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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. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  3. A few here mistakenly think those of us who are born again by grace through faith and accept Christ's finished work for our salvation are not walking with Jesus. Over and over they claim we have a license to sin, and therefore are leading sinful lives. Some even claim that we are taught by pastors not to do any works as we are relying on grace. Of course, this is untrue. I've been born again since the early 1970s and have never heard any pastors preaching against doing good works. Rather we were taught to have a quiet time (prayer/Bible reading) with the Lord so we could grow spiritually. Of course growing spiritually includes good works, but we know we are not saved or kept saved by good works. The Holy Spirit is a definite factor in our hearts/lives as we grow spiritually (are sanctified) throughout our lives...it is not just self effort. I hope the few with the above misunderstandings will stop continually perpetuating these untruths. We seek to live holy lives but it is something that comes from our hearts that have been changed by the Lord when we were born again. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13.
  4. Fruits of the Spirit are something that we cannot manufacture or produce on our own. These qualities are the result of being born again. We might have some to a lesser or greater degree...but if we have been born again, the fruits will be there. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
  5. Shalom all, Is it just me or has this forum become very "heavy" lately? I like debate as much as the next guy, if not more. However, I'm acutely aware of the fine line between healthy, intellectual debate and endless locking-of-horns arguing. Now when I go in to certain rooms (including General Discussion) it's with a weary sigh at what arguments are still raging and multiplying. Look at this forum with the eyes of a new believer, excited at finding the Lord and full of joy to share, only to run into all this heaviness, endless arguments and provocative attitudes. At the moment I'm not recommending this forum to anyone. I struggle to find many posts that uplift, teach and encourage others. Even when such posts appear they disappear soon after, eclipsed with repetitive nonsense for 48 pages, fresh for all to see. What a sad state we're in at the moment. Where is the love & peace?
  6. Did you know that the Gospel is revealed in Scripture as early as Genesis 5:3-32? In the chart below the Hebrew names and English translations are listed: Hebrew English Adam Man Seth Appointed Enosh Mortal Kenan Sorrow; Mahalalel The Blessed God Jared Shall come down Enoch Teaching Methuselah His death shall bring Lamech The Despairing Noah Rest, or comfort. Now let’s combine the English meanings into a sentence (the words in parentheses are added for clarity). Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. Here’s the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis! *taken from an article by Chuck Missler
  7. To whom else can we go but God? He gives peace and rest to our souls. When I suffer, I keep looking to Jesus. Also, I try to take things a day at a time with Jesus, my Savior. He will get me through the trials.
  8. 2 Thess. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; I see that the churches have opted for numbers rather than content...for quantity rather than quality. Success is being measured by worldly standards...more followers, more money. So from a worldly standpoint, there seems to be no problem. But with the natural build-up of religious adherents there is a converse spiritual falling away. A spiritual diluting of the truth. When there were few bibles, there was revival...at the early church stage. But with the multiplication of bibles and bible ownership did not come an explosion of spiritual life. The narrow road just got wider and wider to accommodate fewer and fewer real conversions. But there is a savvy among men. We know how to make things appear to be working. We are experts at that. So then either God didn't get the memo about how good we are doing...or maybe we aren't getting the serious nature of tampering with the truth.
  9. Amen, Deb. Thank you! (not able to give “reactions”) The narrow road is where Jesus walks. I imagine the road to Calvary was narrow, too. Jesus carried the Cross for me. Lord, give me the strength to always walk faithfully on this narrow road. ….You leading, me following.
  10. Anyone else enjoy their solitude? I don't mind it. When out, I can enjoy people, but I also like solitude. I feel it allows us to have an inner quietness that helps us to sense a closeness with the Lord more. This is a precious thing to me.
