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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 01 Apr 2014, 6:18 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Is Atheism an Intellectual or a Moral Issue?  

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour
forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not
heard."1

I recently watched the DVD, "Journey Toward Creation …
Travel Back to When Light First Sprang from Darkness,"
narrated by astronomer and author, Dr. Hugh Ross.
Because of modern technology we are now able to view
vast areas of the universe going back millions of light
years. The incredible vastness of the universe and its
formation is staggering. To accept all of this as
happening by chance would take a mountain more of faith
than to believe it all happened by intelligent design
by a divine creator. And still the atheist says there
is no God.

If I say there is no God, I make myself the final voice
of authority and therein usurp the role of God in my
life. I become a god unto myself. Furthermore, the more
we learn about life and the more educated we become the
more we realize how little we know about this world,
let alone about the vast expanse of the universe. As
Thomas A. Edison said, "Until man duplicates a blade of
grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific
knowledge … it is obvious that we don't understand one
millionth of one percent about anything."2

Undoubtedly there are many factors as to why we believe
what we do. For many, much is shaped by their
upbringing and what they were taught in their formative
years. One's belief system is also affected by how
personally honest or dishonest he/she is with his/her
inner truth. For instance, if I have unresolved
supercharged repressed negative emotions, the defenses
I have developed to protect myself from being in touch
with these painful emotions give me warped lenses
through which I view life's events and end up with a
distorted world view. As Cecil Osborne said, "Every
unshed tear [and buried emotion] is a prism through
which all of life's hurts are distorted."

In the end we ultimately believe what we choose to
believe--often what is the most convenient for us. For
instance, if I choose to believe in God, I know I am
morally responsible. On the other hand, if I chose not
to believe in God, I delude myself into thinking I am
not morally responsible and can live as I please. For
example, "Philosopher Mortimer Adler, one of the great
intellectuals of the twentieth century, believed
Christianity was true, but refused to accept it because
it would interfere with his lifestyle. In time, he
overcame that objection and became a Christian, which,
given the evidence, was the only rational thing to
do."3 I would dare to suggest that maybe, just maybe,
his honesty led him in his choice to make a commitment
of his life to God and become a Christian.

So is atheism an intellectual or a moral problem? As
Bill O'Reilly would say, "We report--you decide."

Note: If you have never made a commitment of your life
to God and would like to do so today, be sure to read
the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real
Christian--without having to be religious" at:
http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
personally honest so that I will not have a distorted
world view and a distorted view of reality. Please lead
me on the path to truth so that I will clearly see all
truth including the truth about You, the universe and
all creation. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 19:1-3 (NIV).
2. Quote DB, http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/3508
3. Chuck Colson, BreakPoint, October 11, 2007

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Devil’s Future  

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

A friend shared with me her way of handling the
deceiver-tempter: "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.2 Knowing that he does this, 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?

Furthermore, because Christ died for us and cleansed us
from our sins, we can, in Jesus’ 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 he comes
to tempt you.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that You forgive
all who confess their sins and ask for Your
forgiveness. Help me always to resist the devil in
Jesus’ name, knowing that he will flee from me and has
no power over me. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. James 4:7.
2. Rev. 12:10.

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Today's Daily Encounter

In the Broken Places  

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me [Jesus], because he
has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."1

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who coined the phrase
"growing strong in the broken places." When a bone is
broken, for example, the calcium buildup that "welds"
the bone together makes that the strongest part of the
bone.

When our life is committed to God and we bring our
broken parts to him for healing, we, too, become strong
in the broken places.

Another aspect on being broken is in the words of Vance
Havner who said, "God uses broken things. It takes
broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give
rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give
strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives
forth perfume . . . it is Peter, weeping bitterly
[after his failure of denying Jesus], who returns to
greater power than ever."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the courage
to face every ‘broken part’ in my life and bring these
to You for Your healing and lead me to the help I need
for full recovery. Grant that I, too, will grow strong
in the broken places and be used by You to be a
blessing and encouragement to others. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Jesus (Luke 4:18).

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God's Guardian Angels  

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve
those who will inherit salvation?"1

As told by Pastor Gunderson of First Baptist Church of
Pomona, California: A missionary who was serving in a
remote area of Africa made a monthly journey to a city
two days bike ride away to pick up supplies and
medicine.

On one of his many journeys he came across two men who
were fighting, one of whom was severely injured. The
missionary stopped to help the injured man. After
treating him, he continued on his way.

Sometime later in the village a man came to him and
said, “You probably don’t remember me but I was one of
the men who was fighting when you stopped to help.

The missionary said he remembered the incident and the
man told him. “We were going to rob you on one of your
trips. We knew you always carried cash and medicine and
were unarmed. When we came to rob you, I had three
friends with me. We saw where you camped and put your
bike down, but you had 26 armed guard all around you so
we weren’t able to robe you.

The missionary said, “That’s impossible. I always
travel alone and have no armed guards of any kind." The
man said, “Oh yes, my friends and I each counted 26
men, heavily armed standing around you while you
slept."

When the missionary visited his home church back in
Michigan, he related this story to the church family. A
man in the congregation stood up and asked, “What time
and what day did this happen?" The missionary told him
the date and that it was a Saturday night.

The man said, “It was night there but it was Saturday
morning here. I was loading my golf clubs in my car. I
was on my way to the golf course and the Holy Spirit
impressed on me so heavily that I needed to pray for
you that I took my clubs out of my car and called men
from church and we came together and earnestly prayed
for you. He then said, “I would like to ask each one of
these men who prayed with me that Saturday morning to
stand up. As they stood, each one in the church counted
26 men standing!

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank You that angels are
ministering spirits sent to serve those who will
inherit salvation--those who are true followers of
Jesus. May I always be mindful of and extremely
thankful for this God-given ministry and blessing. And
thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

Hebrews 1:14 (NIV).

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The Affliction to Give Advice  

“Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives,
refusing to work and meddling in other people’s
business."1

In much younger and far less experienced days, I recall
how a psychologist friend described some people as
being “cursed with the affliction to give advice." At
that time I had no idea what he meant. 

