Gary Lee

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  1. My wife and I have visited the church my daughter attends. Very solid church. Much larger than our church. She met her husband to be there. Several times while visiting a regular service, the choir singing was so moving prior to the sermon, as it flowed from one hymn to another, you could sense a real moving of God's presence. I'm not ashamed to admit I was moved to tears. The pastor came up to the pulpit several times while the music was still going, and several times he went back and sat down. He had no problem sharing the pulpit. I had never seen this before. As for the Holy Spirit taking over the service, I cannot comment. There was order, but there was also a real sense of worship. A lack of judgemental thoughts watching a "different" church service, more of feeling as part of their members/fellowship. And plenty of joy. As far as I'm concerned, though, there was no doubt about this having been a true worship service, as the spirit of God was very evident. And I miss it. And Yes! There was emotion. Plenty. But very Respectful.
  2. And Amen................ Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Psa_119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. The more I read(hear) God's word, through books, conversations, forums, etc, the more content/data is stored in my memory (hid in my heart). I see this as a filter, to sift, clean, clarify, truth from untruth . Other words/conversations come into my thoughts from various sources, and they are filtered, consciously and subconsciously, through this filter (the word). The more data (God's word) stored, the better the filter. When I take every thought captive, I run it through the filter...........Out comes....... 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. So, Opy,what are your questions? ..I read in your post that you believe you're a Christian. Any Christian, that is, someone who had repented (changed their thinking) after they heard God's word, believed that JESUS IS COME IN THE FLESH, believed by faith that Jesus died to pay their penalty for their sins, cried out to God for salvation mercy; that born again Christian is indwelt with THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT, to guide us, to comfort us, to convict us of our sin, to enable us to DISCERN the TRUTH, and much much more. Have you ask God about this? What did He say? I think I see the reason there is no response to your questions is that others are using Their discernment, reading your posts. Would you mind right now as you read this, to think back to when you, by faith, believed upon Jesus Christ, come in the flesh, and cried out to God for salvation. Did you receive God's spirit? If you did, He would have been instructing you all those years. But it appears that there has been no growth. You may want to reevaluate your conversion to Christianity. Based on just a couple of googles, it's obvious you have been around the web for quiet awhile. Some of it is pretty gross, very inappropriate for a Christian,not the testimony of a Christian. Do you deny this? I think you're just having you're fun pulling my chain. That's OK. Maybe you're actually crying out in the only way you know how, or how the actual spirit within you allows you to. Don't forget, Jesus loves you, and He died for you. Does the spirit within you discern that I'm trying to help you to know the truth, God's truth? Or is it telling you to lash out with unintelligible hostilities. Do you feel a loving spirit, or is it a mean spirit. The truth will SET YOU FREE. .....Gary In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  4. "How Great Thou Art"...........by anybody
  5. I was a young teenager in the start of the sixties, still driving my mixed breed bicycle on my paper route. Wanting to move on up to powered wheels, I figured a scooter might be available with my meager funds. In Texas, you could get a license at fourteen if under twelve brake horsepower. Couldn't even find an old Moped or Vespa with my savings. But I found and bought for forty five dollars (my mom loaned me the extra ten dollars) an old Indian 500 TT Warrior twin. Wasn't street legal, no tags or inspection, no lights or mufflers, but it ran great. Tore up the yards and alleys with the knobby tires, then was convinced by my parents to take all the dust and noise elsewhere. Found out where all other "flat trackers" hung out, and thus started my two wheel journey. When the Indian decided it needed costly surgery to keep running, I finally got a Cushman Eagle scooter, two speed with suicide clutch. A real honey. And street legal. (mostly). Once we decided to ride our Cushman scooters a hundred plus miles to the flat track races in Temple, south of Waco, but mine died just before the races. I rode on the back of my friend's all the way there and back, facing backwards. Then slept through most of the races. On the way back at two o'clock in the mourning, we were pulled over by the local cops in Austin for no tail light at night. We told him we were coming back from the races in Temple. He shook his head and told us to wire the break pedal slightly down for a light, and please leave his town. We did. Later, I discovered BSA. The big leagues. A fifties model 650 BSA twin. Off road bike, not street legal, yet. My friend, who got one of the first Honda scramblers in San Antonio,would ride point for me checking out for cops as we drove clear through down town to the old Dragon race track out by Lackland AFB, on the other side of town. Sucker could run. As the local cops soon discovered. I once got seven tickets in one stop. Failure to wait at a red light and cutting through a parking lot to avoid it. No license plate,no inspection sticker, no tail lights, no brake lights, no head light ( I don't know why that one, as I did tape a big flashlight to the handle bars), and straight pipes. I got thirteen tickets that weekend. By my senior year in high school, they had so many warrants on me they would even come to school to catch me, but my amigos would spot them and warn me. Finally caught me at work, hauled me to jail. Bummer. My boss lady got me out, same day, paid all the fines, and I worked quiet a while for gratis. My license was revoked for two years. Didn't matter, as I quit school, joined the Marines, spent those two years in Viet Nam, driving an amphibious type tank/howitzer for a while, and I didn't need a license. Go figure. When I got back to the world, at twenty one, I bought my first cage vehicle, while working on an old house, for a customer. Out behind the shed in the weeds, I found an old white, fifty seven Chevy two door sedan. Six cylinder column shift. No radio. Fifty dollars, a battery, three tires, fresh gas, and off I went,again. .................I know, what a sorry testimony. But it was different back then. Most of the cops back then in my neighborhood all knew me and my brothers, and my friends. (And my parents on a first name basis) We were all always in some kind of trouble. But it wasn't mean and vicious or stealing and hurting. We were just having fun riding our bikes. And the cops knew this, as they were almost like a surrogate fathers. They would scare us, chew us out, and often advise us. It wasn't like today. It was so different. Talk about opposites attract. My wife at sixty five got her FIRST ticket, ever. Watch out for the China Grove radar. To get maybe an idea of the times I "grew up" in, fifties/sixties, there was maybe two dozen cars or pick ups driven to school owned by students, at high school. In my seventh/eight grade school, Shertz/Cibilo, there was one building, four class rooms, two grades per class room. The "parking lot" had several dozen bicycles, and at least three or four horses. It wasn't uncommon at lunch time to target shoot our twenty two rifles. .......It was different back then. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  6. Dr. Charles Stanley, I believe, is a man of God. He is one of several preachers I listened to on the radio as a young believer and over many years later. STILL. Him, and others like him, filled in the yearning for the milk and the meat I so hungrily needed. This thread is the FIRST negative words I've ever heard concerning this. I suppose I just don't keep up with the latest gossip/rumors. I'm sure if you open up his closet, you can find a tasty morsel to publicize. Just stay out of my closet. (It's already been inspected, and forgiven). I've heard that when we die and go to be with the Lord, we will possibly meet others who were led to seek the lord by our presenting/planting the good news to them. I think about this. Often. Simply telling somebody some GOOD NEWS. For a change. I wonder how many might come to see me. Really. But one of the first things I thought about when I saw this thread, was, how long the line will be for those wanting to show their tears to our brother, Charles Stanley. Psa_126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. And I haven't even googled up the the latest on him. To what purpose? Here's a thought. If you have ever fought in a war, a real war, there's something you will notice. Pretty quickly. The guys going home in body bags and the wounded. They're the ones up front, where the battle is. Confronting the enemy. NOT in the rear. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  7. Should unity come through getting together with the purpose of unity and hashing out differences in doctrine where the ultimate goal is love even if 'truth' is compromised? OR Should Church unity come through holding to Scripture without compromising doctrine even if 'love' may be a casualty? Not Peace, but a Sword Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  8. Just what is the Kingdom of God? Rom_14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Righteousness: a. the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God b. integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting Peace; of the messiah's peace a. the way that leads to peace (salvation) b of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is Joy in the Holy Ghost; Joy; Gladness, joy, delight,....in....The holy Spirit, as we worship in Spirit and Truth... And then the promise.................. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  9. Hello BlackZeppelin, Gary here. When a pastor/Sheppard resorts to using fear or guilt concerning members of his flock, he is showing a serious lack of maturity. He doesn't sound like a cheerful giver (his time and money) when he has to make members feel guilty for having spent money on other than the church. He may be struggling financially personally, perhaps the church also. It's probably difficult to do without seeing others getting what they want. Sixteen years is a long time to hold any resentment. But I do understand, it hurt. Pastors do have the right/responsibility to instruct/feed the flock. Some of the best financial advice I've received came from the pulpit. But by my pastor, sharing wisdom and Godly advice, and not intimidation or shame. This is one of those memories that's hard to forget about, but you could start by praying for him, and I think God would hear you, and bless you. (Bless those who persecute you) Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  10. Hello newnature, Gary here. I remember that one, it's pretty neat. An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. "One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. "This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed." 2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (Spiritual) 2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (confessing) 2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 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. Not leaning on my OWN understanding, but acknowledge-recognize-refer to, the Lord, and trusting in His direction. One tiny little obedience to God sets me into His will..................... Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  11. newnature said; "They continually needed to be told and to be directed and they continually needed the visuals in connection with the directing hand. They needed to be shown what to do and when to do it. We should no longer be in need of someone to turn our heads and tell us what to do and which direction we’re to take. Everything is in God’s Word, apply it and make your own choice…we should be a full grown child of God not needing a tutor". THEN; They continually needed to be told and to be directed and they continually needed the visuals in connection with the directing hand. They needed to be shown what to do and when to do it. We should no longer be in need of someone to turn our heads and tell us what to do and which direction we’re to take. Everything is in God’s Word, apply it and make your own choice…we should be a full grown child of God not needing a tutor............... NOW;Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth (prune)it, that it may bring forth more fruit.................... Our Father, continues to guide (tutor) us through the Holy Spirit, and we are cleansed through His word. Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. All that was required for our eternal salvation has been done. ..It IS finished. (VICTORY!.. the enemy has been defeated) For some, it's just too much to believe anything is free, as they know how undeserving they are. (I know that feeling) However, as a believer, I still need that guiding spirit, to direct my heart. As I can do nothing of myself without abiding in Christ. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  12. How to Nullify the True Gospel of Grace The good news of unmerited/undeserved favor by Jesus is complete in and of itself. It is finished. As Lance said, apart from abiding in Christ, we can do nothing. We are also told to then.... "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". And, so doing, I seem to remember a few scriptures that contain some very nice promises. Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. I believe that is important..... Pro 12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD. Pro_11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour. Pro_8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. Psa_5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. .......And I always liked this one.......Pro_18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. The Lord favored me on that one, for sure........... Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis.
  13. Yowm said;.....Yup, it's the old pro abortion bumper sticker mentality, "Abort a child...save a whale." The full quote; Be a hero, save a whale. Save a baby, go to jail........................ Joh_3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
  14. Hello Saktmodig, Gary Lee here. A quick question. Do you have locks on your doors (house or vehicle)? If so, do you lock them? Why? Curious........... Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  15. HopeEnthusiast said; "Then after some time I asked God to lead me back" Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Abide;.........To remain, not to depart. To stay (in a given place, state, relation, or expectancy) To tabernacle. To pitch a tent................ Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis