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

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  • #16
    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.
    I think it's a good sign that you're growing as a Christian. We can put too much emphasis on our independence that we forget that we are ultimately dependent on Jesus for everything. I can't raise myself from the dead - I'm dependent on God to do that.

    You have something that more Christians need to have - a need for Jesus.
    "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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    • #17
      Around October 2019 we started a dinner tradition with the family, where we each say one thing that we're thankful for. It can be big or small--there's no rule really, other than try not to say the same thing two days in a row. We've done it enough now that my 4-yo daughter consistently remembers to do this, and each kid enjoys doing it. Their 7 month old baby sister outweighs anything else in number of mentions by a lot.

      I think that has significantly contributed to the growth that I've seen in the last year. I attribute to it my tendency in prayer, now, to simply give thanks and often not say or ask for anything else.
      I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post



        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 livestream church service? Do you catch any of those?
        Thanks for the prayers. I need all of those I can get.

        I was talking to my physical therapist. I'll probably have low level pain into July and not feel fully healed until September. At least I have an idea of when this will end. My wife got a diagnosis. Good news is its not life-threating and treatable. Bad news is it's something she'll probably have to live with for the rest of her life.

        I have live streamed church services or done the posted service on their website/YouTube channel. You can always find good teaching on the web and it helps. You just can't get the fellowship.

        I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with this. I recognize I need to get out of the whine and complain phase and into seeking a solution phase.
        "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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        • #19
          Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

          Thanks for the prayers. I need all of those I can get.

          I was talking to my physical therapist. I'll probably have low level pain into July and not feel fully healed until September. At least I have an idea of when this will end. My wife got a diagnosis. Good news is its not life-threating and treatable. Bad news is it's something she'll probably have to live with for the rest of her life.

          I have live streamed church services or done the posted service on their website/YouTube channel. You can always find good teaching on the web and it helps. You just can't get the fellowship.

          I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with this. I recognize I need to get out of the whine and complain phase and into seeking a solution phase.
          Talking about it is a good step, brother. Recognizing a need is a BIGGIE, and talking about it is progress.
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

            Talking about it is a good step, brother. Recognizing a need is a BIGGIE, and talking about it is progress.
            If you don't mind a slow moving conversation on this, I'll pick this up sometime next week.
            "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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            • #21
              Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

              If you don't mind a slow moving conversation on this, I'll pick this up sometime next week.
              Not at all -- you seem to be good people.
              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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