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  1. Gemstone777

    Daily Reading 343 - October 10th

    Not a question, rather just a comment on a thought that was triggered by a verse in this passage. In Ephesians 1:19 it says, “ speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” When I was a child I would sit on our swing outside by myself and make up songs to God. I didn’t write them down and often couldn’t remember the words or notes, but I was singing them from my heart to God. Or when I was riding on the lawnmower I would create music just to sing to the Lord. Maybe that is why I still like mowing so much to this day! 😊 Even though I am older now, I still create my own songs to God. I will often sing them while on a drive, road trip, or travels across country with my husband or family. The fact that they were/are one time only to me makes them more special, just for my King! Thanks for letting me share a pleasant childhood memory! Have a blessed day all!
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    Daily Reading 339 - October 6th

    1. What do you think it means to be dead and your trespasses and sins? Our sin makes us guilty to God because we violated His holy commands. So, those that don’t have a blood sacrifice (Jesus) to forgive them of their sins will die and go to hell. Sin creates separation from God. 2. Where it speaks about the Ephesians’ former condition that they walked according to the course of this world and according to the prince of the power of the air, and of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience, what do you think the bolded terms above are referring to? The lost, those that have not been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, those that are serving/following Satan and not God, and are under his leadership. 3. Who are the "sons of disobedience"? Those that are engaging in sinful acts and not walking with/serving Christ. Some have said this could also include the angels that fell and followed Satan. 4. In verse three, Paul says that we also all formerly lived lusting in at indulging in the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Do you think then, that "all" means without exception? Except for Jesus, absolutely all of mankind has sinned and fallen short of God’s holy, perfect standards. (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.) 5. What kind of things are meant by lusts of our flesh and desires of the flesh and mind? Lust of our flesh are sinful desires of the physical human body that are contrary to the will/law of God. Desires of our mind are where the sinful desires usually start. 6. We were by nature children of wrath. What do you think that means? By nature means born into the world as sinners and that it was not optional. Children of wrath means that they are subject to God’s wrath for their sins. Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous no not one.
  3. Gemstone777

    Oct 5th Question

    Good point Frances! Ephesians 5:19 says, "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." The phrase "making melody" comes from the Greek word "psallontes" which means "to rub or touch," "to twitch or twang." It was commonly used in Greek to refer to playing a stringed musical instrument. This could be another Scripture indicating it isn't wrong to play instruments, just a different way of musical expression.
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    Oct 5th Question

    Thank you Other One for that explanation, as I am simply trying to understand the Biblical reasoning behind it. I myself like Acapella music too. I like music in a variety of forms, especially when it's used to praise God. From my understanding of Scriptures, the Bible doesn't forbid it, but if someone is convicted differently than that is their choice. Hope you have a blessed day!
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    Oct 5th Question

    Does anyone understand where some Christian churches get in the Bible that you should not play instruments (verse 3-5) or dancing (verse 4), as long as it is to honor the Lord? I sincerely want to know as I can not find it in the Bible. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
  6. I don't see a problem with that. Me and my friend (JITA - JesusIsTheAnswer) need an invite on our e-mail to get in it, unless we just go to NFL.com and resign up. Last year was my first year playing in NFL.com. I usually play in Yahoo.com, and I have played in ESPN.com before. Looking forward to playing again with everyone this season! God bless you all!
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    cancer

