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  1. You get used to it where we live. If it rains, the internet goes off. To be fair, I've not been without it for two weeks before. It got very annoying.
  2. Hi Rose... In Corrie Ten Boom's own words, here is why she never married: -written by Corrie Ten Boom with Jamie Buckingham— Tramp for the Lord Ellen, my new traveling companion, had gone with me to a lonely mission field in Mexico. Our hostess was a lady missionary, unmarried, in her forties. One evening while we were alone in her little adobe, she confessed her bitterness and resentment over being unmarried. "Why have I been denied the love of a husband, children, and a home? Why is it that the only men who ever paid any attention to me were married to someone else?" Long into the night she poured out the poison of her frustration. At last she asked me, "Why did you never marry?" "Because," I said, "the Lord had other plans for me than married life." "Did you ever fall in love and lose someone, as I have?" she asked bitterly. "Yes," I said sadly. "I know the pain of a broken heart." "But you were strong, weren't you," she said in biting tones. "You were willing to let God have His way in your life?" "Oh, no, not at first," I said. "I had to fight a battle over it. I was twenty-three. I loved a boy and believed he loved me. But I had no money and he married a rich girl. After they were married he brought her to me and putting her hand in mine said, 'I hope you two will be friends.' I wanted to scream. She looked so sweet, so secure and content in his love. "But I did have Jesus, and eventually I went to Him and prayed, 'Lord Jesus, You know that I belong to You 100 percent. My sex life is yours also. I don't know what plans You have for my life, but Lord, whatever it may be, use me to realize Your victory in every detail. I believe You can take away all my frustrations and feelings of unhappiness. I surrender anew my whole life to You.'" I looked across the little table at the bitter woman in front of me. Her face was furrowed, her eyes hard with resentment. I sensed she had been trying to run away from her frustrations. Perhaps that was even the reason she was on the mission field. Sadly, there are some of God's children who go to the mission field to escape the pain of not having a husband. I know others, back home, who spend every evening away from their families, attending Christian meetings, because they are unhappy and frustrated in their marriages. Work-even mission work- can become a wrong hiding place. "Those called by God to live single lives are always happy in that state," I said. "This happiness, this contentment, is the evidence of God's plan." "But you loved and lost," she exclaimed. "Do you believe that God took away your lover to make you follow Him?" "Oh, no, I smiled. "God does not take away from us. He might ask us to turn our backs on something, or someone, we should not have. God never takes away; however, God gives. If I reach out and take someone for myself and the Lord steps in between, that does not mean God takes. Rather it means He is protecting us from someone we should not have because He has a far greater purpose for our lives." We sat for long minutes in the semidark room. Only a small kerosene lamp gave its flickering light, casting faint shadows on the walls and across our faces. I thought back-remembering. I had always been content in the Lord. Back when I was in my thirties God gave me children-the children of missionaries-whom I raised. Betsie, my sister, fed and clothed them while I was responsible for their sports and music. We kept them in our home in Holland, and I found deep satisfaction in seeing them grow to maturity. I also spent a great deal of time speaking and sharing in various clubs for girls. But it was not the work that brought balance to my life, for work cannot balance our feelings. It was because my life was centered in the Lord Jesus that I had balance. Many people try to lose their feelings in work, or sports, or music, or the arts. But the feelings are always there and will eventually, as they had done tonight in this missionary, come boiling to the surface and express their resentment and discontent. I turned to Ellen, my companion. Ellen is a tall, blond, beautiful Dutch girl then in her early thirties. She is single, yet she has learned the secret of living a balanced life. While I believe God set me apart before I was born, to live a single life, Ellen was different. She did not feel that God had called her to a single life; rather she felt that one day, in God's time, she would marry. However, until that time arrived-one year or thirty years from then-I knew she was secure in Jesus and was not looking to a husband or children for her security. I spoke to the missionary. "There are some, like me, who are called to live a single life," I said softly. "For them it is always easy for they are, by their nature, content. Others, like Ellen, are called to prepare for marriage which may come later in life. They, too, are blessed, for God is using the in-between years to teach them that marriage is not the answer to unhappiness. Happiness is found only in a balanced relationship with the Lord Jesus." "But it is so hard," she said, tears welling up in her eyes. "That is so," I said. "The cross is always difficult. 'But you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God' (Colossians 3:3). Dear girl, it cannot be safer. That part of you which would cling to a husband is dead. Now you can move into a life where you can be happy with or without a husband-secure in Jesus alone." I do not know if she really understood me, for often we set our minds on some one thing we think will make us happy-a husband, children, a particular job, or even a "ministry"-and refuse to open our eyes to God's better way. In fact, some believe so strongly that only this thing can bring happiness, that they reject the Lord Jesus Himself. Happiness is not found in marriage; or work; or ministry; or children. Happiness is found by being secure in Jesus.
