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Meg last won the day on February 17 2017

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  1. I found this article very troubling, yet it also explains a lot. I had long had the impression that my husband and I have been expected by church culture to "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps" or that we were suspected of being guilty of some hidden sin, thus God was refusing to bless us. This confirms the thinking behind the attitudes we have both encountered over the years. I think it is also a call to rethink the effect of sin on culture and the economy... https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/03/christians-are-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-blame-a-persons-poverty-on-lack-of-effort/?utm_term=.fbeb4ca51126
  2. Hi Sue, I am assuming your question about how I met my husband was addressed to me. If I'm mistaken, I apologize in advance. I met him at a Christian forum. As we posted on the boards over the course of a year or so, I noticed we had a lot in common. I had been living alone for a long time, and various pressures were getting overwhelming. Since he didn't have a wife to get worried about us talking and I needed someone to talk to, I turned to him. He understood what I was dealing with and never accused me of making anything up, and that mattered a lot. He needed refuge as well, his parents were very close to dying and when they did, he had nowhere to go, and he was dealing with severe health and stress problems. We decided the best thing to do was to get together and we began to pray about it and asked friends to pray too. When we were sure we were in God's will, I went up to visit him for 2 weeks and saw for myself the truth about his situation. We got together permanently about a month later, and it's been something over 6 years now.
  3. What makes me wonder is why do you come to a Christian forum to justify homosexuality? Especially with a handle "ThyWordsTruth". That being said, some people do indeed consciously choose to be homosexual, others honestly feel they have no choice. My friend Bruce was a person who felt he had no choice, and that perception caused him very deep harm on a lot of levels. Now let's turn the equation around, what if someone wants out of homosexuality and wants a choice. What if Jesus Christ can and does make that choice possible by speaking the truth in love. Not in force, but in love, affirming the person and lifting them to a level of freedom and peace that cannot be found any other way? Homosexuality has a lot of strong arguments against the lifestyle. It is unhealthy on both physical and emotional levels. In Christianity, it is considered not only a sin, but a deep betrayal of God's intent in creating a woman as companion to a man in the first place. God created men and women with unique gifts and unique brains. The homosexual and transgender movement seeks to erase those gifts and deny the truth about why each of has been created to be what God intended us to be. Curious how people who pursue and advocate homosexuality refuse to consider those points, instead insisting that even the youngest children be indoctrinated and that Christians in particular be pushed to accept those things as some sort of "normal"...
  4. Sue, I really love what you said about trying to make it with a church. What you describe reflects my experience on a lot of levels. One thing I did discover is that when you can't connect with a church, it can make you really connect with the Lord, since there's nowhere else to turn. I also wonder if you are quite right in wondering if many people are "busy being busy". It never ceases to amaze me, for example, how many people are out shopping on a weekday afternoon. I think a lot of people are trying to fill their emptiness with busyness... It isn't always easy to get to know people. Perseverance is a trait that is largely vanishing in our push-button culture, along with community. Oddly enough, a lot of people lament the lack of community, yet they seem hesitant to get to know others. Another thing I have noticed is that there is a lot of self doubt and self criticism among people in general. It's almost as if they're afraid that if someone else does something well that anything they tried to do doesn't count. Maybe that comes from watching too much sports on TV etc where there can be only one winner... Kindness and encouragement are becoming lost arts, and society is suffering for that. Finally, I found what explorerx7 said to be rather uninformed. Lonely people try very hard to fit in groups, but those who have achieved acceptance seem afraid to let the stranger in for fear of being pushed back out of the group. Love is a dying art...
  5. "Safe compared to what?" Well, the foundation of the concept of safe would include things like not being molested, severely beaten or neglected by drugged out parents. Then there is safe from the deadly social abuse known as "bullying" A number of people go through their entire lives without ever experiencing any of these things, and those sort of people are generally too comfortable to be bothered with the adults who didn't get that. My husband grew up in an environment of such shocking violence and brutality it is mind numbing to attempt to comprehend. He still isn't sure what normal social relationships are like because nobody has the time or energy to discover what his deepest needs are... I once tried to describe to him what a normal get-together in my family is like and he couldn't comprehend that. There are people out there who have barely known kindness and crave normalcy, who are shut out for one reason or another. Most people are too caught up in staying comfortable to take the time to show a damaged person another side of reality. Also, most people assume that "someone else" is doing something to help. It actually got going, about 8 or 9 years ago, in a church I know of that "if God wants you to do something and you don't want to do it, He will just find someone else". A lot of Christians have been being taught to take God lightly. "Just rest in the Lord" is a very popular phrase on Christian radio where I live, but is that appropriate? Who is serving who, how and why? What really matters and why? If we know the answers to these questions, we still have a chance to impact this culture and this world for Christ...
