Cont. There is a song I love by Andra Crouch," Through it All". Like Paul, I have been through so much pain and suffering both mental and physical. I was born with an extra verterba that is twisted and have pain off and on, mostly on as I got older. I was not suppose to have any chidren, I had four. Believe me, the trails we go through are not wasted and people look at your life and see you still standing becomes a witness to the unsaved and encouagement to believers. And like an oak tree that is made even stronger by storms and winds, so are we. And now I can look back and see what God has brought me through and say, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus and learned to trust His Word. Amen?
Christropher, I like the way you are so kind and honest in your walk with God. First of all you are still standing. In spite of your questions and doubts( we all have them at one time or other) David did, the same Paul that had just survived a ship wreak and landed on an island of people that didn't know his God. As he was throwing wood on a fire a viper attached itself to his arm and he just shook it off. The natives kept waiting for him to die and when he didn't they knowing the snake should have killed him thought he was a God and Paul was a witness to them and many believed. Paul was stoned almost to death and had a vision of heaven. Later he was given a thorn in the flesh which he prayed three times to have removed but God gave him these words, that have been a comfort and blessing to anyone going through trails of any sort. The words He gave Paul ; My grace is sufficient.11 Corth.12:9. It sustained him through all the trials and finally beheading. These words inspired by the Holy Spirit put there for those of us that are facing trials of all kinds. I have a goose on my refigerator that I found in a bookstore during a severe time of testing in 1986. I had prayed for a mountain to be moved and it finally was.moved but until it was that verse kept me standing.
Resistance 2, your post was so encouraging to me as a Christian. I have read many such stories that brings to mind the fact that God is still in control and so we do not need to worry about the things going on around us. Just keep serving Him and trusting Him to show us the way we should go. He will either deliever us from the trials we are now in are bring us through them.
I have always believed that the World Council of Churches was going to be the Super Church that David Wilkerson talks about in his book "The Vision" and he added the Roman Catholic Church as well. He called them the libral, ecumenical churches, in 1972. I have to say, I believe our next president will be a Democrate because of the way America has turned and so many liberals there are now to vote them in. And the belief of some Christians that won't vote or get involved in politics. You can usually tell how a country is as a marjority, by who they vote in as president.
Dave, you did the right thing and don't worry about it, I would have done the same thing. Anne from the wild,wild west gave a post and it has stayed with me, if you find the smell of buttermilk offensive and someone opens up and pours himself a glass is one thing but to stick it under your nose and force you to smell it is a different thing. That's what your relative did to you and you did what was necessary for conscience sake. You did right by your son to teach him to not call them names. You sound like a good Christian man, raising your son the right way. Blessings to you.
JohnUk, so sorry to hear you are not doing well, will be praying for you. Your posts have helped me so much on here, appreciate your help in this Christian walk through these dark days we are living in.
There are those that try to convince themselves and others that since men wrote the Bible then there are errors. One friend that just recently had a son admit to being gay and another one also and they both are in denial. You can't take a black pen and mark out the things that distrube you and add to it by saying it is really not a sin because you are born that way and so it is all God's fault that I am this way is actually what they are saying. A family member even has a "Church" they attend that caters to the gay people. They have no pastor just visiting speakers and they take turns giving the "message".I know I got off topic but wanted to bring an encouraging word to a friend, sorry.
Get real, don't worry about following someone who has a message that God might want you to hear and help you in some way and it is not hero worship. You worship God alone, not his servants. I, too, have gotten blessings from this true man of God. He felt led of God to go to the gangs in New York City and had no weapon but the two edge sword, the word of God and opened up the Teen Challenge Ministries. Won gang members to Christ. There are some that will try to drag his name in the mud. Doesn't matter to me at all what anyone thinks but what God knows. Wish You could have heard the sermon preached today by my pastor, called Dark Times..Psalm13:1-6 The theme of these series of sermons is Roller Coaster: Facing the Ups and Downs of life..this was #1. So happy to be back in Church, husband is over the infection he had and refused to go to the doctor until he was so sick and weak that he finally had to go to the ER. His dad died with the same thing, kidney infection, let go too long..went septic. So will say prayers for you as well. Thankful for the prayers for us.
Franklin Graham uses his donations to spread the gospel, feed the poor.send counsolers into hotspots like Fergerson during the rioting, overseas after disaster hits, he was with his crew in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, my home town, after the tornado hit and completely destroyed my neighborhood. He's there helping in all places spreading the love of God and ministring to their needs. He can do these things because he is so well known. I pray for our leaders, I give to charities, like the Marines Toys For Tots, Salvation Army. Our church has many ways to help different missions. We are now bringiing canned goods for vets that someone felt led to help out, that saw a need there that I didn't realize needed help. The government programs in the USA funded by taxes is helping those children that need it. When my children were small they could not have everything they wanted but they grew up fine.Our problem now is medicine. My husband has a 4000.00 drug bill a year because he has so many health issues. About oct. He is in the place where he only has pay a very small amount. Mine is a lot less. But we are making it, not easy street by any means. Lol just saying.
