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The Light by Elaine Davenport (Monday, October 1, 2007)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. {1 Jn 1:5 RSV}

This is a dark world that we live in. However, those who have accepted Christ walk in the Light. God is Light. If we are in God then we are in the Light. There’s enough stuff going on to make some people panic and be scared; if they don’t know about faith. Faith people are supposed to understand that the darkness cannot overcome them. There are people around us who don’t realize that they are functioning and dependent upon a dark world system and that each day they are more and more vulnerable.

A while back, the power went out in the whole State of Michigan. I think several states were affected in the United States. It happened during daylight hours and though we could still see well, we were functioning ineffectively and chaos was all around us. For example; all the Gas stations closed down. You couldn’t buy ice and the supermarkets closed. Some phones didn’t work. If you didn’t have gas in your car you were unable to drive to the store and buy a charger for your cell phone. There were traffic jams everywhere. Yet despite all of this; it was 100 times worse when it got dark.

When it got dark, we all scrambled for candles. One neighbor had a generator. He allowed anyone with an extension chord to their homes so that they would have light. We all went to his yard for a cookout. The fire gave us light. Eventually we all went back to our dark homes. All we could do was sleep. We were so happy when daylight hit the next day. Our lives had been drastically altered by that experience.

We were used to living in the light. We didn’t like the darkness, not that way beyond our control.

God is Light. When I came into the Kingdom of God, moving closer to God; accepting Jesus as the Master of my life, I had no idea what kind of choice I had made. The Light of God flushed in a gave light to every dark part of my life and corrected in. The Light flooded my household and ran out the darkness. I take that Light with me wherever I go. I see things differently. Things are different. I know what’s going on. I know that what’s not of God is darkness and I don’t like darkness. Think about that.

James 1: 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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What Do You Hear ? (Unknown) Friday, September 28, 2007)

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise.”

“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”

“That’s crazy,” said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have super-human ears.”

“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

“But that can’t be.” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”

“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you.”

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

“See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s important to you.”

As Jesus tells the Pharisees in the Gospel, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar, but give to God what is God’s.”

– Unknown

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Only a few people will get this; are you "one" of them? By Elaine Davenport (Thursday, September 27, 2007)

God Bless you today. What a great day God has for you today. I was thinking of you this morning and decided to write you to share a few things with you. First, let me tell you that I faithfully pray for you and your family. This is true. You know, when I hear that someone needs prayer, I never feel bad or any sense of urgency if I know them because I’ve ALREADY been praying for them. I never stop. That means you.

I have a story to tell you. It’s not a long one. It’s a faith story. I have met some of the most wonderful people (the best I have ever known) since I decided to take a closer walk with God in my life. One of those people is my friend Barb. Now all of us have many stories of our lives that we can tell. Barb was kind enough to tell me one of her faith stories. It’s a good one and I know that she has many more. I asked her permission to share this with you and I got her consent. Thank you so much Barb for sharing this with all of us. Thank you.

Barb received an assignment from her home church to direct the Outreach Ministry at a church in Akron Ohio. We live in Michigan and Akron, Ohio is a little over a three hour drive in good weather. (smile) It’s just a little under two hundred miles in one direction. Barb was in charge of the bookstore and all Outreach activities. She was not relocating, she was commuting. Barb traveled every Sunday, rain or snow. (WE LIVE IN THE MIDWEST SO THERE WAS SNOW) Barbara told me that she came to love the people there and the assignment. Now, I’ve heard a lot of wonderful stories but none like this one. I’m sure there are more, (few) but I haven’t heard them. I asked her: “How did you do that? How did you stay connected?” Her response is what I want to talk to you about today.

She looked at me with an angelic face in all sincerity and said something like this: I spent those long commutes meditating and communing with the Lord. Those weren’t her exact words but I tried to give it a “broad” interpretation so people at all faith levels can understand. What she was explaining to me in a very humble way was that if you have a personal relationship with God, faith and trust in Him, nothing is impossible. I want you to just imagine that every Sunday, you have to get up and drive to Akron, Ohio to go to church. You can’t oversleep, you can’t say: “I’ll stay home this week,” you can’t quit, you have to go! Could you do it?

