FOLLOW THE STAR
by April Coonfare
In Matthew 2 it tells the story of the wise men from the East who followed a miraculous star to find the infant Jesus, bringing Him precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
.Behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. (Matthew 2:9,10)
The Scripture states that these wise men started with a quest to search for the King that was to be born. More to it, they responded to their faith with actions by starting a journey of following that star. I believe the wise men didn’t know how long of a journey they had before them, and I doubt the wise men knew how they would be received in the foreign land that they were headed for, but what they did know is that a Mighty King would be there at their arrival.
This certainly was not a comfortable or easy trip for them to take. Riding on a camel for a long period of time traveling through valleys and rough hills would not be a luxury. But yet, these men chose to take the journey regardless of the fact of facing the unknown destination and discomfort of leaving their homes. The journey involved a lot of risk taking. Even after meeting Jesus the choice they made of taking a different route home and knowing that disobeying King Herod’s instructions risked their lives. However once they reached the end of their destination and met Jesus it gave them an overwhelming joy that I am sure changed their lives forever.
The wise men continued to follow the star allowing it to guide their way not just back home, but through their life.
This story has the similar reflection of how we need to take faith in our hearts and follow the star that will lead us to His kingdom so we can meet the King face to face. Following the light of God is the essence of our faith journey. Even when we are uncertain of where this journey will lead us or what we will go through along the way, we can be sure that God is before us and with us and He will guide us to the end if we allow it to.
Just as the three wise men followed that light that night we need to follow the light God that he has shone on the path for us to follow that will lead us into the heavenly gates.
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“ The peace God gives me and puts in my life keeps me encouraged and knowing that God knows what is at the end of the storm for me.”
“Knowing He is my provider and that He will be there keeps me encouraged.”
“Just knowing what God has brought me thru already and all he has done for me keeps me encouraged to keep living for Him in the middle of my storm.”
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APPLE GLAZED TURKEY
Apple-glazed turkey is a snap to make and a delight to eat. A sweet glaze with a touch of heat, that takes just a minute to make, is brushed on the turkey just before it's removed from the oven.
·1-12 pound turkey
·½ cup apple jelly
·½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
·¼-½ teaspoon ground red pepper
·½ teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove giblets and neck from cavity. Place giblets and neck (not the liver) in the roasting pan. Place rack in pan and put turkey on rack.
Roast turkey until the skin is browned, about 2½ -3 hours. Tent turkey with aluminum foil. Continue to roast until temperature in thickest part of thigh is 175 degrees F., about ½ hour more.
In a small pot, melt apple jelly. Stir in cinnamon and pepper to mix. Brush turkey with apple glaze and broil 4 inches from heating element about 3 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
Remove turkey from oven, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest 30 minutes before carving.
Instead of using a rack, cut 2 onions into ½-inch slice and place in bottom of roasting pan. Place turkey on top of
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time:
3 - 3 1/2 hours Ready In:
3 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours and 10 minutes
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
GIVE THANKS BY FRAN LANE
Although this newsletter will be going out after Thanksgiving, being Christians we need to give thanks every day of our lives. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11 said that he had learned to be content in whatever state he finds himself in and goes on to mention several of them, including many that are not so pleasant. Learning to be content is a great way to thank God for the blessings He has given us while we are in any situation in our lives. We are broke…thank God for your salvation. We are sick…thank God we are alive. There is always someone out there who is in much worse condition than ourselves. Ask God to bless them, even if you don’t know them, and you will be thanking God for the health you do have. Every morning when I get up and go to God in prayer I thank Him that He allowed me to wake up and that I woke up in my right mind and able to walk and talk and see and hear and smell and feel. I ask Him to bless the families of those who did not wake up this morning and I ask Him to bless those people who did not wake up with the blessings of all their senses. I Pray that I never take those blessings for granted, because they are gifts from God and I want to always be truly thankful for them.
