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ChrisJD
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 Dear brothers and sisters...

[i][b][color=660033] Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh![/color][/b][/i]


In reading over some of the current threads the question comes to my mind: could this be read over some of these discussions?


Dear brothers and sisters, I am pursuaded that the adversary would have us to be much occupied with whatever will bring divisions among us, and would also vigorously oppose any movement on our parts towards being

[i]broken and humble and honest[/i]

[b]before each other[/b].

Strife does not much become those, or that, I think.

I ask this gently to us all,


Christopher


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Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2007/1/24 18:00Profile









 Re: Dear brothers and sisters...

You're right.

The conversations I've been participating in were rolling through my head last night in my dreams. And I woke to the words "...glorify God".

On the Akiane thread, Melissa Seaman said:

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Is there really any need for personal attacks on brothers and sisters who are only suggesting caution? Especially against persons who have been walking with the Lord for a long time? How does that bring Glory to our God?



She's right. And I'm ashamed of myself.

Can someone please advise me how I may participate in the SI community without arguing? I fear a hothead like myself might be better off leaving all together...

But I really don't want to.

-Corey

 2007/1/24 18:35
HomeFree89
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 Re: Dear brothers and sisters...

I have been praying 2 Timothy 2:16 for SI, but mostly for myself. I need the Lord's help in showing me what to talk about.

May Jesus help us all!

Jordan


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Jordan

 2007/1/24 18:38Profile
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Brother Chris... thank you.

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Corey: Can someone please advise me how I may participate in the SI community without arguing?



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God bless all.

 2007/1/24 18:43Profile
Bramwell
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 Re: Arguing

Dear Corey,
I don`t know if you are still having problems with wanting to argue, but if you are,
may I suggest praying the words of Ps.139 vv23-24.
When the Lord shows us ourselves, we feel like crying, crying over our sin, over the sins of the Church and the sins of the world, just like Jesus did over the people of Jerusalem.
So ask Him to break your heart, and He will.
Remember Robert Murray M`Cheyne, (in my mind the greatest pastor who ever lived,) who cried every time he read the Bible, every time he prayed and every time he preached. It is not surprising that he was one of the holiest men who ever lived, and the Lord used him wonderfully. Make it your aim to be like him and like the Lord Jesus, who"when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but trusted in Him who judges justly."(1Pet.2:23)The Lord bless you.

 2007/1/24 19:22Profile
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 Re:

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Can someone please advise me how I may participate in the SI community without arguing? I fear a hothead like myself might be better off leaving all together...



No, Corey, you would not be better off leaving!!! That would be a bandaid solution. God has been doing serious business in your life and is using these tests to transform you into his image. So hang in!

None of us like to see ourselves flop on our faces, but that’s just where God takes us when he wants us to learn something about ourselves so we can acknowledge it and move towards repentance.

I have some questions for you to ponder: WHY do you react so strongly? What is God trying to get you to see about yourself? What is he trying to uproot? What is he asking you to let go? What is that hidden idol? (I remember talking with you about idols on another thread, but now I’m talking about idols in the heart – maybe faulty assumptions, or something?) You sure do want to go for that root, or the problem will just keep coming back - on SI or somewhere else!

Now guess how I would even come up with all those questions? You bet...been there... done that...

How’s that for thoughts from a Canuck to a Canuck - eh?

Diane






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 2007/1/24 21:21Profile









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First off, I need to admit I did it again... on the "tribes that never heard of jesus" thread...

Second, thanks for your support folks, on the forums and in private messages.

Third, roadsign...

Thanks for your encouragement. I'll try to answer each question honestly.

WHY do you react so strongly?

I've always despised untruth and superficiality... particularly in religion, and vehemently now that I'm saved. I listen to Tozer, Ravenhill et al every night, read my Bible, cry and pray... and when I see someone inject something I feel is unrighteous, I feel the need to react.

What is God trying to get you to see about yourself?

He's shown me private evils that I won't talk about here. He's shown me that I have a big mouth and a knack for absorbing spiritual information. I've always been judgemental of myself and others - and could never live up to my own expectations - but maybe God will use these abilities in some fashion. But most of what God's shown me is very personal - my intensely evil nature.

What is he trying to uproot?

He's dislodging Corey, the flesh, and the Devil from the throne in my heart, so Jesus can sit there.

What is that hidden idol?

Women, alcohol, porn, and worse... But I haven't been to the bars (except for where I worked - as a bartender - up till a month ago) since March - which takes care of the first two (I don't drink at home). The Spirit reminds me when I judge a woman on the street as attractive or unattractive, "Corey, she's your sister." And I can't so much as look at porn anymore because the revulsion and conviction are too strong.

If I have an idol now, it's my penchant for downloading hundreds of sermons a night, loading them onto my iPod and listening to the voices of saints long into the night. He's replaced my superficial athiest and paganist friends with saints, helped me make friends of women rather than lovers, and changed my lust for porn into love of sermons.

Is that a miracle or what?

 2007/1/24 22:01
crsschk
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 Re: Dear brothers and sisters...

[i]In your patience possess ye your souls.[/i] Luk 21:19

Came to mind Corey, but applies to us all.

[i]broken and humble and honest[/i]

[b]before each other[/b].

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Strife does not



Does not

Thank you Chris


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Mike Balog

 2007/1/24 23:20Profile









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Our new clean but empty hearts of Christ are multi faceted. Each facet must be protected from the enemy who wants back in. They must be filled with the Holy Spirit so he can't get a back in. Don't quench the Holy Spirit. If you don't you will find He is that "consuming fire" of the Father who will consume all the dross of your life. Fires are hot, they are painful. The pain produces death to self. Death, to self, means I live in Him.

Wherefore:

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Therefore:

While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. "..... I [will] bless thee [Him}]while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy [His] name.
Psalm 146:2 (KJV)
Psalm 63:4 (KJV) [empasis mine]

I Hope this can be an encouragement.

Orm

 2007/1/25 4:59









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Brothers and Sisters,
May i take this opportunity to again make a mention of an article that particularly blessed me in regards to posting not only on SI but to apply to many other situations.
You can find the article here: [url=http://www.apuritansmind.com/ChristianWalk/DealWithThoseWhoDiffer.htm]Article i higly reccommend ![/url]
Please take a few minutes if you can to read it. It is one of those things that is handy to refer back to every once in a while :-)
Blessings,
Geraldine

 2007/1/25 5:23





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