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post #141 of 462
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A mom that I know is doing a Bible Study for the summer. Just a lets get together and study. COOLjoy.gif Just what I was looking for...

post #142 of 462
Where are u at in the Word?
post #143 of 462
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Are you asking about the study? not sure what you are asking??? If is about the study. She is going to talk about it tonight. (1st meeting)

post #144 of 462
Sorry for being vague. Yes, I was referring to the study. My ladies group is in Ephesians 5 right now. We had done proverbs31 over the winter, I really got a lot out of that study :-)
post #145 of 462
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I just was not sure...We will see what happens?

post #146 of 462
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OK! the meeting went very well. A woman that I have not seen it 14 yrs was there. We are going to have a relaxed study. We will each take a week to share. THIS is going to be great. joy.gifbiggrinbounce.gifjoy.gif

post #147 of 462

Hello all,

 

I was invited to join this thread and here I am!

 

I am in my mid twenties and a Christian. As for crunchy..... I really don't perfectly understand what that means but as it was explained to me, I think I am just me, some things done naturally and some not. 

 

I know there are different types of denominations, doctrines, teachings and sects within christianity now, but for me, I believe in Jesus and I make the Bible as the authority to guide me through the Holy Spirit to know him and follow him daily.

 

I have read some of the comments on this thread though not all. I understand everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. So if you would not mind can I share my thoughts as well? (It's okay if you do not agree with me, we are all entitled to what we believe). I also know that these are not recent topics raised anyway but I still want to respond.

 

Church: It is a place full of imperfect people, sinners that were saved by the grace of God. It is full of people with different personalities and it is one of the places where we can learn to love. People would irritate us and do all sorts of things but just as we also learn loving our family members we also learn to love there. I can bet we also offend others as well. One thing that helps is praying for the church. But then if my spirit does not just agree with many things done in the church and the teachings especially, then I leave.

 

 

Secondly, the Bible says that friendship the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). Christ was praised because he LOVED righteousness and HATED evil/sin and we are called to do the same (Hebrews 1:9). God does not hate the sinner because we are told in John 3:16 that he so much loved the world (the sinners like I was) that he gave his only Son for our salvation. We are also not called to hate people we are called to love, yet we are not to condone sin. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and so is his standard (Hebrews 13:8). Some things people count as sins many years ago are not seen the same way anymore today. Some things we think are sins now, generations to come would probably not regard it as such anymore. That is why God himself and his word should be our guiding principles not what is acceptable or politically correct in our day.

 

Of course, there is no way we would not mix and relate with others that are not of our faith, We would have to leave the world to do that (1 Corinthians 5:10). As long as we are in this flesh and here, we would have to work and relate well with them. Even Christ ate and mixed with sinners. That didn't mean he condoned their sins. Like he told the woman caught with adultery 'Go and sin no more' (John 8:3-11).

post #148 of 462
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xyz0145- Congrads on expecting 1st!!! And welcomejoy.gif

 

Church- the longer that I'm a believer the more I see that WE ARE the church. Yes the church is full of sinners. BUT we need to get together and study /worship /pray / fellowship with one another. I feel like many of the people that go to church go ONLY to go. greensad.gif

 

World- We are to love all people. Loving them with the love of Messiah. It is very hard to do this. It is something that I have been working on for many many year...Walking with the Lord in love is not an easy road at times.

 

CHILDREN- I want to be a good example of what it means to be a believer. I want to be around other believers that see the faith in a real way. Doing things that show the love and light of Messiah. It is very hard to find other SHEEP....I do know that they are out there. I DO

post #149 of 462
Love the sinner, hate the sin! Amen?
It is frustrating in certain churches, but either be a light there and pray for them or find somewhere else to go I guess. But I would suggest praying for guidance on that matter before taking action. The church I mentioned earlier, we had been praying for direction on for close to a year before the Lord released us.
I agree with what xyz said above. Let the Spirit of Truth guide you daily.
post #150 of 462
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Happy Fridayjoy.gif Any plans for the weekend?

post #151 of 462
Going to a cookout/ baptism at the river tomorrow. And church Sunday, then listening to a prophet who is coming from Jericho!!! So excited :-D
post #152 of 462
Great discussion! I agree that the church is the people, Christians, that make it up--not an institution or denomination. Sometimes I'm frustrated with said people, but I do think it's important to be part of a local assembly and not forsake gathering together for worship, edification, encouragement, giving, and sharing communion. The church, flawed as it may be, is Christ's bride, and the pattern in the NT is for local Christians to assemble together often. It is *definitely* hard to find a church that follows the NT pattern, and even harder to find one that both follows the pattern doctrinally and in which the members are willing to live radically and be non-mainstream for Christ's sake, but it is important to belong to one nonetheless. That's my two cents, anyway. smile.gif

