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  1. Hello my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I thought I write about the flip side of a topic, and how to recognize the attempts of the enemy to destroy lives and how you can walk in His victory! For the Apostle Paul taught us not to be ignorant of enemy's tactics and strategies. 2 Corinthians 2:112 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. So often, we can learn lessons by learning and playing "devil's" advocate. When we read this passage, Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strongman; and then he will spoil his house. Here we learn a lesson that in order to plunder one's house you must first BIND up the strongman. While we realize in this particular passage this is referring to God binding up the strongman (Satan) and this is how Satan's house is plundered. But if you carefully analyze the enemy -- you realize that he uses the same tactics on us! Your house cannot be plundered -- unless you are first bound. And then Satan can plunder your house! Let's take a marriage situation. A husband and wife are newly married and they are just getting by. The wife hasn't had a new dress in some time, and while she's out and about -- she stumbles across a dress that is 75% off and a steal! She's in need of some new clothing and thinks to herself -- I should get this while it's soo cheap! Meanwhile, her husband is looking over a mountain of bills and thinking to himself, the only way to get out of this mess is to work "overtime" and starts to figure out how much he needs to work to cover all their bills. When the wife comes home, she's looking fine in her dress and the first thought of her husband -- planted by the enemy -- can you believe that your wife spent money on a dress? Of course, this feeds into his mind and reacts to the thought -- and gets angry at his wife and demands that she take the dress back. So he's ignoring the fact how good she looks in the dress, and ignores how cheap it was -- and allows a foothold to be set! The wife can't believe it -- and let's the emotion burn in her while biting her tongue. A few weeks goes by, and the husband is out and about and sees a fishing rod on sale -- and buys it! The wife sees the new fishing rod -- the enemy then brings back that emotion of what happened a few weeks prior about the dress -- and suddenly she explodes! And now you have the beginnings of how the enemy has taken footholds and then created strongholds -- and for the ultimate purpose of dividing a marriage! Now let's look at Luke and see what lessons we can learn from it. Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: Luk 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. Luk 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. If you notice this, the strong man who's armed -- ready for battle -- ready to face whatever comes his way -- he's living in PEACE! If we recognize the first steps of the enemy's work in our lives -- knowing he's trying to create footholds -- you'll begin to understand why? He can't rob, kill and destroy you -- unless you are FIRST bound up! So we need to be armed with the Word, armed with the knowledge of the enemy's tactics, and be ready to defend what is rightfully ours! We need to take authority over the powers of darkness because that authority was given to us at the cross! Luk 10:18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Luk 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luk 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." So we fight the good fight of faith, standing in His victory and be ready to pounce on every thought that is not of God -- that is being used to BIND US up! Be prepared to battle today -- put on the full armor of God -- and be ready to pounce on every thought that would seek to create a foothold in your life! When you do this, truly you will become a strong man who's possessions are at perfect peace! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  2. Shalom everyone, I just wanted you all to know that it's been an extremely busy month for me in Israel. We had a conference in Jerusalem during the week of Pentecost. In the past month, we had a member of the congregation that suffered a stroke. Also, one of the anchors of the movement in Israel just passed away, which has taken my time away from the ministry. There is way too much going on in the land ... with the threat of a war with Iran, and trying my best to pastor and do the things I normally do. When I come to Worthy and find 20+ reported threads ... that's TIME in my daily routine that I really need these days. I posted this in another thread that I had to spend a good 30 minutes cleaning up. Do yourself a favor ... if you can't discuss something in love ... then simply don't let a forum board steal your joy! Seriously! I want you to think about this ... God created a HOLY people. What is Kadosh in Hebrew -- which is translated HOLY? It means SEPARATED for Himself! What SEPARATES us from the world? In the Old Testament -- it was keep SHABBAT (Sabbath) and following God's instructions! What is God doing now? Creating for himself a HOLY NATION through YOU! 1 Peter_2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. What makes US separated from the World? Is it the commandments? Well, it's DEEPER THAN THAT! Rom 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Rom 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom 13:11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Rom 13:12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. You can become so legalistic -- that you believe you're HOLY -- but in essence have no love -- you're missing the POINT! The thing that makes us SEPARATED from the world -- is OUR LOVE for ONE ANOTHER! And how we love our ENEMIES! The reality is simply this -- LEARN TO LOVE -- and the first step is learning how to discuss things with one another in LOVE! This is OBJECT of the lesson. If you can't discuss in love with those you disagree with ... you'll find yourself on Mod Review. I don't BAN anyone ... and I don't shut down discussions without a good reason. So please ... take the lesson to heart ... be a HOLY people and learn what should truly separate us from the world! Joh 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. Joh 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, Joh 17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. God bless, George
  3. A Message to my Worthy Family This is my virtual greeting card to you. I wrote this poem for all of you. It comes with a prayer that your gatherings with family and friends tomorrow will be blessed. May we celebrate the Lord's triumph in His resurrection. And sing along with the old hymn " Christ the Lord is risen today. Hallelujah!" Celebrate The Wondrous Day by turtletwo This greeting comes to bring good cheer As 'Resurrection Day' draws near Christ rose and though He went away He will return for us one day Take heart in what He's promised you And thank Him for what He went through He bled and suffered on a tree He died in place of you and me So celebrate this wondrous day The heavy stone was rolled away He conquered death and offers men The freedom to be born again
  4. A sister of mine (a new member, too) was hurt recently by what she considered an insulting remark. I'm not sure of the specifics but it inspired me to write this thread. My purpose is to address the subject in general. I am not pointing fingers or naming names. I only know that Nedrah's thread put it on my heart to speak on this topic. There is room for improvement in each one of us for a little more sensitivity and a LOT more kindness. Speaking (posting) hastily can have harmful consequences. James 1:19 says,"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." Sadly, much of the time 'Quick Draw McGraw' tongue stuff is swept under the rug (made light of and justified by those doing it)... But scripture tells us we will give an account for every word spoken. Jesus says "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Let's be honest before our so- called 'helpful' advice and 'words of wisdom' come spewing forth. When posting in the heat of emotion...stop and really think it through first. Ask yourself do YOU want to be treated in the same careless manner you are behaving/speaking towards others. Pray to the Lord for clear cut guidance before pushing that 'submit reply' button. James 3 shows us the dangers of an unruly tongue (not yielded to Christ's Lordship.) Too many are freely posting reprimands and unnecessary mini- sermons. Let's keep it real and examine ourselves with this. Criticism can come in the guise of 'helping' when it is nothing more than 'making points' and wanting to prove we are right. Then it is often defended as being 'exhortation.' But God who is omniscient looks upon the heart. He knows the TRUE motives for doing it. Sadly, it can be fleshly...giving a 'rush' or a 'power trip' to the one thoughtlessly speaking/posting. Extreme indulgences in this will amount to a form of cyber-bullying. This ought not to be...especially among Christians. The world is watching as to how we represent the Christ we say we love. Thanks for reading this. It is a subject that is close to my heart. With that said, here's my group hug for my much loved Worthy family.
