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    For those that choose to walk in the light, I welcome your advice, input, and stories. The strength of life is in the 'Word', and the 'Word' is with God, and the 'Word' is God. (Gospel According to John 1:1). 'Glory to you Lord'

    I start this thread with a blessing to those that choose to follow it. Be insightful, learn, grow, develop, and love.

    Wisdom is nothing more than the true light of insight. -Dan Mis





    Romans 12:9-21(New International Version/ Study)

    9. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil: cling to what is good.

    10. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

    11. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fevor, serving the Lord.

    12. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

    13. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

    14. Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse.

    15. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those that mourn.

    16. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

    17. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.

    18. If it is possible as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

    19. Do not take revenge my friend, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: " It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

    20. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty give him something to drink. In doing so, you will heap burning coals on his head."

    21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


    Same passage in King James text below.

    9. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

    10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

    11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

    12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

    13. Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

    14. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

    15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    16. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    17. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

    18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

    19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    20. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

    21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

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    Great post, man. Always good to read some more scripture Hope you got a chance to get some worship in today. It always sets up my week and gets the fires going strong.
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  3. Please don't attack me for asking this question? Do you think your ever given more than you can handle? When is enough enough?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by toughchick401 View Post
    Please don't attack me for asking this question? Do you think your ever given more than you can handle? When is enough enough?
    Why would I attack you for asking that?

    Ummm, in regards to what, give me an example. Pm me if you want if you need someone to talk to.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  5. great word Trip. i just woke and said a lil prayer and though i haven't been as active as much in reading the word as i use to i, i had vowed to do so in my prayer upon waking this morning. then stumbled upon this thread on my second post readind here on A.M.
    and it felt like to myself as if God was telling me he heard my prayer and wanted me to read that specific scripture to get me back in the zone.
    TripDog god bless you and your's and everyone here on AM and congrats on your new gig at(IBE/PHF). Been meaning to pick up a few of their new products and with all the sales going on this past week it was kind of hard to make the decision on what to cop, so i picked up 3 bottles of epi, m-lmg and sd for $120 which was a steal cause thats like a years worth right there in itself including time off. but will definitely be making that purchase over at your spot next.
    welcome back TD

  6. Quote Originally Posted by suresha View Post
    great word Trip. i just woke and said a lil prayer and though i haven't been as active as much in reading the word as i use to i, i had vowed to do so in my prayer upon waking this morning. then stumbled upon this thread on my second post readind here on A.M.
    and it felt like to myself as if God was telling me he heard my prayer and wanted me to read that specific scripture to get me back in the zone.
    TripDog god bless you and your's and everyone here on AM and congrats on your new gig at(IBE/PHF). Been meaning to pick up a few of their new products and with all the sales going on this past week it was kind of hard to make the decision on what to cop, so i picked up 3 bottles of epi, m-lmg and sd for $120 which was a steal cause thats like a years worth right there in itself including time off. but will definitely be making that purchase over at your spot next.
    welcome back TD
    I'm speachless, that means to world to me, thank-you.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  7. Favorite part of this board? All the God-fearing Christians abound.

    Love to know there are still many others out there grinding out their Christian convictions in this liberal secular progressively anti-God world.

    God bless all my fellow brothers in Christ. Times are changing and remaining stern and rigid in our beliefs despite the labels and unpopularity, has become harder and harder.

    The reward?
    "God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
    " (Matthew 5:11)




  8. Thanks for posting this, I get so wrapped up in the day to day demands on my life that I don't spend the time with the word like I know I should.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Whacked View Post
    Favorite part of this board? All the God-fearing Christians abound.

    Love to know there are still many others out there grinding out their Christian convictions in this liberal secular progressively anti-God world.

    God bless all my fellow brothers in Christ. Times are changing and remaining stern and rigid in our beliefs despite the labels and unpopularity, has become harder and harder.

