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  1. 10 points
    Wanted to share this, and can't find where else to do so on this wonderful network, so here it is. I write articles for my church bulletin, and others just from my own small take on things. Here is one. The Long Road I’ve been watching “The Biggest Loser” on Netflix. In the season I just watched, there was a man named Michael that started out weighing over 500 pounds. He was the heaviest contestant they had ever had. Over the course of 4 months, Michael lost an incredible 200 pounds. The other contestants did well too, but there was a catch. At least for Michael. While the other contestants’ weight loss showed enough to allow them to buy regular clothes, and feel good about themselves, Michael’s incredible weight loss just meant….that now he is 300 pounds. I felt his anguish, and watched as one of the trainers counseled him. Yes, he had a long road to go, but look how far he has come. This made me look at my Christian walk in a new way. I am constantly berating myself for not being the “meat” Christian that I want to be, feeling like I am still on “milk”. In 1 Corinthians, Paul says “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet able to receive it.” (3:2) The truth is, we are all in the middle of our walk, and sometimes, we need to look back, to see how far we have come. And, having done that, gain a new vigor to move forward, because I HAVE come very far, and YOU have come very far. In Philippians, Paul tells us “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14). I still have a ways to travel, to be perfect, and it’s a goal I will never reach. I never stop striving for it though. Physically and spiritually, we need to continue to strive toward Jesus. Michael? The 500 pound man? He went on to win that season, with a total weight loss of 264 pounds. Translate physical weight into spiritual growth, and we all started at 500 pounds. If he can do it, so can I. And so can you.
  2. 10 points
    Two prayer request were made one by a sister and the other by a brother. One was for the loss of my mother,but she never died. The other was for me being in the hospital,with heart problems,which wasn't true either. I was never in the hospital and my mother is still alive. Some of you may have also heard that I was married but I am not,that was also a lie. Some may have thought it was to a User named JamesAndrew,but it was me posting all along. Some of you may even ask if I did all this am I even a christian,Yes I am a christian. Some ask why did I do it. I wanted it to be true except for my mothers death. I figured that if I came in my truest state I probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere. The reason I said my mother died was because some people were figuring out what the truth was and so I used that as sympathy. But that was wrong because when the prayer request was posted people were praying for something that wasn't true. Same thing with the hospital trip I wasn't in the hospital for heart failure. Yet again another thing that people prayed about that wasn't true. There's more than this but in general l I feel these are the most important things people should know the truth about. I'm not really expecting you all to forgive me it's best you should all know before it get's any worse than it already has. I know that some of you may be hurt and nothing I can say will make it better but I do apologize and understand if you don't want to speak to me again.
  3. 9 points
    It's a good research site but I find it annoying when people quote it on forums instead of giving their own answers. Leaves the question of whether they actually "researched" the subject or if they simply are parroting it. And it doesn't lead to an intelligent discussion in my opinion as the writer is not there to discuss it.
  4. 9 points
    "He will NEVER leave us or forsake us" for this I am thankful. This verse has has literally helped me through so much. Even though I strayed from fellowship and HIS presence, it is reassuring to know "HE NEVER leaves me." Thank you Father for your unconditional LOVE...I long to be in your presence again. Thank you for this site and the people you have chosen to create it. Even though I have not been faithful to you, you are always faithful to me...you have NEVER left me. I hope this is your will and your way for myself and many others to fellowship, learn and fulfill your will for my(our) lives. Teach me to LOVE others the way you LOVE me, UNCONDITIONALLY. Amen Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; "He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Isaiah 41:17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. "Isaiah 42:16 "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;I will not forsake them." Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
  5. 9 points
    Because Star of David (Seal of Solomon, see Wikipedia) is used in Kabbala (Jewish Witchcraft), and was an Egyptian Witchcraft symbol, I do not have anything to do with it! King David is never mentioned using this star, and it is likely it is really Solomon's, because Solomon got seduced into sorceries from his many wives from the East and going astray. The Apostle Paul said, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." (Ephensians 5:11). "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14) "Abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV). "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. " (1 John 4:1) "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. " (Colossians 2:8) "And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver." (Acts 19:19) "There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) "Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against your magic bands with which you hunt the souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms, and I will let the souls whom you hunt go free, the souls like birds." (Ezekiel 13:20) "When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God." (Deuteronomy 18:9-14) "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Revelation 22:14-15) "And say, Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in the hunt for souls! Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your own souls alive?" (Ezekiel 13:38) -modern equivalent is saint medallions in Catholic Church "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21) "And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver (2 Million USD). So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily." (Acts 19:19-20) "But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:17) It is tragic that the State of Israel chose a kabbalistic symbol for their nation. I will not be including any further images of the Star of David, I used those other ones to show what Messianics and the State of Israel is using it for now. But the problem is the Star of David is used in Jewish Kabbala or Kabballah. Kabballah, Gnosticism, Free Masonry, and other secret societies teach that there are secrets, mysteries to divine in their strange practices, but this is what is written in Scriptures that refutes seeking out secret societies and practices: "For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret." (Ephensians 5:12) Jesus said He did nothing in secret, "Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret." (John 18:20). "Jesus said, Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you." (Revelation 2:24). "Jesus said, But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts and witchrafts, the idolaters and all liars--they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (Revelation 21:8) "Jesus said, For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17) "So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs." (Exodus 7:10-12). So much for secrets! Jesus didn't keep secrets! Everything he told His disciples in private He had them write down and share in Holy Bible, even The Revelation of the Last Days or Book of Revelation! Even private conversations Jesus had were copied and written down like the Women at Well (John 4), and beyond. Beware of Secrets, Deeper Mysteries, and Sorceries that Gnostics, Free Masons, Kabala/Kabballah Jews and Messianics like (Chuck Pierce), Coptic and Eastern Orthodox mystaggogie (mysticism and mysteries), Roman Catholic Necromancy and Divination and cultic practices (apparitions of Roman Catholic Madonna Mary who is Queen of Heaven, whom Jeremiah confronted in Jeremiah 44), and beyond! Do not be involved with fruitless acts of darkness, but expose them! Amen.
