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  1. Anonymous

    I happen to be writing to let you understand what a terrific encounter my cousin’s princess gained going through yuor web blog. She mastered too many pieces, most notably what it’s like to have an incredible helping heart to make most people easily master several complicated things. You really exceeded her expectations. Thanks for offering such useful, safe, edifying as well as easy guidance on your topic to Julie.

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    1. Beth

      Sin is a tough subject. It definitively doesn’t take long for my conscience to get the best of me when I mess up. I try to be quick to come to the Lord and ask for forgiveness and repent, but there are some issues that I tend to fight kicking and screaming trying to justify them. As to pointing out someone else’s sin, well, yeah I tend to notice. And, yes, there are many times I find myself wanting to call them out on their sin only to hear God say to me, but didn’t you just do the same thing? Ummmm, well, yes, but .. Something that has often bothered me more than seeing someone else’s sin is hearing someone else call another out on sin. So, while I’ve never actually called anyone out on their sin, I’ve wanted to say to people many times, how is what they are doing any worse than any sin you are committing. After all, they say, sin is sin is sin, right? No one sin is greater than the other.For example, I know what the Bible says about homosexuality. I get it! However, I attend a church that is constantly preaching what a sin this is. Yep, I get it, the Bible says However, I once told my pastor that I would bring my unmarried, pregnant, sleeping with a different guy every night, shaking up with another friend to church before I would bring my gay cousin with me. Why? No one would say anything to make her feel uncomfortable or unloved by God, however, if I brought my cousin, I’d be scared someone would say something that would upset me enough to say something to them. While it is important for people to know what is in the Bible, I think it is even more important to show others God’s love. I guess I’m a huge believer that if you bring someone to God and they develop a relationship with Him, any convicting that is needed will be done by Him. Why would someone want to return somewhere they are just going to constantly feel torn down and preached at/against? Isn’t our job to show them the love God has given to us in order to see what they can have also?I do have to say I struggle with the whole, sin is sin is sin. Trust me, I have gone to God more than once and said, really? When someone commits a sin that hurts another (rape, murder, etc.) how can you compare that to someone who ate way more food than they needed (gluttony)? Oh, and I have something else I struggle with where sin is concerned. I’ve visited this many times. When you are told things that happened to you as a child were not your fault, as a four-year-old, five-year-old, etc., and then someone walks you through forgiving the person who committed these acts and then tags on to ask for forgiveness in your part, I get confused. What am I asking for forgiveness for? Now, I, myself, can come up with many things in the Bible that I could say I needed to ask for forgiveness about in the situation, but I was a child forced to do these things. And, I can honestly say that none of these things lead me to behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, or being promiscuous. In fact, quite the oposite happened opposite happened as I feared all this stuff.So, I’ve ordered Cherished and it should be arriving in the next few days. I’m looking forward to reading it and seeing what messages God has hidden in it for me. I’m pretty sure I will then be heading to Amazon to leave a 5 STAR reviw!! :)Have a great day, my sweet friend!! Love and hugs to you!

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  2. Anonymous

    I happen to be writing to let you understand what a terrific encounter my cousin’s princess gained going through yuor web blog. She mastered too many pieces, most notably what it’s like to have an incredible helping heart to make most people easily master several complicated things. You really exceeded her expectations. Thanks for offering such useful, safe, edifying as well as easy guidance on your topic to Julie.

