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  1. Does trouble follow trouble, does joy follow joy, and do past patterns established determine the days before us? Evil will find evil for darkness seeks darkness, and light will find light for light gives power to light. Our past is written, but today and each day before us is not yet written and the future is not yet determined. Some situations will require time and effort to overcome and change may be slow and difficult, but the power of a new day is unto all. Do not allow your past to determine your future for weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
  2. The path of isolation is a path without unity for unity requires there be more than one. When you only trust yourself there may be strength in your solitude, but the path of unity brings blessings greater than the path of isolation. Unity of heart requires more than one heart, unity of mind requires more than one mind, unity of purpose requires shared vision and loyalty unto that vision and loyalty unto one another, and unity in love requires more than one life to be joined together by all the powers found in the very soul and essence of life itself. The unity of love can be the most difficult bond to create but it is the greatest union and brings the greatest blessings that shall ever be found in unity.
  3. The cleansing and atoning blood of Jesus not only brings forgiveness and redemption, his blood also brings healing to broken spirits, broken hearts, and broken lives. I grieve that He had to die for my sins, yet I also rejoice that He loved me enough to do so. I find peace in my Savior, I find hope in my Savior, and I find great joy in my Savior. Blessed be the name of Jesus, the name above all names, for He is Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, and He is my Messiah and my God.
  4. Hands of love shape and mold in ways that words of harshness never will. Hands firm, yet soft and gentle lovingly guide, but words of anger and frustration only break and never build. Love is found in touch, and love is found in words, and there is no place for anger and harshness in either, so be the hands of love and ever be the voice of love.
  5. The pathway unto the cross is not always easy for the wicked ones seek to keep the weak ones weak and the lost ones lost, but the pathway unto redemption that was walked by our Messiah, is the path that we must also walk, for He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes unto the Lord God but by Him. He was near unto death from the beating that He bore for us, yet He carried His cross to Calvary where He bled and died, and in His death, there is the hope of salvation. Upon the cross He died for me and from the tomb He arose to be my guide and my comfort still. The Lamb of God, the Messiah unto all mankind calls out unto every hurting soul to look unto His cross and to seek the power of the empty tomb, for He is risen and He sits at the right hand of the Lord God and He is our King and He is our hope and our salvation. Let there be joy, and let there be gratefulness for the Lord Jesus reigns!
  6. The scripture reminds me of something I would like to share, "The Laws of the Harvest" Seven Lessons of the Harvest Plant your seed in the season that will cause it grow to maturity at the right time. The land must be ready to accept the seed. The land is responsive to the plow. Plant more seed than needed. One seed can become many fruits. A wise sower will cast many seeds upon rich and fertile soil, but sow more sparingly upon dry and unfertile soil. Planting is like fishing. You must have the right seed, the right time, and the right location. Seeds grow when planted according to season, day, and time. Fish are best caught when hungry. Plant seeds carefully among thorns. Satan will choke away the good plants. Remove the thorns, prepare the land, and then plant. Your life is the plow. How deep are the furrows made behind the mule? Plant seeds where you see light. I will show you the right light to develop the best crop. Train faithful men to see light and fruits of light, and plant good seed within good light. Plant seeds with care upon land that has been abused and planted too often. Heal the land through nurturing and care. Fertilize first, and then let the land be fallow. Check the soil from time to time. Wait for signs of tiny growth and test the plow. Plant seeds where you can till and care for the soil and the plants. Care of plants includes working the soil. Do not forsake the land tilled, and only focus on the fallow land. For you must care for the plants to make them grow and become your future seed for the new ground.
  7. There are numerous quotes from the Lord during his ministry upon the earth that could be discussed. One that I find interesting is in Matthew 11:30, "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." What if the Lord wasn't referring to weight when he said his burden was light. What if he was actually being descriptive of the burden. His burden was to be a light to the world. Our burden and blessing is also to be a light to a world in darkness. So his burden is "light".
  8. Your quote of, " I also do think my Lord's burden on me is light, very light. It is not some albatross to wear as symbol of my sufferings, my agonies. It is the real promise of hope beyond hope beyond sight even. It is certainty and it is joy beyond all else. God is awesome. He is good so good. Jesus Blood alone has made it so for me." It makes me what to interject a thought. What if the Lord when he said that that his burden was "light" wasn't referring to the weight of following him, what if he was actually being descriptive. For his burden was "light" that he carried and shared with the world. We are to also carry the burden of being a "light" to a world in darkness.
  9. All of the previous advise is good advise. I have some family that have turned their hearts to God and some that haven't. I have 4 boys, now men. Three are baptized and follow the ways of the Lord, one of them is a minister now. I have one that still chooses to ignore God. I don't preach to him or to other members of my family that don't believe. But I also don't hide the Lord. I will thank the Lord in front of them. I will say a blessing, even if to myself with head bowed, if I eat with any of them. I will use the name of Jesus in conversations. But I also show that I walk the talk. I show them love, kindness and patience. I also never cease to pray for them. I would love to see all of my cousins, nephews, etc. turn to God. I was raised in a Godly home, yet only myself and one brother follow the Lord. I have two sisters that don't and one brother that doesn't. They are in my prayers daily. Never give up. Just be a light, keep praying, and let the Lord work in their lives. I trust in the Lord's perfect love and also in his perfect timing.
