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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 10:00 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

About One Father's Day ... Can I Borrow $100?  

Tim knew his father was an important lawyer who worked
most nights and weekends. So he was disappointed but
not surprised when his father didn't attend his last
soccer game of the season.

That night he got up the nerve to interrupt his dad's
work to ask, "How much do lawyers make?"

Annoyed, his father gruffly answered, "My clients pay
me $300 an hour."

Tim gulped. "Wow, that's a lot. Would you lend me
$100?"

"Of course not," his father said. "Please, just let me
work."

Moments later, he heard his son sobbing in the other
room, and he called him back. "Son, I'm sorry. If you
need some money, of course I'll lend it to you. But can
I ask why you need it?"

Tim said, "Well, I've saved $200, and if you lend me a
hundred, I'll have enough." 

"Enough for what?" 

"To buy an hour of your time so you can come to our
banquet on Friday and see me get the most valuable
player award. Will you come?" 

His father felt like he'd been stabbed in the heart.
For the first time, he realized the cost of his
priorities. None of his clients needed him as much as
his son, and nothing he could do as a lawyer was more
important than what he could do as a father. How had he
missed that insight?

It's always difficult to balance job demands and family
needs, but the test of whether you work too much is
simple: Are you able to be the kind of parent your
child deserves?

Few people look back on their lives and wish they'd
spent more time at the office. Far more wish they'd
spent more time with their kids.

This story is derived and adapted from one circulated
on the Internet without attribution. The original
source is unknown. As seen on Character Counts by
Michael Josephson, www.charactercounts.org

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always ...
in all ways ... to be 'as Jesus'  to every one of my
family members and loved ones. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."    
  
  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
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  ACTS International.
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Sat 17 Jun 2017, 12:17 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Healing Life's Hurts Part III  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective."1 

The first step, we said, in the healing process is to
admit that we have a problem or need. We have a friend
whose teenage daughter is anorexic and is also in total
denial. Even though she has had to be hospitalized, she
claims that there is nothing wrong with her. Until she
admits that she has a serious eating disorder and that
she needs help, there is no chance of her ever
recovering and being made well. 

The second step is to want to be healed--not just wish
to be. Wanting also means that we have to accept total
responsibility to do whatever we need to do in order to
be made well. 

Third, it isn't enough to talk about our painful
feelings. We need to find a safe place with a trusted
friend, counselor, therapy group, or recovery group
where we can confidentially experience and express our
feelings of hurt, guilt, shame, anger, fear, plus our
sins and faults. These are the secrets that comprise
our dark side which, unconfessed, keep us bound. As it
has been said, "We are as sick as our secrets." Not all
ills are caused by these issues, but many are. 

Fourth, when necessary, where we have hurt somebody
else, we need to seek their forgiveness and, wherever
possible, right the wrong/s that we have done.

Fifth, we then need to forgive all who have hurt us.
This is part of gaining freedom from the past. Once we
have grown strong enough to face our pain, set
appropriate boundaries, and develop some safe
relationships, we can begin to forgive. But we cannot
simply put forgiveness on top of unresolved hurt,
grief, or anger. These must first be dealt with and
resolved. Then we are ready to forgive. 

Sixth, we also need to confess our sins and faults to
God and ask for and receive his forgiveness. His Word
says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness."2

Seventh, we need to forgive ourselves, let go of the
past, and move on to become the persons God planned for
us to be. Once we have faced our pain and hurt and
anger and begun to forgive, we can start looking ahead
in life.

Eighth, develop a healthy support network with a
trusted friend or two. At the very minimum, ask God to
give you at least one close friend who you trust
implicitly and with whom you can share your total
self--your joys sorrows, victories, and failures--and
with whom you can keep accountable.

Finally, we need to consistently seek God's help
through prayer, scripture, and Christian fellowship. I
don't mean through a magical quick fix but rather
through the miracle of God's healing over time through
our relationship with Him and members of the body of
Christ--the Church.

Remember, too, that one of the names for God in Hebrew,
Yahweh-rophe, literally means "The Lord who heals."

God wants to heal us and has shown us the way. It's in
the Bible: "Confess your sins and faults to one
another, and pray for one another, so that you may be
healed."3 Do you truly want to be healed? If so, and
the cause of your illness is within yourself, as you
follow God's way, you can and will be healed of many of
life's ills. It may take time but God wants you to
become the person He created you to be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whatever it takes,
whatever I need to see and whatever I need to do, with
your help I am willing to be made willing to accept
full responsibility for my unresolved personal issues
that are causing many of my ills--be they physical,
emotional, or spiritual. And, where needed, help me to
find the help I need to fully recover and experience
your healing. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. 1 John 1:9 (NIV). 
3. James 5:16 (NIV). 

<Smile)))><    
  
  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
  "Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2016
  ACTS International.
  

 Today's Daily Encounter

Healing Life's Hurts Part III  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective."1 

The first step, we said, in the healing process is to
admit that we have a problem or need. We have a friend
whose teenage daughter is anorexic and is also in total
denial. Even though she has had to be hospitalized, she
claims that there is nothing wrong with her. Until she
admits that she has a serious eating disorder and that
she needs help, there is no chance of her ever
recovering and being made well. 

The second step is to want to be healed--not just wish
to be. Wanting also means that we have to accept total
responsibility to do whatever we need to do in order to
be made well. 

Third, it isn't enough to talk about our painful
feelings. We need to find a safe place with a trusted
friend, counselor, therapy group, or recovery group
where we can confidentially experience and express our
feelings of hurt, guilt, shame, anger, fear, plus our
sins and faults. These are the secrets that comprise
our dark side which, unconfessed, keep us bound. As it
has been said, "We are as sick as our secrets." Not all
ills are caused by these issues, but many are. 

Fourth, when necessary, where we have hurt somebody
else, we need to seek their forgiveness and, wherever
possible, right the wrong/s that we have done.

Fifth, we then need to forgive all who have hurt us.
This is part of gaining freedom from the past. Once we
have grown strong enough to face our pain, set
appropriate boundaries, and develop some safe
relationships, we can begin to forgive. But we cannot
simply put forgiveness on top of unresolved hurt,
grief, or anger. These must first be dealt with and
resolved. Then we are ready to forgive. 

Sixth, we also need to confess our sins and faults to
God and ask for and receive his forgiveness. His Word
says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness."2

Seventh, we need to forgive ourselves, let go of the
past, and move on to become the persons God planned for
us to be. Once we have faced our pain and hurt and
anger and begun to forgive, we can start looking ahead
in life.

Eighth, develop a healthy support network with a
trusted friend or two. At the very minimum, ask God to
give you at least one close friend who you trust
implicitly and with whom you can share your total
self--your joys sorrows, victories, and failures--and
with whom you can keep accountable.

Finally, we need to consistently seek God's help
through prayer, scripture, and Christian fellowship. I
don't mean through a magical quick fix but rather
through the miracle of God's healing over time through
our relationship with Him and members of the body of
Christ--the Church.

Remember, too, that one of the names for God in Hebrew,
Yahweh-rophe, literally means "The Lord who heals."

God wants to heal us and has shown us the way. It's in
the Bible: "Confess your sins and faults to one
another, and pray for one another, so that you may be
healed."3 Do you truly want to be healed? If so, and
the cause of your illness is within yourself, as you
follow God's way, you can and will be healed of many of
life's ills. It may take time but God wants you to
become the person He created you to be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whatever it takes,
whatever I need to see and whatever I need to do, with
your help I am willing to be made willing to accept
full responsibility for my unresolved personal issues
that are causing many of my ills--be they physical,
emotional, or spiritual. And, where needed, help me to
find the help I need to fully recover and experience
your healing. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. 1 John 1:9 (NIV). 
3. James 5:16 (NIV). 

