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Waiting for Results, would be thankful for prayer

Greetings & Blessings Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

I’ve been doing my best to hang in there, hanging unto Yeshua along the way. Trusting in and resting in Him and whatever His will may be for me and my family. I had what I thought was a regular doctors apt./check up, and ended up having an unexpected ultrasound and biopsy due to some health issues that I’ve been dealing with for a while now. However the issues in themselves didn’t seem too serious or bothersome to warrant these procedures, but I found out otherwise. It’s been a week now, and still no results from the biopsy. I am trying my best to press forward for that which lies ahead in Christ Jesus. Enjoying my dh and wonderful children that I’ve been blessed with, along with moments of worry and "what if’s, have I done enough for my Savior and my family?!" Guess it’s time to put on "the full armor of God," as they say and fight the good fight in Christ Jesus. Standing on his foundation and promises. Although as we know, that in this life we all are allowed to experience times of struggles, tribulation and sometimes illnesses that can cause our journey home to glory, to be sooner than we would’ve thought. Thank you much ahead of time for anyone who can offer me prayerful support during this season of my life! :)

F.S.

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KNOWING HIM

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

· We can suppose that God is.
· We can know about God.
· We may even recognize His presence.

But do we really KNOW God?

· We do not get to know Him by attending church services and programs.
· We do not get to know Him by reading the Bible.
· We do not get to know Him by praying.

By these activities we may get to know about Him. I am not discouraging scholarship, it is very important, but not the means to know God. I am not encouraging any religious activity or sacrifice to aid in knowing God. They are all insufficient to introduce us to the God of Heaven. It is impossible for the finite human mind, at it’s best, to comprehend the infinite God, our creator. Our initial introduction to God is through His Son, God the Son, Jesus Christ. He became a man to reveal God and His plan of redemption to mankind. Our first and only effort to get to know God is our responding to the Holy Spirit’s calling of us to repentance and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. He paid the penalty for our sin and satisfied the justice of God to enable God’s grace to be poured out upon us. Before we came to Christ and were born-again we were, all of us, at enmity with God. We treated Him as our adversary, both consciously and unconsciously. It was impossible for us to know God. We were “dead in trespasses and sins” and totally incapable of knowing a righteous and holy God.

Thank God for Calvary and redemption. Thank God that you were saved, born-again, converted, regenerated, became a new creature in Christ Jesus. You pick the term you like. But, sadly most Christians never progress beyond the “new birth”, never get out of the spiritual nursery. Paul told the Corinthians that he could not feed them spiritual meat, because they were still babies needing milk. Bible reading and prayer, witnessing and giving…

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Humility in Application: What We Can Learn From Others

Over the years I have grown to to love church history. The more I read about the saints of the past the more I see variations of the same struggles among saints today. It is true that without a good understanding of history we are bound to repeat some of the same errors. Plus, without a good understanding of history we miss the valuable contributions given to us by those who labored to the point of exhaustion, sometimes even unto death, and we loose the benefit of seeing and understanding the spirit of sacrifice that so many made for a particular cause.

How rich of a blessing it is to look back and see how Paul was beaten for the faith in order for the gospel to come to the Gentiles. How humbling it is to see how Polycarp in his 80’s was drug into a ring and burned to death because he would not renounce the name of Christ. How encouraging it is to reflect over Martin Luther’s great stand where he was on trial for his very life and yet he uttered the bold words: "Unless I am convinced by sacred scripture or right reasoning I will not recant. I can not do otherwise, here I stand, so help me God!" Or what about John Calvin’s devotion to the word of God where he would labor all night with his feet in cold water just so he could translate the bible and write sermons for those without the gospel? Does not these past examples motivate us towards a deeper dedication knowing that where these men are now is where we will soon be?

Such examples provide much in the area of giving to us courage. But courage without wisdom often leads to schism and unecessary schism. So what do we do to walk in courage without killing one another in the process as we walk? Or in more simple terms: What can we do to all get along even while differences abound?

Proverbs tells us this: "Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisd

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Crucified With Christ

As I look back on what I thought was living
I’m amazed at the price I choose to pay
And to think I ignored what really mattered
Cause I thought the sacrifice would be too great
But when I finally reached the point of giving in
I found the cross was calling even then
And even though it took dying to survive
I’ve never felt so much alive.

For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live
Not I but Christ that lives within me
His Cross will never ask for more than I can give
For its not my strength but His
There’s no greater sacrifice
For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live

As I hear the Savior call for daily dying
I will bow beneath the weight of Calvary
Let my hands surrender to His piercing purpose
That holds me to the cross but sets me free
I will glory in the power of the cross
The things I thought were gain I count as loss
And with His suffering I identify
And by His resurrection power I am alive

For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live
Not I but Christ that lives within me
His Cross will never ask for more than I can give
For its not my strength but His
There’s no greater sacrifice
For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live

And I will offer all I have
So that His cross is not in vain
For I found to live is Christ
And to die is truly gain

For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live
Not I but Christ that lives within me
His Cross will never ask for more than I can give
For its not my strength but His
There’s no greater sacrifice
For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live

Koinonia and Maranatha!
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Are You Being Persecuted by Leaders for the Love of Christ?

