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November 2011 Archives

Printable Issue 2182  Today is Tuesday, November 1st, 2011; Karen's Korner #2182
(Back after a week away!)
 
Something written and forwarded to me by Shirley Choat, several years ago:
 
"Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead?"
~ Acts 26:8
 
    During His public ministry, as far as we know, Jesus raised three people from the dead. They were the daughter of Jairus, the youth at Nain, and Lazarus. Great men of God also have occasionally raised people from the dead by the power of God; the prophet Elijah was one. Unbelievers both within and without the visible Christian Church have taken issue with these miracles and denied them. Either they brand the Scriptual accounts as fables, or they try to explain away the miracle by saying that probably the person in question was not really dead. To all of them God says: "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead?"
 
    As Christians, we rejoice in the hope of our resurrection. The knowledge of it takes the sting out of death for us. "O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?" We shall rise to the glorious life with  God and the angels in heaven. There God will "wipe away all tears from our eyes"
 
Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign:
He arose, He arose, Hallelujah! Christ arose!
 
"Our LORD has written the promise of the resurrection, not only in the Bible but in every leaf of springtime."
 
***
Printable Issue 2183  Today is Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011; Karen's Korner #2183

Something forwarded to me by a friend and written by Jon Walker:

Risky Obedience Comes With A God-Guarantee

By Jon Walker

“Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of.” (Luke 19:26 MSG)

Risks of faith require us to take Step 1 before we see Step 2. God uses risks, large and small, to stretch us into a life of faith. The irony is that if we concentrate on the risks instead of God’s faithfulness, we fail to understand that the greater risk is remaining independent of God.

If we believe what we say we believe, then regardless of what we are able to see on the other side of a faith-related risk, the reality is that God is there. What may appear to be a no-guarantee situation actually comes with the greatest guarantee of all — a God-guarantee — that he is working everything out (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11).

  • With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of attempting things that are impossible unless God gives you his strength to do them.
  • With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving other believers so deeply and richly that you prove to the world that you are filled with God’s inexhaustible love.
  • With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving your seemingly unlovable neighbors, just as God loved you even when you appeared unlovable.
  • With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of changing your priorities to match God’s priorities, in faith sacrificing what you cannot keep for the things that can never be taken away.
  • With a God-guarantee, you can enter into the risky obedience of telling others about Jesus and teaching them how to faithfully follow him (Matthew 28:19–20).

God guarantees you will succeed when you take the risks of faith he asks you to take. What step of faith have you delayed because you’ve been uncertain about God’s guarantee?

Give God permission to clear any obstacles in your life that keep you from trusting his promise (that, in itself, is a risk that requires faith, isn’t it?).

~~

Printable Issue 2184  Today is Thursday, November 3rd, 2011; Karen's Korner #2184
No matter where we go; nor what we do, every day is an opportunity to see or serve God.
 
Such was the case as Jim and I traveled through South and North Dakota, on our way to and from seeing friends in Montana.
 
Our first evening, we spent the night in a small, family-run motel in Wall, South Dakota. When we travel, I usually take a handful of my printed devotional books to give away. It is pretty common for us to leave a couple behind in the motel rooms where we stay, for the cleaning crew. Such was the case at Wall.
 
Tuesday, when rummaging through our mail, upon our return, we had a post card from Wall and the staff at Sunshine Inn there with these couple of sentences, "Thank you for the books! After reading them, we will be adding them to the reading room's collection at the local Methodist Church. Best wishes."
 
A post card like this one is a first for us!
 
We spent from Wednesday afternoon until Saturday morning at the Gallehon ranch in the foothills of Rocky Mountains. Judy and I have been friends since we were both in 4-H and met through an exchange between her county in Montana and our family's in Iowa. We are getting close to being friends for fifty years.
 
Jim and I enjoyed the sights and sounds of their ranch including a day of loading out several hundred head of calves which were being weaned from their mothers. The semi-trucks were taking the animals to southwestern Minnesota where they will be fed out by a feedlot there.
 
While working, watching and listening with a number of ranchers and their families, we heard words about our long-time friends:  hard-working, honest, integrity, caring, sharing. Words we could come up with ourselves about Wayne and Judy, who with their son Brodie and his wife Diane, have built such a reputation over those number of years:  one day at a time!
 
