For some these drugs are life saving,literally. These drugs change your life for the better not worse. The mind altering drugs that will destroy you is pot, meth, cocaine, heroin and acohol. They tear up others lives if they are unlucky enough to be in their lives. My oldest son started with pot as a teenager, acohol, and then later on after he left home cocaine. It changed him from a good, fun loving, christian kid into someone I didn't even know anymore. I know we shouldn't air our dirty laundry on here but I don't know how else to say something unless I give my experiences of how God has worked in my own life to hopefully encourage someone else. I hate the side effects of all the drugs I have to take. Even alleve and aspirin that I take for back and knee pain or I would be almost bed ridden. They cause heartburn and stomach pain and then you have to take something for that. Be, thankful, if you don't have to take any meds until I was 40 I took no meds, now it's high blood pressure, back pain but I'm thankful for those meds also. Gives me a better quality of life till God calls me home.
Btw, if the Church does not tell it like the Bible says it is, there is really not much hope here for them. Our pastor at one time was on TBN with his From the Heart Ministry. So he was preaching on the sin of homosexuality one Sunday. He said that this part of his sermon would be cut before aired on TBN!! He is now on The Church Channel and no problems there. I thank God for a pastor that stands up for the truths of God and no watered down sermons from him and he has married a couple that were living together.
I totally agree, Christopher, I have cousins and a nephew that are gay and no matter that they might attend church, ect and are good moral people otherwise ,they are still practicing a siinful lifestyle and that is wrong in God's eyes and it will not go unpunished. I don't understand how they can ignore what the Bible says about the sin of homosexuality?!! One of my cousin's partners left her because she( the partner) got saved. So there is hope for their salvation and I keep praying.
Dorcas, thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate your comments on the forum not very many sisters on here and I am encouraged by them when you and ladybug, Jessica and others when they comment and the men,too. Like John UK, said there are a lot of good people on here. Even when we debate on issues, we still have the basic things in common , one being our love for Christ and other true Christians. I, myself need the help of other christians to keep me focused on Christ during these times we are now living in. Keeping us encouraged to keep running the race with patience and looking forward to winning the crown that is not temporary but lasts forever.
Jim, I agree with you about Andy. He is one of the ones along with the pope and Rick Warren others that are saying that the Islams and Christians worship the same God and are trying to make people believe they are very similiar in beliefs. There is a book out call ChrsIlam which explains that and those that are involved. I am reading in my devotions 1Samuel about Eli and his evil sons and the taking of the Ark and the deaths of his sons and Eli and daughter-in-law. Now, does this mean that every parent who has a wayward child is an aposate?!!! I have 2 children that are devote christians , one got on drugs and rebelled and is now estransed from me. Hasn't heard from him in seven yrs. They all four were raised exactly the same. Taken to church, same rules applied to all. You, tend to lump everybody together without much compassion for the suffering of the indivual or the circumstances surrounding tmen. God understands and forgives. I look at Jesus and how he treated each person indivually for instance the Samaritian woman at the well who had five husbands. She was not condemned but forgiven. Sins forgiven never to be brought up again. One blind man healed by a touch and another by spit made into clay that was put on his eyes. We just see things different.
You know, Jim, that Dr. Charles Stanley is divorced. His wife wanted one but no reason was ever given. He has commented on it as God brought him through it all. It could have been a disaster for him as a pastor. The people there wanted him to stay and be their pastor. I think they were forgiving people, understanding the fact that pastor's have dark nights of the soul also and they need help and compassion also. You can't force a person to stay when they want to leave or to stop the abuse so you won't have to leave. I watch the women, some with children, come in our church services to worship God. They come from the Battered Women Shelter. We have donated clothes, purses, toys for the children and money. That's what a real christian does rather than stand in judgement we give the cup of cold water to them, we minister to them rather than condemn.
I agree, Christropher, and that's exactly what God wants us to know and see. He is still in control and is very much involved in our lives, despite what some may say. I look at my amazing body. My heart is a muscle and it beats exactly so many beats a minute for as many years as you live. It pushes blood through to all the organs and keeps them working. If it beats too slow, you die. If it beats too fast you can die. I have always loved Science and was my favorite subject in school. How a scientist cannot see and believe in God, i'll never understand anymore than I can understand the mysteries of evil, like you said about the 7 yr old that got raped. God has said my ways are not your ways nor my thoughts your thoughts. We can't always trace His Hand but we can trust His heart. Beautiful song that I love. I just keep my eyes on Him when I question things and carry on. Like the old song, We'll understand it better by and by.But we can be assured that God is in control and sees all. That little girl is in the arms of Jesus and the evil men have their judgement day coming when the wrath of God falls upon the unrepentant of this wicked, evil world.
That is what makes them so dangerous. They can strap a bomb on themselves and walk into a public place and kill a few people or a lot, doesn't matter because they are going to heaven where their five virgins are waiting for them. I live where the Red River Army Depot is and about 60 miles from Barksdale Air Force Base is. Of course that one is heavy guarded. You can't get through without a pass because there are two armed guards one on each side of the Guard House. But they eat in public places and put on public air shows ever now and then and shop at malls there in Shevreport, La. I really believe God has covered America so far from anymoe damage but how much longer will He stand with us? Our church has signs that says,America's Only Hope is Prayer and you can buy them and put them in your yard without being harassed. My neighbor had theirs stolen, they then put two in their front yard. We can't give up the fight against these evil powers that Paul warned us about.
