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Contents include: "prayer"
On or After: Sunday, December 10, 2006
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1 Comforting scriptures and poems Not Specified azurelaw Sun 12/10/06, 4:36pm 180829
  Our dear and loving retired old pastor has become widowed a month ago. He lives alone for his only daughter lives in America. Yesterday, when he shared with us in the prayer group, he said he was still making his way to adapt to the loneliness. Everything at home reminds him of his beloved wife.

I want to email him some comforting scriptures and poems which can make him feel the sweetness of our Lord Jesus, but nothing comes to my mind. Any recommendation?


2 Comforting scriptures and poems (?)Answered Bible general Archive 3 azurelaw Sun 12/10/06, 4:36pm 180842
  Our dear and loving retired old pastor has become widowed a month ago. He lives alone for his only daughter lives in America. Yesterday, when he shared with us in the prayer group, he said he was still making his way to adapt to the loneliness. Everything at home reminds him of his beloved wife.

I want to email him some comforting scriptures and poems which can make him feel the sweetness of our Lord Jesus, but nothing comes to my mind. Any recommendation?


3 Comforting scriptures and poems Answer Bible general Archive 3 CDBJ Sun 12/10/06, 7:35pm 180843
That is a pain that hast to be horrid!
Here is a poem that, I personally, wrote several years ago that you can share with him.

A Voice From Beyond

I've passed into a better place of which there is no pain.
So loved one keep your grieving short, your loss has been my gain.

My state is far much better then the one that you behold.
It's the hope that I've been looking for in the days when I’d grow old

Though grief may oft consume you with thoughts about our past,
Life must go, so please be strong, this grieving will not last.

This place is awe inspiring, with much array to view.
I've been so overwhelmed with it, I've hardly thought of you.

My first day on location I was anything but bored,
My first known recollection, I was looking at the Lord.

The colors are fantastic, beyond your wildest dreams.
Ensuing from His throne on high, an emerald rainbow streams.

Enough about my bliss for now, the problem's you're forlorn,
And how to rectify the day, from which our love was torn.

The secret to life’s happiness is not all that absurd.
It’s found with-in the Mighty Script of God’s Eternal Word.

So keep yourself in hope I ask, make the Bible your main quest,
And the Lord will surely comfort you, and put your heart at rest.

Make sure my love of which you trust, in abundance of profession.
It must be Jesus, not the church, to support your strong confession.

Finally love with much ado, use not your loss for scorning.
Weeping may endure the night, but joy cometh in the morning.


4 Taking medication/Giving medication? Answer Phil 4:6 BradK Mon 12/11/06, 5:34pm 180894
  Hi Cuddle,

I think one of the best prescriptions in the Bible is Phil. 4:6-7:

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." [NASB]

I'm not certain that there are any direct references that could be used either way in regard to taking medication for a mood disorder. With that said, we know that God is Sovereign. Does He use Doctors and/or medications to accomplish His will? Yes, I believe He does. He can use any means any time He wishes.

As Lehman Strauss observed:

"God is the creator and controller of the universe and all that is in it, whether animate or inanimate. Any use or disposition He chooses to make of any part of His creation is His sovereign right. God is accountable only to Himself. He reports to nobody. He is not required at any time to give to any person any explanation for anything He says or does. He is the superpower above all powers in every area of His creation

We do not expect to understand fully the purpose for our trials until our Lord calls us home to be with Him. But we do know that He loves us too much to harm us, and that He is far more concerned with our welfare than we are. God's choices are always right. He is capable of carrying out any project to a successful conclusion without the possibility of fault or failure. Nothing in His universe happens by chance or accident. For every effect there is a cause. God "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory" (Ephesians 1:11-12). Yes, God is in control."

I hope this will be of some help.

