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  1. We sometimes think we have to have this loud voice from God ...slapping us into correction....and when we don't hear it, we say we don't hear God's voice. I think we are promised that once with us...He is always with us. We get His voice in several ways....through Prayer, through others, and through His Word. Immerse yourself in His Word and Prayer....those are two things that you have control to do. It's steps you take...if our mind is fully on the Lord, then these things in our minds...sins we repeat ...become less and less.... That and we need to take steps to remove things from our life that open the door to those sins we are weakest with....if those sins are of a sexual nature...then removing computers/internet/ even our smart phone and get a cheaper flip phone that only texts and calls people...then so be it. We don't expect an alcoholic to keep a stocked bar in his house? ...so removing things from our lives that give us issue is also a step we have to take. God Bless, Hip
  2. By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News)– Iranian authorities have been threatening to hold an imprisoned American-Iranian pastor in prison indefinitely, according to Morning Star News. Authorities are pressuring Pastor Saeed Abedini with new charges while at the same time promising his freedom should Abedini abandon his faith in Christ and convert back to Islam, according to Tiffany Barrans, international director at the American Center for Law and Justice. Barrans said that though the pressure on Abedini comes and goes, this latest ill treatment may be related to the ongoing international efforts to limit Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons. "There's just been an increased amount of activity and tension and threats and singling out of Saeed as an American in the prison since the framework agreement was reached between the countries," said Barrans. "These nuclear negotiations have dramatically complicated the situation – as much as our government insists that he is not a political pawn and that they will not allow him to be used as a political pawn." Barrans said that if the U.S. government leaves the negotiations without obtaining Abedini's freedom, his release will prove even more difficult. This September will be Abedini's third year in prison. According to Iranian law, most criminal offenders can apply for clemency, or parole after serving one-third of their sentence. Abedini’s family is currently filing for clemency, but to date their efforts have proved futile. View the full article
  3. You just said it all. Only those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will see Heaven. Go back to John 14:7 That is what gets you into Heaven, no works on our own. It's all about what Jesus did on the Cross.
  4. God created the light, so what you have here is a contradiction. For one to claim God is light physically, then that is claiming that God was created. How exactly does the Creator create Himself?
  5. Being spewed of of the mouth, vomited, does not sound encouraging. This reminds me of another passage: 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ What strikes me there, is that apparently these people were prophesying, exorcising demons, and even performing miracles, all in Jesus name - Jesus never denies their claims to have done these things. He seems (to me) to be saying that they are not saved, because they did not have a relationship with Him. Others may understand this differently, but that is my take. To answer the question: "Do I think these lukewarm Christians will go to Heaven", I would offer this. I don't think there is such a thing as a lukewarm Christian. I believe that our pews are filled with people who are deceived by Satan, deceived by their pastors, deceived by their friends and mostly deceived by themselves, into believing that all you have to do to be saved, is to say a simple prayer, as though it is a magic incantation and, and then you are saved. I think in reality, you are saved when the Spirit of God draws you and convicts you of sin, and opens your eyes so you can see your need for the savior, and God in His mercy and grace, gives you a heart of flesh, to seek after Him, and gives you the faith to believe what He has said, and that this, is the born again experience, You are now, a new creature, and with this new nature, the result is that you love and appreciate God and His salvation, and you are sanctified, set apart to serve Him, and you cannot help but to try to obey Him, and will not be lukewarm. A Christian is one, who actually believes, actually has faith, and in that faith knows, that apart from God, and His gracious provision of a savior, that the believer would spend an eternity, separated from God, and that separation will be one of torment. In understanding what God has done, how is it possible to be lukewarm? Answer, it is not possible for anyone with spiritual sight and a heart of flesh, to be non-chalant. We are not saved by what we do, we do what we do because we were saved for a purpose. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Eph 2:4-10 Just my opinion, sorry for getting all Calvinist on you!
  6. You know, I just can't understand why some people think that false doctrines can only come from wolves? I think most false doctrines in any church, much less Christianity, comes from its own ranks of believers who are serious about their belief, just seriously wrong about how they have interpreted something in scripture. False doctrines come from mostly sheep. Those are the most deadly ones as well. When wrong believers think themselves right about a topic. That is the nature of deception; a deceived believer does not know they are deceived; but when a believer thinks they are immune to deception, they are deceived already. Christianity cannot be protected from deception. No religion can.
