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Printable Issue 3651  Today is Monday, September 25th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3651

What's right with our country? What's wrong with it?

I was listening to a business program on Saturday morning, as the panel waded in on the issue. They mentioned that since its inception, our nation has been lead by people; both good and flawed. Same way with their decisions, in the past and today.

But they recounted the 'good' things, which we enjoy and which the world has appreciated.

They mentioned that currently the United State gives more than $50 billion in foreign aide to countries around the world annually. Our country patrols the oceans for the safety of everyone, so that countries.....especially those too small to protect themselves.....can have safe water passage.

Corporations in our country invest millions of dollars to make less fortunate people have better lives. They specifically mentioned the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their work to eradicate malaria in Africa. That is only one.

 Lots of our citizens are hurting due to recent hurricanes. The team voiced how sometimes small factions of people ridicule Christians and people who attend churches. But many of those are the same people who open their wallets with generous gifts. Numbers of them will show up and work to provide help as the clean up continues. Franklin Graham of Samaritan Purse stated early on after Hurricane Harvey that 'volunteers from his organization will be working in the Houston area for the next six years'.

Finally, they mentioned friends and neighbors across our country. Regardless of red states or blue states, political parties or lack of interest in that type of thing, will be 'there' for one another when the need arises.

Which do we want to focus on? What's wrong with us? Our country? Our people? Or? Or? Each one of us gets to choose.

Matthew 19:19 says to 'love your neighbor as yourself". Two people there to love our 'neighbor'.....but also 'ourselves'.

Printable Issue 3650  Today is Friday, September 22nd, 2017; Karen's Korner #3650

God's Greater Purpose

"This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."

~ John 11:4 NIV

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"Why does God let things go from bad to worse for those He loves -- those like me? Like Martha and Mary?

"Yet, consider this:  When Jesus expressed words of encouragement concerning Lazarus' condition. Lazarus had already died! (John 11:4) Was Jesus lying? Was His promise some sort of empty 'hope so'? Was He just toying with Martha and Mary's feelings? NO!! What Jesus said meant.......

that Lazarus' sickness did not have physical death as its ultimate purpose.

that God has a greater purpose than our immediate comfort.

that getting what we want, when we want it, is not always the best for us or glorifying to God.

Would you tell God now, in prayer, that you want what He wants more than what you want? Then trust Him

~ By Anne Graham Lotz

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Printable Issue 3649  Today is Thursday, September 21st, 2017; Karen's Korner #3649

A Hero in the Mirror

"A hero could be next door and you wouldn't know it. The fellow who changes the oil in your car could be a hero in overalls! Maybe as he works, he prays, asking God to do with the heart of the driver what he does with the engine. They daycare worker where you drop off the kids? Perhaps her morning prayers include the name of each child and the dream that one of them will change the world.

"I know----those folks don't fit our image of a hero. They are too......well, normal. Give us four stars, titles, and headlines. We seldom see heroes in the making and we seldom recognize heroes, but we would do well to keep our eyes open. Tomorrow's great preacher might be mowing your lawn.

"And the hero who inspires that person might be nearer than you think! Maybe in your mirror!"

~ by Max Lucado

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Printable Issue 3648  Today is Wednesday, September 20th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3648

"What is faith?

It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.

It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even thought we cannot see it up ahead."

~ Hebrews 11:1 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Two words describe our faith:  confidence and certainty. These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God's character--he IS who he says. The end point is believing in God's promises--he will DO what he says. We believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don't see those promises materializing NOW---this is true faith."

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Printable Issue 3647  Today is Tuesday, September 19th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3647

Let's see what Sarah Young has to tell readers today, September 19th, in her "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence:

"There is a mighty battle going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. I created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven. When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly realms. This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My Face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me. As you concentrate on My, My Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace.

"The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts. Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism. When you face these things, pray for protection and discernment. Stay in continual communication with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world. Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of My Presence. Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind. Look forward to an eternity free of strife-free living, reserved for you in heaven."

~ Ephesians 2:6; Psalm 27:8; Romans 8:6; I John 2:15 - 17

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Printable Issue 3646  Today is Monday, September 18th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3646
Yesterday at church Chad Chapman had something he told for our communion service, which I'd like to share:

Broken Crayons Still Color
~ written by Ruth McKenzier

"Have you ever witnessed young children coloring? At some point, the inevitable will happen where a crayon will break. For some small children, it is heart breaking if it is their favorite color. Nonetheless, you will never see a young child stop coloring forever because one crayon broke. They may fuss, but it is their favorite crayon they'll continue to use that crayon.