  5. Honestly if people seriously looked at what God hates maybe they wouldn't seek cause division. Pro 6:16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: Pro 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, Pro 6:19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Just so you know what God truly hates.
  6. Hello my brothers and sisters in the Lord, Most people don't realize the radical experiment we are doing here! I want you to imagine yourself -- hundreds of years ago -- when all the different denominations were starting! While everyone was insisting their beliefs were the "only" correct way to worship God -- they were creating more and more splits and divisions! What we are trying to do at Worthy Boards is unheard of when you think about it! We are trying to unify the body -- while at the same time protect those fundamental truths that we can all agree with -- the need for salvation through Jesus -- the source of truth for living the Christian life found within the Bible. Read our Statement of faith! This experiment hasn't happened before when you really consider it! Of course, there's the ecumenical movement -- unity for the sake of doctrinal compromises! I'm sorry, but the fundamental doctrines of the faith can't be compromised. So often though when you have so many different denominations, you have many different avenues of thought that have never been explored by other denominations. Just because a teaching is "different" than one you are used to hearing, doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong -- it may be just different! But differences of opinion is actually a good thing whether you realize it or not! For God didn't create us to be the SAME body part -- but created us all different so that we could join together to form the body of Christ to complement each other! Oftentimes I learn by realizing other avenues of thinking presented by various believers. By allowing various avenues of thoughts we expand our horizons and allow the Spirit of God to realign our thoughts with the mind of Christ and continue our growth in the maturity of the Lord. So before you run out and cry "heretic" or "false teacher", be sure to carefully listen, and observe what someone is saying. I honestly believe that things "heard through the grapevine" have a way of being twisted -- but if you go to the source then you can carefully examine the fruit -- test the fruit -- and then make a judgment -- often times you may find that the red grape you were expecting to find was just a white grape -- it was just a different color, but when you examined the fruit -- you find out its still good fruit! We need to recognize that every word spoken, we will be judged for. And everyone that is hindered from hearing the gospel because someone feels the need to scream - heretic, false prophet, or demeaning someone in some fashion -- let's just say I wouldn't want to be that person sitting before the Lord at the Bema Seat! This is a problem that I do have and I want to voice my concerns now and I hope you carefully heed these words. When someone comes into the boards, who is not necessarily a Christian -- the first thing you should do is NOT castigate them. The first thing you should do before you even post -- what would Jesus do? Did Jesus say -- get away from me you prostitute? or get away from me you heathen? or say give me the first stone because I am without sin? Jesus didn't go closing doors, He went forth OPENING the DOOR so ALL could enter in! This was the Lord's prayer to the Father before He was crucified! That we may all be ONE! My wife and I don't agree on everything -- but when we disagree -- we agree to disagree! Sometimes it's best to say -- I agree to disagree! Love breaks down walls of division and covers a multitude of sins! So may the Love of God be abundant in your hearts so that the world can be radically changed through you! May the love of God be shown in all of your posts! Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  7. What is a verse that you love, and why do you treasure it? Ephesians 1:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved. This is an exciting verse because, to me, it teaches that if the Creator of heaven and earth created me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless, and if He predestined me to be adopted as one of His sons (daughters), then He will surely work in me that I may believe. This verse makes me realize that Faith is truly a gift from God. He gives it freely to those He chose before the creation of the world.
  8. Please pray that my husband does not endanger himself.
  9. Take this parable to heart. Let's say I'm throwing a big party and am inviting the world to the party (the forums) and I want everyone to have a great time, eating (reading through posts being fed), drinking (being encouraged to walk in His Word), and having fellowship with one another. In Israel, we have Shabbat meals -- and whenever you have 2 Jews -- you have 3 opinions -- it's GREAT to be opinionated. I encourage discussions ... but during our Shabbat meals ... we never ever get to the point in disagreements whereby food is being tossed and seriously yelling takes place! And if someone comes into the meal ... and starts throwing food ... and yells at everyone -- what do you suppose the head of the Shabbat meal will do? He'll escort those causing problems out of the house! Why? Because the whole reason for the gathering was to learn from one another ... to have a great time of fellowship! Some people like to constantly throw food and yell ... they won't last on Worthy ... because they missed the point of the party ... it's a prequel to the true party -- the Lamb's Supper! All I'm trying to provide is a place to allow true fellowship ... and discussions in love ... in the hopes it will be a catalyst for true REVIVAL based on REPENTANCE!
  10. The reality is ... that Jesus is within all of us as believers ... so he's already part of Worthy ... whether you realize it or not. The real problem is when our flesh and soulish desires hinder what the Spirit is truly doing!