  7. When I find my mind wondering, I try the following advice: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
  8. When worries or thoughts that are unwelcome intrude, may I suggest you let your mind or voice sing the OLD hymns that speak of God's love and forgiveness, songs like, Old Rugged Cross, Just AsI Am Without One Plea, God Will Take Care of You,...listen to Elvis' version of Who Am I, or Dottie Rambo's I Just Came To Talk To You Lord...there are so many...open a hymn book or go on YouTube to the Gaither's site and engross your mind and heart in their songs. There are other sites but the songs that speak to your heart and mind are what you need to reach out to Gid.
  9. As far as forgiving others, the most difficult for me was in forgiving my ex wife for leaving me for another man. I find it hardest though to forgive myself, for things I have done or said that hurt others.
  10. WillowWood, there is one aspect you may have not thought of. there is much prophecy in the world today. Some of couse is false prophecy. But there are real prophets of God that are prohesying. I read after serveral that I am sure hear from heaven. First, what does God say about this? 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. So read and judge. I have never read any prophet prophesying of a rapture at the end. (Words Received from Our LORD by Susan, May 29, 2013) I am ready to give you Words. The hour is approaching for MY Return. I am near, even at the door. Children, you act as if this event will never happen. You act as if MY Coming is a spoof or a joke. You act as if your GOD does not exist and MY Words are not good. You treat ME as if I am a liar and the signs that I put out are all being ignored. The signs are for your benefit. I gave signs so that you can know to be ready. This is all for your benefit. I know when I am coming. I know the day of MY arrival. I know the day I will be approaching for the church. You, on the other hand, need to watch for the signs. This is MY Gift, MY Warning for all those who watch, to pay attention. This is for those who want to be ready at MY Coming, for those who desire to be ready when I come for the church. I could have come without warning but this is not MY Way. I want the people to know I care enough to give them warning, that I love them enough to give them time to prepare. Without this warning most of you would be lost. As it is, with the warning, most are still not paying attention. The only thing left now is for MY Coming. I can come at any moment but most of you are not watching and you will be left behind or lost in the coming sudden destruction. If you are caught up in “sudden destruction” apart from ME and MY Rapture you will go to hell. If you doubt this, read MY Word. MY Word is clear. If you spend time in MY Word you will see that the signs that I put forth are now happening in the world. I have not misled anyone. It has all been laid out before you. Make your preparations now to be ready for MY Coming. Don’t be deceived by someone who tells you something different. Take time and read MY Word for yourself. Dig deep into MY Word, get to know ME for yourself. Come to ME for a personal relationship. Don’t just take the word of others that I am not coming soon. Learn the Truth for yourself. You will be held accountable when you face ME someday, you alone. Get to know your GOD. Don’t waste another moment. FATHER GOD, (YAHUSHUA’s FATHER) If we are to judge this, maybe the very first thought: NO ONE KNOWS the day nor the hour, not even Jesus. But notice who signed this letter:it is from the Father. He knows. Since Jesus is a very part of Him, when Jesus comes He is coming in Jesus.This is a very pretrib prophecy. (Words Received from Our LORD by Susan, May 31, 2013) Yes, I can give you Words: It is I, your LORD. I am coming. I spoke it and I will fulfill it! It is MY Word—MY Word never fails. The hour is approaching for this fulfillment. You will continue to see events leading up to this event: things spoken of so long ago. These events will intensify as MY Coming is close. Don’t let MY Coming take you by surprise. Let these signs speak to your spirit: wake you up. I do not want you to be paralyzed with fear, but I do want you to have a healthy fear of GOD. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel when I come for MY own. Many will be caught unawares—but not caught up to safety: horror and terror will be their reward for not paying attention and for not watching and seeking ME for MY Salvation and Guidance. This hour approaches and the majority cannot focus on their GOD. The world is just too enticing. Soon the enticement of the world will go flat: the flavor will be a bitter pill to swallow. Seek your GOD. Surrender your all to ME. I am worth knowing. I bled and died for you. I gave you life and your being. Come to know ME today. It is almost time for these events to take place. Hide under MY Wing. Come under MY Blood Covering. There is no other place to retreat… I am the SHELTER in a STORM—I AM Again a very PREtrib prophecy. No word of seeing the man of sin first. "Run from all evil. Run into MY Arms. The world that I created for you is dying and decaying little by little. It is a stench to MY FATHER. HE can hardly tolerate it anymore. HE is ready to take MY bride out and throw a big party for ME in Heaven. You are all