Today, however, perhaps a “nicer" way to describe these
people is that they can be very officious. According to
Google, being officious basically means to be intrusive
in a meddling or offensive way, marked by excessive
eagerness in offering unwanted [or unsolicited]
services or advice to others. It means generally …
sticking your nose in places where it's not wanted."

The Australians have an interesting saying for people
who stick their nose into other people’s business and
that is, they are being “sticky beaks!"

Certainly the Bible doesn’t use slang terms, but it
does make it clear that we are not to meddle in other
people’s business. This doesn’t mean that we are not to
give help where help is needed and requested, but it
does mean we are not to give unsolicited advice or help
when such is not wanted. Actually, for me to give you
unsolicited and unwanted advice is basically a “put
down" in that I am implying that I know more about your
situation than you know, and that I know better about
what you need to do than you know. This is rather
presumptuous to put it mildly.

Furthermore, it is important that we don’t do for
others what they are quite capable of and need to for
themselves. Doing this for others keeps them
over-dependent on us and both of us immature. Be
assured too, that neither will God do for us what he
has already equipped us to do for ourselves. 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me not to be a
‘sticky-beak’ by meddling in other peoples’ business
but just to be available if my help is requested and
genuinely needed. In all such situations, please help
me to be ‘as Jesus’ to the person in need. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus’s name, amen."  

1. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NLT). 

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Quarreling and Strife  

"Then Abram said to Lot, 'Let there be no strife
between you and me, and between your herders and my
herders; for we are kindred.'"1

There is a legend from Greek mythology that the god
Hercules was once walking along a narrow road when a
strange-looking creature appeared threateningly in
front of him. Hercules struck this creature with his
club and passed on, but soon afterwards was surprised
to be confronted by this same creature, only now three
times as large. Hercules struck it again and again and
each time it grew in size until finally it completely
blocked the road. Then the goddess Pallas Athena
appeared to Hercules and told him to stop. "The monster
is called Strife," she said. "Let it alone, and it will
soon become as small as it was at first."

All quarreling and strife will certainly return to
manageable proportions and ultimately cease if one of
the quarrelers lets it alone. One is either a
peacemaker or one is a "stirrer"--determined to keep
the argument going for the sake of personal gain or
satisfaction.

Take Abraham. His herdsmen quarreled, and he and Lot
might have quarreled too, had not Abraham taken the
wise course and ended it. "Lot," he said, "this won't
do. Let there be no strife between you and me or
between my herdsmen and yours, for we are all
brothers." And then he became the generous mediator and
told Lot that he could have the best land in the east,
if that was what he wanted. It was wise to separate the
two groups and it was generous of Abraham to give Lot
first choice. As an elder he could have dictated the
terms but he was above meanness and was blessed as a
result.

Abraham was above personal gain, he did not seek after
flocks and herds, silver and gold, servants or the best
land. God was sought first; other things were added.
Lot, on the other hand, couldn't keep his eyes off the
fertile plain of Sodom. He wanted it; then he wanted
more; he got it; then lost it all.

NOTE: Today's devotional was written by Pastor Ron
Clark of Tasmania, Australia.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be
greedy for personal gain and material possessions but
always seek to put You first and be a peacemaker rather
than a strife-maker. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Genesis 13:8 (RSV).

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The Race  

"The race is not to the swift."1

Some time ago Our Daily Bread asked the question, "Do
you remember the tortoise and the hare in Aesop's
Fables? The hare boasted that he was the swiftest
animal in the forest. When he challenged the others to
a race, only the tortoise dared to try. To the hare, it
seemed an unfair contest, since he would win easily.

"But off they started, with the tortoise soon trailing
far behind. On the way, the hare decided there was time
for a nap, but the tortoise kept plodding along. When
the hare awoke, he couldn't see the tortoise anywhere,
so he laughed and said, 'He still hasn't caught up with
me!' But as he ran toward the finish line, he saw the
tortoise crossing it. Slowly and steadily, the tortoise
had won!"

In the Christian life it can be easy to start well or
to "keep the faith" when all is going well. But to keep
hanging in through the bad times as well as the good,
and be there or the long haul takes a genuine
commitment that is based on a deep belief that, no
matter what happens, Jesus Christ is King of kings and
Lord of lords, and that my life is in his hands. As Job
so aptly expressed his feelings in the midst of his
despair, "Though he [God] slay me, yet will I trust
him."2

"The race is not to the swift but to those who keep on
running!"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be like
the persistent 'tortoise' in my faith and give me the
courage, like Paul, to 'strain to reach the end of the
race and receive the prize for which God is calling us
up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.'3
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ecclesiastes 9:11.
2. Job 13:15.
3. Philippians 3:14 (TLB).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Little Foxes  

"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are
ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in
blossom."1

Today in the Word shared how "researchers who had made
repeated dives to the wreckage of the Titanic
challenged the accepted theory that an iceberg tore a
300-foot gash in the side of the ship. The ship's bow
is mired in mud, but the team 'looked' at the hull
using sound waves. They concluded that the damage is
'astonishingly small,' just six small gashes along the
starboard hull. Unfortunately, the openings were made
at the worst possible place, along six watertight
holds."

Little things can do great damage: a little lie here, a
little cheating there, a little stealing, a little
gossip, and/or a little unresolved conflict--like a
little gash in a mighty ship--can open a floodgate of
damage somewhere down the track.

Any holes in your life? Any in mine? Let's not neglect
them. Let's get smart and, with God's help, take care
of them today--before they sink us.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see the
'little' things in my life that, if I fail to resolve
them now, they may 'burn out of control' farther down
the line. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Song of Solomon 2:15 (NASB).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Miracles Not Magic  

“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

A few years ago I snapped my right Achilles tendon and
was in a cast and on crutches for six weeks. After the
cast was off I was anxious to get active again. Soon
afterwards, when riding my bicycle, I got off my bike
to safely walk across a busy street on the green light.
When I stepped off the pavement, suddenly a car swung
around the corner from my left without stopping. I got
a fright and jumped out of the way--and snapped the
same tendon again. Not fun. 