<Smile)))><    
  
  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
  "Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2016
  ACTS International.
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 10:23 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Healing Life's Hurts Part III  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous man is powerful and effective."1 

The first step, we said, in the healing process is to
admit that we have a problem or need. We have a friend
whose teenage daughter is anorexic and is also in total
denial. Even though she has had to be hospitalized, she
claims that there is nothing wrong with her. Until she
admits that she has a serious eating disorder and that
she needs help, there is no chance of her ever
recovering and being made well. 

The second step is to want to be healed--not just wish
to be. Wanting also means that we have to accept total
responsibility to do whatever we need to do in order to
be made well. 

Third, it isn't enough to talk about our painful
feelings. We need to find a safe place with a trusted
friend, counselor, therapy group, or recovery group
where we can confidentially experience and express our
feelings of hurt, guilt, shame, anger, fear, plus our
sins and faults. These are the secrets that comprise
our dark side which, unconfessed, keep us bound. As it
has been said, "We are as sick as our secrets." Not all
ills are caused by these issues, but many are. 

Fourth, when necessary, where we have hurt somebody
else, we need to seek their forgiveness and, wherever
possible, right the wrong/s that we have done.

Fifth, we then need to forgive all who have hurt us.
This is part of gaining freedom from the past. Once we
have grown strong enough to face our pain, set
appropriate boundaries, and develop some safe
relationships, we can begin to forgive. But we cannot
simply put forgiveness on top of unresolved hurt,
grief, or anger. These must first be dealt with and
resolved. Then we are ready to forgive. 

Sixth, we also need to confess our sins and faults to
God and ask for and receive his forgiveness. His Word
says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness."2

Seventh, we need to forgive ourselves, let go of the
past, and move on to become the persons God planned for
us to be. Once we have faced our pain and hurt and
anger and begun to forgive, we can start looking ahead
in life.

Eighth, develop a healthy support network with a
trusted friend or two. At the very minimum, ask God to
give you at least one close friend who you trust
implicitly and with whom you can share your total
self--your joys sorrows, victories, and failures--and
with whom you can keep accountable.

Finally, we need to consistently seek God's help
through prayer, scripture, and Christian fellowship. I
don't mean through a magical quick fix but rather
through the miracle of God's healing over time through
our relationship with Him and members of the body of
Christ--the Church.

Remember, too, that one of the names for God in Hebrew,
Yahweh-rophe, literally means "The Lord who heals."

God wants to heal us and has shown us the way. It's in
the Bible: "Confess your sins and faults to one
another, and pray for one another, so that you may be
healed."3 Do you truly want to be healed? If so, and
the cause of your illness is within yourself, as you
follow God's way, you can and will be healed of many of
life's ills. It may take time but God wants you to
become the person He created you to be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whatever it takes,
whatever I need to see and whatever I need to do, with
your help I am willing to be made willing to accept
full responsibility for my unresolved personal issues
that are causing many of my ills--be they physical,
emotional, or spiritual. And, where needed, help me to
find the help I need to fully recover and experience
your healing. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. 1 John 1:9 (NIV). 
3. James 5:16 (NIV). 

<Smile)))><    
  
  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
  "Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2016
  ACTS International.
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 14 Jun 2017, 5:24 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Shoulds vs Wants  

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
[liberty]."1 

Recently we had a critical situation. Joy went
interstate to help take care of family matters and
assured me that there was no need for me to come.
Because I was under a lot of work pressure, it would
have been so much easier for me to stay at home. But to
me it was important that I go, not because I should,
but because I wanted to be with Joy to support her and
the family. 

Have you ever been in a similar situation and noticed
that there is a big difference between "shoulds" and
"wants"? If I do certain things only because I should
and my heart is not in it, how genuine is that? I am
talking more about a type of compulsive "shoulds" that
can be very confusing at times. 

If you have ever struggled with even mild compulsive
"shoulds," how can you tell what is from God, from your
own self, or even from the enemy? 

Compulsive "shoulds" can come from various sources.
They can come from a mental condition in the brain that
is inherited, or from an over-dependent need to be
popular, accepted and admired. They can come from a
neurotic need for approval, from false motives, for
payback or even to manipulate others. They can also
come from a spirit of legalism which keeps one in
terrible bondage. 

Or they can come from the enemy--as the old saying
goes, "If Satan can't pull us down into a life of sin
and debauchery, he will try to push us over the top so
we become so "heavenly minded that we are of no earthly
use." This was so for me in my youthful days. It was
like there was a little voice inside my head that would
say, "You better do this or you better not do that. Or
you better do that or you better not do this." At the
time I thought this inner voice was from God telling me
what I should do and what I shouldn't do. It got very
confusing at times. 

With the help of an understanding pastor, the defining
factor for me was this: Is there a spirit of freedom in
what this "inner voice" was "telling" me to do or was
it a spirit of bondage? In my heart did I genuinely
want to do this or was I being compulsively driven? If
it were the latter, I knew it wasn't a genuine desire
in my heart and it wasn't from God because, as God's
Word says, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
freedom [liberty]."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all of life's struggles
and challenges when I am confused as to what is right
for me to do, please give me a discerning spirit so
that I know what is from a false motive, what is from a
spirit of legalism or from the enemy, and what is from
you. And please help me to grow so that I will truly
want to be what you want me to be and want to do what
you want me to do. Thank you for hearing my answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV). 

<Smile)))><    
  
  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
  "Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2016
  ACTS International.
  
Today's Daily Encounter

Healing Life's Hurts Part I  

"When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had
been in this condition for a long time, he asked him,
'Do you want to get well?'"1 

When I first met Jennifer at a seminar I was leading,
she was very withdrawn and her face, apart from sad
eyes, was expressionless. She said little all day but
her body language spoke volumes. It didn't take a great
deal of insight to realize that Jennifer was in
pain--deep pain.

I was quite busy and didn't give any more thought to
Jennifer until a few weeks later when she turned up a
thousand miles away at a more intensive week-long
counseling workshop. Here her story unfolded.

Jennifer was at breaking point. She had a young son and
was about to give him up for adoption. She told us she
was so afraid to be touched she couldn't stand her own
child hugging her. It was no surprise to learn that
Jennifer was a rape victim--repeated rape. In fact, her
son was a child of rape. This terrible abuse started
when she was very young and left her paralyzed with
fear.

Like a lion in the forest preys on wounded animals,
perpetrating men saw Jennifer as easy prey and had been
violating her for much of her 40 years. She came to our
counseling week as a last hope. Since nothing else had
worked, she determined that if she didn't find help
here, she was going to take her life.

Fortunately, Jennifer found a place where she felt safe
to share her story and express the incredibly painful
emotions that had been bottled up inside since she was
repeatedly raped as a small child and as an adolescent.
Time and again she had been used and shamed. She felt
ugly, dirty, unlovable, and despised.

To be healed Jennifer needed to share not only what had
happened to her (where she had been sinned against) but
also all of the hurt, shame, anger (rage), and terror
she felt. Although her painful emotions were justified
by the horrible mistreatment she had suffered, Jennifer
had turned these emotions against herself and they were
all but destroying her.

To be continued . . .

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
available to people who are hurting, and give me a
listening ear, an understanding heart, and an accepting
spirit so those needing to share their struggles will
feel safe to do so with me. And please use me to be a
'wounded healer.' Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. John 5:6 (NIV).

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  NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
  for all your sins and His invitation for a full pardon
  Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
  if you would like to re-commit your life to Jesus Christ, 
  please click on http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php to note this.
  
  * * * * * * * 
  
  Daily Encounter is published at no charge by 
  ACTS International, a non-profit organization, 
  and made possible through the donations of 
  interested friends. Donations can be sent at: 
  http://www.actscom.com
  
  ACTS International
  P.O. Box 73545
  San Clemente, California 92673-0119
  U.S.A.
  
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
  http://www.actsweb.org 
  
  Copyright (c) 2016 by ACTS International. 
  
