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+++ The Christian Banner - March 2014 +++
 
 

Let There Be Peace on Earth
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The late Jill Jackson Miller, author of "Let There Be Peace on Earth" described events in her early life that developed her unique philosophy of Peace.
 

Miller movingly spoke of her early life--how she became an orphan as a young girl, and her difficult journey through foster care, that led her into despair and attempted suicide. She describes that it was then that she realized the presence of a higher power in her life and how she eventually came to write the song. It is a song that has rippled and spread around the world, taking on a life of its own and changing history as people began to live the message and share the song.

 

"And when I attempted suicide and I didn't succeed, I knew for the first time unconditional love--which God is. God is unconditional love. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die and something happened to me which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and knew I was here for a purpose."

 
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After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year outside of New York City, New York scientists found traces of copper cable dating back 100 years. They came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a Los Angeles, California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet somewhere just outside Oceanside. Shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: "California archaeologists report a finding of 200 year old copper cable, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers."

A couple of weeks ago, a local newspaper in Denton, North Carolina reported the following: "After digging down about 30 feet deep in his pasture near Asheboro, Bubba, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, North Carolina had already gone wireless.”

 
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Matthew 16:26 (KJV)

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 
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Christians Beware!

Written & Submitted by: Richard Lewallen

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


1 Peter 5:8
(KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Satan’s number one target is the Christians most precious asset – relationships. In the church, in the work place or at home, the devil is always looking for an opening where he can stir the pot of discord.

 

The devil knows it only takes one careless comment and he can take control. Our words are nothing to be reckless with because the devil is the enemy of all good relationships. He will use our careless comments to haunt us for weeks, months, and even years down the road. Satan will disarm you spiritually and take away the joy of your salvation. Satan will take away your witness, and your prayer life will become fruitless.

 
 
1 John 4:4 (KJV)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

The ultimate price we’ll have to pay is just too great for letting our guard down. We must live close to the Lord. If we stand firmly on the Word of God, we can resist the devil’s fiery darts. If we don’t consider the impact of our words on others, in a moment of anger, the devil can take away from our lives what it took us years to achieve. Preventive maintenance is the best course to take, whether it’s our cars or our spiritual lives.

 
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Life’s Joy

Author Unknown
Copied & Submitted by: Lela Trotter

God gives us joy that we may give;
He gives us love that we may share;
Sometimes He gives us loads to lift
That we may learn to bear.
For life is gladder when we give,
And love is sweeter when we share,
And heavy loads rest lightly, too,
When we have learned to bear.

 
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Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, 'If you'll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.' 

 

The boy replied, 'I don't think I'll be there... You don't even know your way to the post office.'

 
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Safe from the Storm

Written & Submitted by: Pat Lewallen

On Wednesday, 02/12/14, I witnessed an unusual sight I had never seen before. Richard and I were trying to make our way home during a snowstorm that got really ugly in a very short time. The temperature was several degrees below freezing. Heavy snow was falling steady and the wind was blowing so hard it was difficult to see where the road ended and the ditch began.   

We decided to stop by the store on our way home for a few things we needed. I was looking out the passenger window when I saw an enormous black area out in a snow covered field. At first it looked like an oil spill. As we got closer, all I could see was a vast number of black birds and Canadian geese on the ground. There was no way I could have ever counted them all. It was an awesome sight to see all the birds hunkered down together in the large field. The birds needed protection from the snowstorm. They knew they needed to stay close together for their warmth and safety. I immediately thought of the song “Till the Storm Passes By.” The birds had found a way to stay safe from the storm until it passed by.

I’ve faced storms in my life that caused me great distress and tested my faith. Jesus has been faithful every time to help me through each storm. You may be going through a difficult storm in your life now. You can’t see a way out. Don’t give up. You don’t have to face the storms of life alone. Jesus can be your best Friend and Savior too! You can ask the Lord to always be with you and to protect you. He can lead you safely out of every storm that might come your way. 

(Chorus to “Till the Storm Passes By” - song written by Mosie Lister, 1958)

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
 
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My Answer by Rev. Billy Graham
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Question:

I'm pregnant, and now my boyfriend wants nothing to do with me. I thought having a baby would bring us together, but it didn't. Now I have to decide if I'm going to keep the baby or have an abortion. I'm so confused. Nothing is turning out the way I hoped it would. What should I do?

 
Answer:

One of life’s hardest lessons (and one that I’m afraid some of us never learn) is that bad decisions always result in bad consequences — always. And hard as it may be for you to admit, you’re a victim of the bad decisions you’ve made.

 

But don’t make things worse by making more bad decisions! That little child growing within you isn’t just a piece of useless tissue, to be thrown away and forgotten (as some contend). He or she is a person, incomplete and not fully formed as yet, but a person nevertheless in the eyes of God. God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5).

