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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. Please pray that my husband does not endanger himself.
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  10. 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.
  11. A few here mistakenly think those of us who are born again by grace through faith and accept Christ's finished work for our salvation are not walking with Jesus. Over and over they claim we have a license to sin, and therefore are leading sinful lives. Some even claim that we are taught by pastors not to do any works as we are relying on grace. Of course, this is untrue. I've been born again since the early 1970s and have never heard any pastors preaching against doing good works. Rather we were taught to have a quiet time (prayer/Bible reading) with the Lord so we could grow spiritually. Of course growing spiritually includes good works, but we know we are not saved or kept saved by good works. The Holy Spirit is a definite factor in our hearts/lives as we grow spiritually (are sanctified) throughout our lives...it is not just self effort. I hope the few with the above misunderstandings will stop continually perpetuating these untruths. We seek to live holy lives but it is something that comes from our hearts that have been changed by the Lord when we were born again. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13.
  12. 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
  13. Shalom all, Is it just me or has this forum become very "heavy" lately? I like debate as much as the next guy, if not more. However, I'm acutely aware of the fine line between healthy, intellectual debate and endless locking-of-horns arguing. Now when I go in to certain rooms (including General Discussion) it's with a weary sigh at what arguments are still raging and multiplying. Look at this forum with the eyes of a new believer, excited at finding the Lord and full of joy to share, only to run into all this heaviness, endless arguments and provocative attitudes. At the moment I'm not recommending this forum to anyone. I struggle to find many posts that uplift, teach and encourage others. Even when such posts appear they disappear soon after, eclipsed with repetitive nonsense for 48 pages, fresh for all to see. What a sad state we're in at the moment. Where is the love & peace?
  14. ayin jade

    cancer

    Its official. I have cancer. Early stages so they say it looks curable. But still, its the c word. And I feel like throwing up. Much prayers appreciated.
  15. Did you know that the Gospel is revealed in Scripture as early as Genesis 5:3-32? In the chart below the Hebrew names and English translations are listed: Hebrew English Adam Man Seth Appointed Enosh Mortal Kenan Sorrow; Mahalalel The Blessed God Jared Shall come down Enoch Teaching Methuselah His death shall bring Lamech The Despairing Noah Rest, or comfort. Now let’s combine the English meanings into a sentence (the words in parentheses are added for clarity). Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. Here’s the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis! *taken from an article by Chuck Missler
  16. To whom else can we go but God? He gives peace and rest to our souls. When I suffer, I keep looking to Jesus. Also, I try to take things a day at a time with Jesus, my Savior. He will get me through the trials.
  17. Amanda 10

    Sam

    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  18. Mornin' Folks, So last night I was in chat and the topic of atheists came up. I was surprised by the number of people that stated that they "hated" them some stating they "had no souls". Atheists are folks with hardened hearts, eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Basically they are folks who have not been sent the Holy Spirit and and brought into the light by our Lord. We, as believers, are disciples of God and it is our mission to help bring the word to people like these. So, I say we should not turn our faces away from atheists, but stand our ground and share the Lord's word with them. Be vigilant After all we are soldiers of God! Your thoughts? JJ
  19. This is the delicate balance. First of all, we're a ministry of OUTREACH. However, sad to say, most believers have never been equipped, nor have the patience or the faith to be able to boldly share their faith. So the areas whereby non-believers can freely express themselves is limited to those who have the heart, the desire, and the patience to share their faith. They have the freedom to express themselves in those forums. There are no limitations to freedom of speech in those forums. As a matter of fact, in those forums, because it's limited -- we're actually allowing a deeper dialogue since as a Moderation team is not hindered with the thoughts in the back of our mind about protecting the flock. The main section of the forums is for Christians ... simple as that. It's a place for Christians to freely express themselves ... which honestly is hard to find these days on the internet. Honestly, it's combining the two different aspects of ministry ... outreach ... and discipling, nurturing, training and encouragement. They are two opposite objectives being accomplished simultaneously. Think about it ... if we're trying to disciple ... do you want a non-believer freely expressing their thoughts into a deep discussion that deals with deeper issues of faith? On the opposite spectrum ... if you're trying to desperately reach the lost ... do you want someone with little patience jumping into a discussion saying ... throw your pearls before the swine you heathen? or you're going to hell ... I'm done with you? When the reality is ... patience, prayer and a heart for the lost is needed. So we've isolated those who have this heart -- to have access to those forums. The reality is ... both have a place ... and both aspects are being accomplished. God bless, George
  20. 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.
