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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 73 December 1, 2001

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Thanksgiving has gone, and Christmas is on the way. The SPIRIT of Christmas is in the air, in the songs, and on the faces of the children you see in the malls. Anticipation of toys under the tree fill the little heads. And I'm sure they won't be disappointed.

Do the children of today really know the meaning of Christmas? Are they too wound up in the receiving, rather than what was given? God sent His ONLY SON to earth, that we might be free. This is a country built on freedom, and we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, on Christmas morning. He wasn't born on December 25th, and probably not born in the winter. But, the day was set aside to honor HIM. So, let us start this Christmas season right - celebrate His birth and life every day of the new year. He has come, He died, but HE rose again, and is alive - in our hearts this Christmas season.


Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

From the Archives

The Potter's Clay

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word Nov 26-Nov 30, 2001

One Nut Among Thousands
Spreading The Gospel
Never Out of Reach
Amazing Pot Cleaner!
Being Oriented

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



The Fright of Christmas

Another devotional from Peggie's Place

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And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tent like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

Streams In The Desert

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

'Tis The Christmas Season

Jesus IS the reason for the season, so come help us celebrate! Lots of great links for you to explore.

Flowers In December

A great Christmas story by my friend, Pat Upchurch.

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Jesus Christ opens wide the doors of the treasure house of God's promises, and bids us go in and take with boldness the riches that are ours.
--Corrie ten Boom

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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

The Twelve Sites of Christmas

Memory Moments of Christmas

Christmas With The Sawhooks

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From Around The Web


2 [16 ounce] cans kidney beans
2 [14 1/2 ounce] cans tomatoes
2 pounds ground meat, browned and drained
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 - 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
salt to taste

Put all ingredients in crock pot in order listed.
Stir once.
Cover and cook on low 10 - 12 hours or high 5 - 6 hours.

Chili Recipes/Crockpot Recipes

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Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!

Adam's Apples
By Kim Aaron

One afternoon, my son came home from school with a puzzled look on his face. After asking him what was on his mind he said, "Are all people the same even if their skin color is different?"

I thought for a moment, then I said, "I'll explain, if you can just wait until we make a quick stop at the grocery store. I have something interesting to show you."

At the grocery store, I told him that we needed to buy apples. We went to the produce section where we bought some red apples, green apples and yellow apples.

At home, while ! we were putting all the groceries away, I told Adam, "It's time to answer your question." I put one of each type of apple on the counter top: first a red apple, followed by a green apple and then a yellow apple. Then I looked at Adam, who was sitting on the other side of the counter.

"Adam, people are just like apples. They come in all different colors, shapes and sizes. See, some of the apples have been bumped around and are bruised. On the outside, they may not even look as delicious as the others." As I was talking, Adam was examining each one carefully.

Then, I took each of the apples and peeled them, placing them back on the counter top, but in a different place.

"Okay, Adam, tell me which one is the red apple, the green apple and the yellow apple."

He said, "I can't tell. They all look the same now."

"Take a bite of each one. See if that helps you figure out which one is which."

He took big bites, and then a huge smile came across his face. "People are just like apples! They are all different, but once you take off the outside, they're pretty much the same on the inside."

"Right," I agreed. "Just like how everyone has their own personality but are still basically the same."

He totally got it. I didn't need to say or do anything else.

Now, when I bite into an apple, it tastes a little sweeter than before. What perfect food for thought.

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A word or two from ......

National Review Online
Byron York
White House Correspondent

Today Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy begins an intensive series of hearings designed to examine military tribunals, detention of suspects and witnesses, and other aspects of the Bush Justice Department's response to terrorism. But Republicans believe the hearings have a secondary purpose as well: to renew the attacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft that began during his confirmation hearings ten months ago

Read the full story: The New War on Ashcroft

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There is the united prayer of two friends, bound together by a holy friendship, their desires and thoughts are one, and as one they present themselves before God, crying, "Have mercy upon me!"

By Charlotte M. Yonge - 1880

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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 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

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