as expected, some disagreeable. On the
positive side, in those two days we received 90
salvation responses. On the negative side, we lost a
bunch of subscribers, which always happens when I
write on "touchy topics" as I like to call them.
However, what was most disconcerting was those who
claimed that because God was a God of love all good
people will go to heaven.

What is alarming is not that people disagreed with me,
for my word isn't of any more value than anybody
else's. Disagreement is a good thing and helps keep me
on my toes. The problem is when people disagree with
what God has clearly said in his Word and what Jesus,
the Son of God, said when he was here on earth. What I
have to say is of little consequence but what God has
to say is of ultimate and eternal consequence.

Herein lies the danger of disagreeing with God. When
we do this, we put ourselves above the God of all
creation and make ourselves the judge of God as to
whether he is telling the truth or not. When we claim
that what God has said is not the truth we are
implying that God is a liar. And who are we to judge
God, the Creator of you and me and the entire
universe?

I may not understand why God says what he says or does
what he does. That is acceptable, but to put myself
above God and become the judge of him is, in essence,
making myself god. Instead of God having the ultimate
voice of authority, I usurp his position and make
myself the ultimate voice of authority. That's about
the equivalent of an ant telling a man that it knows
better than the man--and even this is a hopelessly
inadequate comparison. To put myself and my word above
God and his word is the ultimate in pride,
self-delusion, and absurdity.

What is even more alarming is that putting myself
above God is the essence of sin. When man was tested
in the Garden of Eden (whether this is literal or
symbolic is beside the point in this context), God
told man one thing. Satan came along and told him the
opposite. Man then made himself the judge of who was
correct. In doing so he elevated himself above God and
made himself the judge of God. The tragic consequence
was that man chose to disregard God's directive and go
his own way. This is how sin entered the human race and
is the very nature of sin. What many don't understand
is that sin is rebelling against God and his
directives and in essence making ourselves god. Acts
of sin are the outcome. To put it another way, we are
not sinners because we sin but rather, we sin because
we are sinners.

The only sensible and safe way to go is to let God be
God and adhere to his directives. To do otherwise is
not only the sin of pride (I know better than God) but
the pathway to ultimate disaster and eternal damnation
in hell which is eternal separation from God and all
loving life.

Remember, "In the beginning God." He will also have
the final word in the end. Years ago Nietzsche said,
"God is dead." Today God says, "Nietzsche is dead."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the sin of pride and making myself the ultimate voice
of authority, and always lead me on the path of
truth--your truth as found in your Word, the Bible.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 1:1.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Do Good People Go to Heaven? Part II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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clicking on: MY DECISION and we will send you the web
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spiritual life.

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1. John 3:3(NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Do Good People Go to Heaven? Part I

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

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

A Daily Encounter reader asks, "My aunts are of a
non-Christian faith and have been good persons all
their lives. They are elderly and I'd like to believe
that they will be in Heaven. I talked to God about
this yesterday. He did not speak directly back to me,
but I felt that they would. God is a good and
understanding God, and although not all of his
children are believers, I think he will use his
judgment when it comes to the end times as to who is,
and who is not allowed in Heaven."

Dear Friend: Thank you for your email and for your
concern about your aunts. First, however, the only way
to know and understand God's plan for salvation and who
qualifies for heaven is to know what his Word--the
Bible--teaches, for God never acts contrary to his
Word. Never. Furthermore, the issue is never what we
feel or think but always based on what God says in his
Word.

Second, sad to say no matter how good we are, our
goodness doesn't qualify us for God's heaven. None of
us is sinless no matter how good we are and because
God is a God of absolute holiness, no sin or sinner
can ever survive in his presence any more than a moth
can survive in a flame. It just isn't possible.

Third, God is also a God of absolute justice and
therefore all sinners--no matter how small--must be
judged, otherwise God wouldn't be God. Because God IS
God, the just judgment of all sin is death; that is,
spiritual death which is actually eternal separation
from a holy and just God in the place the Bible calls
hell, whatever and wherever that may be.

Fourth, fortunately, God is also a God of absolute
love. That's why he sent his Son Jesus to die in our
place on the cross to pay the just penalty for all of
our sins. If being good, religious, sincere, or being
anything else could have qualified us for getting into
God's heaven, Jesus would never have had to come to
earth to die for our sins.

