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  1. 12 points
    I don't know where else to put this. Maybe here isn't the right place. I still feel numb and I'm having a hard time thinking clearly. Thanks so much for the love and kindness you've shown for Jacie and me. You are all such special people. I guess prayers are what we all need at sometime in our lives, so maybe that's why I'm putting this here, I'm clueless on that. When someone who is such a dear friend suddenly gets kind of unkind, it really hurts, especially now. I'll never understand what I did that was so wrong. I'm confused. I've been thinking about it for a few days, I just don't get it. I love all of you. See you later.
  2. 11 points
    Our sister needs our prayers... she is not feeling well today. She has had some issues arise lately with her BP... dizziness, etc. Let's stand together against this attack of the enemy on our sister who has one of the most beautiful servant's hearts I've ever met. Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus ... the name above every name, asking and agreeing together for Your healing touch in Kwik's body, mind, and spirit. Father, bless her with Your peace and rest... and surround her with Your love, pour it over her like healing salve, Father, everywhere it's needed... let it run deep... You know where she hurts, and where she is at all times. We stand in agreement with Your Word... by Your stripes, Jesus, she is healed! Amen.
  3. 10 points
    This morning, I finally got up the courage to pick up the jeans that Jacie had dropped on my bedroom floor room right before she went to the store. I had left them there. I never touched her suitcase since the night she passed away. She was known in the family to not be the neatest person in the world, she just threw clothes into her suitcase, never folding them. I picked them up with my "picker-upper" because I still can't bend my knee very well. As I put them into her suitcase, I noticed a corner of an envelope sicking out from the bottom. It was a Mother's Day card. I cried. Her suitcase still has the light perfume scent that she always wore Shortly after that, I was cleaning out some things up on my laptop and found the most beautiful photo she had put in a file of hers. I can't remember exactly what it said, but it was something like, "You are such a good friend. I love you, my special Mom. Happy Mother's Day" I knew who it was for right away. It was dated just a few days before she was hit by the driver who ran the red light. I hesitated before I emailed it, but I realized that's what she was planning on doing. I needed to fulfill her intentions. I decided to email it. She referred to Kwik as Mom 2. For the caption, she had written "For Mom 2." Kwik and her had become good friends in the short time she was here, always messaging back and forth about Jesus, she always wanted to know more. I emailed it to Mom 2. My profile photo is Jacie, taken when she was out with a friend just goofing around. That smiling face is the way I want to remember her. I praise God that she had such a strong faith and that Jacie is still touching the hearts of many, even though she is in Heaven. I'm sharing this with all of you because it was a tearful, but joyous moment from my precious daughter, my "baby girl." It was a tough day today, but Jacie helped me get though it. It my first Mother's Day without her. God Bless all of you. Kate.
  4. 8 points
    II Corinthians 5 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. She is with her Savior, and has been from the moment her earthly tent was destroyed. When we lose those we love, the grief is felt by the living, for her, she is filled with joy. I hope this brings you comfort, my prayers are with you. God bless
  5. 8 points
    Please pray for my wife Linda who is having vertigo, difficulty walking, abdominal and other pain. I have also been experiencing dizziness. I have to work to provide health insurance and money for us and I am blocked from retiring. There is no one able to help us.
  6. 8 points
    I'll be 56 in September. I knew this day was coming, but just not when. My mother and father own five acres out in the country. I live within walking distance of them. He will be 80 in July and CANNOT take care of five acres anymore. He is a nut about his yard and will mow, blow, weedeat, and more until he is down in the bed. He is plagued with arthritis and has a pacemaker. He mows in the summer sometimes three times a week. He knows it's time. So does my mother. I also have a mildly mentally handicapped brother who is 54. It's at the point that I take over his medical attention as far as filling prescriptions, doctor visits, and SSI related things. As I said, I knew this day would come and I do not resent it in the least. It's actually a relief. My prayer request is this. We are moving to a more central location nearer to hospitals, doctors, grocery stores, etc. Please prayer that we find the house that God would have for us ALL to move into. We've looked at several, but the one yesterday just might be a contender. We want to follow the LORD in his leadership in the same way that the Hebrew people followed the Ark of the Covenant (God's Presence) over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. In Exodus, God specifically told them that "they were to follow the priests who carried the Ark over the Jordan because they had never been this way before." Well, my family has never been this way before and don't want to make hasty decisions or self-centered ones. My parents and brother - though with health problems - are in relatively great shape and we could have 10 to 15 more years of joy together if we could just seriously downsize our possessions, homes, and stress. Just pray that we follow the LORD. He has blessed us beyond measure to this point and we are grateful to Him for it all.
