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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 06 Sep 2017, 12:22 am

Editor: Richard Innes
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SPECIAL NOTE ... SPECIAL NOTE ... SPECIAL NOTE ....

Dear Subscribers,

My apologies for the technical problems we have had
with sending out our Weekend Encounter. Due to ill
health (and my age -- 84) this will be our last issue
of Weekend Encounter. I appreciate your faithful
subscription and support for all the years we have been
publishing Weekend Encounter. May God richly bless and
reward you in His own abundant way.

Sincerely in
Christ, Dick.

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Today's Daily Encounter

A Lesson From Ben Hur

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing
of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must
finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything."1

King Duncan writes how "there is a great lesson in the
story of Ben Hur--a young Jewish lad who is charged
with a crime he didn't commit. In a travesty of a trial
he is condemned to the galleys. They chained him to a
bench in the hold of a ship and to an oar. For weeks
and months, then years he is forced to pull on that
oar. If he should ever slack up, he will feel the sting
of the lash.

"But finally Ben Hur escapes from this barbaric
punishment. It is time for Ben Hur's famous chariot
race with Mersala, the haughty Roman. The chariot race
is ultimately a test of strength and endurance. As Ben
Hur whips those great horses around the inner ring, it
is clear that he is the stronger and more fit of the
two. The years of pulling on the oar in the hold of a
ship had produced a man of steel.

"There may be a great deal of injustice in our lives.
We may feel that we are chained to an oar. But if we
keep pulling, if we keep giving our best, [with God's
help] we can become better people through our
hardships."2

True, the trials of life can make us bitter or they can
make us better. We can take the high road or the low
road. It's never easy but the choice is ours.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whenever trials come my
way, please help me to accept them as opportunities to
grow and become a healthier and stronger person, so I
will be better equipped to serve you and help others.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (NIV).
2. King Duncan, www.sermons.com.

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From What We Are to What We Can Become

"The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother
Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah' (that
is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus
looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John. You
will be called Cephas' (that, being translated, is
Peter, the rock)."1

I was visiting the beautiful Huntington Library Gardens
a while back with some friends and was greatly
impressed with the wonderful gardens with sections
dedicated to different countries. When we were in the
Japanese section and saw the display of bonsai trees,
one of my friends remarked how sad it was to see such
wonderful trees root-bound in that they could never in
their current setting ever reach the potential that
they were designed to become.

I get the same kind of feeling at a zoo or animal
sanctuary when I see a glorious eagle cage-bound. This
"king of birds" with the incredible wingspan can rise
no higher than the cage he is in.

I wonder when God looks down and sees so many of his
children sin-bound or damaged-emotions-bound, does this
make him feel sad? I'm sure it does, but the good news
is that God also sees our great potential.

When Jesus first met Simon he saw Peter, the rock. When
he looked at Abram, he saw Abraham, the father of the
nation of Israel. When he saw David, the shepherd boy,
he saw a mighty King David. When he looked at Saul of
Tarsus, he saw Paul the Apostle.

And when Jesus looks at you and me, he sees us not only
as we are, but also what, with his help, we can become.

When Jesus looks at you, what do you thinks he sees?
Whatever you do, don't miss out on becoming what God
has envisioned for you to become. He does have a vision
and purpose for your life too. Never rest until you
discover what that purpose is.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the insight
to see what you see in me and what, with your help, I
can become. And give me the courage to do what I need
to do to fulfill your vision for me, so that my life
will be an investment in eternity. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. John 1:41-42 (NIV).

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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 9:37 pm



Today's Daily Encounter

Be Careful Where You Walk

"Above all else, guard your heart . . . keep your foot
from evil."1

I have read that the African impala can jump more than
ten feet high and cover a distance of thirty feet. So
why can impalas be held captive in a zoo behind a wall
that is only three feet high?

It's because this magnificent animal will not jump if
it can't see where its feet are going to fall--and
beyond the zoo wall it cannot see.

Smart animal.

God's advice to us is the same, "Above all else, guard
your heart; for it is the wellspring of life. Put away
perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from
your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your
gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your
feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to
the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."2

Great advice!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word,
the Bible, which gives us instructions for wholesome,
healthy, and productive living. Give me a hunger to
know your Word and the good sense to apply it and live
by it. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 4:23, 27 (NIV).
2. Ibid.

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U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9:32 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

When You Can’t Forgive Yourself

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he
[God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness."1

A reader writes: "In a recent Daily Encounter you
mentioned that God forgives us and you also said,
'don't forget to forgive yourself. But what if you
can't? What if you don't know how to?'

