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"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour."  Ephesians 5:2

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June, 2012, Volume 18.6

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This month my thoughts were on the phrase "poured out".  It is a Biblical term that means giving your all.  The Apostle Paul is an example of being poured out because his life was solely focused on Jesus.  Through his life we have much of the New Testament books, but we also have a fine example of a committed saint. 

I am reminded of our commitment as wives, mothers, and employees to be poured out in our efforts of service to our family, to our church body, and to our employers.  Giving 100% is not easy, but hopefully our efforts will be a demonstration of our love and care for our Lord as we do unto Him.  I've included some helpful thoughts on reaching out to others that I believe will encourage you.

Ray Comfort's film called "180" What Changed Their Minds in Seconds...." is a great witnessing tool.  It is an important film comparing the Holocaust and abortion.  Although it contains graphic pictures of the Holocaust, it is a must see.  You can find it after "Thought Provokers".

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"To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."  Proverbs 21:3





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The Believer's Mission...

"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

1 Peter 2:1-10 (KJV) 



 “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”  Philippians 1:29 (KJV)


Paul's life as a Believer was an offering to the Lord.  His commitment to Jesus Christ was so solid nothing could pull him away.  His personal  relationship with Jesus was so intimate he never faltered in his walk nor did he doubt His will and direction. Who came first in Paul's life?  Jesus.  May we be as faithful!

Much of the New Testament was written by Paul, a man who called himself an apostle of Jesus Christ because he had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  This encounter changed his life.  His heart was changed from wanting to kill Christians to wanting to be a Christian.  His past history as a zealous Jew caused him some problems, but these problems provide a curious look into how people respond to truth.

Paul’s History as a Persecutor

The story of Paul begins in the Book of Acts written by Luke.  As a zealous Jew, Paul (previously called Saul) sought out those who professed belief in Jesus as the Messiah and the resurrected Lord and Son of God.  His goal was to put them to death.  In fact Paul had held the coats of the men who stoned Stephen, a deacon in the early church who preached the truth to the Jews.  How ironic that Paul would experience persecution throughout his ministry, and be put to death in his old age by beheading.

Paul’s Call to Preach 

Paul became one of the greatest witnesses for Jesus in the history of the Church.  Many of the letters he wrote to churches became books in the New Testament.  God gave him much knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that he freely shares even today through these New Testament Books. 

After his conversion, Paul was called to be a missionary.  The Believers were fearful of Paul at first, fearing he would betray them.  A man named Barnabas, a member of the church at Antioch, interceded for Paul before the Apostles.  In time, they witnessed the evidence of his conversion and his new zeal for Christ.

Paul had this to say about his own commitment to Jesus: 

“As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting…”  2 Corinthians 11:10  

“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of:  for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16

Doubters would eventually be silenced by his persistence and endurance.

Paul’s Ministry

After the rejection of the Jews, Paul felt God calling him to preach to the Gentiles as recorded in Acts 13.  He traveled from place to place as he was led by the Holy Spirit teaching and preaching about Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior everyone needs.  Paul was never long without a partner to help him.  His first was Barnabas, the very man who had encouraged the Believers to accept him.  The Holy Spirit spoke to the prophets and teachers at the church at Antioch to separate and consecrate Paul and Barnabas to the Lord’s work. 

Soon they were sent out by the Believers in Antioch, traveling to various cities on the island of Cyprus off the coast of Syria in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.  Their travels took them many places in and around the eastern Mediterranean area in what is today, Turkey and Greece.

Paul and Barnabas preached the message of Jesus to the Jews in the synagogues.  Their reception was varied.  Sometimes their message was received with joy, but oftentimes it was received with great wrath by the Jewish leaders.  Still, Paul began small congregations of believers wherever he and Barnabas preached.  Later even the Gentiles wanted to hear the truth of salvation.  Both Jews and Greeks believed unto salvation. 

The Public’s Reaction

Persecution at this point was relatively mild, but felt primarily from the work of unbelievers to discredit and contradict the message.  Interestingly, it was the devout and honorable Jewish women who were the most troublesome, for as the Bible says, they were “stirred up” and “raised persecution” (Acts 13:50) against Paul and Barnabas.

It would be expected that good news would generate much good will, but unfortunately, the good news of Jesus generated wrath and hatred and violence, and continues to do so today. 

