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  1. Willa

    Who wrote the bible?

    2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2Pe 3:15 NKJV and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. At the time of Jesus they only regarded the Old Testament as scripture. But very early in the first century the letters, Gospels and other writings by the Apostles were also counted as the divinely inspired word of God. They were being passed around from church to church and were read in the congregations. The original scrolls were copied by hand for centuries. They were finally compiled into a single book by around 400 AD. We also have sections of the letters the early pastors sent to each other in which they quoted almost all of the New Testament. It is marvelous how God has preserved His word for the generations that came after, considering that the Roman emperors had banned their reading and ordered all copies to be destroyed.
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    Marriage After Infidelity

    When our lives revolve around God and not around ourselves, life becomes orderly, good and pure. He meets the longing in our hearts for real intimacy and fulfillment. We must allow Him to lead and direct our lives. When we offer Him control, we stop trying to control and manipulate others to meet our selfish needs. He brings beauty out of the ashes of our lives. The goals of our lives becomes to serve Him and to serve others as we grow in God's holy love for mankind.
  3. Willa

    Hello all, brothers and sisters in Christ

    Welcome to Worthy, daughter.
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    Hello From Australia

    We are so glad you have joined us, Sweetbear.
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    Derailing thread

    I'm not holding his nose for him so he won't sneeze! There are some limits on decency and intimacy on this site, you know!
  6. Willa

    What do YOU do to "praise the LORD?"

    I praise and sing to Him with words of worship and adoration. Hymns may be involved or prayer. No liturgy is involved--just heartfelt worship. I don't worry about whether it "got through". I am not trying to manipulate God or do anything that foolish. He knows my thoughts. By faith I know that all of my prayers are heard by Him, and without faith it is impossible to please Him. Some words of liturgy are beautiful vehicles of worship. The Gloria: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace goodwill to men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we Glorify Thee; we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory---. Some people only repeat these words or like robots sing a hymn. Some of us bless God from the depths of our being. Thanksgiving is just thanking Him for all He has done. Worship is directed to Who He is and His attributes. Both can be a part of praise.
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    Derailing thread

    We have gone form highs in the 50s to highs in the 90s and back again. The Jet Stream has been zig zagging across us giving us the extremes in temperature. Right now we are getting wind from the east because the hurricanes hitting Arizona as monsoons are coming straight up to us, hitting the Blue Mountains or Rockies and bouncing over this way. So far they are leaving the rain on the way up so we are just getting the wind. It is unusual for us to get wind from the east unless it is due to their monsoons or due to an Arctic front in winter. Some of us relics still think a phone is for talking, a computer is for online stuff, and a TV is for watching. So I don't spend as much time on a phone as most do. In addition, I found out that my cell carrier has dropped a few bars at my house so I couldn't even get email, let alone get online. Will be gettin a new carrier in a few months. Everything had been running off my router so I hadn't even noticed the diminished reception till I lost connection. An outage in my area had caused my modem to not recognize the router so it was an easy fix at no expense to me but a little frustration.
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    Derailing thread

    Back in the land of the living! My internet was out for 3 days and the repairman just left. I have to confess may addiction to the puter.
  9. It is shallow and boring. My stay lasted about 10 days before I tried to erase all sign of my having ever been there.
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    The Olivet Discourse

    Matt. 24-25. When reading a passage we look to see who is being spoken to. In this case the apostles are asking Jesus questions about the Temple and its destruction, the coming of the Son of Man, and the signs of the end of the age. Jesus answers their question in the rest of the passage. Mat 24:1 Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. Mat 24:2 But he answered them, “You see all of these things, don’t you? Most certainly I tell you, there will not be left here one stone on another, that will not be thrown down.” Mat 24:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus answers these questions: the first two of which pertain to the Temple, His coming again to Jerusalem, and to the end of the age. The latter affects all of us but the first two questions were specific to Jerusalem. Often the principles of a message have universal applications, such as that we all should remain ready and expecting the Lord's return at any time. We should be full of the Spirit and serving Him. But it is true that any passage should be read in context. By the way, the earliest Christians were all Jewish believers.
  11. This is not true of all other nations of Africa, but I had heard that is is true of Nigeria, among others. It is tragic and an evil practice. God's blessings are never for sale. I have heard of genuine churches in Uganda and South Africa, for instance. The teaching of "seed faith" has spread from Oral Roberts to other pentecostal churches, and is even more distorted in Africa. Our pastor in the USA NEVER asks for money even when we were building a new church. He tells visitors that we don't want your money. God will supply our needs. Giving should never be out of compulsion. Some churches here do require offerings as a part of church membership, as a pledge to support the ministry, since many small churches are self supporting. A small offering is usually expected after a pastor performs a wedding, and sometimes a funeral, but it is never a fee before it is done. Certainly none is required for prayer or for visiting the sick. Even counseling is free to members. Pe 5:2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 1Pe 5:3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 1Ti 6:3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, 1Ti 6:4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions, 1Ti 6:5 constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such. 1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. 1Ti 6:8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1Ti 6:9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. 1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 2Ti 3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. 2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2Ti 3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, not lovers of good, 2Ti 3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 2Ti 3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.
  12. Some Chinese proverbs are just good sense, as were those of Benjamin Franklin. They just should not be believed in the same degree as the Bible which we hold to be sacred, God breathed and infallible.
  13. All confession should be made directly to God. 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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    Derailing thread

