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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Jul 2011, 3:34 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
To Know and Not to Do
"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also
acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever
disowns me before others, I will disown before my
Father in heaven."1
I like what a Buddhist monk once said, "To know and
not to do is not yet to know." To translate that into
our Christian language it could read: "To believe and
not to act is not yet to believe." In other words, if
I say that I believe that without Christ people are
eternally lost--and never do anything to help point
others to Christ, do I really believe that people
without Christ are lost? And if I say that I believe
that Jesus is coming again, and that the lost will be
left behind--and I never do anything to help introduce
them to Christ, do I really believe that Jesus is
coming again and that the non-Christians will be left
behind?
As another has said, "I don't always act consistently
with what I profess, but I always act consistently
with what I believe." So "Do I truly believe that
people without Christ are eternally lost, or do I just
profess it?
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."2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help to believe
your Word in my heart and not just in my head, so that
I will always act according to what I believe, and not
just according to what I profess. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."
P.S. A simple way to become involved in helping to
point others to Jesus is by joining with us as a
People Power for Jesus Partner. For more information
Click HERE. There is no cost involved.
1. Matthew 10:32-33 (NIV).
2. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (TLB) (NIV)
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Post  Admin on Wed 06 Jul 2011, 11:12 am

Today's Daily Encounter
Roll Call in Heaven

Referring to Heaven God's Word says, "On no day will
its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night
there. The glory and honor of the nations will be
brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it,
nor will anyone who does what is shameful or
deceitful, but only those whose names are written in
the Lamb's [Jesus Christ's] book of life."1

Recently Joy and I attended a Memorial Service on the
Marine Base at Camp Pendleton here in Southern
California. Our town is next door to Camp Pendleton,
and our church is very involved with the Engineer
Corps. Among a variety of ways we support the marines,
whenever a contingent is sent overseas, our church is
given the name of each marine so members can choose
one of the marines to be a prayer partner for him.

Sadly, one of the marines for whom Joy and I were
prayer partners was killed in action earlier this
year. This is why we attended the Memorial Service in
his honor.

It was an extremely moving ceremony. There were quite
a few marines who took part in the service and, during
Roll Call, their names were called out one at a time by
the Officer in charge. Each marine loudly answered
"present" when his name was called. When the name of
"our" marine, Lance Corporal Alejandro Yazzie, was
called, there was no answer. The Officer called his
name louder … still no answer. A third time his name
was called--very loud this time. Dead silence
followed! It was so sad that Joy and I cried. Family
members and other marines cried too. Lance Corporal
Yazzie had died serving his country.

After the ceremony I couldn't help but think about the
time when it will be "Roll Call in Heaven." Imagine, if
you can, when the name of a loved one is called and
there is no response? What if God calls his/her name a
second time … and a third time … and still there is no
answer? The sound of silence will be deafening … and
devastating.

The question we all need to face is this: at the Roll
Call in Heaven when your name is called, will you be
there to answer? Also, we need to think of those of
our loved ones whose names will not be called and do
something about it now. *

As today's Scripture vividly reminds us, only those
whose names are written in the Lamb's [Jesus Christ's]
book of life will be there to answer, "Present."

To make absolute certain that your name is written in
the book of life, please read the article, "How to Be
Sure You're a Real Christian," at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian. Be sure to accept
Jesus Christ as your Savior so that when the roll is
called in Heaven, you will be able to answer with
confidence, "PRESENT."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you gave
your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in my place to
pay the penalty for all my sins so that I can be
freely forgiven and receive your gift of eternal life,
and in so doing, have my name written in your book of
life. Because of your forgiveness I can know with
assurance that when the roll is called in Heaven I'll
be there. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Revelation 21:25-27 (NIV)

*Note: To help loved ones be able to answer "Present"
when their names are called at the "Roll Call in
Heaven" see helps at:
www.actsweb.org/people_power02.php.

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Jul 2011, 4:11 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Justice Is Coming

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

Joy and I saw the movie, "Conviction." It was based on
a true story about a man who was convicted of a murder
he never committed, and consequently, spent sixteen
years in jail. His sister was so convinced of his
innocence that she studied to become a lawyer so she
could defend him and plead his case--which she did.
After years of struggle, the DNA of the murdered
victim was brought to light and, comparing it to the
DNA of her brother, proved his innocence beyond any
doubt. He had been set up by a police officer who
didn't like him, and who threatened witnesses that if
they didn't testify against the accused, they could
end up the same as the murdered victim whose graphic
photos were showed to them. Being terrified, they
falsely testified against the accused man.

Because of the statute of limitations the police
officer who masterminded the false evidence was not
brought to justice. Furthermore, because she set up
the accused as the murderer, the real murderer was
never looked for nor found.

We left the movie theatre feeling sick in the stomach
as this was a terrible travesty of justice. I couldn't
help but wonder how many other people are sent to jail
and their life ruined because of the miscarriage of
justice, and how many people avoided justice because
somebody else was blamed for their crime.

However, while many who are guilty may escape justice
in this life, they never will in the life to come,
when they stand before God to give an account of their
life because, as the Bible says, "It is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment."2

Unless a person admits and confesses his/her
sinfulness to God--regardless of the severity of the
sins committed--and receives Jesus as his or her
Savior and God's forgiveness, the truth will be
evident when standing before the Judge of the Universe
where true justice will be served. Their sins will find
them out.1

The good news is, and of this we can be assured, God's
offer of forgiveness is available right now to all who
confess their sins and sinfulness to God, believe that
Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that he died on the
cross to pay the penalty for all their sins. If you
have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior and received God's forgiveness, I urge you to
do that today. For help see: "How to Be Sure You're a
Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

Realize too, that it is not God's will that anyone
perishes,3 so over and over God's Word reminds us that
if we have never accepted God's forgiveness, we will
stand before the Judge of the Universe, and justice
will be served.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom
and courage to always confess my sins, and ask for your
forgiveness on the basis that Jesus Christ, your Son,
died on the cross to pay the just penalty for all my
sins. For this I will be eternally grateful. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name amen."

1. Numbers 32:23 (KJV).
2. Hebrews 9:27 (KJV).
3. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Jul 2011, 8:46 am

Today's Daily Encounter

After the Rapture, What?

