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Printable Issue 4582  Today is Tuesday, November 30th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4582
A couple of paragraphs from the book "Stalled" by Dale Sellers. It is written for pastors and church leaders to help their small and mid-size churches to become 'unstuck'.


Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (NKJV). Don't miss this. Dozens of people can tell you they think you're a great leader (person). However, you only have to tell yourself one time you are a failure, and you will believe you're a failure. Why is this? Because you believe yourself more than you believe anyone else.

"This truth is why it is so important to speak God's Word over your life every day. Say what He says. Speak what He speaks. Verbalize the dream He has placed in your heart. After all, faith comes by hearing. What you hear more often will be what you believe more strongly."

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“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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We are righteous because of Him!

What other Bible verses might you/we say over ourselves about what God says about us?

Tell me!

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God, thank You for Your righteousness that You give to us, in exchange for our sins. And You give us so many other things. Thank You! In Jesus Name. Amen.
Printable Issue 4581  Today is Monday, November 29th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4581
Today's Inspirational Thought by Max Lucado

God's Sovereign Hand

"The Lord directs the king’s thoughts. He turns them wherever he wants to”

~ Proverbs 21:1 TLB).

"Who’s to say God doesn’t have a reversal in your future? Don’t be thrown off by the prosperity of the wicked. Instead, set your eyes on the author of your salvation. No individual, institution, organization, society, or country is beyond the influence of God. No one is beyond his sovereign hand.

"God still hears the prayers of the exiles and still uses the faithful to reach them. Are you in need of rescue? Are you available to rescue someone else? Either way, keep praying. Keep trusting. Your story is not  finished. Reversals happen. But you have to stay in the game. Mordecai did. Esther did. And their stories took a turn for the better. So will yours, my friend. So will yours."

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Printable Issue 4580  Today is Friday, November 26th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4580
"How does a man become wise?
The first step is to 
trust and reverence the Lord!"


~ Proverbs 1: 7 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "In this age of information, knowledge is plentiful, but wisdom is scarce. Wisdom means far more than simply knowing a lot. It is a basic attitude that affects every aspect of life. The first step to wisdom is to trust and respect God. Faith in God should be the foundation for our understanding of the world, our attitudes, and our actions. Our trust in God makes us truly wise."

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Printable Issue 4579  Today is Thursday, November 25th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4579
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanks for your 'thankful' responses!
Part 2 of 2:

Deb - Good heath for myself and family. We are both employed. Property where my horses / dogs  can be a big part of our lives daily.
 
Joan - Sunrises and sunsets. Tasty wine. Freshly baked cookies. Lefse. Mashed potatoes with gravy. Christmas carols. Smiles. Laughter. A sharp knife. Friends, family. A comfy bed. A good book.  And YOU!
 
Belva - Thankful for the many blessings in my life. Sometimes I do not appreciate all the good. 

Dorothy -  I am thankful that I got moved to  an Assisted Living Facility before the Pandemic started!  I have a lovely apartment and have my own things. God is good. I am thankful that our daughter is still with us!  She had a bad case of Covid-19 that turned into Covid-Longhaul.  I can no longer drive so I am thankful my church friends have been giving me rides to church since we are out of lock down. I was able to go to church before by way of Zoom! I am thankful for Karen’s Korner which I have been receiving for a LONG time. 
 
Lyn - I am so thankful for family and friends and the memories we share.  After being sick for a few days, it’s great to feel better. I am grateful for living in a small community where you know your neighbors.
 
Jeanne - Our kids; grandchildren, great friends and our Church.
 
Brenda -  I am thankful for everything, big and small. Most of all Jesus and knowing him and his forgiveness and love.  My family near and far.  My kids in school (extra big thank you).  Our freedom. Happy memories and memories still to be made. The colors of fall, the clean crisp of winter,  the freshness of spring, and the lazy hazy days of summer. The roof over my head, heat and ac, a car that starts every time, my career and my husband’s, the guys who pick up my trash and recycling.  I’m thankful for seeing a big chunk of the world and to know how very blessed we are!

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Something sent to me by Florine:

"Thankfulness breeds more thankfulness, and that leads to praise. Try a 'popcorn prayer' with others - everyone names something they're grateful for, without taking turns. People just say reasons they want to thank and praise God (for life! roses! notebooks! books! sleep! pillows!) and when it overlaps with someone else, it's just like popcorn bursting in erratic blasts. Allow your thanksgiving to pop out wildly! Savor gratitude like butter on the tip of your tongue."

~ Loretta Pehanich in 2022: A Book of Grace-Filled Days

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Printable Issue 4578  Today is Wednesday, November 24th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4578
"Hallelujah!
Yes, praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing His praises! 
How delightful and right!

~ Psalm 147: 1 LAB

Thanks for your 'thankful' responses!
Part 1 of 2:


Judy - family, church family, friends, all the blessings we have been given
 
Glenys -  I am thankful for my heritage. Good blood and wonderful upbringing.
 
