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Saturday, February 20, 2010

So Far This Week....

So Far This Week...

I have run across many people who are having a hard time commenting or finding where they are to comment on the posts.  They want to share their prayer requests or music videos and can't.  I am hoping this will be easier. From now on, I will add the new day and the new day's topic to the home page post.  Just click on the word "HERE" and it will take you to the post with the comment box already up and you will be able to see comments other people have shared. I am praying this will be easier for everyone.  If not, we can go back to the old way.  

   2/14/2010  Soulful Sunday:" Lies Women Believe" -About God Part 4: "God is Not Really Enough"
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 2/15/2010Music For The Heart Monday: Come and share your favortie videos by leaving the URL on a comment on the post OR leave it on a comment on the Fan Page on Facebook. 

"I wonder what life would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me."
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2/16/2010  Prayerful Tuesday : Let's bring our prayers before the Lord and be prayer warriors for each other!  To see this post, click HERE

   2/17/2010  Truth Wednesday : hosted by Anne Morgan- "The Truth Project" part 5 - "Who Is Man?"
To see this post, click HERE

 2/18/2010            TEEN Thursday:  Hosted by Shelby Sharp -"I'm free, I'm free at last" is the "Hot Topic" this week and another great funny video.  To see this, click HERE

2/19/2010 Devotional Friday : "Until, Until, Until" ...has you wondering doesn't it?  To see this post, click HERE

2/20/2010  Share The Road Saturday: As we walk with our Savior, there are so many things we encounter on the "road" of our lives, so let's "Share The Road" with each other.

A new "Stump 'em" question for all of you! To see this post, click HERE


Share The Road Saturday


Share The Road Saturday

As we walk with our Savior, there are so many things we encounter on the "road" of our lives, so let's "Share The Road" with each other.

Let's take this day, at "Christian, Can We Talk", to share your testimony, your praises for the week, a trial you are going through, or a trial you went through and how God brought you through it! If you have a question and you don't know the answer, post it here...maybe someone will have an answer for you. Maybe you want to see if you can "stump" us, post a question and see how many of us get it right! This will be totally open, share whatever you want whether you are looking to uplift someone, or needing to be uplifted!


"Stump 'em Question"

Who was the priest and the prophet when Solomon was anointed king? 


Food 4 Thought

Disappointments are inevitable;
Discouragement is a CHOICE.
(Charles F. Stanley) 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Devotional Friday - "Until, Until, Until"

Devotional Friday

"Until, Until, Until" submitted by "Anonymous"

Until, Until, Until

There are three "untils" of Israel's blessing that must be fulfilled before Jesus Christ will return as Israel's King and Israel will be blessed. When Jesus Christ came the first time to earth, He was rejected by the nation of Israel and went to the cross of Calvary. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not (John 1:11)." The King was rejected and, therefore, His Kingdom was postponed. The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) was rejected and, therefore, peace was taken from the earth because the only One who could bring peace returned to heaven. One day when Jesus returns there will be "peace on earth, good will toward men."

Just before going to the cross, after being rejected by the leadership of Israel, Jesus pronounced a judgment upon Israel saying,

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, until you shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew 23:37-39.

Israel must say, "Blessed is He that cometh" before Jesus Christ will return to the earth at His Second Coming. After the rapture during the tribulation period of seven years, many Jewish people will trust the Lord as their Saviour. These include the 144,000 Jews of Revelation 7:4 and many, many more that will trust Jesus Christ through their evangelistic preaching. This large remnant of Jewish believers during the tribulation will be the ones who say, "Blessed is He that cometh."

The Old Testament teaches of the same event in Deuteronomy 30:1-3. This passage speaks of the Jewish people being dispersed throughout the world who will return to the Lord spiritually and obey His voice. The first thing these Jews will obey is God's command for salvation, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved...(Acts 16:31)." Then the passage tells of Christ's return (the second coming) to rule over and pour out His blessing upon Israel.