"I love the analogy of the broken crayon still coloring. When we get older, we begin to lose our ability to dream, and life begins to break us down, year after year. Eventually, we begin to forget we are beautiful and created to shine. We can still be used for remarkable things when we yield to our Creator who can restore us to fulfillness. It does not matter how we became broken beings, we can still be used for greatness.

"In Psalm 51, King David is writing of his brokenness. At this time, he had sinned and felt the remorse of his actions and was broken hearted. Even in his brokenness, he knew that God could restore him when he repented and sacrificed his broken heart to the Lord, instead of driving him further away. The sacrifices of God can be our broken spirit and through the broken pieces, light can shine through.

"Today, in this moment, your future is brighter. Your broken pieces can be used for more than regret and shame, but instead to inspire and uplift another soul. At the valley, the lowest point, the Lord restores when you hand those broken pieces to Him. Brokenness brings us closer to Christ. Just know this, broken crayons still color."

Chad's Prayer:  "Father God, you know better than anyone else that we are all broken crayons. But we are your broken crayons. We know that you will not simply cast us aside, but utilize our strengths and brokenness to do your works. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen."


Printable Issue 3645  Today is Friday, September 15th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3645

When Jim were married nearly 48 years ago, I gave him my dad's wedding band.

Because both of them were farmers, neither of them wore it for many years. Jim carried it on his key chain.

I like wearing the ring, on a chain, surrounded by gold piece which a jeweler made of my original engagement and wedding rings.

Several days ago, as I was taking the necklace off its hanger, it dropped into a wastebasket below. I dug around through some garbage of tissues, gum rappers, etc., looking to retrieve it. Not too bad of garbage.

As I looked for it, I knew I would be digging in the garbage even if it included coffee grounds, egg shells, and watermelon rinds. It was that valuable to me!

My next thought was:  this is what Jesus does for each of us; regardless of what 'garbage' we may have made of our lives, He is in the middle of the mess.......looking to find us once again. No 'junk' is too disgusting for Him to 'dig'.

We are that valuable to Him! He came to 'seek and save the lost'.

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for Who You are and what You are willing to do for us:  today and every day! We aren't worthy of that kind of care but we get it. You are a 'good, good Father'! We are blessed. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Printable Issue 3644  Today is Thursday, September 14th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3644

In the Bible, Christ promises us a number of things. Our job? Do we believe what we are told? Or don't we?

Grace of Christ

"Guilt sucks the life out of our souls. Grace restores it. No one had more reason to feel the burden of guilt than did the apostle Paul. He had orchestrated the deaths of Christians---and ancient version of a terrorist. Yet, Paul gave his guilt to Jesus, period. He surrendered it to Jesus! As a result he could write, 'I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing. Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us' (Philippians 3:13-14 TLB).

"What would the apostle say to the guilt-ridden? Simply this:  Rejoice in the Lord's mercy. Trust in His ability to forgive. Cast yourself upon the grace of Christ and Christ alone!

~ By Max Lucado

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Printable Issue 3643  Today is Wednesday, September 13th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3643

"Protect me as you would the pupil of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings as you hover over me."

~ Psalm 17:8 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "The 'shadow of your wings' is a figure of speech symbolizing God's protection. He guards us just as a mother bird protects her young by covering them with her wings."

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Printable Issue 3642  Today is Tuesday, September 12th, 2017; Karen's Korner #3642

Yesterday we paused, even if briefly following so much hurricane news, to acknowledge 9/11 and the memory of the attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

An off-shoot of the National Day of Prayer in May, is 'Cry Out America', causing people to pause and pray each September 11.

Below is a prayer emailed to anyone who wans to read, or think about, our nation. If it was good for yesterday, it is still good for today:


"Lord, we live in a diverse country with blends of many cultures, faiths, and values. In an age when partisanship seems to pervade all aspects of American life, it seems as though the polarizing of people in the realm of culture and politics only continue to widen, deepen, and become more and more strained.

"Instead of actual discussions about the real issues of our day, there is anger and loud, unyielding opposition. I pray that the power of Your Holy Spirit would move among us and tear down the barriers that divide us. May You breathe upon us and instill on us a desire for unity and agreement through a spirit of mutual respect and brotherly love.

"Forgive us for any discrimination, cynicism, or superior attitudes we may have harbored in our hearts. I ask You to help me own heart to be free to bring peace to others, to work together with others who don't share my perspective and to make a difference in the world. Help me, help us, Father, to be a force for unity and not disharmony.

"Amen."

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