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  posted on 5/7/2010 at 08:30 AM
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

John 10:27

 

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  posted on 5/9/2010 at 07:23 AM
Morning. This is the first Sunday I've had off since January. Looking forward to a day with the family.

Doug, I've been thinking about Joseph lately, been meaning to ask if you could give us an update.

Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2010 at 12:09 PM
Joseph has been doing better over the last month, more energy and able to focus more. Hope it lasts for a while, and thanks so much for asking.

"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 06:25 AM
"For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine on our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

2 Corinthians 4:6

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 08:26 PM
I'm so lost and I can't find my way. We're in way over our head with Kaleb. Please pray for us.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 08:46 PM
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you..."


 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 09:33 PM
"Be still, and know that I am God"
 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 05:47 AM
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

2 Corinthians 4:7-9

 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 07:59 PM
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I'm so lost and I can't find my way. We're in way over our head with Kaleb. Please pray for us.


I always pray for you.

I was food shopping just now...Dave Matthews' "Where are you going" song was playing.

"I am no Superman, I have no answers for you
I'm no hero, oh that's for sure..."

so...what could I say to you? Lost and can't find our way...we have those moments but take heart, He has overcome the world !! Was listening to Michael Yousef on the way home from shopping after the Matthews tune really put me in a sour mood and he (Yousef...who is brilliant and fantastic, by the way, a must listen) was saying that we need to go beyond being "crisis Christians" and grow into confident ones, then continuous, then contageous (sp.). Often, we become Christians, and I'm quoting him now, because of a crisis that has taken place, which is ok, the reason doesn't matter but we need to grow beyond that into confident ones. Confident in God's word, God's promise.

I know I've gone on 'n' on...again, Nancy, and these are mere words on your monitor but rest assured that God's plan is perfect, consider it all a blessing, the trials and hardships as well as the easy days and that somewhere in little ol' Rhode Island, a brother prays for you.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 08:11 PM
one more thing. I should probably let you all know and respond out in the open to your really nice pm, Nancy.

Not going to Haiti.

Yet.

Like in your pm Nancy, other things have to take place first. Other issues need to be dealt with. Issues that I'm positive God wants me to take care of before I can go.

Our church goes again in September. A few other places as well in the fall and it's still on my heart to go and serve. Meantime, I have a ministry here that needs my attention.

Fret not...I am going...just not on this trip.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 08:50 PM
Oh Mark, I'm sorry you're not going now. I know you really wanted to. But it's still all good. I agree, you will get there.

I appreciate Michael Youseff, I like the way he sometimes puts in my face. I know it must seem like I'm one of those crises people, sometimes I am. I need you all to know that I thank God every day for all the blessings we have. And they are too many to count, believe me I've tried. And man, the way He has put our family back together is nothing short of a miracle, and that's the truth. "How you make good of this mess I've made is a profound mystery.." It's just that, when I'm coming out of an incident with Kaleb, it's usually ... well, I'm just spent. Last night I was really at the end of everything I had, I just needed prayer, to get up and do it again. We knew when we brought them home we would have some issues, we didn't expect the violence or the viciousness through which these issues would come. I personally have never experienced anything like this. I really do know it's all part of the plan, and I've already been given everything I need to see this through, actually, healing Kaleb couldn't happen without us, and thankfully we were judged worthy. And this week my husband is out of town on busisness so it's just me. And I'm just whining like the baby I am. I hurt so much for this little boy who hurts so much. I don't go about this emotionally, but I get emotional when I can finally settle him down. Last night our little interlude lasted about 6 hours. So, it's kind of letting it all out or go or something. I can't get it out right, I'll stop.

Without you guys, I don 't know if I could do it. Just knowing you're here for me to run to when I need to. I literally cannot thank ya'll enough for all you do, and all the prayers. I don't talk about all this away from here and I'm one of those people, that it just has to come out. I apologize for the length of this post and thank you for just for reading. Soon, very soon, I'll be better.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 06:27 AM
One of the things I've found to be so true in this walk is that so often when people think they are getting something from me they are actually giving something to me. I check this thread every day, at the start of my day, as part of mey "time" with God. When people post real stuff that is going on, it helps me focus more on how much I need God and how wonderful this walk with him really is. One thing I know is true: God loves us and has plans to bless us beyond our wildest imaginations, not just then, but now. He's blessed me through the love you have for this kid this morning.

"Greater love has no man than this; that he lay down his life for his friends."

John 15:13

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 07:47 AM
I come to this thread too every morning. I may not post, but I'm here.

Nancy, no post is too lengthy.

"And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another."

2John:5

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 08:19 AM
piacere's post above was post # 666. Coincidence?

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 08:42 AM
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piacere's post above was post # 666. Coincidence?



wow. You told me some time ago, there are no coincidences, only God's plan...and I agree. I had no idea it was going to be number 666.

So, how's my post for giving the devil the boot? Without even realizing what I was doing (again) God covered it.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 09:00 AM
we're blessed.