True, it was unfortunate that this happened, but the
fact is I really hadn’t given myself quite enough time
to heal properly before getting out on my bicycle. 

Sometimes, when we pray for healing of a sickness, we
want God to heal us without taking into account our
responsibility in the matter. When we do this, we are
looking more for magic than a miracle. As David
Seamands put it, “I believe in miracles but not magic."

Furthermore, often we skip one of the fundamental
requirements for healing. Many ills--physical,
emotional, relational and/or spiritual--are caused or
greatly aggravated by unresolved super-charged
repressed negative emotions such as anger, resentment,
bitterness, anxiety, stress, unconfessed sin, guilt,
grief, fears, a failure to forgive and so on. These
issues can and do cause many ills and, if unresolved,
block healing. 

Whenever I get sick, I always ask God to show me if
there is anything in my life that may either be causing
or making my sickness worse. 

I was talking to a man yesterday who has major physical
ills. It was quite apparent that he was a very angry
man. It sure made me wonder. As Henry Cloud and John
Townsend like to say, “God is merciful. When we have
unresolved problems, he gives us symptoms."

If we want to be healed, it pays to do it God’s way.
Confession is a major key for considerable healing and
greatly improved health. 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me always to
be honest with myself and with You, see all of my
unresolved problems, admit when I have sinned, and
confess these both to You and to a trusted pastor,
priest, counselor or friend--and thereby receive
forgiveness and healing. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. James 5:15 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Fly With the Eagles  

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and
not faint."1

A friend of mine has trouble with Japanese bonsai trees
because she sees tiny trees with great potential
inhibited because they have been root-bound by man.
Others have trouble seeing animals and birds trapped in
cages for the same reason. For example, how do eagles
feel in cages in zoos? These magnificent birds,
designed to soar to the heights of mountaintops, do
they get frustrated? Are they fulfilled?

Too many of us, who were also designed to reach our
total God-given human and spiritual potential, are
trapped in a cage of our own or of another's making. We
fail to resolve the problems in our life that hold us
back. True, we may have been wounded in the past, but
God wants us to be healed, to be made whole, to be free
to fly, and to soar like the eagles.

We have a choice: we can "scratch in the dirt with the
turkeys" or we can wait (seek after and hope in) the
Lord God and rise up to fly with the eagles to the
heights that God envisioned for us to reach.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to wait on
You to renew my strength so that, with Your help, I
will see my God-given life purpose and ‘fly’ to reach
the full potential You have planned for me to achieve.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Isaiah 40:31 (TLB).

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Consequences  

"But if you fail to do this [commands God gave to the
ancient Israelites when he commissioned them to conquer
the Promised Land], you will be sinning against the
Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you
out."1

I read some time ago in A Slice of Bread about “some
Boeing employees on the field who decided to steal a
life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in
getting it out of the plane and home. They forgot about
one thing--the raft comes with an emergency locator
that is automatically activated when the raft is
inflated. So, when they took the raft out for a float
on the Stillaguamish River, they were quite surprised
by a Coast Guard helicopter homing in on the emergency
locator that was activated the moment they inflated the
raft.

"They are no longer Boeing employees."

In a very real way when we sin we too are eventually
found out, and it isn't God who punishes us. Like the
Boeing employees we bring the punishment on ourselves.
God has given us a moral law for our protection. When
we break it, we end up breaking ourselves. God's moral
law is just as universal as is the law of
gravity--another law given for our protection. If it
weren't for this law, the universe would not hang
together and you and I would be flung out into outer
space. If we try to defy this law, it's not God or
gravity that breaks us--we break ourselves by trying to
defy it.

It's the same with God’s moral law. Breaking this law
separates us from a holy God. Its ultimate end is
spiritual death--which is not the cessation of life but
eternal separation from God, the author of all love and
life. Whatever hell is, it will be hell! It's not that
God sends us there. If we fail to accept his free
pardon for our breaking the moral law, in reality, we
send ourselves there.

Fortunately, because God loves us so much, he has
provided a way of escape. It was through the death of
his Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the ransom price for
our sins. So whatever you do, don't fail to accept
God's total pardon for all your sins and his gift of
eternal life. This is your Passport for Heaven. Don't
leave earth without it!

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Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for giving Your
Son, Jesus, and thank You, Jesus, for dying on the
cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Please come into
my heart and life as my personal Lord and Savior.
Please help me to live for You and love others as You
do. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. Numbers 32:23 (NIV).

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Signs of the Times  

"But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so
that it will not be understood until the end times,
when travel and education shall be vastly increased."1

In 1927 in Signs of the Times, John Lewis Shuler wrote:
"Sir Isaac Newton made a most daring forecast two
hundred years ago regarding a future development in
rapid transit, which at that time seemed absolutely
beyond the possibility of ever seeing realization.
Newton declared that he was convinced from a study of
Bible prophecy that there was destined to be a
marvelous increase in the speed of transportation on
the earth.

“‘I believe,’ Newton said, ‘that in the providence of
God, though the method now be entirely hidden, men will
yet travel on the earth at the rate of fifty miles an
hour.’ Newton lived from 1642-1727. In his day the most
rapid travel by land was by horse. Stagecoaches drawn
about eight miles an hour by horses held the record on
land."

I imagine that many would have thought that Newton was
crazy when he based such a wild prophecy for his day on
what he had read in the Bible. He was certainly right,
even if he grossly underestimated the speed at which
people would travel in the future. Imagine if he could
have seen our day when thousands of people are flying
daily across the world at speeds more like 500 mph.,
not to mention the incredible speed that astronauts
travel when circling the earth and/or fly to the moon.

So what about Daniel's prophecy approximately 2,500
years ago? Many Bible students believe that we are
living in or are close to the end times--the time when
Jesus Christ will come again. Not only has travel speed
vastly increased but think about knowledge. We are
living today in a time of a knowledge
explosion--especially so because of computers, the
Internet, email and blogs.