Fifth, to enter God's heaven we have to be saved or
delivered from sin's consequences. That is, we need to
be totally forgiven by God and cleansed from our
sinfulness. All we need to do is: (1) believe that
Jesus is the Son of God, (2) that he died in our place
on the cross to pay the just penalty for our sins, (3)
repent of [turn from] and confess our sinfulness to
God and, (4) ask God for his forgiveness and accept
and invite Jesus into our heart and life as our
Savior.

For help to do this click on:
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To be continued.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
made it very clear in your Word, the Bible, what we
need to do to have our sins forgiven and how we can
become qualified for entering your heaven. And thank
you for your love in giving your Son, Jesus, to die
for my sins and making forgiveness and eternal life in
heaven possible. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 14:6(NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Aussie Boy's Sacrifice

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life
for one's friends."1

A headline in NYDailyNews.com reads, "Australian flood
hero: Teen boy [Jordan] sacrifices life so that his
younger brother could be rescued." In the following
article, Staff Writer, Sean Alfano, reports:

A teenage boy heroically sacrificed his life so that
his younger brother could survive after floodwaters
ravaged their Australian hometown. Jordan Rice, 13,
alerted a truck driver to his mother, Donna, and
10-year-old brother, Blake, who were clinging to a
tree in Toowoomba, where a 26-foot torrent of water
blasted through the city, killing nearly 10 people on
Monday.

The driver [Warren McErlean] tried to help Jordan, who
couldn't swim, first, but the teen told the man to
rescue Blake instead.

Kyle Rice, the boys' 16-year-old brother, who was not
with the family at the time, said Jordan would do
anything for his family. "Courage kicked in and he
would rather his little brother live," he said.

McErlean was able to rescue Blake, but when he went
back to get the mother and older son, both had been
swept to their deaths by the current."2

We can't help but greatly appreciate what Jordan did
in order to save his brother. And what a graphic
reminder this is of God's great love for you and me
when he gave his Son, Jesus, to die in our place on
the cruel Roman cross to pay the penalty for all of
your sins and mine.

As God's Word, the Bible, says, "Very rarely will
anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good
person someone might possibly dare to die. But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us."3

Dear Reader, if you have never confessed your
sinfulness to God and accepted his forgiveness and
eternal life, I urge you to do this today while you
have the opportunity. For help, please click on the
Know God link below.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank you
enough for giving your Son, Jesus, to die in my place
to save me from the penalty of all my sins? And Lord
Jesus because of your great love in giving your life
to save me, please help me to always live for you and
help bring others to you for your forgiveness and gift
of eternal life. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 15:13 (NLT).
2. Source: http://tinyurl.com/6c499l3
3. Romans 5:7-8 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Be Prepared: The Rapture Is Coming

"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man
[Jesus] will come [again] at an hour when you do not
expect him."1

When one of my nephews was only five, he heard me
talking about Christmas being the time when we
celebrate Jesus Christ's coming to earth. He wanted to
know if Jesus would come back to earth again. I assured
him that Jesus promised that he would come back again.2

According to Bible scholars the return of, or second
coming of, Jesus Christ is called the Rapture which
comes from the Latin word "Rapare" which means to take
away or to snatch out.

Following Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, he was
"snatched away" and taken up to heaven. While Jesus'
disciples were standing there looking up in amazement,
two angels appeared to them and said: "Men of Galilee,
why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same
Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will
come back in the same way you have seen him go into
heaven."3

Jesus' first coming to earth 2000 years ago is an
undeniable fact of history. His second coming is just
as certain. The critical issue is to be ready for
Christ's return. According to God's Word here's what
will take place at the rapture: "For the Lord himself
will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with
the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call
of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After
that, we [true followers of Jesus] who are still alive
and are left will be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will
be with the Lord forever."4

Jesus is coming again just as he went. It could be
today. He said that he would come at an hour when we
do not expect him.5

To be absolutely sure you are ready for the rapture be
sure to accept God's invitation for forgiveness and his
gift of eternal life. To do so click on the "God's
Invitation" button below or for further help click on
the "Know God" button or on: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, again I thank you for the
promise of Christ's return. Thank you for your great
salvation and the promise of a home in Heaven for all
who believe in and have accepted you as their Savior.
Help me to be sure I am ready today for Christ's
return by having repented of my sins, asked for and
accepted your forgiveness and received Jesus as my
Savior. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 24:44(NIV).
2. See John 14:3.
3. Acts 1:11 (NIV).
4. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV).
5. See Matthew 24:44.

