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Luke 24:45-53 Then opened he their understanding, that they might
understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen
To Give Us A Message To Preach. [v.45-48] We are to Preach Repentance of Sins. [v.47a] We are to Preach Remission of Sins. [v.47b]
To Give Us A Manifestation Of His Power. [v.49] His Power was Promised to us. His Power is to be Prayed for by us. His Power is to be Penetrated by us
To Give Us A Manner Of Praise. [v.50-53] THE RESURRECTION IS STRANGE TO THIS WORLD. IN THAT THE FOUNDERS OF RELIGIONS DIE AND STAY DEAD. BUDDHA IS DEAD MOHAMMED IS DEAD JOSEPH SMITH IS DEAD WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE …
JESUS CHRIST!!!!!! HE IS ALIVE!!!
ONLY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS COME BACK FROM THE DEAD NEVER TO DIE AGAIN!! HE EVER LIVETH … Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. HE WAS DEAD, BUT IS NOW ALIVE FOREVER MORE! … Revelation I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
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Page 4 Converted In Crisis
…call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:15 Our Scripture text is written to Christians, however it could apply to an unsaved person if he/she will first call upon the Lord for salvation. God does not promise, neither is He obligated to answer the prayer of an unsaved person, except a prayer of repentance and faith in Christ, asking Him to save the soul. It is the case many times that God will allow a tragedy to come upon you just to call to your attention your need of Him and salvation in Christ Jesus. Has there ever been a time in your life when there was no one that you could turn to for help except Him? Did you call upon Him then? Did you at that time trust Him as Savior? Did you ask Him to save you? A young Christian named George had a genuine interest in the souls of others. He often tried to win his druggist friend, Henry to the Savior, but his witness was always met with ridicule. Finally George said, “Henry, you say you have no faith in God. I don’t want to antagonize you, so I’m going to pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you of your deep need. When the time comes, I want you to remember this Bible verse:
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee.” One evening Henry was in his pharmacy when a young girl came in to get some medicine for her sick mother. He hurriedly mixed some drugs and put them in a bottle and gave it to her. She took it and ran off as fast as she could. But as he was putting the various vials back in place, he was horrified to see that he had used one containing a strong poison. He didn’t know the girl, nor where she lived. Perhaps the mother was already taking the deadly prescription. A cold sweat broke out on his forehead. Then, at his wits end, he remembered his friend’s verse: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee.” He began praying for salvation, and also asked the Lord to help him. Suddenly the young girl re-entered the store in tears. “I ran so fast I fell and broke the bottle,” she exclaimed in distress. Greatly relieved, he gave her the correct medicine. He found the Savior through that experience, and it is reported that from then on he lived for Christ and was a different man. We should not wait for a time of crisis to call on the name of the Lord, but if and when crisis comes, you can be assured that He will be there and if you are His child He will see you through it. Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for
thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
You will notice that this passage says, “though I walk ‘through’ the valley of the shadow of death. He will be with us through the crisis, He will not leave us in the time of trouble. Many times crisis comes in the form of a trial. God has warned us that there will be trials and temptations during this life. Even Jesus was tempted of Satan for forty days in the wilderness, but Jesus did not yield to the temptation but was victorious over it. We can rest assured that when temptation comes that God is not the source of it. Temptation is of Satan. James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted
with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. God is our shelter when the storms of life threaten us.