"And it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon thee the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey His voice according to all that I command thee this day and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee." Deuteronomy 30:1-3

The second "until" is the ending of the "times of the Gentiles." In Luke 21:24 Jesus said, "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." The "times of the Gentiles" began with the captivity of Jerusalem under Nebuchadnezzar (BC 606). Since that time Jerusalem has been under Gentile lordship. The "times of the Gentiles" began with the Babylonian Empire and will continue through the reign of the Antichrist until the end of the tribulation. When this time period has been concluded, Jesus will return. Note Luke 21:27, "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

According to Daniel's prophecies, the Antichrist, heading the ten nations (Gentile nations), will break his peace treaty with Israel, and will invade Israel in the middle of the tribulation, gaining political and military control over Israel (See Daniel 11:41-45). These ten Western nations under the control of the Antichrist will dominate the city of Jerusalem for the last three and one-half years of the tribulation, or for forty-two months. Read Revelations 11:2. "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the Holy City (Jerusalem) shall they (Gentiles) tread under foot forty and two months." This will conclude the "times of the Gentiles," and Jesus will return from heaven. Jesus Christ will then rule over the nation of Israel from Jerusalem.

Gentile world-power must run its course "until" the "times of the Gentiles" be fulfilled (Luke 21:24).

The third "until" is found in Romans 11:25. Notice, "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in."

The "fullness of the Gentiles" should not be confused with the "times of the Gentiles". The "fullness of the Gentiles" is the completion of the purpose of God in this age. That purpose is the calling from among the Gentiles a people for Christ's name. This is referred to as the "body of Christ" or the "church". It began at the day of Pentecost and will end at the rapture.

When the last Gentile is added to the body of Christ, the rapture will occur. This point in time is called the "fullness of the Gentiles". Somebody will be the last person (Gentile) to become saved and so complete the body of Christ. When this happens, the rapture will occur. Only the unsaved will be left behind.

The blindness that has been upon the nation of Israel will be lifted and many, many Jews will accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah and be saved. For nearly two thousand years the Jewish nation has been blinded. "(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day (Romans 11:8)."

These many that will be saved after the rapture (when the blindness is lifted-Romans 11:25), will be the ones who say "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39)." These are the same ones who will also endure the "great tribulation" spoken of in Matthew 24:22, which is the last three and one-half years of the "times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24).

All three "untils" must be fulfilled. All three will be fulfilled before Jesus Christ will return from heaven at His Second Coming. Then, Israel shall truly be "Blessed".

"The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more." Zephaniah 3:15
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Teen Thursday - Hosted by Shelby Sharp - "Free At Last, I'm Free At Last"

Hey Teen Team!'m a 15 year old Jesus freak and I'm here to host Teen Thursday.

I'm back again with a brand new " Hot Topic", questions, and a funny video clip.
I know we will have a good time.

Let's get to know Jesus better. You and me.

Verse of the Week: 
Romans 8:5 "You are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit."

  This week's "Hot Topic" 

Free At Last, I'm Free At Last
  She was a slave. She hadn't believed the rumors of people snatched from their huts and abducted to an unknown land until it happened to her. Chained for months in the dungeon-like hull of a ship, she feared she would die in bondage. After she endured years of hard labor and merciless beatings, the Union army marched into her town. Now an officer stands before her. " You are no longer controlled by your master. You are free."
He was a gang member. Not by choice. As gangs warred in his neighborhood, he needed protection. Trying to stay neutral brought threats to him and his family. Soon, after he joined, he was forced to make his first drug run. Later came gang fights, vandalism,  robberies. Late one night, while holding a loaded gun to the head of a boy from a rival gang, his heart screams, ' I don't want to be controlled like this anymore!'
He was addicted. The first drink slid down easily. So did the second. A year later, getting drunk was a way of life for this high school senior. Without it he couldn't have any fun, couldn't fit in, couldn't escape ugly stuff at home. But when one of his drinking buddies landed in a coffin after a wild party, this student decided enough was enough. As he stands before a group at the finish of a rehab program, he declares, " I'm an alcoholic, but I no longer drink. I'm free!"
She was a victim. Three years had passed since her step-father first hit her. Each year got worse. she had feared what he would do if she reported his abuse, so she kept quiet. But with a close friend's encouragement, she called the police. ' He won't ever touch me again,' she thinks as the officers escort her step-father to the car.
' I'm free.'
Some people get the freedom they want. Others only hope for it. But the great news in Romans 8 is that the STRONGEST chains know to humanity have been broken. All of us, the Bible says, were born as slaves to sin, shackled by a habit of evil we can't escape on our own ( see Romans 8: 5-6)
But Jesus changed all that. When you trusted him, the chains fell off. Because of the power of the Holy Spirit living inside youm you don't have to sin anymore. Yep, you WILL sin from time to time because of you own weakness when you're poked by temptations from the world, the flesh, and the devil. But you don't HAVE to sin. You can CHOOSE to be controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of by sin. You are FREE. ( from: Josh McDowell's Youth Devotions 2)
What freedoms do you enjoy because Christ and the Holy Spirit are active in your life? 
Jesus, you died to set me free from sin. I want your freedom in every area of my life.

