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This is a question that deserves an answer. [20 Nov 2007|11:20pm]

[ mood | calm ]

So here is a generalized question that could have a large amount of different responses, but a good question none the less.

Is it possible to truly be a capitalist and to truly be a Christian at the same time?

Pick the question apart, answer it how you will, do with it what you want. I just think that it's something worth giving thought to.

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are we justified in disobeying law that isn't explicitly laid down in the Bible? [04 Dec 2006|06:31pm]
[ mood | flustered ]

So I have been having several discussions about whether or not it's ok to drink before you're 21. I'd say no, but obviously, there are quite a few people out there that would be fine with it. Now on the topic of alcohole its self, the Bible isn't incredibly specific, but that's fine because the issue doesn't like with alcohole. the issue lies in whether or not we can be justified in disobeying a law, no matter how arbitrary that law may seem. It is possible to use alcohole responsibly and according to the guide lines set out in the Bible before you're 21, but the fact of the matter is, there is law against it. Yes this is a cultural thing. Yes there are countries around the world were this never arises because you can drink from the start of your life to the end if you want to, but here, in America there is law about it. Can we be justified in disobeying this law?

I have a teaching that rings out in my mind when ever I hear this topic. I'm frankly not sure if it's actually scripture, or just something that I've been taught. I'd really like to know if it is in the Bible though. The teaching is that we are to peacefully coincide and obey the government until the government requires us to disobey God. In which case we are to follow God and not the government, and peacefully recieve the punishment that the Government has for obey God rather than the government's law. I think that this is in the context of two apostles being arrested for preaching the Gospel when it was illegal for them to do so. They were arrested and peacefully allowed themselves to be taken. If you could help me find what I'm refering to, I'd really appreciate it.

If we can be justified in disobey the drinking age law because it's not explicitly discribed in the Bible, then why would we not also be justified in disobeying any law that is not set out in detail in the Bible?

Yes, I have a huge issue with alchohole do to past experineces i've been through.. but that doesn't mean that because I have a predisposition to disliking the substence, that my veiw is no longer valid.

Help me out here.

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[13 Nov 2006|06:38pm]

[ mood | good ]

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Two things. This zeros in on orphans and widows. People who general had nothing to do with the hardship they are in. Not homeless and poor.. At leas in this translation.

And I also had a question. What does it mean exactly to be "unstained by the world?"

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just a few thoughts [27 Oct 2006|11:16am]
[ mood | i can't put it into words. ]

James 1:6

1:6 But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.

We absolutly have to trust that God will do as He tells us He will. And why not? We've never found seen a place where He hasn't kept His words to us yet. He has never given us a reason to not trust Him completely.

If we don't trust God, we are unstable. And of course we would be. If we doubt the foundation, the basis, and the source of everything ever, we've taken away (at least according to our doubting perception) the strength of the only real, stable, and strong thing ever.

Praise God that His lips never speak lies. Praise God that His shoulders are strong. That he can hold the universe and everything in it without ever growing weary. Praise God that this all powerful, ever strong, ever faithful, cares enough to be that God to every individual.

All these thoughts lead me to question me. How, with all the evidence, with all the truth, do I doubt? It's not logical. Father, help us to have real faith.

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[26 Oct 2006|09:34am]
[ mood | calm ]

James 1:1

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

So, I have a question. Are we recipients of this letter as well? I know that we are "grafted" in as children of God, but does that mean that we can take this book as a letter to us as well? Forgive me if I'm getting this all wrong. I don't mean to take the other reference out of context and if I did, tell me.

I've become aware that I've read the Bible incorrectly for a long time; taking things out of context, claiming promises that didn't belong to me, or even claiming promises that weren't even really there. I want to make sure that I'm believing in what is really there. So if you could help me out with these questions I'll have while in my study, I'd really, really, appreciate it.

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[30 Jul 2006|09:52pm]
a friend of mine's mother passed away yesterday. her name is mari. she's an only child and her mom was her only parent. her mother died of serosis and other alcohol related illnesses.

pray for mari. she needs it.
pray for me too, so that i don't get in the way if God wants to use me to help her.

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[26 Apr 2006|09:05pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

must you be water baptized to be saved?
back up your answers.

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[27 Mar 2006|10:16pm]


is doing something that would be considered unjust a sin?
as in, fairness.
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[26 Mar 2006|09:50pm]
[ mood | cold ]

Malachi 1:2-3

2 "I have loved you," says the LORD.
"But you ask, 'How have you loved us?'
"Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals."

i have a question. back up your answers, and answer it in whatever way you can/want.

does God love everyone equally?

