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November 4, 2001

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

Somebody once figured out that we have 35 million
laws trying to enforce 10 commandments
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One Sunday after church Mom asked her very young
daughter what the lesson was about. Daughter answered "Don't be scared,
you'll get your quilts".
Needless to say, mom was perplexed. Later in the
day, Pastor stopped by for tea. Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday
school lesson was about. He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming".
Now it made sense
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People want the front of the bus; back of the church
and center of attention.

Nov. 9, 2001

Better a poor but wise youth than a old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning. Ecclesiastes 4:13

A Soldiers Prayer

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON! THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY! KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The
following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people
as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to
our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate
these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make
people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who
sacrificed
themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small
seed.

God bless you this day and always.


Nov 11, 2001

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John 5:28-30

A Soldiers Prayer

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON! THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY! KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan.

Nov. 14, 2001

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:4

There once was a king who offered a prize to the
artist who would paint the best picture of peace.
Many artists tried. The king looked at all the
pictures. But there were only two he really liked,
and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a
perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all
around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white
clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was
a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were
rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which
rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the
side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall.
This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the
waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock.
In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There,
in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the
mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king
chose the second picture. Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to
be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or
hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all
those things and still be calm in your heart. That is
the real meaning of peace."


Romans 5:1 Romans 5 Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 14:17 Romans 14 Romans 14:16-18 For the kingdom
of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and
peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13 Romans 15 Romans 15:12-14 Now the God of
hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the
Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:33 Romans 15 Romans 15:32-34 Now the God of
peace be with you all. Amen.

Philippians 4:7 Philippians 4 Philippians 4:6-8 And
the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:9 Philippians 4 Philippians 4:8-10 Those
things, which ye have both learned, and received, and
heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall
be with you.

November 16, 2001

But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:6-9

A little boy is telling his Grandma how "everything"
is going wrong. School, family problems, severe health
problems, etc.

Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her
grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course,
he does.
"Here, have some cooking oil."

"Yuck" says the boy.

"How about a couple raw eggs? "

"Gross, Grandma!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking
soda?"
"Grandma, those are all yucky!"

To which Grandma replies: "Yes, all those things
seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put
together in the right way, they make a wonderfully
delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we
wonder why he would let us go through such bad and
difficult times. But God knows that when He puts
these things all in His order, they always work for
good! We just have to trust Him and,eventually, they
will all make something wonderful!"

God is Crazy About You. He sends you flowers every
spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want
to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the
universe, and He chose your heart


Nov. 18, 2001

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

There once was a man who
had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old shotgun and three
bullets. So, he decided that he would go out and kill something for
dinner.
As he went down the road, he
saw a rabbit and he shot at the rabbit and missed it.
Then he saw a squirrel and
fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it.
As he went further, he
saw a wild turkey in the tree and he had only one bullet, but a voice
came to him and said "pray first, aim high and stay focused."
However, at the same time, he saw a
deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the
deer.
But,then he saw a rattle snake
between his legs about to bite him-so he naturally brought the gun down
further to shoot the rattle snake.
Still, the voice
said again to him, "I said 'pray, aim high and stay focused."
So, the man decided to
listen to the voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree
and shot the wild turkey.
The bullet
bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun
and hit the snake in the head and killed it.
And, when the gun had
gone off, it knocked him into a pond. When he stood to look around, he
had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer and turkey to eat.
The snake (Satan)
was dead simply because the man listened to
God.
Bottom line:
Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and
stay focused on God.

Nov. 20, 2001

But all who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid. Proverbs 1:33
After The Tragedy
By Charlie Daniels

I have come to some realizations concerning this tragedy and I would like to share them with you. They are my heartfelt feelings and I believe what I will tell you with all my heart. Here I will put a warning to all of you who are offended by the mention of God's name and the defense of his proper place in American society. You'd best stop reading now. This nation has had the blessing of God's covering which has won our wars, prospered our economy and protected our shores. We saw just a corner of that covering lifted in New York and Washington on the 11th of September, and the results were catastrophic beyond description.
Why has this happened? Why has a nation which has enjoyed the blessings of God for over two hundred years suddenly experienced such a catastrophe? We've shaken our fists in God's face for far too long. We have ignored His laws, belittled His son, taken His name in vain until it's almost a national slang word. We have allowed radical groups like the A.C.L.U. to all but remove the name and reverence for God from American society. We have murdered untold millions of unborn children and tolerated an immoral president in the name of a good economy. We have proclaimed that homosexuality is just another lifestyle when the Bible clearly states that it is an abomination to God.

We have encouraged illegitimate birth, and condoned living together out of wedlock, child molestation, followed new age religions and harebrained spiritual leaders. Some of our music is fit for nothing but a garbage can, we are surrounded by greedy opportunists who would sink low enough to use this tragedy for an excuse to raise the price of gasoline to five dollars a gallon. We allow our streets to be inundated with punks who sell death to our children in the form of drugs. Politicians tell outright lies to further their cause and waste our tax money on frivolous programs which do nobody any good. Our city streets are rampant with violent crime, underpaid, overworked, harried public prosecutors try to put criminals in jail who are being represented by attorneys wearing two thousand dollar suits. We can no longer travel this road people. This road leads to hell.

We have to eradicate the people who attacked us, not in vengeance but in justice, and there is a difference. Vengeance would be to drop an atomic bomb on Afghanistan, justice is to take out the guilty parties and everybody associated with them. We must show the world that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated by a civilized nation. But above all we must turn back to God. We must clean up our national act. God's word says that if His people called by His name will pray and repent and change their wicked ways that he will hear from Heaven and heal their land. And this land needs a lot of healing. What do you think?
God Bless America,
Charlie Daniels
Copyright 2001 Charlie Daniels

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