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    Good questions here. I believe sometime we have to be uncomfortable to move forward sometime, or else we would just stay where we are. Never moving forward. Praying, looking to improve and help others in our daily walk with the Lord with get us where we should be according to God will.
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    I have felt the power of the Lord through singing! It is so joyful and peaceful at the same time.
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    Yes, I agree entirely with spiritual warfare! Life is a constant 24/7 battle between the Devil and ourselves, and the majority of Christians are blinded to that fact. But think about it. Peter was one of Jesus's disciples, yet when he said something contrary to what Jesus would have had him to say, Jesus rebuked the Devil to come out of him. Shouldn't we realize that demons and devils can affect believers if they are not strong in their prayer life? This is a great reminder for me to be in prayer more than ever, especially in the times that we are living in. Thank you for this.
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    I believe you are right. Not just reading , but taking the time to take it in and reflect too. Because there is no greater words than Gods!
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    Nice breakdown of your thoughts on this! Amazingly Blessed ties it all together!
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    I don't see or hear WWJD as much as I once did that is for sure. This is encouraging!
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    Yes, amen! And I'm so glad to see you got it all straightened out and got started. Yay!
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    We can stand on God word because it is truth that never changes!
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    Hi MaryAnn, Thanks for sharing this post. I liked how you shaped it so that those who do not know God can take the opportunity to meet and commit their lives to him. Congratulations on obtaining First Place in the Historical Fiction Category of the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest. It's nice to come across someone who has actually won one of these book awards.
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    Just listened to your message. It is a great way of taking everyday pressure of of our lives. Doing our best, and taking our problems to the Lord knowing he is on control.
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    You are right, we can so easily get distracted from our daily walk with the Lord. TV, phone, internet, or just tired. But, our soul suffers. Remembering the importance of making the time to grow in Gods word will feed our soul. Living a life of more joy and peace!😀
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    I hope I do not come across as too brazen in this response, but I do take offense to that last statement that I am "not a True Christian". I do not adhere to The Watchtower's interpretation of the Bible founded by Charles Taze Russell (a known charlatan), but I adhere to the Bible, I believe Jesus is the only way to salvation, and I follow him as a Christ-follower (Christian). Here is some of the research I have done that supports what I claim above. (This is from my personal website) https://www.countertopministries.com/founder-fraud.html https://www.countertopministries.com/false-prophet.html https://www.countertopministries.com/new-world-translation.html Likewise, I believe I have answered your question of "what is the name of the god you glorify". Who He is, is not determined by a name written in a specific man-made language. I used to be a teacher, and my students had a nickname for me, "Mr. Trip". That is nowhere near my name, my middle name, or my last name. But it was an endearing name that came from a funny story during my student-teaching days. Some of them called me by my name, "Mr. Williams", and others called me "Mr. Willy". Simply because they used a different name, doesn't mean they were referring to different people. To get to know "Mr. Trip" was to get to know "Mr. Williams". This is just an analogy, but Jehovah is merely one of many words the ancient Jewish people used to refer to God. It meant "God" to them. A more literal translation would be "I am that I am", in other words, the name God gave Moses in the burning bush when Moses asked for his name. With all the names, or titles - if you will - that I listed above, they are all ways of glorifying God as who He is, God. The creator of heaven and earth, the one who created us and the one who desires a personal relationship with us. If I do nothing but call Him, "Abba, father." Like Jesus once did, that does not negate or diminish who it is I am speaking of. If I strive to get to know "Abba", speaking of God, that does not somehow prevent me from getting to know the Creator simply because I do not limit myself to referring to Him by a certain name. Romans 10:13 is a great verse, but it is even better in context. Romans 10: 9 - 13 (NIV) - If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” First sentence - You are saved by believing in Jesus, not by knowing a name. "As Scriptures says, 'Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.'" - Who is this "him" Peter referring to? Jesus Christ! "...- the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,..." who is this "Lord" Peter is referring to? Jesus Christ! "for" - meaning therefore, meaning as what is said before this is true, then this follows "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." again, who is Peter referring to? None other than Jesus Christ himself. FOR - "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." In fact, ALL translations except the New World Translation has it in such a way. They all agree except the NWT. From the previous links, I cannot bring myself to agree with the translation. It is interesting though, even in the New World Translation, here is the verse in context. Romans 10: 9-13 (NWT) - For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation. For the scripture says: “No one who rests his faith on him will be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. There is the same Lord over all, who is rich toward all those calling on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” Even here, it says that believing in Jesus is how you are saved in verse 9. and it still refers to Jesus when it says "No one who rests his faith on him will be disappointed." and then also still refers to Jesus as "There is the same Lord over all, who is rich towards all those calling on him." but then switches to Jehovah in the last verse. It almost seems that the NWT is encouraging the Trinity here, but I know that the Watchtower sees the concept of the Trinity as something from the Devil. As a Christ-follower (literal definition of a Christian), I believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved - that He is the way, the truth, and the light, and no one comes to the Father except through him. I believe you would agree with that statement - especially since your translation of John 14:6 is identical to ours - though we may disagree upon other concepts.
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    Thank you @ Guest The Nonchalanté, but in my research of different faiths, beliefs, and religions, I have done some research on Jehovah's Witness, and I do not agree with some of their interpretations and beliefs. But thank you for your kind comments. As far as what is the name of my God, I don't believe he can be pigeon-toed into a name we can say with our limited tongue. He is the one and only God of the universe. The one who created all things. He has gone by many names - to Moses, he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” - He also told Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'" The Hebrew word for God was "YHWH", or Yahweh. The Hebrews had other words for God. El Shaddai - Lord God Almighty El Elyon - The Most High God Adonai - Lord and Master Jehovah Nissi - The Lord who is my banner Jehovah Raah - The Lord who is my shepherd Jehovah Rapha - The Lord who heals Jehovah Shammah - The Lord who is there Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord who is our righteousness Jehovah Mekoddishkem - The Lord who sanctifies you El Olam - The everlasting God Elohim - God El Qanna - God who is jealous (far from being a name of bad connotation, this means God is jealous of us, for our attention and our praise) Jehovah Jireh - The Lord who will provide Jehovah Shalom - The Lord who is peace Jehovah Sabaoth - The Lord of hosts. Don't misunderstand me, These are not different gods. These are all descriptive names of who God is. There is one and only one God. And He is the God of the Bible. God is not a God of a certain language. Therefore, I do not believe he can be caught up on one name. He is who He is. We only have to believe in Him. His name is not as important as who He is. I hope this answers your question, even though it wasn't quite a straight-forward answer...
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    Sounds like you have had a lot going on this past decade. Thank you for the encouragement, and prayers! I will be praying for you too for God blessing over your life!
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    I will be praying for you too, so sorry for your loss. God Bless.
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    A wonderful reminder of the love that is with us.
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    The poor will always be with us, but we can still extend a helping in in anyway that we can to those in need. Sometimes all it takes is being a good listener or giving our time.
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    Heavenly music, that is something to think about. I too have been to churches that stick with hymns, and others a more modern sometimes even edgy sound. I don't think that we can comprehend the heavenly music that awaits us. A sound all to its own I think. I myself like to hymns, and that is what my church sings. But I don't know if there is a right or wrong to this. Just as long as it lifts up in Gods name, and not just a show about the person. To God the glory!
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    Interesting, I think you are right. Many of us probably do not take the time to see if our prayer life is in need of improvement. I believe it is part of the relationship you have with God, and the strengthens with prayer. So to me that is something of the up most importance to make sure it is where it needs to be. I think this can be accomplished with being mindful of setting aside time each day. No matter how small to start. Make sure to surround yourself with people that will lift you up and you can do the same!
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    Interesting view on truth and how it affects laws, and ultimate result.
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    Great message and reminders. We are bearing witness to The Light, and we all occasionally we fall into traps. But we can work together to keep on spreading The Light to this dark world!
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    The words we speak my not seem that impactful sometimes, but they are powerful. They will impact the here and the now as well as generations to come.
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    Thanking God and singing praises should be an everyday practice that we do. Because God is worthy of our praise and so much more!