  21. ...to simple brotherly love? Why do so many people thrive on conflict and strife? I don't understand the draw. Isn't it tiring to fight all the time instead of show kindness? I just don't get it. I know we're in a time when iniquity abounds and the love of many has grown cold. But as children of God, reborn and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we don't have to perpetuate it.
  22. Busy week .... I resumed my immunotherapy infusion thursday. I dont seem to have any ill effects from it, so I should be with the every 3 weeks infusions. Before I began it, I met with the nurse practioner for my oncologist. She hinted at good news but left it for the surgeon to tell me. I saw the surgeon today (friday). My incisions are healing nicely. The area where the lumpectomy was done is healing nicely. The good news is the final pathology report. The lymph nodes all proved to be negative for cancer cells. So the cancer did not spread. In addition, the lumpectomy material showed signs of where the initial biopsy was taken back in july (which showed cancer cells) but showed zero cancer cells. In other words, the cancer is entirely gone. The assumption is that since the tumor cells were killed that any stray cancer cells are also killed. The surgeon considers me cured. I still have to complete the regimen with immunotherapy and radiation, which will be minor compared to what Ive been through already. I learned years ago that it is the Lord who heals, whether He uses modern medicine or not. Perhaps I will post that testimony on this thread later on. Regardless, He showed me the tumor so that it was caught early and He alone determines whether or not the treatment works on me. So He gets the credit for me being healed from cancer.
  23. Hi mabel and all you dear people praying. I certainly needed and still do, your prayers. I`m in hospital after having another, yes another colon operation!!! Wow, didn`t see this one coming but God certainly did. We are in Albany south of Perth. Now we could have been in the outback or anywhere, but God had us where the best surgeon was for this operation. Everyone was amazed at how I pulled through. It all started last week with more tummy trouble and finally I went to the doctor on Wednesday. She put me straight in hospital that night and I had a CT scan and Xrays. The surgeons (yes plural) said I may need an operation but they tried other things first. Then early Thursday morning the main doctor dais that they would operate that morning. WOW so after a three hour operation I had lost a lot of my big bowl and also another cancer, and will have to have a bag for a while, (till the Lord comes.) Was going well and the nurses were amazed, however last night I was very sick and have tubes everywhere. Haven`t been able to concentrate, but Trev has helped me to do this. Will write more as I get strength, In a couple of days. Love to all and so appreciate your prayers, Marilyn.
  24. 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.
  25. Amen, Deb. Thank you! (not able to give “reactions”) The narrow road is where Jesus walks. I imagine the road to Calvary was narrow, too. Jesus carried the Cross for me. Lord, give me the strength to always walk faithfully on this narrow road. ….You leading, me following.
  26. 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.
  27. In the New Jerusalem there will be streets of gold and people drink freely from the river of life. Why would anyone need money? God will supply all our needs.
  28. It took years for me to get the place where I trusted the Spirit of the Lord to lead me in both big and small decisions. It only happened after the Lord became my only hope and solace in life. I just knew I needed Him more than my next breath. Then, next thing I know, He rewards me with a constant sense of His Presence. It's true we struggle to trust the Lord sometimes. But we should be striving to grow in our faith. So what it looks like for me is that instead of witnessing from a place of self-reliance, I just do what I feel the Lord wants me to do in that moment---if anything at all. Christianity has become less about doing and more about being. Being loved, accepted, and cherished by the Lord. And then that naturally flows out into all areas of life.
