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November 2013 Archives

Printable Issue 2685  Today is Friday, November 1st, 2013; Karen's Korner #2685
The first day of November, thanksgiving month! The Bible tells us that 'every day' is a good day to be thankful and give thanks:
 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to sing praises to the Most High.

 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
    your faithfulness in the evening,
accompanied by the ten-stringed harp
    and the melody of the lyre.

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
    I sing for joy because of what you have done.
O Lord, what great works you do!
    And how deep are your thoughts.
Only a simpleton would not know,
    and only a fool would not understand this:
Though the wicked sprout like weeds
    and evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

 But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.
Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.
But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
    You have anointed me with the finest oil.

My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
    my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees
    and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.
    They flourish in the courts of our God.

Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
    they will remain vital and green.
They will declare, “The Lord is just!
    He is my rock!
    There is no evil in him!”

~ Psalm 92 NLT

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Printable Issue 2686  Today is Monday, November 4th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2686
Yesterday at Sunday School, we spent some time together looking at God as our Rock. Among other things, we took a look at about a dozen verses in Psalms with David mentioning that 'Rock" formation.
 
Then we moved on to Peter who was one of Jesus' disciples. He didn't exactly travel in a straight line of always doing the 'right' thing:  often choosing things without thinking~~tried walking on water like Jesus did; when Jesus was being arrested for crucifixion, it was Peter who drew a sword and cut off the ear of one of those arresting Jesus; and he told Jesus' he would never deny Him but did three times in the heat of the arrest battle.
 
Despite all of that, Jesus said, "You are Peter, a stone, and upon this rock I will build my church......." (Matthew 16:18). How could that be?
 
And in I Peter, Peter writes the same about us. In the mid-section of chapter 2, the heading states "Living building stones for God's house" (in part). Like Peter, we are 'God's stones'. He always sees what 'can be', not necessarily 'what is'.:
 
" .... you have been chosen by God Himself--
you are priests of the King, 
you are holy and pure,
you are God's very own--
all this so that you may show to others
how God called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.
Once you were less than nothing;
now you are God's own.
Once you knew very little of God's kindness;
now your very lives have been changed by it."
~ I Peter 2:9,10 LB
 
Bible Commentary:   "People often base their self-concept on their accomplishments, but who we are in Christ is far more important than our jobs, our successes, our wealth, or our knowledge. We have been chosen by God as His very own, and we have been called to represent Him to others. Remember that your values come from being one of God's children, not from what you can achieve. You have worth because of what God does, not because what you do.
 
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Printable Issue 2687  Today is Tuesday, November 5th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2687
Max Lucado's new book is titled "You'll Get Through This"; he emails snippets of the book in a daily email devotional of which I am a subscriber.
 
Here is one:
 
Make A Plan

You can’t control the weather. You aren’t in charge of the economy. You can’t un-wreck the car. But you can map out a strategy. Remember, God is in this crisis. Ask Him to give you a plan, two or three steps you can take today.

Seek counsel from someone who’s faced a similar challenge. Ask friends to pray.  Look for resources. Reach out to a support group. Make a plan!

You’d prefer a miracle?  You’d rather see the bread multiplied or the stormy sea turned to glassy calm in a finger snap? God may do this. Then again, He may tell you, “I’m with you. And I can use this for good. Now, let’s make a plan.”

God’s sovereignty doesn’t negate our responsibility. Just the opposite.  It empowers it. Trust God to do what you can’t. Obey God and do what you can! You’ll get through this.

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Printable Issue 2688  Today is Wednesday, November 6th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2688
There are many translations of the Bible available to us today; while the words may differ, the meaning remains the same.
 
Take Psalm 1119: 105 for instance. Here is the NIV edition:
 
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

We know that a candle light flickering in a cave, while small, still lights up the entire area and can allow entrants to see and move around.

Bad/evil is sometimes depicted as darkness; good as light.

Commentary on this verse:  A walk in the woods at night makes it obvious that a light is necessary to prevent one from tripping over tree roots or falling in holes. In this life, we walk through a dark forest of evil in a world that has turned its back on God. But the Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won't stumble as we walk. It reveals the entangling roots of false values and philosophies. By reading the Bible, it helps us to see our way clearly enough to stay on the right path.

"Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me from stumbling."

The above translation is from the Living Bible; different words, same meaning.

Our job is to be God's Light in an every darkening world; our world. No matter if the light we shine is a small light or one much larger. That light shines and the shadows fall behind us!

