Not everyone are the children of God. Just cause you were born does not mean you are Gods child. There has to be a supernatural birth. I’ve heard many times that God loves all His children, referring to the world. And its true in one part , that He loves the world ( ‘.. For God so loved the world… ) the problem with this thinking is that you assume everyone is a child of God. But not everyone Is! The world wants no part of Him, don’t want to be apart of Him. Only the ones who humble themselves, repent, and surrender to Jesus can become the children of God. The identity is not inherited by natural birth, but rather by preternatural birth!

Because of sin we are naturally the sons of the devil. There has to be a supernatural re-birth to be a child of God! That is the reason Christ came, to bring life, life abundant! COMFORT! A little girl came home from a neighbor’s house where her little friend had died. “Why did you go? ” questioned her father. “To comfort my friend’s mother,” said the child matter-of-factually. “What could you possibly do to comfort her? ” asked the father. “l climbed into her lap and we cried. ” (The Story of Jesus). We all go through troubled times. How sweet it is when someone comes alongside to hold us, to cry with us… Comfort us! Likely, there are some… Perhaps many… Among us today who desperately need someone to say, “Come, climb into my lap. Let me hold you and cry with you and bring you comfort. ” If that is you, be encouraged. Look up. Smile. Comfort can be yours today! Yes, we all face troubled times. And one of the words that certainly can help us endure such times, is the word: COMFORT. Where? But where? Where does real, lasting comfort come from? And how can we be comforted today? 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 HISS Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God f all comfort.

He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. Pall’s Answer In these two verses, Paul shares three truths about COMFORT that really can help you during your days of troubled times. [pick] l. God is Comfort Have you ever heard someone say: “I don’t know how people without Jesus make it? ” Usually, the person making such a remark has recently gone through, or currently is going through, some terrible event in their life.

And as they look back on it, or as they re going through it, they realize how much God has helped them every day, every step of the way. And so they say, “l don’t know how people without Jesus make it. ” Most of us probably have heard someone say that. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. Ana you mean y 010 you say IV winy would you say sun a thing? Because when you were going through a terribly difficult time, you realized you could not have survived without the presence and power of God in your life. Why is that so? Because, as this passage reminds us, He is the “God of all comfort. Which meaner two things: 1) God is comfort. To experience comfort is to experience part of hat God is. 2) You cannot have real comfort apart from God, because He is comfort. Comfort doesn’t exist apart from God. Comfort is not something He holds; it is part of who He is. Even though we never may have thought about it theologically, we know experientially that this is true. We’ve experienced the fact that true comfort – that deep, abiding comfort that the world cannot take away – that kind of comfort comes to those, and only to those, who have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus.

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And so we say, often without realizing the depth of truth we are uttering: “l don’t know how people without Jesus make it. The truth is, they don’t make it. Not as well; because they do not have the God of comfort in their lives! God is comfort. And to know God, is to have access to real, lasting, deeply-penetrating comfort; no matter the troubled times you may experience. II. He Comforts Us “He comforts us in all our affliction… ” (vs.. AAA) The word “affliction” can be translated: trouble, tribulation, trials or oppression. The Greek word has a literal meaning of being under great pressure.

Are you in “affliction? ” Have you ever been? Ever experienced “great pressure” in life? What does Paul tell us? That during such times – mom of the worse times of our lives – God is there to do what? To comfort us. Paul made a point of saying: “[God] comforts us in all our afflictions. ” Do you realize what this meaner? It meaner that when you went through a great trial – or if you ever do go through even the worse of circumstances – God offers you His comfort. That part of Himself that brings calm and peace to your heart and life!

Going through affliction is hard; being under a load of pressure – in whatever form – is terribly difficult. Isn’t it good to know that when you are going through such a troubled time in your life, the God of creation, the One who loves you most, walks with you to provide total, absolute, heart-calming, life-changing comfort! God is comfort. And He comes into our lives and offers us Himself – which brings us His comfort. Why does God do that? 2 reasons: 1) Because He loves us so! 2) Because He wants us to do something with the comfort He has given us. Ill.