  6. 8 points
    Hi, everyone! My name is Kira and I’m very excited to be here. I recently opened my heart to God after 29 years as an Atheist. I hope to learn new things here and actually meet my very first Christian friends on here! I hope to find a few people locally as well because I would love to have a Bible Study Buddy and it’s been hard to find one. See you around!
  7. 8 points
    I really like this. What is our mission? What is our position? I recently read an article that couldn’t pertain more to my position here at the church. It states, “The most interesting thing about the Great Commission is that it does not command us to make converts of Christianity. Instead, we are to make disciples of Jesus. The difference between convert making and disciple making is crucial. Converts change religions. Disciples change masters. Converts follow a system. Disciples follow a Person. Converts build Christendom. Disciples build the Kingdom of God. Converts embrace rituals. Disciples embrace a way of life. Converts love the command to ‘baptize them’ in the Great Commission, but that is all. Disciples baptize others but only in context of ‘teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.’ Converts love conversion. Disciples love transformation.” -JS Shaw
  8. 8 points
    Thank you all for forgiving me. I haven't really been posting on the boards for this very reason. A friend provoked me last night to just go ahead and "Tell the truth for once". So that's where this post came in,I hadn't planned on coming back so soon after making this post because I wasn't sure how people would react. But I figured whatever happened I needed to not just run away. I'm glad I didn't & I do hope to start posting on the boards again soon. God Bless, Worthy
  9. 7 points
    Hi brothers and sisters in Christ. Shalom! Please pray for my brother in law. He was in an accident about a week ago - he was in the woods working and huge rocks fell on him - injured his shoulder and from x-ray doctor said his skull cracked, he was in and out of coma and was vomiting blood. Now one side of his eye unable to see. He is the breadwinner of his small family and father to one young daugther. They are struggling financially already before this and now things are worse. I have helped set up funding page hope donation to channel to all his medical and recovery expenses. Would you please pray for him and his family. And if you have find in your heart to donate, please click the fund page link below. Thank you so much and God bless you. Please help to share. Thank you!!!
  10. 7 points
    2 Corinthians 12:7.. Paul speaks of a.. thorn in the flesh.. He calls it “a messenger of satan that had a purpose of torment. Many explanations have been put forward, but whether Paul is referring to a physical, spiritual, or emotional affliction.. or something else entirely.. Since he was not talking of a literal thorn, he must have been speaking metaphorically. Paul clues us in concerning the thorn’s purpose: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations.” So, God’s goal in allowing the thorn in the flesh was to keep Paul humble. Anyone who had encountered Jesus and was commissioned personally by Him (Acts 9:2-8) would, in his natural state, become..puffed up. Add to that the fact that Paul was moved by the Holy Spirit to write much of the New Testament, and it is easy to see how Paul could become haughty. Paul also says that the affliction came from or by a “messenger of Satan.” Just as God allowed Satan to torment Job ( Job 1:1-12) God allowed Satan to torment Paul for God’s own good purpose. No one likes to live in pain. Paul sought the Lord three times to remove this source of pain from him (2 Cor. 12:8). He probably had many good reasons why he should be pain free.. he could have a more effective ministry; he could reach more people with the gospel; he could glorify God even more.. But the Lord was more concerned with building Paul’s character and preventing pride. Instead of removing the problem, whatever it was, God gave Paul more overwhelming grace and more compensating strength. Paul learned that God’s "power is made perfect in weakness” (verse 9).