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    1. Beth

      Sin is a tough subject. It definitively doesn’t take long for my conscience to get the best of me when I mess up. I try to be quick to come to the Lord and ask for forgiveness and repent, but there are some issues that I tend to fight kicking and screaming trying to justify them. As to pointing out someone else’s sin, well, yeah I tend to notice. And, yes, there are many times I find myself wanting to call them out on their sin only to hear God say to me, but didn’t you just do the same thing? Ummmm, well, yes, but .. Something that has often bothered me more than seeing someone else’s sin is hearing someone else call another out on sin. So, while I’ve never actually called anyone out on their sin, I’ve wanted to say to people many times, how is what they are doing any worse than any sin you are committing. After all, they say, sin is sin is sin, right? No one sin is greater than the other.For example, I know what the Bible says about homosexuality. I get it! However, I attend a church that is constantly preaching what a sin this is. Yep, I get it, the Bible says However, I once told my pastor that I would bring my unmarried, pregnant, sleeping with a different guy every night, shaking up with another friend to church before I would bring my gay cousin with me. Why? No one would say anything to make her feel uncomfortable or unloved by God, however, if I brought my cousin, I’d be scared someone would say something that would upset me enough to say something to them. While it is important for people to know what is in the Bible, I think it is even more important to show others God’s love. I guess I’m a huge believer that if you bring someone to God and they develop a relationship with Him, any convicting that is needed will be done by Him. Why would someone want to return somewhere they are just going to constantly feel torn down and preached at/against? Isn’t our job to show them the love God has given to us in order to see what they can have also?I do have to say I struggle with the whole, sin is sin is sin. Trust me, I have gone to God more than once and said, really? When someone commits a sin that hurts another (rape, murder, etc.) how can you compare that to someone who ate way more food than they needed (gluttony)? Oh, and I have something else I struggle with where sin is concerned. I’ve visited this many times. When you are told things that happened to you as a child were not your fault, as a four-year-old, five-year-old, etc., and then someone walks you through forgiving the person who committed these acts and then tags on to ask for forgiveness in your part, I get confused. What am I asking for forgiveness for? Now, I, myself, can come up with many things in the Bible that I could say I needed to ask for forgiveness about in the situation, but I was a child forced to do these things. And, I can honestly say that none of these things lead me to behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, or being promiscuous. In fact, quite the oposite happened opposite happened as I feared all this stuff.So, I’ve ordered Cherished and it should be arriving in the next few days. I’m looking forward to reading it and seeing what messages God has hidden in it for me. I’m pretty sure I will then be heading to Amazon to leave a 5 STAR reviw!! :)Have a great day, my sweet friend!! Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Nike

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was funny. Keep on posting!

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    1. Wisnu

      It would be nice to have the privilege of stiting on the sidelines: to trust and obey and ride the wave that leads into the gates of heaven. But some of us have enlisted into the Lords army. As soldiers of God, we are called to the front line of battle.Exodus 20, verse 13 Thou shalt not kill. Abraham knew this, but like a good soldier, when he received his orders from his Commander and Chief, he followed His orders.Reading the Abraham story we all can agree that God gives strange and controversial orders. Is it possible that God’s spirit impressed Rebekah to do a strange act to save her husband’s life?Is it possible, that if Isaac would have given Esau that blessing, that god would have struck him down?My comparison is with Zipporah from Exodus 4 verse 25. Please let the readers know that.I am not playing the devil’s advocate. I love my lord Jesus Christ. This week’s lesson is about getting to know the God we serve. Revelations 21 verse 8 all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:I am not advocating lying. The Hebrew midwives did not lie in ignorance. I think when God makes all things known; we will see God’s Holy Spirit working behind the scenes doing His strange works. Isaiah 28:21 But their actions are not judged by human eyes.I agree that only God has a right to take life, because, only God can read the heart. Only God knows when a soul has reached the point of no return, irreversibly lost.King David’s motives, Judas motives, were selfish and condemned by God.Joseph’s brother’s actions were condemned by God and did not help God’s plan. God would have found another way to place Joseph there in Egypt.God has many ways of working that we know nothing about. Even if there are no more options, God will create one thousand more options. He did it when the children of Israel reached the Red Sea. Our job is to wait patiently and see the work of the Lord.

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      1. Stella

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  4. Nike

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was funny. Keep on posting!

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    1. Wisnu

      It would be nice to have the privilege of stiting on the sidelines: to trust and obey and ride the wave that leads into the gates of heaven. But some of us have enlisted into the Lords army. As soldiers of God, we are called to the front line of battle.Exodus 20, verse 13 Thou shalt not kill. Abraham knew this, but like a good soldier, when he received his orders from his Commander and Chief, he followed His orders.Reading the Abraham story we all can agree that God gives strange and controversial orders. Is it possible that God’s spirit impressed Rebekah to do a strange act to save her husband’s life?Is it possible, that if Isaac would have given Esau that blessing, that god would have struck him down?My comparison is with Zipporah from Exodus 4 verse 25. Please let the readers know that.I am not playing the devil’s advocate. I love my lord Jesus Christ. This week’s lesson is about getting to know the God we serve. Revelations 21 verse 8 all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:I am not advocating lying. The Hebrew midwives did not lie in ignorance. I think when God makes all things known; we will see God’s Holy Spirit working behind the scenes doing His strange works. Isaiah 28:21 But their actions are not judged by human eyes.I agree that only God has a right to take life, because, only God can read the heart. Only God knows when a soul has reached the point of no return, irreversibly lost.King David’s motives, Judas motives, were selfish and condemned by God.Joseph’s brother’s actions were condemned by God and did not help God’s plan. God would have found another way to place Joseph there in Egypt.God has many ways of working that we know nothing about. Even if there are no more options, God will create one thousand more options. He did it when the children of Israel reached the Red Sea. Our job is to wait patiently and see the work of the Lord.

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      1. Stella

        That insight solves the problem. Thanks!

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