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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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".
  9. Great opportunity to share the good news. Don't allow the possible lose of friendship keep her from hearing the most important words of her life. Be wise as a serpent, but as harmless as a dove. Share your own testimony. How you were lost, but now are saved. What you are saved from. A person must know/believe they are lost before they will want to be saved. Faith comes by hearing. Hearing by the word. "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:14-15)
  10. 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
  11. 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. ❤️
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NASB) Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, Our adequacy is in God and not in ourselves, to accomplish anything good in this world or in our walks with God. Our eyes must of all necessity stay on Him at all times. Though the valleys or the times of dying will come. The harder, faster, stronger our eyes stay on Christ the quicker and more smoother, even with the pain of dying, will we come through the whatever it is we’re going through. To the increase and joy that waits for us on the other side. It takes a heart that is willing and that is all it takes, God will do the rest if the heart stays willing and continually wants Him to. Blessings to all that would “want Him to” Much love in Christ, Not me
  15. 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
  16. Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. This is God’s desire and heart towards mankind, it is with this love He draws mankind. This eternal, everlasting love. The goodness of a love that is beyond measure, a love that is goodness itself. A love that is pureness itself. A love that is pure righteousness. A love that is free from all disorder, free from every form of selfishness or any evil thing. It is everlasting purity itself. An everlasting love that has no beginning or end. This is the great and awesome love that was given in Christ when Christ was given to mankind. Today His love shines on all, searching and seeking a heart it may enter, all the day long it knocks and asks to be allowed to enter. Looking for a heart that would be willing to give up all it’s own self, all it’s own love, that it might be able to love with the love of God. This love God freely gives to all that would ask. Can easily be accessed at any moment of time by the faith of the heart of the believer, regardless of the state or condition of the heart. A simple turning of the faith of the heart to God is all that is required, and a willingness to believe in the love of God. This is God’s work of wonder. It heals all, it fixes all, it forgives all, it is for all that would be willing to accept this love on loves own terms. This love of God toward mankind is the all of God. It is His gift of Himself to mankind. For as long as today is called today His love shines to bring forth the fruit of love. Oh to love with the love of God, though it will cost us all, all we lay claim to as our own. This love is God’s heart toward mankind, that mankind would love each other with this love of God. It is such a wondrous, a glorious love, the heart breaks and melts at the prospect of being loved by this love and being able to love with this love. For there can be no higher gift to receive or give than to love with the love of God. Oh to walk in perfect righteousness is to walk in perfect love. To walk in perfect love is to walk in perfect righteousness. Oh what a wonder is God’s gift of love that was revealed in Christ Jesus. Nothing can prevent us from receiving the love of God in Christ Jesus, except our unwillingness to receive it. Blessing to all that would be willing to give up all their hopes, dreams, desires to receive such great a gift that they can be conduits, of the love of God to all. Much love in Christ, Not me
  17. Welcome to a place where you will find lots of good teaching and Christian fellowship. Always remember, Sloth, your Heavenly Father loves you very much. He is very near and will always hear you when you cry out to Him. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. So glad you decided to join us.
  18. Father have your way in us. Every step in our lives, you have been with us and we pray you keep loving us and making your words true to us. Amen. Am also praying for you all. We all need prayers, we need love, we need God. Keep praying for us, hoping we shall all meet at Zion and shall gladly say we all "came here". Our God is a faithful God. Even when I feel he has failed, he manifest himself marvelously. What a privilege to be called children of the greatest among the great. Love and prayers Plavious
  19. I feel loss over it. From an art, architectural, and historical perspective it is a great loss. Last I heard no one was hurt and that is good news. As far as religion goes, pfft, one can worship anywhere. One doesnt need that building to worship the Lord. Although since its catholic, one wonders how many are true believers who worship there.
  20. Hi tt, This scripture came to mind, as in our attitude - But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, IN HUMILITY CORRECTING those who are in opposition, if perhaps God will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,...` (2 Tim. 2: 23 - 25) Marilyn.
