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Printable Issue 3542  Today is Tuesday, April 25th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3542

Today's email inspirational thought from and by Max Lucado:

Certain Victory

"It's time to declare war on the pestilence that goes by the name, I can't. It attacks our self-control with......I can't keep a job and it attacks our marriages......I can't forgive. It even attacks our faith....I can't believe God cares for me.

Had Joshua mumbled those words, who would've blamed him? Joshua 1:1 begins with bad news, 'Moses, my servant, is dead.' To lose Moses was to lose the cause. Imagine the dismay, the grief, the fear! And yet, God told Joshua, 'Moses is dead. Now therefore, arise.' Moses may be dead, but God is alive! Even so, Joshua had reasons to say, I can't. Moses was dead. And the Canaanites ate folks like the Israelites for breakfast! But Joshua never declared defeat. God gave him reason for faith. Victory was certain because the victory was God's!

The same is true for you.

Printable Issue 3541  Today is Monday, April 24th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3541

Sometimes when I type a Karen's Korner, I write in the margins of my Bible the date and number which I used it. Today's was used before:  KK #1849 on June 24, 2010. An added note:  "Heading for Des Moines this morning. Luke (older grandson), 6, is in 1/2 day Living History Farm camp":

"He wove my sins into ropes to hitch me to a yoke of slavery. He sapped my strength and gave me to my enemies. I am helpless in their hands."

~ Lamentations 1:14 LAB


Bible Commentary:  "At first, sin seems to offer freedom. But the liberty to do anything we want gradually becomes a desire to do everything. Then we become captive to sin. Freedom from sin's captivity comes only from God. He gives us the freedom, not to do anything we want, but to do what he knows is best for us. Strange as it may seem, true freedom comes in obeying God----following his guidance so that we can receive his best."


I can remember a number of years ago, my cousin who had seen the 'world' from lots of angles, saying, "Karen, sin is so much fun.........in the BEGINNING!" He'd go on to say those 'fun' things eventually trap people. And he had experienced some of them first hand...

So let's pray for all of us that we can avoid some of those thoughts and actions. God will also bail us out of the things which want to enslave us!

Dear Lord, thank You for Your power and love. You have rules for our lives and they are good ones. They keep us on a path that is truly liberating. Help us. Lead us. Guide us. Thank You too for showing us the way when we get entangled in things which ensnare us. Thank You for plans and Your design. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Printable Issue 3540  Today is Friday, April 21st, 2017; Karen's Korner #3540

Today's offering by Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence"


"Let Me control your mind. The mind is the most restless, unruly part of mankind. Long after you have learned the discipline of holding your tongue, your thoughts defy your will and set themselves up against Me. Man is the pinnacle of My creation, and the human mind is wondrously complex. I risked all by granting you freedom to think for yourself. This is godlike privilege, forever setting you apart from animals and robots. I made you in My image, precariously close to deity.

"Though My blood has fully redeemed you, your mind is the last bastion of rebellion. Open yourself to My radiant Presence, letting My Light permeate your thinking. When My Spirit is controlling your mind, you are filled with Life and Peace."

~ Taken from Genesis 1:26 - 27; Romans 8:6


Printable Issue 3539  Today is Thursday, April 20th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3539

"'Master,' his disciples asked him, 'why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?'

"'Neither,' Jesus answered. 'But to demonstrate the power of God.'"

~ John 9:2,3 LAB


Bible Commentary on these two verses:  "A common belief in Jewish culture was that calamity or suffering was the result of some great sin. But Christ used this man's suffering to teach about faith to glorify God. We live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded and bad behavior not always punished. Therefore, innocent people sometimes suffer. If God took suffering away whenever we asked, we would follow him for comfort and convenience, not out of love and devotion. Regardless of the reasons for our suffering, Jesus has the power to help us deal with it. When we suffer from a disease, tragedy, or handicap, we should try not to ask, 'Why did this happen to me/us?' or "What did we do wrong?' Instead, we should ask God to give us strength through the trial and offer us a deeper perspective on what is happening."


Printable Issue 3538  Today is Wednesday, April 19th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3538

God So Loved the World

"Can a holy God overlook our mistakes? Should a kind God punish our mistakes? From our perspective, there are only two equally unappealing solutions. But from God's perspective, there's a third. It's called 'the Cross of Christ.' The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.

"How could he do this? In a sentence:  God put our sin on his Son and punished it there. ' God put on him the wrong who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God' (2 Corinthians 5:21 MSG). Why did he do it? Because 'God so loved the world that he gave his only Son' (John 3:16 NLT). Aren't you glad the verse doesn't read 'For God so loved the rich?' Or 'For God so loved the famous?' No, we simply (and happily) read:  'For God so loved the world!" And you and I are included in that love!

~ By Max Lucado


Printable Issue 3537  Today is Tuesday, April 18th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3537

Most people who know me have heard me say, "I am a Bible reader; not a Bible scholar." I don't know if I have ever read the Bible clear through from cover to cover or not. Since it is 66 books put together under one cover, I tend to pick a book. Read it. Then move on to another book. Some books (i.e. Psalms) I have read more often than others (i.e. Numbers).