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Today's Daily Encounter
The World's Greatest Treasure

I recall hearing how the Duke of Norfolk once sent a
priceless family treasure to the King of England as an
expression of his love and esteem. It was the Portland
Vase, a rare antique which had been handed down for
generations. Wanting to share this treasure with the
nation, the King had the vase placed in the British
Museum.

Sometime later came disaster. In the Duke's own realm
his chief servant plotted to overthrow the Duke and
take his place. He was subsequently caught and
dismissed.

Eaten up with resentment, the servant vowed to get
even with the Duke. Remembering the Duke's priceless
gift to the King of England, he went to the British
Museum in London to find it. When no one was in sight,
he climbed over the barrier, picked up this priceless
treasure and smashed it into a thousand pieces.

"Save every piece," the King said when hearing of the
tragedy. "This is my most treasured gift. We'll search
for someone who can repair it no matter what the cost."
Eventually, a man was found who, with painstaking
skill, sorted each broken fragment, and meticulously
placed it back where it belonged.

Though I cannot vouch for its authenticity, this story
offers a graphic illustration of God's dealing with
mankind. Biblical accounts tell of an angel who lived
in heaven. Second only to God, he was brilliant,
beautiful, and majestic. His name was Lucifer, son of
the morning. He, too, had a problem with pride.
Plotting to overthrow God, he said, "I will ascend
into heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of
God; I will set enthroned on the mount of assembly, on
the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will make
myself like the Most High."1

Lucifer, now identified as Satan, the Devil, was
caught and dismissed from his pinnacle of power and
cast out of heaven.2 Filled with bitter resentment, he
was determined to strike back at God. This is when he
changed to a being filled with evil and determined to
destroy the apex of God's creation--mankind. He did
this by causing mankind to sin and consequently be
separated from a God of purity and holiness--in whose
presence no sinner could ever survive.

But because God is also a God of infinite love he sent
his Son, Jesus, to save broken humanity by dying on the
cross to pay the penalty for your sins and mine, so we
could be freely forgiven and placed back into God's
"masterpiece" of creation.

When Jesus healed all the sick who came to him, and
forgave the prostitute, the thief, the despised tax
collector and all who asked for forgiveness, he was
picking up the broken pieces of his creation and
lovingly placing them back into God's master design.
All were of infinite value to him.

And when God found me, another piece of broken
humanity--a fallen, lost sinner--he picked me up,
forgave my sin, healed my spirit, and placed me back
into his great plan. Today, Christ the Savior is still
seeking the lost and calling young and old alike
everywhere to come to him for forgiveness, to receive
his gift of eternal life, and to be placed back into
his divine plan. "Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened," Jesus said, "and I will give you
rest."3

Christ's invitation includes you too, dear reader.
Today he is calling you to come to him for
forgiveness, wholeness and the gift of eternal life.
This indeed is the world's greatest treasure.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you gave
your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to save me from
the consequences of my sins and to forgive me, and
thereby place me back into your master plan for my
life. I confess that I am a sinner and, believing that
your Son, Jesus, died to pay the penalty for all my
sins, I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Please
help me to become the person you want me to be and
always live to faithfully serve you. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

If you prayed this prayer and genuinely meant it,
please go to www.actsweb.org/decision.php to let us
know and we will send you a free copy of the
eBrochure, "How to Grow."

Note: For this complete article and more help go to:
http://tinyurl.com/greatest-treasure. This website
includes a photo of the Portland Vase.

1. Isaiah 14:13-14 (NIV).
2. Isaiah 14:12,15.
3. Matthew 11:28(NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
To Judge or Not to Judge

Jesus said, "Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive,
and you will be forgiven."1

As you can well imagine we receive a constant flow of
emails in response to Daily Encounter. Most of the
responses are very encouraging and appreciated.
However, we do receive our share of negative
criticisms especially when I write on controversial
topics. What is somewhat amusing is that when I
criticize something that I believe is wrong, I get
criticized by those telling me I shouldn't criticize
or judge others.

Fred (not his real name) recently wrote to me saying,
"We Christians are not to judge but to teach love,
honor, respect and forgiveness. We believe in God and
they believe in their religion. Whatever our and their
beliefs are, we are all children of God. The question
is, what would Jesus do?"