  7. 8 points
    Il will pray for you and your family, Jayne. May the Lord clear the way for all of you to be together. And may He bless you for being such a good daughter and sister.
  8. 8 points
    Dear Jesus, My heart is heavy since Jacie passed away. My heart is burden with tears for Judy in AZ, a recent widow friend, my brother who didn't come home last night, I pray he was working a triple shift but I know better, I pray for this depression to leave me as I certainly tears for those unsaved. I'm still in post surgery recovery mode, for which I'm very greatful for all the medical help I've received, please help those in storms ways this week, emotional and physical, and let us remember what a mighty God we serve. In all that You so, I praise You. Amen. 💖
  9. 8 points
    I pray that you have the peace of the Lord and he increases your faith while He showers you with His grace and mercies!
  10. 7 points
    Hello All, My names is James and as you know I am new here. I am looking forward to discussing the bible and just fellow shipping with the body in general. God Bless, James
  11. 7 points
    Hello, I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and am thrilled to find this forum. I love to snowboard, hike, bike, fish, well pretty much any outdoor activity.
  12. 7 points
    Thank You,Da_man1974!
  13. 7 points
    Hello everyone: My name is Natalie and I am new to this site. I have an issue that I struggle with on a frequent basis, and would like to know how you, as a Christian, handle it. I struggle with taking things personally. I have difficulty differentiating between feeling hurt that a boundary has been crossed, and simply making things that are not about me personally. I want to learn how to think in a biblical manner on this issue and I would appreciate any biblical wisdom on this subject. Thank you for reading this. Have a great day:)
  14. 7 points
    Blessings all. I'm having some dental issues giving me stress right now, mostly because getting things worked on and fixed is difficult for me physically and financially right now. I'd just ask that any willing to would pray for God, knowing all my difficulties and all I need, to provide a way for things to work out for the best, however He might choose to do so. Thanks!
  15. 7 points
    Thank you all so very much. The doctor informed me today that my dad has a severe infection. He has stopped eating and has lost almost 20 pounds within the last 10 days. It is heartbreaking to see a man that was once so strong, (a Korean War veteran) now so incredibly frail. I know when the Lord calls him home, it is HIS will. I pray for strength to see my daddy go. Thank you all, again, for your heartfelt prayers. I appreciate them very much. God bless each of you.
  16. 7 points
    My daughter has been living with me for 5 months now. Her mom came to get her at school on February 17th and assaulted her while trying to take her from me. She is charged with child abuse and I am in a fight for all 3 children. All 3 have been living with me for 2 and half months. As of now she has a no contact order. She will plea bargain her charges. She is re-married and the man has also been accused of abuse against his child from another marriage. She has made many false claims and misrepresentations against me in her court declaration. Our court date is May 2nd. I raise the children in a biblical and Godly home. She does not acknowledge Christ and does not raise them in the ways of God but in the ways of the world. Please pray for a firewall of protection around me and my 3 children and that the Lord keeps us. I thank God and you for interceding on our behalf. Thank you very much!
  17. 7 points
    Jesus didn't start any religion. He set up a relationship.
  18. 7 points
    Since the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics seem to be an accepted group of Christian believers on Worthy, I would like to get to know their understanding of what it means to be born again (since I have never heard them discuss the topic). After all, if we are going to have fellowship, we need to understand each other's terms.
  19. 7 points
    Blessings cippo Welcome to Worthy Praise Jesus! With love-in Christ,Kwik
  20. 7 points
    I've not heard from Kwik today, but my prayer is that she is getting some rest and doing better...
  21. 7 points
    Standing in agreement and praying.
