I have been to church services where the volume is so loud, that I have felt agitated and concerned about damage to my hearing. Jesus and the early church did not use electrical amplifiers, and therefore I believe they are unnecessary in worship.
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same."
Rodney K. wrote: What blasphemy to accuse "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" of lying. Jesus spoke only those words that were given to Him by the Father. It is impossible for God to lie. This dude's postmodern thinking not only denigrates the Almighty and undermines the authority of His word, it also makes Jesus a sinner and therefore an unworthy, insufficient propitiation. Shame on him and shame on the so-called "churches" that have neglected to teach even basic theology to their people. [...] those people caught up in postmodern neo-orthodoxy would prefer to make up a "Jesus" in their own minds than to study God's word to find out what He says about Himself.
I agree, yes, and amen!
The Words of Jesus in John 8:43-45 (NIV):
"Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your fatherâ€™s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!"
E. Trinfeld wrote: "â€śI just want to encourage everyone of us to realize when we obey God, weâ€™re not doing it for God â€“ I mean, thatâ€™s one way to look at it â€“ weâ€™re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when weâ€™re happy."
This could be a natural development of the Arminian ideology, we observe so often on the board.
I believe Mrs. Olsteen is more righteous than myself, because she equates obeying God with being happy! O how often, have I obeyed God's commandments, and like Jonah, have been miserable and angry about it!
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
~ 1 Peter 4:17 KJV
God's plans for His servants are His business, and before Him, not we, shall they stand or fall (Romans 14:4). I believe, John 21: 20-23, is evidence that we should not be looking for the faults we think may be in other believers. And that our foremost duty is to follow Christ Who died for the remission of our sins.
Whatever our Saviour says unto you, these are Words of Life for you, follow Him!
Christopher000 wrote: Hi Jessica...the reason I add that sometimes is because some have said in the past, "who cares", so I just try to beat them to it...ha-ha.
Sadly, I guess some people are not interested in getting know their brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus? I believe we should be interested in the lives of the brethren: after all, are we are all a part of The Body of Christ!
Also, if Christians followed Jesus' admonishments to visit the sick (Matthew 25:36), I would never be lonely. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." And we know His commandments are for us to love one another as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34)!
James Thomas wrote: http://www.mljtrust.org/sermons/the-mystery-of-prayer/ I highly recommend this sermon by Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones to anyone interested in prayer. Here is a synopsis of the sermon: Practical lessons; the mystery of prayer; unbelievers and prayer; types of prayer; rules and cautions about prayer; the prayer of faith. God Bless
Is the Freedom from Religion Foundation trying to erase any semblance of "one nation under God," and refusing children to know the Biblical history and influence of the USA? I believe it is a probability they are using their influence and wealth over the courts to bully those who lack the financial backing to defend their businesses or schools in the judicial system.
"They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth. [...] They say, 'How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?'â€ť
~ Psalm 73:9, 11 NASB
"Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?"
"But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you do well;"
May God give us a heart for Christians who are being persecuted â€” may we be merciful and pray for our brothers and sisters in Iraq!
"And, in like manner also, the Spirit doth help our weaknesses; for, what we may pray for, as it behoveth, we have not known, but the Spirit himself doth make intercession for us with groanings unutterable, and He who is searching the hearts hath known what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because according to God he doth intercede for saints."
Thank you all for your prayers! May you all be blessed from heaven's bounty and may God cause your health to prosper even as your souls prosper! May God fill our mouths with good things, that our youth be renewed as the eagle's!
"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed."
I went to the doctor and it turned out that I have an ear infection and was prescribed medicated ear drops. I wasn't in a hurry to go to the doctor, so the infection caused problems in the surrounding areas. I'll have to go off the Methotrexate till the infection clears up, so my body can fight it.
I would appreciate continued prayers (if God places me upon your heart). The Rheumatoid Arthritis has disfigured my hands, arms, ankles, toes etc. My left hip has been replaced and both of my knees. My arms are so disabled I am not able to dress myself or wash my own hair. I am very dependant on others.
Thank you all for your encouragement and prayer support!
"And Jesus answered and said to them, 'It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick." ~ Luke 5:31 NASB
I take a supplement of essential fatty acids, either 3-6-9 or fish oils. And, I like to use real butter not margarine.
Yet no matter what I eat, I still do not seem to be able to maintain my health. I am asking for praying, as I have been quite ill since Saturday. I am on the chemotherapy drug methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis â€” and I went to a harvest type fair last Friday and visited with a lot of chickens and rabbits in a large barn. That night my eyes were really watering and I have been sick with recurring eye, ear, and neck pain and a headache since then. Last night the left side of my head was burning and I was in agony.
I have an appointment with my doctor today, please pray for me!
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."
John UK wrote: Greetings to you too, sister Jessica. I wish I understood more about prayer. I read of Praying Hyde, and George Mueller, and plenty of others, but there seems to be very few sermons I've heard over the years which deal with praying in faith, and believing the words of our Lord Jesus concerning asking. Your creative mind is very evident, and I wish you well as you learn more about writing and painting. I reckon God does give some of us creativity, and this needs to be used and expressed. It is one of God's gifts to us. And it always thrills me when someone comes back and tells me that one of my paintings they bought is still bringing pleasure, even years later. God's blessings to you.
