• Don Ruhl Savage Street Church of Christ I have never understood the antagonism toward the word, "Religion." It appears in James 1. It merely means to bind back, which is what we seek, we want to be bound back to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • John DW Macdonald I agree with the real meaning and this can be quoted but people object validly to the institutionalisation. Personally I perceive a spiritual virus throughout the foundations of the churches ever since Costantine turned the pagan churches overnight into "Christian" Churches and making Christianity a career move as opposed to a persecuted but living entity/ Power has corrupted and this is what people object to in the word rather than the real meaning you rightly identify!
    • Michael Snow And anyone who has read the heroes of the faith through the centuries will see "true religion" lifted up, again and again. Part of the problem is that modern Christians do not heed C.S. Lewis advice on reading.
      As you and Connie remarked below, it is a 'both/and" not an "either/or." Elton Trueblood wrote of the "holy conjunction" as referenced in the Introduction (see the "Look Inside" feature) here:

    saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
    Luke 22:42 NKJV

    Like many people today, I have big dreams and goals. I have desires in my heart. But my prayer now is, “God, not my will, but let Your will be done.” If a door closes, it’s no big deal; I let it go. If my plans don’t work out, no big deal; I know God has something better. I’ve learned to not get so consumed by a dream that if it doesn’t happen my way, I get all bent out of shape.

    Maybe you’ve gone through a disappointment. You don’t understand it. You could easily be bitter, live with a chip on your shoulder, and give up on your dreams. Realize today that God is at work in your life. He is directing your steps. What you thought was a setback is going to turn out to be a setup for a comeback! When you surrender your will to Him, when you humble yourself before Him, that’s when God can take you to another level.

    Today, shake off the self-pity. Shake off the disappointment and realize that God has you in the palm of His hand. Know that He has good plans in store for your future, better than you could ever imagine! Trust Him with your whole heart today and every day!

    Precious heavenly Father, today I surrender every area of my heart, mind and life to You. Have Your way in me. Do Your will in my life. Let everything I am bring glory to You in all things! I bless You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • Connie Rossini Four Waters Press I call it both.
    • Don Ruhl Savage Street Church of Christ Amen, Connie! Often we want to make things, "either…or" when it should be "both…and"
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  • Jody Good morning everyone,
    Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. As we Your children come before thee at this moment, we want to thank you. For keeping us safe throughout the night so that we can wake up to see another day, Father at this moment Lord , i place before You, Your sick children. Lord you know their illness, please place Your healing hands upon them, and heal them if it is Your will. Comfort their families, Father we come before You, to ask for Your forgiveness of our sins that we have committed, Lord help us to take the right path to Your Heavenly Kingdom. Give us the strength that we need so that we can stand up to all temperation, at this moment Lord, please send Your guiding Angels too protection, and encamp around church. I place before You the Pastor and his family comfort them and protect them Lord, for thy are Your children, Father we hear You calling our names, and we ans , Lord here we are willing and waiting to open our hearts. So that You may enter in. Keep us safe throughout the day Lord, let us rejoice , in the precious name of the Lord.For He is kind and , merciful and loving God . Watch over us throughout the day i pray in Your Holy Name. Amen 🙏 Thine, O Lord , is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord , and thou art exalted as head above all.
  • Jody 🙏First Reading🙏

    When I think about Positivity I don't struggle to find Positive position. But let's face it it's so easy to find a negative situation - do you agree it kinda comes naturally?

    Today though we are going Rejoice through negativity.

    We are going to pray without ceasing and give thanks in all our circumstances.

    Jesus’s life was filled with joy. He wanted to impart it to the disciples: This tells me he was a positive thinker. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”
    (John 15:11).

    Ellen White echoed this theme: We are called to “catch the reflection of the smile of God, and reflect it to others.” I like that!

    Positive attitudes manifests in the following ways:

    It creates Positive thinking. Constructive thinking.
    Creative thinking.
    Optimism. All of this brings joy.

    It also gives you the motivation and energy to do things and accomplish goals, as well as an attitude of happiness.

    I would like us to try something out - a bit of an exercise!! Think of a negative situation in your life. Often thinking about someone who raises negative thoughts in you is a great choice. Spend some time thinking of the positive things about that person, situation, place, illness etc. Whilst thinking smile and think only good thoughts - negative thoughts are not allowed.

    After you have done that pray about the positive thoughts you gleaned from the negative situation/thought. Ask God to remove the negative thoughts from you reframing them for good ones.

    Prayer: Father help us to throw negativity and unpleasant thoughts about people, our situations, our issues, and replace with thoughts created by you. Help us to think of eternity and the life we strive for with you . Bless us as we pray and fast removing negativity from our lives. Help us to reposition ourselves positively in all we do today. In Jesus name Amen.
  • Steve Simms The Salvation Army Relationship goes two ways: 1) Our relationship with God, and 2) Our relationship with one another. Check out this book about how to improve both: "ONE: Unfolding God's Eternal Purpose From House To House" on Amazon (Kindle is only 3.99)
  • Tony THERE'S GOD OH!

    Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

    Student : Yes, sir.

    Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

    Student : Absolutely, sir.

    Professor : Is GOD good ?

    Student : Sure.

    Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

    (Student was silent.)

    Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: Is satan good ?

    Student : No.

    Professor: Where does satan come from ?

    Student : From … GOD …

    Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: So who created evil ?

    (Student did not answer.)

    Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

    Student : Yes, sir.

    Professor: So, who created them ?

    (Student had no answer.)

    Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

    Student : No, sir.

    Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

    Student : No , sir.

    Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

    Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

    Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

    Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

    Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

    Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

    Professor: Yes.

    Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

    Professor: Yes.

    Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

    (The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

    Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

    (There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

    Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

    Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

    Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

    Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

    Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

    Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

    Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

    Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

    Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

    Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

    (The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

    Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

    (The class was in uproar.)

    Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

    (The class broke out into laughter. )

    Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

    (The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

    Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

    Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.


    I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

    Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

    By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.
  • Kay Elliiott Dating Disabled God Bless You
  • Tony God is the most
  • Clowie amen, lord i pray that you would bless the godinterest team and all of us member. help us to serve you in truth and sincerity in Jesus name Amen
  • Paul DJ Montoya I agree whole heartedly! 👍Religion is man's way of reaching God. Relationship is what Jesus wants with us and is what we need with Him.
  • Nadine I agree, Don
  • John DW Macdonald I am very new to the site but intuitively I say YES - particularly if there are anumber of people who wish to step beyond the people who control what other people think!
  • John DW Macdonald Good discussion. I always liked James when I was at school. He takled sense! For me it is blindingly simnple now. Maybe I have become a fundamentalist!! however this fundamentalism is extrmely different from those who claim to be bible-believeing and say everything they interpret from the bible is "THE WORD OF GOD" My fundamental is how I understand what Jesus said about the Commandments. He said it is 1. Love God. 2. Love Your neighbour as yourself! Acordingly for me it is very simple. ANYTHING which hapls us Love God is beneficial. ANYTHING which helps us 'Love our neighbour as ourself' is simple. This is the litmuis test for 'religious practice'. Personally I have litle time for religious tradions but have to admit as someone who grew up wqith carols and christmas stories and adored Compline I am moved by these. So I know traditional observance casn bring people closer to God. However when it comes to it, we have to ask does it help us LOVE GOD? Does it help us LOVE OUR NEIGHBOUR AS OURSELF? If not it needs to be furnaced! If so it should be included! My views. Comments relished! Love John
  • Michael Snow For 2000 years, the heroes of the faith have known that it is a relilgion AND a relationship. This new 'fad' is a symyptom of the illieteracy of our day. Read the Intro (with the "Look Inside' feature) about the "holy conjunction": AND
  • craig lock Eagle Productions (NZ) I'd call it a "relationship (and journey) of faith"

    My other blogs on the “spiritual journey” are at
  • Dean Jones What do you tell yourself every morning of each day as you start the day?
    Moses would say "Lord if you don't go with us or before us we ain't going nowhere"
    ★Abraham would say "The Lord will provide."
    ★Jacob would say "I won't let go of you unless you bless me."
    ★Joshua would say: "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord"
    ★Samuel would say: "Speak Lord for thy servant is listening."
    ★Nehemiah would say: The joy of the Lord is my strength"
    ★David would say "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want" and "this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it."
    ★Solomon would say "Trust in the Lord oh my soul and lean not on your own understanding, in all your wacys acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path"
    ★Isaiah would say "Arise and shine for your glory has come." And "No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper"
    ★Jeremiah would say "The Lord has plans to prosper me and not to harm or fail me."
    ★Jabez would say "Oh that you may bless me and extend my horizon."
    ★Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would say "We will not bow down to any image but will serve the Lord."
    ★Ezekiel would say " Any dry bones in my life, live again."
    ★Peter would say: "I will cast my cares upon the Lord for He cares."
    ★Paul would say: "the Lord will supply all my needs and I can do all things through Christ."
    Adopt your morning statement of faith and speak it and meditate on it daily

    Good morning
    The word of the Lord is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path
  • Jody When a person believes in Christ, he is joined to Him in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3–8; Col. 2:12–13; 3:1). Paul reminds the Colossian believers that their priority—their whole outlook on life—is to consistently focus on the resurrected, ascended, and exalted Christ (3:1); to diligently strive and pursue things that are eternal (v. 2); and to continuously put to death whatever belongs to their earthly nature (vv. 3–5). Paul not only lists the practices that should no longer characterize the life of the believer, but he asks followers of Christ to embrace the virtues that should clothe God’s chosen people (vv. 12-17).
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