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  1. Hello Ed J, Thanks for your response to me. You're very welcome. May God bless you too. -- Lar
  2. Hello Marilyn, Thanks for responding to my post. I had forgotten that you have mountains in Australia. (I think that someone else had told me that...) We have mountains here too. Actually, my wife and I live on the side of a mountain. (It's kind of like a hill, actually.) You and I must be just about 12 hours apart. Morning for you is evening for me. Lar
  3. Hi ytLiJC, Thank you for getting back to me. I see your point, and I believe that I understand what you are saying. You see, to me: being "religious" is kind of like just outwardly "going through the motions" of being a Christian -- but without allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to spiritually and actively (and *dynamically*) live out His life: both in and through you. I perceive that there are many people who "act out" the Christian religion - but without living out their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: by actively (and genuinely) loving their Christian brethren. Please see: 1 John 3:23 Brother, do you understand what I am saying here? (I truly do mean to say this to you in a gracious and respectful manner...) May God bless you, and may He lead you in His faith and in His love - by His Grace, Lar
  4. Hello Marilyn, It's nice to get to know you too, Marilyn. It's Sunday morning here where I am. on Mar. 4, 2019 -- at 8:42 AM (I'm located in upper New York state - in the northeastern part of the USA) My wife and I are currently "socked in" with a two and a half foot snowfall. (It's about 4 feet deep out at the end of our driveway: because when the snow trucks come past us, they leave a pile of impacted snow - that effectively "buries" our car [out by the road].) I tried to shovel out a place by our mailbox yesterday - for the person who comes to deliver our mail, but I became exhausted, and I didn't do a very good job - (I left almost a foot of snow on the road). This might be a silly question on my part to ask you, but do you ever get snow anywhere in Australia? (We could happily live *without* it!) Marilyn, do you have any idea as to what the time difference is between where you live and where I live? (once again, I'm in the eastern part of the USA). Best wishes to you, Lar
  5. Marilyn, I think that perhaps I responded to your post to me in the wrong place... <says Lar: scratching head> Yes, I agree with you - how merciful God the Father is: because He reaches out to all persons in His own way: as long as we each have breath. May God continually bless and keep you, Lar
  6. Amen Marilyn, sister, God the Father is so good, isn't He? He draws unsaved people to His Son, Jesus Christ - even though we (as human beings) are so undeserving of His marvelous Grace. I hope that things are going well for you in "the land down under," <smile> Lar
  7. Hi ytLiJC, I hope that I spelled your name right -- it's kinda late here, and my eyes are getting tired. Thanks for your post. Yes, I agree with you, there is much that is wicked for a Christian to beware of. ytLiJC, I have never been what might be described as a "religious person." I'm just a sinner who was mercifully saved by God's marvelousness Grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Personally, I don't tend to think of Christianity as being a religion at all; rather, I see it as being a personal *relationship* with the true and living God - through the Lord Jesus Christ. However, please pardon me if I didn't get the full point of what you were saying - in your quote (above). May God bless and keep you from all evil, Lar
  8. Hi again Marilyn, Thank you very much for your kind and gracious words to me. Marilyn, a question for you: did you think that I was saying (or perhaps inferring) that the *only way* that a person can be saved is in the way that God saved me? Oh no! I didn't mean to say or to infer that! There's a rather crass expression that some Christians have used: "Don't put God in a box!" Well, I kind of cringe at that particular expression - that is, as pertaining to a Holy and Sovereign God, but I guess that I would tend to agree with the basic thought behind it. But I honestly wasn't meaning to try to place any kind of limits on God, and/or on what God can do! Seriously, I wasn't. Marilyn, if I in any way misunderstood what you were saying, then please forgive me, OK? May God richly bless you, Lar
  9. Hi jeff, Thank you for responding to me and to my post. As I read what you said here (in what I quoted of your words [above]), I was reminded that when God first called me and drew me to the Lord Jesus Christ, I was concurrently in a state of being afraid - afraid because of a "New Age" initiation that I had been invited to participate in - in just a few days time. So when I prayed to the God Who had created the creation (the only God that I was able to believe in at the time), I wasn't really aware at that point in time that I was seeking God with all of my heart. Actually, my prayer to God (at that time) was kind of like a cry for help - from me to God: in a time when I sensed danger ahead for me, and I was seeking to *really* hear from God Himself - with an answer to my earnest question: "What is the truth?" And God -Great and Mighty God - was merciful to me, and He answered my question with just five simple words: "The truth is Jesus Christ." Now some people might think or say: "How do you know that you actually heard from God?" I think that the only way that I can answer that kind of question is: I know, because God's words entered into my heart in a way that I had never experienced before; it was almost like a "knife of truth" had penetrated into my heart in a way that caused me to immediately (and personally) believe in and put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - as my personal Lord and Savior. If I were to try to explain my *knowing* in human terms - I think that I would have to equate it with the kind of knowing that a person has when they first realize that they have fallen in love with the love of their life. (By the way, my computer seems to shift over to italics on its own: I didn't do that myself, and frankly, I don't know how to get back to regular type!) I guess that I'm kind of like a stone-age man in a hyper-technical world. ("Firing off" a "smiley" here and there is about the limit of my technical prowess...) Pardon me, but I seem to be having computer problems right now. So I guess that I'd better close. May God bless you - one and all, Lar
