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  1. A sister of mine (a new member, too) was hurt recently by what she considered an insulting remark. I'm not sure of the specifics but it inspired me to write this thread. My purpose is to address the subject in general. I am not pointing fingers or naming names. I only know that Nedrah's thread put it on my heart to speak on this topic. There is room for improvement in each one of us for a little more sensitivity and a LOT more kindness. Speaking (posting) hastily can have harmful consequences. James 1:19 says,"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." Sadly, much of the time 'Quick Draw McGraw' tongue stuff is swept under the rug (made light of and justified by those doing it)... But scripture tells us we will give an account for every word spoken. Jesus says "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Let's be honest before our so- called 'helpful' advice and 'words of wisdom' come spewing forth. When posting in the heat of emotion...stop and really think it through first. Ask yourself do YOU want to be treated in the same careless manner you are behaving/speaking towards others. Pray to the Lord for clear cut guidance before pushing that 'submit reply' button. James 3 shows us the dangers of an unruly tongue (not yielded to Christ's Lordship.) Too many are freely posting reprimands and unnecessary mini- sermons. Let's keep it real and examine ourselves with this. Criticism can come in the guise of 'helping' when it is nothing more than 'making points' and wanting to prove we are right. Then it is often defended as being 'exhortation.' But God who is omniscient looks upon the heart. He knows the TRUE motives for doing it. Sadly, it can be fleshly...giving a 'rush' or a 'power trip' to the one thoughtlessly speaking/posting. Extreme indulgences in this will amount to a form of cyber-bullying. This ought not to be...especially among Christians. The world is watching as to how we represent the Christ we say we love. Thanks for reading this. It is a subject that is close to my heart. With that said, here's my group hug for my much loved Worthy family.
  2. Shalom everyone, I just wanted you all to know that it's been an extremely busy month for me in Israel. We had a conference in Jerusalem during the week of Pentecost. In the past month, we had a member of the congregation that suffered a stroke. Also, one of the anchors of the movement in Israel just passed away, which has taken my time away from the ministry. There is way too much going on in the land ... with the threat of a war with Iran, and trying my best to pastor and do the things I normally do. When I come to Worthy and find 20+ reported threads ... that's TIME in my daily routine that I really need these days. I posted this in another thread that I had to spend a good 30 minutes cleaning up. Do yourself a favor ... if you can't discuss something in love ... then simply don't let a forum board steal your joy! Seriously! I want you to think about this ... God created a HOLY people. What is Kadosh in Hebrew -- which is translated HOLY? It means SEPARATED for Himself! What SEPARATES us from the world? In the Old Testament -- it was keep SHABBAT (Sabbath) and following God's instructions! What is God doing now? Creating for himself a HOLY NATION through YOU! 1 Peter_2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. What makes US separated from the World? Is it the commandments? Well, it's DEEPER THAN THAT! Rom 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Rom 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom 13:11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Rom 13:12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. You can become so legalistic -- that you believe you're HOLY -- but in essence have no love -- you're missing the POINT! The thing that makes us SEPARATED from the world -- is OUR LOVE for ONE ANOTHER! And how we love our ENEMIES! The reality is simply this -- LEARN TO LOVE -- and the first step is learning how to discuss things with one another in LOVE! This is OBJECT of the lesson. If you can't discuss in love with those you disagree with ... you'll find yourself on Mod Review. I don't BAN anyone ... and I don't shut down discussions without a good reason. So please ... take the lesson to heart ... be a HOLY people and learn what should truly separate us from the world! Joh 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. Joh 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, Joh 17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. God bless, George
  3. Take this parable to heart. Let's say I'm throwing a big party and am inviting the world to the party (the forums) and I want everyone to have a great time, eating (reading through posts being fed), drinking (being encouraged to walk in His Word), and having fellowship with one another. In Israel, we have Shabbat meals -- and whenever you have 2 Jews -- you have 3 opinions -- it's GREAT to be opinionated. I encourage discussions ... but during our Shabbat meals ... we never ever get to the point in disagreements whereby food is being tossed and seriously yelling takes place! And if someone comes into the meal ... and starts throwing food ... and yells at everyone -- what do you suppose the head of the Shabbat meal will do? He'll escort those causing problems out of the house! Why? Because the whole reason for the gathering was to learn from one another ... to have a great time of fellowship! Some people like to constantly throw food and yell ... they won't last on Worthy ... because they missed the point of the party ... it's a prequel to the true party -- the Lamb's Supper! All I'm trying to provide is a place to allow true fellowship ... and discussions in love ... in the hopes it will be a catalyst for true REVIVAL based on REPENTANCE!
