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Romans 13:10 (peshitta)
Love does not work evil to his neighbor, because love is the fulfillment of the law.
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Handling conflict 101

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
I must be honest for when I read of the topic for this week I was quick to dismiss it and move on.  But I have found myself thinking about the topic again as the week as progressed and after much thought, some research and prayer a blog began to emerge. First up I must confess that the conflicts I faced in my two pastorates were not handled at all that well on my part, in fact I am ashamed to admit that they were disastrous.  Now that I am supposed to be much wiser and mature I have seen the methodology in a much more purer light. The first mistake that I kept on making was to deal with conflict in my own strength and methods, even though I followed at times the instruction laid out in scripture.  This is a mistake that we often fall into. How would I do now?  Firstly, I would turn to......

A prophets prayer

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
Father I long for your word, my heat craves after your word.  O Lord come to me as you did to the prophets of old and reveal your word to me.  I pant after your word for my whole being seeks nourishment from your word.  I am like a thirsty man in the dry wilderness who thinks and dreams of nothing but your word.  Your word sustains me, your word upholds me, your word is like nourishment to me.  I cannot think of nothing but your word coming to me, like as moth is drawn to the light. I want to press into your word.  I want to seek after your mind.  I wish to feel your heart beat and sense your thoughts.  O Lord share with me your thoughts.  I am hungry for your word for I starve for your words, as they are like food to me.  Father do not leave me hungry, do not let me starve. ......

Light a candle or curse the darkness

K Reynolds+
published . 2 min read
Yet it is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness. --William L. Watkinson When I heard the above quote earlier today, I did a bit of research on who actually said it. That can be difficult to do because good quotes tend to get passed along and incorporated into the speeches of others. It is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt or Adlai Stevenson or even Confucius but I discovered that it was published in a book of sermons by W.L. Watkinson long before either Roosevelt or Stevenson quoted it. As for it being a Chines proverb, shortly after the book was published, a missionary society based in China obtained permission to reprint and distribute the sermon which contained the quote. Regardless of its source, as I read the the pages preceding and following the above quote,......

As I lay dying

K Reynolds+
published . 2 min read
It was eight years ago today that I laid down and went to sleep. I came very close to never awakening in this world again. It was too close and it changed me forever. The first part of this blog is a warning. You never know what is going to happen until it happens. In the back of our mind, we secretly believe that when something is about to go wrong in our body, we will get some sort of mysterious premonition, a warning signal that something is about to go awry. While that often happens, it is not always the case. I had no premonition that there was a time bomb ticking in my head. It was a time bomb that had been there all of my life, silently ticking away for 49 years when suddenly without any warning whatsoever, it literally blew, flooding my brain with blood.  I should have simply......

Strong in the Lord

Les B+
published . 2 min read
Eph. 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (NIV) How humbling used by Thee, Why oh God, do You speak to me? Some read the words You say, Eternal value in price did pay! Brothers and sisters the world all around, Many without holy word You still ground. Lord You are perfect in all Your ways, Please teach wisdom numbering days. Showing battle is not mine lacking power on own, Only in Christ's strength victories find. Spirit guides steps for You such ease, Walking in Your heart, greatly pleased! Holy Lord this is much too much, Loving so great You came to touch. Direct words and hands to bring your glory, In trust can tell Jesus story. Lord and Savior He is the One, Life eternal found in the Son! Heavenly Father, You are mindful of me, Why dear Lord, you hung on......

The joy of the Lord

Les B+
published . 2 min read
Neh. 8:10 - This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (NIV) This verse is a favorite and repeated by many often. Uplifting and encouraging but how exactly do we achieve it. A look at Nehemiah's life while rebuilding the wall and gates of Jerusalem provides insight. A captive in service of the King of Persia (cupbearer and advisor), he gains favor from both God and man. How? He calls to the Lord on behalf of Israel in repentance for sin leading to captivity. (Neh. 1:6) With integrity and transparency, he shows sadness and distress for Jerusalem's condition. (Neh. 2:3) Through faithfulness the Lord using the King of Persia, grants passage and materials to restore Jerusalem. (Neh. 2:8) Confronted in other Province's by......

