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  1. 7 hours ago, ohso said:

    I am pretty much new believer in Jesus and I've tried to talk to God about this and look into the Bible, but I'm still left very confused and don't know what's the best way to act. 

    Majority of new people I meet in my life seem like nice and moral, but when I get to know them better, I find out they do not follow Jesus and to be worse, are involved in some sort of witchcraft. It can be that they are in some new age practices, or they listen to Satanic music and so on. 

    I feel horrible that our differences in faith are the only reason I feel like I might need to remove myself from such acquaintances. I try to evangelize to them politely and respectfully. That always gets me in trouble. Either an argument will start, or I will have demonic dreams and so on. 

    When I first got saved I really wanted to be used by God and do something for His Kingdom. Now when it seems it's starting to finally happen, I feel like I don't want it anymore, because it makes me feel bad. I see no positive results neither in others, nor myself. 

    So I prayed differently, for God to bring me Christians in my life, because I don't want to deal with darkness anymore, it's just too hard for me. But then I realized I got involved in religion and find myself in the middle of arguments between denominations, which I didn't like and decided to leave that too.

    How do you balance these things? I don't want to isolate myself as a Christian from the world. On the other hand, it really brings me down when I deal with the people who are not saved. I really don't know what is the right thing to do? Thank you. God bless. 

    The moment a person becomes a Christian the battle is on. I heard a song one time concerning the Christian life that goes like this, "It's a battlefield brother, not a recreation room, a fight and not a game. Run if you want to, run if you will, but I've come here to stay." I believe that every believer needs to do an in depth study on Ephesians 6:10-17. It will acquaint the believer with the armor and the weapons we need to effectively defeat the enemy at every turn in our lives. I would encourage you to study this and meditate on it until you become the effective spiritual warrior that God intends for all His people to become. Study it so well, that spiritual warfare becomes second nature to you. You'll never regret it, and in the process you will glorify and please the Lord, which is what He wants.


  2. 7 minutes ago, TRlover said:

    So does prayer really work?

    I ask because a thing(s) I have asked for all my 36 years of being a Christian(?) have never received anything but NO for an answer.  I put the s by thing because it is especially one thing but several over things that are major but minor compare to the one thing.  The ? by Christian because I ask in the Name of Jesus yet seem to get nothing from God!

    Never has a man needed a miracle more than me but all I have to plea is the Blood of Christ.

    I don't know what you are going through, but it must be a heavy burden to carry all these 36 years. You said that the only thing you receive from the Lord, is a no answer. I believe that God truly answers prayer, assuming the conditions for answered prayer are met such as, forgiving those who offend you, doing those things that are pleasing in His sight, asking in faith nothing wavering, abiding in Jesus and allowing His word to abide in you, etc. I'm sure that this is not what you want to hear, but NO is an answer. It isn't an answer we want to hear let alone accept, but it is still an answer. I believe He answers all prayer, if we keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. His answers are yes, no, or wait. I especially don't like the latter. I hope this has possibly helped in some way.


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  3. 10 hours ago, PromisesPromises! said:

    I know I can't be the only one who ever heard this as a kid.... "You'd better hush, or I'll give you something to REALLY complain about!"  

    Yes, bropro... we don't have to look far to realize how greatly blessed we are!  \o/

    You're right about that. All we have to do is turn on the news to see how blessed we are as Christians.


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  4. 10 hours ago, Sower said:

    The VA hospital.  After it's all over, whats left of those who paid the price.
    Whenever I leave our Veterans hospital here in San Antonio Texas, Military City USA,
    I am overwhelmed with a quiet thankfulness that I'm able to leave on my own two feet.
    No meds, no prescriptions, no gurney or crutches or wheelchair. 
    Perspective. It's the little things.



    You are right about that. It's all about perspective. As Christians, we have everything to be thankful for, because even in the worst of times God still has his best interests in store for us;

    "in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us."


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  5. An elderly lady was well-known for her faith and for her boldness in talking about it. She would stand on her front porch and shout “Praise the Lord!”

    Next door to her lived an atheist who would get so angry at her proclamations he would shout, “There ain’t no Lord!!”

    Hard times set in on the elderly lady, and she prayed for god to send her some assistance. She stood on her porch and shouted “Praise the Lord. God I need food!! I am having a hard time. Please Lord, send me some groceries!!”

    The next morning the lady went out on her porch and noted a large bag of groceries and shouted, “Praise the Lord.”

    The neighbor jumped from behind a bush and said, “Aha! I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries, God didn’t.”

    The lady started jumping up and down and clapping her hands and said, “Praise the Lord. He not only sent me groceries, but he made the devil pay for them. Praise the Lord!”

  6. 5 hours ago, Figure of eighty said:

    For me my past ( intimiate) past is kind of eating away at me. It makes me uncomfortable and extremely insecure.

