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  1. What to me stood out was, of the twelve, even Judas was called "friend" up until the moment he betrayed Jesus with a kiss: "Friend, do what you came for." Imagine knowing full-well what Judas was about to do the entire time, and still called him friend. It was when Judas nailed the coffin experientially, he became betrayer. Perhaps actions do indeed speak louder than words.
  2. It is sad that we Christians sit in judgement of other Christians who don't perform well enough for our standards---as if God's standards are insufficient. Who here is without sin? Who will stand before God and claim his sin is worthy enough over someone else's? Jesus says, "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew 7:5 Jesus is not speaking to anybody. He is directing his conversation to us---brothers and sisters in the Lord. That's you, and me. "Be completely humble and gentle. Be patient, bearing with one another in love." Eph. 4:2
  3. It is typical of Jewish people who love God to not spell it completely because of their contention God is too Holy. It is based upon Jewish law that gives God the observance of reverence and respect.
  4. "Oh, if I could just be free of this one sin," we hear people often say. "I am racked with guilt and shame, and I cannot talk to others who are wrestling with their sins because I am dragged into the depths by mine. I am a weak vessel for the Lord, and make my Father look dishonorable because of this one, besetting sin." It is true. God hates sin, and cannot look at it, but God knows that when we are contrite, He pities us. If I cannot be won over by God's love, I certainly cannot be won over by God's wrath. How do I get over this crushing defeat. Paul experienced it. But He did not run from it. He said it was not him, but sin "living in me." Was he sickened by it? Did it bother him? Did Paul battle the same kind of enemy we do? Yes! What did he say? What was his remedy? Romans 7:24-25 (NIV) 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! The Lord cannot help you if you run---unless---unless...you run towards Him, into his arms. That's what Paul did---the Chief sinner---and that's what we must do. "Oh! Everyone's got it all together but me." But if we are honest, we know that that is what all men are saying, because no man has it all together. "We all fall short of the glory of God." We must go to Him who must do for us what we cannot do ourselves. It is His work, not ours. Go to Him as a child who puts his arm around his daddy. His Daddy cannot wait for him to ask Him for help.
  5. Jesus, being a Jew, is hated by Satan, and by proxy, the Jews. They were given by God the Word of God, and were commanded to make it known to the rest of the world, and Satan distains all of Scripture and those to whom God gave it..
  6. Hi ohso. I was an atheist for twenty years. It was uncommon for an atheist to ask a Christian for advice because by definition, he is unwilling to take advice from a God who indwells the saved man. The atheist is not a saved man. It is not even possible to follow that advice, except perhaps on the outside to make one's reputation look clean. But in the heart, it is anything but. All one can do is pray and live our own life as a testimony of what Christ has done, and is doing, in us. BTW, we were all like her in one way or another before we were born again. No one can become saved until they realize they are lost, and many times the lost person rejects being told that. You said, "I pray for both of them to come to Jesus, but I can't ofcourse make them believe, although I share my faith, it's no use so it seems." That is the right thing to do, and regardless that it may seem no use, God is the only One who can save anyone, not you. So continue doing what you are doing. Water and fertilize the "plant" by your words and deeds, and God will decide whether it grows or not. God bless you in your new walk with Christ.
  7. A pastor I know had a demonic-like dream---on several occasions. He prayed he could even say the name Jesus: "Je...Je...Je...Jesus," he finally uttered in his dream. The dream never recurred. The same happened to me, and when he told me what he did, I could not utter His Name, but I was able to think it in my dream. The dream happened only once after, and I was no longer fearful. People respond differently, and I would not try to determine what this meant for anyone else. God can be anywhere at any moment, and can do as He pleases. I am thankful he allowed me the privilege of thinking his Name---the Name above all names. "He is greater in us than he who is in the world."
  8. Hi ahmedcrow. We are thankful you could come along side us and share how you were led to pray to Jesus and the changes he has made in your life.
  9. From a different perspective, sometimes, others speak words that may be extremely profound when you listen to them, even if you cannot interpret them, and oddly, the speaker has not realized what he said. As his words come back to you randomly throughout your life, they suddenly and grippingly make sense just as the speaker predicted. When that happens, as it did to me, the many circumstances seemingly without connection are assembled in an instant, helping to piece together in one's memory all that he encounters over a great span of time. I think that God is capable of doing any individual thing in a man's life that no other man can experience---that it is impressively unique to him alone. Thx for sharing.
