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  1. You know Dusty, each of us is at a different place in his journey with Christ. Some are not as smart as you, but if you think the attitude in your first paragraph will change a person's listening skills, I think you are mistaken. The condescension in that paragraph is clear beneath your happy face. You are a very gifted brother, but I think 1 Cor 13:2 is far more appealing, don't you think? No one, least of all me, is arguing with your comments; I was simply assessing them the best way I understood. We pick and peck at one another like little birds, and where does it get us? God bless you.
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    Thank you Nova for demonstrating that "Faith without deeds is dead." I am happy for you, and am glad you bring your prayer requests before the Lord and your brothers and sisters.
  3. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey my commands." I see no conditions. He spoke the truth, in love. He ate with sinners and befriended them, but had no hesitation calling sin, sin. The one thing He was perfect at doing that I am not is that he judged others without condemning them. As far as the Spirit says to me, we are to follow the Law as best as we are able, and when we break it, we confess and repent. At the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of Christ's ministry, he said "repent." "To those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent." That is not legalism, but obedience done out of a joyful heart.
  4. Sadly, situations like this occur, and all too often. It happened at a church I was attending, when finally a boy with perverse tendencies exhibited his behavior around small children. He threatened them if they told their parents. He was arrested and served 20 years in prison. The church was legally bound to pay for damages done to every child, and it divided the entire church in half. God no longer trusted to populate the church, and it nearly died. Of course---after the fact---no one is permitted to be alone with any child, and training must take place with background checks. Someone must convince your father that this happens, and is a most heartbreaking tragedy when it does. I am praying for you that God will lead you to the right person or set of circumstances so that you, your sister, your family, or your church does not experience this tragic end.
  5. "What takes place after the miracle can also be a problem. In Shakespeare’s Henry VI, when the king heard about a blind man wonderfully cured, he said, “By his sight his sin is multiplied.” If regeneration does not accompany the cure, the former blind man will be possessed by new passions which will make him a worse man than before. This is also true of other infirmities. I have personally known blind persons healed to the great detriment of their souls." ...R.W John 5:3,5,13,14 (NIV) 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." Joy comes after we are healed, but sometimes is lost later on.
  6. You know JTC, I have been thinking about your message and was wondering whether to respond. I am slowly understanding how inadequate my communication skills must be, because of how, some of the time, I am completely misunderstood. I have found in my short time here that many people are warm, loving, and very inviting to share with. There are a few however with a mean-spirited nature whose responses attack not the substance of the conversation, but the person. I received such a message. I wonder whether this person believes that his sarcasm and implied character assaults draw people to Christ, or push them further away? Whether we agree or not on issues we discuss, there is absolutely no reason for those kinds of insults. I have my opinions---sometimes very strong ones---but it is disturbing that if an "I" is not dotted or a "T" not crossed, how high on our pedestals some can lift themselves to. If I have done this, I will be the first to ask forgiveness. I wish to thank you for encouraging me. You didn't have to. I recall as a young boy my mother taking me to church for the very first time. She had never gone herself. We were dreadfully poor. When we took our places in the back portion of the assembly, two or three ladies behind us were heard whispering how raggedly we were dressed. My mother was infuriated and stood up during the preaching of the Word and shouted for all to hear, "What is this? A sermon or a fashion show"? She grabbed my hand and hurriedly walked out of the building. She died without Christ. I am here to tell everyone that every single one of our words matter. They can destroy a person or draw him to Christ. To the person who spoke about me so rudely, I forgive. No one here is better than anyone else!
  7. R. Wurmbrand was pondering in prison one day the following: Moses asked God, “Let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan.” The Lord answered, “Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter” (Deuteronomy 3:25,26). Here is an instance not of an unanswered prayer, but of a prayer clearly refused. How does this fit with, “Ask and it will be given you”? Well, a little later, some 3,500 years (or, to use the biblical expression, “in those days”), Jesus was on Mount Tabor with His disciples and “Moses and Elijah appeared to them” (Matthew 17:3). Mount Tabor is in Canaan, beyond Jordan, in the Promised Land. So Moses’ request was finally granted, only with a few thousand years’ delay. Not much for one whose life is eternal. We pray often, but it is always in God's good timing.
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    Hello

    You are already accepted. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." God saw you before the foundations of the earth and wanted there to be a Laura in this world. He saw every sin before you committed it. You are not alone. When I told a very wise man about my sins, he looked at me, and asked, "Is that all you got"? Believe me, my sins were more than I could handle, but God is greater than them all. ❤
  9. Thank you for sharing that. I was reading at almost the identical time what King Hezekiah did by showing the messengers sent to him by the son of the King of Babylon, out of his pride, to show them everything in his storehouse. As a result of that showing-off of his wealth, the Word of the Lord, through Isaiah, came to him: 2 Kings 20:17 (NIV) 17 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. You are showing discernment and wise restraint to think about your potential undertaking.
  10. What you posed is very interesting. At what risk are you willing to derive some benefit? It is something you must calculate, and pray about. I hope the very best for your outcome.
  11. When Jesus says to me, "If you love me, you will obey my commands," it says to me that it is not enough to know about him; external things are not of the heart. It is not enough to know him; even the Devil knows him far better than I. Rather, I must be like him, doing the things he taught me. When a hungry man walks by and needs food, do I give him a thumbs up, or a hamburger? Whatever I do for the least of these brothers of mine, I have done for the King. It shows my heart through my actions, and the love I show for my brother is a direct expression of my love for God.
  12. It can surely be very difficult to forgive someone. God is patient and full of grace, but while He is waiting, if we continue to sow bitterness in the heart, that is what we reap. Sometimes we are not able to forgive; instead, we must go to Him who can enable us to do what we in ourselves cannot do. Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing." It is always best to go to the person and try to resolve the matter if it is possible. We wear many masks---all of us; and to the extent that we do, we can neither give love, nor receive it. Only the mask gets the credit. Cheerleading for you brother.
  13. God had to give Satan permission first. "Then the Lord told Satan, “Very well then, he is under your control. Just preserve his life.”
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    Guidance

    Thank you Nova for your honesty and transparency. Praying for you, sister.
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