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  1. Hey there all, I'm Jack and I am very new to exploring my faith and embarking on a relationship with God. Just getting on a forum like this is a first step for me, but I am excited and encouraged to explore and learn all that I can.
  2. Amen! Oh dear sister; I just know our Lord is giving you a hug.
  3. If I may go ahead and ask a question right off the bat -- which translation of the Bible would you recommend I read? I have both the NIV and the KJV and am open to reading either or (or both). Which is a better place to start for someone who is fairly new to the Bible in your opinion? I thank you for your words of kindness.
  4. It is great to have you join us, Jack. Most of us really love our Lord and have a personal relationship with Him that is so real!
  5. What a lovely and encouraging post, Margaret. Welcome to Worthy and God bless you! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  6. Yes-yes I probably sin hourly. God is Light. The world is full of darkness. The more I read and study scripture, the more I 'see' light, or God's mark, targets. (what I should/could be doing) Missing His mark (targets) is sin. 'To him who knoweth to do good and doeth it not'............ And so many tiny ones. Not tiny in importance, but a difficult to hit target. Especially say like, when I'm on this forum. It's difficult to take (grab hold of-take captive) EVERY THOUGHT. I evaluate (judge/critique) posts and reply's. I think (thoughts) about what was said. I also get a feel for the attitude expressed. Like this post here. more mental sin again...... I dislike these types of threads. Some one assumes if someone else does not live up to 'their' standard, they're probably a pretend Christian, never having been saved. This causes me to get angry, ie sin, and now I'm judging some one who is judging others. Sin. and missed again. I wonder why we cannot come together and , as scripture commands, confess (share) with one another our faults (sins) James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. We all sin regularly. If you think not, you lie to yourself. And God. If this post of mine makes you angry, we both just sinned. (a test) I see so much I can improve, that which would please the Father, in my minute by minute walk, practicing the presence of God, that I realize I can't do it. (presently) (this understanding was my first baby step in spiritual growth) Please don't misunderstand. I can do all things In Christ. Abide. Not I but Christ. Dead to sin. Christ lives in me. My spirit is so willing, the flesh so weak. Like the apostles who fell asleep instead of praying for Jesus. I sin. We all sin. The difference now is, I can thank God more often for the victories. We all (can) learn. But only if we agree with God when we miss. Confessing/agreeing, changes my/our thinking. Not denying-not making excuses-not blaming others or devil-not labeling sins as unwilling/accidental, etc etc etc.....ad nauseum This enables me to see/recognize a temptation/target, better through experience. Spiritual war! Every sin I sin is my fault, not the world, flesh, or the devil. And they are all willing sins, and on purpose. My flesh enjoys them. I agree with God. And I can better understand Paul's dilemma.
  7. I have prayed for you. God bless you.
  8. plavious

    Plavious

    You make me feel so special @marvelloustime. Internet service is very expensive here and i fine it difficult to connect quite often as am saving for my medical laboratory test.. Thank you once again. Plavious
  9. mel85

    God Is So Good

    God is so good, God is so good; God is so good, He's so good to me He answers prayer, He answers prayers, He answers prayers, He's so good to me He saves my soul, He saves my soul, He saves my soul, He's so good to me Now I am free, Now I am free, Now I am free, He's so good to me He cares for me, He cares for me, He cares for me, He's so good to me I'll do His will, I'll do His will, I'll do His will, He's so good to me He loves me so, He loves me so, He loves me so, He's so good to me
  10. So long as your dog doesn't dig his way in to a Chinese restaurant, then I see no problem.
  11. Happy birthday. Becky! May God's favor be upon you all day!
  12. Father in heaven, our Helper in times of trouble, we ask that You will touch our sister’s back and heal her in Jesus’ name. We pray you will take away the pain quickly so that she can stand tall and smile again. Amen.
  13. I am lifting you up in prayer, turtletwo, and agreeing with our brothers and sisters in asking the LORD to heal your back.
  14. I was walking my dog Izzy on the beach this morning, and found a baby seal in the sand. I called the seal sanctuary, and they sent a medic out, and when we got to the place where I had seen the seal, it wasn't there. We looked round for it, and found it heading back towards the sea. The medic had a look at him / her, and said that the seal was fine. Praise the Lord! I took a picture of him / her. So cute.
  15. Hi T, When you mentioned believing in God, hopefully that also means believing in Jesus Christ, Saviour and Lord. Welcome to Worthy and God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  16. Welcome Samantha, I too welcome you to Worthy! May we be able to help you with any questions and may you find some answers that encourage you in new walk as a Christian. You will find lots of support and kind listeners here.
  17. praying that no infection sets in and his pain may be eased quickly
  18. Welcome FlyingToaster, This is not the case for everyone. That is what bring Christians to God through Jesus. He is our anchor. Are you in a black hole of doubt? This is what the gospel is about. God doesn’t just give us a hand out of the hole, he lived in the hole with us. He is our ladder up out of the hole. All we have to do is accept and embrace Him as our Saviour out of all of our dark holes.