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    Sam

    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  12. I notice Some people posts hundreds of posts without mentioning Jesus whats up with that, I notice Senior members 30000 + posts No Jesus. Don't mention there creator, lets show our True colors Seen this is a christian Forum? and use this thread to raise Jesus up That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
  13. Hi, Thank you for your prayers. My hearing problem is a lot better today and the infections are much better. Thank you Jesus! Xxx
  14. Yeah brother, there has been an influx of what by all appearances to admin, as 'trolling'. You might check my post backing up Omegaman 3.0's decision to block jason12. It's under the heading: Omega Man 3.0 Stop Defending Immorality. Jason as you might remember, is a staunch atheist. And I made a response to also to natescute, yet one more who claims to be an 'ex-christian'. This is under the header: Reply To Posts. Join with me if you will, in prayer. We've taken some serious hits lately, and it's wreaked havoc. I'm reminded of this verse in Isaiah 61:3 that states: the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that might be glorified. KJV God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  15. Last night I was feeling a bit down because of facing my first ever Mother's Day without my mom. She died 2 months ago. I was thinking about this when the Lord gently nudged my heart. He brought the following scriptures and song to mind. Then He prompted me to share this with my Worthy family. Apparently, there is someone out there who is meant to hear it. So I hope it will minister to any in need of this message. God says, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." (Isaiah 43:2) Through It All (lyrics by Andrae Crouch) I've had many tears and sorrows, I've had questions for tomorrow, there's been times I didn't know right from wrong. But in every situation, God gave me blessed consolation, that my trials come to only make me strong. Chorus: Through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God Through it all, through it all, I've learned to depend upon His Word. Verse 2: I've been to lots of places, I've seen a lot of faces, there's been times I felt so all alone. But in my lonely hours, yes, those precious lonely hours, Jesus lets me know that I was His own! Chorus Verse 3: I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I'd never had a problem, I wouldn't know that he could solve them, I'd never know what faith in God could do.
  16. I live in a border state. I have gone through as many as 4 armed checkpoints a day without leaving my state due to illegals invading. There is a large portion of my state that the feds said americans cannot go to because of illegals. Signs are posted saying so. Property in southern arizona is essentially worthless due to the destruction caused by illegals. For awhile (maybe still but dont know since the media doesnt report on it now) americans in the phoenix area were kidnapped and held for ransom after being tortured and raped at the rate of more than 1 a day by the gangs of coyotes (those who bring in illegals). Currently illegals get more benefits than legal residents or american citizens get. They are also given a free pass on breaking laws than any american could get away with like identity theft. There are legal ways of immigrating. They need to abide by our laws. We are expected to abide by their laws in their countries.
  17. Shalom mynickname, The reality is this ... the closer we get to God ... the more unrighteous we actually feel ... becuase we're in the presence of a Holy God. As the Prophet Isaiah felt when he was in the presence of God .. ."Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips". We will struggle with sin in this lifetime ... and yet we strive for holiness. We rest in the fact that Jesus has paid it ALL ... and trust in His FINISHED work 2000 years ago! As the Apostle Paul said, Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. Rom 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Rom 7:16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. Rom 7:17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Rom 7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Rom 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, Rom 7:23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. God bless and welcome to Worthy! George
