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  1. How does a person making decisions know what is the will of God? The will of God is not meant to be a secret we must uncover. God wants us to understand His will far more than we want to understand it. He always makes His will clear to those who seek it with an obedient heart. Most of the real problem areas in the question of God's will are settled for us in Scripture. The Bible reveals that it is God's will for all of us to be: SAVED -1Ti 2:3 SPIRIT FILLED - Eph 5:17 SANCTIFIED - 1Th 4:3 SUBMISSIVE - 1Pe 2:13 SUFFERING - Phil 1:29 If all those things are true in your life, you may do whatever you want. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." That means that if you are conforming to God's will in all the five ways just listed, He will place in your heart desires that reflect His will. So do what you want to do! God bless you
  2. Melinda, there are a lot of people voicing those same complaints but let me respond to your last question. Heb 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Heb 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. You list so many complaints about your worship experience that it appears you list those to justify your reasons (excuses) for not going. If there are that many things going on that prevent a meaningful worship time, then you need to find a Biblically based church where you can be spiritually fed. Talk with your Christian friends and see what they say about the church they attend. God bless you in these efforts.
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    Hello and welcome Ella May you have interesting and informative fellowship with the rest of us.
  4. hello jsimms We can all use prayer to help us adjust to changing conditions in our life. But let me assure you that going on this pump will be the best thing you can have to regulate your glucose levels. I have been on an insulin pump for about a year after doing the shot routine for about the same period of time. I have type I Diabetes and the pump is really the only practical way to keep everything under control. You will get a complete explanation of what to do and when to do it but there is still a learning curve that you will master in short while. The glucose meter takes the blood reading from a finger stick and electronically sends that information to the pump. On the pump screen you will see the glucose reading. Add up the carbs of what you are about to eat and enter those numbers along with the carbs that are already present. The pump will calculate the correct amount of insulin to inject to cover, not only the glucose that is already in your system, but the amount of carbohydrates you are about to eat. There is a final message: "Administer bolus"........and when you ok those readings, you are good to go till the next meal. You will wear the infusion patch for 3 days and then move it to a different spot above your belt line. So actually, you are giving yourself just one injection that delivers insulin for 3 full days! There some other details that I have discovered along the way, so contact me if I can help you in any way. God bless you watchman
  5. Welcome Kales. I think you will find this a great place for all kinds of discussion. Glad to have you here
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    Welcome Fezzilla.............glad to have another 'round earther' among us.
  7. Gimlf, if I may try to shed a bit of light, with very little heat, on this ongoing controversial topic. 1Co 13:8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. Verse 8 clearly states that these three very prominent gifts-- prophecy, knowledge, and tongues-are going to come to an end. The question is: When? If you look at verse 8 a little closer, you'll discover some very important distinctions that the Apostle Paul and the Holy Spirit make between tongues, prophecy, and knowledge. The different Greek words that are used indicate that tongues will cease at a different point in time than prophecy and knowledge. At the beginning of verse 8 it says that prophecies "shall be done away." Other translations say "shall be rendered inoperative," or "abolished." At the end of verse 8 it says that knowledge "shall vanish away." Those two phrases describing the cessation of prophecy and knowledge, are the same Greek verb, katargeo, which means "to be made inoperative." This is not the verb, however, that is used in reference to the cessation of tongues. That's a totally different word: Knowledge and prophecy will be rendered inoperative, but tongues "will cease." This is indicated by the use of a different Greek verb--pauo--which means "to stop." The Greek rule of grammar states that when a passive verb is in a sentence, the subject receives the action. So in the case of prophecy and knowledge, something will act upon them to cause them to stop. So, what is it that's going to come and stop prophecy and knowledge? The "perfect thing." Notice that tongues do not appear in verse 9 because only prophecy and knowledge are stopped by the "perfect thing." The gifts of prophecy and knowledge, then, are going to continue on until the "perfect thing" comes and stops them. The gift of tongues is going to stop all by itself. That's what has to be deduced when one looks at the Greek. After the book of First Corinthians you will not find any mention of tongues in Scripture which is what Paul declared in that they would just simply die out or "cease." Don't lose track of the difference between "sign" gifts and "spiritual" gifts. Both are given by the Holy Spirit but "tongues" were for a sign and intended for unbelievers, not believers. Therefore, the gift of tongues (languages, glossolalia) was given and intended to verify and quantify that the speaker spoke on behalf of God! I read no where that this gift was used as any kind of private prayer language. Some say they are edified by this practice, but again it is the church that is to be edified by interpreting legitimate languages and not self. In 1 Corinthians 14:21, Paul quotes Isaiah 28:11-12 and says, "In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear Me, says the Lord." In this prophecy to Israel, God was saying, "Israel, I have spoken to you in clear words, but you haven't listened to Me. So, as a sign confirming your unbelief, I will begin to speak to you in a language you won't be able to understand." The gift of tongues was part of God's judicial act of telling Israel that He was turning aside from them to the church. He had offered them the Kingdom, but they had refused it. They had refused and executed their King...their long-awaited Messiah. So, as a judicial sign of Israel's covenant violation, God spoke to His people with other tongues and other lips. The gift of tongues was never intended for Christians; it was intended as a judicial sign to Israel. So, once God's judgment had fallen on Israel, the gift of tongues would have no significance at all. God's judicial act against them came in A.D. 70 when Titus Vespasian, the Roman conqueror, swept down and destroyed both the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. At that point, Judaism, for all intents and purposes, came to an end. And the gift of tongues, which was a sign to unbelieving Israel of God's judicial act against them, also came to an end. Why? Because it was no longer needed.