Christ's first coming is an indisputable fact of
history. He promised he would come again so we can be
just as certain of his second coming--but only God
knows the exact day and hour. The important thing is
not the date of Christ’s return, but that we are ready
for him when he comes. "Therefore, keep watch," Jesus
said, "because you do not know on what day your Lord
will come. So you also must be ready, because the Son
of Man [Jesus Christ] will come at an hour when you do
not expect him."2

To help you make sure you are ready for Christ's
return, click ON: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your promise
that You will come again for all who believe in You and
trust in You for their salvation. Help me to make sure
that I will be ready for that day should it come in my
lifetime so I will not be embarrassed at your coming.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Daniel 12:4 (TLB).
2. Matthew 24:42, 44 (NIV).

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Sticks and Stones

"Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out
the best in others in a conversation, not put them
down, not cut them out."1

As kids, if we were called names we used to retort in
reply: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names
will never hurt me." Unfortunately this is far from the
truth. Name calling can hurt a whole lot more than
sticks or stones.

I can still recall as an insecure youth how a girl I
was dating at the time told me that while there was
nothing wrong with my features, I was ugly.
Unfortunately for me I believed her. True, it was
because of my already feeling insecure that I believed
her. Nevertheless it took me many years to overcome
that painful remark. This is one reason I wrote the
following poem a few years ago:

Unsung Songs

How many songs never sung,
poems never written,
pictures never painted,
risks never taken,
bridges never crossed,
romantic words never spoken...
locked inside a lonely heart
the prison of another's making...
are left unexpressed
because somebody
shamed us, abandoned us,
or perhaps silenced us
with a cruel word,
a thoughtless deed,
and said or just implied
we were not good enough,
and tragically
we believed them?
Let this be the moment
we choose to believe them no more...
and sing, sing, sing.2

- Dick Innes
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Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me never to speak a
cruel word to anyone and even when I need to disagree,
help me always to speak the truth in love--never in
bitterness or hostility. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Colossians 4:6 (The Message).
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It's All in the Mind  

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent
or praiseworthy--think about such things."1

Liu Chi Kung placed second to Van Cliburn in the 1958
Tchaikovsky competition. A year later, he was
imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution in China.
During his seven-year captivity, he didn't have access
to a piano of any kind.

Very soon after his release, he was back on tour.
Critics were amazed at his playing, stating that it was
better than ever.

"How did you do this?" one critic asked. "You had no
chance to practice for seven years."

"I did practice," Liu replied, "every day I rehearsed
every piece I had ever played, note by note, in my
mind."

Perhaps the only area in our life where we have total
control is in our mind. It's in the mind that the
battles of life are won or lost. It's in the mind where
we choose to follow God or go our own way. It's in the
mind where we battle temptation. This is why David
said, "Your Word I have hid in my heart that I might
not sin against you."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I surrender not only my
heart to You but also my mind. Help me to deal with and
resolve every issue that causes negative,
self-defeating, lustful, jealous, prideful, sinful, and
over-reacting thinking. And give me a love for Your
Word so I will 'hide it in my heart that I might not
sin against You.' Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Philippians 4:8 (NIV).
2. Psalm 119:11 (NIV).

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Planning for the Future

According to an article in Today in the Word, "In the
spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate
northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and
mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of
film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.

"As the months passed, the words in his diary changed
from wonder and fascination into a nightmare. In August
he wrote, 'I think I should have used more foresight
about arranging my departure. I'll soon find out.' In
November he died in a nameless valley, by a nameless
lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks. An
investigation revealed that though he had carefully
planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown
out."1

Difficult to imagine isn't it? How could anyone be so
foolish or even forgetful? He made every provision for
his journey except how to get home! "How tragic," we
say. And yet, how many of us make every provision for
life here on earth but no preparation for our
departure? God has warned us in his Word, the Bible,
that there is life after death ... after which is God's
judgment. And as he warned the nation of Israel to
prepare to meet God2 he warns us to do the same. We
need to do this today. After death it is too late. As
God's Word also says, "It is appointed unto men once to
die, but after this the judgment."3

And how do we prepare to meet God? By confessing our
sins to God and accepting his Son, Jesus, as our
personal Lord and Savior. Doing this is getting our
"passport to Eternity in Heaven." Whatever you do,
don't leave earth without it! To help you do this click
on the God's Invitation link at:
http://tinyurl.com/6k49w

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to make
certain that I don't leave this life without making
preparation for life beyond death. Help me to accept
Your provision. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

Time ...
We enter it at birth,
We pass through it in life,
We exit it at death.
It is our preparation ...
for eternity.

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Death" at: http://tinyurl.com/8brzh

1. Today in the Word, March 24/98
2. Amos 4:12.
3. Hebrews 9:27

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Boundaries  

"Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'."1

I'm sure you know some people who won't take no for an
answer. They're boundary busters who have no respect
for other people's personhood.

Healthy boundaries are to protect ourselves from toxic
people, from controlling and manipulating people, from
con artists, from abusive people, from people who can
hurt or use us for their own ends, and so on.

External boundaries are needed to protect our physical
well-being. Nobody has a right to come into our space,
get into our face, or touch us without our permission.

Internal boundaries are to protect our feelings. Nobody
can upset us, hurt our feelings, make us feel guilty,
ashamed, afraid, or angry without our permission. This
is why we need good internal boundaries.

Boundaries are not walls. Boundaries allow the people
in that we want close to us. Walls shut everybody out.
Boundaries are also needed to contain our own "badness"
so we don't hurt others.

Without healthy boundaries, people will walk over us,
use us, or abuse us and we will end up feeling angry,
upset, hurt, and maybe even wallow in self-pity. What
other people do is their responsibility. What we allow
them to do to us is our responsibility. This is why we
need healthy boundaries without which it is impossible
to recover, grow, and live meaningfully.

Furthermore, without the freedom to say no our yeses
are meaningless.

Read the life of Jesus in the gospels for a good
example of healthy boundaries. Nobody ever controlled,
manipulated, or did anything to Jesus without his
permission--including his parents once he became a
young man.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to develop
healthy boundaries to protect others from my 'badness'
and to protect myself from others' 'badness.' And help
me always to respect other people's boundaries. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Matthew 5:37 (NIV).