  18. Hi, Leyla.....no, the story of Noah and Flood is not about magic. It's the truth. I'm a Christian and a former science teacher. I'll try to answer your questions. They are great questions by the way. [1] How can a planet be habitable after the Flood? If the water/land ratios were the same pre-Flood as now, and I believe they are, 75-80% of the planet was/is already water. Land masses today [continents, islands, etc.] comprise about 20-25%. Couple that information with the Biblical fact that Noah and his family and those animals were on that ark for a little over a year and one can conclude that after the 40 days of rain from above and water surging up from below, and the 5-6 months that the waters took to overcome even the mountain top, the earth [the land] was settling down back to habitability in the last few months. Major changes in the earth today can happen in mere weeks and days. It's been seen - provable, observable. So 2-3 months of recovery from the Flood is time enough for God to make the world habitable again - at least enough for life to start over. [2] How did all the sea life survive? The life that God killed was anything that lived totally on land and breathed through it's nose. That's what Genesis said. And that included birds. Sea life was untouched. Obviously, with great churning of waters, there may have been some mixing of salt and fresh waters. There are some fish and sea creatures who can live in that today. Some can't. But God kept enough of them alive to create a food source of the people and birds and creatures he saved on the ark. There was no way for sea life to get into the ark and Noah and his family were going to need something to eat immediately. [3] After the flood was over, what were animals supposed to eat? Carnivores would kill off all the saved animals and plant eating animals would have nothing to eat. As I said early, they stayed on the ark a little over a year. I'm sure there were lots of babies born on the ark. By the time that Noah sent out the dove, plant life had already grown back enough for birds to build nests and to eat. That's what the Bible says. The animals and the 8 people had a huge good source in the waters left behind. Again, having taught science, plant seeds can lie dormant for years and then re-grow in a matter of days when conditions are good again. I once took a horticulture class and my final exam was to get a gourd seed that had lain dormant in the gourd for over 12 years to grow. I just knew I was going to fail the exam. It was totally dead in my opinion and it was a hard and dry as a brick. But just a few days after I planted, up popped the sprout!! The professor laughed at my anxiety. He KNEW the seed would sprout, but let me sweat it out. [4.] Even if we assume that the animals survived and had enough oxygen, food etc... how did they find their way back home, to the different regions in all the other continents? Well, that's an easy one. They did not have a home to go back TO. There were no seven continents "in the beginning". God created one land mass. Science agrees. Science calls the original landmass Pangea and both science and the Bible agree that that supercontinent broke into the seven continents we know today. The Bible and science just don't agree on how it happened. Plate tectonics kept going even after the Flood was long over. Climate changes drastically. An Ice Age came. Dinosaurs died out. Extremely large mammals died out. Giant plant eaters died out. The earth changed. [5] If we world was flooded on this big scale, why cant we find any evidence?? Do you think our scientists are really so incompetent, that they cant find even one evidence for it? There's actually quite a lot of evidence for the Great Flood and science knows about it. Here's one piece - the fossil record. All those layers and layers of rock found everywhere that have massive graveyards of animals that all died together. Creationists and many scientists who believe the Bible see an incredibly rich evidence pool of creatures representing every creature we know of dying en masse. The higher the layer, the more advanced the creature. Animals who were intelligent enough to run who had a huge self-preservation instinct would be at the top. Example, clams on the bottom layer and dinosaurs/Sabre-tooth cats on the top. If this is evolution and the clams lived 4.5 billion years ago, why do clams today and clam 4.5 billion years ago look the same? Why do ALL creatures in the fossil record look the same as they do today? [For those that are not extinct]. The main thing is that God, in his sovereignty, can do anything. I trust that. I trust him.
  19. 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...
  20. Welcome to Worthy, Iris. Perhaps you don't remember the second one correctly? Gen 3:22 ESV Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—" Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. They were cast out of the Garden to keep them from eating from the tree of life. "There was danger least Adam should put forth his hand and eat of the “tree of life” and live for ever. The fallen man must not be allowed to eat of the tree of life in this world. It can only be tasted by him in the resurrection; to live for ever in a frail body would be an unmitigated woe." Preacher's Homiletical.
  21. turtletwo

    Joyful Update

    Praise the Lord! My daughter went for the first time to the new church she found. It went exceptionally well. I have never seen her this enthused about a church before. She was explaining to me how it is very mission minded.
