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JEM-PRECIOUS STONES
(Issue #10 -- October 2003)


Hello everyone! Welcome to another issue of JEMís monthly E-zine, Precious Stones!

This month can be a very scary month, if we donít put our trust completely in Jesus! As the days count down to that day satan has claimed as his own, we must realize that the devil has no right to even one day! We must see Halloween for what it really is Ė another trick of the enemy to futilely attempt to usurp Godís power. But, guess what? Satan is already beaten! His defeat was assured and completed in Jesus Christ Ė and his claim upon creation was made void!

As the ghouls and goblins of Halloween set their stage, as the morbid and macabre seem to gain strength, I challenge you to shine the light of Christ into the darkness! I pray that God will use us to show the world that God is in control every day Ė and that satan is completely and utterly defeated!

In His Service,
Matt

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACROSTIC FOR OCTOBER
BIRTHDAY GREETING
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
POINTS TO PONDER
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
A TESTIMONY OF FEAR
A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'
CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
CRAFT OF THE MONTH
SKIPPING STONES
BIBLE QUIZ
CHECK IT OUT!
JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH



ACROSTIC FOR OCTOBER
By: Barbara Lea Campbell

Our fears can take us
Captive and shift our focus off of
The Lord.
Only when we turn fully to Him and
Believe Him will we
Ever be free to
Rejoice in His love

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BIRTHDAY GREETING

Wishing a blessed birthday for all those celebrating that special day this month. May the Lord Bless you and keep you this year. May He draw you closer to Him and may your walk be richer and sweeter than ever before!

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
By: Gwen Tweedy

When you've done your best and need peace and rest, cling to Jesus!
When no one is there, just say a prayer, and cling to Jesus!
When you're feeling low, with nowhere to go, cling to Jesus!
When you're tired and spent, from your heavy load, and no one else seems to be traveling this road, cling to Jesus!
When you're sick of the world's game, Speak that wonderful name, and cling to Jesus!
When you can't take any more, and satan seems to have the winning score, cling to Jesus!
And though it might sound trite, pray with all your mite, and cling to Jesus!
When you are feeling down, our master can turn it around, cling to Jesus!
So never fear or despair, Your KING is still there, just cling; cling to Jesus!

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POINTS TO PONDER
By: Denise Imbody

In this section we will look at the scriptures closely, and see if what we have come to know as the truth is found in God's Holy Word.

I would like us to look at 2 points in this issue...first this one...

Have you ever heard that the apple is "the forbidden fruit"? If we look at the Scriptures closely we will see that it does NOT say what the fruit was-- and this one...

Adam was with Eve when she ate that fruit. I have heard some say that Adam was NOT with her, and she went to where he was and gave him the fruit, and he ate it--inferring that he did NOT know what he was eating--but if you notice in verse 6 it will point out that her husband was right there with her...

Genesis 3
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

I just wanted to point these out--for the very reason we have this section in our E-Zine--we want everyone to be careful, to make sure that what they think they know, or what they say (because they heard it somewhere), that it is ACTUALLY in the Bible. Ask the Lord to show you how to get into His Word on a daily basis, so you can know, that you know, that you know, that the things you "think you know", you really do know, because He is revealing them to you.

Also, be VERY careful, because the enemy can be extremely deceptive, and trip you up before you even know what happened, but if you stay rooted in God's Word, He will help you stand!

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH


If a person fears God, he or she has no reason to fear anything else. On the other hand, if a person does not fear God, then fear becomes a way of life.
--Beth Moore

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A TESTIMONY OF FEAR
By: Barbara Lea Campbell

"Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me." Ps 55:5

Fear has been a part of my life for a very long time. When I was a little girl, my older brother would slip into my room and hide at the foot of my bed. After I got all snuggled in and was reading, he would pop up and scare me. I would scream, but then I would giggle.

As I got older, I started reading scary novels by folks like John Saul, Stephen King and V.C. Andrews. I also went to horror movies like Halloween, Scream Train, and Amityville. I loved the thrill of being on the edge of my seat and all keyed up and then the rush of that moment where "it" happened and I was jolted with a big fright.

I cannot for the life of me tell you what drew me to those books and movies or why I liked them. I look back now and think "Yuck."

I am sure my parents thought it was all harmless kid stuff, no big deal. What they did not realize and neither did I was that all of that was being buried in my subconscious and would surface in a much different way later.