Then back across Montana, through North Dakota, dropping down just over the border of central South Dakota for an overnight stay with a former Clarion resident Christine Lousias. As we were introduced to several members of her local congregation in a county with just over 1,000 residents, we learned of a mission project in which their church and some local community members were in the midst of participation.
 
According to the minister and one elder, 30 hogs and 12 beef had been slaughtered and would be packaged for trucking to Hillcrest Home in Harrison, Arkansas. The animals had been donated by area farmers/ranchers; yesterday was the 'day' for volunteers to package the meat. The Arkansas residential facility is for senior citizens, and staffed by volunteers who are committed to serving God and spreading His Word, in a mission setting.
 
The South Dakota church/community have supplied more than 90% of the meat needed by the facility for the past more than 30 years.
 
This is a congregation which would fill about two pews in an average-sized church building in the United States.
 
Who says, "We are too small to do much!" or "What I/we do doesn't make much difference?"
 
Not when anything is put into God's hands!!
 
And if you ever get to the Methodist Church in Wall, South Dakota, you might find a book or two written by Karen Weld!
Printable Issue 2185  Today is Friday, November 4th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2185
Sayings from an email passed along to me by Lavonne Isenberger; it had 45 sayings complete with picturesque graphics.
 
Here is a snapshot of some of the sayings:
 
Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
But don't worry,
God doesn't blink!
 
**
 
Life isn't fair but it is still good.
 
**
 
It is never too late to have a happy childhood.
But the second one is up to you!
 
**
 
Over prepare;
then go with the flow!
 
**
 
The most important sex organ:
THE BRAIN!
 
**
 
However good or bad your situation,
it will change!
 
**
 
Believe in
MIRACLES!
 
**
 
God loves you because He is God;
not because of anything you did or didn't do.
 
**
 
All that truly matters in the end
is that you LOVED!
 
**
 
Get outside today and take a look around.
Miracles are waiting everywhere!
 
**
 
Life isn't tied with a bow,
but it is still a gift!

**
 
The best is yet to come!!
 
****
Printable Issue 2186  Today is Monday, November 7th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2186
Something forward to me by a cousin Marilyn Jackson; sent to her via our uncle Ed Lyon who lives in Memphis, Tennessee:
 
Jesus, the Faithful One
 
The confidence we have.....
The trust we hold......
 
The hope we carry....
Rest in His faithfulness.
 
Every promise He has made
He purposes to fulfill. 
 
He has the authority to
accomplish all He has spoken.
 
His power is limitless....
His character changeless......
 