Start your comments.............NOW!

Also feel free to share any prayer requests with all of us. We need to be prayer warriors for each other.

If you have a hard time with getting a "profile" to publish your comment you can #1 set up a Google account..which is just your email addy and your password. It just allows you to have a profile to comment..nothing more. #2 you can choose to the "name/URL" profile. All you need is , again, your email addy, and a URL. You can get a URL by going to YOUR Profile page on Facebook...copy and paste the URL found at the top of the page...the "http:// blah blah blah...." and put that in where it asks for "URL". You will have to do that every time though, where getting a Google account will only be once..and it will recognize you every time.

Don't forget to come back and check out all the comments. There is also a CONTEST going on. The contest is to see if we, the TEENS, can get more comments on THIS post than the adults got on any of theirs.



Monday is "Music For The Heart" day, where you can share your favorite video from YouTube.com. COME BACK next Thursday for more fun, another funny video,and the next "Hot Topic".

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Truth Wednesday hosted by Anne Morgan - "The Truth Project" part 5 - "Who is Man?"

Truth Wednesday hosted by
Anne Morgan
"The Truth Project" part 5
"Who Is Man?"

Who is Man?

There is a pernicious lie that is permeating the human mind. It’s that "man is just a material beast. He can’t have a purpose beyond himself. He must live for himself. Because man is born good, or neutral, it is the world he lives in that influences him for good or evil."

Perhaps you’ve heard variations on these beliefs. Our culture is saturated with the idea that everyone is basically good. Pick up the newspaper or watch the TV and you will soon find yourself wondering what caused someone to commit the crime they did. Defense attorneys will argue that their clients were the victims of an abusive home, or neglect. They experienced such a difficult childhood that all they know is to fight their way through life. Psychologists will tell you that you behave the way you do because of what your mother/father did to you in childhood.

From the beginning, man has tried to blame their sin on someone else. Adam blamed Eve and God (for giving him Eve) Eve blamed the serpent. Today, no one seems to be responsible for their behavior. We live in this culture of blame because we believe that man is inherantly good, so it has to be someone else’s fault when we do something "evil".

This philosophy is in direct opposition with Scripture. The Bible teaches that man was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), and it was because of Adam’s sin in the garden when he disobeyed God’s command, that sin entered the world. And through him (Adam) the sin nature was passed to all mankind. God held Adam and Eve responsible for their choices. (Gen. 3:16-24) And thus making it necessary for the need of a Redeemer (Gal. 3:13)

A person that believes they were created in the image of God, and that they have been born with a sin nature, will have a different world view than someone who believes they are inherently good.

What do you believe?

Are you quick to blame someone else when you do something wrong? Or do you readily confess, seek forgiveness and make restitution (when appropriate)?

Do you blame your upbringing for the choices you make? Or do you thank God for the parents you had because they prepared you to serve Him?

Do you seek out the faults in others, comparing yourself to how good you are? Or are you fully aware of how sinfilled you - and me - are, and thank God that He offers forgiveness for you...and others?

If you are honest, you will admit that at any given time you - like me - can believe that lie that "we’re basically good".

Yet Scripture tells us that this world view will only bring about death. Without the Holy Spirit we are powerless fight against the natural man. (Rom. 8:13).

We are commanded to acknowledge our sinful nature, and through the power of the Holy Spirit break the bondage of sin.

Colossians 3:5-10 tells us we are to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Our old nature is drawn to this behavior, but with the power of Christ, we can overcome the old man.

This weeks challenge: Make an honest evaluation of how you view yourself and others. Are you quick to find excuses? Does the depravity of the news surprise you?

Last weeks challenge : God’s laws are an expression of His nature. Whatever God says is true and right. Our job is to trust Him.