Now, my message for you this month is to tell you to: “STAY CONNECTED.” Some people who receive this will say: “Stay connected to what?” Some will understand. So let me just say this: these letters go out by the hundreds now. This is not meant to offend or to suggest that you aren’t connected…but the Word I’ve received to give you is to tell you to STAY THAT WAY.

When you buy a car, it comes with a battery. You don’t ask to see it because if the car is new, no one hears about batteries going bad. But we all know that a few years down the road and a couple of winters and that battery better be given some serious attention and the TRIPLE A card better be current because the car needs a battery that works. The more you drive the car, the more power that goes out of the battery. My husband just explained to me that when you recharge the battery it builds the power back up. HMM……….

(Some of you can see the analogy to our faith here)

THE BATTERY HAS TO STAY CHARGED ……….AND SO DO WE.

We have got to increase our prayer lives. We have got to stay connected to God. Sunday service isn’t enough and a fleeting emergency prayer isn’t enough either. I used to think that the more prayers that I sent up, that it was bad and that God wouldn’t want to answer my emergencies because I had bothered Him about so many little things. A lot of people think that now: “I don’t want to bother God, He’s busy.” So because I misunderstood, I wasn’t staying connected. All kinds of things were happening to me. And then…………I figured it out (with help). It was the other way around, completely different than what I thought. God wanted to hear from me. All the time. I eventually learned to pray for other people as a prayer intercessor, to increase my prayer life dramatically and to stay connected.
In return, my needs were met in mighty ways day by day! I’m sitting here laughing now about my latest miracle….get connected……and stay that way. Please, I’m begging you and praying too.

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Do you want to beat this thing? Read the Bible… by Gene McGuire (Guest Writer) (Monday, September 24, 2007)

Editor’s Note: Most people are facing something big and need God’s help. If you don’t; ask around. I wanted to write to you about the CRITICAL IMPORTANCE of reading the bible every day for at least 30 minutes to an hour. I believe this is a key to the Open Door. I found this article written by Gene McGuire and I couldn’t have expressed it better)

BY GENE MCGUIRE…

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God. . . .rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

COMMENT: Have you ever taken something for granted and then after a period of time your eyes are opened to a deeper understanding? Well, that happened to me the other day. You probably have been aware of what I am about to mention, but it took me 70 years to clearly see the obvious. What I’m talking about is a part of speech called a “contraction”. For all these years I never gave a second thought as to why that name was given to those particular words; it was just another word like a noun, adjective, pronoun, etc. I knew one when I saw one or used one. About a month ago, it finally dawned on me that the word “contraction” means to make smaller and that is what happens when we take two words, eliminate one or more letters and replace the missing letter(s) with an apostrophe. Now, of course, my failure to be fully aware of that concept is not very important to my life in the natural, however the same lack of cognition in spiritual matters could be very detrimental. I’ve heard some people say that they’ve read the Bible once, cover to cover, and truly believe that they’ve gotten out of it all it had to offer. NOT. There are deeper meanings in the Scriptures that only come to us by studying and meditating on God’s Word. A cursory examination of it is definitely insufficient because the Scriptures contain “acres of diamonds” that can be continually ”mined” by conscientious Christians.

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalms 119:130 and Hebrews 4:12

WISE SAYING: KNOW THE WORD, BE NOT DECEIVED. YOUR IGNORANCE COULD LEAVE YOU GRIEVED. (gene mcguire)

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We’re Looking for Faith Writers by Elaine Davenport (Saturday, September 22, 2007)

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Keeping Score by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, September 20, 2007)

When we were little kids and I would sulk; my sister would ask what’s wrong. I wouldn’t even answer until she had asked me 5 or 6 times. I determined that she wasn’t going to ask anymore, so I answered quite pitifully: “You did this to me, remember.” I would say almost to the point of tears.

My sister would respond with wisdom: “Well, I did that because of what you did. We’d go back and forth until we were exhausted never resolving anything.

The most that we knew about forgiveness at that  time from a practical sense was saying: “I’m sorry.”

Now, in my house if you said it, you had to mean it; at least that’s what I believed. My parents were pretty passionate.

A lot of people bring those childhood habits of keeping score into adult relationships and it’s just not the best way to handle things. I wonder if it impacts our divorce rates, crime rates and how much it spills over into our everyday affairs.

Keeping score twinges on unforgiveness; it hinders the love walk.

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.