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ENTOURAGES MANTLE
Weekly Newsletter from Barbara's Entourage
by Barbara Sanders

Issue 162 August 16, 2003

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IN THIS ISSUE
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=>Top of the Mantle - Word from Editor
=> Scripture Mantle -devotions
=> Special featured devotional
=> Weekly Mantle-featured Entourage links
=> Quote of the Week
=>Traveling Mantle-Web links
=> Weekly Recipes
=> This 'n That
=> Snippet from the Mantle - news
=> Gold Dust on the Mantle
=>Subscribe/Un-subscribe information

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage

Life Happens - Part II

It's another week, and life is still happening! It never stops, and won't, until the world comes to an end. Again, I've been in the funeral home - a neighbor died. He had a long life and has gone to be with the Lord. But, no matter how old a person gets, we never want to give up our own!

And, school has once again started. The children and teenagers are out practicing all the sports, which brings me to another situation this week of 'life happening'. My grandson is a freshman, and a football player. Thursday afternoon, at practice, one of his fellow-team mates was tackled and his neck was broken. This was a tragic event, not only in both this boy's life and in his family, but also in the lives of those fellow players. It struck them so hard, lots of them were contemplating quitting football. They didn't think it was worth a broken neck.

But, when tragedy strikes and 'life happens', and the going gets tough, children seem to band together. Although they were ready to quit yesterday afternoon, this afternoon, they were all in the hospital cheering up their friend. He told his Mom he never knew he had so many friends! Not only were they there to support him, but to pray for him. Seems these young men decided that prayer works - they all joined hands, bowed their heads, and one of them initiated the prayer. My daughter said it brought tears to all the Moms there with their sons.

And, prayer does work! This young man's neck is broken. But, after surgery, they found the spinal cord wasn't severed and he's breathing on his own, and has no halo! Things looked so bleak out on the field, with their friend laying there and the Life Saver Helicopter showing up to airlift him to the hospital. But, now, they have hope -hope in the God of enough, the Almighty One, the Alpha and Omega, the provider, the healer - the ONE and only God!

If life is happening to you, and it doesn't fit the bill you wanted, turn that life over to God. He's there waiting to take you under His wings, to give you peace that you need, to heal the hurts and pains of life, and give you a life abundantly above anything you could ask or think!

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. ©Copyright June 28, 2003 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.

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SCRIPTURE MANTLE...
Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

Tears - God's Cleansing Machine for Emotions

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.

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Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word August 11-15, 2003

Going Home
A Shoulder To Cry On
Changing Your Circumstances
He's Our Company
Point Of Contact

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

Hallowed Be

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"Should Sorrow lay her hand upon thy shoulder,
And walk with the in silence on life's way,
While Joy, the bright companion once, grow colder
Becomes to thee more distant day by day?
Shrink not from the companionship of Sorrow,
She is the Messenger of God to thee;
And thou will thank Him in His great tomorrow---
For what thou knowest not now, thou then shall see;
She is God's angel, clad in weeds of night,
With 'whom we walk by faith and not by sight.'"

--Streams In The Desert

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

Home Schooling Resources

Children's Reading Resources Online

Teenagers

Children's Playroom

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.
-- John Newton

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TRAVELING MANTLE...
Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

The Grace Place

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The Trickster Talks Teen

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Grant's Graceland

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A MUST READ
Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web:

Mr. Hope: Thanks for the laughs and the memories!

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients:

3 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1 cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups all purpose flour
2 and 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup nuts (optional)

Beat the eggs, vanilla, oil and sugar together. Add remianing ingredients and mix well. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 30 degrees for approximately one hour. This recipe makes two loaves.

Georgia's Kitchen

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'THIS AND THAT' ...
Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!

A Thief In The House

A horrible thing happened to me today..... a thief broke into my house.

It happened shortly after I awoke this morning. I got up and began rushing about. I had a thousand things on my list and was already running behind.

Quickly, I gulped down breakfast, took a shower and got ready for work.

In my rush, I forgot to turn the security system on at my house. It was just about a half an hour later that the thief broke in. Of course, he didn't make a sound. Just kind of snuck inside, not drawing any attention to himself. In fact, none of the neighbors ever saw him.

But, I did.

You see, I WAS HOME when the thief broke in. He naturally startled me, as I was unprepared for his visit. He, of course, didn't announce that he was coming and I certainly had not invited him over.

And yet, I found myself face to face with danger and I felt so powerless. I also felt so very stupid, because this whole incident could have been avoided if I had just taken the time to turn the security system on.

You better believe I'll be turning it on tomorrow morning!

I thought I'd warn you about this guy, because he's still on the loose. Chances are, he's in your area. Possibly even headed for your house.

His name? His name is Satan. You see, this morning when I jumped up in my haste to get started on my busy day, I skipped my prayer time - opting to "pray later today." In other words, I DIDN'T TURN ON THE SECURITY SYSTEM.

My defense wasn't on, my guard was dropped... ..and when the thief came into my home to attack me, I was unprepared to do battle. He tempted me and I felt powerless. Like I said, I also felt so very stupid, because I could have avoided the incident if I had just taken the time to pray.

My friend, the thief has come to "steal, kill and destroy." And, as a Child of God, you are on his "hit list." He'll probably pop over to your house today. He may be lurking outside your door right now, just waiting to catch you off guard.

Take time to pray this morning. Bind Satan from your very presence, to protect you and empower you to do battle. In short... ...don't forget to turn your security system on.

Author Unknown.

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SNIPPET FROM THE MANTLE
A word or two from ......

Charisma News Service

A cell-church strategy that is credited with growing a Colombia congregation to more than 300,000 members is spreading in the United States, with one Louisiana pastor seeking to use the model to plant churches worldwide.

Read the full story: Church-Growth Strategy Spreads Worldwide

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

The Power of an Act of Love Towards God

The Angels above experience a sudden joy, and look upon us tenderly.

Evil spirits feel their power diminished, and there is a moment of rest from the temptation that surrounds us.

The choir of saints above renew their songs of praise.

Each soul on earth feels the peace Divine.

Ah! which of us each day would not renew these Acts of Love to God!

Ah! all who read these lines, pause for one moment, and from the bottom of your heart exclaim, "My God, I love Thee! My God, I love Thee!"

By Charlotte M. Yonge - 1880

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

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HIS ENCOURAGING WORD...

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

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