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  1. Hello my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I thought I write about the flip side of a topic, and how to recognize the attempts of the enemy to destroy lives and how you can walk in His victory! For the Apostle Paul taught us not to be ignorant of enemy's tactics and strategies. 2 Corinthians 2:112 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. So often, we can learn lessons by learning and playing "devil's" advocate. When we read this passage, Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strongman; and then he will spoil his house. Here we learn a lesson that in order to plunder one's house you must first BIND up the strongman. While we realize in this particular passage this is referring to God binding up the strongman (Satan) and this is how Satan's house is plundered. But if you carefully analyze the enemy -- you realize that he uses the same tactics on us! Your house cannot be plundered -- unless you are first bound. And then Satan can plunder your house! Let's take a marriage situation. A husband and wife are newly married and they are just getting by. The wife hasn't had a new dress in some time, and while she's out and about -- she stumbles across a dress that is 75% off and a steal! She's in need of some new clothing and thinks to herself -- I should get this while it's soo cheap! Meanwhile, her husband is looking over a mountain of bills and thinking to himself, the only way to get out of this mess is to work "overtime" and starts to figure out how much he needs to work to cover all their bills. When the wife comes home, she's looking fine in her dress and the first thought of her husband -- planted by the enemy -- can you believe that your wife spent money on a dress? Of course, this feeds into his mind and reacts to the thought -- and gets angry at his wife and demands that she take the dress back. So he's ignoring the fact how good she looks in the dress, and ignores how cheap it was -- and allows a foothold to be set! The wife can't believe it -- and let's the emotion burn in her while biting her tongue. A few weeks goes by, and the husband is out and about and sees a fishing rod on sale -- and buys it! The wife sees the new fishing rod -- the enemy then brings back that emotion of what happened a few weeks prior about the dress -- and suddenly she explodes! And now you have the beginnings of how the enemy has taken footholds and then created strongholds -- and for the ultimate purpose of dividing a marriage! Now let's look at Luke and see what lessons we can learn from it. Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: Luk 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. Luk 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. If you notice this, the strong man who's armed -- ready for battle -- ready to face whatever comes his way -- he's living in PEACE! If we recognize the first steps of the enemy's work in our lives -- knowing he's trying to create footholds -- you'll begin to understand why? He can't rob, kill and destroy you -- unless you are FIRST bound up! So we need to be armed with the Word, armed with the knowledge of the enemy's tactics, and be ready to defend what is rightfully ours! We need to take authority over the powers of darkness because that authority was given to us at the cross! Luk 10:18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Luk 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luk 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." So we fight the good fight of faith, standing in His victory and be ready to pounce on every thought that is not of God -- that is being used to BIND US up! Be prepared to battle today -- put on the full armor of God -- and be ready to pounce on every thought that would seek to create a foothold in your life! When you do this, truly you will become a strong man who's possessions are at perfect peace! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  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. A friend asked me something the other day that really made me think. He said, "Do you think being adopted has had an effect on the way you see God, as opposed to someone who wasn't?" When he asked me that, my first thought was, "No, it's nothing special. God's the same to everyone." However, the more I think about that, the more I realize it isn't true. Some people put God in a box; they believe that He can't possibly solve their problems. Some people are still trying to "win" Him over by their good deeds, though they have been believers for years. Many people see someone altogether different, although we're all looking at the same God. I realize that I will never, ever understand God, because His ways are higher than my ways, and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9) With that being said, one thing I have learned about God is that He truly loves all of His children. "How deep the Father's love for us How vast,beyond all measure." That He should give His ONLY son To make a wretch His treasure" How true that song is. He loves us SO much, that it simply cannot be measured. He only had one begotten Son. He gave him up, sacrificed a part of Himself, to make all of us wretched, hopeless people His treasure. That sure does sound like adoption to me. Giving up parts of yourself to treasure a child that wasn't yours from the beginning. Another characteristic of God reflected by adoption: unconditional love. If you've been adopted, and you didn't receive unconditional love from that, my heart hurts for you. I did receive that, and it truly is amazing. I pushed my parents away time and again, and I know I hurt them deeply with my rejection. But don't we do that to God every day? And He never gives up. Thank God they didn't give up on me. Consider this: Do you think that a child, or anyone for that matter, can comprehend a God that gives unconditional love, that will never give up no matter how many times we push Him away, that will NEVER abandon us, if they've never been shown it? I don't. My adoption HAS changed the way I see God. You see, when someone has been abandoned, they have all these doubts and insecurities. Being adopted didn't magically fix this. My understanding of what that truly means, with my parents and with God, did. No magic. Just the understanding that I was chosen, even though I felt that there must be something wrong with me. My parents chose me. God chose me, although I am dirty, shameful, and inadequate. I revel in that! How amazing it is to know that I don't have to do it all, because I can't! But He loves me anyway. He chose me as His son, and He will always take care of me. I know my parents can't always take care of me, but I know they will never stop trying. I understand that God picked me up out of my insecurities, He didn't let go, and He changed my life. "...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." -Luke 12:48 If you have much, love on some kids. Adopt them, or foster them. It won't be easy, actually it'll be really hard. But it's amazing being loved by a parent who didn't HAVE to love you. God calls us all to do just that. James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Thank you, Dad and Mom, for loving me unconditionally even though I put you guys through it over and over. I will never be able to express how thankful I am, or how loved I feel.