It may not be realistic for you to raise this child, but countless childless couples today would be thrilled to have the opportunity to do so. God has a way of turning the hard places in our lives into good, and this could be true for you. Placing your child up for adoption may not be easy for you in the short term, but later it could bring you great joy and peace.

 

The most important thing you need to do, however, is to turn to Jesus and open your life to Him. God loves you, and He wants to mend your hurts and give you hope for the future. With Christ in your heart, this can happen — beginning today.

 
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Just Checking In
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A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day,
Decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray.

Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle,
The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby and his coat was worn and frayed.
The man knelt, he bowed his head, then rose and walked away.

In the days that followed, each noon time - came this chap,
Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister's suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear,
He decided to stop the man and ask him, "What are you doing here?"

The old man said, he worked down the road - Lunch was half an hour.
Lunchtime was his prayer time, for finding faith, strength and power.

"I stay only moments, see, the factory is so far away;
As I kneel here talking to the Lord, this is kinda what I say:

"I just came again to tell you Lord, how happy I have been,
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin.

Don't know much of how to pray, but I think about you everyday.
So, Jesus, this is Jim - just checking in."

The minister feeling foolish, told Jim that was fine.
He told the man he was welcome to come and pray anytime.

"Time to go", Jim smiled, and said "thanks" as he hurried to the door.
The minister knelt at the altar, he'd never done that before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, and met with Jesus there.
As the tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Jim's prayer:


"I just came again to tell you Lord, how happy I have been,
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin.

Don't know much of how to pray, but I think about you everyday.
So, Jesus, This is me - just checking in."

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Jim had not come.
As more days passed with no sign of Jim, he began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill.
The hospital staff was worried, but Jim had given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them, he brought changes in the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious - changed people, were his reward.

The head nurse couldn't understand why Jim was so glad,
When no flowers, calls or cards came, not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by Jim's bed, he voiced the nurse's concern.
No friends came to show they cared, he had nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up and with a winsome smile -
"The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, that in here all the while,

Every day at noon - He's here, a dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, takes my hand, leans over and says to me:

"I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM,
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND THIS WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP,
AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.
I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY,
AND I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERY DAY,
AND SO JIM, THIS IS JESUS ... CHECKING IN."

 

 
 
 
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The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Written by: Mark Gregston
www.heartlightministries.org/ParentingTodaysTeens
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Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved passages in the Bible. And even though it was written thousands of years ago, it still delivers hope and comfort … even to parents of teenagers!
 
King David wrote these words: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
 
As a parent of teens, maybe you feel like you’re in the “valley of the shadow of death”! The journey is scary and unknown. The path seems dangerous and unending.
 
The good news is this: God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. So even though David wrote those words centuries ago … you can find hope right now.  If you’re in the “valley,” take heart. God is with you!
 
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Little Things
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Submitted by: Lela Trotter
 
It was only a kindly smile he gave
As he passed along the way
But it lifted a load from a weary heart
And brightened a dreary day
 
It was only a cheery word he spoke
But it made his brother strong
And gave him courage anew to tread
The road he must walk along
 
It was only a helping hand he gave
To a struggler on life’s road
Who was struggling on through the weary way
So tired beneath life’s load
 
Such little things in the world’s cold eye
But the Master he served could see
The love in his heart He whispered low
You have done it unto me.
 
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The Need for Love
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 
We had to stop by my brother Johnny’s house to pick up Momma. I got out of the car and I just knew what would happen. I would be welcomed by the dog. His name is Pete. I call him Pete Dog. He likes to jump up on me so he can get my full attention. He wants me to rub his head and talk to him. Today, Pete Dog was no where in sight. I thought that maybe he was in his dog house sleeping and I’d see him before we had to leave.
 
I went on in the house, got Momma and helped her out to the car. I still didn’t see Pete Dog anywhere. We were about to leave when Johnny walked up and greeted us. Then I saw Pete Dog. That explained why he hadn’t greeted me. Pete Dog had been with Johnny the whole time. I told Johnny we would see him later that day. Johnny sat down on the front steps and Pete Dog sat just as close to Johnny as he could. Johnny put his right arm around Pete Dog and started loving on him. I saw Johnny take his arm away. Pete Dog immediately threw his head back and bumped Johnny’s shoulder. Johnny quickly responded by putting his arm back around Pete Dog. I could read that dog like a book. He was letting Johnny know, “I want your love!”
 
Jesus wants our love too. He speaks to our hearts and He waits for a response back from us. I remember the many times Jesus spoke to my heart as I was growing up. He was always faithful in seeking a response from me. We humans find it so hard to answer God’s call for our love. The greatest event in my life was the day I accepted Jesus into my heart. I’m so grateful to Jesus for the Holy Spirit that continues to touch my heart. I thank Jesus every day for loving me and letting me know He wants my love too.
 
