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  1. Blessed, to be a Blessing. A MUST READ.

    "Blessed to be a blessing" I believe that's the heart of it............ Act_20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: Can't out give God
  2. sensitivity

    For the life of me, the world has turned into a society of victims. Why is it wrong to have enthusiasm, maybe even bragging about how God has blessed me with one cool wife, (Pro_5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.) with great God fearing kids, and neat grand kids, all dozen of them. God has blessed me beyond measure. This is GOD"S doing. I don't apologize for Him and His blessings. Get a life. Really. A new life. If it is difficult listening to a bunch of old married couples enjoying talking about their neat kids, or homes finally with a back yard for the children to play, diapers, college costs, just wait around a while and you will then hear about the other side of the coin, about the serious years of financial struggle, marital problems, about the couple who could not have children, about the widows and widowers losing their spouse too soon. That's what MARRIED people do. You might want to get with other people who are like minded, but not try to change married people to your liking. If you don't like your situation, change it. Don't begrudge others their happiness. (You probably wont be around when tragedy and tears are flowing) Marriage is hard work. Kids are hard work. Supporting a family is hard work. Responsibility for the whole family is more than hard work, it's scary at times. (Then I think about how easy life was to be single.....) It's good for couples to get together sometimes (not enough times) and share the years of being together as husband and wife, the laughter and the tears, how God has brought us through it all, sharing our joy. "basically as a longtime single person it's kinda irritating to hear married people float about how great their marriage is continually in front of you." Be happy for them, then go find the singles crowd. Don't play the victim. "Not only are they rubbing what you don't have in your face but excluding persons in the group". That would be wrong if that was what they were doing, and not what you just perceived they were doing. It probably felt like it, either way. "I'm not saying married people can't praise their spouses or express happiness for them but everything in moderation and time and place" Rom_12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Why don't you change the the last box dialog above to one of the three "victims" to read: " hey guys, are yawl tired of hearing about money and cars (and grand kids and diapers) What say we cut out of here and head down to the beach and have some fun, then talk about how we might get a college education(1) and make a bit more money(2) to buy a nicer car(3) and then could afford to get married(4) and have a family. Php_4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  3. False doctrine

    Gal_6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. This scripture came to me Davida, when I say your post above. I feel your frustration (and others). Decided to ck the context, and thought the the rest of the verses were appropriate for the direction of this discussion. Gal 6:1-10 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
  4. How Do You Make People Feel Welcome?

    I cannot think of the last time my wife and I went to friends with just two couples. Used to get with several friends and play cards or dominoes, then came the new life situation games the ladies liked. Most times, when we visit or have friends to our house, barbecue is a given, there's several family's represented, and there's always somebody to talk to, and a lot of noise. And a flock of kids underfoot or being chased out of my shop. Whether one or many guests, food and drinks are available, with a pot of coffee. And plenty chip dip jalapeno stuffed pepper poppers, home made pico.. Something. Sitting out doors at picnic table or porch creates a relaxed atmosphere. Usually the ladies get together at the dining table and talk babies,kids, grand kids or where to find more unneeded stuff at a bargain. Us guys hang out side, usually in the shop, discussing tools, tractors, then our jobs/businesses. Always informal. It took us a while to finally build our house, the kids already left. We feel the Lord blessed us mightily, with a neat home, and we enjoy having guests. We try to be hospitable. I think were too lay back to create any awkward moments. Our kids decide to have birthday parties for their children at our house often, inviting all their friends, and I find strange little babies taking a nap in my bed. The kids room hundred toys are usually spread around the house, and sometimes on top. I wouldn't want it any different. I think being enthusiastic at someones coming to our house sets the mood. And letting them know how they blessed us to come.
  5. Joh_8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Tell them the truth, then let them deal with God.
  6. songs that you like

    How Great Thou Art, ....by anybody. Am always moved.
  7. Evangelism tools? (Books, training, etc)

