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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Sun 31 Jul 2016, 9:35 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Blow Upon Blow  

"But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil,
full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our
Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have
been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come
praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."1

Jim Rohn says, "You can cut down a tree with a hammer,
but it takes about 30 days. If you trade the hammer for
an ax, you can cut it down in about 30 minutes. The
difference between 30 days and 30 minutes is skills."2

You could also put it this way: You can cut down a tree
with an axe in about 30 minutes, with a chain saw in
about five--so having the right tools for the job is a
big help too!

On the other hand, it may take 30 years or more to
replace that tree. So we need to be extremely careful
before we start cutting down anything of value as we
may never be able to replace it. Like blow upon blow of
a sharp axe, blow upon blow of cutting words can hurt
deeply, ruin a marriage, severely damage a friendship,
and destroy the self-concept of a child! 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant that my speech and
my conversation will always be seasoned with grace and
truth, and never be used to chop or cut anyone down.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen." 

1. James 3:8-10 (NIV). 
2. Cited on "Quotes From the Masters."

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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Jul 2016, 9:05 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Are You Jesus?  

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's
glory, are being transformed into his likeness with
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who
is the Spirit."1

Some time ago I read how "a group of salesmen went to a
regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured
their wives that they would be home in plenty of time
for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets
and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently
kicked over a table which held a display of apples.
Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking
back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for
their nearly missed boarding.

"All but one…. He paused, took a deep breath, and
experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose
apple stand had been overturned.

"He told his buddies to go on without him, told one of
them to call his wife when they arrived at their home
destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then
he returned to the terminal where the apples were all
over the terminal floor.

"He was glad he did.

"The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly
crying, and helplessly groping for her spilled produce
as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no
one to care for her plight.

"The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up
the apples, put them back on the table and helped
organize her display. As he did this he noticed that
many of them had become battered and bruised; these he
set aside in another basket.

"When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and
said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the
damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her
tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil
your day too badly."

"As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered
blind girl called out to him, 'Mister….' He paused and
turned to look back into those blind eyes. She
continued, 'Are you Jesus?'

"He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly
he made his way to catch the later flight with that
question burning in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?'"2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I am available, please use
me to be 'as Jesus' in some way today to every life I
touch, and grant that they, seeing Jesus in me, will
want You for themselves. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

Note: If you have never committed your life to Jesus
Christ and would like to do that, be sure to read the
article, How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/real-christian. 

1. The Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV).
2. Author unknown.

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Post  Admin on Wed 27 Jul 2016, 10:46 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Feelings  

"Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach
me wisdom in the inmost place."1

Some years ago I recall visiting the Moody Institute of
Science and putting on a special pair of eye lenses
which turned everything upside down. It was a weird
feeling. Dr. Moon, the director of the institute, in an
experiment wore these special lenses for something like
2-3 weeks (if I remember correctly) without opening his
eyes without these funny looking lenses. He wore black
eye patches when he went to bed to sleep. 

When he stopped using these special lenses, an amazing
thing had happened, his brain had made a radical
switch, and now everything he saw was upside down. It
took 2-3 weeks for his vision to come back to normal. 

In a broader sense, life is like that: if I
consistently do wrong when I know better, and don't
live the life I believe to be right, my mind will in
time (be it ever so slowly) do a radical switch and I
will end up unhappily believing the life I am living to
be right. I will cut off my feelings, justify my
behavior, and end up with what the Bible calls a dead
conscience--a dangerous path to follow. 

One could rightfully call this spiritual leprosy of the
soul. It is commonly thought that leprosy causes a
stricken individual to lose body parts. What happens is
that leprosy causes the loss of physical sensitivity
and feeling. Lepers lose fingers, toes and feet because
they no longer feel pain to protect their wounded limbs
and eventually body tissues are damaged beyond repair. 

When we deny our true feelings and deaden our
conscience, we no longer feel the pain of guilt or
godly sorrow. In so doing we distance ourselves from
God and are no longer aware of our need for His
forgiveness or our need for His gift of eternal life.
Deadening our conscience is a deadly way to live--and
extremely deadly for eternity. 

The only way back is the path of truth. That is, to
admit to ourselves what we have done regardless of how
we feel or no longer feel, confess our sinfulness to
God, ask for His forgiveness, believe that God gave His
Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for all our sins, and
accept Jesus as our Savior. 

For further help, be sure to read the article, “How to
Be Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/articles.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please confront me with
the truth about me. Help me to see any and every area
in my life where I have denied the truth and hidden any
sins and faults so that I can come to You, confess my
sins, and ask for and receive Your forgiveness and the
gift of eternal life. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Psalm 51:6 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Be Angry--Sin Not  

"In your anger do not sin."1

In one church where I was teaching I stated that it was
okay to be angry. One lady was absolutely amazed. She
could hardly believe her ears. She told me that she had
been taught all her life that Christians never get
angry. So she had reasoned in her mind: "Christians
never get angry. I'm always angry. Therefore I can
never be a Christian!" 

That night she was freed from 20 years of anguish and
received assurance of her salvation. She was indeed a
Christian because she had received Jesus as her Savior.
But she had never understood that anger is amoral; that
is, of itself it is neither right nor wrong. It's what
we do with it and how we handle it that matters. The
Bible actually teaches, "Be angry--sin not."

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

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

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

Never say to a person, "You make me angry" This is
because nobody can make me angry without my permission.
All others can do is trigger my anger, but the anger is
mine. And it is always my responsibility to handle and
express it in helpful and not in hurtful ways. 

Unfortunately, however, when we have a lot of
bottled-up anger or anger from the past that has never
been faced and resolved, our "anger button" can get
triggered very easily and we then overreact. What the
other person does to me is their issue; how I feel and
react is always my issue and my responsibility. To the
degree that I overreact that is always my problem. 

One of the great needs (at least in our Western
society) is to learn to identify our feelings--positive
and negative--to be honest about them, and learn how to
handle them in creative, rather than destructive, ways.
Until we do this, we have little chance of developing
wholesome and intimate relationships. 

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

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the gift of
feelings. Please help me to be in touch with all of
mine, be honest with them, and when expressing them,
help me to always speak the truth in love.3 Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus's name. Amen." 

