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Ask or share anything about the Bible here! continued...
February 23, 2006
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enough about me.....on with the show....:) god willing

February 24, 2006
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He has given us his very great and precious promises. (2 Peter 1:4)

When a shipbuilder erects a boat, does he do so only to keep it on the scaffolding? No, he builds it to sail the seas and to weather the storms. In fact, if he does not think of strong winds and hurricanes as he builds it, he is a poor shipbuilder.

In the same way, when God made you a believer, He meant to test you. And when He gave you promises and asked you to trust them, He made His promises suitable for times of storms and high seas. Do you believe that some of His promises are counterfeit, similar to a life vest that looks good in the store but is of no use in the sea?

We have all seen swords that are beautiful but are useless in war, or shoes made for decoration but not for walking. Yet God's shoes are made of iron and brass, and we can walk all the way to heaven in them, without ever wearing them out. And we could swim the Atlantic a thousand times in His life vest, with no fear of ever sinking. His Word of promise is meant to be tried and tested.

There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to publicly profess Him and then not use Him. He loves for us to make use of Him, for His covenant blessings are not simply meant to be looked at but should be appropriated. Our Lord Jesus has been given to us for our present use. Are you making use of Him as you should?

O beloved, I plead with you not to treat God's promises as something to be displayed in a museum but to use them as everyday sources of comfort. And whenever you have a time of need, trust the Lord. Charles H. Spurgeon

Go to the depths of God's promise,
And claim whatsoever you will;
The blessing of God will not fail you,
His Word He will surely fulfill.

How can God say no to something He has promised?

February 24, 2006
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Hi guppy,

I really wasn't singling you or anybody else out. Forgive me if I wasn't clear on that. I should have waited until the next day to post what I did, and given myself time to think things over more. I can be too much like Peter -- impetuous.

I'm sorry to hear about the pain you described. I had no idea. I hope there's some remedy for it.

Seeker

P.S. I have been enjoying your posts. You can be quite the comedian.

February 24, 2006
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More explanation is I think in order.

I started this thread, so I feel obligated to look after those who post on it, such as Wondering123. I made the mistake of assuming others should feel this same way, but it isn't anybody else's thread. I'm sure everybody sees their own share of people seeking for help, and it can get overwhelming at times.

Again, I apologize if I ruffled anybody's feathers, but at the same time, I'm not completely sorry I said what I did a few posts back. I needed to say it, for my own sake.

I'm done speaking about this matter, unless anybody else comments.

February 25, 2006
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I hope I didn't kill this thread.

February 25, 2006
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I have a verse for someone that I just read yesterday. Psalms:20: verse 7. Some trust in their war chariots and other in their horses, but we trust in the power of the Lord out God. verse 8 Such people will stumble and fall but we will rise and stand firm.
I have had times where I trust things more than I trust God and that has never worked for me. Have a nice weekend.

February 26, 2006
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Hi Wondering123,

I do actually think you could get more direct support on the support threads, but I would want to say to you...

You need to first love yourself and prize your own life and well-being. Like Abraham Lincoln said, you have been endowed with certain unalienable rights by your creator; don't let any man take those away from you. Since this is a bible thread I think I can say that you are a child of God and deserve to be loved and treated well.

I caution you: don't let your lack of self esteem and loneliness draw you into a relationship that is bad for you. And if you want to make a try with this guy again--you still have the right to hold some standards of conduct, and to insist on being respected and treated well.

February 26, 2006
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Hi Seeker!

Here's a bit that sticks in my craw lately...

Thou shalt not bear false witness.

February 26, 2006
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Worried Dad,

Hi! It's good to see you again. I heard things have improved with your mother. Did I hear wrong? I hope not.

I don't think Wondering123 is on this site anymore. At least she didn't reply to the thread I posted for her on the Support side a few days ago. But it's nice of you to answer her. I appreciate that.

On bearing false witness against your neighbor -- I think the penalty for this was especially appropriate. I'd like to see us have the same punishment today. You were to do to the false witness what he/she thought to have done to the intended victim. So if you accused somebody falsely of murder, guess what happened to you? It's time to get stoned, and I don't mean with funny cigarettes. Bet that made some people think twice.

Do you care to say why this has gotten into your craw? Ouch, that sounds like it hurts. :o)

February 26, 2006
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Wow! Seekerw
That would be cause for some serious thinking.

