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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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" 🙌💖
  6. 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
  7. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. These wonderful names of God help reveal God's nature to us. Aspects of these names are all revealed in Psalm 23. Jehovah-Rohi....The Lord my Shepherd. Jehovah-Jireh....The Lord shall provide. Jehovah-Rophe....The Lord our Healer.. Jehovah-Nissi....The Lord my banner. Jehovah-M'kaddesh....The Lord that sanctifies you. Jehovah-Shalom....The Lord our peace. Jehovah-Tsidkenu....The Lord our righteousness. Jehovah-Shammah....The Lord is there.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Amanda Frances


    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  17. 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
  18. This is the delicate balance. First of all, we're a ministry of OUTREACH. However, sad to say, most believers have never been equipped, nor have the patience or the faith to be able to boldly share their faith. So the areas whereby non-believers can freely express themselves is limited to those who have the heart, the desire, and the patience to share their faith. They have the freedom to express themselves in those forums. There are no limitations to freedom of speech in those forums. As a matter of fact, in those forums, because it's limited -- we're actually allowing a deeper dialogue since as a Moderation team is not hindered with the thoughts in the back of our mind about protecting the flock. The main section of the forums is for Christians ... simple as that. It's a place for Christians to freely express themselves ... which honestly is hard to find these days on the internet. Honestly, it's combining the two different aspects of ministry ... outreach ... and discipling, nurturing, training and encouragement. They are two opposite objectives being accomplished simultaneously. Think about it ... if we're trying to disciple ... do you want a non-believer freely expressing their thoughts into a deep discussion that deals with deeper issues of faith? On the opposite spectrum ... if you're trying to desperately reach the lost ... do you want someone with little patience jumping into a discussion saying ... throw your pearls before the swine you heathen? or you're going to hell ... I'm done with you? When the reality is ... patience, prayer and a heart for the lost is needed. So we've isolated those who have this heart -- to have access to those forums. The reality is ... both have a place ... and both aspects are being accomplished. God bless, George
  19. Shalom brothers & sisters, I hope you are all well and blessed! There has always been a debate amongst believers about what salvation is. However, it seems that recently this debate has erupted more and more throughout WCF. This is not another post to add to that debate. Even though I have a view on this matter, I’m not here to share it. If I did, we would probably see 14 pages worth of replies, with the majority of them filled with words of bitterness, accusations and throwing Scriptures like bombs! Oye. Instead, this post is talk about the conduct of some people in these debates. I include myself as well as I'm sure I have been unreasonable in my conduct in here at times, to my shame. -------- Some say “Once Saved, Always Saved” whilst others say “We’re saved to serve God and obey Him”. It’s clear that these apparent opposing views cannot be discussed reasonably in this forum. It's understandably a sore topic for those who are unstable in their faith or easily offended. But let’s zoom out to assess this problem: If one person is so utterly convinced that salvation is THIS way and another one that it’s THAT way, what are we to say? Well, if each person on each side of the argument has a relationship with Yahweh, and are blessed with His Spirit AND produce fruit of the Spirit, then let each one be as they are! The Lord has accepted them. What, is it not possible for Yahweh to reveal His Gift of Salvation in different ways to different people, with a different emphasis as appropriate? Or are we, humans, to box in Yahweh’s methods? Consider this writing from the Apostle Paul: “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:20-21 I’m not saying which side of this salvation argument the “special purposes” applies to. Rather, it’s to highlight that there WILL be differences within the Lord’s House. Some will be separated for special purposes and some for common use. But all have a need and a purpose. Paul continues and writes: “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:24-26 So, if we feel we should correct others, we should do so with peace, gentleness and in hope. Many in the forum struggle to do this or even engage in conversation with an open mind. They seem to prefer a position of power, assuming they are 100% right, with no need of correction, but are fully informed of the Way of the Lord Jesus. So, what can we do when both sides are so fully convinced and unable to reason with each other? Paul in Romans writes: “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” ~ Romans 14:4-10 Therefore, should we not accept each other and our differences, even as the Lord accepted us all? Are we wiser than God in sifting through His servants to decide who truly understands Him and His ways? Aren’t you ultimately limited in your thinking, love and experience compared to our God? If a person wants to share their understanding of salvation, fine, welcome them lovingly! Consider their words carefully and thoughtfully and respond with love and peace. BUT, if they share with aggressiveness, closed-mindedness, or with a finality (as if they were a prophet) - then let them be, don’t encourage them with a response. Their foolishness will be revealed for all to see, along with their lack of fruit of the Spirit. Don’t entertain their folly or let their quarrelsome path draw you into their error. Remember, in all things to be conscious of your words, lest they only serve as sentiments you need to repent of one day. To those who feel lead to share such things, even if your intention is honourable, caring and loving but your execution is contrary to those values - It’s all been for nothing! You have lost the argument in ways you didn't imagine - even if you are, factually, correct. Forget “winning” a debate, and instead pursue love and peace within our family. Conclusion: If you can't drop your attitude, then drop the debate. You're anonymity on here is no cover to be disrespectful or rude. You're “wealth of knowledge” or “years of studying” is no license to judge a servant the Master has accepted. Love & Shalom
  20. I think something we miss - or at least, I do, sometimes - is that the Lord means it when he says we are forgiven for our sins. When we repent, the Lord forgives us. Satan is busy trying to scare us with gloom and doom thoughts, in an effort to discourage us, but the Lord's forgiveness is for real.
