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January 2020 Archives

Printable Issue 4128  Today is Thursday, January 9th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4128
I'm back! Welcome!

I haven't done a Karen's Korner since October 1, 2019. I had some server problems so I could not send messages. With a friend's help, we are trying something different to send them. Let me know if you receive this 'korner' (at least some of you!).

And we will be rolling for the future!

You may think that I do these for you. And hopefully that is true. But I really miss doing these daily! So here we go! My God be blessed and glorified, by both the sender and the readers!

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"Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth!
Obey Him gladly; come before Him, singing with joy.

"Try to realize what this means-------the Lord is God!
He made us---we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

"Go through His open gates with great thanksgiving; 
enter His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and bless His name.
For the Lord is always good. 
He is always loving and kind,
and His faithfulness goes on and on
to each succeeding generation."

~ Psalm 145 LAB

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Printable Issue 4129  Today is Friday, January 10th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4129

Something I received this morning as an inspirational thought by Anne Graham Lotz. Timely as we move into the weekend.

A Day Set Apart

"If you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lords' holy day honorable....then you will find your joy in the Lord."

~ Isaiah 59:13 - 14 NIV

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"In the beginning by His own example, God patterned our week to include not only the discipline of work but also one day of every seven that would be 'set apart'; different from the other six days.

"For a majority of people today, there is very little difference between the way they keep Sunday and the way they keep Saturday. Sunday has become more of a holiday than a holy day. Sunday was not designed just so we could sleep late, meet friends for brunch, go shopping to take advantage of weekend sales, do extra yard work or house work, attend the latest movie, or watch the playoff game on TV. Sunday should be not only for physical rest and restoration but for spiritual refreshment and expression of our devotion to God.

"Has the day that is supposed to be set apart, fallen apart? Consider what you can do to keep Sunday special -- different from the other six days of the week."

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Printable Issue 4130  Today is Monday, January 13th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4130

Yesterday's communion meditation was given by Chad Chapman. We thought it was a good one, so I am sharing it this morning (in part):


Chad, his wife Raejean, and daughter Kenna had the opportunity to travel to Florida over the Christmas holiday. He told that they spent much of their time on the beach enjoying the sun and collecting shells. "It isn't hard to find shells, as they are laying everywhere," he said. "Most of them are about the size of a quarter. Many are chipped and broken." He said they tired of the collecting and started to play in the ocean, wading, or relaxing.

The second day, Kenna came wading toward them with larger and more elaborate shells. She told them she would shuffle her feet across the bottom on the ocean until she felt something sharp. "When she would feel a sharp object, she would stop and dig it up," he said. The family embarked on the shuffling and digging; collecting the nicer, bigger, more beautiful treasures.

Chad compared his thoughts to studying the Bible. "It is extremely helpful with life-guiding information," he said, "Sometimes we keep it at the surface level, like the edge of the sea shore. Sometimes we keep it just at the surface level. The safe stuff, like the edge of the sea shore, Sometimes we try to ignore the parts we know we either aren't going to like or we know we will struggle with. But it's those times when we dig deeper into the Living Waters, and not worry about the sharp, possibly painful items, that we truly grow in our faith, and are rewarded with nice, beautiful rewards." And he showed as one of their larger shell treasures!

"Let's pray:  Father God, we come before You at this time of communion, as a way to remember You even better. It's a way to remind us that You want an even greater relationship with us, and You want us to dig deeper into Your Word with that relationship. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."


Printable Issue 4131  Today is Tuesday, January 14th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4131


An Ordinary Life

"God chose things the world considers foolish in order shame those who think they are wise." 

~ 1 Corinthians 1:27

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" I invite you to pray this prayer with me:

" 'Loving Father, you made me, so you know very well that I am but dust.  Yet you have called me into your kingdom to serve you at this specific place, at this specific time, for a very specific purpose.  Despite my ordinariness, I belong to you—and you are anything but ordinary!  Help me pour out your grace and compassion among others that they, too, may experience the richness of your love.  Through me, my Father, show others how you can use an ordinary life to bring extraordinary blessing into the world.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.' "

~ Written by Max Lucado

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Printable Issue 4132  Today is Wednesday, January 15th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4132
Most of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. It starts off:

"The Lord is My Shepherd,
I shall not want."

There are lots of translations these days; few different words. Close to the same meanings. But I really like the my Life Application Bible translation of the same verse:

"Because the Lord is My Shepherd,
I have everything I need."

Big difference between 'wants' and 'needs'! What I might 'want', doesn't necessarily match what I 'need'.


Bible Commentary on Psalm 23:1 - "In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep. Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the Good Shepherd, the great Shepherd, and the head Shepherd. As the Lord is the Good Shepherd, so we are His sheep--not dumb, frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways. This psalm is not to focus on the animal qualities of sheep, but the discipleship qualities of those who follow. When we recognize the Good Shepherd, we can choose to follow Him!"

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Printable Issue 4133  Today is Thursday, January 16th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4133

Really enjoy Sarah Young's 'Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence' and her daily thoughts, taken from various Bible verses.

Don't always read them every day but they seem to always hit the spot. This is yesterday's - January 15:

"My face is shining upon you, beaming out. Peace that transcends understanding. You are summoned by a sea of problems, but you are face to Face with Me, your Peace. As long as you focus on Me, you are safe. If you gaze too long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the weight of your burdens. When you start to sink, simply call out 'Help me, Jesus' and I will lift you up.

"The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes. By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design. I am always beside you, helping you face today's waves. The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future! Stay close to Me."

~ Philippians 4:7; Matthew 14:30; Hebrews 12:2 
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Printable Issue 4134  Today is Friday, January 17th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4134
My dog, Rocky, an eleven-year-old pug, has been my friend and companion for about nine years. He looks to me for his provisions, walks with me on a leash (or sometimes walks beside me without a lead strap), and waits for me to set down my dinner plate if I decide to eat in front of the television. Then he jumps on my lap and cuddles up near one of my legs for a rest.

It is a good relationship!

I couldn't help but think about Rocky and our relationship and how God would like for a similar relationship between me and Him! He'd like for me to look to Him for His daily provision, to go with Him wherever He might lead, and for me to 'jump into His lap' whenever the opportunity presents itself!

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love for us and how You want to take care of each one of us as Your Children. Help us to want You as much! You are knowable. Help us to trust You and love You in return. In Your Son's Name. Amen.
Printable Issue 4135  Today is Saturday, January 18th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4135
Karen's Korner readers know my 'phobia' of numbering. Mondays should end in 1 or 6; Fridays in 5 or 0. Since I started in the 'middle', you get a bonus on Saturday, to get a '5', and to begin on Monday with the right numbering.

Enjoy!

The Bible verses are from John 6. As always the disciples and people near Him were confused on Who He was and what He wanted. They wanted food and healing. He wanted them to want more, longer term things which He had in store for them:


"Jesus said,
'The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me 
because I fed you,
not because you believe in me.
But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things
like food.
No, spend your energy seeking eternal life that I the Messiah,
can give you.
For God the Father has sent me for this purpose.'"

~ John 6:26 & 27 LAB

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Bible Commentary: "Jesus criticized the people who followed Him only for the physical and temporal benefits, not because they were spiritually hungry. We should follow Christ because we need the truth. Many people use religion to gain prestige, comfort, or votes. But those are self-centered motives. True believers follow Jesus simply because they know His way is the only way to live.

"Satisfying God does not come from what we do, but from what we believe. The first step is accepting that Jesus is who He claims to be. All spiritual development follows on this affirmation. Declare in prayer, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.' and embark on a life of belief that is satisfying to your Creator."

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