Dear Lord, help us to remember that as Your Children, Your Light is a part of each of our lives. May we let it shine on the lives of those around us today! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

 

 
Printable Issue 2689  Today is Thursday, November 7th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2689
Happy Birthday, Billy Graham! Today is his 95th birthday and he will be celebrating with a pre-recorded television special from his home "My Hope America". The broadcasts have numerous times (some dates beyond today!) and television stations. A couple of them tonight are:  7 p.m. - TBN; 7:30 p.m. - Day Star; 9 p.m. Fox News. If you are looking for even more opportunities, check his web site:  www.billygraham.org   Tune in and see what he has to say!
 
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This week's Bible Quiz questions and answers:
 
1) Who is known as the strongest man in the Bible?
 
2) What were the names of Adam and Eve's first two sons?
 
3) In which two books of the Bible can you read about the birth of Jesus?
 
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Yesterday a friend shared a short poem in a small booklet she carries with her at all times. Pam has had more than most of changes and losses in her life and this one has helped her often:
 
God Heals
 
"For each and every aching heart
In this old world today
There is a cure -- one safe and sure;
Just this  -- learn how to pray.
 
"Pour out your aching heart to Him
Who understands and cares;
He is the only one who knows,
The only one who shares.
 
"God can -- and does -- heal broken hearts,
And gives us life anew;
He's ready  -- waiting -- for your prayers;
He'll do it now -- for you."
 
~ Mary Lavinia Silvia
 
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Answers:  1) Samson; 2) Cain and Abel; 3) Matthew and Luke
Printable Issue 2690  Today is Friday, November 8th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2690
I am still enjoying "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, a devotional for every day of the year. It is written as if Jesus is talking to the readers.
 
Today's was a good one; it is sure to touch some readers:
 
"Learn to appreciate difficult days.
Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way.
As you journey through rough terrain with Me,
gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything.
This knowledge is comprised of three parts:
your relationship with Me,
promises in the Bible,
and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times.
 
"Look back on your life,
and see how I have helped you through difficult days.
If you are tempted to think,
'Yes, but that was then, and this is now.',
remember who I am!
Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically,
I remain the same throughout time and eternity.
This is the basis of your confidence.
In My Presence you live and move and have your being."
 
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Read Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 102:27; Acts 17:28
Printable Issue 2691  Today is Monday, November 11th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2691
Happy Veterans Day!
 
Earlier this year, a Karen's Korner recapped a question posed to some college students, asking them some of the 'wrongs' done over the course of history by America. The responding students had a lengthy list of responses. When asked what past Americans/our country had done 'right' in that same time period. They could think of nothing.
 
At that time, I asked Karen's Korner readers for their thoughts on 'good/right' things. I piled them up but did nothing with them. 
 
Veterans Day today seemed like a good day to share them (without names of responders). Soldiers past and present have helped the United States stay 'the land of the free and the home of the brave", and we thank them for it
 
 
* Many men and women in the military have given their lives to make sure that we can live free and independent lives. And they have set free a number of people who live in other countries around the world (i.e. two World Wars). "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.". - John 15:13
 
* That anyone can wonder about what we do, look at the Peace Corps. What about the amount of millions/billions sent to multitudes of countries each year and the amount of aid sent to countries in devastation. Consider people who work in Haiti to try to help bring it back from devastations. It is appalling that any young person in this nation cannot believe whole heartedly in the goodness of this country and it's people. Maybe it's time to set our kids down to TV and watch some programs which carry the 'good news' being done every day.
 
* The Methodist churches participate in the 'Nets for Life' program by collecting funds and sending it to this program. It has given out over 11 million nets to over 27 million people. NetsforLife® empowers communities to fight malaria by raising awareness on malaria, providing life-saving training, and distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets to people in Africa. Until I researched this further, I had no idea how big this program is.

* The help that Americans provided for Haiti was mind boggling too. Lots of medical supplies, doctors, nurses and contractors. When a disaster hits, it seems like there are always Americans in and among the midst of things.

* Our country has always had as its foundation, the Holy Bible and what it has done to impact our daily lives. A portion of Leviticus 25:10 is inscripted on the Liberty Bell.
 
* From two gals who were not born in the United States; one currently lives here and one lives in her native country:  "No other country in the world is as generous as the American people." Neither of these women knew anything about how generous people are until they either moved here or became more involved in things associated with the United States.
 
* "Do people know how 'God' and His words are threaded through our nation's entire history? Our government documents? Postings in government buildings? And that Congress still opens its meetings with prayer? As do many other government agencies?"
 