"In short a family member was terminally ill and I was
her 24/7 caregiver which was stressful, and there were
times I lost my temper or times when I knew I should do
something with her but was hiding in another room
because I didn't like to see her that way. There is so
much I did or didn't do for which I am very regretful
and I don't know how to forgive myself. I have been
seeing a counselor and it has helped me understand but
I can't seem to forgive myself. I know there has to be
a way--but how?"

Dear Janice (name changed), when we confess our sins to
God, he does forgive us regardless of our feelings.
When we can't forgive ourselves, one reason is because
we are either perfectionists or have perfectionistic
tendencies. The problem then isn't that we can't
forgive ourselves, but that we are perfectionists who
have unreal expectations of ourselves.

Another reason can be because of low self-esteem, and
we falsely believe that we are not worthy of
forgiveness.

So, ask God to give you the insight and courage to face
the root cause of your inability to forgive yourself.
If you seek this truth with all your heart, when you
are ready to face and accept it, you will see it.

In the meantime, try to see that you are expecting more
of yourself than God is. Remember, when you confess
your sins and failures to him, he forgives you fully
and freely. Every day say out loud many times: "Thank
you, God, that you have forgiven me and, because you
have forgiven me, with your help I forgive me."
Repeatedly stating this with deep emotion or feeling,
can help to program this truth into your unconscious
mind and into your belief system. Once you truly
believe this truth, you will be able to feel forgiven.

Yes, you may find this difficult to do, but do it
anyhow because it is based on God's Word and not your
feelings. Just don't allow your damaged emotions to
control your life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that when I
confess my sins to you, you have promised to forgive
me. Help me to not only know this but also feel it in
my heart. And whenever I have a problem forgiving
myself, please help me to see the reason for this, and
lead me to the help I need to overcome. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV).

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NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
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Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
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and made possible through the donations of
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http://www.actscom.com

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U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Fri 11 Aug 2017, 6:58 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

We Do Have Choices

"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care .
. . not lording it over those entrusted to you."1

Em Griffin, author of The Mind Changers, tells about a
good friend from the University of Michigan who went as
a medical missionary to Bangladesh. When he arrived on
the mission field, he was informed that he couldn't
keep his four children with him, but that they would
have to go away to boarding school. This was the policy
of the mission and he didn't have a choice.

He responded, "Sure I have a choice! Our kids need us.
Evangelization in the home first, then on the mission
field." He then proceeded to raise more money, found a
teacher, and established a mission school right on the
hospital grounds.

Certainly we need to follow our God-given leaders.
However, when they are in the wrong (as we/they
sometimes are), it is important to confront them in
Christian love where necessary, and to do what is
right. As Peter pointed out, no leader has a right to
control (lord it over) anybody else. When we do, we are
playing the role of God and the Holy Spirit in their
life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
serenity to accept the leadership of your servants when
what they say is in harmony with your will, the courage
and grace to stand against them when they are not in
your will, and the wisdom to know the difference. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name. Amen."

1. 1 Peter 5:2-3 (NIV).

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NOTE: If you would like to accept God's forgiveness
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U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Thu 10 Aug 2017, 10:47 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Beautiful Ugly Duckling

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the
LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans
to give you hope and a future".1

Most of us will be familiar with the children's fable
of the ugly duckling how a mother hen had six beautiful
golden yellow chicks and one ugly gray one. The ugly
one was picked on by all the other chicks, rejected,
made fun of, and made to feel terrible because he was
so different. You can imagine how he felt. Some time
later when all the chicks were grown, along came a
flock of beautiful swans. How the ugly duckling adored
them and lo and behold, he looked into the water and
saw his own reflection and came to the profound
realization that he wasn't an ugly duckling but a
beautiful swan! His life was forever changed.

Did you ever feel like you were an "ugly duckling"
misfit? Many of us have. Many still do. I've known
beautiful people who felt and believed they were ugly.
In younger days I had a "girl friend" who told me I was
ugly. Tragically I believed her! She wasn't my girl
friend very long but the image she planted in my mind
took a long time to erase. When we define ourselves as
ugly and believe it, it can be devastating to our
self-image and behavior and how well we do in life.

When parents or peers repeatedly tell us we are ugly,
clumsy, stupid or whatever, and we believe what they
say and define ourselves that way, we tend to act
accordingly because we always act consistently with
what we believe deep down--no matter what we may
profess.

