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    Sometimes it can be hard to do the right thing. Knowing God is watching over us and wants to be a blessing/ to be blessed is a reminder to keep doing what is right. Even when we may not feel like it or it is not the easy thing to do.
  3. Why are we being tormented day by day? Why are we being persecuted day by day? Wherever we children of God find ourselves there'll always be something off that is not in line with God's spirit in us. What can we do about this? can we escape them? no, unless we are not of this world, but just as we are of this world, we live our lives like these things don't exist, because we are not part of the world. Should we question all these? no, rather in all these we rejoice, for our persecution and torment is for our joy and the glory of Jesus, it is our trademark that we are indeed sons of God, for we are being tormented in our righteous soul daily by the ungodly things we see and hear. Though tormented and hated by the world that we shall be weak spiritually, but Jesus has asked the Father to sends us the comforter ( the holy spirit ) to strengthen, guide and remind us of His word at all time. Even still, in all these we are not weakened for we know that the Lord always makes a way of escape. We suffer in the flesh just as Jesus suffered for our sake, we fight every day, every hour, minute and seconds that even as we have done everything to stand, we shall make sure we stand firm, because our enemy the devil is always at work against us, he is wise, but in our wisdom given us through the holy spirit, his wisdom is foolishness, for all his plans are laid bare before us lest we stumble. Paul said; 2 Corinthians 11:29 " who is weak, and i do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? " But we thank God that though in our weakness we are strengthened in him through His word. Though we are mocked, seen in the wrong in the sights of men, but not in the eyes of our God for we surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses even as we live to please the Father. We are tormented to test and prove our love for Him, the devil torments, but God allows it to strengthen us when we prevail. And yes some of us has fallen aside, though I pray they would get up and not utterly fall away. Glory be to God for us who are standing, proving our love for Him, not the love we have, but the love He has deposited in us through His spirit, that no one shall boast of his righteousness, but that we shall glorify His name, that through His name, by grace we are saved. And being saved, He gave us His spirit, not because we deserve it by our works, but that we should live a holy life, that we should not be snatched away by the evil one. In all this, His word is being fulfilled that none of the sheep the Father has given Him shall be lost. I pray for our fallen brothers, their seats are still empty in heaven waiting to be filled again, for it is a good thing to pray for the saints as Jesus did, He said; " Lord I pray for these ones you have given me and not for the world, that you shall keep them." Through the spirit of the Father He has given us that we shall no longer be children bound by the world, but that we shall become sons of God, and if we are sons of God, we have freedom in Christ, because the son, though under his Father, is free and not a slave. Not that we are free to do as we please, but that which pleases the Father, because the son does everything to please the father, and a time is coming when the Father will not only reward him with is care, but with a reward befitting that which he has done. For even though he has gone through a lot which the Father has allowed him gone through, not to torment or punish him, but to strengthen and to build His relationship with Him, he didn't leave the Father, but remained faithful to Him through thick and thin. In all this I say; though we are tormented, by the things we see, hear and by the people around us being controlled by the evil one, we stand unshaken by the strength which the Father has given us through His word by His holy spirit. that no man or anything shall take our crowns of gold from us, that at the end of this race to the kingdom we shall receive our reward He has prepared for us and we shall reign with Him over all He has created forever and ever.
  4. Hi Teresa, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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  6. @Teresa K welcome to the group! Hope you have fun!
  7. I find myself continuing the Unpacking Boxes essays. But the second chapter, which is exactly 1078 words, came out in a prose form. Is that allowed when writing a book? I have the start of an idea. But where would it fit if it includes poetry, short stories, prose and photography?
  8. New invention: called glasses!
  9. You know what's strange? That very verse is the "verse of the day" on Bible Gateway and I read it just this morning!
  10. Elves have been shrinking the font overnight while you slept. I'm trying to catch footage of it in my house, but no luck so far.
  11. It's so weird. Every year that I get older, the print in my Bible gets smaller. I'm typing this as I squint at my computer screen.
  12. Great verse! I look at it as a win-win. If I live, I will serve Christ. all the days of my life. If I die, I will be in Heaven with Jesus. God is with me either way.
  13. let's say you chose orange for sin. Romans 1 & part of 2 would all be orange.
