Sunday Collectives 9/2/13 – 9/8/13
By Charlie Burdsall
Here I was, sitting in my Lazy Boy recliner watching the news, trying to solve the worlds problems – you know, the economy, unemployment, crisis in the Middle East, those sorts of things. I about had them all figured out, though I was starting to feel a bit frustrated with the news of the day.
My wife, Janice who was sitting at the dining room table working on her computer, called me over.. she wanted me to meet someone on skype.
I wasn’t having much luck with solving the problems of the world and the news was giving me a headache, so I asked her who she was talking to. She said it was Tabinda from Pakistan, a new member of World Prayr. I walked over to the dining room table and sat in front of the computer.
By Michael Uno Upshur
Hurt can be a powerful weapon that distracts us. Many times we are hurt by someone and it draws up soooo many emotions: anger, sadness, depression, sometimes even hate. (John 14:15 — If you love me, you will keep my commandments.) <—– If we focus on the scripture, we realize that in that state of mind it’s a hard thing to do. 2 of GODS commandments are love (2 John 1:6) and forgiveness (Matthew 6:14.)
If we are realistic these are difficult when the person requiring love and forgiveness hurts us, especially on a continued basis. But what good is righteousness that is never tested. How powerful will you realize you are unless your strength is tested? How will you know what areas to improve if they are not exposed?
By Jess Dixon
A strong word yet very true word.
Have you ever been so hurt so bad by someone that when the person realized what they had done they came to you searching for forgiveness but you didn’t want to forgive them because you were so angry?
Man, I know I have. I have had to pray and search my heart for that forgiveness.
You know what? Christ forgives us each and everyday. We all sin and fall short of His Grace and Glory but yet He finds it in His heart to forgive us.
By Aimee Byrd
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By Arlene Wallis
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91 v:1-2
Sometimes in life, we got through events that make us feel neglected, alone, forgotten and abandoned. Those feelings are especially strong when you have gone through a rough break up, loss of a loved one, distance of a friend or just feeling like the third wheel in a given situation. Life’s hard knocks always appear to be more than we think we can handle but somehow we stand through them all.
When I open the bible and search for those verses of comfort during times of struggle, Psalm 91 is one of the great writings that soothes and brings that sense of peace during turmoil.
This post comes with a warning: Read at your own risk for it is long, deep and yet still barely touches the subject of this post. It may also be just a bit controversial, poorly written, improper grammar and tough! The other issue with this is that this is what I see scripture says but as Steve Brown says “50% of what I just said could be wrong” so I echo in that 50% of what I say here could be wrong.
WOW! Lot of discussion right now about certain abuses by Protestant leaders. While the discussion seems new, the topics are older.
It is also a topic I have watched and experienced first hand. Having attended a Bible College that watched four of its six presidents (Also the pastors of the church the college was connected to.) fall into adultery, including its founder. I still remember those a little older than me crying over the discovery that the founder of the Bible College they were all looking forward to attending had cheated on his wife….