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A Wise Woman [05 Nov 2007|01:31am]

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Hey all,
I hope it's ok if i participate in your blog. :)
One of my girl friends posted this a couple of days ago and I thought i would share it. :)
Lord Bless ~rachy t~

A Wise Woman Builds Her House
By: Debi Pearl

A wise woman doesn’t take anything for granted. She is thankful to be loved and seeks to make herself more lovely.

A wise woman doesn’t allow herself to be a liability but strives to be an asset to the marriage bond. She looks for ways to make, save, and use money wisely. Her husband knows he is a richer man because she is his wife.

A wise woman seeks to be a part of her husband’s life. His interest becomes her interest. She looks for ways to help him in every endeavor in which he is involved. When he needs a helping hand, it is her hand that is there first.

A wise woman knows that his peace of mind (and sometimes, wise understanding) is something she can give or take away by her observations and conversation concerning circumstances or people. She limits her conversation to the positive.

A wise woman sets a joyful mood in the household. She uses laughter, music and happy times to stir the children to a positive, joyful frame of mind. She knows this light-heartedness helps take stress off her husband.

A wise woman gauges her husband’s needs. She seeks to fulfill his desires before even he is aware of them. She never leaves him daydreaming outside the home. She supplies his every desire.

A wise woman understands that her husband’s need to be honored is not based on his performance but on his position. She learns quickly to defer with enthusiasm to his ideas or plans. She looks for ways to reverence him. She knows this is God’s will for her life.

A wise woman is not pitiful, puny, or whinny. She seeks to be confident, capable and thankful.

A wise woman does not dream of what “could have been.” She sees clearly that she is not God’s gift to men; thus she is blessed in her present circumstances. She learns to be content.

A wise woman never expects anyone to serve her; therefore she is never disappointed. She is ready to help—a giver. By her example her children learn to serve cheerfully and energetically.

A wise woman doesn’t attempt to instruct her husband through feigned questions. Her questions are sincere inquiries concerning his will.

A wise woman is always learning. She is open to change. She is ready to hear. She wants to know. She doesn’t cloud her mind with the foolish folly of entertainment. She uses her time wisely.

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Giving this community one more shot with a cross-posting [13 Mar 2008|07:14am]

 "For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." -Colossians 3:3

1) What does Paul mean when he asserts that our lives are somehow "hidden with Christ in God?"

2) Did you "die?"  Can you describe your death?

3) What is the result or consequence of both having died and having a life hidden in God?

4) Is Paul's assertion in this passage from Colossians correct?  Are any of the other assertions he makes in this particular epistle incorrect?

cross-posted from christianity
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TITULUS CRUCIS [02 Oct 2007|12:43am]

   In 1492, a dramatic discovery was made in the course of repairs to a mosaic in Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Rome): a brick inscribed with the words TITULUS CRUCIS (Title of the Cross). Sealed behind the brick was a fragment of an inscription in wood, with the word «Nazarene» written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin

. . . . . . . . . . הנצ . . . . .
 . . . . . . . B SUNERAZAN SI
. . . . . 

ישו] הנצ[רי מלק היהודים]

This Title is mentioned in all four Gospels accounts:
Pilate also wrote a title (joltit-John 19:19) and put it on the cross; it read, «Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews». Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Christ was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek (John 19:19-20; also Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38).   
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The Gathering [19 Sep 2007|02:07pm]

The following declaration of Jesus is recorded in Luke 11:23:

“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”

The first part of this declaration is pretty familiar to Christians, as it points to the primacy of the decision for or against the Christ. But what about the second part? What does it mean to “gather?” Does it refer to the work of the harvest – i.e. bringing the lost sheep of Israel and beyond into the sheepfold? Is this its exclusive meaning? Or can it also be applied to a form of “gathering” within the body of Christ – i.e. fostering spiritual unity, daily personal interaction, shared material possessions, and/or some other collective enterprise?

And, perhaps most importantly, what do we make of the fact that Jesus says that those who are not actively and intentionally engaged in the good of “gathering” are in some way equivalent to those who actively and intentionally perform the evil of “scattering?” Is that convicting to anyone – especially in light of the fact that He makes this second declaration in the same breath as the first? Might it prompt us to modify our personal spiritual agendas in some tangible way? What would those ways be?
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Messe der sog. Ägyptischen Kirchenordnung (saec. II-III) [25 Apr 2007|08:32pm]



Die Messe von der Kollekte ab. Laterculus 69 
[Ed. Hauler, Didascaliae apostolorum fragm. Veron. Lat. Fasc. I. Lipsiae 1900, 106, Messe nach der Weihe des Bischofs]. 
„Ist er zum Bischof geweiht, dann begrüßen ihn alle mit dem Friedenskuß, weil er dessen würdig wurde.“




:) [03 Sep 2007|12:54am]

[ mood | tired ]

Eternal Perspective

2 Jn. 8 your full reward

Phil 3:14 the prize

2 Tim 4:6-7 finished the race
-The only way you can finish is if you know your course (you can run till you pass out in one direction, but if it's not your course, it was for naught)

1 Cor. 9:24 your race

2 Cor 5:8-10 our goal is to please the Lord--we already have his love
-We will be judged on how we live as believers (our sins have already dissapeared forever)-did we do what we were called to do?