We Comfort Others with His Comfort “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ” (vs.. B) God offers Himself – He gives comfort to you – for your benefit. But also, for the benefit of others you know or will someday meet! Look around this room. If you looked through the lives of all the genuine followers of Jesus in this room, you would see a lot of terrible times that have been experienced. You would see a lot of life’s tragedies and trials represented in this room. NY all ten stuttering? Why is that? Why does this faith family have so many who have experienced such a variety of troubled times? Do you know why? Have you thought about it? Here is why… So no matter who we meet and no matter what their problem, someone here can help them through their troubled times. Is someone struggling with a particular sin? Someone here has had, or is having, the same struggle, and has experienced forgiveness and restoration through the grace of God; and has tasted of the comfort He gives. The person who already has walked that path can help the one now on the journey.

Is there someone here who has lost a Job, been unemployed for months and struggled with God’s love during this time? I know there are several who have experienced that same thing and can share with the one now going through it, and help them be comforted. We could go on and on with examples. The truth is: God informs us so we can bring His comfort into the lives of others! Why are my prayers unanswered? Are you asking why it seems as if God is silent to your pleas? He wants to communicate with you, so what should you do if you’ve not heard an answer to your prayers?

First, examine your relationship with God. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Savior or you are in willful rebellion, you cannot expect a “yes” from God. His answer is likely to be a repeated “no” until you fully surrender your life to Him. Second, recognize that God always responds to His children, but not necessarily with the answer we want to hear. Sometimes He says “No” or “Wait. ” These can be hard answers to accept. But when we set aside discouragement or resentment, we can learn a lot from these answers. Why might God tell us to wait?

He wants us to focus on Him more than the object of our desire. He wants us to trust Him more fully. He wants our attitudes to more closely reflect those of Jesus. He’s working in the hearts of others who are involved in His blessing for our lives. He’s preparing a greater blessing than the one for which we asked. Why might God say no? Our relationships with others are not right. We may not be expressing forgiveness, Eric, or understanding to the people He’s placed in our lives. Our motives for asking may be entirely self-centered, resulting from pride, selfishness, or insecurities Tanat He wants us to race. Our Talent I may De wavering Decease It Is oases on our ever-changing emotions rather the truth of Jesus Christ and the Bible. We fail to tithe and give, and He wants to teach us His view of stewardship. We are not serious about reading His Word and applying it to our lives. We are living with unconfused sin in our lives, and He wants to lead us to repentance and obedience. God’s desire is to bless us (Deuteron 28:1-2). But if we follow other gods and do not obey His Word, the heavens will be closed to our prayers. When we know what to do, we’re responsible for doing it.

Then, and only then, can God trust us with His greatest blessings. BE INSPIRED. STAY STRONG. GOODNIGHT One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it Just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.

Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells Just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1 . Free your heart from hatred – Forgive. 2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens. 3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. What is love? Love is God. But God is NEVER blind. Our father has always loved his children and has faith in them, and he showed it by giving his only son to die for us. Sometimes we asked, doubt, and resist. But there is this one thing that I know.

Go Is always good He Ana already set everything In accordance to Nils plan. Palatal happenings may come, but I know he is with us and he will never leave. And whenever he says to let go, then let us and Just let god heal that part. Whenever we hold on to something that is not meant for us, it is like holding onto the blade of a sword; the more you cling, the more you will be hurt. The very reason why I healed, it is because I surrendered. The beauty of surrendering our life to him is the beginning of dependence unto something that is greater than our own understanding.

The time when I was broken, was the time I felt God’s love again. Every part of the truth about what they (ex) did, indeed hurt me. But in that time, God has already foreseen what is about to happen, and I know he will make a way. He has blessed me with a wonderful family and friends. These people were the one who supported me and pulled me back to god. Through that I found strength and because of that I found God again. I knew he never left me in that darkness, because he has already made a way. Because we tend to consume ourselves with our own understanding, we ask why.