  11. 7 points
    The fastest growing religion in the world today is not Islam, Buddhism, or any of the New Age religions. In the 21st Century it is Counterfeit Christianity, with over two billion people on earth today claiming to be Christians. Many of them do not have the slightest notion of what it means to be a Christian. They may look like Christians, talk like Christians, but are not Christian at all. But how do we distinguish between the fake and genuine follower of Christ? In order to detect a counterfeit Dollar bill, Special Agents from the US Treasury Department study the genuine Dollar note until they are intimately familiar with every facet and detail of the currency. Once the genuine article is imprinted in their minds – it is easy to detect the counterfeit. Similarly, in order to detect genuine followers of Christ, we must examine ourselves through the prism of God’s Word. We need to know the Scripture We must be so familiar with the Scriptures that whenever we stray from the Truth. Conviction and the knowledge of God’s Word brings us right back! James 1:23–25, declares: “For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the Perfect Law of Liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work…” A follower of Christ is one who has repented of his sins, turned from his wicked ways and commits the rest of his natural life to walking in total submission to God’s Will and in obedience to His Word. By that definition alone – a significant percent of people claiming to be Christian are disqualified. It’s not just about one’s words Jesus warns in Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the Will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practise lawlessness’.” What is God’s Will for your life? His Word! And God’s Word is God’s Law. So when we live in wilful disobedience to God’s Word – we transgress God’s Law. Appearances are deceiving Because outward appearances are deceiving, the difference between a genuine follower of Christ and the counterfeit Christian is not easily detected. However, the Bible provides instruction to help us easily discern between the two. Paul, warning about those who have strayed from the truth writes in 2 Timothy 2:19: “Nevertheless, the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal; The Lord knows those who are His and let everyone who names the Name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Major deceptions in the world The Scriptures are clear, not only is Jesus aware of the impostors, He also knows His true followers. In 2 Timothy 3:12–14: Paul warns and encourages Timothy: “All who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse…deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of…” Tragically, many Christians are not heeding the warning of Scripture today and are straying from the Truth. Let me share some of the major deceptions in the Christian world that are causing millions to depart from God’s Word and follow manmade doctrines, fables and opinions: The deception of celebrity worship Millions of Christians are unwittingly following the standards of this world system through celebrity worship. The media is the primary conduit through which men and women are exalted to godlike status causing Christians to ignore the Word of God and slavishly follow the word of man. I investigate every friend request I receive on Facebook to ensure they are a Christian. I am often shocked to read their profiles: ‘I love Jesus’ and ‘I love Lady Gaga’. How a Christian can claim to love the holy and sinless Son of God and a depraved individual like Lady Gaga is a mystery to me. Many Christians believe Barack Obama is a Christian because of his media-created star power. In fact, 1 in 4 pastors in the US believe Obama is a follower of Christ even though he works diligently to promote the murder of the unborn and advance the homosexual agenda around the world. Another global celebrity leading many Christians astray is Archbishop Desmond Tutu who states “the Dalai Lama will go to Heaven because he is a good man.” Apparently, the Cross of Christ is inconsequential. Tutu also claims “homosexuality is a gift of God.” Many Christians adore Tutu and follow his false gospel. It is a known fact that the people you idolise have the most influence in your life. Millions of Christians today see no contradiction in claiming Christ while standing in agreement with evil. Being unequally yoked The intoxicating allure of the celebrity completely blinds them to the warnings of Scripture. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?” 2 Cor 6:14-15 Deception of man-made doctrines Rob Bell, a mega-pastor and tech-savvy marketer espouses a doctrine of salvation without damnation. Bell argues that everybody who ever existed will go to Heaven because God’s love cannot send anybody to hell. Universalism preaches that there is truth in every religion. And because all truth emanates from God, all religions must have some part of God’s Truth. Consequently, everybody goes to Heaven. This false doctrine is already laying the foundations for the One World Religion. Millions in the ‘Emerging Church’ movement have bought into this deception and are being led astray by leaders who have clearly rejected God’s Word and replaced it with their own false doctrines. Jesus explains the parable of the Tares in Matthew 13:41: “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and those who practise lawlessness and will cast them into the furnace of fire, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” The deception of man’s opinion A new and dangerous movement called Chrislam is growing overseas. Chrislam is an attempt to synchronise Christianity with Islam. While it began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The fundamental concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not formally a religion of its own, but rather a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam. Some Protestant churches, are promoting this merging together of Islam and Christianity. The problem with this man – driven initiative is that Islam rejects Jesus as the Son of God who died for the sins of the world. And Jesus’ Crucifixion, Resurrection and Supremacy are central to the Christian Faith. Although Christians agree with Muslims on many moral issues, there is no compatibility with Islam