    Memorize scripture, especially the gospel references. Google up "The Roman road" (in the bible) and memorize the scriptures, about five of them, for starters. Practice on a friend in Christ, like it was for real, to see how well you do. I use no particular method to witness. Depending on who I'm talking to, I may not even quote any scripture, but only paraphrase what they need, an understanding of God's intent of scripture. Every soil I try to plant seeds in is different. A youngster, teenager, or grey head. I try to start a friendly conversation with the mail, USPS, fed x, UPS, lumber delivery people, etc, giving them cold bottled water and striking up a conversation while they drink. Stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc are full of strangers usually open to casual conversation. The spirit will enable me to steer a conversation to life situations, family, kids, work, troubles etc, and I mention how the Lord has blessed me and my family, and how before I was headed down a sorry lifestyle, hanging with the wrong crowd etc. I put myself way below some pious bible thumper, not elevating myself, but conveying I'm only one beggar trying to show another beggar, where to find bread. I will never push for a decision, only suggest to not trust anyone but go home and read the bible for themselves, talk to God, listen through His word, and try to find a bible based church. I give my testimony how the Lord got a hold of me, and what different stages I went through growing in Christ. I emphasize how much God loves us and wants us to trust Him, if we would only listen to His "instruction manual" of life. When you think about it, it's not very hard to tell someone about something that has changed your life for all eternity. We all should be excited, as what else would be more important. I'm also cowardly Gift, and sometimes I really pray myself up to witness to someone. And then, it doesn't happen. But later, when I least expect it, wham, there comes someone the Lord sent when I wasn't "prayed up" ready. I just talk, I just share, and give scriptures. All I try to do is plant as many seeds as possible. Then God takes over. The Holy Spirit does the convicting, I scatter seeds. I do emphasize salvation is a gift, cannot be earned, will not be maintained, but any good we can now do is because God found us, and shows His love for us mightily, and we now want/desire to please Him. I also emphasize how I was in religious churches for thirty years before I ever heard the good news, the relationship God wants for us to have with Him. When I see someone on this forum expressing a desire to spread the good news, like you Gift, I get excited, as the Holy Spirit is at work. What better life changing topic can there be. And the incredible feeling you receive when someone does shows interest and begins to ask so many questions about their salvation. Also, it is God's word that enters into their heart and spirit that does the convicting, that plants new understanding, that helps them "change their thinking" (repent). I use my testimony only to get their attention, it's the word that gives life. Because I'm a coward like you say, Gift, I ask God to send someone to me, crossing my path, and He does. They were always there, but now, expecting, I see them. Rom 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! ...................
  8. False sense of salvation

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt"..................
  9. Living Union

    Sin is pleasurable, to the flesh. Obedience is pleasurable to the mind. My flesh desires sin. My mind desires obedience. Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (the mind) Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (the flesh) Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom_7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Php_4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  10. I could give you my recommendations, but these are better, God's methods; Jas_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. Act_6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Mat_21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Luk_6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Eph_6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Php_1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, Mat_6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Mar_11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mar_14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Luk_18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Joh_16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: Rom_8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 1Ti_2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. Psa_55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 1Th_5:25 Brethren, pray for us. 1Th_5:17 Pray without ceasing.
  11. How Did You Find Worthy?

    "practical Christian living and spiritual growth". I have the same desire. Was on other Christian forums, became a little frustrated by the seemingly major discussion revolved around each word or phrase and Greek and Hebrew, of which I am unlearned. I'm simple, and need simple understanding. How others deal with certain problems and situation of every day life and how God's word applies to them. I found it here googling Christian forums, and been here since 09. Originally a lurker, saw the great attitude of most, and jumped in. Hope I will be a blessing to others, especially the lurkers watching .
  12. The Sin God Hates Most