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with
a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trumpet call of God. First, the
Christians who have died will rise from their
graves. Then, together with them, we [Christians] who
are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught
up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we
will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other
with these words."1

Yesterday, we talked about the Rapture--the "snatching
up" by God to Heaven of all true followers of Jesus
Christ who are authentic members of Christ's Church.
Today's Scripture confirms this climactic event. Be
careful to note, however, that this will not include
all church members--only those who have confessed
their sinfulness to God and received Jesus Christ as
their personal Savior, and by so doing have their
names written in God's book of life.

What then will happen immediately following the
Rapture? First, no doubt, as the hymn writer expressed
it: "When we all get to heaven, What a time of
rejoicing that will be, When we all see Jesus, We'll
sing and shout the victory."2 Best of all we will see
Jesus--face to face--the one who died in our place to
pay the penalty for all our sins and who granted us
forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. In addition
we will be reunited with loved ones and friends who
had already passed away. And how exciting that will
be, knowing that we will be united together forever in
a place where there will be no more sickness, sadness,
suffering or sorrow. God himself will wipe away every
tear, and forever we will be surrounded by love.

Then in Heaven will be what the Bible calls the
"Marriage Supper of the Lamb." The Lamb refers to
Jesus Christ--the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin
of the world."3 And the Bride of Christ4 is his Church
comprised of the true followers of Jesus Christ. Thus
the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be the great
celebration of the Church being united with Jesus
Christ for all eternity.

Following this celebration will be what is called the
"judgment seat of Christ." Those in Heaven will not be
judged for their sins because Christ took that judgment
upon himself when he died on the cross in our place. It
will be a time of rewards given to all who served God
faithfully with pure motives while here on earth. As
God's word says, "For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive
what is due him for the things done while in the body,
whether good or bad."5 And again, "Look, I [Jesus] am
coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all
people according to their deeds."6

While those at the judgment seat of Christ will never
lose their salvation, how sorrowful it will be if we
have done little here on earth to serve God faithfully
and help expand his kingdom and, as a result, have
nothing to offer God that will be deserving a reward
other than (as God's word put it), "wood, hay or
straw."7

During this exciting time in Heaven there will be a
time of great tribulation here on earth where there
will be a one-world government, a one-world economy,
and a one-world religion headed by the person whom the
Bible calls the Antichrist. For more information
regarding the rule of the Antichrist read the article,
"The Antichrist Is Coming" at:
http://tinyurl.com/the-coming-antichrist.

During the rule of the Antichrist all hell will break
loose on earth when God pours out his judgments on
earth during the Great Tribulation period.8 What will
end the Great Tribulation will be the battle of
Armageddon.9 This will be when the nations of the
world unite to come against Israel in an attempt to
"wipe her off the map." At this time Jesus Christ will
return to earth via the Mount of Olives10 with his true
followers to step onto the stage of mankind's history
and will totally destroy the Antichrist, his armies,
and his followers and all who seek to destroy Israel
and Jerusalem. This will be centered at the Battle of
Armageddon in the Valley of Megiddo in Israel. It will
be the war to end all wars.

At the end of Christ's millennial rule on earth will
be the Great White Judgment Throne of God where Satan
and his horde of evil demons will be cast into Hell
forever. Tragically, this will also be the time of
judgment where all--both great and small--who refused
or failed to accept Jesus as their Savior and God's
forgiveness will be judged for their sins, and have to
pay the just penalty for themselves. They, too, will be
cast into Hell--wherever and whatever that my happen to
be. Of one thing we can be certain, Hell will be
eternal separation from God, the author of all love
and life, for all eternity.

As the Bible says about this final judgment: "Then the
devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery
lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false
prophet. There they will be tormented day and night
forever and ever. And I saw a great white throne and
the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his
presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the
dead, both great and small, standing before God's
throne. And the books were opened, including the Book
of Life. And the dead were judged according to what
they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave
up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their
dead. And all were judged according to their deeds.
Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of
fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And
anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book
of Life was thrown into the lake of fire."11

The reality is that absolutely nobody escapes God's
judgment. His Word says, "It is appointed for men to
die once and after this comes judgment."12 Either we
will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be
rewarded for service to him here on earth, or it will
be before God at the Great White Judgment throne and
there receive the just punishment for all of our sins.
There could be no more terrifying happening in the
entire world.

Whatever you do, be absolutely certain that you have
received God's forgiveness by accepting Jesus as your
Savior and thereby have your name written in God's
book of life. This is so that you will NOT have to
appear before the Great White Judgment Throne of God
and have to pay the penalty yourself for your
sins--remembering that "the wages [penalty] of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord."13 Remember, too, that death
here is not referring to physical death, nor the
cessation of life, but a "living eternal death" which
is eternal separation from God in the place the Bible
calls Hell.

To see how to receive God's forgiveness and ensure
that your name is written in God's book of life, be
sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a
Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.
Be sure to do this today because we never know how soon
it will be too late.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for giving your
Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place to save me from
the penalty of my sins and to offer me forgiveness and
a free pardon. Please help me to know that I know that
I have been forgiven of all my sins, and that my name
is written your Book of Life. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NLT).
2. Eliza E. Hewitt.
3. John 1:29 (NIV).
4. See Revelation 21:9 (NLT).
5. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV).
6. Revelation 22:12 (NLT)
7. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV).
8. See Revelations chapters 8 and 9.
9. See Revelation 16:16.
10. Zechariah 14:4 (NIV).
11. Revelation 20:10-16(NLT)
12. Hebrews 9:27 (NASB).
13. Romans 6:23 (KJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
The Rapture Is Coming

When he was on Earth 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ
said to his disciples and followers, "Let not your
heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
Me. In My Father's house [Heaven] are many mansions
[dwellings]; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive
you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be
also."1

This event that Jesus is referring to is identified as
the Rapture of the Church which, according to many
Bible scholars, is at the beginning of the Second
Coming of Jesus Christ. In spite of being one of the
most climactic events in world history, the word
"Rapture" isn't in the Bible, but the concept is. The
word comes from a Greek word that literally means "to
snatch out" or to "seize." However, the English word
"rapture" is derived from the Latin verb, rapturo,
which also means to be "snatched" or "caught up." It
refers to the day that Jesus was talking about in
today's Bible verse; that is, when he returns to take
all his true followers to be with him in Heaven, and
together be with him forever.

Jesus made this promise to his disciples and followers
prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. At the
Rapture Jesus doesn't actually plant his feet on earth
at this point of time, but comes in the clouds to call
or "snatch" up his people to meet him in the air.
Also, according to many Bible scholars, approximately
seven years after the Rapture, Jesus will come back to
earth via the Mount of Olives in Israel to put down all
evil forever.

As the Bible further explains, "For the Lord himself
will come down from heaven with a commanding shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet
call of God. First, the Christians who have died will
rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we
[Christians] who are still alive and remain on the
earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So
encourage each other with these words."2

The Apostle Paul also wrote in the Bible, "What I am
saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our
physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last
forever. But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret.
We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!
It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye,
when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet
sounds, those who have died will be raised to live
forever. And we who are living will also be
transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed
into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies
must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when
our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies
that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is
your victory? O death, where is your sting?'"3

As mentioned earlier, this will be one of the most
climactic events the world has ever experienced. Can
you even begin to imagine what it will be like when
millions of graves will be opened, the bodies of dead
Christians will arise, be immediately changed, and
together with them all the millions of living
Christians will be snatched up from the earth to meet
the Lord in the air and transported to Heaven.
Thousands of cars will be left on highways driverless.
Pilots will be snatched from airplanes. Doctors and
nurses will be caught up out of hospitals. School
teachers will vanish--as will many students. This
chaos will happen worldwide.

Jesus also said about the Rapture, "I tell you, on
that night two people will be in one bed; one will be
taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding
grain together; one will be taken and the other
left."4 This indicates that this event will happen
worldwide simultaneously as in some parts of the world
it will be daytime and other parts nighttime.

Furthermore the Bible predicted 2,000 years ago that
every eye would see Christ's return. In the last book
of the Bible Jesus' disciple, John, prophesied: "Look,
he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see
him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples
of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it
be! Amen."5 "Every eye" seeing him will be made
possible worldwide in today's world via satellite,
television, and the revolutionary electronic media.

I wonder how those in the news media who are left
behind will rationalize the millions of people
missing. I'd love to know what they will come up with
but don't plan to be around to find out.

For today, I urge you to make sure that you are ready
for this dramatic and climactic event. Of one thing we
can be absolutely certain and that is this: just as
Christ's first coming, predicted in the Bible hundreds
of years prior to his birth in Bethlehem, is a fact of
history, so also will be his return. And as Jesus
said, he will come when people least expect it.6

Note, too, that when the trumpet of God sounds,
Christ's return--the Rapture--will be as sudden as a
flash of lightning. As Jesus described it, "For as the
lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west,
so it will be when the Son of Man comes.7 It will be
too late then to make preparations for Christ's
return.

If the Rapture should happen today, would you be ready
to meet the Lord in the air? To make absolute certain
that you are ready, be sure to read the article, "How
to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian. Don't delay. Be sure to do
this today.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your
promise that Jesus Christ is coming back to earth to
take all his true followers to be with him in Heaven
forever. Please help me to be absolutely certain that
I am ready for his coming. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

Note: In Monday's Daily Encounter we will answer the
question: "What happens after the Rapture both in
Heaven and back here on earth?"

1. John 14:1-3 (NKJV).
2. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NLT).
3. 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 (NLT).
4. Luke 17:34-35 (NIV).
5. Revelation 1:7 (NIV).
6. Matthew 24:44.
7. Matthew 24: 27 (NLT).

Note: While Bible scholars differ regarding the actual
timing of end time events, the important issue is that
we are ready for Christ's return for he is coming on a
day when he is least expected. See Matthew 24:44 (NIV).

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Do It Today

"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will
go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on
business and make money.' Why, you do not even know
what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are
a mist that appears for a little while and then
vanishes."1

"It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing. I wanted just
once to be wasteful. Waste means affluence. Throwing
away things meant you knew there'd always be more. But
then my husband died, and on that clear, cold morning,
in the quiet of our bedroom, I was struck with the
pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate
together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more
'just one minute.'"2

Have you ever noticed how much we appreciate some
things or someone--especially when they are gone or
when we lose them?

I had a good friend who was very ill and I planned on
sending him a special book that I thought would help
him. Too late. I had a call from his wife to tell me
my friend took his life. I still feel very sad about
that. If only I would have sent it when I first
thought of it . . . but I didn't. That happened to me
twice. "If-onlys," only leave one with regrets.

I hope I learned my lesson. Last year another friend
was very ill so I sent him some of our gospel
literature. Not long before he passed away we received
word that he had accepted Jesus as his Savior. For that
I will be eternally grateful.

Is there someone on your mind today that you need to
contact? Someone you need to tell that you love them?
Someone you need to reach out with a helping hand?
Let's not delay but do it today. None of us have any
guarantee of tomorrow.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please forgive me where I
have failed to do what I needed to do. Help me to
always put first things first and not allow even the
good to be the enemy of the best. Help me to plan my
days and do those things that need to be done each day
so I will have no more regrets. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

Note: If you have never accepted God’s forgiveness for
all your sins and received his gift of eternal life, I
urge you to do that TODAY. For help be sure to read
the article, “How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian"
online at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. James 4:13- 14 (NIV).
2. Submitted by Rev. Lonny L. Remmers, Fire Escape
Ministries.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Staying Connected
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin."1
Over the past couple of decades I have had the
opportunity to teach numerous adults--including many
singles. One of the points I continually emphasize is
that, while it may not be most desirable for many, we
can live without romantic relationships, but we cannot
live healthy lives without healthy relationships or
connections. We need to be connected in spirit to at
least one loving and accepting friend such as a
trusted soul-mate, without which we limp along in the
shadows of life. This teaching applies to married
adults as much as it does to single adults. If, in
marriage, you are not truly connected to your partner
in an in-depth way, you can live together alone apart,
and die a little every day. I know. I was there once. I
had to learn the hard way.
And how do we become connected in spirit? We do this
by walking in the light, which means bringing our
"dark side" into the open and being honest with at
least one trusted friend or soul mate. Only then do we
have true fellowship and connection--with God and
others. Only then do we open ourselves for
"purification from every sin."
As we confess our failures, sins, weaknesses, and our
true emotions and motives, to safe people--or at least
to one safe friend--and are not judged, condemned, or
put down, but loved and accepted as we are, little by
little we learn to love and accept ourselves. This in
turn heals us from the pain of our loneliness,
emptiness, and self-rejection--one of the major causes
of adding to our acting out in sinful, addictive,
and/or self-destructive behaviors.
The point to remember is that when we are acting out
in self-destructive ways, we are disconnected. To
overcome and live victoriously we need to stay
connected--to our inner-self, to our dark side, to
safe people, and to God.
None of us can make it alone. God never meant us to.
All the spiritual exercises in the world, no matter
how good, will not help us to live victoriously
without this connection. It is imperative that we stay
connected in wholesome, healthy relationships to safe
people as well as to God.
Without personal, courageous honesty there is no
connection, there is no recovery, there is no healing,
there is no walking in the light--and there is no
intimacy either with God or people. Anything less is
but a poor shadow of the real.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be and to find
a trusted soul mate with whom I can be totally open and
honest. And help me to stay connected to my inner-self,
my dark side, to safe people, and, above all, to you.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name."
1. 1 John 1:7 (NIV).
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Today's Daily Encounter
What Will Your Legacy Be?
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps
what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful
nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the
one that sows to please the Spirit [of God], from the
Spirit will reap eternal life."1
I have borrowed today's title from Michael Josephson
of Character Counts. In considering the shameful
business leaders who have "cooked the books" in their
accounting practices to make their company look far
better than it was, and as a result hurt thousands of
people, Michael wrote, "Consider the enormous shame
that caused … [the] former vice chairman of Enron to
commit suicide and write this note to his wife: 'I am
so sorry for this. I feel I just can't go on. I have
always tried to do the right thing but where there was
once great pride now it's gone. I love you and the
children so much. I just can't be any good to you or
myself. The pain is overwhelming. Please try to
forgive me.'"
While most of us would never have the opportunity to
do what these business leaders have done, we do
however need to be careful about our actions. For
every action there is a consequence. If I sow deeds of
kindness I will reap rewards of kindness. If I sow
seeds of love, I will reap rewards of love. Or if I
sow seeds of hate, I will receive hatred in return.
And if I sow seeds of evil, I will in due course reap
rewards of evil. Whatever we sow we reap.
So let's all think carefully about what we do. Our
legacy depends on it. What do we want our loved ones
to think about us when we're gone? And most important
of all, when we get to the end of life's journey what
do we want God to "think" and say to us? Will it be,
"Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the
joy of your Lord?" Or will it be, "Depart from me for
I never knew you?"
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to live
with eternal values in mind realizing that what I sow
in this life, I will not only reap the rewards/results
of it here and now, but also in the life to come. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."
1. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV).
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Today's Daily Encounter
Oops! My Mistake!

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the
end it leads to death."1

There's a wonderful beach near to where I grew up in
Australia. It's called the Forty-mile Beach which
stretches North of Noosa Heads in Southern Queensland
for 38 miles. It's a wide beach with exquisite fine
white sand that is so tightly packed that the beach is
actually gazetted on maps as a highway. Cars and
vehicles are going back and forth all the time. You
just need to be careful to get in and out before high
tide.

A few years back when I was visiting family, I rented
a small four-wheel-drive and drove the entire length
of this beach. Joy and one of my sisters were with me.
About mid-way are the beautiful colored sands, which
are quite fascinating. There is also a large wrecked
ship that got tossed up onto the beach, I presume in
stormy weather. It is more than half rusted away.

As we were merrily driving along there was another
vehicle approaching us from the opposite direction.
Startled, I said to Joy and my sister, "Look at this
idiot. He's driving on the wrong side of the beach!"
Oops … the idiot was me! I wasn't in California. I was
in Australia where they drive on the left side of the
road, and I was on the right side. On this occasion
right for me was definitely wrong!

I was red-faced!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
remember whenever there is a difference of opinion to
never jump to the conclusion that I am in the right
and the other person is in the wrong, but seriously
consider first that I may be the one who is in the
wrong. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
What Might Have Been
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am
the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"1
I think it was Dwight L. Moody who, when seeing a
drunk in the gutter, said, "But for the grace of God
there go I." Many a time I have wondered where I would
be if it weren't for the grace and mercy of God? The
probabilities are unthinkable. Spiritually speaking,
for certain I would have been lost at sea and, quite
possibly, would have made shipwreck of my life.
Ronnie Hinson has written the words and music of a
gospel song that is very meaningful to me. It's
entitled "The Lighthouse" and says it well:
"There's a lighthouse on the hillside that overlooks
life's sea. When I'm tossed it sends out a light that
I might see. And the light that shines in darkness now
will safely lead me home, If it wasn't for the
lighthouse, my ship would sail no more.
"And I thank God for The Lighthouse, I owe my life to
Him. Jesus is The Lighthouse and from the rocks of
sin, He has shown the light around me, so that I might
clearly see. If it wasn't for The Lighthouse, Where
would this ship be?"2
Dear reader, have you come to Jesus, the Lighthouse,
and found the light--the light of life and the
assurance of everlasting life with God? If not, I
encourage you to do that today by praying the
following:
Suggested prayer: "Dear Jesus God, I confess that I am
a lost sinner and come to you believing that you died
on the cross to pay the penalty for all my sin so I
could be freely forgiven and receive your gift of
eternal life. I ask you, Jesus, to forgive me for all
my sins and come into my heart and life as my personal
Savior, and thereby grant me your gift of eternal life.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen."
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you in your Christian life.
1. John 8:12 (NIV).
2. "The Lighthouse," Words and Music by Robbie Hinson.
©️ 1971.
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Today's Daily Encounter
Love Opens Doors

"Love never fails."1

According to an article in Today in the Word, soon
after Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert, the
couple had a quarrel, whereupon Prince Albert locked
himself in his private apartment. Queen Victoria
knocked furiously on his door.

"Who's there?" asked Albert.

"The Queen of England, and she demands to be
admitted."

There was no response and the door remained locked.
The queen knocked furiously again.

