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ENTOURAGES MANTLE
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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 235 January 22, 2005

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage

A Generous God

Too many times we leave God out of our arrangements until we really 'think' we need Him. we go on our own power until we start to fail or sink. Then we realize we need help, and we call on God. We want Him to run interference for us.

We don't do God justice. He is not beholden to us for anything. But, He is a loving God. Often, He probably overlooks our thoughtlessness, and does things for us out of love. We don't really deserve the things for which we haven't trusted God.

God gave His Son for this sinful world. He wanted all His creation to be able to receive the blessings of the Kingdom. He gave us freewill, knowing that not everyone was going to accept His free gift of Grace. He gave us promises of health and prosperity. But, there were stipulations. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" - Matthew 6:33, "study to show thyself approved, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth" - II Tim 2:15, "thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" - III John 2. He wants us to stay in His Word, fully trust in Him and the Power of the Holy Spirit, and obey His commandments.

Remember "Trust and Obey - There's No Other Way"? We want the 'things', but without the responsibilities. We want it through 'our power', not HIS power! We often forget to utilize the power of the Holy Spirit that is within us.

God's generosity flows across all boundaries. He has no respect of person, but he has a respect of His commandments. We need to be careful to give Him honor, praise, and thanks for all things Without Him and His generosity, we would be 'most miserable', and out of shape, spiritually.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

©Copyright January 22, 2005 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.

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

Leaning On God

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Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?

Daily Dose of God's Word January 3 - January 17-21, 2005

Is The Grass Greener

A Double Dose Will Do?

Hanging By A Rope

Are You Short-Changing God?

Hidden Meanings

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

The Principle of Generosity

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

Inauguration Day

America: Land of the Free

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Local Church Sign: "We feed on the generosity of God"

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

Inauguration 2005 - President's Official Site

"Inauguration 2005" - "The Coronation of King George 2" o

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A MUST READ

Interesting Christian Articles found on the Web

George W. Bush sworn in as President of the United States of America

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WEEKLY RECIPES

Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds lean stew beef
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion (or 2 medium), halved and cut in 1/4 inch slices
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large sweet potato, cut in 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup beef stock (canned, or from bouillon or base)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas or green beans (thawed)
salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:
Toss stew beef with the flour and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet; brown beef and onion. Place sweet potato cubes in the Crock Pot; add beef and onions. Mix beef broth with cinnamon and pour over beef mixture.

Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Add peas or green beans during the last 15 to 20 minutes. Good with biscuits. Serves 4.

Southern Food - About.com

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

Seattle Post Intelligence -AP-TV

Bush's Inauguration Part of TV News Change

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

God The Parent

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to God's kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was: "Don't."

"Don't what?" Adam asked.

"Don't eat the Forbidden Fruit." God replied.

"Forbidden fruit? We got Forbidden Fruit?

Hey, Eve..we got Forbidden Fruit!"

"No way!"

"Where?"

"Don't eat that fruit!" said God.

"Why?"

"Because I am your Creator and I said so!" said God, wondering why he hadn't stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and was angry.

"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the 'First Parent' asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?"

"I dunno," Eve answered.

"She started it!" Adam said.

"Did not!"

"DID so!"

"DID NOT!"

Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own...thus the pattern was set, and it has never changed.

Clean God Jokes

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GOD IS IN THE SMALL STUFF - From The Mantle

ARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES - Matthew 6:32-33

*Whenever you look to the future, be bold.

*What you think about when you have nothing to do reveals what is important to you.

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...

Psalms 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

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