  4. Years ago atheists had access here and they were counter witnessing to immature Christians, basically corrupting their faith. This site is also accountable for encouraging Christians to grow in faith and not be harmed by atheists who are intent on causing harm. In my opinion, it is good for there to be a place for Christians to fellowship without unbelievers and for there to be a place for atheists to be witnessed to by well grounded Christians.
  5. God is good... All the time! He is worthy of our praise. He is pleased when we have an attitude of gratitude. "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Scripture proclaims that "The joy of the Lord is our strength." Today is a new day...let it be a fresh beginning to walk in His joy.
  6. US Navy Vietnam Era veteran, I'm semi retired from state & federal govt, corporate, and private consultant forestry, the last part as Park Ranger-natural interpretation, and private landscape design. All along I had opportunity to witness Christ to thousands of inquirers without violating law. At age 74 I am blessed with occasional advisory contracts and more time to engage the world in online evangelism. Married to the wife of my youth since 1967, have two adult daughters and two teen grand-daughters. Since 1976 have been born again, teaching Bible classes and substitute preaching/counseling, involved in men's ministries like Teen Challenge and others about the last 25 years, as well as homeless veterans. Thanks be to my Lord and savior Jesus the Christ of God, who marked me with His Spirit and has kept me to His purposes.
  7. Hi all, Hope and pray you are all ok. Just a quick one to let you know we arrived safely. It was a long journey, but we're here. It is very hot and sunny. Totally different to what we're used to. lol. I will continue to pray for you all whilst I'm here. God bless you. Becky.
  8. So, we have moved to a new house and a week back we had invited one of the pastors we know to our house. Just to spend some time us and bless the new house. He stayed overnight and we were planning to do some prayer in the evening. He is such a humble and wonderful person full of wisdom! He is a pentecostal Pastor and always encourages me and my wife to seek Baptism of Holy Spirit. I have held different positions about speaking in tongues. Generally I have always believed speaking in tongues is for today. But my position was that it was not "essential". I never prayed for it too much. In my Church, a series on Spirit Empowered Life has been going on from beginning of the year (and this week they started a new series). Wonder about the timing!! The Pastor was actually fasting that day and wanted to pray with us for us to receive baptism of HS. He talked about it for a while and we started praying. I prayed. Then I slowly set aside my doubts and prayed to God that He would simply touch me and fill me. If that means speaking in tongues, then let it happen. This went on for a while. Then I thought Pastor would stop and stay keep asking the Lord and some other day it would happen. Nope, he would not stop! We kept on praying and finally my wife started speaking in tongues. That's when my prayers became serious!! I was in tears, just praising God and asking Him to fill me. Then the Pastor was moved by HS and he layed his hands on my head. On that instant, I felt like something gushing out of me. I started crying and speaking in tongues. It felt liberating. It felt like water breaking out of dam. It felt like everything came out of the core of the body or close to belly. That's the best way I can describe! I was speaking in tongues for a while and eventually we stopped. Yesterday during worship service at Church, once again I spoke in tongues for a while. May be for 1 or 2 songs. It is amazing! Clearly I could feel connected to God than normal praise and worship. It feels like there is zero distraction. No other thoughts in mind. And there is a calmness and peace at that time. And plenty of crying! I am so thankful and grateful to Lord that He would chose a sinner like me to show His goodness. I am not posting this up for debate on whether tongues is for today or question my experience. I am sharing this more as a testimony. As for my position about Baptism of Holy Spirit, I can personally testify that speaking in tongues is for today. Is Baptism of Holy Spirit is a second experience after being saved? This is the case for me. May be that's the way it is or may be that's the way it was for me because of my unbelief and not seeking it before. I don't know. If you are in my boat, set aside your doubts and seek Him. Just seek Him.
