December 2010                                    Compiled monthly by Phyllis King, Head Injury Survivor                                  Volume 21, Number 12


The following is from a book of devotions by Linda Lamb, of Brookville, Pennsylvania.

 

Good Reputation

 

“In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.”        

1 Timothy 5:25 (NIV)

    People who are acquainted with us over a period of time get a view of our character. If they see we are consistently honest, they expect we will be honest in our dealings with them. If we are consistently critical, they expect us to be critical. It is noticed if we consistently try to do good works as well.

    An old song says, “They will know we are Christians by our Love.” Do they? Do they suspect we may be Christians before they ever are told because of our actions, words, and character? Watching us as they do, do they see consistent Christian living? What about tempers and our moods? Don’t we look at others as well? We want to see what their works show. May our good works glorify our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ and our GOD, whom we serve. May we never grow weary in well doing by His grace.

 

Dear LORD, help us glorify You.

In JESUS’ name. Amen.

 


Phyllis—

 

Thanks for undying dedication to that which God has ordained and established. For me, MTS means being given a voice to tell my story and ears to hear others. It magnifies our interaction and connectedness. That idea is the beautiful design of God.  

 

Woven into the “Fabric of Eternity”

 

 You see, one of the little known (and at the same time, VERY OBIOUS) qualities of our God is that of “Master Weaver.”

 

You may know Him as a “Refiner of Silver” or “Dross Eliminator” from the work that He has accomplished in you. Yes, the heat was turned up pretty high, but it was needed; now He can see Himself in your reflection. Do others see His reflection IN YOU as you come (boldly) with the promise of 2 Corinthians 3:18?

 

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (NIV).
 
But that was only to get you READY for the IMPORTANT WORK of putting together His Saints into His Bride. When He called you into His Kingdom, He “anointed and appointed” you to do good work for Him. The Book of Esther says it like this (Mordecai speaks not just to Queen Esther but to ALL of us), “Who knows that you have not come . . . for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
 
Equally important as “INDIVIDUAL SALVATION” is the Continued GROWTH with those “Members of the Body” with whom He has placed you. He weaves silk next to burlap FOR TEXTURE and “to promote acceptance.”
 
Even if you don’t Understand, know that it is for His Pleasure and according to His Plan, as you are have “Christ in you, which is hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
 
Even though we might see an immediate benefit to our meeting, God is one who dwells outside of time and space; His Plans are ALWAYS bigger, since He sees yesterday, today, and tomorrow IN AN INSTANT.
 
Being part of His “Eternal fabric” joins you with saints past, present, and future; our relatively brief time (compared with Eternity) suddenly has Eternal Responsibilities and Privilege!   
 
Doug Cooper

Orlando, Florida
Head Injury Survivor 


 Dear Friends—

Just a note to tell you not to send any more newsletters, as my son Keith passed away March 5 after twenty-three years of fight.

He never gave up, even with his last breath, and he was at peace. His faith in Christ Jesus brought many to the Lord—he was a blessing.

He has two beautiful sons ages 27 and 25 and two grandchildren ages 3 and 2.

God bless you.

Keith’s Mom, Billie Kindt
Jasper, Minnesota


December 21, 2000

 

Last night I felt burdened down as I thought of the future. What, and when, and how, and how long?

 

 

This morning God’s Word meets my need again, like it always does. Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with (as) silver; I have chosen (tested) thee in the furnace of affliction.”

 

I do somehow feel “chosen” unto this present affliction. There truly is peace in acceptance.

 

 

Isaiah 48:17 “I am the LORD thy God . . . which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

 

       Jill Vanderhoof
     
Wife of Head Injury Survivor

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    Prayer Requests 

For Steve Sauder

 

Dear Ones,

 

Thanks so very much for continuing to pray for Steven. Current prayer requests are for Steven to (1) sleep better and (2) choke less.  

 

Steven and I would like to share about a great  Christian  TV  station  in  Tampa, Florida.  Most of you won’t be  able to get  the  TV  station,  but if         you have Internet access, you  can  go  online and watch the same thing at www.ctnlifestyle.com.  Go to the schedule, and you will find awesome seminars there on creation vs. evolution: ”Creation Series,” “Exploration Films,” “Mission Imperative,” “Answers in Genesis,” etc. 