    Though it may not be as bad as the norm its still enough to affect me. This is one of the main reasons I don't really 

    go to church because I feel I stick out like a sore thumb, no one treats me different--everyone is cordial but it's just me in my own head judging myself amongst others. I also try to pursue higher education in hopes my degrees can cover up my mistakes or atleast soften the blow.


    I really do wish i could erase what I did but I can't-- so how do you deal with it?


    What I have learned through the years, is that we are our own worst enemy. I know that has been true for myself. There are at least three areas that I know of where guilt comes from:

                    1. Satan

                    2. Other people

                    3. Myself

    If I listen to these sources, I have difficulties too numerous to mention, let alone not being able to experience the complete forgiveness and peace of God. But when I listen to what God has to say in His word, such as:

    Micah 7:19 (KJV)
    19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

    I have learned that since God has cast all my sin into the depths of the sea, that I need not go fishing for them.

    And also:

    Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)
    13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
    14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    The apostle Paul had wasted the churches in the beginning, causing havoc and turmoil, putting many into prison, and even gave his approval to have Stephen put to death. I guess it would be correct to surmise that he had a lot of bad in his past that could have destroyed him, had he kept looking back. If a person keeps looking back at their past, they are unable to make any forward progress and may run into a lot of roadblocks and obstacles.

    I used a true story on more than one occasion about my grandmother to illustrate the danger of always looking back, because if you are looking back, you may not be aware of what is in front of you. My grandmother was a talker among all talkers I had ever met in my life. One day she was walking down a street in downtown KC with some friends of hers. As she was walking, she was looking to her left towards her friends, talking as usual, and not paying attention to what was in front of her. And low and behold, there was a light pole in her path. When she run into it, well, the pole did not move. However, my grandmother moved. She moved from an upright position on her feet, to a position on the sidewalk on her back, and was knocked out cold.

    The point is, looking back on our past will keep us from seeing who God really is and what He has in store for us. Trust the Lord, that according to His word your sins are forgiven and out of His sight.


    P.S. My grandmother came out of it just fine and resumed her talking.


  7. 20 hours ago, Abdicate said:

    I'm so very glad. With every one of his sermons, I have to listen multiple times because he only uses the word of God and so I have to go and see for myself, pray, and grow in faith! He teaches the word of God, purely! Oh that I had found him decades ago. Plus, everything his ministry offers is 100% FREE.

    This link went to this minister's teaching mp3, but I am unable to find his website. Do you have a link to this site? Thanks!


  8. As Christ's disciples, we are to look at people through His eyes. That being said, all people are people for whom Christ died regardless of their sin. If they are important enough for Christ to die for their sins, they should be important enough for me to treat them in like manner as He did. I do believe also that fellowship cannot be attained while the sinner is still living in sin. To have fellowship (partnership, common bond) with unbelievers is too risky, seeing that we have no common ground in which to fellowship with them. But the main reason is that the scriptures teach us not to.


  9. 1 hour ago, PromisesPromises! said:

    Bropro... you OP made me laugh out loud!  :24:

    I think it's good to have a healthy respect for cows.  They are very big... and heavy.  But I think for the most part, they are very docile and can be really funny to watch


    Yes, funny to watch from a very long distance.:emot-nod:


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  10. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
    8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    The above verses plainly declare that  salvation comes by God’s grace through faith, period. Works, in no way contribute to the work of salvation. All the work has been done by Christ, and Him alone.

    Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV)
    12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
    13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    These verses talk about working out our salvation, the word work meaning, to apply our salvation. Even the works we do are God working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. Again, the work of salvation has been done by Christ, and Him alone. Our works do not contribute to our salvation, but rather are the effects of our salvation.


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  11. While most of this chapter deals with this subject, these 2 verses pretty much get to the point on the generational curses, as far as I can see.

    Ezekiel 18:19-20 (NLT2)
    19  “‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live.
    20  The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.

    And Romans 8:1 (NLT2)
    1  So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

    So if there was a generational curse, Jesus broke it at the cross.



  12. 1 hour ago, Bernard said:

    On a discussion website, I noticed a comment that said that the writer was turned off by individuals introducing themselves with a bible text.  That started me wondering, what do people think of Christians who visibly wear large crosses and/or visibly carry bibles around with them.  What does this behavior communicate to others, especially to those who are already turned off by church talk and the like?  I understand that wearing crosses and waving bibles may be for some the way to worship God.  However, while I hold each respectfully for what and who they represent, I do not believe that one must advertise that they are a Christian to others. By doing so, they bring glory and attention to themselves and not God.  Didn't Jesus say; "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35.  It would seem that our loving acts for others was advertisement enough!  Also, " . . . God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart " 1Sam.16:7.  