"Who's there?" asked Albert again. The queen's
response was the same … as was Albert's.

After more furious knocking and no response came a
quiet pause--and then a gentle tap.

"Who's there?" asked Albert once more.

"Your wife, Albert," the queen replied. Immediately
the door was opened.

As the writer of this article pointed out, "Love opens
doors."

Need I say more?

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, help me always to be a
door opener and not a door closer! Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Parrot Talk
"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads
only to poverty."1
A man bought a parrot at an auction after some heavy
bidding. "I hope this bird talks," he told the
auctioneer.
"Talk," the auctioneer replied. "Who do you think has
been bidding against you for the past ten minutes?"
Sad to say, we seem to be living in a day when a
person's word has less and less value. Once upon a
time a man's word was his bond. Not any more, I'm
afraid. For many people today their word doesn't mean
a thing. We're pretty adept at parroting what we think
people want to hear.
I remember one of my college professors teaching us
that a person's character could be measured by what
value he or she put on their word. People who don't
keep their word simply cannot be trusted. This
principle applies, not only to some politicians who
promise anything to get votes, but also to every one
of us who do not keep our promises or our word.
Fortunately, however, of one thing we can be certain,
God always keeps his Word and always keeps his
promises. To be Christ-like, we need to do the same!
For after all, it's what we do, not what we say, that
speaks the loudest of all.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please make me a
man/woman of my word so I can always be trusted to say
what I mean, mean what I say, and do what I say I will
do. And thank you that your Word can always be
trusted. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Proverbs 14:23 (NIV).
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Today's Daily Encounter
Don't Tread on Me

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men
but as wise, making the most of your time, because the
days are evil."1

"In December, 1775, an American colonist (believed by
many scholars to be Benjamin Franklin), noticed the
increasing use of a symbol throughout the colonies,
stamped onto barrels and other items, depicting a
coiled rattlesnake with the words 'Don't Tread On Me'
written below the snake. He wondered about how the
symbol of a rattlesnake could be a symbol of the
American desire for freedom?

"He wrote the following words: 'The Rattle-Snake is
found in no other quarter of the world besides
America. She never begins an attack, nor, when once
engaged, never surrenders: She is therefore an emblem
of magnanimity and true courage. She never wounds
'till she has generously given notice, even to her
enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of
treading on her.'"2

I've been hiking in the mountains and heard the
warning sign of a rattler and was extremely thankful
for that. Recently our little dog was barking
furiously so we went out on our back deck so see what
was going on, and there was a rattlesnake warning our
puppy not to come too close. We were extremely
grateful for the snake's warning rattle. In the Bible,
Satan is depicted as a serpent--a serpent who not only
doesn't warn about his lethal bite, but appears in
alluring disguises promising great rewards of
pleasure, ready and waiting to devour his every
victim.

How different from God because over and over he warns
us in his Word, the Bible, to avoid sin at all costs
for it will destroy us. He, too, has generously given
notice even to his enemies to "flee from the wrath to
come" and to turn to Christ the Savior of the world.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be careful
where I walk (how I live) and avoid the ways of Satan
at all costs. Thank you that there is salvation from
the evil one when I turn to you. Help me so to do.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:15-16 (NASB).
2. Source: Christian Voices, www.christianvoices.org.
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Today's Daily Encounter
Happy Father’s Day
"Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will
become discouraged" (Colossians 3:21, NIV).
When my two sons were teenagers I wrote the following
poem, framed it and gave them a copy as a gift from my
heart.

To Be a Man
When you can rise above your
fears to conquer every challenge
that comes to those who dare
to climb the highest heights;
When you can keep on getting up each
time you've failed or been knocked down;
When you can see your greatest strength
lies in your faith and gentleness,
your greatest courage in admitting
your faults, and with God's help
strive to overcome them;
When you can accept responsibility
for resolving all your hurts and break
the chain from generations past;
When you can know and show a father's
love and feel with all your heart;
When you can love yourself, others
and God more than earthly gain,
or fame and recognition, you will,
my son, be then a man -
and indeed a great man at that.
- Dick Innes ©️ Copyright
And of course, I realized that unless I modeled what I
wrote and wished for them, all of my efforts would be
in vain.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to live so
that I will become more and more the man/woman of God
you want me to be, so that my life will be a model for
my sons/daughters so that they, too, will want to
become the men/women of God you want them to be. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."
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Today's Daily Encounter
Growing Strong in the Broken Places

"But he [God] said to me [Paul], 'My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in
weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest
on me."1

Do you ever feel that God can't use you because you
aren't qualified? If so, you're in good company. Many
of us feel the same way. In fact, there were very few
men or women in the Bible who were used of God who
didn't have a personal struggle or challenge of one
kind or another. Moses and Mary weren't the only ones
who didn't feel qualified for the work God was calling
them to do!

An unknown author has pointed out that "Moses
stuttered. John Mark was rejected by Paul. Timothy had
ulcers. Hosea's wife was a prostitute. Amos's only
training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob
lied. David had an affair. Solomon had too many wives
and concubines. Jesus was too poor and wasn't schooled
in the right religious institutions. Abraham and Sarah
were too old. David was too young. Peter was
impulsive. John had a temper. Naomi was a widow. Paul
was a murderer, as was Moses. Jonah ran from God.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was
depressed. Elijah was burned out. Martha worried too
much. Matthew was a despised tax-gatherer. Noah had a
drinking problem."

It was Ernest Hemingway who first wrote about the
world breaking us all but some grow strong in the
broken places. The idea behind these words is that
where a bone is broken and heals, it becomes the
strongest part of the bone. The same is true of our
broken places--where we have been hurt, have fallen,
or failed. When we bring these to Christ for healing,
his strength is then made perfect in and through our
weaknesses. This is certainly true in ministering to
other people. Our friends are not helped so much by
our brilliant logic or persuasive speech[,] as they
are through honest sharing of our own struggles and
how, with God's help, we have overcome. As one speaker
put it, sharing our faith in Christ is just a case of
one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread!