  19. You had me thinking that you shot at a general and colonel when you wrote "issued the challenge" and "the general supplied yet another incorrect password" ; then you got kicked out of the service, and that's why you were now here on Worthy. You and Dennis have a real knack for storytelling. Funny and entertaining stuff for sure. I was asked to read the Psalms by a military vet with failing eyesight; I would spend many days doing this. I did not really enjoy the Psalms at the time but it helped me later. Did you consider writing a small book, maybe: "funny stories from the combat zone -or Grace under Fire"( maybe include you are born of God and maybe include a Psalm after each story and a verse from Christ. The World English Bible is free to download and free to copy; there are a couple of other public domain Bibles also as you know.)Authentic funny stuff sells well. I am sure one publisher will take it. We need your stories in these contentious times. One of the best selling books ever I heard was Chicken Soup for the Soul(Not recommending it). I haven't read it -I think it's a compilation of "other peoples" inspirational stories by two authors; but it seems they had to ask 110 publishers before one agreed to publish.
  20. Praying, Sister Willa - hope all goes well with your appointment today.
  21. Agreeing in prayer, Mel.
  22. I am joining with you in prayer for this, mel.
  23. and welcome to our Worthy family, Margaret! Your introductory post reflects a beautiful heart. We're so happy you found us. God bless!
  24. God chastens those He loves. Those who go on sinning will be severely corrected for their pride and rebellion.
  25. Here's the BIG difference between the "Law" keepers and those that are saved by Grace that I have observed in all of the arguments in these kind of threads... Those that truly understand the Mercy and Grace the Cross of Calvary provided for us, when we stand before it in memory and worship of what our God subjected and submitted Himself to, when we understand in the Light of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, when we are in His Presence, .........there is one verse in Scripture that rings true in our heart, ...that we argue with our beloved brother: No Paul, you are wrong, ...I'm the chief, the worst sinner to ever walk on this planet!!! I've never heard any of the "Law keeping" groupies, ...ever say that...
  26. Thank you for your service! And thank you for sharing your story! God bless you!
  27. Child abuse IS an abomination, and God tenderly watches over his little ones. Matthew 18:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. A child abuser's head and heart is filled with lies from Satan that need to be replaced with Truth from the Living Word. A child abuser either does not know or does not revere the living God. With our limited judgment, we can't say which. We can take action to protect children against abuse when we see it, but so often these children are left with scars, that left unhealed, will someday lead them either to abuse or enter into more abusive relationships. For both the abused and the abuser, God's Word has the power to heal and to change: Hebrews 4:12-16 New King James Version (NKJV) 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Our Compassionate High Priest 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. .............. The Living Word, Jesus Christ, can and will change any heart who will let Him in and allow Him to rule over every thought and action.
  28. Happy Birthday Becky! God bless you, sister. I've just come across some other issues on prayer for you. How things got so behind and out of touch, I have no idea. Praying for these things as well. May the Lord bring His healing touch upon your body and life right now, at this special chosen day to be presented to the world.
  29. Love the little poem, turtle girl … it’s full of sweetfulness!
  30. I don't have the time right now, but Lord willing, a little later I will write a post from a devotion I've just read today to prayerfully be an encouragement to you Jack, God bless, I'm off to work now.
  31. Don`t mind the seed in my teeth. Saving it for later.
  32. I use the child lock for myself so I won't flip through channels and start watching trash. I put limits on language, violence and sex because I don't want to swim in the sewer.
  33. Agreeing in prayer for your aunt and you.
  34. No better advice than quoting that scripture verse. It says it all. Imagine, millions of believers live in large city's and town's and has no resources to escape to dugouts ect. What are they to do, leave their jobs and whatever existence they have and run to the hills. No, prayer and trust in the Lord for his divine shield and protection as the scripture quoted would keep your heart at ease. Indeed the world is getting tougher in many aspects, like food, shelter and even work, together with the criminal elements. We still have to do some basics and store a little as in the manner when a storm is announced or coming.
  35. This verse continues a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31–34. The writer of Hebrews is pointing out that God Himself promised to give the people a "new covenant." Logically, then, this means that the old covenant is inferior to whatever God has planned for the future. If it was not, why would He change it? This is part of the argument that God's intent was always for salvation to come through Jesus Christ, not through the Old Testament Law. Prior verses proved that this promised covenant was new, not merely a re-use of the old, and that the primary weakness of the old covenant was its reliance on human efforts.
