Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.         Psalm 82:3-4

Nuggets from our Men’s Retreat

— Tell me something; why would you trust your place in eternity by believing what your friends say concerning the accurately of the Bible, which they themselves probably never read, and are trusting THEIR eternity on hearsay from friends who also probably never read the Bible. If you want to make a judgment on the validity of what the Bible says, at least read it rather than resorting to a intellectual coop-out.

— The first promise God made was in Genesis, concerning Death. The Bible does not record that Adam, who had no reference as to what death was, asking God to explain death. He didn’t ask because he trusted God.

— Managing sin, where we manage to fail three times this week rather than seven, is the worst kind of bondage. Most sinful behavior is actually the solution to a problem. i.e.; visiting porn websites can be a solution to loneliness, because God has not supplied you a wife, or your wife doesn’t understand you. Sinful behavior becomes "the solution" we choice for resolving the problem.

— When man loses his trust of God, he loses paradise, and starts a religion. Adam and Eve solution to the problem was to don fig leaves.

— Sin Management: When Adam blamed the woman; which was THE woman that GOD put with him.

— Remember: Do not be anxious about ______________, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

— Issues of trust: If we are dealing with big problems, we have a little god. With a big God, we have little problems. So tell me, just how big is YOUR God? Principal (of the Bible) versus the real world (Bigness of God).

— Think about this, comparing God to our fathers. Our freedom from our father is represented by car keys. We ask our dads for the car keys, usually to use it to remove ourselves from his presence. Do we go to God to supply the freedom needed so we escape God? The need to escape God is represented by manmade check lists. God does not gives us any check lists. He only wants to be with us. We create the lists, and when we find we cannot satisfy the lists, we create the desire to flee from God, because we wrongly perceive that the list comes from Him.

— We have both an earthly father, as well as a father in Satan, who keeps us from an intimate relation with God. If we realize the corrupt thing represented by the check list and we throw away the lists, we will no longer be afraid to be in God’s presence and find that we were made to be in God’s presence, much as Adam, before the fall enjoyed being in God’s presence.

— We need to confront our fear of intimacy with God, and lean upon him much like the Last Supper painting depicts John leaning upon the breast of Jesus.

Site Seeing:
Parallel Bible [Online]
Momentum Magazine [Christian Magazine]
SwapThing [Online Swap Meety]

Youth World [Missions]
Nikyla Amanda Smith [Aviation Artist]

Webopedia [online computer dictionary]
Are you ready for Java Certification?

Prayer Request:
Margi and Larry, who have significant issues of health, and for their family during this trial. (long term)
Tim and Debby, as Tim continues to improve and recover, and prayer for their family during this time of illness. (long term)
A friends young son has blood in the urine and has been throwing up. He is home but will have a kidney ultrasound done this week.
Our church is having a Bioethics Conference in November. Pray for a good turnout, wisdom on the part of the participants and God’s truth illuminates dark hearts.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on October 4, 2005.

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