    Perhaps. Feeling need for adventure too. This idea of retirement, it is not so good for the body, nor soul, I think. I am looking forward to hitting the road, after having been pent up at California on family business stuff. Having visions of "from sea to shining sea" for sure. Maybe I'll find a post retirement career out there somewhere. OP; Worst sin For me, I think the sin God hates the most, is the one presently I commit. He has showed, inspired, indwelt me for a better aim at His targets. Like a father watching his son in competition (with the enemy, world, flesh, devil) and sees me miss. He loves me so much (as Abba), he hates to see me miss His mark. "To whom much is given, much is required". I agree with you Neighbor, retirement from income work should not cause retirement from work. Work is a blessing, from God. As for the what and where: Joshua 1,9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Work is the best narcotic. “Work is the grand cure for all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind – honest work, which you intend getting done.” “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” “When men are employed, they are best contented; for on the days they worked, they were good-natured and cheerful, and with the consciousness of having done a good day’s work, they spent the evening jollily; but on our idle days they were mutinous and quarrelsome.”-- Benjamin Franklin “Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you GET for it, but what you BECOME for it. " God does not deduct from a man's allotted life span, the hours spent fishing".........favorite When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income........Chi Chi Rodriguez Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.......Margaret Mead Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.William A. Ward 8. Isaiah 46:4-5 Even until your old age, I am the one, and I’ll carry you even until your gray hairs come. God’s retirement plan is out of this world.
  13. False sense of salvation

    To whom it may concern. It took me a while to understand the "know so salvation" comment, and I started to post to clarify (what I understood). But as a late comer, I watched the discussion unfold. It really is sad to see what is posted here by some, not all, claiming to be bought with a price, cleansed by the blood (shed by our savior) a savior who left His majesty in heaven to bear the cruel cross, and who see's this bickering and auguring of his children. Is this really a God like witness? To all those lurkers out there watching? Looking for answers. Hoping to find that something missing in their lives. Going to a Christian forum. Wonder what they think?
  14. Adam

    You are irrational, preposterous. Come on Robert, you gotta be kidding. After all the outrageous mockery you posted, to say to Neighbor his are irrational and preposterous? His question actually did make sense. Actually, he only ask the first question of interest, to me. I assumed Adam was like us. Average height. I haven't actually thought about it. Do you actually know how tall Adam was, based on scripture? The bible scripture, that is.
  15. Do you Love God? A MUST READ...

    Gary (not to derail the thread) but I believe Paul was giving an example in Rom 7 of the person who tried to do right and/or avoid doing evil IN HIS OWN STRENGTH, whether he was a Christian or not...stressing the need of His Spirit, His strength and close fellowship. Well Yowm, you got me digging scripture before my first cup. Prodigy said love is not just doing what is right. The word says; Joh_14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. Is there more, yes, but obedience is the key, the bedrock. The qualifier. The OP was do I love God. And Prodigy's struggle to love Him as he believes he is supposed to. I remembered Paul's struggle also, or at least my perceived understanding of his struggle. Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? But, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. I, still a student of scripture, assumed, though Paul was instructing others, he would classify himself in the same category, though the most on fire for Christ teacher, still struggling with sin. He was a believer, so the spirit was in him, just like us, just as we struggle. Again, assuming his dependence upon the strength/leading of the Spirit. In my growing/learning years, I dealt mostly with sins seen by others, trying to clean up my outward appearance. Thought I was getting better, No more fights and cussing, bad jokes, hanging with losers, etc, going to church/bible study, work day etc. Ck me out everybody. Then God graduated me up to the second grade. He showed me I had a serious problem with what was going on in my thought life, the control panel. Though I thought I had "arrived" as a young up and coming Christian, I realized the immensity of what was in store. I can no longer even think those things I gave up for appearance sake. I saw my mind wandering too much. I put my morbid introspection in overdrive.I just couldn't do it. That's when God showed me I had just made my first baby step spiritually. I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. In Christ I can do all things. Principalities and powers. The battle for the mind. Yes, I cannot do right in my own strength, but I have Jesus, my rock, my fortress, my strength.......