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  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Today is the 19th annual celebration of Parents Day. Bill Clinton signed the resolution into law that designated the fourth Sunday of each July as Parents Day, beginning in 1994.
    A few days ago, I had a message on the importance of the marriage bond, and the responsibilities one has to their spouse. I have thought on it a lot, and I simply cannot decide whether one has a greater responsibility to their spouse or to their child.
    On the one hand, you chose your spouse, and swore before God to be true to them, making you two into one flesh:
    Mark 10:8-9 (KJV);
    And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

    On the other hand, your child is born of the flesh of this union. Your blood and the blood of your spouse, genetically different from each other, has been united and flows in the veins of this child, and is spoken of as a reward to you from God:
    Psalms 127:3 (KJV);
    “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

    I will grant you, there are times in the raising of a child – especially in the teenaged years – when it seems they are more a curse than a blessing, and the direction of their origin is somewhat lower than Heaven. Thankfully, though, these times pass, and the child that thought you were completely ignorant when they were sixteen is surprised by how much smarter you have become when they reach thirty.

    Raise them well, teach them the truth of God, prepare them for life, and your reward will be the time when they choose a spouse and leave you to join them, as Christ said in the previous verse to the above:
    Mark 10:7 (KJV);
    For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

    They have not deserted you; they have graduated into the next phase of their life, the one you spent years preparing them for. Do the best job of this which you are capable of.

    May God bless each one of you -
  2. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well said, Terry;
    I'm enjoying some time off with my wife as we are visiting our daughter, who has graduated into building her own family with her husband and our grand daughter.

    Psalm 127 describes children as God's gift, and it also looks ahead to what you described as them graduating to their own families as we parents send them out like an archer shoots his arrows...As a mighty archer, he hits his target with the arrows, so he can be unashamed when talking with adversaries.

    Once again, Terry, you have hit on one of my favorite Psalms.

    Thanks, and Amen.
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  3. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Today, a bit more about relationships -

    Openness is essentially the willingness to grow, a distaste for ruts, eagerly standing on tiptoe for a better view of what tomorrow brings. A man once bought a new radio, brought it home, placed it on the refrigerator, plugged it in, turned it to WSM in Nashville, and then pulled all the knobs off! He had already tuned in all he ever wanted or expected to hear. Some marriages are "rutted" and rather dreary because either or both partners have yielded to the tyranny of the inevitable: "What has been will still be." Stay open to newness. Stay open to change. In Engineering, we call this ‘thinking outside the box’, which means NEVER be restricted by what has BEEN done, but look at what MIGHT be done.

    Ecclesiastes 9:9 (TLB);
    “Live happily with the woman you love through the fleeting days of life, for the wife God gives you is your best reward down here for all your earthly toil.”

    1 Peter 3:7 (TLB);
    “You husbands must be careful of your wives, being thoughtful of their needs and honoring them as the weaker sex. Remember that you and your wife are partners in receiving God’s blessings, and if you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not get ready answers.”

    These are GREAT passages for getting along with your spouse, and should be followed. This idea is also true, however, in ANY relationship. It is easy to get into a rut with a friend, co-worker, family member, in such a way that the relationship never develops into the true friendship it could, if we would only be OPEN to new ideas. Listening to WSM is FINE – but don’t remove the knobs from the radio – because sometime you might find that a bit of KDF or WTN is nice! A bit of Classical, easy listening, even hard rock, is a pleasant change, and may add a whole new dimension to your relationship. Who knows – you may discover that your old fishing buddy also likes to play golf, or bowls, or is a movie buff – and here you have always restricted your conversation to fishing!

    May God bless each one of you -
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    I sought out my wife this morning, gave her an extra long hug and kiss; I also let her know how much I appreicate everything she means to me.
    Thanks.
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    great piece Terry
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    Thanks again, Terry.
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, guys -

    For today:

    The Edge Of Adventure said a few words about that old TV show ‘Cheers’. The neighborhood bar is a counterfeit of the fellowship Christ wants to give his church. The bar is an imitation dispensing liquor instead of grace, escape rather than reality, but it is permissive, it is accepting and it is an inclusive fellowship. It is unshockable. It is democratic.
    You can tell people secrets and they usually don't tell others or even want to. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics, but because God has put into the human heart, the desire to know and be known, to love and be loved. ‘You want to go – where everybody knows – your name’ as the ‘Cheers’ theme song says.

    The Word of God tells us about the REAL fellowship of Christ:

    Acts 2:42-47 (KJV);
    “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

    1 Peter 1:22 (KJV);
    “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”

    Come to church Sunday! You KNOW you desire fellowship, and the bars are closed on Sunday, so come to church and find the REAL thing.
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    And the fellowship we have as Christians here on earth is a pecursor of the fellowship we will have in Heaven.

    Big Amen, Terry.
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    I do miss the last one I was a member at.I still havent found one like it.All I find is me centered churches.I know God has a place for me to go and enjoy great fellowship and able to work for the Lord.You know you hear about the mansions and stuff but all I want is to have just a small lil spot where I can hear the Word of God from Himself.I use to drive a church bus fore I lost my leg.Man I miss those days.I missed a few services and worked on the old bus on my time off,but those were some of the greatest times of my life bringing them so they could hear the Word.Thanks for that Terry
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    Fellowship is a funny thing , very different folks coming together with a common goal and wish ..