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let go. just give in. well what are you waiting for? its all right, cause there's beauty in the b... [27 Jan 2006|08:27pm]

[ mood | calm ]

a good friend of mine had a really long conversation with me tonight. she told me that she feels like she is at that spot where she really just wants to let go and worship God with all of her heart. she feels like she is being pulled back because she has some fear of being rejected by her best friend. the more we talked the more it became apparent that her friend really needs God too.

basically, i just want you guys to pray for my friend Alex. that she can just let go and give God everything. pray that she can not worry about rejection, and pray for her friend too.


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prayer = worship [05 Jan 2006|08:55pm]

[ mood | bored ]

Ok, so I would think that prayer is a form of worship. I believe that I have seen verses on it at one time or another. If you could help me find some verses making reference to prayer as worship, or some other similar language, it would be really helpful.

love you all,

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[09 Sep 2005|10:16pm]
Dear, ihavegotabrick

Come back.

with love,
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we suck, but God is merciful [08 Sep 2005|05:53pm]

[ mood | dont think i could explain ]

This year my school made a class specifically geared towards worship and spiritual leadership. The first half of the year is worship. Today in class we each had to bring in two different verses about or pertaining to worship, so we could some what start to define what it means to worship God. There where lots of different scriptures and several people had romans 12, but what i brought in was

psalms 100
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

After we went over all of the scripture we had a discussion about how worship relates to God's mercy. We are so undeserving of the blessings and gifts he gives us. We don't even deserve life. He is God almighty, and not only does he not half to save us, bless us, or keep us alive; but he never had to make us to begin with. The simple fact that God decided to give us life is so far beyond what we could ever repay. When we worship God wants us to worship with a sincere heart and a heart of thanks giving, and if we understand how much he has given, and all the mercy he has poured out on us, then we can come to him with that heart that he desires in us. Beginning to understand(because we will never fully comprehend) just how merciful God is, is the key to so many aspects of our lives for him. There are a lot of people who are pushed away, and are scared of all the "rules and regulations" of Christianity, but if you can see just how merciful God is to us, and how blessed we really are, while being completely undeserving of it, then we would want to follow those "rules and regulations" simply because it's the very least we could do in return for what he has done for us.

Man. God is so good. I could get into how God isn't all about rules and regulations, but that's a completely separate topic. I know that there was no question in this, but you can still say something back that's related anyway. I miss ihavegotabrick, people. Let's bring it back.

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[02 Sep 2005|12:03am]

“When Christians are cut they should bleed Bible.”

I don’t remember where I heard this quote. It doesn’t matter.

I’m sure it can be reworded as, “We bleed words that are biblical when we are broken” or, “When disasters come Christians should proclaim truth”.
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Drama books? [29 Aug 2005|12:00am]

I've been asked to begin some drama/skit work for pre-sermon purposes at my new church.

Do you all have any book or website recommendations for getting started?
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[30 Jul 2005|01:01pm]

hey guys, this is Jeffry, the moron that started this community, I deleted my old journal, and don't frequent this community much anymore but I encourage all of you to goto


there is a spirituality forum there, and we have a decent mix of people who do not believe in God, as opposed to those who do, I'd give it a good check out, you have to be a member to post though, so go ahead and join

and at that rate, be blessed, all of you
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i am a fool [05 Jul 2005|10:43pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

i read the bible with an agenda. i hardly read it. i dont read because it is a delight to me. i read to prove my theology, and by doing so have made reading a chore. i am a fool and this needs to change. scripture should be as necessary for my life as oxygen, and right now its merely a study tool. pray if you like, but im sure theres plenty of people with this problem. this is more of a callout to all believers to pray for a desire...a passion for God in addition to a prayer request.

God be blessed


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love [20 Jun 2005|11:51pm]

[ mood | calm ]

1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Can humans possess the perfect love as described by the bible?

Are we able to demonstrate the kind of love described in the passage above?


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[30 May 2005|10:57pm]

'Lord, are these your real terms? Can I meet H. [his recently deceased wife] again only if I learn to love you so much that I don't care whether I meet her or not? Consider, Lord, how it looks to us. What would anyone think of me if I said to the boys "No toffee now. But when you've grown up and don't really want toffee you shall have as much of it as you choose?"' - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
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