  22. 7 points
    Blessings Wheezie Welcome to Worthy.....glad you are here.I don't know your friend & only because of what you said I do know she does believe there is a God,is she a Christian? Are you a Christian?I don't know anything about how it all came about so I can't just make assumptions.....You said she left her husband for this younger guy(& abandoned her 2 girls) Is that how it looks to you or is that what she has told you?How close of a "friend" is she to you? Well,sounds like she feeds the desires of her flesh .... I would be more concerned about her Eternal Life before anything else .....With love-in Christ,Kwik
  23. 7 points
    Hello, I'm about to vent but before I do I know what the Bible says about impure and lustful thoughts. I also know that no one is perfect. However without any background information, if your goal was to find a parter who was strong in faith, would you purse a relationship with someone who's mind has been soaking up filth on the Internet for years? My whole life I've dreamed of marrying a good Christian man who's as strong in his faith as I am or stronger. I've watched all my friends get married and start raising families and at 27 years old I still haven't found Mr right. Are my expectations to high? Does he even exist? I don't know. I've shamelessly preyed about this topic since about the time I hit puberty and became interested in dating. I'm fairly sure I attract the wrong type of guys and intimidate the good ones because the majority of men I've dated were put off once they decided I was actually serious about waiting until marriage. I've been in 3 serious relationships that lasted more than a few months but they didn't work out for one reason or another. I met James on Christian mingle and I've really fallen for him. We've been dating for around 6 months and he's a joy to spend time with. We share many of the same beliefs and even though he isn't a virgin he seemd like he was pleased that I was waiting for marriage. That seems to be something alot of guys try to tolerate more than actually praise me about or encourage me to continue. He comes from a Christian family who are wonderful people everything seemed like it was perfect. I've actually been really hoping he would propose to me soon. So the other day he texted me saying he wasn't feeling well and was taking the rest of the day off work. I decided to suprise him and took the rest of the day off too. I picked up some stuff to make chicken soupe and a couple movies and headed to his apartment. To my surprise I walked in to find him on his couch thoroughly enjoying himself to Internet fantasy girls. I allowed the awkward moment to stretch out as long as possible as he made himself presentable and then we talked about it. For quite a while. It turns out he does this multiple times a week and has been for years. Now I've had weak moments myself on occasion but I can't believe he has this sort of addiction. I'm so foolish, I really just can't believe he's been filling his head with filth all this time instead of saving himself for me. I don't know if this is a sign from God that he isn't meant for me or if maybe I'm 27 years old and single and should deal with it. I'm so hurt by this and I can't even really explain why to myself its a betrayal. Maybe it's my sin of pride idk but I'm proud I haven't given in to eurges of the flesh and lord knows it hasn't been easy for me to fight the temptation all these years. Then to find out he's going off and playing with himself whenever the mood strikes him after all we said about our faith and living as god wants us too. I'm rambling I know, I've just known him as a godly man all this time and I find out he's been fantasizing about other women the whole time I've known him. It really makes me feel cheap and at the moment I'd be embarrassed to stand before the Lord with him. I'm really emotional right now and maybe I'm being crazy and overzelious but I feel like I'd be less in the eyes of God if pursued this relationship. That's my gut instinct anyways. I've grown so attached to him though and I'm so tired of being alone. There is a big part of me that's saying I should just accept it because no one is perfect or maybe even try to help him break the habit. I really wish I could talk to some of my friends about this but the embarrassment would kill me for sure. Lord please put your arms around me and sooth my heart. Help me to do your will as I walk the path.
  24. 7 points
    Hello, and welcome to Worthy
  25. 7 points
    Blessings Separdum Welcome to Worthy,quite an introduction! I am pleased to meet you and look forward to seeing you in the Forums.The Worthy Welcome Forum is not a discussion Forum but a place to meet,greet & welcome new members....so please don't think any of us are ignoring your question ,we look forward to engaging in the Proper Place .Personally I do not hold the OSAS .position so I will be happy to hear your comments(its a frequent & yes,controversial Topic,lol) Glad you have joined us......Praise Jesus! God Bless,Kwik
  26. 7 points
    I'm so sorry... praying for you and your family, comfort, strength, and peace in Jesus' name...
  27. 7 points
    Blessings April Welcome to Worthy,glad to meet you,my pleasure to greet you....Praise Jesus! With love-in Christ,Kwik
  28. 7 points
    Continuing in prayer for you, Kate...