I know it is easier said than done, but there is only
one way to truly define ourselves, and that is how God
sees us. And when we see ourselves this way, our life
can be forever changed too!

Certainly God sees our wounded-ness, our brokenness,
our sins, and our failures, but he separates our person
from our actions and sees beyond these. He sees us as
his creation and loves us with an everlasting love. He
sees the person in us that he envisions us to be . . .
our potential and what, with his help, we can become.

As Michelangelo said, "I saw the angel in the marble
and chiseled until I set it free." That's how God sees
you and me. He looks beyond the rugged exterior and
sees the "angel" within each of us.

As God said to the ancient Israelites, he also says to
you and me: "For I know the plans I have for you . . .
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future."

May God help each of us to see ourselves as God sees
us, to see our God-given potential, and with God's help
become that person. (If you haven't already done this,
it begins with accepting God's Son, Jesus Christ, as
your personal Lord and Savior. For help, click on the
article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.)

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you know
and see me exactly as I am--and love and accept me
totally as I am. Thank you, too, that you have a
wonderful plan and purpose for my life. Please help me
to see this, believe it, and define myself as you see
me--and with your help, become that person. Gratefully
in Jesus' name. Amen."

1. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Click on: http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. Or
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Post  Admin on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 11:30 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Be Angry--Sin Not

"In your anger do not sin."1

I recall teaching a group where I said that it was okay
to be angry. One lady was absolutely amazed. She told
me that she had been taught all her life that
Christians never get angry. So she had reasoned in her
mind: "Christians never get angry. I'm always angry.
Therefore I can never be a Christian!"

That night she was freed from 20 years of anguish and
received assurance of her salvation. She was indeed a
Christian because she had received Jesus as her Savior.

Anger is amoral; that is, of itself it is neither right
nor wrong. It's what we do with it and how we handle it
that matters. The Bible actually says, "In your anger
do not sin,"1 or as an older translation says, "Be
angry--sin not."

Anger itself (not rage, hostility or bitterness) is a
God-given emotion. Its purpose is to fight evil and
right wrongs. This is how Florence Nightingale used her
anger. She was angry at the way wounded soldiers were
being badly mistreated, so she did something about it.
We, too, are meant to use our anger in creative ways.

The reality is that everybody gets angry at some time
or another. Some people bury and deny theirs, while
others lash out and hurt others. Neither of these is
healthy nor Christian.

When expressing anger we need to own it as our own, and
remember that the biblical principle is to speak the
truth in love. One way to do this is to say something
like, "I know my feelings are my responsibility, but I
feel angry and need to talk to you about such and
such."

Never say to a person, "You make me angry." This is
because nobody can make us angry without our
permission. All they do is trigger our anger but the
anger is always ours.

Unfortunately, when we have a lot of bottled up anger
or anger from the past that has never been resolved,
our anger button can get triggered real easy and we
overreact. As I've said many times, what the other
person does to me is their issue. How I feel and react
is always my responsibility--but to the degree that I
overreact, that is totally my problem.

For healthy, intimate relationships it is imperative
that we learn to identify our feelings--positive and
negative--to be honest about them, and learn how to
handle them in creative, rather than destructive, ways.

As the Bible teaches, "If you are angry, don't sin by
nursing your grudge. Don't let the sun go down with you
still angry--get over it quickly, for when you are
angry [and don't resolve it] you give a mighty foothold
to the devil."2

For more information on anger and how to handling it
creatively, click on "Taming Your Anger" at:
http://tinyurl.com/tame-anger.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the gift of
feelings. Please help me to be in touch with all of
mine, be honest with them and, when expressing them,
help me to always speak the truth in love. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ephesians 4:26 (NIV).
2. Ephesians 4:25-27 (TLB) (NLT).

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* * * * * * *

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

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Today's Daily Encounter

Learning to Love

"'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the
Law?' Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your
mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these
two commandments."1

Someone else said with tongue-in-cheek, "Heaven help
your neighbor if you hate yourself!" They were right.

Every normal person wants and needs loving
relationships, but if we hate ourselves we are not
going to experience loving relationships. We will
unconsciously project our self-hatred onto others and
set them up to reject us, for what we project is what
we get back!

Actually, only to the degree that I have learned to
love and accept myself in a healthy sense am I able to
love and accept others in a healthy sense. What I hate
and have rejected in myself, I will also hate and
reject in others. My relationships will only ever be as
healthy as I am.

