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Psalm 46 Verse 10

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
       I will be exalted among the nations,
       I will be exalted in the earth."

Romans 6:22 (New International Version)


22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.


Worth Reading and Thinking About




A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.





It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.





Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.





"Jack, did you hear me?"





"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.





"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.





"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.







"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said





"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.





As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.





The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.



Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly.





"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.





"The box is gone," he said





"What box?" Mom asked.





"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.





It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.



"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."



It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.



Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.





"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.





Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:





"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."







"The thing he valued most was...my time"





Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.





"I need some time to spend with my son," he said.





"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"





"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,"



Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.



1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.





2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.



3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.





4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.





5. You mean the world to someone.





6. If not for you, someone may not be living.





7. You are special and unique.





8. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.



9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.



10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.



11. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.



12. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.



13. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy.



14. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great

Something To Think About

 
   I f you're spiritually alive, you're going to love this!  If you're
> > spiritually dead, you won't want to read it.  If you're spiritually
> curious, there is still hope!
>
> > Why Go To Church?
> > A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained
> > that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30
years  now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like  3,000
sermons
> >  But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them...  So, I
> think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving
> sermons at all."
>  This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column,
much
> to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote
this
> clincher:
>  "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some
> 32 000 meals. But, for the life of me, ! I cannot recall the entire menu
for
> a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me
and
> gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me
> > these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not
gone
> to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
>  When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the
> > invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank
God
> > for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
>  All right... now that you're done reading send it on!!! I think everyone
> > should read this!! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say,
> "Jesus, could you get that for me?!!

Twinkies and Root Beer
By: Author Unknown

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer, and he started on his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase.

He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted. They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, yet they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave. Before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own home a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her neighbor was stunned by the look of peace on her face, and she asked, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" She replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." But before her neighbor responded,she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Will someone see God in your smile or kind deeds? Maybe they're not even looking for God, but may see Him in the kindness you show. Isn't that what we're here for? It might be a stranger, someone you work with, a family member or friend. Let them see God in you. Show His love in all you do today

THE REAL TWELVE DAYS Of CHRISTMAS

On the first day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Salvation full and
free.

On the second day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Everlasting life, and Salvation full and free.

On the third day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Peace in my Heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the fourth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Love for all men; Peace in my heart, Everlasting life, and Salvation full and free.

On the fifth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the sixth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the seventh day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me A Body Glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the eighth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me A Robe and a Crown, A Body Glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the ninth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Mansions above, A Robe and a Crown, A body Glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the tenth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me Streets of pure gold, Mansions above, A Robe and a Crown, A Body Glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the eleventh day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me A thousand songs to sing, Streets of pure gold, Mansions above, A Robe and a Crown, A Body Glorified, Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the twelfth day of CHRISTmas, JESUS gave to me
Eternity that's free,
A thousand songs to sing,
Streets of pure gold,
Mansions above,
A Robe and A Crown,
A Body Glorified,
Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men,
Peace in my heart,
Everlasting life
and Salvation full and free!


To Everything There is a Purpose and a Reason for Every Thing Under Heaven. 
Peace on Earth & Goodwill to All
Love, Joy, Peace, Faith, Happiness, Trust, Understanding, Hope, Patience and..........Belief...
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WORTH READING ANY TIME OF THE YEAR

THE LORD'S BASEBALL GAME

 

   
Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game.  The Lord's team was
playing Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to
zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued
to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was Love. Love swung
at the first pitch and hit a single, because Love never fails. The next
batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love.
  The next batter up was named Godly wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the
first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: Ball one. Three
more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly wisdom never swings at
what Satan throws. The bases were loaded. The Lord then turned to Bob and
told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate
stepped Grace. Bob said, "He sure doesn't look like much!" Satan's whole
team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound
up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball
harder than anyone had ever seen.  But Satan was not worried; his center
fielder let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right
through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground;
then it continued over the fence for a home run! The Lord's team won. The
Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get
on base but could not win the game. Bob answered that he did not know why.
The Lord explained, "If your love, faith and wisdom had won the game you
would think you had done it by yourself. Love, faith and wisdom will get you
on base, but only My Grace can get you home. My Grace is the one thing Satan
cannot steal.

- Anonymous

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I’m just sittin’ here enjoying my coffee and drinkin’ from my saucer.  While you have your first cup of coffee, sit back and listen to some music and read about the word HELLO.

Have you ever thought what this word stands for? Someone told me a long time ago what “HELLO” actually meant.  It has made me smile when I say “HELLO” ever since!!

The word H E L L O means:

H = How are you?

E = Everything all right?

L = Like to hear from you

L = Love to see you soon!

O = Obviously, You are my friend..so, HELLO!

Just thinking of you!

I only sent this to people that I knew would NOT break the chain

or that believe in the power of prayer.

May today there be peace within you. May you trust your God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our  wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

Hope you are drinking from your saucer too.....

 


I've never made a fortune, and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.


Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
 
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.


I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.


If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.


When I think of how many people in this world have it worse
than I do, I realize just how 
blessed we really are.


Don't be too busy today...Share this inspiring message with friends and family.

 

 

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures forever

This story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa.
 
One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the Labour ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive, as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator).
 
We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.
 
Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle.   She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). "And it is our last hot water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.
 
"All right," I said, "put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the Door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm."
 
The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.
 
During prayer time, one ten-year old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African Children. "Please, God" she prayed, "send us a water bottle. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon."
 
While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, "And while You are about it, would You Please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?"
 
As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say, "Amen." I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything, the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator! Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' Training School, a message was sent that there was a Car at my front door.
 
By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there, on the veranda, was a large twenty-two pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.
 
Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting.
 
Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.  Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the ... Could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out - yes, a brand-new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I Had not truly believed that He could. Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, "If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly too!"
 
Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone!  She had never doubted!
 
Looking up at me, she asked: "Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that God really loves her?"
 
That parcel had been on the way for five whole months. Packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child -
five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that afternoon."
 
"Before they call, I will answer" (Isaiah 65:24). This awesome prayer takes less than a minute. When you receive this, say the prayer, that's all you have to do. No strings attached. Just send it on to whomever you want - but do send it on. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
 
Let's continue praying for one another Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now. I am asking You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence to work through them. Where there is tiredness or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, guidance, and strength as they learn submission to Your leading. Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your
nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You. Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage. Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over my friend's life.
 
Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it.   
 
 
"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."

Music Steven Curtis Chapman

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