I have taken some time to think about my own life. I was accused of internet peversion last week. It did seem odd to me that on afew occasions I engaged high school girls in a lively conversation that afew of the party to much people around town would make a crude attempt to distract me the next time one talked to me. Then of course pot plants were found a couple of miles from my house. Along with hundreds of other house. 🙂

Hmmm ? What could a single, middle aged man with a not so new car be doing parked along dirt roads and I am sometimes spotted with a beat up old 60's style boy scout ruck sack coming and going from the woods ?

Sketching,snapping pic's and observing nature and wildlife as research for my art form. LOL

Now I understand why afew people treated me like some back woods dunce. Some body thought that I was making a childish, halfwitted attempt at being a . perveted,pornographic one man drug ring. ROLF

ROLF again Because God has to be real. If I were to live to be 500 years old I would never be clever enough to set up the chain of events that have covered the last decade of my life and the lives of many others (a small army) to put the foot in the mouths of this minority group of people that are sprinkled through the rural infrostucture from top to bottom that have been making things tough for some as an easy way of making small gains in their own lives.
They might not get stoned with rocks but the traps they set for others with catch them at the most inconvient times.

Take care 🙂

February 26, 2006
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DTN,

Good to hear from you. Sounds like you've had your share of false (or at least misinformed) witnesses. Yep, out in the boonies people can be particularly on edge about things they don't understand.

What comes around, goes around -- that's the modern equivalent to the Biblical punishment on false witnesses.

Take care.

Seeker

February 26, 2006
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Hi ALL,

Good to see this thread pop and sizzle.

GIMME a J GIMME a E GIMME a SUS

gooOOOOOOO JESUS!!!!

Seek, I understand your point about WWJD. And that's some point to remember! I decided to trust my instincts and not reply to the post because things felt--felt off for me. It's difficult to explian why, but they did.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

It's still fun to watch you do your thing!!!

February 26, 2006
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Y&R,

Thanks. I appreciate you saying that. I got too reactive in what I said. I don't know what came over me. I assumed motives for people that weren't really there. I was wrong.

I'm going to give anti-depressants another try. I need to calm down, get more balanced. I have been exploding too much.

Good to see you back, and no explanations are necessary.

Seeker

February 26, 2006
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youngin and seek-i wanted to update u on my eye prob. thurs. nine am. should be resolved. i will be in houston. i will be back sat night. i am soooooooo excited. i only have about forty books stacked up by the fireplace, waiting for me. i plan on having a mighty case of eye strain all next month!!!!!!!!:)i love u guys!! thanks for putting up with me.

February 26, 2006
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oh yea, i am absolutely nuts over pralines. me, as many as i can find and fed ex are going to unite next friday. 😉

February 26, 2006
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Seek,

I understand what you mean about assigning motives to others...I do that from time to time.

In fact, I need to ask you a question, as to not ascribe certain feeling to you right now. I noticed that you took your break from 2/13-2/19 (which were my devotional dates-exactly). If the dates didn't perfectly synch up, I would just consider it a coincidence, and forget all about it. But since they do match, I have to ask you...did my turn or my devotionals make you want to withdraw for some reason?

It felt like a moment where someone was trying to tell me something, you know, without directly saying it.

So, that is the way I'm feeling, and I'm somewhat notorious for burying my unpleasant feelings until they grow into a huge wedge between me and another person...couldn't let that happen with you. Thank you for listening to what I have to say.

I can handle your honesty. Honesty is good!

P.S. Minus the motive ascribing-I don't see a thing wrong with you putting your feelings and hopes for this thread out there passionately or explosively as you called it. I respected it!

I respect your vision for this thread.

February 26, 2006
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MammaC,

Angel was looking for you on the thread in the Support Room, "It's a Done Deal." Says she's worried about you and asked someone to ask you to drop her a line.

Free

February 27, 2006
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Young & Restless and Seek

I left this thread for I feel something is not right. Just my thoughts.

The name of the thread is : Ask or share anything about the Bible here and it is mixed with devotionals and I got confused.

Also Seeker I feel after I replied to you on how I see that the Word of God came into your life and changed you (that answer of mine to you) you decided to take a break. WOW Thanks

For me ( I might be wrong) it seemed that you did not want to answer me and ........ well just leave that part.

Also I tried to keep up with Y & R devotionals and tried to thank her/him for all the work.

If you look back on this thread Seek you would see that you never replied on Y & R devotionals. You said you needed a brake and I understand that.

