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Writers/Readers on the Christian faith, its revelation, and theology; aimed to inspire, exhort, edify, and comfort the Believer.

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  2. That is awesome, Dawn. Praise the Lord! I hope you'll hop over to Meet and Greet and introduce yourself so everyone will know you are here and can welcome you.
  3. That's an amazing testimony, @Dawnv! I'm so glad God brought you both through and to drew you both to him. 😊
  4. If my husband and I did not allow God to take over or lives and stop making our own messy decisions in our marriage, we would not be together to this day. Our life would be totally different. Our marriage was full of cheating, lies, stealing, drugs. Because of God we changed. We are not defined by our past. Because of God's Grace, we have been forgiven. We now mentor to other couples struggling through similar situations and host a bi-weekly couples bible study through our church. God allowed us to continue down our path because He knew that it would bring us closer to Him. He had bigger plans for us. We are joyful and blessed.
  5. In short, I grew up atheist, my husband Catholic. My husband lost his way and got into Meth. Both he and I throughout the first 14 years of our marriage (and before we got married) cheated, and partied bringing others into our bedroom. We broke every vow. I found God when I needed to change and he wasn't ready. I couldn't stay in a marriage to an abusive Meth Addict. Because of God we celebrated our 27 year anniversary in May 2020. He has been clean since September of 2007. We now have a joyful marriage and happy kids!
  6. Amazing sharing; thanks, TrueServantOfJesus. Before I return to make a few comments on your post, I note lynmosher's experience to be a great confirmation that, life or death should not separate us from the love of Christ. His own love for us could not be separated by the pain of His crucifixion for our (not His) sins. Rather, it reinforced and confirmed that great love. So, we are learning to love Him, not even because we are healed, but first and foremost, because He first loved us while we were yet sinners! As Donald James rightly observed, "beautiful...." to Lyn's sharing which indicates a proven love for Jesus, regardless of his infirmity. Your sharing, supported by Lyn's, helps fellow pilgrims in Christ to be encouraged: "knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:9). This means for us all to continue to "resist steadfast in the faith" because the person behind our fallen Adamic nature and experiences ("we live in a fallen world" - Lyn) is not God but our "adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about...." (1 Peter 5:8). So, hey, Lucian, we put the blame where it primarily belongs and set ourselves free, as Believers, to keep loving our Saviour and Lord Jesus, while resisting the adversary, satan. Also not forgetting the truth: It took Abraham 25 years to obtain the promise. Thus, the manifestation of a healing or miracle as the Gospels indicate, may be (1) instant or (2) occur someday, suddenly, or (3) slowly but surely, like Abraham's. You said: "So I walk everyday in my healing no matter how my body feels...". You are certainly pleasing the Lord. It's not just receiving the healing that matters to Jesus but that kind of faith that, even when we have not seen (the manifestation of the healing), we are still there hoping against hope (Rom 4:18). Jesus said, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed..." John 20:29.
  7. Here’s a quote from Weekly Word (26/11/2018) citing the Washington Post and the Oxford Dictionary: “Don’t Live The Lie!... In today’s world, truth is losing, announced the Washington Post. The Oxford Dictionary chose ‘post-truth' as the word for the year 2016. Since that year, we have watched political leaders rise to power in both North and South America, and across Europe to Russia and Turkey, who brush aside truth as a petty inconvenience” http://weeklyword.eu/en/truth-prevails-3/ Against this background, I pose the following questions. Should Christians and the Church live the lie? Was the Church universal not supposed to be the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15)? Had Jesus not prayed the Father to sanctify the Church with truth for His Word is truth (John 17:17)? Shall we ever be free and delivered from the failed political system of the age without knowing the truth, loving the truth and speaking the truth to power? It is worth noting that the trend rightly described by the Weekly Word is the rise of Populism. History shows that this cultural process occurs where there has been a failure of contemporary political leadership to deliver on its promises for equity, justice, service and prosperity for the people. However, the process that cleans up the ‘Augean Stable’ begins when the people of conscience around power speak truth to power, in lieu of which, the Church, as the custodian of truth, must rise and speak truth to power across all nations. Although, that role will be a diluted and impossible task until the Church remains or becomes apolitical. For, as Church history shows, when the Church takes side with a political party, it does, ipso facto, lose its power to speak truth to power. Its members must be encouraged to get involved politically. Nevertheless, the Church must not be involved as an entity with a Church or block vote, nor be politically affiliated and then expect to be respected as the voice of truth.
  8. Your personal integrity is critical to the spread of the Gospel truth. No ambassador of Christ can thrive any longer or better than their credibility permits their authenticity.
