"Forgive as the Lord forgave you"
- Colossians 3:13
|Wake Up--Taste that the Lord is good!||
It's hard but do it anyway. You will be happy you did! So will the other person!
"Forgive as the Lord forgave you"
- Colossians 3:13
This time of year it seems everyone loves me. I get emails that say, Dear friend, "We have missed you", "Come back", "Because you are so special", "It has been way too long since you last visited"...
Yep...retailers. Retailers haven't missed me...retailers just want me to shop. They missed my money.
What if we wrote someone an email that said...
You are so special to us. We love you and we have missed you so much. I has been way too long since our last visit and we would love to visit with you soon.
1 John 4:7
"Beloved, let us love another, for love is from God and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
It is no wonder that a Gallup representative noted "LGBT individuals do no feel welcomed into communities whose doctrine does not support any kind of non-heterosexual relationship." The word of God convicts the sinner. Homosexuality is a sin. The LGBT individual is confusing the doctrine of the church with the Word of God.
The Word of God says that homosexuality is a sin. There is no church greater than God whereby the doctrine of the church would trump the Word of God. It is very hard if not impossible for a person, living a life of sin, to feel comfortable in a church setting where the Word of God is spoken without reservation. If the world understood this they would also understand what it is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Religion Unimportant to Most LGBT Americans
... who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are much less likely to be religious than non-LGBT Americans, according to a new Gallup poll.
Just less than half of LGBT Americans said religion is important in their daily lives, compared with about two-thirds of non-LGBT Americans. Moreover, about 40 percent of non-LGBT adults identified themselves as highly religious, compared with just 24 percent of LGBT adults. LGBT Americans were much more likely to identify as not religious at all: 47 percent considered themselves not religious, compared with just 30 percent of non-LGBT Americans.
Participants were categorized as "highly religious" if they said religion played an important role in their day-to-day life and they attended a religious service every week, according to Gallup. A person was considered "not religious" if they said religion is not important in their daily life and they seldom or never attended any religious service, according to Gallup. "Moderately religious" people reported that religion is important to them but they do not regularly attend services.
Gallup representatives pointed out that LGBT people may be more likely to live in areas where religion is less common, and more likely to adopt the same mind-set and practices of others in the area.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Presbyterian Church voted to allow ministers to marry LGBT couples if their state has legalized same-sex marriage. If religious communities continue to become more accepting, the religious gap between LGBT and non-LGBT individuals may close, Gallup representatives said.
NOTE: More accepting of SIN!
What peace there is to know that God is in charge. For years I tried to rule and reign over my life, thinking that I was in charge. I never had peace. I always worried because that is all I knew. Once I was saved by God I understood the meaning of true peace through trusting God.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
...It is a very warm day today. Breezy, sunny and somewhat quiet at this moment. Off in the distance I hear a train. Birds are chirping and birds are flying. The Hummingbirds are very busy right now...flying and chattering, each one trying to keep the other from getting a drink from the feeder. There is plenty of sugar water for every Hummingbird and if they ran out of sugar water I would make more. The Hummingbirds don't know that I put the sugar water there and they don't know that I will make more for them. They don't understand that I will take care of them. We are like that aren't we? God said he would never leave us or forsake us and He has told us not to worry. God will always answer our prayers according to His will. Do we believe that with all of our hearts?
Matthew 6:25-26“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
I read something today that is spot on..."Not going to church because of the "hypocrites" is like not going to the gym because of "out of shape people." Our relationship with God is not triangular. That is to say our relationship is not between God, ourselves and another person/people. Our relationship is, or should be, only about ourselves and God. A direct line. So I exhort you, as God has proclaimed in His Word, to keep your eyes off man and on Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him who is faithful and on Him in whom you can always trust!
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
So, you head out on your vacation and you get a flat tire. You don't have a spare you call for repair and you are told your car will be ready to hit the road again in the next 30 minutes. Great! We take the person at their word. Somehow they are delayed and it takes 45 minutes to repair the tire. In that 15 minutes that you wait for your car to once again be road worthy do you ever think, "My tire will never get repaired! I'm never going to get my car back! I'll never be able to go on vacation!" Of course not you just wait.You are on a scheduled flight to see your family. Bad weather has caused a delay and all flights are cancelled. The airline makes an announcement that they are sorry for the delay but all flights will resume when the weather clears. We trust that the airlines will resume all flights when the weather changes. We never once think the weather won't change we know that eventually the weather will improve and we will board the plane. Do we once say, " I will never get to see my family! The weather will never change! I'll be stuck at the terminal forever!" Of course not you just trust that the airline will resume all flights. It's night time and you arrive home. The house is dark. You flip on the light switch and expect the lights to come on so you can see. Do you once think that while you were gone the electric company moved and they no longer provide electricity for you? Do you flip the switch and expect the electricity not to illuminate your way? Do you ever wonder and say, "Will the lights ever come on again? My house is always going to be dark at night! I'll never be able to watch television again!" Of course not.But sometimes we are like these examples. If we pray and God doesn't answer our prayers quickly we get impatient. We wouldn't leave our cars in the shop if the car wasn't ready "on time" and hitch hike, but we stop waiting for God to answer our prayers and we try to rush the situation. We wouldn't try to walk or run to our destination if the airlines cancelled flights we would be patient. Yet, when God delays situations in our lives we are not patient...we just can't seem to wait for the next flight. We trust that the electricity will turn on when we flip the light switch...so why can't we just trust in the LORD?
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3: 5-6
and spirit of the antichrist...When confronted with lies about the Word of God can you discern the lies from the truth? Some who profess to be Christians cannot. The Bible says, "Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God." Or in other words...they are the antichrist. Does that mean that if someone believes something else contrary to the Word of God they have the spirit of the antichrist? What do you think?
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.1John 4:4-6
James 3:8 "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."
Yes...the tongue is wicked, but I believe the problem begins in the heart. The tongue is just a vehicle for the condition of the heart! How's your heart?
Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
Angie Macy Deppisch