  11. Greetings all, For all new members - When you first join and are still a "newbie" all of your posts will require moderator approval. After making a few posts in our welcome forums you will be given the ability to freely post in areas of the forum without restrictions (Controversial Issues requires 100 posts to participate, but not to read, and there are some password protected forums based on age and gender). It could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours for us to approve your content and take you off newbie status, no more than a day at most. This is a measure that we are having to implement because of spammers, basically. We will work hard to get your posts approved and get you off of review as rapidly as is possible. If, for whatever reason, you have posted and more than a day has passed without approval, please feel free to email us at worthyboards@gmail.com or by simply clicking "contact us" at the bottom of this page. You can also contact anyone in the groups Servant or Watchman if you have any questions regarding this or anything else. God bless, Steve_S
  12. Good evening everyone, We all go through difficult times, when we have to wait it out, pray, and trust the Lord that He will see us through. And He will. He has never, ever failed us, and has never, ever let us down, and He never will. Here's an article I read that is very encouraging for those difficult times in this life. When We Lose Heart By Susie Larson www.crosswalk.com “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 When John the Baptist sat in prison, most likely knowing that his execution was eminent, he battled a dark season of discouragement and doubt. According to Jesus, John was one of the greatest men who ever lived, and yet his heart and soul were weary and in need assurance that Jesus was who He said He was. John sent word to Jesus’s disciples asking if He indeed was the Messiah or if they should keep looking for someone else. Jesus answered this way: “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” Luke 7:22-23 When, like John, we are going through a painful season of waiting for God’s provision or deliverance, it’s common for us to be so focused on the angst in our heart and on the unmet desires in our lives that we forget that God has never failed us in the past. And that He has always come through at just the right time. If you find yourself weary in the wait, step away from your current situation and recount again some of the ways that God has come through for you. Declare right now that, though you can’t see it, God is at work in your midst. He moves when you pray and He absolutely cherishes your faith. Believe it. Embrace it. Because it’s true. And if you’re tempted to blame God for your current hardship, I encourage you to consider this a dead-end attitude, one that will derail your faith and perspective. Why blame the very One who can do something about your circumstances? Nobody loves you like God. Nobody keeps promises like God does. And nobody has the wisdom to intervene at just the right time like God does, and God will. Jesus says that we’re blessed when we resist the impulse to blame Him or be offended by what He allows us to endure. As a matter of fact, we should look to Jesus as our example. He suffered torture, persecution, and rejection, yet Jesus never got offended with His Father. How’s that possible? It’s possible when you believe that the heart of your Father is always good, and that anything He allows you to endure will serve you and glorify Him in the end. Trust your good God’s promises and His process. He knows what He’s doing with your life.
  13. This poem is a tribute to my beloved mother who died on February 27th. My Mother's Legacy First mother's Day without my mom Is rather sad and hard This year I can not call her up Or even send a card There's so much love inside of me I feel I must address it And so for me to write a poem Is one way to express it My mother was the kindest soul She loved to give and share So sensitive to everyone And always there with prayer She shone so bright for Jesus In the things she'd do and say Reflecting Him to others In a clear and gentle way Whenever I was sick or down Or simply felt alone She always had the words I'd need And such a tender tone Her faith was so enduring It would rise above my fear Her voice, her laugh, her wisdom Are the memories I hold dear Her heart for Christ, her love for me and all our family... These things I'll always treasure They're my mother's legacy
  14. Mom entered eternity yesterday, Feb 27th. I will miss her dearly but I take comfort in knowing she is with Jesus. My deepest thanks to all who prayed for her in her long and challenging journey that began on March 9th, 2018. God came through for her time and again. She wasn't expected to make it to April. It is amazing that she survived nearly a year from when her anoxic brain injury began! The Lord was glorified in the many ways she 'beat the odds.' Each hurdle she overcame was another opportunity to praise the Lord for His goodness and healing. As much as I will be lonely for her I would never wish her back to this world of suffering. She is now at rest and I rejoice in knowing that.
  15. there has been a group of people in my life who started a smear campaign against me that has gotten out of hand i am feeling its impact everyday, and it is wearing me down. please pray for me thank you
  16. Turtletwo asked me to post some of my poetry. I also have written some spiritual thoughts and devotionals, so thought I would post some of those, too. I have more of those than of poems. All Things to God, by Debp I cannot be all things to people, I must be all things to God... And God all things to me. Only then can I be What God would have me to be... To others and myself.
  17. Sometimes I think we Christians are too harsh on our fellow Christians. We are ready to pounce on one another for not coming to the same agreement about scripture. Or for using a different Bible translation. We are too ready to accuse our fellow brothers and sisters of being less Holy then us because they attend a church that dose things a little different then our church dose. We are all learning as we go on this walk with Christ. Some of us learn faster then others. Some of us need to grow more to get to be where Christ wants us to be. For some, God maybe leading them to a path that will take them to the work that He has set for them to do. Anyway, I think we need to be kinder to each other and not so quick to pounce on judgment of one another. Well anyway, that is what I think.
  18. Blessings Brothers & Sisters(& friends) Our Beloved Abby_Joy needs us to join her in fervent prayer......her precious 15yr old son suddenly had a severe migraine,he does not get headaches so Abby quickly got him to a doctor and the doctor sent him to the ER for cat scan/MRI They discovered a tumor in front of his brain and he was rushed to a childrens hospital .....since they just got him there that is all the information there is at this time ,as I know more I will keep everyone updated Pray with us for this boy's body to be healed......Lord God,Loving Father,we bind that tumor spirit in Jesus Name & cast it out-loosing our Most Holy Spirit in it's place With Your Mighty Healing Hand Touch him that he be free from any disorder,sickness or disease -to bring you glory ,Oh Lord as Your Living testimony We will hear no evil report and our Faith in You,Your Truth,Your Promises We ARE Healed by Your Stripe,no weapon formed against is shall prosper To God be the Honor,the Praise & the Glory in ALL things.....Thank You Jesus ,we Love You-in YOU we Trust,we BELIEVE......Hosannah in the Highest!