Their persecution continued to intensify as they travelled the coasts of the Eastern Mediterranean.  In Iconium, their testimony caused division and strife among the people to the point where the people wanted to stone them to death.  Paul and Barnabas fled to Lystra and Derbe in Lycaonia (Turkey). 

Throughout the region, Paul was instrumental in many healings.  These demonstrated the power of God through the Holy Spirit upon Paul, and gave opportunity for preaching. Many believed, but unfortunately, the influential Jews were ever present creating trouble for Paul and Barnabas.  In Lystra, the people stoned Paul, leaving him for dead.  The faithful disciples of the area gave aid and he was restored.  In 2 Corinthians 11:25-28, Paul lists his varied sufferings; some at the hand of others, some the result of his circumstances, and some because of his care and concern for others: 

“Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.  Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” 

What an amazing testimony of endurance!  Any one of those situations would have caused many of us to quit.  Paul was serious about his call to teach and preach about Jesus.

Paul’s Ministry Continues

Despite the rough treatment of the unbelievers, Paul often returned to cities where he had preached to minister to the new believers.  Acts 14:22-23 explains:

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”   

Paul’s words of tribulation may sound ominous to us, but the believers already knew they were taking a huge risk of persecution and even death in believing Jesus to be the Messiah and choosing to follow His way. 

How could Paul continue amidst sufferings?

Paul was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was not seeking his own glory.  After all he went through, it would be more than reasonable to expect a reluctance to continue.  Not Paul.  His commitment never wavered. 

In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul wrote with great humility:

“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:  for when I am weak, than am I strong.” 

Paul wrote these words of encouragement to the Church at Philippi:

“Let this mind be I you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:5-8

Paul lived an extraordinary life in Christ under the power of the Holy Spirit.  He was not superhuman, but a mere man who had the courage of his convictions and a great faith in His LORD.  In his elder years Paul would be imprisoned in Rome, with many opportunities to continue his ministry to his guards, visitors, and to the churches he established.  Eventually, he was beheaded at the behest of Nero.  Paul was a true servant of God and a true witness of Jesus Christ.

How would you characterize your relationship with Jesus?  Are you filled with doubt, fear, and worry?  Do you quit when circumstances become difficult?  Are you easily offended?  If any of these apply to you, then you would never have been able to endure what Paul endured.  You are showing a decided lack of faith in our LORD.  Consequently, your life will be a constant demonstration of your doubt and fear, characterized by disobedience.  This is sin.  You must pray, confessing your unbelief and asking our LORD to build your faith so that you might be useful to Him.  He will answer your prayer, and begin to work in your heart and mind to increase your faith.  Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to believe.  Begin by reading God's Word daily.  Seek Him in prayer.  Make Him a priority in your life.




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"And Hannah answered and said, no, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit:  I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord."  1 Samuel 1:15


"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:  and he delighteth in his way. 

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:  for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. 

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved for ever:  but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever." 

-Psalm 37:23-30



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"But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD:  He is their strength in the time of trouble."  Psalm 37:39



Following is a 1992 television commercial sponsored by the pro-life Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation. When this commercial was showing on television networks, my husband and I were pursuing an adoption plan, hoping to one day be one of those fortunate families who would be able to adopt a newborn.  It is a reminder to the pro-choice people that babies are wanted.  Children are not to be destroyed on a whim because of inconvenience or because of the "wrong" gender.  Our House of Representatives recently voted against a bill banning sex selection abortion.  This is the real war against women.  We have only to look to China and India to understand the tragic results of killing unwanted little girls--future wives and mothers. 



  I'd like to invite you to view or read the transcript for "Laying a Foundation for a Healthy Marriage" at the following link:

Building a Marriage that Glorifies God, with Bill & Holly Elliff


Nancy Leigh DeMoss interviews Bill and Holly Elliff for "Revive Our Hearts" about their early years of marriage and specifically the four foundational principles necessary for a Godly marriage. 

Click on the link to read the 1999 Time article about the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation.



