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

Issue 208 July 10, 2004

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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
=> God Is In The Small Stuff
=>Subscribe/Un-subscribe information

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage

We are half way through summer, and school will begin in a few weeks. I can remember the time when I was happy to see summer, and we could enjoy the time with our children. We would often have our vacation planned for the first weeks in June, or the first few weeks in August. Of course, whatever time we chose, it always seemed to rain. But, we still enjoyed summer vacation.

Summer has become a time for baby sitting for grandmother. Actually, I'm not baby sitting, but grandson sitting - or, make that plural. The saying 'if one is good, two must be better' is not the case here. I love my grandchildren very much, but when you have two rambunctious, over-energetic boys that are only two years apart, you have your hands full, believe me. You have fussing, which isn't present with one, twice the open doors, and twice the stomachs to fill up. :)

Although it's tough to be keeping grandchildren at my age, and I sometimes want to send them home (how about often!), I still enjoy them being around. At their ages, they have many questions, but also knowledge that didn't seem to be in children years ago. The questions run from one end of the spectrum to the other. And, the knowledge that comes out of their mouths sometimes can floor you! They are wise beyond their years!

If we listen to children, they will bring understanding to the Word. The Bible teaches we must become as little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Children are eager to learn, very teachable, and question almost everything. If it doesn't sound right to them, they keep asking. Or, if the answer they get to a particular question doesn't satisfy them, they will keep asking until they get the right answer. And, what they learn while they are young will forever stay with them. I can remember things I learned about the Word when I was very young. And, I see those same things being talked about by my grandchildren, but they have more questions. It brings to mind the day my ten year old grandson told me about David. His conception of what he had learned was that David was a bad man, in that he had a wife, took the wife of another man and had a child. And, then he sent that woman's husband to the front lines of a big battle just to get him killed. To me, he said, "Nanny, that was very mean in David to do that". And, he was right, but we all do things in sin that we are some day going to be sorry for doing. Adultery isn't understood in the eyes of a child, but the deeds of sin are.

We need to renew our minds daily, that we should become humble and simple as children. We should always be willing to want to learn more, not think we know it all. When we get the idea that there's nothing else to learn, or that we know more about something than someone else, we are setting ourselves up for a fall.

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

©Copyright 2004 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.

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

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

He's Still God

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 July 5-9, 2004

Let Your Light Shine
Innocene Of A Child
Making Choices
What's Your Problem?
Oh Taste And See

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

He's Still God

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"Blessed is any weight, however overwhelming, which God has been so good as to fasten with his own hand upon our shoulders."
---F.W. Faber

--Streams In The Desert

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

America - Land of The Free

Bible Challenge

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
-- Ronald Reagan

Quotemeal - Your Daily Diet of Christian Quotes

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

Online Guidance

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The Indescribable Christ /p>

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A MUST READ
Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web:

Folks, THIS needs prayer - seriously!

Take Two: 'Under God' Redux Reportedly on the Way

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

Apple Hermits

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2 In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Mix in sugar and egg. Stir in flour mixture, and mix thoroughly. Fold in nuts, apples, and raisins.

3 Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

4 In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar with milk to make a thin glaze. Drizzle over cooled cookies.


Makes 60 servings

All Recipes

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

A minister was called away unexpectedly by the illness of a close family member. He entrusted his new assistant with filling the pulpit. The Pastor's wife stayed home. When he returned, the minister asked his wife what she thought of the young man's sermon.

"The poorest I've ever heard," she said. "There was nothing in it, nothing at all. It didn't even make sense. It was very unorganized. I was disappointed."

"All went very well, sir, absolutely wonderful," he said. "I didn't have time to prepare a new sermon of my own on such short notice, so I got on your computer and pulled up one of your old sermon's from last year."

Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh List

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

Faith News Network

BEIJING, CHINA -- A 34 year old woman has been beaten to death by police after she was arrested for handing out Bibles in southwest China’s Guizhou province.

The French News Agency (AFP) quoted China's state run Legal Daily newspaper as saying that police in Guizhou’s Tongzi county arrested Jiang Zongxiu, a farmer, on June 18 on suspicion of “spreading rumors and inciting to disturb social order." They had planned to detain her for 15 days, the report said, alleging Jiang died in police custody the afternoon she was arrested.

Read the entire story: Chinese Woman Beaten To Death After Distributing Bibles

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GOD IS IN THE SMALL STUFF - From The Mantle

Realize That God Loves You

*God's unconditional love for us should motivate us to love others unconditionally.
*Never confuse love with lust.

By Bruce & Stan 2001

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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...

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

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