  21. You remember my prayers for a passport. It finally came out without any extra effort. Thank you for your support.
  22. One good thing has happened from all these eternal security debates. They have encouraged me to read the Bible for myself with fresh eyes.
  23. It's sunday. We had the opportunity to prepare rice for the children. I couldn't hold it but watch them eat. To avoid cheated, they shared their food and each person eat from his section. The lord provide for us
  24. Once there was a guy who was miserable.I knew him and worked with him.He was constantly irritable .Quick to argue.Never smiled, never laughed at anything.Smoked heavily.Drank to excess.There was nothing to like about him.Because of our schedules, there were times I never saw him for weeks or months .We were not close friends or anything, but somehow I discovered that he had been going to Church—Bornean Baptist, I think.I seldom talked to this guy, but I kept an eye on him.The reason I watched him because every time there was an extended period where we did not work together,I could notice this guy was turning into a different fellow .If I did not see him for, say a month, when I was around him again, he had always changed again for the better.His visits to the Church must have accomplished something— he slowly turned into the sweetest, most likable person you would ever want to be around.He had repented from being an unbeliever to a man that trusted Jesus to save him.The Holy Spirit had changed this man from a miserable wretch to a man full of joy— no desire to smoke or drink again.It was a change from the inside out, a true work of God. Another guy at the plant where I worked got some bad news.His Son was diagnosed with a very serious illness.This got him scared real bad.So scared he decided it was time to bite the bullet, resign himself to a life of misery, and start to live the Christian life in a deal he made with God.I’ll straighten out my life if you will heal my son.To straighten out his life, he knew the other worker had “ got religion” so he figured he’d do what the other guy did .He quit smoking and drinking even though he still had the same desires to do both.He worked on his cussing , but slipped up when he wasn’t careful.He tried to control his temper, tried to be joyful or at least act it .He had become a miserable man.A religious man— thinking that if he copied the outside behavior of a true Christian that was what mattered. ACTING like a Christian without the indwelling Spirit to MAKE him a Christian.When his son recovered, he reverted back to his old self. The first guy continues to grow in faith and joy— he is being transformed continually.He trusts God as opposed to the guy who tried to use will- power to accomplish what only God could do.The first man smiles often and laughs easily.The second guy? You never met anybody so glum.Anybody that claims to be a Christian is suspect in my book if he does not have a ready smile. It is 700 am here and I have been up all night.....I got this feeling that I am starting to ramble ......lol. This story was meant to go somewhere but I am too sleepy to continue, so I’ll try to sum it up ——Christianity is real , it leads to joy and that scowling Religionist you see at many churches is merely imitating the real thing—- that’s all they CAN do.All religious people suffer from the same thing.They lack the Power Of God.They practice “ Spiritual Imitation” when God wants “ Spiritual Fruition”.That was my point , I think.......zzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
  25. Amen, Deb. Thank you! (not able to give “reactions”) The narrow road is where Jesus walks. I imagine the road to Calvary was narrow, too. Jesus carried the Cross for me. Lord, give me the strength to always walk faithfully on this narrow road. ….You leading, me following.