Judgment--Gk. word--a decision resulting from investigation

Heb. 6:2 "eternal judgments" (see definition above) The way we live as believers determines how (not where) we spend eternity

Js. 4:14 our life is a vapor--zero time

2 Areas believers will be judged
-1. Our involvement in building the kingdom of God.
-2. How we built (influenced) individual lives (everyone from the waitress to your closest 'we' relationship)

about point 1 (he didn't say much about point 2):
1 Cor. 3:11-15
-vs. 12 we build with eternal or temporal in every moment of our lives
the "day"--believers' judgment
-vs. 9 WE ARE:
God's fellow workers
God's field
God's building

Ps. 132:13-14 Here I (God) will dwell, for I have desired it

1 Pet. 2:4-5 We're the house. We're also God's subcontractors. (The builder supervises--his subcontractors build the house.) God designs, orders materials (we are also the materials--he saves and calls us), and schedules his subcontractors. It is important the house is framed before the electrical work begins!

Jn. 17:4 Jesus was on a schedule; so are we.
Phil. 2 He walked as we walk--had to give up his rank to be a man filled with the Holy Ghost
Jn. 5 He had to SEEK his father's will
Eph 2:10 We are created to be, but also to do.

Every believer has a calling

Ps. 139:16 The book has already been written--every moment of our lives has been written in His book. This is so awesome. Bevere said it really changed the way he prayed in the morning. Will we follow the book God has already written, or fail to seek him earnestly for his will for each day/moment?

Eccl. 3:11 eternity (every moment ...) has been written in our hearts.
That's why Paul could say "I finished my race" or "my work here is not yet done." He knew his work.

Eccl. 3:14-15 Sovereignity--God will finish his house no matter what--if you do not do your part, another will. Bevere spoke of a huge church in one of the Carolinas where his friend is a pastor. The pastor told him a story: a dignified older man came to his church and did nothing but cry every service for a long time ... finally the older man confided in an associate pastor that God had called him to pastor a church in that same city, God had given him a vision of what the building would look like ... he ran into much adversity and gave up, turning to traveling ministry. He was now sitting in the EXACT building that had been in his vision. "I was the first one God chose to pastor this church," he said.

At the judgment seat we will be judged not according to what we did, but what we were called to do. Maybe you were called to raise 3 kids but you became a traveling minister--God will ask you in Heaven about the 3 kids. He won't want to hear about your ministry that you weren't called to do.

Want to know your calling?
1. Seek God earnestly
-Heb. 11:6
-Pr. 20:5 a wise person draws it out
Fast, pray, etc. Bevere took Thanksgiving break in college to do this, for example.

2. Be planted in the local church
Ps. 92:13 those who are planted will flourish in the "Day"
I'm a seed. Planted, I will grow. The right soil perfectly cracks the seed, so life can come forth. God has just the right soil to crack us. AMEN!
Too much transplanting kills the root system and the plant.
Jn. 12 seed dies (to its own vision) so it can grow. (It captures the vision of the house.)

3. Keep from being entangled
Lk. 9
Eccl. 9
One wrong relationship (for Samson it was Delilah) can cost you your calling.

The majority of believers will suffer loss in the Day (all that is not eternal, all you were not called to do, will be burned up. Fire consumes straw and wood and purifies gold and jewels.)
Mt. 20:16, 22:14
Lk 10:1-2

1.6 million in Moses' congregation and 2 (Joshua and Caleb) were faithful to their calling

Joshua's congregation---only Aachan was not faithful (and it had to do with tithing)


God-Breathed [11 Dec 2006|08:17pm]

1. God breathed into Adam, Gen2:7, and he became a living soul.

2. Jesus breathed on his apostles, Jhn20:22, and they became life giving spirits.

3. Now it's available for any whosoever to receive the "god breathed word", 2Tim3:16, for themself!

"All scripture is given by inspiration (theo-pneustos) of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.." KJV
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Apocolypse [16 Jan 2007|12:25am]

I have a theory...admittedly a questionable one, which is why I open it here for debate.