John UK, you have been a big help for me on here and you have made me stop and think about my words I post on here. I see it as the Holy Spirit speaking to me through you and others also, like what happened yesterday. Before I even saw a picture I was so led to do the same and reseached it also. One of the questions I was asked by them is why I chose to do this and one of the chioces that I checked was led by God. I can't explain it but the joy I felt at the decision was very real. We have charities in our church that give to the poor here in our section of the world and give to them also. Mike and Christropher thanks for your help in this also. The scripture came to my mind as I read some of the comments;Matt.10:42"And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward". The vs40-42 should be read also. I don't have time as I volunteer for church library on Fridays. Someone else feel free to post, do so.
Christropher, I raised 3 boys and i am tearing up as I write this. I have beeb searching for a way I can make a difference in the world situation that is getting darker by the day. He just answered that prayer and since I love kids this is perfect for me and a boy it will be. My heart goes out to suffering children and their families.
Thanks Mike from New York, looks we are the only ones on here that understand the Grahams and the way God is using them. One thing Billy Graham has quoted that was put on facebook by a friend from a church I once attended. " It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love" and I agree totally. There has never been a hint of scandel in either of their lives. If they are of the devil like some keep suggesting then the devil shot himself in the foot. I have a devotional by AW Tozer and yesterday's was really uplifting and he always has a prayer at the end. The one yesterday was( I prayed also) Lord, today I pray for the members of the churches in my community. Empower them (and myself) to curb their" fallen impluses) and to be a bright beacon in the midst of a dark society. Amen. Btw. I would like to know how to find a child to support..one that is reliable. Kudos to you and Christropher. I do support Samartians Purse because I trust the Grahams, they are nothing like Benny Hinn, Cleofo Dollar etc. Also what Franklin said, about the lighting strike is not too far fetched. He does play golf and golf clubs attract lightning.
Today, these Spurgeons, Billy Sundays, Whitefields would be put down and stoned with their words, Michael H. In today's world they have inching ears that want to be tickled and are abusive to those that bring God's truths. It's great Get Real, that good acorns grow from the strong oak treee that stand beside them. I have two of my own that are strong christians, that I know will carry on my love for God and His truths after I am gone from this world.
So Franklin is the evil one, speaking against evil, encouraging the perscuted christians to fight back by boycotting the businesses that support the gay movement that are perscuting the christians and their businesses and the most evil leader we have ever had changing everything America has ever stood for that was good ??!! Is that not what the Pharisees said about Christ because he had cast out demons from a man walking naked among the tombs, eveen accused Him of doing it because of the chief demon inside of Him. How stupid can you get?? Like Jesus told them, why would the chief demon cast out his own demons that are doing his own agenda of destroying lives??!!Sorry but just can't wrap my mind around this type thinking and so I will continue to stand up for those that stand for what is truth and love for the brethen that are suffering perscution the world over.
Christropher is right, Dave, but since everyone on here knows how I feel about the Grahams I will just say go to you tube and hear their sermons. The problem that he just spoke about is uplifting to me, that others are speaking out about their convictions and being persercuted for that which is wrong but predicted by Jesus as we near the end times. Now having someone as well know as the Grahams to speak out for them is an encouagement for them to keep fighting the good fight, don't grow weary in well doing. We as Christians should be an encouagement to those who are suffering for their christian values and Franklin Graham is doing just that.
Good comments, and we do have to be careful in this day and age what we do or say as christians. I have unfriended several because of their constant left wing remarks and being argumentive in your face type thing. Ihave the priviledge of keeping a friend but removing their post, I have done this twice recently . Right above the post is an arrow that gives you options if you click on it. Report the post as abusive, remove all their posts but keep as a friend, unfriend them, etc. I have a privacy of only friends can read or post on my sight and not publically where in and everybody can read it. The games I play for fun and past time are Farmville and Fish World. Each post made a valid point and I totally agree it can get out of hand.Ms, your post actually made me feel better, not so different from others and Christropher made me laugh also. We do need each others opinions whether we agree all the time or not.
Cont.I hate texting , my grandkids have to call me and they know this. To me the phone texting has taken away communications among family members. My grandkids are texting even as I try to hold a conversation with them. SA needs to put an article on here about the texting craze. I see kids playing games on their Ipads at church and remember as a child sitting quietly and listening. I remember hours spent outdoors in warm weather and am thankful I had that sort of childhood. Btw, Christropher. I understand your pain with your wife zoning you out because my husband has done this to me so many times all our married life, while watching TV. I have had to hold my thought until the commerical came on and then I forgot what I wnted to say. So I no longer watch tv with him. He loves the old westerns, I find them boring. It happens a lot just driving somewhere. I try to converse and no response and I will say,"ok, tree" stll no response. Just a man thing, I think and so that leads me other places . Now he talks to hunting buddies and sons so I guess it's just me. There is a male friend from Sunday School that calls daily and talks about sick in the class, things about the sermon, etc. My husband knows and his wife, who still works, he has heart problems and gets lonely ands calls friends