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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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(Photo by Doris High)

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"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end" (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Many of you will recall an old children's song that's on my heart today.
I am a C (pronouncing capital letters)
I am a C-H
I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N
And I have C-H-R-I-S-T
In my H-E-A-R-T
and I will L-I-V-E   E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y!
(Of course you speed it up each time you sing a round!)
In my lifetime I have been to many thousands of church services and other meetings.. I specifically recall only a few of them but realize all exposure to truth has been extremely beneficial as it has helped to shape my attitude and understanding of who God is.
When I was a young Christian in high school I recall attending a church service and singing "Amazing Grace
." When the song leader got to the final verse which states, "When we've been there ten thousand years" he stopped the musicians and instructed the church to replace the number "thousand" with "million."  So we sang the song "When we've been there ten million years."  I've also suggested we do this at times in churches I have pastored and it intrigues me that regardless of whatever number replaces "thousand" it's still true! That's the nature of eternity.
The daily verse states that "He (God) has set eternity in the hearts of men." Frankly I am not sure what all this means but man certainly does have a sense of history past. We also have a sense of eternity future. As believers we sense that this temporal life is but a short moment within the span of our eternal existence.

Perhaps my first sense of teaching on eternity was in this children's song when we sang "I will L-I-V-E  E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y."  I recall as a little boy sitting out under the stars, looking up and considering eternity.  Very early this morning I was out for a walk and looked up to those very same stars on a very clear and cold night sky.
Today we may have many issues that trouble us. There seems to be so much uncertainty and division in the world.  We continue to live under the specter of terror. Consider God's love for you and recognize that we just "cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Indeed His blessings are unfathomable!
When we've been there ten million years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily Prayer: Jesus, You are Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Your existence spans eternity for You always have been and always will be.  At Your appointed hour and because of Your generous act of redemption, our bodies will no longer be clothed in flesh, but will take on immortality that exists for all eternity future.  Our days will be unending, our sorrows cease to exist, and our joy will know no bounds. We hold onto this present promise as we await its future fulfillment.  Amen.

Today's suggested music:
Amazing Grace:
Chris Tomlin (along with "My Chains are Gone")  (Audio)   (Video)
Bagpipes  (Video)
"Everlasting God"  (Audio)

Now if you want, you can sing along with this one!

Note about music used on Daily Encouragement: Unless noted these are merely files found on the web using search engines. These files are not on the Daily Encouragement Net website. We seek music that we feel reinforces the message. Many of the links tend to be to more contemporary music since quality audio files of hymns and older music tends to be sparse. However we do enjoy both types of music. Many church websites are now placing audio files of music sung in their church. We are also increasingly using video files since many are placing music up along with a visual background. These audio and video files will work on most computers but may require a high speed internet connection. The main resource we use is the AV search engine which allows searches limited to audio files.  We also have quite a collection of sites that have quality audio files.  

Today's photo is from our friend Doris High's extensive website photo collection. Check out her incredible use of photos to communicate a message.

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