I read this and it seriously made me sad. This is case and point why it's so important to teach your kids. I know that's a broad statement, but we have to teach our kids. Not only teach them how to throw a ball or say their first words... but teach them about life. Teach them about God's word and His expectations of us as His children. Before anyone gets mad at this family (mainly the parents), please I ask that you pray for them. I have to admit, I was angry after I read the first paragraph or two, but then I sank into sadness. I can only imagine what God Himself thinks of this.
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Tator, we seem to loosing our morals as a nation. I do not know why?? The dark side is very powerful over weak minds. So many have been sucked in. The last time this happened you needed a big boat to survive!
This is very true HM... but God promised never again to flood the entire earth... thus the reason we have Rainbows... they are a indication of this promise God made. I realize you probably know that already-- but with all this sin in our world, it makes me think the day of Jesus' return is near. I can only hope for that.... how awesome that day would be to experience! Either way I'll experience it,,, but it would be neat if I were alive on this thing called earth when it happens! Our country is falling apart. SOO many people talk about how our political system is pathetic (and I agree) but the real fact is that our family structures are what's failing. It all starts in the home. I sometimes wonder how our world would look if divorce was not an option. How different it would be. The thing that so many adults don't realize is that their stance on issues influences their children SO much. That's why when a major disagreement comes up within a marriage today, so many people choose the socially acceptable choice.. divorce.
I pray daily that God will help me to raise my kids in a way that puts Him first. My 4 year old has been starting to ask some very specific questions about God and Jesus and as his father, I need to be prepared for that- that's not something I can just blow off. After all our sole purpose here on earth is to lift God's name up and tell others about Jesus. I'm in no way saying I'm the model Christian. I have my flaws and I commit sin daily. But at the same time I understand that sin happens, sin is in our lives. Every human being ever born has committed sin, except one... Jesus. Now, I'm not saying that since we know we're sinners that it's ok to go ahead and sin. NO. God wants us to repent from our sins, he wants us to try to be like His Son. The truth is though, we'll never be perfect and we'll never be without sin. We are not Jesus. If you read this article close enough, sounded like this mom thought her son was perfect. I too get caught up sometimes thinking my children are innocent... but the truth is, they too are sinners. The problem arises when we, as parents, hold our kids up so high that they block out God. We start "worshiping" them and not God and His Son. Thus making our children idols. I love my children to death. I love them probably more than anything in this world. I also love my wife and my family with all my heart as well, they are very, very dear to me. But NOTHING stands between my strongest love of all for Jesus Christ and my Lord and Savior.
Tator, you are right it is disheartning but remember each day takes us one day closer!!
Here is an event that makes it clear to me that we do not end with our human/earthly death. In May of 2009 my dad passed away. He and I were very close. Several years earlier my kids bought me one of those sleep noise making machines, rain storms, waves splashing, birds chirping, well you know. After about two nights that was it, disabled the noise and used it as a clock. In August of 2009, at 3:04am, the darn thing started the thunderstorm stuff, waking me up and saying a few choise words about the stupid noise maker. At 3:10am, my mom calls and said she had fallen, was on the floor, and needed a rescue squad, which I called in and she was ok. My mom took care of my dad for many many years so, I BELIEVE, my dad knew mom was in trouble and called me. I cannot think of any other reason the darn thing would suddenly, after several years, just start sounding off a few minutes before mom calls. I've had a few other events in PA with my brother that have me 100% convinced our loved ones simply migrate to a close by spiritual existence, waiting for the final judgement time. What do you think?
I believe there's something that happens after we Pass on but I don't believe our Death is a final phase.
I have also had too many signs, Like you have HM, to make me believe that our deceased relatives are still looking out for us
and are somehow still connected with us spiritually.
What I believe is that when we die, our spirit goes to heaven. We do not reunite with our bodies (heavenly) until Jesus Christ comes back to earth. That is when the dead will rise (just as Jesus did) and our bodies will be renewed. We will have an eternal body... that is those who have willingly accepted Christ as his/her Savior.
As far as what you are saying HM... I'm not sure. I really have no clue. I have heard of things like this happening before... and I'm not saying one way or another. I trust you that it happened without explanation. I just don't know. God has the power to to anything- no matter what it is. I do know that God knew it was going to happen. He knows all that will happen. That's what's hard for me to wrap my head around, is the fact that He knows what will happen in the future, yet He allows ALL human beings free-will. He allows us to make our own decisions. That's why He wants US to choose HIM. If we live our lives without Him in it, then He does not "know" us and we do not know Him.
I sincerely believe, also, that God has a sense of humor. I think he wants us to laugh and have fun on earth- all while telling others about Him. I also think God may use His humor at times on us,,, NOT to tease us or provoke us, but just to show us, "SEE I AM IN CHARGE"... haha! I have had that happen alot in my life. Sometimes when I think I have it all figured out, my "plan" about something will fall apart and I'll just sit back and smile because I know, God is saying "Should've asked Me first!" :) On top of everything, He is a loving God. That is His most admirable trait. He loves EVERYONE. That is what's hard to get across to people is that God loves you no matter how bad you are or what you have done. He DOES NOT love anyone more than someone else. He loves ME, TATOR just the same as a serial killer sitting on death row. The other thing is that God does not rank sin. Sin is sin in His eyes. If you remember, there are 10 commandments,,, they are NOT in order- that's for a reason. God views all sin as sin, and that's it. I know that's hard to believe- especially for our society right now because many of us (including me at times) start thinking, "well I'm no murderer" or "I'm a good guy and I help others out". That all is great, but we are all sinners. NO one is perfect, only Jesus Christ.
Sorry to go off subject so far--- I just see our society going so far away from God that is hurts. Absolutely kills me to see our kids grow up with one parent- or with two moms or two dads. That's not God's plan, in my eyes. I realize this is not everyone's opinion, but I stand for what I believe in and I will raise my children in a home that supports them and loves them but also teaches them God's word correctly....
I'll end with this.. if anyone needs to talk about God or Jesus or just about things in their life.. my door is always open. My personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to email me and I will do my best to explain what I believe, I'll share my testimony with you or just listen to what you think or have to say. I believe I'm a good listener and I hope to help someone out. My love for the Lord grows everyday,,, I'm not perfect and I don't try to be. My goal is to live my life for Christ and to raise my family in a Christ-loving home.
Guys, tator HM,
I also believe God has a sense of humor. If you don't believe it just sit down with Him and tell Him
what you have planned for the next three months!
I can't remember what my list for tomorrow is?? :bag:
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