I was saved before I went to the front of the church to join the church and publically acknowledge the fact. You fill out a card at Baptist Churches giving your name,address etc.basically saying you want to join that church. Then a few weeks later I was baptized. I have had to go to the front and fill out the same card with a new address and let the people know I want to work and serve the Lord with them. I have had to do this more than once as we have done a lot of moving. My life changed even though I still had a lot of growing to do. A lot of pain and suffering brought on the most of my growing. Sin is distastful to me and though not perfected yet, my desire is to be.
I find it hard to believe that he had his hands up in submission to the officer. My understanding was that he kept walking toward him even after being told to halt. Anybody can have his hands up and keep walking until he gets close enough to do damage. Big mistake, if he got saved to keep hanging out with same friends as before. I read the story of Dr. Ben Carson and saw the movie. It was amazing how God turned this angry, young black boy into a brilliant surgeon. He was on the road to destruction when one day a black boy was bullying him as he usually did as well as others. He had been given a pocket knife and he pulled out and stabbed the knife in his belly. When he looked down and saw that the knife had hit a belt buckle and broken off doing no damage, he was shocked and went home, got a Bible and read it. He knelt beside his bed and begged God to take the anger away and save him. Most reading this know how God turned his life around. Granted some people take longer but there is a change in a person toward sin when they have been really saved even in the beginning. I think he had enough chiristians in his life to know what was expected. I do hope he was saved.
They were just words spoken, no real empathy, that I could see. He released five more to go back and continue their terror reign. No one fears America anymore. Obama's words mean nothing. He is a loose cannon making up his own rules as he goes along. Well, needless to say, we Americans are in a perlious situation. Our only hope is knowing God is still in control and we, true christians, win in the end.
Thanks, s.c. and Dorcas, for your information about the Brown situation.Like I said I hardly ever watch the news and what I do get is from here, SA. My grandson teaches at a school in northern Arkansas. It is a mostly blacks and hispanitics. The first few months of teaching, he was helping one of his students to see the wrongs of drugs and that lifestyle and thought he was making progress. He walked into and heard the terrible news the student he was trying to help was shot and killed by a black student in his class. It was the mexican. He was devastated and called his mom so upset. There was no rioting in the town because of his black student killing his hispanic student. Just another family and a few others grieving over their loss. Amazing, isn't it? Just a quite time of mourning and this type thing happens everyday.
Doesn't sound like the sweet faced boy in a graduation gown does it?? You can't spank when they misbehave in class nor suspend them if they get really bad, according to Obama, they need that education which btw that Brown kid apparently had. Now cops cannot defend themselves against a black kid that was beating him to death, maybe. So thankful for Fox News even though I don't watch it as much as my husband does. As a matter of fact I don't watch much TV at all.
Correction, of course that's so right with this administration. The people who voted him in apparently are happy with what's happening here and it's moving into Africa and polluting those as well. Penned, thanks for clearing up where the extortion money is coming from. Yes, these people so need our prayers as well.
And where are we going to get the billions of dollars for foreign aid? This reminds me of the Old Testament kingdoms, as the kings were so the people followed. If the kings were evil so went the people. Ahab married to Jezabel, wicked and the northern kingdom, Israel very wicked and brought judgement on the people with a 3 yr drought. We do need to be seeking revival in our land and it begins with the christians and the churches that have compromised God's truths, praying and seeking God's forgiveness then praying for Revival of our nation.
Thanks, Jessica for sharing your story with us and giving that link to the USA article. I think a lot of good comes from being open and honest about your illness. The article is informative and done with compassion. Bringing laughter to others helps you and them to cope with the illness, people don't feel so alone and isolated. I laughted out loud at the toaster joke. John UK, you and Christropher and one other have helped us to see our need to reach out to each other with love and compassion. To not be afraid of being misunderstood or hurt by the cruelty of others.To help others to seek help if they need to.
To clear up some things for those who are interested( the others can skip over it). I have three sons and one daughter. One is a CRNA, one a welder, one a driver for fed-ex and the daughter was a coach and PE teacher until she became a single mom and health issues forced her to quit and become a science teacher.Her son is a Science teacher and Christian and is engaged to another teacher both being Christians.All are christians except one, not sure of the one who is a welder and is bipolar and we never hear from. I have another grandson and granddaughter just out of school, finding the path and plan God has for their lives.
And how he came to be one, the struggles to get there, the way he decided to do this,the time he became so depressed because of one nurse that was over him at Baptist Hospital where was working as a nurse and she for some reason tried to block it by refusing to give him a recommendation and he couldn't get into school that fall. He came home and gave up that goal for a time but finally got back to the goal, worked at another hospital, got a realy good recommendation from a doctor and others. I could go on and on but just knowing, the many lives he has helped save and the suffering of various illnesses makes me know that it had to be from God. Every good and perfect gift comes from above.Apppreciate your help and encouragement, John.At one point, all I could say was Jesus but He heard and understood and brought me through my pain and suffering.