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Page 5 Jelly Jar Grace I looked at the jar so ill-used by my boy Mud filled and rocky was his jelly jar toy A great muddy mess both inside and out A once useful jar yet now - I have doubt My son, in contrition hands me the mess I don’t know the outcome I admit I feel stress Then a thought tickles gently in the back of my mind I head to the sink to see what I can find Some suds and some water a sponge and some rags I set the jar down as my head gently wags o clean up this mire, The jar might prove useful a good scrubbing’s required.” So I scrubbed and I polished I washed the outside Some mud disappeared but most couldn’t hide I held up the jar shiny clean from without “There! It is spotless.” my son expressed doubt “Why, I washed and I scrubbed I shined and I cleaned. If the jar is polluted You must tell what you mean.” I was told that the vessel Once useful and clean Held tightly to grime To my son plainly seen “I washed the exterior Is that not enough?” Apparently not As my boy called my bluff The jar - like our lives Is filled with corruption Cleaning only the outside In the end finds destruction A lesson was learned With my son by my side Don’t just clean the surface Deep clean the inside For the glass - crystal clear Revealing muck deep within Represents our rebellion The muck is our sin We then spoke of Jesus And His soul-cleansing power He’s ready to forgive Right this minute, this hour Next time, when we slip Our hearts stained in the race Let’s remember the lesson Of jelly jar grace
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Page 6 THERE’S SOMETHING MY FAMILY SHOULD KNOW
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I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new I thought about you yesterday and days before that too, I think of you in silence I often speak your name All I have are memories and your picture in a frame Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart. Though it would be your birthday here on earth I know that you are celebrating it in heaven. God chose to take you home but One day I will be there with you to celebrate too. In Memory Of Cash Cagle’s Birthday March 18th From His Wife Jeanet te Cagle
Not Growing Old They say that I am growing old, I’ve heard them tell it times untold In language plain and bold But I’m not growing old. This frail old shell in which I dwell Is growing old, I know full well, But I’m not growing old! What if my hair is turning gray? Gray hair is honorable, they say. What if my eyesight’s growing dim? I still can see to follow Him Who sacrificed His life for me There on the Cross at Calvary! What should I care if Time’s old plow Has dug its furrows in my brow? Another house, not made with hand, Awaits me in the Glory Land. My hearing may not be as keen As in the past it might have been, Still I can hear my Saviour say, “Come, faltering child, this is the way!” The outward man, do what I can To lengthen out this life’s short span, Shall perish and return to dust, As everything in nature must. But the inward man, the Scriptures say, Is growing stronger every day! Then how can I be growing old? I’m safe within my Saviour’s fold. E’er long my soul shall fly away And leave this tenement of clay! This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise To seize the everlasting prize! I’ll meet you on the streets of gold And prove that I’m not growing old!
God Speaks Quietly Have you ever heard a quiet voice deep down within your being, A voice so soft, still, and calm, it stops and sends fear fleeing? It comes in times of trouble, when things appear most grim. Other times it comes for no other reason than to let us know it comes from Him. God tells us things so simply stated, it’s hard to misunderstand. Yet the things He speaks go against the flesh, but exposes His loving hand. He sometimes gives us answers, for which we desperately seek. Other times, He gives the words He wants us to earnestly speak. Have you ever been utterly confused not knowing which way to go, Then suddenly the choice becomes so clear, you wonder how you didn’t know? Has there ever arisen a crisis, leaving you anxious with an unresolved need; Only to have things suddenly go into reverse and from the crisis you’re freed? Not only does God speak to us in His still small voice, He actively moves to accomplish His will; giving us reason to rejoice. That soft calm voice has given me peace, each time I’ve been overwhelmed by fear. When I listen closely, He always speaks the exact words I need to hear. And when I find myself in trouble, He always hears my unspoken plea. He comes in and sets things right, and His perfect will I’m able to see. I’m in a crisis as I sit and write this, and it’s totally beyond my control. The circumstances are overwhelming. Yet, there’s peace inside my soul. No matter what the outcome, there’s one thing I’m certain of - I’ve heard the quiet voice of God, assuring me of His love.