    The reward?
    "God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
    " (Matthew 5:11)


    I love you signature Whacked, very empowering!
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  10. Quote Originally Posted by nerdalert View Post
    Thanks for posting this, I get so wrapped up in the day to day demands on my life that I don't spend the time with the word like I know I should.
    I hope I can provide some strength for you, I will do my best.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2
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  11. The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked. Psalm145:20

    This is a 'very' powerful passage, that I hope finds strength to those with an eye.

    -Dan
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  12. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    This is strength in purity. This was the Passage that saved former KoRn lead guitarist Brian 'head' Welch from a methamphetamine addiction ,and himself. (he wrote a book Save Me From Myself that I read and really enjoyed) I 'LOVE' this song he wrote about his transformation to the light, and It's a great video as well.

    'Washed By Blood' enjoy.

    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2
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    Quote Originally Posted by toughchick401 View Post
    Please don't attack me for asking this question? Do you think your ever given more than you can handle? When is enough enough?
    Hey TC,

    Having known you and your testimony (I am AKA: B5150) I understand completely where you come from.

    I came across this and I thought it captured the essence of my point without me fumbling to communicate it myself. It is much more comprehensive than I would have been able to compile.

    For us who believe the Word of God is True we, as Christians, rely upon it and act in obedience anticipating the blessings it will bestow upon us.

    For me OBEDIENCE is paramount! But I too fail.

    Have you ever gone through a trial, and people said to you, “It’s ok. God will not give you more than you can handle.” (And they stop there.) This idea has been on my mind for a couple of days now, but I just couldn’t recollect where the Bible says that. It sounds like it would be in scripture…so I looked…and looked. Not in there. Where do we get this idea that God will not give us more than we can handle?! Sure, it sounds fluffy and pretty, because we know we have a GOOD God. But we also know that His Word is TRUTH, and if it can’t be found in His Word as Truth, then it isn’t. We can’t just make up things about God and believe them to be true just because we want them to be true. That’s not how He works. He’s not a figment of our imagination, formed and molded into who we, as individuals, want Him to be. He IS TRUTH. LOVE. JUSTICE. All these things we know, because His Word promises us this. But does He keep us from troubles? Does He “not give us more than we can bear?”

    I believe that people must get this idea from 1 Corinthians 10:13, “And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”

    Reading this scripture, one can see how our minds would like to take this Truth and twist it to fit our hopes: That God wouldn’t ever give us more than we can handle/bear at one time. However, as I prayed and studied about this very concept, the Lord brought several things to my attention. It’s funny how God is trying to teach you something, and everything falls into place to show you what He wants you to learn. I just finished reading 1 Corinthians, and began 2 Corinthians. This is God’s humor, because 2 Corinthians has many points that relate to this exact topic. Paul talks about the troubles and hardships that he has faced:

    “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

    AND

    “…I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
    If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
    2 Corinthians 11:23-30

    If ANYONE should be exempt from being “given more than they could handle,” it would have been Paul. Yet, even more so, it should have been Jesus. However, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He sweated blood and cried out to the Father to deliver Him from this death if it was His will. But it wasn’t His will. God is a GOOD God, and if Jesus hadn’t been sacrificed on that tree, our sin would not be atoned for, and we would, perhaps, still be trying (unsuccessfully) to obey the law.

    But these men were not spared. And God does sometimes give us more than our earthly, human bodies can endure. HOWEVER….

    Looking back to 2 Corinthians 1:8-9, the last part says: “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead.”
    AND looking back at 2 Corinthians 11:23-30: “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

    As Paul endured a constant thorn in his flesh, he stated, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10

    Paul even stated that throughout all his troubles, his JOY knows no bounds! (2 Cor. 7:4) How many of us can say that we are JOYFUL through our troubles?! Wow. But if we can focus on the BIG PICTURE…

    God allows us to go through trials to strengthen us. He uses them so that we realize, once again, our need for Him. He wants us to trust Him for deliverance. He also uses them to call us back to repentance. (See Amos 4:6-11…as well as many of the prophet’s books in the Old Testament.) His discipline is for our good.

    "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.
    Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined --and everyone undergoes discipline-- then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:4-11

    Soooo…..to answer my original question: Does God ever give us more than we can handle?