  When copying or forwarding include the following: 
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  ACTS International.
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 7:33 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Bottom Line  

"Love your neighbor as yourself."1 

Dr. Alfred Adler, international psychiatrist, based the
following conclusions on a careful analysis of
thousands of patients: "The most important task imposed
by religion has always been, 'Love your neighbor....'
It is the individual who is not interested in his
fellow man who has the greatest difficulties in life
and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from
among such individuals that all human failures spring."


True, Jesus did say that we were to love our neighbor
as we love our own self, but as somebody else said,
"Heaven help your neighbor if you hate yourself." If I
happen to hate myself, I will tend to project my
feelings of self-hatred onto my neighbor, and while I
may not hate him, I will find it difficult, if not
impossible, to love him. This is because I can only
love and accept others to the degree that I have
learned to love and accept myself--in a healthy way
that is. 

So, if we are to follow Jesus' example and admonition
to love our neighbor (all people), we need to resolve
our damaged and negative emotions that block or hinder
our loving ourselves so we can be free to love others. 

While we are working towards that goal, we can choose
to do the loving thing to others even if we don't fully
feel that love yet. And what an impact we Christians
would make in our homes, places of business, schools,
cities, and nation if every one of us would make the
commitment every day to love our neighbor, mean it, and
practice it. It's still important to do right whether
we feel like doing it or not.

Let's pray that we will! 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to love and
accept myself as you love and accept me, and please
help me to love my neighbor (every life I touch) and be
as Christ to him/her today. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Mark 12:31.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Dreams: God's Forgotten Language? Part II  

"Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
see visions."1 

Dreams not only give valuable personal insights but
also have given many creative insights. Some inventors,
for example, have received profound ideas from dreams.
I recall reading how the inventor, Elias Howe, designed
the first sewing machine. He was having great
difficulty in conceiving a workable needle. When he was
close to running out of money, he had an unusual dream.
He dreamt that he was about to be executed because he
failed to design a sewing machine for the king of a
strange country. 

In his dream he was surrounded by guards, all of whom
held spears that had been pierced with holes near the
tip. Howe woke up and immediately rushed to his
workshop. The perfect concept for the sewing machine
needle came to him in this dream. Within a few hours
the first sewing machine was well on the way to being
designed. 

I have heard it said that the theory of relativity came
to Einstein in either a dream or a vision. Apparently
he saw it on a beam of light. I have also read that the
design for the first radio tube came to the inventor in
a dream. 

Was it time for these discoveries to come into the
world and did God give them to the persons who were
trained to understand them and put them to use? Or did
they just happen by chance? I prefer to think the
former. 

So whatever we think about dreams, as we said
yesterday, they are a God-given gift in that he gave us
the ability to dream. Whether we repress them as many
do, ignore them as most do, or use them for creative
purposes as some do is entirely up to each individual. 

To remember dreams it can be very helpful to keep a pen
and pad at your bedside and record any dream that makes
a strong impression on your mind. Speaking personally,
dreams have given me many valuable insights for growth
and recovery. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whenever I have a dream
that is meant to help me grow, resolve an issue, do a
good deed, help someone in need, or gain a valuable
insight, please help me to interpret it correctly and
use it for the purpose for which it was given. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Joel 2:28. 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Dreams: GOD'S Forgotten Language? Part I  

"I have received full payment and even more; I am amply
supplied."1 

Dreams. Do they have meaning and purpose? Does God
still speak to people through them? 

Technically speaking, dreams are the right or creative
side of the brain communicating to the left or logical
side of the brain. They are often visual symbols
representing what we are feeling deep inside. Clinical
tests have shown that we all dream every night even if
we don't remember what we have dreamed. 

Dreaming is one of nature's ways to relieve tension. In
one test, sleepers were monitored with electronic
equipment to show when they were dreaming. As soon as
they started to dream, they were awakened and the dream
stopped. The test had to be discontinued after several
nights as the people in the test were becoming too
emotionally distressed. 

Some dreams can be caused by an emotional upset; others
by stress or physical pain. For several days, following
an operation on my Achilles tendon, which I snapped
twice in three months, I kept dreaming over and over
that I was falling and snapping my tendon. These were
more like nightmares! 

At other times dreams can be very insightful. For
instance, some dreams have clearly shown me conflicts
from childhood that I needed to resolve. 

When we have repeated dreams on a theme--such as when
we are trying to run from something but can't move, or
when we are being chased but can't get away, or falling
and can't catch ourselves--it may indicate an
unresolved fear or conflict from the past. It's
nature's way of notifying us that we need to resolve
some long forgotten memory. 

But does God ever speak to us today through dreams as
he did in Bible times to the patriarchs and prophets? 

At times I think God still uses dreams to communicate
to us. On one occasion when my organization (ACTS
International) was facing a severe financial crisis, I
was feeling very afraid and discouraged, and fell
asleep during my morning devotional time when I had a
fascinating dream. In the dream I heard a voice that
said very clearly, "Philippians 4:18 makes sense to
me." 

Immediately I woke up, opened my Bible to that passage
and read the following: "I have received full payment
and even more; I am amply supplied!" I had never
memorized that Scripture verse so it didn't come from
my memory bank! That certainly encouraged me and, by
way of interest, we did survive that crisis. 

Some dreams may be from God. Most aren't. However, the
ability to dream is. And we have been given them for a
purpose--at least to relieve stress and to gain
insights for personal and spiritual growth. The
difficulty can be in interpreting them correctly.
However, through prayer and practice we can learn to do
this and use these dreams creatively.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the
God-given ability to dream. Help me to recognize when
my dreams are telling me that I have an issue that
needs to be resolved, or a responsibility I need to
take care of, and then lead me to the help I need to do
this. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen." 

To be continued. . . 

1. Philippians 4:18. 

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Universal Laws  

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my
path."1

"The Bible has changed the lives of more persons than
any other book," said W. Clement Stone. "It has helped
countless thousands to develop physical, mental and
moral health."

At least here in America, the ever increasing and
accelerating moral decline, the tearing down of
marriage, the promotion of homosexuality as a normal
alternative lifestyle, unthinkable abortion practices,
the never ending bombardment from online pornographers
and pornographic pedophiles, etc., etc., are, without
question, directly related to the ever increasing
attacks against the Bible, Christianity, the Ten
Commandments, and the laws prohibiting prayer and the
display of Christian symbols in public places. 

Every rule, every law, every principle in God's Word,
the Bible, is there, not because God is a kill-joy, but
for our protection and the total physical, emotional,
and spiritual well-being of the individual, the family,
the community, and the nation as a whole.

God's moral law is as much a universal law as is the
law of gravity. We know better than to try and break
this law. In fact, we can't break the law of gravity.
If we try to, it breaks us. Or rather, we break
ourselves by disregarding it. This law holds the
physical universe together, keeps the planets in their
orbit, and the earth revolving around the sun. It also
keeps our feet on good old mother earth. Without it
life could not exist on earth.

Likewise, God's moral law holds the moral universe
together. It, too, is for our protection and total
well-being. We can't break it any more than we can
break the law of gravity. When we try to it breaks us.
Or rather, in our disregard of it, we break and destroy
ourselves. 

In this sense it's not God who judges us for our
disregard of his laws. We bring the judgment or the
natural consequences upon ourselves. Obeying God's Word
leads to life. Disregarding it and going our own way
leads, not only to disaster in this life, but also to
eternal death in the after-life--which is not the
cessation of life but eternal separation from God, the
author of all love and life. 

In other words, God's laws are to protect us from
hell--hell on earth and hell in life-after-life. We
disregard God's laws to our own peril and end up
unhappily destroying ourselves. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that you have
given us the words of life--and that you have given us
all the laws we need to live wholesome, fulfilling, and
satisfying lives. Give me a love and great respect for
Your laws and help me to live in harmony with them. And
please grant a great spiritual awakening throughout our
nation so we will embrace Your laws and your ways, so
that we will save our land for our children and our
children's children. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).

