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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. 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.
  3. Frances

    Sam

    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  4. 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...
  5. The Sacrifice, The Highest Price (A Prayer To The Lamb Of God) Oh Lamb of God, so perfect Who deserved man's adoration Instead you received mockery And cruel degradation They stripped You of all clothing They whipped You violently They put You on a splintered cross To die for such as me I marvel at Your anguish Your beyond words agony I'm grateful for Your Blood that flowed Upon that wretched tree Without it, there would be no hope No way I could atone The sacrifice, the highest price Was paid by You alone
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NASB) Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, Our adequacy is in God and not in ourselves, to accomplish anything good in this world or in our walks with God. Our eyes must of all necessity stay on Him at all times. Though the valleys or the times of dying will come. The harder, faster, stronger our eyes stay on Christ the quicker and more smoother, even with the pain of dying, will we come through the whatever it is we’re going through. To the increase and joy that waits for us on the other side. It takes a heart that is willing and that is all it takes, God will do the rest if the heart stays willing and continually wants Him to. Blessings to all that would “want Him to” Much love in Christ, Not me
  9. Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. This is God’s desire and heart towards mankind, it is with this love He draws mankind. This eternal, everlasting love. The goodness of a love that is beyond measure, a love that is goodness itself. A love that is pureness itself. A love that is pure righteousness. A love that is free from all disorder, free from every form of selfishness or any evil thing. It is everlasting purity itself. An everlasting love that has no beginning or end. This is the great and awesome love that was given in Christ when Christ was given to mankind. Today His love shines on all, searching and seeking a heart it may enter, all the day long it knocks and asks to be allowed to enter. Looking for a heart that would be willing to give up all it’s own self, all it’s own love, that it might be able to love with the love of God. This love God freely gives to all that would ask. Can easily be accessed at any moment of time by the faith of the heart of the believer, regardless of the state or condition of the heart. A simple turning of the faith of the heart to God is all that is required, and a willingness to believe in the love of God. This is God’s work of wonder. It heals all, it fixes all, it forgives all, it is for all that would be willing to accept this love on loves own terms. This love of God toward mankind is the all of God. It is His gift of Himself to mankind. For as long as today is called today His love shines to bring forth the fruit of love. Oh to love with the love of God, though it will cost us all, all we lay claim to as our own. This love is God’s heart toward mankind, that mankind would love each other with this love of God. It is such a wondrous, a glorious love, the heart breaks and melts at the prospect of being loved by this love and being able to love with this love. For there can be no higher gift to receive or give than to love with the love of God. Oh to walk in perfect righteousness is to walk in perfect love. To walk in perfect love is to walk in perfect righteousness. Oh what a wonder is God’s gift of love that was revealed in Christ Jesus. Nothing can prevent us from receiving the love of God in Christ Jesus, except our unwillingness to receive it. Blessing to all that would be willing to give up all their hopes, dreams, desires to receive such great a gift that they can be conduits, of the love of God to all. Much love in Christ, Not me
  10. Welcome to a place where you will find lots of good teaching and Christian fellowship. Always remember, Sloth, your Heavenly Father loves you very much. He is very near and will always hear you when you cry out to Him. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. So glad you decided to join us.
  11. Today is my first day and I am looking forward to discussing the Word of God, reading other views, and getting to know and understand my new Brothers and Sisters in Yeshua!!
  12. I love my solitude, and so I have gratitude, because it takes lots of fortitude to live in quietude.
  13. 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.
  14. May God hide this website from the enemy in the way he made it safe for Corrie Terboom to walk through the guards with her Bible in the concentration camp. We're getting closer to the end, so the enemy is working overtime to destroy Christianity. But I know so who I believeth, that He is able to keep us until that day I know not why God’s wondrous grace To me He hath made known, Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love Redeemed me for His own. But “I know Whom I have believed, And am persuaded that He is able To keep that which I’ve committed Unto Him against that day.” I know not how this saving faith To me He did impart, Nor how believing in His Word Wrought peace within my heart. I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing men of sin, Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith in Him. I know not what of good or ill May be reserved for me, Of weary ways or golden days, Before His face I see. I know not when my Lord may come, At night or noonday fair, Nor if I walk the vale with Him, Or meet Him in the air.
