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Rufaro - posted on 06/25/2012
Roman 12:1- 2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
I have loved this verse from my teens when i started hearing it sung at school. it didn't make much sense to me back then but, I now understand it better and love this verse. It is a good encourager to everyone, so that they can keep themselves holy and righteous for the Lord, through His mercy.
Sharon - posted on 06/08/2012
I have not done much studying on End Times. Don't know if it is from fear or lack of motivation. Thinking on it now, have not done much with Revelation. I mean I know the book is there and all, but there is so much to do and practice from the other 65 books that I have not spent much time in Revelation.
Hmm, might be something that I should look at. The closest I have come is reading the Left Behind series.
Wow, this is a completely new thought. Will have to spend some time thinking on this one.
Thanks for the eye-opener, Carla.
Carla - posted on 06/08/2012
If you haven't done much studying on End Times, Sharon, Peretti MIGHT give you nightmares. The Lord showed me early in my 20s to start preparing by reading, disciplining my children to instantly obey, I even had dreams, and yes, they might be considered nightmares, about scenarios of the End Times. But it brought this Truth to light, and I HAD to face the realities and start preparing both my mind and my household. I am NOT one of those people who has built a bomb shelter in my basement, we do NOT hoard food, etc. I have exercised my spiritual muscles instead, and have figured out if God wants us to eat, He will bring a fish with a coin, or maybe just a fish, for us to eat. Absolute and complete faith in our Lord is the only thing we will need to equip us for this time. I am grateful He felt I could handle it. I am now in my 60s, but still hold the dream He gave me, that I would see Him come.
Sharon - posted on 06/07/2012
Thanks. I have read "The Shack" was good and made me think. Confused my 16 yr old daughter though.
As for Frank Peretti, my brother read it and reccommended that I don't. Gave him nightmares and he was afraid of what I would have to go through.
Francine Rivers had an excellent book in umm . . . Can't remember the title now but the one about Hosea. "And the Shofar blew" that's the title.
Carla - posted on 06/07/2012
@Sharon--those who say the Bible is not a 'living' Book or that these words are just stories people have made up to prove a point--well, we both know that isn't so. Jesus' Words are so personal, so penetrating, so life-changing--how COULD they not be real? I'm glad you took that story to heart and kept it as your own.
btw, have you read the book 'The Shack'? It is written the same way. It has been called irreverent by some, but, to me, it shows that God will go to any length He thinks He needs to to be able to reach us where we are. It brings Jesus alive, and the Holy Spirit's job is explained so that He isn't just 'some float-y thing out there'. Even though God is a woman (for a while) and the Holy Spirit is a woman in this book, it clarifies the Trinity in a way I never saw before. I would highly recommend it--and no, I don't get royalties from recommending it ;) But I think it's just about the best work of fiction I've read since Frank Peretti's 'This Present Darkness' and 'Piercing the Darkness', and there's another one in there he wrote about the same time about a dragon--if you can find his books and haven't read them, do so. They really make you think.
Anyway, I didn't mean to have a book review ;) God bless, sweetheart. Keep loving Jesus, and keep His Words alive in your heart.
Sharon - posted on 06/07/2012
Wow, I've never heard Luke 7 interpreted like that. It makes it soooooo personal.
One of the first sermons I heard when I came back to the Lord and back to the church was the Woman at the Well. The minister made is so personal and even though there were other people there, I felt like he was talking only to me that morning. I cling to that story and sermon. "Go and sin no more". She was not despised or turned away by Jesus but loved and forgiven. Can I do that to those who I don't feel like forgiving and loving?
Carla - posted on 06/06/2012
Where to start? lol
I LOVE Jeremiah 33:3: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'
James 1:5: 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.'
Proverbs 22:6 is one that I seem to be quoting a lot lately--: 'Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.' When I am missing my daughter and grandchildren that I haven't seen since 2000, I quote this to myself often.
I LOVE Luke 7, where it talks about Mary coming to Jesus and washing His feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, then anointing Him with precious ointment. He said in another telling of this story that she anointed Him for burial. I love to think that is me--and He tells the people around watching 'Carla loves me much'. Sorry, it makes me cry just thinking about it. Jesus took this wreck of a person and forgave me, loves me and takes care of me.
God bless, honey
Sharon - posted on 06/06/2012
Jeremiah 29: 11-12
Whenever I wonder "Why?" I turn to these verses.
At graduation, this is the most meaningful verse there is, in my opinion. So many kids get out of High School knowing where they want to go and then find out they can't because they don't have enough credits (high enough marks). Then they are devastated. Not many of them will listen when I say "Well, maybe God has other plans" but they have come to me later in life to say "Thank you for the plaque/poster/card". They found it as hope and a reason to move forward. Even non-church going kids.
When I was at a very low point in my life, these verses brought me back to the Lord and kept me moving forward.
The next favorite is John 3:16. Even though I/we don't fully understand the how's and why's of this verse and I cannot fully understand the amount of love in this verse, it is a favorite.