  9. Quoting an excerpt of the introduction to the Book The Bible Jesus Read by Dr. Thomas McCall, and Zola Levitt, two teachers I have found creditable over the years: "Obviously the Old testament was the Bible Jesus read. The New testament was gradually produced after the time of Christ, so that the Messiah, His disciples, and apostles, as well as all of the original Christin churches initially used only what we cll the Old testament as their Bible. All of their doctrines, all of their evangelism,and all of their practices in daily life came from the Hebrew Scriptures. Christianity was born and bred in the old Testament." Jesus knew and loved the old testament above al other books. it was constantly on His mind and the magnificent prophecies and exciting sagas rang through all of His teaching. He quoted it profusely and, in fact, in all of His recorded lessons, he never quited any other book. The Old testament was the continuous guide of His own life, and was understood by Him to express the very will of God. He never questioned its truthfulness and He considered every word-even every "jot and title" to be of eternal significance. The personalities of the Old Testament were very real to Jesus as the people of his own genration, whether they lived four hundred years or four thousand years before. Oddly, followers of Jesus today-those who seek to walk in His very footsteps-do not appear to appreciate the Old Testament nearly as much as He did. To many Christians today, and many Jews as well, the Old Testament is an outmoded, cryptic, closed book. Many regard it as a collection of antiquated and superseded doctrines, events, and personalities. At worst th eold Testament has been regarded as confusing and even at variance to authentic Christian teaching. But rightly understood, the Old testament is the foundation upon which the great truths of the New testament rest." .... From the introduction to the book The Bible Jesus Read by Dr. Thomas McCall and Zola Levitt
  10. God knows,I am not the best of readers..even after 27yrs of walking with him. The thing is,he knows my heart...so for me personally ....he knows how much my heart yearns to be more like him. He has changed my heart beyond recognition ...he witnesses to my heart,then I line it up with scripture..it truly is amazing ..that is how we communicate with each other. i have been in the desert,which felt like yrs...but through being in that place...he taught my heart so much....he has brought me to this place in my spirit.....it's a place of peace,contentment ...understanding ..it's like I am seeing through his eyes,I hear through his ears ..he speaks through me.......it makes me weep at times....because he has given me so much!....I just want to learn inwardly...he knows this.... At the moment I am resting in his arms"........as I have just come out of.....one very long journey of understanding. All the Glory goes to the Lord...he is my "Teacher"!!
  11. SCRIPTURAL TEXT:* _*(John 8:11)*_ _“And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”_ 🔸🔸🔸 The true Gospel is the Gospel to the poor, the lost, the sick and the weak. It possesses the power to save. As true witnesses therefore, we must learn how to always present the Gospel as Good News, not as a message of condemnation. The woman caught in adultery no doubt deserved some tough words from Jesus, but we see Him use a different approach in winning the woman. Jesus showed her love and reassured her that she is not condemned. The Gospel is not to condemn sinners, it is to show them the way to victory over the flesh, the world and the devil, which is in Christ Jesus. Glory to God! As witnesses for Christ, we cannot effectively reach a world that we condemn. Instead, we show the weak and dying world that the strength they need to overcome sin and the sinful nature of the flesh is in accepting the finished words of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Gospel is Good News; that is the way it must be presented.
  12. Hi there folks, just to let you know that I hadn't fallen off the edge of the world. Just been working away from home over this last week, and no access to a computer or laptop to keep up with all that has happened. Just happy to be home and among you all again, God bless.
  13. It checked all my boxes: "gospel-centered", multi-ethnic, filled with youthful energy. But it felt disengenuous. It felt like this super streamlined, organized operation that appealed to the need to have church activities. It felt like the leaders were trying hard to emulate another church's successful model. The only problem is, I don't believe the Kingdom of God is measured in church growth and activities. The Kingdom of God is invisible right now and comes down to the changed hearts of believers. I feel discouraged that my gut is telling me to keep searching. I really wanted to love that church.
  14. Besides some preaching condemnation to unbelievers....there are also those who preach condemnation to born again Christians. This is really sad. We should seek to edify each other, rather than to put condemnation on to others.
