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Bible Verses & Devotionals / Resting in Faith~ Hannah 1 Samuel 1
« on: February 10, 2017, 07:42:10 PM »
Today in my time with God, I read about Hannah's story in 1 Samuel. It's a story I know fairly well, but there was a verse that just jumped out at me this tim. Hannah had been distressed about her barrenness and went to God. Just pouring out her heart and her desires, and asked for a son. After talking with Eli, verse 18 happens: "And she said, "Let your servant find favor in your eyes." Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad."
This verse intrigued and convicted me about faith. Hannah trusted God. She wanted a child and so she poured her heart out to God and then she rested in faith. She knew her God. So often when I do take my concerns, my heart desires, and my burdens to God's throne, I take them back with me later because of faithlessness. I forget about who God is and I forget that He has a plan for me. I become consumed with my surrounding circumstances, my failures, and my hurts, and I forget to see the One who is in control of it all. I forget that He is right there protecting me, strengthening me.
How different would my life look if I would trust God and know that He does have a plan? That my failures have not caused me to be a hopeless case? How different would my joy and my peace look if I found rest as I put my faith in God? Confident in who He is, confident in what He does, and confident that I can come to Him.
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Music Hall / Love Ran Red ~ Chris Tomlin
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:24:36 PM »

I love this song. It really focuses in on Christ's sacrifice on the cross. My school is having a Bible Conference on the sufficiency of Christ. Today, one speaker talked about Christ's sufficiency to be our PERFECT priest. We need Him, and it can only be Him, to come to the Father. And He is that perfect Priest. And that will never change. That is why we can depend on His blood to wash away all of our sins, for eternity.

Music Hall / Christ is Sufficient- Chris Anderson
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:15:58 PM »

This is a new modern hymn, that is really good and true. It's not on YouTube and I wasn't sure how to post it, so, if I do, i will update it...

But, please listen to this song, it is so good. :)


This is the link to information about the 2016 Bible Conference at Bob Jones University. The theme is "The Sufficiency of Christ". Through the week several godly men will be delivering convicting and encouraging messages, focused on Christ's sufficincy. I encourage you guys to check it out next week. I will try to post the links on this thread so that you can easily get to the webcast, and they will be saved if you need/want to watch them at a later time. :) If you guys have any questions about the conference, Bob Jones University, the validity of the university, or anything else, feel free to private message me, comment, or email me: southersharkie95@gmail.com

Hope you guys can watch a few of the sermons and enjoy them!  :)

Music Hall / Grace Wins~ Matthew West
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:44:51 PM »
Love this song. A Christian is not defined by their mistakes, but by the grace and forgiveness of God! :)

Music Hall / As the Deer (Modern Hymn)
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:12:40 PM »
This song is so comforting, showing a perfect relationship of desiring and yearning for God, because He is all we need. I love this song :)

Music Hall / Re: What is your favorite Christmas song, and why?
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:13:27 AM »

This is my favorite, although newly acquired favorite, Christmas song. I really like it because it talks about Christ's birth, a humble birth, with power and acknowledgement of His love and His life. Yes, He came as a babe, but He had the power and authority of God. He didn't come to rule the world, that time, but instead to provide us a way to enter into His Kingdom. The words and the power of this song capture that message. :)

Music Hall / I Run to Christ
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:13:17 PM »
It blows my mind to realize how slow I am to go to God in times of fear, trial, or hurt. I tend to want to follow my emotions, get angry or frustrated, get discouraged, or act on sin instead of going to my Savior for comfort, peace and help. I dismiss Him so quickly, like He wouldn't understand, but He does. He cares. When I'm at the point of feeling even more horrible, I'm often reminded of who God is. I finally spend time with Him, reflecting on His never-changing truth. And I find a source of peace and joy that I couldn't know without Him. I find me kicking myself for taking so long to go to Him. He is so gracious and patient with me, as a slow learner. I hate to think of who I would be without God. He is my everything. I really like this song, I Run To Christ. I pray that I will learn to run to Christ first, to find refuge in Him in the trials, and the good times.

General Discussion / Veteran's Day
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:26:13 PM »
Veterans Day. This day is a federal holiday. Many don't have to go to work today. Some may feel inconvenienced as major banks and the post office and other places are closed in honor of our veterans.