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When the Devil Knocks on My Door  

"Resist the devil and he will flee from you."1 

A friend recently gave me the following suggestion:
"When Satan comes to remind me about my past, I remind
him about his future."

One thing Satan does is continually accuse us before
God (See Revelation 12:10). He will accuse us, too, of
our past in our mind if we allow him to. When he does,
however, we can remind him not only about his future in
hell, but also that Christ shed his blood on the cross
and gave his life to pay for our sins and has washed
them all away. So what's there to accuse us of if we
have confessed our sins to Christ and asked for and
accepted his forgiveness? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

Because Christ died for us and cleansed us from our
sins, we can, in His name, resist the devil and, as
James said, he will flee from us. Satan hates the name
of Jesus. Be sure to mention it when Satan comes to
tempt you. Instead of trying to reason with Satan, just
remind him of his future and mention the name of Jesus
saying, 'Jesus Christ is Lord!'" 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have
defeated Satan and all his evil demons, and that there
is power in Your name to defend against any and all of
Satan's devious ways and to defeat him. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. James 4:7.

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Strange Coincidence or Divine Guidance

"And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master
Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of His
mercy and His truth: I being in the way, the LORD led
me to the house of my master's brethren."1

God certainly does move in mysterious ways ... and I am
convinced that He also has a great sense of humor.

I had been single for a number of years and, at the
time I am about to write about, besides my work with
ACTS, I was also on the staff at the former Crystal
Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Some of you will
be aware of the Cathedral's Christmas program, "The
Glory of Christmas" which, if you ever had the
opportunity to see it, you would have found it to be
spectacular and inspiring.

I have written about this before but a
decade-and-a-half or so ago it was the last night of
"The Glory of Christmas" between the two presentations
for the evening. There were some 2500+ people leaving
via the side exits and another 2500+ people slowly
entering via the front entrance. There were people
everywhere--hundreds of them--as I crossed the plaza
area on my way to teach a class in another building.
All were moving forward except for one lady who was
standing waiting. All I could see was her back. She
could have been the wife of King Farouk for all I
knew--or cared. Being in one of my fun moods, I walked
up to the side of this lady and, extending my forearm,
said, "Excuse me, lady, sorry to keep you waiting, but
I'm your escort for the evening. Shall we go?"

She turned around and laughed hilariously. We visited
for a while. I told her I was on the staff at the
Cathedral ... she told me she was from Napa in northern
California and was a widow. We hit it off and ended up
exchanging phone numbers. I said to her, "You are brave
giving a strange man your phone number." She replied,
"What makes you think it's my phone number?" I asked
her if she would like to do coffee after the program
(and I hate coffee). She couldn't because she was
waiting for her date for the evening. She also said if
I was ever in Napa to get in touch. I said, "I think
I'm coming there real soon." To let you in on a secret,
I'd never heard of Napa and had no idea that it was 500
miles away!

Three years later we were married. Her name is Joy ...
and she certainly is. She has been and is a true
God-send in my life. She is now an equal partner doing
all the ACTS office work and is a vital part of the
gospel outreach of ACTS International.

Joy and I have lots of hilarious laughter in our life.
For me life has never been better nor has it been more
fulfilling. I often kid to Joy that she "being in the
way, the Lord led me."

Now my question is: "Was this strange coincidence or
was it divine guidance?"

I'll let you be the judge ... but as for me I certainly
thank God for that very strange, funny, and most
unusual meeting. And like I said, I do think God has a
sense of humor.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that when I
daily commit and trust my life and way to You, I have
the assurance that through the good times and the bad,
You lead me all the way. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Genesis 24:27 (KJV).

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Cheaters Never Win  

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

"Cheaters never win and [real] winners never cheat."
Cheaters may seem to win for a while but eventually
their cheating finds them out.

Sadly here in America, the cases of cheaters being
caught continues to increase. As Michael Josephson
reported a few years ago in his radio program,
Character Counts: "In a recent week we heard about the
scandal of plagiarism by the journalist of the New York
Times; the indictment of former billionaire Martha
Stewart; accounting fraud at McKesson--a Fortune 20
company; accounting manipulations at the Xerox
Corporation; related accounting scandals regarding Tyco
International, Halliburton, the Rite Aid drugstore
chain; and the 'famous' Sammy Sosa being caught
red-handed using an illegal bat, saying it was used by
mistake. Insiders and experts could hardly muffle their
laughter, knowing that hitters of Sosa's caliber know
their bats like mothers know their children."2

But we still don’t get it. Big-time business
professionals are still cheating and getting caught and
hot-shot politicians who collect our taxes are getting
caught because they haven’t been paying their taxes. 

Josephson concludes, "These cases could fuel cynicism
but I think the real message from these new additions
to our national Hall of Shame is that, no matter what
the upside potential, cheaters really do not prosper in
the long run. People who take moral shortcuts pay a
horrible price--loss of position, credibility,
reputation and, worst of all, utter disgrace."3

But it's not only in America. Some readers will recall
how, a few years ago now, my broker in Australia stole
my entire retirement fund. I don't know how long he had
been cheating by stealing from his clients, but he,
too, got caught red-handed and paid a terrible
price--he lost his honor, his trustworthiness and
received a six-year jail sentence!  

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to always heed and
live by the directives found in Your Word and adhere
strictly to all your commandments--all of which are
given for our protection and the successful functioning
of any society. When I'm tempted to stray, give me a
listening ear to hear the voice of my conscience and
the inner prodding of Your Spirit. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Numbers 32:23 (KJV).
2. Michael Josephson, "Character Counts," (309.1) and
(309.2),  www.charactercounts.org 
3. Ibid.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Does the Devil Attack Christians?  

"Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil…. Stand therefore,
having girded your waist with Truth, having put on the
breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet
with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all,
taking the shield of faith with which you will be able
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with
all prayer and supplication in the Spirit."1

A Daily Encounter reader writes: "Please help me. I am
being attacked by the devil. Everything that can go
wrong is going wrong. I don't know what to do. I am
praying to the Lord daily but something is truly
cursing me." 

Obviously I don't know if this person is being attacked
by the devil or not, because I don't know enough about
him/her or the circumstances he/she is facing. Yes, I
believe strongly in the devil and yes he does attack
Christians. I also believe in his demonic emissaries,
but there isn't a demon behind every tree, nor is there
one under every stone. 

There are several reasons besides the devil why so many
things can go wrong all at once. First, we happen to
live in a broken world and things go wrong for all of
us at times. That's par for the course. Learning to
cope with, resolve, or live with these situations is
all part of helping us to grow in maturity. 

Second, certainly the devil is the originator of all
evil and sin, but often things go wrong because of our
poor choices. For instance, the title of a talk I have
given is: "The Devil Didn't Make Me Do It--I Can Foul
Things Up All by Myself." And I certainly can. Blaming
the devil for my bad choices can be a handy excuse to
hang on to if I don't want to grow up and accept
responsibility for my actions. 

Third, when we have unresolved personal problems--such
as unresolved anger, hurt, guilt, etc.--we can give the
enemy a foothold. Once we bring these problems to the
light and seek God's help and wise counsel to resolve
them, the devil loses his foothold.

Fourth, to defend against the enemy, as today's
Scripture advises, we need to put on the whole armor of
God. Also, without being compulsive or over-dramatic
when tempted, we can quietly repeat: "Jesus Christ is
Lord and Lord of my life." That is one statement that
Satan hates!