Years later in my early adulthood the first signs that fear would become a stronghold in my life reared their ugly head. My husband would have to go out of town and I was unable to stay alone. I was too frightened. Not just the normal fear of being alone, I was truly petrified to even try, so I would stay with my folks or have someone stay with me. I confess that even today I don't like it when he is out of town, but God has grown me and taught me where my security and peace lies.

As the years went on I found myself more worried and anxious and fearful about various things -- death, the end times, finances, being alone, .... the list goes on. And then one day "it" happened. I was somewhere and I felt this overwhelming sense of panic. I was afraid but I did not know why or of what. I had to run, get away from where I was. Afterwards, I decided that I was just hot and maybe had a bug. But these attacks continued.... at church, in the grocery store, my child's school, the mall..... the fear was unreal and overwhelming. The fear that brought a thrill, a rush in my youth now tormented and controlled me. "For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." 2 Peter 2:19b

I sought medical treatment, but I knew in my heart that for me this was a spiritual issue not a physiological one. I went through a very dark period in my life as I battled panic and anxiety and I learned a great deal in that valley. The most important thing that happened is that I learned to truly cling to God. He became my lifeline. I drank His Word in like a tonic. Looking back I can see how sweet His fellowship was during the worst days. "I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Ps 34:4

I also learned that the harmless habits of my youth were very much a part of my adult struggles. Those excursions into fear had planted a seed and opened the door for Satan. He now had something to work with ... something he could use to keep me from glorifying the Lord. And I confess that it has worked at times.

Am I free from fear, anxiety, panic these days? Well, yes and no. They are still there, but I have learned to give them to God and let Him handle them. I know where to go and what to do when fear rears its ugly head.

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

"The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" Ps 118:6

I confess that I look forward to a day where I am totally free from all this, but for now I believe God is leaving it as a thorn in my flesh. Like much in life it is a two-sided deal -- while I hate the feelings, they do send me straight to Him.

So why am I sharing all this? Well, for a number of reasons. One to say if you are plagued with fear, anxiety, panic, you are not alone. There are a lot of us out there. And to say there is hope. It is found in the Word and in Prayer. And lastly to say to parents, don't ignore what your children read or watch ... pay attention. What seems harmless today could be the ammunition Satan needs to attack in the future.

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A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'

Give all your cares to God, He's going to be up all night anyway.
--Author Unknown to us

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CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH

We really should be getting into Godís word, as much as we possibly can. We would like to encourage you with a challenge each month, to memorize a portion of Scripture. So, we will provide a passage, and hope that you will take the time to study it daily. If you are already doing this on your own, that is great--we just thought with prayer, and making it a bit easier for some folks, that we could help those who may not be doing this yet. All passages will be from the King James Version of the Bible. We do not mind other versions, and you can study it in whichever version you like. We have chosen KJV, because it is public domain. We pray that you will hide His word in your heart.

1 John 4
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Fall is in the air and soup will soon be cooking on the stove! I have lots of wonderful traditional soup recipes that simmer all day long, melding into a symphony of taste and smell. But this recipe is a quick and easy one! (And one of our family favorites!) It is great with sandwiches (or warm crusty French bread on a crisp fall day.

Margaret's Cheese Soup

2 cans cream of chicken soup (I use the 98% fat free)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (must be sharp!)
8-ounces Velveeta cheese
2 cups chicken broth

If using block cheese, cut into cubes. I buy shredded cheddar and Velvetta. It costs a bit more, but makes this recipe a bit quicker and easier! Mix all the ingredients together in saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring to prevent sticking. Heat until all the cheese has melted and the ingredients have blended together and are warm through and through! Enjoy!

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QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Smelly refrigerator or freezer? Most of us know that you can remove a bad smell from your fridge or freezer with baking soda. Just place an open box of soda or bowls of soda in the smelly appliance. Leave it for a day or two, changing the soda if needed, and voila! the smell is gone. But what if you have no soda on hand or the smell is too stubborn for soda? We recently had a cabbage smell up our refrigerator. It was left for a few days while we were gone and boy did it stink! We tried the baking soda for several days, but it did not work. My mother told me to use newspaper. I placed a couple of pieces in the fridge one night and the next morning there was no smell! The newsprint had absorbed it all. So if you get a smell in your fridge or freezer, grab some newspaper and knock it out!

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CRAFT OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

These are so fun to make and this recipe makes a ton! You can make these in fun fall shapes and enjoy them now. Hang them around your house for a yummy smell! Or you can get a jump start on Christmas and make some to use on your tree or for gifts.

