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  1. From Mitali Perkins at Crosswalk.com Hmmmm. She seems very confused. It's hard to live a life with one foot in Christianity and one foot in the world. :s
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    Good Out Of Evil

    Good Out of Evil But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20 Critics of God say the existence of evil proves His imperfections: "If God was all-powerful, He would stamp out evil in the world. If He was all-loving, He would rescue those who suffer due to evil acts. Either God is not all-powerful or He's not all-loving. Either way, He is an imperfect God." A righteous God and the existence of evil in His world do raise questions. But the Bible answers them: God is not the cause of evil. Evil is a manifestation of sin; and because "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5), He is not the cause of evil. But God uses evil to demonstrate His power and accomplish His purposes. When Samson chose to marry a Philistine woman--God used it as a means to bring judgment upon this evil nation. Or when Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery--God used that evil act to provide a safe haven for Joseph's family in a time of famine. With God, evil never has the upper hand. If you are feeling the effects of an evil act, know that God will cause good to come from it. The ultimate goal of all creation is God's glory--and that includes the evil that temporarily lurks within it. God is so powerful that He can direct any evil to a good end. Thomas Aquinas
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    How To Read The Bible

    Hey, everyone makes their own choices.
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    How To Read The Bible

    1 - Pray first before opening the Bible. Ask for guidance and to be able to accept what is written and to be able to apply His will to your life. 2 - Never, ever read the Bible trying to prove your belief on any subject. It is human nature to take ideas out of context. 3 - When you are reading and come across something that does not make sense, reread the paragraph or chapter again. If you still do not understand, write down the problem area and continue onward. You may discover the answers later in your reading. 4 - Do not read large amounts of the Bible in one setting. Take breaks often. Or stay with about 4-6 chapters a day. 5 - Start with the New Testament, people who start with the Old Testament almost never read the Bible all the way through. The New Testament is what is binding on us today not the Old. We need to follow God's will for us today not what was intended for the Jews. 6 - Forget everything you have ever heard about Jesus, God and the Bible before you start reading the Bible. Don't take what you want it to say with you first. Some Helpful Suggestions: 1 - Read Mark (It is written in chronological order.) 2 - Read Matthew (It goes into better detail of some events and adds more about Jesus.) 3 - Read John (It contains a lot of the life of Jesus not before read, especially his last two weeks before the crucifixion.) 4 - Read Luke then Acts (Both written by Apostle Paul's traveling companion Luke. Acts is a continuation of Luke. It describes the early church and contains the examples of New Testament conversions.) 5 - Read Galatians (It deals with the reasons why we do not follow the Old Testament Laws in a more simplified way than does Romans or Hebrews.) 6 - Then read the rest of the New Testament starting at Romans and going to Revelation. Also, the Bible in it's book form is meant to read like a story. It is good to also read the Bible one time through in it's chronological order. You can get it here Chronological Order of the Bible
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    What Is Salvation?

    Truth is truth, whether or not it was copy pasted is not what matters. :o
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    What Is Salvation?

    Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. A lot of people think that salvation means being saved from yourself or the devil. But that is not accurate. All who have sinned against God are under the judgment of God. This judgment is known as damnation where God condemns to eternal hell all those who have offended Him by breaking His Law. This does not mean that God is unfair. It shows that God is holy. God must punish the sinner. But, He has provided a way of escape so that people will not face His righteous judgment. This means that God is both holy and loving. He must manifest each quality equally. So, being saved from the wrath of God is called salvation. Salvation is found in Jesus, and only in Jesus, who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14), and who died for our sins and rose from the dead. 1 Cor. 15:1-4 says... "Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," This is how salvation works: All of us have sinned against God and deserve judgment. But Jesus never sinned (1 Pet. 2:22). He lived the Law of God perfectly. In this He has a perfectly righteous standing before God. When the corrupt Jewish leaders forced Rome's hand into crucifying Jesus, God used this crucifixion as the means to place the sins of the world upon Jesus (1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 2:2). This is when Jesus became sin on our behalf. 2 Cor. 5:21 says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." The crucifixion became the place where Jesus bore our sins in His body and suffered in our place. "But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed," (Isaiah 53:5). Remember, no sinner could please God perfectly and no sinner could offer a perfect sacrifice to God. Only God in flesh, Jesus, could do that. So, since there is nothing we can do that is righteous before God (Isaiah 64:6 says our righteous deeds are filthy rags), then we cannot please an infinitely holy and righteous God by anything we do. But, Jesus who is perfectly righteous before God the Father, died in our place. What we could not do, He did. If you want to escape the righteous judgment of God, then you need to trust in the sacrifice of God. You need to be made right before God, by God. This righteousness of Christ is given to you if you accept him, trust in Him, and believe in what Jesus did. This is why the Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God," (Eph. 2:8). When you trust in what Christ has done on the cross, and in no works of your own (since they aren't good enough anyway), then the righteousness of Christ is given to you -- even as your sins were "given" to Jesus. Its like a trade. He gets your sin. You get His righteousness. Once you have trusted in what Christ has done, then you possess eternal life and you will never face the judgment of God. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand," (John 10:27-28).
  7. 04:27 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 A man performing community service delivered drug-laced cookies to police departments in Blue Mound and Lake Worth on Monday. The man was delivering the cookies on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Staff at the Blue Mound department thought the cookies smelled of marijuana and sent them for testing. The cookies tested positive for LSD. The suspect told Blue Mound PD that he was delivering the cookies to other departments in the area. So, when he showed up at Lake Worth Police Department, they were ready for him. :glasses:
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    Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day. 1 Kings 8:61 The account of Jephthah and his daughter in Judges 11 is one of the strangest stories in the Bible. Expositors explain it in various ways. But there's one thing we can safely say about Jephthah's daughter: She was deeply devoted to her earthly father and to her Heavenly Father. She was more concerned about obedience than about her own wants and desires. She had a core of loyalty rarely seen today. When was the last time you heard the word "loyal" used in conversation? Do you remember the last time you sang that word in a hymn or chorus? It's out of fashion now; but the word "loyal" comes from the old Latin word ligalis, from which we get our English word legal. It means unswerving allegiance to one's lawful sovereign and utter faithfulness to a person to whom fidelity is due. Frances Havergal summed it up this way in her 1878 hymn: "Truehearted, wholehearted, faithful and loyal, / King of our lives, by Thy grace we will be; / Under the standard exalted and royal, / Strong in Thy strength we will battle for Thee." To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty and that is to our Lord. Oswald Chambers
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    What Do You Think?