  21. This goes out to those who have been comforting me in the recent loss of my beloved mother. Thanks, everyone. REJOICE WITH THEM THAT REJOICE AND WEEP WITH THEM THAT WEEP I want to personally thank each one of you... @IowaChristiangal @ForHisGlory37 @Tzephanyahu @PrayerWarrior @mercy100 @angels4u @In Him @SisterActs2 @Heybro @Cletus @Willa @plavious @Frances @enoob57 @Debp @Neighbor @Abby-Joy @Jostler @sugarbear @1to3 @B3L13v3R @C_Beth @HerLowliness
  22. Look at stephen as he was killed. He saw our Lord. It doesnt mean we wont suffer. Only that He will see us through it as He did the others in the bible. The way to escape is to keep our eyes on Him
  23. Welcome to Worthy, Purple. The problem is that your need will never be supplied by a human being. You are asking for a man to fulfill your inner need. You can have the company and even be intimate with a husband and still be lonely. I am a widow living alone for the first time in my life and know what loneliness is. Yet I am less lonely now that I have an intimate relationship with God than when I was first married and surrounded with people. Only God can really fill that hole. People try to fill it with sex drugs and alcohol but it cannot be filled with anyone but the living God who loves you so much He died in your place for your sin. We are not a dating service and discourage giving our personal information for safety. So all you will find here is friendship of Christians. The perfect man is a figment of your imagination. Only God with not let you down or leave you. Blessings, Willa
  24. Hello all, im Shua. I was just introduced to this site by a friend, and im excited to have found a community like this to discus God’s word. Like many people i have thoughts and questions, and im curious to see how they stack up with others that are active on this site. Im also eager to see what i can learn or teach others. Sometimes i struggle with my faith, but i know that talking with believers about the glory of God is a blessing and im happy to do it on any platform. Ill be posting questions and comments, and any feedback is appreciated. Thanks for reading and i look fowarding to discussing the bible with you all!
  25. Matthew 7:7 (NASB) "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. To those who’s hearts would be Christ’s. to those God says, ask. to those God says, seek. to those God says, knock. Than comes the God of love, with His fulfillment. “And He will be found by you.” For the finding of Him by His children is the joy of His heart. For His heart is toward all that would truly want to know Him. Those willing to have that intimate one and one relationship with Him, that takes place in the secret recesses of the heart. Where no one knows what transpires but the believer and this God of love, that died to make such a relationship possible. It is to this relationship God calls all those that would desire to be His. This call is to the heart of man, from the heart of the God of love. From the heart of God to the heart of man. This is God’s invitation to all those that would be willing to be His. “Come to me all that are heavy laden with fears, doubts, confusion, questions and any and all things that would prevent you from coming to me” Says the God of love, to all those that would be willing to be His........completely. Blessings, Much love in Christ, Not me
  26. Welcome to Worthy, Kountrygurl. It sounds like you are doing fine. 1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 1Pe 1:7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1Pe 4:13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1Pe 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. We will be praying for you, and you might also place requests in our prayer area. When Peter denied Christ 3 times during his trial, Jesus had told him that Satan had asked to have him to sift him like wheat, but after he was restored he should go and strengthen the brethren. That is saying that because of the suffering each of us goes through we will be able to comfort others with the same comfort we have received in our trials. Bless you, Willa
  27. Hello and welcome. I think I understand everything you wrote. Have you heard that old saying that God is good? And then someone else will say all the time? Just wanted to remind you of that because even if God allows hardships if you have enough faith you we'll have more strength to endure it. I don't want to say too much cuz I'm a little tired and I'm worried about making a mistake😐 but I hope you get a burst of peace and determination👍 maybe just think to yourself it's rough right now but it's okay because God has something way better for me👍😐 again welcome👍
  28. 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.....
  29. This is so beautiful and on time for me. Spirit lead is indeed is when your entire being is under dominion of the Holy Spirit. I am not there yet, because I am under construction...still a work in progress and I pray everyday for God to guide me with his Holy Spirit. Thank you for this. God bless you, in Jesus name.
