SILK PURSE – SOWS EAR

I may be dating myself here, but have you ever heard the old saying “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear?” The meaning is somewhat self explanatory but let me explain what I am getting at with this analysis. A sow or pig’s ear is all …

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A BIBLE OF HIS OWN

I have always had a hard time understanding how one went about introducing people to my faith and beliefs in such a way that there might be an acceptance, or at least the hope of not meeting with outright rejection. There have been some notable disasters which this amateur evangelist …

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THE POWER OF PRAYER

As the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal noted, we have a God-shaped void in our lives that can only be filled by God. When Neil’s brother Frank died, his wife Germaine sent some of his belongings to my husband. There was quite an age gap between these brothers, as …

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LIFE IS A CALLING

It’s vitally important how we view life. Some feel they’re just an accident and as a result they drift through life with little purpose. Others really haven’t thought about it and so they get caught up in a mindless cycle of daily living. Others however truly believe that God created …

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MY CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN

But our Citizenship is in Heaven, and we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ – Philippians 3:20 I wrote this many years ago when I applied for my United States citizenship at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. It was a weird day filled with errors and …

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CRUMBLING IN CHAOS by Paul Hooper

I want to start by asking you a question that has been on my heart for some time. When the world around us seems to be crumbling in chaos, how does God want His children to respond? Let’s spend some time in the scriptures discovering answers to this question starting …

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New Year – New Beginning

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but …

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YEARS END

YEARS END The Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions O LOVE BEYOND COMPARE, You are good when you give, when you take away, when the sun shines upon me, when night gathers over me. You have loved me before the foundation of the world, and in …

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WHAT LOVE!

What Love… A little babe in manger lay mother beside Him — with love did gaze upon her babe in swaddling clothes The Son of God — an angel disclosed. What love What faith What gift divine Sent from Heaven for all mankind. What love This willing Savior gave so …

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Jesus Birth Prophesied

JESUS BIRTH PROPHESIED in ISAIAH 9: 2, 6-7 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on …

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GIVER OF GIFTS

As I sit here typing, the weather outside is cold and it’s suppose to snow but it isn’t here yet, but winter has arrived!  For those who live here, it is beginning to ‘Feel a lot like Christmas’.  Not like a Bethlehem Christmas weather wise, but Jesus is the ‘Reason …

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Snow Flakes and Prayers

Snowflakes & Prayers  –  Scuttlebutt from the Pulpit I sat in the predawn darkness praying and watching the uncountable swirling snowflakes in the halo of the street light. Many thoughts about them came into mind as I prayed. It never ceases to amaze me that something so fragile, so feather …

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Life’s A Bowl of Cherries

1) I’m at a place in my life where errands start to count as going out. 2) I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit. 3) I loved approaching 80, I learned something new every day and then forgot five other …

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Expectation! Anticipation! Realization!

Helen Steiner Rice – A Collection of Encouragement God gives us a power we so seldom employ, For we’re so unaware it is filled with such joy. The gift that God gives us is anticipation, Which we can fulfill with sincere expectation, For there’s power in belief when we think …

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ITCHING EARS

The Bible warns of a time when “…men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and …

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A Prayer of Thankfulness

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are …

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STEDFAST SPIRIT WITHIN

Karen’s Sculpture, “The Spirit Within” Create in me a clean heart, O God,  And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Steadfast – Immovable, firm in purpose, belief, faith, firmly established, unwavering, loyal. When God took my husband Neil home almost eleven years ago, I would say that grief …

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Tattered Wings

I recall a summer like this circa 1985 or so. High temperatures everyday. No rain, no summer breeze. Just hot, sticky. Back then I was one of the owners of Odd’s Bodkin, a Jean store and video rental outlet. Everyday after work, we could hardly wait to lock up for …

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SEND LAZARUS!

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.  Proverbs 16:20 Lately I was reading Luke 16:19:31 about the rich man (his name is never given) and the beggar Lazarus where the Scripture begins with … “There was a rich man who was …

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MY HOPE!

MY HOPE! My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand; Edward Mote 1797-1874 William …

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It Is Finished!

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”  With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John 19:30 These are the last words recorded that Jesus spoke before His death on the Cross. It begs the question, ‘What did He finish?’ The words themselves imply …

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WHAT SATAN CANNOT DO

WHAT SATAN CANNOT DO! Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:1-2 Satan is a name for the Devil as well as Lucifer which means ‘shining one’. The supremely Evil Spirit who is the enemy of …

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Planter or Sower?

