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Are you Closer to the Lord today than you were a year ago?

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  • Are you Closer to the Lord today than you were a year ago?

    Are you Closer to the Lord today than you were a year ago?

    We should be growing as Christians, but so many Christians seem to be on a "maintenance" track instead of a growth track.

    Especially having gone through a year with Covid - where are you spiritually? Closer to the Lord? Slipped some? About the same?

    I started to make it a private poll, but I think accountability is a good thing, so let's just be open and honest, eh?

    12
    I'm Closer to the Lord now than this time last year
    50.00%
    6
    I'm about the same as I was this time last year
    33.33%
    4
    I may have slipped some from this time last year
    16.67%
    2
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

  • #2
    I answered that I'm closer to the Lord this year than last, simply because I've had to take a whole new look at ministry.
    It has caused me to rethink how to connect to people, and required me to do more checking on people who have not been in Church in a while.
    Prior to Covid - they might just be on vacation, or cold or flu --- but with Covid, you don't get to see people for weeks or months at a time!

    Covid was a "shot in the arm", so to speak, to looking at ministry in a new way.
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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    • #3
      The only "growth" I've had is I'm more conscious of His absence in my life and my inability to change this without others to be with me.
      "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

      "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
        The only "growth" I've had is I'm more conscious of His absence in my life and my inability to change this without others to be with me.
        Wanna explore that?
        The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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        • #5
          I answered I was closer now because, I've found and developed new friendships within my church which includes an men's prayer and share group. It has made me MUCH more consistent in a structured prayer life. I have always talked with God throughout my day but, now I have a specified time and a definitive list to pray for my brothers in Christ. I had this years ago but it was job related. When I lost that job, my group went away. I was never able to successfully build another until now.
          "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

          "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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          • #6
            I answered about the same. Stuck at home, no real interaction with live Christians other than on internet.


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            • #7
              Closer, Covid taught me that I was living at a bit of a hyper rate. I have slowed down, and have been hearing from the Lord more often. However, He talks to me not when I want, but when He wants. I could go into detail, but some is a bit personal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Lone Stranger View Post
                Closer, Covid taught me that I was living at a bit of a hyper rate. I have slowed down, and have been hearing from the Lord more often. However, He talks to me not when I want, but when He wants. I could go into detail, but some is a bit personal.
                I'm interested - as much or as little as you'd like to go into.
                The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                • #9
                  Well, I'm a year closer to dying, so...
                  Geislerminian Antinomian Kenotic Charispneumaticostal Gender Mutualist-Egalitarian.

                  Beige Nationalist.

                  "Everybody is somebody's heretic."

                  Social Justice is usually the opposite of actual justice.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                    Wanna explore that?
                    Sure. Unfortunately its uncomfortable to sit at a computer for a long time so I'll have to be brief.

                    I have been foundering in my relationship with God since at least 2015 and probably longer than that. I have learned that I am not capable of being a solitary Christian - I need the fellowship. Unfortunately the churches I try around here are all hollow shells. the last one I was at: I'm not convinced the majority believe in God anymore and no matter what my wife and I did, we couldn't break into the social groups. I am trying real hard not to develop an Elijah complex but it is so hard to find the 7,000 who haven't bowed down to Baal.

                    I am old enough that I can see the finish line to my race in the distance. Since that has come into sight, I more appreciate the importance of a relationship with God and need less of the how to live this life teaching. Its just not available here.

                    In the not helping department: my wife and I are both dealing with health issues right now and a degree of lethargy has settled into our house. My issue is acute and should work out in the next couple of months. My wife's is still being diagnosed but I think there's a chance she has a chronic issue.
                    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

                    "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

                      Sure. Unfortunately its uncomfortable to sit at a computer for a long time so I'll have to be brief.

                      I have been foundering in my relationship with God since at least 2015 and probably longer than that. I have learned that I am not capable of being a solitary Christian - I need the fellowship. Unfortunately the churches I try around here are all hollow shells. the last one I was at: I'm not convinced the majority believe in God anymore and no matter what my wife and I did, we couldn't break into the social groups. I am trying real hard not to develop an Elijah complex but it is so hard to find the 7,000 who haven't bowed down to Baal.

                      I am old enough that I can see the finish line to my race in the distance. Since that has come into sight, I more appreciate the importance of a relationship with God and need less of the how to live this life teaching. Its just not available here.

                      In the not helping department: my wife and I are both dealing with health issues right now and a degree of lethargy has settled into our house. My issue is acute and should work out in the next couple of months. My wife's is still being diagnosed but I think there's a chance she has a chronic issue.


                      And when I do that thing, I mean I actually take time to pray about this, and in your case, adding you to my daily prayer list.
                      You're a good guy - I hope you find somewhere to fellowship.

                      How bout a lifestream church service? Do you catch any of those?
                      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know whether this feeds in to being closer to the Lord than last year. Every day I seem to becoming more and more acutely aware of how much I need Jesus for everything.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Esther View Post
                          I don't know whether this feeds in to being closer to the Lord than last year. Every day I seem to becoming more and more acutely aware of how much I need Jesus for everything.
                          OK, you prompted a song!!!

                          The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                            OK, you prompted a song!!!

                            I promise to try very hard to never prompt another!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Esther View Post

                              I promise to try very hard to never prompt another!
                              That will be very difficult, as I am VERY easily prompted to song!!!

                              I wake up singing!
                              The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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