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April 2021 Archives

Printable Issue 4419  Today is Thursday, April 1st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4419
Today is Maundy Thursday (sometimes known as Holy Thursday). It is the Thursday before Easter. 'Maundy' is derived from the Latin word for 'command' and refers to Jesus' command to the disciples to 'Love one another as I have loved you.'

Celebrating, at the 'Last Supper' with His disciples, Jesus breaks bread, saying, 'This is my body,' and pours wine, saying, 'This is my blood.' He then asks the disciples to 'Do this in remembrance of me.'

The Last Supper, derived from Jesus' Jewish heritage, was a Passover Seder, the feast of unleavened bread, which He and His disciples were eating. Passover is the Jewish festival commemorating  the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, when they left so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise.

Jesus foretells His death, saying He will eat no more until the Kingdom of God is fulfilled. It also marks an act of betrayal. 'One of you will betray me,' Jesus said. Judas Iscariot, who was one His 12 disciples, is pointed out by Jesus as the one who would betray Him.

So today we reflect and remember!

We praise You, God, for what You were willing to do for us!
To live, suffer, and die.
And live again!!

Printable Issue 4420  Today is Friday, April 2nd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4420

Taken from Matthew 27:45 - 54 LAB

"That afternoon, the whoel earth was covered with darkness for three hours, from noon until three o'clock.

"About three o'clock, Jesus shouted, 'Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?' which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

"Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine and put it on a stick and held it up to him to drink. But the rest said, 'Leave him alone. Let's see whether Elijah will come and save him.'

"Then Jesus shouted out again, dismissed his spirit, and died.

"And look! The curtain secluding the Holiest place in the Temple was split apart from to top to bottom; and the earth shook, and rocks broke, and tombs opened, and many godly men and women who had died came back to life again. After Jesus; resurrection, they left the cemetery and went into Jerusalem, and appeared to many people there.

"The soldiers at the crucifixion and their sergeant were terribly frightened by the earthquake and all that happeed. They exclaimed, 'Surely this was God's Son."

Bible Commentary: "Christ's death was accompanied by at least four miraculous events:  darkness, the splitting of the cutrain in the Temple, and earthquake, and dead people rising from their tombs. Jesus' death, therefore, could not have gone unnoticed. Everyone knew something significant had happened."


Printable Issue 4421  Today is Monday, April 5th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4421
On Good Friday Jesus was crucified and died.

But Sunday came and He rose from the dead.  He remains alive today! We can't leave Him on the cross or in the grave!

"'Why are you crying?' the angels asked her (Mary).

"'Because they have taken away my Lord,' she replied. 'and I don't know where they have put Him."

"She glanced over her should and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she didn't recognize Him!

"'Why are you crying?' He asked her. 'Whom are you looking for?'

"She thought He was the gardener. 'Sir,' she said. 'if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will go and get Him.'

"'Mary!' Jesus said. She turned toward Him.

"'Master!' she exclaimed."

~ John 20:13 - 16 LAB


Bible Commentary:  "Mary didn't recognize Jesus at first. Her grief had blinded her; she couldn't see Him because she didn't expect to see Him. Then He spoke her name, and immediately she recognized Him. Imagine the love that flooded her heart when she heard her Savior saying her name. Jesus is near to us, and he is calling your name and mine. Can we, like Mary, answer Him by saying, 'Master?'

Printable Issue 4422  Today is Tuesday, April 6th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4422
I like some of the saying in OUR IOWA magazine. They are called Side Notes and are printed vertically on the outside margins of some of its pages. The April/May issue has some good ones:

"If only closed minds came with closed mouths."


"There are three ways to ultimate success -
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind."
~ Fred Rogers


"Progress always involves risk -
you can't steal second and keep your foot on first."


"By swallowing evil words unsaid,
no one has yet harmed his stomach."
~ Winston Churchill


"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like
never washed a dog."


"Pick your friends carefully;
but not to pieces."


"Spring is the time of year
when it is summer in the sun
and winter in the shade."
~ Charles Dickens

Printable Issue 4423  Today is Wednesday, April 7th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4423
By Anne Graham Lotz
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
~ John 20:29 NIV

“Upon hearing the news of the empty tomb, Peter and John ran to see for themselves. Peter confronted the evidence, but he was confused. At that instant, he must have been angrier than ever. He must have surmised that the enemies of Jesus who had dared to crucify Him, had now taken the body for who knew what purpose!

“John quietly looked around. He noticed that the grave clothes were totally unlike those of Lazarus, which had been just a pile of stinking rags by the time Martha had finished unwrapping him. These grave clothes were lying, not as though someone had removed them from the body, but as though the body were still inside! The face cloth was situated where the face would have been, with the few inches of the neck separating it from the rest of the shroud. As he studied the evidence, it must have gradually dawned on him that the grave clothes looked like an empty cocoon! They looked as though the body had just evaporated up through them! Then John knew! (John 20:8). The body hadn’t evaporated. Jesus had risen from the dead!”