For more on anger, click on "Taming Your Anger" at:
www.actsweb.org/articles. 
 
1. Ephesians 4:26 (NIV).
2. Ephesians 4:25-27 (TLB), (NLT)
3. Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Jul 2016, 6:23 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

AAAhhhhhhhhh!  

"Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God
and get away with it. You will always reap what you
sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful
desires will harvest the consequences of decay and
death. But those who live to please the Spirit [of God]
will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit."1

You've undoubtedly read about the father and son who
were hiking in the mountains, but it stands repeating.
You may have had the same experience as they had. 

As they were walking along the son falls, hurts
himself, and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!" 

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating,
somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!" 

Curious, he yells: "Who are you?" 

He receives the answer: "Who are you?" 

Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!" 

He receives the answer: "Coward!" 

He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?" 

The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!" 

The voice answers: "I admire you!" 

Again the man screams: "You are a champion!" 

The voice answers: "You are a champion!" 

The boy is surprised, but does not understand. 

Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but
really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you
say or do. 

How true this is. Our life is pretty much a reflection
of our actions. If you want more love in the world,
create more love in your heart. If you want more
competence in your team, improve your competence. This
relationship applies to everything in all aspects of
life--life will give you back everything you have given
to it. 

Your life is not a coincidence. It is a reflection of
you.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to always remember
that I will reap what I sow, so help me God to sow
seeds of love, joy, peace, beauty, kindness, courtesy,
and wonder and reap a multiplied harvest of the same.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Galatians 6:7-8 (NLT).
2. Author Unknown. From the Internet.

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Post  Admin on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 9:53 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Character Counts  

"Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of
Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always
striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading]
that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear
conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual
growth], convinced and fully assured in everything
willed by God."1

A psychologist once noted three tests of a great
character: The capacity for great love; the capacity
for great enthusiasm; and the capacity for great
indignation. To which I would add a fourth: The
capacity for great integrity. 

First, the capacity for great love. No matter how
successful we might be in the eyes of the world or how
rich in material possessions, life--without love--is
empty and meaningless and chances are that we will die
long before our time. It may not be the most desirable,
but we can live without romantic love, but we cannot
live meaningfully or healthily without at least one
loving relationship. Every person needs to know that
they are loved, wanted, and needed by at least one
other person. 

Second, the capacity for great enthusiasm. The word
enthusiasm comes from the prefix, "en" meaning "in" and
the Greek root, "theos" meaning "God". In other words,
genuine and lasting enthusiasm is that which has its
roots en-theos; that is, in God. It has been said that
love makes the world go round; but it really is love
with enthusiasm that does this and, in turn, achieves
the noblest things in life for the benefit of mankind. 

Third, the capacity for great indignation. So many ask
or wonder how can a God of love become so indignant and
angry? If God didn't become indignant and angry at sin
and evil--which is totally destructive to those whom He
loves (us)--He wouldn't be God. He would be some kind
of spineless being at best and some kind of a demon at
worst. Also, if you and I don't get indignant and angry
at sin and evil, we don't really care for or love
righteousness. It isn’t possible to have one without
the other. There are many things in life that we need
to get indignant and angry about. In other words, we
need to love the things God loves and hate the things
that God hates. While God hates sin He loves the
sinner. We need to do the same.

And fourth, the capacity for great integrity. Integrity
means that we keep our word and do what we say we are
going to do, that we have high moral and ethical values
and live by them, that we live in harmony with the laws
of God and the laws of the land unless to do the latter
would defy the laws of God. 

I've borrowed today's title, "Character Counts" from
Michael Josephson, of Character Counts. However, the
character that really counts for both time and eternity
is character that has its roots in God. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to so live that
when I come to the end of my journey here on earth may
it be said of me: 'He/she was a man/woman of character
whose life reflected the Spirit of Jesus in all that
he/she did and said.' Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Colossians 4:12 (AMP).

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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:07 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Commitment Contradiction, Part II  

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive
yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the
word but does not do what it says is like a man who
looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at
himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he
looks like."1

Could you imagine what our society would be like in the
West if we took away all the churches? And while I am
tremendously thankful for all the good work that
Christian churches have done--building schools,
hospitals, homes for the aged, overseas missions and
mission centers for the downtrodden, and numerous other
social works--it would appear that, in the average U.S.
church today, fewer than 10 percent of the people are
doing 90 percent of the work. 

Here's the rub with many of today's Christians, at
least in the United States. As George Barna, well-known
research specialist, calls it: "The Commitment
Contradiction." 

Following is what Barna’s research found: "One reason
why many evangelical churches across the nation are not
growing is due to the image that non-Christian adults
have of evangelical individuals [Christians]. In a
nationwide survey released by the Barna Research Group
of Ventura, California, among a representative sample
of people who do not consider themselves to be
Christian, the image of 'evangelicals' rated tenth out
of eleven groups evaluated, beating out only
prostitutes. Not good.

"Various studies conducted by Barna during 2002 ...
revealed that less than half of the people who describe
themselves as Christian also described themselves as
'absolutely committed to the Christian faith.' Less
than one out of every ten regular attendees of
Christian churches give 10%--a tithe--or more of their
income to their church."2

Tragically, instead of giving God of our first-fruits,
most of us who call ourselves Christian give God our
leftovers. Giving through tithes and offerings is God's
way to finance his work on earth. If every Christian
tithed their income and gave offerings--and invested
these wisely in God's work, God's work would be done on
earth. The hungry would be fed. The homeless would be
sheltered. The cold would be clothed. Worldwide
missions would flourish--and everyone in the world
would be given the gospel. 

Furthermore, the average church in America gives only
5% of its income to missions, spending 95% on itself.
Certainly we need buildings but I struggle with
multi-million dollar sanctuaries that are used only a
few hours a week--a practice that very few--if
any--secular business could justify. 

As Barna also noted, "The persecution delivered by the
[9-11] terrorist attacks has produced no increase in
spiritual practices, such as attending worship
services, reading the Bible, praying, or serving the
needy. Giving levels actually decreased last year."3

With terrorism on the increase throughout the world and
the likelihood of it increasing even more, we
Christians in America and the West need a Great
Spiritual Awakening before it is too late. For eternal
vigilance is still the price of freedom. 