  9. Thank you so much, Donald. The Lord is my blessing. Always. 🧡
  10. Lynn, what you have just said is very beautiful and heartwarming. You are truly blessed.
  11. I have had fibromyalgia for 20 years plus an assortment of other physical ailments. The Lord has allowed this for whatever reason. Mainly because I live in a fallen world and these ailments cannot always be avoided. My job is to learn whatever lessons the Lord would like to share with me through it all and to praise Him every single day that things are not worse and that He loves me. I stand on His Word that my heart, soul, and spirit are His and that is the most important thing in life. My body will fade and disappear one day but my spirit will live on. He delights in me because I am His. We may never know His reasons for allowing certain things to take place in our lives but we should never forget that He does so for our good. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
  12. How can you have this attitude? Would you mind sharing your secrets with me? Physical pain makes me rebel against God and hate Him.
  13. I have couple physical issues that I deal with and it can be come overwhelming sometimes but I know that it will not always be like this. I can remember having a conversation with my savior and I said to him I am not sure what is going on in my body but I know you will take care of me. I can remember going in and out of hospitals and having lots of medication having many mixture of things going on in my body but they could not pin point the causes. Some days were harder than others being so exhausted that all I wanted to do was sleep. Going outside and doing daily chores were beginning be to much for me. So I cried and cried out to him constantly that this is touch much I can't I don't have energy please help me. Jesus I am tired I know have to continue pushing and trusting God in spite of my pain. So what I did was call out to him and say if its your will me endure this I will but give me strength to get through it. I just want you get glory out of my life so I will go through no matter how much it hurts Jesus I know that you help me and carry when I need to be carried. By his stripes I am healed and whole because your word says that I am I know your word be true... So I walk everyday in my healing know matter how my body feels because I am healed.
  14. I believe now more then every that Jesus came into the world because he wanted to make us free and that where he is we can also be with him. Jesus had so much love and devotion to doing what his father asked of him, thats not say that it was not love that drove him to cross for us. He had a set purpose on this earth and he did what he was sent here to do. Jesus became my savior my friend my everything not because of his miracles but because of his love for me. Every time that I am unable to sleep cause of physical pain he comes and he meets with me and comforts me and talks to me encourages me. Jesus came that I can be free and come into relationship with him that I can be where he is. free from bondage and lies Satan has put on us, free from sickness and diseases free from all darkness. No shackles No more bondage I am Free to live for you. I will live even though I die because of you Jesus. I will not be judged because I believe in you Jesus Christ. I am in relationship with you God through son Jesus Christ as your word say I love Jesus that means I love you God . Thank you for your sacrifice your love and your teachings. Thank You God for you Son Amen!
  15. A Word For The USA Church (Continued Here As Part B): The Church Must Remain Apolitical To Be Effective In Speaking Truth To Power. Note: The topic of the message remains 'As Is' with the title above in both parts. Nothing of Covid-19 was implied there nor here. Part B: Talking About God Using A Donkey To Do His Sovereign Work: Here Comes The God-Pig! When God used a donkey to do His sovereign work, the donkey prophesied with a man’s voice (Num 22:21-38). Make no mistake: that was not a man prophesying with a donkey’s voice (I know, you would have loved to see that one too!). We are talking about a donkey speaking from God with a man’s voice. That’s right. Just leave it as God would have it. Don’t add, don’t subtract, don’t’ bend it to suit your fantasies, and then miss the end of the miracle or the finals of what God had started for His own glory. Thinking about this … if that were to happen in this day and age. Just imagine …and let’s have a lighter mood before we get serious: If God were to use a pig to do His sovereign miracle-work today, as He did with the donkey in the days of Balaam. I guess, some Christians would have jumped over themselves ecstatic, and put some red lipstick on the pig straightway. They would have flown the pig in a private Jet and taken her over for shopping at Harrods in London. Wear her some expensive red high-heel shoes, some blue mufflers, and a red hat, and turn around and say to the world, see, the pig that God used has just won a beauty contest! Some of those Christians would have turned around and said to the Australian Church: The pig is actually a good Christian. Invite her to preach in your Church. Then, try hard to validate that, like: She was saved by the Salvation Army, baptized by the Baptists, had communion with the Catholics, and some other Evangelicals and Pentecostals have raised the offering to fly her around to help God finish the work He started. Yes, to help God finish the work that He started. Nothing else but our shame before God. We shall repent! We just won’t let God finish what God alone started. We jump on the bandwagon and try to finish what God started with our fleshly and un-Godly wisdom. The Bible shows that whenever man takes over what God alone started, God abandons the Move midway (2 Samuel 6; Acts 27; Jonah 3 & 4)). Humans hijack God’s choice and plan and do crazy things like David did: move the ark (which was God’s will) but on a modern cart (man’s ways), or make a movie to show the God-pig was chosen of God. So, on the way to getting an Isaac, we do God’s thing our way and wind up with an Ishmael (Gen 16). Thereby, allowing thirteen years of delay in getting an Isaac (13 years of divine silence between the end of Gen 16:16 where Abraham and Sarah had Ishmael and 17:1 where God got them back on track). Then, we wonder, did not God say He chose that pig and ordained that Isaac (Gen 12)? Yes, He did, but we did our own fleshly thing with 'Hagar', to try to help God, pandering and sucking up to the donkey or pig as the case may be. We would rather please the pig than please God, the vessel rather than the Maker. So, we fail to speak truth to power all because we do not speak truth to ourselves. All the time this happens in Church history, God turns around and uses the unbelievers to speak truth to the Church! Do we need a Daniel to read the handwriting on the wall? The way forward occurred in Gen 17:1. God rebuked Abraham, “walk thou before me and be thou perfect” (no excuses, no compromises). All the talk of ’we’re just human; no one is perfect’; all that trash. God says, do it as I say do!. God says, if you want me to do it, do it my way. Abraham got it. He went on his face, repenting (verse 3). Lord, we are now repenting and should be repenting! He came through for Abraham, Isaac came, in God’s own time. Even though it tarries, wait for it. It shall surely come, and He that shall come shall surely come. Come, Lord Jesus, the only Chosen One that was, and is, and is to come!