    I was always partial to Tie Me Kangaroo Down.
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    Plus One

    In the beginning God uses trials to test the genuineness of our faith. After it tests as genuine, He purifies it. Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luk 8:12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Luk 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 1Pe 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials, 1Pe 1:7 that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ— 1Pe 1:8 whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory— 1Pe 1:9 receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Wuest's Word Studies" Verse 7 In this verse we are informed as to the reason and purpose of these trials, namely, that the trial of our faith might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. The word "trial" is the translation of dokimion the noun, dokimazo being the verb of the same root, the latter referring to the act of putting someone or something to the test with a view of determining whether it is worthy of being approved or not, the test being made with the intention of approving if possible. The word was used of the act of examining candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. It is the approval of our faith which is to resound to the praise of the Lord Jesus. Testing times put our faith to the test, and as we are submissive to God and remain faithful to Him and are ready to have Him teach us the lessons He would have us learn through them, we demonstrate by our actions that the faith we have is a genuine God-given, Holy Spirit produced faith, the genuine article. This faith and its working in our lives is to the glory of the Lord Jesus. It is not the testing of our faith that is to the glory of God, but the fact that our faith has met the test and has been approved, that redounds to His glory. This is made very clear by the Greek grammar involved in the statement. It is not the approved faith, but the approval itself that is in the apostle’s mind here. For instance, a gold-mining company wishes to buy a proposed site where gold is said to have been found. But it is not sure whether the metal is real gold or not and whether it is there in sufficient quantity so that a mine if sunk would be a profitable venture. It engages an assayer of metals to take samples of the gold ore to his laboratory and examine them. The assayer sends his report to the effect that the ore contains true gold, and that the gold is found in sufficient quantity so that the venture will pay. The report of the assayer approving the gold ore is of far more value to the mining company than the gold he returns with his report, for upon the basis of the report, the company can go ahead with assurance and buy the land and begin mining operations. The fact that God finds our faith to be one which He can approve, is of far more value to Him and to His glory, than the approved faith, for He has something to work with, a faith that He knows can stand the testings and the trials which may come to the Christian. The fact that God can trust a Christian as one that is dependable, is of great value to Him. God is looking for faithful, dependable workers, not necessarily gifted, educated, cultured ones. It is a "well done, thou good and faithful servant" that will greet the ears of the saint at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Peter tells us that this approval of our faith is much more precious than the approval of gold, even though that gold be approved through fire-testing. The words "of gold" of the A.V. are an excellent rendering for a literal word-for-word translation. But the words "the approval of" are necessarily supplied to make clear the apostle’s thought. It is not the approval of our faith that is compared to gold, but to the approval of gold. The picture here is of an ancient gold-smith who puts his crude gold ore in a crucible, subjects it to intense heat, and thus liquifies the mass. The impurities rise to the surface and are skimmed off. When the metal-worker is able to see the reflection of his face clearly mirrored in the surface of the liquid, he takes it off the fire, for he knows that the contents are pure gold. So it is with God and His child. He puts us in the crucible of Christian suffering, in which process sin is gradually put out of our lives, our faith is purified from the slag of unbelief that somehow mingles with it so often, and the result is the reflection of the face of Jesus Christ in the character of the Christian. This, above all, God the Father desires to see. Christlikeness is God’s ideal for His child. Christian suffering is one of the most potent means to that end.