God, of course, doesn't want us to stay stuck in our
sins and problems. While he loves and accepts us as we
are, and uses us as we are, he loves us too much to
leave us as we are. But never think that you have too
little talent or too many hurts or problems for God to
use you. The key issue is to be available. Everyone
that God has ever used has had their weaknesses, sins,
and failings. But they were available, and they have
been remembered for what God did through their lives.
God will do the same for you and me as we make
ourselves available for him to use every day.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available. Please
make me usable and use me today to be as Jesus in some
way to every life I touch. And please use me in
whatever way you choose to be a part of your plans and
what you are doing in the world today. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Conquered From Within

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord … From
heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind … he
watches all who live on earth … [and] considers
everything they do. No king is saved by the size of
his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength."1

I have read how "in Ancient China, the people desired
security from the barbaric hordes to the north so they
built the great Chinese wall. It was so high they knew
no one could climb over it and so thick that nothing
could break it down. They settled back to enjoy their
security.

"During the first hundred years of the wall's
existence, China was invaded three times. Not once did
the barbaric hordes break down the wall or climb over
the top. Each time they bribed a gatekeeper and then
marched right through the gates. The Chinese were so
busy relying upon the walls of stone that they forgot
to teach integrity to their children."2 In other words
they were defeated from within.

Ancient Israel trusted in its military might but
turned from God and obedience to his laws--and was
conquered. Ancient Rome trusted in its military might
but turning to licentious living they, too, were
ultimately defeated and destroyed from within. The
same principle holds true for both nations--including
the mighty U.S.A.--and individuals. If we turn from
God and his way to go our own way, we too will
ultimately be destroyed from within.

As God's Word reminds us, "Righteousness exalts a
nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me as an
individual and us as a nation to see the folly of our
ways when we turn from following your ways to go our
own self-directed and sinful ways. Please send a great
spiritual awakening so that we will turn back to you
and make you the Lord of our life and of our nation.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 33:12-16 (NIV).
2. Sunday School Times. Cited on www.sermons.com.
3. Proverbs 14:34 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Show Me--Don't Tell Me

"So I [Paul] ask you to follow my example and do as I
do. That is the very reason I am sending Timothy--to
help you do this. For he is my beloved and trustworthy
child in the Lord. He will remind you of what I teach
about Christ Jesus in all the churches wherever I
go."1

Dwight Moody told about a friend of his who had been
in Eastern lands and saw a shepherd who was trying to
get his flock to cross a stream. He went into the
water and called his flock, but no, they wouldn't
follow him. So he picked up two lambs and, with one
tucked under each arm, he plunged into the stream and
crossed it without even looking back.

"When he lifted the lambs the old sheep looked up into
his face and began to bleat for them. But when he
plunged into the water, the sheep plunged in after
him, and the whole flock followed. When they got to
the other side he put down the lambs, and they were
quickly joined by their mothers.

I recall reading how a visiting speaker to a high
school spoke to the student body about the perils of
smoking. Afterwards some of the students saw this same
man smoking. Undoubtedly, he did more harm by his
example than anything he might have said--no matter
how true or relevant was what he had to say.

If you and I want to influence others for Jesus, what
we have to say at the appropriate time is important,
but what we say by the way we live will always carry a
lot more weight. According to communication specialists
the words we say only carry seven percent of the
message we are seeking to communicate. Who we are and
what we do speaks the loudest by far.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live
that my life will model and be a living example of your
ways so that people seeing Jesus in me will want you
for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Materialism

"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

According to an article in The Community Visitor,
Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street in
Springfield holding the hands of his two sons, both of
whom were crying lustily.

"What's the matter with the boys, Abe?" asked a
neighbor. Lincoln replied, "The matter with them is
the matter with the world. One has a nut, and the
other one wants it."

Need I say more? Our Scripture for today says it all.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
giver and not a taker--a giver of friendship, a giver
of kindness, a giver of understanding, a giver of my
possessions, a giver of love, and a giver of myself.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Remembering President Reagan

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely
goodness and love will follow me all the days of my
life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever."1

On Friday, June 11, 2004 as we all know, the 40th
President of the United States, President Ronald
Wilson Reagan, was laid to rest. In the nation's
capital it was an overcast drizzly day that seemed as
if Heaven was shedding tears with the nation whose
outpouring of love for former President Reagan was an
extremely moving experience. Following the state
Memorial Service in the Washington National Cathedral,
which was filled with dignitaries from many countries,
four living ex-presidents, and friends, the former
President, Mrs. Reagan, and family, flew back to
California to thousands of mourners lining the streets
wanting to catch one last glimpse of a leader they
greatly admired and a man they deeply loved. Above was
a cloudless sky and a smiling sun in the Golden State
that Ronald Reagan loved dearly and called his home.

At the grave-side service at the Reagan Memorial
Library set on a hill overlooking some of the majestic
California mountains, the Air Force Band and the Army
Choir were playing and singing, I presume, some of the
former President's favorite songs, not only "Hail to
the Chief," and "America the Beautiful" but old-time
hymns that were of great significance such as "Just as
I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of
God, I come, I come." And "Softly and tenderly Jesus
is calling, calling for you and for me … Calling, O
sinner, come home."

These grand hymns of the Christian faith, with the
testimony of son Michael Reagan regarding his father's
faith and trust in Jesus Christ, was a bright, shining
light shattering for at least a brief moment of time
the ever-increasing and lengthening shadow of an
insidious spiritual darkness that is currently
reaching across the American nation. President Reagan
talked of the evil of Communism and helped end its
tyranny and the cold war. But that was an enemy
without--and as another said--an enemy that wore a
uniform and could be recognized.

The evil enemy today, however, dwells among us and
wears no uniform. It is seen, not only in the evil of
fanatical religiously motivated terrorism, but in an
ever-increasing force that rears its ugly head and is
heard in the voice of radical left-wing judges who
defy the vote of Congress, the vote of the Senate, and
the will of the President. It is seen in the demands of
vocal minorities who are seeking to destroy marriage
and the family as God designed it; in the vote of
politicians who allow innocent babies to be murdered;
in the continual flow of words published by certain
media, and in the attitude of all who join them in
their determination to get rid of every vestige of
Christianity, Christian prayer, God's Word, and God's
name from every area of the public arena. One wonders
what their home-going will be like. What a contrast to
those who have faithfully trusted and served God, whose
names are written in God's Book of Life.

For example, if you listen with your heart you can
hear the Lord's welcome home to Ronald Wilson Reagan
with the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant,
enter into the joy of your Lord."

