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  1. Spirit Bear

    12/21/15: If Ten Be Found Faithful?

    Thank's for reading and responding. I'm not sure of the relevance of some of your points or verses, though, and I think you misinterpreted some of what I said (it happens, a lot.). Genesis also said that God was going down to see if it was as He had heard from the cries of people. We see a more human version of God than we typically think.
  2. Read Genesis 18. 'Then Abraham approached Him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" The Lord said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."' Genesis chapter 18, verses 23 through 26. And they continued like this until... 'Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."' Genesis chapter 18, verse 32. But Abraham dares not to further push the Lord, so he walks away in what was most likely the grim knowledge that the city of Sodom was doomed. What do we gather from this? That the Lord can change His mind, when He had already decided to destroy the Capital of Sin on Earth? That He can be swayed? No, but we can gain that He is highly merciful. Our pastor once asked the congregation at Church, "What were the sins of Sodom?" People called out, "Homosexuality!" (the first thing to be called out was that, and I stared at the man who all but screamed it out with my thought of, "Do you not think that there may be homosexuals here?") Others answered, "Unfaithfulness!" "Immorality!" "Drunkenness!" "Pagan worship!" &c. But even Jews and Christians commit such acts. Their sin was that they had left the Lord, thus leading to all of this because they had no moral compass. They followed everything but God, seemingly trying to mess with God by purposely going against Him. Do you not think that there used to be righteous people filling the city? This was a major city, one that directed the World at the time; even Abraham seemed to at least hope there were righteous people still there. Would he have tried asking for it to be safe, thus risking his life and that of his family, if he thought there were never any righteous beyond Lot, thus meaning that there couldn't be any righteous? God couldn't leave Sodom to lead the World further down, so it had to be destroyed. Still, He would have spared it in merciful love had there been only ten people faithful in the city. Yet there was not, and so it was destroyed. See any modern-day Sodoms? "Las Vegas" may come to mind, but are there not ten righteous people there? Would not the Lord spare it? Yet all will be leveled a while after God comes to take His people away from this world of sin. Will there be any righteous left, ten or one, in the places to be leveled? Will you be faithful, thus having a city of men, women, and children be spared? If you are not going to be faithful, would not their blood be on your hands if nine others were found faithful when the number needed was ten?
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    12/19/15: How Much Should I Forgive?

    I'm the type who goes about wearing a mask that looks happy. IRL, I cannot take it off. It's as if taking it off would lead to sure and painful destruction: Like taking a turtle out of his shell. So when I began blowing apart, back when I had more than 2 friends (and even now,) I'd go into isolation-- so that I'd not hurt them, for I was too hurt. I didn't want to suck the life out of them. And they seemed to not care much. Or they began probing too deep for comfort, thus causing me to feel like my carefully planned act was about to be found out-- found out that I'm not the kid always smiling and laughing like they thought. As for those who didn't do much about it when I was noticeably feeling down, those who where not even asking how I felt or if something was wrong, I felt like they did not care. It hardened my mind and heart, made me less caring, made me more depressive and not wanting to see them. I felt like no one cared. I often still feel like that. God was distant, and so was the idea of being wanted and liked. So I was alone, and inside I died. And how do the dead seek help when they cannot see beyond the dark shroud covering them where they lay to rot into eternity and the past memories of those around them?
  4. Spirit Bear

    Prayer of the Broken:

    The song linked above used to make me tear up and choke up. Thanks for the responses, all.
  5. Last night and today were Hell. But I committed myself to doing this, so here's a verse on commitment. I am too unstable, too exhausted, too hurt to do much else than this and have to do this on another forum as well. So remember to do as you committed yourself to do. "Commit your ways to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act." Psalm chapter 37, verse 5 His action was allowing me the willingness to still do this even now.
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    12/12/16: Committing Yourself

    *Eats paddle.* Thanks!
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    12/12/16: Committing Yourself

    Committing is easy. Doing what you committed yourself to do is hard. The World, as you said, is selfish. But being Christian means we're to be selfless, aka Christ-like. As for love, it's a hard thing for me. Most of us have been hurt a number of times by those claiming to love us. I love the World but dislike much of it because it is despicable. You seem like a good person, someone to ride the river with, someone who is real in her being. Paul was an interesting man who would throw himself into any bad and deadly situation for Christ. Amazing individual.
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    12/18/15: Regret (Part 1.)