  26. Anyone else enjoy their solitude? I don't mind it. When out, I can enjoy people, but I also like solitude. I feel it allows us to have an inner quietness that helps us to sense a closeness with the Lord more. This is a precious thing to me.
  27. In the New Jerusalem there will be streets of gold and people drink freely from the river of life. Why would anyone need money? God will supply all our needs.
  28. It took years for me to get the place where I trusted the Spirit of the Lord to lead me in both big and small decisions. It only happened after the Lord became my only hope and solace in life. I just knew I needed Him more than my next breath. Then, next thing I know, He rewards me with a constant sense of His Presence. It's true we struggle to trust the Lord sometimes. But we should be striving to grow in our faith. So what it looks like for me is that instead of witnessing from a place of self-reliance, I just do what I feel the Lord wants me to do in that moment---if anything at all. Christianity has become less about doing and more about being. Being loved, accepted, and cherished by the Lord. And then that naturally flows out into all areas of life.
  29. 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
  30. That's a thought provoking question that's going to occur. I've pondered this a few minutes before answering. If I (we) still have our same free will and emotions, I suspect I would initially be speechless and awestruck. I would guess my initial words would be "My Lord and Savior and my God" while prostrate on the floor. Each one of us was created unique, with our own personalities, characteristics and identity. I would suspect in our eternal state we will retain those characteristics that make us who we are, individuals and not robots. I would suspect our first words will be spontaneous and from the depths of our hearts. I suspect any planning would be futile, suddenly finding ourselves in the presence of the Glory of Jesus in Heaven. I think our hearts will automatically speak and we will not even have to think about it.
  31. Matthew 6:19-24 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. This is one of the most important passages in the Scriptures with regard to Christian priorities. According to this Scripture, the Christian is to be on constant guard in order not to stray from eternal priorities. Two choices are always before us. One choice offers immediate rewards that are temporal and deceptive. The other is a narrow road which may cost us everything, but the rewards are eternal and beyond our ability to describe.
  32. I suppose you're right. I just think that being for or against OSAS ceases to become spiritually profitable when you become a clanging symbol and not a loving person.
  33. I am so glad and honored to be among fellow christians. i hope to connect and learn more here. Thanks and God bless
  34. Loose lip christians. I hear this a lot. You hear this a lot. Are you guilty of over looking the second commandment? 'You will not take the Name of the Lord God in vain.' Im talking about the one liner 'oh my God!' This is used for any occasion. Trouble-excitement-humor- it just slips out here and there and everywhere. It is not a prayer, or worship moment. It is a non conscious expletive in the adjective sense. Its degrading to God and a bad witness to the lost. A careless pronouncment that needs to be repented of. Blasphemy. For sure.
  35. Forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things. Forgiveness is inside of us and frees us from bondage. Forgiveness is dependent only on us and not the other person. Reconciliation often requires some type of tangible changes to occur before it can happen. I have a few people in professional settings who've wronged me that I've forgiven. One of them later became good colleague that I worked well with and got along with quite well. Another was a manager that I would never again have anything to do with in a professional setting (I left a long term job to get away) unless I saw some serious evidence of change.
  36. As a survivor myself, I will tell you very clearly... it does matter. Being believed does matter. One of the main reasons is that the cult (handlers, programmers, perps) tell us from birth that there is no escape, and they make sure to program the child's mind heavily with denial. There will be front alter systems who "don't know." ("hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" programming) And there are very strong barriers in the mind to keep front alters from know/seeing the truth of what they endured and continue to endure (which is hidden within deeper alters who experience/d the traumas). When they (the front alters) finally come to the place where they're beginning to realize something's not right... and memories begin to seep through the layers to them ... they NEED to be believed... because the denial programming is so strong... their freedom depends on breaking that denial. A minister who reinforces that denial is of no use... and actually does way more harm than good. Trust the Lord to reveal the truth .... He will. HE WILL.
  37. Hi, Thank you for your prayers. My hearing problem is a lot better today and the infections are much better. Thank you Jesus! Xxx
  38. I live in a border state. I have gone through as many as 4 armed checkpoints a day without leaving my state due to illegals invading. There is a large portion of my state that the feds said americans cannot go to because of illegals. Signs are posted saying so. Property in southern arizona is essentially worthless due to the destruction caused by illegals. For awhile (maybe still but dont know since the media doesnt report on it now) americans in the phoenix area were kidnapped and held for ransom after being tortured and raped at the rate of more than 1 a day by the gangs of coyotes (those who bring in illegals). Currently illegals get more benefits than legal residents or american citizens get. They are also given a free pass on breaking laws than any american could get away with like identity theft. There are legal ways of immigrating. They need to abide by our laws. We are expected to abide by their laws in their countries.
