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    It would appear that the spamming posts, at least in this thread, have been removed. Thank you, moderators!
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    Without any attempt to start a thread I post a periodic Bible verse that may be the source of some strength, comfort, or inspiration to my fellow "Parkies" in the best or worst of times as we deal with our challenges. Feel free to add a verse if you wish for those so inclined on this topic. It would be helpful if you mention what bible translation your verse is from if you do post. Have a great week. Romans 8:35-39 (KJV) Paul to the church at Rome Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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    Dear friends who may stop by to read the postings in this thread: We realize that some may not be familiar with certain terms often used in writing about the Christian faith. If you have any questions about those or any other questions related to the postings, please don't ever hesitate to ask us. (Some examples of words you may not understand when used of the Christian faith might be... "supernatural," "His Word,""the gospel," and others.) Linda Jan 23, 2018 new book, 20 Truths 20 Truths from Supernatural Power for Everyday People Jared C. Wilson offers encouragement for experiencing God's extraordinary spirit in our ordinary lives. | Ed Stetzer Image: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia For those who struggle to experience the victory promised to believers, Jared C. Wilson provides clarity in Supernatural Power for Everyday People by highlighting the work of the Holy Spirit and offering practical disciplines. Below are 20 Truths from the book, which releases today. 1. When we relegate our intentionality with God to a minute fraction of our time, it’s no wonder we feel distant from him during the times we happen to be thinking about him and lack power during all the other times. Whatever we focus most of our conscious time on will invariably dominate the way we think and feel. (8) 2. Too many of us spend our Christian lives waiting on something big to happen, completely oblivious to the fact that the biggest thing that could ever happen to us already did, and it’s more than enough. (14) 3. Craving more and more extravagant evidences of the Spirit is an easy way to demonstrate our lack of satisfaction with the gospel of Jesus. (15) 4. What is it that you and I need in both the storms of life and the ordinary boredom of life? Not good advice and not inspirational pick-me-ups. No, we need power. We need real power. (20) 5. Receiving the glory of Jesus changes us. This is why the gospel cannot be boring. It declares and imparts the glory of Christ. If you find the gospel less interesting than miraculous signs, it is only because you do not see how surpassingly wonderful the gospel is! The gospel cannot get boring any more than Jesus can get boring. (23) 6. Our modern self ­orientation holds out the promise of needlessness but ironically only enhances our sense of need. This is a modern tragedy that has effects on nearly all aspects of our lives, overflowing into every compartment of ourselves. (39) 7. The worst thing that can happen to you is to get everything you want and be extremely comfortable for a long time yet be relationally disconnected from God. Separation from God is tragic, and it is tragic how little people feel that separation. (48) 8. This is how the Christian life is designed to work: from beginning to end, the Holy Spirit envelops us in the loving will of God, seeding promise after promise in us and sending power after power through us by his breathed­-out, infallible Word. In fact, we cannot even live apart from the Word of God. (52) 9. The Spirit is speaking to us through his Word when we go to listen, and the Spirit is helping us pray when we go to speak to God. Your time in the Bible is the primary means by which the Holy Spirit empowers you to live your life. (71) 10. Hearing from God through the Bible is bigger than simply discovering some religious guidance or personal pick-­me-­ups for the week. It involves hearing the secret workings of heaven set loose in the everyday stuff of earth. (93) 11. Just as we are saved because of the Father’s commission, the Son’s atonement, and the Spirit’s regeneration, we continue to partake in the very nature of God because of the Father’s enduring love, the Son’s eternal righteousness, and the Spirit’s enlightening power. (95) 12. Contentment trusts God to be God. Discontentment, on the other hand, reveals our fear of everything but God—­fears of lack of safety, of financial insolvency, of what others might think of us, even of “spiritual immaturity.” (101) 13. We don’t find our strength in the stuff of the world; we find it in the work of the Spirit. But to be filled with the Spirit and learn this supernatural contentment, we must often be emptied by the Spirit of all else that might satisfy. (103) 14. You will find it easier to fast joyfully if you are feasting on the revelation of his Word. Feasting on the Scriptures and Christ himself prepares us to joyfully fast from the promises of fulfillment made by our consumer culture. (113) 15. The Devil is more afraid of the desperate believer on his face crying out of hunger for the living God than he is of anybody up on his feet rebuking him with random spiritual aphorisms. (118) 16. The church is where God’s Spirit is doing the grand rebuilding of humanity and human relationships. To consider the church optional is to miss out on the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s