"And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them:  He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him."  Psalm 37:40



"My, friends, it is no melancholy duty.  It is no misfortune to find out that God wants us.  Those who have this idea of it will be little use to Him, and they will not be long in discovering some means of getting out of it.  The excuses which Satan puts into the sinner's heart for rejecting Christ are nothing to those with which he tempts the Christian to abstain from Christian work.  We have thousands and thousands of Christians who can tell you in a minute why they are not doing anything for Christ.  The excuse has been lying there for years all ready formed, and by this time they are perfectly satisfied upon the subject.  At the beginning of their Christian life, Satan told them some little lie-"they were too inexperienced for work "perhaps, they had not the gift," "they might just spoil matters," "they must wait for better openings," and a "a fitter framer for service."  And so this matter of work has been hushed up.  And God's people are slumbering on the faith of such miserable subterfuges, while souls are dying in hundreds at their very doors!  God only knows what a fearful revelation it would be, if He were to challenge these excuses this day, and expose their hollowness to our barren and fruitless lives!  It is high time we were waking out of sleep.  Let us rise and examine ourselves in the sight of God, and see what is to hinder us from entering the vineyard of his Son.  And if we see it to be His will that the God-like work of winning souls should fall into these unworthy hands of ours, let us accept with humble faith the holy privilege, and count no earthly sacrifice too great if it is to help even one of these poor souls to reach its eternal rest. 



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Moody, D. L. .  "What is to be Done With the Unsaved Masses?."  The Citizen.  London:  Morgan & Scott (1875).

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"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."  Psalm 37:4


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A Recipe for a Day


Take a dash of water cold

And a leaven of prayer,

A little bit of sunshine gold,

Dissolved in the morning air.

Add to your meal some merriment

And a thought for kith and kin,

And, then, as a prime ingredient,

A-planty of work thrown in.

But spice it all with the essence of love

And a little whiff of play,

Let a wise old book and a glance above

Complete the well-spent day.






From "Handy Household Hints and Recipes" compiled by Mattie Lee Wehrley and published in 1916.

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 "Commit thy way unto the LORD: trust also in him; and He shall bring it to pass."  Psalm 37:5




One of the great bits of fun our boys had was obtained from building kits!  All it takes is a little bit of "geek" to get you started.  This is also a fabulous way to incorporate Dad into the homeschool activities.  Purchase kits at Radio Shack or at hobby stores.  The best part of building kits is the science credits!

Our guys helped Dad refurbish a radio controlled glider.  This activity provided lots of great fun and enjoyment besides sparking more interest in radio controlled planes and cars.  Trips to the hobby shop became a Sat. outing.

Even girls can enjoy building kits!  I remember a happy memory helping my younger brother with his model train set.  After many unsuccessful tries gluing the tiny pieces of a model house, he gave up.  That's when my help was enlisted!  I had so much fun!  It helps to be goal oriented so the project doesn't become a discouragement. 

Electronics kits were fun too.  Radio Shack offered many opportunities to learn how to build radios etc. while learning basic electronics.  Basic electronics textbooks were offered as well and served as part of our science curriculum.

Younger kids can begin learning to build with Leggos.  It is amazing how much easier it is for learning to take place when opportunities to construct an object are part of the process.  I call it "training the brain".  They start with simple projects, but amazingly move to more complex designs. 


One of my sons decided one day to build a kite with materials he found around the house.  He used wood strips from leftover from the model glider, a paper bag for the covering, and a ball of string.  It didn't fly as well as he had hoped, but he spent time exploring all the ways to make it fly.  I'd say that was time well-spent!  During our history lesson, he decided to build a log cabin.  So he cut, colored, and glued cardboard sections to form a cabin, complete with chimney. 

When you let kids use their imagination and skills, it is truly amazing what they can accomplish.  We parents provide the materials, a little technical assistance as needed, and encouragement.  Exploring new concepts with hands-on activities is the best way to learn. 




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 *******JUNE HOMESCHOOL TIPS******* 

Keep your craft supplies organized so you don't waste time looking for a crucial element to your homeschool assignment.  Plan ahead to make sure all supplies are available.  There is nothing more disappointing than promising a fun assignment, only to discover something is missing and the assignment cannot be carried out.

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"And even to your old age I am He; and even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you:  I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."  Isaiah 46:4



Excerpt from an opening address called "Looking Back" by R. Baxter at St. James Hall cir. 1875...

