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This a place where you can come and share the Scriptures. Got a personal favorite? Share with the rest of us. Need solice in the Word of God? This is the place for you.

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The Armor of God

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.---Ephesians 6:10-18

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Comment by Bobby on July 10, 2009 at 11:37am
Greetings ya'll,
I haven't been taking care of my business lately. I'm so busy, and so stressed. I'm currently taking two Graduate Summer Intensive classes, so I'm doing a lot of studying and writing. Anyway, I got this email from my sister and just wanted to share it with everyone. I hope it blesses you. Have a great weekend.
Peace,
Bobby


STUFFED WITH JUNK

By Ron Hutchcraft

The other day one of our team members shared a discovery she made during the remodeling of her kitchen. The counter top had been removed, and as she looked into this little 6"x8" drawer by the sink, she saw that it was completely stuffed - with like "stuff!" She realized that for 24 years she had been sticking things into that drawer: twist ties, rubber bands - you know, everything. There were some useful things in the back, but they were inaccessible because of all the "stuff." It had been a long time since the drawer had been opened very much; our friend just crammed things into it and occasionally pulled it open an inch or two to use something out of it. But looking down on it all from above, she was surprised to see what was in there. Almost everything in that drawer could be thrown away, but it had been accumulating for years. And that drawer was much more useful now that it was emptied out.
You've got to wonder what God sees when He looks down on the contents of our life. The "top" is always off as far as His view of us is concerned. He sees directly into our heart, our motives, our every thought. And all too often, our life and our heart are cluttered with "stuff" - things we've filled our life with that are simply unnecessary to Him, useless to Him; actually limiting our usefulness to Him.
Some of us won't realize how useless a lot of our life has been until it's too late to do anything about it; we'll wait until the Judgment Seat of Christ. Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians 3, beginning with verse 11. It's our word for today from the Word of God. He says, "No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones..." That's filling our life with things that will last, that have eternal significance. He goes on to say, "wood, hay, or straw" - those are things that are just "stuff" - "his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light...the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames."
You get one life. You can fill it with things that really matter or things that really don't. With things that will last forever, and often what this world stresses as being important is really just "stuff." And what Jesus says is important, our world thinks isn't much.
So when the Lord looks down inside your life, is it crammed with a lot of "stuff" that just doesn't mean much? A lot of time in front of a television, hours on the Internet, listening to music, talking on the phone, following sports, pouring yourself into causes and diversions that just won't matter much in eternity at all? It's not that these things are necessarily bad. The problem is when "stuff" that should be peripheral becomes central in your life. That's when it's time to reevaluate your priorities. It's time to see your life through God's eyes, and clean out what's not useful - the trivial pursuits.
When you do, you become so much more useful to your Lord. And the more you fall in love with Him, the less you'll be stuffing your hours, your days, your mind and your heart with "stuff." You'll be about what Jesus is about. You'll be as He said, "seeking first the Kingdom of God " (Matthew 6:33).
Comment by Jaimie Hernandez on March 25, 2009 at 2:36pm
Awesome Bobby! Love it...so great to hear you play and sing :)
Comment by Bobby on March 22, 2009 at 7:59am
In August of 1980 I managed to land myself in a federal penetentiary. It was a very dark time in my life. However, it was there in that place that I would finally come face to face with this Jesus which I had heard so much about, but didn't believe He could or would ever love me. But I was in a time of crisis, and through a series of circumstances and God's devine intervention I wound up on my knees in the prison Chaplain's office, where I bawled like a baby. Those tears and God's forgiveness changed my whole aspect on life and caused me to see the world in an entirely different light. This song is just a song of thanks to the God who waited so patiently for me to turn around. I deserve none of His goodness, and yet He died the death that should have been mine so that I might live the life that should have been His. What an amazing God. This isn't a very good recording, but I hope it blesses someone, as Jesus has blessed me. If I seem to have a southern, Hillbilly accent its because I do.
Peace Ya'll
Bobby


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Comment by Bobby on March 10, 2009 at 6:33pm
I just heard this song for the first time a few days ago. I liked it so much I listened to it about 8 times in a row. What a fantastic song about forgiveness!