I especially appreciate Fred's last question about
"what would Jesus do?" In Jesus day when the money
changers were misusing the temple, Jesus took a whip
with him into the temple and drove the money changers
out. And when it came to the hypocrisy of the
religious Pharisees, Jesus severely condemned them
saying,

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you
hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look
beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of
the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the
same way, on the outside you appear to people as
righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy
and wickedness.… You snakes! You brood of vipers! How
will you escape being condemned to hell?"2

Jesus was not soft on evil doers. He didn't mince
words and knew exactly how and when to exercise tough
love. We, too, need to take a stand against all evil.

Yes, it is true that God's Word says that we are not
to judge others, but it also says we are to judge all
things.3 This means that we are not to be judgmental
as persons; that is, not to be a negative, critical
person looking for the faults in others. When we do
this, it is usually because we are projecting our own
unresolved issues onto others. But we are also told in
the Bible that while we are to love others, we are to
judge wrong and sinful actions--and take a strong
stand against these things.4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
insight to know--and the courage to stand for--what
you are for and what you are against, and to do this
in a spirit of love and not in a negative judgmental
attitude. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 6:37 (NIV).
2. Matthew 23:27-28,33 (NIV).
3. 1 Corinthians 2:15(NKJV).
4. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV).

Suggestion: To have a part in standing for what is
right you may want to read and sign the Manhatten
Declaration at:
http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/home.aspx. Or for
Australians there is the Canberra Declaration at:
http://www.canberradeclaration.org.au/.

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Today's Daily Encounter
God's Good News

"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the
power of God for the salvation of everyone who
believes."1

The word "gospel" means good news--it is the greatest
news in all the world--it is the Good News of God's
salvation, without which mankind would be doomed for
eternal damnation and separation from God, the author
of all love and life.

But why is the gospel God's Good News?

First, the gospel is not a message about religion but
a message about God's eternal love and purpose for all
mankind. Religion wants to fix us from the outside in.
God wants to fix us from the inside out. The first can
become an impossible burden. The latter is what brings
freedom.

Also, it's important to realize that no matter what we
have ever done or have failed to do God loves us with
an everlasting love and has a wonderful purpose for
our lives--for this life and the next. As Jesus said,
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life."2 And again, "I have
come that they may have life, and have it to the
full."3

Second, the gospel is a message about sin, something
we are all guilty of. As the Bible says, "We have all
sinned and fallen short of God's standard."4 Sin,
however, is not only doing harmful acts. It is
anything that falls short of the standard of
perfection that God envisioned for us. This includes
an unforgiving spirit, pride, jealousy, mixed motives,
etc. Most of us, too, are guilty of sins of omission;
that is, not doing what we know we should and could
do.5

However, a common misconception about God is that he
is out to punish us for our sins. The fact is we bring
sin's punishment on ourselves because sin has its own
natural consequences. If we try to break the universal
law of gravity, for instance, we can't. It will break
us. Neither can we break God's universal moral law.
When we try to, it breaks us. And besides its painful
effects in this life--suffering, sorrow, sadness,
sickness and spiritual death--its ultimate and tragic
consequence is eternal death and separation from God.6

Third, the gospel is a message about God's remedy.
Because sin has separated or disconnected us from God,
we have been left with a "God-shaped" vacuum or
spiritual emptiness within. As St. Augustine put it,
"You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts
are restless until they find their rest in you." The
world's many religions are all evidence of man's
endless search to find God and fill this vacuum.
However, because God loves us so much, he sent his own
sinless Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our
predicament.7 Christ did this by dying on the cross in
our place to pay the consequence of and ransom price
for our sins--death. Thus, Jesus Christ is God's only
provision for our sin. He is the only way back to God
and the only door to eternal life.8

Finally, the gospel is a summons to faith and
repentance. If you were found guilty of a serious
crime and were condemned to death, would you accept a
free unconditional pardon, if offered? Because Jesus
Christ died on the cross in your and my place, God now
offers you complete acquittal, forgiveness, and the
gift of eternal life. All you need to do is confess
and repent of [turn way from] your sinful actions,
believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died
for your sins, and invite him into your life as Savior
and Lord.

The following prayer will help you do this. "Dear God,
I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the
wrongs I have done and the sins that I have committed.
I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the
cross for my sins. Please forgive me for all my sins
and I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and
life as Savior and Lord. I commit and trust my life to
you. Please give me the desire to be what you want me
to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you for
dying for my sins, for your forgiveness and free
pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

If you prayed this prayer and genuinely meant it,
please click on www.actsweb.org/decision.php to let us
know and we will send you a free copy of the eBrochure,
"How to Grow."