"We thank God for the restraining power of his Spirit; we thank God for the higher moral tone which the preaching of the gospel gives; but we look for the life, the spiritual life, the quickening of the soul into the risen life of Jesus.  This is what we look for to change the man's heart, life, and character, and make him a new man in Christ Jesus.  Again, we look for the deepening of the work of grace in the souls that know Christ.  Oh, dear friends, when we see the congregations of thousands filling the churches of our land, and also the churches on the Continent, and then inquire how many workers for the Lord there are in the midst of them, we are astounded, and we are cast down in amazement at the few workers compared with the many hearers.  Ay, and not only that, but the few workers compared with the many converted souls that are in the midst of those congregations.  Oh for that deeper life which shall lead to the consecration of soul, of life, of thought, and of heart to Christ, and then, when from the midst of our congregations the people of the Lord go forth to work, to witness, to win souls together, we shall see the power of the Holy Ghost working mightily, we shall see not only the life, but as our Lord adds, "the more abundant life." 

I encourage you to use the link below to view the publication and read the entirety of the message, "Looking Back" by R. Baxter, esq.  It is an encouragement to continue in prayer seeking the power of the Holy Spirit to change hearts and minds so that souls might be added to His kingdom. We too must be faithful to continue in prayer seeking our Lord so that we might become faithful witnesses of the Gospel message of Jesus and the gift of redemption purchased by His blood.  We wait upon Him to bring the souls of new believers into our midst.



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Baxter, R.  "Looking Back."  The Christian.  London:  Morgan & Scott  (January 14, 1875):  19.

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"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him:  fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."  Psalm 37:7

*Ray Comfort's video, 180...



Years ago I served as a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center.  I personally counseled women who were trying to determine if they were pregnant.  Some, when asked how they would respond to an unwanted pregnancy indicated their choice would be abortion.  It was my task to give them the facts about the dangers of abortion, but primarily my job was to provide information about the resources available for both mother and baby.  I believe this video is life changing and will make a difference in how abortion is perceived because it exposes abortion for what it is.  There is always a solution apart from abortion.

If you or a friend need help with a crisis pregnancy or are recovering from an abortion, help is available.  Please click on the link below to take you to helpful resources... 




*Please note that this video is copyright protected.  However, it is available as a free download from Ray Comfort's website:  http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=237&view=view.download&catid=7&cid=41&lang=en  or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI For more information and additional resources, and the html code to embed this video on your website, please visit http://www.heartchanger.com .

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"Finally, brethren, farewell.  Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 2 Corinthians 13:11




"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:6   




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Preserved Strawberries


Banana Charlotte




"Hear, and understand:  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."  Matthew 15:10-11


 **Vintage recipes are from the book, "Handy Household Hints and Recipes" compiled by Mattie Lee Wehrley. Originally published in 1916, these are in the public domain.

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Preserved Strawberries 

2 cups strawberries

1 cup sugar 

Rinse berries and let water run off.  In a sealed jar or crock, alternate layers of strawberries and sugar.  Let strawberries and sugar mixture stand overnight.  Drain off the strawberry sugar syrup into a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Add strawberries, cooking for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into jars.  Place seals.


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 Lime Juice


Seltzer Water


Lime slices

Maraschino Cherries

Place in each tall glass one teaspoonful lime juice, two teaspoons of sugar, one tablespoon of ice.  Fill the glass with seltzer water.  Garnish with a slice of lime and two maraschino cherries.


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Banana Charlotte 

2 large ripe bananas

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Juice of one fourth of an orange

1/3 cup of powdered sugar

12 Lady Fingers 

Peel bananas, crush to a pulp.  Add sugar and orange juice to bananas.  Fold in whipped cream.  Heap in pretty desert glasses, lined with Lady fingers.  You may garnish with chopped candied pineapple, a candied cherry, or crystallized violet.  Serves 4.


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"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."  Acts 2:46-47


The mother sets the tone of a meal by taking time to create a nice table display for the evening family meal.  It doesn't have to be elaborate, but let it be simple and attractive.  Use your creative talents and some of the little knick knacks around your home to make your table centerpiece.  Keep the candles unscented so you do not have conflicting aromas between the candles and the delicious food. Your special effort lets your family know they are loved and appreciated.  Let us remember...before we can be a blessing, we must prepare ourselves through prayer and the reading of God's Word.


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Thank you and God bless you!