Beginning With Him (Feb, 2002)

BEGINNING WITH HIM
February, 2002 Edition

As is the continued tradition, the first E-Mail Ministry (EMM) message
of the month is my chance to talk to all of you about EMM and other
related items.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR TODAY’S MESSAGE:
[MESSAGE ARCHIVES FILLED] [LIFE’S CLOCK]
[PRAYER OF SPOUSES FOR EACH OTHER] [INTERCESSORY PRAYERS]
[AUTHOR KNOWN] [WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO]
[SUPPORT E-MAIL MINISTRY] [POLL QUESTIONS]

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MESSAGE ARCHIVES FILLED
Well, it took a while but I finally have all of the previous E-Mail
Ministry messages loaded into the Archives. You can search by category,
date, and/or key word(s). I hope you find it useful.

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LIFE’S CLOCK

The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed:
To lose one’s health is more:
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.

The present only is our own,
Live, Love, toil with a will —
Place no faith in ‘tomorrow’ —
For the clock may then be still.

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PRAYER OF SPOUSES FOR EACH OTHER

Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding
love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and
trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.
May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each
other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant
us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the
well-being of one another ahead of self. May the love that brought us
together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever
closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to
perfection. Amen.

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INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

ILLNESS: O God Thou art the source of health and healing, we beseech
thee graciously to comfort thy servant in his/her suffering and to bless
the means made use of for his/her cure. Guide the doctors and nurses as
they minister to him/her of thy healing gifts and grant that he/she may
be restored to that health of body and of mind which it is thine alone
to give through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SOMEONE WITH A SPECIAL PROBLEM: Bless O God, we pray thee _________who
needs thy guidance (strength, healing, forgiveness, love). May he/she
know that thou art more ready to hear than he/she to pray and canst
do for him/her better things than we can desire or pray for. Accept our
prayers in his/her behalf through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

TO AWAKEN SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Stir up we beseech thy spirit within thy
servant ________that he/she may be inspired to know thee better and to
be guided and strengthened to carry out thy will through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER FOR A FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS ILL: Lord, help (name), who is ill,
to feel the quiet reassurance of Your eternal love. Seeing many days of
struggle and pain ahead, it is easy to lose sight of the good in life,
and to be filled with feelings of anger, fear, depression, and anxiety.
Lord, help all people with illnesses to develop and retain hope through
their faith in You, that their lives can improve. Help those who suffer
to help themselves through acceptance of their illness and through the
many organizations, support groups, and self-care techniques now
available. Help those who care for people with illnesses to have skill
in treatment and true compassion. Help all of us to become more aware
of the ways we can love and care for those who suffer. Amen.

Oh, Bless the Lord, My Soul
(based on Psalm 103)

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WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO:
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot destroy Peace
It cannot kill Friendship
It cannot suppress Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot steal eternal Life
It cannot conquer the Spirit.

If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch
your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted and you may have a
great struggle. If you keep trusting God’s love, your spirit will
remain strong.

Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell,
I only know my Lord does all things well.
And so I trust in God, my All in all,
for He will bring me through, whate’er befall.

Anonymous

Life can be tiring and frustrating at times! Come to me when you are
worn down – stressed out with circumstances and burdens that are
weighing you down. I will give you rest!
Love,
Your God of Peace and Rest
Matthew 11:28-30
John 10:10

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AUTHOR KNOWN

* The message titled “Start Over” was written by Woodrow Kroll of “Back
to the Bible”.
* The message “I Wish You Enough” was written by Bob Perks
(Bob@BobPerks.com) Visit his site at: http://www.IWishYouEnough.com

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SUPPORT E-MAIL MINISTRY
I would like to thank all of you who have sent in donations. If you have
been blessed by this ministry, please ask God what He would have you
do. You may make donations by credit card at:
https://emailministry.org/donate.asp Credit card donations can be
made as a one-time donation or as a monthly recurring donation.

You can also make a donation by check. Checks can be sent to:
E-Mail Ministry, Inc.
P.O. Box 944
Garden City, MI 48136-0944

E-Mail Ministry is exclusively supported by its subscribers. Donations
are solely used to offset the growing costs of this ministry. It is my
prayer that, like God’s grace, EMM always remains free.

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POLL QUESTIONS
The results of the last month’s poll question can viewed at
https://emailministry.org/poll.asp. Here is this month’s poll
question (Go the web site at: https://emailministry.org/poll.asp
register your vote!! Please do NOT send me an e-mail with your vote!)

Q: Do you like it when web site post poll questions?

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I pray this message finds you growing in the understanding of how much
God loves you.

— doug
Founder, Editor, Webmaster & ‘Chief Bottle Washer’ of E-Mail Ministry