  15. I enjoy the company of others; however there are times I prefer my own company to be with my thoughts. I especially enjoy the solitude in my mornin's after chores. I can sit down with my coffee, breakfast n my bible; to ruminate n reflect.
  16. Heybro

    Hebrews 13:13

    One of my devotions this morning, (William MacDonald) which I thought was relevant at this time, which Marilyn C and others observe. "Let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach." Hebrews 13:13. We learn first from this verse that Christ is the gathering centre for His people. We don't gather to a denomination, a church, a building, or a great preacher, but to Christ alone. "Unto Him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen 49:10). "Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice" (Ps 50:5). A second lesson is that we must go to Him outside the camp. The camp here is defined as "the whole earthly religious system adapted to the natural man. "It is the religious sphere in which Christ is dishonoured or downgraded. It is the pagan monstrosity that masquerades today as Christianity, "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." Christ is outside, and we must go out to Him. We also learn that meeting to Christ alone outside the camp involves reproach. It seldom occurs to Christians that there is reproach connected to obedience to the Lord in the matter of church fellowship. More often church associations carry a measure of prestige and status. But the closer we get to to the New Testament ideal, the more likely it is that we will have to share His reproach. Are we willing to pay that price? He called me out, the Man with garments dyed, I knew His voice- My Lord, the crucified; He showed Himself, and oh, I could not stay, I had to follow Him,- had to obey. It cast me out-this world when once it found That I within this rebel heart had crowned The Man it had rejected, spurned and slain, Whom God in wondrous power had raised to reign. And so we are without the camp, My Lord and I, But oh, His presence sweeter is than any earthly tie Which once I counted greater than His claim; I'm out, not only from this world, but to His Name. I tend to think that as we see "the day approaching" that our Lord and Saviour is causing us to "see Him, as He truly is" and that we should "leave all, and follow Him." What do you think? Hope this has been helpful, God bless.
  17. HI, righteous... It must hurt you very deeply for your husband to forbid reading the Bible, but he cannot remove the words that have become part of your heart. Willa has given you excellent scriptural advice. The power of a praying wife and mother is a force that cannot be defeated; your prayers keep you close to the Father, and He will help you to fill the role He needs for you to fill in your family. Father, our sister's heart is aching, so we come to You because You heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. You are the source of peace that passes all understanding, even in the midst of trouble; and we know we can rely on You to provide sufficient grace for each day's needs. We may be weak, but in You we are strong. Righteous needs Your strength now, Father. We know her burdens are never too heavy for you. Give her the wisdom she needs to be a pleasing wife and good mother. Help her bring You into her family through her loving actions and gentle instruction. Guide her every thought, as if the pages of your word were turning in her head. Help her to remain calm, even when her husband is angry, because Your word teaches us that a soft answer turns away wrath. Please bless our sister with rest from her fears and anxiety about her situation, and walk beside her toward brighter days. We ask all these blessings in the name of Jesus.... Amen.
  18. Praying for you righteous. Pray for your husband night and day. It took 4 years after I started doing that that my husband was saved. The more I prayed for him the more God changed me to become the godly wife he needed, and to be able to accept the change in him after he was saved. 1Pe 3:1 AMP IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives, 1Pe 3:2 When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him—to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. 1Pe 3:3 Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; 1Pe 3:4 But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
  19. I enjoy my walks in the woods, sitting near a waterfall or river, just being alone with God. I have had my fill of crowded areas, loud and distracting environments. Nothing better than talking with God and having no interruptions.
  20. Shalom Debp, Me too! It's weird because sometimes I think I shouldn't enjoy it that much, but I really don't mind. The Lord separated Himself from the crowds and even the disciples many times for solitude. I think the silence and peace enables us to converse with Spirit without distraction or any stimulus to derail our thoughts. In fact I would prescribe a bit of regular solitude to anyone who wants to peaceful mind in this busy, distracting world. Love & Shalom
  21. Welcome, Edelawit. As others have said already, there is only one sin that is unpardonable. All sins that you repent of will be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit would put this sinner beyond desiring to repent. This person would not be able to repent because he wouldn’t want to repent. His heart has been hardened beyond repair. It brings to my mind the scriptures in Hebrews that beg us not to harden our hearts. So, if by God’s Grace we can repent today of our sins, we should never put it off. We should do it now, because we may not be able to tomorrow.