Printable Issue 4424  Today is Thursday, April 8th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4424
Today's entry by Sarah Young and her "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence":

"I am with you and for you, your constant Companion and Provider. The question is whether you are with Me and for Me. Though I never leave you, you can essentially 'leave' Me by ignoring Me: thinking or acting as if I am not with you. When you feel distance in our relationship, you know where the problem lies. My Love for you is constant: I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is you who change like shifting sand, letting circumstances toss you this way and that.

"When you feel far from Me, whisper My Name. This simple act, done in childlike faith, opens your heart to My Presence. Speak to Me in love-tones; prepare to receive My Love, which flows eternally from the cross. I am delighted when you open yourself to My loving Presence."

~ Taken from Genesis 28:15; Romans 8"31; Hebrews 13:8

Printable Issue 4425  Today is Friday, April 9th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4425
This is yesterday's inspirational thought by Max Lucado.

"He Chose the Nail"! So we get to choose his forgiveness and love! What an exchange!

"God has penned a list of our faults. The list God has made, however, cannot be read. The words can’t be deciphered. The mistakes are covered; the sins are hidden. Those at the top are hidden by his hand; those down the list are covered by his blood. Your sins are blotted out by Jesus. The Bible says, 'He has forgiven you all your sins: he has utterly wiped out the written evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross'. (Colossians 2:14 Phillips).

"He knew the source of those sins was you. And since He couldn’t bear the thought of eternity without you, Jesus himself chose the nails. The hand is the hand of God. The nail is the nail of God. And as the hands of Jesus open for the nail, the doors of heaven open for you."

Printable Issue 4426  Today is Monday, April 12th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4426
"In the farthest corners of the earth the glorious acts of God shall startle everyone. The dawn and sunset shout for joy! He waters the earth to make it fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry! He prepares the earth for His people and send them rich harvests of grain. He waters the furrows with abundant rain. Showers soften the earth, melting the clods and causing seeds to sprout across the land."

~ Psalm 65:8 - 10 LAB

Sometimes I mark things in the margins of my Bible. I am sure I was reading these verses when I penned 'dry summer of 1977'; 'again dry in 1989', and 'was dry in 1989 but had great yields in the fall!'. No matter my concerns at the time, we are still here - planting and harvesting - and God taking care of 'things'.

I am thankful, God!
Printable Issue 4427  Today is Tuesday, April 13th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4427
Second installment of two of Side Notes in the vertical margins of OUR IOWA magazine, April/May issue:

"Memories bloom forever in the garden of the heart."


"Dogs enjoy the ride.
Cats want to drive."


"Happiness comes through doors
you didn't even know you'd left open."

 "Forget what you have done for other people.
and remember what other people have done for you."


"You can't have everything.
Where would you put it?"


" You have to be odd to be number one!"
~ Dr. Seuss


"I'm a great believer in luck,
and I find the harder I work
the more of I have of it.'
~ Thomas Jefferson


Printable Issue 4428  Today is Wednesday, April 14th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4428
Pandemic. Abuse. Neglect. Hate. Unfairness. Lack. Evil. Sometimes we wonder where God is. 

Habakkuk had questions like these for God.
Here is God's answer to him:

"But these things I plan don't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue by a single day!
"The time will come when all the earth is filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord!"

~ Habakkuk 2:3 & 14 LAB

Bible Commentary:  "Habakkuk had asked God why evil people prosper while the righteous suffer. God's answer:  they don't; not in the long run. Habakkuk saw his own limitations in contrast to God's unlimited control of all the world's events. We cannot see all that God is doing, and we cannot see all that God will do. But we can be assured that He is God and will do what is right. Knowing this brings us confidence and hope in the midst of a confusing world."

Thank You, God, that Your words offer us hope and help. Keep us focused on You and Your plans that You have for us; not on what we might see around us. You are a great God! Amen.
Printable Issue 4429  Today is Thursday, April 15th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4429
This is a writing shared to several of us by a friend; who had it emailed to her by her brother I have edited it just a bit to better fit Karen's Korner format.

A Prayer to Seek the Lord During Distractions
by Chelsey De Matteis

"My reply was, 'you are lying. There isn't bit of truth to the whole story. You're just trying to scare us into stopping work! (O Lord God, please strengthen me!)'"

~ Nehemiah 6: 8 & 9 LAB

"Distractions are inevitable. Throughout the Bible, we are told that not only will distractions come, but they will be used by the enemy to knock us off course. Thankfully, God has shown us how to battle these distractions.