Then all of a sudden you came back and started your own thing agian.

Sorry Seek I realy do not want to hurt your feelings, but I think its important for you to know how I feel

Seek, this is your thread and I respect - just had to add what I feel

(((((((Garfield))))))))

February 27, 2006
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Garfield,

I'm sorry. I must have missed the post to which you are referring. As I recall, there were a number of other posts at the time on this thread and other threads I was trying to keep up with as well. I'll look up that post you refer to and answer (I don't have time now). I know it's small comfort at this point.

My dropping off the site for a while had nothing to do with you. I wasn't trying to avoid anybody. I simply needed a break.

But I can see how it may have seemed I was avoiding you.

Man, do I ever feel like a hypocrite, in light of what I said about Wondering's posts.

Sorry, Garfield, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll try to be more diligent in the future.

Seeker

February 27, 2006
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Y&R,

I assure you; it was totally a coincidence that I took a break when you did your devotionals.

I took the break for totally unrelated reasons. I had some other matters to tend to, which are now mostly settled.

I was also getting too emotionally involved with this site. I couldn't stop myself from surfing all the threads once I was started replying to anybody. I felt it wouldn't be right if I replied to you and not to everybody else with whom I was posting, so I had to take a break from replying to anybody, even you, my friend. I'm sorry it was at such a bad time for you.

I've been striking out all over the place lately on this site. I can't seem to do right by anybody anymore.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll try to do right by you in the future. I value your friendship.

Seek

February 27, 2006
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In light of Garfield's implied desire to have the devotionals separate from this thread, and my own unacted-upon thoughts on this matter some time ago, I thought it best to start a new thread strictly for the Bible devotionals and comments relating to them.

Please let me know if you beg to differ on my doing this.

Please see the thread for devotionals titled, imaginatively enough, "Bible Devotionals" for further devotionals.

This thread will still be open for all other Bible-related issues.

Seeker

February 27, 2006
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guppy,

Glad to hear about your upcoming operation, and for your upcoming eye strain (well, not the strain, but the reading of the 40 books). Do you want us to pray for you?

Seeker

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yes, i do!! thank u seeker. i have all faith it will be fine. if not, i will miss everybody on here. i really feel pressured right now.

i had someone approach me to due some private duty rehab for them next month. i said i would. (the pay alone is way out there) TODAY , they call me and let me know the apartment is rented, the car is rented, and my ticket is bought. i feel like i am crammed in a shot glass all of a sudden. if this week goes bad, then i will be letting them down too. if it goes well, my new home will be Dallas Texas at the end of next month. but right now, i feel like i am holding my breath. thurs. is going to change my life in one direction or the other. everything is up in the air. 🙁

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Hi Gup,

I'm glad to hear about your surgery as well. I know you're a little nervous, but keep the faith baby!

I will be keeping you in my personal prayer...and I also like Seek's idea of praying for you here...how powerful.

I can't wait to share in your joy after the surgery is a successful!!!

February 27, 2006
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Seek,

A separate thread sound ideal to me.

Thank you so much for being willing to hear and answer my question. I really appreciate that. The logical part of me advocates your right to post or not post anyplace that you choose. The emotional part of me, noticed the coincidence, and decided to take it personally.

I felt like I had two options at that point; I could assume my “cool pose” and dishonestly pretend I didn’t notice or didn’t care about your absence. Or, I could ask you for your honest feedback on the subject, and be genuinely open to learning something new.

Thank you so much for allowing me to express my feelings. It was very uncomfortable (like a growing pain) and I think it was very good practice for me, in being true to myself.

You don't owe me anything...You already do right by me, Seek. What more could I ask?

I’m sorry if you feel obligated to do anything based on my post; Please don’t, friend. The sweet irony here is that I truly want our friendship to be above the social obligation garbage. I only want you to do, things you want to do.

And, I will never (again) post on your (or any other) devotional out of hopes of reciprocation. Only because I want to. Here’s a closing revelation that has been floating around in my spirit the entire day…If I’m posting devotionals, for the right reason-which is the glory of GOD- then it shouldn’t matter if I get a million reply post or NO reply post. And it certainly shouldn't matter who there are from…It should only matter that God is pleased with my service. In fact, service should be my driving motive on this thread; Service to God and you and everyone else.

Thanks again for your reply and for helping me to come to that realization.

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