What You Need:
1 1/2 c. ground cinnamon
1 c. applesauce
1/4 c. white school glue (like Elmer's)
Bowl
Plastic Food Wrap
Rolling Pin
Wax Paper
Cookie Cutters or knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
Drinking Straw

How to Make:

1. Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if it is too stiff.

2. Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least a half hour.

3. Remove the dough, knead again to make sure it's smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it's between 1/4" thick and 1/8" thick.

4. Cut out desired shapes, use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw.

5. Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat.

Don't be surprised to see that the ornaments get smaller during the drying process. Keep this in mind when you pick out the cookie cutters for your designs. You will also notice that if you don't turn the ornaments over often enough while they are drying, the edges of the ornaments will curl.

When dry, thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to hang.

Shape Ideas: Tree, Apple, Leaf, Pumpkin, House (will look like a gingerbread house), Bell, Heart, Goose, Gingerbread Man, Star etc. Really any shape you want!

Optional Painting ideas -- use acrylic paints or fabric paints to paint details, like white 'frosting' on a gingerbread house or an eye on a goose -- wait until they are dry before painting.

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SKIPPING STONES
(A word of encouragement)
By: Matthew Imbody

John 14
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

What peace does the world offer? It is a fleeting, unsatisfying, temporary peace that is gone with the next wave of troubles and circumstances. It has no firm foundation. It wavers back and forth like a man losing his footing, and, finally, it crashes down around us in chaos and devastation.

The peace that the world offers is no peace at all! Jesus, on the other hand, promised us real peace! A peace that lasts, even through the hardships and disappointments of this life.

Our peace is not in our circumstances Ė it is in the one who is called The Prince of Peace! Our circumstances are only for a short time Ė but our true inheritance is not of this world Ė and neither are we!

If we let Jesus have our fears, our anxieties, and our worries, then they will no longer be our concern. Jesus has always worked out your problems for you Ė and, sometimes even despite you! Donít spend any more time dwelling on your circumstances and fears! Trust them to Jesus Ė and then, you can know true peace!

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BIBLE QUIZ

In this section, you will find 5 questions each month, along with the Scripture reference (unless of course, the question is asking where you can find something in the Bible). We pray this will help you to get to know Godís Word more. The answers will be provided in the next issue.

All answers are based on NIV

1. What casts out fear?(1 John 4)

2. Who roams around like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour? (1 Peter 5)

3. Who masquerades as an angel of light? (2 Corinthians 11)

4. If you resist the devil, what will he do? (james 4)

5. If you draw near to the Lord, what will He do? (James 4)

ANSWERS FOR SEPTEMBER'S QUIZ

Before you can have a harvest, you must sow some seed! So let's take a look at the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13. These questions and their answers were taken from the KJV.

1. How many types of seed were sown by the sower?
4 -- those by the way side (v. 4), those that fell in the stony place (v. 5), those that landed in among the thorns (v. 7) and those that fell on good ground (v. 8)

2. What happened to the seeds that fell by the way side?
"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up" Matthew 13:4

3. Why didn't the seeds which sprung up in the stony places continue to grow?
"And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away" Matthew 13:6

4. What happens to cause the one who hears the word to become unfruitful?
"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." Matthew 13:22

5. Which seeds brought forth fruit?
"But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold" Matthew 13:8
"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" Matthew 13:23

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CHECK IT OUT!

In this section we will share, and recommend our favorite website, book, movie, or any other favorite things we can think of to share with you. These are all highly recommended.

Book of the Month: Freedom From Fear: Overcoming Worry & Anxiety
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Freedom From Fear: Overcoming Worry & Anxiety by Neil T. Anderson and Rich Miller

Many people throughout the U.S. and the world struggle with worry, anxiety or fear. In fact, anxiety disorders are the number-one mental health problem in America today. For those who have never dealt with these issues, they may seem silly and "all in the mind" -- well, they often are "all in the mind" but to the one struggling they are never silly. In Freedom From Fear, Anderson and Miller show how mental strongholds develop and then they teach Biblical strategy for defeating them in Christ. This is not a pop-culture book full of psycho-babble. This is a book devoted to warfare -- spiritual warfare and freedom -- true freedom in Christ. If you struggle with any amount of anxiety, panic, or fear -- no matter how great or small, this book is one you should read. It will lead you to the path of healing with the Great Healer -- Jesus.

