Entourages Mantle

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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 222 October 23, 2004

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Hello from Barbara's Entourage

How's Your World?

Ever had something go wrong, right when it would be the worse time for it to happen? Isn't that the way life works?

We were almost to the Friday night football game for our grandson's team, when we started feeling our car acting up. It is a bad feeling, when you are on a crowded Interstate, miles from home, and the car sounds like it is about to go it's 'last mile'. But, we kept going, and made it to the ball game. But, then, when we started the car to come home, we actually felt we wouldn't even get out of the parking lot, let alone all the way home. But, we made it home, and now, it's in the shop for repairs.

The car problem is on top of the washing machine problem! When I start my washer, I never know if it's going to do a full wash, or I have to unplug it from time to time, let it 'decide' it wants to wash, then plug it back up. At other times, I might wash three or four loads of clothes with it never giving me a problem. This is really a puzzling problem.

But, as I said, "Isn't this the way life works?" We wake up in the morning, expecting to be able to jump out of bed, have our morning cup of coffee, and face the day with no problems. That is, most of us do. I am sure there are lots out there that have to literally roll out of bed, unable to stand up, when they first get up, and life doesn't feel good to them, first thing in the morning. There's not one of us that can say for surety, that we will be able to get up in the morning. In fact, we don't even have the assurance that we will even be breathing in the morning.

Hopefully, some where along the line, I have gotten your attention. If it wasn't with the repairs we are facing in our every day life, perhaps it's the bodies we are living in that got your attention. Most of the time, material things can be fixed, or they can be replaced with new things. Most of the time, our bodies can be repaired or medicated, in order to give us a better way of life. At other times, these old bodies just get older and harder to repair on their own, and sometimes doctors aren't able to help us at all. That's when we find out it's not a perfect world out there, and we have to find someone else to fall back on. Hopefully, each of you reading has found that someone. His name is Jesus.

Jesus is our HOPE, when we feel there is absolutely no hope for us. He is our healer, even when the doctors say there is no hope for this old body. He is our Deliverer, when we feel like nobody can get us out of a mess. And, He will be our Savior, even when we don't even feel we are worthy of being saved! And, He is our Redeemer! He paid the price on the cross so that we could go free! He took our sins on his body, so that we could be forgiven. And, he arose from the grave, and ascended to the Father, and will one day soon return for His Church - those of us who are waiting and watching for His return! Our bodies may be sickly now, in need of repair. But, at the moment He reaches out for His people, those bodies will know no more pain, and we won't be sick any longer!! We shall be changed for eternity!

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

©Copyright October 23, 2004 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Bridge Over Troubled Water


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?

Daily Dose of God's Word October 18-22, 2004

Are You Growing?

Losing Connection?

Caught Up In Discouragement?

So Easily Deceived

Unlocking The Well Of Your Spirit

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

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God Is Our refuge

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The devil has two master tricks. One is to get us discouraged; then for a time at least we can be of no service to others, and so are defeated. The other is to make us doubt, thus breaking the faith link by which we are bound to the Father. Look out! Do not be tricked either way!

--Streams In The Desert

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Christian Devotional Resources

Grandma With Spirit

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I have no doubt that the world stands because of the prayers of Christians.
-- Aristides of Athens


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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

Children Online: The ABC's FOR PARENTS

Welcome to Annie's Halloween Page


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Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web

Evangelist's Primetime TV Special Calls Nation to Prayer For Elections

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From around the Web

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies


2 cups white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Cream the sugar, shortening, pumpkin and vanilla together. Mix until light and well combined.

Mix the flour, baking soda and ground cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture. Mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoons onto an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes or until set. Let cookies cool on a rack.

All Recipes

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A word or two from ......

Faith News Network

"Oh, come on, Mom! Why can't I go? My friends are going. And it's only rated PG-13!"

How many parents have had arguments with their children about the appropriateness of a film, only to hear the child defend the movie because of its rating?

Read the full story: Movie Ratings Losing Value?

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Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!


A young man was at the end of his rope, seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.

"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."

The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room.

Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."

The man was filled with relief and said, "Thank you Lord," and he did as he was told.

Upon entering the other room, he saw many crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.

"I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. The Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."

When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.

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Improve Yourself (No One Else Can)

*Self-Improvement is a lifelong process.
The choice is yours.

*Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.

By Bruce & Stan 2001

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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!"



Psalms 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

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