  39. Shalom mynickname, The reality is this ... the closer we get to God ... the more unrighteous we actually feel ... becuase we're in the presence of a Holy God. As the Prophet Isaiah felt when he was in the presence of God .. ."Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips". We will struggle with sin in this lifetime ... and yet we strive for holiness. We rest in the fact that Jesus has paid it ALL ... and trust in His FINISHED work 2000 years ago! As the Apostle Paul said, Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. Rom 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Rom 7:16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. Rom 7:17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Rom 7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Rom 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, Rom 7:23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. God bless and welcome to Worthy! George
  40. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and in you will all the families of earth be blessed." - God speaking to Abraham as recorded in Genesis 12:3 On Saturday March 30, 2019 Pope Francis met with King Mohammad VII of Morocco to establish a "call" to affirm the preeminence of the Muslim name for the capital of the Jewish State of Israel from Jerusalem to Al-Quds Al-Scharif. Prior to the meeting, the Muslim name for the city had been used often, but the significance of the “call” as the agreement between Muslim and Catholic leaders was named was to change the inheritance of Jerusalem from Jewish to Muslim. The traditional historic name of Jerusalem or Yerushalayim as it's called in Hebrew is derived from two Jewish root words; yerush - which means legacy or inheritance shalom - which means peace, but more specifically that peace which comes from obedience unto God. Therefore the root of the name of Jerusalem means inheritance of peace. The agreement between Pope Francis and King Mohammad VII attempts to subvert the inheritance of the city from God unto Jews and change it to Muslim Arab (from religious leaders unto Islam). On Monday April 16, 2019 in the city of Paris the Cathedral of Notre Dame suffered a massive fire. On the same day in the city of Jerusalem a fire also broke out in the Al-Aqsa mosque in close proximity to the Muslim Dome of the Rock. In both instances fire touched buildings that were considered to be religious legacies or inheritance of their respective religions. COINCIDENCE OR JUDGMENT? Consider Genesis 12:3 It’s ironic that an agreement that attempts to subvert Jewish inheritance (Jerusalem) should result in divine retribution against Catholic inheritance (Notre Dame) and Islamic inheritance (al-Asqa mosque). The secular nation of France as well as the traditionally hedonistic residents of Paris wept tears of hypocritical concern over the damage to their cultural inheritance. They'd long since abandoned the faith of those who built the edifice in the first place, but felt they'd suffered loss anyway. Some would call this crocodile tears - an insincere show of sorrow. French expressions of sadness are as devoid of spiritual empathy as wailing over the loss of one's appendix or wisdom teeth. It's a painful process to be sure, but meaningless in its significance to the rest of the body. In recent years my family and I hosted a few students from France and one from Paris. They always informed us of the ways their nation has turned its back upon God and faith and ceremony. Notre Dame is nothing more than a glorified museum to them. Did those who built it in the first place raise the structure for tourism or to glorify God? Today the cathedral is a major icon of Roman Catholicism - an inheritance. It's rather appropriate then, that a curse should fall upon the inheritance of Catholicism even as that religion refuses to respect the inheritance of Jews - Jerusalem itself. that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
  41. The Sacrifice, The Highest Price (A Prayer To The Lamb Of God) Oh Lamb of God, so perfect Who deserved man's adoration Instead you received mockery And cruel degradation They stripped You of all clothing They whipped You violently They put You on a splintered cross To die for such as me I marvel at Your anguish Your beyond words agony I'm grateful for Your Blood that flowed Upon that wretched tree Without it, there would be no hope No way I could atone The sacrifice, the highest price Was paid by You alone
  42. Welcome to Worthy, Iris. Perhaps you don't remember the second one correctly? Gen 3:22 ESV Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—" Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. They were cast out of the Garden to keep them from eating from the tree of life. "There was danger least Adam should put forth his hand and eat of the “tree of life” and live for ever. The fallen man must not be allowed to eat of the tree of life in this world. It can only be tasted by him in the resurrection; to live for ever in a frail body would be an unmitigated woe." Preacher's Homiletical.