on the central tenets of the Christian Faith. Altering the Bible to win converts to Christ is heresy. Peter preaching about Jesus to the Sanhedrin declares in Acts 4:12: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The deception of love An increasing number of Christian leaders are being led astray by the deception of love. This deception argues that “as long as you have love, you are pleasing God.” Love (or rather the world’s definition of love) contends that ‘loving and committed’ homosexual relationships must be acceptable to God because He is love. Also, where love exists, God exists. This deception is gaining much ground in the world today because it allows people to advance all manner of evil under the guise of love. Fornication is mostly justified by using this argument. The deception of good works Many of the mainline denominations refuse to preach the Gospel of repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ preferring rather the social gospel of good works and serving others. God is love, He is also perfectly just and holy. The God-kind of love therefore cannot be equated with sexual depravity or any other sinful behaviour. In fact, God’s love causes us to repent from sin – not justify it! If the gospel you are preaching does not begin with repentance from sin and turning to God – it is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ at all. “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Rom 2:4 The deception of stupidity Churches are springing up all over Europe headed by priests who do not believe there is a God! Many churches do not believe in the Virgin Birth or the Resurrection of Jesus. As the BBC reports, “some church leaders in the Netherlands want to transform their small nation into a laboratory for rethinking Christianity – experimenting with radical new ways of understanding the faith.” Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott tells of Rev. Klaas Hendrikse, a minister of the PKN, the mainstream Protestant denomination in the Netherlands: “Pastor Hendrikse doesn’t believe in life after death, or even in God as a supernatural being. He told the BBC that he has “no talent” for believing historic and orthodox doctrines. “God is not a being at all,” he says, but just an experience. Furthermore, as Pigott reports, “Mr. Hendrikse describes the Bible’s account of Jesus’ life as a mythological story about a man who may never have existed, even if it is a valuable source of wisdom about how to lead a good life.” By any normative definition of Christian belief, Klaas Hendrikse is an unbeliever, but in the largest Dutch denomination, he is considered a minister in good standing. As a matter of fact, he is not even unusual. A study undertaken by the Free University of Amsterdam determined that about one in every six Protestant ministers is either agnostic or atheist! All of the above deceptions are leading people away from the one true Faith of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Most of the people advocating these ideas are well intentioned – but as many of you are aware – the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Many pastors of large and successful churches are preaching a feel-good gospel designed to make congregants comfortable. Christians who constantly hear the message of grace and how to live your best life, etc, tend to believe the Christian walk is all about them and their comforts. God is not so much interested in our comforts as He is in our nature being transformed to that of Christ’s. Know what you believe and why “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Tim 4:2. The most important task of following Christ today is to know what you believe and why you believe it. Without a solid grounding in God’s Word you can easily stray from the truth. The responsibility to fill your mind with the knowledge of God rests squarely on your shoulders. http://www.joydigitalmag.com/burning-issues/counterfeit-christianity/
  12. 7 points
    Surgery went well. Very sore, but home and healing. Thank you all for your prayers. They were answered in many ways.
  13. 7 points
    When I was married I used to get up very early in the morning to prepare my husband's lunch. It is a blessing to serve others, even more to the person who is your partner. If your partner does or does not do the same for you that should not change what you are before the eyes of God.
  14. 7 points
    I am 20 weeks pregnant and keeping my baby. My boyfriend and I are in our 30's. One month ago my boyfriend decided he didn't want a relationship with me and "doesn't know what he wants." Now he wants nothing to do with the pregnancy. I feel alone and depressed. My prayer request is that God would tug on his heart. I really want to try counseling and I want to be a family with him. Please pray that he will change his mind because I do love him. I also want the baby to have two parents. I need wisdom to know how much to fight for this relationship. I wish I could find someone to pray with about this each day.
  15. 7 points
    There’s nothing better than God’s blessing. It’s nice to have friends. People like you. It feels good. God’s blessing – That’s so much better. Friends come and go. God’s blessing remains. You can be surrounded by friends – and still feel very lonely. Sometimes, they’re great friends. Sometimes, they disappoint us. When you’re surrounded by God’s blessing, everything’s very different. God will never disappoint us. He’s our “always and forever” Friend. His blessing is an “every day” blessing. It’s not just a “now and again” thing. It’s an “all the days of our life” thing. Everywhere we look, we see God. We look to the hills. We see our Creator. We look to the Cross. We see our Saviour. We are blessed by our Creator. We are blessed by our Saviour.
  16. 7 points
    Hey I just made an account today I am a new Christian I started seeking God about a year ago and have found him! So I am looking for Christians to communicate with Godly things to fill my mind with and some good Christian influences to obtain wisdom from. I am ecstatic about God and love him, Jesus saved my life and I will not give him up for anything! I'm young and still struggle with temptations but I'm trying to make God the center of my life and hold on to him in all struggles and keep his promises in mind.