And while we know that the only hope for any kind of
lasting peace in the world is by turning our lives over
to the Prince of peace--the Lord Jesus Christ, unless
we practice and live what we say we believe, we will
not make any significant impact on the non-believing
world. Furthermore, we will not stem the tide of evil
and terrorism, and we will not help make our world a
safer place in which to live for our children or our
children's children. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, may we Christians in the
West and in the U.S. in particular stop taking our
incredible freedoms for granted, and never forget that
these were bought with a price--the blood of servicemen
and women who gave their lives to protect us. And
remind us again of how greatly You have blessed us
because of the faith of so many of our founding fathers
who put their trust in You and gave You reverence and
honor. And may we repent of our sins, turn back to You,
and become serious about our commitment to You and to
our fellow man. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. James 1:22-24 (NIV).
2. Barna Research Online www.barna.org.
3. Ibid.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Commitment Contradiction, Part I  

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and
doesn't do it, sins."1

Have you ever noticed that God doesn't worry about
being politically correct? Today's politically
"correct" society has all sorts of fancy watered down
names for sin. We call a lie a fib (or “I misspoke"),
adultery an affair, abortion a viable means of birth
control, homosexuality an alternate lifestyle, etc.,
etc. But God doesn't beat around the bush. Sin is sin
is sin. To call poison by any other name would be
deadly. To call sin by any other name is also deadly.
If we do what we know is wrong, we sin. And if we know
to do good, and don't do it, we sin. 

While I would disagree with a Buddhist monk on many
issues, I totally agree with his statement when he
said, "To know and not to do is not yet to know." 

To translate that into our Christian terminology it
could be: "To believe and not to act is not yet to
believe because I only truly believe that which
motivates me to action." Thus the Buddhist monk was
right on when he said, "To know and not to do is not
yet to know." 

If I say I am a follower of Christ and don't do
anything to help the poor, feed the hungry, care for
the downtrodden in my community and in other parts of
the world, nor support missions and those spreading the
gospel, then I am not a follower of Jesus regardless of
what I say I am. What I say is meaningless unless it is
backed by my actions. 

Every one of us can do something to be “as Christ" to
somebody. Even if we are bedridden, we can still
communicate Christ's love to those who are ministering
to us through a grateful and loving spirit, and we can
pray for these nurses and doctors, and for those who
are on the front line of action for Christ. 

Thus, to know and not to do is not yet to know; or to
believe and not to act is not yet to believe, for I
only truly believe that which motivates me to action. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
'doer' of Your Word and not just a talker about it. And
please help me always to be faithful in being 'as
Jesus' in some way to every life I touch, ministering
to people at their point of need, and then
communicating Your love and the gospel message with
those who are lost and in need of the Savior. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. James 4:17 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Gift of Encouragement  

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us
encourage one another--and all the more as you see the
Day approaching."1 

As a boy he worked long hours in a factory in Naples.
He longed to be a singer, and when he was only ten
years old, he had his first voice lesson. "You can't
sing. You haven't any voice at all. Your voice sounds
like the wind in the shutters," his teacher said. 

The boy's mother, however, disagreed. She believed that
he had a talent to sing. Though very poor, putting her
arms around him, she said, "My boy, I am going to make
every sacrifice to pay for your voice lessons." 

Her confidence in him and constant encouragement paid
off. That boy became one of the world's greatest
singers--Enrico Caruso!

We all need encouragement! We all--including, and
especially our children--need someone to believe in us.


As the Bible also teaches, "Encourage one another
daily."2 Note that it says daily! So let's be sure to
encourage someone today--and every day for the rest of
our lives. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for all the
people who, over the years, believed in and encouraged
me to achieve something worthwhile with my life. Help
me also to be an encourager to every person You bring
into my life--and especially to my loved ones. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).
2. Hebrews 3:13 (NIV).

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Selective Attention  

"Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to
hear? And don't you remember?"1 

The story is told of a man who once bought a new radio,
brought it home, and placed it on the refrigerator. He
then plugged it in, turned it to WSM in Nashville (home
of the Grand Ole Opry), and proceeded to do the most
unusual thing. He pulled all the knobs off! He had
already tuned in to all he ever wanted or expected to
hear, and so he chose to limit his radio reception to
one station. 

"Most unusual," we call it. But is it? Really? Many, if
not most of us, if we will be honest, do the same thing
in principle. Maybe not with our radios but we surely
do with our lives.

We all have what the communicators call selective
exposure, selective attention, selective comprehension
or perception, selective distortion, and selective
retention. That is, people expose themselves only to
messages they want to receive; hear only what they want
to hear; perceive or see things the way they want to
see them; twist and distort messages to match their
preconceived perception of reality; and they remember
only what they want to remember. Everything else is
filtered or blocked out. 

In other words, we hear, see, accept, remember, and
apply only that which we want to hear, see, accept,
remember and apply. Furthermore we believe only what we
want to believe--and for many of us we choose to
believe that which is convenient--regardless of its
moral or lack of moral value. For instance, people
accept abortion on face value because it is convenient.
They accept abnormal, immoral sexuality because it,
too, is convenient. And they reject God because, more
often than not, they don't want to change their
lifestyle and be accountable, much more than for any
intellectual reason. 

As I've said before, if we don't live the life we
believe, we will end up justifying and believing the
life we live--a very dangerous, self-deceptive, and
self-destructive path to follow. 

God's laws, all of them, are for our safety,
protection, and survival. They are as universal as the
law of gravity which holds the universe together. We
can't break the law of gravity. If we defy it, it will
break us. Or rather, we will break ourselves trying to
defy it. It's the same with God's moral laws. We can't
break them either. They, too, are universal. If we defy
them, it isn't God who will punish and break us, but
rather we will punish and break ourselves trying to
defy them. If we used our God-given intellectual
reasoning we would understand this. But we don't reason
this way--we reason to find ways to justify what is
most convenient for us at any given moment. 

