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Re: Advent! « Reply #75 on: December 09, 2009, 10:00 PM »
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Thanks for them Phillip, I also especially find the Philippians verse a comfort, knowing I'm not dependent upon my own strength Smile

Jeremiah 29:11 which I quoted to Tommy the other day is one that always lifts me. It was also one that my gran encouraged me with.

Another which challenges me is 1 Thessalonians 5:19 'Do not put out the Spirits fire.' In fact that entire chapter is one that I think sums up what a Christian is to aim for and to do.


Thanks for the two quotes Hazel.    I like Jeremiah 29 v11 especially.

Jeremiah 29
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Here are some more of my favourites :

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Isaiah 32:17
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Phillipians 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Matthew 17:20
... for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour

Luke 17:21
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Isaiah 40    (especially verse 31)
 28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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Re: Advent! « Reply #76 on: December 10, 2009, 12:24 AM »
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I've often considered writing my own prayers. Never done it...which is probably smart.

I find that quite an odd statement... why would you not write your own? Isn't a prayer the most personal of things, a conversation between you and your god? (unless you are referring to the physical act of putting pen to paper, in which case... fair enough)
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Re: Advent! « Reply #77 on: December 10, 2009, 01:06 AM »
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I find that quite an odd statement... why would you not write your own? Isn't a prayer the most personal of things, a conversation between you and your god? (unless you are referring to the physical act of putting pen to paper, in which case... fair enough)

Probably because for Tommy and his church background it can be done in a very formal way with set prayers and liturgy. (If he's meaning it in the way you took it to be read)
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Re: Advent! « Reply #78 on: December 10, 2009, 09:13 PM »
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I mean actually put pen to paper and write prayers to keep, etc. I always pray to God...like asking him for help, etc in my own way. I meant something to share. Write something others would find interesting or helpful. And I've never done it.
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Re: Advent! « Reply #79 on: December 10, 2009, 10:33 PM »
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^ It can be hard to outwardly state what you're inwardly saying Smile I like that God can read my thoughts as well as hear my words, because sometimes I don't even fully understand what I'm thinking Very Happy
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Re: Advent! « Reply #80 on: December 10, 2009, 10:47 PM »
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Luke 1:39-45 (New International Version)

Mary Visits Elizabeth
 39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

So basically John the Baptist was Jesus cousin.
This reception from her relative would have encouraged and reassured Mary that everything that was happening to her was real and from God.
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Re: Advent! « Reply #81 on: December 11, 2009, 05:10 PM »
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Luke 2:1-7 (New International Version)

Luke 2
The Birth of Jesus
 1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
 4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

If find this amazing. Mary and Joseph were from Nazareth, by all rights Mary's baby should have been born there. However, Micah had already prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The Roman Empire for all it's might and power only had authority and God was able to use even this to ensure that his plan was carried out!

This journey would have been the last thing Mary or Joseph wanted and yet they still went, although they were probably thinking 'why is this happening to us.'
We can face discomfort or inconvienence and immediately wonder if we've miasread God's will or if God has made a mistake. But that is never the case. God did not make the journey easy for Mary and Joseph, he did not provide a comfortable and warm inn for them but brought them to a stable, one step from being on the streets that night.
When  we do God's will we are not guaranteed comfort and convienence. But we are promised that everything has meaning in God's eyes. He will guide and provide all you need.
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Re: Advent! « Reply #82 on: December 12, 2009, 07:49 PM »
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I mean actually put pen to paper and write prayers to keep, etc. I always pray to God...like asking him for help, etc in my own way. I meant something to share. Write something others would find interesting or helpful. And I've never done it.

Fair enough... if you are inspired enough to write, then go for it... some people are born to teach and some to give guidance, but you can't force something that's not there. Smile
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Re: Advent! « Reply #83 on: December 12, 2009, 08:57 PM »
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Fair enough... if you are inspired enough to write, then go for it... some people are born to teach and some to give guidance, but you can't force something that's not there. Smile

Nor am I trying to. Smile The want to came from wanting to share my faith I guess.  Think
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Re: Advent! « Reply #84 on: December 13, 2009, 10:57 PM »
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Been away all weekend and will update passages tomorrow...too tired to look it all up now Smile
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Re: Advent! « Reply #85 on: December 14, 2009, 02:20 PM »
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The 12th and 13th of December

Luke 2:8-20 (New International Version)

The Shepherds and the Angels
 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14"Glory to God in the highest,
      and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

 16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told


The Jews would have expected that the priests and Jewish leaders would have been the first to be informed of the arrival of the Messiah. However, it was to the social low and unimportant shepherds that the angels gave the good news.
After the shepherds got over their fear and awe at being shown the glory of God they rushed off to meet Jesus...their saviour. The same Jesus that is our Saviour, what is your reaction to being shown the glory of God in Jesus?
Jesus came for all, even those that we might view as lowly and not worth the notice of GOd. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. He accepts us as we are!
Some of the Jews were waiting for a saviour to deliver them from Roman rule. But Jesus, while he healed illnesses established a spiritual rather than physical kingdom, and delivered them from sin. Christ paid the price for sin ans opened the way to peace with God. He offers us more than temporary political or physical changes-he offers us new hearts that will last for eternity.

 
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Re: Advent! « Reply #86 on: December 14, 2009, 04:15 PM »
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First Draft:

So long 2009, you shall not be missed.  No longer will I let this poor economy hold me back.  Not longer will I let my health put me down.  No longer will I let some pathetic excuse for a man break my heart.  Theres two things to take from this year, the love for my family and the strength to keep on going through the most difficult of times.  And the fantastically happy times with my ultimate best friends.  All the drunken nights when we laughed ourselves to tears.  In this new year let us be wined and dined, not used and abused.  And lets be greatful for the production of chocolate and rechargable batteries.


I think I might make this into a facebook group and invite everyone I know lol  I need to it sound more .... prayer-ish though.  Maybe not so many I's, what do ya'll think?  Think
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Re: Advent! « Reply #87 on: December 14, 2009, 09:26 PM »
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Hmm more of a resolution than a prayer but not bad all the same lol
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Re: Advent! « Reply #88 on: December 15, 2009, 09:04 AM »
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Ahh, well maybe thats what I was going for lol 
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Re: Advent! « Reply #89 on: December 15, 2009, 11:18 PM »
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The 14th and 15th (hopfully I'll have time to update tomorrow)

Luke 2:21-40 (New International Version)

Jesus Presented in the Temple
 21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
 22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"[a]), 24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."

 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
 29"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
      you now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
 30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
    31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
      and for glory to your people Israel."

 33The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

 36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 39When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
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