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Printable Issue 4352  Today is Tuesday, December 1st, 2020; Karen's Korner #4352
Created for Commitment
 
 
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
 
Genesis 2:15, NIV

"Apart from understanding the work of God in our creation, there is no real meaning to human existence. If there was no Creator, then you are some cosmic accident, having come from nowhere and on your way to nowhere. You are just a nobody with no ultimate accountability or eternal value. Now that’s depressing! Praise God, it’s not true!

"Where are you seeking lasting satisfaction? You may find temporary satisfaction in things and people, but permanent, deep, full satisfaction of your very being is only found in a right relationship with God for Whom you were created.

"Not only is your being created for God, but your doing is created for God also. You and I were created for commitment to serve God. The Garden of Eden was not only a place for man to live, but it was a place for man to serve."

~ by Anne Graham Lotz

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Printable Issue 4351  Today is Monday, November 30th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4351
Yesterday we lit the first Advent candle in church as we began our march toward Christmas. And our sermon topic "Jesus is the Light of Christmas". 

His birth was forecast as the 'coming Light'. He brightened a darkened world with His birth and life. His Light continues as we, as His followers, reflect that Light in our dark world today and into the future.

That is the reason for our tradition of lighting up the darkness with our Christmas trees and decorations.

Our pastor Warren took us through so many verses from the Bible that remind of this 'Light': And there are a lot of them! Here are several which stood out for me:

Telling about Jesus coming:

"His life is the light that shines through the darkness---and the darkness can never extinguish it."

~ John 1:5

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Jesus speaking:

"I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer wander in the darkness."

~ John 12:46

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*This is the message God has given us to pass on for you:  that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all."

~ I John 1:5

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Jesus' teachings:

"You are the world's light---a city on a hill glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father."

~ Matthew 5:14 - 16

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Dear Father in Heaven, thank You that You are our Light when all we see is darkness. Thank You that You allow us to walk in Your light, to reflect it. Thank You that You 'shine' for all of us. It is available to everyone. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, the Author of Light, which can never be extinguished. Amen.

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Printable Issue 4350  Today is Sunday, November 29th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4350
"O God, in mercy bless us; let your face beam with joy as you look down at us.

"Send us around the world with the n
ews of your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind. How everyone throughout the earth will praise the Lord! How glad the nations will be, singing for joy because you are their King and will give true justice to their people!

"Praise God, O world! May all the peoples of the earth give thanks to you. For the earth has yielded abundant harvests. God, even our own God, will bless us. And peoples from remotest lands will worship him."

~ PSALM 67, LAB

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Printable Issue 4349  Today is Sunday, November 29th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4349
Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a prayer shared by our trusty leader Carolyn Bowman yesterday, at our ecumenical 'Bikes and Bibles' group (more Bible, no Bikes, as it was a Zoom meeting):

"Thank You, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year---the ones we've seen, as well as the ones we haven't seen.

"Thank You, God, for the times You have said 'no.' They have helped us depend on You so much more.

"Thank You, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds us that You know what's best for us, even when our opinion differs.

"Thank You, God, for the things you have withheld. You have protected us from what w may never realize.

"Thank You, God, for the doors You  have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.

"Thank You, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.

Thank You, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to lean in closer to You.

"Thank You, God, for the uncertainties we've experienced. They have deepened our trust in You.

"Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn't even know we needed a rescue.

"Thank You, Lord, for the losses we have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.

"Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts soft and moldable.

"Thank You, God, for the times we haven't been able to control our circumstances. They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne.

"Thank You, God, for Your ability to take what we consider 'tragedy' and turn it into a treasure.

"Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven.

"Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places...something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander.

"Thank you, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us:  forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on our behalf!

"Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness we could never attain to on our own.

"Thank You, God, not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of You power and strength.

"Thank You, God, for all You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, through this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.

"Thank You ,finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You---and a personal relationship with You---possible. Amen.

~ writer unknown

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Printable Issue 4348  Today is Thursday, November 26th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4348

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a prayer shared by our trusty leader Carolyn Bowman yesterday, at our ecumenical 'Bikes and Bibles' group (more Bible, no Bikes, as it was a Zoom meeting):

"Thank You, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year---the ones we've seen, as well as the ones we haven't seen.