Duane - - freedom; good health; friends & family; food; all of our conveniences & amenities; our many blessings we take for granted each day; rural Iowa; Jesus died on the cross for all our sins;
 
Sonja - I’m thankful every morning for another day!  I’m thankful that at my age I can still live independently. Most especially I am thankful for my faith, family, and friends that continue to make life worth living!!

Peg - All my friends who are sisters in faith...gives me strength!

Phyllis - I am most thankful for GOOD HEALTH and God’s healing touch!
 
Bev - I am thankful for all the blessings God has given my family.
 
Miriam – My hubby, family & friends; God’s grace, Church and our pastor; home, freedom; military friends, retirement; good markets; great crops, rain.

God, thank You for these
and so many more!
We are blessed!
Amen.

Printable Issue 4577  Today is Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4577
The last song we sang at church on Sunday isn't a new one to 'church-going' people. But so appropriate for the season:

We Are So Blessed

Taken from the Bible verse, Ephesians 1:3  "God...has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing in Christ."

Written by the Gaithers in 1982:

"We are so blessed by the gifts from Your hand,
I just can't understand
Why You've loved us so much.
We are so blessed,
we just can't find a way or the words that can say.
Thank you Lord,, for Your touch.
When we're empty You fill us
'Till we overflow,
When we're hungry You feed us
and cause us to know;
We are so blessed,
Take what we have to bring;
Take it all,, everything, Lord,
we love You so much."

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Printable Issue 4576  Today is Monday, November 22nd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4576
It's Thanksgiving week! Always a good time to be thankful. And remember!

I Thessalonians 5:16 (LAB) says, "No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

Being thankful is one our 'building blocks' of our lives, because God made us. He knows what contributes to our emotional and spiritual good health.

I'd like for you to respond to this 'korner', several things for which you are thankful and I will use them (all, some) in our thanksgiving Karen's Korner on Thursday (first names only!). 

And for you, I am thankful!
Printable Issue 4575  Today is Friday, November 19th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4575
A friend was given "365 Days of Prayer for Women" after her sister passed away. Several of us liked the prayers and purchased books for ourselves.

You can tell I like it and will enjoy sharing some of prayers with korner readers now and then. This one is from November 17:

Friend of God

"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

~ Proverbs 18:24 NIV

"Lord, Father, God, Savior, of all the names I have for you, Friend surprises me the most. Friendship is completely voluntary, entirely reciprocal. I just can't believe you see me this way----that I bring value to the relationship. I can't get over the fact that you chose me-----that you choose me every day. I am a friend of God! This means you listen to my troubles, you hurt when I hurt, and you are happy in my joy. Even more astonishing, it means I get to listen to you: to discern what you love and what you hate, and to feel alongside you. I get to be your friend.

Do you know that you are a friend of God?"

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Printable Issue 4574  Today is Thursday, November 18th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4574
Yesterday's inspirational email from Anne Graham Lotz was titled "Overcomes". Part of the reason it caught my attention is that our church has a weekly group which meets called 'overcomers'.

If is for people who have the desire to 'overcome' anything. I don't know much about it exectpt for when it meets and where. Sort of like AA meetings, we don't need to know the who nor the why of anyone's participation.

OVERCOMERS

"He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God
and he will be my son."
~ Revelation 21:7 NIV

"The apostle Peter confirms that the inheritance being laid up for the Father's children 'can never perish, spoil, or fade' - it is 'kept in heaven for you' (I Peter 1:4 NIV). Although our inheritance is safely stored in heaven, there is a condition we have to meet before we can claim:  'He who overcomes will inherit all this.'

"What do you have to overcome in order to claim My Father's House as your own? You have to overcome:

your pride that refuses to acknowledge you are a sinner who needs a Savior.

your religiosity that substitutes...........rituals for repentance, traditions for truth, and orthodoxy for obedience.
your believe that Jesus Christ is God' Son, the sinner's Savior.

"Overcomers  place their faith in Jesus alone for salvation......and inherit heaven!"

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Printable Issue 4573  Today is Wednesday, November 17th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4573
Doesn't seem like sometimes people get 'more than their fair share'? Maybe it is us!

Here is something my sister Jill posted on facebook a bit ago (written by I am not sure who)::


"God won't give you more than you can handle".

Odd, I can't seem to find that verse.
I'm guessing Job would take exception to that cliche.
So would Joseph.

Paul did.
"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.."
II Corinthians 1:8

Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle?

Read on. "...so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God."
II Corinthians 1:9

Truth?
Cancer is more than you can handle.
So is infidelity.
So is caregiving.
So is rejection.
So is death
and loss
and grief
and prodigal children
and 101 other life struggles.

God doesn't expect YOU to handle it.
He expects you to hand it over to HIM.
He doesn't want you relying on your strength,
but on His.

If we keep walking around thinking
"God won't give me more than I can handle,"
we're setting ourselves up for
heavenly disappointment.

Good news?
He beckons for your burdens,
"Cast your cares upon Me.."
I Peter 5:7

You will never know relief until you do.
For this hard place, I have Jesus!:

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