I wrote this for another post in another field/topic but thought I would add it here as this might be of some help to those of you are suffering persecution. I’ve modified it some to be more applicable to this aspect of suffering unjustly for the cause of Christ.

In many cases we, like Christ, have to suffer in order to be able to share true love with those who revile us, persecute us, and despise us and our message. Sometimes this even requires us to submit to those whom we believe or know to be unjust.

I was thinking back to the life of Christ in regard to his submission to authorities around him. In his case every earthly authority around him was unjust because he was the standard of perfection. That had to be hard living a life where every person you saw you could see all of their imperfections.

Yet I realized some things about him that really stood out. As Christians our goal is to be like Christ and to be conformed into his image. Sometimes for us to get Christ’s love to others we will have to suffer in order to get that truth to them. Many who persecute Christians are people who do not know the gospel of grace. Many know the gospel of morality and know religion, but few and far between understand grace.

But for us to understand grace, and for us to be able to properly administer grace to others it often requires that we suffer like Christ suffered. One medical doctor has well stated: "Is it not odd that the oldest two books of the Bible, Job in the OC and James in the NC, both start off on teaching people how to suffer for the sake of God’s mission?" What a powerful point. Sometimes, our suffering will be as we humble ourselves through the art of submission.

First, look in Luke 2:52. We find that Jesus Christ himself lived a submissive life to the people around him as he learned and grew in wisdom of both God and man.

Wow! Now that is powerful in my opinion. The text says: "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God

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The Second Fundamental of the Faith: Hope

There she was, laying there on the bed with her teenager friends gathered around her. Thousands upon thousands had been praying for her yet the disease had never been healed. The medical staff had done all they could do for her. Many were very upset, especially her parents.

Yet then the young girl, full of faith and love turned to her people in the room and told them all: "Why do you look as if you have no hope. In a few minutes I shall be healed and with the Savior. Take the love among us and go share with the world."

Her words inspired many of her friends to go forth for missions, for other work in the cause of the gospel, and to walk in a spirit of hope with great anticipation that the best is not past but still to come in the future.

I am amazed at the times that saints walk around in despair. One theologian wisely said: "Those who live in depression are often failing to see that God’s providence is at work in their life."

The word hope comes from the word elpizo. The ultimate meaning of this term means to have confidence for the future. This young lady I spoke of above had a solid, deep, unwavering hope that she spread and lavished upon her friends as she departed this world to go home to see the Savior face to face.

Yet the ole enemy hates for believers to walk in hope. He wants everyone to be gloomy, downcast, bitter, angry, biting at one another, nit-picking, fault-finding, and even in utter despair.

But, Romans 8:1 teaches us that there is "now no condemntation for those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:1-2). The ultimate freedom has been bought, applied, and revealed to us.

Sure, that is easy to see on the pages of Scripture. It is another thing to live in that spirit of hope, that spirit of anticipation for either Christ’s return or our death and reunion with him.
The stress of life often gets us down, the pressures of life drain us, and…

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Can We Scientifically Measure a Man’s Spiritual Maturity By

measuring his time that he thinks about sex and the time that he thinks about Christ, His Word, and/or fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission? It may be possible.

Different studies have told us different things about a man’s sex drive. Some more accurate than others and some not accurate at all. In any case, for example:

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University suggests that 54 per cent of men think about sex at least every day, 43 per cent think about it a few times a week or month, and 4 per cent once a month or less. All men are different, though; some, Waterman says, will think about sex many times daily

I have to ponder, what would it mean for the spiritual life of a man, his family, his spiritual family (church), and his community if he were to think about Christ and his command to fulfill the Great Commission in all of his spheres of life as much as he did about sexual fulfillment? What would it mean if a man were as consumed for the goal of making disciples as he was about sexual fulfillment (although creating children would indeed be one way to raise up disciples)? Would this show us for our own personal hearts how in love we are with Christ? I lean towards the idea that it may the more I think about it. If our drive for Christ, his word, and the Great Commission was near or equal or even above our sexual drives it seems like we would have a guage to go by. Of course, this is not in any way to suggest the sexual drive is unholy. It certainly is a holy desire, but just one holy desire among many. Or at least our goal is for it to be in balance to other desires that we have.

Regardless of if it can be "scientifically measured" I can not help but to think that if 54% of men thought about Christ, his Word, and a way to fulfill the Great Commission once every day, and 43% thought about Christ, his Word, and a way to fulfill it a few times a week that we might alter the life of our family, church, and community for the good. Surely it could not hurt and c…

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