  29. 7 points
    Blessings Kate This is definitely in the right place and we all need each others prayers all the time......I do believe there are times we need them so much more than others but certainly we should keep our Brothers & Sisters in our prayers always......you are in my prayers Kate,have been & will continue to be...... As far as your "dear friend" is concerned.....if he/she is indeed a "dear friend" to you then why not just ask them ? Sometimes what we perceive is not what it may seem to be at all,a dear friend understands that there can be misunderstandings and is always willing to listen & to talk about anything...its really bad to internalize & to make assumptions that can eat away at you ,its a field day for the enemy......clear the air Kate,you may be completely wrong or completely right,either way if you are a dear friend as well then say whats on your mind... With much love,Kwik Glory to God in the Highest...
  30. 6 points
    Thank You,HisFirst
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    Thank You,Wingnut!
  33. 6 points
    Hello, I believe I need to make a few post before I can get access to the area of the forums that I'm interested in. I need some guidance on a topic that's so embarrassing I'm hesitant to bring it up with my church family. I guess I'll share a little about myself. I'm 27 years old and still unmarried. I come from a Christian family and spend most of my free time at church events. I do my best to always put god first and make all my decisions based on what I think would honor his word. Over the last year I met a gentleman who has won my heart and it's been very challenging I guess. I'm not sure how to describe it really. I was very lonely and had only been in a few short relationships prior to meeting him. You might say I'm worried I'll become an old maid if let him go and I really don't want to. It's just that he isn't as religious as I am. He's very laid back about it or makes lite of things that I feel strongly about. Its clear that he isn't as strong in his faith as I am and I feel like I may be choosing him because I want to instead of because God wants me to. He is 28 and isn't a virgin but at this stage in my life I've resigned myself to the fact that unless I meet a monk I'm not going to find a guy who is. I've turned away so many guys over my life because I didn't feel like they were godly enough but this time i became really attached to him before I realized he had a few problems one of which would normally be a deal breaker for me but I don't know. Most of my friends tell me my expectations are to high but I have a close relationship with God and I'm confident in my ability to determine if something isn't godly or not. I think my faith is just wavering because of how desperately I want to be in a relationship. Anyways enough about that here. I'll actually get around to my questions once I'm allowed access to the forum.
  34. 6 points
    Hello! I am a Christian from Ukraine, the city of Rivne. I'm married, I have two daughters.I love Christian apologetics, and I write a blog on this topic.
  35. 6 points
    Hello everyone! I'm new here. I found this forum when Googling Christian Forums because I was looking for some advice. I'm not sure I still need the advice, but I definitely always am up to having new people to talk to so here I am. There seems to be a lot of wonderful people here and I look forward to reading what everyone has to say!
  36. 6 points
    Would you all pray with me for the protection of a small child stolen from her family, for her safe return? Please pray for the hearts of all involved... the mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. If you know how to intercede, please do so... Thank you & God bless you, Abby
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  38. 6 points
    Tonight there were bad storms and I didnt know how bad but I knew I was out of money to stay at the hotel...so there I was upset and driving in the rain....I kept seeing lightening off in the distance all over the place and of course that makes the freaking out worse and I just kept asking God to please get me home safe...the lightening kept being off in the distance and I made it home and by the time I got home the worst of it had already gone through our area and the weatherman on tv said the rest of the night the storms would weaken and move off.I always have a mini breakdown then these storms come through but thank you God for being with me and getting me home tonight.
  39. 6 points
    And to continue.........I went to the ARC (Adelaide,Revival Center)(not Aust Raiways Credit union)...ready to be Baptized...to cut this short...I heard speaking in tongues, and thought what money making cult is this !? anyway end up getting Baptized but I thought I had the Holy Spirit; just wanted to get out of there, for the next 3 nights trying to sleep ,but on my mind was God this God that..so ended up taking my girlfriend to see what she made of it (she knew a bit more of God stuff than me !); next thing she is getting Baptized.!!!?? during that a guy asked me to have some prayer to receive the Holy Ghost..so we went to a prayer room and he started ;I just thought in my head..all I know is I love you..(and was going to get out !) but wham ! the extreme peace and joy was overwhelming and I spoke in tongues..then I KNEW he existed and two weeks later looked ontop of my fridge to see a carton of cigarettes; then I realized I had not touched any smokes, alcohol , drugs, for two weeks !! no withdrawals just gone God took the desire away without even trying..also healed from migraines (suffered all my life) hay fever etc etc ...much more and told my folks (to them I had become just another religious wally)..but when my father got cancer to which he was told he would die; I told him the miracles of God are just as much today (Jesus the same yesterday,today and forever) and told him just give him a chance !..healed several days later in the baptism tank and received the Holy Ghost (with the Bible evidence of speaking in tongues..acts 2v4 etc)...ok thats enough...
