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[10 Apr 2006|12:48am]

Ok. Im new to the community, kind of. Ive been reading it for a while and just never put up my testimony, because I never knew what to write, but here it goes. My name is Jessica, im 20 years old. I was a very spiritual child, (my first word was Jesus) and spent the first 6 years of my life in a nondenominational church. After that, my father was having some spiritual doubts so we stopped going to church. I was a kid with very strong convictions so i never drank, or had sex or anything. When I was a senior in high school I started doubting God's existance. It was then that my younger brother "came out of the closet" and sent our whole household in to a spirtual battle. We were constantly praying for him and hoping that he would be born again, and delivered from this. This was hard for me, because I wasnt even sure if I believed in God, and I felt that my lack of faith would keep my brother from being saved. 3 months later, my brother was saved. He has an amazing testimony. The reason I am mentioning this is because he made me see that God is undoubtly real and true and good, and can absolutely work miracles.
Even so, it is hard for me right now because I have no one here who believes the same thing that I do. I have very few Christian friends and am desperate to find someone who can help me when I have spiritual struggles. I have found that it is only when I am broken, that I come to God, and I am bothered by that. I should praise God when things are good, and when things are bad. Its just hard when I have no one around me doing or believing the same thing. But I am no longer letting this stop me from seeking God's face.

My favorite verse is...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres." I Corinthians 13:4-7

I love this verse because it outlines God's love. And because it is God's love, we should try to emulate that towards one another. As a hopeless romantic, I love love. And because I have had my heart broken too many times to count, I HAVE to keep this verse in my head, just so I can realize that whatever I had in a relationship, was not as true as the love of God.

Ok I guess thats all!
God Bless you all!!
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[10 Apr 2006|08:35am]

my pastor thought his sermon sucked so he kinda tried to clear it up on his blog

basically, we should be living kingdom lives, not earthly lives
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[08 Mar 2006|03:09pm]

Now Matthew was a historian and Hebrew historians were known for being EXTREMELY meticulous and therefore we know this is accurate and we also notice something extraordinary that NEVER occurs in historical Hebrew geaneologies therefor must carry great importance...

...the women.

A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[a] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ 

Therefore I ask you guys...why are these women mentioned here?? One is a prostitue, one lay at the feet of an unmarried man, one lied and hid spies and one was an adulteress (i think) look at these women, why are they HERE??
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Prayer [08 Mar 2006|06:53pm]

Prayer. What is it? Is it asking God for help when you are worried about your Psych Midterm? Or is it thanking God for your wonderful boyfriend of girlfriend? Or is it asking God why some people do bad things to other people? Or is it appreciating God's artwork when you look out your window and see a beautiful red and golden sunset?

Yes. It is all of those things. From thanking God for the little things each day, to the really big questions like, "Why do bad things happend to good people?" prayer is talking with God. Some people describe prayer as talking to God. And for some people that may be a great definition. But for me that just isn't enough. Prayer is talking with God. With implies that he talks as well. If I am talking with you, you are also talking with me. Otherwise we would be talking at each other. This is still a realatively new concept to me. I am still getting used to listening to God. But the more I do it the easier it is to hear that still small voice. The holy spirit speaks quietly to us. It whispers truths in our ear. It helps us to discern right from wrong. When we pray we need to spend time talking to God, but we also need to spend time sitting and listening. Some people spend 5 minutes each morning or night asking God, "What do you want me to do with ______" Then they either go right to bed or they go on with their day. But without listening for God's voice to give you an answer what good does it do to ask questions?

The next important thing to realize about prayer is that God speaks to us directly. Our Fahter who art in heaven hallowed be his name, speaks to us. Imagine that, God the creator of the entire universe talks to us. And when he talks to us it isn't out of obligation or for his benefit, because by no means does he need to talk to us. God wants to talk to us. Why? Because he loves us and want the best for us. And the best thing we can have in life is a strong relationship with our heaavenly father, our savior, and the holy spirit who is our guide and concience throughout our daily lives.