  4. In my personal opinion,the 1o Commandments of online Witnessing are always WORTHY of revival,,,,,,,Here they are! & welcome new members! The Lords Humble servant & Worthy member,Kwik
  5. Greetings all, For all new members - When you first join and are still a "newbie" all of your posts will require moderator approval. After making a few posts in our welcome forums you will be given the ability to freely post in areas of the forum without restrictions (Controversial Issues requires 100 posts to participate, but not to read, and there are some password protected forums based on age and gender). It could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours for us to approve your content and take you off newbie status, no more than a day at most. This is a measure that we are having to implement because of spammers, basically. We will work hard to get your posts approved and get you off of review as rapidly as is possible. If, for whatever reason, you have posted and more than a day has passed without approval, please feel free to email us at worthyboards@gmail.com or by simply clicking "contact us" at the bottom of this page. You can also contact anyone in the groups Servant or Watchman if you have any questions regarding this or anything else. God bless, Steve_S
  6. Hello my brothers and sisters in the Lord, Most people don't realize the radical experiment we are doing here! I want you to imagine yourself -- hundreds of years ago -- when all the different denominations were starting! While everyone was insisting their beliefs were the "only" correct way to worship God -- they were creating more and more splits and divisions! What we are trying to do at Worthy Boards is unheard of when you think about it! We are trying to unify the body -- while at the same time protect those fundamental truths that we can all agree with -- the need for salvation through Jesus -- the source of truth for living the Christian life found within the Bible. Read our Statement of faith! This experiment hasn't happened before when you really consider it! Of course, there's the ecumenical movement -- unity for the sake of doctrinal compromises! I'm sorry, but the fundamental doctrines of the faith can't be compromised. So often though when you have so many different denominations, you have many different avenues of thought that have never been explored by other denominations. Just because a teaching is "different" than one you are used to hearing, doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong -- it may be just different! But differences of opinion is actually a good thing whether you realize it or not! For God didn't create us to be the SAME body part -- but created us all different so that we could join together to form the body of Christ to complement each other! Oftentimes I learn by realizing other avenues of thinking presented by various believers. By allowing various avenues of thoughts we expand our horizons and allow the Spirit of God to realign our thoughts with the mind of Christ and continue our growth in the maturity of the Lord. So before you run out and cry "heretic" or "false teacher", be sure to carefully listen, and observe what someone is saying. I honestly believe that things "heard through the grapevine" have a way of being twisted -- but if you go to the source then you can carefully examine the fruit -- test the fruit -- and then make a judgment -- often times you may find that the red grape you were expecting to find was just a white grape -- it was just a different color, but when you examined the fruit -- you find out its still good fruit! We need to recognize that every word spoken, we will be judged for. And everyone that is hindered from hearing the gospel because someone feels the need to scream - heretic, false prophet, or demeaning someone in some fashion -- let's just say I wouldn't want to be that person sitting before the Lord at the Bema Seat! This is a problem that I do have and I want to voice my concerns now and I hope you carefully heed these words. When someone comes into the boards, who is not necessarily a Christian -- the first thing you should do is NOT castigate them. The first thing you should do before you even post -- what would Jesus do? Did Jesus say -- get away from me you prostitute? or get away from me you heathen? or say give me the first stone because I am without sin? Jesus didn't go closing doors, He went forth OPENING the DOOR so ALL could enter in! This was the Lord's prayer to the Father before He was crucified! That we may all be ONE! My wife and I don't agree on everything -- but when we disagree -- we agree to disagree! Sometimes it's best to say -- I agree to disagree! Love breaks down walls of division and covers a multitude of sins! So may the Love of God be abundant in your hearts so that the world can be radically changed through you! May the love of God be shown in all of your posts! Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Honestly if people seriously looked at what God hates maybe they wouldn't seek cause division. Pro 6:16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: Pro 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, Pro 6:19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Just so you know what God truly hates.
  10. What is a verse that you love, and why do you treasure it? Ephesians 1:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved. This is an exciting verse because, to me, it teaches that if the Creator of heaven and earth created me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless, and if He predestined me to be adopted as one of His sons (daughters), then He will surely work in me that I may believe. This verse makes me realize that Faith is truly a gift from God. He gives it freely to those He chose before the creation of the world.
  11. Please pray that my husband does not endanger himself.
  12. Shalom my brothers and sisters, First of all, welcome to our online fellowship. It's our sincere hope that you enjoy your time on our boards. Recently it occurred to me that a great number of people have come into our online fellowship within the past year or so and perhaps you've never clearly understood how the ministry operates. So I'm writing out in full detail just how the Holy Spirit led me to create a system of checks and balances within the ministry to keep everyone accountable to each other. We have a very open and transparent ministry. First, a little bit about our moderating team. Every moderator on the boards comes from a completely unique and different background. There's no 2 moderators from the same denomination on the boards. Denominations do not play a part in our moderating style because our focus is not on denomination differences but rather our common bond in our Lord and Savior Jesus! So if you see a thread being pulled or yanked, it's not being pulled or yanked because of a difference in theology, but rather a problem with the spirit of the thread. Of course differences are going to be expressed in any discussion -- but how these differences are voiced is the reasoning for any thread being shut down. Now every single thread that has been started on Worthy is still in our database. Whenever a thread may disappear from the boards -- they are not deleted, but rather moved to a section hidden where an oversight committee reviews every action of the moderating team. This is where Worthy Watchman come into play. Worthy Watchman are not moderators, but rather a host of individuals that review every thread that has been removed from the boards. Every time a thread is closed, the moderator posts the reasoning behind why the thread was closed. Any problems with moderator actions are posted and discussed. Worthy Chat Admins review also act in the same function as Worthy Watchman in reviewing different threads and can voice their objections as well. So you can see, that every action a moderator takes is not only reviewed by each of the other moderators -- but also every Worthy Watchman and Worthy Chat administrator. So in essence there's nearly 50 people in moderation -- each playing different roles as a system of checks and balances so that focus is maintained! May the Lord richly bless you, Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  13. 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!
  14. The reality is ... that Jesus is within all of us as believers ... so he's already part of Worthy ... whether you realize it or not. The real problem is when our flesh and soulish desires hinder what the Spirit is truly doing!
