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Faith
Posted On 07/06/2017 02:47:46

Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again -- until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other.

William Booth in The Founder's Messages to Soldiers, Christianity Today, October 5, 1992, p. 48.

Tags: Faith Works


Poem about Determination
Posted On 06/26/2017 17:55:28

    Press on. 
    Nothing in the world 
    Can take the place of persistence. 
    Talent will not; 
    Nothing is more common 
    Than unsuccessful men 
    With talent. 
    Genius will not: 
    Unrewarded genius 
    Is almost a proverb. 
    Education will not; 
    The world is full of 
    Educated derelicts. 
    Persistence and determination 
    Alone are important

    Anonymous. Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.93.


     

     

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Analogy of Two Kinds of Bible Readers
Posted On 06/21/2017 20:31:53

According to James Hamilton, there are two kinds of Bible readers--those who skim the surface and those who dig deep. He describes them by comparing them to two common insects. He writes, "One is remarkable for its imposing plumage, which shows in the sunbeams like the dust of gems; as you watch its jaunty gyrations over the fields and its minuet dance from flower to flower, you cannot help admiring its graceful activity, for it is plainly getting over a great deal of ground.

"But in the same field there is another worker, whose brown vest and businesslike, straightforward flight may not have arrested your eye. His fluttering neighbor darts down here and there, and sips elegantly wherever he can find a drop of ready nectar; but this dingy plodder makes a point of alighting everywhere, and wherever he alights he either finds honey or makes it. If the flower-cup be deep, he goes down to the bottom; if its dragon- mouth be shut, he thrusts its lips asunder; and if the nectar be peculiar, he explores all about till he discovers it. . . His rival of the painted velvet wing has no patience for such dull and long-winded details. . . The one died last October. The other is warm in his hive, amidst the fragrant stores he has gathered." Which type of Bible reader are you? Butterfly or bee?

James Hamilton.

Tags: Bible Study Reader


Rebuilding Your Broken World
Posted On 06/20/2017 21:51:01

In Rebuilding Your Broken World, Gordon MacDonald suggests twenty-six questions to help develop accountability and invite feedback. If we desire to grow, we should submit our selves to a spiritual mentor and answer these questions honestly.

1. How is your relationship with God right now? 
2. What have you read in the Bible in the past week? 
3. What has God said to you in this reading? 
4. Where do you find yourself resisting Him these days? 
5. What specific things are you praying for in regard to yourself? 
7. What are the specific tasks facing you right now that you consider incomplete? 
8. What habits intimidate you? 
9. What have you read in the secular press this week? 
10. What general reading are you doing? 
11. What have you done to play? 
12. How are you doing with your spouse? Kids? 
13. If I were to ask your spouse about your state of mind, state of spirit, state of energy level, what would the response be? 
14. Are you sensing spiritual attacks from the enemy right now? 
15. If Satan were to try to invalidate you as a person or as a servant of the Lord, how might he do it? 
16. What is the state of your sexual perspective? Tempted? Dealing with fantasies? Entertainment? 
17. Where are you financially right now? (things under control? under anxiety? in great debt?) 
18. Are there any unresolved conflicts in your circle of relationships right now? 
19. When was the last time you spent time with a good friend of your own gender? 
20. What kind of time have you spent with anyone who is a non-Christian this month? 
21. What challenges do you think you're going to face in the coming week? Month? 
22. What would you say are your fears at this present time? 
23. Are you sleeping well? 
24. What three things are you most thankful for? 
25. Do you like yourself at this point in your pilgrimage? 
26. What are your greatest confusions about your relationship with God?

Paul Borthwick, Leading the Way, Navpress, 1989, pp. 171-172.

Tags: Accountability Relationships


Narrow Minded
Posted On 10/26/2009 18:33:07

According to Webster dictionary Narrow-minded means: limited in outlook; not liberal; bigoted; prejudiced.

I was once told by someone that I am narrowminded because of certain things that I am against in my values.  This individual tried to make me see that homosexuals should marry but my stance is that God created marriage between a man & woman thus I am narrowminded.  I had to ponder on my narrowmindness for a while before I came to the conclusion that I am not as this person said I am but I am Christ-minded.  As a follower of Christ, I am suppose to emulate my master/teacher and that is what I have been trying to do.

Tags: Christ-minded Narrow-minded


The World Should Hate You
Posted On 10/26/2009 18:15:33

According to Jesus in John 15:18-19, the world should hate us because we are living for Jesus.  Jesus is against the things in the world. If we sow to the flesh then we will reap corruption (Gal 6:8) that is why we really need to practice Repentance.  We are to be separate from the world.  Now I know some will say how can we witness to the world without becoming involved.  Not so, we can follow Jesus' example, He was a witness to the World but yet instill He did not compromise his godly values.  Sometimes we  tend to compromise our godly values in order to witness to the world.

Even in the OT, God warned the Children of Israel about separation from the other nations because He knew that they would be converted to their way of life and not serve Him like they were suppose to. The same thing applies to us today, when we mingle/mix with the world, we start to take on their values and views of things in life and we leave God.

I know everyone wants to belong that is part of our humanistic character and the Lord knows this also that is why we have the body of Christ so that we can bond with eachother. 

Works of the Flesh

Gal 5: 19-21

[19]Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
[21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

Tags: World Hate Jesus


Advertisement on this Site
Posted On 08/22/2009 17:00:09
Does anyone pay attention to some of the advertisement on this website?  I know that it probably helps support this site but is there something that can be done about advertisement that is contrary to the Bible? Like this advertisement that I just seen this morning? I am not targeting the Gay community but what is the difference in having this and some advertisement that states "New Info. Why Christian and adultery is okay. www.ChristianAdulteryOkay.com"  Does anyone understand what I am saying here?  If not, I'll make it plain...I don't find it appropriate to advertise & promotes "SINFUL" behavior on a website. So again, I ask this question, who can I contact to make aware of this maybe they do not know,  This is a banner ad that I just saw:

New info. Why Christian and gay is okay.
www.GaysAndSlaves.com

Church Growth
Posted On 07/08/2009 17:30:03

I have been attending the same church for 7 years now and it has not grown in membership.  We have people come and fellowship w/us. My Pastor has even baptized some of those visitors who we thought were going to become members but in turn they did not.  My Pastor stated the church will not grow until we grow spiritually.  I'm a little confused about that statement because I see other Apostolic churches growing and I don't think everyone in those churches are spiritually mature.  I sit and wonder what can I do to help the growth of the church. I invite folks out and some have came.  I think one problem w/my church is that we do not offer any services for children nor young adults. Even my children are known to sleep in church because they find it boring.  Jesus...I'm just feeling so bummed out about it.  My husband's mentor told him that if a church is not growing then we should move to another one.  What are we waiting for? We don't know.  I praying for growth and that we will eventually start a ministry geared toward children & young adults.  


Tags: Chrurch Apostolic


I Want to Scream!
Posted On 10/31/2007 23:19:13

It is just me or does anyone else feel like this is turning into a myspace?  I went to the Quizzes section and I had to weed thru so many "About Me" quizzes that I think I am going to be sick.  Sorry, I just had to vent a little. 


 




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