And you can imagine hearing the angelic choir singing,
not only for Ronald, but also for you and me. Let's
join with them in our prayer for today: "Softly and
tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He's waiting and watching, Watching
for you and for me. O for the wonderful love he has
promised, Promised for you and for me; Though we have
sinned, He has mercy and pardon, Pardon for you and
for me … Come home, come home, Ye who are weary come
home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling,
O sinner, come home!"2

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accepted God's gift of forgiveness and his promise of
eternal life to be with him in heaven forever, why not
do that today. To help you do this click on the link to
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1. Psalm 23:4, 6 (NIV).
2. Will L. Thompson (1847-1909).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Did You Spot the Gorilla?
"I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help
come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of
heaven and earth."1
Tony Whittaker wrote how a 30-second film shows six
people playing basketball, three in white shirts and
three in black. Volunteers are asked to count how many
times the white shirt team passes the ball. At the end
of the film, they are asked if they saw anything
unusual. Most do not. The unusual thing is: halfway
through the film, a man wearing a gorilla suit walks
through the players, beats his chest to the camera,
and then walks off.
"When shown the film again, people are utterly
surprised to see him, to the extent that they often
believe a different film has been substituted for the
original one. Their focus on one task has blinded them
to a truth.
"This film trick illustrates a simple fact--that if we
are only looking for one thing, we do not usually see
anything different. This forms the basis of Professor
Richard Wiseman's new book, Did You Spot the Gorilla?
How to Recognize Hidden Opportunities. The point at
which people finally see the unexpected is what he
calls a 'gorilla moment.'"2 Furthermore, so often in
life people see only what they want to see and don't
see what they don't want or need to see.
Have you had any "gorilla moments" lately? Have you
seen God in your surroundings, in the love of those
who love and accept you, in the myriad of blessings we
all receive every day? And have you seen God in your
present circumstances, or heard what he is trying to
say to you in your disappointments, your financial
setback, or your losses?
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see and
experience the wonder of your handiwork in all of
nature as well as in the everyday issues of life. And
above all, in the words of the songwriter, 'Open my
eyes, Lord; I want to see Jesus, To reach out and
touch Him and say that I love Him. Open my ears, Lord;
help me to listen. Open my eyes, Lord; I want to see
Jesus!'3 Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV).
2. Tony Whittaker, Web Evangelism Bulletin,
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/.
3. Words and music by Bob Cull. Copyright 1976 by
Maranatha Music, Box 1396, Costa Mesa, California
92626.
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Today's Daily Encounter
Leading by Serving

"Instead, the greatest among you should be like the
youngest, and the one who rules like the one who
serves."1

Many years ago a rider on horseback came across a
squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log.
A corporal stood by giving lordly orders to "heave."
But the log was too heavy for the squad to move. So
the stranger on horseback asked the corporal to give
them a hand.

"Me? Why, I'm a corporal, Sir!"

Dismounting, the stranger carefully took his place
with the soldiers.

"Now, all together, boys--heave!" he said. And the
heavy log slid right into place.

The horseman?

George Washington!

It has been said that you can tell a truly great
person by the way he or she treats ordinary people.

Suggested prayer: "Dear Jesus God, you were and are
truly the Servant of all. Teach me the secret of
service and so enable me to find fulfillment in life
through serving others. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Jesus in Luke 22:26 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Insignificant Goals
"Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the
vines, For our vines have tender grapes."1
Some years ago a headline told of three hundred whales
that suddenly died. The whales were pursuing sardines
and found themselves marooned in a bay. Frederick
Broan Harris commented, "The small fish lured the sea
giants to their death. They came to their violent
demise by chasing small ends, by prostituting vast
powers for insignificant goals."2
How often in life "little things" can seem so
insignificant. For instance, the kid who smokes his
first cigarette probably reasons with himself, "One
smoke will not hurt," never dreaming he would get
addicted to nicotine. The same is true of the
alcoholic and the drug addict. One drink will never
hurt, or one drug will never hurt, never dreaming that
they would end up as hopeless addicts.
Then there are those of us who pride ourselves that we
are not addicted to any substance, but allow our lives
to be consumed by so many little things that are
harmless in and of themselves but take us away from
God's purpose for our life.
All too often even good things become the enemy of the
best in that they hinder or stop our becoming all that
God has envisioned for us.
May we so live that in the end when we meet God face
to face we will have no regrets but hear his welcoming
words, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter
into the joy of your Lord." How we live today will
determine what that outcome will be.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the good
sense to know that my life here is just a journey and
a preparation for eternity. Help me to know what your
purpose for my life is and so live that I will have no
regrets when I am called home, but will hear your
words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Song of Solomon 2:15 (NKJV).
2. John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You.
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993), 31.
Cited on www.sermons.com.
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Today's Daily Encounter
Hands of Christ

"But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can
be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the
Lord."1

Following World War II some German students
volunteered to help rebuild a cathedral in England,
one that had been badly damaged by the Luftwaffe
bombings. As the work progressed, they weren't sure
how to best restore a large statue of Jesus with his
arms outstretched and bearing the familiar
inscription, "Come unto me."

They were able to repair all the damage to the statue
except for Christ's hands which had been completely
destroyed. Should they even attempt to rebuild these?

The workers reached a decision that still stands
today. They decided to leave the hands off and changed
the inscription to read: "Christ has no hands but
ours."