Finally, and not the least unimportant is that we need
to ask God to reveal to us the reality of what is
happening to us, remembering that often we don't want
to face reality because deep down we are afraid to face
the real cause/s behind our problems.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when the enemy assails and
things go wrong, please show me what is of the devil
and what is of myself--and give me the wisdom to know
the difference. If from the enemy, help me to put on
the whole armor of God, and if from myself, give me the
courage to face the cause of my problems and get the
help I need to overcome. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Ephesians 6:11, 14-18 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Biting the Hand That Feeds Us  

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of
courage; be strong."1

As reported by Chuck Colson in BreakPoint, a
commencement speaker at Georgetown University, a
Catholic school, was Francis Cardinal Arinze, the head
of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue. In his address Cardinal Arinze told the
graduating students that "happiness is found not in the
pursuit of material wealth or pleasures of the flesh,
but by fervently adhering to religious beliefs." 

He also stressed the importance of the family stating
that "in many parts of the world, the family is under
siege" saying that "an anti-life mentality [is seen] in
contraception, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia."
And that the family is "scorned and banalized by
pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery,
mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions,
and cut in two by divorce." 

And as Chuck Colson said, "Well, that's a very Catholic
message one might expect from a Catholic cardinal. But
it proved too much for many in the audience. Teresa
Sanders, a professor of theology, left the stage during
Arinze's remarks. Seventy other faculty members signed
a letter to the dean protesting what one of them called
Arinze's 'wildly inappropriate' remarks. Really? As a
result, the dean apologized for the Cardinal's remarks
and the 'hurt' they caused."2

While I don't think too many Christians are against
contraception for married couples who take family
planning seriously, everything else stated by Cardinal
Arinze is certainly Catholic, Christian, and Biblical.
The opposition from the faculty is alarming for at
least two reasons, not the least of which is because of
the intolerance of another's point of view that
differed from their own in a place of higher learning
where every view is, supposedly, to be given a hearing.
It seems today in the West that every religion and
every message except Christianity is tolerated. This is
even of greater concern when this happens in a
Christian educational center. 

Even more alarming is the opposition of the faculty of
a Catholic school who are opposed to some of the basic
tenets of the Catholic and Christian faith. One wonders
at their ethics in that they are teaching in a school
where they disagree with its foundational principles.
Why don't they teach in a secular school? 

And why is it that those who reject and oppose
Christianity don't leave a country--that was founded on
Christian values--to live in a pagan land? 

Far too many today want the benefits, blessings, and
privileges that are based on and built upon
Judeo-Christian values, but don't want to accept the
responsibilities that guarantee its continuance.
Furthermore, they reject the very values that are the
foundation of a free society. In doing so they reject
the source of the benefits they enjoy. In other words,
they're biting the hand that feeds them--the hand of
God! 

We cannot have it both ways. We either accept God's
directives or go our own way. And whatever we sow we
will reap--even if it is eventually. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me in the
midst of the ever-increasing pressure to be
'politically correct' to stand firm with my feet placed
solidly on Your Word--the principles of which are
eternal and will endure forever. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV).
2. Chuck Colson on "BreakPoint." www.breakpoint.org 

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The Power of One  

Jesus said, "By this My Father is glorified, that you
bear much fruit."1

"John Warr, an 18th-century apprentice shoemaker, was
determined to be a faithful witness for Christ. Another
apprentice by the name of William was hired, and John
repeatedly talked to him about spiritual things, but
the new worker didn't want to be bothered. Then one day
he was caught exchanging a counterfeit shilling for a
good one. In his guilt and humiliation he asked John
for help and prayer. Through the faithful witness of
John Warr, that man put his faith in Christ and
developed into a committed disciple. 

"The young apprentice was William Carey, who later
became a remarkably fruitful missionary to India.
Carey's life and ministry had a tremendous influence on
the cause of worldwide gospel outreach in modern
times."2

Some of us get discouraged because we don't feel that
we are very gifted and don't have a lot to offer God in
service to Him. John Warr could have said to himself,
"I'm just a shoemaker and don't have much to offer
God." But he didn't. He just wanted God to use him and
made himself available. 

It's amazing what God can and will do with anyone who
will make him/herself available to God. And if you do
make yourself available to God, you may never know
until you get to eternity just how God used you to
touch the life of others for eternity. 

As blind Helen Keller said, "I am only one, but still I
am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do
something; I will not refuse to do the something I can
do." 

And as the unknown author said:

    One SONG can spark a moment,
    One FLOWER can wake the dream,
    One TREE can start a forest,
    One BIRD can herald spring,
    One SMILE begins a friendship,
    One HANDCLASP lifts a soul, 
    One STAR can guide a ship at sea, 
    One WORD can frame the goal, 
    One VOTE can change a nation, 
    One SUNBEAM lights a room, 
    One CANDLE wipes out darkness, 
    One LAUGH will conquer gloom, 
    One STEP must start each journey, 
    One WORD must start a prayer, 
    One HOPE will raise our spirits, 
    One TOUCH can show you care, 
    One VOICE can speak with wisdom, 
    One HEART can know what is true, 
    One LIFE can make a difference. 

May that life be yours.

Remember, too, "that all the darkness in the world
cannot put out the light of one small candle."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, Thank you that because I
have accepted Jesus, Your Son, as my Lord and Savior, I
am Your child. I am available, please use me to be a
part of Your plan and what You are doing in the world
today. Use me in some way to spread the love of Jesus
everywhere I go, and grant that people seeing Jesus in
me, will want Jesus in them too. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. John 15:8 (NKJV). 
2. Our Daily Bread, June 7, 1996

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Attitude Check  

"I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from
Your commands. I have hidden Your word in my heart that
I might not sin against You."1

Ron Hutchcraft shares how a man he knew "would suddenly
make this announcement: 'Attitude check!' That never
meant much to me until I began to have some friends who
are private pilots. But that word 'attitude' can be a
life-or-death word for a pilot. One of my friends
described a plane's attitude to me as its position
relative to the ground, to the horizon…. After decades
of flying, including landing on aircraft carriers, he
summarized the importance of a plane's attitude this
way: 'Right attitude, you keep flying. Wrong attitude,
you stop flying.' 

"Pilots tell me that when you're flying by your
instruments--in those times when conditions won't let
you fly visually--you adjust your attitude based on an
instrument called your artificial horizon. It actually
shows you where the real horizon is. But when you can't
see any points of reference, your senses start playing
tricks on you. One veteran pilot friend of mine said
that even he has to sometimes fight his instincts and
feelings that are telling him lies about whether he's
going up or down. The only thing that's telling him the
truth is his artificial horizon."2

Life's like that too. The attitude that was popularized
a few years ago-- "If it feels good, do it" --has had a
disastrous effect on many an individual and on much of
our society which has become incredibly permissive. As
such we are on an ever-increasing slippery slope
downwards. 

Feelings can be one of the most dangerous directives to
follow when it comes to choosing between a right and a
wrong course of action to take. The instrument God has
given to us to keep our attitude right is His Word, the
Bible. We go against His directives to our peril. As
Christians we are to do right--regardless of what our
feelings tell us. Right attitude, we keep 'flying'.
Wrong attitude, we 'crash'. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your Word,
the Bible, which gives me the right attitude to follow
and to guide me safely through the storms of life. Give
me sense enough to trust Your Word and obey its
directives--regardless of my feelings. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Psalm 119:10-11 (NIV).
2. "A Word With You," Ron Hutchcraft,
http://www.hutchcraft.com/.

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Failure Is Never Final  

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the
LORD has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows
how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust."1 

Yesterday--or any other day--may have been the final
day of your divorce, the day you were rejected, or the
day you lost or buried a loved one; but as difficult as
it seems right now, and as extremely sad as it is, in
time it can become a day of new beginnings. Be gentle
with yourself but do begin the grieving process as soon
as possible so you will be able to resolve your pain.
To do this effectively, there are several valuable
qualities that will help you to face the future as
uncertain as it may seem right now. 

1. Have the right attitude. Attitude is what makes the
difference between a painful experience becoming a
failure or a success. You can allow your experience to
leave you timid and afraid to step out again for fear
of being hurt, or you can determine that your loss will
be your teacher. 