How soon we forget that "blessed is the nation [and
individual] whose God is the Lord!" And as Jesus said,
"Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to
hear? And don't you remember?" 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, open my eyes and give me a
listening, receptive heart so that I will see, hear,
obey and live according to Your words of eternal
life....Thank You for these words and for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Jesus in Mark 8:18 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Making Your Life Count  

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your
might."1

You may have read about the thirty-eight-year-old
scrubwoman who would go to the movies and sigh, "If
only I had her looks." She would listen to a singer and
moan, "If only I had her voice." 

Then one day someone gave her a copy of the book, The
Magic of Believing. She stopped comparing herself with
actresses and singers. She stopped crying about what
she didn't have and started concentrating on what she
did have. She took inventory of herself and remembered
that in high school she had a reputation for being the
funniest girl around. She began to turn her liabilities
into assets. When she was at the top of her career,
Phyllis Diller made over $1 million a year. She wasn't
good-looking and she had a scratchy voice, but she
could make people laugh.2

Everybody is good at something ... even the person who
said he was a good example of what not to do! 

Seriously, what is it you like to do best? Even if it
is only one talent, start putting it to good use
today--right now. And then get the training you need to
sharpen that talent and ask God how you can use it to
serve Him and help others so you can make your life
count for something worthwhile. 

Don't wait for opportunities to fall into your
lap--they may or may not come. Make your own
opportunities. If you find a need, meet it. If you find
a hurt, heal it. 

With God's help you, too, can make your life count for
something truly worthwhile for time and eternity. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, again today I commit and
trust my life and way to You. What can I do for You
today? I'm available; please make me usable and use me
to help a wounded soul along the way, to bring a smile
to a saddened heart, to give comfort to a lonely child,
encouragement to a struggling teen, a sandwich to a
hungry man. Whatever it is, please use me today to be
'as Jesus' to every life I touch. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV). 
2. Rick Warren, Making Your Life Count for Eternity.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Is That You, God?  

"I [God] have loved you with an everlasting love; I
have drawn you with loving-kindness."1

I have two sons who are now grown. When they were
little, every night I would hold them and rock them in
my favorite rocking chair, tuck them into bed, and say
their prayers with them. And then I would say positive
affirmations to them such as, "I am so glad that God
sent you to be a part of our family," "I am so proud of
you," "I love you devotedly," "You are very important
to me," and so on. 

I would often whisper these positive affirmations in
their ear while they were sleeping. I didn't know if
this ever had any influence on them or did any good,
but I knew it wouldn't hurt them.

I love to tell how, early one morning about 5AM, I
slipped quietly into my youngest son's bedroom through
his open door. I was certain he was asleep--as he
looked like an angel--so I leaned over and whispered in
his ear, "O beloved of the Lord." As quick as a flash
he spun his head around and, looking upward, said in
all sincerity, "Is that you, God!?"

I was totally taken aback, but when I regained my
composure, I leaned over and whispered in his ear, "No,
it's not God, but He sent me to tell you that." 

On another occasion this same son was very upset with
me and blurted out, "Why did you have me anyhow?" 

As quick as a flash I replied, "Because you are a part
of God's eternal plan." 

And he is. And so are you. And so am I. And that's why
we are here on earth. 

And as God wanted my son to know that he is loved by
God, he wants you to know the same truth. No matter
what you have ever done or have failed to do, God loves
you totally, absolutely, and unconditionally. If you
haven't already done so, I trust and pray that you will
realize this today! 

For help to accept God’s love and forgiveness click on:
www.actsweb.org/christian  for  the article, “How to Be
Sure You’re a Real Christian--without having to be
religious."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see and
remove any blocks in my life that may be stopping or
hindering my being fully open to receiving Your love.
Help me to accept Your love and, in turn, communicate
it to every life I touch. Gratefully, in Jesus's name.
Amen." 

1. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Self-Belief  

Jesus said, "'Everything is possible for him who
believes.' Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, 'I
do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'"1

Today I want to talk about having a healthy (not
conceited) belief in yourself and in God's purpose for
you. 

Dr. Joyce Brothers, well-known author and psychologist
says, "An individual's self-concept [what he believes
about himself] is the core of his personality. It
affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to
learn, the capacity to grow and change, the choice of
friends, mates and careers. It's no exaggeration to say
that a strong positive self-image [self-belief] is the
best possible preparation for success in life." 

A healthy self-belief is not an egotistic "I'm the
greatest" attitude. Such an attitude is self-deception
and a cover for deep insecurity and self-unbelief.
Believing in yourself includes knowing and accepting
your weaknesses as well as your strengths and believing
with God's help that you can overcome your weaknesses
and develop and use your strengths.

One very successful woman, a well-known entertainer,
didn't have much going for her. She would never have
won a beauty contest and at age 38 was living on
welfare. After reading Claude Briston's, The Magic of
Believing, and beginning to believe in herself, Phyllis
Diller's life took a dramatic turn. One gift she had
was the ability to make people laugh. Once she believed
this, she didn't allow what she didn't have to stop her
using what she did have. 

Jimmie Durante was another entertainer who wouldn't
have made a fortune with his looks. But he capitalized
on his weakness and turned it into one of his greatest
strengths. He didn't focus on his physical
attributes--what he didn't have--but on his
strengths--what he did have--and put these to good use
because he believed he could. 

You and I can do the same. 

For an even stronger and healthier sense of self-belief
know that no matter what you have ever done or have
failed to do, God loves you totally and
unconditionally, wants to forgive your every sin and
wrongdoing, and has a God-given purpose for your life
that He wants you to fulfill! All I ask is that you
believe in yourself exactly the same as God believes in
you.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have a
wonderful purpose for my life. Thank You, too, that You
believe in me in that You never expect me to do more or
less than what You have planned for me to do. Like the
father in today's Scripture text, 'I do believe; help
me overcome my unbelief.' Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Mark 9:23-24 (NIV).
2. Adapted from "The Power of Belief" by Dick Innes
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Today's Daily Encounter

Code Red  

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to
repentance."1

Bruce D. Weaver of Newcomerstown, Ohio, shared the
following experience: One summer evening, my wife and I
drove to pick up our son from Vacation Bible  School.
The sky was growing dark and there was a storm watch in
effect, but no rain was falling yet. 