For a personal reason, today I decided to start reading the small book of Joel from the Old Testament. It made me think that it sounded like today's (or any day's) news!

Here are a couple of paragraphs which introduced the writings:

"A single bomb devastates a city and the world is ushered into the nuclear age. A split atom reveals power and force such as we have never seen. At a launch site, rockets roar and a payload is thrust into space. Discoveries dreamed of for centuries are ours as we begin to explore the universe.

"Volcanoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes, and tornadoes unleash uncontrollable and unstoppable force. And we can only avoid them and then pick up the pieces.

"Power, strength might---and we stand in awe of the natural and man-made display. But these forces cannot touch the power of omnipotent God. Creator of galaxies, atoms, and natural laws, the sovereign Lord rules all there is and ever will be. How silly to live without Him, how foolish to run and hide from Him; how ridiculous to disobey Him. But we do. Since Eden, we have sought independence from His control, as though we were gods and could control our destiny. And He has allowed out rebellion. But soon 'the Day of the Lord' will come."


According to the 'PURPOSE for the book of JOEL': 

 "To warn Judah (and us!) of God's impending judgment because of their (our) sins and to urge them (us) to turn back to God."


While it is important to pay attention to the news, buy insurances, and know how to protect ourselves from natural disasters, how much wiser to know and understand God and His awesome plans for each of us as His Children. Why is it important? Again taken from the introduction to Joel:

"God is the one with whom we all must reckon--not nature, the economy, or a foreign invader. We can't ignore or offend God forever. We must pay attention to His message now, or we will face His anger later."


Thank You, Father, that You have everything under Your control. That You love us and desire to take care of each of us forever. You have awesome plans for those of us who choose to accept Your love and those plans. Lead us. Guide us. Direct us. You can do a better job than we can do on our own. Thank You for Jesus. Amen.

Printable Issue 3536  Today is Monday, April 17th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3536

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter with family and friends!

It's hard to wrap our minds around Jesus' resurrection. He isn't the only one to return to life again. He's only the first!

As our congregation sang "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" together, I couldn't help but think of, not only Jesus, but also lots of family members and friends who also, don't have to face 'permanent death', but they too 'live again':  spouses, parents, children, close family members and friends!

Talk about hope!

"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"

` written by Charles Wesley in the late 1700s

"Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens and earth reply: Alleluia!

"Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!

Where they victory, O grave? Alleluia!

"Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now they sting? Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!

Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!

"Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Foll'wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!"


Printable Issue 3535  Today is Friday, April 14th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3535

Today is Good Friday. Not such a good day for Jesus. But a great one for us!


"The most notorious road in the world is the Via Dolorosa, 'the way of Sorrows.' According to tradition, it's the route Jesus took from Pilate's hall to Calvary. The path is marked by stations frequently used by Christians for their devotions---each one a reminder of the events of Christ's final journey. No one actually know the exact route Jesus followed that Friday. But we do know where the path began. In heaven. Jesus began his journey when he left his home in search of us.

The Bible has a word for the quest:  reconciliation. 'God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself' (2 Corinthians 5:19 NKJV). Reconciliation re-stiches the unraveled, reverses the rebellion, and rekindles the cold passion. Reconciliation touches the shoulder of the wayward and woos him homeward. The path to the cross tell us exactly how far God will go to call us back."

~ By Max Lucado


Printable Issue 3534  Today is Thursday, April 13th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3534

Jesus whole life on earth was leading up to this week. So here we go, as Jesus eats his Last Supper with his disciples:

"As they were eating, Jesus took a small loaf of bread and blessed it and broke it apart and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take it and eat, for this is my body.'"

"And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks for it and gave it to them and said, 'Each one drink from it, for this is my blood, sealing the New Covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of multitudes. Mark my words-----I will not drink this wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom.'"

~ Matthew 26:26 - 29 LAB


Bible Commentary:  "Each name we use for this sacrament brings out a different dimension to it. It is the Lord's Supper because it commemorates the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples. It is the Eucharist (thanksgiving) because in it we thank God for Christ's work for us. It is communion because through it we commune with God and with other believers. As we eat the bread and drink the wine we should be sober as we recall Jesus' death and his promise to come again, grateful for God's wonderful gift to us, and joyful as we meet with Christ and the body of believers."


Printable Issue 3533  Today is Wednesday, April 12th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3533


"In so many areas of life, we have no choice. 'It's not fair,' we say. But the scales of life were forever tipped on the side of fairness when God planted a tree in the Garden of Eden. All complaints were silenced when Adam and his descendants were given free will, the freedom to make whatever eternal choice we desire.

"Any injustice in this life is offset by the honor of choosing our destiny in the next. Wouldn't you agree? It would have been nice if God had let us order life like we order a meal. It would've been nice, but it didn't happen. When it came to many details of your life on earth, you weren't given a choice, a voice, or a vote. But when it comes to life after death, you were! In my book, that seems like a good deal. Wouldn't you agree?

~ by Max Lucado