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  1. Welcome, tieichs. I hope Worthy can be an encouragement to you. Willa
  2. Hi, LuckyOne. Glad to have you join us on Worthy. Willa
  3. Hi, Christ's Princess. Welcome to Worthy forums. Blessings, Willa
  4. I remember your talking about this. Public accusations are often in need of public apologies. So if you did this on Facebook or other public forums, you should go there and confess not only that you are sorry, but that you were probably being overly sensitive and easily hurt. Admit that your perception may have ben wrong and that you are very sorry for the public accusation. Then write that letter to the church and ask that it be read publicly, saying much the same as stated above and telling them you had also apologized publicly. Ask to be restored to fellowship but also go for counseling about your sensitivity to rejection. And ask God to heal this area of your life. Ask Him also to fill the loneliness and void in your life with His presence to overflowing so that you may be able to give out His love to others. Then start ministering to those who are lonely in nursing homes, orphanages and the like. Become a big sister to a foster child. Deliver meals on wheals to shut ins. Clean house for someone who is incapacitated. Be a "visiting angel". Go shopping for a shut in. In other words, be of service to someone more needy than yourself. Sometimes God allows us to feel rejected to force us to grow up and become dependent solely on Him to fill our needs rather than on people. It hurts to go through this growing process, but it is necessary to become mature and strong in Christ.
  5. Since satan is the father of lies, we simply don't have to listen to him. Most often we are tempted by our own lusts and it has little to do with satan. Some people give way too much credit to the enemy when they should be submitting to God. Wuest: For this reason He says, God sets himself in battle array against the arrogant and haughty but gives grace to the humble and lowly. Jas 4:7 (7-12) Be subject with implicit obedience to God at once and once for all. Stand immovable against the onset of the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse hands, O sinners, and purify hearts, O double-minded. Be sorrowful and distressed and grieve and weep audibly. Let your laughter be turned to sadness and your joy to gloominess. Permit yourselves to be humbled in the Lord's presence and He will exalt you.
  6. Amen! No-one asks me to pray over Thanksgiving dinner anymore. I think of too many things to be thankful for.
  7. Don't you hate it when spell check changes your word? No matter how well you spell Whooza face they always mess it up. Especially all our names get corrected to someone else. You really have to watch the electronic spelling mafia. They wipe out the name every time.
  8. Or the thing a ma jiggy?
  9. Are you talking about the what cha ma call it?
  10. The key to dieting is to go vegan--a 16inch veggie pizza.
  11. Hi GTBUK, are yours chickadees?. They are different that our Mountain or Black-Capped Chickadees. There are also Chestnut Sided around here. Mine is a Western Tanager. Sorry, I don't know the Latin names. Welcome from a fellow birdwatcher. Willa
  12. Hi, StIII. We live a bit north of you. Welcome. Willa
  13. I believe love is a decision to commit that results in an action of unselfishness or giving, and that in turn may result in an emotion. It has to do with agape love. Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.Joh 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. agápē; gen. agápēs, fem. noun from agapáō (G25), to love. Love, affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence. With reference to God's love, it is God's willful direction toward man. It involves God doing what He knows is best for man and not necessarily what man desires. For example, Joh 3:16states, "For God so loved [ēgápēsen] the world, that he gave." What did He give? Not what man wanted, but what God knew man needed, i.e., His Son to bring forgiveness to man. Word Study Dictionary 1 Corinthians 13 speaks of God's agape love. It is something God wills and choses to do. It goes on to describe the behavior or action of agape love. 1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1Co 13:5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 1Co 13:6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 1Co 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Human love is something we feel and have. It can be an emotion of affection and loyalty toward family. Phileo is brotherly love. Storge is affection for family. Eros is erotic love or attraction. We may have these. But AGAPE love is SOMEONE we have. God is AGAPE love. We must choose to see others as God sees them because it is not our own nature to do this, especially when the people are repulsive, arrogant, rude, irritable, resentful, unforgiving, cruel, hateful and all those things that God's love is not. We all have bad days when we are totally in the fleshly nature, we are hurt, grieving, and very hard for others to deal with. God's love keeps on loving and doing what is best for that person. Human love tends to fall apart when rejected and railed upon. Brotherly love or friendship backs off and gives them lots of space. Ludus infatuation and Eros attraction reject at that point. Phileo and Storge, the family types of loyalty and affection, may not like you but don't outright reject you. So again, Agape love of 1 Cor. 13 is not something we have. It is Someone we have. And we must choose to allow Him to live in us by His Spirit. It becomes more natural to do so as we mature as Christians, but there are still times when our own endurance fails and we must consciously choose to allow Christ to do His work through us. When you rely on human emotions, they will fail you when times are tough. Did I differentiate enough for you all?
  14. I no longer care very much what other people think of what I like or dislike. It used to make me angry when people became judgmental about such things. Now I realize that this is their problem. I don't want to cause someone else to stumble due to my preferences, but I probably won't spend any quality time with people who disapprove of me. Let's face it. People who are judgmental aren't very pleasant to be around. So I just say something like Well, God loves you anyway, and change the subject or talk to someone else.