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  1. thank you tabitha 1 for you're kind words. I like what you said! God Bless you!
  2. Thanks for this comment. That is a great thing to always be thankful for. God Bless!
  3. thanks ghost dog...sorry that i didn't notice your response until today. GBU
  4. thanks for your response. I'm sorry i didn't notice it until today. God Bless you though!
  5. God sees into the hearts of men and women. He has always done this and always will. God’s heart does not change. The hearts of people are subject to change. I have learned that change can be either good or bad. How will we know what is good or bad when it comes to changing our hearts? God’s word. The Holy Bible gives us the living word of God and reveals his character. The Bible says that our words reflect our hearts. So, the things we say reveal the character of our hearts. Now, we are not talking about our physical heart which pumps blood through our bodies. We are talking about our inner spirit or inner person. We are talking about that very core of our character which guides our lives. For a Christian this guidance must come from God’s Spirit. Jesus said that a good person has good things in their heart. So a good person speaks the good things from their heart. Jesus also said that evil people have evil in their hearts, and so they speak evil things. Good hearts produce good words, evil hearts produce evil words. Ephesians 4:29 New Living Translation (NLT) 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. * Other Bible references: 2 Corinthians 7:9, Ephesians 4:16-25, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, Hebrews 4:12
  6. Thank you for your response! I have enjoyed every book I've read by C.S. Lewis and my favourite is Mere Christianity. Other noteworthy are: Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography by Albert Schweitzer, God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and numerous books by Billy Graham God Bless you as well!
  7. Thanks for reading my post Bonnie! You know...I try and try to understand the "love of winter" but alas...I just can't! I was born into it, being born in December. This is my 48th winter! So you have a dream winter home? I just bet it's a lot different from my current "dream winter home" lol. God bless!
  8. Hi Everyone! As Christians we know that we are supposed to give thanks to God at all times. Now, I don't proclaim to be an expert in being thankful. Rather, I am one of those people who must work at it. Today I'm thankful for the great January weather I'm being able to experience. In Southwestern Alberta we get these awesome winter weather systems called "Chinooks". It's Chinooking right now! These systems drive warm weather in from the west and raise temperatures well above freezing. So for a week or more we get spring in the middle of winter. I love spring! So...I love Chinooks...and I thank God for them. What do I do when the Chinook ends and winter cold returns? I thank God for the break he gave me and the rest of those who appreciated it. I'm blessed to live here for a number of reasons. Close to the mountains, foothills, it's a free country...Calgary is a beautiful city etc etc. Would I like to live somewhere void of winter all together? ABSOLUTELY! But I don't, so I try really hard not to let winter cold to steel my joy. I'd love to hear what other people thank God for on a regular basis...even if it's the smallest thing. If it helps you get through life in a happy way...and helps you love God more than I want to hear it! God Bless! Tyler
  9. You're right, it's like when Christ said to the religious leaders "you have made the scripture of no effect". People turn to so many other sources outside of the bible. Sometimes it leads down a rabbit hole full "what their itching ears want to hear". I'm very happy to learn that I'm not alone in my view on this. It's encouraging! Thanks for your response!
  10. Thank you kwikphilly! It's encouraging to hear some one else say they understand the statement I got from God "YOU have to want this". It is one of the most profound things God has ever said to me. I'm sure he had said it before but I too had become "so very smart". The problem for me with that "smartness" was that, unbeknownst to me, my pride was blocking God from my heart. The heart is so important...and God's word purifies the heart if we read it with reverence and honesty. Thanks again for your response. I appreciate it a lot and all the responses! God bless
  11. Exactly Missmuffet! Very good advice to christians. thank you
  12. I think if most of were honest...we end up in the hard knocks school more often than not. But hey...Elijah ran from Jezebel after seeing God destroy the works of Baal's prophets so he was "up and down" too right? It's something in our flesh in this fallen world. But thanks for God's mercy and grace!!
  13. Very well put about the "heat of the oven"...I like that a lot! Thanks for your kind input. God bless!
  14. Thank you for your kind response. I'm sorry i took so long to respond. I'm blessed to learn that people have enjoyed this topic. I have had the same thoughts as you. About my own bible reading habits and those of the body of Christ as a whole. I think for me, my life had to hit rock bottom at great impact. From there...when all seemed hopeless...nothing seemed helpful. So I turned to the bible...but this time I really sought God, asked for him to help me...humble me...show me how to really hunger and thirst for his word. I know the questions I had...I knew how far I fell..and in some ways "why". I know God said to me "Tyler...I hear you...and you know that YOU have to want this". It didn't take me too long to understand what that meant. I can't explain it to people...it's too deep...but those words "YOU have to want this" shattered my old self to pieces. Now I love Gods word...because I worked out my problems with God through it instead of reading some one else's experience. I know now that this is the best way to go. God bless!
  15. Thanks to all of you! What an excellent point about our "personal" relationship with God being "personal". I also agree with you about continually reading his word. It keeps it in our hearts and fresh in our minds. It's easy to slowly slip in certain areas. We can think we're doing alright because we aren't holding our hearts up against God's word. Sorry i took so long to respond! God Bless