Healthy self-love and acceptance isn't a prideful
thing, but rather, it is learning to know and accept
ourselves as we are--dark side and all. Only then are
we able to change and keep growing to become healthier
and more loving persons.

To grow in self-love we need to be fully known by at
least one other loving and accepting person--a person
who will not put us down, judge or criticize us, tell
us what we should or shouldn't do, try to fix us, give
unsolicited advice, or preach at us, but accept us just
as we are. It is through their knowing, accepting, and
loving us as we are that, little by little, we learn to
love and accept ourselves. This truth cannot be
over-emphasized for we can only feel loved to the
degree that we are known, accepted, and loved by at
least one loving, trusted person. This is not to imply
that this person approves of any negative or
destructive behavior. Not at all.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me at least
one safe, loving and accepting person whom I can trust
with my total life--dark side and all--and through
their loving acceptance of me, help me to learn to love
and accept myself as you love and accept me, so I can
truly love you with all my heart, soul, and mind, and
love my neighbor as you want me to. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV).

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Confessing Other's Sins  

"Therefore confess your sins [and faults] 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

Michael Josephson of Character Counts was addressing a
group of journalists regarding journalistic ethics. He
"posed the question, 'When is it proper for a
journalist to report about the private life of a public
official?'

"Jack Anderson, a well-known investigative columnist,
replied: 'I don't think we should report on the private
behavior of a politician unless it's relevant to his
job.' Then he added, 'but we don't always follow our
own tests.'

"I asked him to explain and he said: 'A few years ago,
a woman came into my office and gave me an airtight
affidavit that the mayor of Tucson had bit her on the
thigh. Now, I didn't think this was too relevant to his
job, but some stories are too good to pass up.'"2

In this political mayhem going on in the U.S. at this
time, between competing politicians attacking each
other, and considerable biased media, there are many
times when I feel like throwing up. One wonders if
there are any ethics.

I think there ought to be a strict rule that governs
all media that says, "No politician or journalist (or
anybody else) is allowed to confess anybody else's sins
and failures publicly, before confessing his or her own
publicly." Zero chance of this ever happening.

Sad to say, far too many of those who call ourselves
Christians don't do too much better. We can be quick to
confess others' sins while hiding our own. The Bible
tells us to confess our sins to each other . . . not to
confess others' sins to each other. There's another
name for this. It's gossip. The Bible condemns it.

When it comes to Christian growth groups, rule number
one is, "Confess nobody's sins but your own. Period."
True, in life there are times when a leader's behavior
needs to be confronted, but before we do it, let's make
sure our own life is squeaky clean, that our own sins
are confessed and resolved, and that our life is right
with God.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the
sin of gossip. Help me to see my own sins and faults,
confess these to a trusted friend and to you, and with
your help overcome these. And help me always to live
and abide by Christian ethics. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. James 5:16 (NIV).
2. Josephson, Michael, Character Counts, 553.1,
http://charactercounts.org/michael/the_nature_of_character/.

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Boundaries: What Part of NO Don't You Understand?  

"Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who
were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables
of the money changers and the benches of those selling
doves."1

A Daily Encounter reader writes in response to one of
our messages on being peacemakers: "As you know,
meaningful relationships require boundaries. Sometimes
this means letting the other person know you are
offended even if they do not react the way you might
wish. At times keeping your boundaries may even mean
terminating an unhealthy relationship.

"But what about when the relationship is one you cannot
terminate, say with a parent, spouse, or other family
member who is also a Christian? I am not speaking of
blatant abuse situations but the gray areas in which a
lot of people, including myself, often find ourselves.
What about when parents have deep unresolved anger and
hurt which they will not confront and resolve, so they
wind up projecting it onto their children--including
their adult children?

"So where is the line? How do you honor your parents
and keep your boundaries?"

True, the Bible does say we are to honor and obey our
parents, but it never says that we are to accept
everything they, or anybody else, do to us, or ask us
to do.

Meekness isn't weakness. Jesus, of course, is the prime
example of one who had healthy boundaries. He didn't
allow anyone to do anything to him without his
permission, nor did he always meet the expectations of
his parents. And he always confronted evil and
wrongdoing.

So, while we are also told in the Bible to obey our
parents and our leaders, when they, or anyone else, are
abusive, evil, or do wrong, the higher law for us to
follow is the law of God--and that is always to do the
right thing. At times this will require tough love and
saying "no" to anyone who would mistreat or abuse us,
and who are being boundary busters with us.

