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  1. We are all imperfect clumsy reflections of Christ and in need of our Savior. We go to church to love those other people who are so impossible. That is how God grows us, perfecting us in His love. God fits us living stones together into His building, He knows what He is doing when He places with unlovable people. We can only love them with Christ's love working through us so that we may come to the full knowledge of the heights and depths of His incomprehensible love. Moreover, the temple of the Holy Spirit is contained in all the body of Christ, not just one. Together we are a huge functioning expression of God however imperfect. We need each other. Eph 2:19 ESV So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. 1Pe 2:4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1Co 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 1Co 12:15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body . 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1Co 12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 1Co 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1Jn 4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. :21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. I totally understand how painful it is to sit in some chairs. Pain is our excuse for missing services. We also have to sit near people who wear fragrances that cripple my ability to breathe. So we try to move to a safer area. My biggest regret is that I no longer am able to be active in ministry in my church, but for prayer.
  2. G5485 (Word Study Dictionary) abridged χάρις cháris; gen. cháritos, fem. noun from chaírō(G5463), to rejoice. Grace, particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor. Cháris stands in direct antithesis to érga (G2041), works, the two being mutually exclusive. God's grace affects man's sinfulness and not only forgives the repentant sinner, but brings joy and thankfulness to him. It changes the individual to a new creature without destroying his individuality (2Co 5:17; Eph 2:8-9). (I) Cháris, when received by faith, transforms man and causes him to love and to seek after the righteousness of God. Cháris is initially regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit in which spiritual life is given to man and by which his nature is brought under the dominion of righteousness. The maintenance of this condition requires an unbroken and immense supply of grace. Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer's fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God's illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres. God's grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. This entire work is called sanctification, a work of God "whereby we are renewed in the whole man and are enabled more and more to die daily unto sin and to live unto righteousness" as is stated by the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Rom 12:2; 2Co 4:16; Eph 4:23; Col 3:10). (B) Of the grace, favor and goodwill of God and Christ as exercised toward men: where cháris is joined with eirḗnē (G1515), peace, éleos (G1656), mercy, and the like in salutations, including the idea of every kind of favor, blessing, good, as proceeding from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 1:7; 1Co 1:3; 2Co 1:2; Gal 1:3).Of Christ, generally (Act 15:11 "through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" which indicates effective faith unto salvation (2Co 8:9; 1Ti 1:14). Of God, generally, meaning the gracious feeling of approbation, benignity and love, which God exercises toward any of the human race [cf. II]. Of God's unmerited favor, in the exercise of which He sovereignly and efficaciously confers upon sinful men the blessings of salvation. "The word of his grace" means the gospel of the grace of God, the good news of God's effective favor (Act 14:3, Act 14:26; Act 20:24 [cf. Act 15:40]). "Justified freely by His grace" refers to the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to a holy God (Rom 3:24; Rom 5:2; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 1:12; 2Co 9:14; 2Co 12:9; Gal 1:15; Eph 1:6; Heb 2:9; 1Pe 4:10). With toú Theoú, of God, or with the like implied (Act 18:27; Rom 4:16; Rom 11:5-6; Rom 12:6; 2Th 2:16; Heb 2:9, "through the gracious counsel of God" [a.t.]; Heb 4:16). With en (G1722), in, followed by the dat. en cháriti, referring to the gift of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:15; Gal 1:6, the grace of God through Christ). On a personal level, God's grace is born out of His pitying love for mankind. Having been corrupted by sin and hopelessly lost without God's intervention, He has chosen to love me and rescue me in spite of myself. He gave His only Son to die for my sins so that I may know Him. His love in incomprehensible. That while we were yet ugly sinners Christ died for us. That He would give me faith to believe and be justified in His eyes. That He would give me His Own Holy Spirit as a foretaste of heaven, to enable me to follow Him. Why me? I cannot repay such a debt. It can only be shared with others in hopes that they also receive such a gift: Amazing Grace.