  17. 7 points
    I have often noticed that when you speak the Truth you end up alone. People abandon a prophet, a Truth sayer, and you will find that ultimate test of a friendship is how much truth they really can take. It seems puzzlingly that in Body of Christ truth can so break relationships, for Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) and He said a day is coming when everything will be exposed (Luke 8:17). And yet it seems if you speak the Truth to people, even those you expect will listen, that they too could leave: "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16) "They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth." (Amos 5:20) "At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them." (2 Timothy 4:16) Tertullian said, "the truth appears to be instinctively hated.” Our Lord Jesus Christ often withdrew to lonely places: "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." (Luke 5:16) and He did not trust people, "But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew human nature. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person." (John 2:24-25). Jesus Himself was rejected for speaking Truth many times, even threatened with stoning (John 8, whole chapter). The Pharisees so hated the Truth who is Jesus they had Him Crucified. Seems this is normal path of those who speak the Truth, for the Truth Himself was crucified for our sins and on third day rose again from the dead. He now sits at right hand of God the Father, and shall come quickly on clouds to establish the Millennial Reign! Then after Satan is thrown in Second Death, Paradise shall be regained, a New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem. Amen.
  18. 7 points
    Paul's thorn in the flesh was given to him by God as direct result of him being taken up to the 3rd heaven. It was a means keeping Paul from being conceited on account of what He had seen. It was given to Paul at the beginning of his ministry, as we know the date the letter of II Corinthians was written and Paul said the vision was given 12 years prior to his writing that letter. Paul was given an amazing vision of Heaven because God knew what Paul would suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Paul would suffer more than any of the other apostles and God gave him that opportunity to see what was waiting ahead in heaven and this was a mercy given to Paul. The thorn was not a demon sent by Satan, but it was some kind of disability that kept Paul from being arrogant. It, evidently, was debilitating and Paul, an old man asked that it be removed. In his old age, the thorn was taking a greater toll on him than it did in his earlier years. But the Lord's response to Paul's request to remove it was that His grace was sufficient to sustain him and that God's power was made more evident in Pauls' life as a result of Paul's weakness. He kept Paul weak so that He would get all of the glory through Paul's life and ministry.
  19. 7 points
    The Law Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20 And The Christ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:24-28 Love, Your Brother Joe
  20. 7 points
    From the beginning of creation, God's purposes were always good ... and the end result is for good. In the beginning, God saw -- and it was good. Gen 1:31 And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Now trying to twart God's plans and purposes, was the great deceiver -- and from the beginning was trying to get mankind to disobey God -- and it continues even until now. As the serpent deceived Eve -- and continues now -- with the same phraseology -- Has God really said? Did Jesus really say that He is the "way, the truth and the life; and no man comes by me"? Is the Bible true? You see, even from the beginning until now -- is the same question from the beginning - did God really say? And we see the end result of rejection of what God gives us -- Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. Rev 20:15 And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire. So you see that the vast multitudes of the world will be judged ... just as God said ... and thus we will find out -- Did God really mean what He said? Now throughout time, the great deceiver has been trying to destroy the people of God, by destroying the "lineage" of the promised One -- the Messiah -- Jesus. And so throughout the Old Testament, you will see God in His mercy to preserve the lineage of the Messiah -- as he allowed the peoples of the world to die in one fashion or another. But soon enough, the result after hell and death -- we see once again God's purpose -- in creating what He always wanted to establish. Rev 21:1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. Rev 21:2 I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:3 I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Rev 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain,any more. The first things have passed away.” Rev 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Rev 22:2 In the midst of its street, and of the river, from here and from there, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit according to one month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:3 And every curse will no longer be; but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him. Rev 22:4 And they will see His face, and His name will be in their foreheads. Rev 22:5 And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever. So while some may look at the judgment of God in dealing with the nations as some sort of "evil", His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways -- and the result of all He has done -- was to preserve a people for Himself. He would go to any length to do so ... and did what was necessary to preserve the lineage of His Messiah. In the end, we see that His plan was to send His Son to die for mankind ... to pay a debt that we could not pay for ourselves. So while we cannot fully comprehend all that God has done or is doing, we do know that God is working out His plan ...
  21. 6 points
    Friends can you pray, God refresh me and strengthen me. God bless!
