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by cindyddavis Mon May 01, 2017 6:11 pm

This is definitely one of the things that I admire so much about you Courtney.. I know how bad depression and anxiety can knock a person out and God has given you a way to use your struggles to help others. Even if you save one person in 2 years my goodness its so worth it! And I know there are so many lives your touching that you'll probably never know about! I wish I had as much love in my heart as you do!! Keep it up girly:)

ECCENTRICSHEEP wrote:I just want wanted to use something that happened to me last week to show that you don't have to have a lot of talent or charisma to serve God, and you don't have to have a lot of money or be able to go to Africa or something to serve him.

All you gotta do is give God yourself and work with what you have. God gives us all we need to do what he wants us to do. It's all in your hands right now. Most of all, you've just gotta be willing to get out there and do it...and do it for his glory and not your own.

So, I've been messaging people on a blog site for 2 years. About 730-750 messages. I don't get a ton of replies, less than 25%. There's no personal glory. No crowds cheering me from the stage. No adoring fans. In fact, no one would know if I didn't say anything. If I didn't learn cool stuff from the experience I felt was worth sharing...I wouldn't tell a soul probably because I don't do it for bragging rights.

So last week I got online at a different time than usual. Messaged a few people I felt drawn to. I woke up to a message that someone had decided not to kill themselves because of that message I sent. I've never gotten a reply like that before in 2 years and hundreds of messages.

I didn't have to be in a band to reach them. I didn't have to be a missionary in another country to reach them. I didn't have to be super talented or smart to reach them. I just had to be willing to get out there and do something and let God guide me and let him do his work through me. I just gave him what little I have and let him do his thing.

Because one day God said "this is really important to you, what are you willing to do for it?" And I said "anything!" So I do everything in my power according to what he wants me to go out of my comfort zone for my cause.

That's another thing, you've gotta be ready to go out into the unknown in faith and get out of that comfort zone a little. I tell you, I can count the negative responses ON ONE HAND. If you let God work, he will guide you to who needs you. It's all God's, just let him work through you.

So yeah, just give God your heart, your hands, your feet, and your time. And let him do some amazing things through you.
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by cindyddavis Mon May 01, 2017 6:15 pm

That definitely made me smile!

Columbia wrote:Don't measure up real well with the admonitions at the opening of this chapter. At least not around church. The secret for me now is to not get too involved there. Yet the Lord uses us in spite of ourselves. There was a funeral for a "legend" in the Hell's Angels last Saturday. I wanted to be a witness to those guys and then developed a desire to be a witness to passersby as well. There was no parking for me near the funeral home but the place was only about 1/2 mile from our home. So I made a couple of signs to remind the Angels and everyone else of Christ's love for them. But the wind was heavy that day. As I walked through our neighborhood, the signs started coming loose. I stopped to retie them, front and back, and a lady came out of her house. All the dogs had been barking at me so she peeked out her window and saw me. I suppose I was a sight to see. When I told her what I was up to, she asked if she could help me secure the signs. I accepted her help. She prayed for God's anointing on the signs and His protection upon me. Having received unexpected help, encouragement, and prayer from a Christian stranger, I went on my way. Angels security was heavy. They were obviously surprised to see me but never even said a cross word to me. The police kept a close watch on me but never bothered me either. Many, many bikers came and went while a few hundred stayed crowded in the large parking lot of the mortuary. During my three hours of pacing back and forth, across the street, two young ladies stopped to encourage me. One even gave me a cold Ice Mountain to drink. Then my wife called to tell me that friends had stopped by with a turkey dinner! By this time I could barely walk home. But the Lord got me there. Now I don't know if anything was accomplished or not. But I do know that God was gracious to me in spite of my many shortcomings. I know that He adores us all and is our hope just like the signs said. When I look at Titus 3, I see my inadequacies. I also see God's goodness. He is good to me. He has included me in His plan to reach a world of darkness. Crazy old man? Maybe. Loved by the God who loved Titus? Absolutely.
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by cindyddavis Mon May 01, 2017 6:25 pm

I do understand what your saying about the intellectual part but I will say that God uses brainy people like you for not so brainy people like me .. I can read a paragraph and 15 min later it's out of my head. When I'm going through something I can't just call up something in my head to refer to so I love having brainy friends who can say hey look at Psalms chapter whatever or quote a scripture that relates to what I'm going through. I know people who use their intellect in the wrong way but even not knowing you very well I'm pretty sure you've balanced it out with actions as well as brains. In fact.. true story... This past weekend Drea and I were at a show and your name was brought up for some reason and I said now there's a girl who is dripping with Gods sweetness. No lie. You can ask her!

