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4 hours ago, noah said:

LAD-

I just love that song by casting crowns!!

PD is one big storm I am feel as if  I am in the eye of the storm lately.  My balance is getting worse and I have fallen a few times

In addition I am not sleeping and feel like a zombie all day!

Hard to praise him when I feel like that but I keep trying

Look into tai chi and the yoga tree pose to practice balance. As for sleeping there are relaxation techniques. I will try to find them and send them to you. 

I tried to pm you but it's full so here are the links

http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/sleep-hygiene/relaxation-techniques/

 

LAD

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Romans 1:16-17  (KJV)  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith".          (Paul's writing to the church at Rome)

John 17:17  (KJV) " Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth."    (Jesus praying to his father to keep the church pure)

John 8:31-32 (KJV)  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, " If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free".

There are multiple references in the New Testament to the power and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Belief on him and his commandments is a saving faith. We are justified by faith and obedience to the gospel.  A thorough study of Romans 3:21 and following  reveals any man is justified through faith in the redemption suffered by Jesus Christ without regard to the deeds of the old law.  

Hope all Parkkies have a "winning" week ahead.  To those involved in the education of our children at any level--administrators, support staff, teachers, and parents (education begins at home).........  my prayers go out for you for a safe and effective school year!  Everyone one of you is a role model that the kids look up to.  A very large responsibility!

 

DB

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The following is an article written by Albert Mohler on the current goings-on in our country.  A very worthy read by this highly respected theologian in which your thoughts above are supported, DB (see especially the 3rd- and 4th-from-the-last paragraphs). 

http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/08/13/letter-berlin-lessons-history-heresy-racial-superiority/

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I know each of you could probably write a book on your journey after all you've been through.  Here is one person's story and  resulting song she composed.  I hope you find comfort and encouragement within it, even though it is not a story specifically about PD, but about difficulties (really hard ones) we go though and putting perspective on them from a spiritual standpoint.

https://youtu.be/4mmgV6mPvb0

https://youtu.be/il9QpQlJvZY  (Song with the lyrics)

Listen to the story behind the song at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ljV_RA0CM

 

I have another person's story I would like to share at some point.

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  STOP AND COUNT TO NINE   

   A litmus test of maturity.  This is what is missing from cable news, from pundits and politicians and talking heads and blaring radios.

   Dr. David Jeremiah, 9/22/17, based on Galatians 5:22-23

 

I’m often asked about the tone of our national discourse—a topic you and your loved ones may find yourselves concerned about, too.

 

Not since the Civil War, people tell me, has our nation been so divided. Well, I remember the riots of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and I’m not sure how to compare the social temperature of various generations ...

 

I have deep convictions about equality, fairness, charity, love, and sound biblical teaching on issues of holiness. My positions on various topics have been molded over a lifetime of Bible study and personal interaction.

 

But it isn’t enough to have biblical positions. We have to communicate them in a biblical way.

 

In recent months as I worked on my new book, A Life Beyond Amazing, I’ve evaluated my life and reactions in terms of nine words found in Galatians 5:22-23—love, joy, peace, compassion, generosity, integrity, self-control, humility, and patience.

 

These traits are the outgrowth of a Spirit-filled life, and they represent nine decisions we must practice if we’re to respond correctly to the pressures of a society coming apart at the seams.

 

I will show you how to effectively respond in tense moments by learning to count to nine. Traditionally, people are taught to count to ten, but nine will do nicely. Think of it as a “Countdown to Character” or a spiritual checklist to click through before you fly off the handle.

 

Along the journey, you will learn to ask yourself:

  1. Am I demonstrating God’s love? Even the most aggravating people in our lives represent souls for whom Christ died, and our approach to them should be layered in charity.
  2. Am I spreading joy? Since the fruit of the Spirit includes joy, our cheerfulness should never evaporate under any circumstances. Our joy isn’t in our situations but in our Savior, and that enables us to pass along encouragement, even in dark days.
  3. Am I promoting peace? We must do our best to promote unity in our divided age. It’s not always possible. Jesus said, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). He warned us to expect hatred from the world (John 17:14).
  4. Am I acting with compassion? Compassionate people connect with the unseen emotions of others, exercising sympathy and empathy, understanding before seeking to be understood.
  5. Am I being generous? The word “generosity” makes us think of money and charitable giving. But benevolent hearts are generous in all things.
  6. Am I exercising integrity? The other decisions connected with the fruit of the Spirit are anchored by a solid core of integrity, purity, and biblical insight.
  7. Am I practicing self-control? When provoked, it’s the hardest thing in the world to remain calm and collected. Yet the Bible says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” (Proverbs 15:1-2).
  8. Am I a humble spirit? Humble people don’t think of themselves as higher or lower than others. They don’t think of themselves as superior or inferior. They just don’t think of themselves very much at all—they consider the other person more.
  9. Am I patient? There is short-term patience, which means we don’t easily lose our tempers. And there is long-term patience—perseverance—which keeps us going for the long haul.

These nine questions—a litmus test of maturity—are what is missing from cable news, from pundits and politicians and talking heads and blaring radios. Few    people on social media stop to count to nine. As a result, we’re finding what it’s like to live in a society devoid of the fruit of the Spirit.