Now where do we go from here? Remember:
1. Remember that when you pray God is listening. He already knows what you want to say, but he wants to hear it from you.
2. Remember that when you pray you need to listen. He wants to speak to you his truth, but if you don't take the time to listen isn't it pointless?
3. Remember that when you pray to speak your heart. God desires your honesty, not perfection. Fancy words aren't important.
4. Remember that prayer is more than just a few moments at the beginning and end of each day. Prayer can become a state of mind that you are in all day long, constantly communicating with God.
5. Remember that prayer can be fun. You are spending time with an old friend. Whether you are asking for help, or if you are just telling him how excited you were when you went to a Casting Crowns concert last sunday, you are simply keeping in touch with and "hanging out with" your Best friend.

Lord God,

Bless this message and anyone out there who reads it. Let them see how important prayer is and how amazing it is that You are willing to talk to us and listen to us. Lord help me in my prayer life and help me to listen for your voice more and more. Keep me holy and walking in your will. Keep me free from the chains of sin that bound me for so long. Whenever I hear that voice whispering to me telling me to sin, help me to listen to the voice of truth. Your voice. Don't let me fall back into old habits. Let me be in constant communion with you always listening for your voice in everything I do.

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Hi, I'm new to this Community. [16 Mar 2006|06:07pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Hi, I'm new here and well, to livejournals in general. I'm an Anglican Catholic (High Church of England) from the UK and am currently on my first year of a Theology Degree. I am studying at home because I have mobility problems so it's kinda lonely. I decided to have a livejournal to see if anyone would share some insight into their faith or insights into the questions I am studying at the moment.

I thought I would share this with you...Isaiah 43:1-5

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Introduction [25 Mar 2006|03:33pm]

Hey, I'm Peter. 18

My favourite verse is James 4:8. "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

God has taught me through my life and through lives of others, that God works best in impossible situations.

I was born into a Christian family. A few months ago, I began to really question God's existance and Jesus' credibility. I started looking for answers. I began to feel despaired after a while because questions kept popping in my head, and answers were slow to come by. I realised then that I could never PROVE God, that there will always be a factor of faith involved. So now, in faith, I'm still seeking the answers in hopes of knowing God more.
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[26 Mar 2006|11:35am]

quick post i do intend to write an intordyuction post but as yet havent got round to doing so
what i would like to ask if anyone knows any scripture verces concerning Testomneis as i am going to be giving mine at our CU evgerlisum night next Friday

God Bless , best Wishes
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New [27 Mar 2006|10:36am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hi, I'm new. My name is Kim. I am 37 and also new in the faith. I am married 15yrs and have two children. I was baptized twelve years ago and went to a bible study for about eight years. We moved and I have been unable to find a bible study that I can attended. I've never joined anything on line before, so all of this is new.
The rules say that I am supposed to give my testimony, which is rather lengthy, so I'm going to leave some out. I am married to a non-practicing catholic who is not supportive of my faith. My father is agnostic, my mother is whatever (she does believe in God). My mother made me go to church until I was in Middle School then I stopped. I was very lost. Did all kinds of drugs. I found (or finally heard God calling me) Jesus when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I was baptized one month after my daughter. I am continuing to struggle on my journey of faith and desperatley need help in reading the bible and applying the lessons learned to my life. I have been unable to meet new friends in the faith. I also have learning disabilities, so it takes me three times longer than someone else to learn something. People get easily frusterated with me. I believe I am at another crossroads in my life and need to be closer to God. I am glad to be here and thank God for people like you who organize and facilitate web sites like these.
My favorite Bible verse is in Philippians Chapter 4 Verse 6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will gaurd your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
The trick here, I think, is that God is saying bring everthing to him, no matter what it is, and he will give you peace, not necessarly what you want, but a peace that you will not experience by anything else. I have found that truly bringing everything to him is more difficult than it seems.

Your friend in Christ

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Introduction [09 Feb 2006|08:54am]

Hello! My name is Maria and I'm from Arizona. I'm 21 years old, soon to be 22 in March. My favorite bible verse is the promise in Proverbs 3:5-6:

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

One of the most important lessons God has taught me is to CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS CAREFULLY. Had I done so, it would have spared me from a lot of mistakes and a lot of pain.