I note that Jesus talks about the Apocolypse after having a bit of a rant at the Pharisees. Is it possible that:

a) he only thought of it as an extension of that rant
b) having thought of it, he decided it was a good idea...and thus backed it up with Revelations to Paul later on
c) he knew all along (are there earlier references to the Apocolypse than where Jesus talks about it in the NT gospels?) but that seemed an appropriate time to mention it

Whatever the origin and motivation, may I ask who here is feeling the End Times close to hand?
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yoga? [08 Oct 2006|04:14am]

This is something that has been bothering me all night, and I need some help.
I am pregnant and want to start some pregnancy yoga classes, but my mother in law says not to because it is esoteric and that it will steer me away from Christianity.
On the other hand, I was just talking to a friend of mine and she says her church offered yoga classes. If it were so bad for the christian, why would it be offered at the church?
Then there's the fact that I have already done yoga, and never felt pressured to "go to the other side" or anything... I don't know, but it is really confusing me, and I need some advice.
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Shell Ministries [13 Sep 2006|02:58pm]

[ mood | happy ]

I'm new to livejournal (been here about a month) and I searched for Bible study groups and found this one. I write Bible studies, sermons, discourses and apologetics. I maintain a website at www.geocities.com/rexlesliehowardjr

Feel free to visit the site. I love reading all the thoughts here on different biblical issues. On my site is a six part series on prayer, one study on forgiveness and now we're working on a study of death. We'll be going into "doing biblical research" in the next week or so.

Blessings all


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Hello... [02 Oct 2006|09:27pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

I don't post much in here, but I'm looking for some new LJ friends to talk about God with and be blessed by (and hopefully bless). My journal is friends only so you won't be able to see it, but if you wanna take a chance and say hello, then please do!

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[17 Sep 2006|10:48pm]

I started a community a while ago where I wanted to share with others. Yet, it never took off so I abandoned it for awhile. I have picked it back up and am posting in it regularly. The community focusus on reading through various books of the Bible and answering thought questions. I am using the Serendipity Bible for my guide. If anyone would like to join feel free. Right now there are a few memebers but no one else other than myself has been replying. Either way, I will continue to keep going as I feel God is leading me to do this and He knows where it will lead and whom it will touch.

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[11 Sep 2006|08:41pm]

I founded a new community, newly_christian. It's supposed to be basically a meeting place for christians new to the faith. I think we new converts often have many things in common, shared concerns, similar problems, similar questions, and the community is supposed to address those matters in discussions and fellowship on lj. Of course, not only new christians can be a member and post there, but the emphasis should be on the convert and his needs.

Anyone feeling this is a good idea? Just join and post! God bless!

For more information, see the userinfo of the community.

crossposted to various approbriate livejournal communities

Something to think about and study. [13 Nov 2006|01:47pm]

The Holy King

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the
train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim...And one
called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the
whole earth is full of his glory!" And the foundations of the thresholds
shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I
dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the
King, the Lord of hosts!" --Isaiah 6:1-5

In America, we recently had some elections. People went to the
polls to help decide who our leaders should be. Sometimes, the choice is
difficult! Learning where the candidates stand morally and otherwise, it's
often the choosing of "the lesser of two evils." Isaiah's vision reminds us
to look up...beyond our city, our state, our country, our continent, and see
that. . .

1) IT'S A MONARCHY. There is actually a King reigning on high! He's not
elected by popular choice. He's it! No one else is qualified for the job.
Our King is magnificent!!
2) HE'S IN TOUCH WITH HIS PEOPLE. His train fills the "temple." The
connection to Him is by spiritual access. We, in New Testament times, have
access to Him because of Jesus. "We have confidence to enter the holy
places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for
us," Hebrews 10:19.
3) HE IS HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! Pure and set apart. Completely free from all
evil and any trace of impurity. Our politicians struggle to keep any form of
purity, it seems. This King is completely and totally above reproach! Wholly
trustworthy! ALL good!
4) WE NEED HIS CLEANSING. Sometimes we think, "I'm doing pretty well! I
don't commit any "major" sins; I'm working for the Lord..." But when faced
with the Awesome Presence of the King, we realize how our own human efforts
are worthless, Isaiah 64:6. We need HIS cleansing. He's the only One who cam
make us able to stand in His sight. And again, He's provided that at great
expense to Himself by His Son Jesus. "Christ...offered himself without
blemish to God, [to] purify our conscience from dead works to serve the
living God," Hebrews 9:14.