invited. Just make sure you get there. You must “RSVP” by submitting your life and everything you love and enjoy and look forward to, to ME. Submit your ALL to ME." Again very pretrib. RAPTURE AND MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB Let US begin. These Words are for whoever will receive them: Today I am going to talk about the coming rapture, the removal of the bride, MY church. This moment arrives quickly. Many children are not ready. They fight ME and cling to the world. They want to walk in the ways of the world. They rush to and fro and pay no heed to the warnings I am giving… Soon the warnings will be done and I must come and the bride will be removed. She will be taken out of the picture. . Her identity is unknown to the world. She is well hidden. I have her cloistered away in safe keeping. MY Light shines through her—the last remaining light on earth. Time is short and soon this light will go out. MY sent ones will leave to their heavenly home safe from the tyranny on earth. This rapture event will be a large event, the removal of MY ready children. No such event will ever be like it in human history. There will never be anything like it before or after. It is the greatest “Exodus” of all time. MY children will depart in a moment and receive new glorified bodies. These bodies will be resilient and eternal. They will follow after the pattern of the glorified body I possess. I am the FIRST FRUIT of many others. These children will experience a life they have never known before, a glorious life, life everlasting. There will be many wonderful things ahead for MY raptured children. Let ME give you a peek: When MY children arrive, they will be greeted by their loved ones: family and friends already in the heavenlies. I will be looking on. This is a moment of great glory. What a gift to be reunited with family long missed… Then MY children will be ushered to the great Marriage Supper of the LAMB. I will preside over this event. The table will be lavishly prepared: every accoutrement will be provided. The details of this event will be astounding. MY children will be seated in front of a place setting with their name lettered in pure gold. Each place setting will have golden utensils embedded with jewels. There will be solid gold plates also studded with jewels. The tablecloth will be of pure silk spun with golden threads. Light will shine through the weave. The cups will be gold with jewels around the rim. Each place setting will have a gift especially for each child. The gift will be a precious reminder of MY Relationship with this child. It will be unique for each child. Each gift will have special meaning to each child of OUR long lasting relationship. There will be many surprises at this Event – MY Marriage Supper. Each child will have an angel who waits on him. The food is prepared in MY Heavenly Kitchens. Nothing will be amiss. All food items will be of heavenly proportions, food from earth that is recognized and food from heaven never seen before. Beauty unspeakable will be this table setting. MY Table will be full of light: candles of light, beautiful Menorahs. MY children will wear robes of light. They will exude light as there will be no shadows....MY children will also be shown their mansions: O’ daughter the beauty, the splendor. Eye has not seen or ear has not heard what waits MY glorious bride who loves ME. Daughter, these mansions will be more delightful than anything earth has to offer. Nothing can compare to the magnificence of what MY bride has in store for her. These homes will suit the taste and interests of each child. No two mansions are alike. Each one is different from the other. Again, very pretrib. From a different message: This world will soon not look the same as MY opponent and evil men take over and the light of MY bride is removed from your presence. She is bright with MY HOLY SPIRIT WHO restrains the evil from reigning in full force. Soon this restraint will be removed and the antichrist will rise up to destroy those who are left behind who turn back to ME for their salvation. HE will not allow anyone who claims ME as their SAVIOR and GOD to run free or to live in peace. All will know the penalty of being loyal to ME. This tyranny is forming now. Don’t be blinded by your lack of knowledge and resistance to Truth – MY Truth. Come to your senses. READ MY WORD. Awaken to the understanding of the hour you live in and make things right with your GOD. SURRENDER to ME in a COMPLETE and FULL SURRENDER. REPENT to MY Holiness. FORGIVE those around you leaving no stone unturned. Come to ME and RECEIVE A FULL OIL LAMP. Part of one prophecy: I do not take lightly to those who reject ME. The outcome will be very bad for those who choose against ME for the wooden idols and love of mammon. These will be left behind to face the worst. Very soon this will play out. Those who will be left behind will become sober quickly after they learn the error of their ways and the tyranny they are about to face. They will have missed their escape and salvation from tribulation and their losses will be great.... The world will soon never be the same again. It is about to face horror and destruction: the like has never been seen before. It will only be MY Grace and Mercy that will finally put an end to it all and only by MY Power will the evil be stopped. Men cannot stop what