When Peter and the other apostles were commanded by the
religious leaders not to preach about Jesus, Peter
said, "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts
5:29). And they kept preaching.

And think how Jesus handled the religious Pharisees and
those who abused the house of God (the temple) and were
ripping off the poor. He drove them out of the temple
with a whip and called them a brood of vipers!

If we ask ourselves the question, "What would Jesus
do?" in every situation in which we find ourselves and
could discern the correct answer, we would know what to
do. And then we would need to ask him for the courage
to help us to do it.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for Jesus who is
the prime example for us to follow in every situation .
. . whether warm and compassionate or angry at evil.
Please help me to know what you would do in every
confusing situation in which I find myself--and please
give me the courage to do that without being controlled
by false guilt or what others might think of me. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Jesus in Matthew 21:12 (NIV).

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When the Helper Needs Help  

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so
much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast,
saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner.'"1

King Duncan tells about the story of a manager of a
ten-story office building who was informed that a man
was trapped in an elevator between the second and third
floors. The manager rushed to the grill work under the
stalled car and called to the passenger, "Keep cool,
sir; we'll have you out soon. I've phoned for the
elevator mechanic."

There was a brief pause and a tense voice replied, "I
am the elevator mechanic."2

Many of us, especially we men, even when we are trapped
find it very difficult to say, "I have a problem. I
need help." As a result, we pay a high price for our
stubborn independence.

When it comes to our spiritual wellbeing and life
beyond the grave, many, if not most, people figure that
if they have done enough good things to outweigh the
bad things they have done, that this will qualify them
for entering God's heaven. In other words we want to
save ourselves, which is akin to a drowning man trying
to save himself by picking himself up out of the water.

Vance Havner used to say how the world's a goner. It's
a sinking ship. God's goal isn't to save the world but
to save lost sinners from the sinking ship that is
drowning in an ocean of sin and degradation. Only the
ones who admit that they are a lost sinner and cry for
God to save them can be saved for all eternity.

We simply cannot save ourselves. That's why Jesus came
to die on the cross in our place--to pay the penalty
for all our sins so we could be freely forgiven and
given God's gift of eternal life. The prayer God loves
to hear is, "God be merciful to me a sinner!"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I acknowledge that I am a
sinner and cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is
the Son of God and that he died on the cross for my
sins. Have mercy on me and save me. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

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

1. Luke 18:13 (NKJV).
2. King Duncan www.sermons.com.

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Pursue Peace  

"Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual
up-building."1

"I know what makes him tick, and I know what ticks him
off!" These were the words of a speaker I heard when
talking about her relationship with her husband--with
whom, by the way, she had a very good relationship.

Clever lady. Smart wife!

For couples, and friends for that matter, to relate
well to each other--and to build each other up--each
needs to know how the other ticks; that is, understand
each other. First though, we need to know and
understand ourselves . . . and know what ticks us off
and why we get ticked off (get angry)!

There are some things we ought to get angry about, such
as at anything that is harmful to others. But
oftentimes we get angry--and overreact--not because of
what the other person has done, but because of who we
are. In other words, when I have a lot of unresolved
hurt and anger from the past, it can get triggered by
the slightest incident and I overreact!

What the other person does may or may not be a problem,
but my hurt and my anger are always my responsibility.
And to the degree that I overreact, that is always my
problem!

So we need to know not only what ticks us and each
other off, but also why we get ticked off . . . and
what we need to do about it if we are to have
fulfilling and meaningful relationships.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know,
understand and accept myself, so I will be much more
understanding and accepting of others. And help me to
face and resolve my character issues and be a
peacemaker and not a troublemaker. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Romans 14:19 (RSV) (NIV).

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Strike Three and You're IN!  

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and
straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the
goal to win the prize for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus."1

Motivational speakers ask the question, "What would you
like to do if you knew for certain that you couldn't
fail?" Good question. I'm sure that many a life's
dream, hope, and/or ambition is lost because of the
fear of failure.

Perhaps a better question to ask is: "So what if you do
fail?" What is the worst thing that could happen?
Ninety-nine percent of the time you could learn from
the experience and be better qualified to try again. I
doubt if there is anyone who has succeeded in
fulfilling their life's dream and goals who hasn't
experienced failure--or even many failures before they
succeeded. 