  10. Hi Marilyn C, I think that I understand the point that you're making here. I was using the scripture from Jeremiah to basically say that *whoever* seeks God with all of their heart *will* find Him. And I guess that you're saying (or politely implying) that the context of this scripture from Jeremiah in the Old Testament was *not* actually using this scripture to apply to *all* people who seek for God with all of their heart finding Him. But allow me to share another interesting scripture with you (that you most likely are already aware of): "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16) Please note what this passage from 1 Timothy says: that " *All scripture* is given by inspiration of God..." (and is then profitable for the things that this scripture then goes on to state). When seen in this particular light, then this particular scripture (from 1 Timothy) seems to me to be stating that even the scripture in Jeremiah (that you had referred to) could also be interpreted as a universal truth: that is, that *all* persons who seek for God with all of their heart *will* find Him! Marilyn, I'm honestly not a person who normally "argues" about or even debates about scripture (truly I'm not), but do you see the point that I'm trying to make here? On this rare occasion when I was saved, I was truly and earnestly seeking to know the truth from the only God that I was able to believe in at the time: the personal God Who had created all of creation. And when I received the answer: "the truth is Jesus Christ", I believe that I *found* Him - that is, that I found God at that particular point in time. Therefore, I am of the personal opinion that *all* people who truly search for God with all of their heart *will* find Him! Oh well, "nuff said" from me at this point in time (I think). A good friend of mine (back when I was still an unbeliever) once told me that I was a "stiff-necked Assyrian" - I think he said this because I wasn't able to personally believe in Jesus Christ at the time. I don't know... I'm a Christian believer now, but perhaps in some ways, I'm still a "stiff-necked Assyrian." <friendly grin> Lar
  11. Dear "Worthlessloser," I wanted to quote what you had said, but I wound up quoting Ed J instead (Hi Ed J!) Worth, (I hope it's OK with you for me to call you that), You're of *great* worth to God, Worth! Otherwise, God would not have sent His Son into the world to die for you and to save you for all eternity. But because of where your mind and your emotions are at right now, perhaps God sending His own Son into the world to die for you doesn't really mean that much to you now. But Christians here on Worthy Christian Forum have already showed love and concern for you, and I feel that perhaps that is God's way of showing *His own love for you* -- right now. Worth, please find a counsellor (preferably a Christian counsellor) to help you out: now -- right where you're at. OK? Perhaps you could post a prayer request right here on Worthy Christian Forum: in the Prayer Request section - seeking for someone who is able to help you in the way that I have just now suggested. You see: you have (in essence) shared what you did as (I suspect) an unconscious cry for help. People here are already praying for you... And I too will pray for you. So please don't give up: on life, or on yourself, or (most importantly) on God! And if you have not yet accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then please do that right away. Just remember John 3:16 (from the Bible): "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." And also: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 Worth, the above two Bible verses are *promises* - to you and to all people - from the everlasting God - Who created all of the creation. And God does *not* lie, and He will never let you down either. Wow, I guess that I was just preaching to you, Worth. But perhaps that's because I believe with all of my heart that God's words (from the Bible) are so much stronger and so more convincing than my own (human) words could ever be. Worth, I hope that you get the chance to read what I've shared with you here -- especially the scriptures from the Bible. May God protect you, and may He make His love for you *real* to you, Lar
  12. Hi JohnR7, That's an interesting observation that you made (as shown in your quote above). Thanks for sharing... And thanks too - for sharing a little bit about your Christian testimony in another post of yours. May God bless you today and always, Lar
  13. [Genesis] Greeting From "GregoryB"

    Greetings, GregoryB, Congratulations to you for having received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!! I praise the Lord for that! And also, welcome to Worthy Christian Forum. GregoryB, I tend to write (and to talk) *too* much, (or so it seems to me). Would you please pray that I would become more of a listener - like you are. (smile) Thanks very much. May God bless you and guide you in your (relatively new) Christian life, -- Lar
  14. Hi shapes, Actually, when the Bible speaks of the heart, I don't think that it is speaking of the emotions at all. In a spiritual, biblical sense, I think that what the Word of God means when it speaks of the heart is actually the "place" where the human spirit abides... (IMO) I've heard it said (in Christian "circles") that "man is a spirit, that lives in a body, and that possesses a soul." (Or that's what I recall being said, anyhow.) Naturally, man also has a mind - as well as having emotions and also an imagination. And of course, man also has a natural flesh and blood heart. -- Lar
  15. Hi again SisterActs2, What a beautiful and moving post you've shared here - thank you so much for sharing about your personal Christian testimony! -- Lar