  3. Hi Ryan, Remember we are the church, the called out ones, part of the Body of Christ. I think you mean a public meeting run by a religious organisation. And no you do not have to attend a public meeting run that way. It is important though for us as believers to get together or phone or e-mail etc with other believers. This can be for a meal, a chat, encouragement, a study, sharing, prayer, social, etc The Lord say He is with us in the 2`s and 3`s and that is wonderful for we help each other in our daily lives. all the best, Marilyn.
  4. Welcome RVKM, I am also new here. I'm down in Canyon Country, Ca.
  5. Sorry to hear that. What a lot she has gone through. I will be praying for her. Becky. X
  6. Not exactly, and not good. Israel got a king when they asked for one. They suffered for it. Some people get money. They usually suffer for it. (no one can serve two masters, they love one and hate the other, or hate one and serve the other). Some people "confess" whatever, and gain the world, but lose their soul. Their lips might even praise the Creator, but their hearts are far from Him. (they are lost)
  7. Firstly, you cannot out-sin God. That would be setting yourself up to be BIGGER than Him. Secondly, your wrongdoings are passe to the Lord. He already: ALREADY died and shed blood to COVER your sin. Thirdly, you CANNOT disown God anymore than you can disown the sky, the air, the cosmos. Fourthly, to the Lord you are more precious than anything material or immaterial that he has Created. Simply put: HE WANTS HIS DAUGHTER BACK. All you have to do is accept that by accepting His Sacrifice for you - FOR YOU PERSONALLY. He wants to be YOUR LOVE.
  8. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen!
  9. I guess I acknowledged Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but I never received him as such. I hope my friends were wrong. I'm going to try and read my Bible more and get to know him better. Thank you everybody for these replies.
  10. Glad you are back! I was without internet for a few days, too.
  11. 1 Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. 2 O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us, to keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed, and free us from all ills of this world in the next. 3 All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, the Son and Spirit blest, who reign in highest heaven the one eternal God, whom heaven and earth adore; for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
  12. ...said he believes in God, but he believes we (man) invented God. The question is a generic as it is cowardice. "Do you believe in God?" "Do you believe there is a God?" Higher power... mother nature... karma... some nondescript being or thing to blame for everything... The 82 year old actor is right about one thing... man did invent most versions of god in the world. "Do you believe in the one true God? Creator of all things created? Who revealed himself to man and authenticated his message by his very nature to see the future? Who became a man and laid that life down on a cross to rise from the tomb three days later to save all who believe in his name? Do you believe in the Jesus of the Word of God?" Most believers are too afraid to ask so directly. Or they are concerned somebody they ask might prove them wrong for believing in Jesus of the Word of God. That's ignorance and cowardice. Anyone who learns from the Word of God why we believe what we believe is totally assured of the truth.
