Jayne

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  1. Yes, contentment. Contentment is not happiness or joy [Even those are two different things.] Contentment is not necessarily a celebratory way of living. Contentment literally means "independent from external circumstances" according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon. And that particular meaning is only used when Paul said that "in all things he had learned to be content." Our relationship with God, our trust in him, our love for him and worship of him - MUST be independent of our external circumstances.
  2. No, brother. You are not right. You have a lot of "ifs" here pertaining to God - "If God will do this material thing for me, then I will do what he says." That's not how it works. Most everyone on this board has been where you are - health wise, financially, relationship wise, and lots more - in the pits of despair, anger, and bitterness. We all have a sob story and some have lasted for years. As Christians, we don't say to God - "Fix this and make me happy - and then I'll obey you." We say as Job said, "The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." I, too, was on my way to a six figure income. I was at a very prestigious school working on my Ph.D. in mathematics. The school is one where the graduates are all called "boss" after about five years after they leave. I was half-way finished. I was on top of the world. I was going to write books, become an esteemed professor, and make wads of money. But all of a sudden, my epilepsy flaired and caused me to have a seizure at the top of the stairs and I fell down the stairs - chipping my front teeth and unconscious for over two hours. I awoke in the hospital and was sick for weeks. The doctor changed my meds and that put me in a state of even deeper despair. I got very, very depressed and never had the opportunity to go back and finish. I'm am just a retired school teacher now who lives on $1205 per month. I have to take care of my elderly parents and my handicapped brother. Life didn't turn out for me the way that I dreamed of. But life for me is wonderful. God has used me in many, many ways. Small ways. Ways no one will ever really praise me for. And I know that he had a reason for taking all of that away from me. I trust him. I always will. I don't expect God to "fix" my problems. I don't put those conditions on him.
  3. I pray the psalms sometimes. It's a good prayer tool. When I come across those, I have in my mind that I am not praying against any human being per se. In my mind, I am praying against evil. We ARE to love our enemies and pray for their immortal souls and try to reach them for Christ, but their evil acts and sinful acts - we pray for God to stop it, block it, and subdue it by any means necessary. You can love an enemy - take ISIS for example - and pray for them to be delivered from sin and evil - and at the same time pray for their evil actions to be dissolved by God.
  4. When I teach the songs of imprecation, I have to remind both those I teach AND myself that while God truly is "love" - the kind of love that God is is not this modern day soft and delicate and false tolerance of evil that some like to make it out to be. God's love has to be measured and deemed as perfect because of his hate for all things evil. "For God so loved the world....." That's us - all of us. Even though there is "none good, no not one." "And this is love, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God has a wrath against evil that is unparalleled. Those imprecatory psalms are calling for God to take care of evil just as others call for him to demonstrate his love.
  5. Paul very explicitly says that he is talking about "visions and revelations". Any vision or revelation in the Bible was to teach the person having one something that they did not know. Those things taught to those people WE know now because we have the Bible and there are no new revelations. Think about these people in the Bible who had visions and/or revelations and WHY they had them. Peter had a vision of clean and unclean animals coming down on a sheet and told to eat. What was that about for crying out loud? It was to teach him that the gospel for for the Gentiles. Moses and Elijah were revealed to Peter, James, and John when Jesus was transfigured. Why? To teach them that the law and the prophets were not equal to Jesus. Jesus was superior. Abraham had a vision when God made the covenant with him. Jacob dreamed or had a vision of a ladder reaching to heaven on which angels were traveling up and down upon. Zorgblar - God primarily speaks to us today and reveals things to in this manner: Bible reading, study, memorization, and mediation Prayer - individual and corporate Quiet times with God and worship times whether private or corporate Please stop being transfixed with having an "out of body" experience. God does want you to experience him in wonderful way. But praying for a "new" revelation via and out of body experience isn't going to happen. And those today who do seek those experiences are tempting demonic activity.
  6. I'm assuming because of the sentence that I bolded in red that if a son or daughter has to ask permission to walk over and give a homeless person money that they are indeed a minor. Yes, the child - whether 7 or 17 - should have expressly obeyed his parents in this scenario. Why? They are not asking you to do anything immoral or evil or sinful. They simply have a different opinion about homeless people than the child and that does not constitute grounds for disobedience. If the child is old enough to be driving and walking down the street by himself and he, while alone, encounters the homeless man and wants to give him $20 then - that's fine. Instead of immediate defiance at that point - this would be a GREAT opportunity to go home and have a family discussion about things like this. The child could tell his parents that he really wants to have a serious talk about charity and homeless people and when to give, what to give, and how to give. This is a perfect time to express an opinion and get things out in the open. This kind of discussion - most of the time - brings family unity even if an agreement doesn't take place. At least things were talked out and family member communicated. If the child were to have defied his parents on the spot and dropped $20 into the hands of the homeless man - it would have created chaos. The parents would be constantly worried that "if he defied me on the spot like that, what is he doing behind my back?" Parents really do worry about their children. And the child, emboldened with a sense of false confidence, would be apt to defy them again - openly or not. As Patriot said, pick your battles carefully - these things, while seemingly small, - lead to terrible things.