Page 8 You Have Gone On and I Remain I have asked God, always, to let me remain so that I could take care of you, but now that you’ve gone on to be with Him my life is empty, lonely, and blue. The light that you gave lit up my life, made living joyful with praise to the Lord that you worshipped and prayerfully served to the very end of your days. Together our Lord blessed us so much, He used you to make my life whole. I thank my dear Savior He bestowed us with favor and forgave and redeemed our lost souls. I know you await by the River of Life, longing and looking for me; Dear one, I’ll come when God calls me home and be eternally united with thee. We will sit at His feet, in fellowship sweet, giving worship and praise to His name; For it was Jesus our Lord, fulfilling God’s Word, Who saved us, resolving our blame.
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Psalm.43 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
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Page 9 When Tomorrow Starts Without Me When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today, while thinking of the many things, we did get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind, all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for, so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile, I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized, that this could never be, for emptiness and memories, would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you”. Today for life on earth is past, but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day’s the same day, there’s no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. So won’t you take my hand and share my life with me? So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart. As a lot of you already know my husband Jack Surgenor went home to be with the Lord Monday February 8th. The Lord blessed him with so much peace that he was not in pain and he just went to sleep in the arms of Jesus. He left a wonderful testimony that all of us are should be as blessed to have. I miss him so much he was such a caring and loving man he loved his family and he showed that love in so many ways. I miss the little things that he did I just didn’t think to appreciate them at the time like I should have. Now I would give anything to have him here showing his love by the little things that are big things now because they are so precious when I look around and see all the things that he did. I know he is in a better place now he is at the feet of Jesus over on that beautiful shore and one day we will be together again and then we can sing “I hope we walk the last mile together”
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Don’t Worry, Let God Why do we tend to worry about the things we cannot change? We only need to remember that God has our lives arranged. He knew us when we were being formed within our mother’s womb. He planned our life ahead of time from our birth until the tomb. He knows our problems and our fears we have to face each day. Just trust He’ll walk beside us and know He’ll be with us all the way. When we think we can’t get through the day and let despair set in, Just look above and ask for the help that He’s always ready to send. Rather than placing our trust in God, we often think we can do it alone. This is just part of our human nature; the sin of pride as it is known. God loves us dearly and wants to help us; He’s just a prayer away. Let’s call upon His wonderful name; He’ll get us through our day. I have had many days I thought I would never get through. But when I stopped and talked to God, He said, “I’m here for you.” When I heard His tender voice, it gave me the strength I needed. My friends I’m here to tell you, with God you can’t be defeated. There is no worry or problem that’s too big for our Lord to handle. Remember that on our darkest days, His love is like a candle. His love for us will light our way with a beam so very bright. No matter what we have to face, God will help us win the fight.
It’s been a long time Lord, Since You, and I have met. But thinking back on things, There’s not even one, regret.
Tears How large is Your bottle Lord Where You’ve placed all my tears? How many have I shed Lord Down through these many years? I know there have been many Each time when things went wrong But knowing that You count them Has helped me to be strong. You listened and You heard The sound of my weeping And held me in Your arms Safe within Your keeping. Sometimes when I praise You I try to restrain their flow But sometimes; praising You with tears Is the only way I know. Thank You Lord for counting Each time I shed a tear. Thank You for drying each one, And always holding me near. There will forever be tears Welling in these eyes of mine, Tears of comfort and joy Knowing I am Thine.
For You see, Lord I’m happy, For all the things You’ve done. I never would have made it, Without You’re only Son. If I would count my blessings, And name them, one by one. I’d never count them all, Before the day was done. I can’t remember all the things, That He has done for me. But there’s one I won’t forget, That’s when He set me free. So as I count my blessings, There is no room for doubt. I’m on my way to heaven, I’ll leave here with a shout.