However, by the time we arrived home with our son, the
wind was blowing fiercely and lightning bolts were
coming down all around us. We hurried inside the house
and began to shut windows. Within a few moments we were
without electrical power. We tucked our son into bed,
trying not to betray our concern regarding the severe
weather conditions outside. 

I stood beside a window on the west side of the house
and looked at the sky, watching intently for a funnel
cloud. Suddenly the telephone rang. It was our neighbor
informing us that a "code red" had been issued for our
area. He confirmed that that meant a tornado funnel
cloud had been sighted close by. I asked him why the
siren in our small town was not sounding. He informed
me it was because of power outage. He further explained
that he had heard on his police scanner instructions
for everyone who could hear the scanner to call their
neighbors to inform them of the "code red." I was
thankful for his concern and I was thankful that the
funnel cloud sighted damaged neither my family nor
anyone else in our area. 

Later that evening, I thought about my neighbor's
concern for me and I reflected upon my concern, or lack
thereof, for my neighbors. Certainly it is important to
inform neighbors that a "code red" has been issued by
the police, because a funnel cloud has been sighted in
the area. But it is all the more important to inform
neighbors that a "code red" has been issued by God,
because in due time Jesus Christ will return. 

God does not want anyone to be destroyed, so God has
sounded a "code red," but not everyone knows it has
been sounded. Those of us who have been informed need
to share the news with our neighbors that God's
judgment is certain and that, without accepting His
full and free pardon, they will be doomed forever. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for those who
told me about Your "code red" gospel message--how
Jesus, Your Son, died for my sins. Please use me to
share Your "code red" message to others and to join
forces with those who are communicating Your "code red"
gospel message to people across the street and around
the world. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

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1. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Being People vs. Program Centered  

"Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when
they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted,
'Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us'... Jesus stopped
and called them [the two blind men]. 'What do you want
me to do for you?' he asked."1

I recall having read how, in the 1940s, 80 percent of
all watches sold were made in Switzerland. In the late
1950s the digital watch was presented to them, but they
rejected it because they already had the best watches
and the best watchmakers. The man who developed it
subsequently sold his idea to Seiko--and the rest is
history! 

In 1940 Swiss watch companies employed 80,000 people.
Today, they employ 18,000. In 1940 they made 80 percent
of all watches sold. Today, they make 20 percent--and
the majority are digital! This story demonstrates what
happens when an organization or an individual chooses
to die or fade away rather than change. 

While in the church our message of God's love and His
great gift of salvation never changes, our methods of
ministry and communicating this message need to change
with the changing times and the changing needs of
people. What worked yesteryear may no longer work
today. And if our methods no longer work, we need to
discard them. Becoming product, method, or program
oriented instead of being people oriented spells death
to any ministry, organization, or business. 

When Jesus came, He cut right across the grain of
man-made religious dogma, programs, and traditions that
were not relevant to the needs of the people of Hhis
day. 

In His ministry He was always sensitive to the felt or
perceived needs of His listeners and targeted His
ministry to address those needs. As illustrated in His
encounter with the two blind men His question was,
"What do you want Me to do for you?" To which they
replied, "That we may receive our sight." Before
meeting people's spiritual need, Jesus always
ministered to an individual's personal and felt need.
For us to do less is being less than Christ-like.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to
be sensitive to the felt needs of people, help me to be
as Christ to them, and meet them at their point of
need. In so doing grant that they will be drawn to and
accept You as their Savior and Lord. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Matthew 20:30, 32 (NIV).
2. Adapted from the book, I Hate Witnessing, a Handbook
for Effective Christian Communications by Dick Innes.
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Today's Daily Encounter

Reigns of Evil  

"The LORD said through his servants the prophets:
'Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable
sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who
preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.
Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel,
says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem
and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it
will tingle.'"1

According to Old Testament Bible commentators,
Manasseh's reign as King of Judah over 2,600 years ago
was one of the darkest periods in Judah's history. His
was a reign of evil and his nation paid the terrible
price because they allowed and followed his leadership.

Are things much different in present times? Recall the
reign of Hitler and of Stalin--godless leaders who
slaughtered millions. And look at countries and nations
today where God of the Bible is forgotten, where
Christianity is despised, and where Christians and
others are being slaughtered if they refuse to denounce
their faith and join a different religion, and where
religious zealots are committing heinous acts of mass
murder in the name of a god who is not the Father of
the Lord Jesus Christ and to whom Jesus Christ is not
the Son of God nor Savior of the world--and to whom
followers of Jesus are the infidels who need to be
destroyed.

And let those of us in the West who, in our
complacency, think we are safe and secure see how we
too, as nations, are drifting farther and farther away
from our Judeo/Christian roots and heritage, and
rapidly forgetting God and all that He has done for us.
Do we think we will be protected from evil when we turn
from God?

No we won't. In time we, too, unless we turn back to
God, will go the way of all nations who forgot God and
thereby allowed a reign of evil to rule the land. When
we reject God, we automatically divorce ourselves from
His protection.

People opposed to the Bible, the Ten Commandments, and
anything to do with God and the Christian faith;
leaders without morals; and business leaders without
character and ethics have already done great harm to
U.S. society. Surely Satan has blinded the mind of the
Godless.