    Yes, God gives us more than we can handle—APART FROM HIM. Yet with His strength and grace, He gives us the ability to endure and grow!

    “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” 2 Cor. 4:7-11

    The underlying principle is this: God cares more about our eternal destiny than He does our earthly comfort! Think about this. Try to wrap your mind around it. We are so self-centered that we automatically try to reject this idea because we just want to have a comfortable, happy life here on earth. But God knows that this brief time on earth is only the beginning. He is preparing us for our eternal glory that will last forever. Our troubles on earth will never cease, as this world is currently in the hands of Satan (the god of this world/age...2 Cor. 4:4)

    But the Lord says to us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
    Matthew 11:28-30
    Life is a terminal condition.

  14. Very inspiring my brethren!!


    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths . Proverbs 3:5-6

  15. Quote Originally Posted by mmowry View Post
    Very inspiring my brethren!!
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    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2
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    This makes me really happy It's incredibly awesome to know so many other believers are here on the boards. In case anyone is looking for a good devotional, the one my old church in my hometown used is "Our Daily Bread" and I've used their web devotionals ever since:

    http://odb.org/

    Set it as my homepage and it makes for a great start to my day when I turn on the computer.
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    You all are welcome to utilize this thread as well:

    Prayer Request Thread
    Life is a terminal condition.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    This makes me really happy It's incredibly awesome to know so many other believers are here on the boards. In case anyone is looking for a good devotional, the one my old church in my hometown used is "Our Daily Bread" and I've used their web devotionals ever since:

    http://odb.org/

    Set it as my homepage and it makes for a great start to my day when I turn on the computer.
    That sounds empowering, I will check that out. Thank-you.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  19. Not attempting to take this OT but does anyone else around here listen to and love Charles Stanley? Dude is truly ''sent from above'' and as REAL as it gets IMO. I have a hard time trusting TV Evangelists at times as I question their authenticity. Unfortunately, I am very skeptical of the TV-types. Perhaps unjustified but it is who I am.

    Again, not trying to take this thread in another direction but I am always looking into additional spiritual guidance and nothing speaks to my soul louder than a genuine Bible-preaching minister (w/o all the borderline heretical fluff - gold suits, silver shoes, unneccessary screaming displays of righteousness - gag!).

    Billy Graham is truly filled with the Spirit and numero UNO in my book but barely around anymore. Charles Stanley is right there with him but more available.
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by suresha View Post
    TripDog god bless you and your's and everyone here on AM and congrats on your new gig at(IBE/PHF). Been meaning to pick up a few of their new products and with all the sales going on this past week it was kind of hard to make the decision on what to cop, so i picked up 3 bottles of epi, m-lmg and sd for $120 which was a steal cause thats like a years worth right there in itself including time off. but will definitely be making that purchase over at your spot next.
    welcome back TD
    Do not take this as an attack because this is a genuine question,do you think God is ok with people taking steroids i mean i remember learning when i was a kid that your body is your temple..If we believe in God and take anabolic steroids Are we all hypocrites???

  21. Very interesting subject that will undoubtably be ripe with debate.

    IMHO? Steroid ABUSE (accepting the deleterious effects but still using crazy amounts or types = abuse) is wrong as you are purposefully harming yuour body. Using mild doses and using it responsibly is no different than using supplements (well, similar).

    Advancing your body's potential thru use of ergogenic supps and gear is not wrong.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Whacked View Post
    Very interesting subject that will undoubtably be ripe with debate.

    IMHO? Steroid ABUSE (accepting the deleterious effects but still using crazy amounts or types = abuse) is wrong as you are purposefully harming yuour body. Using mild doses and using it responsibly is no different than using supplements (well, similar).

    Advancing your body's potential thru use of ergogenic supps and gear is not wrong.
    And not just that isn't Vanity a sin.. I mean for alot of us we take steroid because one of the most important thing to us is how good we look..