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The Shepherd's Call  

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
follow me."1

I read about a tour group traveling in the Middle East
where the tour guide was telling the tourists to keep a
look out for flocks of sheep. He explained how the
sheep-herders never drive their sheep. They lead them.

The first flock of sheep they saw were not being drawn
or led, but driven relentlessly. They were being
coerced with sticks and shouting. What made the
difference? This herd of sheep was being driven by the
butcher!

God never drives us--his "sheep"--to do anything. As
with the ancient Israelites, God draws or leads us
"with cords of human kindness, with ties of love."2 And
we can choose either to follow his leading/ directions
as found in his Word, the Bible, or to go our own way.

But for all who follow him, the reward is the gift of
eternal life. As Jesus also said about his "sheep" who
follow him: "I give them eternal life, and they shall
never perish."3 In the end if we fail to follow
Jesus/God, we will be "driven" by the evil one, the
consequences of which are unthinkable.

For help in receiving God's gift of eternal life (and
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Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be sure
that I am one of Your 'sheep' and always hear and
recognize Your 'voice'--and give me the wisdom always
to choose to follow Your leading. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. John 10:27.
2. Hosea 11:4 (NIV).
3. John 10:28 (NIV).

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Temptation's Lure  

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to
man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
stand up under it."1

From the back porch of her home a friend noticed a
beautiful butterfly with its fragile legs caught in a
spider's web. It was flapping its wings wildly trying
desperately to escape. Feeling sorry for the butterfly,
my friend came closer to see if she could help free it.
What she saw, though, was that the harder the butterfly
tried to escape, the more it got enmeshed in the
spider's web. As gently as possible she helped free it
and was delighted when it was able to break free and
fly away.

It reminded her of how we can so easily get entrapped
by sin. A little dabbling here and a little dabbling
there. We put our toe in sin's waters as it were and
before we know it we are entrapped in the web of our
own actions and emotions. And then, the harder we try
to escape and free ourselves, the more enmeshed we
become.

The fact is we cannot save ourselves from sin's
entrapment and its eternal consequences. Only God can
do that. He has provided the only way of escape and
that is through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who
gave his life to pay sin's penalty. As God's Word says,
"By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God."2

If you haven't accepted God's salvation from sin's
entrapment and consequences, for help click on:
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Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to
seek to follow Your ways and not dabble with sin's
temptations. Where I have sinned, please forgive me and
free me from the entrapments I have got myself into.
Above all, thank You for saving me from sin's eternal
consequences and giving to me the gift of eternal life
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV).
2. Ephesians 2:8.

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Flying Through the Flack  

"If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and
he will give you another Comforter, and he will never
leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads
into all truth."1

Whenever we want to make progress or grow in our
personal and spiritual life, or seek to serve God more
enthusiastically, chances are we will face opposition
and some flack.

On one occasion, I was facing an uncomfortable amount
of flack because of a major change of direction I had
made in my life, which I believed was right for me to
do. But the flack I received came not from "the enemy
without" but from opposition within. As the saying
goes, "Christians are the only army that shoots its
wounded."

When I was feeling the strain, I was also feeling
afraid. Then I pictured in my mind's eye that I was a
pilot flying through enemy territory with a lot of
flack coming at me; but sitting beside me was my
co-pilot, Jesus Christ! Immediately, I knew I would be
safe and that he would guide me safely through the
"storm". And he did.

It helps to remember that no matter what we are going
through, Christ's presence and his Spirit are always
with us. A part of the work of the Holy Spirit is that
he is not only our Comforter but, as it says in the
original language, he is one who is called alongside to
help us in every situation in which we find ourselves.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when I need to make
choices, help me to know what the right choices are,
and give me the courage to make them regardless of the
flack/opposition I might receive … and help me always
to 'see' Your being with me. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. John 14:15-17 (TLB).

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Purposeful Prayer  

“In all your ways acknowledge God and he will direct
your path (or make your paths straight)."1

A NASA official involved in space exploration was
talking to a reporter about humans landing on Mars. The
reporter was concerned about how they would be able to
return to earth.

"That involves a highly complex plan," the space
official said. "It begins with the words, 'Our Father
who art in Heaven.'"

Jokes aside, the reality is that most people do pray at
some time or another. Even those who rarely pray often
do when they are in trouble. How much better to daily
commit and trust our life to God and seek his guidance
in all that we do at all times--regardless of our
circumstances.

Sometimes it's difficult to see how God is directing us
or making our path straight--especially when we've been
going through a series of rough times. In time,
however, if we have daily trusted our life to God and
look back, we will see how God has led us all the way.
It is true, “In all things God works for the good of
those who love him"2--even if it is eventually!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember
to daily commit and trust my life and way to You for
every decision I will be called on to make and for
everything I need to do each day. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name,
amen."

1. King Solomon, in Proverbs 3:6.
2. Romans 8:28 (NIV).

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Beware of the Barrenness of a Busy Life

"Come apart and rest a while."1

I have read how one church leader, whom I will call
Jack, had a hobby raising pigeons. On one occasion a
church member who was returning from a hunting trip
stopped by Jack’s place and found him playing with one
of his birds and gently corrected him for wasting his
time.

Jack, noticing his friend's hunting bow, said that the
string was loose whereupon the man replied, "Yes, I
always loosen the string of my bow when it's not in
use. If it stayed tight, it would lose its resilience
and fail me in the hunt."

"And I am now relaxing the bow of my mind," said Jack,
"so that I may be better able to shoot the arrows of
divine truth."

Work is important. We need to eat and we need to take
care of our family, but over-busyness can be an
affliction. Without sufficient rest and relaxation we
will eventually lose our health and not be able to work
efficiently. And without taking time to nurture and be
nurtured in loving relationships, life becomes empty
and meaningless.

We need to follow the advice of Jesus when he said to
his disciples, "Come apart and rest a while." Or as
somebody else put it, "Come apart and rest a while
before you come apart."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be
controlled by the pressures of life or the ‘tyranny of
the urgent,’ but to maintain a balance between work,
recreation, relationships, and spiritual disciplines.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Jesus, in Mark 6:31.