  15. Fer@007


    Hello Brothers and Sisters!!! I hope you’re having a Blessed day!!! I’m happy to join you guys!!! Let’s Praise the Lord!!! ☝🏼🙌🏼
  16. Greetings to my fellow Board members. We are told by Peter, after having visited Cornelius the centurion and his oikos, that God accepts people from the nations along this criteria. Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him. This is the minimum requirement for salvation from people of every nation, tribe and tongue. It is acceptance by God...not that God is well-pleased or even pleased with these...that standard of which is by faith. So then just as the fear of God is the beginning of salvation so is it also the beginning of wisdom. Prov. 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. God is a righteous judge. They who work righteousness and fear the Lord are doing what is humanly possible to be accepted with God. So then to please God takes a lot...it takes faith...but to be saved requires the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord remains the main criteria for a basic salvation. Now some may say that we no longer need the fear of the Lord. But this is not true. There are doctrines circulating around these days that would make us foolish rather than wise. Does faith negate the fear of the Lord? No...as we shall see.
  17. Nedrah


    It's so good to be saved and help others in God's wonderful plan of Salvation. Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior has made my life more than beautiful. I adore his grace and mercy thank God for giving us faith, without faith we would die but God chose us to live and this is life more abundantly for those who live for the Lord.
  18. Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply with such openess, honesty, love and care...wow to your testimonies of what you been through and by the grace of God came through and for encouraging me. I do have great Christian friends, I also have great judgers lol but u understand everyone is walking their own walk and all that matters is God and what He says and anything good in my life is only because of Him. Part of me lings to turn back and part of me is afraid. I am so thankful to God that I found this chatsite because there are so many truly genuine Christians on here and you are making a difference by the grace of God. I didn't know what to expect when I posted the above post but I cried when I read what you all had to say. From the bottom of my heart thank you all so much and I pray God encourages and strengthens you all in Jesus name 💕
  19. ... the true church is all around ... simply start fellowshipping and praying that the Lord brings you the relationships that will continue to refine you as a believer. Don't look for the "perfect" church -- or the "perfect" ministry ... for within any organization is the fact that men run them in their sinful bodies! Look for those who will keep you accountable ... those who are able to tell you the truth in the spirit of GRACE AND TRUTH ... and those who are seeking the deeper understandings of God and encourage you to do the same! Welcome to Worthy! God bless, George
  20. And also for this day... 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: KJV
  21. Our brother JustPassingThru wrote the following in a different topic. It's very interesting so thought I'd post it where more can read it. Written by JustPassingThru... Got any grape fields in Texas? Ever read Steinbeck's book, …Grapes of Wrath? It was required reading in High School, …and during summer vacations I worked in those very grape fields, in Lamont, Weedpatch and Arvin that he wrote about. So…, let’s take a look at that illustration Jesus was talking about, …one note (for those that are not familiar with the language of the King James), the suffix eth in the KJV means continually. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:2a Every branch in me that does not continually bear fruit He, (Father, Husbandman, farmer) continually takes away. The word taketh is airō and means to raise up, to elevate, to lift up, …the word away is not in the original text, it was added to supposedly give clarity. Because there are tens of thousands of acres of grapes, in the early spring the migrant worker went into the fields and raised up the branches that had fallen into the dirt and wove them back on to the overhead wires …and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:2b Every branch that continually bears fruit He purgeth it, …the word purgeth is actually kathairō and in the Greek it means to: to prune trees and vines from useless shoots. As soon as summer vacation had started we were in the fields pruning the runners (new young branches that cling to the wires and will not produce any fruit the first year and if they should the berries would be tiny and sour) and cutting off all of the grapes below the fifth shoulder and any stunted grapes, leaving only eight of the largest bunches of grapes on each side of the trunk. Why? So that there would be larger and more plentiful fruit. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. These are the 16 bunches of grapes left on each trunk, the grapes are NOT struggling to grow bigger, they’re just hangin’ in there, it’s the trunk (vine) that supplies all of the nutrients and water for the grapes to grow. So is the lesson for us, …it’s the Holy Spirit that provides everything we need while we are growing, being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ and during this growing process Father is continually lifting us up when we fall, pruning away at our iniquity, our old carnal nature, and the result is Godly fruit produced in our lives. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6 Remember those new young runner branches that we cut off, after pruning the field was finished the migrant workers moved on to another field and we teenagers went back through the rows and gathered them up and took them to the burn pit, …remember, they were the branches that would never produce fruit. Jesus explained this for us in this illustration: Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matt 7:21-23 They were never a part of the True vine, they did many carnal, fleshly, religious works, in the name of the Lord, but never produced any Godly fruit, …never any evidence that Father could see they were being conformed into the image of His Son. One last thing, …please notice, Jesus didn’t say, “I once knew you, but now I don’t,” …no, He said, “I never knew you!” Two thousand years later and farmers are still growing grapes like in the times of Jesus. Grapes 101 Lord bless
  22. Not sure this is the right place but I was reading Psalm 27 tonight and David discusses beholding the beauty of the Lord... I wondered what you think is beautiful about the Lord. Thanks!