  15. My daughter has been living with me for 5 months now. Her mom came to get her at school on February 17th and assaulted her while trying to take her from me. She is charged with child abuse and I am in a fight for all 3 children. All 3 have been living with me for 2 and half months. As of now she has a no contact order. She will plea bargain her charges. She is re-married and the man has also been accused of abuse against his child from another marriage. She has made many false claims and misrepresentations against me in her court declaration. Our court date is May 2nd. I raise the children in a biblical and Godly home. She does not acknowledge Christ and does not raise them in the ways of God but in the ways of the world. Please pray for a firewall of protection around me and my 3 children and that the Lord keeps us. I thank God and you for interceding on our behalf. Thank you very much!
  16. My husband and I have been separated now for almost a month..We have been married seven years and then suddenly one day things started to change. I am a daughter of Christ Jesus and believe my husband hasn't been truly saved. we have separated on more than one occasion..but this time I'm thinking that the Jezebel spirit has interceded and is tearing us apart. As I mentioned, we are currently separated and this time he says that he wants to move on and ask me to please leave him alone. I have prayed and prayed my soul and heart out because I truly don't believe this is something He really wants or means. I am asking please if my prayer partners, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus will lift up your prayers with me and ask God to intervene in this relationship and humble my husbands heart and lose this pride he has been carrying around with him for quite some time and put thoughts and memories of all the wonderful times we once shared in his mind, so that Christ Jesus can bring us back to restoring our marriage...never the less His will, ( as we all know ) and not ours..Ill will be waiting for your prayers ..God Bless!
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    Shalom everyone, Since I've been asked, I'll post up a quick reference guide to what the different functions of ministry are. We instituted a checks and balances sort of system at Worthy, so that no one person or persons have complete authority. Worthy Steward -- That's me -- and why do I call myself a Steward. It's merely because I'm a steward of the Lord's ministry. It's not "my" ministry -- and not "my" work. It's the Lord's work! Worthy Servants -- Those are Forum Moderators, who check reported posts, send PM's to keep the peace so to speak, and try to keep this "experiment " running smoothly! Worthy Chat Moderators -- Those are Chat Moderators, who keep Worthy Chat clean, and help "steer" chat. Worthy Watchman -- These are a group of "oversight" individuals, whose role is NOT to "moderate" but a means of checks and balances to the different moderators. When things come up -- they are responsible to review Reported Posts, Moderator actions / inactions, and even comment as to "why" things were handled the way they were. So in essence, the moderation team is a group of individuals who "volunteer" their time, and often get criticized no matter what they do! Either they are moderating too heavily, not moderating too much, why is this "false" doctrine allowed to be discussed, etc. are some of the common complaints I've heard over the 15+ years we've run Worthy! It really doesn't change over the years -- just the members. Many people don't realize how much turnover there is on forum boards! I'm not sure how many different moderating teams we've gone through -- but it's significant! Past Moderation Style We've always like to keep a clean board. and in the past we removed, hid, and deleted harmful posts. However, when we do so, many people NEVER see how much moderating is being done behind the scenes! How many posts are "cleaned up"? The moderators have a few options at this point. First, we'll send a Private Message, trying to "steer" people to what is and what is not acceptable. If this doesn't work, then we will place individuals on "Moderator Review" for a certain period of time. At this point, most of those individuals placed on Moderator Review never come back. What most people do not realize is that "Moderator Review" is the last thing we really want to do as moderators -- because it increases our workload! So what is changed? Changes in Moderation We are simply not "cleaning" up the board any longer. If someone personally attacks someone, then we will simply leave the attack on the board -- EDIT the post -- leaving it intact, but commenting on the post that we as the moderating team do not feel this is appropriate, and the steps we've taken to fix the problem. We'll send a Private Message to the offender, issue a Moderation point, and ban the person from the thread -- ONLY FROM THE THREAD -- not from the forums! Just the thread itself! How I believe this will help in the long run? 1st -- People will actually begin to see how much "moderating" is being done "openly"! 2nd -- By having posts NEVER hidden -- it'll be easy to refer to "past" infractions as a means of "instructing, and correcting". 3rd -- Hopefully people will change their posting styles! People always try to "win a debate"! In doing so, they forget that sometimes you win -- by laying down the fight for ANOTHER time! Usually in the "heat of battle" a nasty thing appears -- PRIDE! Do you not know that "pride is the source of all contentions!" (Proverbs 13:10a KJV Only by pride cometh contention) If you're truly wanting to change someone's mind -- you have to be CAREFUL not to offend. Why? As Proverbs 18:19 says, "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle." Remember the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy written in 2 Timothy 2:23-26, Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. The hardest part of this passage is being "kind to everyone" and "patiently enduring evil!" If the first reaction is to trade insult for insult -- then you're failing at being an instructor of the Word! Notice how it concludes -- that God opens their hearts to the TRUTH -- it's not us -- it's the work of God! However, we can do a pretty good job of "hindering" someone coming to the knowledge of the truth by purposely "offending" them! Forgetting by offending them -- you're actually HINDERING the means by which someone comes to the truth. If you have any thoughts, any questions, we're all about transparency -- so ask away! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  18. Good evening everyone, We all go through difficult times, when we have to wait it out, pray, and trust the Lord that He will see us through. And He will. He has never, ever failed us, and has never, ever let us down, and He never will. Here's an article I read that is very encouraging for those difficult times in this life. When We Lose Heart By Susie Larson www.crosswalk.com “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 When John the Baptist sat in prison, most likely knowing that his execution was eminent, he battled a dark season of discouragement and doubt. According to Jesus, John was one of the greatest men who ever lived, and yet his heart and soul were weary and in need assurance that Jesus was who He said He was. John sent word to Jesus’s disciples asking if He indeed was the Messiah or if they should keep looking for someone else. Jesus answered this way: “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” Luke 7:22-23 When, like John, we are going through a painful season of waiting for God’s provision or deliverance, it’s common for us to be so focused on the angst in our heart and on the unmet desires in our lives that we forget that God has never failed us in the past. And that He has always come through at just the right time. If you find yourself weary in the wait, step away from your current situation and recount again some of the ways that God has come through for you. Declare right now that, though you can’t see it, God is at work in your midst. He moves when you pray and He absolutely cherishes your faith. Believe it. Embrace it. Because it’s true. And if you’re tempted to blame God for your current hardship, I encourage you to consider this a dead-end attitude, one that will derail your faith and perspective. Why blame the very One who can do something about your circumstances? Nobody loves you like God. Nobody keeps promises like God does. And nobody has the wisdom to intervene at just the right time like God does, and God will. Jesus says that we’re blessed when we resist the impulse to blame Him or be offended by what He allows us to endure. As a matter of fact, we should look to Jesus as our example. He suffered torture, persecution, and rejection, yet Jesus never got offended with His Father. How’s that possible? It’s possible when you believe that the heart of your Father is always good, and that anything He allows you to endure will serve you and glorify Him in the end. Trust your good God’s promises and His process. He knows what He’s doing with your life.