NOTE: This article is condensed from, "Godspell" on
our ACTS web site at: http://tinyurl.com/4896egr

1. Romans 1:16 (NIV).
2. John 3:16 (NIV).
3. John 10:10 (NIV).
4. Romans 3:23.
5. James 4:17.
6. Romans 6:23.
7. See Ephesians 2:8-9.
8. See John 14:6 and Romans 5:8.

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Today's Daily Encounter
The "Yes-but" Disease

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

In his weekly Character Counts series, Michael
Josephson wrote, "Years ago I was talking to a group
of Army generals about the way politicians often treat
the defense budget as an all-purpose public works fund
to help bring money into their districts. One general
admitted, 'Yes, if the chairman of the Appropriations
Committee comes from a place that makes trucks, we're
probably going to buy those trucks. That's the way it
is, the way it always was, and the way it always will
be.'

"I suggested that it was a form of bribery to buy the
trucks just to please the politician. The general
barked, 'It's not bribery. It's extortion!'

"'Don't sound so powerless,' I replied. 'You're a
GENERAL!'

"Without skipping a beat, he answered, 'Yeah, but I'm
only a one-star.'"2

How many times do you and I make the "Yeah, but…"
excuse to avoid personal responsibility? And how many
times do we try to make it sound like we are agreeing
with someone by saying, "Yes, but …" when all the time
we are meaning "No"?

It's a thought worth pondering … and a practice worth
dropping.

As Edward Everett Hale said, "It's true I am only one,
but I am one. And the fact that I can't do everything
will not prevent me from doing what I can do."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the 'yes, but' disease and help me to become an
ethical, responsible person remembering that character
does count. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 5:37 (NIV).
2. Michael Josephson, "I'm Only a One-Star," Character
Counts, 384.4.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Persistence

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

Glen Weber wrote how "the first transcontinental
flight across the country from New York, NY, to Long
Beach, California was completed by American aviation
pioneer Cal P. Rodgers in an early Wright flyer called
the Vin Fiz after a soft drink company that sponsored
the trip. On September 17, 1911, he left Sheepshead
Bay at Brooklyn, NY, and arrived in California on
December 10, 1911, 84 days later. Rodgers actual time
in the air was 3 days, 10 hours and 14 minutes. The
airplane was forced down by weather and mechanical
failure more than 30 times resulting in 'light
crashes' to crashes that required major repairs. When
Rodgers landed in Long Beach, the only original parts
on the airplane were the rear rudder and the oil pan on
the engine. I would have given up the first time I lost
my wings."2

That's determination and persistence! Obviously Cal
Rodgers had a mission that he was determined to
fulfill and a goal he planned to reach. Men and women
like this are the ones who make things happen. They
never give up.

As Christians who have the Good News of the
gospel--the greatest news and message in all the
world--we need to be more determined than ever to live
and spread the gospel message especially in this day of
ever increasing terrorism motivated by false religion,
and an ever-increasing moral decline promoted by those
who are determined to tear down all moral standards as
set by God for the good of all mankind.

As the Apostle Paul said, "It is God himself, in his
mercy, who has given us this wonderful work [of
telling his Good News to others], and so we never give
up!" An excellent admonition for every day of the year.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of
my understanding so I will clearly see and understand
fully all that is happening in today's world that
seeks to destroy Christianity and all that your Word
teaches (including the killing of Christians), and do
everything in my power to live for you, to demonstrate
my faith in my daily life, and do all I can to spread
the Good News of the gospel to my neighbors and to the
far ends of the earth. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 4:1(TLB)(NLT).
2. By Rev. Glen Weber, Spirit of Grace Fellowship
www.spiritofgracefellowship.org.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Quality of Life

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

"In The Death of Ethics in America, Cal Thomas quotes
a letter written to the Washington Post in the mid
'80s. 'I've lived both lives, Yuppie and non-Yuppie,'
the writer said. 'In the first, I was married to a
professional woman and on our dual incomes we Club
Med-ed, sports car-raced, alpine skied and Kennedy
Centered our 14-year marriage into oblivion.