My going away from brentwood blog

deepa+
published . 2 min read
When I first moved from New Jersey to Brentwood, the calmness and the stillness around here was bothering me. I was feeling so lonely without the noise or the crowd or the busy people. But now I feel when I go to Seattle I am going to miss the quiet natural surroundings of Brentwood. Last year, I did not know that there is a place called Brentwood in Tennesse or there is Tractor Supply Company or there is a Fellowship Bible church or the Landings of Brentwood Apartment. But now when it is time for me to move to a different project, as I pack my bags I sit back and wonder, how many new experiences, new people, new places God revealed for me during my 7 months stay here in Brentwood. Every place I go in with the hope that this might be my permanent home, but then after the project gets......

The bubble has popped - the widow m on her birthday

Beth+
published . 3 min read
The Bubble Has Popped Today is my Birthday. Not just any birthday. The Big One. I said Good-Bye to my fifties last night and said Hello to the Big Six-Oh. I am not ready for this. But not at all for the reasons you presume. I care not a whit about getting older. I wish I were turning 99. I was 58 when Kirk died. And he was 63. Five years between us. And now there are only three. For you see, I am getting older but he is not. He should be here. He should be here for my 60th. He always made my birthdays so very special for me. Not with gifts bought with money. But with a homemade dinner of a filet (between raw and rare, thank you very much) and crab legs (2 pounds of butter please) and asparagus with homemade Hollandaise sauce. And to think he couldn't boil water when we first got......

Promise, plan, spirit, prayer and salvation

deepa+
published . 2 min read
His Promise : God invites each and Everyone of us who come to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ with a Promise. That promise is written deep in our Soul and it serves as the very purpose of our own existence. We wake up everyday with the hope and trust that we are aligned with God and He will fulfil the promise in our lives. To Peter Jesus Christ said "On this rock I will build my church". To John He gave the "Book of Revelations". To Natheneal He said "You will see the doors of Heaven open and angels ascending and descending on the son of man". These promises are not easy for any man to accomplish with his own strength. But Jesus Christ planned for each and everyone of them. His Plan : We are tough people with strong will and adamant heart. God has to be......

Are you really a christian?

Abela+
published . 3 min read
Christianity What is it that describes that word? It is a matter of Romans 10:9? if you will confess with your mouth our Lord Jesus and will believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Or what about Acts 16:31? And they said to him, Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and both you and your household will be saved. Or maybe Matthew 10:32: Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Or maybe as some within Christendom believe, the answer is in Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace that you are saved through faith There are also those who claim that Acts 2:38 holds the answer to this question: Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, so that......

Lessons from the looney bin

Shani+
published . 6 min read
When people hear, I ve been admitted to the looney bin, their automatic response is usually to stutter, change the subject or frown apologetically. It isn t exactly typical water fountain conversation. The problem with this response is that it would usually trigger shame in someone.    I ll let you in on a little secret.   I am not ashamed of being in the mental hospital. (Anymore)    When I entered here, I expected to fight the monsters inside my mind, but what I didn t expect was to fight alongside the bravest and most genuine people I ve ever come across.   I awake to the sounds of chattering nurses, high-pitched beeping machinery and rolling wheels against the grainy carpeting. Time for vitals! I hear as I will my eyes to open to the nightmare that is my reality.    Another......

Written in my heart end time harvest of souls-dream 1

Dorothy von Lehe+
published . 2 min read
  Written In My Heart: End Time Harvest of Souls Dream 1  (#19)   As promised, I will discuss specific end time dreams God chose for me to receive. In my previous writing titled Written In My Heart: End Time Dreams with Messages, I shared the four dreams I had that carried with them a spoken message from the Holy Spirit.The first dream from God: Experienced during the early morning hours of Monday, February 19, 2002Dream with MessageThroughout the early morning hours I had this on-going dream that involved soul after soul after soul going through the process of becoming saved, repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I woke up three times during the night. The first two times I was still in the midst of this same dream. The third time I woke up, the Holy......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

joyce+
published . 1 min read
I remember myself as the young christian, constantly running around doing things for God and trying to split myself in two simply to please Him. I would like to have the opportunity to go back and tell my foolish self these things I have over the years come to realise and learn. My darling you do not have to work to gain God's Love.  You do not have to work at every organisation there is. You do not have to be the last out the door.  You do not have to beat yourself up if you dont read your scriptures every day.  You see my little one God loves you simply because he chose to love you. 1 John 4 :19 tells me that we love God because he first loved us.   Don't strive for love that is already yours.  Sweetheart, you spend so much time hiding who you really are that you are......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

Abela+
published . 2 min read
  As we grow older we hopefully grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Below are three ways that I have learned more about God the older that I have gotten. What matters, matters, ignore everything else. An older and great man of God that I once knew used to love saying "If the Bible makes it clear, we know the answer, if the Bible does not make it clear, we should not care." He was one of those rare few that when it came time to talk about the more, well, hot topic side of Christendom, rarely had much to say, because he understood that if there are things in this life that we as Christians should spend time focusing on, then those are those things that the Holy Text makes clear and focus on. The rest of the stuff is probably stuff that most of us should probably......

Choosing a title.

joyce+
published . 2 min read
Its funny in a strange old kind of way to sit and ponder a title for a blog.  What fits?  What makes sense?  How will it relate?  Today I sat and pondered my title.  Often I choose a title that gives the game away as to what the content will be.  But today, today I really cant think of one.   So I dont really have one. If I did have one, and I am only saying IF then it could be  "Here we go again" or Onward Christian soldiers or as we say here in Ireland "Wise the head".   So for those here who know me and have been wondering at the flurry of weird stetements coming from me recently I thought I would be as brave as our Shani and let you know where I am. I have Clinical Depression and PTSD .  The depression from things,  but the PTSD from stuff that......

Perfectly imperfect perfection

Nancy+
published . 4 min read
Our two older kids have birthdays in September and October, just a few weeks apart. For many years we have had separate birthday parties with both family and friends. As they have gotten older we found this to be very hectic and expensive, to say the least. If you have ever held a kid s sleep-over type birthday party, you know that most plans and activities typically go out the window real quick, and at least a few of the kids end up bickering about something silly. So this year, we decided that instead of having all these sperate gatherings, we would let each kid pick one friend, and we would take them on a mini weekend vacation. A little Great America, some swimming in a hotel pool, and some good outlet mall shopping. Sounds perfect, doesn t it? A win-win for all! I thought so! As we......

My big old secret

Shani+
published . 2 min read
Shani, I know you aren t going to want to hear this. But given your symptoms, I think your depression is really bipolar 2.   I sat there, looking at the psychiatrist, dumbfounded. No, no, that doesn t seem right. No way. My mind was spinning, trying desperately to comprehend his words. In that moment, nothing seemed to make any sense.   Bipolar. The word still tastes like Vinegar.    Now it s 6 day old vinegar.    6 days since the diagnosis and most are a blur.    Bipolar. Bi-polar. Manic Depressive. No matter how I say it, it doesn t get any easier.  I have tried to use mood disorder or depressed instead because in my messed up brain, I  think it will have less stigma, but i know the truth. At the moment of diagnosis, i have gone from being that person the......

Do you know your purpose in the kingdom of God

Kristen Gray+
published . 4 min read
"God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, those who have gifts of healing, those who help others, administrators, and those who speak various kinds of languages." (1 Corinthians 12:28)NIV Can everyone say out loud, I HAVE A PURPOSE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD! GREAT! Now, let s begin to discuss what Kingdom purpose is.  In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren wrote an NY Times bestselling book A Purpose Driven Life to give clarity to the Body of Christ regarding many questions that most people have asked themselves at one time or another concerning their purpose in life.  Warren sums it up with the question, What on earth am I here for? Good question, right? You may have even wondered about specific traits that......