* "Our country was founded on God and His Biblical principals. And it has worked for more than 200 years. Our country has been quite successful. And we want to improve on that............without Him?"
 
* The blessings of advanced medical research and health we experience in the USA, as compared to other countries.

 * I know you have previously stated how generous our country is.  Without God’s blessing of prosperity we wouldn’t be able to be so generous.

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Printable Issue 2692  Today is Tuesday, November 12th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2692
We heard on the news this morning that today is a memorable date:  11 - 12 -13! About four times as many people in the United States are getting married today, because of it! Congratulations to them.
 
A Max Lucado story to take with you today:
 
All You Need

Ginger was six years old when she and her Sunday school class made get well cards for church members. Hers was a bright purple card that said, “I love you, but most of all God loves you!”  She and her mom made the delivery. My dad was bedfast, the end was near. He could extend his hand, but it was bent to a claw from disease. Ginger asked him a question as only a six year old can, “Are you going to die?”  He answered, “Yes, but when I don’t know.” She asked if he was afraid to go away.  “Away is heaven,” he told her.  “I’ll be with my Father.  I’m ready to see Him eye to eye.”

A man near death, winking at the thought of it. Stripped of everything? It only appeared that way. In the end, Dad still had what no one could take…faith. And in the end, that’s all he needed!

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Printable Issue 2693  Today is Wednesday, November 13th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2693
Three more questions from our "Bible Quiz" playing cards (we are getting toward the bottom of the deck!):
 
1) What weapons did David use to fight the giant Goliath?
 
2) What was the name of Moses' brother?
 
3) What was the name of Jesus' disciple who once cut a man's ear off with a sword?
 
"For God is at work within you,
helping you want to obey him,
and then helping you do what he wants."
~ Philippians 2:13 LB
 
Bible Commentary:  God has not left us alone in our struggles to do his will. He wants to come alongside us and within us to help. He helps us want to obey him and then gives us the power to do it. The secret to changing our lives is to submit to his control and let him work in us. To change our desires to be more like Christ, we need the power of the indwelling Spirit, the influence of faithful Christians, obedience to God's Word, and sacrificial service. Often it is doing God's will that we gain the desire for it.
 
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Answers:  1) Smooth stones and slingshot; 2) Aaron; 3) Peter
 
 
Printable Issue 2694  Today is Thursday, November 14th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2694
(Please note that there will be no Karen's Korner tomorrow, Friday, as I plan to be out of town! Look for the fifth of the week on either Saturday/Sunday!)
 
 
Here are a couple of short stories for your reading pleasure today:
 
"In 1980 the World Health Organization announced that vaccinations had finally wiped out the dreaded disease smallpox from the face of the earth. It had been almost three hundred years since a little known slave in Boston, Massachusetts, told a Puritan minister how Africans would take a drop of liquid from a smallpox sore and put it into a cut on a healthy person's arm. The person sometimes got slightly ill but seldom got smallpox. Modern inoculation was born."
 
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"During the depression, Charles Darrow could find no work. Although he was broke and his wife was expecting a baby, he wasn't discouraged. Every evening they played a game which he had devised. Remembering happy vacations in nearby Atlantic City, he laid out his own little boardwalk on a square piece of cardboard and pretended to be rich. On his 'properties' he put miniature houses and hotels he had carved out of small pieces of wood. The game, called 'Monopoly', was later marketed by Parker Brothers and ultimately made Darrow a millionaire."
 
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Printable Issue 2695  Today is Sunday, November 17th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2695
Back home after attending a three-day International Conference on Missions in Kansas City. Joining about 10,000 others in learning, sharing, and observing.
 
In the handful of worship sessions of which we were a part, each speaker had as his sermon topic one verse from Psalms chapter 67. The introduction in my Bible says, "Joy comes from spreading the news about God around the world."
 
One of the session's speakers said there are only two categories of people:  those who have given their lives to Christ; they/we are missionaries. Those who have not yet accepted Him; they/we are the mission field. Which one am I? Are you?
 
"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 news 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 LB
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Bible Commentary:
Count yourself among that great crowd of believers worldwide
who know the Savior,
praise Him for His Good News;
and share that gospel until there is an abundant harvest.
 
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Printable Issue 2696  Today is Monday, November 18th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2696

This is Max Lucado's weekly installment of an daily email I collected a couple of months ago. A chose it, in part, because it was my husband Jim's birthday yesterday!
 