Comment by D~Ann on March 8, 2009 at 7:22am
Oh, I am so thankful for this group! Praise God!! I love the Scripture about our armor and having it on and standing in the Lord.

There are so many favorite Scriptures and passages, how could I possible list them all? smile. But what I have dubbed my "Emergency Psalm" or my "9-11 Psalm" is Psalm 91. All of it. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty!. . .
Another is from the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Psalm 103 is another good one: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Comment by Diane Faust-Counsellor on March 3, 2009 at 1:43pm
1 Corinthians 2:9
That is what is meant by the Scriptures which say that no mere man has ever seen, heard or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord.
Comment by Angela on February 12, 2009 at 11:11am
Bruce Cindy said it all.
I am an alcoholic addict I have been sober over 13 years. I had to hit my own bottom in order to get help. I got sober through the 12 steps in AA. People tryed to get me to stop drinking and using and all it did was make me drink and use more. My expreince in being sober and helping others is that they have to hit their own bottom. Their are things friends and family can do like go to Alanon and check out AA just so you know what the program is about. But as far as getting someone sober you cannot do it I cannot do it. No one can it has to be a choice that the person makes for them selves. Any time you would like to talk just contact me I am open to listen and help in any way I can. We all are here to help this groups is a loving group. Glad you joined. Keeping positive thoughts for you and your family.
Hugs Angela
Comment by Cindy on February 12, 2009 at 5:18am
Hey Bruce. Your daughter has a drinking/drug problem. She will have to hit her own bottom before she is ready to accept any concept of a higher power. God gave us each our own will. It is up to her to use it rightly. I sugjest you go to al-anon and learn some tough love skills. They are good at helping you help loved ones with her problem. It won't hurt to get a hold of some AA literature or NA literature and leave it around the house. If she is under 18 and under your roof you may tell her if she wants to stay and get your help, she must get some help for herself. Tell her she can pick the meeting, and you can go with her. She is still young, plant the seed of recovery in her. If you ant a better understanding of the twelve step programs of recovery, and you are into the bible, get yourself a copy the "Life Recovery Bible" The new living translation. Please realize AA and Na are not religeous programs. But have adopted some religeous principles to aid in recovery. It is designed for any religeon, agnostic, jew or other. It's hard for us to see the light when we live in darkness. Good luck.
Comment by bruce on February 11, 2009 at 7:40pm
hi i have an issue w/my daughter i don't really know how prove to her God is real
and needs him. any suggestions? i've prayin hard for it .she is really into booze and dope at 16 i just got back w/her less than a year ago after 13 yrs. please any ideas would help
Comment by melissa on January 31, 2009 at 10:00am
Got this in my Email box this morning. It sure spoke directly to my heart. I wanted to pass it on to y'all. Hope you all have a blessed day!

When You Speak, God Hears
by Max Lucado

Those who pray keep alive the watch fires of faith. For the most part we don’t even know their names. Such is the case of someone who prayed on a day long ago. His name is not important. He is important not because of who he was, but because of what he did.

He went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. His friend was sick, and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go to Jesus, so someone went. Others cared for the sick man in other ways. Some brought food; others provided treatment; still others comforted the family. Each role was crucial. Each person was helpful, but no one was more vital than the one who went to Jesus.

John writes: “So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick’” (John 11:3, emphasis mine).

Someone carried the request. Someone walked the trail. Someone went to Jesus on behalf of Lazarus. And because someone went, Jesus responded.

In the economy of heaven, the prayers of saints are a valued commodity. John the apostle would agree. He wrote the story of Lazarus and was careful to show the sequence: The healing began when the request was made.

The phrase the friend of Lazarus used is worth noting. When he told Jesus of the illness, he said, “The one you love is sick.” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer but on the one who hears the prayer.

We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won’t miss a word. The Master heard the request. Jesus stopped whatever he was doing and took note of the man’s words. This anonymous courier was heard by God.

John’s message is critical. You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens.

Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God” (Rev. 8:4). Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.

One call and heaven’s fleet appears. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven.

You are the someone of God’s kingdom. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!

When you speak, Jesus hears.

And when Jesus hears, the world is changed.

All because someone prayed.


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