Penned, good post and helps me to really see what's going on here. All I see is how evil they are that do these things and so your posts can be an eye opener in what's going on behind the scenes. Like Phil Harvey used to say, "now you know the rest of the story." Christropher, you should have been a writer because you take us to the heart of the matter and we get an insight into the pain and suffering of it all. The rejoicing comes in knowing they are now with their Saviour. Death, Jesus said, was the last enemy to be destroyed by His own death. You know, we are not facing this yet but we do we will be given the strengh and grace to face it and be at peace. We have not been given the strenght today for tomorrow's pain and troubles. When I faced cancer surgery, I had a peace that settled over me that I was going to get through this and God was there with me. If I died, I was going to be with Him but I felt I was going to live, He still had a work for me to do. That was July27,2004. Had I been told in 2000 that I was going to be facing cancer in 2004, I would have been frightened wondering about what all I would have to go through. I still had some anxiety at every check-up but that's normal reaction and I never lost that peace.
The first thought I had when reading this article was that scripture you quoted, Jim L. Thanks for sharing. Another scripture I thought of was the one in Ps.14:1 The fool has said in his heart there is no God...So you can be a genius and still be a fool. My IQ is 120 and I am no fool. I see God every where, like David as he says all through the Psalms. How wonderfully we are made, the stars and nature itself speaks loud and clear, there is a God and His name is Jehovah and He has a son and His name is Jesus.
Hi Christropher, loved the many ways that nature proves there is a God that you gave us to ponder. I catch my self doing this a lot. When I sit out on the patio and watch the blue birds building their nest in the box we put in our yard. Sometimes the chickadees get it first and I can tell who has it by the kind of nest they have built. Always each one builds their nest the same and even one kind of bird that built in there always puts a piece of snake skin on the finished nest. I had read this about the Flycatcher and so it was for the one building in my box. I checked it out myself.Amazing that atheist can't look in their own back yard and see our awesome God.
Well, POT and Dorcas, that is very interesting about the mosquitos and wasps. When there are lots of these insects, they can cause lots of damage. Amazing!! Those much have been some big mosquitos, PursuitofTruth.
Gee whiz, now we get a glimpse of just how devastating those plagues that Moses brought down on the people of Egypt really were. Gnats get really bad certain times of the year in our neck of the woods. My father-in-law had herds of cows on his farm. He had to build a fire for the cows. They would pester the cows, get in their nose and smother them to death. The cows would gather around the fire where the smoke would protect them from the gnats. Is that not amazing?? How even animals are given knowledge of self protection. We can look at nature and see an awesome God that is control of them as well.
Thank you JayJay. for your kind apology, also and s c from Oh being the one to bring it all together for us. Ladybug, Dorcas, thank you for your Christian fellowship and encouragement, my heart is so full of blessings from just seeing how the spirit has moved in this forum to bring His love and peace to all of us including the jokes to lighten it all up. Praise God most of all for His love for all of us and our love for each other.
So glad that things are working out for you, Michael, in this new place God wants you to be now. He is stretching your faith and I will be praying for you and your family as you travel this new road. I have been blessed already from your one sermon and you most certainly have God's calling to do it. I will be listening to your sermons as well. God's blessings on you and your family.
Dorcas, your comments are very uplifing, God bless you and your family. I have thought of you often in your situation that caused you to ask for prayer. I have prayed for you and for God to work things out for your family matters.Seems like we are being attacked and each of us in different ways. Need to keep each other in our prayers. Who knows, maybe God has brought us all together for this reason. I know I have learned from others even when in disagreement and grown some in the process.
And to s c, you are right also in your comments. It is hard to just read words and it can be misconstrued what you are trying to say. No, we as christians are human with human emotions andso are capable of hurt feelings that we have and sometimes give to others. I understand Jay'Jay's comments and the reason he said it because I felt the same way when I tried to say I understood Michael's feelings in all this as well. Sometimes people will lash out in anger when hurt or misunderstood.i was using myself as an example of that.My husband's sisters have blamed me for the many problems between me and my mother-in-law. I have tried for years to work it out with her but she refuses to do her part to make our relationship work. No one but my husband and his brother understand what others refuse to see. I like Michael and he has been kind to me and encouaging so I wanted to let him know that I cared. So sorry if I offended someone else like you Jay Jay.
