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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 11:22 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

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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U.S.A.

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Post  Admin on Thu 17 Nov 2016, 12:02 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

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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Post  Admin on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:11 pm

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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Post  Admin on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 10:39 pm

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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Post  Admin on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 10:33 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

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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Post  Admin on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 9:12 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

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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Today's Daily Encounter

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
read more about this book and order it from
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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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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).
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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."

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

1. John 4:29 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

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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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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Life after Life Guarantee  

"For if we have been united with him in a death like
his, we will certainly also be united with him in a
resurrection like his."1

"There's an old story about a small boy who was walking
along the street with his parents during the Second
World War. They saw a house with a gold star hanging in
the window. 'What does that mean?' asked the boy. His
parents told him that it meant that that family had
lost a son in the war, and that star symbolized their
loss. Later on that evening, as the boy saw the first
star come out in the summer sky, the boy excitedly
exclaimed, 'Look! God lost a son, too!'"2

Regardless of the time of year may we ever be mindful
of the "so great a salvation" God provided for us
through the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on
the cross in our place to pay the penalty for all our
sins and, through His resurrection, to give us the
guarantee that we, too, will arise and be given the
gift of eternal life--that is, life after this
life--through Jesus Christ our Lord. This is God’s
promise to all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their
Lord and Savior and therein have received God’s
forgiveness for all their sins*

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You not
only gave Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in my
place to pay the just penalty for all my sins, but also
that Jesus rose again giving me the hope and guarantee
of the resurrection for eternal life to live in Heaven
with You forever when Jesus returns for all who believe
in You and have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord
and Savior. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

*To be sure you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and
received God’s forgiveness see the article, “How to Be
Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.

1. Romans 6:5 (NIV).
2. "The Grief of God," A sermon by Donald B. Strobe, of
East Lansing, Michigan 

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The Cross of Christ  

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God."1

"Maybe you know the story of Sir John Bowring. A
brilliant man who spoke five languages, Sir John was
twice elected to Parliament. Knighted by the queen, he
served at one time as governor of Hong Kong. It's said
he wrote thirty-six books on a variety of subjects. If
you visit a library, though, you will only find one of
Sir John's writings. It's all we have left. And you're
likely to find it in a hymnal. 

"It's a poem which he wrote after a boat trip, sailing
along the coast of China. Passing Macao, a city
devastated by an earthquake, he spied the ruins of a
mission church. Protruding from those ruins was the
cross which had stood atop the chapel. The impact of
that cross caused him to write these memorable words:"2

In the cross of Christ I glory / Towering o'er the
wrecks of time / All the light of sacred story /
Gathers round its head sublime. 

When the woes of life o'ertake me / Hopes deceive, and
fears annoy / Never shall the cross forsake me / Lo! it
glows with peace and joy. 

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure / By the cross are
sanctified / Peace is there that knows no measure /
Joys that through all time abide.3

Still today the cross of Jesus Christ towers over the
wrecks of time--faded dreams, lost hopes,
disappointments, violent acts of terrorism, wars, and
the lack of peace. In the end, however, the cross of
Christ will triumph over all. It is the only hope of
mankind. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the Cross of
Christ and all that it means for lost mankind. Thank
You that in the end it will triumph over all evil,
sickness, sadness, sorrow, and death. Most of all I
thank You for the Christ of the cross who, on Good
Friday some two thousand years ago, gave His life in my
place to pay the just penalty for all my sins so that I
could be forgiven and receive Your forgiveness and that
gift of eternal life. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV).
2. From www.sermons.com.   
3. Sir John Bowring, 1825.

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Today's Daily Encounter
The Cross of Christ  

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God."1

"Maybe you know the story of Sir John Bowring. A
brilliant man who spoke five languages, Sir John was
twice elected to Parliament. Knighted by the queen, he
served at one time as governor of Hong Kong. It's said
he wrote thirty-six books on a variety of subjects. If
you visit a library, though, you will only find one of
Sir John's writings. It's all we have left. And you're
likely to find it in a hymnal. 