  22. Amen. I will always want Him to…. Oh Father, in Jesus’ name, keep us all always in the center of Your will.
  23. Logan

    Logan

    Hi guys. Thanks for all your prayers! They were heard
  24. Amen. So sorry Classical Beauty big hug to you my sister. Praying for you too right now.
  25. Jehovah Rapha, You are the God who heals. We come in the name of Jesus to ask healing for Tonya. We ask that You will work in Tonya’s life so that she will come to know You. Help her unbelief, Lord, and be with her sister during this trial as she stands in faith believing that all things are possible when we call on You. In Jesus’ name our Intercessor, we pray for a miracle. Amen.
  26. Let's trust and believe in the Lord for this. Praying for your sister Tanya. God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  27. Abba Father I pray to you in the name of Jesus for Tanya. Please help her to come to know you as soon as possible so she can be yours forever. And help her with her health problems. And to never drink again. Thank you. Amen
  28. We were created by God to exist in a free, perfectly loving, eternal relationship with Him. That relationship was severed when the decision for sin was made. In His infinite love for us God became manifest in the world in the person of Jesus Christ for the purpose of reestablishing that relationship for us. During His time on earth He served as a mediating priest, as well as, a priestly sacrifice. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross in accordance with the scriptures, taking upon Him the punishment for the sins of mankind. He was raised as a new non-corrupted being signifying the satisfaction of God's wrath with humanity. He invites us to reject sin and to trust in Him solely for our forgiveness. By rejecting sin and trusting in Him we are ushered into a new life, imperfectly while here on earth, and perfectly after death in heaven . What a joyous message! In a few hours we Christians will acknowledge the reality of the miraculously risen Christ; our very salvation. I wish you all joy and peace in Christ's spirit this Easter.
  29. Hi Not me... Thanks for another excellent post. I have been thinking all day about how BIG God's love is. I love the way this Psalm describes it: Psalm 36:5-10 New International Version (NIV) 5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. ...... How BIG is the love of God? My lack of eloquence can only answer, "Big enough!" At any time, in any circumstance, it's big enough, with more than enough left over to share.
  30. Welcome fellow South Carolinian to the forum. I have prayed for you. By joining this forum it shows that though you feel lost you are trying to find your way or the way.
  31. A more excellent way, that reminded me of.... After speaking of the many spiritual gifts possible to believers, Paul wrote "and yet I show unto you a more excellent way." 1 Corinthians 12:31. Then Paul continues with the famous love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13....the more excellent way. We must always consider and allow these words about what love truly is to flow outward to others. We can say or teach everything spiritual, but it means nothing without having the love of God for others.
  32. HAZARD

    OSAS......is Grace

    OSAS is of the devil. In the Bible we not only have many passages plainly stating that eternal life can be lost and that the saved who sin will die and be damned, but we have many concrete cases of men, and angels who once had eternal life and were in grace and in favour with God, and who sinned and will be damned in Hell forever, regardless of their sonship, and past union with God in grace. Classic examples. Lucifer, better known as Satan and the devil, and over one third of God's angels sinned and are to be damned in a Hell especially prepared for them (Matt. 24:41). It would be folly for anyone to argue that they were not once holy and sinless and in God's favour and grace. Angels are definately called "sons of God" (Gen. 6:1-4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). These sons of God in Job could not be men, for they were present when God laid the foundations of the Eafth long before man was created (Job 38:4-7). If these "sons of God" fell and are to be damned, then the argument of some that if a man is once a son he cannot be lost or else salvation is not salvation and eternal life is not eternal life, is proved to be a false theory. If God will damn some of creation who were in grace and who are called "sons," then He will also damn others if they sin, else God is unjust and a respecter of persons. Lucifer is spoken of as being "perfect in they ways from the day that thou wast created, TILL iniquity was found in thee" (Ezek. 28:11-17). Saul, who was in God's favour and who had the Holy Spirit, lost that favour and was destroyed because of sin (1 Chron. 