"I'm now 42, remarried to a woman who gave up her
'professional' career to provide full-time care for
our one- and five-year-old daughters, and living in
Gaithersburg, Maryland--on one salary. Trips to
Australia and Europe, Saturday night dining at
Nathan's, and Wolf Trap concerts are distant memories.
Vacations are now taken in our nine-year-old used
pop-up camper, and dining out means 'Hooray! Daddy's
bringing home a pizza.' We've just started into the
second round of … one hundred readings of Pat the
Bunny for our one-year-old. Satisfaction level in my
first life measured about 2 on the 10 scale. Measured
now, satisfaction is about 9.5.'"2

One thing is certain, money can't buy happiness,
satisfaction, love or loving relationships. These
qualities come from within and are greatly determined
by our values and attitudes. There's nothing wrong
with money in and of itself. It's what we do with it
that counts. As God's Word said, it was "the love of
money" that was "a root of all kinds of evil."3

With noble values one can do noble deeds with his or
her money. It's a case of motives: Do we possess our
possessions or do our possessions possess us?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the sin of trying to keep up with the Joneses and
putting material possessions first in my life. Help me
to have a healthy attitude towards money and
possessions, earn what I can within reason, and
contribute sacrificially, generously, and wisely to
worthwhile causes--especially causes that help my
fellow man and bring glory to your name. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).
2. Michael Josephson in Character Counts.
www.charactercounts.org
3. 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Victimology vs Personal Responsibility

"So then, each of us will give an account of himself
to God."1

Chuck Colson reports in Breakpoint how Gregg
Easterbrook in his book, The Progress Paradox: How
Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, says that
there is as much as a "ten-fold increase in unipolar
depression in industrial nations in the postwar era."

After giving one or two other reasons for this
increase Colson says, "Another mistaken idea
contributing to depression is the 'postwar teaching of
victimology and helplessness.' Intellectuals,
politicians, tort lawyers, and the media have worked
to identify and designate new classes of victims. As
Martin Seligman [of the University of Pennsylvania]
notes, more and more Americans identify themselves as
victims of one sort or another. The result is a sense
of helplessness. Americans, especially the young,
claim to have less and less control over their lives
at the same time that they enjoy unprecedented
personal freedom."2

As I've reported on several occasions, in my
experience having taught in divorce recovery and
relationship classes over the past couple of decades,
one of the biggest causes I have seen for failure in
relationships is this victim mentality. At least 90
percent of divorcees and those in failed relationships
I have worked with primarily blame their partner for
their unresolved conflicts, while failing to admit
that they shared equal responsibility (even if it was
just being too passive and/or too codependent).

Furthermore, almost none even consider what flaw it
was in them that caused them to be attracted to their
partner in the first place. The reality is we are as
sick as the people we are attracted to [or as
healthy]. Sadly, as long as people play this
blame-game, they will never recover. Even worse, they
will continue to repeat their past mistakes. It's
either resolution or repetition.

"Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment,
heredity, and movements and changes in the world about
him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his
grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of
thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents,
their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the
quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to
say, 'This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.'"3

Or we could put it this way, "This is the way I am
today. That, by the grace of God, is what I will be
tomorrow."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
ever playing the blame-game. Help me always to look
for and discover whatever I have or am contributing to
any conflict I happen to find myself in. And then, when
admitting my problem, please lead me to the help I need
to overcome. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Romans 14:12 (NIV).
2. Breakpoint, August 26, 2004
http://www.breakpoint.org/bp-home
3. Louis L'Amour.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Freedom and Responsibility

"Why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look
down on your brother? For we will all stand before
God's judgment seat. It is written: 'As surely as I
live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.' So then, each of us
will give an account of himself to God."1

Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England,
said, "I remember being taught by my parents from my
earliest childhood, that the one thing about being
British was you did not have to be told what to do.
You rose to your responsibilities and took the
initiative. Religious belief played a fundamental part
in shaping that character because, whether you take the
Old Testament or the New Testament, it puts the
emphasis on the dignity and responsibility of the
individual. You are accountable because you have
freedom."

We, too, have freedom which is a priceless privilege.
However, some people, because of this freedom, seem to
think they can do as they please both before man and
God. As such they are not free, but are in bondage to
their own selfishness and passions. They are also
boundary busters with little or no respect for other
peoples' person, property, or principles. They have
confused liberty with license forgetting that the
price of freedom is still eternal vigilance--which
includes moral and ethical responsibility.

If we abuse our privileges, ultimately we lose them.

With freedom comes responsibility and with
responsibility, accountability. We are accountable to
our fellow man and above all we are accountable to
God. As today's Scripture says, "For we must all stand
before God's judgment seat … [and] each of us will give
an account of himself to God."