  22. 6 points
    Hey guys please pray for my parents. They had a big argument and dads gone. My paranoia hit the roof that night and i don't really feel like leaving the house. Just want to pull myself together. Plz pray gbu all
  23. 6 points
    As a kid, I ate a sliced bologna on day old bread with mustard and a banana or apple every day at school. Every day! Tuna on Friday. (seven of us kids) My Mexican friends in school would not trade even one of their tacos for the bologna. Since school days, I have never eaten bologna again, unless fried crisp (burnt) with cheese and tomatoes and onions and mayonnaise, and never mustard. Being a carpenter all my life, I lived fifty years on construction job sites, brown bagging. After marriage my wife made my lunches, (Thank You Jesus!) most all the time. And it was like having her speak to me through her small oasis of home in that little brown bag of goodies, for my thirty minuets of rest and quiet. And she liked to leave love notes. Sometimes I missed them, hidden somewhere in the bag. So she would put them in the sandwich. I sometimes missed them also. (Hard to explain to a group of old carpenters why I sometimes pull a slip of paper out of a mouth full of food) Since discovering the playmate cooler many years back, I looked forward to lunch with curiosity, since now I would get just about anything, from thermos hot stew, to bowls of fresh fruit. And my favorite, leftovers. Salt and pepper, napkins, jalapenos, Soda and cold water, main meal, fruit and usually a mint or candy. (occasional note still). I really believe that getting those cool tasty lunches daily, the reminder of her thoughtfulness and love, contributed greatly to our forty six years of marriage. For sure. I was on face book when it came out for one day, as required to join to view pictures sent by my cousin. When I discovered the software went into my PC and found my contacts (friends) and sent my email address to them, I decided there is something a little too invasive with this new club of crazies, and unsubscribed. I do have business friends who say it is a necessary evil to conduct their businesses, the modern way of advertising. I wouldn't know. But what I see and (hear) is it creates a sense of heard instinct. The crowd, the pack, the mob mentality. People change when they want to be included in the conversation, the pack, and with it, their morals often, and their individuality. No, not all, but most. Like some forums. Someone makes a comment, the next one has to top it, and pretty soon it's no holds bared, anything goes. What would have happened if the first couple of res ponders had posted their praise for the wife for her wisdom in being careful with their income and saving for the future, and shared ways to make their own lunches more appetizing, more personal, as a loving spouse who appreciates her hardworking man? And the direction gravitated towards more on how each individual showed her love in helping her life-mate through the daily struggles of life? A soft answer.
  24. 6 points
    Hi I need prayer very much. I cannot say right now but I do need my brothers and sisters to prayer on my behalf. Thanks and may God blessing be on everyone here at worthy.
  25. 6 points
    Again, hubby just taken to hospital. They think he has had a stroke. I would value your prayers again. Thank you all so much, Marilyn.
  26. 6 points
    Hey guys, Please pray for my two nieces. One wants to go back to church and wants to find her way to God. She wants to understand the word Of God more and just learn more about him. The other one Wants to come to christ but she doesn't know whats stopping her. She's been feeling very lost and i've tried helping her but in all honestly sometimes i dont know what to say. I love them very much and want to help them but I know I am Not God. I am only a vessel, someone who can help them the best I can. Please pray for them. Please pray that God will send some help too maybe new christian friends to help them on this walk gbu all
  27. 6 points
    first of all, welcome to worthy. I hope you can find some here that you can talk with and pray with both on the board openly and privately with PM's. I can understand your position. I had a cousin that basically went through the same thing at the age of 14. And it was family and friends that got her through that and her baby grew up to be a nice young man and last time I checked was successful. And she's been married to a very good guy for a very long time.... so don't get despondent and give up, it's not the end of the world if your boyfriend doesn't come through. One thing you need to understand from the start is that your boyfriend might decide he doesn't want a relationship with you, but he can't do that with your child. He is obligated financially to help if nothing else. Abby could probably give you some ideas of what to and not to do as things go on. You need someone you can talk to physically not just electronic that you can yell at and cry with until this all sorts out.... remember that you're pregnant and your hormones are going to cause you to have feelings that won't be the same later..... so just hold on to Jesus and let him take you spiritually where you need to be.... Ask yourself though..... do you want to tie yourself to someone who isn't strong enough to handle the situation for the next 20 or so years while the child grows up.... answer may be yes, but you need to ponder on that for a while..... lots of decisions to make so don't do something drastic without thinking it through... maybe your boyfriend will come to his senses.... and if not, he doesn't deserve you or your child.
  28. 6 points
    I'm having an issue accepting the rejection of a friend of a couple of years. I am not sure why this has been more difficult to me than other relationships. In the past two years I made a move to Florida for school and moved away from my friend. When I moved here I started to feel alone and depressed and I think I pushed my friend away by trying to have him fill the emptiness in my soul, rather than God. I have finally been able to start my intimate journey with God and have really formed a relationship with God. Without getting in to all of the detail, I am a changed person from what I was. I have had the desire to reconcile my friendship with this individual however he will not talk with me. I have reached out several times but have been unable to talk with him. I have a handwritten letter I want to mail but I am afraid that it may make things worse because it is obvious he wants nothing to do with me. I have been praying about this issue for over a year and I feel as if God simply has not answered my prayer. I am struggling of where to go from here and I am at the point of high anxiety over the situation, mostly because I am still hurt by the rejection and cannot let it go. I am unsure where to go from here.