  3. I often admonish people not to blame God for what satan has done. God is always just, wise and puts up with an awful lot before he says enough is enough. When people curse using His Name or speak evil of Him using His Name in vain, sometimes I tell the that God loves them anyway. But I try to listen to the Holy Spirit to guide me as to what to do or say. Sometimes I just walk away without a word if they are doing it just to irritate me. Sometimes I reflect back to them by saying You must be a very tormented (pick one: unhappy, hurt, bitter etc.) person to say such a thing.
  4. Doctors and scientists are finding more and more health benefits for coffee. Help in managing glucose levels is one that I mentioned. They are also finding more and more health risks in herbal teas and the like. People self medicate with those, thinking they are safe because they are "natural" or because all the dangers are not listed. Many poisons are also natural, from some mushrooms to many fruit seeds and pits containing cyanide, as well as does smoke. People today are more inclined to listen to old wives tales instead of scientific evidence.
  5. I agree with Ezra. This does not mean the wife should be silent and not voice her wisdom or input. She was made to be his helper. The husband deserves the last word and final decision. Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.
  6. G2851 (Word Study Dictionary) This is the number used here in Matthew 25:46 κόλασις kólasis; gen. koláseōs, fem. noun from kolázō(G2849), to punish. Punishment (Mat 25:46), torment (1Jn 4:18), distinguished from timōría (G5098), punishment, which in Class. Gr. has the predominating thought of the vindictive character of the punishment which satisfies the inflicter's sense of outraged justice in defending his own honor or that of the violated law. In Mat 25:46, kólasis aiṓnios (G166), eternal, does not refer to temporary corrective punishment and discipline, but has rather the meaning of timōría, punishment because of the violation of the eternal law of God. It is equivalent to géenna (G1067), hell, a final punishment about which offenders are warned by our Lord (Mar 9:43-48). In this sense it does not have the implication of bettering one who endures such punishment. In kólasis, we have the relationship of the punishment to the one being punished while in timōría the relationship is to the punisher himself. Syn.: ekdíkēsis (G1557), vengeance; epitimía(G2009), penalty; díkē (G1349), the execution of a sentence. I don't use Thayer's because it uses classical Greek and philosophers rather than Koine Greek and the Bible. Mar 9:47 If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is better for you to enter into God’s Kingdom with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire, Mar 9:48 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’ Mat 13:41 WEB The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity, Mat 13:42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Psa 11:5 WEB Yahweh examines the righteous, but the wicked and him who loves violence his soul hates. Psa 11:6 On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. IF THEY DEAD CAN'T THINK OR FEEL, WHY WILL THEY WEEP AND GNASH THEIR TEETH? PERHAPS IT IS YOUR FALSE TEACHER WHO BELIEVES THE LIES OF SATAN.
  7. The last book of the Bible is entitled The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It reveals Jesus in the first chapter as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the risen and glorified Son of God. He is no longer a babe in the manger. So it is seeing Jesus for Whom He is. He also starts by judging the churches and admonishing them. Then in Chapter 4 we see Him as the Lamb of God Who is worthy to open the seals. When we look for Jesus in the Revelation of Jesus, it takes on a different slant. We see Him as all powerful and triumphant. In the end we see Him completely as our source and ruling in the new heavens, the new earth and the new Jerusalem. It becomes a book of hope and salvation, not doom and gloom. But I am not sure it is speaking of personal salvation here as much as Savior of the worlds including all who will come to Him. Do I make sense?
  8. Repent just means to agree with God that some of the stuff you have done is wrong and needs God's forgiveness as well, possibly, as His help to stop doing them. Receiving Jesus' death on the cross as payment for your sins is the means that God provided for you to be forgiven. I read New King James as well. It is usually recommended that people start reading in the New Testament, and especially in the Gospel of John, the 4th book of the New Testament. It starts by talking about creation, and how God existed before creation and also created the universe and all that is in it. It speaks of Someone call the Word Who also is God and Who created everything. They existed together in the beginning. It goes on to say that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This is talking about Jesus who preexisted with God in the beginning but He had not been named Jesus till He was born as a human into a Hebrew family. Do make a habit of praying and asking God to help you understand His Word, as well as to know Him better. My first prayer as a teen aged girl was "God, if there is a God, please help me to see your power in the beauty of Your creation again. It was during a thunder storm when even the streetlights had gone out and the lightning revealed the giant trees bending and leaves being whipped around my second story bedroom window. It was beautiful, and I became aware that there had to be a Creator of all this. My prayer was answered immediately and many times over as I also started thinking about the laws of probability of that happening. God is so good and makes every effort to form a one on one relationship with us--unique to each of us. Just ask Him.