  23. Here's a verse that I hope it helps whatever trial you are going through. Our journey in this world isn't permanent and patiently we wait for the Lord to come to our rescue. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4
  24. Father we lift up George and his precious wife to You with true gratefulness for all You have called and empowered him to do and to be. We are the beneficiaries of all the work that has been put in here, and the sheer grit it has taken to preserve and nurture it. We ask that You shield them in the shadow of Your wings and fulfill the longing for true revival, for oneness among Your people and we ask You to grant him tremendous wisdom in all He seeks to do for Your Name. We ask You to lighten their load and give them rest. Please motivate those around them to pray and cover and cherish them and all they have sacrificed for and fought for and motivate them, and us to pull along side and share their burdens. I have a deep appreciation for the many years this place has stood in preparation for such a time as this. Help us to remember to pray for them and recognize the gifts that they are. We ask that You would surround them with Your protection as they seek to minister to those who currently hate You and them. We long to see all Israel restored to Your intentions and purpose for that great nation. We long to see them return to You and complete the Body. I ask You to inspire George with words of power to finish that book with. Lord You know exactly what words are left to be written and exactly how to arrange them. I ask that You make time for George to simply sit with You and let it be a time of true joy in Your presence as Your Words simply flow through him onto the pages....we need to understand the FULL good news of the Kingdom and the restoration of ALL things. Please bless Your people with the understanding You have given George and help him finish that work speedily. I ask You to give him favor with publishers and distributors and all who will be involved in publishing and distributing his work on Your behalf. Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in this earth as surely and completely as it is in Heaven. Please soften our hearts toward one another let George's visits here become a delight and no longer a trial. Help us to lighten his load of administration and let his time be free to minister to us out of the treasures You have sown into him. I ask You to surround him with Godly advisors possessed of Wisdom Himself. Amen
  25. What a lovely way of putting it @George I can see why you are gifted for ministry. Love the way you say this is a prequel to the big party - The Lord's Supper! Yay! Oh how marvellous! Especially for people like me, who live in the middle of nowhere, and find it difficult to access a church. I have gained a lot of strength and encouragement from this forum, and to me it is my fellowship with other believers. Without this forum I wouldn't be talking to hardly any fellow believers. (Due to health and other reasons, my husband and I are planning to move, to be nearer better facilities and amenities, and I then look very much forward to be able to join a church). So, can I just say a thank you for inventing this place here. It is a God send to me. Becky.
  26. *Dusty

    New Here

    Hello Everyone I'm new here. Just join about 45 minutes ago. And I fully agree with having to post twice so you will know i'm real. you can't be to safe online. May God Bless you all, Dusty
  27. Hi, I’m very grateful to have found this forum. I have had a belief in God for a while but had a spiritual awakening recently following some difficult news. Since then I’ve been exploring and developing my faith and am now wanting God and Christ in my life. I’m looking forward to learning more about God’s Word from you all.
  28. I wouldn't allow the "temptation" to be so close ... and I believe you would find sufficient Biblical evidence to easily justify your decision. Welcome to Worthy ... and remember ... you're the parent ...
  29. John 7: 38 He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. KJV
  30. May Yahweh bless you richly @diane32. May your walk tomorrow be bolder than yesterday. What a wonderful, loving, kind Father we have! Despite how we act and fall, He is always faithful in picking us up and guiding us by the hand again. HalleluYah!