  30. thank you all for your replies on Friday i took An od am home and am ok my husband says i can go to the church in town that i could feel Jesus there the church has women's groups and i can hang out there for a while i made a promise id never od again as i have things to live for one think i am living for and that is JESUS i will not longer hurt myself in anyway eg. self harm and eating disorder etc JESUS LORD HELP ME I AM A SINNER BUT YOU ARE HERE WITH ME ALWAYS
  31. In recent years I have devoted myself to knowing God for there is nothing greater than knowing him and being known by him. Most of my life has been spent knowing about God, but knowing about him is not the same as knowing him. My desire has not been rooted in pride or arrogance, but in a sincere desire to know the Lord God and his beloved Son as much as can be humanly possible. What man can truly know God for all that we see are only glimpses of how great He is? My quest has not been rooted in knowledge for how can I know God? I pondered about what can I truly know about God, what can I understand with all that I am, and the answer was simple yet profound. My quest to know God has been rooted in love, for God is love, and it is in love and through love that we can know him in many wondrous ways. I yearn and I long to be broken so that I might be filled. Brokenness requires surrender, trust, and acceptance, but it begins with awareness and acknowledgement of who He is and of who I am. With acceptance and surrender we move deeper into the place of awareness, and awareness increases understanding which grows to a place where we know and in knowing we shall be known. Brokenness comes before holiness and holiness comes before fullness and power. My heart desires to know the Lord and to be filled by his presence but first I must be surrendered and broken before him. Psalm 51 was written by a man with a broken heart, but also by a man with a heart that loved God and deeply desired to know him, and that Psalm is one I read often as I seek to be united in heart. A life well lived is a life spent in knowing God. I believe that statement and I know many if not all in this forum believe the same. Have a blessed day.
  32. Thanks to those who noticed my prayer request. Just now got back from the physician, and supposedly it's benign. I guess nothing to worry about, unless it becomes too large for basic functioning. Could opt for surgery then, not that the idea of taking a chunk out of my arm thrills me. Thanks again. God bless! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  33. Just read something profound. 'Other books i read. This book reads me'. It is the greatest book ever written. Thankyou God that we have it to guide us through this life on earth and preparers us for our eternity.
  34. For me at a certain point of my life,I felt abandoned with nobody around and was so depressed. Having trusted God over some issues,I have prayed,I waited and yet it seems my prayers are not being answered.One day while walking around alone in the field,I heard the voice of God saying to me ,your waiting is not waste.This word became like fire in my bones,I was strengthened while waiting on God to receive my answer and indeed the answer came at God's own time. Irrespective of what you are passing through righnow,am assured that God is working things out for your favour.Be strengthened and be blessed for you will also testify to the goodness of God.Our Father in heaven is Faithful,He will fulfil all what He has promised.
  35. Shalom to everyone ahead of the wonderful Passover, in the name of Yahweh the Father and the Lord Yahushua (Jesus). I wanted to share some historical facts about Israel at the time of the Lord Yahushua and a prophecy that was fulfilled “undercover”. The wondeful message of the afikoman. It’s also timely as well, with Passover excitingly just around the corner! The Basics The Jews have an order of things they do during Passover. This will involve prayers, readings, role play and eating patterns. This pattern of events is called the Passover-Seder. It is still followed precisely by religious Jews of today. Strangely, the Passover-Seder isn't in the Torah. The actual observance of Passover is very simple. But the Seder itself isn’t mentioned or even alluded to until, arguably, the Lord’s last Passover with His disciples. So when did the Passover-Seder start? It’s thought to have began with the Babylonian exiles who returned to Jerusalem. There is a possibility that the prophet Erza was involved. There’s even a possibility it may even be pre-exile. Either way, at the time the Lord walked in Jerusalem, this practice would have been known and it seems like He didn’t disapprove of it. I want to speak about just one element of the Passover-Seder: the afikoman. It's a symbol of the Lord Yahushua that will be portrayed in every religious Jewish home in a few days time! The Afikoman - “That which comes after” In the Seder, you have three pieces of unleavened bread wrapped together with white cloth and separated individually within. You can see pictures here if you can’t visualise it. At the set time in the Seder, the middle piece of unleavened bread is removed. This is the afikoman. Then: The afikoman is broken into two pieces. One piece of the afikoman is put back with the two unbroken pieces. The other piece is wrapped into a white cloth separately and hidden somewhere. After a time, the children are free to joyfully seek the afikoman When the afikoman is found, it is divided equally among everyone. The Interpretation Here we have a depiction on the Messiah himself in the afikoman. I’m sure you noticed the significance but let’s be sure we noticed everything: Three pieces of unleavened bread wrapped together with white cloth and separated individually within. Here is the Mystery of the Trinity. Yahweh Elohim - Father, Son and Spirit. Distinct and yet unified as one. “Hear O Israel, Yahweh our Elohim. Yahweh is One” ~ Deuteronomy 6:4 The middle unleavened bread is removed. This is the afikoman. The Son came from the Father, to save us. The afikoman is broken into two pieces. The Son was sacrificed for us. To save us from our sins, in Yahweh’s endless love and mercy. One piece of the Afikoman is put back with the two unbroken pieces. The Son’s spirit returned to the Father. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” ~ Luke 23:46 The other piece is wrapped into a white cloth separately and hidden somewhere. Yet, the Son’s body died and was wrapped in linen and buried. After a time, the children are free to joyfully seek the afikoman After 3 days, the Son rose again and He left the tomb! Now, some can’t see that and, interestingly, in the Seder they are depicted as the adults. Those who are old and set in their ways. It’s the children who find the Afikoman. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” ~ Matthew 18:3. When the afikoman is found, it is divided equally among the everyone. Those who find the Son, follow Him and live by Him, and there is enough for all. “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” ~ John 6:35. Messianic Insight Thinking about the idea the the Lord Yahushua carrying out His last Passover with His disciples, you could think “well, where was the child amongst them to search for the afikoman?”. True, but weren’t the majority of them as little children in heart? Not many could have be classed as “stuck in their way” adults. I bet John found it! It probably was even a fun moment they shared. Was the returned afikoman the very piece that the Lord split equally among everyone to share? I think so. It truly shows the fulfilment of the afikoman beautifully when the true Afikoman reveals it’s interpretation. The fact that this Gospel-in-role-play will be in every religious Jewish house in a few days time is incredible. What do they think of the afikoman? Well, amazingly they don’t really know what it’s meaning is. The practice has stayed with them but the knowledge has departed. Of course they do have interpretations, but they seem to vary, which is strange from a religion dedicated to specificity. For those who have good relationships with our Jewish brothers and sisters, I hope you find an intriguing way to start up a conversation about the Afikoman. It’s a great way to give the Gospel in no time at all. Imagine how the Father could stir the heart of them at their following Passover! Although, we must remember that a loving, patient and humble approach is better than a boastful, rushed and arrogant one. I have been guilty of this myself many times. Summary If you will blessed enough to share a Passover-Seder with others, I hope you study every other element of the Seder with your mind on Messiah. It’s an ordained way to celebrate how we were set free from our old lives as slaves to sin. Yes, the Seder itself isn’t within the Torah, but it’s like a class and a party combined. It’s a pretty cool way to spend the evening. However you choose to celebrate Passover when twilight of the 14th Nisan arrives, I hope join me in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty Yahweh Elohim, who freed us from our own “Egypt”! HalleluYah and “Yahweh shall reign forever and ever” ~ Exodus 15:18 Love & Shalom
  36. When I was in High School one of our teachers had this saying posted on the wall of his classroom. Engage brain before opening mouth! Right along with that line of reasoning, ...my pastor taught that the tongue came in a cage, so be careful when opening the door!
  37. Hi Patti, and welcome to Worthy. Without having to dig deeply into a bit of TMI for the sake this is the welcoming forum, yes, the Masons ie: Free Masons, are indeed a mysterious organization built on occult practices and beliefs. Also in past history, with ties to the Illuminati, they were an invincible force not to be reckoned with. So, it doesn't surprise me to hear of demonic oppression in the home, as a result of your husband's activities. Good news, however. Anyone can potentially be brought out of occult bondage, and freed by the power of our Lord Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Don't lose hope. I'll certainly be praying for you. God bless you sister. The battle is His! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  38. @sugarbear This is so true and truly a worthy topic... Scripture is clear about the need for kindness and respect towards one another. We are told to "speak the truth in love." (Ephes 4) There is a gentleness that the servant of Christ must walk in. Titus 3:2 says "to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people." I look forward to it! This is a great intro and far from shallow, imho.
  39. You know all that loose change that vanishes in your washing machine and dryer? Heaven is where it goes.
  40. Hi, just want to welcome you. Good advice already given by others here. Another thing you might consider is some volunteer work....besides it helping your loneliness, you might find a like minded guy volunteering with you. Sometimes when you aren't looking for a mate, that's when you will meet someone!
  41. I am often asked what my favorite Bible verse is. I usually answer John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. I truly do love this verse. What is your favorite?