Speaking the Truth in Love,


5 Taking medication/Giving medication? Note Phil 4:6 rodent_tamer Tue 12/12/06, 12:36am 180930
  Dear Cuddle,
I am so over joyed that my story helped you. It is so amazing how God works.
Why did your daughter want to get off her meds? Was it because of the stigma? Or perhaps the influence of family members who caused her to question the validity of this illness? Do those family members question the existence of this disorder or do they disbelieve that your daughter suffers from this illness? If they disbelieve the existence of this disorder or mental illness in general, what is their reason for disbelief? Is their reasoning spiritually oriented? That is, do they think that medication and a diagnosis of a mental disorder is un-christian?
By any chance, did your daughter want to get off her meds during a manic phase? I only ask this because I have done this in the past during manic episodes. I'm not a rapid cycler. The pattern of my mood swings usually occur in phases of long winter depressions and long spring manias. One year, for some reason I had only been on my anti-depressant, but not my mood stabilizer. I had been ok (not experiencing depression), but then since I wasn't on my mood stabilizer I eventually became manic in the spring. When I became manic, since I felt so great, euphoric and invincible I concluded that I was not bipolar and that I didn't need any meds at all. Big mistake. I stopped taking all my meds and in about a month I swung hard in the other direction. I ended up having to go to the hospital. You have to be very careful during manic phases, because it can make you feel deceptively "well". Typically when manic, a lot of bipolars don't go see their Dr. or take their meds. At least, when depressed, you know you're depressed and desire alleviation, but when manic, you are often not aware of this "drunken" state of mind and, in fact, embrace it, thus rejecting medication.
I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers.
You are welcome to email me anytime if you should need advice or questions regarding this matter. Also I would love to know if her condition gets better if you put her back on her meds. My email is: Rodent_tamer@yahoo.com
I want to encourage you to learn as much as you can about this disorder and confer with others who suffer from this illness in order to best help your daughter. There were those in my family who didn't really believe in the validity or seriousness of this disorder and, as a result, made me feel alienatated and alone in my suffering.
All my best,
6 wandering eyes Note Gen 1:1 humbledbyhisgrace Tue 12/12/06, 5:28am 180951

First let me say I pray that the Lord God will open your heart to receive the truth that His free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to find true happiness.

Hear what the Lord God has told mankind through His word.

Romans 3:23 (NASB) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

and payment for our sins is death

Romans 6:23 (NASB) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So we all have sinned. Christians and none Christians alike. And there is a price to be paid for that sin.

Romans 5:8 (NASB) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Note, it was not after we somehow found a way to be good enough that He demonstrated His love for us and died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. It was when we were at our worst that He did so! The most important thing to note here is that He (Christ) died for us!

Romans 10:9-10 (NASB) 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Romans 5:1 (NASB) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Here young man in Romans 10:9-10 and Romans 5:1 is true happiness!

I would like to ask you a question. You admit you do not believe in God. You admit you do not have a bible and know nothing of God’s word. Yet you are willing at a young age to write an essay for a friend to show them your “light”.

My question is this. If you have no bible and know nothing about it and do not believe in God (according to your own words), how is it you have set yourself up to improve on God’s word which you know nothing about? How is it you (the created) can improve on the Creator which you know nothing about?

I say this out of love and my prayer is you can see and understand this. Your own words clearly show that you have no light as you say. You contradict yourself with your own words. It appears you are very much in the dark because you fail to even see your own “light”.

Considering your intentions is to help a friend I would encourage you to stop and think about how bad you are misleading them. If you care for them at all it’s best you simply tell them you don’t have a clue about God or his word but you would love to study with them to understand it by reading His word and not making up your own gospel.

7 When is the revelation clear Answer Acts 17:30 jlhetrick Tue 12/12/06, 11:55am 180983
  Hello Finder,

I believe my response should start with asking the question to you, are you saved. If you are not, then the Scriptures teach that not only have you rejected God, but you are continuing in that rejection.

It's not my word that declares that ALL have rejected or sinned against God. It was and is plain in the Scriptures I posted in my previous response. Furthermore, anytime we sin, we reject God. If you can not remember sinning, take the word of God at face value and know that you have and so have I.

1John 1:10
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. (NIV)

You see friend, in the passage of Romans 1:18-32 it's not teaching that the truth of God was not recognized or that the truth of God was not understood and believed, quite the opposite. Instead, it is teaching that when the truth was known, man chose his own course, rejecting God's plan. Knowing something of God and then choosing to do what is contrary to His design and plan is the rejection.

Romans 1:21-23 (NIV)
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles."