  36. Heb 8v10.......NT.....I will put my laws into their mind and write them in their hearts.....
  37. Rough situation there. If at all possible don't do it alone. Having been on call 24/7 for a prolonged period of time I can say it's an extreme drain. Additionally my mother did some home health care for people who needed daily care. It was standard practice for them to have two or more caregivers on the same patient where one would work so many days a week and the other(s) would work the rest. With regards to the Alzheimers, my experience is that people with dementia range all the way from being super sweet to being utter nightmares. A lot of patience and self control is needed if you get the latter. Even if you get the former don't be surprised if they have outbursts here and there. It's just the nature of the disease and the sort of stress it puts on them. Once dementia hits a certain point they often end up living in a world that's different from the one we're in. It's important to keep that in mind.
  38. Strangers in the World-a devotional Scripture: Psalms 119:17-24 Psalms 119:49-56 Have you ever felt like a "duck out of water"? Have you ever felt uncomfortable, out of place, like you just didn't belong? Perhaps you went somewhere in casual clothes, while everyone else was in more formal attire, and you felt rather conspicuous and out of it. Or maybe you found yourself in a group of people who were swearing or telling off-color jokes, and you didn't quite know what to do or how to react. Or you go to a birthday party, but are the only one who forgot to bring a gift. Or maybe the gift you brought is obviously the cheapest, and the recipient can barely hide her disappointment. From time to time, we all feel conspicuous or out of place, like we don't belong. According to these Scripture passages, God's people, Christians, should always feel somewhat out of place in this world. They ought to feel like strangers, pilgrims, aliens, like "ducks out of water," out of their proper environment. The Psalmist said, "I am a stranger on earth" (Psalm 119:19a). The phrase, "wherever I lodge," in verse 54, literally means: "in my temporary house." According to Hebrews 11, the "heroes of the faith" "admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth" (verse 13). Peter describes his Christian readers as "aliens and strangers in the world." As strangers in the world, we are disturbed by many things. Our own mortality can be distressing. Children grow up and parents grow old. In the countryside, one can see many abandoned farm places. At one time the houses were probably dream homes, but are now dilapidated and the people are long gone. If you have not seen the friends and acquaintances of your youth lately, it might surprise you to see that they now have gray hair. It reminds us that we are growing older, and that life is going by rapidly. Also distressing is the fact that bad things happen to basically good people, to God's people. There was a fine Christian woman, who was very active in her church. Once she took her son's paper route while he was at a Cadet camp-out. Somewhere along the line she fell, severely damaging her ankle. In fact, later she ended up on crutches. Although in considerable pain, she wanted to finish the route before going to the doctor. To save a few agonizing steps, she hobbled across a lawn. Halfway across, the door opened and an angry voice shouted: "What's the matter with you, walking on the grass? Someone your age ought to know better." She saw some humor in that later. Other things that happen to us are no laughing matter; not now, not ever. They are downright distressing or discouraging, and remind us of how vulnerable we really are. The Psalmist was well aware of his weakness and frailty. In the Psalms we read of both high and low points in the life of faith. Like the Psalmist, there are times when, spiritually speaking, we feel like we could "soar with the eagles." A short time later, however, we seem to be waddling around like penguins. Our own instability can be distressing. Something that ought to distress us is when God is ignored or dishonored. The Psalmist said: "Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law" (119:53). When God's law is broken, people get hurt, God is offended, and society suffers the consequences. Whether we observe it or experience it, we know that life is simply unfair. For example, God's good gifts are not evenly distributed. Professional athletes earn far more than farmers, although farmers' work is far more important. Athletes merely amuse us; farmers actually feed us. Injustice occurs every day, in all aspects of human life. The problems of the world seem so overwhelming that we are tempted to just throw up our hands in despair. But strangers in the world are not alone in the world. In one Bible version, Psalm 119:49-56 is entitled: "God's Word is my comfort and guide whatever the circumstances." The Psalmist wrote, "My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life" (119:50). "I remember your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them" (verse 52). He found comfort not only in Scripture, but in Scripture's Author: "You have given me hope" (verse 49). A Christian author once said: "Life is unfair. Get over it!" His point was that in an imperfect world filled with imperfect people problems are inevitable, so don't expect too much. While our life's "book" will certainly have a happy ending, there is some sadness on almost every page. Children soon discover that life isn't fair. There are times in your lives when bruised knees or broken dreams have brought tears to your eyes. You have probably experienced how some children and older people can be downright nasty or unkind. Maybe you yourselves said or did something that made you feel bad, that gave you a guilty conscience. Life simply isn't fair. Some people have great beauty or brains, health or wealth, while our portion seems rather small. Diseases and accidents happen to both believers and unbelievers. The Bible reminds us that while life may be unfair at times and people might be unkind, God is always just and loving. Peter reminds his readers that they are "God's elect, strangers in the world...who have been chosen" (I Peter 1:1, 2). Being God's chosen people does not keep us from life's storms, but it is our security in life's storms. Another Psalmist reminds us