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Toothbrush “Theology"

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."1

What I am about to say may seem extremely simplistic
but it was a vivid reminder to me of the incredible
privileges and blessings I/we experience every day here
in the Western world.

When I was brushing my teeth last night, I thought to
myself how blessed I am to have a toothbrush and
toothpaste so I can clean my teeth every morning and
night. I was thinking how awful it would be to live
where such simple amenities were not available.
However, before writing me off as some kind of pedantic
fanatic please consider a recent experience that Joy
(my wife) had.

Not so long ago she was on a mission team from our
church that went to a poverty stricken area in the
Philippines. She shared how incredibly excited and
thankful the children were when the team gave each one
of them a toothbrush and toothpaste--something they had
never had in their life before.

And then this morning I was so thankful to God that we
had indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, all
the food we need, modern medical help, a roof over our
head, a cozy bed to sleep in, a loving partner, the
wonderful privilege of writing to you, incredible means
of communication and travel, fabulous highways--and a
thousand other conveniences, privileges, and endless
benefits that we have that all too often are taken for
granted--not to mention the unspeakable privilege of
having heard and received God’s great gift of
salvation--and because somebody cared enough to
introduce me to Jesus.

I hope that when you brush your teeth today that you,
too, will see and remember the incredible blessings
that you have and that, together, we will work to help
those less fortunate than ourselves. As another has
said, “Would I sell my hands or my eyes for a million
dollars?" No way.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please open my eyes so
that I will continually see the endless blessings You
have so freely given to me and, above all else, please
give me a thankful heart. And may praise and
thanksgiving to You always be in my heart and never far
from my lips. And please help me to remember the poor
and needy where I live and those in other parts of the
world, and do what I can to help those who are not in a
position to be able to help themselves--and in so doing
exhibit your love for them. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. In Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:20 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
A True Winner  

"Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters
... in singleness of your heart as unto Christ; Not
with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as servants of
Christ, doing the will of God from the heart."1

Craig Saunders wrote about an experience he witnessed
when he attended a Special Olympics for the Handicapped
where several people from his church were competing. He
shared how in the 220 track race a very fast runner
named Andrew was 50 yards ahead of the rest of the
runners when he glanced back and saw his best friend
fall. The crowd at the finishing post was yelling to
Andrew, "Come on, come on, come on!"

But Andrew stopped and went back and took his friend's
hand and lifted him to his feet and they ran together
to finish the race.

The entire crowd stood to their feet and applauded. As
Saunders said, "It was an amazing sight because that's
what the Special Olympics are about. People don't
consider being 'Number One.' The most important thing
is that people finish the race."

Andrew won the Sportsman Award at those Special
Olympics because he was more concerned about being
"Number One" to his friend than being "Number One" to
the crowd.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please grant that I will
always want to please You and be there for my friends,
and not allow my life or lifestyle be that of wanting
the adulation of the crowd. And please help me to
finish the race that You have set before me. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ephesians 6:5-6.

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The Person God Uses  

"Now it is required that those who have been given a
trust must prove faithful."1

In God's order there is work for everyone to do. He
doesn't call many to be a "Billy Graham or a Mother
Teresa," but he does call all of us to be faithful in
using the gifts and abilities he has given to us. In
case we don't feel worthy to be of much use to God, it
can help to look at the frailties of many of God's
servants in the Bible.

Somebody has pointed out that: "Moses stuttered.
David's armor didn't fit. John Mark was rejected by
Paul. Hosea's wife was a prostitute. Amos's only
training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob
was a liar. David had an affair. Solomon was too rich.
Abraham was too old. David was too young. Timothy had
ulcers. Peter was afraid of death.

"Lazarus was dead. John was self-righteous. Jesus was
too poor. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So
was Moses. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was depressed
and suicidal. Elijah was burned out. John the Baptist
was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart. Samson had
long hair. Noah got drunk. Did I mention that Moses had
a short fuse? So did Peter as did Paul."

True, we all have areas of weakness and have
experienced failure at some level, but God will still
use every one who makes him or herself available to
God. So let's be sure we are serving God by faithfully
using the gifts and talents he has given to each of us.
It's a great privilege and a great opportunity--plus it
has eternal rewards.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the
want-to-be what You want me to be and the want-to-do
what You want me to do using the gifts and abilities
You have given to me--and help me to love and serve You
faithfully all the days of my life. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)

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Today's Daily Encounter

Ob Portu  

"Behold, now is the accepted time; today is the day of
salvation."1

"Opportunity," James Wallace said, "comes to pass--not
to pause."

I have read that in the days before modern harbors, a
ship had to wait for the flood tide to make it into
port. The term for this in Latin was called ob portu.
That is, a ship wanting to enter port had to wait for
the moment when the tide was exactly right to carry it
to harbor. The captain and the crew waited for the
precise moment when the tide was right because they
knew if they missed it, they would have to wait for
another tide to come in. Shakespeare used this idea to
write one of his famous passages:

    There is a tide in the affairs of men,
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat;
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our venture.

The English word "opportunity" is derived from the
term, ob portu. God gives every one of us many ob
portus or flood tides. That is, he gives us many
opportunities to serve him, to dedicate our lives more
fully to him, to grow and become more like him, and to
make something beautiful out of our life for time and
eternity. These opportunities rarely come gift wrapped,
tied with a bow and ribbon. They come in much more
subtle ways.

And best of all he gives each of us the opportunity to
accept him as our personal Lord and Savior, to have our
sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. As
God's Word says, "Behold, now is the accepted time;
today is the day of salvation."  For help be sure to
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Remember, "Opportunity comes to pass--not to pause." So
whatever it is God is calling you to be or do, don't
miss your ob portu.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to recognize the
opportunities that come every day for me to be what You
want me to be and to do what You want me to do. And, no
matter how You call, when You have something special
for me to do, help me to hear and obey that call no
matter how quiet or subtle it may be. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 6:2.