Again, you may not accept the truth that you, like every other human person besides Christ, has sinned by putting self before God; but again, the Scirptures should settle that issue as quoted above.

Finder, in anticipation of your response and answer to your salvation let me say this. In saving you, God will require that you ackowledge that you are a sinner in need of salvation. As the Scripture says, if you are unable or unwilling to do this, "His word has no place in your life".

I assure you that my response is sincere and I am not attempting to read into your statements. Please let me address something else you said. You wrote:
"The only opportunity I am conscious of coming to know the revelation of God was after investing LOTS of time searching on the Internet since 2002 until now, and I still think I don't know everything"

While there are many internet sights that I would recommend to include this one, they are no substitute for the bible itself. If you have a bible please spend more time in it with prayerful consideration vs. searching the net. If you do not have a bible email me, I will send you one.

Finally, we don't need to worry ourselves with the access or ability to understand of others beyond our being obedient in "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2Tim 2:15) while proclaiming the gospel. Remember what I said in the previous post. If God intends to save the guy behind the tree at the end of that long-lost path deep in the darkest depths of the most dense jungle, He will save that one. As for the understanding; not a one of us has had the understanding until the almighty, sovereign God gave it.

Hope my responses continue to be helpful.

God bless,

PS. my email address is shown in my user profile.

8 looking for Hanukkah blessings Answer Bible general Archive 3 DocTrinsograce Fri 12/15/06, 3:37pm 181185
9 Should I separate from a sinning brother Answer Rom 3:23 JRMGHM Sat 12/16/06, 12:22am 181211
  I think in order to answer this you have to know whether the brother you are referring to is a Christian or not. While all should be dealt with in true love, there are some differences as to how to handle this.

Obviously if he's not a Christian then like the other post said he knows no better, and no I would not separate him from your Bible study, but encourage him more and more to come actually.

If he is a Christian, I would approach him about this sin that you see- (in humbleness of course, hoping that he would do the same for you if he saw something contrary to Christ in your life). In Matthew 18 and the very end of 1 Corinthians 5 we are told to approach our Christian brothers and sisters when we see sin.. sometimes it may take a very very humble person to point out sin to you b/c we are so easily blinded to our own sin (and to what IS sin and ISNT sin). In Matthew it does discuss separation (I'm not sure to what degree, etc) but only after he (a believer) has been approached first by one person, then by 2-3, then by the church. The purpose of ALL of this is repentance!! So this is not to be done in malice and it is to be done w/ a lot of prayer and gentleness, hoping to enlighten the person and encourage them to repent!

We are called to live above reproach and we all need help and encouragement to do that.
10 Circumcision reduces HIV rates by half Note Gen 17:11 DocTrinsograce Mon 12/18/06, 5:00pm 181307
  Dear Parable,

My background was astronomy and physics, but more than three decades ago! So I just barely followed! :-) Much has changed in those fields since those days. I'm afraid its been a long time since I was able to read periodicals like Physics Today with any actual understanding. I did get a tiny bit of exposure to early materials science in low-temperature physics labs... and there was cool stuff going on back then with the effects of high-pressures on ceramics. But I imagine that stuff is ancient history by now! (Drop me an email, please, if you wouldn't mind answering some pretty novice questions about what's gone on since.)

As I began formal studies in theology, I rather assumed it would be similar to studying the sciences. I expected that the mastery of the terminology would take place as I studied the various methodologies, etc. I guess that sounds a bit naive. :-) At least, it sounds that way to me now!

The wonderful thing about Biblically based theology is that we have special revelation in addition to general revelation. The nature of that revelation is linguistic. God Himself undertakes the task of presenting truth to humans via words. The implications of that are staggering! However, our insistence on our careful choice of words doesn't negate our appreciation of the incredibly profundity of truth.

By the way, I'm excited about your use of Christian history. I am persuaded that that is the only way to really begin to understand the Holy Spirit's light in the lives of our brothers that have gone before us. That effort will equip us to properly deal with the issues of our own day.

God bless you in your studies and in your ministry. I'm sure that others will join me in prayer for you as they read our words.

