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    Emotions like fear, sadness, and anger often tear at me in each season of life. Prayer and connection to God anchors me because it reminds me that God is in control, He's good, and that He loves me. It is a blessing to pray for my husband and to feel peace. It's great to be able to just thank God for all the wonderful things He's already done in our lives. I've been listening to messages on prayer that say to pray boldly and not to lose heart. It's something that's become so important me, I can't imagine life without it. I'm so glad I can boldly come to the Lord through Christ. Praise God!
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    While the OP makes a good point the same could be said for other believers. Believers can turn on each other in a minute at times too! Also, anyone who's calling you "church boy" is not your friend anyway. I learned to be very careful which folks were allowed in my life, and that was before I was saved. Still, OP is correct: the lost can turn on a believer in minute.
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    You have to make a habit of being productive, meditating on the good thoughts (which is among the reason why constant prayer is so healthy) , and completely avoid "suggestions" that might tempt you into having bad thoughts! Life is overflowing with suggestions so it'd rather difficult, that's why you have to forego television, most of music, and surround yourself with colorful people that lead good lives, or are trying to, also avoid the news networks that are throwing non-stop propaganda at your face and telling you how to think. All of these things overflow with suggestions which are intended to rot your brain, it's how Satan attaches his spirit to people. But recognize what is tempting you into having bad thoughts, if its a person, learn to forgive them and try not to tempt yourself by thinking about them too much, maintain a productive life and don't linger in your thoughts, if you have bad thoughts in the morning ask God to take them away from you and get up right out of bed as soon as you wake up. If you have bad thoughts during your day, ask God to take them away from you and disengage from what you're doing (or not doing), and start on a project so you can get back on your feet. Don't stay still, keep moving and not only meditating on the good things of life but also praying for them alongside pursuing them! That is the process of cleaning inside the cup, but it's a process and we will be tempted along the way. Consider yourself VERY lucky that you even have this desire. It comes to few people, how lucky are you that God enticed you with his spirit? That is already proof that he's working inside of you.
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    I care too much about almost everyone and I'm wondering if anyone else is like me. For example, the longer I know someone the more valuable I consider knowing him/her. Up until 20 yrs ago this wasn't a problem, I always knew people who throw other people away (for no good reasons that is). I made sure I didn't get overly attached to them. But 20 yrs ago this became like an epidemic in my life. 20 yrs ago the entire family on my father's side stopped associating with me. Since I have no immediate family, brothers, sisters, wives or ex-wives, and I made sure I didn't have any kids out of wedlock. On my mother's side they all died except 1 female cousin. She's the new age queen, her and her husband even started a false church. He's the only minister I know of that charges money to hear him speak. What a shame, on the one hand it proves how hungry Americans are to know God, but on the other hand it shows how ignorant we are about God.A true minister can ask for donations, they all do. But this guy charges $75 an hour and what he teaches is false. So I can't be close to them. To make matters worse most of my father's side consider themselves Saved. What's more I was the first to switch from Catholicism to a Bible believing Christian. They should be the first to want to associate with me. Or maybe I'm nuts. I realize that I'm making a lot of posts about this lately. I apologize for this. I just feel like I can't take this much longer.
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    Some of you will recognize Charles as one of the good guys, regarding TV commentators, who are on the side of Truth and Right. He's often on Fox, and is just a brilliant person, who elevates morality and righteous tradition. He has a "few weeks to live", is the Medical opinion, but OUR God is greater then medical opinion, and we need this guy to stay around. Plz pray, and believe your prayer, as you join your faith with mine. - -
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    Prayed for you. I'm sorry for your loss but glad you are sober. That is so great that you are sober. I hope you will find support .... Be sober minded ..it's important... We know we have a adversary who wants to take us down. Love in the Lord
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    Focus on reading the New Testament to see Jesus and to be washed by the word. Focus on Him and the things of God. Play Christian music during the day to redirect you thoughts to Him We cannot change ourselves. That is God's job. He changes us from the inside out. Already He has changed you so that you hate sin and the old nature in you. That nature is dead and buried like when your were baptized. So cry out to Him to keep on changing you and then focus on Christ and His love for you. He will cause the new nature in you to grow so that you will become more like Jesus. Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Rom 8:5 ESV For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2Co 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Rom 4:5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, Rom 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom 5:7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
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    This may be true, I won't quibble; but what also is true is it is not a good thing to be flaunting our liberty where it causes a weaker brother to stumble... As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (Rom 14:1-4)
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    Thank you, naomi, for this inspiring message. "Never lose your JOY! God has you in the palm of His hand, stand strong! The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." - Exodus 14:14 PRAISE GOD!!!