is coming and they will not be able to keep it at bay. Fear and destruction and terror will reign supreme over the earth during the greatest tribulation man has ever seen. Come out with ME when I call up MY few, MY bride, MY select. Only a few are going—very few. These ones know ME in the secret place where very few are willing to tread. Only a few want to make time to really know their GOD. This is what I require: intimacy. MY Word is very clear about this matter. Come now and get to know ME in the intimate place. There is no replacement for this closeness. The world cannot compare to eternity spent with GOD. Children, your time is running out. MY enemy is getting closer and closer to his goal of tyranny over the people. You see, still very very PRETRIB. From another letter: Today children, I want to address you with new Words, Words that will make you sit up and listen: I am coming to retrieve only those who are in MY Will: MY Perfect Will. All others will be left back to face the worst atrocities and events. This world will soon fall into evil hands and be consumed by evil after MY true bride, the church is removed and taken to her new home prepared for her safekeeping and delight. You are in danger of expiring apart from GOD for all eternity. Awaken and see what is about to happen to you. I cannot take you with ME if you remain stiff-necked, stubborn, and rebellious to MY Perfect Ways. Only ONE NARROW ROAD leads to Truth, MY Salvation, MY Perfect Will. Come ask ME for directions down the NARROW ROAD and I will lead you—only I can do this. I AM THE NARROW ROAD! This is just a sample from http://end-times-prophecy.com/blog/?p=3459 It is 100% PRETRIB, simply because GOD is PRETRIB. Lamad Too subjective to be truth. Plus the first one looks like outright contrivance to me. And none can be confirmed in the presence of other prophets as the scripture says. Perhaps, but if you browse the internet, you can find many other prophets. I have never heard a true prophet of God that prophesied of a post trib rapture. I have certainly heard or read from many different prophets. There may be a prophet that has prophesied of a post trib rapture - but I have never heard or read. Of course as a good student of the bible, when I hear a prophecy I must compare it with the written word of God. I believe the rapture as written by Paul is the trigger for the start of the Day of the Lord (1 Thes. 5) and John shows us the start of the Day of the Lord comes in Rev. 6 at the 6th seal, LONG before the 7th vial ends the week. It is in black and white written down, and hard to deny. And it certainly is in agreement with what else Paul wrote, that God has made no appointment with us for His wrath. No appointment means we won't be there. Yes, it's true the scripture says we are not appointed to wrath, a fact that makes me very happy as the wrath of God is a terrible and fearful thing. But the scripture also says we will suffer persecution at the hand of men for the testimony we hold of Jesus Christ. That's what has always happened. The apostles were persecuted yet never suffered the wrath of God. Two major examples in the scriptures show that Noah and Lot were taken to safety before the wrath of God fell on the evil ones, and they were taken out on the SAME DAY the wrath of God began. Since we know the wrath of God comes after the tribulation of those days it's clear we will go through the period known as 'great tribulation, such as was not, nor ever shall be." Now you mentioned the 6th seal. This seal opens near the end of the 70th week. The 6th seal has the same signs as the passage in Matthew 24, i.e., Matt 24:29 “Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken." Rev 6:12-14 12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. The above describes the Day of the Lord and it is at this point when the believers are gathered. Matt 24:30 describes this event. Nowhere before the events of Matt 24:29-30 is the gathering of the believers described. Therefore the 'rapture' occurs after the "distress of those days" and in conjunction with the sign of the coming of the Son of Man when all the people of the earth mourn and the angels are sent by Jesus to gather the elect. So in contemporary vernacular, post-trib or pre-wrath is the timing for the 'rapture'.
  11. I do not think you should feel insulted, as I do not think you would dress like that, The point was though, that you may not realize that you ARE naked in public, in the eyes of conservative Muslims, and I am implying that by wanting to dress as you want in their place of business, is equivalent to thinking that a Hobby Lobby employee, should be allowed to work naked if that is the that workers world view. (you might want to look up on youtube " My Hometown Fanatics: Stacey Dooley Investigates (Muslim Extremists - EDL - Luton) and go to the 8:32 point in the video. I think that wearing a scarf, does not mean you are a Muslim, I do not remember any law or custom which says "Only Muslims wear scarves". So, if it is cold outside and a woman wears a scarf, she is indicating she is a Muslim? All these imaginary people are asking their fictional employees I think, is: "Please respect our values and sensitivities enough, to dress modestly while you are representing our business". I think that is a reasonable request. . . . and yes, I ate and enjoyed my waffles!