    Rejoice, my friends, for not all is lost: All is before you for the future, as the past cannot move forward. We may take the past with us, but drop it-- you have a new life to live, and one God has many wondrous things in store for. So live! "Remember not the former things, nor consider things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth-- do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah chapter 43, verses 18 and 19. We may not win every race in life, nor every battle, nor every heart, mind, or soul. We may not have the success we wanted in school, in relationships, in work, or in love. We may not have been able to obtain all we wanted to, been able to do all we want, or be where we want; but guess what? If you've tried in pure ways, you can say this: "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." Timothy chapter 4, verse 7. Did you try? If so, you've done as you can and therefore did not lose, for you gained the knowledge that you did try and know what not to do next time (or to do.) Did you do your best? Even Jesus did His best, yet He was rejected by His own people and nearly stoned. In the end His own community rejected Him, but He went on to change the World. Was what you tried/did for good, or for what you wanted? Life touches all those who live, not just you. Did what you do seek to benefit only yourself? We're supposed to be one body of believers. Let us benefit us all.
  9. Spirit Bear

    The Candle

    Now that I finally know where you live.... *Stalks you.* JK.
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    12/16/15: Anger (part 1.)

    I just prayed for you, but you must also pray (got anyone else to talk to about it?) Some lyrics to a song fit here: "You know it's all the same. Just walk away." Indeed, walk away from wherever it is you're getting angry. Laptops are costly. *Accidentally bashed mine into my bunk-bed last night. LOL.*
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    12/17/15: What is God?

    Let's start with what God is not: "God is not a man, that He should lie; nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?" Numbers chapter 23, verse 19. God is always there for you-- yes, yes, you've heard this a lot; but it's more true than you realise. He loves you, and love wants what's best for you. He cries over you. You're His child. Do you not know what that means? His heart aches and beats for you! He won't seek to harm you, nor will He seek for you to suffer. The separation between Him and you eats away at Him, for He knows exactly how you feel in your despair and pain-filled times. God is not some distant creator who set things into motion and walked away. He's alive and real, and He's really there for you in faithful, just, righteous being. "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes." Deuteronomy chapter 10, verse 17. He's above all else, for nothing could have come to be without Him. He made you to seek Him for a loving relationship. No law, no man or woman, no sin or devil could ever keep you away from Him, because He has authority over all. One day, they'll all fall to His feet alongside of us, and when that day comes those who held onto Him will be lifted up and be triumphant over all that claimed itself to be above God, or claimed God to be below anything else. And you will live! So praise Him. He's there and listening as we speak. Go to Him now and give Him praise, for He is the one who deserves it. Do you give Him praise regularly? All good things in your life came to be due to Him.
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    The Candle

    Thanks. In most cases, you'd want to hit the pier rather than the breakwall. The wall will break your ship as the waves throw it up against it. *Loves history and has seen a number of boats in my town in pics being shattered against piers and the wall.* I also like man-made items going back to nature. But that comes with a love of nature and being an Urban Archaeologist. (I'm heading into Natural Resource Management and "dig" for antiques in many different sites. Today I actually dug up two coins in a bottle dump: A silver Mercury dime and a Wheat penny; I then threw out a bunch of shattered glass I put in a bucket to make the area cleaner. No good bottles. :/) This is a place you'd like, then. It used to be our paper mill, which they blew half of it up: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WSNeeaN6WdM/VYSROYSTOVI/AAAAAAAANQo/SwEtlPmHXz8/w959-h719-no/Arctic%2BFrost%2BBite%2BCure%2Bbottle%2B137.JPG Windsurfing and kite-surfing (there's a difference) look like a couple lovely sports. People learn it in our harbor (next to the break-wall) and eventually hit up the waves out in the real lake. I don't think we have competitions here, but it must be an incredible experience. Where are you?
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    12/16/15: Anger (part 1.)

    Make the place in your heart and mind with God to pray; prayer gives me more rest than does sleep. Play some music you like, if you can. Even walk down to a Church and enter its Sanctuary?
  14. Spirit Bear

    12/16/15: Anger (part 1.)

    But what way of escape is best for you?
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    The Candle

    I used to be a writer-- I placed in a multi-city competition for it a few years back. Depression killed that. This is likely the closest thing to a story I've written all year. I also made an error. Albeit my town calls it a pier, it's actually a break-wall that protects our harbor. Lake Michigan, for those of you who don't know, is quite a violent lake. It has more ship-wrecks per square mile than most parts of the oceans. Many have never been seen again. They still go down even now days. The breakwall seems to be of 1930s construction, redone a while later. Its first half is fenced, but the last half that reaches our sound beacon is open. The thing is in dire need of repair-- the blocks making it up fall off at angles. It's cracking apart, full of shallow holes, and has signs asking people to keep off. Needless to say, I came back from it. I spent a few hours down at the lake. Waves were trying to break over the wall and were coating it in water. Wind was driving a cold rain into me. Of course, as usual, people-- such as kite-surfers-- were down there. I'm glad this story was understandable. When I get like that, even I don't understand me. Thanks for reading.
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    12/15/15: Depression