  13. @4everyume Yes my friend, you can be forgiven. You have not committed the unpardonable sin. Matthew 12:31 There are moments in emotional instability, when the mind can play tricks on you. The Word says this in 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and everything that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJV Now this is easier said than done when we allow our minds to wander too much in frivolous thoughts. But as suggested, by reading the Word of God daily, and meditating on it, this can become less of a struggle over time. God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  14. To Start: Read the Bible daily, all the way through for a few years. Also read the studies at WORTHYCHRISTIANLIBRARY.com (this might help sooner also, and is in line with the BIBLE)
  15. yeuk never had either ..never even seen a clam and oysters are slimy slippery and gross as my grandchildren say
  16. I did a bit of web searching on this. Decades ago, I read a number of authors who taught and preached something similar. This has been around for a long time in various forms. I know many Christians who were saved and discipled under this type of teaching who have had decades of fruitful lives in Christ. The general idea is preaching Jesus Christ as both Savior AND Lord of our lives right away and not just Jesus Christ as Savior. Here's Ray Comfort's presentation of the gospel. It seems sound to me. https://www.livingwaters.com/are-you-a-good-person/ Here is another article on repentance (by a different person) on his site (https://www.livingwaters.com/how-to-preach-repentance/). That seems reasonable as well. It does not appear to me that he is teaching one needs to stop sinning on their own efforts to be saved but rather that a genuine conversion with God's Holy Spirit coming into a person will produce actual changes in a person. Here's a quote from that article that seems to be in context and reflect what they are intending to say. "Repentance does not mean achieving perfection. We don’t clean ourselves up on our own efforts and then try to get God to accept us. Rather, it is choosing a different attitude toward sin. We will still sin on occasion until God calls us home to Heaven, and will have to ask for forgiveness of sin until we die, but God gives His children power and strength to battle against it." I found a number of sites via a "Ray Comfort Lordship Salvation" search on bing. I'll be blunt, most of the hits were for the type of Christian expose' sites I roll my eyes at. They use large font types, bold colors, clickbait headlines ("Ray Comfort's Perverted Gospel", "Ray Comfort Perverts Luke 8:13", "Ray Discomfort", "Ray Comfort is Wrong On Salvation!","The Damnable Heresy of Ray Comfort"), and then proceed to explain how they are the only ones holding to the true gospel. They have a handful of Christian preachers and teachers they like and elevate those teachings to near scriptural levels of authority. They seem to form an echo chamber where they quote and link each other's sites and articles using various buzzwords they've created. One of them writes an article exposing someone as a wolf or heretic and the rest jump in on it and quote it themselves. For those interested, here's a list of people holding to the "Lordship Salvation Heresy" (https://graceinsightandart.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/here-is-a-list-of-lordship-salvation-false-gospel-preachers-biblical-grace-preachers-and-some-unknowns/). It includes Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Billy Graham, John MacArthur, RC Sproul, Francis Chan, AW Tozer, Jack Chick, Jonathan Edwards, Rick Warren, Leonard Ravenhill, Ravi Zacharias, and "Almost All Reformed, Calvinist, Arminian, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Church of Christ Churches". As far as I can tell, the people writing these articles hold a rather extreme type of OSAS view and that anyone who disagrees is a heretic of some type. I find it ironic that some of them even include strong OSAS proponents as holding this heresy. From the level of rhetoric, I have the impression that some of them think that any Christian who disagrees is not a Christian but a wolf. I have no doubt as to the zeal and sincerity of the Christians who run these sites. I just think they've gone off the deep end to the detriment of their own ministries and credibility. Long story, but I was like that myself for a time.
  17. True. God tells us explicitly in Revelation 13:10 and 14:11-12 who it is that keeps the word of His perseverance. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. Those who refuse the mark and refuse to worship the image are those who keep the word of His perseverance, even if it means imprisonment or death. It is those people who will be kept from the time of testing.
  18. Might consider asking of ones self if the offender does come to me in repentance and asking for forgiveness will I express my forgiveness and never bring up the issue to anyone ever again, or will I hold it out again and again as reason to keep my distance from the offender even after they have come to express their repentance and ask for forgiveness? If the answer is yes then all that may be done by the offended toward forgiveness is at hand and is done. If not then there really is no forgiveness, instead there are only terms of truce at hand. To say I forgive but will never ever trust you again, is not forgiveness it is settlement.
