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

Issue 86 March 2, 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE
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=>Top of the Mantle - Word from Editor
=> Scripture Mantle -devotions
=> Special featured devotional
=> Weekly Mantle-featured Entourage links
=> Quote of the Week
=>Traveling Mantle-Web links
=> Weekly Recipes
=> This 'n That
=> Snippet from the Mantle - news
=> Gold Dust on the Mantle
=>Subscribe/Un-subscribe information

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

It's already March 1, 2002! My, how time does fly!

It's raining, my computer is on the 'outs' (literally!), there's a grandson's soccer game to go to this afternoon, and I am trying to battle sinus problems! Talk about the enemy getting at you! I can stand the rain, enjoy the grandson's game (even if it does rain), and endure the usually short-lived sinus problems. But, it's going to be hard to put up with the goings-on in my computer hard drive! This is my work - tell me how you manage your emails, talk to all your buddies, and do this newsletter, if it were not for this usually dependable computer?

Things are not made the way they used to be, believe me. 'Things' tear up, wear out - way before they should! I've come to realize that there is only one thing on earth that is completely dependable, indispensable, and omnipotent. AND, that is the power of Jesus Christ! His Spirit resides within the Christian, is available every second of the day, and will not fail you! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end - the one TRUTH that you can 'take to lunch', and KNOW that you won't go without!

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Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

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

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

Guard Your Treasures!

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 Feb 25-Mar 1, 2002

Procrastinating?
I Need Rest!
What's Your Problem?
Hot Or Cold?
Laugh or Cry?

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

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

Dr Jesus

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The problem of getting great things from God is being able to hold on for the last half hour.
--Selected.

-Streams In The Desert

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

The Blood

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Give the devil and inch and he will become a ruler.
--Local Church sign.

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

St Patrick's Day at Cherbear's Den

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Irish History on the Web

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Brian Cullen Presents Irish Ballads

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

Georgia's Kitchen

Need a recipe for a quick meal, a holiday, birthday, or family get-together. Find it at Georgia's Kitchen or perhaps in her Recipe Heaven - the place she sends all her old recipes.

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

THE QUILT

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. No one else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune.

I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes..... I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times, I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.

I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

Now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

A gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ.

Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said,"Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

Please share this with someone you love, care about or even someone who needs Jesus in their heart. They may scoff, but at least the seed has been planted, and God will do the rest.

May God bless you today and forever

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

Kennedy, Clinton Promote Homosexual Bill

Boxer Criticizes Bush for Withholding UN Funding

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

Lacordaire, in preparing for a retreat in the country, said he only required for his realization of a dream of happiness and solitude, three things, ---(1) God; (2) a friend; (3) books.

God!---We never fail to find Him when we are pure, holy, and fulfilling hourly our duty.

A Friend!---Responds always to the heart's call, if only that heart be loving and devoted.

Books!---Oh! if only this little book of God Dust might be allowed to form one of the numbers of those that are carried away, far from the world's turmoil, and read in order to gain a little help and peace!

It will take up so little room!

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...

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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