 
Some of you may/may not know of a new movie being released this week based on a book written by Lucado of the same name "The Christmas Candle". It is offered in limited release (400 theatres) with the hope of a successful launch which would turn into 1000 theatres the next week. Check the web site to watch a 3 minute trailer and/or learn of a theatre near you:  www.thechristmascandlemovie.com .A friend had the privilege of previewing the movie last week and said it's a good one; one of the kind we want more of being made/produced/distributed! You can help to move the movie forward by your attendance if your schedule allows!
 
 
God's Adventure

What is it about birthdays that causes us to quiver so? Certainly part of the problem is the mirror.  Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. But the real pain is deeper.  Sometimes a dream-come-true-world has come true and it’s less than you’d hoped.  Regret becomes a major pastime.

Luke 17:33 says, “Whoever tries to keep his life safe will lose it, and the one who’s prepared to lose his life will preserve it.” “There are two ways to view life,” Jesus is saying, “those who protect it or those who pursue it.  The wisest are not the ones with the most years in their lives, but the most life in their years.”

You can take the safe route. Or you can hear the voice of adventure—God’s adventure. Adopt the child. Teach the class.  Change careers. Make a difference. Sure it isn’t safe, but what is?

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Printable Issue 2697  Today is Tuesday, November 19th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2697
From Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence" from a daily devotional book which can also be a perpetual flip calendar. This one was from Friday, November 15:
 
"Approach problems with a light touch.
When your mind moves toward a problem area,
you tend to focus on that situation so intensely that you lose sight of Me.
You pit yourself against the difficulty as if you had to conquer it immediately.
Your mind gears up for battle,
and your body becomes tense and anxious.
Unless you achieve total victory,
you are defeated.
 
"There is a better way.
When a problem starts to overshadow your thoughts,
bring this matter to Me.
Talk with Me about it
and look at it in the Light of My Presence.
This puts some much-needed space between you and your concerns,
enabling you to see from My perspective.
You will be surprised at the results.
Sometimes you may even laugh at yourself
for being so serious about something so insignificant.
 
"You will always face trouble in this life.
But more importantly,
you will always have Me with you,
helping you to handle whatever you encounter.
Approach problems with a light touch
by viewing them in My revealing Light."
 
READ Psalm 89:15; John 16:13.
 
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Printable Issue 2698  Today is Wednesday, November 20th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2698
Yesterday was a ceremony, recognizing 150 years since Abraham Lincoln made his well-regarded Gettysburg Address, five months after the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It is deemed as the one of the bloodiest battle in the history of the United States of America, leaving a total of more than 40,000 soldiers from the north and south dead. It was another seventeen months before the War was over, on April 9, 1865.
 
When I was a sophomore in high school, our English teacher had each one of our class members memorize the Address. Could I recite it today? Probably not, but it is very familiar whenever I read it.
 
The Gettysburg Address below:
 

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

~ Abraham Lincoln

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Printable Issue 2699  Today is Thursday, November 21st, 2013; Karen's Korner #2699
 
"Never envy the wicked!
Soon they fade away like grass and disappear.
 
"Trust the Lord instead.
Be kind and good to others;
then you will live safely here in the land and prosper,
feeding in safety.
 
"Be delighted with the Lord.
Then he will give you all your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him to help you do it,
and he will."
~ Psalm 37:1 - 5 LB
 
Bible Commentary:  "We should never envy the wicked, even though some may be extremely popular or excessively rich. No matter how much they have, it will fade and vanish like grass that withers and dies. Those who follow God live in a different manner than the wicked, and in the end, have far greater treasures in heaven. What the unbeliever gets lasts a lifetime, if he is lucky. What you get from following God lasts forever.
 
"David (writer of this Psalm) calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to him. But how do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his/her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything---our lives, families, jobs, possessions--to his control and guidance. Thus, to delight in the Lord we must know him. Knowledge of his great love for us will indeed give us delight. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust him; believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. We should be willing to wait for him to work out what is best for us."
 
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Printable Issue 2700  Today is Friday, November 22nd, 2013; Karen's Korner #2700
Wow! Here we are at another mileston - 2700 Karen's Korners! Always a time to celebrate!!
 
What better way than recall the date when then President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas - fifty years ago!
 
Most people who were alive at that time can recall where he/she was at that time. I remember that I was in gym class when the word began to filter through the school.
 
