Entourages Mantle

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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 75 December 15 2001

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Hello from Barbara's Entourage

Well, since I sent out my last newsletter, I've turned one year older, not that I feel a day different than last week. Christmas is one week closer, but the weather feels like Spring of the year here in Alabama. Whether we have a cold Christmas or not will be up to God. We might have a wet one, though, according to the latest weather report.

We have ten days to get ready for Christmas day. I've just begun my Christmas shopping, as I am sure others are just as guilty. The Mall was full - parking lot jammed, and the stores packed to capacity! But, there is a rush to get over Christmas. One store already had their decorated Christmas trees on sale! I could hardly believe my eyes.

Hopefully, we don't just view Christmas as a time to buy gifts, although it's nice to be able to give to others. But, this should be a time of reflecting on the birth of our precious Lord - the reason that we celebrate. Our hearts should be filled with love and joy. Let us use the next ten days to draw closer to God, and give Him praise and thanks for sending His Son.


Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

The Season of Love

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word Dec 10-14 2001

Do You Have Your Ticket?
Are Things What They Seem?
Don't Give Up!
Tell The Truth or a Lie
Going Around The World

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



A Taste of God's Goodness

From Renewing the Heart-Women's Ministries

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"Number two, I must know my source, my Creator. What does it profit to know the product if you have no relationship with the manufacturer? It is the relationship with the manufacturer that give you comfort in a crisis."
T.D. Jakes
The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord

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The Last Christmas as a Family

'Tis The Christmas Season

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Quoted from Homefires Hearth Ezine

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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

Christmas: A Top Ten Christmas at Peggie's Place


Annie's Christmas Welcome Page


Linda's Lyrics

Original and copyrighted poetry by Linda Ellis

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From Around The Web

Italian Christmas Cookies

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Joy, Humor, Faith on the Net

Strong enough to be weak;
Successful enough to fail;
Busy enough to take time;
Wise enough to say, "I don't know;"
Serious enough to laugh;
Rich enough to be poor;
Right enough to say "I'm wrong;"
Compassionate enough to discipline;
Conservative enough to give freely;
Mature enough to be childlike;
Righteous enough to be a sinner;
Important enough to be last;
Courageous enough to fear God;
Planned enough to be spontaneous;
Controlled enough to be flexible;
Free enough to endure captivity;
Knowledgeable enough to ask questions;
Loving enough to be angry;
Great enough to be anonymous;
Responsible enough to play;
Assured enough to be rejected;
Stable enough to cry;
Victorious enough to loose;
Industrious enough to relax;
Leading enough to serve.


A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend.

The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station.

Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. "Preacher," said the young man, "I'm sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip." The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."

Pastor Tim's Illustrations List


A child in Scripture class, when asked to draw a picture of the Holy Family, produced a drawing in which Mary and the baby sat on a recognizably donkeyish animal, led by Joseph. On the ground nearby was a small black blob. "What is that?" asked the teacher. "The flea," answered the young artist. "What flea, dear?" asked the puzzled teacher. "The one the angel told Joseph to take".

Eventually, puzzled but not liking to challenge an imaginative child, the teacher checked out her Bible. And there it was: Matthew 2:13 "... the angel of the Lord saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee ... into Egypt ..."

Source unknown

From Peter's Pearls
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A word or two from ......

Maranatha Christian Journal

( CHARISMA) -- Zambian authorities are concerned that a recent string of conversions to Christianity among tribal chiefs could damage the country's traditional heritage and lead to a drop in tourism, said CWM Info., the news service of the Council for World Mission.

Read the whole story: Authorities Say Conversion Threatens Zambian Tourism

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Perhaps at the Last Day all that will remain worth recording of a life full of activity and zeal will be those little deeds that were done solely beneath the Eye of God.

My God, teach me to live with an abiding of Thy Presence, laboring for Thee,suffering for Thee, guided by Thee. . . . and Thee alone!

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!"



Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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