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Monday, September 29, 2008

8:36PM - A prayer request

Hey folks. A prayer request.

My best friend Eric's stepfather was cutting some branches off of a tree yesterday afternoon, and a large branch wasn't cut properly. It fell down, hit the ladder he was standing on, knocked it out from underneath him and he fell over 20 feet to the ground. He was taken to our local hospital, then had to be transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, but MRIs and X-rays showed major spinal damage. He may never walk again.

I ask that you please pray for this man and his family. I don't personally know him, but he is the stepfather of my best friend, and it kills me to see him so upset. Please pray that Eric's stepdad will recover from this terrible accident, and that by some miracle, he will walk again. Thank you and may God bless you.

x-posted

Friday, November 9, 2007

8:05PM - Needing plenty of prayers...

Hi folks. I unfortunately learned that today, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. They detected it relatively early, so her odds are good. She'll need surgery and radiation therapy. It'll be a long road for her and our whole family, but with God's help, we can all get through it.

Tonight, I ask that you keep my aunt and our family in your thoughts and prayers as we all prepare to face the terrible thing that is cancer.

Monday, July 9, 2007

6:29PM - related to previous entry

Here's a link I forgot to post...please pray for her.

http://lovingdebsmith.blogspot.com/

6:21PM - Please pray for an old friend's mother

When I was little, in the 70's, my parents were in The Jesus Movement in Cincinnati, OH. Probably my first close playmate was a girl named Charity. Her mom and dad were the pastors at the Church my parents belonged to. Her mom is named Deb Smith. It's thirty years later, and she is in a desperate struggle with cancer. Please pray for her healing, her financial well-being, and, most importantly, the peace of the Holy Spirit to permeate every fiber of her and her family's hearts. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

2:14PM

My boyfriend Nick is trying to get housing on campus at his college. He has a really bad lottery number so his only hope is that someone with a better lottery number needs a roomate.
Please pray that this occurs. He is having difficulty realising that prayer is important for every situation, not just ones that seem huge, hich is why i'm posting this and not him.
thank you

This was cross-posted to many communities so sorry if you see it multiple times.

Friday, January 26, 2007

12:49PM - I LOVE JESUS

Hillsong might have the best worship song ever written. Mighty to Save is the most powerful song i have ever heard. it has the ability to make me cry almost every time i hear it. My GOD is mighty to SAVE!

Current mood: ecstatic

Thursday, January 18, 2007

10:20PM - God and History

What Role would you say God plays in History? The Deist's might say that he started it rolling and then walked off somewhere to see what would happen from a distance. Kinda like installing Windows on a new computer, you start it and hope it works alright (as in none of the 4k possible things that could go wrong do). The Nihilist would say that God is dead, therefore he could have nothing to do with the course of History.

    Lets take a different tack.  Lets say that God is  involved in human History.  That leaves us with three positions (with variances in each).  The first would be a position that God has his hand in each and every item of business that comes our way.  If we sneeze, then God was tickling something, if we break our leg, for example, God was right there lining everything up so that the leg would snap at the exact time and place.  So basically, we would say that in this view everything is set, almost the idea of fate.  The second position, on the other extreme (besides deism/or other views.  we are dealing with an "intervening God" view) would be that God works in certain special situation only.  Examples of where this would lead would be His working Christ into the picture, or His creation of the world.  It would cover just important events in history.  The third position is more of a central position between the two.  And to be honest I hold a bias towards this one as I believe this myself.  Here is the idea: God intervenes on History's behalf at all points, while allowing each individual person the freedom of a choice regarding events.  He has, quite literally, all the time in the world in which to judge outcomes and what would be best, but he allows us to use our choices to affect good or bad into history.

