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Welcome to our community. Here are some nice links to visit if you're looking for something to occupy your time:

http://purposedrivenlife.com
http://maxlucado.com
http://biblegateway.com

if you can suggest any other links that you think other would enjoy, please post them in an entry and i'll add them to this list.. :)

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Aug. 12th, 2006 @ 02:53 pm Is the community dead?
Current Location: home
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
I'm seriously thinking about leaving this community. Since last October ('05), I've been the only person who has posted, and I have not gotten any replies to my posts.

If you want me to stay, please comment and make posts. I don't do this for myself, I do it for you. And if you're not taking what I'm giving, I'll take it elsewhere.

I'll give it about a month, but if I haven't gotten any response by then, I'm gone.
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Aug. 8th, 2006 @ 09:23 am My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Psalm 41:1
"Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers him in times of trouble."


Wow! If anyone needs incentive to "have regard" for the weak, just look at this promise! And it goes on in verse 2-3:

"The Lord will protect im and preserve his life;
he will bless im in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness."


So, to claim that promise, we must "have regard" for the weak. But what does that mean? How do we do that?

So I went to dictionary.com, and looked up the noun form:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/regard
n.
1. A look or gaze.
2. Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
3. a. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has high regard for your work.
b. regards Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
4. A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
5. Basis for action; motive.
6. Obsolete. Appearance or aspect.

I think the most relevant are definitions 2 and 3.a. We must give careful thought and attention to the week, and heed them. We should show them respect, affection and esteem.

Who are the weak that we need to treat in such a way? I believe this applies to many kinds of weakness.

There is physical weakness. Elderly people are often weak, and the Bible also says to respect our elders. Sick people frequently are weak also, due to the illness they are suffering from. In the N.T. we are told to visit the sick, lay hands on them and annoint them with oil, and the prayer of faith will heal them.

There is also spiritual weakness. Paul talked a lot about how to behave toward our weak brother in the faith. We should avoid showing off our freedom in Christ to a brother who is weak in that area. We have freedom to drink, for example, but do not drink around an alcoholic. That is a way to show regard to our spiritually weak brothers.

There is also emotional weakness. People who have been abused need special care. They've been hurt so badly, that they no longer feel they deserve any love at all. When we give careful thought and attention to them in the name of Christ, and heed their needs, they will begin to grow. When they are shown respect, affection and esteem, their low self-esteem will begin to evolve into high Christ-esteem.

Look around you today, and see if you can identify the people around you who are weak in some way. Go out of your way to give careful thought and attention to them, to heed them, and to show them respect, affection and esteem, all in Christ's name. And see if God doesn't reward you like He promised!
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33shadow:
Aug. 6th, 2006 @ 08:04 am My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Psalm 39:6
"Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
he bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it."


But thanks to Jesus, my going to & fro and bustling about has purpose: to spread and strengthen God's Kingdom. I don't want to heap up wealth. I want to be debt-free so we can give more. Dave does want to have money set aside for emergencies, for our children's education, and for retirement. I don't think that's excessive.

Thank You, Father, for purpose in my life!
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33shadow:
Jul. 20th, 2006 @ 10:12 am Today's verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Lifehouse - Empty Space
Psalm 37:25, 32-33
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives;
33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.


Father, King David said he had "never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." Yet only a few days ago I met a man who said he knew You, and was beggging for money for his supper. King David also said, "the LORD will not leave [the righteous] in [the wicked's] power or let them be condemned when brought to trial." Yet missionaries have been brought to trial and condemned to death for preaching Your Word.

What's up with that? Is what he observed no longer true? Did he miss somehting? You never change; do parts of your Word change? Are parts of it only true for a season?
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33shadow:
Jul. 18th, 2006 @ 02:22 pm My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Leslie Phillips - Enough For Me
Psalm 37:4
"Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart."


God wants me to delight in Him. To be joyful because I know Him, to enjoy His presence & company. when I do that, I will find that the desires of my heart are being given to me. Some of those desires will be new, and will come from my delight in God. Others will be old ones that He grants because He loves me, His child.

Priase God for already giving me some of my heart's desires! Praise Him that if I keep delighting in Him, I will receive others as well. \o/
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33shadow:
Jul. 17th, 2006 @ 05:48 pm My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
I did something different today. Got the idea from a packet my Church gives to new believers. I've been reading through the Bible, started in Genesis, and I'm now reading about David, before he became King. When that gets boring, or if I don't read anything that really speaks to me, I read a Psalm.

So today I read one chapter about David, and one Psalm, and picked out the one verse that spoke to me. I wrote it in my journal, and then wrote some comments about it. Here it is.

Psalm 36:9
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

If God has the 'fountain of life', then apart from Him there is only death.

If in His light I can see light, without Him there is only darkness.

Praise God who gives life, and light by which to live!
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33shadow:
Jun. 14th, 2006 @ 09:44 am Bragging on God
Current Location: home
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Lifehouse - Come Back Down
(Cross-posted from my journal, originally posted May 26, but LJ won't let me backdate on a community journal.)

O.k., this is just incredibly cool. I'm raising money for my trip to Colombia in July, and this past Sun. I had to turn in $800. I already had $150 from one friend, so I still needed $650.

Dave's distant cousin Janie said she was going to send a check to the Church, and I told her, "I'm not even going to tell you how much to make it out for, because I know God will tell you the right amount."

On Sunday, a friend handed me a check, made out to the church, for $25. My mom called to tell us she was transferring some money to my bank account, and I told her I'd check it and then write a check to the Church.

I hadn't checked it as of Tues., but Dave told me he'd dropped off the $25 check at the Church, and while he was there he asked how much had been given. They had all but $25 of the $800, after adding in that check.

Well, I immediately knew how much my Mom had given. I checked my bank account, and found a deposit for $25!

I called my Mom to tell her how awesome it was, and she said she'd originally been planning to only give $20, but when she made the transfer she told me she just had to give $25. God nudged her to up the amount by $5, so that I would meet the goal!

God is incredibly awesome! And to think so often I don't trust Him. Kinda shames me.
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33shadow:
Oct. 10th, 2005 @ 10:44 am Grace Identity
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Big Tent Revival - Choose
(Crossposting to my journal, bible_study, joshuaproject, pureagape.)

If you are a Christian, if you have ever invited Christ into your heart – a.k.a., been born again, made Jesus the Lord of your life, or whatever else you might call it – then you need to know your new identity. The congregation of believers I meet with has summarized our identity in Christ, and called it our “Grace Identity.” Here is the short sentence, and the verses it is derived from.

Solely by God's gift of faith, and not dependent on my works(1), I have exchanged (2) my life for life in Christ (3), I am a new creation in Christ (4), freed (5), and forever approved.

1. Ephesians 2:8-9
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

2. Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

3. Romans 6:3-6
3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin...

4. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

5. Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
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Oct. 9th, 2005 @ 05:17 pm A brief thought.
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: David Crowder Band - Stars
(Crossposting to my journal, bible_study, joshuaproject, pureagape.)

My life speaks without me saying a word. So, what am I saying?
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Sep. 28th, 2005 @ 02:41 am hello

1nightwithaking is my new community I just made, I have abible study that I need input on and will hopefully help people in their spiritual journey...the name I Snagged after the book and movie about Queen Esther...and her audience with a king...what are we doing to prepare for our audience?  This community is really for believers...nd growth spiritual...

Please link it and join!

Rev Mary Cyrus

Licensed local pastor for the United Methodist Church

and seminary student

 

handmaiden777   is my name in that community
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