While Jesus Christ paid the price and purchased our
salvation on the cross with his life, he left the
"hands-on" work of building his kingdom in your hands
and mine. We are his representatives and, for many,
the only Christ they will ever see is "the Christ"
living in you and me. A poster on the office wall at
Wheaton College says it all:

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

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please use 'my hands' and
help me to be as Christ, first to my loved ones, and
then to whomever you bring into my life today. Grant
that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want you in their
life too. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Friendship
"There are friends who 'pretend' to be friends, but
there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."1
Many definitions have been given to describe
friendship. Some time ago an English publication
offered a prize for the best one, and, "A friend is
one who understands our silence" was one of the
thousands of entries. But the one that took first
prize was this: "A friend--the one who comes in when
the whole world has gone out."
To me, a true friend is one who knows all about you
and loves you still, who gives you his or her
presence, who listens with his or her heart and
actually hears what you are saying--who accepts you
for who you are and not for what you have or haven't
done. A good friend is one who doesn't judge you, try
to fix you, or tell you what you should do. He or she
will appreciate your friendship and tell you so, will
rejoice with you in your successes and weep with you
in your sorrows. And, at times, a good friend will
confront you and graciously point out a fault, but no
matter what, he or she will stand by you. These
friends are rare and precious.
But the greatest friend of all is the One who stepped
out of the ivory palaces of heaven and came to earth
as a man--clothed in a garment of human flesh--to
identify with us, and who died on the cross to save us
from our sins, to give us a free pardon and the gift of
eternal life. He is "a friend who sticks closer than a
brother" and will "never, not ever, no never leave us
or forsake us."2 His love is absolutely total,
unconditional, and eternal. His name is Jesus.
Prayer: "Dear Jesus, thank you that you are a friend
of sinners and, as such, you have accepted me as a
friend of yours. Help me to show my appreciation for
your dying on the cross in my place by my living for
you in every way possible. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 18:24 (NLT).
2. See Hebrews 13:5
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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Jun 2011, 6:35 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
What Is Your Stick?
"Moses answered [God], 'What if they [the Israelites]
do not believe me or listen to me and say, "The LORD
did not appear to you"?' Then the LORD said to him,
'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied.
The LORD said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw
it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran
from it. Then the LORD said to him, 'Reach out your
hand and take it by the tail.' So Moses reached out
and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a
staff in his hand."1
If you know Bible history, you will recall how the
Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for some 430 years
and God was calling Moses to return to Egypt to
confront Pharaoh to let God's people go. This was to
deliver them from slavery and lead them to the
Promised Land--the land that God had promised them
many years before through Abraham, the father of the
Israeli nation.
Because he wasn't good at speaking, Moses didn't feel
that he would be able to take on this seemingly
impossible task. So God challenged Moses by saying,
"What is that in your hand?" and then performed an
unusual miracle with Moses' stick. This was to ensure
Moses that God would be with him to convince the
Israelites that God had called him, and to assure
Moses that God would perform any miracles needed to
convince Pharaoh to ultimately let God's people go.
As an aside, last year Joy and I were in Egypt and
when visiting the great pyramids, I couldn't help but
wonder if the Israeli slaves were used to build or
help build these massive structures. I asked our tour
guide if this were possible and she didn't know.
Fast forward to today's world in which God has a work
for you and me to do in each of the worlds in which we
live. Unfortunately, many of us don't feel capable of
doing anything significant for God and consequently
sit back and virtually waste our lives by not
fulfilling God's purpose for it. So God's question to
each of us today is: "What is that in your hand?" Or
to put it in local talk, "What is your schtick (or
'staff')?"
In other words, what God-given gifts do you have? What
do you enjoy doing and do reasonably well? What would
you like to be doing if you had the opportunity? These
activities usually indicate what your stick is; that
is, what gift or gifts that are in your hand. Whatever
these are, be sure to put these abilities to good use
in serving God, remembering that we serve God by
serving people.
If you are a gifted teacher, then perhaps you could
teach a Sunday school or Bible class. If you are a
gifted speaker or writer, then look for ways to use
these gifts to help spread the gospel and message of
Jesus Christ. If you are good at encouraging people,
then use this gift generously. You can serve through
your local church, through local community services,
by helping local or overseas missions, by helping with
and supporting para-church organizations, by reaching
out to a neighbor in need, by being a volunteer with a
local service group--or in any of a hundred other
productive ways.
Remember, too, that when you stand before Jesus and
give an account of your life, be sure that you won't
just stand there holding your schtick that appears as
if it were just taken out of the gift box. With God's
help, I hope that when this time comes for me, my
schtick will appear to be almost completely worn out
from having put it to productive use.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for the schtick
(gift/s) you have placed in my hand. Help me to get
the best training possible so I can make the best use
of my stick for effective service, and to find ways to
use my stick to serve and bring honor to you. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."
1. Exodus 4:1-4 (NIV).
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Post  Admin on Thu 02 Jun 2011, 2:31 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Rights Vs. Responsibility
Paul the Apostle wrote, "We were not idle when we were
with you, nor did we eat anyone's food without paying
for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day,
laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden
to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have
the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves
a model for you to follow. For even when we were with
you, we gave you this rule: 'If a man will not work,
he shall not eat.'"1
Recently, when watching an interview on TV, I found it
sickening to see the following reasoning: An individual
who was being interviewed--who happened to be an
illegal immigrant--was asked why she was here, and why
she didn't want to work. Her answer was that she had a
right to be here, and a right to be taken care of, her
"justification" being that because God had blessed the
U.S.A., it was the will of Jesus that she live here
and be taken care of. In her thinking it was owing to
her. She was obviously a member of the "entitlement
society" as she was an able-bodied woman and quite
capable of working, and quite capable of applying for
a permit to be in the country legally.
Certainly I believe that people who are genuinely
unable to take care of themselves because of a serious
disability, need to be cared for. But to take care of
people who are capable of working and taking care of
themselves, is a case of irresponsible codependency.
Whether this is at an individual or a national level
makes no difference, it is a gross form of
irresponsibility both on the part of the care-giver
and the care-receiver. The one is as sick as the
other. To take care of people who can take care of
themselves reinforces their irresponsibility and keeps
them sickeningly over-dependent and immature.
By way of interest, God will bend the heavens to do
for us what we cannot do for ourselves-that's why he
sent Jesus, his Son, to die in our place on the cross
to save us from the lethal consequences of our
sins--but he will not do for us what we are able to do
for ourselves.
Yes, people have right "rights" but not wrong "rights"
in that they do not have the right to be irresponsible
and live off other peoples' hard work and efforts when
they are capable of taking care of themselves. As
today's Scripture says, "'If a man will not work, he
shall not eat." It is tragic that too many leaders
don't get it, as it appears that they are more
interested in getting votes than they are in the
lasting welfare of both individuals and society at
large.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
see what my responsibilities are, accept them, and do
what I need to do--always in all ways. And deliver me
from the sin of using 'my so called rights' as an
excuse to justify my avoidance of personal
responsibility. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 (NIV).
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