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ENTOURAGES MANTLE
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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 164 August 30, 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

Taxes, War, and The Ten Commandments

You think I've lost my mind - 'how could these three things have anything to do with the other?' you say. Let me show you.

Our newly elected Governor said he would not raise taxes on Alabamians. Yet, he is trying to get the heaviest tax bill passed that we've ever seen. And, you know the consequences of taxes - it burdens the small people and the tax money never reaches the supposed intended.

Then, there is war. There's not just the war in Iraq or other countries, or the war on terrorism. We have war in our own streets - with shooting going on all the time. You look at someone wrong, get too close on the highway, say the wrong thing - blast with a gun! Nobody is safe anymore anywhere! Travel on our ships and planes isn't safe - terrorism.

Then there is the Ten Commandments. Our state is undergoing a transformation - not by the people, but by judges. One is not ashamed to stand up and be counted as one of God's on. He chose to put a monument with the 10 commandments, along with other historical writings, in the rotunda of the Judicial building in our capital city. But, another judge decided this wasn't right, and gave him a deadline on which the monument had to be removed. The first judge refused, someone else filed an ethics case against him, and the second judge had him suspended from his job.

What does all this mean? While the government steals our hard-earned money under the disguise of taxes, and terrorism/war steals our feeling of safety, GOD is being removed from every facet of our life. First, it was prayer in schools (what is happening in our schools?) that had to go because of ONE woman. Then, it was the removal of 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance by ONE man. And, now, it's the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Judicial Building by ONE judge. What is going to be the next attack?

I know that the Ten Commandments can't be removed from our hearts. But, if we aren't allowed to have His Word displayed publicly, His Word kept out of our school and it's functions, it won't be long until we aren't allowed to speak about GOD or anything referring to God and His Word in public. You think it couldn't happen? Did you ever think that prayer would be removed from the schools so easily? Neither did I - I grew up in the era of prayer and Bible reading in schools, and thought my kids would also. But, they didn't.

As a pastor's wife and friend of mine recently said, "It's only going to get worse.. I read The Book and it says so.." And, I agree.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. ©Copyright 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

Hold Fast!

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 24-29, 2003

Monday Morning Blues?
Where HE Is, I AM
Is There Hope Without Him?

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

Our America

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What if God could not manage to ripen your life without suffering?

--Streams In The Desert

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

Web Women of The Word

Age Is An Attitude

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

From a Local Church sign:
God is still dealing in forgiveness, second chances, and mercy.

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

Heavenly Top Ten

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Edward Fudge Ministries

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A MUST READ
Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web:

Woman Preacher's Message 'Doesn't Sugarcoat Gospel'

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

Picnic Pasta Salad

1 pound seashell pasta
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup prepared mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Directions
1 Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse with cool water. Drain well.

2 Meanwhile, combine chopped vegetables, sugar, oil, mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, and shredded Cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Stir in pasta. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours before serving.

All Recipes - Labor Day

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

The little hut

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. Then, one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when things appear to be going badly. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it.

You say, "It's impossible." God says: "All thing are possible". (Luke 18:27)

You say, "I'm too tired." God says: " I will give you rest". (Matt 11:28-20)

You say, "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you". (John 3:16 - John 13:34)

You say, "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (II Cor. 12:9 - Psalm 91:15)

You say, "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say, "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things in Me." (Phil 4:13)

You say, "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Romans 8:28)

You say, "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (I John 1:9 - Romans 8:1)

You say, "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Phil 4:19)

You say, "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (II Tim. 1:7)

You say, "I'm always worried and frustrated" God says: "Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say, "I don't have enough faith." God says: "I've given everyone a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)

You say, "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (I Cor. 1:30)

You say, "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Heb. 13:5)

Pass this on, you never know whose life may be in need of this today. There are some weeks (and days) that we ALL feel our huts are burning.

Received in email. Author unknown.

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

Charisma News Service

Officials in a South Carolina community are appealing a federal judge's recent decision that barred council members from mentioning Christ in pre-meeting prayers. Last Thursday, Cameron McGowan ruled that the Great Falls Town Council cannot invoke the name of Jesus or any other specific deity during prayers offered before meetings, "The (Rock Hill) Herald" reported.

Read the full story: Town Appeals 'Jesus Prayer' Ban

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

The Power of an Act of Love Towards God

It is impossible but that Christ, thus visiting the soul, should not leave something Christ-like within, if only the soul be disposed to receive it. Fire, whose property is to give warmth, cannot produce that effect unless the body be placed near enough to be penetrated with the heat.

Does not this simple thought explain the reason that there is often so little result from our frequent communions?

To Be Continued

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...

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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