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Mar 10 2009

Motivational quote on today's calendar page: "Reality is above all else a variable, and nobody is qualified to say that he or she knows exactly what it is. As a matter of fact, with a firm enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before." Margaret Halsey

Prayer: Father, you are the reality that lets us know the above quote is wrong. You are what is worth knowing, beyond You, O Lord, there is no creation of existence. We find our place by living in your service. Help us see You today as the Real by whom all things have been created.

Thought: God defines reality as the maker of the universe. Can we strive to create circumstances, to improve our lives, the lives of people around us? Yes. Can we influence business, government, the environment? Certainly, but that's a far cry from creating reality.

1 Samuel 7:2 Having the Ark didn't exactly make the people's hearts right.
1 Samuel 7:3 Return completely to God. No half steps

Proverbs 10:3 Remember this is in the light of eternity
Proverbs 10:19 Watch out for wordiness and for situations where people try to use many words to cover for what they're trying to say.

Isaiah 22:22 relates to Rev. 3:7
Isaiah 7:4 the enemies of God are useless. Don't waste time seeking their help.
Isaiah 7:13 When God offers a sign, don't act like you're better than getting one. He's offering because He wants to make a pointl.

Revelation 3:1-6 1. Reputation is nothingness if it is false. 2. Judgment will come swiftly, God's word is our warning. 3. Book of Life-->is your name still in it? Or did God blot it out for your denial of Christ?

1 Timothy 2:7 Preachers are appointed by the Lord. Serve Him, supported by His church, but appointed, called, and in service to Him. Not appointed by any person, especially yourself. Don't preach because you want to. Preach because you have to.
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

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