CD of the Month: The Very Best of AVALON: Testify to Love
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

The Very Best of AVALON: Testify to Love by Avalon

The latest CD from Avalon is a compilation of some of their greatest hits from the past, as well as a few new cuts. I love Avalon and I love having all these classics together on one disc. Their music is upbeat and thought provoking. It will get you singing every time! Some of the classics found here are "The Greatest Story", "Testify to Love", "Adonai", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and the bonus track is "Don't Save it All For Christmas Day". The new cuts are "New Day", "Everything to Me" and "Pray". If you are an Avalon fan, this CD is a must! If you have never experienced their music, this is a great introduction!

Idea of the Month: Hallelujah Night
Recommended by: Denise Imbody

Instead of recognizing the holiday known as Halloween, why not have a Hallelujah Night? This fun alternative will serve 2 purposes--first it would let the enemy know that EVERY day belongs to the Lord, and second--it will give children a safe haven for a fun night of games, and learning about Jesus.

If you are unfamiliar as to what a Hallelujah Night is, it is just a nice little gathering--at a church--or at a home--where you can invite children an parents to have fun, play games, have contests, and eat some snacks...well, the possibilities are endless for the different things you can do.

Sometime during the night--probably the best time would be towards the beginning--would be a good time to have a time of worship, and a brief explanation of what Halloween is really all about--but that we can still have fun in the Lord--so there is no need for fear!

Some decoration ideas are pumpkins, cornucopias, scarecrows, anything in the way of a harvest theme.

Some game ideas are guess how many candy corns are in the jar, pin the fruit on the cornucopia, coloring contests, oh the possibilities are endless.

Some food ideas are apple cider, donuts, different kinds of miniature candies (this could even be a little happy bag that everyone gets to take home), etc. I have even seen some churches have a supper time with hot dogs, chips, punch, etc. You can just really make it a night of whatever you like--and have the emphasis be on the Light of Jesus, instead of the darkness of Halloween.

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JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH

In this section you might find a word search, An unscramble the words, OR any kind of word puzzle. We hope you will have fun with it! ‹ Answers will be in next month's issue.

NAME THAT TUNE

The first line of a song is provided for you--can you name the title of it?

1. My Jesus, My Savior, Lord there is none like You

2. My hope is built on Nothing less than Jesus Blood and Righteousness

3. I can't find the words to pray I'm a little down today

4. You are God in Heaven, and here am I on earth

5. What a fellowship, what a joy divine

6. I don't know how to say this, I don't know where to stand

7. I was walking round, trying to put it down in total darkness

8. Over all the earth, You reign on high

9. Sometimes my life just don't make sense at all

10. Oh Lord, my God, when I, in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made


ANSWERS FOR SEPTEMBER'S PUZZLER

GUESS WHO? Since we are talking about the Harvest in this issue, we thought it would be neat to look at some well known workers of the Harvest from days gone bye. The answers and more information about these Great Christians can be found at the following website -- http://www.intouch.org/myintouch/mighty/portraits/index_77957.html

Read the clue and see if you can guess who it is talking about. The person's initials are included at the end as an extra hint!

This missionary to China's parents prayed before his birth "Dear God, if you should give us a son, grant that he may work for You in China."
HUDSON TAYLOR

This great evangelist used lecture halls and theaters as his pulpit to reach those who might not enter a church or attend a tent meeting.
DWIGHT MOODY

This hymn-writer composed over 8500 hymns despite being blinded at the age of 6 weeks when a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong "medical" treatment.
FANNY CROSBY

This Scotsman refused to run in the Olympic heats because they were being held on a Sunday, a day set apart for the Lord. He chose to place his convictions before the possibility of fame.
ERIC LIDDELL

An error in paperwork prevented this prisoner of war from being killed in a Nazi Prison Camp. She vowed that is God would spare her life she would tell as many people as possible about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
CORRIE TEN BOOM

Although his friends felt he would be best used of God in America, this young martyr chose a different path - the one God had for him in South America stating "Why should some hear twice when others have not heard the Gospel once?"
JIM ELLIOT

God gave this saint a love for the unloved and as a result she rescued children in India from a life as temple prostitutes. Although she has been home with the Lord for many, many years, her work continues today at Dohnavur Fellowship.
AMY CARMICHAEL

This missionary came from a poor family and was destined to spend his life working in the mills, but he knew God wanted more and determined to be a medical missionary. After years of hard work, his dream was realized as he traveled into darkest Africa, opening up that continent for the many that would follow in the name of the Lord.
DAVID LIVINGSTONE

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May God bless and keep you throughout this month! May He smile upon you, and show You mercy all of your days--and may You find peace in Him, and through Him! In Jesus' name, Amen