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Beverly Waller

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  • Birthday 09/01/1967

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  1. Thanks Lynn! I'm sure that A LOT of other folks are glad too!
  2. Hi Lynn, I checked the critique forum again today. I was able to click on and look at posts this time. But I can't read the critique rules post. I get an error message. Sorry, forgot to mention that before. From what I've read here, others have trouble reading those rules too. Thanks for your help!
  3. I know for sure that I'm a member and I am signed in right now. I went to the critique forum to read a few stories, and got an error message like this: Error code: 2F173/H What is wrong? Whatever is happening, I hope it will work better next time. Thanks for making this site so fun to spend time in.
  4. When I arrived at work one June morning, my legs trembled, my heart raced, and I fought tears. My work had to be done, somehow. Sleep had eluded me again. After I waded through the morning, lunch break came. I stood in line and ordered my meal, collapsed into a chair, and cried. Sarah* joined me, an older woman who had become a dear to me. She asked me what was wrong. I struggled to describe my turmoil, asking her why it was happening. Then Sarah opened her Bible and read a verse aloud that astounded me: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you,” 1 Peter 5:10 KJV. I wept as I listened, too upset to eat or fully absorb its meaning. However, her kindness and love gave me hope. I stopped crying and was able to eat during the second lunch period. Sarah's kindness has been a treasure to me. And I've remembered this verse. Reading interpretations of it were enough before. But now I have dug deeper to grasp the truths here. God saves his own by grace, through Jesus Christ, calling them to one day share his eternal home. Soothing words were paired with words I didn't want to hear: “after that ye have suffered a while”. The word “suffering”, refers here to the human suffering of Christians. But, I've learned that God has a good purpose in mind. God uses suffering to make us “perfect”, or “to render complete”. He does this by refining the dross from us to leave precious gold. None of us enjoy pain, but God will use it to make us holy like his Son. It may not seem good now, but it will be worth it in the end. “Stablish”, or establish, means "to fix, make fast, to set" Once that is done, we can grow spiritually. Another word for this is “confirmed”. God wants Christians to be solid in their faith and live it out. Jesus commanded Peter to “strengthen the brethren,” (Luke 22:32). In that verse, “establish” was translated as “strengthen”. In 1 Peter 5:10, Peter said that God wanted to "stablish them (in every good work and word);" God is so good to teach and enable us to grow, in person, and through others. When Peter said, “strengthen”, he means that God also uses suffering to make our souls stronger. We can live with struggles that we wanted to flee from before. James 1:4 tells us to “let patience have it's perfect work”. Suffering is what teaches us endurance. And, “settle” means laying a foundation, or grounding us. For example, in Eph. 2:17, believers are urged to be grounded “in love”. And in Col. 1:23, believers are urges to be grounded “in the faith”. These are true believers who continue to live their faith. Since God's work in us is life-long, the work he began will continue to become more complete. Our souls will grow solid in our faith and grow stronger. We will learn to live lives of faith and love unfazed by whatever life gives us. There is hope. I'm so thankful. Words that had confused me before are now the right words to encourage me. *This name was changed to protect privacy.
  5. Thanks for such a friendly welcome back! I hope that I've learned to write better, but I know I'll soon find out.
  6. Hi, I just needed to let you all know that the websites I had created are no more. But, I can take up the blog again that I have here. I have also come home from my adventure in making websites and will post in the critique forum. In order to make the main site worthwhile, I had to be able to pay to host it. I couldn't do that, and free websites are hard to advertise to reach out to new readers. I'm not sure that I'm was really cut out for the responsibility of a website anyway. So, all is well. God took care of me and brought me back here. I'm glad to have all of you to greet me. Thanks for listening! Love, Beverly
  7. Dear Michael, I'm a Christian writer interested in this opportunity too. Is it still open? I have had articles published in e-zines, and one poem published in a print magazine. I have a website now with a blog, so I have learned to write them as well. This sounds like a wonderful way to get involved in a ministry. Please contact me here or at the contact page of my website: https://www.help-from-above.jimdofree.com/about/ Looking forward to hearing from you!
  8. Hi! I just wanted to let you all know that my newer blog posts will show up on a new website I created to help me advertise my main site. The new website is called Beverly's Writings: https://www.beverlyswritings.blogger.com I don't have something new there today, but I will let you know. Thanks for being so patient with me! Beverly
  9. Hi Faithrev/, Thanks for your encouragement. It does look like we have something in common. I looked up your website, and it looks good. It's got a lot of information! I didn't look at all the pages, but I can see that you had a lot of work putting this together. I noticed that it doesn't have a Contact page. Maybe you don't need that page for this kind of site. Do you live in Australia? That explains the British spelling. It's a neat feature of CWG to meet folks from all over the world.