God bless you John,
I have a Facebook page called Biblical Prayers where I post Scriptures about prayer, this is to encourage myself as well as others. Learning about prayer for me is a life long pursuit how to communicate with our Father in Heaven. It is a matter of the heart of which I of which I endeavour to grow in friendship with God and His righteousness. I long to have a close relationship with God and to hear Him say: "Well done, good and faithful servant."
May God purpose we His children to speak life into hurting people!
John UK wrote: [...]I was greatly humbled this week through answered prayer, despite having a poor week. Normally I might expect to sell a small painting on a Tuesday at market, and that's it. But this week I asked the Lord I might sell four. Never happened before. But I prayed in the name of Jesus, claiming only his righteousness and blood, and not for mine own deservings which was nil. The market progressed, and I had a lot of people looking, and giving good comments, but not buying. Then there was a mad half hour when, sure enough, I sold four small paintings. I was astonished. The Lord sure is exact, as I sold no more afterwards. Maybe he's encouraging me to pray more.
Greetings John in Jesus Mighty Name,
Thank you for your kindness and encouragement!
I have been thinking about your post and wondering what my prayer life should be like? I am an aspiring poet and writer and after reading your post I realize that I need to pray about the talents God has given me.
I take one Universities Studies course a semester and am always looking to improve my writing â€” I would also like to improve my artistic skills. Yet I'm wondering what God's will is in these matters?
Aaron Michael wrote: When an ISIS spokesman was questioned as to whether the would help the Gazans in the recent war with Israel. They replied no, not now but central to our plan is to capture Jerusalem and destroy Israel but first we will consolidate what we have and surround Israel and attack them from a position of strength. So there is no doubt they will be coming for the Jewish people.
"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh."
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
The Western world is becoming a climate which is antagonistic towards Christians owning land and having businesses in a way that compliments their faith in God.
This reminds me of Nazi Germany, in that the world already had a negative world-view of Jewish people. And, business ownership was eliminated for Jewish people before the Concentration Camps were implemented.
The hateful and biased writings against Jewish people were written by both Martin Luther (1543), and by Henry Ford (1920's)and had influenced people's perceptions. If the world didn't already have hate and prejudice against the Jewish population, perhaps the Holocaust would have not happened?
Now, there is a genocide against Christians in Islamic Nations, yet there is such apathy and hate in the Western nations against Christianity it makes me wonder if there is apathy towards the Christians who are being displaced and slain?
Those who are apathetic towards the Christians being persecuted should remember that Hitler didn't stop at the Jewish population â€” as I do not believe ISIS will stop after they have murdered Christians. If history does repeat itself, perhaps it is likely ISIS will attack other nations just as did Nazi Germany?
Christopher000 wrote: I won't say how I'm doing because I think most are getting naucious over the spilling of my guts. I can tell by the lack of replys, but then again, this isn't the place for the personal things I dump on these poor souls...
God bless you Christoper,
I wasn't sure if you read my message on this thread from 5 days ago? Your quote above was from another thread, but I used it as an opportunity to make sure you received my message from 8/18/14 1:01 PM on this thread. I am still struggling myself, and need help from God to undo the damage from adults in my childhood who gave me a very skewed version of God which has damaged me even to this moment...
I appreciate your sharing, and hope you will keep on sharing!
â€śSo do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.â€ť Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Michael Hranek wrote: Dear Jessica Thank you. I trust and thank God for the link to "Cost of not caring" that He will use this in my life and in those in my family for much good
Thank you Michael ~ all praise to glory to God The Father and our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus! Many blessings to you and yours!
Lurker wrote: Jessica, You are very brave to share that. Thank you, dear sister. Your comments are always a blessing to me. I'm so glad you came back to SA and are establishing relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ. We all need encouragement in these dark times.
Thank you Lurker ~ God used you to bring me back to SermonAudio, thus God has used you to bless me!
John UK wrote: Well Jessica, I thought it a very nice painting, so with your own disabilities, that makes it even more amazing. Well done, as you do all things in the Lord and with his grace upon you.
Thank you! It is difficult to keep occupied when you are ill ~ I will treasure your testimony and think about it when I need encouragement ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Christ Jesus!
God bless you brethren, God Who is Mighty to Save has blessed me through you!
John UK wrote: I would be interested to know if you took up artwork as a form of occupational therapy, as there is a canvas alongside your cover photo. It is difficult to be occupied while very ill, and when I was off work due to sickness I took up a correspondence course on creative writing. It kept my mind alert, and I managed to sell several short stories with a moral theme, and a distinctly gospel-oriented article, nearly all of them sold in Canada, would you believe? Then in 2005 I moved to Wales and joined a church whose pastor was teaching watercolour on a Friday morning and giving a short gospel exhortation at the tea break. Most of the class were not believers, so it was a good opportunity to reach them with the gospel. I worked hard at it, and by 2008 my health had improved sufficiently for me to launch out as a part time artist, which I have continued to be ever since.
Thank you John, I am encouraged by your testimony! So wonderful of the pastor to teach water colour as an outreach! And, that you were able to sell literature in Canada with a moral theme! Praise God!
The canvas is from a community art class I took last summer. I have extremely disabled arms and hands and the instructor helped me with alternative movements. God bles