As far as weekend plans... DH, DS & I are going to visit a nearby organic farm tonight to learn more about working on it for room & board. So want to leave the suburban life and DH's accounting job behind us!
post #153 of 462
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 prophet who is coming from Jericho!!! So excited :-D

Please tell me how this goes. Would love to hear.

post #154 of 462
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Great discussion! I agree that the church is the people, Christians, that make it up--not an institution or denomination. Sometimes I'm frustrated with said people, but I do think it's important to be part of a local assembly and not forsake gathering together for worship, edification, encouragement, giving, and sharing communion. The church, flawed as it may be, is Christ's bride, and the pattern in the NT is for local Christians to assemble together often. It is *definitely* hard to find a church that follows the NT pattern, and even harder to find one that both follows the pattern doctrinally and in which the members are willing to live radically and be non-mainstream for Christ's sake, but it is important to belong to one nonetheless. That's my two cents, anyway. smile.gif

As far as weekend plans... DH, DS & I are going to visit a nearby organic farm tonight to learn more about working on it for room & board. So want to leave the suburban life and DH's accounting job behind us!


My computer would not let me " " in the other post... I hope the organic farm works out for you guys. I would love to live like that.

post #155 of 462

welcome to the thread, newer mamas! So glad you joined us here. I really appreciate the discussions & it's fine to comment on past ones, too C:

 

Sorry, I haven't been as active on mdc or this thread in some time-- but, we are finally IN the cabin! Hurray! Note: -we- are in; our -stuff- is not, hahaha! Since this move has zero time pressure, we are taking advantage of the unusual situation to purge all/ most of our clutter. I joke w our neighbor & sister who owns the rental we've left that if our stuff isn't out soon, she should give us a 30 day notice; but really she has no immediate plans for the place, so we procrastinators are takin our sweet time (but being better stewards in the process by sorting what we need & donating the extra). Our builder & brother also showed up at no-o'clock this morning to start on our addition, so I'll have a REAL bathroom by next weekend!

 

Blessings all around & I hope the same for you all!

 

Weekend plans-- we are getting up at before-dawn-in-the-morning tomorrow to finish our last foundation pier under the main cabin & then set & fill the pillars & anchors (bc we have to stay ahead of the builder & the work he's doing on the addition-- thus it MUST be complete by Monday)-- oh, the no-o'clock & before-dawn trend is to avoid working in the 107f in the shade weather which has been starting around 8 am here!

 

I am thankful, even for the pressure/ deadline of staying ahead of the addition work & working early for the cooler temps bc my guys have been procrastinating on this project for months & it's a relief to see progress & see them being more proactive. My DH explained to the builder that he was being hired bc our "little deadline" is due in sept & we need to be settled long since, so we can't DIY it anymore... C: This whole experience reminds me of how often I put off doing something I -know- I should be doing in the kingdom, until often I never do it at all-- usually this involves knowing I need to offer someone encouragement & I seem to be gifted in this area, but so often, I put it off & many times forget eventually. Know what I mean?

post #156 of 462
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mum4vr- great to hear things are going well.

 

I want ask you gal to pray for me. We really need it. (can not talk right now)

post #157 of 462
The prophet had awesome testimony!
He had a lot to say... It's hard to narrow it down to a summary. I can pass on some of what was relevant to me, but I think it's mainly because of where we've been lately as far as church message, ladies meeting, and my personal studies.

Ephesians 4

Healing and restoration for America will happen once we repent and break the generational curses/bondage of our forefathers

If the Lord call you to do something, it will come to pass and you will be blessed by it

People are treasure to the Lord, and he's sending us out on a treasure hunt

Our mission field is wherever our feet are

Unity in the body of Christ is SOO important for advancing the Kingdom

He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and He will complete the good work that He started in us

Being born again is no use if you relive the same life, you must be the new creation

There will be birth pains as you are truly born again.


That's all I'm able to recall right now, I will add anything else that I remember....
Edited by 3LilChunklins - 6/30/13 at 8:07pm
post #158 of 462
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Our mission field is wherever our feet are

I like this. It is so true.

post #159 of 462
I remembered this, "you have come to far to quit now"
Whatever that looks like for you...
post #160 of 462

I read this today and thought I should share with you:

 

1 John 5:7 So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One; 

 

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

 

John 1: 14: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth

 

Jesus Christ is the Living Word and God has given us the written Word to reveal the Living God to us. We should put the word of God first in our lives and allow it govern our lives, particularly the New Testament. That way, we are putting the God first and also allowing him govern our lives as our Lord.

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