  31. Hello people's. I'm glad I found you! It took a bit to find a Christian forum where members were using the bible as a guide. Thanks for having me!
  32. my bride went home a few years ago so I've pondered on this a lot. the Bible makes it clear we're not "married" as we were here, but it's difficult for me to imagine there won't still be something very unique about our relationship in eternity. The one with whom I became one flesh was used by Him to mold me into what I now am. She remains a part of who I have become. I don't know how all that will actually be expressed but I feel pretty confident that unique, common experience will remain in some fashion.
  33. Myself and so many others here and in other forums have said - we who believe in eternal security do NOT believe what you just said that we believe. We do NOT believe getting saved and then living how ever we want to. I've only attended churches that teach the security of the believer and have never in my life heard anything remotely like this. Every pastor I've ever been under preached on sin TO the congregation. Christians should repent, change, fall on their faces in Godly sorrow when they sin. Like me a couple of weeks ago, someone pulled out in front of me and almost caused a terrible wreck. Instead of immediately thanking God for his protection and the protection of those in two other cars, I got mad. I laid on that horn! I called the person a stupid idiot under my breath. I stayed mad for about 5 more minutes wishing they would have their driver's license revoked. I had a critical spirit. I had a prideful spirit thinking myself the perfect driver. I had a harmful anger. I desired for the other driver to be punished. And I didn't repent of that for several days. I forgot about it quickly, but did not repent until I thought of it later. Even though I believe that my eternal salvation was not made null and void by that sin, I STILL NEEDED to confess that and repent of it - repent meaning to watch myself carefully to not do that again. We who believe in eternal security believe in a daily taking up of the cross and following Jesus. It's not always easy. We fail sometimes. But our Christ is our Intercessor. We plead the blood and turn away when we err. We do NOT believe in "getting saved" and then living like the devil.
  34. Hi. I would like to Re Read through the whole bible, cover to cover Im not usually a big reader so it hasnt come naturally, I find there can be so much information in even small sentences it can get tirying trying to read too much at one time, Sometimes I can read a verse over and over and more information keeps jumping out of the words, I find line upon line precept upon precept helps the word grow in my heart over time, realising God is so big I will only compprehend so much untill we see him, I will follow this thread and hopefully Can learn from others more experienced Isaiah 28 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
  35. It means that He is in charge, the ruler of all. He is the final authority and there is none higher than Him. When we take Him as our personal Lord and Savior, it means that we submit to His authority over us want to be His bond slave and serve Him.
  36. I wouldn't think the topic needs to be deleted if it stays civil, but you make a good point. There are far too many people out there today who seem to think questioning another's salvation is okay. It's not. The position of Holy Spirit has been filled for quite some time, and it's not my place to say who is and is not saved. It is God's.
  37. Hi Sophie and welcome! If you are reading your Bible regularly, you are familiar with the wisdom found in the Proverbs. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Once you declare that Jesus is Lord of your life, He takes possession of your heart and does the guarding for you with the gift of the Holy Spirit. When evil thoughts and voices come that mean you nothing but harm, you can call on Jesus. HIs name has everything to do with life, and nothing to do with harm. Listen to HIS voice, and stay in the Word.
  38. I am not sure why anyone would even ask that question. I am pretty certain, that the Bible no where suggests that anyone is saved or lost, based upon what they beleive about eternal security, isn't it those who trust in the Lord, those who believe by faith, in the one who saved us? Salvation comes from the savior, not from the saved!