  19. Hi douge, The body of Christ, which is comprised of both Jews and Gentiles - the church -, did indeed begin at Pentecost. All of my proof texts will be quoted from the NIV. Peter may be addressing Jews here, but this does not mean at all that they would not become the newly formed church - the body of Christ: (1Co 7:18) Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. and... (1Co 12:13) For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. and... (1Co 12:27) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. It's so plain and obvious that whether "Jews or Gentiles" forms "one body" (Ch. 12 verse 13)... and that one body is called "the body of Christ" (Ch. 12 verse 27). One gospel letter to both Jew and Gentile saying they are the body of Christ. It's not just Peter preaching that gospel, Paul also preached that to the Gentiles: (1Co 2:2) For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. and... (1Co 15:12) Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? Both Peter and Paul preached Christ and Him crucified and resurrected and both baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They - Jews and Gentiles - both heard the same message and the faith was delivered one time for all people, not two times for two groups of people: (Jud 1:3) Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people. You aren't out-right saying it, but the implication is just dripping in your message: Are you saying that there is a different gospel message of salvation depending on a person being circumcised vs. uncircumcised? This especially is implied when you say: I await your answer to that. Moving on... It's not just the sins of the nation of Israel that Peter's message was restricted to: (Mat 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. and... (Luk 24:46) He told them, "This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, (Luk 24:47) and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Matthew 16:18 was fulfilled when Peter preached the gospel message at Pentecost. The gospel message preached at Pentecost was not only meant for Israel, but "to all nations beginning at Jerusalem." It literally says that this message, which was preached "beginning in Jerusalem", was to be "preached to all nations" - not just Israel as you assert. As shown above, the body of Christ is indeed comprised of Jews and Gentiles and therefore the culmination of Acts 2 is indeed the church - the body of Christ. And it began in Jerusalem on Pentecost.
  20. Ray Comfort has been accused of preaching “ Lordship Salvation”.Some Bible teachers I follow do not like him.They say he does not teach the True Gospel.I know who he is ,but I need to check him out sometime.I know he has a novel and efficient way to get people to admit they are sinners .He May be one of the many that confuse Salvation and Sanctification.
  21. Mom just got home safe and sound, so grateful to God as always! Thanks to all of you who prayed for her safe trip!
  22. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. What do you possess? Romans 8:32 He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things?
  23. Say hello to my little friend!
  24. I think sometimes that forgiveness is just one part of a healing process God takes us through. When we've had some type of physical or emotional or spiritual trauma caused by another person, we can be injured and wounded. Those things sometimes require some degree of healing before we can feel free and whole again. I've heard many testimonies over the years of various emotional and spiritual hurts that God has healed people from. The methods He uses vary. Some have included counseling, sometimes it's something that just happens during private prayer, other times it's with prayer times with others such as after a church service, at a retreat, or in a prayer meeting. Sometimes it's a near instantaneous unexpected thing and sometimes it's a longer process.
  25. God has stepped in to save my life many many times! The first time was when I was around 11 or so. My father had taken my younger sister and I swimming in a creek because it was so hot where we lived in the deep south. As I was standing in the water I felt something brush against my right leg. I thought it might have been a piece of trash in the water for some reason. I will relate the following as I remember it as clearly today as the day it happened. I asked my father and my younger sister afterward if they saw or heard anything and they said no so now now I will relate what I saw and heard. I saw a small white cloud form above my head which at the time caught my attention as it seemed very strange. It lowered until it was right above my head. Suddenly I heard a very deep authoritative male voice speaking to me; not through my ears but inside my head. It said reach into the water grasp the first thing you feel and PULL! Now I had never before experienced such a thing but I did as I was told and found I had grasped a very large Cotton Mouth Water Moccasin perfectly behind the head so it could not bite me. It opened its mouth and hissed at me at which point I threw it cartwheeling out upon the right stream back as I made a light speed exit left. My father said it was the first time he had ever seen anyone walk on water before. I had the shakes and every hair on my body stood on end for a good 30 minutes. I kept checking myself for a snake bite but there was none. Because of all the weird things, dreams, and other events that had happened in my life up to that time I did not dare tell my parents what I had experienced. I don't know what that was; call it a guardian angel but it saved my life many times even setting aside the laws of nature. Why? Unless it was God watching over me for some reason I don't have a clue. I have experienced some people get mad when I shale events like this because someone had a love one die. They ask what makes you so special when my love one died? I have no answer to that; I only know what has happened in my life and thank God for His mercy. As far as I know I am not special. I have not invented an great cure, or done anything of noteworthiness. In fact in some circles I'm quite controversial as I don't fit the mold of what people expect.
