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||[ Sunday, 8-21-05 ]
[ 4:07am ]
||[ Saturday, 7-16-05 ]
[ 3:03am ]
so i have something to ask. my brother is on a mission trip in jamacia until july 25. and the hurricane emily is going to be going right near jamacia in the next day or so. so if you could be praying for their saftey. there is a group of 8 people down there from our church. from an email we got they are staying in a place that is built like a bunker but they could still use your prayers. thanks everyone.
||[ Tuesday, 6-21-05 ]
[ 5:19pm ]
Praise be to Jesus Christ! Now and forever!
I just joined this community and was wondering if you guys knew of some website available that listed charismatic Christian parishes around the U.S. I'm moving soon to Excelsior Springs, MO, and wanted to find some in the area. Thanks!
||[ Tuesday, 5-24-05 ]
[ 4:22pm ]
Praise God who heals the sick and comforts the suffering! Praise the Lord for taking up all our sins on that cross to make us his children! Praise the merciful, loving, caring God who will never leave us. Isn't his grace amazing when you think about it? No matter what you've done God will forgive you if you confess and repent of your sins. :D I'm glad I found this community. Take care and God bless.
P.S. add me to your friends' list! I like meeting new christians online because fellowship is fun :D
||[ Monday, 5-23-05 ]
[ 11:32pm ]
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better
the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was
tired of hearing all the bickering.
Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going
set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I
judge who does the better job."
So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.
They e-mailed with attachments.
They did spreadsheets.
They wrote reports.
They created labels and cards.
They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports.
They did every job known to man.
Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell.
Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly
across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the
Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known
the underworld. Jesus just sighed.
Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted
computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: "It's
It's all GONE!" "I lost everything when the power went out!"
Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from
past two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate.
"Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has
work and I don't have any?"
God just shrugged and said, "Jesus saves."
With God All Things are Possible!
||[ Sunday, 3-13-05 ]
[ 10:48pm ]
Hi! I am new to the community! I love God with all of heart and soul. I just thought I'd share these few things with you all! I hope that some of you all will add me and we can become friends! :)
~Pray for the victims in Atlanta and the victims of the shooter that killed 7 and himself in the church.
~I start classes back tomorrow. I need help to get focused and help to get my grades up.
~I have been sick over the past week. I need prayers that I get better.
~That I can continue to have a wonderful relationship with God and others.
~I aced my mid-term in English.
~My car has been fixed (at a high cost, unfortunately), but my dad and I were not hurt in the minor
~My associate pastor's message today touched my heart, and I realize I need God in my life more than ever.s on here! :)
||[ Sunday, 1-9-05 ]
[ 2:07am ]
When i heard the Bible stories in Sunday school i used to get so befuddled and maybe even a little upset at the disciples and the people that saw Jesus perform miracles and still didn't believe him. I used to think "Man, if only Jesus was here today and he would perform miracles - NO ONE could deny Him!" But i recently found out that at least one person could - me.
I have never been one for prayer. I know i know; it's a staple of Christianity. But who wants to talk to the wall? And after going to Sunday School, Church, Christian school, Awana, youth group, and finally college-age classes i had had enough of Christianity. What's the point? It was like this picture i saw just a week ago on a church wall in Fowlerville where my band played. It was a picture of a pier going way out into the water; the water all around it was stormy, dark, and fearful. In the water were people - people gasping for air, crying out for someone to save them, and drowning. On the pier were people in suits talking to each other, sitting in circles reading the Bible, old ladies having a bake sale, a choir in white robes, and a few kids in what appeared to be a Sunday school class. A the bottom right-hand corner of the picture it said in big red letters "What's wrong with this picture?". I guess that's how i felt about Christianity.
Recently though i have began to discover the difference between Christianity and following Jesus. One of the strangest differences i have noticed is that Christianity expects you to ask Jesus in your heart and believe, and then follow him. Well how the heck are you going to just up and beleive someone - trust them with your life - when you haven't followed him for a bit and know what he's really about? I wonder how many people out there that have 'asked Jesus in to their heart' actually believe...
I started praying again, but this time i took a friend's advice and didn't just pray for something one time and then move on. I prayed every day for the same thing. I even had what i said memorized in my head (Which let me point out is a lot different than the dinner prayer that gets repeated word for word every night with absolutely no thought behind it - pure ritual.) No; i meant every word with a desperate fervor, hoping that for once maybe something that i prayed about would actually happen.
I prayed for about a month, adding about 3 more requests on the way. And you know what? All of them happened. No joke. I was shocked out of my mind. To give you an idea of the kind of things i was praying for, here's one:
I prayed for a food processor for me to use at the Sanctuary. I've worked there for 3 years, and none have come through in the donations and i sure didn't want to spend money out of pocket for it. So prayed for a couple weeks straight for it. I told NO ONE about this request - not to test God, i just felt ridiculous asking people for a food processor. So one day i come home and there is an old '80's food processor sitting on the table. I asked my mom where it came from, and she said that she was helping to clean an elderly lady's house (she was moving to an assisted living center) and the lady told her she could have it since she wouldn't be needing it. My mom thought maybe i could use it at the Sanctuary and brought it home for me.
Now this request being granted involved God orchestrating 2 different people, other than myself, without either of them knowing about my desire. Three other requests like this happened soon after that also.
So you know what i did? I stopped praying. Not on purpose, mind you. I just started forgetting, or i wouldn't have time, or i slowly felt my belief that it was actually my prayers start to slip away. I hardly pray once a week now.
I know that's a really depressing ending for this journal entry, but that's where i am at right now... just following right now, trying to believe. Hopefully one day i'll get there and not turn back, but for right now - it's going to take a while.
||[ Tuesday, 1-4-05 ]
[ 7:27pm ]
So my band's first cd is almost completed - we are just ironing out the details. We want a new band name - we have been Searching Out 7 for 5 years now, and we are ready for a change that's a little more catchy.
The problem is there are all bands with those names that we found on the internet.... so we are still trying to decide on a name.
Let me know what you think!!