10:13-14). He committed suicide and must be lost, for no murderer has eternal live (1 Sam. 28:7-25; 31:1-6; 1 John 3:15; Gal. 5:19-21). To argue that Saul was never a saved man is to demonstrate a lack of Bible truth. "God gave Saul another heart . . . and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied (1 Sam. 10:9-13). If this was not an experience of the saved man then it was nothing at all. It is also recorded haw the Spirit of God LEFT HIM WHEN HE SINNED (1 Sam. 16:12-23). Saul went into spiritualism and God said He would cut off the man who did this (Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:11). He was a very humble and godley man to begine with, but he did notend in this way (1 Sam. 10:21-24). Ananias and Sapphira were both killed by the power of God because of covetousness and lying to the Holy Ghost (acts 5:1-14). That they were once saved is clear from Acts 4:32-5:1, for Ananias and his wife were classed with "the multitude of them that believed" and "were of one heart and one soul . . . as many as were posessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles feet . . . But a certain man [of those who believed and were of one heart andsoul] named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a posession." If these two were believers and had been saved and were in the church, then it cannot be disputed with any degree of honesty that they were once saved and then lost. To deny they were once saved is to deny thruth and it is not worth the price to pay. Many galatians who were once saved and had "recieved the Spirit" who had "begun in the Spirit" who were "redeemed and justified by faith," and who were "sons" of God by being made free from sin (Gal. 3:2-4; 3:13; 24; 4:4-7; 5:1-26), FELL "from grace" and Christ became "OF NO EFFECT" unto them (Gal. 5:4, 5). They were "removed from Him" and "from grace," so once in grace always in grace is not biblical unless one stays in grace (Gal. 1:6; 3:1-5; 5:1-9). They were plainly told that to go back under the law and into sins of the flesh, meant to "frustrate [cause to fail, nullify, make void] the grace of God" and that in such case they were not in grace and would reap corruption (Gal. 2:21; 5:1-9; 6:7, 8). They were told that if they built again the things of sin that were "once destroyed" they were transgressors and sinners (Gal. 2:17-18). They were taught that true eternal security was by walking in the spirit and not fulfilling the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-26; 6:7, 8). Paul did not tell then that if they got in grace their responsibility as to sin was over. He accused them of falling from grace (Gal. 5:4), so such must be possible. Many other men who were formerly saved have gone back into sin and have bee lost. This fact is clear from such statements as these: "some having put away concerning the faith have MADE SHIPWRECK. . . . he hath DENIED THE FAITH. . . . when they begin to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; HAVING DAMNATION, BECAUSE they have CAST OFF THEIR FIRST FAITH . . . and TURNED ASIDE AFTER SATAN . . . But they that will FALL INTO TEMPTATION AND A SNARE, and INTO MANY FOOLISH AND HURTFUL LUSTS, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION. . . . they HAVE ERRED FROM THE FAITH. . . . and OVERTHRONE the FAITH OF SOME. . . . If God will preadventure give them REPENTANCE. . . . that they may RECOVER THEMSELVES OUT OF THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL" (1 Tim. 1"19, 20; 5:8; 5:11-15, 20; 6:1, 10, 21; 2 Tim. 2:18-16). Each one of the statements above would disprove that doctrin of once in grace and faith always in grace and faith and once saved always saved, but here in 1 and 2 Timothy are many such statements in only two small books of the Bible. False security believers go to any lengthin trying to explain away these simple passages because they so clearly contradict their theory. Some of them go so far as to deliberately mistranslate the Greek and quote self made translations of men to prove that such simple statements do not mean what they say. For example, they mistranslate "they have cast off their first faith" to "they have broken their former promises" as if this proves a person cannot be lost. The Greek word "pistin" from "pistis" is never translated promises out of hundreds of times it is used in the New Testament. It is translated "faith" 222 times and is refered to as having faith in Christ in Rom. 1:5,16, 17; 3:25; 4:5-20; 5:1, 2; 10:17; Gal. 2:20; 3:24-29; Eph. 2:9; 4:5; etc. Thus the "faith" that they made shipwreck" of, "denied," "cast off," "erred from," and did "overthrow" is the true saving faith and has no reference to some promise that the people made themselves. They could not cast off, deny, and make shipwreck of, this saving faith if they had not once had it. They could not get into a snare of the devil AGAIN unless they had once been delivered from him. They could not have "turned aside" AGAIN after Satan, if they had not been following Christ. They could not have ERRED FROM the faith through hurtful lusts that "drowned in destruction and purdition" if they had not been once in the faith and free from such lusts. They could not have their faith OVERTHROWN if they had none to overthrow.
