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#460103 - 02/04/14 08:35 AM Re: calling all christian survivors [Re: victor-victim]
JustScott Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2568
Romans is such a fantastic book. So much depth. I learn something new every time I read through it.

I love when people wonder why God doesn't just swoop down and destroy all the "evil doers". It's right there... "His Kindness, forbearance and PATIENCE, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?"

God longs for reconciliation. To that end, He is patient. Justice and Judgement will come some day, but in the mean time, He is offering Grace and Mercy, desiring us to come to Him and enter again into relationship.

I'm reading a book currently. Hoping to get a men's discipleship group going at my church. It's called, "No Matter the Cost". It's good so far and even has a 6 week group study in the back.

#460178 - 02/05/14 01:12 PM Re: calling all christian survivors [Re: victor-victim]
JustScott Offline
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Posts: 2568
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

Highlight mine of course...

Basically.... If you struggle with guilt or shame, if your heart condemns you.... No worries, God is greater than what you feel in your heart and He knows everything about what you are dealing with.

#460454 - 02/10/14 05:37 PM Psalm 1 [Re: JustScott]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2972
Loc: O Kanada
Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked
And does not stand on the path of sinners
And does not sit in the seat of scoffers.
But his delight is in the law of Jehovah,
And he reads His law in an undertone day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,
A tree that produces fruit in its season,
The foliage of which does not wither.
And everything he does will succeed.
The wicked are not like that;
They are like the chaff that the wind blows away.
That is why the wicked will not remain standing in the judgment;
Nor will sinners remain standing in the assembly of the righteous.
For Jehovah is aware of the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.




#460506 - 02/11/14 05:46 PM Ecclesiastes 7 [Re: victor-victim]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2972
Loc: O Kanada
god's advice for me today.

A wise person thinks a lot about death,
while a fool thinks only about having a good time.

Better to listen to a wise manís rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.
For as the crackling of thorns burning under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool; and this too is futility.
But oppression can drive the wise one into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Finishing is better than starting.
Patience is better than pride.
Control your temper,
for anger labels you a fool.
Donít long for ďthe good old days.Ē
This is not wise.
Wisdom is even better when you have money.
Both are a benefit as you go through life.
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything,
but only wisdom can save your life.
Accept the way God does things,
for who can straighten what he has made crooked?
Enjoy prosperity while you can,
but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God.
Remember that nothing is certain in this life.

I have seen everything in this meaningless life,
including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people.
So donít be too good or too wise!
Why destroy yourself?
On the other hand, donít be too wicked either.
Donít be a fool! Why die before your time?
Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.
One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town!
Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
Donít eavesdrop on others; you may hear your servant curse you.
For you know how often you yourself have cursed others.
I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions.
I said to myself, ďI am determined to be wise.Ē But it didnít work.
Wisdom is always distant and difficult to find.

Ecclesiastes 7


#460532 - 02/11/14 10:23 PM 2 Corinthians 4 [Re: JustScott]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2972
Loc: O Kanada
The word of God gives me Hope.

Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way,
we never give up.
We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods.
We donít try to trick anyone or distort the word of God.
We tell the truth before God,
and all who are honest know this.
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil,
it is hidden only from people who are perishing.
Satan, who is the god of this world,
has blinded the minds of those who donít believe.
They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.
They donít understand this message about the glory of Christ,
who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we donít go around preaching about ourselves.
We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and we ourselves are your servants for Jesusí sake.
For God, who said, ďLet there be light in the darkness,Ē
has made this light shine in our hearts
so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God,
not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles,
but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God.
We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus
so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
So we live in the face of death,
but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
But we continue to preach
because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said,
ďI believed in God, so I spoke.Ē
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,
will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.
All of this is for your benefit.
And as Godís grace reaches more and more people,
there will be great thanksgiving,
and God will receive more and more glory.
That is why we never give up.
Though our bodies are dying,
our spirits are being renewed every day.
For our present troubles are small and wonít last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we donít look at the troubles we can see now;
rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.
For the things we see now will soon be gone,
but the things we cannot see will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4



#461207 - 02/21/14 02:49 AM Matthew 9:23-24 [Re: victor-victim]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2972
Loc: O Kanada
I found something new in matthew, that really hit home for me.
the tears of a father, for his child.

Jesus said unto him, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

Matthew 9:23-24

i am going through some stuff with my children right now,
and this was more than a trigger, it was a bullet.
it really expresses my desperation and doubt.
i have prayed these thoughts many times,
speaking them out loud to the sky,
and softly into my pillow.
i have received some powerful answers.


#461399 - 02/24/14 04:58 PM Re: Matthew 9:23-24 [Re: victor-victim]
Marinan Offline

Registered: 07/03/07
Posts: 329
I feel like no one cares about me sometimes, and just want me to fit in instead of believing the truth about myself, the world around me, and others. Like a damned cog in the wheel instead of a person.

"Lord, I believe, please help me in my unbelief". That's what I have to think to myself so often when I'm constantly brain washed and conditioned to think of myself as nothing all the time."

#461401 - 02/24/14 06:14 PM Re: Matthew 9:23-24 [Re: Marinan]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 2972
Loc: O Kanada
"lord, i believe, but help me with my unbelief" is included in almost every one of my prayers. instead of wiping out my doubts, he answers my questions, one at a time, as i slowly become more able to receive understanding.

whenever i get low on love and faith... i get it from god.
a good honest prayer can really recharge my batteries.
but sometimes it is hard to pray.
sometimes doubt gets in the way.
i rebel. i disobey.
i turn my back. i curse his name.
i struggle with a sense of shame.
there are no secrets and nothing is hidden from the eyes of god.
it can get to the point where i feel like i am not worthy to worship my creator.
i might even stop praying.
get busy with life and work.
this can go on for days and weeks,
and the longer it takes for me me to make things right between me and the lord, the harder it hurts.

so i get started with some scripture.

faith is a choice.
an action. a force.
it feels right.
but it's hard to do,
the results are good.
but the rewards are few.
faith promotes love in me,
which i can share infinitely,
through acts of charity,
so christ commanded me.


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