  12. Um . . . probably my first wife leaving me for another man and her adulteries? Not sure, maybe I am forgetting something . . .I've been beaten up and left unconscious, 3 times, having done nothing at all to provoke an attack. Seems hard to believe, must be I used to wear a "hurt me" sign. Once I became proficient in martial arts, this stopped happening, probably carried myself with more confidence. . . . maybe there is something worse but those are the only things that come readily to mind where someone has wronged me in any significant way. Let's see, I have been swindled out of significant money a few time, about $10,000 on one occasion. However, I don't recall those being difficult to forgive, stuff happens in life, you just shrug it off and move on, and I was not even a believer any of those times. Hopefully, as a believer, should someone wrong me again, it will also be easy to forgive. Perhaps, not even waiting until after ones ordeal, Jesus forgave WHILE He was on the cross, that is our model I think, that is who we imitate, after all, He has forgiven us, it is proper to forgive others. Many passages of scripture appear to link our forgiveness, with out willingness to forgive, there is a sort of tension between that, and the idea that we have been forgiven, by Christ's action, His sacrifice on our behalf. I think the answer to this tension, lies in the fact not that we forgive, in order to be forgiven, but because we are forgiven, God has given us a heart of flesh so believers DO forgive. It is like the works things, we do not work to earn forgiveness, those who are His, produce works, that is in our new nature. Addendum: Oh, I just reread the O.P., and it was asked: "Do you struggle to forgive?" I guess I would have to answer: "No!"
  13. Yes i do. But most often, i struggle at forgetting rather than forgiving. I could easily forgive someone from afar but forgetting is hard. From afar meaning, if someone actually comes to me and asks for forgiveness, i would easily forgive and forget as the person has come clean about it. However, i probably cant forget people who have hurt me but never resolve the matter to me. As time goes by, i probably will forgive, but i don't think i can forget. The pain n hurt will still be there. Of course, it depends entirely on the circumstances as well.
  14. Wear a head covering that is a star of david or menorah or cross, or has bible verses on it etc?
  15. I like this answer, because it summarizes what most of you have said, and of course we know the scriptures say to have time and energy for the well being of others, and not just for our own interests. The "how to be humble - Biblically" was mentioned in post #11 "by the mercies of God...that we present ourselves ... a living sacrifice." This "living sacrifice" allows God to witness through us without us necessarily being aware of it. We live by faith in how He accomplishes it, knowing only, that He has mercy on us as sinners. The conditions of God's mercy are to come to Him with our pride and accept mercy for our sin. But if we tell ourselves that we are humble, or wait to be humble, or try to be humble, we will never be able to present ourselves in service for God. Why? because it can only be by the mercies of God. So if the condition to receive mercy is to receive the free Gift in Christ that covers every conundrum of sin and pride, then in this manner, we have presented ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him. But what about the verses which say - humble yourselves? How do we humble ourselves? By communicating to God as we are, - in our full unlikeness of Him, and receiving His acceptance. What a liberating God we have.
  16. I know oak ,its heartbreaking yet awe inspiring at the same time. God bless this beautiful , Godly man and his equally amazing family.
  17. Who can imagine what Pastor Saeed is going through? This man has dedicated himself to Jesus Christ, yet he is being tormented through the actions of evil men. Imprisoned and separated from his loved ones, yet he never gives up his faith. It must be terrible where he is right now. Can you imagine his prison cell? It must be awful. I doubt if it is comfortable or hygienic. People like this man are what the Book of Job was all about. What terrible timing and what a misfortune of place and circumstances. This man is living during the bad side of history. There are no Western governments to intervene and rescue him because he is unfortunate enough to live during an era of cowardice and apostasy. I can't see Obama doing anything to help him. Can we hold ourselves as high as Pastor Saeed? I'm not sure I'd be fit to even walk in his footsteps. We must pray for his release. If there is no human intervention I can only hope for a mysterious prison escape similar to what we read in the Book of Acts. Whatever happens to him, I'm sure that the blessings and the rewards that await him in heaven will be tenfold.