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Reflections  

"But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can
be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.
And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we
become more and more like Him."1

Corrie Ten Boom said, "If a bird is flying for
pleasure, it flies with the wind, but if it meets
danger it turns and faces the wind, in order that it
may rise higher."

Bernard Brunstang believes that "people who have
setbacks and trouble often emerge with values and
priorities that are higher and nobler, more sensitivity
and understanding of the difficulties of others, and a
new appreciation of how much people mean to them."

"Life is like a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down
or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of."

Stan Buck tells the story about a little girl who, on
their way home from church, turned to her mother and
said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning
confused me."

The mother said, "Oh! Why is that?

The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger
than we are. Is that true?"

"Yes, that's true," the mother replied.

"He also said that God lives within us. Is that true
too?"

Again the mother replied, "Yes."

"Well," said the girl. "if God is bigger than we are
and he lives in us, wouldn't he show through?"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be as
Jesus today to whomever You bring into my life and
grant that my life will mirror Your beauty and Your
love to them. And grant that they, seeing Jesus in me,
will want him for themselves. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB).

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When Men Forget God  

"Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in
keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so
that by following them you may fight the good fight,
holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have
rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith."1

At the time Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize he was asked the question, "What made
it possible for the Russian Revolution to take place
and for Communism to rise to power?"

Solzhenitsyn's reply was simple and direct: "Men forgot
God."

What tragedies occur when nations forget God! History
is replete with such examples. And what tragedies can
befall individuals and their families when they, too,
forget God.

I have seen men and women who have grown up in the
church, profess to be Christians and been active in
church work get caught up in the secular world system
with its thirst for material gain and seek to climb the
ladder of success--and little by little drift away from
the church, forsake their Christian heritage, and
gradually forget God.

Twenty years later, some have made shipwreck of their
lives. Committing our lives to God won't deliver us
from the problems of life, but faith in his Son, Jesus
Christ, gives us an anchor to hold on to when the
storms of life surround us and the tough times threaten
to overwhelm us.

Sometimes life can be heartbreaking. We ask why but
cannot find an answer. We search for a light to see us
through the night but are overcome by the darkness. But
when we have a solid faith in Jesus, as the gospel song
says, "When answers aren't enough, he is there!"

And this may be all we need to know to keep us from
forgetting God and making shipwreck of our lives. And
would to God that our nation's leaders would take note
of those nations that forgot God.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me never to forget
Your goodness to me and Your everlasting love and grant
that, no matter how dark the night, I will never turn
from You. And graciously grant that our nation will
turn to and never forget You. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NIV).

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Excuses, Excuses  

"But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus,
'And who is my neighbor?'"1

Excuses. I guess there is never a shortage of them. The
following notes from parents excusing their children
from attending school have been around a while but if
you haven't seen them, I'm sure you will get a kick out
of them:

"Please excuse Freddie from being away yesterday
because he had the fuel."

"Please accuse Michael from being absent on January 30
because he was aleing."

"George was absent yesterday because of a sore trout."

"Please excuse Betsey from being absent. She was sick
and I had her shot."

"Joseph has been absent 'becuz' he had two teeth taken
off his face."

"My son is under doctor's care and should not take
fisical education. Please execute him."

"Please excuse Ralph from school on Friday. He had very
loose vowels."

And how did Adam excuse and justify himself when he
sinned and disobeyed God? Many say he blamed Eve. But
he really blamed God. "It was the woman you gave me
that made me do it," he said to God! And then the woman
blamed the serpent!

I often wonder how many of us blame either God or the
devil for the things that have gone wrong in our lives,
things which were the direct result of the choices we
made all by ourselves. Sometimes, to blame God, the
devil, or anybody else for our problems is a handy
excuse to hang on to if we don't want to face reality,
accept responsibility, and grow up!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me always to be
honest with myself and face reality, and always accept
responsibility for the things I say, the things I do,
the feelings I feel, and the motives behind all of
these. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Luke 10:29.

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Working Together  

"Two are better than one, because they have a good
return for their work."1

Charles Osgood tells the story of two ladies who lived
in a convalescent center. Both ladies had suffered
serious strokes. Margaret's left side had been
restricted, while Ruth's right side was affected.

Both ladies had been accomplished pianists but had
given up hope of ever playing again.

The director of the center suggested to the two ladies
that they try playing the piano together. They did, and
succeeded. They played excellent music and, better
still, developed a beautiful friendship.

Three thousand years ago Solomon wrote, "Two are better
than one, because they have a good return for their
work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him
up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep
warm. But how can one keep warm alone?"2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a friend
with whom I can work so that together we can serve You
and develop a beautiful friendship and thus be doubly
rewarded, and in so doing be a blessing to many others.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV).
2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (NIV).

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Never Too Old ... Part I  

"So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still
as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just
as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now
give me this hill country that the Lord promised me
that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites
were there and their cities were large and fortified,
but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as
he said."1

When the Israelites were conquering the Promised Land
that God had given to them, Caleb said to Joshua, "Give
me this hill country to conquer!" Caleb was eighty-five
years of age at the time. (Admittedly, they lived a lot
longer back then.)

If God had given the Israelites the Promised Land, how
come they had to fight for it? Because God's giving it
to them made it possible for them to conquer it. Had
God handed it to them on a silver platter, they never
would have learned to trust him nor become responsible
and mature individuals.

Caleb achieved his goal because he knew precisely what
God's purpose was for both Israel and himself, and he
didn't allow his age to hold him back.

If we, too, want to achieve something worthwhile with
our life, regardless of our age, it is imperative that
we, too, know what our God-given life purpose is--and
act accordingly.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm willing and wanting to
be used by You. Help me to fulfill my God-given life
purpose. Please make it plain what You want me to be
and do. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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

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Never too Old ... Part II  

"Now it is required that those who have been given a
trust must prove faithful."1

Some years ago a man in his sixties was offered
$200,000 for his roadside motel, restaurant and service
station which he had spent his life building. He turned
it down because he didn't want to retire.