You can read about my testimony on my website at Myspace. There's a link to it in my journal. I am excited to be here and thankful for a community of believers. God bless you all!

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A call for all True Christians... [10 Feb 2006|03:05am]

How do we know if we are Christians? Does anybody hav a "Good" answer? I know that I am a christian but how many of you know what it takes?
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Intro [12 Feb 2006|12:06am]
Hey all. My name is Joseph. I'm 29 and the most important lesson God has taught me is to forgive. It took 10 long years to learn. This is that story.

Matthew 18:21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[f]

23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents[g] was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.[h] He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'

30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

I was raised as a PK, army-brat. My dad was a chaplain in the army. I was saved when I was 12, won Christian-character awards in HS at a Christian school, and by 18 I was leading a youth cell group.

That year was a turning point in my walk with God. I saw some hypocrisy in my dad's life and in other leaders I respected. I stumbled over it and made a deliberate choice to not forgive my dad. I went from possibly taking my peace with God for granted to complete turmoil over night. I began to have paranoid suspicions at work and walked out.

Eventually I got myself together. I was in turmoil but I got on with my life.

The paranoia got worse. I started thinking people were trying to sabatage my car. I also started having some really bad thoughts, terrible thoughts. What really scared me about them was that I liked them. God showed me just what he had saved me from. I was afraid I might carry some of them out.

I attempted suicide. I mean, "The needs of the many outway the needs of the few," right? I attempted a total of 3 times. I guess God had other plans for me, I'm still here. The last attempt I stopped half way and went to the Church I had attended when I was a kid. The place I had won the Christian character award. I stopped Thursday night, I was going to stay till the Sunday service. I was sure that if I left I wouldn't come back. All I wanted was for God to show me that He is real. I think I really still believed in Him. I think I wanted a sign more to tell me that it was possible to come back.

They called the police. All I wanted was a real God and they called the police. Not much of a sign that God is real...

Eventually I did forgive my dad. It wasn't until that moment that I got my sign that God is real and it happened through my dad. He simply gave me the book "Evidence that Demands a Verdict." It was enough for me.

In a nutshell that's my story. I can go into more detail on any points if anyone wants but this is kinda long. God has been so good to me since I repented of my unforgiveness.

In Christ.
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a question beneath the surface. [15 Feb 2006|10:10pm]

Every now and then I like to put my input in on how I think life is. And just when I think I get it all figured out the more and more questions that I have. The more I get confused. Everything is suposed to happen for a reason.. and if there is something bad that happens to you some good has to come out of it. BUt the real tricky part is not figuring out the bad part its figuring out what kind of good comes out of the bad things that happen to you. I dont knwo if I am confusing anyone cuz im kinda confusing myself. Now i do know that if you dont want to find God there is no way you are going to. You see, I have found God, and I have found Jesus. I fully accept and know that Jesus is my savior.. and that no man gets to God but through him. And you deny Jesus before man then Jesus will deny you before his Father(God). I just have a question, If I have been saved and I ask Jesus to coem into my heart and forgive me for my sins. Now there is no perfect man, If I sin but dont have a chance to ask for forgiveness and I pass away will i got to hell?? Im not sure if my question makes much sense but im confused on that subject.
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Question on Romans chapter 9 [07 Jan 2006|03:06am]

[ mood | tired and confused ]

15For he says to Moses,
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."[f] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."[g] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

-Romans 9:15-18

Does this support the theory of predestination? I was very confused when I read this, because it looks as though we are not in control of whether or not we get into heaven at all, no matter how hard we try. It seems that God must choose us Himself, and make use of the rest to show the glory of God. Am I interpreting this right?

And also, on the side, who wrote this book? I think it was Paul, but am uncertain.

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[07 Jan 2006|12:13am]
Hi all. My name is Travis. I am 20 years old and studying History in college.

I have been walking with Christ for a little over four years now. The Bible is the greatest teaching and instruction ever. God has taught me so much through it. Currently, I've been reading through Genesis, Leviticus, Proverbs, Jeremiah, and Colossians.

I love to discuss the Bible. I love to be able to answer questions. So I look forward to the discussions.