As we wandered the halls, moving from class to class, the normal 'noisy' interchanges, were remarkably quiet. Students moved almost like robots. The 1960 election had been a close one; probably half of the students had families who did or didn't vote for the young president. No matter. We all instinctively knew:  this was not the way to resolve any differences or remove someone from office in our United States form of government.
 
Kennedy was known for a number of quotes in his 'about 1,000 days of office'. Here are a few quotables:
 
 
"The American, by nature is optimistic.
He is experimental,
an inventor,
and a builder who builds best
when called upon to build greatly."
 
*
 
"The ancient Greek definition of happiness
was the full use of your powers,
along lines of excellence."
 
*
 
"The time to repair a roof is when the sun is shining."
 
*
 
"There are risks and costs to a program of action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks
and costs of comfortable inaction."
 
*
 
"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree.
The gardner objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years.
The Marsall replied,
'In that case, there is not time to lose,
plant it this afternoon!'"
 
*
And of course, his most famous and often quoted:
 
"And so my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country."
 
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Printable Issue 2701  Today is Monday, November 25th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2701
The 25th, wow! Hard to believe that one month from today is Christmas!
 
But this needs to be the week which we focus on Thanksgiving and being 'thankful'.......as we rush ahead toward Christmas Day!
 
 
"Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity.
That is why I have instructed you to
'give thanks for everything'.
There is an element of mystery in this transaction:
You give Me thanks
(regardless of your feelings),
and I give you Joy
(regardless of your circumstances).
This is a spiritual act of obedience--
at times, blind obedience.
To people who don't know Me intimately,
it can seem irrational and
even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships.
Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way
are invariably blessed,
even though difficulties may remain.
 
"Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence
and your mind to My thoughts.
You may still be in the same place,
with the same set of circumstances,
but it is as if a light has been switched on,
enabling you to see from My perspective.
It is the Light of My Presence
that removes the sting from adversity."
 
~Taken from "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence"
By Sarah Young
 
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Printable Issue 2702  Today is Tuesday, November 26th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2702

First a Bible Quiz; then a 'Max Lucado' talking about rest..........as we 'hurry' and 'worry' into the holiday season!

1) What is the longest book of the New Testament?

2) What is the longest book of the Old Testament?

3) Name a book of the Bible named after a woman (there are two, name one)?

You Can Rest Now

"We so fear failure that we create the image of perfection. The result?  The weariest people on earth. Attempts at self-salvation guarantee nothing but exhaustion.  We scamper and scurry, trying to please God, collecting merit badges, and scowling at anyone who questions our accomplishments.

Hebrews 13:9 says, 'Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.”' Jesus doesn’t say, 'Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.'  Just the opposite.  'Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.'

Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake.  No more performance for God, no more clamoring after God.  Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them.  You have it.  

You can rest now!

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Answers:  1) Acts; 2) Psalms; 3) Ruth or Esther

Printable Issue 2703  Today is Wednesday, November 27th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2703
Yesterday as I sat in our dentist's office waiting to have some dental work done, I couldn't help but notice that their Christmas tree and decorations were all up for the holiday season. Everywhere we look are sights and sounds of Christmas. Since Thanksgiving is so late this year, we thought we had to hurry and get things up and readied for the next celebration .
 
I thought, "Isn't it too bad that Thanksgiving is getting shoved aside this year?"
 
My next thought, "For Christians, every day is 'thanksgiving day'..........and every day is 'Christmas'........in our minds and in our hearts!!
 
So "Happy Thanksgiving" and "Merry Christmas!"
 
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All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.
 
~ Refrain from "All Things Bright and Beautiful"
By Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848
Based on Genesis 1:31
 
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Printable Issue 2704  Today is Thursday, November 28th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2704
Hope that your Thanksgiving Day was one of the best ever!!
 
The words to an 'old' song which has stood the test of time over the centuries and remains a popular refrain yet today:
 

"We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

"Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

"We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!"

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Printable Issue 2705  Today is Friday, November 29th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2705
"For all God's words are right,
and everything He does is worthy of our trust.
He loves whatever is just and good;
the earth is filled with His tender love.
He merely spoke,
and the heavens were formed,
and all the galaxies of the stars.
He made the oceans,
pouring them into His vast reservoirs.
 
"Let everyone in all the world---
men, women, and children---
fear the Lord and stand in awe of Him.
For when He but spoke,
the world began!
It appeared at His command!
And with a breath,
He can scatter the plans of all the nations who oppose Him.
But His own plan stands forever.
His intentions are the same for every generation.
 
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people He has chosen as His own."
 
~ Psalm 33:4 - 13 LB
 
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