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April 2019 Archives

Printable Issue 4001  Today is Monday, April 1st, 2019; Karen's Korner #4001

Here is a Bible verse which I really liked! Hope you do too. Sometimes it isn't the words which impact us as readers, it might be just something we are thinking about or going through.

At any rate it is NO April Fools!


"But didn't he (Abraham) earn his right to heaven

by all the good things he did?

No, for being saved is a gift.

If a person could earn it by being good,

then it wouldn't be free---but it is!

It is GIVEN to those who do NOT work for it.

For God declares sinners to be good in his sight

if they have faith in Christ to save them from God's wrath."

~ Romans 4:4 & 5 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Some people when they earn that we are saved through faith, start to worry. 'Do I have enough faith?' they wonder. 'Is my faith strong enough to save me?' These people miss the point. It is Jesus Christ who saves us, not OUR feelings or actions, and he is strong enough to save us no matter ho weak our faith is. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift, because he loves us, not because we have earned it through our powerful faith. What, then, is the role of faith? Faith is believing and trusting in Jesus Christ, reaching out to accept his wonderful gift of salvation. Faith is effective whether it is great or small, timid or bold----because God loves us!


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Printable Issue 4002  Today is Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4002

A daily inspirational thought from Anne Graham Lotz which I received this morning:


Strong in God's Strength

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

~ Philippians 4:13 NKJV


"I was sitting in an audience when the speaker asked, 'What do you think God expects of you?' I mentally ticked off a list of things I thought God expected of me:  obedience, faithfulness, holiness, love, service. To my astonishment, the speaker went on to say, 'All God ever expects of you is failure!' I wanted to raise my hand and say, 'I can do that! I can live up to the expectations of God! I know I can fail!' But then the speaker added, 'However, He has given you the Holy Spirit so that you need never fail!' Right! Without Christ I can do nothing, but in Him I can do all things!

"The difference between strength and weakness, righteousness and wickedness, success and failure, is Jesus - the Holy Spirit - in me."

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Printable Issue 4003  Today is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019; Karen's Korner #4003

Some short thoughts taken from the vertical margins of the April/May OUR IOWA magazine:


"Money can buy time but not wisdom."

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"Faith means holding on tight when the going gets windy."

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"The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor."

~ Herbert Hoover

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"To lighten life's load, lift the weight from someone else's back."

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"All wise people share one talent in common - the ability to listen."

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"When angry, count to 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100."

~ Thomas Jefferson

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

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"The Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."

~ Martin Luther

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Printable Issue 4004  Today is Thursday, April 4th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4004

(It seems that yesterday's KK didn't get sent like it was supposed to. So this will be the first time you have seen this. Or the 2nd!)


Some short thoughts taken from the vertical margins of the April/May OUR IOWA magazine:


"Money can buy time but not wisdom."

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"Faith means holding on tight when the going gets windy."

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"The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor."

~ Herbert Hoover

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"To lighten life's load, lift the weight from someone else's back."

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"All wise people share one talent in common - the ability to listen."

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"When angry, count to 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100."

~ Thomas Jefferson

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

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"The Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books along, but in every leaf in springtime."

~ Martin Luther

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Printable Issue 4005  Today is Friday, April 5th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4005

(Troubles with my server/sender the last few days. Hard to tell what you might get today. Stay tuned if it doesn't work!)


Something texted to me by friend Jayne,

with a computer graphic:


4 inescapable Truths about HELL:


1. It is a Place of Torment. (Luke 16;23)

2. It Lasts Forever. (Revelation 14:11)

3. There is No Escape. (Matthew 25:46)

4.  You Don't Have to Go There. (2 Peter 3:9)


We chooses our destiny!


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Printable Issue 4006  Today is Monday, April 8th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4006

"But though men can do all things,

they don't know where to find wisdom and understanding."

~ Job 28:12 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "People can perform all kinds of technological wonders. They can find stars invisible to the eye, they visit space, they can store volumes of information on a microchip. But even the greatest scientists, on their own, are at a loss to discover wisdom for their daily lives. Only God can show them where to look to find wisdom because He is the course of wisdom. True wisdom is having God's perspective on life. As the Creator of life, only He knows what is best for His creation. It is fruitless for us to try to become wise merely through our own observations and efforts, because God alone sees the greater purpose for His world."