  26. You will do much better if you read the Bible yourself, and ask God to help you understand it.
  27. @simplejeff, I do not understand why the international community cannot help in this horrible situation. I have lost a biological child and foster daughter. All other properties destroyed. Once you fall within the minority in Africa, you are a good as death. The Muslim have taken over the place and could kill Christians without excuse. Most churches have been reduced to ashes and capture members decapitated. What disturbs more is that all the killings are recorded and published on social media but the government and all the international communities represented in Cameroon are doing nothing. Even ordinary food from NGO was confiscated by the government minister last week and those NGO in a press conference were warned to stop mourning more than the bereaved. Sometimes, I feel we are already going through end time tribulation. I feel the rapture had already occur and the antichrist are those inflicted pains on others. Keep praying for us to keep focus on the cross of Jesus christ. Plavious
  28. @turtletwo, we have seen worse than this since 2016. We are comforted with 1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. We plead with God to satisfy us with himself, the one who gave his only Son for our sins so that by faith in him we might have eternal life. Satisfaction in the hope of the gospel sustains us in our suffering. We process our pain and recall the steadfast love of the Lord. We remember our crucified and risen Savior. An empty grave serves as a sure tombstone for all our sufferings. One day, in the twinkling of an eye, he will make all things new.
  29. Shalom gt768, Welcome to the forum! Yes, this forum is definitely aesthetically better looking than other sites. However, a forum itself is only as good as it's members, which is what counts. If you are joining to look for mutual edification, then you will be a great asset for us. Love & Shalom
  30. Shalom J.Slick Welcome to WCF! I hope you enjoy corresponding with the Christians in here. There are always plenty of discussions going on in here. Love & Shalom
  31. Well, there may be another way, I do not want to contradict Jesus, but if you can arrange to be born of a virgin, who is not pregnant with the help of a sinful man, and you live a perfect, sinless life, pleasing to God, you might have a chance at it. Odd are that is a bit hard for any of us to arrange. Welcome to Worthy, J. Slick!
  32. thank you for shareing this, I needed to hear that too
  33. Hi Sonshine. I like the your name! So, I'm going to answer this with a copy and paste that I wrote in another thread that exactly answers your question: ******** Moving along to your emphasis on not judging... I realize that judging is a serious matter, however, I fear that there are many Christians who read verses like Matthew 7:1 ("Do not judge, or you too will be judged.") and stop right there and then pickup with scriptures like what you quoted in Romans 14 and come away with the blanket idea that a brother should never judge another brother - which is entirely false. If one reads Matthew 7 in context, they will see that Jesus is not saying to not judge under any circumstances, but rather to not judge hypocritically. Christ Himself concludes this by saying: (Mat 7:4) How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? (Mat 7:5) You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Also consider what Christ said about what to do when a brother or sister sins against you: (Mat 18:15) "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. How can one "point out their fault" without judging them? If you point out a person's sin, you are judging them by telling them that what they did was wrong. And if Paul meant there was to be no judging whatsoever of Christians, then why did he himself say: (1Co 5:12) What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? (1Co 5:13) God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked person from among you." Clearly, Paul is saying that there is authority to "judge those inside" the church. But indeed, all forms of judging and rebuking should be done correctly and in the proper manner, according to what the situation calls for. Sometimes the rebuke is sharp (Titus 1:13), but in general, as you correctly pointed out in 2 Timothy 2: 24,25, it should be done gently with kindness and in a gentle manner and the person should not be quarrelsome. I completely agree with you on that
  34. That is standard teaching, of course - so how do you explain the salvation of Rahab's family being promised to them (in Judges 2) before they had any opportunity to exercise faith and, indeed, regardless of it? I don't know how this tension should be resolved, but I find it intriguing.
  35. Acts 1 :verses 1-5 Berean Study Bible 1In my first book, O Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, 2until the day He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. 3After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a span of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4And while they were gathered together,a He commanded them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized withb the Holy Spirit.”