SO TODAY...we must exist under earthly rulers now. But through the
eyes of our hearts we can look up, look higher, to see THE ONE, the True
King, in His glory. And we can rest in hope, knowing that we are His.
Earthly rulers come and go. HIS kingdom is forever! Hebrews 1:8.
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A little Bilble study for you Tuesday. [07 Nov 2006|11:35am]

The Voice of God

And God said to Noah..."make yourself an ark of gopher wood..."
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and all your household..."

And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went into the ark...
Then God said to Noah, "Go out from the ark...bring out with you every
living thing that is with you...
So Noah went out...
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord...
and God blessed Noah.
Genesis 6:13-22; 7:1-7-7; 8:15-9:1.

THE VOICE OF GOD...did it boom down to Noah one starry night? Was it still
and quiet, as the whisper Elijah heard? Was it a conversational experience,
as natural as a father to a son? We are not given the details. But we read
over and over: "God said to Noah." God spoke -- not out of a sense of
fiendish glee at ordering someone around. God spoke out of care and love for
Noah. He needed Noah to listen and obey for Noah's own good. Noah could have
declined. And God's will could still be accomplished without Noah's help.
But Noah would have been in a very unenviable position, as someone who
rejected the words of God. For us, Jesus says, "The one who rejects me and
does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will
judge him in the last day" John 12:48.

"SO NOAH DID all that God commanded him." No record of grumbling at how hard
his task was. The entire undertaking took years! It must have been so hard!
No one outside his own family believed his warnings of a flood. Yet, "in
reverent fear," he did as God said, Hebrews 11:7. No record of wavering,
questioning, throwing up his hands. He simply heard, and did. What focus!
What trust! What perseverance! We are reminded to "be doers of the word, and
not hearers only," James 1:22. Are we?

GOD BLESSES. His intentions are ultimately and only good. Noah "became an
heir of righteousness," Hebrews 11:7. He was called "a herald of
righteousness," 2 Peter 2:5. God patiently waited, and blessed Noah's
efforts. Hear Peter: "God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the
ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought
safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not
as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good
conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 3:20-21.

TODAY...Are we rejecting or receiving His written words to us? Do we
sometimes waver, question and grumble? Instead of wishing to hear His spoken
voice today, let's feel again the awesomeness of having the very written
word, that we can read and study over and over, and treasure in our hearts.
As Noah was told the way to safety by God's words, we are too!
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About the stars. [12 Oct 2006|03:12am]

I hope it is ok to ask this here, if not, feel free to delete this entry,
but please redirect me to the right community.

Anyway, I'm catholic, but I haven't fully read the Bible, thus I have a question. I know there are numerous references to the stars in it and I would like to know what exactly stars are to christians and in the Bible itself, not to scientists. Once someone told me they're dead people, angels or souls - is there a reference to this in the Bible? Could you please enlighten me?

Thank you for your time.

[19 Oct 2006|07:52pm]

Hey, I'm new here!

 I'm a sixteen-year-old girl in her junior year of high school. I've been a Christian for two years. If you'd like to hear the story of how I came to God, you can read it here. 

I have a question for you all. I'm in a comparative religions class this year and my boyfriend, who is really interested in Christianity and wants to learn more about God, wants to know more about Judgment Day. I guess I don't know enough information to help him, and I'd like to find some verses or chapters in the Bible that talk about this. Some help, please?

God bless!

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Just a little Bible trivia to do on a Monday! [16 Oct 2006|01:18pm]

[ mood | calm ]

Knock, Knock...No, it's not the opening of a silly joke...show your
knowledge of "knocking" in the Bible.

What two commands on prayer, besides "knock," did Jesus give during His
Sermon on the Mount? Matthew 7:7-8
What servant girl, in her excitement at learning Peter was out of prison and
at the door, left him knocking while she ran to tell the other disciples?
Acts 12:12-16
What did Jesus say servants should be doing when their master, returning
from a wedding banquet, knocked on the door? Luke 12:35-38
What did Jesus tell church members in Laodicea He would do with them if they
opened the door to His knocking? Revelation 3:20
What king of knocking accompanied the handwriting on the wall that terrified
the Babylonian king Belshazzar? Daniel 5:1

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Did God create evil? If God created everything he must have? [06 Oct 2006|08:41am]

[ mood | awake ]

Did he?
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How happy is your life? [02 Oct 2006|05:19pm]

I was on Myspace the other day and the kids are always taking little surveys and I came across one that said, " How happy is your life?" Everything on the quiz was materialistic, like do you own a cell phone, or do you have TV in your room etc... And if it wasn`t material stuff they judged happiness on, it was still all "I" centered. So I decided to do some Bible study on what God says should make our life happy and this is what I came up with...
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