  19. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have 3 children. His walk with the Lord has waivered throughout the years. He has a drinking problem as well. I believe he trys to be a good father my his worldly desires often leave me and our kids left wanting more from him. I think he has always struggled with self esteem and seeks attention from others. We've delt with infidelity in the past and from time to time he will make inappropriate advances with other women. I rely on the Lord for my strength and know God has called me to be stable for my children. I am asking for prayer for my husband today that he will find the Lord again and leave his worldly desires behind him. I am committed to staying married as I feel God is calling me to stay. I also feel God is calling me to quietly witness to my husband and pray for him. I have seen the power of prayer and know the Lore answers prayer! I'm posting my prayer request here as I know many Christians visit this forum and pray daily for one another. I'm hoping that the Lord will hear my prayers and see two or more gathered online rallying to pray for my dear husband. Thanks in advance to all who pray. I appreciate it! Lord, I come to you again first praising you for your goodness and grace. Thank you for sending Your son to die for me and my sins. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Help me to continue to focus on loving my husband with I Corinthians 13 love. I pray Lord that You open his eyes to hear Your Word and Your Voice. Please soften his heart and allow him to accept Your will and desire it for his life. I ask Lord that You heal and comfort his heart. Help him to walk away from alcohol and smoking. Help him to overcome his worldly desires. Please meet him where he is. I ask that you speak to him in anyway that will reach him. Please break through to him. I know you are calling me to me a missionary in my own home. Help me to diligently pursue You each day. Holy Spirit please give me Your gifts of wisdom, understanding, and faith. Help me to consistently connect with You everyday Lord. Please protect my children as You have each day. Watch over them and help them to know You and grow in their faith. I pray that you guide me as I guide them. I ask that you touch my husband and allow him to see how his actions hurt us. Help him to want Your will. I pray that he becomes the spiritual leader in our home. Burn wildly in his heart. I pray my husband becomes a passionate Christ follower. Guide him today. Holy Spirit fill him with your presence so he can follow you. Change his desires so they align with Your will Jesus. Thank you again Lord for your comfort, peace, and patience with me. Thank you for your forgiveness. I am broken and weak by myself but am strong and confident in You! You are my Wonderful Counselor, my Father, my hope, my peace, my joy, my Savior, and my God. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to remember this world is temporary and that my goal is to further Your kingdom here on Earth. You are good Lord and I love you. Hear my prayers Jesus as I lift them up to you today. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
  20. Years ago atheists had access here and they were counter witnessing to immature Christians, basically corrupting their faith. This site is also accountable for encouraging Christians to grow in faith and not be harmed by atheists who are intent on causing harm. In my opinion, it is good for there to be a place for Christians to fellowship without unbelievers and for there to be a place for atheists to be witnessed to by well grounded Christians.
  21. God is good... All the time! He is worthy of our praise. He is pleased when we have an attitude of gratitude. "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Scripture proclaims that "The joy of the Lord is our strength." Today is a new day...let it be a fresh beginning to walk in His joy.
  22. US Navy Vietnam Era veteran, I'm semi retired from state & federal govt, corporate, and private consultant forestry, the last part as Park Ranger-natural interpretation, and private landscape design. All along I had opportunity to witness Christ to thousands of inquirers without violating law. At age 74 I am blessed with occasional advisory contracts and more time to engage the world in online evangelism. Married to the wife of my youth since 1967, have two adult daughters and two teen grand-daughters. Since 1976 have been born again, teaching Bible classes and substitute preaching/counseling, involved in men's ministries like Teen Challenge and others about the last 25 years, as well as homeless veterans. Thanks be to my Lord and savior Jesus the Christ of God, who marked me with His Spirit and has kept me to His purposes.
  23. We are told in the Bible to love one another as Jesus loves us...and we are told to judge with a righteous judgement... I see people doing the judgement part ok but it's the love part that I don't really see much...we get so self righteous about judging that we get lost in it and forgot to love as Jesus does...people are quick to judge but not to love...isn't that sad and hard to take...Do you think if we loved as Jesus did we would be different people and many souls would be coming to Christ through us? What is love? Love is...Jesus hanging on a tree saying "Father forgive them they know not what they do" 🙌💖
  24. Fruits of the Spirit are something that we cannot manufacture or produce on our own. These qualities are the result of being born again. We might have some to a lesser or greater degree...but if we have been born again, the fruits will be there. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
  25. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  26. We are to love the Lord with all our heart mind soul and strength. If we do that, then it doesnt matter if we are osas or osnas, we will do the right thing and live a life pleasing to the Lord.
  27. Some say that God gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason. So that we could do more listening and less spouting off at the mouth We should always pray before we speak, asking the following: "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20) Any input including scriptures about this are welcome.
  28. Muhammad or Jesus: The Prophet Like Unto Moses by John McTernan "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." — Deuteronomy 18:15 For Islam to be a religion, Muhammad must be a prophet of God. The message of Muhammad as recorded in the Koran is the foundation of Islam. This is seen in the confession to be a Muslim. This is called the Sha-hadatain. The second part of the Shahadatain follows: "... that Muhammad is His messenger to all human beings till the Day of Judgment." By Messenger, the Koran means prophet. According to Islam, he is the final prophet or seal of the prophets: "Muhammad... [he is] the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things" (Sura 33:40). Islam teaches not only is Muhammad the seal of the prophets but he is the greatest of the prophets. He is equal to or greater than Moses. Islam believes that Muhammad is the special prophet the Bible mentions will be like Moses. This verse from the Bible follows: "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him" (Deut. 18:18). The Koran states that Muhammad is the Prophet who will be like unto Moses. Muhammad came with the final message which everyone has to obey: "Say: I am not the first of the apostles, and I do not know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am nothing but a plain warner. Say: Have you considered if it is from Allah, and you disbelieve in it, and a witness from among the children of Israel has borne witness of one like him, so he believed, while you are big with pride; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people" (Sura 46:9-10). What It Means To Be Prophet Like Unto Moses There are five outstanding characteristics that have to be met. The Bible teaches that Moses is different than all the other Old Testament prophets. To be the prophet like Moses of Deuteronomy 18, these five characteristics have to be met. These requirements follow: 1. God spoke directly to Moses. All other prophets received their revelation by visions or dreams. Moses' revelation was directly from the mouth of God. "And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Num. 12:6-8). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God. He saw the similitude or form of the LORD. Moses glowed from being in direct presence of God's glory. "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him" (Exod. 34:29-30). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The other prophets built upon this covenant, but no other Old Testament prophet brought in a different covenant. "And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness" (Exod. 24:8-10). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. God used Moses to split the Red Sea. " And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left" (Exod. 14:21-22). 5. Moses prophesied of the future. Moses gave entire chapters of prophecy. His prophecy centered on the people and nation of Israel. "Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD" (Lev. 26:42,44-45). 6. The prophet has to be a Jew. The Prophet like Moses will have to come from one of the tribes of Israel. The context of Deutromony 18 makes it clear that the brethren means someone from one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Deuteronomy 18:1,2,7,15 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel... 