I've been thinking of that post for the past few minutes. As far as I know, which isn't far, this is the only truly Christian thread on the ABB website. ( Good on ya, DUG, ya did good ) There are "discussions" over in the WP but they amount to no conclusive agreements. Here, we are firm and steadfast in our agreement that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

Anyway, I really had no idea. None. ( I usually don't) Isn't it something that our Heavenly Father wouldn't allow that number to be a negative post but one mentioning love? Once again, He handles what I go stumbling through.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2010 at 09:39 PM
It is absolutely believable that something meant for negative, God will use for good. And it was cool the way He did it wasn't it? Like just to show He can.

n-kay, so we had a better evening tonight. When we got home, I sat them both down with me, held their hands and prayed. Maybe God just gave us all a break, because this morning made last night look easy. Yes, again last night, every night just about...but anyway, we had a good evening. I am so thankful. I really need Kaleb to know that I truly love him, a deep, abiding love, one that will take all this and keep coming back. The way God loves me.... and him. We had the opportunity to say these kinds of things this afternoon and it was truly a gift.

When I came to this website, I had absolutely no idea I would find this. I'm so far behind the times I was just excited to find this much Allman Bros in one place. I couldn't tell you what's really going on with the Allman Bros right now, I hope that doesn't get me in trouble... I spend all my time in here. But it's so cool how God brought me here. Through the Allman Brothers? Really? Well okay then. I'm so glad He did. It's a small world after all.




 

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  posted on 5/13/2010 at 06:10 AM
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

1 Corinthians 13:4-6

 

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  posted on 5/13/2010 at 10:58 PM
Not one of my better nights. I can't claim perfection but make no excuses. I thank God for His Son. His mercy, love and forgiveness. How and why He died for the likes of me.

Amazing grace.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 06:19 AM
"This is my command: Love each other."

Jn 15:17

Man, I need help with this. I so often lay down the spiritual perspective and pick up the temporal one. Lay down God's vision for my own. I'm so much better than I used to be, but I still have so far to go. God, please help me to see my neighbor through your eyes. Amen.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 08:14 AM
"a physical world creates a spiritual haze.."

the selfish nature is always in conflict with the spiritual nature, can't quote exact verse right now, but in Romans 9, 10 or 11, "God has given all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all". Sometimes it's quite difficult to see others the way God does, and sometimes I wonder, maybe He does see them the way we do, His capacity for forgiveness is much greater than ours, and His justice never seems to be swift or harsh enough in our minds. And thank God for that too, because lots of days I would require that same harsh justice. Make that every day. Maybe it's an exercise, not necessarily to draw closer to God, but to show Him to others. And that is TOUGH. Especially when you're neighbor acts like they need a time out. So in my mind this is how I see it. "We hold this treasure in jars of clay..", I know clay pots, they crack, they break, they chip, very vulnerable vessels, and so are we. The disappointment is the consequence I think. And sometimes, maybe even if it doesn't feel good, God wanted you to display that attitude, because in the earthly realm, that's how He feels too.

Love you man.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 09:21 AM
Doug - So sorry to hear of your troubles. Will include you and your family in my prayers!
When thinks get me down or seem overwhelming, I think of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who took on unimaginable suffering and every insult and injury to this day - all for love of us, who deserve nothing, but were offered mercy and eternal life instead. We are so loved and so fortunate!

 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 09:27 AM
well....there are a few areas in my Christian walk that need some refining. No, they need a jackhammer. I get so disappointed and angry with myself when my pride and ego overtake me and my witness suffers immeasurably because of that. I let down my brothers and sisters and my testimony becomes worthless...and it takes a long time, if ever, to regain any spiritual effect I may have had on someone who is not a follower of Christ. It causes a lot of damage. Thankfully, by the grace and mercy of God, I'm forgiven but a lesson must be learned. It's imperative. As Christians, we forgive as many times as is asked of us and I do that freely and with gladness. My prayer is that other Christians forgive me my transgressions...and, that I walk on a less slippery path.
 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 10:21 AM
well Mark, of course you're right...and it does hurt and it is disappointing, and a lesson is learned....man, I know I'm really pushing the envelope here, but, our credibility is imperative, but is it really credible that we never make a mistake or get caught up in a situation, I mean does anyone really avoid all pitfalls? A lot of non believers will use any excuse to say they're right, but it would be totally unbelievable to me if anyone tried to convince me that by being a Christian, I'm excempt from all shortcomings and missteps. As Christians, we do regret our actions, we do realize the consequences of things said or done. We do know to ask for forgiveness. "I'm still a man in need of savior.." We do know that God will overcome our weakness. Your witness is indeed essential, but it is God who brings understanding and knowledge to those whom He chooses. Romans 7, the good I want to do I do not do and the bad I do not want to do, I do, Oh what a wretched man I am... But now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and go the rest of the way, what a powerful book. Especially 9, 10 and 11. Don't think I'm letting you off the hook, I'm not, your distress is the consequence of your action and it is necessary. But I really, really appreciate you putting this out there for all to see. To see that we are not perfect, we make mistakes just like anyone else, but there is no condemnation for it. There is forgiveness and there is peace, beyond what the world can give and there is healing. And for those who think they have defeated you, welll that's just all they have, while you demonstrate true strength. Not turning away from what you've done but taking responsibility for it, not making excuses.

I really don't see how there could be a more powerful witness.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2010 at 10:31 AM
Beautiful post.
 
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