 But Veterans Day is so much more than a break from work. It remembers the work, sacrifices, and hardships that many men and women have sacrificed for our country. They went off to war willing to die, if it happened. They left their families, their lives, their safety, their mental sanity, and exchanged it for war. Families were left to live life without them for a time, or for the rest of their lives. Our veterans and current military have sacrificed so much for our countries.

Today, and every day, as we remember these people, lets show them our thanks. These people often go through so many hard things during and upon returning from war. Whether mental or physical, life is never the same. They never stop fighting the war. They have hardships, and fears, that can often destroy them. So, show these people respect, thank them, and pray for them. They need our prayers.

Happy Veteran's Day

Music Hall / Letters From War
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:11:27 PM »

Let's not forget all that our veterans, and their families, have gone through.
Veterans Day 2015

Testimonies / A Word on Your Testimony
« on: November 10, 2015, 08:03:30 PM »
Our lives are an interesting weaving of a story. A story that continues everyday, without any knowledge on our parts, of how life will happen. Our testimony tells our stories. Each person has several types of testimonies. Our salvation testimony, our daily life testimony, and our personal experience testimony. There are other types of testimony that could branch out but these three are primary. Each are integral, as they intersect to show Christ, or a lack of Christ.

Our salvation testimony: Our salvation testimony is often the first that one thinks of, when they are asked to share their testimony. But our salvation testimony is usually our briefest testimony. It is a very important testimony, and one that every Christian should know, and be prepared to share. This testimony is best shared showing 3 things: life before Christ (Romans 3:23), when Christ came into our lives (Romans 10: 9-10, John 3:16), and our life after Christ.(2 Corinthians 5:17) In your testimony you should really find or mention verses that speak to you and your salvation experience. Acts 22: 1-16 is a great passage where Paul gives his conversion, or his salvation testimony. The chapter continues to dwell of different aspects of his testimony afterwards, as well. This testimony is a wonderful telling of our lives and a strong message of God's redemptive salvation.

Next we have our daily life testimony. This comes in several ways. First, a testimony in our actions, and second, a testimony of life experiences, changes, trials, and celebrations. While this includes our lives before salvation, it really focuses on our life after salvation. Our testimony of our actions give testimony to Christ. There is a secular song where the singer gives a positive and negative event, where his young son proudly tells his daddy that he has been watching him. This is our position as Christians. We, like parents, are being watched. The world is interested in these Christians. What we do affects what we say. How we live makes us hypocrites, or aliens of this world (Christians). This testimony must be safely guarded, and the testimony of God's forgiveness must be heavily relied on as we fail, because sadly, we will fail. We must be sure that our actions testify the grace and love of Christ.
There is also our testimony of life experiences. We could probably also call this a testimony of God's work, as it often has to do with God's plan for our life. This is things like a call to missions, ministry etc., a life changing event, or a falling from the Christian life and that restoration, as well as small God things, like answered prayer. These are often encouragements and rebukes to other Christians as they see faith lived out, or as they see fear, rebellion or other things lived out. But God's love, his faithfulness, and his never ending forgiveness is shown to the world through these life experiences.

Finally, we have personal experience testimonies. These differ in that a personal experience can be used to relate or teach a specific lesson, or help a struggling friend, Christian or non-Christian, by showing them that you at least understand a little. These common ground stories shouldn't be used as comparison stories, saying my trial is bigger than yours, but they can be used effectively in counseling and helping, as well as in evangelism. Our stories are unique, but often God will put us through things so that we can relate with others.

So, don't be afraid to tell your testimony. There are many who would love to hear it and it could affect them in a very positive way. Testimonies are great stories that should always point back to the wonderful attributes of God.

If you would like to contribute verses pertaining to testimonies, tell your own story about an experience with testimonies, or further comment, please reply! I would love to see y'all's insight! :)

General Discussion / Halloween: A bad idea for Christians?
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:19:28 PM »
Halloween has several beginnings which eventually tied together. At first, it started around 2000 years ago as the Festival of Samhain. The well known History Channel says this about it:
On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.