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD. 15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; The Test of Muhammad as the Prophet Like unto Moses Using the five criteria of Moses being a special prophet, let's test the Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the special prophet like Moses which the Koran claims. 1. God spoke directly with Moses. Muhammad fails because the Koran shows he received his message from an angel. "Then I swear by the angels who bring down the revelation" (Sura 77:5). "Say: Whoever is the enemy of Jibreel— for surely he revealed it to your heart by Allah's command, verifying that which is before it and guidance and good news for the believers" (Sura 2:97). 2. The Koran never reported that Muhammad was literally in the direct presence of God. 3. Muhammad never brought in a blood covenant with God, but his message went directly against the revealed word of God. Muhammad denied the basis for the New Testament covenant which is the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross. "And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa (Jesus) son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so" (Sura 4:157). 4. The Koran reports no signs and wonders of Muhammad. 5. Muhammad made no prophecies in the Koran. The Muslims call Sura 30 the Great Prophecy: This Sura is often used as proof Muhammad was a prophet. "The Romans are vanquished, In a near land, and they, after being vanquished, shall overcome, Within a few years. Allah's is the command before and after; and on that day the believers shall rejoice" (Sura 30:2-4). Sura 30 is not a valid prophecy: The Romans, who were the Byzantines, were always at war. A near land is not identified. The location to judge the near land is not identified in the Koran. Is it Jerusalem, Mecca, or Medina etc.? What is a few years? No date is give for this prophecy so within a few years can be identified. The fulfillment is not recorded in the Koran. It is impossible to verify that Sura 30:2-4 is a valid prophecy. 6. Muhammad was not a Jew. This just by itself eliminates Muhammad from being the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18. Muhammad fails the test of prophet in general and specifically he is not the prophet like unto Moses. Therefore his message as written in the Koran is to be totally rejected. He cannot be classified as a prophet because he made no prophecy which could be tested. The Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the seal of the prophets has no authority as there is no proof in the Koran that Muhammad was a true prophet of God. The Lord Jesus Meets the Criteria To Be the Prophet Like Unto Moses The Bible says that the Lord Jesus is the Prophet like unto Moses. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: . . . For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people (Acts 3:20,22-23). 1. God spoke directly to Moses. God spoke directly through the Lord Jesus. "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God and glowed from God's presence. Jesus was the direct presence of God, and He manifested the glory of God! "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light" (Matt. 17:1-2). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The Lord Jesus brought in a better blood covenant with God. The better covenant gives the assurance of eternal life to all that believe. "For this is my blood of the new testament [covenant], which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28). "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 8:6). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. Jesus did mighty signs and wonders. The Lord Jesus raised a man from the dead after he was four days in the grave. The Bible reported only a few of the awesome miracles that the Lord Jesus did. These miracles were a sign of Him being the Son of God. "Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. ... And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go" (John 11:39,43-44). 5. Moses prophesied of the future, as did Jesus. Like Moses, the Lord Jesus focused His prophecy on the Jews and their dispersion and restoration. The restoration of Israel and Jerusalem would occur just before His second coming. Just as the Lord prophesied, exactly happened to the Jews. Israel is once again a nation with Jerusalem as its capital. "And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? . . . But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land [Israel], and wrath upon this people [Jews]. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:7,23-24). 6. Moses was a Jew and the Lord Jesus was a Jew. Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The Lord Jesus qualifies to be the Prophet because He is the Son of David from the tribe of Judah. The Lord Jesus not only met the requirements of being the Prophet like unto Moses, but he exceeded them in all points. Moses was the servant of God, but the Lord Jesus was the Son of God; therefore, He was greater than Moses. "[Christ] Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. . . . And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house ..." (Heb. 3:2-3,5-6). The Bible shows that the Lord Jesus is greater than Moses as He is the Son of God. God sent His Son into the world to die for our sin. Because of the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, you can be forgiven of all sin and have assurance of eternal life with God. When you trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior, God makes an eternal blood covenant with you. Please repent of sin and trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Eternal life is only through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He is the Prophet like unto Moses and those that do not listen to His message, God will require it of them. "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:9-12).
  29. Our oldest daughter had our second grandchild (first grandson) this morning. We're putting our house up for sale in a few days so we're fixing little things, cleaning, and starting packing for showings. We need to find a new house in the town we are moving to (which we'll probably do between offer acceptance and closing). Middle daughter (with oldest grandchild, expecting in May) and family are in the processing of selling their house to move closer to older sister and need to find a new place. Youngest daughter living with us is packing and considering grad school or other plans and maybe moving out. As of tomorrow, we've been in this house for 22 years, so lots of clutter, memories, and cleaning up. So, no clue if we are ending up in a smaller place or similar size or go for becoming duplex owners. I'll also probably need to be establishing a new consulting business in the new area we're moving to. In the big picture, this is definitely God's big move for us onto the next stage of our lives. In the meantime, it's a bit on the hectic side. In general, we're doing fine though day to day we don't know what we are up to and probably won't for a month or two. Any prayers over the upcoming days and weeks as anyone is feeling led will be appreciated. Thanks!
  30. Then I would strongly suggest disposing of those things properly.
  31. Shalom my brothers and sisters, First of all, welcome to our online fellowship. It's our sincere hope that you enjoy your time on our boards. Recently it occurred to me that a great number of people have come into our online fellowship within the past year or so and perhaps you've never clearly understood how the ministry operates. So I'm writing out in full detail just how the Holy Spirit led me to create a system of checks and balances within the ministry to keep everyone accountable to each other. We have a very open and transparent ministry. First, a little bit about our moderating team. Every moderator on the boards comes from a completely unique and different background. There's no 2 moderators from the same denomination on the boards. Denominations do not play a part in our moderating style because our focus is not on denomination differences but rather our common bond in our Lord and Savior Jesus! So if you see a thread being pulled or yanked, it's not being pulled or yanked because of a difference in theology, but rather a problem with the spirit of the thread. Of course differences are going to be expressed in any discussion -- but how these differences are voiced is the reasoning for any thread being shut down. Now every single thread that has been started on Worthy is still in our database. Whenever a thread may disappear from the boards -- they are not deleted, but rather moved to a section hidden where an oversight committee reviews every action of the moderating team. This is where Worthy Watchman come into play. Worthy Watchman are not moderators, but rather a host of individuals that review every thread that has been removed from the boards. Every time a thread is closed, the moderator posts the reasoning behind why the thread was closed. Any problems with moderator actions are posted and discussed. Worthy Chat Admins review also act in the same function as Worthy Watchman in reviewing different threads and can voice their objections as well. So you can see, that every action a moderator takes is not only reviewed by each of the other moderators -- but also every Worthy Watchman and Worthy Chat administrator. So in essence there's nearly 50 people in moderation -- each playing different roles as a system of checks and balances so that focus is maintained! May the Lord richly bless you, Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  32. Hi all, Hope and pray you are all ok. Just a quick one to let you know we arrived safely. It was a long journey, but we're here. It is very hot and sunny. Totally different to what we're used to. lol. I will continue to pray for you all whilst I'm here. God bless you. Becky.
