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Hello from Barbara's Entourage

Never Take Things For Granted!!

Being a Web Master, I expect my web site to be up and running all the time. People come often to check out the new devotionals or to find other great links to explore. I had been gone for a 3 day trip to the mountains, returning Friday night, only to find my site had been down for 2 days! At first, I couldn't get my domain email. Then, I got an email from someone that they couldn't get my site. After checking it out, I called the host of the site. Well, to make a long story short, the ice storm in the Carolinas did my site in for four days! The power was off, and we were out of business. So, that's why you are getting this newsletter later than usual.

Life is a like this - we take it for granted. And, when things start to go wrong, we wonder why. We forget that the Word says that we aren't assured another day, nor another breath. A sickness can knock us off our feet - some might be life threatening. The same with our cars - we expect them to start and run properly each time we insert the key. I had driven my car to church this morning. Then, later, we decided to go out to eat, and upon going into the garage, we discovered antifreeze flowing out from under the car! Just an hour earlier, it was fine!

My car is still out of commission, but, thank goodness, my web site is back up and running. And, now I can get out my newsletter. It's hard to write a newsletter, linking to your own site, when it is down! That wouldn't be too feasible!

The only thing we can take for granted is the fact that GOD loves us. He loved us enough to send His Son, so that we might live eternally with Him. Have you made your preparations yet?

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Copyright ©December 8, 2002, by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved. Do not copy without permission.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word Dec 2-6, 2002

Spread The Gospel
Mis-Using Our Minds
The Key
Landing On The Solid Rock

Visit Daily Dose archives to read past devotions at Barbara's Entourage.




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A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. Therefore, "Give others the sunshine; tell Jesus the rest."
Streams In The Desert

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Featured links found in the many pages of Barbara's Entourage!

Christmas Love

Christian Humor

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Rich is the person who has a praying friend. -- Janice Hughes


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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

Sowing Seeds of Faith


Pattie's Porch

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Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web:

"Jesus and the Elves - a Scarey Christmas Story"

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From Around The Web

Basic Cheesecake

1 stick butter, very soft
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour

4 (8 ounces each) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup flour

Mix crust ingredients well and pat into bottom only of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown. Set aside and leave oven at 400 degrees.

Mix cream cheese with sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla and flour. Mix very well. Spray sides of springform pan with non-stick spray. Pour in cream cheese mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn oven down to 250 degrees. Leave in oven for about one hour.

Check for doneness by touching middle -- it should stop jiggling, but don't overbake or it will crack. If you take it out of a hot oven and put it in the refrigerator too fast, it will crack. It is best to leave it in the oven for a couple hours, with the oven turned off. Larger cakes will take longer to bake -- you have to judge for yourself. Top with your choice of fresh fruit held on with preserves, chocolate topping with pecans and caramel, etc.

The Journal-Times

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Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!

** Dirt Roads ** By Paul Harvey

What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

There's not a problem in America today, crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.

People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride.

That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes, but it's worth it, if at the end is home...a loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.

We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along.

There was less crime in our streets before they were paved.

Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, if they knew they'd be welcomed by 5 barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun.

And there were no drive by shootings.

Our values were better when our roads were worse!

People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.

Dirt Roads taught patience.

Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn't hop in your car for a quart of milk you walked to the barn for your milk.

For your mail, you walked to the mail box.

What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.

At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.

Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.

At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn't some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini.

At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out.

Usually you got a dollar...always you got a new friend...at the end of a Dirt Road!

~~~~by Paul Harvey~

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A word or two from ......

Charisma News Service
By Eric Tiansay

Officials in a Wisconsin community have decided not to jettison a scene depicting Jesus' birth. Despite the threat of a lawsuit from a group that advocates separation of church and state, the nine alderman of Wisconsin Rapids recently voted unanimously to accept a nativity scene for inclusion in the city's Christmastime display.

Read the entire story: City Accepts Nativity Scene for Display

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To Obtain Peace

More than half of one's troubles arise from an exaggerated idea of one's own importance, and the efforts we make to increase our position in the world. Lacordaire says, that the sweetest thing on earth is to be forgotten by all, with the exception of those who love us. All else brings more trouble than joy; and as soon as we have completed our task here, and fulfilled our mission, the best thing for us to do is to disappear altogether.

By Charlotte M. Yonge - 1880

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That's a Roundup from Barbara's Entourage for this week.
"Head knowledge makes you smart; heart knowledge makes you HIS!"



Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

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