True, we need mountaintop experiences from time to time
to encourage us, but we don't grow through these. It's
in the valley of disappointment that we are given the
opportunity to take stock of our life and move toward a
greater level of growth and maturity. 

2. Know what your God-give life purpose is. The more
clearly defined that purpose--and the more deeply it is
embedded in your conscious and unconscious mind--the
less loss will set you back. A spacecraft en route to
the moon is off course 90 percent of the time. It is
pulled back by the earth's gravity and is continually
drawn to one side or the other by additional forces.
But it has a built-in computer that has a singleness of
purpose that hones in on the moon. The computer is
making continual corrections to keep the spacecraft on
target with its purpose and goal. 

Life is like that. If our eye is on our goal, if we
have a singleness of purpose, nothing will stop us
getting to where we plan to go. 

3. If you failed in a relationship or in some other
venture, remember that failure is an event, not a
person. Because you failed doesn't mean that you are a
failure as a person. Not at all. The only real failure
is not to try again, or not to get up one more time
than you've fallen down. The important thing is to
learn from your failures, to use these as opportunities
to grow, and to move ahead to a more fulfilling and
richer life. 

4. Give God a chance. If you feel like you have failed,
or believe you've done wrong, ask God to forgive
you--and be sure to forgive yourself. And then, with
God's help, turn your failure into a stepping stone
toward a better you. 

Where a bone is broken and heals, it becomes the
strongest part of the bone. The same is true of your
broken places--where you have been hurt, have fallen
and failed, or are afraid. When you bring these to God
for His healing, His strength is made perfect through
your weakness.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to use
every disappointment, loss, and setback that happens to
me to help me grow and become a better, more loving,
and mature person. And lead me to the help I need to do
so. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV).
2. Adapted from the chapter: "Failure Is Never Final"
in How to Mend a Broken Heart by Dick Innes. You can
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Today's Daily Encounter

A Creative Solution from Donald Duck  

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my
path."1

As is commonly known, one of the biggest killers of
ideas is the excuse, "We've never done it that way
before." 

However, profound ideas can come from the strangest
places. Creative genius comes to people who are open to
new ideas and different ways of doing things. For
example, in 1964 the freighter Al Kuwait which was
carrying 6,000 live sheep capsized and sank in Kuwait's
harbor. The sunken ship with its decomposing cargo
began to present a serious threat to the country's
water supply through its desalination processing plant.


To overcome the problem the ship had to be raised and
moved to a safe place without falling apart and dumping
its poisonous contents into the nation's water supply. 

Karl Kroyer, a Danish engineer working in Kuwait, came
up with a novel idea. He pumped 27 million ping-pong
balls into the freighter's hull which slowly raised it
to the surface. 

And where did he get this idea? From a Donald Duck
comic book. Somebody sank Donald's boat and he and his
feathered friends raised it by filling it with
ping-pong balls! 

When it comes to creative living, a better place to get
great ideas is in the words and examples of Jesus in
the Bible. It pays to know it and hide its truths in
our heart. One's life is greatly enriched when it is
lived in harmony with God's Will and Word. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a greater
love for Your Word, help me to hide it in my heart
'that I might not sin against You,' and be guided by
its principles in everything I am and do. Gratefully in
Jesus's name." 

1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Loneliness ... The Sad Affair  

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

Ron Clarke of Tasmania shared how "one of England's
great poets, Rupert Brooke, who died in 1915, wrote the
following note: 'I felt a trifle lonely before I left
Liverpool; everybody seemed to have people to see them
off. So I went back on shore and found a dirty little
boy who was unoccupied who said his name was William.
"Will you wave to me if I give you sixpence, William?"
I said. "Why, yes," said William. So I gave him
sixpence and went on board. When the time came he
leaned over the railing on the landing stage and waved.
So I got my six-pennyworth and my farewell--thanks to
William.'" 

How very sad. Karen and Richard Carpenter in one of
their popular songs some time ago sang with deep
meaning, "Loneliness, it's such a sad affair … and I
can hardly wait to be with you again." How true these
words were for Karen who starved herself to death
because of her own loneliness and the feeling of not
being loved. Being popular and in the limelight can
never compensate for the need for close, loving
relationships. I believe it was Janis Joplin, another
popular vocalist of another day, who said that the only
time she felt okay was when she was on stage. The rest
of the time she suffered from deep loneliness. She,
too, took her own life with an overdose of Heroin in
1970. Even though "her career lasted only a few years,
she has been hailed as the greatest white female blues
singer who ever lived." 

Think, too, of the elderly whose friends have passed
on--the divorced, those never married, widows and
widowers, numerous children, teens, and their parents
living in unhappy homes, spouses who are abused and
have nowhere to turn for help, military personnel and
their families separated at times of war … the
homeless--the list of lonely people is endless.
Loneliness is indeed a plague of modern society. It is
a very sad affair. 

The fact is we were created for relationships and while
it may not be the most desirable, we can live without
romantic love, but we cannot live healthily without
close, loving relationships with at least one
trustworthy friend. God Himself is in relationship
within the Holy Trinity. And think of Jesus; one of the
first things He did when He commenced His ministry was
to choose the twelve apostles "that they might be with
Him." And while He never married, He certainly had
close friendships with Lazarus and His sisters Mary and
Martha. If Jesus needed close friends, how much more do
we? To truly "be" is to be in relationship. 

Perhaps the most pathetic loneliness of all is to feel
separated and isolated from God. An unthinkable way to
end one's life.

For many of life's problems there are no simple,
quick-fix answers. One way, at least for some, is to
find a Christian church where the people welcome
strangers and reach out to the lonely--and where you
can find God.* It can take a while to gain a sense of
belonging, but I encourage you to hang in, and
especially to join a small and accepting group. In
countries where the Christian church is forbidden, some
find companionship in an "underground" church. All of
these people surely need our prayers. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I thank You that You have
created mankind for relationships and today I
especially pray for the lonely who are everywhere.
Please help me to be an encourager and supporter of at
least one lonely person or family and please lead all
of our churches to do likewise. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

*NOTE: To help you find God be sure to read the article
at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian. Read also
“Overcoming Loneliness" at:: http://tinyurl.com/3bg5xy.


1. James 1:27 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Hot Potato Follow-Up  

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of
season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great
patience and careful instruction. For the time will
come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather
around them a great number of teachers to say what
their itching ears want to hear."1

In response to a recent Daily Encounter on
homosexuality a concerned subscriber asked for any
suggestions that I could offer to help her talk and
witness to a friend of hers who had chosen a lesbian
lifestyle.

I didn't have a clear-cut answer, but here's what I
suggested: 

I don't think situations like this ever have a simple,
pat answer. I certainly don't have any such advice. And
while I don't want to sound too simplistic, I think it
is very important that we ask God to help us to be 'as
Jesus' to all questioners and to give us the right word
at the right time. 

A girl, whom I will call Mary, attended one of my
weekend seminars on "Loving and Understanding People."
A participant asked about homosexuality and I expressed
what God's Word had to say about it and added that, at
least for some, its roots can go back to childhood
which can cause a woman to unconsciously be searching
for the mother love she never received, and where a man
may still be searching unconsciously for the father
love he never received. Mary was extremely upset with
me. In no uncertain terms--in front of the entire
group--she declared in no uncertain terms that I was "a
pharisaical religious b - - - - - -!"

This was quite a shocker to say the least. I simply
answered, "Sometimes I probably am." It turned out that
Mary was a lesbian. 

To my amazement Mary turned up a few weeks later at a
week-long, live-in workshop we had for those who wanted
to work on unresolved personal issues. There were about
25-30 people in attendance. In this entire week not one
person condemned or judged Mary. Early in the week I
told Mary that while I didn't agree with her lifestyle,
I loved and accepted her for whom she was. In fact, the
entire group loved and accepted her and by the end of
the week she even gave me a very warm hug and said,
"Maybe you are right." 

