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Printable Issue 4381  Today is Monday, January 11th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4381
I will be away from my computer for several weeks. Expect the next Karen's Korner on Tuesday, January 26. Stay safe and warm!

"Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
Who exists from everlasting ages past --
and on into everlasting eternity ahead.
Amen and amen!


~ Psalm 41:13 LAB

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BIBLE COMMENTARY:   "The book of Psalms is divided into five 'books' (this is the end of the first book), and each one ends with a doxology or an expression of praise to God. The first book of the psalms takes us on a journey through suffering, sorrow, and great joy. It teaches us much about God's eternal love and care for us and how we should trust Him even in the day-to-day experiences of life."

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Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You that You are a big God; one we can trust no matter what comes our way. Thank You that Your love and care spans over eons of time. Thank You that You never change. Help us to believe You more; to trust You more. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Printable Issue 4380  Today is Friday, January 8th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4380
Sometimes things happen in our lives we don't like.

I enjoy repeating this verse:

"Why be discouraged and sad?

Hope in God!

~ Psalms 42:5 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "The writer of this psalm was discouraged because he was exiled to a place far from Jerusalem and could not worship in the Temple. 

"Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God's goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation and give hope that it will improve. It focuses your thoughts on God's ability to help you rather than your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm's anti-depressant. Read the Bible's accounts of God's goodness and meditate on them."

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Printable Issue 4379  Today is Thursday, January 7th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4379
Some words of wisdom Mother Teresa taken from her
"Heart of Joy":

"May the joy of our risen Lord be your strength
in your work, 
your way to the Father, 
your light to guide you 
and your bread of life."

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"Prayer unites us with Christ. 
Simply open your hearts to him. 
Also, simply accept what he sends you.
With a big smile, 
generously give him what he asks of you, 
God will do he rest, 
never fear."

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"Christians are the light for everyone else,
for the whole world.
If we are Christians,
we must look like Christ.
We must be like him."


"We have been created to live in peace.
Jesus became man to bring that good news
to the poor.
Being God, he became like us
in every way except sin.
And he proclaimed
clearly that he had come to bring good news."

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Printable Issue 4378  Today is Wednesday, January 6th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4378
Maybe it is the turmoil of the world in which we live. Or the turmoil that might be part of our every day individual lives. But we need to keep focused on God and what He means in our lives and what He has planned for us. In this world and the next.

From Sarah Young's entry for today in "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence::


"I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer, teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark. The more extreme your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life.

~ Taken from Ephesians 3:20 - 21; Romans 8:6; Isaiah 40:30 - 31 (KNJV) Revelation 5:13

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Printable Issue 4377  Today is Tuesday, January 5th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4377

Maybe it is because of the world which we live in, we have to be reminded often Who we are, Whose we are, and what we possess as Christians.


A couple of paragraphs taken from Tony Evans "The Power of the Cross:  Putting it to Work in Your Life":

"Paul says in Ephesians that God doesn't want you to have to go to heaven before you get to taste it on earth. He has laid up for you a 'pledge of your inheritance' (1:14) to access right now. In Greek the word 'pledge' can mean a 'down payment'. Through the cross, God has set aside a 'down payment on heaven for you to receive while on earth. As a believer, you are on your way to heaven. However, God does not want you to have to wait to get there in order to feel and experience what heaven is like. There is a piece of heaven that has been allocated to you right now.

"Are you curious what that down payment is? Or what has already been put in the will for you as a pledge of your inheritance? Paul summed it up at the end of his treatise (writing) on salvation when he said it involved 'the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power' (vs. 18-19).

"Notice that he didn't write that God wanted us to experience His power. Rather, he wrote that God wants us to experience the 'surpassing greatness' of His power. He wants us to know that when it comes to our lives, He is the only true Super Power. No believer should ever settle for being an average individual. God has destined you for greatness through the 'surpassing greatness' of His power."

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Printable Issue 4376  Today is Monday, January 4th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4376
If we ever get discouraged by this life or the world around us, only a glimpse of heaven is all we have to think about and our futures there.....forever!

Something sent to inboxes today by Anne Graham Lotz:


HEAVEN IS BEAUTIFUL
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"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

~ 1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV

"The Creator Who created all the earthly beauty we have grown to love . . .

the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Alps,

the rushing mountain streams,

the carpets of wildflowers,

the whir of a humming bird’s wings, 

"this is the same Creator who has prepared our heavenly home for us! If God could make the heavens and earth as beautiful as we think they are today – which includes thousands of years of wear and tear, corruption and pollution, sin and selfishness – can you imagine what the new Heaven and the new earth will look like?