supernaturalizing of mankind! (147) 17. This is perhaps the chief way the Holy Spirit comforts us in our afflictions. He reminds us of what Christ has done for us. And this is not because the Spirit is at a loss as to how to encourage us. He’s not like our well-­meaning friends who like to spout cheap inspirational clichés and lame pick­me-­ups, mainly out of their own discomfort at our pain. He knows the biggest help we could ever get is from the power of the gospel. (156) 18. Nothing the Spirit gives us or does for us is meant to culminate in our own glory. Even when he is comforting us, strengthening us, guiding us, and enlightening us, he is doing so that we might better magnify Christ. (169) 19. All gifts granted by the Spirit are given so that Christ Jesus will receive glory. We are not given any gift, whether teaching or tongues, works of service or words of knowledge ­to glorify ourselves. The Spiritual gifts aren’t keys to becoming super Christians. They are distributed mainly that we might contribute to the magnification of Jesus. (182) 20. The Spirit doesn’t just awaken our souls to desire Jesus, he takes up residence in our souls to satisfy us with the goodness of Jesus we now desire. From his place inside the temple of our bodies, the Spirit seeds good fruit, shapes godly thoughts, and empowers holy living. (189) Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, managing editor of For The Church (and host of the FTC Podcast), and director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, is executive director of the Billy Graham Center, and publishes church leadership resources through Mission Group.
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    When You're Lonely, Where is God? Pastor Rick Warren, 8/5/17 “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death” (2 Timothy 4:16-17 NLT). When you’re lonely, where is God? He’s where he has always been: right beside you. He is with you even if you don’t feel it. The Bible says over and over that if you have a relationship with Christ, then God is with you all the time. He says, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b NIV). He’s always with you. You’re never really fully alone. A few years ago, Kay and I flew to Hong Kong to do a seminar for some of our missionaries. About halfway through the 17-hour flight, we went through the most horrendous storm. We were pitching and jolting. The plane was tilting, and everybody was getting antsy. They were obviously disturbed by the circumstances. The crew asked over the speaker, “Is there a minister on the plane?” I raised my hand. They approached me and said, “Everyone’s pretty upset because of the flight. Can you do something spiritual?” So I took an offering! No, not really. But the people on that flight needed to hear that God is with us. For believers, it’s a promise that we can cling to in our times of fear and loneliness. Not only is it a comfort, but it also gives us the opportunity to get to know God better. Loneliness is a time to become better acquainted with God. In your season of loneliness, you need to recognize God’s presence. Amy Grant used to sing a song with the lyrics, “I love a lonely day; it chases me to you.” Prayer is a powerful antidote to loneliness. God has a 24-hour drop-in service. You can talk to him anytime, anywhere, anyplace, and he understands how you’re feeling when you say, “God, I’m lonely. I hurt! My heart is splitting. I am miserable. I feel empty. Help me, God.” You can talk to him anytime. David says in the psalms, “Where can I flee from your presence?” Nowhere. You will never be in a place where God isn’t. If you’ve trusted Christ, he’s with you in your heart. Choose to refocus on that when you feel lonely.
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    Grace........God's favor in the absence of merit. Where would mankind be without it? Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast." (KJV) Grace......How do we access it? Romans 5:1-2 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (KJV) Justified..........just as if I had never sinned. I read a commentary on grace the other day that amplifies the concept to me. In Gore Vidal's historical novel based on the life of Lincoln, Vidal pictures a cabinet meeting when it was evident that the South would be defeated and post-war plans were being made. When asked how he planned to deal with the rebels, Lincoln said, "I will treat them as if they never left". That's grace! DB
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    I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV): 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. It is sometimes very difficult to have a constant positive attitude and to be thankful for ALL things. But these simple but profound instructions given by Paul are a wonderful reminder how blessed we are and to thank Him in everything. To everyone - thanks for these wonderful verses.
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    Nice topic! One of my favorite verses is found in Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." I can't be worried and upset when I remind myself of that verse! Encouragement to each of you... Mihai
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    Great thread! Thanks for starting it. I know the following is referring to possessions but it still makes me stop and think before fretting over the everyday stuff---including my future with PD. Its been posted on my refrigerator long before my diagnoses.
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    nice idea for a thread... LAD
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