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

Issue 77 December 29, 2001

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage

A new year is just a few days away. It seems only a few months ago, that we were anticipating the year 2000, and all the problems that Y2K was going to cause. We got through that and almost into the year 2002.

All my life, I've heard about the Lord 'coming soon'. And, I do believe it's truer now than ever before. There are so many signs of His impending return. The world situation is so unstable - terrorism is running ramped, and we are at war.

With all this in mind, we need to look to God, put our trust fully in Him - let Him lead, guide, and direct our lives. For only in Him do we have hope of tomorrow.

May your New Year be blessed!

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Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

What's New?

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 Dec 26-28, 2001

The Day After Christmas
Looking Back On Time
Going, Going, Gone!

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

A New Beginning

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"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"

Web Evangelism Bulletin 2000
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WEEKLY MANTLE...
Featured links found in the many pages of Barbara's Entourage!

Happy New Years 2002 from the Sanders in Alabama

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Moments for Mom Jan 2002
Tips for the New Mommy

Enjoy another great article from Beth Corcoran, this time reaching out to the new Mom. Enjoy her Archived articles

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"When faith goes to market, it always takes a basket."
-Streams In The Desert

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

Alphabeta 2002 via Peggie's Place

Annie's New Year Page

New Year's Devotional and Blessing from the Sawhooks

New Beginnings - Rise and Shine

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

Black Eyed Peas for New Years

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

Two Babes in the Manger

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage.

They relate the following story in their own words:

It was nearing the 1994 holiday season, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger.

Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored paper was available in the city.

Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia, were used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought from the United States. The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about 6 years old and had finished his project.

As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately...until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger.

Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said, "And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift." So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?" And Jesus told me, "If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me. So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him...for always."

As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him, someone who would stay with him..."FOR ALWAYS." I've learned that it's not WHAT you have in your life -- but WHO you have in your life that counts.

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The "Tate" Family

Do you know how many members of the Tate family belong to your church?

There is old man Dic-Tate who wants to run everything, while Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything. There's sister Agi-Tate who stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri-Tate. Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife, Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year.

Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants our church to be like all the others.

Devas-Tate provides the voice of doom, while Poten-Tate wants to be a big shot.

But not all members of the family are bad. Brother Facili-Tate is quite helpful in church matters. And a delightful, happy member of the family is Miss Felici-Tate. Cousins Cogi-Tate and Medi-Tate always think things over and lend helpful, steady hands.

And of course there is the black sheep of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has completely cut himself off from the church. How about it - do you know anyone in the "Tate" family?

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

Christianity Today
Compiled by Todd Hertz and David Neff

A study conducted by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York reveals (no surprise here) that America's religious landscape continues to shift. USA Today reports that according to the findings, immigration, interfaith marriage, and conversion have increasingly changed the meaning of religious identity.

Read the whole story: One In Six Adults Has Changed Their Religion

What do American believers really believe?

Theology-Beliefs About God

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

When the heart is heavy, and we suffer from depression or disappointment, how thankful we should be that we till have work and prayer left to comfort us. Occupation forcibly diverts the mind; prayer sweetly soothes the soul.

"Then," writes one who had been sorely tried, "I tell my griefs to God, as a child tells its troubles to its mother and when I have told all I am comforted,and repeat with a lightened heart the prayer of S. Francoise de Chantal (who certainly suffered more than I), "Thy will be done forever and ever, O Lord, without if or but;'... and then, for fear a murmur may arise in my heart. I return immediately to my work, and become absorbed in occupation."

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...

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

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