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Printable Issue 4007  Today is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4007

As we move away from winter and into spring, this is something that was read at church several week's ago. It was written by Dan Cramer for a Lenten devotional our church put together a number of years ago, featuring writings by church members.

Dan, who was a deep thinker, died unexpectedly several years at the age of 61.

Winter's Cleaning

"Winter is not my favorite time of year. I have often said that winter in Iowa would not be so bad if it were not for the cold, the snow, the ice, the wind and the darkness. I do not blame my parents for building a winter home in Arizona one bit.

"Winter does have one redeeming part for a farmer though. It erases all the mistakes I made on the farm during the year. The place where the planter stopped or ran out of seed. The place where the sprayer did not get turned on in time. The places where the rain washed and drowned out the crop. The place where the hail riddled the field.

"Through the year I can see each flaw. Then the harvest and tillage of fall and winter wipe them all out. Next year, as a wiser and more diligent farmer, I learn from these past experiences. I might make mistakes again, but winter always brings another fresh start.

"God's forgiveness is like the cleansing of winter. God mercifully forgives us through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our fields are covered with snow. Then, like more experience and diligent farming, He gives us grace so we can be strengthened and not have to sin again."
Printable Issue 4008  Today is Thursday, April 11th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4008

(Still have uncommon problems with sending/receiving Karen's Korners. Thanks for sticking with me.)


Several weeks ago our church sermon was on forgiveness. While we sometimes have to forgive others, we many times have a harder time forgiving ourselves. We can struggle with things we may have done in the past. Pastor Warren said, "Yesterday ended last night!"


Today's entry by Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence" has some thoughts along those lines:


""This is the day that I have made. Rejoice and be glad in it. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank Me for them. This act of faith frees you from resentment and frees Me to work My ways into the situation, so that good emerges from it.

"To find joy in this day, you must live within its boundaries. I knew what I was doing when I divided time into twenty-four hour segments. I understand human frailty, and I know that you can bear the weight of only one day at a time. Do no worry about tomorrow or get stuck in the past. There is abundant Life in My Presence today."


~ Taken from Psalm 118:24; Philippians 3:13 - 14

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Printable Issue 4009  Today is Friday, April 12th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4009

As we inch closer to our celebrations of Easter, these thoughts by Anne Graham Lotz are good ones.


The Grave Clothes

"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! The looked as thought 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!

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Printable Issue 4010  Today is Saturday, April 13th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4010

(An extra KK today to get '5 for the week'. By doing this, every Friday, last one of the week, ends in a 5 or a 0.)


I renewed my driver's license yesterday. I am in the age category where I can't 'buy' it for five years any longer. I am only allowed for two years at a time.

Today's verse talks about 'old age', which takes in a number of us. But there are still things God wants us to do; among other things is to listen to people who are older yet than we are.


"Even in old age, they will still produce fruit and be vital and green.

This honors the Lord, and exhibits his faithful care.

He is my shelter.

There is nothing but goodness in him."

~ Psalm 92:14 & 15 LAB

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Bible Commentary:  "Honoring God is not limited to young people who are still blessed with physical strength and vitality. Even in old age, devoted believers can produce spiritual fruit. There are many faithful older people who have much to share and teach from a lifetime of living with God. Seek out an elderly friend or relative to tell you about life experiences with the Lord and challenge you to new heights of spiritual living."

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Printable Issue 4011  Today is Monday, April 15th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4011

Failures Are Not Fatal


"Nothing drags more stubbornly than a sack of failures. Could you do it all over again, you'd do it differently. But you can't. And as many times as you tell yourself, 'What's done is done, what you did can't be undone'. That's part of what Paul meant when he said, 'The wages of sin is death.' Can anything be done? What do you do with the stones from life's stumbles?


"Don't we all long for a father who cares for us in spite of our failures? We do have that type of father. A father who is at his best when we are at our worst. A father whose grace is strongest when our devotion is weakest. If your bag is big and bulky, then you're in for some thrilling news:  your failures are not fatal."