"It will be much more glorious than any eyes have seen, any ears have heard, or any minds have ever conceived."

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Printable Issue 4375  Today is Friday, January 1st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4375
Happy New Year!

A writing shared at our Wednesday morning ecumenical Bible Study. I don't know if the items are New Year's Resolutions, but they are certainly some good things to think about or consider for 2021:

HAVE hope
TRY new things
BE active
SEE the good
SMILE more

SAY 'I Love You' more
CHALLENGE yourself
ENJOY today
SLOW DOWN and notice details
LISTEN instead of hearing

HELP strangers more
JUDGE less
SHARE with the less fortunate
LEARN a new hobby
READ more often

FORGIVE more readily
FEEL happiness
DREAM bigger
BECOME the best you

SPREAD joy
JUMP to help

~ writer unknown


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Printable Issue 4374  Today is Thursday, December 31st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4374

FIREWORKS OF LIFE

“He Himself is Our Peace.”

~ Ephesians 2:14

 

“On New Year’s Eve, when high-powered fireworks detonate across cities and towns worldwide, the noise is loud on purpose. By their nature, say manufacturers, flashy fireworks are meant to split the atmosphere, literally. ‘Repeater’ blasts can sound the loudest, especially when exploded near the ground.

“Troubles, too, can boom through our hearts, minds, and homes. The ‘fireworks’ of life—family struggles, relationship problems, work challenges, financial strain, even church division—can feel like explosions, rattling our emotional atmosphere.

“Yet we know the One who lifts us over this uproar. Christ Himself ‘is our peace,’ Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:14. When we abide in His presence, His peace is greater than any disruption, quieting the noise of any worry, hurt, or disunity.

“This would have been powerful assurance to Jews and Gentiles alike. They’d once lived ‘without hope and without God in the world’ (v. 12). Now they faced threats of persecution and internal threats of division. But in Christ, they’d been brought near to Him, and consequently to each other, by His blood. ‘For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility’ (v. 14).

“As we start a new year, with threats of unrest and division ever rumbling on the horizon, let’s turn from life’s noisy trials to seek our ever-present Peace. He quiets the booms, healing us.”

By Patricia Raybon

 

Printable Issue 4373  Today is Wednesday, December 30th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4373
A couple of words we read often in the Bible 'LOVE' and 'FEAR NOT' or 'FEAR'. Maybe they are repeated often because writers knew we needed to be reminded that we are 'loved' and to not 'fear'.

Lots of things can cause us to be afraid:  world situations; the treatment of people unfairly in other countries as well as our own; the pandemic trying to circle the globe; relationships; money difficulties; health problems. Some of them are real; many of them. Other times we can be awakened in the night to some thoughts which may never happen. And the list can be long. We FEAR!

Sometimes we are asked to do things for which we believe we have no talent or ability..

The Bible says, 'For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a strong mind."  (2 Timothy 1:7, Good News Testament).

I know any fears I might have are not from God. Instead He has given me 'power and of love and a strong mind'. Many times when that feeling of fear or thoughts of fear comes my way, I repeat either aloud or in my mind, those words over and over to help combat those fears.

Thank You God for Your promises and words. We need not fear anything now or in the future. Nothing real or for which might cross my mind and the minds of my friends. Amen.
Printable Issue 4372  Today is Tuesday, December 29th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4372
As we come into the new year, here it all comes. Set some resolutions. Watch the commercials for fitness equipment or weight loss ideas. We are attracted to them but then reality sets in. Do we follow through?

Here are a couple of thoughts from to Timothy by the writer Paul:

"Don't waste your time arguing over foolish ideas and silly myths and legends. Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit. Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually and practice being a better Christian, because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too."

~ ! Timothy 4:7 & 8, LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Are we in shape physically and spiritually? In our society, much emphasis is placed on physical fitness, but Paul declared that spiritual health is even more important than physical health. We must develop our faith through using the abilities God has given us in the service of the church and to others."

Father God, we make all kinds of plans of what we are going to do. And then we get sidetracked and don't do them. The only way for us to get 'fit' physically, emotionally, and spiritually is with Your help. Leading and guidance. So will You help us? Help us to keep our eyes on You and not all the tasks ahead of us. Help us to not be overwhelmed. Help us to see life, this one and the next one, as an adventure! With You in control! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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