    I love you sister! My friends and family are praying for you also! ❤️
  8. John 11:33-35 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Sometimes in our society the world tells people to suck it up, not be emotional, and looks at crying as a weakness. Especially if someone is a male it’s not looked at as manly to cry, yet Jesus wept. It said he was “deeply moved…..troubled….wept.” Not just a little upset, but extremely. This passage is clear that Christ had emotions and was compassionate. I believe this is an example where we should not follow the ways of the world, but use Jesus’ as an example of how to live. Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, is another place we are told to do this. Then it goes on to say in John 11:36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” By weeping, Jesus showed love. John 11:43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Because what Jesus spoke comes to fruition, if he had not called Lazarus by name, it would appear that all the dead buried there would have been brought back to life. John 11:48 If we let him (Jesus) go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.” Fear of losing their power and greed led to the chief priests and Pharisees plotting to kill Jesus. John 11:53-54 So from that day on they plotted to take his life. Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. I’ve heard some Christians over the years say that we should just let evildoers overtake us and be martyrs for our faith. I think this is an example where Jesus was wise and didn’t help them to do evil to Him, until it was His appointed time to die/be our sacrifice.
  9. Hey Omega! When I watched your video, it was late and I was not in a mindset (alert enough), nor had the time in that moment to process deep theological things. I had already spent hours reading over Scriptures and other posts in the Bible club, as I was catching up. Sometimes you can read/watch something that stirs all kinds of thoughts in your mind, and it's hard to focus and respond to that when one is getting tired. I wanted you to know I had watched it and hoped that you would be encouraged knowing someone took the time to do so. I said what I felt in that moment, and I still think your character is quite entertaining, and I like your quirky humor. I know that your main intent was not to entertain, but it doesn't mean that someone didn't get something deeper out of your post just because they were entertained, or didn't respond with deep insights. As far as Christ's return, I think there are a lot of signs pointing to His return. I think a lot of prophecy has been fulfilled that has to happen for Christ to return, but there still are more that need to take place. I try to do what God has commanded me to do, be waiting and watching, and I don't think anyone knows exactly when He will return. Matthew 24:36 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. When it comes to Eschatology, I think there is a lot of uncertainty on the details and that is why there is so much debate, even among Christians. Maybe that's because some think it's more literal and others think it's figuratively. Even theologians sincere in their faith and studied far more than I about end times specifics disagree how it plays out. I think people share what they believe is their interpretation of how it all plays out, and they take a stand based on their understanding of the Scriptures. I think some things are truly mysteries and we won't know the preciseness of them until they play out. I think it is important that we be doing the Lord's work so that when He returns he doesn't find fault with us. That is what I think is most important. I know you like to discuss things/engage in debate, and I do see the benefit of iron sharpening iron. However, sometimes discussion/debate can turn into arguments and are not profitable, as we see on the forums at times. Maybe it's just because I've heard arguments on all sides of the Eschatology hot button topics over the years and I don't always choose to engage. It's not because I don't have thoughts and views, I just choose to share them when I feel led. As far as me or others growing, I think different things stick out to people at different times. Just like on many of my posts on the Bible 365 Club Forum I speak about the things that stand out to me. We are all different, at different stages in our walks, and certain things will stand out to us. I understand you desire deeper discussion with substance on the Bible 365 Club. I would like more people to share questions and insights too. I think we have to let people talk about what they feel led to talk about though and can't force our desires upon them. All we can do is encourage more participation and hope they are gaining something from it. Like Gandolph I believe it was said something to the effect that he likes that he can read multiple days at once on the Bible 365 Club. I like that too, as I have multiple Scripture readings, devotions, Christian books, etc that I partake in. If you touch one with this ministry, it's worth it. I personally have enjoyed participating in Bible 365 Club. Arguments are not usually in silence, the arguing comes when someone states their ideas that others do not agree with. Some people just don't like to argue and choose silence, which can be wisdom. As far as cherry picking certain verses to support ideas doesn't mean they are necessarily taken out of context. The Bible works hand in hand, it's a complete book with many parts. For example, a verse from the Old Testament can be reiterated in the New Testament giving it further strength by complementing each other. If looking for a certain topic let's say prayer, you can find verse all throughout the Bible that help us understand how to pray, what it is. There's not one verse that dominates the meaning of prayer, they are all important. I do think there's always a chance that things can be taken out of context and that's true for us all. When we get to heaven we will all probably find out something was wrong with our theology, as we are imperfect beings. But that is why we study to be as accurate as we can be in our beliefs, to honor God, and grow closer to Him. I did not think me commenting on the Omega Man character would draw this response from you friend. It does seem that I am unintentionally good at doing so though! Although I may not have given you all the dialogue you want, this is me, and that is what I know how to do. I hope you have a blessed day brother! Love in Christ always, Gem ❤️
  10. 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!
  11. I watched the first video! Your Omega Man super hero is quite entertaining!
  12. Gemstone777

    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 ❤️
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