that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." When we are in the midst of a "storm," we usually ask God to calm it. Until he does, we may pray: "Lord, keep me afloat during this storm." The sea around us might be raging but in our hearts there can be the peace of God. Psalm 4 says: "Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him" (verse 3). Children, young people, and adults need to know that they are children of God. The awareness of God's presence helped Jacob on his way (Genesis 28:12ff). Once he was alone under the stars, running for his life, when he saw a stairway with angels on it. He woke up and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.... How awesome is this place!" Then he continued his journey. If only we could live each moment of every day with that awareness, thinking: "Surely the Lord is in this place and in my life. Because of that, How awesome is this place, and how awesome is life itself and eternal life!" Even though you might feel out of place at times, feel as though you don't belong, you do belong to your Savior. Because you belong to him, live for him. Peter writes: "I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul" (I Peter 2:11). Abstaining is not a very popular concept. Yet young and older people need to abstain from the sinful desires that war against our souls. Parents, teachers or pastors might say it, too, but first of all it is your God, your Savior, who says: "Abstain from sinful desires." It is hard enough to abstain from sinful words and actions, how can we abstain from sinful desires? Perhaps we can't keep inappropriate thoughts from crossing our minds from time to time, but we can keep them from staying there. We can't prevent them from using the road, but we can put up "No Parking" signs, and we can enforce that rule. Peter urges us to live good lives among those who don't believe (I Peter 2:12). Many people are concerned about treasures on earth, but Christians desire spiritual riches. Christians are thankful for what they do have, not angry or bitter about what they do not have. Christians confess and repent of their faults, but are not obsessed with them. They know that they have physical, mental, emotional, financial limitations. They accept God's love and forgiveness, and do their best. A man once claimed that he was a "war baby," that his parents had taken one look at him and started fighting. Like him, everyone one of us has limitations, whether real or imagined, limitations that we have to live with. The good news is that God loves us! Hopefully we, God's children, never waste our time wishing for things that others have, or wishing that we were more beautiful, athletic or intelligent than we are. Hopefully we realize how beautiful and special we are in the eyes of God and in the eyes of those who love us. Hopefully we enjoy ourselves, our lives, our Lord, and develop the unique gifts he has given us. Hopefully we seek first God's kingdom and God's will for our lives. Hopefully we will be the best that we can be, for God's glory and for our own good. Though we travel as strangers or temporary residents, the Lord wants us to do good along the way, and to promote the well-being of church and society. The pilgrim Abraham was a great man of faith, who interceded for Sodom and rescued Lot. Like Abraham, Peter urges believers to make a difference in this world for God and for good. All of us are called to be part of God's Rescue Squad, who throw out the lifeline, who fulfill our part of the Great Commission. Many of us have been strangers at some time in our lives, newcomers to a certain city or community. After living for awhile in a place, people usually become more and more comfortable. They adjust, and may even adopt some of the customs and traditions of their new home. In time, they no longer feel like strangers. Yet Scripture warns us not to become too comfortable here on earth. The Bible does not promise us comfortable lives. It teaches us that our lives on earth are temporary, and that, spiritually speaking, even when we are in the world we are not of it. It informs us of the comfort that comes from knowing that we belong to Jesus. A company once sent pamphlets in the mail, containing the phrase: "an investment in paradise." No place on earth is a "paradise." In reality, we make an investment in the true Paradise when we commit our lives to Jesus. Paradise is the place where we will never again feel alone, out of place, discouraged, or sad. And as we travel there, we pray: "I am a stranger on earth.... Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.... Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge" (119:18,19,54). AMEN.
  39. They also like to use the one about "legion." But again, it's still a response rooted in fear+ignorance+religious pride. If they can pray some forceful "deliverance" prayer over you and send you on your way (further wounded, silenced, and alone), they can feel good about themselves and tout how they helped some poor soul ....when really they missed out on the entire opportunity to really be involved in ministry that will have some of THE biggest effect in the End Times.
  40. Do I suffer envy and covet what another has? Nope. God makes the daily provision that is always perfect. Perfect for my real needs of each day. If I do not recognize it on any given day that is my own failing, but do I want the plight of another instead? Nope. God turned me around from my own sin against Him and to recognizing His Lordship over me. In that I am most content with whatever each day brings, while also recognizing there may be no tomorrow as my soul may be required of me today.
  41. Praying God will ease your pain and help you find ways to cope. Also, that He'll make a way for you to get the medical intervention you need.
  42. I don't have a television. I decided years ago not to become desensitized to secular media and secular books. Just one way for a Christian to separate themselves from the world.
  43. Praying for you about this right now!
  44. I truly love this, and that my father's testimony is a witness of Jesus Christ and just how far He went to redeem us back to our Heavenly Father!
  45. I am so sorry you had a bad day. I will be praying for you to get some relief and rest over the weekend.
  46. " Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. " Romans 15:13
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