  33. God does mind blowing experiences today. He is not a hired stuntman. He does not do parlor tricks at command of an audience. He is God. What He may have be done to call out a person into turning away from their rebelion against Him can be very mind blowing, very emotional, and very humbling to the person called to their salvation. It was absolutely stunning to me when it happened, I didn't want it, I didn't seek it. Didn't matter, God answers prayer, and my grandmother had prayed for me to her dying day. God called me to turn about to my repentance from my rejection of His existence, long after her death, but it was always a completed deal from before time itself it was completed. God answered, doing so at His good timing, and to serve His good purposes. He answers prayer. He answered my Grandmother's prayer. He is God..
  34. Willa

    George

    Praying for wisdom, grace, and a speedy but outstanding solution; always I pray that God be glorified through it all.
  35. "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Balance is the key. For a Christian, solitude is not really isolation. God is always with us.... and I do love my time alone with Him. I need my time alone with Him. I make SURE I have my time alone with Him every day, even if I have to get up before the birds do. I always feel a little sad when my time alone with Him is up and the busy-ness of the day begins. I firmly believe, though, that my time alone with Him is what enables me to do everything else that needs to be done. Solitude, as long as God is a part of it, is a blessing!
  36. Hi righteousholypure, Hey bro has said some very good thoughts there for you. Now we are all praying for you, so keep looking to Jesus to get you through this very difficult time. praying, Marilyn.
  37. Isolation is not bad. You can be isolated in the mountains. In the desert. Isolation on purpose is a blessing. Unless you're writing a manifesto...
  38. Solitude can be a good thing, I really enjoy it, however . . . If it becomes a way of life and we deny ourselves the benefits of the company of others and we deny them the benefits of our company, then I think we might even be guilty of sin. Here I am of course, speaking to Christians. We are told not to forsake that gathering of ourselves together. We are informed that we each have some spiritual gifts, and the primary purpose of these is to build up God's church, His people. Also, since disciples are commanded to make other disciples being followers of Jesus, the Christ) and to teach them what Jesus taught - - - well, it us just very hard to do that in isolation. Perhaps our circumstance make it difficult or impossible, to be with others. That of course, is another thing, but our heart, our desire, out choice should be to be with others. God made mankind to be in fellowship with Him and with others, so that should be something we practice. I agree with what others have said, about the time of being alone with God, and to be apart from some of the pressures that being with others can evoke, but we should not use this aspect of solitude, to escape from our social awkwardness, phobias, or other things that the enemy can use to divide us or to hinder God's purposes for our lives. This can go for several kinds of fear that many of use have. If I am not mistaken, the phrase "do not fear is used 365 times in the Bible, that is often enough for once each day of the year. So, no excuses, it is not an either or thing. There is a time and a place for solitude, and a time and a place for companionship and even being with others who we may not even like, we do that for their sakes, because we are commanded to love even our enemies. It is much harder fo love enemies from a distance. Love is something we do, to benefit others. The contrast if that point is summed up with words like hate, selfishness, and pride! At least, those are my opinions!
  39. Hi tt, Thank you for that great poem the Lord gave you. As Christine said the song in her heart is, "Up from the grave He arose.." This we used to sing at baptisms. It was sung with such a rousing voice, that really brought forth the wonderful, amazing event that happened. And we, too shall `rise,` from this ole sinful earth and rise to be with our blessed Saviour and Lord. Thank you for making the Worthy Family so special, tt, through all the pain and loneliness of this world, just makes us cling closer to the Lord and reach out to others. Blessing, Marilyn.
  40. Hi Edelawit, welcome! I agree with Willa and Sonshine that it is only blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that is the one unpardonable sin. You are totally forgiven if you have prayed to the Lord for forgiveness and have believed the good news (Gospel) of Christ....that He died for your sins and rose from the dead. It sounds like you have a repentant heart, now accept your forgiveness and that God loves you. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
  41. Read the New Testament every day and focus on the things of God. Attend church regularly and fellowship with believers. Turn off TV that has to do with sex and lust. Praying.
