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  1. 12 points
    Usually I try to ignore things that bother me but I hope you can think of me stating this as a sister or friend. I used to be intimidated by many of you. I thought to myself, " Wow, they know the Bible so well. I'll never have it nailed down like that." I could never explain end times theories like that. I could never articulate Greek and Hebrew nuances like that. I thought to myself, if I could get to that level, maybe I'd get somewhere. I've loved theology ever since I became a Christian. I love to talk about it and study it. But I feel like there's a danger and an ugly side of it too. And that's how knowledge puffs up. I'm starting to question my own desire to have more head knowledge because I'm seeing too many people who can conjugate Greek verbs who are mean as snakes. I want to respect and look up to those of you who have knowledge. But I'm starting to realize there's a difference between knowing about the water of life and drinking it. You can know and know and know but what if you're not patient? What if you're not kind? I think I have maybe missed the mark in focusing so much on theology sometimes more than Jesus and being like him. I still hate false teaching. I still won't pretend everyone is right when they're not. But if I see a Christian who has bad theology and doesn't say all the right things but clearly love Jesus, I'm going to love them too. It's okay to love defending the truth and hating false gospels. But if you don't care about others. If you don't love, you're just a clashing cymbol. And I've been so intimidated by noisy gongs when I really only ought to revere Christ and read Scripture for myself.
  2. 11 points
    I don't disagree with the content, but i think it's important for people to understand that unity should never come at the sacrifice of sound doctrine. I think it's important to address that concurrently. Addressing only one or only the other can lead to terrible consequences in the long term.
  3. 9 points
    I just love them. I have a number of hymn books at home. I read hymns as prayer and inspiration. I look up about the writers as there are so many that had exceptionally interesting lives. Does anyone else have this interest? I am not very good at praying you see. Thiugh i pray daily. Hymn writers say it so much better!
  4. 9 points
    I asked for prayer on the forum several days ago after an attack of negative thoughts about my life. I asked members on Worthy to pray for God to guide me on what was best. I think the answer came in the form of an idea: Try limiting online time to one hour per day. Even though I feel like a somewhat responsible person, I've always been easily overwhelmed. To be fair, I think working full time and keeping a place clean could be challenging for anyone. But I always used to wonder how my mom could work full time with two kids and still manage to keep the house clean all the time. The answer seems obvious now. She didn't grow up with the internet. She always finds time to do so many more things in different areas of her life because she doesn't spend as much time online as I did. For years, the internet has been my default activity, ever since high school. I never thought of it as excessive before because I didn't fit the bill for "internet addiction" when I searched it. Also, I maintained good grades and friends. But looking back, I think I got overwhelmed at times without realizing that I spent too much time online. For me, the internet sucks me in and makes hours go by like nothing else. So, two days before Thanksgiving, I started my experiment. At first, I didn't notice a difference because I was overwhelmed by Christmas shopping. But in the last few days, I've seen some major changes. For one, it feels like an endless amount of extra time. Knowing I can't spend hours online, I actually only spent about ten minutes checking things the last few days. Also, instead of being totally absorbed in different sites, I end up doing different positive things throughout the day. I've had off work the last few days. Usually, I'd spend most of the time online and procrastinate on chores. Miracle of miracles, I did chores I'd been meaning to do for two months. Instead of listening to a sermon online, I read the book of Hebrews in silence, having a sweet prayer time afterward. I've had an easier time getting myself to cook our groceries. My husband helped me download a favorite book in an audio version so I can listen to it. It's nice to listen to an actual novel again. I have an easier time sleeping. I'd like to exercise in the morning, hopefully that will improve too. I'm keeping a journal of all the changes so far. It's been a long time since I actually wrote in a journal with ink and paper. I'm liking the results of this experiment and don't really feel a need to go back to spending hours online at a time so far.
  5. 8 points
    Hey guys, I need prayer. I won't go into deep details but I've been feeling anxiety and extreme paranoia. I'm not sure if its the new meds I've been taking ( wont say what im taking them for) or if its just me. Its just everything (especially random LITTLE things) are just making me super paranoid. Please pray that I find out whats causing this, if its me or these new meds im taking and please pray for protection. Gbu all
  6. 8 points
    Thanksgiving Day 2018 will be arriving this Thursday. Please join me in posting at least 5 things you are especially thankful for this year. Here are mine: 1) Salvation and forgiveness God offers me through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Nothing is more precious than this! John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 2) The holy scriptures John 5:39 "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." 3) Freedom of religion Sadly, so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world suffer prison, torture and death. Our persecution in free countries usually amounts to little more than being teased about our Christianity. 4) My family I had wonderful Christian grandparents and parents. They have gone on to be with the Lord now except for my mother. I am blessed with two children and a grandson who are all so special to me. 5) The miracle of my mom. I treasure her. She was not expected to live beyond one month (after an anoxic brain injury she suffered on March 9th.) Here it is 8 months later! God alone knows our futures. Over these months, she has pulled through many serious challenges. Each one is a testimony to His goodness, His mercy and His power. She remains in delicate condition but continues on, as He wills. 6) I believe prayer has helped. Thanks to all of you who have (and continue to) hold Mom up in prayer. 7) God's daily provisions. 8) Christian music. 9) The Presence of God. 10) WCF... The ability to post and read others posts, fellowship with believers from all over the world, support (prayer, comfort & edification) and new friendships formed. I have been here since 2007 but this one has been my best year yet. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!
