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Printable Issue 4039  Today is Thursday, May 23rd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4039
"As God's messenger, I (Paul) give each of you God's warning:
Be honest in your estimate of yourselves,
measuring your value by how much faith God has given you."


~ Romans 12:3 LAB


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Bible Commentary:    "We hear a lot about the importance of healthy self-esteem. Paul warns us, however, not to go too far in self-love----another translation says that no on should 'think of himself more highly than we ought to think'. Some of us think too little of ourselves; some think too much. The key to honest and accurate evaluation is knowing the basis of our worth----our new identity in Christ. Apart from Him, we aren't worth very much by eternal standards; in Him, our worth as a creation of God is infinite. Evaluating ourselves by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause us to think too much about our worth in the eyes of others and miss our true value in God's eyes."


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Printable Issue 4038  Today is Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4038
The Dynamics of Mercy



"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.' Jesus says the merciful are shown mercy. Forgiving others allows us to see how God has forgiven us. They dynamic of giving grace is the key to understanding grace. For it is when we forgive us. They dynamic of giving grace is the key to understanding grace. For it is when we forgive others, that we begin to feel what God feels.


"Those who taste God's grace but refuse to share it are tortured by anger; choked by bitterness; and consumed by revenge. But for the one who tastes God's grace and gives it to others, the reward is a blessed liberation. The prison door is thrown open. And the prisoner set free is yourself. Find the face of God who forgave you in the face of your enemy. Then set your enemy and yourself free."



~ by Max Lucado, his daily inspirational thought email from yesterday


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Printable Issue 4037  Today is Tuesday, May 21st, 2019; Karen's Korner #4037
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty ---
you will succeed because of my Spirit,
though you are few and weak."

~ Zechariah 4:6 LAB


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Bible Commentary:   "Many people believe that to survive in this world a person must be tough, strong, unbending and harsh. But God says, 'You will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak." The key words are 'because of my Spirit.' It is only through his Spirit that anything of lasting value is accomplished........ As we live for God, we need to determine not to trust in our own strength or abilities. Instead, we need to depend on God and work in the power of his Spirit!


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Printable Issue 4036  Today is Monday, May 20th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4036

"Daily Bread" is something written by Judy Wade, a pastor and banker, and forwarded to me by our:
 Uncle Bud


"Have you ever thought that God cannot possibly use you? I hear discussions on inability all the time and other times people are afraid to step out and step up for fear of what might come up from the past. Charles Stanley shares, 'We don't serve the Lord because we are perfect......we do because we are thankful for what He has done for us. And the work we do is greater because every time we show His everlasting love to another person, it multiplies and grows.' As I stated yesterday (must be in another post?), 'We love because He first loved us.' 1 John 4:19. He turns the weak into strong. He blesses those who mourn and He gives greater grace at just the right time. Be blessed, dear children."


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Printable Issue 4035  Today is Friday, May 17th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4035
Sometimes everything and everyone seems to be doing well. Sometimes not! Right now, we know of a number of people in our area dealing with health issues. Several are younger people and diagnoses seem to be devastating news.


When that happens, what do we do? A good alternative is to pray and believe. Believe that God will take care of them. Their families. And us.


In 1 Peter 5:7 (LAB) it says, "Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you."


Bible commentary on that same verse:  "Carrying your worries, stress, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. I takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit our need and to let others in His family help you. Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our foolishness are not God's concern. But when we turn to Him, asking for His help and forgiveness, He will bear the weight even of those struggles. Don't submit to circumstances, but to Him who controls circumstances."


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Printable Issue 4034  Today is Thursday, May 16th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4034
Today's email devotion from Max Lucado:


A Satisfied Thirst


"'This cup is the new covenant in my blood,' Jesus explained, holding up the wine. These words recorded in Luke 22:20 must have puzzled the disciples. For generations, the Jews had observed the Passover by sacrificing lambs. It was enough to fulfill the law. But it was not enough to take away sins. Only God could offer an eternal solution.