His love endless!!
 
~~~
 

 
 
 
Printable Issue 2187  Today is Tuesday, November 8th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2187
"There were 44,760 armed, trained, and brave troops
in the army of
Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
They declared war on the
Hagrites, the Jeturites, the Naphishites, and the Nodabites.
They cried out to God to help them,
and he did,
for they trusted in him.
So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated."
~ I Chronicles 5:18-20 LB
 
Bible Commentary - "The armies of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh succeeded in battle because they trusted God. Although they had instinct and skill as soldiers, they prayed and sought God's direction. The natural and developed abilities God gives us are meant to be used for him, but they should never replace our dependence on God. When we trust in our own cleverness, skill, and strength rather than in God, we open the door for arrogance. When facing difficult situations, seek God's purpose and ask for his guidance and strength. Psalm 20:7 says, 'Some nations boast of armies and of weaponry, but our boast is in the Lord our God.'"
 
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Printable Issue 2188  Today is Wednesday, November 9th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2188
For several months, the Clarion community began to hear rumors about a prominent citizen, Larry Olson, and his need for some additional kidney care. Then came more rumors that a match had been found, if he was a candidate for a kidney transplant. In a small town rumors can abound. Then came more talk that the match was his oldest daughter Annette.
 
Larry and his wife, Carrie Ann, weren't so sure that was a good idea. After a few months of convincing by Annette, who is a registered nurse. The couple who are in the early seventies relented when Annette told her dad that 'some people live with only one functioning kidney there whole life and don't even know it.'
 
What a gift of love!
 
Yesterday was the day!
 
From the Olson/Odland blog came this updated information: Annette went into surgery at 11:45 a.m. and Larry's surgery began at 12:25 p.m.
 
I'll let bloggers write the rest of today's 'korner':
 
2:30 pm. Annette's surgeon just talked to us and reported that she is finished and going to recovery soon. She did well and it was a beautiful kidney. She is awesome and has given the most beautiful gift. The nurse has reported that the kidney has been put into Larry with good blood flow and will return when she has more information.

3:00 pm. Larry's surgeon just talked to us. The surgery went well. The kidney is working and he is in recovery.

We are thankful for the success of the surgery and are so grateful to all of our family and friends for the support and prayers that you have given Larry and Annette and all of us.

Printable Issue 2189  Today is Thursday, November 10th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2189
 
(No Karen's Korner tomorrow; look for Friday's on Sunday to make 'five' for this week!)
 
 
Something forwarded to me by Margaret Cramer, taken from a pass along email:
 
 "May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
 
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
 
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
 
It is there for each and every one of us."
 
~~
Printable Issue 2190  Today is Sunday, November 13th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2190
(Since we have been gone a few days, I don't normally have a Sunday Karen's Korner. Something from Shirley Choat, sent out on Friday, and perfect for a 'Sunday edition'!)
 
 
"Hospitality To Strangers"
By Pastor Ken Klaus
Taken from Lutheran Hour Daily Devotion


Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.   ~ Hebrews 13:1-2
 

As I've traveled across the country, I've had the opportunity to see many, different worship styles.

Those worship styles -- like beauty -- are often in the eyes of the beholder. Some are high church, while others are not so high. Some prefer to accompany all music with an organ, and other places wouldn't know a pipe organ if it bit them on the leg.

Of course, there are those customs that seem to be practiced in almost all congregations. One of the most popular is the exchange of greetings -- you know, where everybody stands in the pew while husbands greet their wives and children, and wives greet their husbands and children, and the children, well, they try not to look embarrassed because they're sitting near their parents.

I remember one church where the practice was just starting. Apparently, the pastor had made the announcement that on such and such a Sunday they would start greeting each other. After the announcements, as the congregation got up to leave, one man turned around and said a cheerful "Good morning!" to the lady behind him.

At first she was shocked by his boldness. Then, with great dignity, she replied: "I beg your pardon! That friendliness business doesn't start until next Sunday!"

Thankfully, most of God's people don't feel that way. Most show brotherly love and many show hospitality to strangers. In doing this they are following a pattern set by the Savior and one that was usually encouraged in the early church. If they hadn't been hospitable and loving, I doubt the church would have reached the size it has.

We, who are recipients of Jesus' love, forgiveness and salvation, appreciate and do our best to emulate His style of ministry.

"And what style is that?" you ask.

It's the style which loves the unlovable, reaches out to the untouchable, finds a spot for the unacceptable and, in every way imaginable, does to others as they wish to have done to them.

This is why this devotion is going to propose something radical. Next Sunday, when the pastor announces the greeting, get real dangerous; take a walk on the wild side; step into the aisle and say "hello" to someone whom you normally might pass over.

And if you're thinking I would never pass over anyone, let me ask this: when was the last time you said "hello" to a little child or someone who had some challenges?

PRAYER:   Dear Lord, Jesus died and rose for me. In so doing, He reached out to all sinners and offered each of us forgiveness and salvation. Now may I, whenever and wherever possible, show to all around the change His gifts have made.