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Page 11 After The Tears
Grace, Not Works
There are so many things in this life, that makes our tears to fall. But we can always say to ourselves, it will get better after all! No matter what our worries may be, we know they will soon be gone. But others will be there to take their place, until we leave here and move on! But until then we can know, life will always give us pain. But, if we ask Jesus into our heart, You know we have Heaven to gain! We have many days filled with joy. Then just as many days of despair. We are often telling someone, It just doesn’t seem to be fair! Just keep going and do your best, to cheer up and calm your fears. For joy will come in the morning, When Jesus comes - that’s after the tears! Live for the Lord and be joyful While here on this earth we stay. Jesus will come some glad morning to lift us up and take us away! We’ll live in that beautiful city where the streets are paved with gold. There it’s fully lighted by His Glory. It’s beauty has never been told! In that place there’ll only be joy. No sorrow or pain or fears. When we get up to Heaven. That will be after the tears!
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6 cups shredded cabbage 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1-1/2 lb. hamburger 1 can tomato soup 1 can diced tomatoes Salt Pepper Layer cabbage in a casserole dish. Put pepper and onion on top of cabbage. Brown hamburger, drain. Add tomato soup and tomatoes. Mix well. ( I added a little water so it would not dry out.) Pour over layers in baking dish. Bake 1 hour at 350.
She attended church every Sunday. She sat on the very front row. Whenever the church doors opened, She always wanted to go. She visited people who were sick. She gave food to those who had none. She was always the first to volunteer for things needing to be done. She freely gave her money to missions to spread the gospel. She was loving and kind to others. To her nothing seemed impossible. She considered herself a Christian, as did all her other friends. She knew when she got to heaven, God would lovingly welcome her in. On that final Judgment Day, she was standing in front of me. She was smiling and so excited for in heaven, she knew she would be. But when the Book of Life was opened, and her name wasn’t written down. The smile which had once been on her face, now instead turned into a frown. She said, “My Lord, I don’t understand why my name You cannot find, for I have done all a Christian should do I worked for You all this time”. He told her, “you didn’t read my word or you would understand, that works don’t gain you eternal life only by grace can you enter My land”. She pled her case to Jesus But He said, “I never knew you. I offered to you the gift of life and you were told just what to do. Through my beloved apostle Paul, My words were given to you. You could only be saved by grace through faith and it was a gift from Me to you. Good works alone will not save you. You cannot earn your place, you see. You did do many good things on earth but in your heart, you didn’t have Me. Yes, you were a member of the church, and heaven you wanted to see. But You didn’t accept My redeeming blood which I had shed to set you free”. He turned her away and called to me. I was the next in line, you see. He said, “your name is written here. Enter my gates to dwell with Me. Heavenly treasures you shall embrace, for you to enjoy throughout eternity. For by accepting My free gift of grace, you have shown your true love for Me.”
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Page 12 The Toughest Job.... Pastor Someone got upset last week with what he said He’d read the Scriptures, Made a point, just as he was led Monday came and Monday went without a word of cheer Encouragement was what he craved But none would come he feared Tuesday saw some sunshine cheerful, warm and bright Then there came a waking call late into the night. A cherished soul he knew so well held lightly to this life She’d made a call but couldn’t wait and left before he arrived. By midweek’s day the clouds rolled in still, things hadn’t gotten better the roof was dripping silent tears And the pews were getting wetter. When Thursday came He’d had enough “Lord, this is too hard, Why is this road so rough?” Now, if he had thought the heavens would open Only silence would answer that question of hoping. So, he fell into bed and groaned in his soul The church and the people their problems - their toll. But the very next morning he was met with surprise A searching soul was set free and had tears in their eyes. A pastor is made of the same earthen clay As you and as I - So would it hurt you to say.
“I appreciate you, You’re a lighthouse to me. God has used you in my life And have helped me to be The right kind of vessel The Master can use To be a blessing to others How could I refuse.” The moral it seems To this amateur prose Is, bless your dear pastor It means more than you know.
Jesus Steps In When before God I humbly stand, there’ll be no one there to hold my hand, no one telling me what to say, Just me and God face to face. My book before God will be opened wide, nothing I can change, or try to hide, every account have been accurately written; There the works I’ve done will speak for me, Did Gods commandments, I faithfully keep? Now Jesus steps in as my witness, before my father, He will confess, I am His; and truly blessed, for I have a right, to the tree of life; step through the gates, and into the city, To live with God; throughout eternity.