  43. This will not be deep, however....it will eventually lead to a study I`m doing and THAT will have much more depth. For now, I pray that this shallow message will at the very least help us to always be mindful of how we discuss things. ☺️ To NOT be confused about the Bible, we must remember one VERY important thing. ***SCRIPTURE INTERPRETS SCRIPTURE*** We SHOULD all agree that our opinions mean very little when it comes to proper Bible interpretation. We HAVE to go by the word of God for accuracy. When there SEEMS to be a contradiction, there IS a proper interpretation, we just have to use other scripture to get there. There can`t be more that "1" truth!!! God is NOT the author of confusion. 1 Cor 14: 33 We may NEVER come to full agreement on certain issues. That`s okay!!! We can discuss it further when we get to heaven. ☺️ I believe it`s VERY important that we don`t make a brother or sister feel terrible because they believe differently than we do. We won`t have gotten it 100% right when we get to heaven [sorry, it`s true😏]. We`ll "finally" learn the full truth as it was meant. Let`s agree to disagree "nicely".
  44. Well, there are a couple of ways of understanding your question, so I will briefly address both, and I think the answers will reveal how I see two possible questions., or two ways to understand the question. The first way is simple. Why is it a sin? Sin is falling short of God's perfection, or disobeying God's revealed will. If God said don't eat that fruit, it would be a sin to eat the fruit. There is no discussion, nor relevancy to how one feels about eating the fruit. It is sin to disobey, and sin has consequences. Solution is, don't eat the fruit, accept God's will, for as our creator, He is sovereign and has every right to make demands. If we were to chose to find something more important that God, or to act in ways that demonstrate that God is less important to us, that whatever we choose to interrupt our relationship with God, then we have made an idol of that thing. God calls us to be His, and as a God who Himself wants intimacy with His people, and has indeed, given them their being and their needs, He has every right to be jealous, even more so that our other "lovers" who have done almost nothing for us, in comparison. If you question is not so much why is it a sin, but why does God see it as a sin, that might be harder to answer, because God does not always fill us in on the details of why He does things. He has His ways, and His will, and that should be sufficient for us. We may want, but we do not need, to know why. Now, we do see that God created man, and created a counterpart of an opposite gender, and the two were intended to be fruitful and multiply. That is one aspect of our being, it is our nature, it is what our body parts were designed to do. A key fits a lock. Two keys do not function interactively, nor do two lock, that is not how they were made. To try to have that sort of relationship between genders, is to violate our very natures, to violate the purpose God intended. The question is a leading question, it assumes something that is not really even true. It is not a sin, to desire to be with a person. It is not a sin to love others, we are called to love others, even out enemies. It is not even a sin to desire to be intimate with a person, not all intimacy is sexual, in fact sexual intimacy, my we one of the least intimate ways we can love someone. Real intimacy, is exchanging our thoughts and feelings, revealing ourselves on to another, there is a reason that the Bible uses the word "know" for intimate relations. Know is not knowing about someone, it is knowing them is a very intimate way, Adam knew His wife, Joseph knew Mary, and someday, some people, who thought that had lived their lives in accordance with God's will, will be dismayed to learn that He will say to them: 22Many will say to Me in that the day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23And then I will declare unto them, ‘I never knew you; depart you from Me, those working lawlessness.’ Practicing homosexuality, is to be a worked or lawlessness, since it is a violation of God's expressed will for our lives. If we truly love God, then we will also obey Him. If we truly love others, we will not engage them in ways that violate God's will, encouraging them to sin. It is difficult to resist temptation, but it is not an unusual request. If sin was not attractive to us, then we would not need to be told not to do it. Abstinence is not impossible, it is what we are all called to do, not have sex outside of the relationship that God has ordained, on man, one woman, the two become one, that is part of marriage, as God designed it. Our part is to obey, and be grateful, not to submit to our lusts of the flesh and be rebellious. Oh, and yes, temptation is something we have to carry our entire lives, until we are perfected at His coming. However, we do not need to yield to that temptation: No temptation has seized you, except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also provide with the temptation the escape, to be able to endure it. 1Cor 10:13 The escape is to just refrain from sin, if one feels tempted to the extent that one cannot resist, then one simply needs to not place themselves in the position, where the opportunity for sin exists. Sow a thought, reap a temptation; Sow a temptation, reap an action; Sow an action, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny! All of that being said, while we are creatures who have a sinful nature, and are going to experience temptation in this life (even Jesus was tempted), it