  42. Hi, Hard rule? Don't think so, but there is admonition given, from which I find that I think I should be praising God and acknowledging His authority, requesting His presence, as well as seeking my need for this day as I ask for forgiveness of my sins while forgiving others and hoping to not be a trespasser upon the needs of others, and requesting guidance that I not be tempted. I do not do this as a step by step rote thing, but more as an attitude from which to work out my conversation with my God my master my creator, while giving thanks for, and in, all things To say "in Jesus' name"- I do that, but not always. It is just a reminder of whom I have as my constant intercessor before God the Father. I also give my thanks to God the Holy Spirit as well as my creator Jesus. From Luke 11 -“When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. ( Praise and respect) Your kingdom come. ( Desire for return of Christ and the kingdom to soon come) Give us each day our daily bread, ( acknowledgement of who feeds my need) and forgive us our sins,( acknowledgement of my sin and my need of continuing sanctification) for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. ( Releasing my concerns to God for his judgement not mine) And lead us not into temptation. ( request for guidance in all things i do )”
  43. Truly inspirational post, Notme. For some reason, I really needed to hear this today. Thanks and God bless! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  44. You are most welcome here, Silly Milly. You might compromise by attending Messianic Jewish service. They are Jews who have come to recognize Jesus as their Messiah.
  45. Father, Isaiah 26:3 says, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Please help Leyla put everything else out of her mind except for her trust in You. We know You are enough to handle the rest. Keep her in perfect peace as Your word promises so that Her life can be a testimony to Your greatness. Thank You, Father, for mercy and grace given to us in Christ. Please bless our sister Leyla with Your healing love. We ask boldly in the name of Jesus... Amen.
  46. Hi Chris and welcome I'm new also.
  47. Some writers use the proceeds to fund missions of the ministry they are partnered with and never touch a profit so to speak. But publishers need to run a business and paper isn't free or the rent in the stores who sell the books. Many people volunteer in editing and proofreading. Writing is very laborious especially to those who are called as teachers and pastors. Engaging with people is where their hearts are not cut off in a room. It's why books can take years to finish and many times not at all. I think holding back teaching CDs or printed material because a person is unable to afford them is wrong. Those of us who have the means to purchase should because solid ministries give freely. Those who purchase and give extra to a ministry help supply teaching materials, Bibles and books to those that are less fortunate. So some ministries have built on the concept of freely receive freely give but rent, food, travel, publishing, isn't free. If music, books, teaching CDs are part of a "Christian Industry" instead of a Christian Ministry then I agree in part with you, don't buy them. But usually good teaching, good books are a part of good ministry. I went last minute to a midweek study years ago and had forgotten my wallet in the rush. The speaker was profound so I went to the table their ministry had set up looking over the tapes and grabbing information when the man running the table asked what subject matter I was into at the moment and I said I was in such a hurry to get out of the house I forgot my wallet and he smiled and said "Freely receive, freely give. Take what you want." I still give to that ministry at times and it's been a few decades now. They have an aids orphanage in South Africa, plant churches, help the poor and supply schools for their children in a number of countries. It's not a huge ministry and mostly small communities but except for the orphanage leader, school teachers and a few missionaries, no one else receives any salaries, the administrators in any country or the head of the ministry itself do not receive pay. Travel costs are covered but most everyone makes tents so to speak. All book and tape proceeds go into these diverse ministries and the production of more materials. So ya in a perfect world everything is free, but this is not a perfect world. People need to work and people need money. Nothing wrong with money, just our attitude toward it. Fallen man is the problem. What's important is the content of the book and what ministry is the writer attached to? Discernment. At this point, I will not spend a dime on NT Wright material. I've listened to hours on the web and read a book given to me written by him but will not lend any help in that direction. I'll read his material and listen for discernment purposes only if it is free. The Lord's money needs to go to real ministry. Not some hierarchical gibber jab of intellectual hogwash ecumenism whitewashed sepulchre oxford accented politically motivated speech. But that's just me. We all have choices to make.
  48. Hi there Chris, and welcome to WCF, praying for God's enabling in your life and triumph over all that troubles you.
  49. Jesus was identified as the Lamb of God by John John 1: KJV 29 "¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
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