WanderingStar wrote:
Titus 3:9 (ESV) wrote:But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

I used to draw on this verse in college when debates over minor theological/historical details got out of hand. ;)

In all seriousness: it's been a gut-check for me as someone who can be far too intellectual. Knowledge is good. But the heart motive behind acquiring and using that knowledge matters a lot more. Let's not get so caught up in the facts and details and doctrines that we lose sight of each other and the unity we have through Christ. I would rather have every detail of head knowledge about the Bible wiped from my memory than use a single fact as a way of creating division or selfishly one-upping someone else.

And of course, we need this in context of verses 4-8 which come right before and lay out the heart of the gospel. What should we focus on instead of details and debates? The incredible hope of God and the salvation that comes completely dependent on His character, not on us. That's a grace that keeps us all on equal footing, that unites instead of divides.

Love you guys. I always enjoy being a fly on the wall in here. :)
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by cindyddavis Mon May 01, 2017 6:45 pm

As you can see i have some time on my hands and I have definitely been slacking when it comes to studying scripture so I'm trying to get back in the game!

to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
Titus 3:2 CSB

The closer I am to God the easier this is. The first few days I was in rehab I was full of hate and rage. I had already decided God left me and I hated my life and everyone in it. I fought with every person that would fight with me. I remember being in the hallway having a screaming match with this girl for something very stupid and after we were finally made to go to our rooms I sat and thought about it for a long time. I realized I was a totally different person. I have always considered myself a nice person and I think most people would say that about me too. I mean I know a lot of the hate was the detox off drugs and alcohol and the fact that I couldn't smoke cigarettes for the first week. But anyway I ended up going to this little chapel they had and poured my heart out to God and He made His presence very known to me. I can't even begin to describe the peace I felt. No more fighting either. Plus I moved to a different facility where I was able to smoke lol
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by Columbia Mon May 29, 2017 11:41 am

Thanks for the encouragement, Cindy. Am looking for an update to the next chapter from time to time. The Lord has blessed me to be able to go back to the company I retired from. It is encouraging to see the young men I helped to train do their stuff! I work for them now, lol. 20 nights of work in a row. And two days off for holiday.
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by ECCENTRICSHEEP Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:36 pm

Soooo we're super close to getting to Hebrews and I'm thinking you should post Philemon so we can get there Kevin :P
With hammer in hand, I began to pull out every nail. Every board I placed beside me on the damp ground. After many years of pouring everything I could into avoiding that way, I found myself walking there once again.
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by sassy1506 Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:44 pm

ECCENTRICSHEEP wrote:Soooo we're super close to getting to Hebrews and I'm thinking you should post Philemon so we can get there Kevin :P

I second this!

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by Jesusfreak777 Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:46 pm

Hey guys, what's up?

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,”
‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Semi off topic but this reminds me of a story of something that happened to me a few months ago. So as a 15 year old living in the United States of America, I try to do what's right and all but I can have a bit of a rebellious and disrespectful spirit about me sometimes. So where I go to church, we have this thing once a year in April called DNow (too much to explain at the moment)
So this year, the guest speaker was a guy named Tim Brady. He runs a camp in Asheville North Carolina called Camp Ceadercliff. So he was talking about the story of David and Goliath when he said something that really stuck with me. He said "Now I may be about to make a few parents mad because they'll likely take what I say out of context, but hear me out. Some of you in this room may have a rebellious or a disrespectful attitude towards authority figures. Now something I believe is that God may have given you that attitude to be used to have a disrespect towards the world that rejects God, so you can stand up for God, the same way David had a disrespect towards Goliath out on the battlefield!" (Note: random coincidence but I had on my Long Live The Rebels shirt when he said that!)
I was sitting there listening and what he said really made sense. God gives some of us a rebellious spirit so when used the right way, we "rebel" against the world that rejects the God we serve!

“to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.”
‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:2-3‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

I still can have trouble sometimes holding on to anger and being mad at someone. It takes a lot to get me mad, so I let go of a lot of stuff really easily. But when someone actually does make me mad, it has a tendency to stick with me for awhile. I have to hold back a lot of times to keep from saying something I would more than likely later regret.

“But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”
‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

As someone who enjoys politics and a good debate, this ones gonna be a bit hard for me... :lol:
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