    Heres's one service we are starting up again

    Fridays , outside the Mosque ( GLT HQ is in the glass building opposite , handy eh! brought two gays back to the fold of humanity last year , we'll try for more this year , we only do it spring summer sadly ) the bacon and egg free BBQ is coming back .. Feed the poor !

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  11. ampaterry

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    Black Eagle, you sure are right!
    Skullfr, God WILL show you where he wants you to be - no doubt about it.
    Jack, GOOD WORK!!


    For today:

    One of Rabbi Ben Jochai's scholars once asked him, "Why did not the Lord furnish enough manna to Israel for a year all at one time?"

    The teacher said, "I will answer you with a parable. Once there was a king who had a son to whom he gave a yearly allowance, paying him the entire sum on the fixed date. It soon happened that the day on which the allowance was due was the only day of the year when the father ever saw his son. So the king changed his plan and gave his son day by day that which was sufficient for the day; and then the son visited his father every morning. How he needed his father's unbroken love, companionship, wisdom and giving! Thus God dealt with Israel and deals with us."

    Psalms 68:19 (KJV);“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation - Selah”

    Proverbs 8:34-35(KJV);“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”

    Lamentation 3:22-25(KJV);
    “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”

    How often do we ask God for something, and only receive partial what we asked for! Have you asked for a HEALING, but instead received a lessening of the problem, but it still persisted? How often have you asked God to deal with a situation, and instead he gives you the strength to continue in it yourself? At those times, remember that this could be God’s way of assuring that you keep in touch with him on a DAILY – or oftener - basis!

    Speak to your Father at LEAST once a day – and attend a worship service at LEAST once a week!

    May God bless each one of you -
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    That is so true.I have had 3 major surgeries in the past year.I would pray beforehand and just asked to watch over me and guide the hands of the surgeans.Like you said he took care of me and gave me strength to go through it and He let see another beautiful day.Sometimes I feel people ask for the material stuff too much but God has always shown me the way and provided oppurtunities and gave me the strength to ruck up and soldier on.I feel the most important prayer is to ask for forgiveness and strength to act like He wants us to live.We all fall short on His expectations and need to ask Him to guide us down the righteous path.We recieve blessings daily but some are just too self centered and never understand.Kinda like the new obozo thing.You didnt do it-God did that.Thanks Terry and The Lord for giving me oppurtunity this morning to reflect and see where I need to head today and everyday.

    On a positive note.When my sister picked me up in Houston monday we had a long talk.I was telling her about some programs I had been involved in to help the needy and she is a greek orthodox and wanted her church to be more involved in community service.God found an oppurtunity and it gave her some good ideas on the way to do something positive for our needy.
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    I was on facebook and one of my friends posted this and it seemed so fitting for the message today

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    In Matthew 6 Jesus teaches us to pray that God would "give us this day our daily bread" (as well as our daily forgiveness).

    Paul's thorn in the flesh kept him coming back to God, depending on God.
    2 Cor 12...
    Thanks again, Terry.
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    Skullfr, this might be a place to start...
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/main.asp

    I realise there is no way listening to mp3's can take the place of fellowship with fellow Christians, but it might be a "place holder" until you can find a new church home.

    Just trying to be helpful...I know your plight. Finding a new church home takes some adjustment. It seems like nothing can ever replace what you came from. Keep praying, and keep exploring; God will bring you to the right family.
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    I use a app on facebook called holy bible and it gives me daily qoutes ,prayers and messages.It aint the same but God's still hanging with me.Still aint nothing like the GOOD BOOK
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    Thanks Terry.

    Skullfr - I pray for forgiveness and strength as well. In addition, I pray for protection from attacks and guidance of my words/thoughts & actions.

    God Bless you Terry, Skullfr and BlackEagle. May he Bless this sight and all who visit.
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    For today, an adaptation of a something told by Kenneth Filkins:

    A man fell into a pit and couldn't get himself out.
    A Subjective person came along and said: "I feel for you, down there."
    An Objective person came along and said: "It's logical that someone would fall into that pit."
    A Christian Scientist came along: "You only think you are in a pit."
    A Pharasee said: "Only bad people fall into a pit."
    A Mathematician calculated how he fell into the pit.
    A News Reporter wanted the exclusive story on his fall into the pit.
    A Fundamentalist said: "You deserve your pit."
    Confucious said; "If you had listened to me, you wouldn’t be in that pit."
    Buddha said: "Your pit is only a state of mind."
    A Realist said: "That's a pit."
    A Scientist calculated the force required (kg.) to raise him out of the pit.
    A Geologist told him to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.
    An Evolutionist said: "You are a rejected mutant destined to be removed from the evolutionary cycle." In other words, he is going to die in the pit so that he cannot produce any "pit-falling offspring."
    The County Inspector asked if he had a permit to have a pit.
    A Professor gave him a lecture on The Elementary Principles of the Pit.
    An Evasive person came along and avoided the subject of the pit.
    A Self-Pitying person said: "You should have seen the pit I fell into!"
    A Charismatic said: "Just confess that you're not in a pit."
    An Optimist said: "Things could be worse."
    A Pessimist said: "Things will get worse!!"
    Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.

    Psalm 40:1-2 (KJV);
    “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”

    May God bless you, guys!
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    That is so true.I recently heard something that was really profound for me personally.It goes like this,"When faced with stumbling blocks,turn them into stepping stones"I like this pic of the Armour of God

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    I like that, Terry. I'm going to pass it on.
    Thanks.
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