Next week - Theology: Who is God?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Prayerful Tuesday

Prayerful Tuesday

"Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
if service, in his serving; or he whoteaches, in his teaching;
or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness."  Romans 12:6-8
Lord, which gifts have you given me?  I do not want to waste a droop of my life by being blind to my potential in You.  I seek a deeper understanding of Your Word.  I want to comprehend how You manifest Yourself through spiritual gifts in Your children.  I long to exxplore the lives of men and women in scripture who followed You and who actively lived out other gifts.
According to the grace given me, I can live a fruitful life.  I can share the amazing bounty of Your goodness with others.  Help me to pay close attention to hte work Youa re doing in my own heart.  I want to see, understand, and culitvate the gifts that come from you.
(from "One Minute Prayers)

Come and share your prayer requests and let's be prayer warriors for each other.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Music For the Heart Monday

Music For The Heart Monday

Come and share your favorite video with us, you can leave it as a comment on this post, or leave it in a comment on the Fan Page on Facebook.

I really love the words to this song.  I have told my kids for a long time that what music you LISTEN TO, and TV/Movies you WATCH affects what comes out of you.  This song has a great message. 

Shelby shares, "I like this because we all need a Hero...and Jesus can be our hero if we let Him."

Noah says, "I like this one alot."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About God part 4

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

About God - Part 4
"God is Not Really Enough"

Very few of us would consciously admit we believe this lie, but the way we live our day to day lives tells that this is really how we believe.
"When it comes down to it, we don't believe God's Word is truly sufficient to deal with our problems.  Oh, it can deal with everyone else's problems; but it doesn't speake to my issues, my needs, my relationships, my situation.  I need God's Word plus these 8 books from the Christian bookstore;  I need God's Word plus tapes and conferences and counselors.  Sure I need God.  But I need Him plus close friends; I need Him plus good health, I need Him plus a husband (or a wife for any males reading this); I need Him plus children; I need Him plus a job  that pays enough; I need Him plus a house with a microwave, a washer/dryer, a garage, and a fresh paint job....."

Do you really believe God is enough or do you recognize these thoughts within YOUR own mind:

"'God is not really enough' - I did not know I believed this until I realized how much trust I put in other things and people.  I thought I trusted God fully and kept tellingn my husband we just needed to trust God, but then I would run to my friends and discuss our marriage or finances."

"I have turned to food for comfort when things were going bad in our marriage.  In forty years of marriage, I have put on 45 extra pounds."

"I have denied the truth that my relationship with Jesus will satisfy my longings.  Through the way I live, I have shown those around me that I need 'things' in order to be happy.  I have been critical, complaining, and irritable most of my life.  I have been living this lie."

"I have been critical, complaining, and irritable most of my life.  I have been living this lie."

"Do we truly believe God is enough, or are we looking to other things and people to fill the empty places of our hearts - food, shopping, friends, hobbies, vacations, our job, or our family?"

Some things to think about until next time:

Think of some adverstisements you see what are the "things" our culture says you need to in order to be fulfilled, happy and complete?

Read Colossians 2:9-10.  What does it mean that you have been givien "fullness" or "completeness" in Christ?

Do you really believe that if you have God, you have enough?  What are some of the "pluses" that you tend to think you have to have to be happy?

What some practical ways we can wean ourselves from dependence on earthly, temporal things and find full satisfaction in the Lord?

Read Psalm 73:23-26.  Personalize the psalmist's prayer and write it in your own words.  Ask God to make this prayer the TRUE expression of your heart.

"Father, I am so prone to look to people and things other than You to fill the empty places of my heart and to satisfy my needs and longings.  Your Word tells me that when I have You, I am complete.  Thank You that no matter what else I amy or  may not have in this life, with You I have enough.  Amen."

So Far This Week:

I have run across many people who are having a hard time commenting or finding where they are to comment on the posts. They want to share their prayer requests or music videos and can't. I am hoping this will be easier. From now on, I will add the new day and the new day's topic to the home page post. Just click on the word "HERE" and it will take you to the post with the comment box already up and you will be able to see comments other people have shared. I am praying this will be easier for everyone. If not, we can go back to the old way.

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About Themselves-Part 2- I Need To Learn To Love Myself. To see this post, Click HERE

Music for the Heart and Soul - Come and share your favorite Christan music and listen to others as we worship God! To see this post, click HERE

Prayer Requests - "Shying Away From Greatness". Let's be prayer warriors for each other today. To see this post, click HERE

Let' Talk Truth- Adversity is the topic this week. To see this post, click HERE


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