Saturday, August 06, 2005

CQOD by email to recommence

Dear friends of CQOD,
    After several weeks of pondering my personal resources and reading the hundreds of letters from the faithful readers of CQOD, I have made the commitment to sending out the daily email again, beginning tomorrow. It seems that there is still a significant demand, and I also miss it. I have invested in some automation efforts that will reduce the labor involved, and there will be several small enhancements that I hope will be a blessing to you.
    Primary among these is the placement of Scripture first. Our most important reading is always from the Holy Scriptures. They are not an afterthought. The published excerpts are not intended to take the place of your own personal Scripture study, but properly to ground the consideration of the quotation to follow. As before, I will try to keep them short. Most Scripture excerpts will be taken from the NIV. The CQOD web page will also reflect this change.
    I will be adding new material to the quotation collection from time to time, as God grants me the discernment. For the many readers who have asked for improvements in the RSS service associated with CQOD, your prayers will be answered.
    Also, as an effort to enhance the fellowship of the CQOD readers, the daily quotation will be posted on a blog. As many of you know, the blog is the latest craze among the Internet savvy. It is remarkably easy access the daily update and post comments as desired. I will do my best to see that they are
placed online for other viewers. The blog is located at

I think we will have a lot of fun with this, and I know readers will enjoy and be blessed by the remarks and insights of others. I hope you will be led to make a contribution from your heart and mind.
    Finally, I will often add a sentence or question under the heading of “Quiet time reflection.” This is not intended to inject my own personality into the discussion, but humbly to suggest in simple, direct language how the lesson of the Scripture excerpt and the quotation may be personalized in one’s meditation and prayers. Naturally, you are free to skip this part. Once in a while, as before, I will add more extensive remarks. We will try this for a while to see how the Spirit leads.
    Many hundreds of you have downloaded and tried out Believer’s Desktop Companion, a Bible study aid that I wrote two years ago. There is now a new release that includes many enhancements and improvements. I invite you to try this out at

Please let your friends know about this free program. I plan to extend its capabilities again in the near future.
    Your kind letters and notes have meant so much to me. In time I will get them all answered. Be assured, the ministry of the Holy Spirit will continue, whether my efforts do or not. I am reminded of the declaration of Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510), who wrote,

    "I clearly recognize that all good is in God alone, and that in me, without Divine Grace, there is nothing but deficiency... The one sole thing in myself in which I glory, is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory."

    May the Lord grant me the strength and resolution to continue, with your prayers. And may the Lord richly bless you in the coming days.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing the send the CQOD! My wife and I enjoy it very much and are encouraged by it.

Richard & Nancy
Pullman, WA

August 6, 2005 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. McAnally,
I am so glad that you will resume this daily service! My day has a better start after reading it. Many thanks for all your hard work and God bless you.

Kirkland, WA

August 7, 2005 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. McAnally,
As publisher of The Cross Reference, a directory of local Christians in business here in Panama City and Destin-Ft.Walton, Florida, I look forward to the profound quotes which we sometimes use in our publications. Here is a quote I recently came across that you might use..."There are 2 types of people in our churches, those that talk about the lost, and those that talk to the lost." Credit goes to William Fay from his book Sharing Jesus Without Fear. God bless your ministry! Thank the Lord it is back!

bobby weaver
Panama City, Florida

August 7, 2005 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger FellowPilgrim said...

Thank you for the CQOD! I have been blessed by receiving it in email. It has often led me to follow up on the source of the quotes and discover wonderful books. And, hey, great idea to have the blog!

Blessings to you in your ministry.

August 7, 2005 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow! I am so delighted to see you resume CQOD! It was such a source of inspiration for me, and lead me to read works of writers that I otherwise would not have known.
I often used your quotations when I was working with Sunday School groups or doing a presentation somewhere.
I don't think you truly knew what a magnificent ministry CQOD was/is!
Thank you again for taking up the banner of Christ in this unique way. Thanks too for the Blogspot.
I look forward to posting and reading for a long time to come.
Kathy A

August 7, 2005 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was delighted to hear of your plans to resume the CQODs! I have saved many of them and they have prompted much reflection. Thank you so much for all your research and time investment, which I'm sure is extensive. You are definitely providing a wonderful refreshment to the people of God! May you be refreshed as you have refreshed others!

Lakewood, NJ

August 7, 2005 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger how odd said...

thanks and God bless you!

August 7, 2005 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger EvieDavie said...

Thanks for your RETURN . There are lots of resources for worship and meditation that avail themselves for use, if you'll go get them; but the value of CQOD is that it comes to you.

August 7, 2005 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will never know how glad I was to see that you were going to resume. It has been sorely missed and other sites were not the same.

May God bless you and your efforts.

Again, thanks!

August 7, 2005 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've been sorely missed! Thanks so much for the quotes. I pass many of them on and keep a collection of them myself. Quotes from heroes of the faith bring both encouragement and pause to think. Thank you for building up the saints.

August 8, 2005 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for resuming the CQOD service. I can't tell you how often the quote spoke to me personally! I appreciate all your hard work in providing this. God is truly working through you!


August 8, 2005 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for continuing
this vital ministry. I have found
that many days the scripture or the quote is just the right "medicine" to share with someone else that day (after it has already ministered to me, of course)! God bless you and strenghten you.

Canton, OH

August 8, 2005 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on resuming CQOD. The thoughts are often stimulating. I use many quotes like yours as a basis for my poetry. I look forward to checking in on the blog as well.

J. Randal Matheny
São José dos Campos, Brazil

August 8, 2005 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for resuming CQOD. I agree with the things everyone else has said so far. CQOD compliments my devotions and challenges me to think.

Cedar Rapids, Ia

August 9, 2005 at 6:50 AM  

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