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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 89 March 23, 2002

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Hello from Barbara's Entourage

Spring is finally here! We are still having chilly nights and days at times, but it's SPRING! The daffodils are all over the place, the fruit trees are beginning to bloom out, which makes for a wonderful sight. This is the time of year I wish I had different kind of trees in my yard, instead of the pines and oaks. I'd love a hill of dogwood or pear trees!

God made the world so beautiful. We came along and messed it up! I can hear you saying, "not me". Well, maybe not US personally, but we (the litter people) have littered the highways with bottles, cans, and papers. I ride through my old hometown, and find a junkyard on the main street leading into town. Makes me hate to tell anyone where I used to live (my family still lives there). It's outrageous for the town to allow such an 'eyesore' where it's seen passing through.

Our lives sometimes get a little cluttered with 'mess'. If we don't 'clean it up' regularly, it will get like the junkyard 'eyesore'. It will get larger and larger, and be such a burden on us. Stress takes over, then worry and depression. God wants us to clean up our act, not just on the outside, but from the inside out. When we get our heart right, then the rest will follow.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Barbara Sanders, March 22, 2002.

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Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

Resurrection Christ

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.


Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word Mar 18-22, 2002

We Are Blessed
Everlasting Arms
I'm Not Perfect
Forgive And Forget
Trust Not In Riches

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



Find Yourself Fizzling?

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He who breathes into our hearts the heavenly hope, will not deceive or fail us when we press forward to it's realization.

-Streams In The Desert

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

Easter: Christ Is Risen!

The Pain That Mary Felt

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This is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life. - 1 John 2:25

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Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

There are some great Easter sites around the Web. Here are some of my favorite Christian friends' sites.

Annie's 'Easter Welcome Page'

Easter At Peggie's Place

"Twas the Night before Easter"--A Christian parody

Happy Easter From the Sawhooks

Bridging The Gap - Palm Sunday


His Alone

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From Around The Web


Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Mix well and pat down into a greased 8 x 8 pan or glass baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While baking, get ready to put on top: 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs beaten well, 2 T. flour, 2 T. lemon juice (optional for best flavor: use fresh lemons), 1/4 t. vanilla.

Pour this over the first layer and bake 25-30 minutes more. When cool, add a glaze of powdered sugar, a little hot water and a pinch of salt. Add chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) over top of the glaze before the glaze sets. Cut into small bars or squares when glaze is firm--and ENJOY!

NOTE: Double the recipe, using a 9 x 13 pan, for a larger crowd.

From Peggie's Kitchen

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Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!


It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements...Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.

Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and priced very high.

"What is the name of this tool?" asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it.>

That is Discouragement", replied the devil.

"Why have you priced it so high?"

"Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me."

My friend, don't let Satan discourage you in anyway. You are God's child and have the victory already won. All you have to do is keep your faith on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The devil will not have a chance to discourage you, even with his best tools.
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*Trials and Tribulations*

Take a piece of wax, a piece of meat, some sand, some clay, and some wood shavings, put them on the fire and see how they react.

Each of them is being acted upon by the same agent, yet...the wax melts, the meat fries, the sand dries up, the clay hardens, the wood shavings blaze. Just so, under identical influence of circumstances and environment one man is made better, and he becomes stronger, and another becomes weaker, while another withers away.

This explains why one hears the Word of God and is made better. Still another hears the same thing and is made angry. Not so much what is done to us, but what we do, determines our destiny. Take heed how you hear and act.

Pastor Tim's Illustrations List

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A word or two from ......

Christianity Today
Christian History Corner: The Other Holy Day
By Elesha Coffman

In the rush toward Good Friday and Easter, don't forget Maundy Thursday.

Read the entire story: The Other Holy Day

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If you have sinned, oh! even then be not afraid of the merciful God, but with eyes full of tears, say to Him, "Pardon me". . . and add softly, "chastise me soon, O God!"

Yes, yes, dear one, be always at peace, going on quietly with your daily duties. . . more than that, be always joyous.

And why not?

To be continued.

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!"



Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

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