 

But as Christ-followers, we must interact with our culture in a way beyond amazing—and A Life Beyond Amazing will help you...

  • Pause long enough to think through the nine choices you need to make, even in the heat of the moment.
  • Become wiser in your speech and behavior.
  • Have fewer messes to clean up—and fewer apologies to make.

 

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Amazing conversation with Dr. Jeremiah, Kirk Cousins, Mandissa, David Green, and Bobby Shuller! Share this video with a friend:
www.davidjeremiah.org/site/television.as Amazing conversation with Dr. Jeremiah, Kirk Cousins, Mandissa, David Green, and Bobby Shuller
         
Edited by Linda Garren
Video added at end.

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Beautiful, Muffet.  I've heard so many people lately quote from Sarah Young's books.  Her writings resonate strongly, and in just a few words, don't they.

Glad you are back home, safe and sound.

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(Not a Bible verse, but related...)

"There is nothing

the body suffers that the soul

may not profit by"

----George Meredith

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,  for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

— Deuteronomy 31:6

 
 

Mother Teresa once said,

“We have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem, the disease of being unwanted. That’s what my sisters hope to provide. The sick and poor suffer even more from rejection than material want. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

The ultimate pain that Christ came to heal was the pain of being separated from the Father we were created to enjoy forever. The ache of loneliness we experience on earth is just a symptom of that broken relationship.

But through the Gospel, you don’t have to be overcome by the pain of loneliness – because you’re never alone! Just as He promised to never leave nor forsake the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land, so God promises to hold you close and go with you through every storm you face.

As Paul writes in Romans 8:38-39, Nothing in all of creation can separate you from the One who loves you and wants you to find your peace in Him.

So remember today that you’re not alone. And move forward in the confidence of knowing that your heavenly Father goes with you!

 
 

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would drive loneliness from your heart with a fresh assurance of His presence.

SENIOR LIVING MINISTRIES--Oct. 10, 2017

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II Corinthians 5:21--For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

“Jesus drank a cup of wrath without mercy that we might drink a cup of mercy without wrath.” – J. Oswald Sanders

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"To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world." -- Karl Barth

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“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”

— 1 Peter 3:8

 
 

Home remodeling has grown into a big business these days, especially on TV. If you’ve ever watched one of these shows where a couple helps some family buy a tiny, rundown house and turn it into the home of their dreams, then maybe you’ve noticed a particular pattern.

The demolition always happens much quicker than the renovation.

It doesn’t take much to rip up carpet, break down walls, and smash a kitchen sink to pieces. All someone really needs is a sledgehammer and maybe a little bit of pent-up anger!

But after the demolition is done and it looks like a tornado has swept through the place, then comes the real work of creating a home. The renovation takes time, effort, focus, and care.

And that’s the way it is for people too.

It doesn’t take much to tear someone down. Sometimes we even do it thoughtlessly, like swinging a hammer through a house. But once the damage is done, only grace and love can rebuild what’s been destroyed.

Have you been torn down today by someone’s careless words? Have you been the one swinging the hammer?

Jesus can restore you and give you the grace to restore others. He is the master builder, and if you’ll ask Him, He’ll build into your life something beautiful that reflects His love.

 
 

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to restore you from the hurts caused by others. And pray for the grace to build up those whom you’ve hurt as well.

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James Ch 1 v 19-21    Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (KJV)

Isaiah Ch 59 v 18-21   According to their deeds accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense.  So shall they fear  the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.   When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. (KJV)

Romans Ch 12 v 17-19   Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you,  live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (KJV)

John 16 v 33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (KJV)

 

Charleston, Nashville, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and New York City to name a few.  The tragic shootings and violence in these places evoke heartbreak, anxiety, fear, and anger.  These are natural human reactions to  murder and evil.   However, the bible says the anger of man does not accomplish God's righteousness. He says to cast our care, worries, and fears on him.  Time and again we see and know that not everything is fair and just in this life as long as there is imperfect  human agency and evil.   The word of God and his promises are calming and of comfort in these times.   He knows all and will be the final judge!  

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What the Bible CanTeach Us About Managing Anxiety Today

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People turn to the Bible for support with many challenges, and chief among them is anxiety.

According to data released by Amazon on the most highlighted passage in Kindle ebooks, the most popular passage from the Bible is one on reducing anxiety and finding trust in God.

The specific passage is Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version), which states:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Most Biblical scholars agree that the apostle Paul composed Philippians while he was in prison, Greg Carey, a professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, told HuffPost.

That Paul was able to reject anxiety even during his own imprisonment, Carey said, “makes this passage all the more encouraging.”

Rev. Winnie Varghese said that although it might seem novel to see Biblical writers addressing modern worries, this lesson is timeless and can affect anyone.

“I think it speaks to how terrifying life often is, particularly when we are taking risks or challenged by crisis,” Varghese told HuffPost. “The life of faith is filled with the constant challenge to risk more to become our true selves.”