"Thank You, God, for the times You have said 'no.' They have helped us depend on You so much more.

"Thank You, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds us that You know what's best for us, even when our opinion differs.

"Thank You, God, for the things you have withheld. You have protected us from what w may never realize.

"Thank You, God, for the doors You  have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.

"Thank You, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.

Thank You, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to lean in closer to You.

"Thank You, God, for the uncertainties we've experienced. They have deepened our trust in You.

"Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn't even know we needed a rescue.

"Thank You, Lord, for the losses we have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.

"Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts soft and moldable.

"Thank You, God, for the times we haven't been able to control our circumstances. They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne.

"Thank You, God, for Your ability to take what we consider 'tragedy' and turn it into a treasure.

"Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven.

"Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places...something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander.

"Thank you, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us:  forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on our behalf!

"Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness we could never attain to on our own.

"Thank You, God, not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of You power and strength.

"Thank You, God, for all You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, through this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.

"Thank You ,finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You---and a personal relationship with You---possible. Amen.


~ writer unknown


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Printable Issue 4347  Today is Wednesday, November 25th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4347
The people of the United States were thankful for their new country. They asked the first president George Washington, to set aside a day to celebrate.

Here is his proclamation:

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'

"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks—for His kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best."

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington
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Printable Issue 4346  Today is Tuesday, November 24th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4346
For a number years, 'Knit Wits' is an off-shoot of our local ecumenical Marys & Marthas group. Gals sew quilts and blankets; make knit and crocheted comforters . Of various sizes.

I have to confess that I have given many of them to people who are ill or in a crisis of some kind, but haven't tied one knot nor done one stitch!

Many of them have included a note from this chapter of the Bible:  Psalm 121:
 
"Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too! He will never let me stumble, slip, or fail. For He is always watching, never sleeping.

"Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil, and preserves your life. He keeps His eye upon you as your come and go, and always guards you."


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Printable Issue 4345  Today is Friday, November 20th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4345
Something shared with me by a friend who lived in Clarion for a brief time a number of years ago.

Enjoy!
A Farmer's Prayer

A pastor attended a men's breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.
The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast:

"Lord, I hate buttermilk," the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going.

The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard." Now the pastor was growing concerned.
Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I don't much care for raw white flour."

The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn't the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits.

So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard, when we don't understand what you're saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than them biscuits. Amen."
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Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.
Stay strong my friends, because our life is being mixed with lots of things that we don't care for.......relax and wait until the mixing is done.

God bless us all!

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Printable Issue 4344  Today is Thursday, November 19th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4344
Today's inspirational thought by Max Lucado:

JESUS HEALS US ALL

"Are you waiting for Jesus to heal you? Take hope from Jesus’ response to the blind men (Matthew 20:29-34): “Have mercy on us, O Lord,” they cried. Jesus stopped dead in his tracks. Something caught his attention: a prayer, an unembellished appeal for help. Jesus heard the words and stopped.

"He still does. And he still asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Friend, what in your life needs healing? Jesus’ heart went out to the blind men. He “had compassion and touched their eyes.” He healed them. He will heal you, my friend. I pray he heals you instantly. He may choose to heal you gradually. But this much is sure: Jesus will heal us all ultimately, and God’s children will once again be whole. Jesus heals us all!"

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Printable Issue 4343  Today is Wednesday, November 18th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4343
Several evenings ago, I was sitting in my t.v. room when I heard a noise from a distance in the bathroom. I have heard the rattle several times in the past. It was a mouse caught in a trap!

It doesn't happen often in my big, old farm home. But it can and does. Not uncommon to catch a mouse or two this time of year, as the weather turns chillier and the little culprits are looking for shelter. I keep traps set in several places to ward off any invasions.

For a period of time, I heard the struggle continue. as the critter worked hard to get free.

I couldn't help but think of us as we get 'caught' in the trap of the evils of the world; of our own sins and poor decisions.

Like my small furry friend, we struggle to get free. We can't! But at just the right time, Jesus comes and frees us from what can be our temporary snare, if we but look to Him for His help!

"We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
~ Psalm 124:7 & 8 NIV

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"You shall know the truth
and the Truth will set you free."

~ John 8:32 LAB


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