  18. Happy sabboth to you as well. While I choose to worship every day, I applaud you for worshipping the Holy One of Israel, Whose Name is great in all the earth. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Blessed be His Name. Willa
  19. Many of the false gods are actually demons. The Buddists admit that the idol with all the arms that is worshipped in south east asia is actually a demon, and many others also are. Many religions like Hindu and Buddism have hundreds of gods. Some people worship satan. Confucious, Zen and Hindu religions are ethical religions of enlightenment, trying to empty the mind through meditation till they have peace. Some advocate spontenaity or martial arts. There is much diversity in them. Muslims hope to go to paradice which is the garden of Eden. There men are given 72 virgins if they are martyred. Women get only one guy. They believe that very few will be worthy of heaven, even if they repent 70 times a day. The only guarantee is martyrdom. The muslim god is bloodthirsty, demanding that all be killed that don't convert to muslim faith. The Koran says that the Trinity is an evil doctrine, Claiming that we believe the Son and the Holy Spirit are parters of Allah, and Allah taunts us for this belief in the Koran. So Muslims do not believe that they worship the same god as we do. We don't think so either. These religions are so opposite of the God that we worship. Our God is love, righteousness, holiness, goodness, justice, Almighty God, all knowing, all seeing, all powerful, present everywhere, the God Who provides, the God Who heals, the Most High God, the I AM (eternal), the Everlasting Father, the God of Israel, the God of my Salvation, the Living God, the God of My Praise.. Jesus is Savior, God With Us, the Prince of Peace, the Good Shepherd,, the I Am, Jehovah.. The Spirit is the Comfortor, the Advocate, closer than a brother. They are ONE GOD. He came to us to offer salvation through the blood of Jesus the Messiah. These names of our God do not discribe the gods other religions worship.
  20. Praying, OldSchool. God Bless you. Your brother in Christ, KPaulG.
  21. There is only one God. Isaiah 45:5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me.... Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Through religion and wisdom man did not know God. 1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. Jesus was the revealing of who God really is. He took the judgement of the world upon Himself that we may truly know God, not just in belief but have a real relationship with Him. Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. John 12: 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
  22. Only the one true God. just saying.
  23. Hi bopeep1909, An extremely good question in today`s troubling times. Others have given very good answers to which I agree. Just my thoughts - to grow to maturity in Christ is a long process of putting what we read in God`s word into practice in everyday life. Thus concerning `not to worry,` pops up all along the journey as different trials come up. God knows where we are in `His Holy Spirit school` as it were, & will not let the enemy or circumstances overwhelm us. Personally in my life over many years it has been a letting go of expectations, not holding on to my dearest things, stressing about this & that. And well really, life has gone on & now I am not so `intense,` my friends would say. There are different areas in our lives that the Lord brings to our attention & bit by bit we learn to give these over to Him, trust Him (as the others have said). Be kind to yourself & not stress, we can`t hold it all together & know that it is a journey. This I would say to us all as we let go of worrying & keep looking to Him who holds all in His hands. Marilyn.
  24. Yes,exactly faith is the remedy for worry.But we all have our weaknesses that the Lord knows we have.
  25. Good But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 News 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. John 3:16 ~ ~ So So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 Jesus and Thomas Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29 (ESV) And The Purpose of This Book Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 (ESV)
  26. Yes I would be more upset that they are visiting a mosque. Would they also visit a church? As for the dress code, its not a big deal to conform to the dress code of a place you are visiting. Mike and I went to a local greek orthodox monastery known for its landscape gardens. (Its how the brothers support themselves, by designing gardens for people.) They gave me a long skirt and scarf to wear. Then offered us delicious cookies and a cool drink before we wandered around. I had no problems with putting on the clothes.
  27. I believe because too many times I put my faith in the things of this world and not once have I ever received any answers or any comfort when I was sad. Then there came a period in my life where I wanted to end it. God showed himself to me that day and since then I've never turned back. He told me (not audibly) that I need to seek him for answers and for comfort, because the world will only make me more miserable. And he was right. When the world doesn't make sense, God does. Without God, I would be so lost. Nothing would make any sense. That's my short answer.
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