  39. Jeremiah 13:23 (NASB) "Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil. “I can do nothing with myself” I can change neither the color of my skin nor the spots on it. Nor my nature I was born with, or anything about me. I who am accustomed to doing evil. I, who does not recognize goodness, except as that which I am not. Needs a Savior. A ever present one. One that will always be there. Never to get tired or leave, or change His mind. One that sees all, understands all. I need God Himself to be my Savior and save me from me. For I am my worst enemy. I cause me all my grief. Wanting to be right, wanting things my way. Such a disaster is I. Such a disaster are we. A Savior is called for, a Savior is necessary. To save us from all we are. Blessed are we to have such a one. And His name is Jesus. He came to save us from our sins. He came to save us from us. Thank Him so very much for doing away with that which needs to be done away with, and that is me.....I...... self. On the cross He set me free from me, that I might walk in newness of life by the faith of my heart turned to Him. Such a freedom, such a joy, such a ever present reality to know my Savior this Jesus Christ my Lord personally. That this relationship that lives in me might grow and abound in all things to the end that I, we, any body who wants it may have it. By the simple searching for it with all their hearts. To the increase all our hearts are crying for. Blessings, Much love in Christ, Not me
  40. Now they are recommending we drop to the floor and get under a table! I tell my mother, even if we manage to drop and crawl under a table....how on Earth are we ever going to get back up?!
  41. Shalom. My name is Art Wolinsky. I'm a retired doctor (formerly practiced internal medicine). Born in NYC of 2 Jewish parents. Accepted Yeshua as my Lord and Savior 23 years ago in Pittsburgh. Have visited Israel twice. Started a blog a little more than a year ago (www.themessianicjewishexpositor.com) dealing with issues of interest to believers (Jewish & Gentile) and included are posts on Jewish apologetics, on eschatology, and on other issues of the faith. My wife and I belonged to a Messianic congregation years ago until it fell apart. Have attended local churches (in Charleston, SC, and part of the time in New Mexico). I've sometimes been disappointed to find out that my pastor has no heart for Israel and the Jewish people (this is currently a problem again). Yet, we haven't joined another Messianic congregation because we are not keen on a "Torah observant" style of worship and I've never felt a need to exalt myself as a Jew. My wife is not Jewish but has a wonderful heart of love for Israel and the Jewish people. Thanks for reading! In Messiah, Art
  42. Faith has won the day with me. There are moments when I have doubts in my mind. Does God really love me? Is He there? Will He help? But when the dark clouds cover my mind, faith becomes my anchor. Sometimes it looks like a desperate prayer into silence. Sometimes it looks like turning up praise music even when all signs of the Spirit have dried up. Sometimes I simply say to myself: remember God loves you. It's going to be okay. It's by God's grace that I've made it this far. His unchanging nature has been what I've clung so desperately to. So Lord, thank you. Thank you for being my God in the wilderness.
  43. I'm glad to have found this forum. I was raised in a Christ-centered family but fell away as I grew into my teenage years. By age 15 I had basically left the church and was an apostate. I got into drugs and life went downhill fast. I just turned 33 and for the past 3 years I have been drawn back to Jesus and my heavenly Father whom I betrayed for so many years. I'm finishing college and living with my awesome and gracious parents for a while. I have been so blessed by God my entire life. My family is so much better than I deserve and I am so thankful that I am aware of that now. Anyway, I'm studying for an AAS in Computer Technology and in a somewhat small town of 28,000 people. I'm praying and listening for guidance to know what path I should take. I sometimes wonder if I should be studying for ministry but I also know that masters degrees don't bring people to Christ.
  44. Jonb

    Lost sheep

    Luke 15 how great is it that there is such rejoicing over the one lost sheep. Incredible love.
  45. It's your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise to you God.
  46. Hello, i am new and trying to fellowship with Christians. I hope you are all having a blessed day!
  47. In psalms, david often felt that he was abandoned and unheard by God. Yet he had faith in the Lord and praised Him anyway. A great example for us in times like this, when we feel He is distant. God hears you and He does care. Even in the midst of great trials, or even small trials, He is there and knows your concerns. Have faith in Him still.
  48. Hi, It's me again. I can't wait to share some things that I think are so important to each of us as Christians. I found that if I pretty much stay in the Word (trying to get through it once a year), that it helps in my Christian walk. Another thing I think God guided me to was memorizing scripture. My favorite verses are found in Proverbs 3:5 & 6. I mentioned that to a friend of mine recently and she said, "Oh, that's my favorite verses also....she said she liked it best in KJV. Since I started memorizing scripture years ago, all my memory verses are from the KJV . I'm not against the other versions, I think it might be confusing to me to try to learn the scriptures in several different versions. I have a new KJV and an NIV and an American Standard version. My son and I share a Strong's Concordance.
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