"Jesus said, 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.' So the thirsty come. A ragged lot we are, bound together by broken dream and collapsed promises. We thirst for righteousness....a clean conscience, a fresh start, and a clean slate. We pray for a hand which will enter the dark cavern of our soul and do for us the one thing we can't do for ourselves----make us right again."



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Printable Issue 4033  Today is Wednesday, May 15th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4033
"Spending time alone with Me is essential for your well-being.
It is not a luxury or an option;
it is a necessity.
Therefore, do not feel guilty about taking time to be with Me.
Remember that Satan is the accuser of believers.
He delights in heaping guilty feelings upon you,
especially when you are enjoying My Presence.
When you feel Satan's arrows of accusation, 
you are probably on the right track.
Use your shield of faith to protect yourself from him.
Talk with Me about what you are experiencing,
and ask Me to show you the way forward.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
Come near to Me,
and I will come near to you.


~ Taken from Revelation 12:10; Ephesians 6:16;James 4: 7- 8


Today's entry.

By Sarah Young "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence"

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Printable Issue 4032  Today is Tuesday, May 14th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4032
Our church has started a series on the book of Acts. I don't know for how many weeks it will be our sermon topics but we were asked by our minister to read Acts. So I started!

The first few verses of chapter 3 tells about Peter and John heading for the Temple for a prayer meeting when a man crippled from birth started pleading with them for money.

"But Peter said, 'We don't have any money for you! But I'll give you something else! I command you in the name of Jesus Christ on Nazareth, WALK!" (verse 6)

The Bible Commentary on this verse says, "The lame beggar asked for money, but Peter gave him something much better----the use of his legs. We often ask God to solve a small problem, but He wants to give us a new life and help for ALL of our problems. When we ask God for help, He may say, 'I've got something even better for you.' Ask God for what you want, but don't be surprised when He gives you what your really need."


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Printable Issue 4031  Today is Monday, May 13th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4031
Anne Graham Lotz mails out a quarterly newsletter titled "Giving You Jesus" as part of her AnGeL Ministries. A

recent one started with a letter to readers with these introductory questions? "Have you ever specifically prayed

for something, only to have the situation get worse?" She listed 'health to improve', 'a job to be more 

productive', 'your child's well being".


"Things got worse for May and Martha," she penned. First, telling Jesus their brother Lazarus was sick, 

following with 'please cone. Do something. Help him. Make our brother well." Then Lazarus died! Jesus said in

John 11:4, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified." And

the rest of the story:  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead!



Last August 17, Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again she wrote, "God seemed to promise from James

5:17, 'Pray for one another that you may be healed'. Rather than be healed before surgery, I went through 

surgery. Rather than the cancer being contained, it was found in a lymph node. Rather than experiencing  

minimum side-effects to chemotherapy, I experienced a severe side effect to my second treatment. Rather than 
 
 stay on schedule, my treatment was delayed for a week, and another chemotherapy infusion was added."


She went on to write, "So........when things get worse, how should you and I respond? With complaints? Self-pity? Fear? Or trust.......

.....that God has a greater purpose than our immediate comfort.

.....that getting what we want, when we want it, is not always for our good or His glory.

.....that our faith is of more value than our physical health.

.....that His strength will be sufficient for each moment of each day.

.....that His blessings will outweigh any trial."


She concluded:  "In this New Year------when things get worse--let's choose to lay our expectations down and 

trust in God alone. Period."


Printable Issue 4030  Today is Saturday, May 11th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4030
A Mother's Day Prayer which will be in tomorrow's bulletin at our church;


"Lord, we pray for all MOTHERS
Beautiful and wonderful they fill the earth
Gracious in Your call they carry life
In a bond of love they bring forth a child.

"We ask You to bless all MOTHERS today
May they feel the joys of motherhood everyday
In all their struggles giving us a livelihood
May Your LOVE and COMPASSION be with them for good.

"May every MOTHER feel today
 The pride and beauty of a family they bear
Through all pain and sorrow Lord deliver them
In Your STRENGTH and GRACE may they always stay.

AMEN!"

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