That element of risk is embedded in passage. The lines before and after Philippians 4:6-7 encourage readers to “rejoice in the Lord,” but also to enact gentleness, make sacrifices for others and focus on “whatever is true” and “whatever is admirable.”

Brandon Dale, a Brown University student, said he often turns to Biblical study to deal with school pressures and anxiety — and he finds this one to be particularly powerful because of its complexity.

“This passage shows the vast amount of love that God has for us and trust that we must have in God,” Dale said. “But at the same time, the passage does not simplify the complexity of that love or trust.”

Dale noted that Paul doesn’t just write “Do not be anxious,” but rather says “Do not be anxious about anything.” This challenge can seem overwhelming, but it goes on to offer steps for reaching peace.

“Within the very same line,” Dale said, “I can find tangible, definitive steps to attain this comfort, ‘by prayer and petition.’”

Everyone can understand the feeling of circumstances being out of their control, and these are often the things we care most about, Varghese said. But this passage offers readers some comfort.

“As Christians, we have a way to acknowledge [our anxiety] and even plead in our despair and feel that we are not alone.”

---HuffPost 11/17/14

Edited by Linda Garren

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EXPLORE GOD

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart---Jeremiah 29:13

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls---Matthew 11:29

 

The following is being shared as a resource for all, especially for those who have had (good) questions about such things as (1) Why do Christians believe Christianity is the only way to God, and what evidences are there to support that?  (2) What evidences are there to support the validity of the Bible;  (3) Why does God allow pain and suffering?  and many other topics for which some of you have had very valid questions. I'd suggest starting out with this section:  https://www.exploregod.com/evidence     (Website:  https://www.exploregod.com/about-us)

You'll find that there are lots of "rabbit trails" as you open and read, watch, or listen to a topic.  They are good rabbit trails, so be sure to follow them if they look interesting to you, but try not to let them interrupt the topic you may currently be reading about.  Instead, I suggest making a note to go back to the rabbit trail after finishing the topic you started out with. 

 

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Daily Message

Why do I always think that whatever is happening to me has never happened to anyone else before? In reality, if we could just remember that other people have faced the same struggles we’re facing and made it through them, we might find more hope for our situation.

And when it comes to something tempting us to sin, we might find what others have found to be the "way out” that God promises us in every temptation. The Bible assures us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

God promises us that he will provide a way for us to endure every temptation we experience. My situation is not the one time God doesn’t provide a way out. The catch is, I have to be willing to take the way he offers.

Consider This

  • Have you ever felt very alone in a particular situation or struggle?
  • Have you ever felt your situation was beyond help?

Take Action 

Ask God to show you his “way out” this week as you face temptation to worry, complain, lust, judge, etc. Share your struggle with a trusted friend who is following Jesus. You may find they have had a similar experience and can share how God helped them.

Shared by permission of @2018 Explore God
Edited by Linda Garren

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  “People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.” —John Harrison

Daily Message

It’s easy to love someone when they deserve it, isn’t it? When someone gives of themselves freely in loving acts, loving them back is almost a natural response. Love my friends? Got it. Love my significant other when he or she goes out of the way to do something nice and helpful? No problem.

But then Jesus goes and says things like this: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43–44). Love my enemies? Wait a minute! We have valid reasons not to love our enemies, don’t we? They attacked us. They intend to hurt us. They are not one of us. It isn’t logical to love our enemies!

Imagine how different the world would be if love was offered unconditionally to all, even if they hadn’t earned it. Where can we learn to love this way? Thankfully, God himself has already provided the example of radical love. God didn’t provide our salvation because we are worthy, perfect, and richly deserving; in fact, we could never deserve what God did for us. Rather, God loves us who deserve it least—when we need it most. And he promises that if we love like he loves, our reward will be great.

Consider This

  • Godly love is a decision, not merely an emotion. Agree or disagree?
  • Are love and forgiveness the same thing?

Take Action 

Take a moment to think of that one person who has just been grating on your nerves lately—you know there’s someone! Think of one way you could engage that person in love this week. It could be as simple as telling them you hope they have a good day.

Shared by permission from © 2018 Explore God
Edited by Linda Garren

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Daily Message

What can you do if you don’t like what you’re hearing—even if it’s true? You could walk away. You could argue. You could deny the truth. You could pretend you don’t care. Or you could change. Change? It might be easier to find an app that just filters audio and lets only what you deem to be “good” pass through.

The Bible has lots of oughts and shoulds—lots of things that perhaps people would prefer not to hear because they would prefer not to act on them. These directives contradict their desires. But for every commandment and law, there is immeasurable mercy and grace. Yes, God commands us to be perfect as God is perfect, but we know we are not able to attain perfection on our own (Matthew 5:48).

Rather than reject the revelation of God in Scripture, seek to know God’s forgiveness and redemption in his son. Because in Christ Jesus, you and I can be made perfect in God’s eyes.

Consider This

  • Does a rejection of truth make the truth false?
  • Why has God not rejected humanity?

Take Action 

Are there parts of the Bible you do not believe? Talk to someone who does believe and compare your perspectives.

 

Shared by permission from © 2018 Explore God

Edited by Linda Garren

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