"Nehemiah was a man in the Bible who dealt with persistent distractions from his enemies, who attempted to stop the work God had called Him to do.

"Satan’s distractions are the same today as they were back then. He doesn't have creativity. But he is cunning and cutting. He seeks to unearth old pain. He targets the same insecurity, the same lie that was once told, or the same mistakes of our past. Satan will use whatever causes us to pause, drop, or stop the work of our hands for the Kingdom of God.

"When we look at Nehemiah’s story, we see these same tactics. Persistent distractions orchestrated the same way each time. Five times to be exact, that his enemies sent for him. Each time desiring to stop the work that God has commanded of him to do in Jerusalem.

"Nehemiah, through his strength in the Lord, called them out for being the lying, fear enticers that they were, and asked the Lord to strengthen his hands. He was able to discern his enemy’s schemes because of his deep relationship with the Lord. He knew what God had called Him to and he was not going to stop the work of his hands until God said so. These persistent distractions didn’t line up with the characteristics of God’s heart. Nehemiah only knew that because, he knew His father and trusted His heart. hands. 

"As distractions come, we need to begin taking note of them. Write down what the topic is, how it makes you feel, and when it seems to happen most often. In my experience, it shows so clearly the tactics the enemy is deploying. Just like Nehemiah, we need to turn them over to the Lord and ask Him to strengthen my hands and my obedience to Him."


"Lord, this season has felt like a never-ending scheme of distractions. Father, stir up in me the reminder to write down the topics, feelings, and seasons which come to me most. I pray that as I grow in my awareness of these distractions in my life, that I will more quickly hand them over to you and seek your truth.

"Thank you for being a good Father who desires nothing more than for His children to turn to Him in all moments of our days. Help me to do that this today.

In Jesus’s name, Amen."


Printable Issue 4430  Today is Friday, April 16th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4430
Several weeks ago in an ecumenical Bible study, we looked at what we say. Is it positive? Or negative? Does it build others up? Or not?

There were five words that spelled THINK. Is it:







"If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them,
and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth,
but didn't love others,
I would only be making a noise.

~ I Corinthians 13:1 LAB


Printable Issue 4431  Today is Monday, April 19th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4431
"Faith is the ability to feel so sure of God that no matter how dark the day,

there is no doubt as to the outcome.

For God's people, there is a Glorious Future!!"

~ Taken from Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 373

Printable Issue 4432  Today is Tuesday, April 20th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4432
Yesterday's inspirational thought by Max Lucado:

Enough to Save You
“Some people feel so saved that they never serve. Some serve at the hope of being saved. Does one of those sentences describe you? Do you feel so saved that you never serve? So content in what God has done that you do nothing? The fact is, we’re here to glorify God in our service.

“Or is your tendency the opposite? Perhaps you always serve for fear of not being saved. You’re worried there’s some secret card that exists with your score written on it and your score is not enough. Is that you? Then you need to know this: the blood of Jesus is enough to save you. John 1:29 announces that Jesus is ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’ The blood of Christ doesn’t cover your sins, conceal your sins, postpone your sins, or diminish your sins. It takes away your sins, once and for all. And since you are saved, you can serve with joy.”

Printable Issue 4433  Today is Wednesday, April 21st, 2021; Karen's Korner #4433
"Give your burdens to the Lord.
He will not permit the godly 
to slip or fall.
He will carry them.."

~ Psalm 55'22 LAB


Bible Commentary:  " In our relationship with God, it's easy to continue to carry our own burdens. He wants to carry our burdens, but often we continue to bear them even when we say we are trusting in Him. The same strength that carries us can also carry our burdens."

Printable Issue 4434  Today is Thursday, April 22nd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4434
I have said more than once any terrorist attack which could happen in the 'outside', would never be a match for any terrorist attack I have had on my 'inside':

Yesterday's entry from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence".

"Let Me control you mind. The mind is the most restless, unruly part of mankind. Long after you have learned the discipline of holding your tongue, your thoughts defy your will and set themselves up against Me. Man is the pinnacle of My creation, and the human mind is wondrously complex. I risked all by granting you freedom to think for yourself. This is godlike privilege, forever setting you apart from animals and robots. I made you in My image, precariously close to deity.

"Though My blood has fully redeemed you, your mind is the last bastion of rebellion. Open yourself to My radiant Presence, letting My Light permeate your thinking. When My Spirit is controlling your mind, you are filled with Life and Peace."

~ Taken from Genesis 1:26 & 27; Romans 8:6


Printable Issue 4435  Today is Friday, April 23rd, 2021; Karen's Korner #4435
In my Life Application Bible, there is several paragraphs to introduce each chapter. It was first published in 1971; fifty years ago.

It doesn't seem that human nature has changed much in that time. Nor has God and His Love:

"Truth and love are frequently in our world, but seldom practiced.