This semi dark celebration starts a darker tradition. When the Roman Empire took over, there were two different special days, one commemorating the dead and the other celebrating a pagan god.

Eventually in 609 AD, Pope Boniface IV made May 13 a day celebrating Christian Martyrs, and later another pope, Pope Gregory III widened this celebration to all saints and martyrs. The History Channel page says this about "All Saints Day":
The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saintsí Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

As it came to America, it became increasingly secular, as it was celebrated through parties, decor, and eventually trick-or-treating.
(If you wish to read further on the History of Halloween, here is a link containing where I got my information: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

So, should Christians celebrate a holiday with a pagan beginning and currently dark, secular intentions. Are all people who celebrate Halloween being dark, and secular? What about churches that do "Trunk or Treat" and attempt to witness and reach out to the kids in the neighborhood through these activities? Finally, what about the young Christian kids who want to attend their church event wearing a simple costume that is cute, and not dark, like a fireman outfit or a butterfly or another creative fun costume? Ultimately, it depends on if you are glorifying God, and what your personal convictions are.

The Old Testament told the Israelite's to not associate with pagan cultures. But, to save time, and a rebuttal argument about are we really tied to the OT Law, I will not pursue that route, commonly used by Christians. I find the Old Testament to be very helpful in how we should respect, honor, and love our God, but we are not tied to the OT Law. But what about the New Testament? And what about the very relevant (all Scripture is inspired and relevant in one way or another) laws in the Old Testament?

The 10 Commandments are a great place to start. The first is that we should have no other gods before us. The second is we should not make any graven image to worship. And third, we should not use God's name in vain. The rest of the commandments continue to show us how we must serve God only, and how we can do that. It is clear that we must worship and glorify our God.

Galatians 5:19-21 gives a list of works in with the flesh is manifest, or evident. They can be separated into three categories, the second being religious sins. Idolatry and witchcraft.
This means that partaking in, which can include celebrating witches, pagan gods, dark magic, and other fantasies stemming from pagan darkness and religions, is a manifestation of the flesh. It is not walking in the Spirit, it is not glorifying God.
What about zombies, ghosts, and other things that celebrate things coming from the dead? The Bible teaches us that when we are dead, we are absent from our body. Either with the Lord, or in hell. The most common passages for these are 2 Corinthians 5:6 and Luke 16: 19-31.
And celebrating demonic beings and things? Well, I think, at least for Christians, we know that is a bad thing, period. The devil would wish for us to worship him in any way. But it is not pleasing to God.

So, ultimately there is a line of what is pleasing to God and what is not. However, whether I celebrate Halloween lightly, or not at all, is ultimately inconsequential. But, at the same time, it is very consequential.

This brings us to the idea of personal conviction. Romans 14 helps us to address this. Opinions in how to glorify God, are not wrong, and we should not judge them. Moreover, we must respect each others personal convictions. Paul says in Romans 14:14-15, I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.

If you wish to take your nieces and nephew to a trunk or treat, at a biblical church, but that family believes that even dressing up in a costume and going out is wrong, you should not push the issue, but in turn respect it. If a church wishes to glorify God by giving a safe environment, that shows the love of Christ, and does not dampen the testimony with evils such as sorcery, demons, and the living dead (ghosts and such), then that does not make them a bad church. That is how they wish to show Christ. We must be careful to come to our own conviction, through searching the Scriptures and the direction of the Holy Spirit, and to not judge another Christian's conviction, as long as it is fundamentally glorifying to God.

Halloween for Christians can be as simple and personal as is wearing jeans, or males with longer hair, or it can be as dangerous as blatant sin against God. Whether against it or not, we must be careful to not sin during the holiday of Halloween... as well as any other holiday and any other day. Halloween does not have to be celebrated so dark, there is no harm in a child dressing up or a church showing Christ in a safe environment for kids of all ages during Halloween.

Bible Verses & Devotionals / Re: Share a Bible verse!
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:39:43 AM »
1 Peter 4:19 ESV
Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Music Hall / Mercy Tree Galkin Evangelistic Team
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:37:11 AM »

Music Hall / Each Day I Live Galkin Evangelistic Team
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:35:47 AM »

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