  23. Or how much we can Bench
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Do not take this as an attack because this is a genuine question,do you think God is ok with people taking steroids i mean i remember learning when i was a kid that your body is your temple..If we believe in God and take anabolic steroids Are we all hypocrites???
    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    And not just that isn't Vanity a sin.. I mean for alot of us we take steroid because one of the most important thing to us is how good we look..
    You assume we are taking steroids and assume we are hypocrites.

    You also assume that we think what's most important to us is the way we look and that we are vain.

    Do you believe your body is a temple and that when you use steroids you are a hypocrite?

    Is your vanity a sin? Is the way you look the most important thing to you?
    Life is a terminal condition.
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    Very interesting proposal in here.

    My personal take is that there's nothing inherently wrong with steroids. When used correctly, they're safe. They aren't mind-altering (at least not any more so than caffeine) like alcohol or other drugs. If it's something that can be used to help your body feel good and keep you in optimal physical condition, what's wrong with it (aside from the legal standpoint)?

    I think one of the reasons that I enjoy bodybuilding so much is that it helps me in my walk with Christ. It keeps me from gluttony and sloth. When people try to get me to go out and get drunk with them, it's one extra reason to say no. I don't know, I've just found that a bodybuilding lifestyle and a Christian lifestyle seem to go hand-in-hand.

    Steroids are illegal but should be legal and controlled. Marijuana is illegal but should be legal and taxed (and controlled, but to a lesser extent than steroids). And here we are with cigarettes and alcohol readily available despite their links to death totals, disease, etc.

    It's all politics and all about whose agenda is being pushed. The above statement is my personal feeling toward the issue.
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  26. Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Do not take this as an attack because this is a genuine question,do you think God is ok with people taking steroids i mean i remember learning when i was a kid that your body is your temple..If we believe in God and take anabolic steroids Are we all hypocrites???
    Would it be wrong to put a fresh coat of paint on a chapel, whether it be 1year water base or 10 year oil base?

  27. Quote Originally Posted by David Dunn View Post
    You assume we are taking steroids and assume we are hypocrites.

    You also assume that we think what's most important to us is the way we look and that we are vain.

    Do you believe your body is a temple and that when you use steroids you are a hypocrite?

    Is your vanity a sin? Is the way you look the most important thing to you?
    Assume Assume Assume

    Are you assuming no one here takes steroids

    are you assuming that no one here feels it's very important how they look

    are you assuming that no one here feels there body is a temple

    For the record i'm not assuming anything about anyone i'm just trying to understand certain things and get other peoples opinions.
    there really is no need to come at me like that..I'M just talking

  28. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Very interesting proposal in here.

    My personal take is that there's nothing inherently wrong with steroids. When used correctly, they're safe. They aren't mind-altering (at least not any more so than caffeine) like alcohol or other drugs. If it's something that can be used to help your body feel good and keep you in optimal physical condition, what's wrong with it (aside from the legal standpoint)?

    I think one of the reasons that I enjoy bodybuilding so much is that it helps me in my walk with Christ. It keeps me from gluttony and sloth. When people try to get me to go out and get drunk with them, it's one extra reason to say no. I don't know, I've just found that a bodybuilding lifestyle and a Christian lifestyle seem to go hand-in-hand.

    Steroids are illegal but should be legal and controlled. Marijuana is illegal but should be legal and taxed (and controlled, but to a lesser extent than steroids). And here we are with cigarettes and alcohol readily available despite their links to death totals, disease, etc.

    It's all politics and all about whose agenda is being pushed. The above statement is my personal feeling toward the issue.
    I totally agree with you,but i think some people myself included might get to focused on what we see in the mirror you know what i mean. I mean God forbid we slack off and lose a couple inches on our arms..

  29. Quote Originally Posted by bluehealer View Post
    Would it be wrong to put a fresh coat of paint on a chapel, whether it be 1year water base or 10 year old base?
    Good point..
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    I totally agree with you,but i think some people myself included might get to focused on what we see in the mirror you know what i mean. I mean God forbid we slack off and lose a couple inches on our arms..
    I openly admit that I lift for vanity purposes (I'd simply power-lift, otherwise), but it's not the main or only reason I do. Like I said, it's something that keeps me going in the right direction with other parts of life.
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