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    I will be more than happy to answer your questions but I will be leaving for awhile. I will respond ASAP. I will not say “faith plus nothing” this time....lol
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    I shall pour all of my love into this particular tree branch!
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    Now THAT was a very unique act! How in the world do you trains cats? Mine have me trained, but completely ignore any attempts I make to train them, unless of course it earns a "treat", and still they won't do what I want, knowing they'll get the treat regardless!! Cheers Debp.
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    HI THOMAS, I AM NOT ARGUING THAT SHARING IS NOT A GOOD THING. Sorry about the all caps. But in truth I would eat the odd looking apple myself and share of the better looking ones. I have enjoyed being a gleaner of the fields, some 535 acres, then canning the product, using it, and sharing it. Made for grand family adventures, fellowship and just neighborliness. I have traveled to pick of the fruit orchards and canned those as well. But I have listened to a man whose very mission was to work the deep ghetto share of the word of God and encourage others to get above their poverty and dependence on the government dole and Christian charity. He advocated providing gruel ( a porage/porridge with vitamins added) which he did so that the needy had good nourishment, but did not feast without labor. His own church chef would argue that more and better could be provided, but he insisted that would further cripple the already dependent upon hand outs. I found though it seemed a bit of tough love that I agreed. Still if I were to share of what was in my own lunch I would share the better and keep the lesser for myself. I have always hated, yes hated, the idea that so many give to the local church what they do not need anymore, as they buy new for themselves. I think no the church does not need your excess, your waste, your no longer needed junk. Keep it if it is still serviceable and give the new to the church to pass on to another. If one has something God wants them to share then share the best and not the least. Anyone can give away their excess junk, what Glory to God is there in that?
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    I wish i was a better man also... Paul wished he was a better man too.. Have a read of what Paul said brutalheart,,, take your time, take it all in.. Romans 7 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
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    Father I join in prayer for this individual. Bring sobriety a cleansing without bringing about any somberness. May there be a refreshing, something to cling to that is so very positive that it crowds out all that tries to hold down and drag back from your presence and leading. Please protect by bringing many angels to encompass and guide.
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    Hello friends, my favorite kind of water in nature is waterfalls! They're always right where you need them on a long hike through the wilderness, tucked away like God hid them there just for me. I guess my favorite kind of wild animal is a lion. Maybe not considered the best friend of Christians throughout the ages, but none the less majestic and mighty. I think it's funny how the male lion naps in the sun while the female goes out hunting. Lions are the first animal I'd like to see when i get to heaven. I also like turtles. I'd like to take my family and live on a tropical island for a few years, no one else but us, no phones, no tv, no media, no traffic. Just the bare essentials and the word of God. My favorite holiday is Christmas because there's so much more joy, and everything lit up to bring glory to the One and Only. The most awesome thing I've seen is God slowly but surely change a person from the inside out, and you know it's not them doing it but God, and then you get hope that maybe he'll change you too.
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    You have to love them the way that God loves us. We sin everyday and do things against his will all the time; but he still loves us. That's why He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. You have to put away all pride and pray and ask God if there is maybe something you have in your heart against that person. Maybe that's why you're having a hard time loving them.
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    As I understand it, revival in the OT came through repentance and truly seeking the Lord. A true work of God.
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    The Bible never says “ The righteous shall live by keeping the rules and keeping your repentance ledger up to date” The Bible says “The righteous shall LIVE by FAITH”. What you are describing is the faith walk that God wants His Children to undertake.The Bible isnt just a book about “ don’t do this and do do that”.Life is full of problems and God is looking for those who will turn to him and trust in His promises to get them through this life.Pass one test of faith, and God will put you through you another one— every time the test is just a little harder and requires more faith.This is how we grow in faith.Paul eventually got to the point he was content no matter what the circumstances were.That is how strong his faith walk made him. That is what God wants for us all.Our Faith is what started our walk with God , as Paul said......we are to finish the way we started.Faith is so pleasing to God that He created a Faith Hero Hall Of Fame That included scoundrels like David and Sampson.Heroes of faith who stumbled severely and were punished severely.Nowhere in the Bible do I see a chapter devoted to the heroes of good- doers or the heroes of repentance.If we give God what really pleases Him—- FAITH —-He will take care of the rest.
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    All who try to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2Ti 3:10 But you have closely followed my doctrine, the conduct, the purpose, the faith, the long-suffering, the love, the patient endurance, 2Ti 3:11 the persecutions, the sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra, what persecutions I bore. And the Lord delivered me out of all. 2Ti 3:12 And, indeed, all desiring to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Your co workers are not your enemy. The battle is spiritual. Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:13 Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Eph 6:15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; Eph 6:16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
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    God Bless You