Monday, November 14, 2016

"Daily Encounter."

Tom's Journal.

Hi  Friends,
    A good friend named, Greg, from IL., sent this posted article/ message to me today, and after reading it,  I knew that it would help me with MY witnessing ministry of sorts.   I thought the prospect of their "business card" was so cool and effective, so maybe I will get some of them, too.  
       Half of the USA is very happy with our new President- Elect, and the other half are just such poor losers and 'sour grapes !'   The Conservative people in the U.S. didn't riot, hurt people, destroy property when Obama and Clinton and Kennedy were elected !!   Duh....    You see,  we had a Mother and Father at home to teach us right from wrong, and we were also taught Christian values !   We finished high school, and maybe some college, and also volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces to defend our Constitutional Rights and Freedoms !   We actually play sports and learned about "Team Effort," winning and losing with grace, honor, sportsmanship.   We learned to accept our failures, but try harder next time.   When the right time came,  we left our parents home to start OUR OWN LIFE, got married and started our own families, instead of sleeping all day in our parents' basement living on Twinkies and Pot... LOL.    When I run into such, 'sour grapes,'  I just move on and avoid them because I know they are so useless wusses.  Sorry to be so blunt,  but I still have my 1st Amendment right.... just like the 'sour grapes.'

I have so much to do today, and I can feel the cold air come right thru the huge house that I am renting in the U.P.  [upper peninsula of Michigan in a small town].   And I am surprised that it is 53 degree F.  
     I think I have been eating out too often and am gaining unwanted weight, so I am going to do something drastic, like stop eating for a while... lol.   I need to clean the house, too, and take the garbage out, and check my snail mail.  

---Tom  Schuckman

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Power of One
Jesus said, "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit."1

"John Warr, an 18th-century apprentice shoemaker, was determined to be a faithful witness for Christ. Another apprentice by the name of William was hired, and John repeatedly talked to him about spiritual things, but the new worker didn't want to be bothered. Then one day he was caught exchanging a counterfeit shilling for a good one. In his guilt and humiliation he asked John for help and prayer. Through the faithful witness of John Warr, that man put his faith in Christ and developed into a committed disciple.

"The young apprentice was William Carey, who later became a remarkably fruitful missionary to India. Carey's life and ministry had a tremendous influence on the cause of worldwide gospel outreach in modern times."2

Some of us get discouraged because we don't feel that we are very gifted and don't have a lot to offer God in service to Him. John Warr could have said to himself, "I'm just a shoemaker and don't have much to offer God." But he didn't. He just wanted God to use him and made himself available.

It's amazing what God can and will do with anyone who will make him/herself available to God. And if you do make yourself available to God, you may never know until you get to eternity just how God used you to touch the life of others for eternity.

As blind Helen Keller said, "I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do."

And as the unknown author said:

    One SONG can spark a moment,
    One FLOWER can wake the dream,
    One TREE can start a forest,
    One BIRD can herald spring,
    One SMILE begins a friendship,
    One HANDCLASP lifts a soul,
    One STAR can guide a ship at sea,
    One WORD can frame the goal,
    One VOTE can change a nation,
    One SUNBEAM lights a room,
    One CANDLE wipes out darkness,
    One LAUGH will conquer gloom,
    One STEP must start each journey,
    One WORD must start a prayer,
    One HOPE will raise our spirits,
    One TOUCH can show you care,
    One VOICE can speak with wisdom,
    One HEART can know what is true,
    One LIFE can make a difference.

May that life be yours.

Remember, too, "that all the darkness in the world cannot put out the light of one small candle."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, Thank you that because I have accepted Jesus, Your Son, as my Lord and Savior, I am Your child. I am available, please use me to be a part of Your plan and what You are doing in the world today. Use me in some way to spread the love of Jesus everywhere I go, and grant that people seeing Jesus in me, will want Jesus in them too. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. John 15:8 (NKJV).
2. Our Daily Bread, June 7, 1996


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