  10. Your Striving Can End Today I knew a man who pursued Christian knowledge. He strove to live for God. Great light flooded his mind on many subjects, and he delighted to share this treasure. But, he encountered Bible verses that he couldn't penetrate. Peace eluded him. He works for God's smile so that He will be welcomed home later. After searching, I found some Bible passages that may have burdened him. I want to remove the fears of others like him. When any of us doubts that Jesus' sacrifice was enough to save us, we struggle for salvation assurance. This produces endless anxiety and fear, and God grieves to see us live like that. One Bible passage that I hadn't understood, and others may struggle with, is this: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance,” (Heb. 6;4-6 KJV). I've learned that we have been given a hypothetical argument. It is saying that if it was possible for us to fall away, there would be no way for us to return. If we just read this passage on its own, it appears that God's gift could be lost. But that's not true. I looked up cross references for Hebrews 6:4 , and one of them is Matt. 13:20,211. Jesus told the parable of the sower, referring here to those who have stony soil. These people lacked saving faith. Like the stony soil, their hearts received the seed of the Word of God and embraced God with joy. But their new “faith” didn't survive the heat of persecution. The seed of the gospel could not get though the rocks to the deep rich soil and produce the strong roots needed to grow. They couldn't lose what they never had. Only those who receive the seed of the gospel into the good soil are saved, and their lives produce fruit that accompanies salvation, (Matt. 13:23). We are given these comforting words: “we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak, (Heb. 6:9 KJV).” We show by our lives that we're saved. In 1 John, we are told at a true believer obeys God and loves his brother. We do not love the world; The Holy Spirit teaches us; he helps us discern good from evil. We are righteous and do not habitually sin. We show sacrificial love to fellow believers. True faith in Jesus' redemption is ours. God answers our prayers. We have the witness of God in our hearts, and we keep ourselves pure. God is so good and faithful to assure us that we belong to him. I was confused by the passage of Heb. 10:26-31, like many others. But after studying it, I discovered that it's another hypothetical argument like Hebrews 6:4-6. The author used it to warn us not to live like unbelievers. Not because any of us could lose our salvation, but because we would lose heavenly rewards. (Hebrews 10:35). A few verses later, he assured them that they are not those who fall away, who lack saving faith. They are of “them that believe to the saving of the soul,” (Heb. 10:39 KJV). Another puzzling verse is in John 15, where Jesus seems to be saying that a believer who does not abide in him could be “cast...into the fire...and burned,” (John 15:6 KJV). Jesus was teaching us that unless we abide in Jesus, our branch (our life) will wither and die. The believer is not burned, but his works will be burned2. He won't receive any rewards. This man will still go to heaven; he will be saved from hell, but “as though by fire,” (1 Cor. 3:15 KJV). A Christian can be sure that he is saved. God says to those whom he has reconciled to himself, “If ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (Col. 1:23 KJV).” That worried me until I found in Strong's Concordance that the Greek word for“if” in this verse can mean “forasmuch as, if, that”3 Paul is speaking to believers; Those who move away from God have not lost their salvation. But, sin has harmed their fellowship with God, as the withered branch pictures in John 15:7. The emphasis here is on God's work of salvation, not our work. Jesus has reconciled us to God and is sanctifying us. He will faithfully complete his work (Philippians 2:6) and present us to God “holy, and unblamable and unreprovable.” They will continue. In fact, “forasmuch as” fits the meaning best for verses 21-23. It means “since”, since you continue. True Christians continue. (Col. 1:22 KJV). This is God's wonderful work in us. For some, “work[ing] out [our] salvation with fear and trembling,” (Phil. 2:12 KJV) means living in fear and striving after doing good works, as the next verse tells us to do. But this isn't true, because the previous verses tell us about Jesus' humbling and his glory afterward. With his example in mind, we should live our lives with an humble reverence for God. We are promised that he will work in us to do good works that he wants us to do now. Paul tells us that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38,39 KJV). We can trust that nothing can separate us from God's love. When God gives in love this most precious gift, it is securely ours. He will never take it back. When we tremble at the thought of losing it and do good works to keep it, we are trying to mix works and grace. We are redeemed by grace, and God will keep us safe until the end. “For by grace are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, it the gift of God,: not of works, lest any man should boast, (Eph. 2:8,9 KJV). Jesus gives us eternal life, not temporary security dependent on our efforts. If our works could save us, then Jesus didn't need to die for us on the cross. Paul tells us that if our salvation is by grace “then it is no more of works: otherwise is no more grace. But if it be of works, there is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” We either trust our works to save us, or we trust in God's wonderful salvation. Jesus gives to those to believe in him “eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my hand,” (John 10:27-29 KJV). Heb. 6:17-19 also affirms our safety in the Father's hand. First, God assures us that God's counsels do not change. He is immutable. Second, God can't lie. We can take him at his word. Knowing these things, we can “have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth within the veil,” (Heb. 6:19 KJV). We can be sure, just as we can trust God himself. We can also trust that we are his forever, because when God saves each of us he puts a stamp of ownership inside—the Holy Spirit. His presence is a promise that Jesus will return to complete the his work in us. (Ephesians 1:7) The Holy Spirit is “the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Nothing will ever change the truth that we belong to Jesus. We can confidently hope and wait for Jesus to return and gain our inheritance. Then we will see Jesus and become like him because “we shall see him as he is,” (1 John 3:2 KJV). We can trust Jesus. Right now, he is our high priest in heaven interceding for us. “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them,” (Heb. 7:24,25 KJV). Jesus will keep us saved; our salvation will never end, because Jesus' intercession will never end. We are forever in the care of the Father. May God give us his peace as we read and meditate on his word. Endnotes 1 Hendrickson Publishers, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Peabody, Maryland, 1982, 160. 2 McGee, J. Vernon, The Best of J. Vernon McGee, (Nashville:Thomas Nelson Inc., 1988), 117. 3 Strong, Henry, Strong's Concordance, https://biblehub.com/parallel/genesis/1-1.htm
  11. Thank you, Faithrev/! I'm so glad that you liked what you saw. But, I have to tell you that this site isn't my first one. I started over twice before creating the site you saw. This is the one I kept. So, I learned as I went. My guess from your user name is that you're a pastor! I'm glad to meet you, and I hope to hear from you again soon.
  12. Hi! I just took a look at the site. It looks like a fun and creative place to be! It's wonderful! Congratulations!
  13. Hello, EClayRowe, I'm sorry to hear that you can't read the text on my website. If you have access to a computer, you can read it there. My website is mobile friendly. Sadly, this status does not include cell phones. (I never imagined anyone trying to read my text that way.) I hope that you'll give the website another chance!
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