But al I know is that his grace and love will suffice everything you will need, so let all of him answer your uncertainty. Time will heal and you will need all the strength that you could have. Until to this time, they would ask me if I would want to go back and change what had happened, I would say no. The world that I know failed. And I have already given up the chase. I lost one but I gained eternity. I gain a relationship that is far beyond what I have expected. A love that never fails, which endures, perseveres, and is everlasting and perfect. This is the love which should be our world, our forever, and our identity.

I know things happened for a reason. Sometimes people leave, which only meaner that their part in our life has ended. But our life is Just about to start again, as well as their life. We should not be embittered, instead we must rejoice, look forward, and focus on the plan of God that is ahead of us. (WHAT an EXCITING JOURNEY! ;D ) Let us remember God’s promise: Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” (NIP) I know someday, the pain will make sense, because I know God has a reason for everything.

No matter how painful things may be, I will still be rejoicing for he is good. I am secure in his plan, because we all have a brilliant future ahead of us, and it is written by hand of the lover of our souls. No man can ever say that I am not love because I am this and that. God has loved me and you, and he has already planned everything in his hand. In the aspect of having a partner, I will wait for God’s timing to come, because I know his timing is perfect and he knows who will be suited for you. (Gung Sino aka man, I know you are worth the wait ) But as for now, look upon God and let him saturate you.

Be whole in God’s love, for what I also know is that the prettiest girl lives for God and for his glory. Don’t you worry, he will be your rock in this time, and healing will come. I’m sure of it. 🙂 Fast Facts auto ten B 17 February 2010 at 19:14 1. How many books are in the Bible? The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments 2. How many books are in the Old Testament? There are 39 books in the Old Testament. 3. How many books are in the New Testament? There are 27 books in the New Testament. 4. What does “testament” mean? Testament meaner “covenant” or “contract. ” 5.

Who wrote the Bible? The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book. 6. Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament? Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch: the foundation of the Bible. 7. Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament. 8. When was the Bible written? It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B. C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A. D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ). 9. What is the oldest book in the Old Testament? Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B. C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B. C. 10. What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?

The book of Malachite, written about 400 B. C. 1 1 . What is the oldest book of the New Testament? Probably the book of James, written as early as A. D. 45. 12. What is the youngest book in the New Testament? The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A. D. 13. What languages was the Bible written in? The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Airmail, and Seine Greek. 14. When was the Bible cannonaded? The entire New Testament as we know it today, was cannonaded before the year 375 A. D. The Old Testament had previously been cannonaded long before the advent of Christ. 15.

What does “canon” mean? “Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Canon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “cannonaded” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live Ana worse Ip n . 16. When was ten TLS translation AT A. D. , by John Wickedly. 17. When was the Bible printed? E Bide mace Into Engel’s 1 The Bible was printed in 1454 A. D. Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed. 18. What is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible now in existence? The Codex Vatican, which dates from the first half of the fourth Century. It is located in the library of the Vatican in Rome. There are older fragments of the Bible that are still preserved however–the oldest being a tiny scrap of the Gospel of John found in Egypt, dating back to the beginning of the second century. (It is currently in the Ireland’s Library in Manchester, England). 19. What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms. 20. What is the shortest book in the Bible? 2 John. 21 . What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119 22. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 117 23. What is the longest verse in the Bible? Esther 8:9 24. What is the shortest verse in the Bible? John 11:35 25. Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God? ” The book of Esther. 26. Who was the oldest man that ever lived? Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). 27. Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven? Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24).

Elijah, who as caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11). 28. Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)? Moses (Numbers 12:3). 29. How many languages has the Bible been translated into? The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages. ) 30. Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?

