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  1. Stress and sin

    Work is work. If it wasn't it would be called something else. Work is a very good thing and it is for our benefit. Work isn't always fun nor is it without stress. No matter what job you are in has it's days. With that being said we can approach work in two ways. Way 1: We can approach it with a complaining spirit. We can have a bad attitude about it and can go about it with absolute hatred for the job. Did you know that God works and as a human being created in the image of God that God created us to work also? I mean he gave Adam the responsibility of naming the animals and then caring for them. God put Adam (and I am going to assume Eve as well) to work. Before the fall there was no sin so work was enjoyable and rewarding. Once sin entered the world work became a chore because of our selfish and pride. Sin didn't negate work but it caused us to look at it differently. We don't like work because it's hard and we don't see as rewarding but our jobs are what God has us doing at the moment. You have a job which is good. There are people out there looking for jobs and can't get them. There are people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. While the job isn't ideal you are working towards a better one. Complaining will always makes work seem a whole lot worse than it really is. Way 2: Be joyful and excited because God has given you the opportunity to work despite how things actually may seem. Work isn't always fun, easy or exciting. However how we view work will play a huge part in how I respond to work. If you are going to work to please self (make lots of money, buy lots of stuff) then you will never be content because your focus is in the wrong place. However if you are content (happy) with your life then work should be ok. Ecclesiates puts it this way in 3:22 "So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot." One thing to note though is that if your spiritual walk isn't right then everything else in your life will be rough. Not saying that you won't have days where you wish you were doing something else (we all do) but you will be able to handle it better and still have joy in your life. Remember that James 1:2 says "Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance." I don't know all of the OP situation since I am not there but we can look at everything that we go through God working in us to produce something better. So my thought is work hard where you are at, have the right attitude, show people that you are different and let God take control of your life versus you trying to control what goes on in your life. Now one last note all the above applies to the Christian. If you are not a Christian it will be very difficult to understand this thought process because the Holy Spirit isn't in you. If you aren't saved we sure would love to tell you how so that you can know the true meaning of joy and contentment.
  2. Conspiracy theories are just made up stories created from the imagination of a runaway mind. Christians should really avoid believing this stories because most conspiracy theories have no proof to them. But yet people still believe in stories that have no facts. Oh well. I enjoy a good conspiracy theory story as much as the next guy. It is even more enjoyable to play along and act like I am excited about the story.
  3. Christians and smoking

    Smoking is bad for someone whether they are a Christian or not. As a Christian though there are two areas where I see smoking detrimental to ones spiritual walk. First smoking is a habit and most smokers that I know are controlled by this habit. My view is that the habit of smoking controls an individual versus an individual controlling themselves from smoking. Second it damages your body and as a Christian your body doesn't belong to you it belongs to God I Corinthians 6:19-20 "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." Bottom line is smoking isn't good for you no matter what. It is expensive, hurts the body and actually hurts those around the person when the smoke. My thought is this (and I have good Christians friends that smoke and are trying hard to break the habit), find someone in the church that can help you quit by holding you accountable each and every week. Just like any habit a person get's themselves into the habit they need to work on getting out of the habit. This is where trusting the Lord as a Christian is so important. He can give the victory we can't do it on our own.
  4. anyone watch this?

    But does the end justify the means? And yes God can use every circumstance for His glory but do we use that as an excuse to do wrong to try and make a right?
  5. anyone watch this?

    So I have to ask is she dating him while he is a non-christian and is this acceptable in God sight? Now there is a difference between being a friend/acquaintance versus dating. I know God says we are not to be unequally yoked 2 Corinthians 6:14 "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" Just curious does this verse apply to this situation (regardless of whether he became a Christian later on) or not? Second how often, in real life, does a person dating a non-christian lead the non-christian to the Lord? I would be curious as to what the statistics are in regards to this. While the ending is a good ending is this a good indication of reality? Yes.
  6. Supernatural & Lucifer: TV Shows

    I am not really sure about either show but I know that Satan is glorified in Lucifer (based upon what I have seen) and not a show that any Christian should watch. As far as supernatural I am not really sure. Never watched the show nor do I have a real desire to. The Holy Spirit is working on me with watching shows and movies in general. My focus is being shifted to look at those things as frivolous and really meaningless in my life.
  7. Turning the other cheek

    For me I just listen and then when I get home I use my wife as a sounding board for my irritation or anger. She then tells me that I need to pray for that person and remember that Jesus died for them just like He did for me. I then calm down and can think a little more rationally. I am not saying that I do this each and every time but I sure try to make sure that my irritation doesn't show through because I am a light or am supposed to be anyway. With that being said though if after I talk with my wife about and calm down a bit and still feel that I need to talk with that person I will do so after praying about it and thinking about what I am going to say.
  8. anyone watch this?

    Dangerous teachings are presented and then accepted because the movie gives the viewer a feel good moment which in turns causes the viewer (unless they are discerning) to thing that the fictitious story can be a reality. Then when their dream world doesn't become a reality they are disappointed and tend to become frustrated with God because their reality didn't turn out as the movie suggested.
  9. anyone watch this?

    The problem with films is that they most often do not actually portray the truth. Let me put it this way all movies (whether based on truth or not) are not truly truthful. Movies have happy endings for the most part because people want to see happy endings. So as a result scripture (especially in so-called Christian films) is twisted or ignored to make a movie. Sure who doesn't want to see a non-saved person saved before marriage however most times in reality this isn't the case. Sadly I am finding some of my fellow Christians wrapped up in Christian films and getting their understanding of living a Christian life from them. I have always made sure that I don't get roped into the teachings that a movie may give. A movie is a movie and it is entertainment and for entertainment only.
  10. what would u say here?

    And Butero thank you for pointing the scripture out. This was what I was trying to drive out. We can't use our own opinions to make up our preferences but we can sure use scripture to shape them. And Matthew 19:9 is the stipulation. If the couple divorces for any reason other than marital unfaithfulness then it is adultery to remarry regardless. So unless this is the case then remarriages isn't an option.
  11. what would u say here?

    But is common sense always according to scripture? And is our common sense affected by society, our own personal opinions and preferences? Just something to think about.
  12. what would u say here?

    Can I ask you does God give scripture somewhere that says you have to wait a specific period of time or is that something we are coming up with? I don't see anywhere in the scripture passages that I gave that have a time frame. Unless I am wrong. And can you, from scripture please, show me that after a certain amount of time it would not be considered adultery to marry someone else? Maybe I take God's Word to literally. Please show me where I am wrong.
  13. what would u say here?

    It isn't a marriage and I try to avoid even calling it that. It isn't a marriage and can never be one.
  14. what would u say here?

    Lol I agree. Funny how threads end up taking a mind of their own haha.
  15. what would u say here?

    But Luke 16:18 says ""Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery." And Paul also says in I Corinthians 7:11 "(but if she does, hshe should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife." However if the couple does marry then they need to stay married. God can forgive sin but it should be an excuse to willfully sin in this area. Yes there is grounds for divorce but those grounds do not necessarily give one the right to remarry. Please read what God says about remarriage and don't just gloss over it.
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