Suggested Prayer; "Dear God, please help me to so live
that I will always act responsibly, that my life will
always bring glory to your name, and that I will not
be ashamed when I stand before you face to face and
give an account of how I lived my life here on earth.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Romans 14:10-12 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Trust God but Keep Your Powder Dry

"For nothing is impossible with God."1

D. K., in responding to a Daily Encounter in which I
said that we need to be realistic and not
underestimate what God can do through us, responded by
saying, "The Bible reveals that nothing is impossible
with God. If he chooses to do through us things that
are far beyond our imagination or faith, he is
sovereign and can do those things. So don't you mean,
'let's not underestimate what God WILL do through
us?'"

D. K. continues, "But, of course, I understand your
point and in this regard I have used an illustration
from my years of working in the Great Sahara Desert in
North Africa. There are about a half-dozen types of
sand there and each affects the driving of a vehicle
differently. Power steering is necessary, especially
on the larger trucks. If we spot an area of soft sand
ahead and need to change the direction of the truck to
avoid getting stuck, we can turn the steering wheel
with one finger.

"However, it isn't the power of our finger that
changes the direction we are going, but rather it is
the power steering. And yet we can't sit back in the
seat of the cab and expect the power steering in and
of itself to move the big wheels in the right
direction. We need to put forth our hand and grab the
wheel and turn it. Similarly, with our lives, we can't
change the direction we are going (even if we see the
dangers ahead) by sitting back and expecting God's
'power steering' to alter our course. We must reach
out and grab the wheel and turn! But it's God's power
that alters the course."

Good point. Of this we can be certain, whenever we
fulfill our responsibility and do our part, God will
always do his part. Or as George Washington once said
to his soldiers who were about the cross the Potomac
River, "Trust God but keep your powder [rifles] dry."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Holy
Spirit which empowers me to live my life in harmony
with your will. Help me always to depend on your power
and not try to live for or serve you in my own
strength. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 1:37 (NIV).

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Fickle or Faithful Friends

"A friend loves at all times."1

It's an old story but well worth repeating. It's about
Babe Ruth who was one of the all-time greats of
American baseball. For years he had been the idol of
sports fans. Time, however, took its toll. I read how,
in one of his last games, he began to falter. He struck
out and made several misplays that allowed the opposing
team to score five runs in one inning. As he walked
from the field, he was greeted with an enormous storm
of boos and catcalls from the stands. Fans shook their
fists.

Then a little boy jumped over the railing and, with
tears running down his cheeks ran out to the great
athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around his
hero's legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth picked him
up, hugged him, set him down, and together the two of
them walked off the field hand in hand.

A poet wrote:
I went out to find a friend,
But could not find one there.
I went out to be a friend,
And friends were everywhere!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
faithful friend at all times. And thank you that your
friendship for me is never based on my
performance--good or bad--and that you love me at all
times no matter what. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Proverbs 17:17.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Conquering What?

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

Stephen Muncherian, in his sermon, "Oh, For One Good
Lawyer" told about former heavy-weight boxer, James
"Quick" Tillis, a cowboy from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who
fought out of Chicago in the early 1980s. Tillis
recalls how, on his first day in Chicago, after
getting off the bus, he stood outside the Sears
building and, putting his two suitcases down, looked
up at the Tower and said to himself, "I'm going to
conquer Chicago." When he looked down, his two
suitcases were missing!2

That's Chicago! Having lived there when I went to
college and looked up at and been to the top of the
Sears Tower, I can empathize with Tillis.

We can be confident, excited, and positive one moment
and be disillusioned the next. That's life. We live in
a broken, sinful world and disappointments come to us
all. We put our trust in people and get ripped off. We
get hurt deeply when someone we love turns against and
attacks us. We get our hearts broken when we are
abandoned, rejected, or have lost a loved one through
death.

Pain comes to us all. The important thing is that we
don't allow these circumstances to make us resentful
and bitter. God wants to use these situations to help
us grow and make us better persons. Satan wants to use
them to discourage us and make us bitter. Indeed, the
negative circumstances of life can make us bitter or
better. The choice is ours.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, no matter what happens to
me help me always to remember that while it rains on
the just as well as the unjust my life is ultimately
in your hands, and that all things do work together
for good to those who love and put their trust in you.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Romans 8:28 (NIV).
2. Adapted from the sermon, "Oh, For One Good Lawyer!"
by Rev. Stephen Muncherian. Cited on
www.spiritofgracefellowship.org.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Believing Our Own Lies

"We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not
use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On
the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we
commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the
sight of God."1

"In 1970 a pregnant, unmarried woman sought to have
the Texas anti-abortion statute, first enacted in the
1850s, declared unconstitutional. To protect her
anonymity she was given the fictitious name Jane Roe.
The initial action was against Henry Wade, District
Attorney of Dallas County, Texas. Roe claimed that the
statute was unconstitutionally vague and violated her
right of privacy as guaranteed by the First, Fourth,
Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The case was
argued before the Supreme Court in December of 1971,
re-argued in October of 1972. In January of 1973 the
case was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. A majority
of 7 to 2 declared the Texas statute unconstitutional."