Two years later when he was sixty-five, a new highway
was built that bypassed his business, which
subsequently went broke. Most people at his age would
have thrown in the towel. Not this man. He knew how to
cook chicken so he took off across the country in his
battered old car to sell his recipe to other
restaurants. It was tough going. I have read that his
recipe was rejected by 1,000 restaurants before he
found a taker. However, he stuck with his goal and
within a few years he had built a restaurant chain
across the country and spread it to other lands as
well--a chain called Kentucky Fried Chicken. The man's
name? Colonel Sanders.

I don't know if Colonel Sanders' purpose was God-given
or not, but having a life purpose that is God-given, as
the Israelites had, won't make life easy, but it will
make life worthwhile and give you something to live for
that is bigger than yourself.

And if it is a God-given purpose, with God's help, it
is possible to achieve if we have the fortitude of a
Caleb and a will-to-win like Colonel Sanders. It will
also make our lives very worthwhile.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to discover my
God-given life purpose and, with Your help, do
everything in my power to see Your purpose in and
through me fulfilled. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Let the Church ...  

"Give and it will be given to you. A good measure,
pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be
poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it
will be measured to you."1

The story is told about an old fashioned preacher who
was preaching up a storm as he proclaimed with great
enthusiasm, "Let the church walk!"

An old-timer sitting on the front pew was equally
enthusiastic. He blurted out for all to hear, "Amen!
Preacher. Let the church walk!"

With even greater enthusiasm the preacher responded,
"Let the church run!"

"Amen!" responded the brother on the front pew, "Let
the church run!"

Being greatly encouraged, the preacher cried out even
more enthusiastically, "Let the church fly!"

"Amen," hollered back the man on the front pew, "Let
the church fly!"

"But," said the preacher, "It takes money to make the
church fly!"

"AMEN," shouted the old timer again, "Let the church
walk!"

People all around us are lost. Vast numbers are headed
for a lost eternity, without Jesus and without hope, to
the place the Bible calls: "hell." Whatever and
wherever hell is, of one thing we can be sure and that
is that hell is forever!

The reality is that it takes money to do God's work on
earth--to rescue people from hell. So many of us, at
least in the West, have unbelievable resources compared
to so much of the rest of the world and it has been
said that less than 5% of us tithe of our income!

God has given us so much. He gave his Son, Jesus, to
die on the cross for us to give us the gift of eternal
life. And in the West, at least, he has given us
incredible resources. And why has God given us these
resources? For selfish ends? No. So we would be
equipped to do God's work around the world.

It has been said that God's work done in God's way will
not lack God's provision. However, God's way is to fund
his work through the tithes and offerings of his
people. But if the givers don't give, the doers can't
do, and the laborers in the field can't sow or reap! 

If every Christian tithed there would be sufficient
funds to do all of God's work around the world.

Our check (cheque) book stubs are a pretty good
indication of how grateful we are to God for all that
he has done for us and an accurate indication of where
our hearts are.

God is calling every one of us to give and to give
wisely to what God is doing in the world today! "For,"
as Jesus said, "with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you," and "the Lord loves a cheerful
giver!"

Suggested prayer. "Dear God please give me a thankful
heart for all that You have done for me. Help me to be
a generous giver and not just a taker. Forgive me if in
any way I have robbed You of your tithes and offerings
that You have entrusted to me. I choose today to put
You first in my giving. Help me always to remember that
'the tithe' (10% at least) is Yours. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Luke 6:38 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Power of Stickability  

"Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present
world."1

According to a television documentary, the cheetah
survives by outrunning its prey. It can sprint up to
seventy miles per hour, but only in short bursts. While
it has a very lithe body that is built for speed, it
has a tiny heart which gives it no staying power.
Unless it catches its prey in its first burst of
energy, it has to give up the chase.

When it comes to serving God and doing his work there
are many "cheetahs." They start well with great
enthusiasm and great vigor but finish poorly. As soon
as the way gets rough and life tough, they tire and
abandon the cause and drop out of the race. What is
needed is not more speed but more staying power.

We all need bigger hearts for the greater abilities of
stick-ability and dependability.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be a
'cheetah,' but rather to have staying power to be what
You want me to be and do what You want me to do. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:10.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Angels Unawares  

"Continue to love each other with true brotherly love.
Don't forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing
it!"1

Someone has wisely said, "The great thing in life is
not so much what we are doing at the moment, but the
direction in which we are headed."

This was certainly true for a couple in Germany that I
read about who, many years ago, were preparing their
evening meal when they heard a knock at their door.
When they opened the door, standing there in the deep
winter cold, was an ill-clad youth asking for food. The
couple took him in to give him food and shelter for the
night.

Being Christians, they prayed for this rather destitute
young man. Somehow they both felt that they should take
him into their home and, in time, adopt him as their
own son. Little did they know who this stranger was and
what he would accomplish with his life. His name?
Martin Luther.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available again today.
Please make me usable and use me to be as Jesus to
whomever You bring into my life today. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Hebrews 13:1-2 (TLB) (NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Just Suppose  

"My son [and/or daughter] give me your heart ... for
out of it are the issues of life."1

Zig Ziglar tells the story about an elderly man playing
an organ in a cathedral in Europe. He was playing sad
and melancholy music. It was sad because this was his
last day as organist of the cathedral. He was being
replaced by a younger musician.

At dusk, somebody stepped into the cathedral. Seeing
the younger man, the organist stopped playing, locked
the organ and slipped the key into his pocket. He was
approached by the young man, who simply said, "Please,
the key."

On receiving the key, the young organist went to the
organ and began to pay.

While the old man had played beautifully and
skillfully, the young man played with sheer genius.
Incredible music came rolling out of that beautiful old
organ.

This was the world's introduction to the music of
Johann Sebastian Bach. The old man, with tears in his
eyes, said, "Suppose--just suppose--I had not given the
master the key!"

Have you given the Master of Life the key--the key to
your heart and to your life?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I surrender the key to my
heart and life to You. Please make me the man/woman of
God You want me to be. Do with my life as You will.
Please use me to be a part of what You are doing in the
world today. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Proverbs 23:26 with 4:23 (NIV & KJV).

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