  9. Hmm. I don't do that. I just don't wake up and want to sleep all day. Before caffein I remember in the 7th grade starting to awake at 10 AM. Didn't discover coffee till I was 20. It is a miracle, and helps to control blood sugar, too. Some should avoid it. For others doctors now recommend it.
  10. 1Co 3:11 For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1Co 3:12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; 1Co 3:13 each man’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man’s work is. 1Co 3:14 If any man’s work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward. 1Co 3:15 If any man’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire. 1Co 3:16 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 1Co 3:17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are. Heb 3:12 Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God; Heb 3:13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called “today”; lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm to the end: Heb 6:4 For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, Heb 6:5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, Heb 6:6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame. Heb 6:7 For the land which has drunk the rain that comes often on it, and produces a crop suitable for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receives blessing from God; Heb 6:8 but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned. Heb 10:28 A man who disregards Moses’ law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. Heb 10:29 How much worse punishment do you think he will be judged worthy of who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?Heb 10:30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance belongs to me,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” Again, “The Lord will judge his people.” Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:4 to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, 1Pe 1:5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 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. I would not presume to stand in judgement of this man, whether good or bad. Only God knows. We do serve a compassionate and righteous God. I do believe that God keeps His own.
  11. The hard trials that come with life draw us close to Him again. We learn to surrender and commit them to God and search the bible to see what the Scriptures have to say about the situation. We ask God for wisdom as to what to do. We ask Him for guidance in whom to marry, how to raise kids, jobs, finances etc. God wants us to depend on Him. To believe means to cling to, adhere to, trust in, rely upon. I know people who withdraw from everyone when they go through hard times or face problems. It is because they think it is safer not to trust anyone. But God is the one we are supposed to trust in. If we don't trust in Him we don't have true faith. Our pastor laughs because after he turned from sin and to God, and developed a daily relationship with Christ, his family and friends said that it was just another fad and it will pass. He has served God for 40 years now. People who take God for granted probably have never discovered how real God is and how intimate He can be with us. They have never learned to hear His voice and walk with Him. Perhaps they have kept Him at an intellectual distance. But I have to warn you that feelings come and go. That is one of the trials, to stick to Him when we don't have feelings and don't seem to be able to hear Him. That is when I keep on doing the things I have learned in the past I should be doing. I continue to pray, read God's Word, go to church and rely on Christ in me to love and forgive others.
  12. Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Mat 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? Mat 25:38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? Mat 25:39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
  13. Rev 12:10 WEB I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ has come; for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. Rev 12:11 They overcame him because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death. He has succumbed to the lies of satan, the father of lies. Yes, there comes a time that you do need to stop arguing. Instead just share what God has done in you life and is doing in your life--the word of your testimony. Ignore his mental gymnastics. Just love him as he is, with compassion. And pray that his heart will not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. He may have been a Christian intellectually or philosophically; but I doubt if he was a true born again, fully surrendered Christian. Heb 10:28 ESV Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. Heb 10:29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Pray that God might call him back to Himself. He is without hope if he continues to reject God's voice and call.
  14. So glad you have rejoined us, Goodfruit. You have to reply here 5 times to be able to post elsewhere on the forums. So it would be good to do that now so if you ever do wish to post your 2 cents you will be allowed to do so. I so agree with you: how do people make it through this life without Jesus? I found that in my time of peace there are still trials and difficulties, but they are of a different nature. Blessings, Willa