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Printable Issue 4842  Today is Tuesday, January 31st, 2023; Karen's Korner #4842
Last ecumenical gals' Bible study, we were asked to share a favorite Proverb. There were various choices; here is a sample from several of them:

Kathy chose Proverbs 31:8 -

"You should defend those who cannot help themselves."
And her family bears it out in their volunteer efforts.
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Jan read Proverbs 3:5 & 6 to which several nodded their agreement as a favorite -

"Trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
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Mary chose Proverbs 19:21 -

"Men proposes, but God disposes."
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Kay's pick was Proverbs 10:14 -

"Lazy men get poor; hard workers get rich."
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DeAnn read Proverbs 29:25 -

"Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety."

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Printable Issue 4841  Today is Tuesday, January 31st, 2023; Karen's Korner #4841
Today's entry in "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young:

"Worship Me Only. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me. Guard your thoughts diligently, good thought choices will keep you close to Me."

~ Taken from Psalm 112:7; 1 Corinthians 13:11


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Printable Issue 4840  Today is Friday, January 27th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4840
Today's "Joy for the Heart" from Anne Graham Lotz, in my computer inbox this morning. Have a great weekend!

THE GREATEST LIFE

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord."


"Who is Jesus? He lived two thousand years ago, in an obscure town, in an obscure country, during a relatively dark period in human history that was dominated by the Roman Empire. Yet He stands unequaled and unparalleled in the phenomenal greatness of His life as well as in the stunning impact He has had on history.

"As we look back over the past two thousand years, a handful of individuals seem to rise up from our history pages -- individuals whose lives or words or accomplishments impacted the entire human race for good or for or bad. Names like Julius Caesar, Martin Luther, Muhammed, Christopher Columbus, Adolf Hitler, Alexander Graham Bell, Jonas Salk, and Mahatma Ganhi come readily to mind. Yet I would heartily agree with Reynolds Price, who in the introduction to his Time magazine cover story on Jesus, wrote, 'It would require much exotic calculation . . . . to deny that the single most powerful figure-- not merely in these two millenniums but in all human history -- has been Jesus of Nazareth.'  Amen!"

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Printable Issue 4839  Today is Thursday, January 26th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4839
Today's Max Lucado in my computer's inbox:

THE RICH YOUNG RULER

"'If you want to be perfect, then go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven' (Matthew 19:21). This statement of Jesus leaves the rich young ruler distraught. He thought heaven was just a payment away. You work hard, you pay your dues, and 'zap'—your account is paid in full. Jesus says, 'No way.'

"What you want costs far more than what you can pay. You do not need a system, you need a Savior. You do not need a resume, you need a Redeemer. For 'what is impossible with men is possible with God' (Luke 18:27). Don’t miss the thrust of this verse: You cannot save yourself. Not through the right rituals, right doctrine, or right devotion. You see, it wasn’t the money that hindered the rich man; it was the self-sufficiency."

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Printable Issue 4838  Today is Wednesday, January 25th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4838
On Wednesday mornings, I attend an ecumenical Bible study. Usually we are given a Bible verse or two which we are to look at before each gathering.

Not for today. We were told to bring with us any verse or verses we like from the book of Proverbs. Lots of morsels in there.

I will keep you posted if there is one or some I like from today's discussion.

Here is a good one:

"Despise God's Word  
and find yourself in trouble.
Obey it
and 
succeed."

~ Proverbs 13:13 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "God created us, knows us, and loves us. It only makes sense, then to listen to his instructions and do what he says. The Bible is his unfailing word to us. It is like an owner's manual to a car. If we obey God's instructions, we will 'run right' and find his kind of success. If we ignore them, we are doomed to breakdowns, accidents, and failure."

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Printable Issue 4837  Today is Tuesday, January 24th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4837
Entry #26 of "100 Things God Loves About You" by Tama Fortner. "Simple Reminders for When You Need Them Most".

You can tell I like this simple book. Do we ever get enough of telling, or hearing, how much someone loves us. Or we love them. Same with God. Sometimes we are hard on ourselves. Or the world is hard on us and we get started believing wrongly about how God thinks about us.

GOD LOVES YOUR CONFIDENCE

"Being confident of this,
that he who began a good work
in you will carry it on
to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus."

~ Philippians 1:6

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"Okay............so maybe you don't always feel confident, but you can be. It's there for you, just waiting to be claimed. Not because of what you do, but because of what He did. Not because of who you are, but because of who He is. Not because of what you know or say, but because of who you know and what He promised.

"you are His. You may not have it all figured out, but He does. And He won't stop working on you until you are made complete in Christ. You can be confident in that."

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Printable Issue 4836  Today is Tuesday, January 24th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4836
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Printable Issue 4835  Today is Monday, January 23rd, 2023; Karen's Korner #4835
"If you wait for perfect conditions,
you will never get anything done."

~ Ecclesiastes 11:4 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Waiting for perfect conditions will mean inactivity. This practical insight is especially applicable to our spiritual life. If we wait for the perfect time and place for personal Bible reading, we will never begin. If we wait for a perfect church, we will never join. If we wait for the perfect ministry, we will never serve. Take steps now to grow spiritually. Don't wait for conditions that will never exist."

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Printable Issue 4834  Today is Thursday, January 19th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4834
Yesterday's (January 18) entry from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence":


"I am leading you along the high road, but there are descents as well as ascents. In the distance you see snow-covered peaks glistening in brilliant sunlight. Your longing to reach those peaks is good, but you must not take shortcuts. Your assignment is to follow Me, allowing Me to direct your path. Let the heights beckon you onward, but stay close to Me.

"Learn to trust Me when things go 'wrong.' Disruptions to your routine highlight your dependence on Me. Trusting acceptance of trials brings blessings that far outweigh them all. Walk hand in hand with Me through this day. I have lovingly planned every inch of the way. Trust does not falter when the path becomes rocky and steep. Breathe deep draughts of My Presence, and hold tightly to My hand. Together we can make it!"

~ Taken from John 21:19; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Habakkuk 3:19

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Printable Issue 4833  Today is Wednesday, January 18th, 2023; Karen's Korner #4833
From "100 Things God Loves About You:  Simple Reminders for When You Need Them Most" by Tama Fortner.

Number 24:

God Loves Your Kindness

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did
for one of the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine, you did for me."

~ Matthew 25:40

"He noticed, you know. What you did, He saw. What you said, He heard.

"You gave your lunch to that homeless guy, your time to that hurting friend. You stooped to lift up, you stood up for, you reached out a hand. You might not even remember it. It was just a little thing, a part of who you are because of whose you are.

"But it wasn't little to the one you stooped for, stood up for, reached out to. And it wasn't little to Him because it was really for Him. A gift of kindness from you to Him."

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