What we desperately need today is a revival of the
Spirit; not the revival of a costless, shallow
spiritualism, but a revival of God's Spirit, where we
turn from our sins and come back to God through the
Lord Jesus Christ--and be committed to truth, justice,
integrity and the Jesus way!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how desperately today's
world needs You and how desperately our country needs
You. I beg of You to send a great Spiritual awakening
to our land and a great revival of the Spirit--and let
Your work begin in me. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 2 Kings 21:10-12 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Voice in the Night  "Sit up!" the voice in the night said, "and take a deep
breath." It was a stormy night, a personal friend
shared, and we were awakened by an extremely loud clap
of thunder. After the initial fright, checking the kids
and the house, we went back to bed and to sleep. Then
came the voice: I was certain I heard someone speaking.
"Sit up and take in a deep breath," it said.I only
half-awoke and thought I must have been dreaming, so
rolled over and went back to sleep.The voice spoke
again with more insistence, "Sit up and take in a deep
breath." This is weird, I thought so again rolled over
and went back to sleep. "SIT UP! Take in a deep
breath!" the voice spoke again with great urgency. So I
sat up and took in a deep breath ... and smelled smoke!
I was fully awake in an instant ... woke up my husband
... rushed to wake up the children ... we had the
oldest one phone 911 (for emergency) ... my husband
took over the phone ... the operator asked if the
lights were working ... my husband said they were going
out one room at a time. "GET OUT of the house
immediately," declared the operator. "Your house has
been struck by lightning."As quick as a flash the
family rushed outside only moments before the house
exploded and burst into flames. It took firemen six
hours to put the fire out. The house was totally
destroyed, but the entire family was saved. Talk about
a wake-up call! Surely this was a God-thing.
Fortunately the family members were committed followers
of Jesus Christ and even though they lost their house,
their lives were saved. God doesn't usually speak to
most of us in an audible voice. He doesn't have to
because his "wake-up call" is spoken to us repeatedly
in his Word, the Bible. "Wake up!" God says to every
one of us, "Flee from the wrath to come"1 (God's
judgment of sin and evil for the world that has turned
from God will be judged and purified by fire). Wake up,
"It is appointed unto man once to die and after this
the judgment."2 Wake up, "I will come again,"3 Jesus
promised "to take all who believe in me to be with me
in heaven forever." "Wake up," Jesus is coming again
... it may be today. Are you ready? Again Jesus said,
"I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my
voice and opens the door, I will come in...."4 Whatever
you do don't miss God's wake-up call. Have you opened
the door of your life and invited Jesus, the Son of
God, to come into your heart and life as your God and
your Savior? If not, may I urge you to do that today
... right now ... by praying a simple prayer such as
the following: Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I hear Your
wake-up call, as faint though it may be. I confess that
I am a sinner and ask for Your forgiveness. Thank You,
Jesus, for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for
all my sins. I invite You to come into my heart and
life as my God and my Savior. With Your help I repent
of and turn from my sinful ways. Thank You for hearing
my prayer, for forgiving me of my sins, and for coming
into my heart and life as my Savior. Help me to live
for You always in all ways. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."NOTE: If you prayed this prayer, please let
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religious."1. Matthew 3:7.
2. Hebrews 9:27.
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Angels Unaware  

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing
it."1

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God, or
so the story goes. He knew it was a long trip to where
God lived, so he packed his suitcase with cupcakes,
several cans of root beer and started on his journey. 

When he had gone about three blocks, he saw an elderly
woman. She was sitting on a park bench watching the
pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his
suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root
beer when he noticed the lady looked hungry so he
offered her a cupcake. She gratefully accepted and
smiled at him. 

Her smile was so wonderful that he wanted to see it
again, so he offered a root beer as well. Once again
she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! 

They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling without
saying a word. 

As it began to grow dark, the boy realized how tired he
was and wanted to go home. He got up to leave but
before he had gone no more than a few steps, he turned
around and ran back to the old woman, giving her a big
hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. 

When the boy arrived home his mother was surprised by
the look of joy on his face. She asked, "What has made
you so happy today?" He replied, "I had lunch with
God." Before his mother could respond he added, "You
know what? She's got the most beautiful smile in the
whole world!" 

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy,
returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look
of peace on her face. He asked, "Mother, what has made
you so happy today?" She replied, "I ate cupcakes in
the park with God." And before her son could reply, she
added, "You know, he is much younger than I expected." 

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a
smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest
compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which
have the potential to turn a life around. 

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a
lifetime. Take no one for granted and embrace all
equally with joy.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live
that people will see Jesus in me and, seeing Him, will
want Jesus in their heart and life too. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV).
2. I believe this story to be written by Leo Buscaglia,
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God's Appointments  

"Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He
shall bring it to pass."1

Late one evening a professor sat at his desk working on
the next day's lectures. He shuffled through the papers
and mail placed there by his housekeeper. He began to
throw them in the wastebasket when one magazine--not
even addressed to him but delivered to his office by
mistake--fell open to an article titled, "The Needs of
the Congo Mission."

The professor began reading it idly, but then was
consumed by these words: "The need is great here. We
have no one to work the northern  province of Gabon in
the central Congo. And it is my prayer as I write this
article that God will lay His hand on one--one on whom,
already, the Master's eyes have been cast--that he or
she shall be called to this place to help us." The
professor closed the magazine and wrote in his diary:
"My search is over."2

He gave himself to the Congo. His name? Albert
Schweitzer!

If you know about the marvelous missionary service done
by Albert Schweitzer, you will realize that it was no
accident that this magazine was delivered to
Schweitzer's mailbox "by mistake" and then fell open at
the article, "The Needs of the Congo Mission," as he
was about to throw it in the trash.

Over and over again each of us who are committed to
following Christ in our daily life can also testify to
God's appointments in our life. And as we look back
over the past, we can trace the footprints of God
leading and guiding every step of the way. And they
will keep doing so until the end of life's journey and
we meet Jesus face to face and hear his, "Welcome home,
good and faithful servant."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that my life is
in Your hands. Thank You, too, that You lead and guide
me every step of the way when I daily commit and trust
my life and way to You. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Psalm 37:5 (NKJV).
2. Leadership, Vol. 12 No. 3.

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A Father, A Son, and a Donkey  

"Five times I [the Apostle Paul] received from the Jews
the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten
with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was
shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
I have been constantly on the move. I have been in
danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger
from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in
danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger
at sea; and in danger from false brothers."1

Anyone whose aim and efforts are invested in achieving
noble and worthy goals for God will, without doubt, at
some point face opposition and criticism--and the
greater the hostility of those opposed to God's Word,
God's ways and Christianity, the greater will be the
opposition and even danger. The fact is you cannot
please everyone and those who try to do so end up
pleasing no one!