  29. 6 points
    Then you should also have a problem with the KJV translation. The translators themselves relied heavily on the Latin Vulgate (Jerome in the 4th century). They even made notes to each of the translators in the group in Latin. Their reliance on the Latin is clearly evident in their note to the readers they made in the introduction portion of the original 1611 translation. Along with the Masoretic Text (Authorized Rabbinical text compiled roughly 7th - 10th Century AD). The Textus Receptus is simply a compilation of the generally accepted Greek texts done by Erasmus in the 1500's. There is no original texts used by the KJV translators but compilations done by others and referring to translations done by others, even Tyndale. The same translation principles used by many version translators today. The KJV has even had to be revised occasionally to address errors in the text. No one really uses the original 1611 version anymore. There is also some evidence that King James wanted to limit the Puritan influence on the texts with the KJV translation. For instance, the original Geneva Bible translated apostasia in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 as "the departure" (as did many other pre-KJV English translations) whereas the KJV uses "falling away". Similar in some regards but dynamically different in other regards. The Geneva version would lend credence to a pre-trib removal of the righteous whereas the KJV subdues that idea with it's "falling away" translation. The KJV and Geneva are very reliable English translations, but they are not perfect. No translation is. There are just too many nuances in any original language that do not lend themselves to easy translation into another language. For instance, we in English understand the idea "it is raining cats and dogs" as being a major downpour of rain. That does not translate well literally into other languages that expresses the same idea we ascribe to it in the English. One must confer on what others have translated similar phrases into the receptor language. What I find truly amazing is that some KJV adherents will diss the New KJV as being one of these "damnable" new versions, but it uses the same texts that the KJV folks used and follows the same poetic style of the KJV. Just the language has been updated. I personally rely on several English translations for comparison and make some effort to dig into the Hebrew and Greek backgrounds of words in problematic passages. We each can only rely on the HS to guide us. If one wants to truly understand the original, then go take Hebrew and Greek studies and only use the original languages. Problem solved. Well, in part. There are even debates by those well versed in the original languages about how a word or idea is used.
  30. 6 points
    Hey guys, As i posted in my last prayer request for my cousin, i mentioned how she wanted to see her grandma before she left this world. Which is too late. She passed away last night. Please pray that God comforts this family. Also pray that my cousin will be able to go Overseas to her grandmas funeral. They are struggling financially. I'll be praying too. Gbu all
  31. 6 points
    I am sorry if you feel that way. God is love. He wants you to be his son. All who received Jesus he gave them power to become children of God.
  32. 6 points
    You sounded like me several years ago when I thought God hated me and he only does miracles in other people's lives. I thought God was bent on making me suffer while others enjoy themselves. I walked a very rough road for years but now I look back and thank God for the training he gave me. You may feel God has abandoned you and is not answering your prayers but God loves you. You may not understand this now but you are exactly the type of people God is interested in. Isaiah 57:15 nkjv "For thus says the High and Lofty OneWho inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:“I dwell in the high and holy place,With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,To revive the spirit of the humble,And to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Sometimes you may not receive answers to your prayers immediately but he has heard you. Don't give up. Hold unto God to lift you up in due course. When you manage to rise your status so high please do not forget God. He really loves you. Why not tell him how you feel? Have a good discussion with your father? Prayer is not only about making requests. Open up to him.
  33. 6 points
    I'm just going to thank everyone for your replies. You all gave me the courage to start praying and seeking God again, because deep in my heart I just want God to be part of my life and I am thankful for all the advices and encouragements I got here.🙏🏽
  34. 6 points
    Hi Jessy, welcome to Worthy I am always pleased to meet a fellow South Africa here. About your prayer need, I think you've already been given great advice. I will continue to pray for you. You are still so young (we both are ). Keep your focus on God and trust Him and especially be patient. Blessings.
  35. 6 points
    KJV Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. He will...(KJV) 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Sometimes it can be a battle...if i told you about my battles with sin you might think im insane.ive had to repent like 20 times a day on some hard days......I say Repent as many times as you need to....and keep looking to the Word for Power/Wisdom...its there..And also i used to repent a lot and be sorry for what i did but i wasnt really changing my mind about the sin... Sorry didnt have much time to write this...Hope it was still helpful..Praying for this situation also..o and welcome to Worthy.Agape (KJV)Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
  36. 6 points
    He told us to forgive others 7x70 times a day (unlimited), how much MORE will He forgive us? Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Mat 18:21-22)
  37. 6 points
    Ask God to forgive you for being angry at Him. Start thanking Him, trusting that He knows what is best for you and will provide someone better. Our pastor met the girl at a reunion that he had prayed to have as his wife. He was so thankful that God closed that door because she was not a godly pleasant person anymore.