  10. Hi CC. That is such an honest and simple request---one the heart of a child might ask. We are human, and we fail often, and waver back and forth, and backslide even---always returning because God saved us. But I like your prayer so much, and God is a God that can do the impossible for us, I have prayed for what you ask. God said that "...if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us." Keep praying, and don't give up."
  11. I've just finished reading the whole thread. Sister, I can tell you that many times, a urine infection can and does affect the kidneys. Having had three kidney stones and waiting for two others---one to pass, and the other will require surgery---the kidneys feel the effect. Sometimes you get headachy, tired, lower back aches, cold---everything just feels wrong. The best possible advice I can give you is lots and lots of water, and rest. Water dilutes a lot of the poison from the infection. As for the surgery you just had, baby yourself. I just had three separate incisions because of hernias, and this stuff takes time to heal. You are being way too hard on yourself. I was the very same way, so I know. While we have different responses because I am a guy and you are a woman, we both must depend upon the only One who can really heal, and that is Christ. Many times we think that our behavior causes us to lose favor with Jesus. If it were true, King David would be a forgotten remnant of the past, Moses would have no name written in the Book of Life, and Jacob---who was a liar, a thief, and a cheat would probably not have been given the name Israel. God saves the worst of sinners. Ask Paul. Don't diminish yourself sister. Don't think about you and your unworthiness. God already knows all about it. Instead, think about Christ and his worthiness---and the more you do, the irony is that you will discover just how much he loves you. Oh, one small, incidental thing I forgot to mention: Decide to no longer write into eternity the negative things you think about. The guy living across the street just shouted aloud to all his neighbors---after 25 years living there---that he didn't care if he was kicked out of his house. They were just evicted! Instead, think about what Phil. 4:6-9 gives us. It is there for a reason: Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. That is God's Word, and his promise. Praying for you.
  12. What you said is good. I had a blood disease and didn't know it until it was almost too late. Jesus tells us to believe him: "I say to you, whatever you ask for in prayer believe you have received it, and it will be yours." Then, I went to the elders in my church like we are clearly told. They prayed for me. Then I asked myself this question: "If the Lord, who created all things, took everything away from me, would I still thank Him for blessing me"? I am praying for you.
  13. From my point of view, experience is one's best teacher. If I am 45 dating an 18 year-old girl, the wisdom about life in each of us may find us incompatible. She has not experienced the many more things over time I have, raised children, graduated college, been in the workforce, etc. A mutual sense of comradery based upon like experiences are beneficial things to consider first. We also know not to be unequally yoked if one is a follower of Christ. To me, dating is one thing, but marriage is a lifetime commitment that may follow, and hindsight may be too late.
  14. Sir, I see this has caused "mayhem in the city." I am sorry you feel many folks do not accept you, as you stated. Personally, I do not have a problem that you believe things that many here don't. That is your right. I know what I believe, and you have a right not to embrace it. The problem for me is that I do not know what it is you believe. It is very difficult to have a sensible conversation if two people are talking about two different things at the same time. I do not have an agenda and I do not get defensive when others go "crazy." I state my case two or three times, and then I stop because I know some will not stop, and then it gets out of control, and we begin to lose sense of what it means to be civil. People get very emotional, sometimes to their detriment. This is the very first comment I have made to you, so I hope you do not think I am against you. I have no clue who you are and you have no clue who I am. But to answer your question, I really am not understanding what you mean when you ask, "What exactly makes a True Human Being"? My first question to you is do you believe in Christ such that, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Let's start there.
  15. When I attended the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, I was told that an American man and his wife were once in attendance at the play. Between acts, the wife said to her husband, “Now you pick up that cross, and I will take a picture of you carrying the cross.” He thought it was a good idea; so he walked over to pick up the cross. He could not even lift it. About that time Anthony Lang, the great man who for thirty years played the part of Christ in the play, came by. The American asked him, “Why so heavy? This is just a play. This is just an act. Why is the cross so heavy?” Anthony Lang humbly and simply answered, “Sir, when I carry it, if I do not feel it, I cannot play my part.” It is thus with our devotion to Christ. If it does not cost us anything, if we do not feel it, it becomes meaningless. And that is exactly the measure of our devotion before God. If it costs us nothing, then it turns to dust and ashes in our hands. ….Pastor Criswell 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV) 24 But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.
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