"It's a poem which he wrote after a boat trip, sailing
along the coast of China. Passing Macao, a city
devastated by an earthquake, he spied the ruins of a
mission church. Protruding from those ruins was the
cross which had stood atop the chapel. The impact of
that cross caused him to write these memorable words:"2

In the cross of Christ I glory / Towering o'er the
wrecks of time / All the light of sacred story /
Gathers round its head sublime. 

When the woes of life o'ertake me / Hopes deceive, and
fears annoy / Never shall the cross forsake me / Lo! it
glows with peace and joy. 

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure / By the cross are
sanctified / Peace is there that knows no measure /
Joys that through all time abide.3

Still today the cross of Jesus Christ towers over the
wrecks of time--faded dreams, lost hopes,
disappointments, violent acts of terrorism, wars, and
the lack of peace. In the end, however, the cross of
Christ will triumph over all. It is the only hope of
mankind. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the Cross of
Christ and all that it means for lost mankind. Thank
You that in the end it will triumph over all evil,
sickness, sadness, sorrow, and death. Most of all I
thank You for the Christ of the cross who, on Good
Friday some two thousand years ago, gave His life in my
place to pay the just penalty for all my sins so that I
could be forgiven and receive Your forgiveness and that
gift of eternal life. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV).
2. From www.sermons.com.   
3. Sir John Bowring, 1825.

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Power of Love  

"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."1

"Years ago, R. G. Lee told a powerful story about a
mountain school that had a hard time keeping a teacher.
It seems there was a group of big, rough boys who took
pride in running the teacher off. The biggest and
roughest of them all was named Tom. 

"A new young teacher won over the boys, however, by
letting them write the rules for the school--which were
very strictly enforced with a rod. For example,
cheating would be punished with five strokes of the
rod, and stealing with ten strokes, both to be given
with the offender's coat off. 

"Everything went well until one day Tom's lunch was
stolen. A frail little boy in hand-me-down clothes that
were too big for him admitted his guilt. The school
rules demanded that he be whipped. When the teacher
called the little fellow up front, he came whimpering
and begging to leave his coat on. The pupils insisted
he obey the rules and take off his coat. When he did, a
deathly silence settled over the room, for he had no
shirt on and his emaciated body looked like skin
stretched over bones. The teacher gasped and dropped
the rod. He knew he could never whip that little boy. 

"Suddenly, big Tom strode up and stood between the two.
'I'll take it for him, Teacher, for after all it was my
lunch he stole.' He shrugged out of his coat. 

"At the third blow the switch broke, and the teacher
threw it in the corner and said, 'That's all, school
dismissed.' 

"The frail little boy laid his hand on big Tom's arm
and through his tears said, 'Thank you, Tom, it would
have killed me.'"2

And that's exactly what Jesus did for you and me when
He died on the cross on Good Friday some 2000 years
ago--He took your and my punishment for all our sins so
we could be freely forgiven and given God's gift of
eternal life. 

"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." Do you believe that Jesus died
for your sins and, if so, have you accepted God's full
and free pardon? You can do that right now by praying
the following prayer: 

"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry
for all the wrongs that I have done and sins that I
have committed. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross to pay the just penalty for all my
sins. Please forgive me. I invite You, Jesus, to come
into my heart and life as my Lord and my Savior. I
commit and trust my life and way to You. Please give me
the desire to be what You want me to be, and to do what
You want me to do. Thank You for dying for my sins, for
Your free pardon, for Your gift of eternal life, and
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus’s name, amen." 

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1. John 3:16 (NIV).
2. Cited on www.sermons.com  

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Post  Admin on Tue 30 Aug 2016, 9:51 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

A Cry for Help  "When he [the blind beggar] heard that it was Jesus of
Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have
mercy on me!'"1

Clark Strand, a former Zen Buddhist monk, shared how
"two years ago, on board a midday flight out of
Memphis, Tenn., I suddenly found myself repeating the
words, 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on
me!' 

