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1 hour ago, Sonshine☀️ said:

I’ve been harassed by PM’s.

…so much so that, with George ‘s approval, I changed my identity.  From now on, I will report any harassment.  

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8 hours ago, Tigger56 said:

I agree that it can be one sided, but amazingly enough with truth at our side, I never feel we are outnumbered! I notice that some posts are ignored. I don't always respond because some of the other replies, many done by you and Beaujangles are very well done. Perhaps I should simply agree more with your posts but you and Beaujangles show a lot of wisdom in much that you say. Don't mean to embarrass you two! Of course you aren't the only two as I do greatly appreciate the wisdom and compassion displayed by some in this forum while some just come across as hard headed (that may be me).

I love God's scriptures but sometimes the responses from others are just so many scriptures being quoted that they fail to truly answer some people's needs and questions at a more personal level. Sometimes people need to be listened to and personal answers given not just a scripture quoted. I applaud you, beaujangles, border cowboy, thomas, listener, and others for your personal answers. Too often even in the general discussions I see "knee jerk" reactions instead of an indication that others are really reading what is written. I feel "reading comprehension" is something that has weakened overtime in a society that watches tv, etc... more than reading and sometimes it becomes apparent in the posts done in this forum.

I post scriptures because that is what helps me, and it is what I live by.  The Scriptures carry the authority of God.  My opinions don't help much.  They don't guide, or heal or cleanse.  I can grieve with those who grieve and rejoice with those who rejoice.  Ultimately it is the Holy Spirit working through God's word that transforms lives.

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5 hours ago, Sonshine☀️ said:

…so much so that, with George ‘s approval, I changed my identity.  From now on, I will report any harassment.  

You put those hands up dear sister .    And just praise the Lord . 

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Hands up my friends ,   no its not a stick up ,    ITS A PRAISE FEST TO THE LORD .

Its a whole new day and yesterday is gone .     Time for more bible reading and diligent seeking of the LORD .

Ever increase in the things of the LORD .    

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On 5/14/2019 at 7:42 PM, BeauJangles said:

natescute

Is that a compliment?:red_smile:

Hehe in all seriousness though I never intended to contribute to havoc on the website. It sounds like I may have been something of a catalyst, and for that I sincerely apologise. I might also add that I did have a glance at the posting of the atheist you refer to. I disagree strongly with anti-theist bigotry and straw-manning, and I would be happy to help shut down any atheist who posts in this way.

I hope to provide some healthy dissent but am not here to troll or make light of any matter.

While I'm in contact, would you know anyone that could transfer my posts onto the general discussion forum? Or perhaps another forum if more appropriate?

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1 hour ago, natesute said:

Is that a compliment?:red_smile:

  Hehe in all seriousness though I never intended to contribute to havoc on the website. It sounds like I may have been something of a catalyst, and for that I sincerely apologise. I might also add that I did have a glance at the posting of the atheist you refer to. I disagree strongly with anti-theist bigotry and straw-manning, and I would be happy to help shut down any atheist who posts in this way.

I hope to provide some healthy dissent but am not here to troll or make light of any matter.

While I'm in contact, would you know anyone that could transfer my posts onto the general discussion forum? Or perhaps another forum if more appropriate?

Hi Nathan,

It was more like a typo. Sorry! I did take note of it, but it was too late for an edit. My reference as for the havoc was not aimed at you either. It was a situation that occurred by another member, claiming to be something other that what was evident. It's apparent to me that you've not come in order to troll the forum, or members here.

I know you have concerns of letting your parents know of your current beliefs, as was previously stated when you first came. All clarifications have been duly noted and recognized in my opinion. You've shown discretion and consideration for the feelings of others, and I find that commendable. Thanks for understanding the mix-up.

Shalom, 

David/BeauJangles

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On 5/14/2019 at 8:18 AM, GandalfTheWise said:

FWIW, I think one of our biggest problems in western Christianity is that we idolize our explanations of what God does over Him actually doing things.  What I mean is this.   We rejoice over what God does in someone's life, and then argue about how and why He did it.  We'll then cut off fellowship with someone who disagrees with our explanation with noble sounding words such as "defending the Truth" and "being Biblical".  When push comes to shove, our idolizing of our doctrinal opinions as being of near equal authority to scripture causes us to be unable to be with other Christians without violating our conscience.  We start to want to protect new believers from those who have the explanations wrong.  Sadly, many churches take this approach making sure to indoctrinate all new members and believers into their distinctive beliefs about why they are right and other churches are wrong.

Over time, I slowly started to treasure fruit and maturity in other Christians over doctrinal correctness.  At this point in my life, I'd rather hang around believers that treasure and exhibit fruit and growth over the how much they agree with me about the Truth.   I used to judge churches and individual Christians by how much they adhered to my list of correct doctrinal items.  I now see that the only thing that really matters is that a lifetime of abiding in Christ produces fruit and maturity that cannot be counterfeited.  On a site like this, it takes awhile, but I try to figure out who are the people who constantly seem to exhibit good fruit, common sense, discernment, and freely share about what God's done in their life and others' lives that they know.   They're the ones I usually learn the most from and benefit the most from reading.

Thus.....  All the denominations.

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The biggest problem is when folks preach another JESUS contrary to the biblical one .

And this has now led to the great problem that now is and is increasing .    and that is that at most folks are seeing JESUS as just another way to GOD ,

AND NOT As it should be , THE ONLY WAY.

Our greatest battle  is not behind us ,   ITS ALREADY entered and entering even christain churches .    WE GOTTA GO OUT as we came IN .

I shun all inclusive to hell and if that offends , then it offends .   OUR LORD and ONLY SAVOIR is JESUS CHRIST and it better be the BIBLICAL ONE we serve

or its all vanity .     ARMOUR up its only going to get worse in the days ahead .

UNITY will win out , this false unity will win out in the world , in other religions and even in lukewarm massive christain churches .

A huge sifting has began .    And we gonna soon see WHO are TRULY HIS and who were HIS in mouth only .     

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