  40. 6 points
    Hi all! I'm new here and nice to meet you all. Hope to share with you.
  41. 6 points
    I'm like this. I read the Bible, i believe in God and Christ and I'm not interested in kumbaya moments with people who place emphasis on any other aspect of religion besides going through Jesus Christ to get to the father and belief in him as my personal savior. These specializations that I've heard that separates the different denominations are, to me simply self aggrandizing distractions that make the parishioners feel better about themselves and as such is something they will have to justify with Christ when they see him. I don't feel the need to sample the flavor of the day or do a group hug with those who thing they are more right than I by jumping through their own hoops. I do not start fights, but I also don't think everything is the equal, since if were, we could worship the flying spaghetti monster and still go to heaven. I don't believe that and I don't believe in man made hoops we have to go through to reach Christ. The Bible tells me what I need to know and the rest of everybody else can do what they think is necessary, because it is their soul, not mine.
  42. 6 points
    There are storms tomorrow ...please agree in prayer with me that God wash over me with His peace and that I would just be serene through it all...for His protection...I really am just so tired of being so hysterical and in tears by the time the storms are done....I hate the way they affect me and how afraid I am.Thank you God bless you.
  43. 6 points
    I met a man named Daddy, his wife is seriously sick, but the Drs do not know what is wrong with her! So they are sending her to Stanford Hospital (Top of the Line Hospital). They NEED answers and a miracle! They have been married 47 yrs. He is scared to death that he is going to lose her, I asked him if he didn't mind that I would pray for her. He was happy to be asked and hugely surprised at the question. Thanks everyone
  44. 6 points
    Our Heavenly Father delights in hearing from His children... and it is His heart to give his children good gifts. It's part of relationship... try it, sister ... pour your heart out to Him, nothing is too small. Do you think maybe it's your own preset beliefs kicking in when you feel He's just saying to pick yourself up, when you start to pray? His Word says to acknowledge Him in all your ways so that He will direct your paths. See? You have your part, and He has His part. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” James 4:2 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” Matthew 7:7-11 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Proverbs 3:5, 6 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
  45. 6 points
    Hello to everyone. I'm Alex, mother to two beautiful young ladies. My goal is to grow in Christ and that He remove the many barriers in my live at this time. I am really looking for this to be a positive experience.
  46. 6 points
    I smoked pot for a long time for about twenty years, and drank alcohol, mostly beers and smoked cigarettes. In the Caribbean, the pot is natural and potent. I liked my habits before i was saved, but the two cannot mix, just like you cannot serve God and mammon. This body is the temple of God and nothing that alters the natural state should be allowed to enter, except for medical reasons. I have not touched any of the stuffed i used since i am born again and does not miss one aspect of it. Yes the memories of some having so called good times with friends are still there, and while it is entertaining, it was foolish. As a recovering drug addict, my humble advice would be to stay away from those who uses for a while, until your body adjust to the naturally. Then with the power of the Holy Spirit, you will resist every temptation that will come to draw you back into the same old. You will then be able to sit with your friends and be a testimony to Jesus Christ.
  47. 6 points
    Storm clouds this morning...
