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Prayers requested for John’s father

We just got word that my husband’s father is not doing well. For the past 5 years John Sr. has battled congestive heart failure compounded by an adverse reaction to a medication that severely damaged his liver. This last year things seemed to be looking much better for him, and we were hopeful that there might be a chance of his liver possibly healing some.

Today, though, we were told that his heart isn’t doing as well. If things go well, John Sr. will be able to undergo surgery where a stint will be put into place. There is the very possible chance that he will not make it through the surgery. It’s also possible that his heart will be too weak for them to proceed with the surgery. In that case, it will only be a matter of time before he passes.

I’m asking you for prayers of support. For obvious reasons, this is terribly hard on John. He’s holding up well, but the toll is still there. Please pray for my father in-law, John Sr. and for his wife, Betty. May the Lord give them strength to face this trial.

Thank you.



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How A Retreat Can Help a Family Overcome Fear of Poly

Within a few months a few retreats will be taking place at various locations in the United States. At times men who deeply love the Lord and their family struggle with how to help their beloved lady to relax with the idea of polygyny. Sometimes after many intellectual debates, logical discussions over many biblical texts, and heart felt expressions between a man and woman some ladies are still not at peace with the subject and even some men still are unsure as to how to proceed in a mature and responsible way.

This can often be the case because of being isolated from others who can actually be an aid in helping encourage both the man and woman in their faith. God designed the faith to where people need people. We were never designed to be alone or to live in seclusion from others. Even God lives and relates to himself as a community being.

Therefore, a Biblical Families Retreat can be a time for men and women to meet face to face with others who can be an encouragement to the family, even to those who are considering and struggling with the idea itself. We see the importance of relationships in the flesh (face to face; physical contact) stressed throughout all of the Bible, especially in the NC scriptures. Even Christ himself, the Son of God, takes upon himself human flesh so that humans can relate to him (John 1:1-14).

Biblical Families retreats are a time of worship. In worship people come before God in his presence through the teaching of the word, through relationships being established, through singing, through prayer together, through time interacting with other families, and through often the scenic nature or the surrounding of the place where the retreat is being hosted. In these times of worship sometimes God will work through the Spirit in the life and heart of someone helping them to relax and be at peace with the Word, and with the truth of biblical marriage. The worship experience in totality can be a great tool to edify and build the union in Christ.



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In John 10 what does the word "gods" mean?

Hello I have been thinking about the word translated "gods" in John 10, and I have not come up with an answer that feels fully satisfactory to me. I have come up with several possible meanings that are not polytheistic, but I am looking for other peoples ideas about how to correctly understand what is meant by "gods" in John 10. I also put some other scripture that might or might not help

psalm 82 NIV

1 God presides in the great assembly;
he gives judgment among the "gods":

2 "How long will you [a] defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?

3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

4 Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5 "They know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 "I said, ‘You are "gods";
you are all sons of the Most High.’

7 But you will die like mere men;
you will fall like every other ruler."

8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.

[a] Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.

John 10 :31-38 NIV

Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"

33"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods'[e]? 35If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— 36what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38But if I do it, even though you do not beli…


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