Ladybug, if it weren't for you and your strong faith and kind spirit, as well as some others on here, I would have not even attempted to continue on here. But you have lifted my spirit many times with your comments. You have a Barnabus spirit very encouraging.
That would be great, Penned and Barry and it could happen as long as they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified as Paul would say. No preacher would have to tell anyone how to vote. The Holy Spirit guides and leads us if we are truly born again. Anyone can look at the platform of a politiion and know what kind of agenda he or she will support. I would also like to say if it were not for small or big businesses to give jobs to the tax paying people, how would the other party give out money to those that can't or won't work for whatever reason. My parents owned a small business and it was not easy getting it started and working in it until they were in their 70s. My brother-in-law owned a bigger business, gave jobs to several people. The greedy ole party to some is still the Grand Ole Party to me!!
Just listened to the sermon about Glen Beck and it is truth spoken. I found it interesting in that I just recently had a visit from two mormon missionaries. They were clean and very polite, one did all the talking. Started off asking questions which I answered.Finally, I was asked to read this book he had( not the Bible) and when I finished they would come back and talk with me about it. He assured me it would change my life. I explained that I did not need another book, that the Bible was all I needed. I am a christian and serve God in the Baptist Church. He too, was a Baptist at one time he said but now had read the other book that changed him over to a Mormon. He offered to do any yard work for us free and was very well dressed and mannerily. Very impressive and like the sermon said a real danger for the new graduate going out into the world. I, for one, agreed with this sermon.
Michael Hranek, your posts have always been authentic. You pretty much say what you truly feel is the right thing to say and you don't worry about the way others respond to the comment. Sometimes I hesitate to make comments because of riducule or anger by others and that's not being authentic. Maybe it's something that God wants me to say but out of fear of offending someone I won't say it. Some people in my life have hurt me deeply and I have moved away from them out of distrust. Sometimes,the apology if offered starts off, if I have done anything wrong..no sense of wrong done is ever mentioned. So the relationship cannot be mended until both are truly authentic with one another It only takes one to forgive but it takes two to have a relationship. Take care and God be with you as you travel the roads. As my son says, God has His hand on his truck guiding it just as he used to guide his Tonka trucks with his hand as a little boy.
Jessica, you are so right, instead of getting caught up in all this rhetoric of whose fault all this is, only God knows for sure what the intent of the heart really is, we can only speculate, these people are in need of our prayers. The middle east is very important to more than just the USA, oil is important to many other countries as well including Russia.
MG, that sermon, Are You a Jew was very much how I believe and some things were cleared up for me, personally. Really appreciate your help with this sometimes confusing subject and the whole sermon was a blessing.So glad to have a few sisters on here which gives me more courage to post my thoughts .
I must be mistaken because I thought we invaded Iraq as a result of Hussein invading Kuwait. A friend in SS class gave her testimony of how God delievered her and her husband( who worked at the Embassy) and were ordered to leave before it began by the government of the USA and the harrowing experiences they encountered trying to get out of that country and to safety. They were protected by our government not thrown to the wolves like the incident in Bengazia. When will the people who support this man (can't say President) start blaming the right people instead of wearing blinders and contiue to be in denial.We are going to be judged by who we vote in the white House and this one has done way more damage than good for America. Also wasn't Suddam behind 9/11 and the attack on America. I see clearly how the Anti-Christ will come in and win the world with his lies. Obama is one of the worst presidents we have ever had and yet he is still in there doing his damage. Nixion was impeached for much, much less. Just my two cents.
Pennned, is so well informed with her comments and I trust her insights on different subjects brought up on this forum( don't necessarily agree with all of them) her comments help me,nonetheless, to see things another way. My comments about Israel maybe different than most but Matthew Henry sees born again christians as the spiritual Isreal and the nation of Isreal as the phyiscal Isreal that was promished a land flowing with milk and honey and I agree.. The land they now are in is that land. They are being gathered back to that land by God from all nations in preparation for final end time events. The reason they have had so much unrest is because they as a whole have rejected Christ as their Messiah and look for another. God loves them and a remnant will come to Jesus.