  10. My wife and I have been happily married for almost 39 years. We actually only dated for around 3 months before getting married. (her dad didn't approve of me, I would have preferred to have the dad's blessings but he had someone else in mind for her). My dad and mom only dated for one week before they were married (He was in the Navy and was about to leave back to California, so she married him and went with him). They have been happily married for 65 years now. So I know that longevity of dating isn't always the key, though it can be important. I know I have been greatly blessed and I also know not all have happy marriages, but I am interested if you have any keys or lessons you have learned and applied in marriage. When my wife and I were married we lived close to our families which can be good and bad for a couple starting out, but it came in to play in three promises we made to each other prior to our marriage. 1. We promised to keep God center in our lives. 2. We promised not to go running to family with problems until we tried to work it out ourselves. (we weren't opposed to wisdom but didn't want to be seeking our families to be taking sides, etc...). 3. We promised not to go to bed angry. Those three promises were three simple things that built the foundation to our love for each other and our commitment to each other. Also I would love to hear how you keep romance in your marriages. I just think the different inputs and ideas may help others in this forum and Hey, maybe I will get some good ideas! Here are a few things I do... I still have date nights with my wife or a date day where we just go out on a day trip. Every morning I set out her coffee cup and on top of the cup is a love note with one small chocolate kiss (she likes the almonds one best). I don't want a single day to go by without saying, "I love you" numerous times and its a way to start the day. (She has saved every note ... she has eaten all of the kisses).
  11. God is love, and only in love shall we truly see God, and only in love shall God truly be seen in us.
  12. The power of our words is clearly seen in the smiles or frowns, laughter or tears, sadness or joy of others, for the face of the hearer is a mirror that captures the reflection of our own heart.
  13. A promise made should be a promise kept, but promises rooted in foolish whims and selfish desires can quickly fade away as desires change or desires are fulfilled. Let promises made be promises kept by the power of understanding truth, integrity, and the solemnity of a vow.
  14. Colossians 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” To partake is to take part, to have a share or a part of something. To partake of a meal you need to come to the table, and to partake of the blessings of heaven you need to come to the Lord, for the Lord Jesus has made all men and women able to partake of the inheritance of the saints if we will believe and walk in righteousness as the people of the light.
  15. Psalms 57:7, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” When we love from the heart we love deeply, and when we worship from the heart we sing with grateful praise and steadfast devotion. My heart is ready my Lord, my heart is ready, and unto you I offer my sincere and steadfast praise.
  16. sorry, mistype. We are not to have a shadow of turning. Thanks for catching that!
  17. AG Agree. We change and grow. However, we are to have a shadow of turning, which to me, means we don't turn from the light, from the ways of God.
  18. I don't believe every sin is willful. There are sins of rebellion but also believe there are sins of ignorance. What is the gospel if not repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. That begins the walk of obedience unto the Lord. That is when we do accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior, Messiah, Lord and Master. To turn to God means I will become more like him and attempt to emulate my Lord. Which means I will turn from sinning. If and when I sin, I immediately repent and continue to attempt to attain a sinless life. I fail and I sin, but I then repent and seek lasting change. To me, to follow the Lord means to walk his path, his example, to follow him and his teachings. If the Lord says, sin no more. then I must believe that it is possible to walk a path of righteousness without sin, thus I forget that which is behind me and run the race set before me.
  19. no attempt to be disingenuous... what missing half are you talking of? How can you say that I appear to be disingenuous and still say blessings? Odd. Anyway, you didn't answer the question if chastisement and punishment is being disobedient.... then disobedient to what? Why the chastisement and punishment? Your words.
  20. grace cannot be earned but grace allows us the freedom of obedience unto the Lord not the freedom of disobedience. Grace is precious but it is not cheap. Your words contradict. If it only takes confession with your mouth then why do you say... chastisement, yes, punishment, yes. What is the chastisement and punishment for?
  21. In James 1:17 we are told that with the Father there is no variableness or shadow of turning. Is this a description only of our God or is it also a description of how we are to be if we are walking the path the Lord desires? In the scripture it states "with whom", with means in relationship or near, so when we are nigh to God we should be walking a straight path with obedience and commitment with no variableness or shadow of turning. This scripture is the only one in the Bible that uses these two terminologies. I find an instruction of obedience in this.
  22. I do believe in the grace of God, the mercy found at their thrones. However, one cannot take away the need for repentance when someone willfully sins against the Lord. Jesus' own message was.... Matt. 4:17, "repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." John the Baptist says this in Matt. 3:2, When Peter spoke on Pentecost and declared Christ as Lord, the people were pricked in their hearts and asked what were they to do. Peter in Acts 2:38 said, Repent and be baptized... Repentance is part of the gospel message. Repent and be baptized is the start of the path of following the Lord.
  23. Washington, DC, October 3, 1863 The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
  24. Yes. Beautiful post. Light senses light just as light can sense darkness. I have found this to be true. What you said of those at church I hope isn't true at your church. I know it isn't at mine. Our church is small but is as a family. All help one another and there is great love and joy. We spend time together at church and in many other activities. I probably feel my greatest frustration at foolishness and the lack of wisdom, but I try to learn from not only my mistakes but from the mistakes of others.
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