    ^_^ Today has been a bad day. I was typing a proposal for my work, and the boss comes back with it and informs me that I missed two pages that he had marked up. He flipped to where he was talking about and I found it odd because I did type those pages. I start talking to him saying that I did do the pages, but didn't know how they didn't print and he snaps back with, "I wish you would stop arguing with me and just do what I asked you to do, I don’t care what happened". So I go back to typing up the proposal, and figure-out that I was typing the section in question when the server had to be reset. No one told me they were doing this, so I lost the little section I was working on and didn't realize it. I say nothing else the rest of the day, I just turn it in. Now, the question is: How would you handle the situation? Obviously what I did was wrong, or I wouldn't have been snapped at. Would you try to give an explanation as to why you messed up, or would you just apologize for the error; whether you made it or not, and go on with it. This happens to me more than once a day, and I'm just wondering what to do. I either try to explain or I just get all depressed and say sorry and move on, which makes me look like I don't know how to do my job, even though the mistake was not mine(I’m not saying I never make a mistake); I just happened to be the lowest on the totem pole to blame. Also, if you aren't going to say something nice just keep it to yourself. This is a "what would you do" situation, not a "omg your so stupid and lame" situation. I get reminded everyday how stupid I am and I don't need to be reminded of it one more time. Thanks.
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    Why Is My Life So Boring?

    I don't know where you are, but whenever I'm bored I go fishing at the lake nearby. There are usually a lot of people at the public dock to talk to. Sometimes I pack a lunch and eat by the lake; bring the dogs too they love it.
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    Happy 4th Of July!

    "Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped...As to Jesus of Nazareth...I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, is the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see." ---Benjamin Franklin God and Country
  12. Pack of Cigarettes Triggers Gas Station Riot Hardcore smokers know the laws of man will never stand between them and their next smooth, delicious nicotine fix. The rest of us will probably find hard to understand how a pack of cigarettes could've started a 200-person riot at a Fort Myers, Fla. gas station. The chaotic scene resulted in the arrest of five females and one male, two of them teenagers. As is often the case with drunken girlfights, the details aren't entirely clear, but the dispute seems to have begun at a teen night at a nearby club over a stolen pack of cigarettes. The 16-year-old victim told police that she had pulled in next to a gas pump around 1 a.m. when the car was approached by argumentative females. The victim then tried to drive away, but was chased by the angry women, who began beating the sides of the vehicle with sticks, pipes and other blunt objects. As is also the case with drunken catfights, a large crowd quickly gathered, turning the fight into a 200-person melee. Luckily, it seems that no one was hurt, except for the flawless reputation of big tobacco.
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    In His Strength

    Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner." John 5:19 In her journal in October of 1866, Hannah Whitall Smith jotted down some interesting observations about holiness. "The Lord has been teaching me in many ways lately about my utter weakness in the presence of temptation." Hannah was troubled because she felt she had no more power over sin than when she was first converted. "My own efforts have been worse than useless," she lamented. Then it dawned on her that only Jesus himself perfectly resisted temptation, and He did it through the power of the Holy Spirit. Likewise when we're fully yielded to God and filled with His Spirit, the indwelling Christ is able to keep us from falling and to give us daily victory over sin. "I realize that Christ dwells in my heart by faith," Hannah wrote, "and that He is able and willing to subdue all things to himself." He not only gives us victory--He is the victory. If I am to be sanctified, if I am to be preserved blameless and harmless, it must be by the power of God for my own efforts have utterly failed. Hannah Whitall Smith
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    God The Refuge Of His People.

    Oh man since I'm so brainwashed I better pray to God about what to reply to you. *Prays* (When I hear back I'll let you know what He says.)
  15. Psalm 46 God the Refuge of His People. For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

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