  42. Luke 18:17 (NASB) "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it [at all.]" “like a child” These words we read, are meant to portray what condition one’s heart is to be in, that would want to receive the things of God. Like a child. For a child’s heart, above all the confusion, doubts, fears and questions in a child’s heart. One thing they don’t question is their father’s love for them. Even after a punishment, they come running up to their father to get reassurance. Their heart rests in the knowledge that their father’s heart is toward them always. They want his comfort, they need his comfort, they need the stability of his fellowship and the strength that his love brings to them. They might not understand, how, or why, or what. But what they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their father is their father and he will always be and his love is always theirs. Though the up’s and down’s, through the good and bad, he will always be their father and that can never change. They are part of him and he is part of them. They are bone of his bone. This familial relationship is the strongest relationship we as humans have. This born into the family relationship is a knot that can never be untied, can never not be, for it has happened. This oneness, of a being, “born out of.” This is but a poor description of what the relationship between a believer and his Heavenly Father is to be. Such a trust and a knowing that they will always be loved and accepted. It is knowing this fact that wrong will not be tolerated, that makes the relationship strong. It is this fact the child’s heart can rest in. This security of the relationship based on truth and right. For the child sees and knows that it is right that their father’s heart is towards them. So they can rest in the assurance that their father’s heart will always do what is right and that means to always love them. For the bar of love, is the bar of right, and it is that that gives their relationship a unending eternal strength that the child’s heart can rest in. This knowledge that truth and right is the foundation of their relationship, for the perfect Father always stands with what is right. This is what brings the believer great joy and security, knowing that their Heavenly Father always does what is right. They may not, but their Heavenly Father always does. It is this attitude of heart we are called to have. This attitude of knowing that the Father’s heart is always torward His children. It is this heart of humble trust in the one who tells us that He is love, we are to have faith in, to believe in, to rest in. Why does He want us to believe this? Because only a heart that does, can be taught. And God would have us learn. The humility, of taking our place as a child before God. We whom are full of self and our own opinions. This is surely a death to self, but it must be and gone through if we are to receive the Kingdom. Blessings, Much love in Christ, Not me
  43. I proablable have to go with a favorite passage, not a favorite verse, from Psa 103: 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust
  44. Good question John. We are what we feed ourselves! Feed your spirit with the bread of life and your spirit will be healthy!
  45. They are already separated out by their choices they have made about God and His Word... I am sure the spirits of disobedience doesn't like that they cannot mix in with the children of obedience but oh well... God plans to separate them eternally from us... There is but one Word which has total freedom and it is from God called the Scriptures all else is a generated puss of lies!
  46. * I too have benefited from the instruction of such, to whom I will be eternally grateful, '@In Him'. * These are useful verses that you have provided, and refer to those who have received a 'trust', which they are called upon to faithfully administer to others. Which brings to my mind another passage of Scripture: words spoken by Paul to Timothy:- 'Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.' (2 Timothy 1:13-14) * I believe that the content of the epistle to the Ephesians, along with that of Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Timothy and Titus, contain a trust, a deposit of truth, for which faithfulness in Christ Jesus was, and is still, a vital requirement. It was not the gospel of salvation, or of justification by faith, vital though those are, but the knowledge of the administration of the church which is the Body of Christ, of which Christ Himself is the Head. The content of which I believe was the substance of the 'form of sound words' which had been heard and entrusted to Timothy by Paul: and was so vehemently opposed: prompting the following words of Paul, in 2 Timothy 1:15:- ' This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.' * These epistles were written to believers, to whom God would make known the truth that is, ' Christ in (or among) us', which is, 'our hope of glory, as members of the Church which is the Body of Christ. This was unique at the time of writing, as was the hope and sphere of blessing spoken of in these pages. A unique unity, in which the Jew had no prior place, a unique calling, and a sphere of blessings which are spiritual, and all ours in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. A completeness and acceptance in Christ, a standing of holiness in which there is no blame to be found; and a spirit of Sonship which could call the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'Father'. Forgive me for getting carried away with the glory of this, @In Him.. With love in Christ Jesus Chris
  47. Thank you for all you are doing to me and my family Lord.
  48. None of us can save a soul. Neither can we cost someone a soul. The same God who created the universe can send others to the atheist. The Lord saves. Not us.
  49. Mormons believe men who follow all their rules (like no caffeine or alcohol, tithing etc,) will become gods and call the women they want to their own planet so they can father spirit children to be born on their planet. This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we have been taught, and Galatians 1 says they are accursed. Believing the Mormon gospel and being baptized in the mormon church leaves a person condemned, not saved. She needs to hear the true gospel in the Bible, that salvation is by faith not by works lest any man should boast, and that all who confess Jesus as Lord and ruler of their lives will be saved. 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 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 1Co 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 1Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1Co 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Gal 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— Gal 1:7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. Act 20:21 “testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Act 26:15 And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. Act 26:16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, Act 26:17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you Act 26:18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' Rom 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
  50. Welcome to Worthy, Path. This world's not my home, I'm just a passing through. Our citizenship is in heaven.
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