February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It is known around the world as a day to show your love for that special someone in your life. Every day is a good day to show Jesus your love. If you will accept Jesus into your heart, you’ll find He likes to nudge up close to you so you can love Him. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior and Friend, you’re missing out on the greatest love of your life.
 
I like the following verse written by Kirk Talley. It puts into words my love for my Jesus:
 
Lord, I want to love You more
Than I ever have before
You’re so easy to adore
Lord, I want to love You more
 
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Computering People
Written by: Steve Johnson
San Jose Mercury News - 12/20/2013

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It's likely the world in the not-so-distant future will be increasingly populated by computerized people like Amal Graafstra. The 37-year-old doesn't need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer. He's programmed them to unlock at the mere wave of his hands, which are implanted with radio frequency identification tags. The rice-size gadgets work so well, the Seattle resident says, he's sold similar ones to more than 500 customers through his company “Dangerous Things.”
 
The move in the Bay Area and beyond to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via "smart tattoos" could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another. Critics call the trend intrusive, even sacrilegious. But others say it ultimately will make life better for everybody. Some researchers and executives envision a day when devices placed in people will enable them to control computers, prosthetic devices and many other things solely with their thoughts.
 
"In the next 10 to 20 years we will see rapid development in bioengineered and man-machine interfaces," predicted Graafstra, who wrote a book about the technology, adding that the trend is going to "push the boundaries of what it means to be human."
 
In a patent application made public in November, Google’s Motorola Mobility branch proposed an "electronic skin tattoo" for the throat -- with a built-in microphone, battery and wireless transceiver -- that would let someone operate other devices via voice commands.
 
Among the most widely anticipated uses for implants, smart pills and electronic tattoos are medical. Some fear implants might become mandatory for health insurance or jobs.
 
After learning about a Cincinnati video surveillance firm that required employees to have a chip inserted in them, California Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, introduced a bill that became law in 2008 forbidding anyone in this state from making similar demands.
 
Two years later, when the Virginia House of Delegates passed a similar measure, some of the lawmakers -- citing biblical references about the Antichrist -- denounced implanted chips as "the mark of the beast."
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Revelation 13:14-18 (KJV)
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
 
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
 
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
 
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
 
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
 
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My Morning Adventure
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Today did not start out how I planned it. It actually started out all wrong! I woke up a little early, determined to get to work a few minutes before normal. When I left my house however, my car only made a little over half a mile. It ran out of gas! Ugh, I couldn’t believe it…a gas station was not even 30 yards away!! But God had something in store. I walked back to my house -in my new heels to make matters worse- and grabbed a gas jug –that was, of course, empty- then started my trek back up the road.
 
Now, this particular gas station I have avoided for several years now because of something the owner got in trouble for a while back. To be transparent, I have not had very nice thoughts or feelings about this man ever since news got out of his mistake. But, I couldn’t avoid it this time, and as I walked up to the store, something surprising happened. He came right out and asked how much gas I needed and he was going to pump my gas for me! When he realized my car was on the side of the road, he immediately went in to get the two older gentlemen inside. They insisted on pushing my car up to the gas pump so that I didn’t have to do so much work!! He treated me like he would a really good friend or family member. It was like a smack in the face. This man that I had deliberately avoided, was so willing and wanting to help me, and I did not deserve it at all!
 
So this morning did not go how I planned and it went all wrong! But God interrupted my morning on purpose, and I am so thankful! How many times has He been right there, ready to help, even though I don’t deserve it. Even though I have been avoiding Him. Even though I have sinned against Him!!! He is always there, always loving, and always showing me His grace that I could not live without!
 
I wanted to share my little morning adventure with this group because it has left me feeling so blessed. I hope and pray that it will help someone else. That you will be reminded today how much God loves YOU. That he thought about YOU before He even created the stars!!! YOU, even though you may be broken or hurt or even mad at Him, are the most important person in the world to Him! I have been ignoring Him for a good while now, and yet, He still is right here, right by my side! “Thank you Father, for never leaving!!! Please open our eyes so that we may see just how much You love us and bless us each day! Give us your grace, that we may share Your love with those who need it most!”
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Funny Things Kids Say About Love
 
"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7
 
No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." -- Mae, age 9
 
"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." -- Dave, age 8
 
"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8
 
The rules goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry her and have kids with her. It's the right thing to do." -- Howard, age 8
 
"Don't forget your wife's name. That will mess up the love." -- Erin, age 8
 
"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." -- Ava, age 8
 
 
 
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Rev. Billy Graham’s Prayer for the New Year
“The Saturday Evening Post” in 2008
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Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year. 

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love. In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need. In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.

Amen.....