  36. Exactly what form of U-Turn do you imagine? You only mention religious illiteracy ignorance and willful disregard for the Law of God. Hey, I'm good with the accusation part. I've suffered personally spiritually and financially from church lies and wickedness. I've gotten a belly full of it. One principle remains despite all the twisted perversions of organized religion in America - repentance. It is not only the church of Rome which is at fault. Most denominal churches in America have abandoned the Word of God as representing God's revealed will. Most are becoming more and more anti-semitic and representative of the fascist police state which now encumbers American society. Your vision is myopic. Rome is not the only demon on earth. I agree that the Great Whore of Babylon may indeed represent the Catholic church in more ways than can be stated here, but the Biblical imagery may also represent a figure for all religious corruption. Christendom is indeed circling the drain of history. Islands of devoted congregations do indeed remain, but they are becoming fewer as time goes by. Yet repentance and revival are needed on a great scale if massive suffering is to be avoided. Shall those of us who know God sit at home with a Bible in one hand and a revolver in the other? Shall we live in fear for our families and communities always - simply because we hate Catholics? Shall we all now bury our treasures in the earth and await Our Lord's return? What did He say would happen to those wicked servants who buried their talents in the ground? Do you remember? While I personally doubt there will ever again be a national revival, I also believe that much can be accomplished by small local revivals. It begins in prayer and it continues in organized efforts led by church leaders who are filled with a burden to act. Most church leaders pass evangelical work off on their congregations! Historically it's been church leaders/shepherds who have pointed the way for their sheep/congregations. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? - Ezekiel 34:1-2 Where are such devoted men and women? Where are the true leaders inspired of God? Are they not among us any longer? Where did they go? When there are no shepherds the sheep wander aimlessly. That's exactly what's happening here today. The U-Turn you speak of and the U-Turn we both know is needed is called revival. We need revival even if only a few small ones. that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
  37. turtletwo

    Shalom

    shalom chavarim
  38. Welcome to Worthy!
  39. I could have missed that one, too. I just guessed. I'm not sure either of those is really the shortest. What about 2 John? Who wants to count the words? My score was 100, but I agree with Jayne... some questions were not quite accurate in their wording, and some of the choices were so obviously wrong that the answers were impossible to miss. It was a fun quiz... thanks, Enoob.
  40. “Amend Your Ways” The Prophet Jeremiah was given the very difficult calling of God to warn Judah of the approaching, devastating judgment that would soon come on Judah and Jerusalem and their inhabitants unless the people would hearken to His call to repent of their sin and iniquity. God pled with His people through Jeremiah: “Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God.... Turn, O backsliding children…for I am married unto you…. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings…” (Jer. 3:12-14, 22). What a heart God had for His people! What more gracious offer could He make to His sinning people who rejected His commandments and worshiped other gods? Again and again God appealed earnestly through Jeremiah to His wayward people: “Amend your ways and your doings.... If you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings...then I will let you dwell…in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever” (Jer. 7:3, 5, 7). But the leaders of the people continued on in their rebellious ways against the commandments of God. They rejected warning after warning from God through Jeremiah and other prophets throughout the reign of several kings until God could bear the sin no longer. In God’s time, judgment came as prophesied. Many of the people were carried away in captivity to Babylon. The cities of Judah became desolate. Jerusalem was burned. Reading the story of Judah’s sad failure doubtlessly makes many of us feel like echoing loudly Jeremiah’s cry in our nations today, “Amend your ways and your doings!” We feel deep concern as we see sin and iniquity abounding on every hand. Judgment seems impending. But knowing that the merciful heart of God is as great today as in Jeremiah’s day toward those who repent and do righteous deeds, we have hope and not despair. “...Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). In this hour of extreme need, how thankful we can be that the Lord issues a call to repentance and prayer for the ultimate answer, which is His powerful intervention in revival power! Amending MY Ways Revival in a nation begins with revival in the church, and revival in the church begins with you and me! It is not safe to assume that I have no ways or deeds to amend. The tendency is to compare ourselves with others and feel that we are doing all right, but it is essential to wait before the Lord and His Word, that we may examine and judge ourselves biblically. Keeping a watchful eye on our ways and deeds and amending them where needed is essential if we are to pray effectively for revival. By Lois J. Stucky
  41. @simplejeff I don't need your prayers. I believe the word of God and I have faith and I have everything I need or want through Jesus.
  42. What do you do when you feel like a churches guinea pig?
  43. Hi douge, I realize you have been taught this concerning the time gap before the Apostle Paul received the revelation of the Body of Christ. Now I agree that the 12 disciples preached that Jesus is the Messiah and Lord. They didn`t have the revelation of the new purpose, the Body of Christ. However, God was giving the people of Israel an opportunity, by the Holy Spirit, to turn to Him. Yet we see that many of their leaders turned away. (Acts 28: 17 - 28) Thus over time many of those who heard the word through the 12 disciples also received the further revelation as it became known. It was a progressive revelation over time and God knows who is where - those who looked for Israel`s rulership to come and those who understood concerning the Body of Christ. regards, Marilyn.
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