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WELCOME to the January 2004 edition of the Shalomindia.com E-Info Service.

PSA 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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Year 2004 Theme "Expect great things of God...attempt great things for God."

William Carey
(1761-1834)

Famous Carey Quote:
"Expect great things of God...attempt great things for God."

William Carey is known as the "Father of Modern Missions." Although he was raised in a poor family in England, he had a great desire for learning and had mastered five foreign languages (Dutch, French, Greek, Latin and Hebrew) by the time he was twenty years old.

he challenged others to "expect great things of God...attempt great things for God."
Because of his leadership, an English missionary society was founded. Carey traveled to India to serve in missionary work. During his 42 years of ministry, he and his co-workers translated the entire Bible into 26 languages, and the New Testament (or parts of it) into 25 more. In addition, Carey developed several dictionaries in other languages, and was actively involved in evangelism.

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Worry

Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? {Or single cubit to his height}
 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.
 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. (NIV) (See also Matthew 6:25)

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How to Spend a Day with the Lord
by Katherine Kehler
The Celebration of Women

Usually our days are filled with the demands of life crying for our attention,
...but today, whether for four, eight or 12 hours, your only priority is to be with your Lord -
...to bask in His love, to thank and worship Him, to listen to Him, to intercede for others,
...to lay your life and activities before Him and let Him give directions.  

The Bible promises us in James 4:8, "Come near to God and He will come near to you."  He is waiting for you!
Don't rush.  The objective is to spend relaxed uninterrupted time with God, not to go through a format. 
These are mere guidelines.  Let God be your guide.

Preparation

  1. Find a place where you can be alone and free from distractions.
  2. Bring your Bible, a notebook and pen, a hymn book, song sheets or cassette tapes.

Thanksgiving and Praise

  1. Begin with thanksgiving.  Psalm 100:4 tells us, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise."
    a. Thank Him for His patience and forgiveness.
    b. Thank Him for the privilege of coming into His presence.
    c. Thank Him for what He has done in and through your life in the last year.
  2. Take time to list what God has done for you.  Be specific.  Think through every area of your life.
  3. Ask God to search your heart.  Psalm 139: 23,24
    a. Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals.  Psalm 19:12
    b. Remember the certainty of forgiveness.  1 John 1:9
    c. Make certain you are walking and praying in the Spirit.  Ephesians 5:15-20
  4. Become still before the Lord.  Psalm 46:10
    a. Consider who God is.  Psalm 103
    b. Praise Him for His attributes.  Psalm 145
    c. Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you.  Proverbs 15:8
    d. Read passages of scripture and pray them back to God.  Psalms 146-150
    e. Sing to the Lord.
  5. Ask God to reveal the world to you from His point of view as you read.  Psalm 33

Intercession
Pray your way around the world with unhurried, detailed intercession for others.

  1. Begin with your non-Christians, friends, relatives, neighbours and others the Lord puts on your heart.
  2. Pray for those in authority - federal, provincial and municipal government leaders.  1 Timothy 2:1,2
  3. Pray for Christians using Paul's prayers in Philippians 1, Colossians 1, Ephesians 1 and 3.

"By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from other lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them.  No wonder Jesus put such tremendous emphasis on prayer!"  -Oswald Chambers

Personal Life Evaluation

  1. Ask for understanding as you read an entire book of the Bible.  Record insights God gives you.
  2. Inquire of God what He thinks of your life and wait.  Listen for His answer.
  3. Evaluate the use of the time, talent, treasure, education and experience God has entrusted to you.  Are they glorifying to God?  Do you need to modify some of them?
  4. Discuss with the Lord your joys, your sorrows and decisions you are facing.  Find promises and directives in the Bible which you can record.

"The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things."  -Oswald Chambers

Concluding Your Day with God
  1. Praise and thank God for the fellowship you had today.
  2. Schedule the next "Day with the Lord" in your appointment book.
  3. Share with someone about your day.

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Quotes

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love."
  Author: Sophocles

" Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith."
  Author: Adel Bestavros

"Our little time of suffering is not worthy of our first night's welcome home to Heaven."
- Samuel Rutherford

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
- John Shedd

"The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you'll ever get to God." 
- Max Lucado

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"
- Stephen Levine

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Today's Bible Verse
PRO 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

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