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    God's love never fails or leaves us! It is a constant in our lives!
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    I'm so sorry you've been sick, Katherine. Hope you recover quickly. Glad you enjoyed your giggles with your sweet boy.
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    No matter how much we mess up Gods grace is there for us to help us through!
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    Sorry to hear about your father and your traditional end of the year cold. That is one tradition to be broken for sure. ( Not like you have any control over that one) Very encouraging words for years past and looking onward to the future.
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    Very well put. When we call on the Lord he will answer!
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    Take a Lincoln penny, put a piece of paper over it, rub with pencil lead, and the image of Lincoln will appear. And only the image of Lincoln. God puts a piece of paper over my life, rubs with pencil lead, and the image of Christ appears. And only the image of Christ. It's not a magic trick. It's a miracle.
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    Well said and appreciated.
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    A "counselor" of my ex-wife once told me, "God doesn't want you to put him first. God's not selfish." Too few people realize that it is only by putting God first that I will ever be able to put another first above myself. I need God's in order to love someone else. God, others, then myself. Satan's formula is myself, others, and then God, if there is anything left over. Formula for failure. "
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    Tag team. When I'm facing a giant, I need to tag out and let my PARTNER into the ring. Go get him, Jesus!
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    Gods law, ways, and word gives us feeling to trust and believe in! Not the will of man, but the will of God!
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    Katherine, I just received this email... We’re just days away from the five-hundred-and-first anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This Reformation Week, are you listening to RefNet? Short for “Reformation Network,” RefNet is streaming trustworthy teaching committed to the biblical truths rediscovered by the Reformers in the sixteenth century. With messages from R.C. Sproul, the Ligonier Teaching Fellows, and other trusted teachers, our aim is to help ground today’s believers in the historic Christian faith. Tune in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for preaching, Scripture reading, audiobooks, news, music, and more. Here's their link to listen.
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    When our kids were around 11, 7, and 4, we stopped dressing the kids up and sending them out for Halloween. It was not something we wanted to celebrate and the kids understood and agreed. We don't even give anything to kids. We turn the light out and no one comes. The kids don't really come down our street anyway for we live on a very quiet cul-de-sac. We do have some little ones now in two houses across the street. So they may make the rounds of the street. I knew about the 500th celebration. A much better event to celebrate.
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    I am with you on time management. At times I find it hard to set that time aside, but it is of the most importance that we do. I start small and build on that.
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    Thank you, Katherine. I so needed this for an attitude check, to put on the garment of praise in the midst of the heat I'm experiencing in upstate South Carolina. I'll consider it God's tough love--His enduring love for us. The next time I see a Crimson Tide home game on TV, I'm bound to think that attendants are as much celebrating the advent of Fall as they are encouraging their team to roll on Pardon, you might be an Auburn fan! Well, them too.
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    I really loved this article. Our Lord cares much about the details. In seeking first His Kingdom...all these other things will be added to you, including the perfect vbs snack. Even twizzlers. Ha. Thanks for your commitment to the little ones who shall so recieve His Kingdom and Kingship.
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    Praise God! Thank you for sharing, Denny.
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    Thank you, Katherine! Good encouragement. I happen love donuts... I have had to restrain my plump self of late. Great lamentations...
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    I enjoy the play on words of soulitude.
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    I loved this poem. Thank you for posting.
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    I am a committed Christian. I might even be called devout. Most Christian I know are all very concerned with the way things are going in this Country. One basic problem is that here in the United States of America, we've never had to deal with official, government sponsored anti-Christian religious persecution before, and we have no idea how to handle it. I suggest that we look in the Bible and see what God's Word has to say about it. I think the following passage may be helpful: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." (Ephesians 6: 10-20) I suggest that we also pray that we totally unprepared American Christian will not find ourselves in the same situation as the Apostle Paul, when he wrote those words. I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.
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    I enjoyed reading this and can easily imagine avidly reading a book on this. Thank you for sharing!