  19. This poem is a tribute to my beloved mother who died on February 27th. My Mother's Legacy First mother's Day without my mom Is rather sad and hard This year I can not call her up Or even send a card There's so much love inside of me I feel I must address it And so for me to write a poem Is one way to express it My mother was the kindest soul She loved to give and share So sensitive to everyone And always there with prayer She shone so bright for Jesus In the things she'd do and say Reflecting Him to others In a clear and gentle way Whenever I was sick or down Or simply felt alone She always had the words I'd need And such a tender tone Her faith was so enduring It would rise above my fear Her voice, her laugh, her wisdom Are the memories I hold dear Her heart for Christ, her love for me and all our family... These things I'll always treasure They're my mother's legacy
  20. Mom entered eternity yesterday, Feb 27th. I will miss her dearly but I take comfort in knowing she is with Jesus. My deepest thanks to all who prayed for her in her long and challenging journey that began on March 9th, 2018. God came through for her time and again. She wasn't expected to make it to April. It is amazing that she survived nearly a year from when her anoxic brain injury began! The Lord was glorified in the many ways she 'beat the odds.' Each hurdle she overcame was another opportunity to praise the Lord for His goodness and healing. As much as I will be lonely for her I would never wish her back to this world of suffering. She is now at rest and I rejoice in knowing that.
  21. Muhammad or Jesus: The Prophet Like Unto Moses by John McTernan "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." — Deuteronomy 18:15 For Islam to be a religion, Muhammad must be a prophet of God. The message of Muhammad as recorded in the Koran is the foundation of Islam. This is seen in the confession to be a Muslim. This is called the Sha-hadatain. The second part of the Shahadatain follows: "... that Muhammad is His messenger to all human beings till the Day of Judgment." By Messenger, the Koran means prophet. According to Islam, he is the final prophet or seal of the prophets: "Muhammad... [he is] the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things" (Sura 33:40). Islam teaches not only is Muhammad the seal of the prophets but he is the greatest of the prophets. He is equal to or greater than Moses. Islam believes that Muhammad is the special prophet the Bible mentions will be like Moses. This verse from the Bible follows: "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him" (Deut. 18:18). The Koran states that Muhammad is the Prophet who will be like unto Moses. Muhammad came with the final message which everyone has to obey: "Say: I am not the first of the apostles, and I do not know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am nothing but a plain warner. Say: Have you considered if it is from Allah, and you disbelieve in it, and a witness from among the children of Israel has borne witness of one like him, so he believed, while you are big with pride; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people" (Sura 46:9-10). What It Means To Be Prophet Like Unto Moses There are five outstanding characteristics that have to be met. The Bible teaches that Moses is different than all the other Old Testament prophets. To be the prophet like Moses of Deuteronomy 18, these five characteristics have to be met. These requirements follow: 1. God spoke directly to Moses. All other prophets received their revelation by visions or dreams. Moses' revelation was directly from the mouth of God. "And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Num. 12:6-8). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God. He saw the similitude or form of the LORD. Moses glowed from being in direct presence of God's glory. "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him" (Exod. 34:29-30). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The other prophets built upon this covenant, but no other Old Testament prophet brought in a different covenant. "And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness" (Exod. 24:8-10). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. God used Moses to split the Red Sea. " And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left" (Exod. 14:21-22). 5. Moses prophesied of the future. Moses gave entire chapters of prophecy. His prophecy centered on the people and nation of Israel. "Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD" (Lev. 26:42,44-45). 6. The prophet has to be a Jew. The Prophet like Moses will have to come from one of the tribes of Israel. The context of Deutromony 18 makes it clear that the brethren means someone from one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Deuteronomy 18:1,2,7,15 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel... 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD. 15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; The Test of Muhammad as the Prophet Like unto Moses Using the five criteria of Moses being a special prophet, let's test the Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the special prophet like Moses which the Koran claims. 1. God spoke directly with Moses. Muhammad fails because the Koran shows he received his message from an angel. "Then I swear by the angels who bring down the revelation" (Sura 77:5). "Say: Whoever is the enemy of Jibreel— for surely he revealed it to your heart by Allah's command, verifying that which is before it and guidance and good news for the believers" (Sura 2:97). 2. The Koran never reported that Muhammad was literally in the direct presence of God. 3. Muhammad never brought in a blood covenant with God, but his message went directly against the revealed word of God. Muhammad denied the basis for the New Testament covenant which is the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross. "And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa (Jesus) son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so" (Sura 4:157). 4. The Koran reports no signs and wonders of Muhammad. 5. Muhammad made no prophecies in the Koran. The Muslims call Sura 30 the Great Prophecy: This Sura is often used as proof Muhammad was a prophet. "The Romans are vanquished, In a near land, and they, after being vanquished, shall overcome, Within a few years. Allah's is the command before and after; and on that day the believers shall rejoice" (Sura 30:2-4). Sura 30 is not a valid prophecy: The Romans, who were the Byzantines, were always at war. A near land is not identified. The location to judge the near land is not identified in the Koran. Is it Jerusalem, Mecca, or Medina etc.? What is a few years? No date is give for this prophecy so within a few years can be identified. The fulfillment is not recorded in the Koran. It is impossible to verify that Sura 30:2-4 is a valid prophecy. 6. Muhammad was not a Jew. This just by itself eliminates Muhammad from being the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18. Muhammad fails the test of prophet in general and specifically he is not the prophet like unto Moses. Therefore his message as written in the Koran is to be totally rejected. He cannot be classified as a prophet because he made no prophecy which could be tested. The Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the seal of the prophets has no authority as there is no proof in the Koran that Muhammad was a true prophet of God. The Lord Jesus Meets the Criteria To Be the Prophet Like Unto Moses The Bible says that the Lord Jesus is the Prophet like unto Moses. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: . . . For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people (Acts 3:20,22-23). 1. God spoke directly to Moses. God spoke directly through the Lord Jesus. "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God and glowed from God's presence. Jesus was the direct presence of God, and He manifested the glory of God! "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light" (Matt. 17:1-2). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The Lord Jesus brought in a better blood covenant with God. The better covenant gives the assurance of eternal life to all that believe. "For this is my blood of the new testament [covenant], which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28). "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 8:6). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. Jesus did mighty signs and wonders. The Lord Jesus raised a man from the dead after he was four days in the grave. The Bible reported only a few of the awesome miracles that the Lord Jesus did. These miracles were a sign of Him being the Son of God. "Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. ... And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go" (John 11:39,43-44). 5. Moses prophesied of the future, as did Jesus. Like Moses, the Lord Jesus focused His prophecy on the Jews and their dispersion and restoration. The restoration of Israel and Jerusalem would occur just before His second coming. Just as the Lord prophesied, exactly happened to the Jews. Israel is once again a nation with Jerusalem as its capital. "And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? . . . But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land [Israel], and wrath upon this people [Jews]. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:7,23-24). 6. Moses was a Jew and the Lord Jesus was a Jew. Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The Lord Jesus qualifies to be the Prophet because He is the Son of David from the tribe of Judah. The Lord Jesus not only met the requirements of being the Prophet like unto Moses, but he exceeded them in all points. Moses was the servant of God, but the Lord Jesus was the Son of God; therefore, He was greater than Moses. "[Christ] Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. . . . And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house ..." (Heb. 3:2-3,5-6). The Bible shows that the Lord Jesus is greater than Moses as He is the Son of God. God sent His Son into the world to die for our sin. Because of the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, you can be forgiven of all sin and have assurance of eternal life with God. When you trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior, God makes an eternal blood covenant with you. Please repent of sin and trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Eternal life is only through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He is the Prophet like unto Moses and those that do not listen to His message, God will require it of them. "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:9-12).
  22. there has been a group of people in my life who started a smear campaign against me that has gotten out of hand i am feeling its impact everyday, and it is wearing me down. please pray for me thank you
  23. Turtletwo asked me to post some of my poetry. I also have written some spiritual thoughts and devotionals, so thought I would post some of those, too. I have more of those than of poems. All Things to God, by Debp I cannot be all things to people, I must be all things to God... And God all things to me. Only then can I be What God would have me to be... To others and myself.
  24. Sometimes I think we Christians are too harsh on our fellow Christians. We are ready to pounce on one another for not coming to the same agreement about scripture. Or for using a different Bible translation. We are too ready to accuse our fellow brothers and sisters of being less Holy then us because they attend a church that dose things a little different then our church dose. We are all learning as we go on this walk with Christ. Some of us learn faster then others. Some of us need to grow more to get to be where Christ wants us to be. For some, God maybe leading them to a path that will take them to the work that He has set for them to do. Anyway, I think we need to be kinder to each other and not so quick to pounce on judgment of one another. Well anyway, that is what I think.
  25. Hi, everyone. Yesterday was extremely hard and tempting, though I'm reading the Bible and praying. Newly re-committed to God, and coming out of a VERY dark and isolated place, I really need prayers and community support to stay on track. I have no contact with the Christian community, so I'm going it on my own for the moment (with God, of course). I'm moving to a new state soon, so it'll be about a month until I can find a nice church. I don't really know how to pack it all into a nutshell. Basically, it starts at the beginning: I was extremely neglected as a child and fell through the cracks at school, into a life of extreme isolation. No friends, no anything, it's hard even to find references now that I'm job-hunting. Destructive habits went with the territory: drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and basically living another fantasy life wrapped up in my own head. I kicked the chemical habits years back, but I'm still terribly bad at eating enough and otherwise taking good care of myself. Anyway, I'm trying hard to quit the self-harm, eat, and emerge from my own head, so to speak. God tells me He has wonderful plans for me, not just in heaven but here on earth, and that I must live as the person He made me to be. I feel like a baby learning to walk, feeling my way forward. Please pray that I make the right choices, and let God deliver me to the life He has for me with these transitions in the coming weeks. Thank you - God bless!
  26. Blessings Brothers & Sisters(& friends) Our Beloved Abby_Joy needs us to join her in fervent prayer......her precious 15yr old son suddenly had a severe migraine,he does not get headaches so Abby quickly got him to a doctor and the doctor sent him to the ER for cat scan/MRI They discovered a tumor in front of his brain and he was rushed to a childrens hospital .....since they just got him there that is all the information there is at this time ,as I know more I will keep everyone updated Pray with us for this boy's body to be healed......Lord God,Loving Father,we bind that tumor spirit in Jesus Name & cast it out-loosing our Most Holy Spirit in it's place With Your Mighty Healing Hand Touch him that he be free from any disorder,sickness or disease -to bring you glory ,Oh Lord as Your Living testimony We will hear no evil report and our Faith in You,Your Truth,Your Promises We ARE Healed by Your Stripe,no weapon formed against is shall prosper To God be the Honor,the Praise & the Glory in ALL things.....Thank You Jesus ,we Love You-in YOU we Trust,we BELIEVE......Hosannah in the Highest!
