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  1. I believe Jesus' redemptive work on the cross is the only thing that makes our lives righteous. I think when we treat others good/lovingly it is usually reflective of the change inside of us as Christians. The reason I say usually is because we can mess up like the saints before us, and sometimes act in ways that dishonor God even after being His child. A good example is King David when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in the front line of battle. Our human flesh makes us weak, and having the potential for falling/failing God and others until we leave this world. That's why it's not our righteousness, but God's imparted to us via Christ. Isaiah 64:6 says, "...all our righteous acts are like filthy rags....". Romans 3:10-12 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." Also, someone who is not saved can do a good deed like mowing an elderly neighbor's yard. Yet while doing that they are disobeying the greatest command to love the Lord God, rejecting His salvation. Without the redemptive work of Christ on the cross/salvation/forgiveness we wouldn't be able to do righteous things. John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." I'm always reminded of God's grace when talking about righteousness, because without His loving sacrifice of His son on the cross, we couldn't have it. The righteousness we do have is through Him! So amazing!
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    Thoughts on Reading 89 and 90 - Matt 24

    I watched the first video! Your Omega Man super hero is quite entertaining!
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    Reading Multiple Versions

    What I read and my thoughts are almost identical to Omega.
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    Day 4 - Noah's Sacrifices?

    Reflection: Yesterday, I saw a guy on a TV fishing show off the coast of Hawaii eat a heart that was still beating out of the big fish that he had just caught. I was reminded of this verse. It made me sad because he's violating God's instruction, and I'm guessing unknowingly brought judgment upon himself. Also, when I was in college, a group of friends went out for a steak dinner. One of the guys that was a professing Christian and body builder ordered a rare steak that had blood coming out of it. He ate the whole thing. I tend to think maybe he didn't know this verse, but I guess he could have blatantly disregarded God's commands. In these two instances, one was an unbeliever, and the other was a believer, but yet both violated God's instruction. The believer is forgiven, yet as believer's we are held to higher standards because of our decision to follow Christ. The fisherman was an unbeliever so we shouldn't expect him to follow God's instructions. It seems to me this is one of the many examples of God's grace on believers.
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    God Removed Spot on Sternum On X-Rays Retake!

    Thank you Wayne! I appreciate your prayers and celebration with me! Reminds me of the verse in Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Have a blessed day!
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    Happy Birthday Sam!

    Sam!!! Today I celebrate the day God chose to create you! I am happy to know you, and glad we became friends on Worthy! I appreciate the way you care for and protect others. I hope this birthday is extra special and that you are granted many more joyful years going forward! Love always, your friend Opal ❤️
  7. Yes! I had so much fun last year! I keep trying to talk more girls into joining, but they have no interest. I may be the only girl again, but I don't mind whooping up on the guys! Smack talk is still allowed right? Have a blessed day all!
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    Who are You? Round 2

    1. What is your favorite means of transportation? Why? Driving SUVs (family is big/tall), golf carts (air blows in your face...nice driving around Florida or the islands in Ohio and elsewhere,) and boating! Driving SUVs, mostly because my husband and I (sometimes friends and additional family) like to travel/do road trips, and they're comfortable. I have a lot of chronic health issues, and I got sick on a plane before, and want to avoid that as much as possible. If you drive, you can stop when you please and have more control of your adventure. We've made spontaneous stops on our travels that have made awesome memories. I also like boating because the water is one of my favorite places to be and we like fishing, swimming, and water sports. Pre-chronic illness, I loved to walk, hike, and rollerblading because they are fun and good exercise, plus I love the outdoors. 2. What was your favorite class and your least favorite class in school? Why? (Feel free to extend this to things outside of school such as guitar lessons or at church or work or something. Basically, what was fun to learn? and what drove you up the wall?) I'm not a picky person so sometimes it's hard to pick my favorite or least favorite of something. I like most things. Favorites: Reading/Softball in Elementary School. Social Studies/English/Volleyball in Middle School (mainly because I liked my teachers and they were Christians.) Astronomy/Choir/Drama/Marketing in High School. Communication/Journalism/Theater/Sociology/Psychology in college. Least Favorites: High School - Chemistry (my lab partner got Mono and I had to do all the work by myself.) College - Statistics (had a foreign professor that I couldn't understand and made it hard to learn.) Favorites @ Church - AWANAS, (my dad was the director,) I always enjoyed participating. Learning songs for choir or special music to sing with my mom. 3. Who do you find to be the most interesting person mentioned in the Bible (other than Jesus)? Why? I can only pick just one? lol The first one that comes to my mind is Job. His story is personal to me as I've had 18 years of multiple chronic health issues, lost my mom early, infertility, difficult memories, hubby had job losses, and other heartbreaking things. Suffering is something that's hard to understand and accept. God used his story to help me accept things in my life that were not as I want them to be, and trust that God is good. His faith under unwarranted adversity is amazing! 4. What is your favorite fictional book, story, or movie? Why? I read Pilgrim's Progress in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I've always liked that book ever since. It's a neat story about the Christian walk put into words that makes sense to a kid or adult. Movie there's too many to choose from, lol! 5. Who is the person who gave you the most encouragement in life? What did they do for you? My mother, her love was unconditional. She supported me throughout life. She said edifying things. She was my biggest cheerleader. She made me feel special. Her and my father both had a huge influence on me spiritually. I looked up to her and respected her.
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    Today I am thankful for......