  29. ok so we are most definately in the last days. everyday pretty much i hear things on the news i see in the street..i am not good with the full on explanation. with my family i worry about this and others. people dont take any notice of me at best or dismiss me that has been my life upto date. how can you tell people and not alienate them whilst you are doing it? how can you keep it simple and not do a church sermon on them? or sound sanctimonious? what if you are still have much to learn yourself my life is changing and people are seeing and making comments. for me i can only do stuff by living it i cant quote it its just not what i am able to do. and so at best it would end up disjointed and contradictory. not sure if this is exactly what i want to say but i thought that i would make a start maybe ...
  30. i am not sure what is happening with me just lately with my health. i have a couple of concerns both of which i am going to get some information and maybe advice about. it could be just ongoing stress levels are climbing again. many thanks for taking the time to read this.
  31. That is when I start praising and worshipping Him. He has always been faithful to me. Sometimes I read the Psalms. Sometimes I sing to Him. Always I know that God will be with me through it all. Often I must pray like Jesus did, "nevertheless not My will be done but Thine."
  32. Sometimes we go and go, pushing ourselves to the point of becoming "overwhelmed". It's happened to most of us. We rarely see it coming! When we find ourselves "there", it's not all that way to deal with. Our personalities are different, so how we deal with depends on how we tick. As for me...I can become depressed and quiet miserable. We have to learn ourselves. That's when we'll be able to deal with being overwhelmed. Instead of getting into a "funk", we need to recognize and already have a plan on how NOT to stay there. I give myself a day when I'm feeling REALLY bad. I may go to bed and just stay there. The thing I DON'T do, is allow it to be carried into another day. I INTENTIONALLY refuse to NOT accept God's "new" mercies the next morning. Sometimes I am able to gain control much quicker. That's something I'm working on daily. God is helping me greatly. We got this! We can overcome overwhelmed. 😊
  33. My wife Betty has just found out today that her breast cancer has returned after 10 years. We need prayer on what prosedures and options we have dealing with this, and what Our Lord and God would have us do. We will meet with her Doctors next Week to find out what options are available for this Cancer to be removed. Since we are elderly we need to make the right decision. Pray that this will not be a problem, and we choose God’s plan for Betty to be Cancer free again. God Bless the Prayers of His Saints. Amen
  34. Dear Father God in Heaven, Thank you for today, thank you for Your plan of Mercy & Grace that you offer to ALL who would like to receive it. Father God I am a lowly sinner needing of You Mercy and Grace Daily. I need to repent of my sins and I desire to grow in your love day by day. Father God I would like to apologize to You and those I offended in a post concerning some where removed from this site, I noticed that the post seems to be removed so I can no longer make my apology in there, as I was going to write this there,I regret saying what I said, and for those who are gone but may read this,and those reading this, I pray Gods Mercy and Grace on you in Christ Jesus. Sorry Father God for my sins, please help me grow in YOUR love so I may bear more each day of your good fruits and sow less and less to the works of my flesh. Please forgive me God, I truly desire to follow You always. Amen! Amen! Amen!
  35. Hi naominash, May I suggest that you look at the other side - I`m glad I have clothes even if they are thrifted. I`m glad I can get food even with food stamps as many scrounge rubbish tips for scraps. I`m glad I have a roof over my head and when there is no heat I can rug up. I`m glad I have my husband, although going through a rough time, I can continue to pray for him. I`m glad I don`t have to pretend that everything is alright, but as Paul said, `I have learnt to be content in all things,` for the Lord is with me. I smile for I have Jesus with me every day. regards, Marilyn.
  36. Her condition has not improved. Upper respiratory / flu / possible pneumonia... Her younger sister died of these kinds of symptoms years ago at age 26. I beg you, Oh LORD, heal my precious lamb!
  37. Here is something that happened yesterday and I havent posted elseswhere yet.... My drivers license expires in a couple of weeks and I have been dreading renewing it. Im bald, my eyes are a bit blurry thanks to chemo (they will readjust over time) and I havent seen the eye doc in a few ... many ... years. So I was stressed over 1) having a photo of bald jadey 2) having to make the time to get new glasses when my eyes were not yet back to normal. Yesterday out of the blue I got a letter from mvd stating that my drivers license has been extended for 5 yrs and I do not need to do anything to renew it. The Lord takes care of me even in small things.