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. We are told in the Bible to love one another as Jesus loves us...and we are told to judge with a righteous judgement... I see people doing the judgement part ok but it's the love part that I don't really see much...we get so self righteous about judging that we get lost in it and forgot to love as Jesus does...people are quick to judge but not to love...isn't that sad and hard to take...Do you think if we loved as Jesus did we would be different people and many souls would be coming to Christ through us? What is love? Love is...Jesus hanging on a tree saying "Father forgive them they know not what they do" 🙌💖
  30. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have 3 children. His walk with the Lord has waivered throughout the years. He has a drinking problem as well. I believe he trys to be a good father my his worldly desires often leave me and our kids left wanting more from him. I think he has always struggled with self esteem and seeks attention from others. We've delt with infidelity in the past and from time to time he will make inappropriate advances with other women. I rely on the Lord for my strength and know God has called me to be stable for my children. I am asking for prayer for my husband today that he will find the Lord again and leave his worldly desires behind him. I am committed to staying married as I feel God is calling me to stay. I also feel God is calling me to quietly witness to my husband and pray for him. I have seen the power of prayer and know the Lore answers prayer! I'm posting my prayer request here as I know many Christians visit this forum and pray daily for one another. I'm hoping that the Lord will hear my prayers and see two or more gathered online rallying to pray for my dear husband. Thanks in advance to all who pray. I appreciate it! Lord, I come to you again first praising you for your goodness and grace. Thank you for sending Your son to die for me and my sins. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Help me to continue to focus on loving my husband with I Corinthians 13 love. I pray Lord that You open his eyes to hear Your Word and Your Voice. Please soften his heart and allow him to accept Your will and desire it for his life. I ask Lord that You heal and comfort his heart. Help him to walk away from alcohol and smoking. Help him to overcome his worldly desires. Please meet him where he is. I ask that you speak to him in anyway that will reach him. Please break through to him. I know you are calling me to me a missionary in my own home. Help me to diligently pursue You each day. Holy Spirit please give me Your gifts of wisdom, understanding, and faith. Help me to consistently connect with You everyday Lord. Please protect my children as You have each day. Watch over them and help them to know You and grow in their faith. I pray that you guide me as I guide them. I ask that you touch my husband and allow him to see how his actions hurt us. Help him to want Your will. I pray that he becomes the spiritual leader in our home. Burn wildly in his heart. I pray my husband becomes a passionate Christ follower. Guide him today. Holy Spirit fill him with your presence so he can follow you. Change his desires so they align with Your will Jesus. Thank you again Lord for your comfort, peace, and patience with me. Thank you for your forgiveness. I am broken and weak by myself but am strong and confident in You! You are my Wonderful Counselor, my Father, my hope, my peace, my joy, my Savior, and my God. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to remember this world is temporary and that my goal is to further Your kingdom here on Earth. You are good Lord and I love you. Hear my prayers Jesus as I lift them up to you today. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
  31. 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
  32. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  33. 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.
  34. Some say that God gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason. So that we could do more listening and less spouting off at the mouth We should always pray before we speak, asking the following: "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20) Any input including scriptures about this are welcome.
  35. You haven't seen me post in a few months. It is because I've been in the hospital after jumping off a building. I don't remember how high it was and oddly don't remember jumping. I just woke up in the hospital days later and my mom and Dad visited me for the first time in years and told me what I did. I just remember looking down and thinking it was high enough to kill me and said a prayer to God that my spirit would rise from the ground and help people. The humiliation of urinating and defecating myself and being in a wheelchair for 10 weeks was good for me. I broke my pelvis, broke my arm, broke multiple ribs, broke my back in two places, had a concussion, bladder injury, and a collapsed lung. It really was good for me. I'm a lot more compassionate. Being in a wheelchair and being incontinent really opened my eyes to how much people suffer and made me want to relieve such suffering. It is hell! I hope to be a counselor. My psychotherapist tells me he thinks I'd be good at his profession and that his profession needs guys like me. So, am hoping for that. This was my second suicide attempt. The first was laying down in front of an oncoming train. The train conductor stopped the train and called the police who took me to the same hospital. I think I'll be alright. I have a good feeling about things today. I appreciate your prayers though! I'm just lucky I'm able to walk again. I could have broken my back or neck to the point where I'd be in a wheelchair for life. That would be far worse than death. I'll consider it more than luck that that never happened. Don't think I'll try suicide again because of the consequences of not succeeding at it. God just might keep me alive no matter what I try, leaving me nothing but permanently handicapped and disfigured.
  36. Our oldest daughter had our second grandchild (first grandson) this morning. We're putting our house up for sale in a few days so we're fixing little things, cleaning, and starting packing for showings. We need to find a new house in the town we are moving to (which we'll probably do between offer acceptance and closing). Middle daughter (with oldest grandchild, expecting in May) and family are in the processing of selling their house to move closer to older sister and need to find a new place. Youngest daughter living with us is packing and considering grad school or other plans and maybe moving out. As of tomorrow, we've been in this house for 22 years, so lots of clutter, memories, and cleaning up. So, no clue if we are ending up in a smaller place or similar size or go for becoming duplex owners. I'll also probably need to be establishing a new consulting business in the new area we're moving to. In the big picture, this is definitely God's big move for us onto the next stage of our lives. In the meantime, it's a bit on the hectic side. In general, we're doing fine though day to day we don't know what we are up to and probably won't for a month or two. Any prayers over the upcoming days and weeks as anyone is feeling led will be appreciated. Thanks!