  7. 8 points
    How can anyone take anything Francis Chan says seriously when he hangs out with people like Todd White, Mike Bickle and Bill Johnson? In other words, he hangs out with some of the people at the forefront of the New Apostolic Reformation which is as false a movement as they come. So if anyone is taking a sledgehammer to the temple Chan would be one of the people holding it. You do not embrace false doctrine to pursue ecumenicalism.
  8. 8 points
    I thank Him for showing me the cancer so that it was caught early. I thank Him for helping me through these trials of my past year. I thank Him for my husband who has to take care of me now that I cannot take care of myself. I thank Him for being Him. For all He is. I thank Him for the gift of salvation through Christ, which He did not have to give me or anyone else. I thank Him for my church and worthy families, who have given me much support over the years Ive been here and from whom Ive learned and gained so much. I thank Him for my in real life family, even my pesky brothers lol.
  9. 7 points
    In another thread some are concerned about a doubtful effect causing the changes in our Bibles. All along there are some blatant, almost blasphemous changes going on right under some noses in a pseudo Bible called the Message by a Eugene Petersen. I'd thought I'd note a few of the changes... For whosover shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom 10:13 (KJV) Everyone who calls ‘help God!’ gets help. Rom 10:13 (The Message) 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? Ps 27:1 KJV Light, space, zest–that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. Ps 27:1 (The Message) Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. (Mic 3:5) KJV “For as long as they’re well paid and well fed, the prophets preach, ‘Isn’t life wonderful! Peace to all!’ But if you don’t pay up and jump on their bandwagon, their ‘God bless you’ turns into ‘G- – d- – – you.’ Micah 3:5(yes it is spelled out in The Message Bible.) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. KJV (Mat 6:9-13) Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes. (Mt 6:9-13) The Message Bible So we strain at a gnat and swallow a camel when the real changes read by many churches we do not take notice, while imagining a changed lion turned into a wolf...all the while, we have the wolf right under our noses!!
  10. 7 points
    Ephesians 6:10-18 King James Version (KJV) 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
  11. 7 points
    A close friend of mine has been falsely accused of stealing from someone in their apartment complex. Please pray this matter works out somehow. My friend is distraught and depressed over this. It is hard to live in a place where this animosity exists. This friend is easily hurt and brought down. Last thing needed right now when they are seeking to get closer to God. So please pray for them spiritually and emotionally...as well as their protection. Also, pray the management in this senior housing complex does not take the accusers side. I don't want my friend getting evicted! This is especially concerning in light of the fact that the accuser is friends with one of the apartment managers.
  12. 7 points
    This is so wrong. ...and I heard on the News something about a new "MeToo" Women's Bible that has come out. Groan. . .
  13. 7 points
    I just found out my young cousin, Harper, has been practicing a bad form of meditation. This kid is so young and he's been deceived already. I'm going to pray against any spirits that will go to him when he meditates and I can use all the help I can get. Thank you.
  14. 7 points
    Thank you all so very much for being with me and praying me through this big ordeal. Though I must admit with the prayers God has really taken me through that even the nurses noted how happy and contented I was all the time. Some even said, we heard about this happy lady and wanted to meet her ourselves!!!!Only God can carry you through like that. So to finish the saga. I went into rehab to build me up. Then the social worker and Trev worked on getting flights for me. Thus on Thursday Trev took me to Albany airport to catch the plane to Perth. I cried somewhat when I saw Trev drive away with our caravan thinking I should have been there too. But on we went to Perth. Arriving there I was taken in a wheel chair to the terminal. There two dear friends from Worthy, (SisterActs2 and her hubby) met me and drove me in their car to the other airport. I don`t know what I would have done if they hadn`t come all that way to meet me, (hours). Then they wheeled me through all the maze of terminals and checkouts and such till we came to my gate. We just made it on time. Then I was wooshed off to the next plane. Those dear people were so kind and we didn`t really have time to have a cuppa or bite to eat. After a 3 hour flight and pretty bumpy we arrived in Melbourne, where it was dark due to a 3 hour time difference. A stewardess wheeled me through the maze of terminals and down three lifts till we were out on the street level. There I met my sister-in-law and she wheeled me out to their car. Finally two hours later about 12 o`clock we reached my friends place where I will stay till Trev can fix the house up ready for my return. So many kind people and such a long journey, and only God gave me the strength to get through. I have mainly slept for three days and just getting a clearer head today. So, again God is so good, and thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. Love Marilyn.