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I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults - and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husbandwife or parent-child or friendship! “Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket keep it in your own.” God Bless You..... Now, and Always...
So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine! ~Author Unknown~
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Page 14 FOR DADDY
( ) We see you in pictures, you’re still so real, ( You’re just a phone call away. ) We can’t grasp you’re gone, we just had tea, ( We just called you the other day. ) So fast I never had a chance ( To really understand, ) That day would be the last, That we would ever hold your hand. ( For you we guess it was better, ) Your pain was over fast, ( But we are left behind and we miss you, ) Our thoughts swirling in the past. ( We hope you heard the words we spoke, ) We hope you knew we were there, You weren’t alone, did you know that we loved you, ( ) Did you know that we cared? Our only hope is that one day, ( We will see you once again, ) For you told us you asked Him to save you, ( To deliver you from all of your pain. ) So we are resting in the peace ( That you are smiling down on us, ) So long then, our dear daddy, ( At least we know you’re now free. Donna, Lynda, Sandy & Sherry In loving memory of our dear father
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Page 16 Dear God In Heaven - A Family’s Prayer Dear God in Heaven above Today is the day that You took someone we love We know that we need not worry Because Your there with him with open arms Dear God in Heaven above The man that stands before You was deeply loved Although it seems like it is the end Now the memories of him shall begin Dear God in Heaven above We are here today with sorrow and grief But when we look up toward Heaven there will be a sence of relief Because the man before You is in a better place Today is not a day of death, but rebirth Because he lived a long and healthy life here on earth So on this day we will look back no more Because on this day we know he’s with You, Jesus Christ our Lord
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Page 17 Enough Many things in this old world Are so corrupt today With prisons overflowing And children gone astray. The word of
is quite taboo It brings our country shame To seek Him in a public place We dare not speak His name. He won’t be found in classrooms It would be found, a sin To let our small ones gather round And offer praise to Him. They’ve taken God from every book And from our government The laws that made our country strong Are crooked, vile and bent. I only pray, it’s not too late To turn it all around Etch the Bible in the hearts Of everyone in town. For if we wait and tarry on And go about our way God will finally shout “enough” The trumpet then will play. We will not find sweet mercy When we look to Him for grace We will not see contentment When we gaze upon His face. We’ll know His wrath and fury With our backs against the wall He’ll say, “I never knew you.” The curtain then will fall.
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Would you have someone or other, One much closer than a brother, A sister or a mother, One who never minds the bother? That’s Jesus, my friend. Do you know you’re lost in sin? Would you like to start again? There’s one friend and one alone, He, who loves and can atone. That’s Jesus, my friend. Would you like to be forgiven, Yes, ‘ til seventy times seven? Would you have someone so true Who would die to ransom you? That’s Jesus, my friend. Would you have the joy that comes To God’s daughters and his son’s And the hope that in him lies, Who would make the sacrifice? That’s Jesus, my friend. Do you seek your All-in-All Who can lift you when you fall And will hear you as you call, One who changed the Spoiler, Saul? That’s Jesus, my friend.
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Page 19 COMFORT 2 Corinthians. 1:3-5 Surrounded by friends yet all alone the one I loved God has called home the hugs of friends helps ease the pain and I know my loss is my loved one’s gain but tears now flow across my face as I long for just one more embrace then comfort comes and I see Christ’s face He hugs my loved one and I feel God’s grace.
Be Yourself Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything. Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with what you need yourself. Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. Be foolish enough to believe in miracles. Be willing to share your joys. Be willing to share the sorrows of others. Be a leader when you see a path others have missed. Be a follower when you are shrouded in the midst of uncertainty. Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds. Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails. Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not stumble. Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way. Be loving to those who love you. Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change. Above all, be yourself! - Author Unknown
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Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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