 

These are all great, not only for building our own faith and knowledge but also for teaching children or grandchildren and for witnessing. The seminars on “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” are also excellent for wisdom for witnessing.
In addition, they have a good “American Heritage”
series, plus Christian movies, news commentary from a Christian perspective, etc. 

 

Happy watching!

 

Much love in Christ,

 

Vicki Sauder 

Sarasota, Florida

 

   For Marty

 

 

    Merry Christmas from Marty

 

Psalm 116: 1–2 (NKJV)

1 I love the LORD, because He has heard          

        My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,    

         Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

Psalm 113: 2–3
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
    From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD's name is to be praised.

Wishing you all a very Merry CHRISTmas ahead. I cannot exclude such great scripture when it comes to Marty. For Marty so dearly loved the Word.
 
Marty loves to listen when it is read to him, and you should see his eyes speak to you when you embark upon a good verse.

Please know that we could use a big prayer for Marty this month. Please pray for him and the programs that he is on. Please pray that all the paperwork is good and that there is no red tape that delays anything. Please pray that Marty is comfortable and that the winter season is good to him this year at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011!

Please pray for endurance and strength for the family.

Thank you, and Have a Blessed Christmas and know that I pray for all the
HIS readers!

 

Reading, Pennsylvania
Sister of
Head Injury Survivor

PS These are two great Psalms to read:

Psalm 116 for Praise

Psalm 113 for Thanks for deliverance from death

He is our ONE . . .

    The Father, the Son, and the Holy Sp
irit!


The Miracle of Christmas

 

by  Sandra Stone Lehmann

Phoenix, Arizona

Head Injury Survivor

 

Well, here we are, another holiday season has arrived, and we will soon be hearing many negative statements regarding holiday blues, depression, and suicidal thoughts as various individuals “try to cope” with their out of control emotions. The general consensus is that the celebration of Christmas is not a pleasant time for many persons, and that idea makes my heart sad. My heart is filled with compassion for the countless numbers of people who fill the Christmas season with nothing but materialism, shutting out the very Christ whose birthday they celebrate.

 

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased,” (Luke 2:14, NASB) was the declaration of praises coming from a multitude of heavenly hosts as they heralded His birth to shepherds on a Bethlehem hillside.

As I reflect upon my own inner peace, my heart is stirred with the knowledge that knowing Jesus, as my personal savior, is the reason I have this deep, abiding peace.

 This is the miracle of Christmas that Christ brought to the earth upon His birth. The availability of this peace is accessible to everyone who will believe and trust Him. When we shut out Christ, and fill this season with nothing but materialism and humanistic thinking, we have missed the reason for the season. May this holy season find you filled with His peace, joy and boundless love.

 

Peace

 Oh, come. Let us adore Him,

 The Christ born on this day.

 Let us lift His name in honor,

 And for His blessings pray.

 Let’s let Him reign forever,

 On the throne within our heart.

 Let us walk within His presence,

 Every day, right from the start.

 May the praises of our savior,

 From our lips just never cease.

 As we make this earthly journey—

 May our lives be filled with Peace.

 

Sandra Stone Lehmann


Good News Sampler Dec. 2010©

 

 

Shepherds on a hillside tending sheep were   terrified when visited by an angel of the Lord telling them of the baby just born in the town of David –“a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” You will find him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” A great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” After going off and finding the baby with Mary and Joseph, as the angel had said, the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them - Luke 2:8 -20

                                                                                                                           

 

chorus

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Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born. – words by: John W. Work Jr.  music: American Folk Song

 -We have been experiencing a late fall but expect to be surprised any day or night now when we watch the first snowflakes of the winter float lazily to the ground while announcing the winter blizzards to come. - dm

 

 

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. -Carlyle

 

 

 

The persistent night crier.

 

– The Owl is a repetitious questioner wrapped in

feathery insulation especially for winter delivery

and the winter equivalent of the summer’s

whippoorwill. -dm

 

   God’s Good Gift

 

For the wages of sin is death, but the bountiful free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God - 1 Peter

4:10.

 Every gift from God begins to bear fruit when we use it. When you begin to discover the gifts God gave to you then you must open them up and use them so that others can be blessed through you.

 Lord, open our eyes to the gifts we have received from you and then help us to use them in such a way that others may be blessed and give thanks to you. – Paraphrase of Corrie ten Boom

 

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true."

- Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells

 

 

Good News 2010© • Diana McMaster


 

 

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