  22. Jesus, Our Perfect Hope Dr. Charles F. Stanley April 27, 2019 "Repent and live" Ezekiel 18:32 Have you considered what happens when we sin? We attempt to meet our needs apart from the Lord. Because of this, we become self-centered and drift away from God and His plan. We move further away from Him until, eventually, we may reject the idea that we need His presence at all. The natural result of this is that we face pain, loneliness, and frustration. Why? Because we don't have the inner resources to bring peace to our troubled hearts, having shut out the only One who can provide them to us-God Himself. He created us to soar like eagles, but instead we become earthbound creatures who have lost the capacity to be who He made us to be. We've clipped our own wings by denying His leadership-which means we won't find the purpose and meaning He created us to enjoy. However, this empty restlessness is actually a good thing because it opens the door for our loving Father to make contact with us again. If you're feeling the inner warning signals of suffering, purposelessness, uselessness, or frustration, examine your heart. You may be attempting to satisfy your needs apart from God. Thankfully, He wants you back. Don't deny Him. Repent and live. Jesus, please reveal my sin so I can repent of it and experience Your peace. Amen
  23. Iowa, do you realize that as soon as you ask God to forgive you again, He asks "for what?". God both forgives and forgets. He says your sins shall be as white as snow, that they will be as far as the east is from the west. The moment you confessed your sin He was faithful and just to forgive your sin, and was cleansing you from all unrighteousness. ALL unrighteousness. All you had to do was agree with Him. He is helping you even if you can't see it right now. In fact, He says that He causes all things work together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psa 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
  24. C.H.Spurgeon. 1 John 2:6. "So to walk, as He walked. Why should christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul, if they want to escape the sickness of sin and enjoy the vigour of of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For the sake of their own happiness, if they would enjoy holy and happy communion with Jesus, and if they would be lifted above the cares and troubles of this world, let them walk even as He walked. There is nothing that can assist you in walking toward heaven with good speed as much as wearing the image of Jesus on your heart to rule all its motions. It is when, by the power of The Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus in His very footsteps that you are happiest and most known to be the sons of God. Peter's position of being" afar off" (Luke 22:54) is both unsafe and uneasy. Next, for faith's sake, strive to be like Jesus. Ah, poor faith, you have been sorely shot at by cruel foes, but you have not been wounded half so dangerously by your enemies as by your friends. Who made those in the fair hand of godliness? The one who professed faith but used the dagger of hypocrisy. The man with pretences who enters the fold, being nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing, worries the flock more than the lion outside. There is no weapon half so deadly as a Judas-kiss. Inconsistent christians injure the Gospel more than the sneering critic or the infidel. But, especially, for Christ's own sake, imitate His example. Christian, do you love your Saviour? Is His name precious to you? Is His cause dear to you? Would you see the kingdoms of the world become His? Is it you desire that He would be Glorified? Are you longing that souls should be won to Him? If so, imitate Jesus, be an "epistle of Christ" ( 2 Cor 3:3 ), "known and read of all men "(verse 2). Praying that this is helpful to someone out there, just being obedient to the Holy Spirit's guiding, God bless.
  25. Grace is something we not only receive, but give. Funny how a thread about grace is becoming all but that. Take some time before you reply to a post to see if you are posting in the flesh or in the Spirit. Remember our example.
  26. You have all been watching the news, You all know that Christianity is being criminalized world wide. You all know that we are looking at the rise of the anti-christ. Well this also means that our own turn will come where we are placed in a position where we will suffer great hardship if we stand fast as Christian and refuse to toe the line. This here is an old guys advise on how to handle the situation when confronted by it. Remember the story about Daniel that was thrown into the fiery furnace and later into the lions den. Well in that case God saved him. Not because Daniel was so special but because the saving was in Gods own interests. You see, when Daniel was saved the King of the day understood what it meant and it was because of this that the king became the protection of the Jews and their faith while giving honor to God. Then during the days of the Roman Empire it was the other way around, When the Christians were thrown to the lions God let them get eaten. The reason being that for every Christian that died in the circus at least Ten other Romans were converted in the stands. Once again things have to be viewed from the perspective of Gods better interests. Likewise we are going to be subjected to great pressure to submit to the will of those in power. Remember your life belongs to God, Let God use you in what ever way will be of greater use to him. Do not fall from trust in God and be prepared to take the punishment evil doers meter out to you. See you all on the other side !