Since then millions of unborn children have been
aborted and we have descended all the way to accepting
barbarian, murderous partial-birth abortion--at least
it has been accepted and approved by some politicians,
liberal judges, and far too many so-called progressive
thinkers (who should in reality be called regressive
thinkers).

I'm certainly thankful that abortion wasn't legal when
my mother was carrying me. And how about all those who
are in favor of abortion? Did they want their mother
to have freedom of choice when they were in her womb?

The point I'm making here is that if we distort the
truth and keep repeating and promoting it for long
enough, eventually it becomes more and more acceptable
and we end up believing our own and others' lies. It's
happened with abortion (which we now justify by
calling it freedom of choice), and with homosexuality
(which we name an alternate lifestyle). The promoters
of gay marriage (which is so diametrically opposed to
nature not to mention God's design) know how this
principle works, so we can be sure that they will
continue to keep pushing, glorifying, dressing up and
promoting gay marriage until it is eventually more
widely accepted and believed in by the masses.

Unless we who call ourselves Christians--who are to be
the salt of the earth--make a solid stand for truth and
stand against those who distort God's Word, little by
little, like the frog in the kettle we will eventually
boil ourselves to death. As I've been saying this week,
the more dishonest we are, the more we will distort all
other truth, including God's truth, to make it say
exactly what we want it to say. For the sake of our
children and our children's children, let us all take
a stand for truth.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, again I pray that you
will help me to be real and personally honest, to
understand exactly what your Word says and teaches,
and abide always by your truth even when it means
swimming against the tide of the so-called politically
correct masses. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

P.S. Jane Roe is anonymous no more. Norma McCorvey no
longer supports abortion rights, and has a pro-life
ministry at http://www.roenomore.org/.

1. 2 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Communication: Key to Effective Relationships Part II

"Above all, my brothers, do not swear--not by heaven
or by earth or by anything else. Let your 'Yes' be
yes, and your 'No,' no, or you will be condemned."1

If you are a parent, I'm sure you have noticed the
profound difference in the response when you call your
kids on a hot day to tend to their chores or call them
to come in for their favorite cold drink and a
chocolate ice cream!

We adults aren't that much different … a little more
subtle perhaps, but as the communicators remind us we
all pretty much hear only what we want to hear and see
only what we want to see. To complicate matters even
more, because of selective distortion, we see things
the way we want to see them. That is, we see things
not the way they are but the way we are.

Selective distortion means that we distort messages to
make them match our values and/or perception of
reality. For example, the more dishonest I am with my
inner self (my true emotions and motives), the more I
will distort all messages to make them match my values
and/or perception of reality. I will even distort God's
Word to make it say what I want it to say.

In other words we all see what we want to see, hear
what we want to hear, see things the way we want to
see them, distort them to make them match our
perception of reality, and finally, because of
selective retention, we remember only those things we
want to remember--everything else is conveniently
forgotten.

These dynamics happen not only in political races, but
also at every level of society and affect all our
relationships. While political campaigns fortunately
pass, relationships are with us forever.

For effective relationships effective communication is
vital. This includes avoiding the distortion of reality
and speaking the truth truthfully as well as listening
without distorting what we are hearing.

There are many words of advice one could give
regarding how to communicate effectively, but the
bottom line is this: be real! For instance, the more
unreal or in denial I am (the more repressed and
dishonest with my true emotions and motives), the more
I will distort all facts, messages, and communications
to make them match my perception of reality. On the
other hand, the more real, honest, and truthful I am,
the clearer I will see all other truth, including
God's truth, and the less I will distort these.

The fact remains, without access to the
truth--including one's own inner truth--there are no
authentic relationships and no effective
communications.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be real
and always honest with my true emotions and motives.
And please deliver me from any form of distortion when
listening to others and in all that I say. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 5:12 (NIV).

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