What we need to realize is that there is no shame in
failure. As another has said, "Low aim, not failure, is
a 'crime.'" In fact, failure can be our greatest
teacher. It's only as we are willing to risk failure
that we can ever succeed and become a true winner.
Remember, too, that failure is an event not a person.
The only real failure is not to get up and keep trying
one more time than we fall or get knocked down. In
baseball it may be strike three and you're out. Not so
for a successful life where it is: 

     Strike Three and You're In!

     We only succeed when
     we're willing to fail;
     We only score goals when
     we're willing to be tackled;
     We only hit home runs when 
     we're willing to strike out;
     And we only win when 
     we're willing to risk failing.

     Consider the high jumper who
     only discovers how high he can jump
     when he reaches his failure point.
     Consider Babe Ruth, too,
     the year he broke the world record
     for hitting the most home runs,
     he also broke the record 
     for scoring the most strike-outs!

     Success, however exhilarating,
     doesn't teach one how to be a winner.
     In fact, failure is the greatest teacher
     to help one win in the game of life.
     So, if you want to hit home runs,
     stand at the plate, start swinging,
     be willing to strike out -
     and begin winning!

                        - Dick Innes
                        ©️ Copyright 2000 Dick Innes

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to discover my
God-given life purpose and goal and pursue it with all
my heart and strength--and never give up--knowing that
failures are a part of the learning experience. Help me
to remember, too, regarding any goal/purpose that is
Your will for my life, that with Your help there is
always a way to achieve it. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV).
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Is There Life After Death? Part III  


"I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret: we
shall not all die, but we shall all be given new
bodies...For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now
that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies
that cannot perish but will live forever."1


Yesterday we gave references of those who saw Jesus
following his resurrection from the grave. Following
are more witnesses: Eight days after his resurrection,
Jesus is seen again by the disciples2 and at the Lake 
of Tiberias by seven of the disciples--including Peter,
James, and John.3


On a Galilean mountain Jesus appeared to more than 500
of his followers at one time.4 He also appeared to his
brother, James, who prior to Christ's resurrection
totally rejected him as the Messiah.5 Perhaps one of
the strongest evidences of the resurrection is this
dramatic change in James, who became one of the chief
leaders in the early Christian church.


At the Mount of Olives, on the day of his return to
heaven, Christ was again seen by the eleven disciples,
the brothers of Jesus and several women, including his
mother.6 Later the ascended Christ appeared in a
blinding light to Paul on the road to Damascus,7 to
Stephen when he was being stoned to death,8 to Paul
again at the Temple,9 and finally to John on the Isle
of Patmos.10


In about A.D. 100 Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote
in his Antiquities that Jesus "appeared to them alive
on the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold
these and ten thousand other wonderful things
concerning him."11 Since Josephus was a Jew writing to
please the Romans, this story would not have pleased
them in the slightest. He would hardly have included it
if it were false.12 Ancient men believed that there was
life after death. Jesus Christ himself taught this and
proved it by his own resurrection. Josephus, the Jewish
historian, reported Christ's resurrection. And now
modern science seems to confirm what the Bible has been
teaching for several thousand years--that there is life
after death.


The crucial point, however, is to be sure that we are
personally ready for life beyond the grave. We can be
by confessing our sinfulness to God, by acknowledging
our need of God, and by responding to Jesus Christ's
call to receive him as personal Lord and Savior. To
assist you in doing this and to be sure that you are
prepared for life after death, read: "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian--without having to be
religious" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.


God's Word says, "For God so loved the world that He
gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life."13


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You again for the
assurance from Your Word, the Bible,  of life after
death for all Your true followers. Please help me to
know for certain that I have accepted Jesus as my
Savior and am prepared for the life to come after my
life here on earth. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


 1. I Corinthians 15:51,53 (TLB)(NLT).
 2. John 20:26-28. 
 3. John 21:1-23. 
 4. I Corinthians 15:6 
 5. I Corinthians 15:7. 
 6. Acts 1:9-14. 
 7. Acts 9:3-6. 
 8. Acts 7:55. 
 9. Acts 22:11; 17-21. 
10. Revelation 1:10-19.
11. Josephus, Antiquities, Book 18, chapter 3, v. 3. 
12. Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict,
p.194. Campus Crusade for Christ International. Inc.,
Copyright 1972. Used by permission. 
13. John 3:16. 