Count your blessings. Instead of making a list of New Year’s resolutions which you will break within the first week anyway, sit down and make a list of all the blessings that God bestowed upon You just that year. You will not only find the list to be very lengthy, but you will find that there are some that You will even forget to mention. Each year, at the beginning of the year I start what I term my Spiritual Journey Journal. In this I try to jot down blessings that I have received during a day, or blessings that someone told me they received that day. I also record in this Journal prayer requests given to me by someone in need of God’s blessings in their life. Later I write down when and how those prayers are answered. If You do that, you can go back and see what marvelous works God has done in Your life and the lives of Your friends and family as well. Brothers and Sisters, “in all things give thanks.”
Taken from God Speaks by Honor Books Courage is fear that has said its prayers. – GOD
Keep alert. Be firm in your faith. Stay brave and strong.
-1 Corinthians 16:13
At age thirty-three, golfer Paul Azinger was at the top of his game. He had only one problem: a nag- ging pain in his right shoulder, which had been operated on in 1991. After seeing the doctor, Paul received a call that changed his life. His doctor wanted him back in Los Angeles immediately for a biopsy.
Paul forged a compromise: He’s do it as soon as he had played in the PGA Championship tourna- ment and the Ryder Cup Challenge. Until then, he would rely on medication and prayer. He tried to convince himself he had tendinitis, but the pain grew worse. Ultimately, he learned he had cancer. One morning while praying in his bedroom, Paul was wondering what would happen if he didn’t get better. Suddenly the sun seemed to force its way through the blinds and a powerful feeling of peace swelled within him. He knew with absolute assurance that God was with him.
Two years later, Paul rejoined the pro tour- the cancer gone. He says that his main goal in life now has shifted from winning to helping people see that “God is there for them.”
Are you looking for courage to face a difficult situ- ation in your life? Don’t let fear push you around. Place yourself in God’s hands.
~Fear is something everyone encounters, and when it comes, well it’s scary. Everyone would like to feel invincible, like you can conquer any- thing in the world. But the truth is that everyone does have a kryptonite, one thing that can cause you to lose faith in yourself and question your life. However, when we have God, he destroys the kryptonite in our lives and protects us from our greatest fears. Everyone will fall victim to fear at one point, but we have to remember that if God is for us, then who in the
lenge you this month to put your fears into God’s hands.
When you feel any anxiety or fear, call on God and he will strengthen you. Read Isaiah 41, and remember verse 10 as the key:
“Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dis- mayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee: yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
There is nothing in this world that can defeat us, noth- ing that can harm us. Also remember Job, be firm in your faith, and we will be rewarded. God will give us the courage we need, because in truth courage comes from conquering our fears, and God will give us the strength to do so.
Poems by Shel Silverstein
Listen to the Mustn'ts
Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me--
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.
Ma and God
God gave us fingers--Ma says, "Use your fork." God gave us voices--Ma says, "Don't scream." Ma says eat broccoli, cereal and carrots.
But God gave us tasteys for maple ice cream. God gave us fingers--Ma says, "Use your hanky." God gave us puddles--Ma says, "Don't splash." Ma says, "Be quiet, your father is sleeping."
But God gave us garbage can covers to crash.
God gave us fingers--Ma says, "Put your gloves on." God gave us raindrops--Ma says, "Don't get wet."
Ma says be careful, and don't get too near to Those strange lovely dogs that God gave us to pet.
God gave us fingers--Ma says, "Go wash 'em." But God gave us coal bins and nice dirty bodies.
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What is greater than God, More evil than the Devil, The poor have it,
The rich need it,
If you eat it, you will die?
For answer, simply unscramble word:
So what did you learn about in Sunday School today?
You can move mountains, If you only believe,
Without doubt in your mind,
You will always receive,
Consistently study your bible each day, God’s Word will show you His perfect way,
Believe in your heart the Word that you read,
Jesus will guide you, the Holy Spirit will lead, Believe what you ask for, when you kneel to pray
God will answer your prayer in His special way, Just believe in God who sent us His son,
For the devil’s defeated and the battle is won! Unlock the Word for it is the key,
To eternal life, for you and for me...
Endless possibilities you will achieve,
If you trust in God and only believe...