Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Hello Melinda, It looks to me like you were caught somewhat unprepared. I imagine you probably would not do the same thing again. If you have not done so already you could take the time to tell your son what bothered you about going to a "fun park" on God's Sabbath. That way, the sadness you felt might be somewhat taken away by the lesson that you both are learning. Hope your son appreciates your love and concern for him.
Hello Arrey, Romans 16 would be what you are looking for. If more is needed, ask again.
Hello (again) evins5,
(Since I used up all my characters, I have to write an additional note that was inspired by my personal Bible Study this morning.) I will keep it short: Read Hebrews 10: 32 to 38 in the NLT.
A number of years ago I wrestled with this same problem. You ask, "Where is the balance?"
Great question! That indicates you see a need to do something other than what 90% of others are doing and thinking at this time of year. If you read the article by Mr. Szymkowiak you know that Xmas is pagan but also that God wants us all to celebrate God's Holy Days.
After you begin to do that you realize that God is a God of giving ! not taking away. So my wife and I , when we went home over that break time made a special effort to show those who were in our former homes that we loved them and still cared for them. And then, we had to explain what we had learned, AFTER, they asked. The amazing thing is that neither family really cared very much about the religious aspect. The only ones who saw false religion in Xmas were my wife and I. We had begun to read God's Word. We were becoming Convicted by it. A lot of water has passed under the bridge, since then. Our non converted families came to accept what they considered OUR strange behavior. But I agree, it was really hard at first. So: Be with them and love them but stick with the Truth you have been learning.
Hello Harwood, If you own the business, then you can make the decision to begin to Work your way back to where God is located. Do you know where God is located? The promises that God made in both the old and new testaments seem to indicate that if you will make THE effort required to really follow God's instructions, God will MAKE it work. The real problem is, do you really know God well enough to absolutely Trust God? Big question.
There are people who will help you understand if you can trust (any person.) Can you?
I like that name! Lena has given you the correct answr but I want to add a scripture that seems appropriate here. (Just this one verse!)
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
God forgives because He is bigger and better than all of us put together!
Not because we deserve it; not because we are going to try to be better. (Be better but that is not why God forgives.) God forgives because the Father knows anguish and the Son knows suffering! Try to read how these both came about . Read God's word and meditate.
We all will reflect differently , as we age!
Kathy admitted that she saw things differently as an older daughter
and I certainly evaluate my parents differently now that they are dead.
But God' takes all that into account when He commands us to respect our parents.
We need to allow any harshness or even downright bad behavior by our parents to teach us how we should NOT behave as parents or even just as people! I think of the scripture that says in essence: we will be judged, As we judge others! I want/need mercy! Unfortunately, from what psychology teaches us, we humans tend to repeat the mistakes that were laid on us.
So in closing Francisco, be aware and ask our Father in heaven to make you a better parent.
Hello Jonie, Lena has given you the correct answer. but I would simply add:
the unpardonable sin is the one that you can repent of but simply refuse to do it.
Hello Agbo Solomon, Do not give up. You are not dead yet. That means that God wants you alive. You know God can cure you of anything. If God does not, it means that God will give you help to live another day. The Apostle Paul was in bad enough shape more than once so that he would welcome death but God had more for him to do. While you are alive, you have more to do!! You have a wife. Love her; help her; help others until you cannot do it anymore. When God allows you to go to sleep He will. Till then, no matter how bad you think you are (or how bad your life is), if you do not give up or absolutely forget that God loves you there is hope. Do not quit!