"This would not have been remarkable had I been a
member of the Orthodox Church, which for more than a
millennium has used that prayer as its preferred method
of contemplation. For that matter, it would not have
been remarkable had I been a Christian of any kind. As
I was a Zen Buddhist who professed no belief even in
God, much less Jesus, it came as a bit of a shock. 

"I was on my way back from the bathroom when the plane
simply fell out of the sky. My feet kept lifting up off
the floor. I hung comically for moments on dangly
puppet legs, and then somehow I managed to make it back
to my seat. I had just buckled in when my wife turned
to me from across the aisle where she was sitting with
our two young children and said the four words no one
on an airplane ever wants to hear: 'Do you smell
smoke?' It was the moment we've all imagined. You look
forward and backward into the faces of the other
passengers (complete strangers, all but a few) and read
there the selfsame thought: 'So this is what it means
to die.' 

"Miraculously, just minutes later we were back on solid
ground. The plane, as we later found out, had developed
an electrical fire in the control console, and the
pilot, not knowing how long he could steer it, had
descended as fast as he could, driving her for all she
was worth, covering the 25 minutes back to Memphis in
just under 10 minutes flat. 

'When all seemed lost, it wasn't Mu I had cried out, or
even Buddha, but of all things, Jesus--in spite of
everything else I had ever believed or done. 

"Only later that night in the hotel room, with the
children in bed, did I remember the moment during the
flight when my spiritual life had taken a 180-degree
turn and, as it were, headed back to port."2

Need I say more? 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me not to wait until
I am in the midst of a life-threatening crisis to call
on You to have mercy on me and save me. Help me to do
that right now. And whenever I am in a crisis of any
kind, grant that my cry for help will always
automatically ascend to You. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer--and that You always do when I cry
to You for help. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."NOTE: If you have never prayed and asked God to
have mercy on you, please click HERE for "God's
Invitation." 
1. Mark 10:47 (NIV).
2. Clark Strand, a former Zen Buddhist monk, "At the
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Today's Daily Encounter

Wonderful or Wonder-empty  

"Behold, You [God] desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom."1 

Some people you meet are very warm, genuine and
connected. Others seem to be cold and distant. Their
life seems rather flat line, dull, and even boring. I'm
not talking about times of sickness, sadness or sorrow
but this is how they are much or most of the time. 

Why are some people like the latter group? One of a
number of reasons is because they are repressed in
their emotional life. Chances are that they grew up
with a sense that emotions--especially negative
emotions--were not acceptable, so they learned early in
life to bury and deny them. Or they may have been hurt
deeply as a child and found that they had to stuff
their emotions in order to survive. It may sound crude
but it is a fact of life that the stuff we stuff stuffs
up our lives. This can cause all sorts of emotional,
physical, relational and/or spiritual problems.

Emotions are God-given and are a vital part of a
healthy, mature life. We are not talking about
emotionalism which is a cover of true emotions. We are
talking about being connected to our inner self and
being in touch with all of our God-given emotions. If
my emotions are buried and I am disconnected from them
and my inner self, I cannot be truly connected to
anyone else or to God at any kind of intimate level. At
best, my relationships will be very shallow. 

Furthermore, when emotions are repressed, instead of
life being wonder-full, it may be wonder-empty. As such
I will characteristically be bored with life.

If one’s life is wonder-empty, how do we overcome? How
do we get connected to our inner self? In younger days
my emotions were very much buried. I was doing all the
right things outwardly but inwardly I felt very empty
and, among other things, was disconnected to my emotion
of wonder. Much of this was caused by growing up in a
very dysfunctional family. I was taught that you
couldn’t trust your emotions, but my life was so empty
that I got down on my knees and asked God to give me my
emotions back anyhow. Whew, God answered in a way that
was the exact opposite of what I expected. My world
fell apart. I was rejected by the most important person
in my life and felt torn apart. But this was the
beginning of getting in touch with all my emotions and
my inner-self and learning to live and love again. 

It took a long time and a lot of counseling but I can
truly say that life for me has never been better. I am
physically healthier than I was at half my age and my
life is filled with love, loving relationships, and
fulfillment.