Anyway, I want to pose this: Colossians 3:3 says if you're in covenant with Christ, you died and your life in hidden in Christ. What do you think Paul was trying to convey?
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The Unpardonable Sin [08 Jan 2006|07:08am]

What exactly is the Unpardonable Sin? I know that Jesus spoke of it when the Pharisees accused him of casting demons in the name of the devil but I'm not sure I fully understand it and if it can still be committed today.
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hidden...MAtthew 33:14 [08 Jan 2006|05:56pm]

HE BECAME A CHRISTIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The angels are truly celebrating in heaven today :) Praise you Jesus.

This morning something was pointed out to me that I haven’t been able to shake.

Matt 13:33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and MIXED into a large amount[b] of flour until it worked all through the dough."

When Jesus spoke of the two visual analogies of the kingdom of heaven, he spoke of a mustard seed and yeast. The woman who was kneading the yeast into the vast quantities of dough to make the bread in the kingdom analogy (where the kingdom is the yeast) was not mixing it but...


The word used is the greek crypto from where we get crypt. It means to HIDE. Why would Jesus use that word instead of ‘mix the yeast’ or ‘integrate, open up the yeast into the bread?’ why would the kingdom of heaven be HIDDEN within the dough and then the tiny yeast permeate it enough to feed hundreds?

It hit me because of what we have missed over and over about God and his character.


In the secret place, in the hidden place. What he HIDES within us, when we seek his kingdom first infront of NOBODY……hundreds supernaturally get fed because the yeast we hide within us in our times in the holy of holies, permeates into the world and kingdom around us.

Is this even making sense?!
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Womens Conduct in Church [08 Jan 2006|08:29pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I am sure that this is a popular discussion, especially when feminism is so prevelant in our society. Although I am not a new Christian, I am still a toddler, maybe a preschooler when it comes to my maturity in Christ.

This morning I read the passage. I Timothy 2:9-15...yes, that's the one...i'm sure you all know.

In vs. 9-10, Paul talks about the way a woman is to dress. I understand this to mean we are not to dress in a manner that makes others think impure thoughts or flaunt our fancy clothes and jewelry, etc.-because what is important is cloaking ourselves with 'good deeds'.

vs. 11-12 "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent."

vs. 13-14 explains why this is the way it is to be and vs. 15 speaks of women being saved.

I suppose for now, I will just hold my comments and questions-because honestly, I do not know where to begin. I do not doubt or disagree, but I don't understand its life implications. I have to ask myself, 'am I being disobedient by being a Sunday school teacher?' I don't believe this is so, but I don't know how to explain this seeming contradiction.

Furthermore, I want to be able to explain this passage to non-believers.

I have already taken this to the Lord and asked for the Holy Spirit's help in discerning this [as I do with Bible passage] and I am not relying on comments/answers provided in this post...but I wanted to open it up for discussion. I know that God is faithful and true and because I have asked for spiritual wisdom, he will grant it to me.

Thanks for your input brothers and sisters.

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questions [09 Jan 2006|12:57am]

I have two questions, to be listed in two posts (for length reasons) Here's the first one:Collapse )
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[10 Jan 2006|12:07pm]


1John 4:16: "And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him."

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[21 Jan 2006|02:57pm]

[ mood | content ]

I grew up my whole life in the church. Ever since I can remember Sunday school, morning worship, bible study. It wasn't until I got to college that I really became more interested in truly learning about God and wanting to get to know Him. It's been slow happening - but I'm doing well. I just joined a women's Bible Study - it's a small group that trememdeously blessed me this week, so I've committed to going. I'm also apart of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) on campus, a college bible study, the president of One People: The Christian Book Club, and I'm gonna go to my church's sunday school tomorrow morning to try that out.

I've found that the best thing to help me keep my faith, and learn more, and be excited, and committed - is to surround myself with the same people.

My favorite verse is: "And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs." (Bible in Basic English Translation" --> Genesis 11:6)
it's a testimony of what we could do if we would quit diving ourselves among ourselves. In other words I'm not a fan of demononations and especaially those that 'hate' other ones. We're all one body and the hand right foot cant do much without the left!

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