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

Volume 2 Issue No. 1 - January 6, 2001

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage!

Some might call it prophetic (an omen, perhaps?) that our New Years started out 'white'......very white from beautiful, clean, falling snow! We started the New Millennium January 1, and down came the first snow fall of the year. The ground was aglow with white, and, when you looked out the windows, 'white' was everywhere. We have had snow on the ground for five days, howbeit, it is now melting. We didn't get a large amount, but enough for our grandkids to go sledding for a couple days.

Snow is only a covering, though, that quickly vanishes. The 'white' might be for a day, or perhaps a week or so, and doesn't 'clean' a thing. The Bible speaks of our sins becoming 'white as snow', and, I am sure, could snow 'wash' you that white, many unbelievers would be washed clean for a time. But, those sins can only become white as snow, by the 'washing of water by the word', which He speaks of in Ephesians 5:26.

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Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

In A State of Frenzy

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 January 1-5, 2001

A New Day - A New Year
Move That Mountain!
Our Greatest Need
Trust Not In Riches
'Daddy's' Endless Surprises!

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

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Special Feature Devotional

It Only Takes A Spark

This is only one of some wonderful articles from Grant McDonald's (my good friend) WEEKLY WHATCHA, that he calls a Non-devotional devotional. 'It Only Takes A Spark' is from his collection of Weekly Whatcha's. There are many more great non-devotional devotionals for some great reading.

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CHURCH SIGN:

An ad for one Church has a picture of two hands
holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments
are inscribed and a headline that reads,
"For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets.

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

January Facts And Events

Lots of facts about January. Also, you will find many sites to explore about many events that have happened in the US and world, from birth to death and inventions, in the month of January. If you didn't know it, perhaps you will, once you've visited this site.

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

Peggie's Breaks For January

Nothing to do today? Why not visit Peggie, at the 'most fun Christian Home on the net', where you will find many things to occupy your mind and time. She has it all 'mapped' out, even to the 'time of day'. She will guide you into exercising, reading the Bible, even into doing your laundry without a fuss. If she can do that, then she must have answers to most of our needs!

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The Word Percolator

Your choice: Decaf or Regular or maybe Gourmet? This is a 'Virtual Coffee Shop with the Inspiration to Face Reality'. Together, Mom and Son, have written some great articles that will encourage and help you, as well as provide you with some great reading!

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Through The Valley And Into His Presence

This the online edition of Katherine Clouse's meditations for Christians who are suffering serious illness. The 30 day meditations were written to be used as a one month personal spiritual growth pilgrimage, read one day at a time and meditated on throughout each day.

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Under the Juniper Tree

Come sit with us friends in Charlene Fairchild's yard, under our Juniper Tree. You may be in need of consoling, encouragement, or a shoulder to cry on. Come see what makes the journey through life so wonderful for us - the friends we make, and great advice given by those friends.

You will also find a mirrored site in french by another of our friends, Fransiska Santschi-Geiser

The Mirrored site is Sous Le Genęt Isolé.

Come on over and join us; we'll have lots of fun, checking out all the 'goodies' Charlene has prepared!

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EXTRA for THE NEW YEAR

FRESH FRUIT WITH HONEY-YOGURT DIP

2 cups vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Assorted fresh fruit (such as apples, bananas, pineapple and/or strawberries), cut into wedges or bite-size pieces

Combine yogurt, honey and cinnamon in small bowl; stir to blend. Place bowl on platter. Surround with fruit and serve.
Makes about 2 cups.

From Epicurioius

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'THIS AND THAT' ...
Joy, humor, faith on the net!

All In The Way We Look At Things....

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh, yeah!" said the son.
"So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.
Then his son added, "Thanks, dad, for showing me how poor we are."

Circulating on the Internet - Author Unknown

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Bible Trivia

Psalms 118

Do you know that.......
1) Psalms 118 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible?
2) Before Psalms 118, Psalms 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
3) After Psalms 118, Psalms 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible?
4) That there are 594 chapters each before and following Psalms 118?
5) That if you add up all the chapters except Psalms 118, you get a total of 1188 chapters.
6) And incidentally, 1188 or Psalms 118 verse 8 also happens to be the middle verse of the entire Bible.

The central verse should have a fairly important message don't you think?
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."

**Found floating around the net.

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GOD SAID:

If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I'm a Healer?
If you never went through difficulties, how would you know that I'm a Deliverer?
If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I'm a Comforter?
If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I'm forgiving?
If you knew all, how would you know that I will answer your questions?
If you never were in trouble, how would you know that I will come to your rescue?
If you never were broken, then how would know that I can make you whole?
If you never had a problem, how would you know that I can solve them?
If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what Jesus went through?
If you never went through the fire, then how would you become pure?
If I gave you all things, how would you appreciate them?
If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?
If you had all power, then how would you learn to depend on me?
If your life was perfect, then what would you need Me for?
THANK YOU, GOD!

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

Look at this Weird Theory of Religion, Law and Life
By Bob Slosser

CBN.com - Brethren, this paragraph is the interpretation of tongues. I trust the Speaker is the Lord:

Children, if you are to pray for your enemies, you should know and understand them. If you are to minister in this time, you must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. I have told you to strong and courageous. Live in the Spirit and you will be so. Slip back to carnality and you will falter. Falter and you may lose, and the loss will be huge. Your main message is that I died for the sins of the world, and the wages of sin is death. But the free ;gift of my Father is eternal life in me. You will be given words to speak as needed.

Read the rest of the article at Christianity.com

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If you can't sleep, don't count sheep, talk to the shepherd!

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

Our Father Which Art In Heaven

O Jesus! it is Thou Who biddest me say, Father! My Father! Oh how that Name rejoices my heart! My Father! I can no longer feel alone; and whatever may happen to me this day, I feel I am protected, comforted, beloved.

Jesus! let me dwell on the sweetness of those words: My Father! I need not lift my eyes to heaven. Thou art within me, and where Thou dwellest heaven must be.

Yes! heaven is within me! heaven with all its peace and love; and if I keep free from guile this day, my day will be one of heavenly joy, and in addition, the privilege of suffering for 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...

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

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