Apparently Renoir, the famous artist, kept painting in
his older years even though he was in great physical
pain. In relating to Renoir’s suffering his friend,
Matisse, said to him, "Why do you keep painting when
you are in so much pain?" to which Renoir replied, "The
pain passes but the beauty remains!" And so it is with
us, if we commit and trust our life to God and ask Him
to confront us with our reality so that we become fully
connected to our inner self, we may go through some
very painful experiences (that are often needed to
break through our defenses) but, in time, our pain will
pass but the beauty of our life will last forever. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in keeping with Your
desire please help me to be connected to my inner self
and always be honest with myself and with You, and thus
grow up into the fullness of my salvation. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 51:6 (NASB).

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Strength out of Weakness  

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

I read a few years ago the story of a 10-year-old boy
who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had
lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
 
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo
master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't
understand why, after three months of training, the
master had taught him only one move.
 
"Sensei," the boy finally said, "shouldn't I be
learning more moves?"
 
"This is the only move you know, but this is the only
move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied. Not
quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the
boy kept training.
 
Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his
first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily
won his first two matches. The third match proved to be
more difficult, but after some time, his opponent
became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his
one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success,
the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent
was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a
while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned
that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a
time-out. He was about to stop the match when the
sensei intervened. "No," the sensei insisted, "let him
continue."
 
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a
critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the
boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match
and the tournament. He was the champion.
 
On the way home, the boy and the sensei reviewed every
move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the
courage to ask what was really on his mind: "Sensei,
how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
 
"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First,
you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws
in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for
that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."
 
“The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest
strength."2

Hmmm … very interesting. When it comes to life, for
some folk their biggest strength becomes their biggest
weakness. For example, as Jesus said about the wealthy
man, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to
enter the kingdom of God."3 The eye of the needle was
referring to a door in the wall of the city (as it was
commonly called) which was too small for a camel to go
through, meaning that it was impossible for a person
who trusts in his riches--or his fame, personality,
power or position--to get into God’s heaven.

On the other hand, when we acknowledge our weaknesses
and know that we need to depend on God for guidance,
wisdom, discernment, and deliverance from
temptation--this can become our greatest strength.
 
Suggested prayer, "Dear God, please deliver me from the
sin of pride and help me always to  remember to be
dependent on You for guidance, wisdom, direction, power
to overcome temptation, and for my eternal salvation.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).
2. Thought for the Day, by Alan Smith,
http://www.tftd-online.com.
3.  Matthew 19:24 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 3:45 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Strength out of Weakness  

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

I read a few years ago the story of a 10-year-old boy
who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had
lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
 
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo
master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't
understand why, after three months of training, the
master had taught him only one move.
 
"Sensei," the boy finally said, "shouldn't I be
learning more moves?"
 
"This is the only move you know, but this is the only
move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied. Not
quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the
boy kept training.
 
Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his
first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily
won his first two matches. The third match proved to be
more difficult, but after some time, his opponent
became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his
one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success,
the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent
was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a
while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned
that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a
time-out. He was about to stop the match when the
sensei intervened. "No," the sensei insisted, "let him
continue."
 
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a
critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the
boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match
and the tournament. He was the champion.
 
On the way home, the boy and the sensei reviewed every
move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the
courage to ask what was really on his mind: "Sensei,
how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
 
"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First,
you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws
in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for
that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."
 
“The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest
strength."2

Hmmm … very interesting. When it comes to life, for
some folk their biggest strength becomes their biggest
weakness. For example, as Jesus said about the wealthy
man, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to
enter the kingdom of God."3 The eye of the needle was
referring to a door in the wall of the city (as it was
commonly called) which was too small for a camel to go
through, meaning that it was impossible for a person
who trusts in his riches--or his fame, personality,
power or position--to get into God’s heaven.

On the other hand, when we acknowledge our weaknesses
and know that we need to depend on God for guidance,
wisdom, discernment, and deliverance from
temptation--this can become our greatest strength.
 