~ By Max Lucado


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Printable Issue 4012  Today is Tuesday, April 16th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4012

These Bible verses are taken from a listing given to us gals in a recent Bible study. We need to be reminded often of all the things God wants us to have, as the 'world' tries to tell us many other messages. Most of them not positive.

The listing is for 'daughters', but it could be for 'sons' as well. (Part 1 of 2).


Decrees for God's Daughters


"I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."

~ Ephesians 1:3

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"I am chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that I may be holy and blameless before the Father."

~ Ephesians 1:4

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"I am predestined to adoption as a daughter (son) by the Father through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will."

~ Ephesians 1:5

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"The same love He has for His Beloved One, Jesus, He has for me. And this unfolding plan brings Him great pleasure!"

~ Ephesians 1:6 (TPT)

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"I have redemption through Jesus Christ's blood and the forgiveness of sins."

~ Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 3:14

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"I have obtained an inheritance in Christ."

~ Ephesians 1:11

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"I am sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of my inheritance."

~ Ephesians 1:13 - 14

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"God raised me up in heavenly places to sit with Him in Jesus Christ."

~ Ephesians 2:6

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Printable Issue 4013  Today is Wednesday, April 17th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4013

"He isn't here! He has come back to life again!

Don't you remember what he told you back in Galilee--

that the Messiah must be betrayed into the power of evil men

and be crucified

and that he would rise again on the third day?"

~ Luke 24:6 & 7 LAB


Bible Commentary:  "The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built; without it, there would be no Christian church today. Jesus' resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about Paradise and various holy scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became a man, literally died for his people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule his church forever.

"Why is the resurrection so important? 1) Because Christ was raised from the dead, we know that the Kingdom of Heaven has broken into earth's history. Our world is headed for redemption, not disaster. God's mighty power is at work destroying sin, creating new lives, and preparing us for Jesus' Second Coming. 2) Because of the resurrection, we know that death has been conquered, and we, too, will be raised from the dead to live forever with Christ; 3) The resurrection gives authority to the church's witness in the world.4) The resurrection gives meaning to the church's regular feast, the Lord's Supper. 5) The resurrection helps us find meaning even in the midst of tragedy. No matter what happens to us as we walk with the Lord, who comes in power to save us. 6)The resurrection assures us that Christ is alive and ruling his Kingdom. He is not legend; he is alive and real. 7) God's power that brought Jesus back from the dead is available to us so that we can live for him in an evil world.

"Christians can look very different from one another; they can hold widely varying beliefs about politics, lifestyle, and even theology. But one central belief unities and inspires all true Christians----Jesus Christ rose from the dead!"

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Printable Issue 4014  Today is Thursday, April 18th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4014

"An Eleventh Hour Gift"


"'We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done one thing wrong.' These words were spoken on Skull's hill by a thief. After a life of crime, he's reached the bottom---a crossbeam and three spikes. He begins to wonder who Jesus might be, and he hears the whisper, 'Father, forgive them.'

"When the other criminal hurls an accusation at Jesus, this thief defends him. His statement includes facts that anyone needs to recognize to come to Jesus. We are guilty and he is innocent. He is not on that cross for his sins. He is there for ours. And Jesus performs the greatest miracle of the cross----the miracle of forgiveness. 'Today, you will be with me in paradise.' A sin-soaked criminal is received by a blood-stained Savior.

"Such is the definition of grace."


~ By Max Lucado

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Printable Issue 4015  Today is Friday, April 19th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4015

My friend, Jayne Hanning's mother wrote this "Easter Prayer" on Easter of 1974. Maryellen Basham told her family she most wanted to be remembered for her poetry writings. While Maryellen had been in declining health for a number of years and Jayne served as her primary caregiver, it was surprising to the entire family that she passed away unexpectedly at her home on Easter Day two years ago.

Coincidence? Or God directed? You decide!


Easter Prayer


"I thank thee God, for Christ my King,

Praises to His name I sing;

I thank thee for the life He gave,

That mine and others He might save,

on this, another Easter morn,

I thank thee God, that Christ was born,

To live and then be crucified

For all our sins He bravely died.

To him I owe both heart and soul,

Whose blood was shed to make me whole,

My fervent prayer is to His Glory,

Without, there would be no Easter story."

~ Maryellen Basham

June 2, 1928 - April 16, 2017


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