In His Name.
Amen.
 
~~
Printable Issue 2191  Today is Monday, November 14th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2191
 
While we were gone over Veterans Day, any day could be a good day to 'salute a veteran'. This is taken from an email newsletter (in part) sent be our U.S. Congressman Tom Latham:
 
 
"This Veterans Day, an Iowa soldier who recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. is receiving some special recognition. Lt. Jacob Miller, a resident of Adel, will be marching in a Veterans Day parade in New York and taking part in other Veterans Day observances courtesy of a Long Island high school.

"Students at Rambam Mesivta High School sent hundreds of pounds of care packages to Lt. Miller’s unit in Afghanistan.  When Lt. Miller responded with a thank-you note, he established a personal connection with the students. The students decided to show their respect and gratitude for Lt. Miller’s service by flying him and his wife, Stacy, from Iowa to New York for the Veterans Day weekend, during which Lt. Miller joined students to distribute gifts to injured veterans at St. Albans Veterans hospital in Queens, New York. Lt. Miller was also the keynote speaker at assemblies at Rambam Mesivta and its sister school Shalhevet, on Thursday. Lt. Miller and Stacy will march in the Veterans Day Parade on Friday and be treated to a weekend in New York courtesy of the students and families of the school.

"It’s my sincere hope that we can all learn from the example of these students and let the veterans and active duty service members in our lives know how much we appreciate their service."
 
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Printable Issue 2192  Today is Tuesday, November 15th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2192
"And I assure you this:
I, the Messiah,
will publicly honor you in the presence of God's angels
if you publicly acknowledge me here on earth
as your Friend.
I will deny before the angels
those who deny me here among men."
~ Luke 12:8,9 LB
 
**
Bible Commentary: 
 
"We deny Jesus when we:
* hope no one will thinks we are Christians;
* decide not to speak up for what is right;
* are silent about our relationship with God;
* blend into society;
* accept our culture's non-Christian values.
 
By contrast, we acknowledge Him when we:
* live moral, upright, Christ-honoring lives;
* look for opportunities to share our faith with others;
* help others in need;
* take a stand for justice;
* love others;
* acknowledge our loyalty to Him;
* use our life and resources to carry out his desires rather than our own."
 
****
Printable Issue 2193  Today is Wednesday, November 16th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2193
 
Sometimes when I 'go' and 'do', I have titles such as 'teacher' or 'co-chair'; among others.
 
Last weekend, our community came together for a large fundraiser held as we rally around the needs of Jack Conlon's family. Five-year-old Jack is being treated for an aggressive brain cancer.
 
Jim and I showed up to eat, bid on a few items at the silent auction. I contacted a few area businesses, asking them to contribute an item or two for either the silent or live auction.
 
My role:  to be there; along with hundreds other community members.
 
Last night, our county foundation had a donor appreciation dinner. I didn't have to speak or organize the program.
 
Once again, my role:  be there!
 
For the past ten years, I have led our ecumenical group of gals "Marys & Marthas" (aka M & Ms). Many of those in the group thank me for my leadership, which I appreciate. But I am also aware that a 'leader' can only 'lead' when others 'follow'.
 
Leaders/organizers are very important to any group or organization.

If we have the God-given talent, ability and/or time, we are to lead.
 
But there is another very important role;  to be there!
 
If God asks us to 'be there', we must never minimize that role.
 
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You that You allow each of us to surface to the top at times in our communities, organizations, and families. Thank You that You ask us to 'be there' for others and for You, as we serve You. Thank You that we also have a role in Your Forever Family. Thank You that have told us that You 'will never leave us nor forsake us'. Thank You for always 'being there'. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
 
 
Printable Issue 2194  Today is Thursday, November 17th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2194
Bud and Bonnie Young became grandparents for the first time a few weeks back. Since we have been friends of the couple, knowing them all of the forty-two years Jim and I have been married, we gave them a small baby gift to get to the newly expanded family.
 
Yesterday we received a thank you note from the recipients:
 
" Dear Jim and Karen,
 
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness
and gift to baby Elliot!
 
We are so excited to watch him grow
and to teach him about all the things the Lord has made!
 
Thank you again.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim and Sam (mom's nickname)"
 
**
Don't you like it? I think Elliot is one 'wealthy' little boy to be born into to such a rich family environment!
Printable Issue 2195  Today is Friday, November 18th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2195
Some thoughts forwarded to me by Shirley Choat:
 
 
"A young boy who had been blind from birth underwent surgery which the doctors were confident would give him vision for the first time in his life.
You can imagine the excitement of his mother as she waited for the bandages to be removed.
How would her son react the first time he saw her?
The bandages came off and the boy could indeed see.
But when he looked at the woman at the side of his bed, there was no smile, no sign of recognition.
It was only when his mother spoke that he smiled, and the tears of joy flowed.
You see, he had never seen his mother, but he had learned to love and trust her voice."
 
~
 
HEARING GOD'S VOICE
John 10:27
Psalm 119:89-104
 
"My sheep hear My voice."
 
"That's the way it is with Jesus and His sheep. We have not seen, but we believe. We live by faith, not by sight. We too love and trust the voice of our Good Shepherd.