  37. Then I would strongly suggest disposing of those things properly.
  38. Are you the tax collector or the Pharisee? Luk 18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: Luk 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Luk 18:11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' Luk 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." ....me lately I like to look at what Paul said about his sin - 1Ti 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 1Ti 1:13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 1Ti 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1Ti 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1Ti 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life..... -- See Paul, even though a man filled with the love of Christ ....knew that his sins were the same as any other mans....in verse 15 he says : I am the foremost - meaning I am the chief of sinners.... He hoped that others would see that regardless of his past as a great sinner and persecutor of Christians that others would see that if God could forgive him....that he could YOU too! - Paul had hoped that people could see that even though the best of us sin still - that it does not change what Christ did for us, that it does not change the message given by a man ( for even the best will still sin) - Christ died on the cross to free us of our sins...not give a license to sin continually, but to know we are still of the flesh, we still sin at times when we know better, or may not even want to do what we do. Paul says in Romans - -- 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 Paul says I AM A SINNER! - I am only saved through the MERCY of Christ - I cannot do what I desire for I cannot do it alone - I can only do things with the Lord giving me the strength to do so - Paul says in 2 Corinthians - 2Co 12:7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 2Co 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 2Co 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Folks, it comes down to this - we can't cast out the message because of the messenger - we are ALL sinners - none better than the other - none worse - We are only free from these sins through the Grace, Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ. -- Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Joh 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Joh 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. -- Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  39. Jesus didn't start any religion. He set up a relationship.
  40. Let's look at an interesting passage in Matthew to see just HOW IMPORTANT forgiveness truly is: Notice that Jesus was telling Peter how often he was to forgive! He was telling this to a believer in Messiah. This message was not addressed to unbelievers -- but to believers! Notice closely that we are just like this servant -- OUR SINS which are so GREAT -- we could never repay, but we come to the Lord in repentance in true worship -- the Lord LOOSES us and forgives us the debt that we owe. What happens when choose not to forgive? Watch this closely! Unforgiveness = being delivered to the TORMENTORS! It's the greek word -- basanistes and it's only used once in the entire NT. It literally means -- one who elicits the truth by the use of the rack; an inquisitor, torturer also used of a jailer doubtless because the business of torturing was also assigned to him. Because of unforgiveness you could easily be delivered to the tormentors -- the tormentors of bitterness, resentment, hostility and anger! These torment your soul because in your heart of hearts, you want to be in tune with the Lord -- in His perfect agape love -- in His perfect shalom (life, fullness, and peace). Learn to easily forgive your neighbor then you will find yourself FREE -- and in His freedom, you can enjoy the fulness of the fruit of the Spirit -- love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and self-control! Learn the enemies tactics -- recognize the world around you -- recognize the enemy wants to bind you up so he can steal from you! NOW THAT YOU RECOGNIZE the tactics of the enemy -- do something about it -- learn to easily forgive, if it means you need to fight through the feelings of anger, then fight through it and forgive! It becomes easier and easier to forgive once you have opened your understanding that through forgiveness -- the joy of the Lord replaces the pain of the sins that you didn't want to forgive in the first place. Your brother in Messiah with much agape love, George
  41. These wonderful names of God help reveal God's nature to us. Aspects of these names are all revealed in Psalm 23. Jehovah-Rohi....The Lord my Shepherd. Jehovah-Jireh....The Lord shall provide. Jehovah-Rophe....The Lord our Healer.. Jehovah-Nissi....The Lord my banner. Jehovah-M'kaddesh....The Lord that sanctifies you. Jehovah-Shalom....The Lord our peace. Jehovah-Tsidkenu....The Lord our righteousness. Jehovah-Shammah....The Lord is there.
  42. 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.
  43. Blessings Everyone! This is a photo sharing Thread,please no cartoons or zany signage,lets keep it PERSONAL......things that you like,if its flowers,the sky,your pets,whatever you want to share just because "I love you"................Praise Jesus Well,I love to show off my little Graycie ...here she is ,really getting good at walking on the leash
  44. Hi there, Please may I ask for prayers. My mum passed away on October 6th, in hospital, with heart failure. I live 700 miles away from where my mum lived, and due to difficult circumstances I was unable to attend the funeral in person, after much trying to do so. A friend of mine live video called me from the funeral service, so I was able to watch it on my computer. Since my mum died two months ago, I feel like my life has fallen off a cliff edge. We are currently in difficult personal circumstances, that started just after my mum died, which is causing extra strain and stress, and my health has considerably deteriorated as well. For the last two weeks, I have literally cried all day, everyday. I feel like I am in a black tunnel, and every now and then I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, (not literally), but then it feels like it disappears and I feel like I'm back in that black tunnel again. I have a lovely husband, and although we are strong together, I know that my incredibly low mood is badly affecting him. Also, because we live in the middle of nowhere, we have no near networks of friends close by, and we both feel very isolated and alone, even more so at this time of year. I have my faith in Jesus. I am praying to him everyday. This morning I fell down on my knees in tears and prayed for him to help me, and to get me out of this black tunnel and return to some kind of normality again. I am reading his word, I have a close Christian friend, who lives near where my mum lived, who is being a great support via e-mail. Please can you add me to your prayers. Thanks. Becky.
  45. I've been having some minor sickness for 3 weeks or so associated w/cold and flu season. Today, it seems to have gotten worse. My headache went from minor to more severe and persistent. I am more stuffy. My eyes are watery and I'm sneezing. I am also wheezing. I do have asthma and allergies, which don't help these things. I also have CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) which can make me more susceptible to getting sick easier. I've been know to have chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia, so I'm hoping it doesn't develop into any of those. Also, I have a hidradenitis suppurativa (skin condition of boil like rash) flare up in my lymph areas. It's painful and uncomfortable. I think I may have costochondritis. I had it last year around this time, and it feels the same as that. It's basically inflammation of the cartilage by the sternum. It mimics a heart attack, and feels like someone is stabbing you in the chest. If you would be so kind as to pray for me about these things, I would be most appreciative. Thank you! ~ Gem
  46. One of the main things I have been dealing with every day for years is spiritual warfare. It is a long, convoluted story worthy of a book series, and involves evil people as well as demons. I will not even attempt to describe the background story. I am just writing to say I suffered a HUGE attack early this morning, and I am in very very very bad shape and need prayer. The enemy is literally out to kill or destroy me. This is not an impression, which may be incorrect, but the repeated evidence of the events of many years. Please help me with your prayers. Thank you so much.