Dorcas, thanks for sharing this wonderful message. What a blessing this man of God is. I also listened to his sermon on radio the same date called A Good Peacher or something like that. Both messages were inspiring. You seem to have a gift of sharing just the right links and sermons that are so helpful to those that need it. Blessings to you also, dear sister.
And God got through that time. The business did good and the older truck he left( he took the newer one) kept running, money was saved and God brought good out of the whole mess. God never promished us good times as a matter of fact Jesus warned us that we would have troubles in this world because the world hated Him so would they hate his followers but to not fear,he overcame the world so would we. He promished never to leave us nor forsake us and that brings me great joy and peace.
Tara, you are right happiness depends on outward circumstances, whether you get aparking place close to the mall or whatever. What happens when you don't get the A or someone cuts in front of you and gets your parking space. Do you get angry, blame God or do you say I need the exercise and maybe I better study harder and get that A. No, the younger generations can't begin to relate to what real hardship was in my grandmother's time and that was my point. You have joy even when times are hard and the Olsteens happiness is actually fluff compared to the percutions of chritians that are being beheaded because they refuse to deny their faith in God. What are those that are being raised to believe that God wants us to be happy all the time, what about when you are given the news that you have cancer or you are losing your home because your husband got hurt in an accident and can no longer work or a baby dies with diptheria like what happened to my mother. Much later 14 yrs. she had me and much later at age 14 my father left us for another woman. At least the fighting stopped and God got us through that bad time, the business flourished and she saved money. Did she give her faith up, no. Did she think God didn't love her, maybe at times but she never gave up on God and he brought us t
I am having the same thoughts and unless we have a real revival and a true awakening starting with the Christians who are being lulled into a deadly sleep by the apathy, of the churches then the great falling away will begin to happen, and has already begun as I see it in far too many places.
Of course divorce affects everyone involved, especially the children and I know thatfrom experience. Children raised in a home of abuse, adultry, drinking, abuse mental, emotional, and physical toward child as well as wife does the same thing and I know that from experience also. It leaves them with a distorted picture of themselves and their worth which in turn causes all kinds of problems in their lives, to maybe even marrying someone that treats them the same way and leaving them even more broken, wondering how God could even love them. Maybe that's why I write so much about God's love toward me and others because like Mary that washed Jesus's feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair and Jesus commented, that those forgiven much, will love more even as those around them were condemning Jesus for allowing a woman like her to even touch Him. I know that God hates divorce and I agree but don't judge someone if you have never lived their life.
I totally agree, John UK, and if we don't read for ourselves what the Bible says and allow the Holy Spirit, who inspired the Bible in the first place,teach us the truths of God then we will believe any wind of doctrine, heresy or not. Really, the safest version to read is King James that has stayed the same all these years without any changes. I have no problem reading that version which I have read since I was teenager newly saved. that we no should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ...Ephesians 4:14-15.NKJV All Scriptue is given by inspiration of God,and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof,for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.2Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV All, not some, not what you think is right or what you approve of but ALL Scriptures!!
Mediate on what you read and ask Him to reveal His truths to you. The NKjV has been a favorite also. I can look and study nature and see that it had to be created by God.Like David said, we are wonderfully made.
Thank you, John, for your comments also. They are encouraging and a blessing to me and sometimes make me search the scriptures to learn more. Jessica, enjoy your kind husband's gift and I'm happy for you. May God send more blessings your way and to you also, john UK.
My grandmother had all her children at home. She used to sing songs like Angel band, come and around me stand, oh bear me away on your snowy wings to my immortal home as she did her chores without the convience of modern appliances. Could it be that she looked forward to another life that there are no words to describe it as Paul said. I'm like Jessica, sometimes I tend to focus too much on this life and get upset when things aren't what I want them to be, rather than keeping my eyes on Jesus and that blessed hope of things to come after this life.
Let me clear up what I said since some have misunderstood my comment. I don't know what happiness means to the Olsteens but I do not agree with the health, wealth type happiness. Actually, happiness has to do with outward circumstances, if things are going good, we are maybe happy, bad not happy. Living a christian life brings peace and joy no matter what is going on around us. Sort of like being in the eye of the storm, peace in the midst of the storms of life and joy knowing we have heaven to look forward to. Even though we have sad times and depression and even when being disciplined by God for some sin in our lives, it's still a wonderful life. We are content to be full or have less as Paul said. I know christians that are very rich and they use that money for God's glory and christians that are very poor and still loved and served God because God gave them His blessings.My grandparents owned a farm which served their needs. He had lots of land and no vehicle other than a wagon and mule to do the work. They had no running water, just a well. No electricity, just a battery run radio. They raised 10 kids on this farm including my mom. They went miles to a church in a wagon drawn by a mule. So I know what Paul meant when he said, godliness with contentment is great gain. My gra