"My sheep hear My voice,." Jesus says. And we know that's a voice we can trust. The voice which says, "Come unto Me" and "Believe in Me" does not hold out an empty promise. Heaven and earth will pass away, but not His Word.
What He says is based on what He did on the cross and at the empty tomb."
 
"As His sheep, let us hear and follow that voice. It will never fail us."
 
"Lord, open my heart to hear
and through Your Word
to me draw near.
Amen."
 
****
Printable Issue 2196  Today is Monday, November 21st, 2011; Karen's Korner #2196
As we approach the Christmas season:
 
"For unto us a Child is a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
These will be his royal titles:
'Wonderful';
'Counselor';
'The Mighty God';
'The Everlasting Father';
'The Prince of Peace'."
~Isaiah 9:6 LB
 
**
These are Isaiah's name to describe the coming Savior;
they all have meaning:
 
Wonderful - He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer.
 
Counselor - He gives the right advice.
 
The Mighty God - He is God himself.
 
The Everlasting Father - He is timeless; He is God our Father.
 
The Prince of Peace - His government is one of justice and peace.
 
*****
Printable Issue 2197  Today is Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011; Karen's Korner #2197
Anyone who was alive on November 22, 1963 remembers where they were when we heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. Hard to believe it was 48 years ago today.
 
 
Taken from "In God We Still Trust", a 365-day devotional by Dr. Richard G. Lee:
 
Watchmen on the Walls
 
"And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
~ Luke 2:14
 
"Below are the unforgettable words President John F. Kennedy was to deliver in a luncheon on November 22, 1963, the day he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas:
 
'We in this country, in this generation are, by destiny rather than choice,
the watchmen on the walls of the world freedom.
We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power
and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength
with wisdom and restraint,
and that we may achieve in our time
and for all time the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, good will toward men.'
That must always be our goal.
For as was written long ago,
'Except the LORD keep the city the
watchman waketh but in vain.' (Psalm 127:1 KJV)
 
**
Patriot's Prayer:
"Freedom is such a blessing, O Lord.
Help us watch over it and keep it not only for this moment,
but for the generations to come.
Let freedom ring in our hearts forever
and ever as a blessing to people everywhere."
 
**
 
Patriot's Promise:
"Second Kings 9:17 speaks of a watchman standing on the tower
looking for any potential threats.
Seeing John and his vast army coming,
the watchman called out, 'I see troops coming' (NIV).
When we stand as a watchman looking to protect our freedom,
God will reveal to us any threat against it."
 
****
 
 
Printable Issue 2198  Today is Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011; Karen's Korner #2198
A quote by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame:
 

"The biggest problem with poverty in America…is the breakdown of the American family. You want to look at the poverty rate among families that have two in them - a husband and a wife.  It is five percent today. By contrast, a family that is headed by one person is 30 percent. …The word for 'home' in Greek is the basis for the word 'economy'. It is the foundation for our country. We need to have a policy that supports families, that encourages marriage…that has fathers take responsibility for their children. You can't have limited government—you can't have a wealthy society if the family breaks down—that basic unit of society.......The stability of the family is not only important to the nation's prosperity, but it is critical to every other component of stability and well-being in the culture. It is the life-blood of any democracy."

Printable Issue 2199  Today is Thursday, November 24th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2199
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Something forwarded to me several days ago by Florine Swanson, complete with graphics and multi-colored type.  It is  stripped down and without the graphics for ease in mailing to so many; message is still the same:
 
I AM THANKFUL:  
FOR THE WIFE WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT, 
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, 
AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE
.
*** 
FOR THE HUSBAND
WHO IS ON THE SOFA 
BEING A COUCH POTATO, 
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME 
AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.
 ***
FOR THE TEENAGER
 
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES 
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME, NOT ON THE STREETS.
 
***
FOR THE TAXES I PAY 
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.
***
FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY 

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.
 
***
FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT. 
***
FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE .
***
FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING 
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT 

BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
 
***
FOR THE PARKING SPOT 
I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT 

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING 
AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.
***
FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL 
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.
 
***
FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH WHO SINGS OFF KEY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I CAN HEAR. 
***
FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING 

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.
 
***
FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY
 
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD. 
***
FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF 
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
 
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.
 
***
 
Live well,
Laugh often
Love with all your heart!
 