Suggested prayer, "Dear God, please deliver me from the
sin of pride and help me always to  remember to be
dependent on You for guidance, wisdom, direction, power
to overcome temptation, and for my eternal salvation.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).
2. Thought for the Day, by Alan Smith,
http://www.tftd-online.com.
3.  Matthew 19:24 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Discovering God's Will for You  

"I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is
within my heart."1

How do you know what God's will is for you? Or how will
you know if you are called of God? 

Brent Porterfield, quoting from Frederick Buechner's
book, Wishful Thinking, provides an answer well worth
pondering. Buechner "says that a good rule for finding
one's vocation is this: Our special mission in our life
is usually one of the following: 

   A. That which we'd love most to do and
   B. It is work that the world most needs to have
done. 

"Buechner says that if we really get a kick out of our
work, we have probably met requirement A, but if that
work is writing TV deodorant commercials, chances are
we haven't met requirement B. If our work is being a
doctor in a leper colony, we probably have met
requirement B, but if most of the time we are bored and
depressed by doctoring, chances are we have not only
bypassed A, we probably aren't helping our patients
much either. 

"Buechner concludes: 'The place God calls us to, is the
place where our deep gladness and the world's deep
hunger meet.'"2

Oswald Chambers described God's call this way: "The
call of God is like the call of the sea to the sailor.
Only he who has the nature of the sea within can hear
the call." 

Like a born-sailor who never rests until he answers the
call of the sea and launches out into the deep, when
God's Word is written in our heart, neither will we
find rest until we do what we know in our heart what it
is that God wants us to do. And when we answer that
call, we too, like King David, will delight in God's
ways and doing His work--no matter how humble or noble
that may be. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have a
plan and purpose for every Christian, and that includes
me. Like David of old, please give me a love for Your
Word and Your ways so that I, too, will know and
delight in doing Your will and answering Your call on
my life. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 40:8 (NASB).
2. Brent Porterfield, www.eSermons.com.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Encourage One Another  

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other
up, just as in fact you are doing."1

King Duncan writes about Larry Doby who was one of
baseball's finest hitters. He is well known by baseball
fans because he was the first African-American to play
for an American League team. "The year was 1947. Doby
was a promising rookie for the Cleveland Indians but he
didn't look very promising his first time at bat. He
was tense and nervous. He swung at three pitches,
missed each of them, and struck out badly. He didn't
get within a foot of the ball. Slowly he walked to the
dugout with his head down. He sat on the very end of
the bench and rested his head in his hands. 

"A player by the name of Joe Gordon was on that same
Cleveland team. Joe was an outstanding second baseman.
He batted right after Doby. Gordon had a good record
batting against the pitcher who was on the mound that
day. But something quite extraordinary was about to
happen. Joe Gordon went up to the plate and missed
three pitches in a row--each of them by at least two
feet. He walked slowly to the end of the bench and sat
down next to Larry Doby. Then Joe Gordon slowly put his
head in his hands. 

"Did Joe Gordon strike out that day deliberately? We
will never know. However it is interesting to note that
every time Larry Doby went out on the field from that
day on, he first picked up Joe Gordon's glove and
tossed it to him."2

One would suspect that Joe Gordon probably did strike
out deliberately. Good for him if he did. Sad to say
there are some people in the church who are threatened
by anyone who might be able to do something better than
they can do or gain a little more recognition, so they
underhandedly seek to block them at every turn. Think
of how the religious people of Jesus's day treated Hm?
They were so green with envy, they eventually had Him
crucified. 

But thank God for the "Joe Gordons" who have the gift
of encouragement and exercise it generously! Let's all
encourage someone today. It could make a great
difference in their life--perhaps for eternity. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the many
people who have encouraged me along the way … have
cheered me on when I was dragging my feet … and lifted
me up when I have fallen. Please help me to do the same
for others. And above all, thank You for Your unfailing
faithfulness to and everlasting love for me, even when
I have been at my worst. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV).
2. King Duncan www.sermons.com 

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