  48. 6 points
    1. The truth is that we can't assume all members of any denomination are genuine Christians; it is also true that genuine faith does produce fruits and works, but that only genuine faith is required for salvation. Any evidence of a changed life and attitudes is fruit in my book. 2, The truth is that when I meet someone who loves God's word and loves God and his kids, I do assume they are Christians. John 13:35 NKJV By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
  49. 6 points
    Blessings Lemur Now that would greatly depend on that mothers Relationship in Christ,I won't get into some of the horrific things of witnessed or the things this world has dished out on my own plate but I must say,the ONE I turn to first is my Lord & Savior,the harder I get hit I only know to give HIM Glory & shove it right back in the devils hideous snout.....& it's not about me,I'm no one special,it's JESUS,ALL JESUS Glory to God! With love-in Christ,Kwik
  50. 6 points
    In another thread I wrote in response to one who found themselves resenting pastors... ---------------------------------------- Well... You probably need to go into ministry. You see, Christianity has been hijacked by the Roman Empire (which morphed into Roman Catholicism). This is not your typical Roman Catholic bashing session... so hear me out. Better put... the Church Organism has been subjugated to the Church Organization. I cannot find the exact quote, but I once heard the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee say that the devil realized he could not lick the Church, so through Emperor Constantine the devil joined the Church. Compromise, disarray, false doctrines, and even the structure of clergy / laity confounds the mission of the Body Christian as much as possible. Now your local Pastor is not the devil incarnate or to blame. Nearly all of them are doing it for the right reasons... but what they are unwittingly doing is perpetuating the hijacking of the Church. God bless them! They have stepped up to give their lives to what they thought... what they believed with a whole heart... is the LORD's will... when 99.99% of the rest of us could not be bothered even when we learn what the truth on the subject actually is. In the New Testament / New Covenant we are ALL priests of God. No division between clergy and laity. That's Old Testament / Old Covenant. Actually, God intended all in the covenant to be priests even then... Exodus 19:6 (AV) 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. But Exodus 32 took place (when the Israelites not only made the calf idol and worshiped it, not only engaged in orgies, but were about to return to Egypt and to blend in with the pagans there undoing everything God had done since the calling out of Abram. That is why his response was so bloody. And the tribe that came to Moses' aid (his own the Levites) became the priestly tribe henceforth and the rest of Israel were (if you will) laity. But in the New Covenant: 1 Peter 2:3–9 (AV) 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Hearkening back to Exodus 19:6 (a kingdom of priests): Revelation 1:6 (AV) 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 5:10 (AV) 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. So, don't hate / resent / despise your local preacher... pity them... try to convince them of the truth about what the Bible says. Most people will not listen to someone who has not been thoroughly indoctrinated / programmed at a denominational seminary. They just won't. "Yeah... that's what the Bible says... but because it's coming from you... and not Southwestern Seminary educated... it's not true... or, it will not be received as truth... or regarded..." Been there too many times. What it boils down to is placing the authority in the institutions of man rather than the word of God. I presume you have little to no biblical training. At least not enough to be comfortably in ministry starting tomorrow... Get trained / educated by the Holy Spirit. I am not saying you cannot get any good teaching from anyone else... but be sure to filter all things through the word of God. 2Peter 1:20-21 1Thessalonians 5:21 1John 4:1 Acts 17:11 2Timothy 3:16-17 Deuteronomy 29:29 Proverbs 25:2 Deuteronomy 4:2 Deuteronomy 12:32 Proverbs 30:5-6 Revelation 22:18-19 John 3:16-18 / Ephesians 2:8-10 / Galatians 3:24-28 / Romans 7:14-8:39 / 1John 1:5-2:17 ------------------------------------ What I will now add is that anyone who has the slightest qualm about women pastors / teachers / leaders needs to step up into ministry themselves! I used to argue against women in authority in the Church (actually women usurping the authority of men in the Church) with airtight scriptural arguments that went into Greek and Hebrew and new and old testament texts and examples. And I bludgeoned female pastors every chance I got with those arguments. Then one day the Spirit asked me (not in words exactly) "So it's better, then, that the Gospel does not get out at all than a woman should preach it?" I was completely undone. And I repented on the spot. Every time (for whatever reason) men did not step up, God filled the void with a woman. From the Prophetess Deborah to Pastor Jane today. IF all of us who are priests of God and called to be pastors and teachers and leaders (not all are called to these positions but all are priests) but if the quota was even 50% (being conservative here) there might be a biblical case against women usurping the authority of men... but we are woefully short of 50% people! I would be shocked if we had 1% of all who are called to this ministry who actually heard the call and stepped up. Less than 1%. So should women preach / teach / lead? Absotively! And God bless them!