  33. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. Psalm 34:22 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me. Psalm 27:10 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
  34. So, we have moved to a new house and a week back we had invited one of the pastors we know to our house. Just to spend some time us and bless the new house. He stayed overnight and we were planning to do some prayer in the evening. He is such a humble and wonderful person full of wisdom! He is a pentecostal Pastor and always encourages me and my wife to seek Baptism of Holy Spirit. I have held different positions about speaking in tongues. Generally I have always believed speaking in tongues is for today. But my position was that it was not "essential". I never prayed for it too much. In my Church, a series on Spirit Empowered Life has been going on from beginning of the year (and this week they started a new series). Wonder about the timing!! The Pastor was actually fasting that day and wanted to pray with us for us to receive baptism of HS. He talked about it for a while and we started praying. I prayed. Then I slowly set aside my doubts and prayed to God that He would simply touch me and fill me. If that means speaking in tongues, then let it happen. This went on for a while. Then I thought Pastor would stop and stay keep asking the Lord and some other day it would happen. Nope, he would not stop! We kept on praying and finally my wife started speaking in tongues. That's when my prayers became serious!! I was in tears, just praising God and asking Him to fill me. Then the Pastor was moved by HS and he layed his hands on my head. On that instant, I felt like something gushing out of me. I started crying and speaking in tongues. It felt liberating. It felt like water breaking out of dam. It felt like everything came out of the core of the body or close to belly. That's the best way I can describe! I was speaking in tongues for a while and eventually we stopped. Yesterday during worship service at Church, once again I spoke in tongues for a while. May be for 1 or 2 songs. It is amazing! Clearly I could feel connected to God than normal praise and worship. It feels like there is zero distraction. No other thoughts in mind. And there is a calmness and peace at that time. And plenty of crying! I am so thankful and grateful to Lord that He would chose a sinner like me to show His goodness. I am not posting this up for debate on whether tongues is for today or question my experience. I am sharing this more as a testimony. As for my position about Baptism of Holy Spirit, I can personally testify that speaking in tongues is for today. Is Baptism of Holy Spirit is a second experience after being saved? This is the case for me. May be that's the way it is or may be that's the way it was for me because of my unbelief and not seeking it before. I don't know. If you are in my boat, set aside your doubts and seek Him. Just seek Him.
  35. A few here mistakenly think those of us who are born again by grace through faith and accept Christ's finished work for our salvation are not walking with Jesus. Over and over they claim we have a license to sin, and therefore are leading sinful lives. Some even claim that we are taught by pastors not to do any works as we are relying on grace. Of course, this is untrue. I've been born again since the early 1970s and have never heard any pastors preaching against doing good works. Rather we were taught to have a quiet time (prayer/Bible reading) with the Lord so we could grow spiritually. Of course growing spiritually includes good works, but we know we are not saved or kept saved by good works. The Holy Spirit is a definite factor in our hearts/lives as we grow spiritually (are sanctified) throughout our lives...it is not just self effort. I hope the few with the above misunderstandings will stop continually perpetuating these untruths. We seek to live holy lives but it is something that comes from our hearts that have been changed by the Lord when we were born again. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13.
  36. Shalom all, Is it just me or has this forum become very "heavy" lately? I like debate as much as the next guy, if not more. However, I'm acutely aware of the fine line between healthy, intellectual debate and endless locking-of-horns arguing. Now when I go in to certain rooms (including General Discussion) it's with a weary sigh at what arguments are still raging and multiplying. Look at this forum with the eyes of a new believer, excited at finding the Lord and full of joy to share, only to run into all this heaviness, endless arguments and provocative attitudes. At the moment I'm not recommending this forum to anyone. I struggle to find many posts that uplift, teach and encourage others. Even when such posts appear they disappear soon after, eclipsed with repetitive nonsense for 48 pages, fresh for all to see. What a sad state we're in at the moment. Where is the love & peace?
  37. ayin jade

    cancer

    Its official. I have cancer. Early stages so they say it looks curable. But still, its the c word. And I feel like throwing up. Much prayers appreciated.
  38. 2 Thess. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; I see that the churches have opted for numbers rather than content...for quantity rather than quality. Success is being measured by worldly standards...more followers, more money. So from a worldly standpoint, there seems to be no problem. But with the natural build-up of religious adherents there is a converse spiritual falling away. A spiritual diluting of the truth. When there were few bibles, there was revival...at the early church stage. But with the multiplication of bibles and bible ownership did not come an explosion of spiritual life. The narrow road just got wider and wider to accommodate fewer and fewer real conversions. But there is a savvy among men. We know how to make things appear to be working. We are experts at that. So then either God didn't get the memo about how good we are doing...or maybe we aren't getting the serious nature of tampering with the truth.
  39. Did you know that the Gospel is revealed in Scripture as early as Genesis 5:3-32? In the chart below the Hebrew names and English translations are listed: Hebrew English Adam Man Seth Appointed Enosh Mortal Kenan Sorrow; Mahalalel The Blessed God Jared Shall come down Enoch Teaching Methuselah His death shall bring Lamech The Despairing Noah Rest, or comfort. Now let’s combine the English meanings into a sentence (the words in parentheses are added for clarity). Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. Here’s the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis! *taken from an article by Chuck Missler
  40. To whom else can we go but God? He gives peace and rest to our souls. When I suffer, I keep looking to Jesus. Also, I try to take things a day at a time with Jesus, my Savior. He will get me through the trials.