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Is There Life After Death? Part II  

"'Men of Galilee,' they [the two angels] said, 'why do
you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus,
who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back
in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'"1

Yesterday we shared the words of one person who had had
a near-death experience. Another person explained, "The
first thing he (the being of light) said to me was,
that he kind of asked me if I was ready to die, or what
I had done with my life that I wanted to show him?"2

Others experienced a deep sense of loneliness
immediately after death. One person said, "I was aware
the whole time of being alone--very alone--almost like
I was a visitor from someplace else. It was like all
relations were cut. I know--it was like there was no
love or anything."3

While these experiences are interesting, the most
reliable textbook we have on life after death is God's
Word, the Bible, which says, "Yet we have this
assurance: those who belong to God shall live again!
Those who dwell in the dust shall awake and sing for
joy! For God's light of life will fall like dew upon
them!"4

In the New Testament Paul wrote, "I am telling you this
strange and wonderful secret: we shall not all die, but
we shall all be given new bodies.... For our earthly
bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be
transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but
will live forever."5

While the most reliable textbook of life after death is
the Bible, the greatest proof is Jesus Christ's own
resurrection from death. He wasn't classified as merely
"clinically dead" for a brief time. After dying on a
Roman cross, he had been dead and in the grave for
three days when he came back to life again.

Both the Jewish and Roman leaders hated Christianity.
So all they had to do to destroy it forever was to find
the body of Christ--which nobody ever did, for the
Christian faith was established on the fact of his
resurrection.

Christ's disciples were so convinced of his
resurrection that each one gave his life for preaching
that Christ had risen from the dead. They believed this
because they had seen him killed, buried and
resurrected for themselves.

The morning of his resurrection, Christ was seen by
Mary Magdalene6 and women returning from the empty
tomb.7 That same day he was seen by Peter,8 later by
two of his followers on the road to Emmaus,9 and at
night by the disciples.10

To be continued . . .

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the record
in Your Word, the Bible, regarding the witnesses who
saw the 'Living Christ' following His death, burial and
resurrection. And thank You again for Your promise of
life after life for all Your true followers. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."

Note: To be sure that you are prepared for life after
death, read: "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian--without having to be religious" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. Acts 1:11 (NIV).
2. Raymond A. Moody, Jr., Life After Life, pp. 47.
Mockingbird Books, Inc., Covington, GA 30209 Copyright
1975. Used by permission. 
3. Ibid, P. 43. 
4. Isaiah 26:19 (Living Bible)(NLT). 
5. I Corinthians 15:51,53 (Living Bible)(NLT). 
6. John 20:14. 
7. Matthew 28:9,10. 
8. Luke 24:34. 
9. Luke 24:13-33. 
10. Luke 24:36-43. 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Is There Life After Death? Part I  

"Yet we have this assurance: those who belong to God
shall live again! Those who dwell in the dust shall
awake and sing for joy! For God's light of life will
fall like dew upon them."1

Dr. Billy Graham, world-renowned speaker who is
well-known for his radio and television programs, says
that the question most often asked him was, "Is there
life after death?"

This is an age-old question. From earliest times people
have believed that life does not end with the grave.
"Indeed," writes Dr. Raymond A. Moody, Jr., in his
book, Life After Life. "graves from very early sites
all over the earth give evidence of the belief in human
survival of bodily death."2

Is man's desire for life beyond death just wishful
thinking? Or is there evidence to support this belief?

Modern science seems to support it. For example, many
people who have been pronounced "clinically dead" have
come back to life and have given vivid accounts of
being fully conscious after they had been pronounced
dead by medical personnel.

For over a half-decade, Dr. Moody, who is (or was) also
a psychiatrist from the University of Virginia
Hospital, made a study of more than a hundred of these
cases.

One of these persons described his experience this way:
"I heard the doctors say that I was dead and that's
when I began to feel as though I were tumbling through
this blackness, which was some sort of enclosure.
Everything was very black, except that, way off from
me, I could see this light, but not too large at first.
It grew larger as I came nearer and nearer to it.

"I was trying to get to that light at the end, because
I felt that it was Christ, and I was trying to reach
that point. It was not a frightening experience. For
immediately, being a Christian, I had connected the
light with Christ who said, 'I am the light of the
world.' I said to myself, 'If this is it, if I am to
die, then I know who waits for me at the end, there in
the light.'"3

To be continued . . .