  27. Christian sites have always had those who come in to challenge the beliefs of the members. That is expected, and even welcomed. How else will they hear the truth? Some are trolls, but others are not. But, I think you are talking more about the members who are Christians that continue to battle with each other. It seems that more and more people have studied the scriptures and developed their own theology, which is normal and can be a really good step forward. What is not an act of maturity in Christ is when they close and lock their theology and will not consider that they may be wrong, often degrading a question posted to them into a heated debate that includes name calling, insulting and even questioning someone's salvation. That is an act of pride and arrogance, not one where people reason together. I would suggest when a conversation begins down a negative path, speak the truth and then turn away. An argument needs two sides. If one walks away, the argument stops. If you do decide to do the mature thing and realize that the discussion is going nowhere and leave, don't be drawn back in when someone posts something negative to you last post, usually coming in a way of trying to have the last word in proving how wrong your words are. Let them stand on their own merit. If they are the truth, others will see it. Never have a closed mind, as if you hold the truth and if anyone disagrees with you, they are wrong. Everyone is in a different place in Christ, some just beginning, usually very zealous, and others more mature, usually calmer and more reserved. Yet, even Paul tells us that we see through a glass darkly, or in a mirror dimly. Nobody on any site holds the truth 100% of the time.
  28. My name is Paul (But over 3000 people call me Mr Happy at work) I have been blessed with the Love and Light ,for all to see and feel, from my Lord and savior Jesus Christ..... May you and yours be Blessed with Peace and Love
  29. I used to suffer, when I was on the wide road, carrying a much heavier burden that didn't offer me any help whatsoever. But the cross of Christ is abundant help. The apostle Paul wrote "We are more than conquerors through Him who gave Himself for us."
  30. Welcome again Ryan. Surrender every area of your life to God making Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, especially of problem areas. Read your Bible, especially the New Testament, first praying and asking God to enlighten you and speak to you through the Scriptures. Jesus portrayed the nature of God. Try to apply to your own life the things that especially impress you. Pray and ask God to give you the power to do this. Become involved in a local Bible believing church and especially any small group Bible studies they may hold. Pray continually. While driving thank Him for keeping you safe and ask Him to protect people from careless dangerous drivers that you see. Pray for those in and near accidents. At home pray for family, for wisdom in raising kids, for any problems they face. Be in a continual conversation with God. If you are married, pray aloud for your wife's emotional and spiritual needs to be met, bless her and ask God to help you to be a blessing to her.
  31. Welcome to Worthy, 4everyume. I made a foolish vow when I was young and I know that God has forgiven me. So I am sure He has forgiven you. Just make sure you give your soul and all your being to God now and follow Him. Read your Bible every day and attend a good Bible believing church. I am praying for you that you come to know how much Jesus loves you--so much that He suffered and gave His life to deliver you from satan's power.
  32. My wife's uncle taught me through his action and word. Be a friend regardless; it need not be reciprocated. That was a life changing lesson, for which I am grateful.
  33. I used to tell my sons to be a friend to someone who needs a friend. So they had friends who were of other nationalities and who were not always included. When I was in my 20s I preferred church friends who were elderly and who were so often rich in the grace of God.
  34. And may all those who do not know the Lord today say, “Jesus, save me.” Hebrews 3:8-15 King James Version (KJV) 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
  35. John 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Hebrews 1:3 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
  36. This is the kind of generalization that leads to arguments, I believe. You may not mean to say that all believing Christians lack faith, but that is what you are saying. I am a member of the church, and I certainly do not lack faith--or hope or love. I am abiding in Christ and He in me because I was saved by grace through faith, and now I have a living hope of glory. 1 Peter 1:3... Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
  37. Shalom Mrs. Santiago Welcome to the forum! Yes, raising children in this world is very daunting. I would advise posting this in the prayer request section of this forum so that our Prayer Warriors can pray about this for you. It might also help them to give them a little more information so that their prayer is relevant. Love & Shalom
  38. Jesus said there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth....that sounds like eternal torment to me.
  39. I like this topic. Knowing it in my head as opposed to my heart is something I struggled with periodically while growing up. But I stuck with it and came to see God intervening in my life, and that helped develop the heart knowledge. It's a process I imagine a lot of people go through.