  38. 6 points
    Welcome Jessy, I just get a hunch that the emotional hurt with your g'friend is still there - hence the anger toward God. We are not robots, we make our own decisions and when things go astray, its easy to blame God. Just keep praying even if you don't know how, the Holy Spirit will help you in thisjust talk to God audibly if you have to. He listens AND cares.
  39. 6 points
    One of my favorite passages of Scripture and thanks for the reminder, I needed at this moment... 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJVS [9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
  40. 5 points
    It occurs to me I have a literal thorn in the flesh issue that I need pray about and seek prayer from brothers and sisters too. Some fifteen years ago a nasty chunk of wood sliver from a shovel handle drove up under my finger nail. I removed it but it got infected and has never really healed. I have had two surgeries on it. And now it bleeds ever so slightly never really healing up for long and there is constant pressure and pain. Doctors so far have had little to say as to what can be done. Though one now thinks maybe it could have become the site of a rare form of melanoma. That as background I ask for prayer for medical guidance and for healing of this rather literal thorn. Having the nail removed for them to look closer is a process I sure do not enjoy, but maybe i am in for yet another round. Seems it might be best to just have the end of the digit removed altogether, who knows? I'd like to.
  41. 5 points
    The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. The personhood of the unborn child is central to the abortion debate — as even the justice who wrote the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion has acknowledged — because, if established in law, it would nullify a “right” to abortion. The largely overlooked HHS strategic plan for 2018-22 states the agency “accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.” Read more at: http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/trump-administration-life-begins-at-conception/
  42. 5 points
    Hey 👋.. Do I get a welcome too?
  43. 5 points
    Sure, Welcome to Worthy. Post a few more times, and you will find most of the forum is open to you.
  44. 5 points
    Friends dad is complaining of severe stomach pain. Can you pray that God remove the pain and bless with strength and peace. please pray for his complete healing. God bless!
  45. 5 points
    Hello Michelle ... thank you for sharing your article! Welcome to Worthy!
  46. 5 points
    Thanks NOONE, Just been to the hospital and spoken to hubby. They are doing a lot of tests, but at least he is now out of strong pain and not paralysed in hands, feet and slurring words. God bless, Marilyn.
  47. 5 points
    We could add power beads, crystals, God Calling, angel feathers, gold dust, labrynths, contemplative prayer etc....IOW it is still here even amongst 'Evangelicals'.
  48. 5 points
    What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator. (fan of corny jokes, I am)
  49. 5 points
    Hi Jessy, Pleased to meet you and welcome to Worthy. The others have said good comments and I will just add a little too. Now, as we all can do, we focus too much on ourselves and I want this & that. Not that that is bad, but it is the wrong order. I`ll give an example - say you were thrown overboard a ship into the raging sea. It is dark but someone has thrown you a life buoy. However instead of trying to reach it you start splashing and thrashing around and calling out for help. Silly, ay when all the time the `help` is there. You just need to reach out and `trust` in the lifebuoy to hold you up. That is the same with us in life. We thrash around calling help here and there, when all the time God is patiently waiting for us to hush up, settle down, and begin to trust him in our everyday life. Stop with the `I want` and learn to be responsible for what you already have. You cannot appreciate more until you appreciate what you already have. But note it is not about `having` but becoming, and that is a process of thankfulness to God and learning to appreciate others. You are taking on all this pressure, when actually it is from the world, it `drives` people to `want, want, fear, doubt, hurt, get angry because...whatever.` If you can`t appreciate Christ dying a torturous death for you, so that you can have your sins forgiven and eternal life, well then nothing else will satisfy you. Stop and have a big reality check bro. regards, Marilyn.
  50. 5 points
    Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. But He has withdrawn fellowship with Him. It's like He is no longer talking to us, guiding us, comforting us, and we are no longer aware of His presence. A sense of panic sets in as we try to figure out what we had done wrong. Often it was due to a bad attitude we had allowed to foster like self righteousness. He also allows us to reap the consequences of our stupid choices. We get a ticket for speeding even if we are "just" keeping up with traffic and no one else gets one. Or we get into a fender bender while texting. Then something else goes wrong--we cut ourselves with the kitchen knife and need stitches, a trip to the ER and a lot of expense, until we realize that God is trying to get our attention. We realize we had been neglecting bible reading and paying attention when the Holy Spirit was trying to caution us about what we are doing. We had been neglecting our relationship with God and a little rebellion had crept into our hearts. All I can tell you is that I identify with the phrase in Hebrews 12: Heb 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Heb 12:12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, That is exactly what we feel like--a whipped puppy! Knocked down and then plowed under. Humbled and pliable in God's hands. All of this is for the purpose of removing SELF. Self effort, self will, and doing it "my way". Pushing the envelope to see how much we can get away with rather than eagerly obeying the law, waiting on God and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.
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