    So now, lets run down that rabbit trail.  I have taken us to the third position, a middle position if you will.  Some say, why would God allow us to choose if he knew that we would choose bad?  The illustration of Adam and Eve is often used.  If God knew that they would choose the wrong, why bother making them?  Well, lets think of what God's goals may have been.  Was he looking for something that he could start in his spare time and something he didn't care about?  I think not.  When people start something in their spare time, something that they don't care about, is it usually good quality?  Lets say a programmer (an interesting metaphor for God...) decides to build a program in his spare time.  He is not concerned with whether the outcome makes sense, just with seeing if he can get it to do something interesting.  That is not the same attitude we see with God in the creation account.  We see him making them "in His own image."  Ever try to do a self-portrait?  Try it.  He took great care in his work.  Think about it.  He designed every part and cell and nucleus of the human body, then made them start and work together.  He cared about the result.  I say all this to show that he made humanity, with that free choice of right or wrong for a purpose.  He didn't want a machine.  He wanted a dynamic creature that could choose to love Him.  So he gave us that first choice.  In case you are wondering he gave us many other choices.  Did you just get a drink?  Did you just click on this link?  Have you ever walked out into a rainstorm wearing a raincoat?  You chose to stay dry.  You may have thought "I could go out in the rain without a coat.  This may result in getting sick.  In order not to get sick, I will wear a coat."  That was a series of thoughts and decisions  that you made with your God-given (not God-controlled) intelligence.  So you may say "I know that I make my own choices, how does that affect how God affects history?"  God may work behind the scenes of different events.  History is full of tyrants and dictators who were destroyed due to a simple mistake that a child could have seen.  The Bible even speaks of a Pharaoh who kept choosing not to let the Israelites go.  Then, there is a crucial switch.  The text starts to read, "then God hardened Pharaoh's heart..."  The man had made the choice so much, hat he had completely hardened his heart so God stepped in and continued the process in order to set his people free and to show his Glory to the people.  So then we could see other leaders.  Take Napoleon.  HE was told 30 minutes before the battle of Waterloo, "man proposes, and God disposes."  Napoleon, swelled in pride and stated "no sir.  Napoleon proposes, and Napoleon proposes!"  We see Hitler, who had been waging a successful war (while carrying atrocities around Europe), then suffered a series of losses that could have been defended against if he allowed his troops to think on the field and not wait for his every order (D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge).

    Throughout all of History, I believe that we can see God's guidance, not force, and Man's choice.

Current mood: grateful

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

12:23AM

I'm a freshman in college, going through a really hard time finding my place, and deep down I feel like God's just breaking me down to the point where I'm ready to accept Him. If you could keep me in your prayers, I would so appreciate it.

Monday, November 13, 2006

6:58AM

In a recent devotional by Elisabeth Elliot, she listed 8 questions to ask before a church should decide to boot out a pastor.

(taken from godly_gals and GodlyGals boards)

"Before we take such a position of sovereignty, assuming we know the root of the trouble and are warranted in enforcing our "solution," might we not ask ourselves a few questions? (I do not refer here, of course, to cases which unequivocally call for dismissal, such as immorality or heresy.)

1. Who called this pastor? Was it the bishop? The church? Was the decision prayed over? Do we believe in the Holy Spirit's guidance?
2. Do we understand the shepherd of the flock to be one who bears responsibility and authority? "Encourage and rebuke with all authority" was the apostle Paul's word to a young shepherd (Titus 2:15, NIV). To Timothy he said, "Command and teach" (1 Timothy 4:11, NIV). "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority...so that their work will be a joy, not a burden" (Hebrews 13:17, NIV). Have we respected that divine assignment?
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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

5:01PM

Elisabeth Elliot devotionalCollapse )

(cross-posted to godly_gals and other Christian communities. taken from the GodlyGals boards.)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

11:25PM

some poetry...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

1:08PM - Uganda's Calling!

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other.

And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit -as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda! We especially welcome international members, particularly people from Uganda (and we have at least a few already).

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!

Sunday, October 1, 2006

7:14PM - Scriptures :)

I posted this a while back. I got it from another lj member...

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things through me
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:28 )

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME.
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I will give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

Current mood: happy

8:35AM - God is good! Do you know Him?

At this point in my life and prayerfully for the rest of my life, I am truly in love with God. God has brought me out of so many things. I used to think I didn't have a testimony. When I was a child, I would hear members of the church I attended in Florida speak about the great things God had done for them. I would sit and listen, but did not know what it felt like. I would ask God to show me his power, love, grace, and mercy. Little did I kmow, God was already working in my life. He was laying out the groundwork for things to come. As a teenager I went to church, but I was not really at church. I was more concerned with who was there and what we were all going to do after church. As I got older and went to collge, I started out good, fell short in the middle and ended pretty low. I was detached from the Word of God and entirely immersed in the foolishness of the world. I would see others around me getting what they wanted, they always had money, they had plenty of friends, and they always had fun. I wanted all of that and more. The devil had me tangled up in things I should have never even tried. It started with drinking socially at parties, club and bars. I then started to dabble in other drugs. I ended up with a man that I should have kicked to the curb a long time ago. He led me to more drugs. The drugs made me feel good. I thought I was happy. I was doing what I thought my boyfriend at the time wanted me to do. I lost all integrity, friends, etc. My family did not want to be bothered with me. I thought I was mastering the art of hiding who I really was. I ended up dropping classes and had the worst semester of my college career. I had three part-time jobs, had to try to make it through school, and above all, I was taking care of this man that claimed to love me. I was a mess! The wonderful thing is...God never left me. I left Him. I could have ended up dropping out of school all together, I could have become an alcoholic, I could have become a drug addict. I could have ended in a deeper situation than I could handle. God loved me through it all and brought me out! Hallelujah! It's great to know I was loved and I had people praying for my safety. Today, I have stopped drinking, I no longer do drugs, and I am seeking God's face daily. It's great to feel back in God's good graces. It's great to know I am truly loved..not that simple love that comes and goes...but TRUE, UNCONDITIONAL love. I thank God for all of His grace and mercy because it He didn't love me, I don't know where I would be. This journey is hard, but I know the rewards are great. I may not end up with the same friends, I may not have what others have, but I DO have joy and happiness in God. AMEN! I thought I didn't have a testimony, but turns out I do. I have a testimony each day I open my eyes :)