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Happy New Year
Written & Submitted by: Lela Trotter

As we go into a new year, I always wonder what it will bring. We know it will bring blessings as well as things we would rather not go through, like death. I like this Bible passage because it tells us what it will bring:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

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Help Yourself
Written by: Bill Crowder
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Recently, I saw a television ad for a restaurant chain that made a dramatic claim. At those restaurants, the ad said you could “Help Yourself to Happiness.” Wouldn’t it be nice if a helping of potatoes or meat or pasta or dessert would be all that was needed to provide happiness? Unfortunately, no restaurant can fulfill that promise.

Happiness is an elusive thing—as we can see in almost every area of life. Our pursuit of happiness may involve food or a host of other things, but, in the end, happiness continues to escape our grasp.

Why? In large measure it’s because the things we tend to pursue do not touch the deepest needs of our hearts. Our pursuits may provide moments of enjoyment, distraction, or pleasure, but the cry of our hearts goes unheard—the cry for help and hope. That is why the psalmist points us to a better way when he says, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Ps. 146:5).

Help yourself? Yes—if we are seeking the happiness found in the Lord. It is only when we entrust ourselves to God and His care that we can find the happiness we seek. Our hope and help are found only in trusting Him.

Father, draw me to Yourself. Remind me that only
in You will I know the real joy and satisfaction that
my heart longs for. Help me to look beyond the
surface things of life to what really matters.

The one who puts God first will have happiness that lasts.

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Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.  ~ Author Unknown

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Alice Harrelson copied this recitation sometime between the time she broke her hip and when she entered the nursing home. Her hand written copy was given to me by her husband Clarence to be used in the Christian Banner. We know Alice is happy and enjoying her new home. Alice, we love you and miss you. One day, we’ll be together again in Heaven.

A Letter from Home
Written by: Author Unknown
Copied by: Mrs. Alice Foster Harrelson (04/15/1932 – 11/26/2013)
Submitted by: Clarence Harrelson

Alice Harrelson

 

When most of us leave home we'll usually call or send a letter to those we love most. I believe if our loved ones that have gone on to be with Jesus could write such a letter today, this is what it might say:

I had a safe trip. The angels carried me safely into Father Abraham's bosom. Oh, the thrill I felt when I met the One who died for me!

And no matter what you've heard, there's just no words to describe the glories that surround Him. I'm satisfied here; every need's been supplied. Just wait till you see my new home!

I'm satisfied because there's no sin here, no murders, no divorce, no abortions, and no need to ever have locks on the doors. Perfect peace reigns here. I'm satisfied because there's no sickness. Why, I've never felt better in my life! I have a brand new body just like Jesus.

And oh, I wish you could hear the singing. David played his harp today, and a great crowd gathered by the river of life and sang a new song. Of course, the angels couldn't sing that song, but they sure were all listening. It's really wonderful here because there are no strangers. Everyone knows me by name. Why, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego showed me around.

Seems like I've been here forever. The weather is great. There's a cool breeze blowing all the time. And you know one of the nicest things, night or darkness never comes. It's light here all the time, for Jesus Himself is the light of the city.

Please remember, I'm safe, I'm satisfied, and I'm not sick anymore. There will be no need for me to write again, because I was told today that nothing here ever changes.

In closing, the only thing that would make this wonderful place more complete is for all my family and friends to join me here in Heaven.

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Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 (KJV)

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“But I Can Trust”
Written by: Ray Pritchard
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Pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor founded the China Inland Mission in 1865. During the terrible days of the Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901), when missionaries were being captured and killed, he went through such agony of soul that he could not pray. Writing in his journal, he summarized his spiritual condition this way: “I can’t read. I can’t think. I can’t pray. But I can trust.”

There will be times when we can’t read the Bible. Sometimes we won’t be able to focus our thoughts on God at all. Often we will not even be able to pray. But in those moments when we can’t do anything else, we can still trust in the loving purposes of our heavenly Father.

Fear not, child of God. No one knows what a day may bring. Who knows if we will all make it through this week? But our God is faithful to keep every one of his promises. Nothing can happen to us except it first passes through the hands of God. If your way is dark, keep on believing. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he cares for you.

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Cathy Medrano recently published an article called “Top 10 Strong Human Fears.” These are the top fears she lists as shared by people everywhere.

 

01.

Failure

02.

Death

03.

Rejection

04.

Ridicule

05.

Loneliness

06.

Misery

07.

Disappointment

08.

Pain

09.

The Unknown

10.

Losing Your Freedom

 

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Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

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As a bagpiper, he played many gigs. Recently he was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. The service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. The bagpiper was not familiar with the backwoods and he got lost. He didn't stop to ask for directions. Arriving an hour late, he saw only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. He felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

He went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. He didn't know what else to do, so he started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. He played out his heart and soul for this homeless man with no family and friends.

And as he played Amazing Grace, the workers and he began to weep. He finished the song, packed up his bagpipes and started for his car. As he opened the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."