  47. Our sister needs our prayers... she is not feeling well today. She has had some issues arise lately with her BP... dizziness, etc. Let's stand together against this attack of the enemy on our sister who has one of the most beautiful servant's hearts I've ever met. Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus ... the name above every name, asking and agreeing together for Your healing touch in Kwik's body, mind, and spirit. Father, bless her with Your peace and rest... and surround her with Your love, pour it over her like healing salve, Father, everywhere it's needed... let it run deep... You know where she hurts, and where she is at all times. We stand in agreement with Your Word... by Your stripes, Jesus, she is healed! Amen.
  48. Blessings Worthy Family....... I was pondering where to pose this question,thinking it may be good as a Q & A BUT it has been put on my heart as ABSOLUTLEY POSITIVE,,,,,,,it is simply a question we should always ask ourselves ,,,,,,,,,,do we go about our daily lives with the mindset that Jesus Abides IN US,or that we can do or say whatever we want & He is not really Present? We leave the house early in the morning soon after morning prayers & Praising our Lord & we get in our car thanking the Lord for His Travelling Mercies & suddenly,without warning,,,,,,some person cuts us off on the highway and we hear very unGodly words come out of our very own mouths?????? Does that mean we forgot about Jesus,the Almighty Father we just asked to Bless us? Or does it mean we are just a "work in progress" that has to renew our minds continually? God IS our LIVING REDEEMER,,,,,,,He is ever Present in our lives from the moment we rise to the moment we put our heads dowdn on our pillows (& all through the night as we sleep),,,,,,YES,Brothers & Sisters,He IS HERE IN THE MIDST of us!!!!! That is why this is a VERY IMPORTANT question to ask ourselves without CEASING,just as Paul says"PRAY without ceasing!!!!Here on Worthy we are gathered in Jesus Name to give Glory to God,,,,,,,,when out of our own mouths we hear vindictive words like "They will get what they deserve" or "Good LUCK with that!!!!!" & better yet "Be careful who you are sending Gods Blessings?",,,,,,,,,,,,UNACCEPTABLE that Blesses & curses come from the same mouth,GOD is HERE & it cannot be PLEASING to Him,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Let us be mindful of our WORDS,,,,,,,Do our very words display the FRUITS of the Spirit? How can they if we are focused on the "speck" in our brothers eye? We MUST be mindful that if we are to be representatives of HIS KINGDOM & of HIM that we must take a good,long,clear look in the mirror & ask ourselves,,,,,,How REAL IS GOD to ME?!!! A little tip,especially for discussing various Topics here on Worthy,if anyone throws a divisive wrench in the mix & is quick to "accuse",,,,,,,walk away,do not entertain the wiles of the enemy,,,,,,,,, Walk away,remember that God is PRESENT in this Blessed Place where 2 or more have gathered in His Name,,,,,,Yes,yes,it is a favorite place for the enemy to make feeble attempts to steal,kill & destroy,,,,,,,,The GOOD NEWS is,,,,Armor Up & know that GOD IS HERE,,,,,,,that Victory has been WON over 2000 years ago,all I'm saying is be accountable & responsible for your own actions,no matter what,,,,,,,,,because YOU know that God is with us,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,before you post,ask yourself,is THIS(my words) pleasing & acceptable to my Father? How REAL is GOD to YOU? God Bless us all & this Worthy Ministry, With love-in Christ,Kwik
  49. 2 Timothy 2:23-24Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,Proverbs 15:1A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.Philippians 2:14Do all things without grumbling or questioning,Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”Titus 3:1-2 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.Romans 14:19So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.1 Corinthians 13:1-13If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...Proverbs 3:30Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Proverbs 26:4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.James 3:17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.1 Peter 2:21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.James 3:9-12With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,Romans 12:17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.Proverbs 18:1-2Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.John 18:36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.Proverbs 23:9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.Philippians 2:14-16Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.Proverbs 10:8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.Romans 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. God Bless, Hip
  50. The other day I was sitting in the waiting room to have radiation therapy observing others around me. The staff walked around with large smiles and pleasant manners. All around me heads with wigs that didn't quite sit right were buried in newspapers, word pads and mobile phones. Someone got up to go and get a cup of tea. Others were accompanied by a friend or a family member trying not to look embarrassed or worried. Carol my nurse was browsing some dreadful woman's magazine. Small polite conversation, faces that conveyed the,” Wish I was not here”, were all around me. It’s strange how we all deal with different circumstances. We can say or even think that when the going gets tough we will stand up and be counted. Where do we really draw our strength from? Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Hang on moment! Ever tried singing in this waiting room? I mean it smells of death, this is the last place anyone would wish to come and sit in for a cup of tea or to pass away a few hours in the day. It's depressive , it's the anti camera,(anteroom) to something else. Only sick people come here, why would you wish to be here? Even the colour scheme is appalling,,, not to mention the curtains,,, as for the tea , it doesn't bear talking about. A young nurse comes and calls my name, I go and change into some ridiculous gown that lets the wind contact you in places that the wind has no place to be. Stepping out of the cubical, I hand over my possessions, keys, wallet and Iphone. The phone bleeps, it’s a text message from Fez in South Africa,,,,, I grab the phone back to read it. Text message quote, “I am in the middle of Makuze game reserve, off road and by myself. I pray that you feel the peace in your soul that this place conveys to me Nigel. Green, cool , the sound of birds everywhere and a wilderbesast snorting in the distance. No other sounds. You are not alone. GBU.” I place the phone back into the bin and climb onto the table,,,,, the complicated mechanism of the bed and laser lights are adjusted. The rooms lights go down and I'm left alone,,,, music is softly playing in the back ground; classical as per my daily request. My mind wanders, I can feel the peace. Isaiah 41:10 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness God never leaves us, not for one moment, we just have to know where to look for HIM ,,,,,,,,,,,and really,,, Let me tell you,,, He is just a prayer away; HE supplies our every need even through the smallest text message from a friend. Oh,,.and yes,,,, you can sing in this place ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I did.
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