~~~




Printable Issue 2200  Today is Friday, November 25th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2200
Another milestone - wow!  2200!!
 
How about a little humor?
 
Taken from a flip calendar titled "365 Great Clean Jokes":
 
What starts with T,
ends with T,
and is full of T?
 
Teapot.
 
***
 
Diner:  Waiter! You have your finger on my steak!
 
Waiter:  Well, you don't want it to fall on the floor again, do you?
 
***
 
Why don't Amish people water ski?
 
Because the horses would drown.
 
***
 
What can say every word in every language?
 
An echo.
 
***
 
Principal:  There is the fourth time you've been in my office this week.
What do you have to say for yourself?
 
Sam:  I'm so glad today is Friday!
 
***
 
Mitch:  Why do you have three pairs of glasses?
 
Dale:  One is for driving;
the second for reading;
and the third is for looking for the other two!
 
***
 
It is truly said that children brighten a home----
they never turn off the lights.
 
***
 
Which Bible character had no parents?
 
Joshua. He was the son of Nun.
 
***
 
Teacher:  Please tell me something important that
didn't exist fifty years ago.
 
Student;  Me!!
 
***
 
What was Noah's profession?
 
He was an Ark-itect!
 
***
 
What do you say when someone throws a goose at a duck?
 
Duck, duck, Goose!!
 
***
Printable Issue 2201  Today is Monday, November 28th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2201
 
A poem for the Christmas season:
 
The Love That Lives
 
Every child on earth is holy,
Every crib is a manger lowly,
 
Every home is a stable dim,
Every kind word is a hymn,
 
Every star is God's own gem,
And every town is Bethlehem,
 
For Christ is born and born again,
When His Love lives in hearts of men.
 
 
~ W.D Dorrity
 
***
Printable Issue 2202  Today is Tuesday, November 29th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2202
Something written and emailed by Joel and Victoria Osteen:
 

Empowered to Overcome

"I have given you authority …to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you"
(Luke 10:19, NIV)

"God has given you all power and authority to overcome every obstacle you may face in life! That means you are well able to do what God has called you to do. You can accomplish your goals. You have the ideas, the creativity, and the talent to be successful. You have been armed with strength for every battle!

"God has already lined up the right people to come across your path. He’s already lined up the right opportunities. You have everything you need to live a victorious life. Not an average life, not a barely-get-by, mediocre life—you were created to excel. You have seeds of greatness on the inside.You may not have seen it in the past, but if you’ll stay in faith, it’s just a matter of time—victory is on the way. Don’t settle where you are.

"Rise up in faith today and begin to declare, 'I will accomplish my dreams. I can overcome any obstacle. I’ve been equipped and empowered to live in victory in every area of my life.'”

 "Heavenly Father, thank You for the power to overcome every obstacle I may face. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Help me to embrace the victory You have in store for me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."

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Printable Issue 2203  Today is Wednesday, November 30th, 2011; Karen's Korner #2203
"Anyone who is not for me
is against me,
if he isn't helping me,
he is hurting my cause."
(Jesus speaking)
~Luke 11:23 LB
 
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Bible Commentary:
 
People who are neutral toward Christians are actually helping them
more than hurting them
because they are not setting up barriers.
 
But while people can be neutral toward Christians,
they cannot be neutral in their relationship with Jesus.
 
Yu can't be neutral in the battle between Jesus and Satan.
 
You can't be aloof or noncommittal because there are only two sides.
 
Since God has already won the battle,
why be on the losing side?
 
If you aren't actively for Christ,
you are against Him.
 
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