Yes, indeed! Heaven and Hell 3 November 2009 at 14:19 A young Buddhist initiate asked his mentor to describe hell. “Ah, hell,” the monk said, “it is like a large banquet hall with countless rows of tables laden with sumptuous meals and delicious drinks. ” “But Teacher,” the surprised initiate said, “l thought those in hell would suffer. ” “Oh, they do. ” answered the monk. “You see, there are Tour-Toot long components permanently attached to tenet nanas. Although teen can pick up the food, the length of the chopsticks makes it impossible to reach their mouths. ” “That’s horrible. Teacher, tell me about heaven. The initiate pleaded. “Ah, heaven,” he monk sighed, “it is like a large banquet hall with countless rows of tables laden with sumptuous meals and delicious drinks, and permanently attached to everyone’s hands are four-foot long chopsticks. ” “But Teacher, isn’t that the same as hell? ” the initiate stuttered. “No,” the monk replied, “the people are different. Although they cannot feed themselves, they feed each other! ” The point of story is that we create our own suffering by refusing to cooperate with others. When we work together, we not only succeed, but we do so with a clear conscience.

It is always better to succeed without stepping on others or stabbing hem in the back. Blessed Beings Remain 29:11) 8 July 2010 at 13:01 “For I know the plans I have for you. Declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”… Jeremiah 29:11 (NIP) Move, get, go, and do! Life can be like a drill sergeant screaming in your ear. “Alright (insert your name here), go, go, go! ” A man once said, “We’re human beings, not human doings. ” So often we find ourselves in a never-ending frustrating rut of doing. We forget the importance of Just being whom we are, the unique individual made by God.

He made us first and foremost to be, not to do. Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 KAVA). We struggle to do things in order to get what we want in life. We push ourselves to do anything in order to please God, when what He really wants is not so much what we do for Him, but what we are to Him. One of the greatest lessons Lord Jesus ever taught me was Just to be. This is more important to Him than anything I’ll ever do for Him. I asked Him to sanctify me by His blood, to plunge the depths of my inner being, and clean the deep recesses of my spirit, soul, and body.

Though I had the assurance of y salvation, He showed me that my soul, like a room swept clean, still had some cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling. The Holy Spirit, who searches the deep things, shone a light in those dark corners exposing some lingering stuff. With the broom of the Holy Spirit we dealt with them and I became a clean pot, a vessel fit for the Lord’s use. I learned to focus my efforts on being a clean pot, and then He could use me and perform the “doing” through me. I’m the being and He’s the doing. I knew a man who was constantly striving to push himself on people. He went overboard trying to impress the ladies.

His focus was doing his best, not being his best. Ultimately he would push them away. The lesson he needed to learn was to be the best that you can be, then they will see and not flee. Sure, it’s good to have goals in life, but do not fail to appreciate and enjoy who you are and what you have right now. Your life here and now is incredibly important! Don’t worry so much about tomorrow. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow’ (Matthew 6:34 TM). Tomorrow will take care of itself. The Apostle Paul said to be content in whatever state you’re in.

I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m Just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am” (Philippians 4:11-14 TM). Enjoy the incredible gift that is today. God wonderfully made you. In the Bible, He states that He knows the plans He has for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. He knows the desire of your heart. He had a part in putting it there. What He began in you He will fulfill.

You might not be able to see it right now, but that doesn’t change His word. Be patient and stand. You will see the salvation of the Lord. Whether you need deliverance from a bad situation or Just want your dream of a happy life to come true, remember that our God is the biggest dreamer of all. He dreamed up everything that exists in the universe, including you. He wants His dream for you to come true as much as you do. When we embrace His dreams for us, and submit our dreams to his will, we find the contentment that the Apostle Paul wrote about, and God’s peace that passes understanding. Have faith in God for you are a blessed being.

A Mouse, Pig, Cow and Snake 6 November 2009 at 18:13 A mouse lo EAI K tongue a crack In ten wall to see ten Tarter Ana Nils welt opening a package; what food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap! Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, “There is a mouse trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house. ” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr.. Mouse, I can tell you this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I cannot be bothered by it. ” The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mouse trap in the house. L am so very sorry Mr.. Mouse,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers. ” The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, “Like wow, Mr.. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I in grave danger, Duh? ” So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer’s mouse trap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat. So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not


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