is also true, that people are not necessarily stuck with any given temptation. People do overcome temptations, not only to victoriously resist them, but to lose them. A lot has to do with habits. When we think about things over and over, we form a habit of the thought pattern, and continually subject ourselves to those temptations. We are not doomed to think these thoughts, we can put them out of our minds, and think of other things, cultivating new habits. I know several people who have done this, even with sexual thoughts, and consider themselves "cured" so to speak, not plagued any longer with even the thoughts that used to burden their lives, and make them feel hopeless. This is true for pedophiles, homosexuals, and the all too common heterosexuals who desire sex outside of a God ordained marriage. It is not at all, just homosexuals, who are tempted to sin, and it is not them only, who are expected to resist temptation, to abstain, and to obey. Probably most people have temptations, and God's expectations for them all, is to love Him, and to obey Him. 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,f to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will beg in you. - John 14 The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learnede and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4
  45. Hi there! I'm 29 years old and as of November 2018 I'm a born-again Christian! Although I'm fortunate enough to have found a wonderful church, there's not many members there my age so I don't have many opportunities for fellowship outside of Sunday School and Bible Study. That's why I'm here. Before I became born-again, I was a Christian, but was surrounded by unbelievers and the association did not go well for my spiritual life. What I'm hoping to gain from Worthy Christian is a space where I can fellowship with other believers so I can stay encouraged. ❤️
  46. You know all that loose change that vanishes in your washing machine and dryer? Heaven is where it goes.
  47. Please name those who teach God's grace who say that it is OK to continue in sin! I have never heard anyone teach that and it is completely false. It is in fact a misconception of arminians. Nor is it true that we can be perfect and without sin in this world. All we can do is aim for that goal. Most of us overcome most of our failings that we are aware of. God continues to reveal our hearts to us and we find other areas that are not christlike attitudes. It is also a sin to make false accusations about those who teach about God's grace! Those that I am familiar with who teach grace tell us that when we are born again God changes our hearts so that we no longer enjoy sin as much and feel miserable afterwards for intentionally sinning. Even worse, we lose our fellowship with God. After confessing our sin to God He does cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It doesn't take away our sorrow for having failed in our desire to lead a life that pleases God. This godly sorrow is what leads us to repentance so that we don't repeat the sin. In time we learn to focus on heavenly treasures and despise early values and temptations. Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned. We are saved by the unearned mercy of God. Grace. Rom 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 1Co 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Co 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
  48. Eternity with Christ is a win-win situation. One day all true believers will experience this. Whether we depart our earthly tent and join Him in Heaven through death or whether He comes back for us when He returns. At a time of sorrow (a loved ones passing) we may find ourselves reflecting on this thought: What does the future hold for the believer? It is hard for our finite minds to wrap around it the wonder of it all. One Day One day there shall be release All the pain we've known will cease Time on earth will disappear All the sin, the hurt and fear For the die is sweetly cast When the Lord returns at last Things will be made new somehow Yet ones who've passed are with Him now In Christ's presence they are blessed For they've entered into rest My mother did so recently... No ears have heard, no eyes can see The things He has prepared for those Whose names (in the Lamb's Book) He knows Mere words are not enough to tell The joy in which departed dwell Who've looked to Christ to make them right His sacrifice was their delight For those whose sins have been forgiven Have joined their Savior there in Heaven
  49. For those of you wondering how I am holding up in the recent passing of my mom... It has been very difficult. She was my best friend and the last family member (from my past) to be in my life. This is a lonely time of adjustment. I am so thankful she is in Heaven and pain free, but I do feel a void where she once was. It has only been 10 days so this is still pretty early. Thanks to those of you who have shown kindness and encouragement to me as I grieve. I wrote this poem today to express it: In the good times and the bad In the happy and the sad Christ is worthy of my praise So my hands to Him I raise Though I may not understand Certain things which He has planned He is there through thick and thin Matters not what shape I'm in Though at times my heart may ache He'll not leave me nor forsake He gives grace to ease my plight He brings sweet songs in the night Brothers, sisters who have cared Words of comfort with me shared They have helped to ease my sorrow As I press on towards tomorrow
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