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Blog: Sunday School Today  

God Loves Sinners.


Todays lesson was the way to go about serving Him, Gods way or direction He, wants you to love Him, by serving him obediently.


 Romans 7:9-11 follow by Romans 7:12-25




 
Posted: Oct 12, 2008 5:27pm | comment (0) | discuss () | permalink  
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Blog: Be a Christian  
I choose to be Saved through the blood of Jesus Christ and claim that he is the Son of Man of the One True God, for he is the Shepard and we are His sheep.

 
Posted: Oct 8, 2008 8:45am | comment (0) | discuss () | permalink  
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God - I Hurt
(The following was posted on the wall at the Oklahoma City bombing
site)

I said, "God, I hurt." And God said, "I know."
I said, "God, I cry a lot." And God said, "That is why I gave you
tears."
I said, "God, I am so depressed." And God said, "That is why I gave
you Sunshine."
I said, "God, life is so hard." And God said, "That is why I gave
you loved ones."
I said, "God, my loved one died." And God said, "So did mine."
I said, "God, it is such a loss." And God said, "I saw mine nailed
to a cross."
I said, "God, but your loved one lives." And God said, "So does
yours."
I said, "God, where are they now?" And God said, "Mine is on My
right. Yours is in the Light."
I said, "God, it hurts." And God said, "I know."


 
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Blog: Random Acts of Kindness Recorded in a Blessing Box  

Last summer, as I was walking through our downtown park, a purse snatcher grabbed my purse from behind me and started running off with it; but, a good samaritan - a man walking with his wife saw what happened and ran fast after him and scared him into letting go of my purse still unharmed.  I was so grateful that I started a blessing box at home, to keep notations inside it of random acts of kindness in my life, so I can look through them on days when life feels too difficult and unhappy.

I would like to see postings here from readers about similar true stories of random acts of kindness. 

What do you think of the blessing box idea?

Patty  


 
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Message: Chrsitian Commmunity needs your help...  

Running For L'Arche!



Join us in supporting First-time Marathon Runners and Members of L'Arche Inverness Community, Holly Hiles; David Holdsworth; Peter Drozd and Thomas Lacroix, every step of the way as they run, perhaps, the most scenic marathon route in the British Isles.

The team will run the Loch Ness Marathon on October 7th to support the community's New Workshop Resource Centre Appeal - helping us to raise a further £222,976 towards Working Together ~ Transforming Lives.

Holly, David, Peter and Thomas are donning their running shoes to help fund the cost of building our this exciting and innovative resource, which houses 4 new workshop spaces, where 25 adults with learning disabilities, from throughout the Highlands, are being welcomed into meaningful work, training and support - regardless of age or ability. Each person welcomed is offered access to lifelong learning; the wider employment opportunities available in Inverness and the dignity of doing a good day's work - at every stage in their lives.

Sponsoring Holly, David, Peter and Thomas online is simple, fast and totally secure. It is a really efficient way to send your contribution. So please, sponsor our runners today and ensure that you can help them to transform lives, every step of the way. Simply CLICK HERE to make a contribution.


(If you dont like doing money things on the web, then we can accept sponsors by post.  Send to David Holdsworth, L'arche, Saorsa, 43 Mile End Place, INVERNESS, UK, IV3 8JH.  Please make sure it is clearly marked for this purpose and if its a Cheque make it payable to L'arche (not me!  LOL).  Also enclose your full name and contact details and if you are a UK tax player state if you wish to gift aid (if you do the Government will contribute to the charity aswell, so please do LOL).    Peace and Blessings).


THANK YOU - every penny helps us to continue building community with people with learning disabilities throughout the Highlands.



 
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Message: Forgiving Others - Direction from God  
Forgiving Others - Direction from God
Forgiving others may seem to be a choice, and in one sense it is a choice, but God has been very clear about forgiveness. He has given us specific direction in numerous Scriptures, all of which can be summed up in just one word -- forgive! God's Word says, "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins" (Mark 11:25). "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven" (Luke 6:37).

God is saying that it is in our own best interest to forgive! He is not talking about what is in the best interest of the person who needs to be forgiven. We are the ones who God is trying to protect. We are the ones who receive the most benefit from forgiveness, not the other person. A spirit of unforgiveness complicates and compromises our daily walk with God. Forgiving others releases us from anger and allows us to receive the healing we need. The whole reason God has given us specific direction is because He does not want anything to stand between us and Him. God's love for us is beyond our comprehension. Forgiving others spares us from the consequences of living out of an unforgiving heart.