C. T. Studd, (1860-1931) the famed English missionary
who served God in China, India, and Africa, once
remarked: "Remember the miller's donkey. The miller,
son and donkey went to the market. The miller rode the
donkey all the way and people exclaimed, 'Cruel man,
riding himself and making his son walk.' So he got down
and his son rode; then people slanged, 'What a lazy son
for riding while poor old father walks.' Then both
father and son rode, and people then said, 'Cruelty to
animals, poor donkey.' So they got down and carried the
donkey on a pole, but folks said, 'Here are two asses
carrying another ass.' Then all three walked and people
said, 'What fools to have a donkey and not ride it.' So
let's go ahead with our work for God and not care what
folks say."

Studd also said, "Had I cared for the comments of
people, I should never have been a Missionary."

With a sense of God's call in your heart there may be
times when you need to do what you need to do even if
the whole world votes against you. And that can be
really hard to do, so be sure it's God's call and not
that of your mother, father, friend, or anyone else--or
from your own mixed motives--otherwise when the
pressures of opposition hammer home, you'll crumble
beneath the load.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to know without a
shadow of a doubt what Your plan and purpose for my
life is--and give me the faith, courage, and
determination to pursue and achieve that goal no matter
what--knowing that You are always with me and will
never forsake me. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 11:24-26 (NIV).

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Keeping the Faith  

The Apostle Paul said, "I have fought a good fight, I
have finished my course, I have kept the faith"1

One of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt
who said, "In the battle of life it is not the critic
who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done
better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually
in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes
short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy
cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph
of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he
fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat."

And as another has said: "It is better to have tried
and failed than never to have tried at all."

However, when we seek and discover God's plan and
purpose for our life and give our all to that noble and
worthy cause, we may never get our name emblazoned on
the billboards with the rich and famous, and though we
fumble and fall a thousand times, as long as we keep
getting up and going on, we cannot fail and the results
will last for all eternity.

As martyred missionary, Jim Elliot said, "He is no fool
who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot
lose."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to see Your plan
and purpose for my life, give me the courage to pursue
it with all my heart, and never to give up knowing that
You will be with me to the end. And then, at the end of
life’s journey, may I hear Your welcome words, 'Well
done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of
the Lord.' Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV).

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Fear Not  

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall
never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of
my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is
greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out
of my Father's hand."1

"The great Scottish preacher John McNeill told how,
during his childhood, he had to walk a long distance
home every evening, and his route led through a forest
with a large ravine. Reports said that wild animals and
gangs of robbers were often seen in that area. Great
fear would seize his heart as he made his way past the
spooky looking trees. He recalled, 'One night it was
especially dark, but I was aware that something or
someone was moving slowly and quietly toward me. I was
sure it was a robber. When a voice called out, its
eerie tone struck my heart with fear. I thought I was
finished. Then came a second call. This time I could
hear the voice saying, 'John, is that you?' It was my
father. He had known of my fear and had come out to
meet me.'"2

Being a child of God--one of His sheep--doesn't deliver
us from the storms of life, but our faith in Him gives
us a sure and steadfast anchor--a safe and secure rock
to hold on to knowing that God knows exactly where we
are even in life's darkest and most scary places. As
one of my poems puts it: 

    Sometimes it seems that life
    makes little or no sense
    as we wander blind
    searching for a ray of light
    to lead us to the truth
    or to a God who isn't there.
    But if we will stand still and
    listen with our heart, we will
    hear a rustling in the leaves,
    feel the brush of angel's wings,
    and sense the presence of a loving
    Father playing hide-and-seek,
    waiting patiently--
    wanting us to find Him.3

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You are
always with me no matter what and that You will never
leave me nor forsake me. In the quiet of my heart help
me to know and hear Your voice assuring me of Your
presence and that my life and times are in Your hands.
Always. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. John 10:27-29 (NKJV).
2. Alan Carr, Sermon: "Fear Not."
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Post  Admin on Mon 27 Jun 2016, 7:47 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Authenticity  

"When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him,
'Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing
false.'"1

"There's a story about a woman finding herself alone in
an elevator with the famous and very handsome Robert
Redford. As the elevator moved up the floors, the
woman, like many of us might, found herself
uncontrollably staring at the movie star. Finally, in
her excitement and nervousness, she blurted out: 'Are
you the real Robert Redford?' To which Redford
responded, 'Only when I'm alone.'" 

I think that if I were an actor--especially one as
successful as Robert Redford--I might find it very
difficult to be the real me when I am not acting a part
and may all too readily forget who the real me is. 

Even without being an actor, I find that one of the
most difficult things in life is to be honest with
myself. It's hard enough to know and admit what my true
feelings are, let alone my motives! And it's all too
easy to act out any part to avoid facing the real me. I
may act the part of a super-nice (saccharine sweet)
fellow to avoid facing my unresolved anger…or
super-brave to hide my hidden fears…or gruff and macho
to hide my insecurity and so on. 

However, it's only as I get real and courageously
honest with myself and God that He can help me to grow
and become the person He wants me to be. The same goes
for getting close to people. Only to the degree that I
am open, honest, and real can I relate intimately with
those I love. And, unfortunately, the more I hide my
true self the more I will live with others together
alone apart--a very lonely and unfulfilling existence. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
real--one in whom there is nothing false--so that I can
become all that You planned for me to be and have
loving, wholesome relationships with You and all of my
loved ones. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. John 1:47 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Sat 25 Jun 2016, 12:13 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Ready to Give a Defense  

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be
prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to
give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this
with gentleness and respect."1

Alan Smith tells the story about a carpenter who was
giving evidence about an accident he had witnessed. The
judge asked him how far away he was from the accident. 

The carpenter replied, "Twenty-seven feet,
six-and-one-half inches." 

"How can you be so sure of that distance?" asked the
judge. 

"Well, I knew some idiot would ask me. So I measured
it!" replied the carpenter. 

Oops ... not a good way to answer a judge! 

As Christians we need to be prepared to give a
reasonable answer to everyone who asks about our
Christian faith--and to do this in a spirit of
"gentleness and respect." 

Remember too, that our life speaks much louder than any
words we ever say. Furthermore, people who know we are
Christians will be constantly reading and hearing the
messages our life broadcasts. May we, like the early
Christians, be known by our love for one another and
for our gentle spirit and respectful, courteous manner.


Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me always to be
prepared to give an answer to all who ask me about my
Christian faith--and help me always to answer in a
gentle and respectful manner. And help me to so live
that my life will always be communicating Your love to
every life I touch. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Vivid Warning Signs Ignored  

"But understand this: If the owner of the house had
known at what time of night the thief was coming, he
would have kept watch and would not have let his house
be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the
Son of Man [Jesus Christ] will come at an hour when you
do not expect him."1

"National Geographic magazine (May 1984 issue) showed
through a series of color photos and drawings the swift
and terrible destruction that wiped out the Roman
Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79. The
explosion of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden, the
residents were killed while in their routine: men and
women were at the market, the rich in their luxurious
baths, slaves at toil. They died amid volcanic ash and
super-heated gasses. Even family pets suffered the same
quick and final fate. It takes little imagination to
picture the panic of that terrible day. 

"The saddest part is that these people did not have to
die. Scientists confirm what ancient Roman writers
record--weeks of rumblings and shakings preceded the
actual explosion. Even an ominous plume of smoke was
clearly visible from the mountain days before the
eruption. If only they had been able to read and
respond to Vesuvius's warning!"2

With tireless regularity--every year--Christmas and
Easter remind us of the first coming of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, who came to earth as a babe and then,
as a man, died on the cruel Roman cross for the sins of
lost mankind. This also reminds and warns us that Jesus
promised He would come to earth a second time, but this
time it would be as King of kings and Lord of lords to
put down all reign of terror and to take His true
followers to be with Him forever in heaven. As every
prophecy in God’s Word about Christ’s first coming was
fulfilled in minutest detail, we can be just as certain
that the prophecies promising His second coming will
also be fulfilled in detail.

When Jesus' disciples asked Him what would be the signs
of His coming again, He said that there would be many
"rumblings" (warning signs); that is, wars and rumors
of wars, earthquakes, pestilences, "Men [people] will
faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on
the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At
that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a
cloud with power and great glory. When these things
BEGIN to take place, stand up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near."3

Could all the wars, violence, deathly disease,
disasters, and increased terrorism in today's world be
part of the warning signs Jesus said would occur
preceding His second coming--just as there were
warnings preceding the explosion of Mount Vesuvius?
Jesus is coming again. The exact day and hour we don't
know, but the signs of the times may be an indication
that His coming is getting nearer every day. 

When He comes, it will be sudden and swift. The
important thing is that we are ready NOW. For He will
come when the vast majority of people least expect it.
Let's not be like the people in the Roman cities of
Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79 who failed to heed
the warnings of Mount Vesuvius and suffered a dreadful
quick and final fate. Whatever you do, don't put off
any longer making sure that you are ready for Christ's
return. For help see No. 4 below. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that we have
Your promise that Jesus is coming again for this is the
blessed hope of every Christian everywhere. And thank
You that You clearly told us and warned us about the
coming ‘rumblings’ (signs) that are to precede your
second coming. Please awaken us to the fact that it
could be today. And help us to spread Your salvation
message to as many people as possible worldwide while
the door is still open. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Jesus in Matthew 24:43-44 (NIV).
2. Michael Bogart, Lemoore,  California. Leadership,
Vol. 6, no. 4.
3. Luke 21:26-28 (NIV).
4. For help see “How to Be Sure You’re a Real
Christian" at:  http://tinyurl.com/8glq9

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Jun 2016, 9:28 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Letting Go to Find  

"Whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it."1

"True love is like quick-silver," said Ann Landers, "if
you hold it in the palm of your hand, it will remain.
If you try to grasp it, it will slip through your
fingers." Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He
said, "Whoever will save his life will lose it: and
whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it." 

Some parents never let go of their children even when
they are adults. Out of their own insecurity they cling
to their offspring and smother them. In so doing they
drive them away and the thing they need the
most--love--they lose. As the saying goes, "If you love
someone, let them go; if they come back to you, then
they are truly yours. If they don't, they never were."

In other words, when we cling to life to live for
ourselves or cling to someone else for our own sake out
of our own need, we lose what we need the most--love.
This is because we have mistaken need for love. Only as
we let go of clinging are we free to love and live life
to the full.

When we do this and truly love, we give love without
strings attached. In so doing we receive more love to
give. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please heal the deepest
wounding of my heart so I am set free to truly love
others and You without strings attached, and to be a
clear channel through whom Your love for others will
flow. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Jesus in Matthew (16:25). 

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Post  Admin on Tue 21 Jun 2016, 2:53 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Service  

"Then the man who had received the one talent came.
'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man,
harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where
you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went
out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is
what belongs to you.'"1

"Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, was
holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out,
accompanied by scores of instruments, the piccolo
player--a tiny pint-sized flute--thinking perhaps that
his contribution would not be missed amid so much
music, stopped playing. Suddenly, the great leader
stopped and cried out, 'Where's the piccolo?'

"The sound of that one small instrument was necessary
to the harmony, and the Master Conductor missed it when
it dropped out. The point? To the Conductor there are
no insignificant instruments in an orchestra. Sometimes
the smallest and seemingly least important one can make
the greatest contribution and even if it doesn't seem
to make that big a difference to the audience at large,
the conductor knows it right away! 

"In the church, in life and in God's work on earth the
players and the instruments are diverse--different
sizes, different shapes, different notes, different
roles to play. But like the piccolo player in Sir
Michael's orchestra, we often in our own sovereignty
decide that our contribution is not significant. Our
contribution couldn't possibly make a difference. And
so we quit playing. Stop doing that which we've been
given to do. We drop out. But the Conductor immediately
notices."2

From our perspective your and my contribution may be
small, but from God's viewpoint it is critical. So,
whatever you do, don't bury your piccolo (talent) but
put it to use in service for the Lord remembering that
we serve God by serving people and doing it in Jesus's
name. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the gift/s
You have given to me and for the part You have given me
to play as You orchestrate Your plan for the world in
which I live. Help me to play my part diligently,
faithfully, and to the best of my ability always for
Your glory and the benefit of others. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s
name, amen." 

1. Matthew 25:24-25 (NIV).
2. Adapted from Richard Love, Sermon: "Blowing Your
Horn," Memphis: Sermon Illustrations, 1999. Cited on
www.eSermons.com.

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