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  15. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21, KJV) What does this verse mean? I see people use it as an autosignature. Others claim it as their life verse. What does it mean? “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Philippians 1:21–24, KJV) Here's the translation in modern speak. "Death to me would be a reward.To live is to serve Christ. " Here's the next two verses in context, "If I don't die, this is the rewards of my ministry - yet what I will choose I don't know. I'm torn between wanting to die and go be in Heaven, which is much better. But you need me to stay alive more." Still your life's verse? It made sense to Paul. He'd been to Heaven already. He couldn't wait to go back. But he considered it worth it to be homeless, sacrifice comfort and go hungry, endure beatings and abuse. Alas, truly few can honestly say it's really their life's verse.
  16. As for highlighting, I think it works better not to have a scheme. Really, when you think about it, Romans would start all one color and gradually change...
  17. Hi, @Teresa K! It's nice to meet you!
  18. Hi, Teresa. Welcome to Christian Writers. Best wishes and God's blessings!
  19. Jesus’ ministry was divided between two geographical venues: Judea, the center of religious activities, and the northern part of the Jewish Kingdom known as Galilee. The history of these two areas goes back hundreds of years to the time when Israel split into two Kingdoms. Due to the arrogance of Solomon’s successor, Rehoboam, many of the tribes broke away under the leadership of Jeroboam to form what was to be called the Northern Kingdom (Israel). The Southern Kingdom was to be called Judah. Lying between these two land masses was an area known as Samaria. The Samaritans were the black sheep of the Jewish faith. It was these people who, centuries before, intermarried with the invading army of the Assyrians. They were looked upon years later as the violators of the Jewish blood line. In Jesus’ day Judea was the center of Judaism. Jerusalem was the flagship of the Jews religious beliefs. It was into this environment that Jesus displayed God’s message of reconciliation. The opposition was so strong in Judea that Jesus would center much of His ministry to the north in Galilee. His message would bring division among the masses; yet, the power of His Word caused people to take actions that defied their own reasoning. Today, the Church seems to be more interested in a pastor’s interpretation of the Word than in hearing what Jesus actually said. When Jesus spoke, people listened. The modern church proclaims extra-Biblical “truth” instead of the “red letters” of the Gospels. I love to read the Epistles of Paul, Peter, James, and the others, but we must realize those inspired writings are built upon the reality of Jesus’ words. I love the Old Testament, but we must realize that those inspired writings introduced Jesus! Without Jesus, there would be no Bible as we know it. Believers must center on His teachings and not the “new” revised Gospel that has so discreetly crept into our churches. Acting on the Word without the visible evidence of its fulfillment is the step of Faith that so many Believers fail to take. The Thomas type of faith is contingent upon seeing before believing, whereas Biblical Faith is simply believing His Word and walking in the complete confidence of that Word without any compelling evidence. In Cana of Galilee, Jesus encountered a man from Capernaum whose son was seriously ill. This father had traveled over seventeen miles to seek the miracle worker known as Jesus. He asked Him to go back with him to Capernaum and heal his son. Jesus knew that the man’s mindset was around “signs and wonders” and not keyed to the power of the word. But responding to the insistence of the father, Jesus spoke six words that would change his life forever, “Go thy way; thy son liveth.” Something happened at that moment that caused the sign seeker to believe Jesus’ words and start his two day journey back home. He was returning with nothing but the words of Jesus. I wonder how many Believers today are acting on the Word with no pre-evidence of its fulfillment. The next day, as he approached his home, his servants met him and told him that his son was indeed alive. The Bible says he believed and “his whole household.” (John 4:46-53) The Word started in his heart and culminated in his head. The Word always goes from the heart to the head, not the other way around. Jesus encountered another father who had a son with a demonic spirit and was petitioned to deliver him. Jesus told him that if he only believed, all things were possible. The man responded, “I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” He believed in his heart, but the “control tower” (his head) was not allowing a faithful action. (Mark 9:14-27) Jesus acted on the man’s heart faith and expelled the demonic spirit. The challenge for every Believer is to get his heart and head into sync so he can truly experience the reality of the Kingdom of God.
  20. You might trying reading a book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. She takes a character very opposed to my world view and makes him, at the very least, understandable.
  21. Trust me- you don't want to go there. They have way more money than you have. Have you considered setting up a non-profit to help teachers with bullying by school boards? You might think I'm crazy, but I sense this is a bigger issue than just you, and you might have grounds for a class action suit.
  22. Like write what you want to read.
  23. Sounds great, Teresa. There's a lot of talent here. Hope you find a match.
  24. You know, I kind of like that. I really do.
  25. Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
  26. You guys are so nice. I am from Taiwan. I am currently teaching music in Switzerland. ( singing, piano, composing and music program) Lately, I have a strong desire to write Christian songs in English. I am hoping I could work with someone who can write lyrics and I compose the music.
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