    Like the rest of you, I am thankful for so many things, too numerous to count! Some of the ones that come to mind right now are my husband. I know some that long to have a spouse. It's a blessing to have somebody love you and care for you, but that also loves the Lord. I am thankful for my eyes, as some can't see. I am thankful for my ears to hear. I've met 2 people on Worthy that are deaf, and they've shared the challenges they face with that. I'm thankful to have Worthy and my friends here that I can fellowship with even when I'm having health challenges that prevent me from leaving my home. I'm thankful that the Lord gives me ministry to do, and a purpose. I am grateful that God never turns His back on me! Have a blessed day all!
  10. Thank you BK! God is so good and loving!
  11. Thank you for your continued prayers and care! God is truly amazing! ~ Gem
  12. I have another awesome praise to share in this situation! God is so good, and I'm so thankful how He is working in Mary's life! They were able to put the pace maker in, and she has a lot more energy from that. She was also having terrible back pain causing her to not sleep for 2 days , and she remembered something I told her right after she awoke from the coma when she called us. I told her that if she ever got to a place again where she felt she couldn't take it/go on to cry out to God and He would help her. He says He won't give us more than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13), and even though at times it feels like it, we know that God is not a liar! She said, "Okay Lord, I give it all to you," and then she felt something like a jolt of electricity/lightning go through her body from head to toe. Even though it's only been a couple of days, she's had no back pain since then and slept really well. She says that she knows God touched her. She was also excited to report that she'd been reading in the book of John. She said she is understanding better who Jesus is. She has had a very big turn around since the attempted suicide both physically, and spiritually. Another thing she said is that she talked her husband in to swallowing his pride so they could get help/assistance cause they truly need it. Please continue to pray for physical/emotional healing and a closer walk with God for Mary! Thank you all that have prayed so much already. We see God working! Mary sends her thanks also. Our family truly appreciates each and every one of you that have taken the time to pray. May God bless each one of you! Love always in Christ, Gem
  13. Hi Meg! I think it can be good to ask questions if we don't know what someone means so misunderstandings don't happen. Communicating this way, things can be lost in translation. But I am glad that we can communicate this way with people from all over the world! I am actually usually a details person, but I'm trying not to be as wordy lately, as some like bullet points statements. The problem with bullet point statements though is that they can sometimes be left up to interpretation, and perceptions may not all be the same. Anyways, (I'm being wordy, lol) I am just glad that you understand my thoughts better now! Yes, that is what I'm concerned about that she is just religious (believing God is real,) but not having a saving faith conversion through Jesus and actually following Christ. To my knowledge, she hasn't read her Bible much until recently. The good thing is that even though she is mad at God right now, she still has a desire to know what He says in His Word. He could use her reading of the Word to change her heart and have an authentic conversion and strengthen her faith. That is what we are praying! Yes, too many aren't reading the Word of God, and they are harming themselves in doing so. Some rely on their pastors only to teach them, but they are humans and could interpret things wrong. Most good pastors I've heard challenge their listeners to compare what they say with the Word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I get such comfort/encouragement from the Word, and God uses it to help me through difficult times. It also gives me instructions so I know how to live and what to strive for. When someone is seeking, or they are a new believer I usually suggest they start at John. I think it's one of the easier Gospels to read for new believers, and it clearly explains who Jesus is and what salvation is. I also like Genesis, because it tells about God, creation, and how things began. Leviticus is one I personally wouldn't recommend at first because it's a hard read for some. Revelation is one I may not recommend right away either because even theologians disagree about things in it, (how much is literal or how much is figurative, Trib views, etc.) Since it talks about end times stuff and there is a lot of imagery in it, many people are drawn to it though. My husband and I used to be house parents to teenage boys at a Christian school, and one of the first books the boys wanted to go through during devotions time was Revelation. We were like ut oh, they're going to keep us on our toes, lol! It turned out well because they were interested and asked lots of questions. I do understand your concern for Job because of his accusatory friends. There is even a teaching/learning lesson in that though. Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. It wasn't until after he forgave them of their wrong treatment of him that he was restored. A great lesson in forgiveness and humility. I think one thing that keeps some from becoming Christians is because they don't see God as a loving God, and the book of Job kind of explains part of the reasons why people suffer, especially godly ones. It also kind of puts us as humans in our place because we do like to control things, but it reminds us that we are not God. Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding. I just know for me personally when my heart was upset with the Lord because I had served God from my youth, but I was sick, barren, and lost my mom that God used that book to really soften my heart towards Him/my circumstances, heal my wrong attitudes, and draw me closer to Him. Anything you want to share that helped you though I'd love to hear, as we all process things differently. Maybe it could help Mary as well! I know that she really respects my husband, and he is her favorite sibling. He is a former pastor, and he did both of his parents funerals. She was very close with them both. I think he is a very good person for her to talk with about the spiritual things. I kind of see my role more as nurturing and encouraging her since I know how difficult it can be to live w/chronic pain and illness. I like when you said, "Honest, grounded answers to people's questions are the heart of discipling, ministering, and encouragement." I couldn't agree with you more! Authenticity/genuiness is what people crave/desire! Thanks again Meg for praying for not just Mary, but me! I can always use more prayer! Thank you! I always love hearing another's perspective, so thanks for sharing your heart! Love in Christ always, Gem
  14. Hi Nut! Yes, praise God! Hope you are doing well!