    "Come to me all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew chapter 11, verse 28. Jesus asks us to come directly to Him. Don't focus on your own self, as one member here posted. Focus on Him. Pray. Look to Him, the source of all things good! Give up your burdens to God, and He will give to you peace. Love Him, for He loves you. Know it, too. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." Proverbs chapter 3, verses 5 through 6. Trust. After all the pain you've been through, and all the broken promises and words said behind your back, and after all those who have wronged you... It's hard to trust. I have trust issues. I try to lean into what I think, for what I think is all that I have understood from my own life. But understand this: You can trust God. He truly loves you, and love does not seek to hurt you or do you wrong. God is with you. And with Him will you make it through life alive and well, spiritually well. Trust that He'll take care of you, seek Him and His will out, and do as He desires. It may hurt now, but He knows what He's doing. Every beautiful work of art cast in a mold must go through the fires to be formed into what the artist desires. He has cast you. Will you fight the beautiful things He wants for you?
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    12/15/15: Depression

    I'm a major post-editor. One comma missing annoys me. And I can always make the post better by saying more. LOL. To go along with the cast theme, I turned these zinc pellets into this: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/dTnZoFij6jvIzEwFrLy8gwmtfIN-7HX3Oahh9de_sQUQ=w772-h719-no
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    12/15/15: Depression

    Funny thing is, I like glass much more than metal (I collect it.) Also, your accidental pun in your glass talk-- "lil clearer."
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    12/15/15: Depression

    I'm referring to casting an object in a mold. The artist carves out a mold and takes metal, melts the metal, and pours the melted metal into the mold to let it solidify. He then takes the metal object, removes excess metal, and polishes the object to something beautiful. I've done metal-working like this. You take a bunch of metal shards and bars and make it into something beautiful and unique.
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    12/12/15: Preach, but Beware

    We're called to share the Word of God with the World. "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark chapter 16, verse 15. But we are warned, and I'd use Revelation 22:18-19 for it, but that would be taking things out of context (and thus defeat the purpose of my message.) Yet I believe it rings true for those who add to or remove from God's Word (but it's not about that which I think.) "Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar." Proverbs chapter 30, verse 6. And we all know that liars will not enter the Kingdom of God, as is said in 1 Corinthians 6. Certainly you don't want God Himself to say that you lie, so be sure to keep in check what you say-- so that it is accurately reflective of the Bible. You may think it would benefit you (selfish) or others (good intentions, which usually go wrong when not based on God-filled pure and moral right,) to simply twist words, take them out of context, or even add to because you think this or that.... but it's not a good idea. Do you preach? And if you do, are you guilty of what could be called slander and what could be called libel? Think about it. It really is, in the end, the same thing. Preach the truth, not your own ideas, or your own self will never see the Kingdom you say you stand for. It's not about winning. It's about truth for living.
  21. "Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you have been doing." 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, verse 11. Do we really encourage one another as we point out the flaws of others, pointing out their failings, doing it in a "Christian" way such as saying, "You need to improve yourself here. Look, it's a problem. What would Jesus do?" All the while our own problems fester, eat away at our Spiritual life, consume us in sin and surround us-- thus blinding us to the truth that what we say should gear toward us, and not only the ones we're trying to improve? How do we "improve" others when we need such improvement? What do we build when we are so broken? Can we use each other to build us all up? I think so. But do we just keep ourselves afloat, clinging to one another, sometimes even shoving the other under the water just to keep ourselves alive? "You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew chapter 7, verse 5. This was originally meant to be about encouragement. But then I got angry. So this is what happens when I get angry. LOL. Sorry, guys.
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    12/12/16: Committing Yourself

    Or wrong date. Don't shoot me. I would have done that myself today had I a gun.
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    12/11/15: Purity

    "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person commits a sin against his own body." 1 Corinthians chapter 6, verse 18. It looks like impure thoughts and actions damage us, upset God, and lead down all the wrong roads you want but will wreck on. So check yourself before you wreck yourself (yes, I found an actually appropriate use for that quote. Be amazed.) "For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater,) has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." Ephesians chapter 5, verse 5. It also looks like cheating and sexual impurity (orgies, sex out of marriage, bestiality, sexual role-play, etc.) have no room in the Kingdom. Therefore, we who willing choose/engage in such immoralities will not have the kingdom either. Is temporary pleasure now that pains God worth an eternal loss of God-filled pleasure that comes later? Will you chose your own wants, or will you choose what is actually right and that which leads to good for you and others? Why are we choosing anything else?
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    12/11/15: Confess

    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John chapter 1, verse 9. We sin. #Duh. (Why do people even use hashtags anymore?) Anyway..... When we sin, why hold it in us so that we do not let ourselves learn and overcome? If we don't make it known, how can we ever heal? We cannot heal ourselves. The One Who knows all things can. He wants you to confess to Him so that you can have an active, open, honest relationship with He who loves and forgives, for He is love. Who is this One who loves and forgives and seeks you out? "...there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ." 1 Timothy, chapter 2, verse 5. Jesus is the One to talk to. And through Him you shall reach the Father.