    It may not have anything to do with Christians thinking they must wear a cross and carry a bible. It may not have anything to do with drawing attention to themselves. It may simply be that they are newly saved, and in their excitement of their newfound love for Christ, do these things. If this is the case, there is nothing wrong with this.

    However, I remember an instance where a person many years ago had a bumper sticker that said “HONK IF YOU LOVE JESUS.” One day someone was in back of her and began to honk. After the 3rd or 4th time, this woman got irritated and, well, expressed with sign language here disapproval of all the honking. She did not realize till much later what had really been the reason for this person’s honking.

    On another occasion, I was walking through the mall and seen a man with a t-shirt that said “JESUS SAID HE WOULD VOMIT YOU OUT OF HIS MOUTH IF YOU ARE LUKE WARM.”

    Both of these instances are obviously a negative testimony for our Lord, but they do not speak for all Christians. If a person so chooses to wear a cross, or carry a bible, or wear Christian apparel, they need to remember who they represent. And if they live in a close relationship with the Lord, this will not be a hard task as they will always want to exalt Him.

    All that being said, I do not engage in these things and probably never will.




  13. The scriptures speak of gods that are made of stone or wood, which have eyes but see not, ears but hear not, and have mouths but to don't speak. These are gods that were made by man's hands and not God's. And I believe that the only spirits that man deals with that are not of God, are of our enemy Satan. 



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  14. 7 hours ago, Dennis1209 said:

    There's nothing shameful on how you feel or what you wrote. Your thoughts, emotions and experiences are shared by multitudes. I've found that sometimes sharing and talking about things others have experienced takes some weight off my chest. Bad memories are just that, bad memories of the past. There's nothing I can do about the past, or the things I did in the past. By the Grace and intervention of God, He relieved me of those memories and put them to rest in the closet of past history. I've learned from history but I try to stay focused on today, the now. 

    I don't understand the Lord's plan for my life or what He has in store for me. The Lord has a divine plan for each of His children. The Lord always answers His children's prayers; the answer is either yes, no, or wait. The waiting seems to be for God's perfect timing and divine purpose. What immediately comes to my mind that comforts me, and sometimes I struggle to keep in mind... Is the Apostle Paul's struggle with some sort of extremely severe thorn in his side. No one knows what that bothersome problem was; it's speculated from scholars everything from Paul's failing eyesight to Satan's constant darts thrown at him. Whatever is was; is caused Paul to pray to the Lord 'three' times to have it removed. I take the Lord at His word when He replied:

    2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    Thanks for your service Dennis, and welcome home.



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  15. 7 hours ago, Sower said:

    I deleted it.

    I stayed up way too late and spent too many hours, trying to say things I wanted to share with
    other brothers in arms, and at the end, realized the flood of words were drumming up old memories.
    I needed to look at them and accept them, and put em  back on the shelf. After posting, I felt the old familiar shame.
    It had resurfaced.
    It was only posted a minute or two before I deleted.  Too late. (need to be more diligent!!...default_cool2.gif.6edb59072173249ebe66609bb4de3f43.gif )

    Thanks for your service, and Semper Fi. Glad you made it home safely.



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  16. The Poor Preacher


    After the church service a little boy told the pastor, "When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money." "Well, thank you," the pastor replied, "but why?" "Because my daddy says you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had."

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  17. Sunday Dinner

    A young couple invited their pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.

    "Goat," the little boy replied.

    "Goat?" replied the Pastor, "Are you sure about that?"

    "Yes," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, 'We might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day."

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  18. 1 hour ago, Debp said:


    Thank you for your service....my uncle served in Viet Nam, too.   Apparently the new treatment helps depression, too.   One soldier couldn't help smiling and his family noticed the good change in him, too.   The soldiers in the TV show said they didn't have side effects.



    I truly hope this new treatment is a huge success. There are a lot of guys out there that are needing help.  As for me, at this point in my life I am endeavoring to live drug free. But as I said in another post, these medications were what I needed at the time, and many others can attest to this. Thanks for posting this article and your concern for those suffering from PTSD.



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  19. I don’t claim to know what the answer is concerning the use of medications. I believe that the pharmaceutical industry has gone to the extreme in many cases, but I also believe that much good has come from it too. The one thing I do know is, that if they had not been available to me back in the 90’s when all of my issues came to a head, I would not be here today, because I would have become a statistic by my own hands. It wouldn’t been the right thing to do, but that is where my mind was at the time, and it sounded like the only reasonable thing to do. The medication I received at that time, worked to balance my thinking and calmed my anxieties. I might be sharing too much about myself, but I feel the need to when I see this issue discussed with little support for the good that medications can bring about in people’s lives. I know a host of other Veteran’s that would agree with me on this. And not only Veteran’s but rape victims, victims of violence, etc.



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