In Him, Doc
11 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH Note Not Specified FytRobert Mon 12/18/06, 7:50pm 181320

When a criminal is sentenced to death,
will prayers help in any way before and
after the death penalty has been carried out?

Your comments, please.

12 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH (?)Answered Bible general Archive 3 FytRobert Mon 12/18/06, 7:50pm 181322

When a criminal is sentenced to death,
will prayers help in any way before and
after the death penalty has been carried out?

Your comments, please.

13 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH (?)Answered Heb 9:27 FytRobert Mon 12/18/06, 7:50pm 181325

When a criminal is sentenced to death,
will prayers help in any way before and
after the death penalty has been carried out?

Your comments, please.

14 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH Answer Bible general Archive 3 kalos Mon 12/18/06, 8:17pm 181323
  Could you be more specific? Will prayers help what? Will whose prayers help -- the convicted criminal's or other people's prayers?
15 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH Answer Heb 9:27 Hank Mon 12/18/06, 8:47pm 181326
  Hello Robert - Good to see you again on SBF. Sir, the Christian can certainly pray for any living man, woman or child, but there is no biblical support for praying for the dead. The Bible is very clear that there are no exceptions concerning God's judgment. There is no reincarnation. The time to prepare is not after death but before it: "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27, KJV). ..... "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2b, KJV). .... "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that hear him" (Hebrews 2:3, KJV) --Hank
16 Church for believers only? (?)Answered Acts 2:39 azurelaw Mon 12/18/06, 11:48pm 181327
  Dear Doc,

Your quote : "... by taking in persons who have never been born again ... it is a loss rather than a gain... "

Is the church solely (both physical and functional) for believers? What I have experienced in my church, we have couples with unbelieving spouses joining us. Some finally repent, some not yet. We also have a sister in our cell group who admitted that she converted to Christ but still cannot restrain from her adultery behaviour (we have talked to or even scolded her about her sinful behaviour already, but she said she cannot stop it and perfer the man over going to church). However, she is so much attracted by our fellowship that she keeps on joining us (our cell group gathering). We would like to keep her in hoping that she would not be lost forever.

We really don't know what to do but prayers.

17 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH (?)Answered Bible general Archive 3 FytRobert Tue 12/19/06, 6:09am 181328
  Hi Kalos,

To furnish you with the specific details required,
I will make an attempt to be as specific as possible as listed below:
A. Will prayers help what?The needs of individuals
are not necessary the same.So, the prayers here are to cover the criminal's requests and etc.
B.Criminal's prayers/other people's prayers?
He can say his own prayers or he may request
others to pray for him.

With the additonal info given, I trust that you will be able to comment adequately.

Thank you for your response.
18 SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH Answer Bible general Archive 3 kalos Tue 12/19/06, 8:17am 181329

The same scriptural principles apply equally to the prayers of both criminals and non-criminals.

Anything that hinders our communication with God, such as unconfessed sins, is an obstacle to prayer. If the criminal is saved, God will hear his prayers just as He would the prayers of any other saved person. But if he is not saved, God is under no obligation to hear him. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear, but your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalms 66:18).

The Good News is the Bible also says, 'That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved...for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." Romans 10:9,13 NASB

What do we mean by "answered prayer"? 'Many people view an “answered prayer” as God granting a prayer request that is offered to Him. If a prayer request is not granted, it is often understood as an unanswered prayer. However, this an incorrect understanding of prayer. God answers every prayer that is lifted to Him. What we have to remember is that sometimes God answers "no" or "wait."

'God only promises to grant our prayers when we ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him' (gotquestions.org)

Who should pray for him -- the criminal himself or other people? 'For each one will bear his own load' (Galatians 6:5 NASB). 'Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 NASB).' So who should pray? Both the criminal and other people.

Grace to you,
19 a mother's prayer availeth much Answer Not Specified ldbailey Tue 12/19/06, 9:58am 181331
  Is there a scripture about a mother's prayer availeth much or is it just the scripture of the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much?
20 a mother's prayer availeth much (?)Answered James 5:16 ldbailey Tue 12/19/06, 9:58am 181333
  Is there a scripture about a mother's prayer availeth much or is it just the scripture of the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much?
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