"From politicians to salesmen, people conveniently ignore or conceal facts and use words to enhance positions or sell products. Perjury is common, and integrity and credibility are endangered species. It is not surprising that we have to 'swear' to tell the truth.

"And what about love? Our world is filled with its words -- popular songs, greeting cards, media, counselors, and romantic novels shower us with notions and dreams of ethereal, idyllic relationships and feelings. Real love, however, is scarce -- selfless giving, caring, sharing, and even dying if need be. We yearn to love and be loved, but see few living examples of real love.

"Christ is the antithesis of society's prevailing values - falsehood, and self-centeredness -- for He is Truth and Love in person. Therefore, all who claim loyalty to Him must be committed to these ideas, following and living the truth, and acting with love toward one another."


"If we love God, we will do what He tells us to. And He has told us from the very first to love each other." 
~ 2 John 1:5

Printable Issue 4436  Today is Monday, April 26th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4436

"Let everyone give all their praise and
thanks to the Lord!
Here's why--he's better than anyone
could ever imagine.
Yes, he's always loving and kind,
and his faithful love never ends.
So go ahead -- let everyone know it!
Tell the world how he broke through
and delivered you from the power of
darkness and
has gathered us together from all over
the world.
He has set us free to be his very own!
Some of us once wandered in the
wilderness like desert nomads,
with no true direction or dwelling place.
Starving, thirsting, staggering,
we became desperate and filled with despair.
Then we cried out, 'Lord, help us!
Rescue us!' And he did!

~ Psalm 107:1-6, The Passion Translation


Printable Issue 4437  Today is Tuesday, April 27th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4437
A recent inspirational thought by Max Lucado sent to subscribers weekdays.


It’s nice to be included. You aren’t always. Universities exclude you if you aren’t smart enough. Businesses exclude you if you aren’t qualified enough. And sadly, some churches exclude you if you aren’t good enough. But though they may exclude you, Christ includes you. When asked to describe the width of his love, he stretched one hand to the right and the other hand to the left and had them nailed in that position so you would know he died loving you.

Surely there has to be a limit to this love. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But David the adulterer never found it. Paul the murderer never found it. Peter the liar never found it. When it came to life, they hit bottom. But when it came to God’s love, they never did. How wide is God’s love? Wide enough for the whole world, and you’re included.

Printable Issue 4438  Today is Wednesday, April 28th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4438
Taken from the first (and only) chapter of Jude; the last two verses. Jude is a short book of the Bible, just before Revelation.

These verses talk about 'freedom from sin' and 'new bodies'. Sounds like a good deal to me!

"And now -- all glory to him who alone is God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord; yes, splendor and majesty, all power and authority are his from the beginning; his they are and his they evermore shall be. And he is able to keep you from slipping and falling away; and to bring you, sinless and perfect, into his glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy. Amen."

~ Jude 1:24 & 25 LAB

Bible Commentary: "To be sinless and perfect (without blemish) will be the ultimate condition of the believer when he or she finally sees Christ face to face. When we are given our new bodies, we will be like Christ (I John 3:2). Coming into Christ's presence will be more wonderful than we could ever imagine."


Printable Issue 4439  Today is Thursday, April 29th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4439
This is something emailed to me several days ago by Charlotte Linden. The Lindens lived in Clarion a number of years ago, when her husband Eric was a school teacher here. He died a number of months ago.

This poem talks about enduring grief. It is a good one. I can remember asking Jim's cousin Wilma Aldrich, how long it took her to 'get over' her mom's unexpected death at 'not a very old age'. Her reply, "You don't get over it. You just get used to it.":

I had my own notion of grief.
I thought it was the sad time
That followed the death of 
someone you love.
And you had to push through it
To ge to the other side
But I'm learning there is no other side.
There is no pushing through
But rather,
There is absorption.
And grief is not something you complete. 
But rather, you endure.
Grief is not a task to finish
And move on,
But an element of yourself --
An alternation of your being,
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.

Printable Issue 4440  Today is Friday, April 30th, 2021; Karen's Korner #4440
An inspirational thought sent to me yesterday by our Uncle Bud. It is from 'daily bread' and is signed 'the crossmaker'. I enjoyed it and hope you will too! Have a good weekend.

"Have you ever struggled in your own abilities? If we were all sitting in the room together, I would expect all hands to be raised when this question was asked.

"The world will tell you and remind you of what your failures are. With this much negative feedback, we sometimes forget who is working in our favor; He is the One who can accomplish everything. 'Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.' Ephesians 3:20-21.

"Thank God today! Thank Him for the things you know He brought you through and even the things you have yet to discover He brought you through. Thanksgiving always puts our hearts in the right perspective with Him, so thank Him often.

"Be blessed and stay safe.
the crossmaker"