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General Discussion / Fourteen years old. Yep as of ...
Last post by Renee - September 26, 2019, 07:05:47 pm
Fourteen years old. Happy birthday baby boy.
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General Discussion / Re: How the Holy Spirit speaks
Last post by Bryan - September 12, 2019, 08:40:52 am
For me, sometimes I will know immediately that the Holy Spirit has spoken to me.  Words or impressions will just hit me differently.

Once I was cleaning around the house and my youngest came up and started grabbing things.  I told her if she wanted to help then to allow me to show her how first.  Horrible paraphrase but the gist was the Spirit spoke to me immediately through my own words that if I wanted to serve he had to show me how first.

Or how I was driving to work a few months ago and the Spirit impressed upon my heart my own love for my children and how if I love them and will love them no matter what, then how much more does God love me?  Something about that moment, even though Ive heard that a million times, struck me and I know the Spirit was speaking through that impression.
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General Discussion / How the Holy Spirit speaks
Last post by Bryan - September 10, 2019, 06:21:14 pm
What are some of the ways the Holy Spirit speaks to you?  How are you able to discern the difference?
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General Discussion / Re: Hymns as prayers
Last post by jiminpa - September 09, 2019, 01:34:51 pm
Hillsong United's song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) is written as addressed to God, but it makes a very scary prayer. The bridge is, "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my savior." 
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General Discussion / Re: Hymns as prayers
Last post by Bryan - September 08, 2019, 09:23:32 pm
Lord give me strength to say It is well with my soul even in the most difficult of situations, please
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General Discussion / Hymns as prayers
Last post by Bryan - September 07, 2019, 05:07:00 pm
So the idea here is simple, use a hymn (favorite or any) and "rework" it as a prayer.  Maybe you don't even have to rephrase anything, I'll start:

Just a closer walk with thee.  Grant it Jesus is my plea!  Daily walking close to thee, let it be Oh Lord! Let it be!
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General Discussion / Re: Why have I heard Acts is n...
Last post by Bryan - September 05, 2019, 03:24:19 pm
Quote from: Pete on September 04, 2019, 10:38:55 pmThat's a fair point. We recently talked about identifying Jesus as our LORD at church. Many people have no issue with Jesus being their Savior, but it gets a bit trickier when we call Him LORD. Allowing the Spirit to have free reign is definitely an issue. Sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zone and no one likes to be out of their comfort zone.

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I admit I have an issue with giving the Spirit free reign.  I may like to think I do not, but I can see it looking back on things.

I truly desire a walk with the Spirit that rivals any of those in Acts.  And it is encouraging to know that the key players in Acts started as a fisherman and a waiter of tables (Peter&Stephen).  I just need to be faithful in the things God places before me.

I hope I recognize such opportunities and obwy when they happen
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General Discussion / Re: Why have I heard Acts is n...
Last post by Bryan - September 05, 2019, 03:20:44 pm
Quote from: jiminpa on September 05, 2019, 02:19:38 pmChristian and Missionary Alliance, so it was hard to know until I checked. The denomination gives the individual churches a lot of leeway on those things.

Then I suppose it is good they had a bookstore to browse.
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General Discussion / Re: Why have I heard Acts is n...
Last post by jiminpa - September 05, 2019, 02:19:38 pm
Quote from: Bryan on September 04, 2019, 07:44:59 pmWas it a Charismatic/Pentecostal church?  Seems like an odd book to have inthe library if so.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, so it was hard to know until I checked. The denomination gives the individual churches a lot of leeway on those things.
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General Discussion / Re: Why have I heard Acts is n...
Last post by Pete - September 04, 2019, 10:38:55 pm
Quote from: jiminpa on September 03, 2019, 03:19:49 pmI don't think it's just tongues, Pete. I find that most churches don't want to have to deal with the results of giving the Holy Spirit free reign among them. so they form convenient doctrines that exclude Him.

I hope that I'm at least a little better by admitting that I am currently struggling to give God free reign in my life. Letting God have control can be quite frightening, and I am far too fear driven right now. But I am working on it.
That's a fair point. We recently talked about identifying Jesus as our LORD at church. Many people have no issue with Jesus being their Savior, but it gets a bit trickier when we call Him LORD. Allowing the Spirit to have free reign is definitely an issue. Sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zone and no one likes to be out of their comfort zone.

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