  38. Instead of looking toward Israel as the enemy ... perhaps you should recognize the enemy of mankind is at work ... Satan ... who is trying to orchestrate hatred on all sides to destroy one another ... for he is a liar and the Father of it! God has a plan to restore all peoples .... and if you do a bit of research you'll see that God has a plan to restore the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST including the Apple of His Eye .. Israel! I don't have time to explain it in its entirety right now, but -- Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. Isa 19:24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, Isa 19:25 whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” God bless you, George
  39. Counting... Counting down the hours till the new year arrives Got me to thinking ... What a perfect time to count my blessings from 2018. There are way too many to list here but I'll name a few. !) Through the trials of 2018 I have definitely come closer to the Lord. I admit it has not been enjoyable (the suffering) but it has been effective. Apparently, it was the ONLY way I could get to this point. After all, Father knows best. 2) The biggest hardship of this year was Mom's severe brain injury which nearly led to her death on March 9th.This was totally unexpected (and therefore even more traumatic.) God mercifully spared her life and even astounded doctors who 'wrote her off' that first month. Ten months later, she is still alive! God is good. He has brought her through so many complications since and healed her in remarkable ways. Yes, she is still in critical condition. But she is a miracle, all the same. Time and again. Praise be unto His Name! 3) After a long period of being unable to write poetry (writer's block), God started the creative juices flowing again by George and Ayin Jade setting up a Poetry Club here. Since it was started on June 26th He has graciously helped me write over 20 poems! I am grateful and give Him the glory. 4) I have made new and special friendships this year at Worthy. I have met brothers and sisters here who have blessed me through their encouraging words and stood by me with their faithful prayers. They have laughed with me when I have laughed and cried with me as I have cried. To my Worthy Family... Thank you for being one of the biggest blessings of 2018
  40. Hello All! My name is Daniel and I am 32 years old. I can't even express how happy I am to have Jesus in my life. I have been an atheist for most of my life and about 3 months ago I gave myself to God and it has completely changed my life. God has shown me that even though I rejected him for so many years of my life He still welcomed me with open arms. He was patiently waiting foe me to come to Him. It proved to me how patient and loving He is. And especially how forgiving! I'm not going to lie, I still have lots of struggles and bad habits I need to work on and a lot to learn. But now with the gift of the Holy Spirit in me I am able to really change my life and serve the Lord. I look forward to meeting new people here and to learn from my fellow Christians! Thank you! Praise God!
  41. After 11 years with the same company, I was fired on Halloween. So at 69 years age, I will be looking for at least a part-time job either engineering or something completely different. When I read about ayin jade's problems, mine seem so insignificant.
  42. I don't disagree with the content, but i think it's important for people to understand that unity should never come at the sacrifice of sound doctrine. I think it's important to address that concurrently. Addressing only one or only the other can lead to terrible consequences in the long term.
  43. Debp

    Kindness

    Just want to bring up the importance of kindness. We never know what a person has gone through or is currently going through....so it's important to always be kind to others.
  44. I get prayer reports/letters including Muslim countries. Many Muslims are now turning to Christ. Christians help them in the overcrowded refugee camps and are kind to them, so they are touched and want to know about our Christian faith. They accept Bibles and read them. They look forward to the missionaries' visits. Also, some Muslims from war-torn countries are disillusioned with Islam because of Muslim terrorists destroying their homes, towns, countries, bombing mosques, suicide bombers, etc. So don't forget to reach out if you have a Muslim neighbor. You never know if that person will be open to hearing about Christ. Also, I've heard that Muslims are taught wrongly about what Christians are like. So meeting real Christians and seeing what we are like... perhaps then they will question if they have been taught wrongly in other matters, like about the Christian faith. Just some thoughts... Also, there are many Muslims having visions of Jesus and then becoming Christians.