  6. Linda, the one point you are refusing to consider is deception. The best deception works because it seems real. The homosexual activists have been pushing the "born this way" lie for decades now. They never ever admit to the public that many of them were seduced as adults or molested as children, but if you talk to them, they admit exactly that. I have met several Gay people who have spoken of these things. Furthermore, everything you are citing is based on flesh. Two issues you completely omit are spirituality and truth. Satan is spoken of in Scripture as coming to kill steal and destroy. In the case of transgenderism, satan seeks to steal and destroy the genuine identity of the victim. In other words, transgenderism is a form of identity theft. Meanwhile, Jesus Christ has come to speak the truth that sets us free. Really, only Jesus Christ has the depth of understanding to tell us who we are, what we are and why. But the homosexual agenda rejects all these things, demanding that Christians compromise to please them. Thus they seek to drag us into their deception rather than be led into truth in Christ. As Christians, we owe much more to Jesus Christ than we owe to human beings, and we owe nothing to satan. Thus we stand on the Word Of God and we stand with Jesus Christ and will not be moved.
  7. Sorry, this has been debunked. http://www.snopes.com/emmanuel-macron-us-liberals-refugee-status-france/
  8. My question is about people who don't grow up safe. What happens when we're not cute little babies any more. When does the point arrive when the person no longer matters -- and why
  9. It seems to me that at the heart of this issue is an attempt -- or failure as the case may be, to find a balance between compassion and accountability. When compassion is given freely, it is all to easy for the sinful person to take provision for granted. That was and still is a major problem with the welfare system. The early Church, as described in Acts, was balancing compassion and community with accountability. That was the only way it could work. No matter what sinful humanity tries in the way of providing basic needs for everyone, things go wrong, injustice creeps in and innocent people suffer. Pretty much everything has been tried. Feudalism tried to provide the peasant with a living and the lord with a castle, but the lord took too much and the peasant often suffered. Totalitarianism tried to place the government in a position to micromanage everything, but again, absolute power is know to corrupt absolutely and the powerless suffered terribly. Socialism tried to redistribute everything evenly, but then the average person saw no point in striving "for nothing", because they were serving themselves, not God. Scripture admonishes us to "23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV) Then there is Capitalism, which has proven to be one of the most effective systems of social wealth management, but still the poor suffer. Capitalism is very simply defeated by greed. My husband often states, quite correctly, that most people will not do the right thing unless they are forced to. Therefore, whatever humanity does as guided by the sinful nature, will cause harm to someone. Scripture repeatedly demands mercy, not sacrifice. So as we live our lives, we are challenged to consider mercy, sacrifice, accountability and unintended consequences. In my mind, that means we should take a genuine interest in the well being of others, but we should also carefully consider who is asking, what they are asking for, and what the outcome of out help will be. We don't want to give money to a homeless alcoholic so he can continue to destroy himself. At the same time we don't want to turn our backs on a homeless cancer patient. We really should pay more attention to the elderly who are seen panhandling. It doesn't hurt to talk to the person on the sidewalk holding a sign. I have done exactly that when I had extra money, and I found that 10 minutes and 10 dollars can touch a wounded heart very deeply. I have asked a very troubling question, a question we should all ask ourselves. As Pro-Life Christians, we stand on the value of the life of the unborn. But does there come a point when that child we advocated for grows up, and is now worthless? At what age, then, does that person become expendable? Can we tell the difference between the person whose life has been a long string of impossible circumstances and the criminal who will only bite the hand reached out to them? Do we still have soft enough hearts to take the time and effort to discover the difference? These are not as much questions I posed for debate as they are very personal questions that each of us must ask ourselves and to bring to prayer. These times are getting very evil indeed, but the Lord has us here on Earth, in the times, places and circumstances we find ourselves so that we can carry His Light and somehow stand in the gap. Kindness and compassion are becoming increasingly rare. But then, the darker the night, the more visible the remaining Light is to see... In Christ
  10. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10347/gender-culture-decline I have included only part of the article linked. The entire piece is well worth reading, and is quite insightful. This is a sign that God is indeed turning those who have rejected Him over to their own lusts. Romans 1:18-32 sheds light on this situation...
  11. Hi Lucian, I had the impression that you had asked if Mr McNutt had suffered injuries because of his weight, and I tried to explain that the lifestyle he had been involved in was far more harmful than it may seem. I am well aware that some homosexuals have reasonably stable relationships and that some heterosexuals are in big trouble as well. Sin causes grievous harm in many ways, some visible, some not. God is not uptight about meaningless rules; He seeks and teaches what He does because He intended everyone to have healthy, sane lives. In the sinful world, some get much while others are pushed to the edge to die... It is when we seek to live by God's Word that we see why it works, how it works and how it heals. John 1:1-4 (NIV, emphasis mine) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. I hope this makes sense
  12. This really makes me wonder if the Lord is about to shine some Light into NK the hard way...
  13. You're welcome William. Thank you for going to so much trouble to keep this forum up. When we thought you'd have to shut this down, I figured that was the last of the reliable Christian forums and that the online Light was close to going out... Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
  14. I think we can probably live without the "Like" button. But that's just my opinion.
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