You are right, John UK, the Holy Spirit is the one that got me through the ordeal and I never went to a secular Phychiatrist only a family doctor. I have never had talk therepy either. If anyone on this forum went to a chtistian group for help with say, cancer or diabetes, and depended on that alone? God has given us every means to heal ourselves, medicine,( a merry heart doeth good like a medicine) doctors, knowledge to know what to do. Luke was a doctor. I don't understand the working of the mind and why I suffer and my unsaved husband does not and God used him to get me through one bout without medicine or a doctor. He kept telling me over and over that I would be better this Spring and I saw that as a sign from God, a whisper from the Holy Spirit. One day, I walked out on my patio and noticed that one of my hanging baskets had apparently dropped some of it's sprigs and had covered the ground with the most beautiful flowers, beside the patio and I stood there in awe at their beauty and knowing that it came from God, one early Spring day. I know that because that had never happened before or again, even though I tried by planting those same flowers. I have always used them in hanging baskets but never had that happen.My son puts people to sleep for surgery and I know how he ca
Are so open with your own experience and pain. It heips others to see that Christians are not immune to suffering but the thing is we get through it and God will use it to encourage others that are suffering and fighting battles in their life. The growing in Christ comes during these dark nights of the soul just as a tree will grow stronger and the roots deeper as they are put through the wind and stormy weather. I am so blessed. God is good, all the time.
Thank you Jessica, for your kind words. I wasn't saying that you think I'm too sensitive by your remark that I would be opening myself up to being hurt by others if I shared my experience with depression and you were right, there were remarks made and it kind of rolls off now, when this happens. I know that they have never experienced an episode of clinical depression. It's more than just a sad mood. You have periods of anxiety attacks that cause you to shake inside and out, Your days are grey and you can't function. I love working crossword puzzles but could not even do that. The only prayer I could pray was, Lord please help me. I had one psalm and 2 Chron.20. that I read over and over. I lost 25 lbs in a matter of weeks because even food held no interest for me. It was one of the worst thing I had to go through in my life. My niece went through the same thing and we talk about it at times. My doctor said that some people are born with low seriton and when we get under too much stress, it eats up what little you have. Well, he convinced me and so to stay well, I take my meds along with my sister and niece and nephew just like a diabetic takes his meds to stay healthy. Not many are as understanding as you are,without going through it yourself.So glad you are on here because you
Christropher, I know you understand because the very first time I found this site( and I thank God I did) I read your post about your depression and didn't want to get out of bed and listed things that I, too, had gone through and I posted to get help and medicine helped me to pull out of my depression which was very severe. Surprised myself that I did that because I am usually intimated by new situations and new people yet your pain pulled me in. A God thing is all I can say. MS, I appreciate your concern and will get the book you suggested, hopefully it's an e-reader but will order it if not.
One last thought that came to me many years ago when a young friend of mine took her own life and left three small children and she was a christian. We all, including animals, have been given something that keeps us from harming ourselves. It is called self- preservation. If we were not given this we would all not care about stepping in front of cars and animals hide themselves when they sense danger. Our bodies and minds are wonderful and so amazing and if everthing is working as it should we have no worries. Something, has to have gone wrong in a mind that overcomes that self-preservation and commits suicide. So I was consoled by that thought and I believe with all my heart that I will see my sweet friend in heaven someday.
Thank you also, John UK for your many encouraging posts that have been a blessing for me. I know I have tried your patience at times but you have taught me many lessons that God wanted me to learn. I haven't arrived yet but I think I have grown some, the months I have been on here. Just wanted you to know that.
Thank you, MS and God bless you for your kind words I am encouraged by your posts also. I think it helps to tell your story and be an encouragement to someone that is suffering and feels like they are the only ones. Having Christian support is very important and don't feel like you are somehow lacking in faith if you have to get help. My granddaughter is having problems also and her anxiety runs high at times. She is not on medicine but she is seeing a therapist to help her adjust to college.
Jessica, what an inspiration you are, bringing out things which give us insight into our own behaviour that could be a root to some of my problems. You are right, I am senitive to remarks and have been told I am too emotional and I'm working on that and actually being on here has been a great help to me, even when I don't like what's said. Anyway, just wanted to let you know you are an inspiration to those of us who struggle with our own battles, each one different from the other. Will, put you on my prayer list.We all need each other's prayers especially in these times. To Don L, I agree and I have a son that is bipolar and I understand your pain in dealing with that. He was saved at an early age and baptized but got into drugs and left home with a friend that was on meth and cocain. Haven't heard from him in several yrs. Just have to keep praying and trusting God.