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Printable Issue 3400  Today is Friday, September 23rd, 2016; Karen's Korner #3400

Today's Karen's Korner says something about 'evil' people. In our history, we know about evil leaders. Who among us hasn't heard about adults or family members who do horrible things to young people.


"Your steadfast love, O Lord, is as great as all the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your justice is as solid as God's mountains. Your decisions are as full of wisdom as the oceans are with water. You are concerned for men and animals alike. How precious is your constant love, O God! All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight."

~ Psalm 36:5 - 8 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "In contrast to evil men and their wicked plans that end in failure, God is loving, faithful, just and wise. His love is greater than the heavens; his faithfulness reaches past the clouds; his justice is as solid as a mountain; and his decisions as full of wisdom as the oceans with water. We need not fear evil people because we know God love us, judges evil, and will care for us throughout eternity."

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Printable Issue 3399  Today is Thursday, September 22nd, 2016; Karen's Korner #3399

Written by Anne Graham Lotz:

With God, You're a Majority

"He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

~ Philippians 1:6 NKJV

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"God is looking for a few good men and women. Men and women who are wiling:

* to go against the current of popular opinion,

* to hold firm convictions in a world where 'anything goes',

* to speak the truth when it is not politically correct,

* to walk with God when everyone else is running away from Him.

"God is looking for those who believe:

* that what He says is more important than what anyone else says,

* that what He thinks is more important than what anyone else thinks,

* that His will is more important than their own.

"God is looking for another Noah. Another Meshach. Another Shadrach. Another Abednego. One person with God is not alone but a majority!

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Printable Issue 3398  Today is Wednesday, September 21st, 2016; Karen's Korner #3398

Something written by Max Lucado and taken from one of his newer books "You'll Get Through This":


Lean on God

"Whatever it is that's troubling you, you'll get through this! Cancel your escape to the Himalayas. Forget the deserted island. This is no time to be a hermit. Pray. Lean on God's people. Be a barnacle on the boat of God's church. Matthew 18:20 says, 'For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.'

"So, don't quit and don't hide! Would the sick avoid the hospital? The hungry avoid the food pantry? Would the discouraged abandon God's Hope Distribution Center? Only at great risk. God is waiting on you, my friend. He is with you. Your family may have left. Your supporters may be gone. Your counselor may be silent But God is waiting on you, my friend. His promise in Genesis 28:15 still stands, 'I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go!' And you will get through this!"

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Printable Issue 3397  Today is Tuesday, September 20th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3397

Karen's Korner readers know that I enjoy Sarah Young's daily inspirational thoughts (printed in books and flip calendars) "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence". Sometimes I read on the wrong day; here is one from a couple of days ago:


"You will not find My peace by engaging in excessive planning:  attempting to control what will happen to you in the future. That is a commonly practiced form of unbelief. When your mind spins with multiple plans, Peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp; yet it always eludes you. Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion.

"I did not design the human mind to figure out the future. That is beyond your capability. I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me. Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears. Commit everything into My care. Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace."

~ Thoughts taken from 1 Peter 5:6-7; Proverbs 16:19; Psalm 17:5 (NKJV)

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Printable Issue 3396  Today is Monday, September 19th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3396

Here are the first verses of each of the Psalms 146 - 150:

"Praise the Lord! Yes really praise Him!" (146)

"Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord! How good it is to sing His praises! How delightful, and how right!" (147)

"Praise the Lord, O heavens! Praise Him from the skies!" (148)

"Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord! Sing Him a new song. Sing His praises, all His people." (149)

"Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord! Praise Him in His Temple, and in the heavens He made with majesty and power." (150)

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Bible Commentary: (on chapters 146-150 in part) "'Hallelujah' or 'praise the Lord' show us where, why, and how to praise God What does praise do?

* "Praise takes our minds off our problems and shortcomings, and focuses them on God;

* "Praise takes us from individual meditation to corporate worship;

* "Praises causes us to consider and appreciate God's character;

* "Praise takes our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly."

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Printable Issue 3395  Today is Friday, September 16th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3395

Happy weekend! This Bible verse may not apply to you today, but it probably will another day. As you read it, think of someone in your world who could maybe benefit from it:


"Those who sow tears shall reap joy.

Yes, they go out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,

and return singing, carrying their sheaves."

~ Psalm 126:5 -6 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "God's capacity for restoring life is beyond our understanding. Forests burn down and are able to grow back. Broken bones heal. Even grief is not a permanent condition. Our tears can be seeds that will grow into a harvest of joy because God is able to bring good out of tragedy. When burdened by sorrow, know that your times of grief will end soon and that you will again find joy. We must be patient as we wait. God's great harvest of joy is coming!"

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Printable Issue 3394  Today is Thursday, September 15th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3394

Today's writing by Sarah Young taken from "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence":


"Rest in me, My Child. This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful. You don't have to perform in order to receive My Love. I have boundless, unconditional Love for you. How it grieves Me to see My children working for Love:  trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved.

"Be careful that your devotion to Me does not become another form of works. I want you to come into My Presence joyfully and confidently. You have nothing to fear, for you wear My own righteousness. Gaze into My eyes, and you will see no condemnation, only Love and delight in the one I see. Be blessed as My Face shines radiantly upon you, giving you Peace."

~ Taken from John 15:13; Zephaniah 3:17; Numbers 6:25-26

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Printable Issue 3393  Today is Wednesday, September 14th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3393

I really liked a recent writing by Anne Graham Lotz. She is talking about Christians' 'fruit'. It makes me think about my tomatoes this year. You should see them. I only have two but they are great looking plants. Only problem is that I have had like five tomatoes total.

Beautiful vines; no fruit.

Fruit in My Life

"I am the vine; you are the branches."

~ John 15:5 NIV

"Why is it that Christians go running around, measuring the abundance of each other's fruit as well as their own, reading books on fruitfulness, going to seminars about greater fruitfulness, when it's really not their concern? Before you start to protest, let me assure you I desire with all of my heart to bear much fruit for the glory of God.

"But the fruit of my life is His concern, not mine. My concern is to make sure of three things:  that as a potential fruit-bearing branch, I am connected to the Vine and keep that connection clean and unobstructed; that I submit to the cultivation of the Vinedresser, which primarily involves His pruning in my life; and that I communicate with Him my heart's desire."

~ Anne Graham Lotz

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Printable Issue 3392  Today is Tuesday, September 13th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3392

"So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus."

~ Romans 8:1 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "'Not guilty, let him go free'---what would those words mean to you, if you were on death row? The fact is, of course, that the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God's holy law. Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thank God He has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin, and given us power to do His Will."

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Printable Issue 3391  Today is Monday, September 12th, 2016; Karen's Korner #3391

Last month we heard a lot about 'gold' as we witnessed athletes from around the world vying for gold medals in their particular sport.

Here is something written by Corrie ten Boom in a book titled "Each New Day":

Panning for a Greater Gold

"Jesus paid all your sin bills on the cross. Claim the riches that are yours through Him. Live as a child of the King, not as a beggar!

"He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature."

~ 2 Peter 1:4 RSV

"Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have freed us from sin and unlocked a treasure chest of grace for our use. Our riches are greater than all the earth's gold and silver combined!"

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