  16. Examples: When God Used King Cyrus And Emperor Constantine. God, in His sovereignty, can use a believer, the unbeliever, the donkey (as with Balaam), the bird (as with Elijah), or the very stones (as with the kids holding their peace, Lk 19:37). Whenever God uses the 'un-Godly' sovereignly to do His will, if God's people interfere, God backs off. (By the un-Godly is meant those God expressly chooses to use over a nation even though they may not be Godly. By interference is meant what follows). Every time God sovereignly chooses to use the un-Godly for His greater purpose, God's people, as the Body of Christ, must never praise and justify the evil ways of that un-Godly leader, nor shut their eyes and mouth, as though helping God to do what He alone can do. The Church must forever remain 'the pillar and the ground of the truth' (1 Tim 3:15); always speaking truth to power, and never let the 'gifts' of reversing 'their persecutions' to blind its Godly eyes and shut its prophetic voice. If the Church closes its eyes and mouth while lies are exalted in leadership, good is called evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20), then woe betides the future of the nation, for then justice stands afar off, truth is fallen in the streets and equity cannot enter the nation (Isaiah 59:14). When the Church began praising Constantine for reversing the persecution of Christians, God backed off. It led to 1000 years of darkness: 500-1500 AD, until Martin Luther's call for repentance, and ultimately, reformation in the 1500s. Israel never praised, celebrated nor defended Cyrus (Isaiah 45) in his un-Godliness when God used him for Israel. If they had defended his evil deeds or exalted Cyrus as their new "god", God would have backed off. His glory will He share with no one, not least the un-Godly. (The same thing happens when God punishes the wicked and the Godly starts rejoicing at the fall of the wicked, God backs off). We call for prayers for the future of America's peace, progress, and global evangelization task. The world has been blessed by the USA. Let the world stand strong with the USA in prayers and supplications for all the saints and the future of the nation, in Jesus' name!
  17. Hi Egging. Yes, I am as curious as you when it comes down to how God did it or how we made that transition. Like they say, you took the word out of my mouth😀
  18. Hi Donna. You are spot on. I say, Amen, to your testimony! The Holy Spirit is the one that convicts us of sin while yet sinners in the world (John 16:8) and works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). I just love testimonies of what God did and is doing today. Even more, when the bits and pieces of those testimonies bring the Scripture alive. So has yours, Donna.
  19. I believe it was the Holy Spirit at work in my heart and gave me the willingness to say yes😊
  20. I know it is important to keep our testimonies short, but I would love to hear a little more of your story. Why were you so ready to say yes?
  21. Hi Nalini. Gracious comment, encouraging. I must not forget to also welcome you to CW and to thank you for your relational efforts: 6th post and going strong...!
  22. Mightyriver, Jesus never lets us go. He indeed is faithful. God bless you. Your faith being restored, is just wonderful! As you feed on the Word of God may you go forth like a mighty man of valour. The battle is the Lord's and He has already won everyone of them. Keep pressing on and running the good fight of faith.
  23. Thank you Faithrev, yes still in the race. The Lord is faithful 😊
  24. Good one, Donna. Amazing that from such simplicity of a conversion, you are still standing on that Rock of your salvation, nearly four decades later. This testimony, indeed, shows the simplicity of the Gospel in which is the power of God unto salvation. All from a simple request by a sister in law who was obedient to speak for God. That is also a perfect example of a sister in law becoming ... a sister in grace:-).
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