God Bless!
~RM

Current mood: I'm His!!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

1:28PM

I am not the most Godly person, by far... (I used to be...) but my son is a God fearing young man. He is a good man.

He needs prayer. I am asking for prayers for my son.

He signed up for the army - he was lied to by the recruiter (so much you will never know) and he is having many many problems now dealing with the reality of what is being force fed, the brainwashing and things that go on in bootcamp... marching and chanting about killing and filling body bags..... seeing his buddies trying to kill themselves to get out.. it is a complete nightmare. He told me 5 days before he left for boot camp that he was going. It's been tough, to say the least.

I am trying hard to help him now. He jumped too fast into something he shouldn't have jumped into.

Anyway, there is a very very very important paper he has to sign on Monday (or Tuesday or whenever they actually let him) that will greatly help him.

Please pray that my son Jake will not be under any duress or forced to sign this paper in any way other than the way he wants to sign it. His safety, everything..... please....

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Amy

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

6:05PM - The Root of Hostility to Others

This was part of a devotional series by Elisabeth Elliot that I thought hit a lot of really good points. Seemed like something to share here. Hope you all get something from it :)

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture: 1 John 1:6-7

The Root of Hostility to Others

When personal relationships break down, it is a sure sign that there is some rift in one's relationship with God. The deeper the rift, the broader will be the effect on the human level. Rebellion against our Creator and Redeemer--against the One who designed us and gives us the breath of life and loves us every minute of every day--is not only unreasonable but outrageous. The sense of outrage will reveal itself in our treatment of others.

We "get at" God by getting at those He has made, especially those whom his providence has placed close to us. We cannot bear the image of God in them, for we cannot bear the ineradicability of that image in our own being. It is a constant reminder of our own sin, which is the violation of the divine image. Without the consciousness of a legitimate claim on our lives, we could not know sin.

To recognize and submit to that claim is to return to peace and fellowship.

"If we claim to be sharing in his life while we walk in the dark, our words and our lives are a lie; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, then we share together a common life, and we are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus His Son" (l Jn 1:6,7 NEB).


(reposted from godly_gals, cross-posted in some Christian communities)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

11:37PM - PRAYERS NEEDED

Hi everybody. I was here a while back askin' for prayers for my mom and dad. Well they're doin' better now and I just wanna say thank you to everybody that prayed for them. But now I'm back for prayers for my friends mom.

My friends name is Tasha. Her mom has had a rough life. She has had over 30 surgeries (brain, heart, etc.) and on top of it all has cancer. She has also been bedridden for years. Well she's a very sweet lady and now she's back in the hospital again. They say she's not doin' well and that she keeps sayin' she wants to give up and die. She thinks that nobody cares about her. I can't say if her other kids do or don't, but I know Tasha does. And she's not takin' it well that her mom is in the hospital. So if you can say a prayer for her moms health and recovery, Tasha and I would both greatly appreciate it. Her moms name is Rose Johnson. Thank you everybody. Y'alls prayers have helped before, I know they can help again! God bless you all.

12:03PM - Redeeming Love

GodlyGals will be reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers for our September book club selection. Please drop on by (and register if you haven't) and check things out!

synopsis of Redeeming LoveCollapse )

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

4:35PM

Thanks to whoever got rid of the last nasty post.

A couple of things.
Lets pray for the spammer who posted that. Lets stand together and pray that the emptiness will be filled, and that this young person will see the Lord.

Another thing. Attack comes when things are going well. Keep fellowshipping, and not allow the enemy to drag us down!


Lord thank you for this place of fellowship, and all the members, and people who watch this place. I just lift up the person who posted earlier. I ask that you reveal yourself to him, the way only you can. Fill the void, emptiness and hurt inside him. Thank you for him, as he is a precious soul to you, whom you wish to reconcile to yourself.
Let it be done in Jesus name Amen!

Monday, August 7, 2006

9:58AM

Hi,
I have never been religious but now am trying to learn more about religion, especially Christianity.
I have a question that friends of mine couldn't answer: why does Jesus help only those who accept Him?

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