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    @Ragamuffin_John I have better pieces on my computer at home of course, but this a raw piece I recently wrote. This is in no way edited, it was just slopped on to get my thoughts down. Please, tell what you think of the content. If you can imagine a polished piece, would you think a book full of this stuff would be interesting? Rhesa “… the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri” (NKJV) “… ben Reisha, ben Zerubavel, ben Shealtiel, ben Neri,” (OJB) Luke 3:27 This genealogical link is a great example of why it is so important to look to the original language. OJB stands for the Orthodox Jewish Bible. This version of the bible offers the Jewish words in English – ish. I like to use this version when I am considering the original wording. You can see firsthand that “son of” and “ben” mean the same thing. If the Jewish word used was “bat”, that would mean “the singular daughter of”. As we discussed in the introduction to this chapter, “ben” can, and usually is, considered to be plural. I am of course no expert, but this is what I discovered when I asked the question: Why was “ben” used here instead of “bar”? “And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor.” (NKJV) “12 After Ykhanyahu (Jeconiah), then Shaltiel (Shealtiel), then Zrubavel (Zerubbabel), 13 then Avichud (Abiud), then Elyakim (Eliakim), then Azur (Azor)” (OJB) Here we read a similar excerpt from the genealogy found in Matthew 1:12-13. “Begot”, as we already know, means “fathered”, and is, like “ben”, a loosely used term. I have never figured out why it is exactly, that one account goes from oldest to youngest, and the other account goes from youngest to oldest. Like always, I have my suspicions, but that is a story for another day. Either way, we have the same understanding: from one generation to the next may not be the exact biological “son” of the previous one. So far, what we know for sure is that according to Matthew, Zerubbabel “fathered” Abiud (Chapter 8), and according to Luke, another one of Zerubbabel’s “children” was named Rhesa. Is that a valid statement? Research it, make sure for yourselves, never just take mine or ANYONE else’s word for it. Assuming you agree, we will move on. No “women” are mentioned in the Lucan account, however, looking to the last link for one more piece of the puzzle, we see that Joseph is the listed son, but that he is simply the “husband of” Mary who is the actual genealogical bloodline ancestor from. Now that we have an established foundation let’s look to our genealogical link. What does Rhesa mean, and does his name fit? According to Abarim Publications one understood meaning for the name is “relieved of social burdens”. A social burden is defined as “an individual or group that causes additional suffering or cost to society-at-large without contributing to offset those costs.” After their 70 years in captivity, Zerubbabel was heading up the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Once that was finished, things could get back to whatever the new normal was for the Israelites. They were just coming out of an extended turbulent political unrest. In the span of 70 years, a single lifetime, they had gone from being kings, to being captured and carried away as slaves of Babylon. Then Babylon fell meaning that the reigning world power shifted to a Medo-Persian way of living. Then they returned to their devastated and desolate land that was in dire need of rebuilding, and began settling back in. Being relieved of social burdens, to me, just means that they were free to be themselves, Jewish worshipers of the One True God again, instead of having to do and act certain ways in foreign lands. You can go to the homes of friends and family and be perfectly welcomed. You will most likely hear that age-old phrase, “make yourselves at home”, but there is nothing quite like coming home to your own space where you can let your hair down so to speak and just be yourselves. Means Affectionate: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/rhesa/ http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Rhesa.html#.WpgUuFuPKCg http://www.biblical-baby-names.com/meaning-of-rhesa.html (both gender name) https://www.babynamespedia.com/query (NO BOY NAMES FOR RHESA) “RARE BIBLICAL GIRL NAME” http://www.familyberry.com/babynames/index.cfm?q=29D756AF402E360025987B1BCB27797F (Biblical boy name - Biblical baby name) http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/rhesa http://mrf.org/library2/index.php/mrf-white-papers/white-vol7/more-on-the-social-burden-fallacy/
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    Sounds good to me, makes me feel warm on this rainy day here.
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    It's true. The Gift of love is not as easy as we think. Thank you for sharing,
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    Hi @Rebecca, I think this is a wonderful idea. It seems every time I come back for a visit there has been a new feature added. Thanks for all your hard work and commitment.
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    Wow, Teddy, what you've written seems to be telling my story...
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