  40. Love is not always a certain way of feeling. Sometimes it is just a deep, settled peace within our hearts....that we know our Savior, and the peace He gives to us.
  41. We are to love the Lord with all our heart mind soul and strength. If we do that, then it doesnt matter if we are osas or osnas, we will do the right thing and live a life pleasing to the Lord.
  42. Step away, take a deep breath... refocus your eyes on the Lord... pray, spend some time in communion with Him .... pray for them, choosing forgiveness... keep safe boundaries, and guard your heart.
  43. When I wanted to start Bible studies and be active in "ministry", the Lord told me to stay home and take care of my kids. I don't regret that; my husband was saved and loved the Lord, both sons are saved and serving God, and of their children 5 of six are serving God. This is so worth seeing. Moreover, they have influenced so many lives. Once son led his mother in law to the Lord on the front pew of the church. He had also led his wife to the Lord. His son has led his girl friend to the Lord. It goes on and on. The other son has people at work coming to him for prayer and Christian counseling. He just has a regular job. My "ministry" was to my home. I still don't see myself in a ministry. It is a matter of allowing Christ to live in me and praying for godly wisdom.
  44. Whatever gave you the notion that being a great mom or teacher is a SIMPLE calling???
  45. Good morning loves! I just wanted to encourage you today. I know you may be tired, but the Word says to never get tired of doing the right thing. Just know that there is a promise on the other end, God is with us! He loved us, we have life because God laid done his life, and picked it right back up. If you are not, get saved today, join the family. This is my prayer. Dear Yeshua, thank you so much for this opportunity to minister to your people. Father I pray that they find peace with you, in all things. Thank you Lord. Please let my words and works encourage someone today. Lord I declare and decree that today will be a great day. Because As I said in my song, “The strength of the waves can’t bring you down! The heat of the flames can’t burn you now! Even death itself can’t touch you. You reign! You remain!” Praise you Abba, In Jesus name amen!
  46. Hi, BorderCowboy... I hope you'll stay and continue your level-headed, colorful posts. We have many more readers than posters here. Just like in the world, we never really know how many lives God touches through us, and that's a good thing!
  47. I have to second what Debp said; I want eternal life. I want to live forever in Heaven. I want to live in pure righteousness and goodness. I want to know this God who died for me so that I might experience these things. So whatever price must be paid to obtain this “Pearl of Great Price” I say “here am I Lord” blessings, Much love in Christ, Not me
  48. So many people have gotten electronic requests to "friend" strangers that the word is changing its meaning. Jesus Christ gave it its deepest meaning when He greeted His betrayer Judas as "Friend." His love reaches out to even us, His enemies. "God commendeth His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Unlike our other friends, He knows everything about us. "Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Luke 12:7) Unlike others who may unfriend us or die, He says, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Jesus isn't a mere historical figure, but God who became a man, died and lives forever. "He ever lives to make intercession for us." (Hebrews 7:25) Rejecting His love, like Judas did, means an eternity of suffering for our own sin. Receiving Him means spending eternity with the best friend possible. "No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15:13)
  49. Welcome to Worthy. I also do NOT believe you have committed the unpardonable sin. When Jesus said this He had been casting out demons and healing. The Jews started mocking Jesus saying he had been doing so by satan. Jesus said that it is OK to mock him but whoever mocks the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. They were calling the Holy Spirit Beelzebub, a name for satan. Mat 12:22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." Mat 12:31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Mat 12:32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
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