All too often it is a lack of love that drives people
into acts of sin as they search for their unmet love
need in all the wrong ways and places. And only love
will ever bring them out again--that is, God's love
through us. True, we are to hate the things God hates,
but at the same time we are to love the people God
loves. And while God hates sin of all kind, He loves
sinners of every kind. We need to do likewise because
we all qualify as sinners. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, before I ever point a
finger at anyone else, please confront me with any
unresolved issues and sinful ways in my life. And help
me always to love fellow sinners--and be 'as Jesus' to
them--even when I see their sinful and self-destructive
ways. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:2-3 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

A Little Child Shall Lead Them  

"And a little child shall lead them."1

"I had been a children's Sunday School teacher at a
particular church for quite a while," wrote one lady.
"I dearly loved it and its people. I had tried, on many
occasions to get Bob, my husband, to take an interest
in that church. He went twice, once because there was
to be a big dinner after, and the second time to see
the Christmas play, which I had written and directed.

"Bob owns Big Sun Tree Service and a few days before
Easter, while trimming a tree, a branch hit him on the
jaw causing it to crack. He did agree to go with me to
church on Easter Sunday. However, before we left he bit
down on an oatmeal cookie and ended up breaking his jaw
and spending Easter afternoon at the emergency room.

"The following Saturday I asked him if he would like to
go to church with me in the morning, and, remarkably,
he said 'I might as well, I don't have anything else to
do.' At church, during the meet-and-greet time, one of
the youngsters, Ethan Moody, handed me a $5.00 bill.
Puzzled, I asked him if he wanted me to put it in the
offering plate for him, and he replied that this was
his allowance, and he wanted to give it to my husband
to help pay for the dentist. I knew I couldn't give it
back to him, because it would hurt his feelings, so I
gave it to Bob and quickly explained what Ethan had
said. 

"In that service when Pastor Ben gave the invitation
for people to accept Jesus as their Savior, Bob
accepted the Lord. Later that day I asked him what had
prompted him to make that decision? He told me it was
many things adding up over a period of time, but that
the icing on the cake was when Ethan gave him 'his
weekly allowance to help pay my dental bill.' That
action had reminded him of the times I had explained to
him of how God, because He loved us so much, gave His
only son to pay for my sins."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, like the child who
expressed his love in a tangible way, help me to do the
same for others in need who cross my path and whom You
bring into my life. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Isaiah 11:6 (NIV).
2. Source unknown.

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Today's Daily Encounter

God of the Ordinary  

"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.
Could this be the Christ?"1 

One of the wonderful things about the gospel is that
God calls, saves, and uses ordinary people to help
fulfill His purposes here on earth. 

The culture of Jesus's day was vastly different from
ours except, perhaps, for racism. On one occasion when
Jesus wanted to reach a Samaritan village with His
message of salvation, He stopped by a well and made
friends with a Samaritan woman. This definitely was not
kosher for a Jew because the Jews looked down their
noses at the Samaritans and had no dealings with them. 

Not so Jesus. After asking this woman for a drink of
water and conversing in some seemingly small talk, He
directed the conversation to spiritual matters. Not
only was this woman a Samaritan but one who had led a
very colorful life. Jesus knew exactly what type of
person she was. She was a social outcast which was
obvious by the fact that she was drawing water from the
well in the middle of the day. All the other women from
the village did so in the cool of the evening. 

After the introductory small talk, Jesus said to the
lady, "Go and get your husband and come back with him."


"I don't have a husband," she replied. 

"I know," Jesus said, "you've already had five and the
man you are now with is not your husband!" 

That would be quite a reputation even today, let alone
in that day and in that society. 

And yet, this was the woman that Jesus chose to be the
messenger to carry the gospel to her village--which she
did; and the people there came to see and hear Jesus
for themselves. 

Jesus, who upheld impeccable moral standards and high
ideals regarding marriage, wasn't shocked by this
woman's lifestyle. He saw beyond the externals and
looked at her heart. Here was a woman who needed
salvation and healing and was willing to admit her
failures. 

Neither is God shocked with you or me when we admit and
confess our sins and faults, and bring them to Him for
His forgiveness, and when we acknowledge our brokenness
and come to Him for healing. When we do this, God won't
worry about our past when it comes to using us as His
witnesses. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You are not
a 'respecter of persons' in that whoever comes to You,
no matter what they have ever done or have failed to
do, You will love, accept, and forgive them, and use
them to be living witnesses of Your saving grace and
power. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. John 4:29 (NIV).

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Relationships: Does True Love Exist?  

"A new command I [Jesus] give you: Love one another. As
I have loved you, so you must love one another."1

A Daily Encounter reader asks, “Does true love exist? I
have had three broken relationships. Each one made big
promises he never kept. I have tried healing myself by
reading some inspirational articles, but nothing
worked. I always ask God, ’Why has all this happened to
me when I was true to them?’ Is there no one made for
me to give me love? I feel my life is full of regrets.
Please tell me what I need to do to heal myself?"

The number one issue Encounter readers write to me
about is poor relationships. Loving relationships--for
which we were created--are vital for healthy and
meaningful living. Without such relationships we limp
along in the shadows of life eking out a lonely, empty
and hollow existence--and very likely will die before
our time.

True love does exist but it is a fruit of personal
growth, maturity and wholeness--emotional and
spiritual--for only to the degree that we are made
whole will our attitudes, our behavior, our actions,
and our relationships be wholesome.

Speaking personally, I had a lot of emotional issues
from my childhood that I needed to acknowledge and
resolve before I found the love of my life. That took a
deep commitment not only to God, seeking His help, but
also for getting the counseling help I needed to
overcome my personal issues and deficiencies. 

Unfortunately, some Christians are expecting God to
bring the "right" person into their life. It doesn't
work this way. If we want to be attracted to the
"right" partner, we need to be the "right" partner.
Only healthy people are attracted to healthy people.
Actually, if we are truly honest with ourselves, we can
learn a lot about ourselves by looking at our
significant other relationships as we are basically as
healthy or as sick as the people we are attracted to. 

In earlier years why was I attracted to ladies who were
afraid to love? It was because I was unconsciously
afraid to love. This was because I had felt unloved as
a child and was subconsciously afraid of being hurt
again. To overcome my fear I needed to acknowledge it
and get the counseling help I needed to overcome. Was
it easy? No, at times it was extremely difficult but I
knew that unless I overcame my fear of love, I would be
running from love for the rest of my life. I
acknowledged my need when my pain was greater than my
fear. 

So, like the young lady who asked if true love existed,
if you are struggling with poor or impaired
relationships, start by asking God to confront you with
the truth about you and what it is in you that is
causing you to be attracted to bad relationships?
Without confronting this truth, you may be floundering
in painful relationships for the rest of your life. As
Jesus also pointed out, only the truth sets people
free. 

Then ask God to lead you to the help you need to guide
you through the healing and recovery process.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world it can be
difficult to find qualified counseling help. However,
there is some free online lay counseling that can be
helpful. For counseling resources see
http://www.actsweb.org/counseling_resources.php. 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to see that
my poor relationships are Your wakeup call to awaken me
to the fact that there are unresolved relational issues
in my life. Please help me to see what these issues are
and help me to find the help I need for healing and
recovery. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. John 13:34 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

When My Child Was Lost  

"You are to go into all the world and preach the Good
News to everyone, everywhere."1

Dr. Leighton Ford tells the story about when his
daughter was young, quite a few years ago now. 

I was minding the children while my wife was shopping.
Debbie Jean had returned from school and was playing
with her four-year-old brother in the back yard. When I
called them to come in, Debbie Jean was missing. 

I walked up and down the street calling her
name--fearing the silence. 

Later (after she was found) I reflected on the
incident. During the nearly two hours that Debbie Jean
was missing, nothing else mattered. In my study were
books to be read, letters to be answered, articles to
be written, planning to be done--but it was all
forgotten. I could think of only one thing: my little
girl was lost. 

