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
I still haven't heard anyone address the addiction to tv that some have and the evils of watching tv or sports or the internet in general. I know of couples that met on the internet and a woman left her husband, fiew to England to meet him. And this happens a lot on the internet. It bothers me when people judge others and can't see their own faults. Jim is usually on here first with his comments and links and how much time do you spend on these type things. First thing I do is check out the news on here and comment if I think It's important to and feelings get hurt or anger buids up, etc but you see it as ok. I spend a few hours on facebook to pass the time and have lots of friends on there that I went to church with in the same town my kids grew up in. Husband retired and we moved to a larger town closer to hospitals and doctors because of our health conditions and 60 miles is a long drive. I have very few friends here and I get lonely. I get nothing out of tv. I read a lot but not as much as some. I don't even know why I feel the need to defend myself. God doesn't care so .. Btw how much time do you spend on here reading comments and so on. The next thing I do is my guiet time and then pray about what's happening in the world situations that I read on here.I refuse to text on t
It's also a place that I can give my christian views, without being persecuted for it( for now). One of my friends on there is very consecutive and I got the nick name for Obama from her..I have unfriended more than one rainbow face on there, I have many Christian friends on there and we have different inspirational sayings to encourage one another. I don't argue with those that disagree unless I fell led to clear up a misunderstanding. It can work both ways I watch funny videos, have prayer partners, play games with friends all over the world. Share scriptures, etc. I watch very little TV, which by the way, has some of the most vile programs and movies on there, and some inspiring programs. Just have to be careful what you watch. God can use the devil's tool as well as the devil. So, I can' help but wonder why some on here who watch tv dislike facebook so much.
Hugh from scotland, yes it is amazing and humbling to watch the prayers that had been prayed over the years finally come to fruit. The most amazing of all was how he felt the change himself...his comment that he wished he had done this years ago, said it all to me. Yes, Amazing Grace.
I agree John Uk, I truly believe that we have passed the point of no return just as the Israelites did when judgement finally came and they were taken into bondage. I see it as a time that Christians will stand out and become stronger as they are being perscuted and be even more of a witness to the unsaved and become more light and salt to the world. Light shines brightest in the dark.I still pray for God to save American and turn things around in our next election. Give us Christian leaders to halt the spreading evil, just as the sign says that our church has for anyone that wants one, The Only Hope For America is Prayer.
Get Real, thanks for your concern and hope all is well with you, also. So many have problems and such and don't post often and I miss reading their thoughts and comments even if we don't always agree, I still consider them brethen on the same path, learning as we go. But that's just me, others may not feel that way but that's ok, too.
Get Real, so sorry you can't find a good Bible preaching church and I can understand that. I can see why you get something from here as well. As a teenagers, in my years of being out of church, I just was so glad to be back with God in my early 20's I even got rebaptized. I just can't help but keep going, I need it because of my own needs to be with fellow christians. Not saying, you have to go to church to be saved or anything like that. My mother was unable to drive and dad was not attending church and she stayed home and cooked for my sister and her family that was attending church. Later dad( still unsaved ) started attending, even joined the church and got babtized because the pastor would visit him regulary. There was no change, no fruit. My mother stsyed close to God, always and was a witness to me. Thanks so much for your prayers and penned for yours, also. I feel blessed to be a part of the family of true, faithful Christians on SA as well. Dad did get saved a few months before he died at age 85. Praise the Lord.
Thanks for your help John Uk because it helps to read it from the Bible. Paul and Jesus at times quoted scripture from the prophets and saints of old and since God is the same yesterday, today and forever then His word applies to where we are now. Thank you for the encouragement. I like to share what God has blessed me with.
I for one have not attended in a few months because of my husband's weakness and sickness. I live stream it from home and am thankful for that but I rather enjoy being a part of the service. Yesterday, pastor gave scriptures to keep us encouraged in the dark hour we are now living in. One being; If my people who are called by my name would repent and turn from their wicked ways and pray, then I will come and heal their land. (From memory so if anyone knows where this verse is located, then your help is appreciared). Then the church was asked to get on their knees if able and pray for our nation and world situation. It starts with us as His people to forsake our own sins first then pray for the nations sins. What good is salt if it has lost it's savory.
Amen,penned and John for Jesus, that's what is important is he is speaking truth. Our pastor is speaking out also but his voice won't be heard like Franklin's will. God has put the Grahams in the position they are in to be heard and when those that villify God's spokemen, watchmen on the wall if you will see it that way, they are playing right into the hands of theevil one that is behind it all. Why stop God's message to encourage us and can speak for us. Sorry, just can't understand it. The jews did the same thing to the prophets because they spoke of coming judgement as the result of their sins. Dd it happen, yes taken by their enemies into bondage for 70 yrs. The Bible has already predicted this and it will only get worse. Obama is not in the White House by accident. America is at the tipping point and we better know it and pray for America. It's our only hope.
Dorcas, that is a very good example. Your family is a peace loving family, so is mine. We do no harm to anyone, good citizins, etc. Your dad knows there is danger around so he carries a gun to protect himself even though he puts his trust in God for protection. He is prepared to kill rather than be killed with the gun he takes with him. So he trusts God and at the same time he takes a gun to protect himself. We could have been harmless as a dove and allow the robber to continue his robbing even invited him into our home because scripture tells us to do that because the stranger might be an angel unaware. Wise as serpents means just that. It means we use our God given instints. We trust God and the incident was resolved and no one the worst. He didn't steal anything or hurt us and we didn't have do harm to him and we give God the glory for that. Amen?