  8. Cindy, I am looking at your post trying to find the verses in question. Haggai only has 2 chapters. thanks
  9. helena, thank you for these questions because they indicate you are responsive to the answers. I read your first one asking advice about a possibility of marriage to a Muslim and was also in total agreement with those who are recommending, as painful as it will be, to not pursue this any further. There is a saying here in the USA that "Love is blind but marriage is a good optometrist!" As far as actually converting this person? I would think the chances range from slim to none because the Muslim's allegiance is to Islam and not to Jesus Christ. He is not going to be receptive to your Christian faith because his allegiance is to allah, the moon god of Arabia. No other religion is accepted by his allah except Islam (Surah 2:256) his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews. These are just a few references of a long list. Here are a few quotes on the Islamic view of women you might find interesting: "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice," (4:3). ". . . . . As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all)," (4:34). Trying to persuade a Muslim to accept the truth of Scripture over the contradictions of the Quran is a noble desire, but for you and many who have been a Christian for years, it is an exercise in frustration at best. The Quran itself claims that it is a continuation of the Bible and it will not contradict it (Sura 2:136). What this means in logic is that whenever the Bible and the Quran have a conflict or contradiction, the Quran is to give way, not the Bible. This is particularly true when the text of the Quran contradicts the text of the Bible. The Muslim position is that the same God (Allah) revealed the Bible and the Quran. Thus the Quran will never contradict the Bible, otherwise Allah would be contradicting himself. It is only obvious that if Allah contradicted himself, he is not perfect. And if he is not perfect, then he cannot be God. Since the Bible was before the Quran and the Quran itself appeals to the Bible for verification, then whenever there is a conflict between the two, the newer and the lesser (the Quran) must give way to the older and the greater (the Bible). All of this seems to be a valid argument, right? But if you present these facts to a Muslim, you will see that their (his) defense will simply be: "I hear what you are saying but the Bible has become corrupt at this point otherwise it would agree with the Quran!" This will be the response of the Muslim even when there is no proof or evidence whatsoever that the Bible is, was, or ever, has been corrupted at any point! There are many more pages of facts and evidence that can be presented but these few should give you cause for concern if you choose to continue this relationship. If you have the opportunity to visit with us in live chat, I would love to discuss this with you further one on one in real time. And by the way...........your English is very good! No need for you to apologize for it. thanks again for a very good question.
  10. Joh 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. And the mother of Jesus was there. The first miracle that Jesus performed, in His public ministry and in John's Gospel, was semi-public. Apparently only Jesus' disciples, the servants present, and Jesus' mother understood what had happened. John's specific reference to days in chapter 1 and here is unusual for him. On the first day, John the Baptist gave his veiled witness to Jesus (1:19-28). The second day he gave his open witness to Jesus (1:29-34). The third day John's two disciples followed Jesus (1:35-42). The fourth day Philip and Nathanael met Jesus (1:43-51). On the third day after that, the seventh day, Jesus did His miracle at Cana. Customarily, the wedding of a maiden took place on a Wednesday, and that of a widow on Thursday. The Jews regarded periods of seven days as reflecting God's creative activity. Possibly John wanted his readers to associate this beginning of Jesus' ministry with the beginning of the cosmos (Gen. 1), which also happened in seven days. If so, this would be another witness to Jesus' deity. Joh 2:3 And when they lacked wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, They have no wine. Mary undoubtedly told Jesus about the situation, because she knew that He would do whatever He could to solve the problem. Being a compassionate person, He would try to help the groom, who was responsible for the food and drink (v. 9), in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment. Clearly Mary expected Jesus to do something (v. 5). Evidently Jesus had done no miracles before this incident (v. 11). Consequently it seems far-fetched to think that she expected Him to perform a miracle. Mary knew that Jesus was the Messiah, and she apparently wanted Him to do something that would show who He was to everyone present. The wine normally drunk in Palestine at this time was fermented grape juice diluted with water. (Notes on John 2019 Edition Dr. Thomas L. Constable)
  11. So far, first let me answer your question by stating, no, you nor anyone else is the "4th Horseman." You find the reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse starting in Revelation 6:2. If you note, the first horse is a white horse and it's rider has a crown and bow but no arrows. This rider has a crown showing he has authority and the bow indicating he has power but does not have to fire a shot to be able to conquer. Each following horse and rider is the result of the previous one. From the one who conquers leads to the Red Horse and war. With the whole earth involved in war, people needed for farming and manufacturing things are wiped out and you have the Black Horse of famine. The final horse in the sequence is the Pale Horse, which is pictured as a putrid green color. The pale horse signifies death due to starvation and disease. These things are part of trying to stay alive during the Great Tribulation which is yet future. As a final note, your avatar isn't really an appropriate one. You might want to consider a change with future posts. I look forward to discussing this with you further.
  12. Good to see the youth making new roads! I may want to slip in with Nigel and see if we have enough brain cells to compete! By the way, a trivia question about the word "trivia." Where did that word originate and what is the meaning? I will be checking the answers to see how many copied and pasted the answer from a Google search .
  13. Wow Dan! Good job! I think I want to borrow it. There is one thing you might add which is an over used proverb that I "borrowed" from someone else. "Worry is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes." I don't see anything I would change. Thanks for posting it
  14. Welcome CD! Glad to have you check out the site. I was wondering if you are talking about debating or discussing. Unless you have some "really out there" beliefs, you may find yourself in a great discussion! Either way, both of those topics are quite common here. I am looking forward to meeting you in the chat room.
  15. I like that statement of faith! Welcome to Worthy!
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