I had only one prayer and I prayed it a thousand times:
"O God, help me to find her." 

"How often," I ask myself, "had I felt that same
terrible urgency about people who were lost from God?" 

I had a similar experience when one of my baby sons was
with his grandmother and I feared both were lost. I
panicked a blue streak until I found them. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to realize
in the depths of my heart that people without You are
lost for all eternity. I'm available. Please make me
usable and use me to be as Jesus to every life I touch,
and do all that I can, in as many ways I can to help
win others to You. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. Mark 16:15 (TLB/NLT).

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Responsibility = Response Ability  

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind
your own business and to work with your hands … so that
you will not be dependent on anybody."1

One of the great principles we need to emphasize to
keep ourselves and our society healthy and productive
is the principle of personal responsibility. It's a
principle that needs, through repetition, to be
programmed into our belief system. It needs to be
taught and demonstrated in the home and at every level
of society--including among the highest business and
political leaders in our communities and nation. 

If people don't believe they are responsible, they will
not act responsibly. If they believe and know they are
responsible, most will consistently act responsibly. 

Obviously, we weren't responsible for our background
and upbringing, but we are fully responsible for what
we do about these and for what we become. The world
doesn't owe us a living. As the Bible teaches, if we
are unwilling to work we shouldn't eat. 

When we repeatedly do anything for others that they can
and need to do for themselves, we can make and keep
them over-dependent, immature and irresponsible. It is
not the loving thing to do. 

I remember reading about some sea gulls in a fishing
village that, for many years, fed on the scraps the
fishermen left. When the fishing industry in this place
closed, the sea gulls had forgotten how to gather food
for themselves. They died of starvation. 

The same principle applies to people. When we do things
to keep them over-dependent, we destroy their growth
and maturity. It's the same with God, He will bend the
heavens to touch the earth to do for us what we cannot
do for ourselves--such as giving His Son, Jesus, to die
on the cross of Calvary to pay the just penalty for all
our sins--but He won't do for us what we can and need
to do for ourselves. As another has said, “God feeds
the sparrows but He doesn’t throw the food into their
nest."

One effective way to program responsibility into one's
unconscious mind is by constantly saying to one's self,
either silently or out loud: "I am responsible. I am
responsible. I am responsible." And say it with the
feeling that you really mean it and believe it. Just
mouthing the words is meaningless. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I am responsible. Thank
You for granting me this freedom. Help me to remember
this and act accordingly always in all ways. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV).

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The Real Thing  

"They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could
not hear the law or the messages that the LORD Almighty
had sent them by His Spirit through the earlier
prophets. That is why the LORD Almighty was so angry
with them."1

I read how a fellow in France was asked where in Paris
he would most like to live. He said in the Eiffel Tower
because it was the only place he could be and not have
to look at it. 

This reminds me of what Jef Olson said about the movie,
The Godfather, Part III: "when the Godfather, Don
Corleone, is forced to visit the distinguished Cardinal
Lamberto to tell him the bad news that a legitimate
business deal involving the Vatican Bank has gone bad.
The bank is run by the Archbishop and a coalition of
Catholic businessmen. 

"The Cardinal listens to the Godfather; then he says
something quite profound. He picks up a stone and says,
'Look at this stone. It has been lying in the water for
a very long time. The water has not penetrated it.'
Then he smashes the stone. 'Look,' he says peering at
the smashed insides of the stone, 'perfectly dry. The
same thing,' the Cardinal continues, 'has happened to
men in Europe. They have been surrounded by
Christianity for centuries, but Christ does not live in
their hearts.' 

"This is exactly what happened at the Temple in Jesus's
time. There were people there who had been surrounded
by the Temple for years, but the God of the Temple had
not been allowed to enter their lives nor penetrate
their hearts. As St. Paul once put it, They had the
form of godliness, but not the real thing." 2,3 

Like the man who would like to live in the Eiffel Tower
so as not to see it, there are many who hide from God
in church or in some religious ritual. And like so many
in Jesus' day, the hardest hearts may not be among the
ungodly, but among the religious who have all the
outward trappings of the godly, but their hearts, like
stones, are hard and cold--and they know not God. 

Very interesting too that the Apostle Paul wrote that
"there will be terrible times in the last days. People
will be … without love, unforgiving, slanderous,
without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but
denying its power. Have nothing to do with them."4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when it comes to my
relationship with You, please help me to be sure that I
have the real thing and not just the outward trappings
of religiosity. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

Note: For help be sure to read “How to Be Sure You’re a
Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. Zachariah 7:12 (NLT).
2. 2 Timothy 3:5 
3. Rev. Jef Olson, "Reassessment of Ministry" cited on
eSermons.com.
4. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV).

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One Way to God: Fact or Fiction?  

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

A Daily Encounter reader writes: "About your 'I Hate
Religion' article …It seems pretty judgmental to me.
Are you saying that the ONLY right way to come to the
one true God is through Christianity? If you are, I
have a little quote for YOU, 'Judge not lest you be
judged.'" 

Hello, Judy (name changed), you ask if I am saying that
the only way to God is Christianity. Actually, I'm
quoting Jesus and God's Word. Jesus said without
apology, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through Me." And again,
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no
other name under heaven given among men by which we
must be saved."2 

In actuality, had there been any other way to God, why
would Jesus, the Son of God, have come to earth to die
on the cross to give His life to pay the penalty for
all our sins? Furthermore, I would much rather listen
to what God has to say than listen to what man-made
religions have to say. Also, when we decide what is the
way (or ways) to God, we put ourselves above God and
His Word--which is a very dangerous path to follow.

As Jesus also said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For
wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through it. But small is
the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and
only a few find it."3

Yes, it is true that Jesus said, "Judge not, that ye be
not judged."4 At the same time God's Word also says,
"But he that is spiritual judges all things."5 In other
words, while we are not to be judgmental towards
people, we are to be wise and judge what others do,
say, and teach. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a love for
Your Word so that I will always know the truth of what
You say, and so that I am not deceived by what others
say--no matter how appealing their words may seem to
be. Help me to always choose the way of Your Truth, no
matter how uncomfortable and unpopular that may be.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

Note: See God’s way based on God’s Word, the Bible,
for  “How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. John 14:6 (NIV).
2. Acts 4:12 (NKJV).
3. Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV).
4. Matthew 7:1 (KJV).
5. 1 Corinthians 2:15 (NKJV).

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Post  Admin on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 11:25 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Vine and the Branches  

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains
in Me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from
Me you can do nothing."1

"A Bible scholar and pastor tells about a piece of wood
that he keeps on his desk. He took this piece of wood
from a vineyard in the San Joaquin Valley. It is a
section of vine out of which grows a branch. 

"The owner of the vineyard told him that if two people
were in a tug of war using this section of the vine, it
would break. However it would never break where the
vine and branch are joined together for that is the
strongest point of the vine. A vine, according to this
teacher, is different from a tree. If you pull on a
branch that goes into a tree, it will break at the
trunk of the tree--in a tree that is the weakest place.
But in a grapevine that is the strongest point--where
the branch is joined to the vine."2

Perhaps this is one reason Jesus likened those who
truly put their trust in Him as a branch grafted or
joined into the vine, the vine being Him. That bond is
unbreakable. As Jesus said, "And this is the will of
him [God] who sent me [Jesus], that I shall lose none
of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the
last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who
looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal
life, and I will raise him up at the last day."3 For
further help see: “How to Be Sure You’re a Real
Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that my bond to
Jesus is unbreakable, not because of anything I have
done (except to believe that Jesus died for my sins),
but because of what Jesus has done for me in giving His
life to save me from my sins. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. John 15:5 (NIV).
2. The Best of J. Vernon McGee, (Nashville: Thomas
Nelson Publishers, 1988).
3. John 6:39-40 (NIV). 

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