  7. It took a very long time from the first time that God said that Abraham and Sarah would have a child to the time they actually did. 25 years. Twenty. five. years! Most people - even the faithful ones - aren't good with patience. And both Abraham AND Sarah had ideas about how to help God out with his plans. Abraham wanted to use his faithful servant as his heir. He even went to God about it and told him "let's use this guy". God said no. [He even later said to God - let's use Ishmael.] God said the heir would come from his own body which by the time God was ready for Isaac to be conceived - was impotent. So says Hebrews 11. Sarah, too, was "past the time of women" and her plan was to use her handmaiden. Since God has told Abraham the heir would come from his own body - he agreed to the plan. Sarah could not conceive. So, it made sense to Abraham. Ergo, Ishmael was born. It's not that Abraham and Sarah didn't have faith in God to believe him about an heir - they just couldn't wrap their heads around a miracle for them both and made human plans to bring God's plans to fruition [no pun intended]. Abraham laughed at their both being unable to bear children in Genesis 17. In Genesis 18, Sarah laughs at the same thing. Ergo, the son of the promise is named "laughter" - Isaac. It wasn't a lack of faith. It was trying to help God out - and we all do that from time to time.
  8. You have one video? I have a few scriptures that concretely prove your statement false. So - therefore - your video and its contents are moot and not credible. Mark 14:61-62 = "Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?''I am,' said Jesus. 'And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” John 4:25-26 = "The woman said, 'I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.' Then Jesus declared, 'I, the one speaking to you—I am he.'” And then there is the way that Jesus initially introduced himself to the men in the synagogue. He directly claimed that he was the "anointed one" prophesied in Isaiah 61 - a passage these men knew well. That's what the Hebrew word, Messiah - and the Greek word, Christ - both mean. They mean "anointed one". Luke 4:16-19 = "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.'to proclaim good news to the poor He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free' Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'”
  9. You are misinterpreting the intent of the verse. All this is saying is that people [in context, here, husbands] take care of basic needs and more to preserve and take care of themselves. It's instinctive to protect yourself. It should be instinctive for the husband to care for his wife in the same manner since they are one flesh. Examples of this instinctive self "love". When we are hungry we are going to eat, tired - we will rest, dirty - we will eventually bathe. If we accidentally walk through a spider-web and it gets on us - we become ninja masters. If our noses detect that the milk we are about to drink is soured - we don't drink it. If we see a piece of glass or other sharp object in our path - we avoid it. If we hear a noise in the night while in our beds - we become instantly alert and go straight into fight-or-flight mode until we ascertain that it was just the cat knocking over the lamp. This isn't talking about any sort of emotional or inward conflict about ourselves that could be spiritually linked or linked with depression (et. al.).
  10. Amen and Amen. The end of the story is known and has been known since John wrote Jesus' revelation to him. The Bible in its entirety - borrowing a metaphor from science and thermodynamics - is a "closed system". No new truths in. No grounded truths out. That's the best way that I have ever heard it put. God, in his timing and his business, put his word together - from the literal beginning to the literal end. Finished. Complete. All that he intended for us to know. We already know the whole story. Are some characters specific identities unknown? Yes. And for anyone to claim that God "told them" to expound on scripture something that is new, prophetic, or cannot be found in scripture is dangerous. There. Are. No. New. Revelations. Or. Prophecies.
  11. This is not a real church nor a real church sign. It's one of hundreds of memes that lost people make to mock Christians.
  12. ....and just thinketh about Jesus, God the Father, the prophets, apostles and - yea verily - all that all talking as unto a bunch of 17th century Shakespeareans.
  13. Hi, Bicycle - I am very sorry what what has happened to your girlfriend. I'm 55 years old - I don't know everything in this world, but I do have some wisdom to share. [1] If the loss of a very tiny, thin piece of tissue at the opening of a women's private area means that she is not a virgin anymore, then there are lots of girls and women who have never had sex who are not virgins. This tiny tissue, the hymen, doesn't actually "break" as some think of breaking, but stretches and can have a tiny tear that might cause some bleeding, but many times does not. Injuries can cause this stretching also. Too strenuous of exercise such as hard core gymnastics at a young age and more can cause a young girl's hymen to stretch improperly and maybe tear. Also, young girls who do not know how to properly use and change female products can hurt themselves - I won't get into that. Please don't place too much value on this tiny piece of tissue which is still going to be there, only stretched. [2] If she has been to the doctor for a pap smear, then the instruments used might have stretched that tissue, not always - depending on the shape and detail of it. That certainly doesn't mean she isn't a virgin anymore. [3] This tissue is shaped different and looks different on every woman. Not every woman's tissue stretches or tears during first time sex because not every girl's or woman's membrane completely covers the opening. Many have holes in them that just stretch. Not every woman bleeds. Not every woman experiences pain. Across the centuries, some women have been labeled as sexually immoral by ignorance when they did not cry out in pain or bleed during their first sexual experience. [4] Please think about changing your mindset that you are "taking" something from her on your wedding night. If anything, she is giving you her purity in body and spirit. Think instead of yourself as sharing something with her. If men - and women - continue to think of wedding nights as husbands "taking" something from their new wives, then this is why some men - not you - but some men won't marry a woman who is not a virgin and feels they are defiled in some way. They get far too focused on that minuscule piece of tissue that is not always an indicator of abstinence or sexual activity. [5] Focus on her and focus on the two of you becoming one flesh after your marriage. [6] Get some counseling now - even if by yourselves and apart - as to how to make your first sexual experience after marriage one where she will not even think of what that other man did to her.
  14. There's nothing evil in the number 666. It holds no power. The poor man in this article needs some serious critical thinking skills. Here is the only thing the Bible says about it. Revelation 13:18 = " This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666." I think people who are fearful or superstitious of this number - and they are countless [no pun intended] - have watched too many horror movies like "The Omen". There are as many wild and crazy interpretations of understanding this number as there are stars in the sky.