Forgiving others does not carry with it a single decision that we need to ponder. God has not qualified one sin as being more grievous to Him than another and He has not qualified one sin committed against us as warranting forgiveness and another not. For example, God is not saying, "If a person lies to you or steals from you, you should forgive him, but if they abuse you or harm your child, you can hold them in unforgiveness." He is saying to forgive everyone, always, and do it immediately.
Forgiving Others - A Personal Story
Forgiving others often takes time. Amy was no longer living with her alcoholic and abusive husband Tim, but she had not been able to forgive him for the 32 years of abuse that she had experienced. She knew she should forgive him, but she could not bring herself to do it. She did not feel he deserved her forgiveness. This went on for several years until one day in a counseling session with Amy, I asked her to listen with her heart and be open to anything the Lord might say to her. During that quiet time, the Lord helped Amy see that He loved Tim, while disapproving of Tim's actions. The Lord made it clear to Amy that the abuse was not her fault. As she looked up from her quiet posture, she related how all of the reasons why she should not forgive were no longer valid. I asked if she was ready to forgive and she said yes.

Amy's recognition that the Lord truly loved Tim, while disapproving his actions, caused her to have a change of heart. When she made the choice to forgive Tim, the feelings that had been compromising her life-anger, resentment, fear, misunderstanding, and confusion-left her heart. Forgiving Tim brought peace to Amy's heart.
Forgiving Others - The Divine Example
We have a divine example for forgiving others! God knew that man needed forgiveness, so He sent His Son Jesus to deliver all of mankind from the eternal consequences of their sins (1 John 4:9-10). Colossians 3:13 says, "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Jesus not only had the power to forgive, but to grant us the ability to forgive others just as we have been forgiven.
Forgiving Others - Personal Action
Forgiving others often starts as a decision of surrender-an act of our will. This surrender invites God to begin working in our lives in a deeper level, allowing God to heal us. Just as with Amy, we can ask God to enlighten us with the understanding that we need to fully forgive from our hearts. We simply need to make the choice to be open to forgiveness and reconciliation.

Remember, forgiveness does not justify the deed or the person, it does not provide God's forgiveness for their actions, because only God can do that. While nothing can undo the past, we can do something about the condition of our own present and future. Forgiving others makes a way for our own healing to begin.

If you are willing to forgive, but you are unsure how, consider the prayer below:

Father God, I need your help and your insights. Today I have gained a better understanding of forgiving others and with your help, I fully forgive from my heart. Just as you have freely forgiven me, I forgive them. Father, I ask you to forgive me for hurting others out of my own hurt and to heal my relationships with others. I pray all of this in Jesus' precious name and by whom all forgiveness and healing was made possible. Thank you for loving me in ways I'll never comprehend. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 
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Christian Love - Christ's Commandment
What's at the heart of Christian love? Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, once wrote, "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death" (1 John 3:14). And "by this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:2-3).
Christian Love - Not a Feeling, a Lifestyle
So, what do these scriptures regarding "Christian love" really mean? Is it a warm fuzzy feeling? I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling for everyone I meet, Christian or otherwise -- does that mean I'm not saved? No, a "warm fuzzy feeling" is not the biblical definition for "love". So, what is the Biblical definition for love? Let's search the Scriptures and find out…

A Pharisaic lawyer once asked our Lord, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:36-40)

According to Matthew's Gospel, the very essence of the Law and the Prophets is to love God and to love others. And we see this term "the Law and the Prophets" used in one other place in Matthew's Gospel. It's in this passage that we find the Biblical definition for love: "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)

Would you want your wife to commit adultery? Would you want someone to murder you or to murder someone you love? Would you want someone to steal from you, lie to you, covet your possessions? Of course not! So don't go and do these things to other people! Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, commands us to "owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' 'You shall not covet,' and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." (Romans 13:8-10)

In Luke's Gospel, Jesus elaborates on this "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" principle. He says, "Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:30-36)
Christian Love - Selfless & Giving Love
Christian love is giving to others those things that you would want them to give you if you were in their situation -- and it's doing so even if they can't pay you back. In fact, it's doing so especially if they can't pay you back! Christian love is respect for others. It's mercy. It's charity.

When the King James translators came upon the Greek word agape (God's Love), in addition to using the English word "love" to transliterate it, they often chose the English word "charity." This was meant to reinforce the idea that agape is a selfless, giving love. God's Love is unselfish and unconditional. Now we know what is meant by Christian love. Now we know what to strive for…

 
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{ else }   Message: Please Help Me Bring Littlebug Home  
Hi, I am embracing a horrific trauma in my life that has seen three anniversaries since April 15, 2003 in San Diego Family Court and find myself in need of friends like you for your generous support.

I would like for you to sign the following petitions in CARE 2.
I am trying to get District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to do something about perjury in San Diego Family Courts so I can have a fair hearing and bring my Granddaughter I have raised for seven years back home.
I am also going to approach the senate to change some laws In California that are by the people and for the people so please sign the following two petitions in the two links below.
Thank You, the links are below. Please pass it around to your friends, family, etc..
Jacklyn

 
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