Back when I was young in Christian maturity, my thinking about the meaning of the words ‘Disciple and Apostle’ were that they pretty well meant one and the same thing. Not so I learned from my Bible dictionary which stated that ‘Disciple’ means ‘follower or learner’. Someone who follows another …

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POEM – SHED BLOOD

SHED BLOOD Thank You Lord Jesus for victory in the shedding of Your blood on Calvary. My sin upon Your shoulders my debt paid in full, Dear suffering Servant. Heaven’s entry guaranteed, unworthy soul that I am washed white from Crimson Red. Empty tomb of sacrificial grace leads me to …

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GOD IS . . .

GOD IS . . . If we as Christians believe God’s word to be true, why do we feel the happenings in this world are not under His control? Why do we feel hopeless when we hear of ‘Wars and rumors of wars’. Why do we fear? Have we forgotten …

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COURAGE vs CORONA

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 What is courage? The dictionary’s definition is . . . “The quality of mind or spirit that enables a …

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A Liberated Woman

What does it mean to be a liberated woman? In the sixties this became a hot topic for women wanting equality with men in jobs and pay which continues to this day but has morphed as I see it, into a militant negativity towards women as well as men. In …

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Give Up Now and Avoid the Rush

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor.4:17-18 Years ago a …

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EACH DAY

Dredging the bottom looking for the mirror Bible in hand, is anything clearer? The twists and turns someone will say What is the start, where is the end, why must we pray? I am but new to the divine path Dodging and weaving am I escaping wrath? Some things seem …

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Covid-19 Relief Jokes

Covid-19 Relief Jokes 1) 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people. 2) The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the     house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! 3) Day 7 at home and the dog is …

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ONCE UPON A TIME

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you. 1 Peter 5:6 Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there was a young girl who lived for one year with her family of six in a …

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SOMETIMES A LIGHT SURPRISES

SOMETIMES A LIGHT SURPRISES William Cowper (words) Craig Courtney (music) Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings; It is the Lord who rises with healing in His wings: When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again A season of clear shining, to cheer it after rain. In …

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The Monday Memo by Glen Pitts

For years the world has enjoyed the success of advancements in many areas. In countless ways we are much better off than our forefathers.  Even I can remember horse-drawn milk delivery wagons, ice boxes to keep food from spoiling and scrub boards to wash clothes.  But – has all our …

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COME AS YOU ARE!

Jesus invitation was and is today, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28  This month I’m writing about a time when the church I was attending was in a period of unrest.  A time when Satan had planted …

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DOWNSIZING!

The Lord is a Warrior – Jehovah is His Name! From sinking sand He lifted me, With tender hand He lifted me, From shades of night to plains of light, O praise His name, He lifted me!    Gabriel As most of you know, I have been sidetracked from my writing …

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THE ESCAPE HATCH!

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!                                                                Revelation 3:15 After years of disobedient living the above words from the Lord jumped out at me.  The ‘Good Life’ which in reality is not good at all, but …

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SERVANTS OF THE LORD

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23 In any organization, one does not see or hear about all the workers that are laboring behind the scenes to keep things flowing smoothly. Some do it out of love for their job, for …

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HONESTLY HONEST

The one who lives righteously and speaks rightly, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil– he will dwell on the heights; his refuge will be the rocky fortresses, his …

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HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN

HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN –  Syb Brodie Hello my EncouraGem friends and followers. I am basking in blessings here in California, and having an uplifting time with my sons and their families. I am staying at one sons home half way up the San Bernardino mountain which is very …

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE WORDS

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE WORDS 1) The meaning of opaque is unclear. 2) I wasn’t going to get a brain transplant but then I changed my mind. 3) Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming. 4) A man tried to assault me with milk, cream …

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Treasures In Leather

 For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.   Romans 6:14 When in a store lineup waiting to check out and someone comes up behind me with just a few items, I will often tell them to go ahead.  Jokingly …

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EVERYDAY MIRACLES

“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your powers among the peoples.”  Psalm 77:14 It seems anyone’s thought on miracles surrounds grand happenings or gestures which have profound effects in life.  From water to wine, from invalid to health, from death to life this is often where we go …

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Tough Teacher

 A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body.  It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to …

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