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the promise
from Your Word, the Bible, that 'those who belong to
God shall live again.' This is a wonderful hope. Please
help me to live with this assurance of eternity with
eternal values in view. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: To be sure that you are prepared for life after
death, read: "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian--without having to be religious" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. Isaiah 26:19 (Living Bible)(NLT).
2. Raymond A. Moody, Jr., Life After Life, pp. 17.
Mockingbird Books, Inc. Covington, GA 30209. Copyright
1975. Used by permission. 
3. Ibid, P. 48. 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Successful Failure  

"According to your faith will it be done to you."1 

In the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chuck Webster
tells a story about Monty Roberts, the son of an
itinerant horse trainer. Growing up Monty went with his
father from stable to stable, farm to farm, and ranch
to ranch training horses. Consequently he missed much
of his high school education. As a senior he was asked
to write a paper on what career he wanted to pursue.
That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing in
great detail his goal to build and own a dream horse
ranch.

The next day he turned his paper in. Two days later he
received it back. On the front page was a large red "F"
with a note that read, "See me after class." When he
saw the teacher, he asked why he was given an "F".

"The teacher said, 'This is an unrealistic dream for a
young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an
itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse
ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the
land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock
and later you'll have to pay large stud fees. There's
no way you could ever do it.' Then the teacher added,
'If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic
goal, I will reconsider your grade.'"

After thinking about it for a week, he turned the paper
back in exactly as he had first written it saying to
the teacher, "You can keep the F and I'll keep my
dream."

Today, "Monty Roberts owns a 4,000-square-foot house in
the middle of a 200-acre horse ranch in San Ysidro
[California]. Oh, and he still has that school paper
framed over the fireplace. He didn't allow his teacher
to crush his dream.2 I believe that he also owns a
ranch in Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California.

Do you have a dream--especially if it is a God-given
dream--don't let Satan or anyone else "pouf" it out.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to know what Your
God-given purpose and dream for my life is, and give me
the faith and persistence to never give up until it is
fulfilled. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 9:29 (NIV).
2. Chicken Soup For the Soul, as quoted by Chuck
Webster, "Dream Big," The Words of Truth, Sept. 2003,
p. 3. Cited on KneEmail. http://www.oakhillcoc.org/  

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Today's Daily Encounter

Be Prepared  

"Prepare to meet your God, O Israel."1 

Some "years ago as several million watched on TV the
beginning game of the World Series baseball in San
Francisco, there was a sudden interruption of the
opening interview. The screen blinked and went blank.
When the program resumed, a special news bulletin
appeared. The San Francisco metropolitan area had
experienced a serious earthquake. We all watched the
live pictures as the huge fire in the Marina area
burned. A remote camera crew was there and we saw the
firemen fighting the fires. 

"The scene I remember the most, however," said the
writer of this article, "was a group of people standing
around just looking at the destruction and looking at
the fire. All of a sudden a policeman came up to the
crowd and yelled out to them: What are you people doing
just standing there? You must get prepared immediately.
Go home and fill your bathtubs with water. Be prepared
to live without city services for 72 hours. The sun
will set in another hour and your time is running out.
Go and get prepared."2

I can, at least to some degree, identify with these
people. Living in Southern California I've experienced
several earthquakes of varying degrees. In two of the
worst--one a 4-point something and the other a 5-point
something--I woke up and said to myself, just another
earthquake, rolled over and went right back to sleep.
That was a very dangerous and foolish attitude and I
realized that I need to "wake up and get with it" the
next time an earthquake hits, and at least dive under a
table for protection, otherwise I could be badly hurt
or even killed if/when a really big one hits.

Even as a kid I learned in the Boy Scouts the motto:
"Be Prepared." We all need to be prepared for
unexpected crises as much as is possible. And
absolutely nowhere is it more important to be prepared
than it is to be prepared for eternity--to meet God
face to face, "for man is destined to die once, and
after that to face judgment [God's judgment]."3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that in your
Word, the Bible, you repeatedly warn us of the danger
of not being prepared for eternity. Help me to know
that I am ready to meet you face to face, and help me
to so live that I won't be embarrassed on that day but
will hear your welcoming words, 'Well done, good and
faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few
things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter
into the joy of your lord.'4 Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

NOTE: To be absolutely sure that you are prepared to
meet God face-to-face and ready for eternity read the
article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
http://www.actsweb.org/christian

1. Amos 4:12 (NIV).
2. The Staff, www.eSermons.com. 
3. Hebrews 9:27 (NIV). 
4. Matthew 25:23 (NKJV).

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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."    
  
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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). 

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 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). 

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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). 

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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). 

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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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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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Post  Admin on Thu 01 Jun 2017, 2:32 pm

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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Today's Daily Encounter

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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Today's Daily Encounter

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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