  41. Amanda Frances

    Sam

    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  42. Mornin' Folks, So last night I was in chat and the topic of atheists came up. I was surprised by the number of people that stated that they "hated" them some stating they "had no souls". Atheists are folks with hardened hearts, eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Basically they are folks who have not been sent the Holy Spirit and and brought into the light by our Lord. We, as believers, are disciples of God and it is our mission to help bring the word to people like these. So, I say we should not turn our faces away from atheists, but stand our ground and share the Lord's word with them. Be vigilant After all we are soldiers of God! Your thoughts? JJ
  43. Hi there, Please may I ask for prayers. My mum passed away on October 6th, in hospital, with heart failure. I live 700 miles away from where my mum lived, and due to difficult circumstances I was unable to attend the funeral in person, after much trying to do so. A friend of mine live video called me from the funeral service, so I was able to watch it on my computer. Since my mum died two months ago, I feel like my life has fallen off a cliff edge. We are currently in difficult personal circumstances, that started just after my mum died, which is causing extra strain and stress, and my health has considerably deteriorated as well. For the last two weeks, I have literally cried all day, everyday. I feel like I am in a black tunnel, and every now and then I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, (not literally), but then it feels like it disappears and I feel like I'm back in that black tunnel again. I have a lovely husband, and although we are strong together, I know that my incredibly low mood is badly affecting him. Also, because we live in the middle of nowhere, we have no near networks of friends close by, and we both feel very isolated and alone, even more so at this time of year. I have my faith in Jesus. I am praying to him everyday. This morning I fell down on my knees in tears and prayed for him to help me, and to get me out of this black tunnel and return to some kind of normality again. I am reading his word, I have a close Christian friend, who lives near where my mum lived, who is being a great support via e-mail. Please can you add me to your prayers. Thanks. Becky.
  44. ...to simple brotherly love? Why do so many people thrive on conflict and strife? I don't understand the draw. Isn't it tiring to fight all the time instead of show kindness? I just don't get it. I know we're in a time when iniquity abounds and the love of many has grown cold. But as children of God, reborn and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we don't have to perpetuate it.
  45. Busy week .... I resumed my immunotherapy infusion thursday. I dont seem to have any ill effects from it, so I should be with the every 3 weeks infusions. Before I began it, I met with the nurse practioner for my oncologist. She hinted at good news but left it for the surgeon to tell me. I saw the surgeon today (friday). My incisions are healing nicely. The area where the lumpectomy was done is healing nicely. The good news is the final pathology report. The lymph nodes all proved to be negative for cancer cells. So the cancer did not spread. In addition, the lumpectomy material showed signs of where the initial biopsy was taken back in july (which showed cancer cells) but showed zero cancer cells. In other words, the cancer is entirely gone. The assumption is that since the tumor cells were killed that any stray cancer cells are also killed. The surgeon considers me cured. I still have to complete the regimen with immunotherapy and radiation, which will be minor compared to what Ive been through already. I learned years ago that it is the Lord who heals, whether He uses modern medicine or not. Perhaps I will post that testimony on this thread later on. Regardless, He showed me the tumor so that it was caught early and He alone determines whether or not the treatment works on me. So He gets the credit for me being healed from cancer.
  46. It took three years fore to complete my Associates in Computer Technology but I'm glad I didn't listen when the psychiatrists told me I might be a "vegetable". God is good. He gives me good things. He's been my friend and guided me through great trials.
  47. Hello everyone I have been challenged to share my testimony. Last month I turned 40 years old in the Lord. I know that there are people here who have had a relationship with God longer than that, but I celebrate the fact that Jesus found me. That's where/when I found myself as well. I was brought up on a sheep and wheat farm in Australia. I was the second of five children - the middle one being my only brother. We were quite isolated back in the day, and spent time going in and out of the nearest town to school (a round trip of about 40 miles). I wasn't socialised as much as the town kids, and was a dawky, skinny little thing - all arms and legs. The older boys on the school bus used to call my elder sister "chop chop" and I was "snot snot". I used to fall over on the gravel and scrape my knees; the scars are still there. My parents were good people - my dad worked so hard on the farm and my mother used to not only manage a husband, 5 children, shearers, and a house/food/keeping up, but worked as a farm labourer with my father as well. Neither smoked or drank and were very upstanding people. I thank God for my parents who looked after their children properly. I love the memory of them. I remember from an early age that, even though I was a dreamer, I knew there was a God. I had no idea how He related to me; He was just "out there, somewhere". Somehow I knew He was male. No one told me - I learned more later on - but I just knew there was a God. Nobody treated me as special - no one made a fuss of us and my elder sister and I have talked about how we thought we were "just extensions of our parents" - we didn't really know that we had an identity. Once I reached the age of 16 I left home and went to the "big smoke" - the nearest capital city. My parents had always pushed the idea that we had to grow up and learn how to "stand on our own two feet" and find a way to make a living. I was terrified, as I had never been away before and they kind of just "dumped me" at the YWCA hostel and drove off. Everything was in place, but I was so homesick that I cried for a week! And I was sooo naive! They gave me an all-expenses-paid journey through commercial college for a year, and I learned how to do the things you have to do to work in an office at the time - shorthand (what's that, I hear some of you ask), typing, book-keeping. The teachers called us "Miss ......." in order to get us ready to work in offices. I passed all the tests, and got jobs. By the time I turned 17, I had found my feet. I started smoking, I was going out with boys, and rebelled in a pretty big way. I went to a Leighton Ford meeting in a city park, and walked down the front to the grass. A nice young girl gave me a couple of books and I went home feeling elated. However, I don't know whether I was the seed that fell on the roadside, or the one that fell among the thorns - my newfound Christianity didn't last. For the next 10 years I blundered my way through life like a bull in a china shop; a restless, blunt young woman who said what she meant and meant what she said. My motto was - if you don't like me the way I am, then too bad. What you see is what you get. I was adventurous and didn't really care about what people thought. I would work, save some money, and move on to the next city. I was searching, even then. I wanted to do the tour through Kathmandu and Morrocco - it sounded so exciting! But I never got there. And I was such a sinner. The guilt was building up........ At the age of 25, I remember driving in my little green mini home from work one day in Sydney, and thinking "What's the point of it all? I am tired of going to bars and nightclubs, I am not getting anywhere; I am not achieving anything." I was a real nowhere girl, sitting in her nowhere land. Wondering what to do, I remember thinking "I want to help people." Anyway, off home to the unit I shared with another girl and more gathering of the friends for some more dope and listening to Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart etc. etc. (And the Ozark Mountain Daredevils!) I had two lots of friends - the crowd that went to the footy and drank and partied, and the other crowd that listened to the music and smoked dope and partied. I came back to my home state and met a friend, who had been a Christian two months. She witnessed to me. 12 months later, I went back again. I was reading some Eastern mysticism book about "masters" in India somewhere and met her again. She told me "something wonderful is going to happen to you." How did she know? Who knows? Anyway, she gave me the name and 'phone number of a friend who had just returned to Sydney. When I got back I looked her up and she took me to church with her. All this last few months I had begun to feel drawn, inexplicably to "something"! It was like a pin being drawn to a magnet. Even now tears fill my eyes. I had been searching everywhere for (the truth) - God - but avoiding Christianity, because as I child I remember a fairly lifeless (in my eyes) church in town where Dad sometimes took us (C and E) and I wanted something "more exciting". ????? I walked in to the hall where the meeting was being held in my hippie type clothing and the small crowd began to sing in the spirit. That's all I remember - the people, the Pastor and them singing in the spirit! As I stood there with them, suddenly something flashed across my brain! JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH!. I will never forget it. It is indelibly printed on my brain. I had found what I was searching for. I left that meeting with a tract, on the back of which was printed the sinner's prayer. There was no pressure. By the time I got home (my flatmate was away) I knelt down by my bed and said the sinner's prayer, over and over, so there was no mistake that God could hear me! I was full of guilt and sin and I want you to just imagine this. A clean, clear milk bottle. Inside this bottle was a balloon, shaped exactly as the bottle. The balloon was full of murky, disgusting filthy muck. He took the rim of the balloon and pulled it out of the bottle, leaving a clear, clean milk bottle. This was the picture He showed me. Later I learned about the blood of Jesus cleansing me from all sin, but at the time this is what I saw. It wasn't really a vision, just a mental impression. I WAS SAVED, SAVED, SAVED!! (February 11, 1978.) I walked on Cloud 9 for six months and one day I was looking for a new place to live, as I knew I had to move. I got home after looking for a small flat (apartment) in my little green mini and sat there and leaned back and sighed. Then I heard the words "I will get you a place this week." They weren't audible, but this is what I heard. The next day I went to work and was reading the Bible in my car and I heard the words "Go and get the Sydney Morning Herald" (newspaper). I said, "Yes, Lord, as soon as I finish reading this chapter." He repeated it twice, more insistently and I finally obeyed - that day I secured a tiny little place to live in and moved in a week or so later! On March 27, 1978, I was baptised in water at Sydney's Balmoral Beach. You may have heard of the most famous beach in Oz - Bondi, but Balmoral is a harbour beach and lovely. It was Easter Sunday, a beautiful sunny day and the whole church stood on the beach singing "I love you Lord", as I came up out of the water. Another experience that brings tears to me eyes. I remember everything about it. Then in May I knelt by my bed again and asked God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I felt I was being lifted gently in waves, and I knew I was in the presence of God. I remember the bedroom, the colour of my bedspread, everything. I began speaking with a new language, praising Him. I received two visions. The first was of a fire in what looked like a grate. It was like a furnace. The next one was of a hand lifted up and so positioned that it showed a gold ring on the wedding finger of the left hand. I guess it was like God was saying to me "you will go through the furnace, but you will be part of My Bride". I stayed with that small church until 1980, when I went to do a Discipleship Training School in Youth With a Mission. Now, not everyone reading this will identify with what I believe (and know for myself to be) the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That's ok. We are all from different places, journeys and God deals with all of us as individuals. This is just my story, about my salvation. I love Jesus more and more and He is revealing Himself more to me as time goes on. He is my life, my love, my destiny and my home. Wherever He is, that is where I want to be. So, 40 years + later, I never want to live without Him. I cannot live without Him. He is my very breath. He is my Saviour, and I won't let go of Him, no matter what. Why me Lord? Well, He looked beyond my fault and saw my need. He knew just how helpless I was to try and claw my way out of the pit I had dug for myself, so He put His nail-scarred hands down and reached for me and rescued me. Why me Lord? What have I ever done, to deserve even one, of the blessings you have shown? NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING! He died to save me, an enemy of the cross. He has washed my sins away. He has given me a new life, someone so undeserving, so unworthy. He has made me worthy through His blood sacrifice on Calvary! He saw this blind and wretched soul trying to survive and came and got me. I will never cease to praise Him, as He has given me LIFE!
  48. My daughter is now 7 months pregnant, expecting my second grandson in May. She has been in extreme pain, which doctors now believe is a result of kidney stones. They considered doing surgery a few days ago, but thankfully thought better of it. Asking for prayers to ease her pain, and that the stones pass soon and without too much discomfort. Thanks in advance, God bless.
  49. I've been having some minor sickness for 3 weeks or so associated w/cold and flu season. Today, it seems to have gotten worse. My headache went from minor to more severe and persistent. I am more stuffy. My eyes are watery and I'm sneezing. I am also wheezing. I do have asthma and allergies, which don't help these things. I also have CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) which can make me more susceptible to getting sick easier. I've been know to have chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia, so I'm hoping it doesn't develop into any of those. Also, I have a hidradenitis suppurativa (skin condition of boil like rash) flare up in my lymph areas. It's painful and uncomfortable. I think I may have costochondritis. I had it last year around this time, and it feels the same as that. It's basically inflammation of the cartilage by the sternum. It mimics a heart attack, and feels like someone is stabbing you in the chest. If you would be so kind as to pray for me about these things, I would be most appreciative. Thank you! ~ Gem
  50. The old lady is my 80 year old mother who still lives in a wee house in Belfast I told her about worthy and how I rededicated my life back to God the tears she cried we're tears of joy as she has been praying for over 25 years To God be the glory
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