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  46. I will try to keep this brief. Recently, I came to several conclusions. 1. I embraced bad Christian advice and a false gospel for several years after becoming a Christian. 2. Several ministries I followed, including the "grace/gospel-centered" movement, Steve Brown, Tulian Tchividian (sp?), etc were very antinomian. They dismissed the Christian's need to obey the law of God. Just because someone carries the labels like reformed, gospel-centered, evangelical, or biblical does not mean they are any of those things. 3. I'm really susceptible to false doctrine. So many of these popular ones are profiting off of putting their own spin on the gospel, and unfortunately I ate it up! When I revisited the ministries I had followed in the past, I knew I had moved away from their teachings. But now I can't believe I ever embraced them! I felt like I narrowly missed drowning in an ocean of lies. I can't I believed things like, "Repentance does not mean change." or, "You won't get any better unless you know that if you don't get any better, God will still love you." This caused a lot of confusion in my walk with Christ. Was I trying too hard and not trusting in the gospel enough? I started doubting my efforts to be obedient were effective because they weren't "grace-based". I often waffled between wanting to please God with holiness but not overcoming spiritual stumbling blocks because I thought I simply needed to be more rooted in the love of God. I only moved away from these teachings by the sheer grace of God. After reading an article giving an astute criticism of Steve Brown and the other "reformed" celebrity pastors I had cherished, I seriously wondered if I was even saved. But I believe I am because as a blind sheep, I still followed the voice of Jesus after reading the Bible for myself and eventually focusing on the meaning of "set apart" as opposed to cheap grace. To be sure, we are not saved by works. But works are the fruit of true repentance and and a regenerated heart. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, be sober and alert against false doctrine, and seek Holiness in order to see the Lord. There is nothing wrong with putting some effort into resisting temptation, having discipline in studying the Word of God, or living a holy lifestyle that honors the Lord. Those do not mean you are a legalist or haven't discovered grace. The Lord will judge all of our ways so we've got to take our fight against sin seriously. My conclusion of how to do this now is that we renew our thinking, not conforming to the world but being transformed by the Word of God. Not simply by focusing on the grace of God. Yes, the grace of God is beautiful and restorative, but it requires the right response from us in order for us to be the good soil for the fruit of the Spirit to appear. Fortunately, my husband has always acted as a counter-weight when I lean too far in the wrong direction. I used to think I was fairly good at spotting lies but I've asked my husband to help since he doesn't have the same weaknesses I have. I deeply regret being like Eve who was deceived in the garden. I can relate to the lost sheep that Jesus found. I just have to be way more careful with the wolves.
  47. So what is my point to this thread? Your end times position -- is not a salvational issue -- and if GREAT MEN of God who still have FRUIT that remains today had various end times positions, it shouldn't' startle us if we at Worthy Christian Forums have various views of the last days! The problem is that when brothers and sisters in the Lord can't simply discuss a topic -- and suddenly we're throwing around the label -- "False Teacher", "False Prophet", "Heretic" -- then we're no longer discussing something as a family -- we're becoming the accuser of the brethren! Do you really want to be a mouthpiece for the enemy? Personally, my views of the last days are "fluctuating" because in my mind the book is still somewhat "sealed" as Daniel describes. In my life as a believer, I will discuss something with someone I completely disagree with -- and I'll often play "devil's advocate" and play the other side in order to better understand the positions -- and try to learn something! I usually learn from people with whom -- I disagree with -- more than I learn from those I agree with! Sometimes I wonder if the discussions of the last days are simply a method of the enemy to distract the body from doing its main mission -- to spread the gospel and to disciple those in the faith? If you're spending more time "defending" your end times position -- then focusing on our main mission on this earth -- then its a problem. However, if you're like me -- and your life is consumed with Yeshua (Jesus) -- then I love to talk the Bible -- to talk different positions with my family -- then enjoy having discussions on different views on "non-essential" issues! But if in your discussions with family over these issues lead to "anger, bitterness, resentment, etc" then you need to re-evaluate to yourself -- "am I being manipulated by the enemy?" Because in any discussion with family -- it should never lead to losing your love, joy, and peace as a believer. So I pray that you receive these words as an encouragement -- not to argue -- but to disagree in love. Because at the end of the day, if you are a blood-bought child of God -- you're family no matter what your end times position may be! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  48. Hi, Leyla.....no, the story of Noah and Flood is not about magic. It's the truth. I'm a Christian and a former science teacher. I'll try to answer your questions. They are great questions by the way. [1] How can a planet be habitable after the Flood? If the water/land ratios were the same pre-Flood as now, and I believe they are, 75-80% of the planet was/is already water. Land masses today [continents, islands, etc.] comprise about 20-25%. Couple that information with the Biblical fact that Noah and his family and those animals were on that ark for a little over a year and one can conclude that after the 40 days of rain from above and water surging up from below, and the 5-6 months that the waters took to overcome even the mountain top, the earth [the land] was settling down back to habitability in the last few months. Major changes in the earth today can happen in mere weeks and days. It's been seen - provable, observable. So 2-3 months of recovery from the Flood is time enough for God to make the world habitable again - at least enough for life to start over. [2] How did all the sea life survive? The life that God killed was anything that lived totally on land and breathed through it's nose. That's what Genesis said. And that included birds. Sea life was untouched. Obviously, with great churning of waters, there may have been some mixing of salt and fresh waters. There are some fish and sea creatures who can live in that today. Some can't. But God kept enough of them alive to create a food source of the people and birds and creatures he saved on the ark. There was no way for sea life to get into the ark and Noah and his family were going to need something to eat immediately. [3] After the flood was over, what were animals supposed to eat? Carnivores would kill off all the saved animals and plant eating animals would have nothing to eat. As I said early, they stayed on the ark a little over a year. I'm sure there were lots of babies born on the ark. By the time that Noah sent out the dove, plant life had already grown back enough for birds to build nests and to eat. That's what the Bible says. The animals and the 8 people had a huge good source in the waters left behind. Again, having taught science, plant seeds can lie dormant for years and then re-grow in a matter of days when conditions are good again. I once took a horticulture class and my final exam was to get a gourd seed that had lain dormant in the gourd for over 12 years to grow. I just knew I was going to fail the exam. It was totally dead in my opinion and it was a hard and dry as a brick. But just a few days after I planted, up popped the sprout!! The professor laughed at my anxiety. He KNEW the seed would sprout, but let me sweat it out. [4.] Even if we assume that the animals survived and had enough oxygen, food etc... how did they find their way back home, to the different regions in all the other continents? Well, that's an easy one. They did not have a home to go back TO. There were no seven continents "in the beginning". God created one land mass. Science agrees. Science calls the original landmass Pangea and both science and the Bible agree that that supercontinent broke into the seven continents we know today. The Bible and science just don't agree on how it happened. Plate tectonics kept going even after the Flood was long over. Climate changes drastically. An Ice Age came. Dinosaurs died out. Extremely large mammals died out. Giant plant eaters died out. The earth changed. [5] If we world was flooded on this big scale, why cant we find any evidence?? Do you think our scientists are really so incompetent, that they cant find even one evidence for it? There's actually quite a lot of evidence for the Great Flood and science knows about it. Here's one piece - the fossil record. All those layers and layers of rock found everywhere that have massive graveyards of animals that all died together. Creationists and many scientists who believe the Bible see an incredibly rich evidence pool of creatures representing every creature we know of dying en masse. The higher the layer, the more advanced the creature. Animals who were intelligent enough to run who had a huge self-preservation instinct would be at the top. Example, clams on the bottom layer and dinosaurs/Sabre-tooth cats on the top. If this is evolution and the clams lived 4.5 billion years ago, why do clams today and clam 4.5 billion years ago look the same? Why do ALL creatures in the fossil record look the same as they do today? [For those that are not extinct]. The main thing is that God, in his sovereignty, can do anything. I trust that. I trust him.
  49. I am freeeee ... I got home from the hospital this afternoon. I am on an antibiotic for an infection. Hopefully I will continue to do well. Thank you for your prayers. I still have 3 more rounds of chemo to get through, then surgery.
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