  15. 7 points
    It's my first ever Thanksgiving without my mom. Praise God-she is still alive. But a brain injury prevents us from even talking on the phone. I can't drive to her. So I will love her from afar. Missing her bunches- but choosing to rejoice in Jesus on this day which should be about being thankful. I have very little family left. But I'm thinking how rough it must be to have nobody alive or in a not speaking to each other /dysfunctional family. Worst case scenario- being without loved ones and not having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are in those situations, this poem is for you: Remember The Lonely (A Thanksgiving Day Poem) Holidays are often a family affair A time of food and gatherings In which we love and share But sadly, there are people Who have no loved ones there Feeling down and lonely, They need someone to care So let us all remember To keep these folks in prayer. Let us pray they will come to see God loves them... For those who have the Lord in their lives are never truly alone.
  16. 7 points
    and people like you, who took a minute to plant a seed, is why myself and many of the JW's I grew up with, left that religion and found God. Thank you.
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  18. 7 points
    Thanksgiving...Can you name 5? By turtletwo, Sorry Turtle, I just cannot reduce it to five, or five hundred, or five thousand. however, ( My existence, my salvation, our family, their salvation, all those who those who love the Lord,................................................Ad infinitum ) .............all from God! Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Jn 1:16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. Lamentations 3:22-24 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
  19. 6 points
    I need prayer, and if anyone feels inclined to pray regarding my situation it would be much appreciated. I often feel like people here don't accept me, but nevertheless I am a bible believing christian and do not feel the same way as some here who chose to ignore me and judge me negatively. As when I try to participate on certain sections, I am ignored. In any event this is beside those things, I am faced right now with concerns in my private health, the heath with my dog and also developments in the care of my house. If an earnest christian here on worthy could pray that God help restore health in my cituation it would be immensely appreciated.
  20. 6 points
    Luke 2:11 (KJV) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. We're all sinners, dead and in need of a Saviour; we needed 'fixed' and brought back into fellowship with the Lord. John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The Lord didn't have to do that. I'm so great full the Lord loved me so much personally that He gave me the 'only way' for redemption and Salvation with the ultimate sacrifice and suffering, His Son, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Just imagine the alternative! This is the ultimate free gift that just keeps on giving and not confined to a seasonal remembrance. I am so appreciative beyond words, and it gives me great joy and happiness my eternal soul has been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb. Most enjoy a gathering, remembrance and celebration of ones birth. The birth of Jesus Christ is not a time of commercialism, profit, a day off work, etc. It's a time for reflection on our sin nature, where we were headed, and the love of God for what Christ suffered and did on the Cross for us. A special time of appreciation, gratitude, thanks and worship as we await His return. In reality we reap the benefits of Christmas everyday. It is my prayer that this Christmas season as we celebrate the true meaning of "Christmas', the Holy Spirit will touch many souls and they will realize the 'reason for the season', and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior.
  21. 6 points
    I had a mishap last night with my right wrist. The wrist bone under the pinky is swollen and painful. Also, hurt my thumb. Pray for healings
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  23. 6 points
    Just trying to get caught up on this thread and couldn’t help but think about the only churches the Lord is pleased with in the book of REVELATION.… ONLY TWO. The churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia — who taught the true word of God.
  24. 6 points
    At 7 am I got a call from mom's nursing home. It was to tell me the good news that her wounds have made progress in healing. But I also found out she has swelling bad, so please pray God helps this improve.
  25. 6 points
    Unity has become the buzz word heading of deception for a while now. Unity is a truth just as holiness is a truth. When we make a truth our focus, no matter how true it is, we can make it a lie. Look what happens when holiness becomes the central focus of a fellowship. Legalistic expectations that Paul likened to witchcraft. "You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?" Holiness is important and we don't want to down play holiness but apart from Jesus we have nothing, Our righteousness is as filthy rags. We cannot produce holiness apart from abiding in Christ. He is the vine. Signs and wonders are not the key to belief, nor is feeding the poor, or taking care of the sick or orphans nor is unity some magical key for salvation. These are all good and part of our Christian witness also spiritual gifts are vital because without them we have no ability to disciple or preach or the world to be convicted of sin. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. The gospel. Unity is being used, as all deception does, to get our eyes on the temporal things of this world. The one thing the spirit of the age, the spirit of anti-Christ, engages in is getting our minds on things below. We are told to put on the mind of Christ. Making a truth, no matter how true it is, our central concern elevates it above The Truth, Jesus Christ. In Him are all things. Ecumenical unity of today is a deception. It isn't just about Christian denominations, that's just a selling point, but about all world religion. It's the reality of the prophecy in Zechariah 5 of the wicked woman in the basket with the lead cover and the two women with wings of a stork carrying it off to Shinar, the region of Babylon. The coming 'Babylon the Great' mentioned in Revelation. Unity of the worlds religions. The only unity we have is in Christ Jesus. Unity is only possible by abiding in Jesus, He is the truth.