I have had a few more thoughts on this issue and like JohnUk it bothers me greatly to think of killing someone and they go to hell. But back to our encounter with the guy trying to rob us in broad daylight. First of all, we heard nothing but the precise moment he was sitting in my car my husband just happened to open the door and see him. He happened to have his cell phone in his shirt pocket because he had just got back from the store because he never carries it with him unless he goes out and he pulled it out to call the cops and robber fled. Coindence? I don't think so. If the robber had shot him and at this point he is not saved, killed him he would have gone to hell.. Now, do we allow him to continue robbing us, if he had not fled, or do we protect ourselves by me getting the gun and taking it to my husband to use to protct us. I was on the computer at the time it all happened. There are worse things for me than to just be killed. I have read enough to know I would not want to be put through that. My heart goes out to families that have a child that suffered at the hands of evil.
Cont. My husband didn't think it was necessary to keep our doors locked even when gone because of this nieghborhood being safe, I disagreed. A few months ago he had come home from getting groceries( around noon) in his truck.,left the garage door up as he was cutting the chicken up for our dinner, walked outside to throw the trash away. When he opened the door a young man was sitting in my car in our garage. My husband confronted him, asked why he was in our car, he said it belonged ti his friend. My husband pulled out his cell phone to call the cops and he fled. He was young and white. He wore a hoodie and so couldn't be identified when someone was picked up later. They found a stash of stolen goods in a patch of woods nearby. God has protected us more than once but I still keep my doors locked even in the daytime.
I look at the life of Jim and Elisabeth. He and the others carried no weapon and were killed by the Anca tribe in the Amazons. She out of the same love for their souls as he had, took her child to live among them and led a peaceful life among them and won many to Christ and left there years later with the knowledge that her husband's life was not taken in vain. So I do agree that to lose our lives in this world because evil abounds and would not be afraid like the Eliots. I still have that self preservation given even to animals to protect themselves. I read a book once called,"The Gift of Fear."written by an FBI profiler. We are given an instinct sometimes when someone is going to harm us, when something is not right and we ignore it and put Ourselves in harms way. I protect myself when my husband is at his deer camp for days. I have a small yapping dog that alerts me when someone is around the house even outside. Hopefully I would have time to call 911 and then use a gun to hold them until the cops come. I have no desire to kill anyone even someone that could kill me like in the movie,"Sargent York" which is a true story and one of the most inspiring I have ever seen.To me to have a gun to protect yourself would be a deterent rather than threat.
In our town the church is allowed to have guns as protection from this sort of thing. Our church is large so we do have state troopers with guns that direct the traffic and are inside during the sermon. My son is one of the security guards in his large church. They had to have a certain kind of hand gun to carry around with him. Reminds me of the time the jews were finally able to go home after 70 yrs of bondage to a ruined temple and city. They were rebuilding it when a group of men tried to stop them. Nehemiah encouraged the workers to keep a weapon beside them as they worked. I agree with Lurker's comment, well said. So do we keep weapons as protection in our homes and churches also?? We have lots of guns in our home as my family are hunters and fishermen. They have guns in their homes. Like Frank, they will be used for protection and that's just the way it is, whether they are black or white it doesn't matter.
That was so refreshing, JohnUk, thanks for the reminder and all the blessings I receive from those that God uses to teach me His truths. We are all on the same journey and need some encouragement. Reminds me of Timothy and the encouagement he got from Paul and Paul got from Barnabus and it continues on and on. May I help someone along the way, also.
The kingdom of God is within the born again Christian and not of this world. Jesus had to keep reminding his disciples of this. Today we are bering reminded once again through this group of christians that have suffered great loss to offer forgiveness to the one that caused their grief and pain. It shows us the truth that Jesus so patiently tried to teach them and us today. Fotgiving someone is not saying what was done was ok there is a law of the land that will deal with that, it's just giving mercy as was given to us by God.Hatred and vengence is like acid held in a container, it destroys the container. Maybe, that's one reason God says, let no root of bitterness spring up in your heart and trouble you. World says hate and get even..God says love your enemy, do good and pray for those that despitefully use you. It's the sermon on the mound and I have to read it ever so often to remind me.
Uh oh, now Elisabeth Eliot's name will be mud because she was actually friends with,gasp, the Grahams. Does that mean she is also a heretic because she's a friend of someone that actually believes like the RC even though they are neither one Catholic?? Their beliefs are actually Baptist and Ruth Graham was Presbyterian but someone on here keeps giving out these links that are against them but none that are for them, kinda strange isn't it? Dave don't throw stones if you live in a glass house, your remarks are the rudest of all when you call someone a parrot and scoff. You need to read the Bible and see and learn the way you are suppose to treat people.Don't expect an answer from me if you don't like what I say because I've learned it only causes more angry words. Have a blessed Lord's Day,
She was a mentor to me as a young Christian woman, read many of her books. She inspired me to being a better woman, wife and mother. My thougts were that her rewards will be great as God whispers,"Well done thou good and faithful servant.." Jim will be one of those to meet her at the Gate as well as many others that have been touched by her life.
John Uk, the answer you gave"question wrote" is exactly how I feel about Tozer but couldn't say it like you did so thanks, made me feel blessed because it's like God trying to keep me from being weary of it all and running away. I think so many would like for me to " shut up" as well.