SparkPeople Driven By Faith Team Messageboard DrivenByFaith is a team of people who are living our lives truly Driven By Faith in Jesus Christ. Our goal is to let His Light shine in our lives as an act of Worship! SparkPeople Driven By Faith Team Messageboard A-S SPRING FAVORITES! A- The Adirondack 'Maple' is running!!! Mon, 8 Mar 2021 07:51:36 EST A-S SPRING FAVORITES! A- Adirondack 'Maple' is running!!! Mon, 8 Mar 2021 07:48:58 EST Lenten Reflections Wednesday, February 17 – Ash Wednesday <BR> <BR> “Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment.” Joel 2:13 <BR> <BR> Key thought: <BR> <BR> What does it mean to ‘rend your heart?’ It suggests an action; a true change. This is what it means to repent: to be sincere when we turn away from sin and toward God and His mercy. <BR> <BR> Suggested practice: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:52:08 EST A-Z HEALTHY FOODS or HABITS! A- Apples of course! <em>771</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2021 07:41:36 EST Birthday October 16th <BR> <BR> Isaiah 41:10 <BR> Fear thou not; for I am with thee; <BR> Be not dismayed; for I am thy God <BR> I will strengthen the, yea I will help thee <BR> Yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:12:29 EST A-Z FALL FAVORITES A- Baked apples! just love em! <em>771</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:05:44 EST August 2020 steps Copy and paste and track for the month. <BR> <BR> week 1 <BR> 8/1 <BR> 8/2 <BR> 8/3 <BR> 8/4 <BR> 8/5 <BR> 8/6 <BR> 8/7 <BR> 8/8 <BR> total: <BR> Week 2 <BR> 8/9 <BR> 8/10 <BR> 8/11 <BR> 8/12 <BR> 8/13 <BR> 8/14 <BR> 8/15/ <BR> Total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> 8/16 <BR> 8/17 <BR> 8/18 <BR> 8/19 <BR> 8/20 <BR> 8/21 <BR> 8/22 <BR> Total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> 8/23 <BR> 8/24 <BR> 8/25 <BR> 8/26 <BR> 8/27 <BR> 8/28 <BR> 8/29 <BR> 8/30 <BR> 8/31 <BR> total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2020 16:17:49 EST Grocery store items from A to Z Apples Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:48:45 EST July 2020 steps Copy and Paste, Let's do walk our way to health. <BR> <BR> 7/1 <BR> 7/2 <BR> 7/3 <BR> 7/4 <BR> total= <BR> 7/5 <BR> 7/6 <BR> 7/7 <BR> 7/8 <BR> 7/9 <BR> 7/10 <BR> 7/11 <BR> total= <BR> accumulated= <BR> 7/12 <BR> 7/13 <BR> 7/14 <BR> 7/15 <BR> 7/16 <BR> 7/17 <BR> 7/18 <BR> total= <BR> accumulated= <BR> 7/19 <BR> 7/20 <BR> 7/21 <BR> 7/22 <BR> 7/23 <BR> 7/24 <BR> 7/25 <BR> total= <BR> accumulated= <BR> 7/26 <BR> 7/27 <BR> 7/28 <BR> 7/29 <BR> 7/30 <BR> 7/31 <BR> total= <BR> total accumulated <BR>... Wed, 1 Jul 2020 09:15:01 EST Fill in the List Game How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE (any one you want) answer that starts with the letter given. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter in the alphabet <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can get through the entire alphabet. <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your pantry - <BR> <BR> 3. A book title - <BR> <BR> 4. Something you buy online - <BR> <BR> 5. Som... Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:02:50 EST June 2020 steps challenge Copy an paste. <BR> 6/01: <BR> 6/02: <BR> 6/03: <BR> 6/04: <BR> 6/05: <BR> 6/06: <BR> total:= <BR> <BR> Week:2 <BR> <BR> 6/07: <BR> 6/08: <BR> 6/09: <BR> 6/10: <BR> 6/11: <BR> 6/12: <BR> 6/13: <BR> Week total: <BR> Cumulative: <BR> <BR> 6/14: <BR> 6/15: <BR> 6/16: <BR> 6/17: <BR> 6/18: <BR> 6/19: <BR> 6/20: <BR> Week total: <BR> Cumulative: <BR> <BR> 6/21: <BR> 6/22: <BR> 6/23: <BR> 6/24: <BR> 6/25: <BR> 6/26: <BR> 6/27: <BR> Week total: <BR> Cumulative: <BR> <BR> 6/28: <BR> 6/29: <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 09:49:17 EST May 2020 steps copy and paste. <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/01: <BR> 5/02: <BR> Week total= <BR> <BR> 5/03: <BR> 5/04: <BR> 5/05: <BR> 5/06: <BR> 5/07: <BR> 5/08: <BR> 5/09: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 5/10: <BR> 5/11: <BR> 5/12: <BR> 5/13: <BR> 5/14: <BR> 5/15: <BR> 5/16: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 5/17: <BR> 5/18: <BR> 5/19: <BR> 5/20: <BR> 5/21: <BR> 5/22: <BR> 5/23: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 5/24: <BR> 5/25: <BR> 5/26: <BR> 5/27: <BR> 5/28: <BR> 5/29: <BR>... Sun, 3 May 2020 19:10:15 EST SPRING Favorites A-Z A- Love the spring before the bugs come out, but my fav part of spring is when my rhododendrons bloom! <img src=""> Sun, 5 Apr 2020 09:20:49 EST APRIL 2020 Copy and Paste and enjoy your walk. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> Total <BR> <BR> WWEEK 2 <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> Total= <BR> Accumulated= <BR> <BR> WEEK 3 <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> Total= <BR> Accumulated= <BR> <BR> WEEK 4 <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> Total= <BR> Accumulated <BR> <BR> WEEK 5 <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> 28= <BR> 29= <BR> 30= <BR> Total= <BR... Wed, 1 Apr 2020 12:54:13 EST Just Awesome <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:35:35 EST March 2020 steps Copy and paste and have some fun. <BR> <BR> 1/3 <BR> 2/3 <BR> 3/3 <BR> 4/3 <BR> 5/3 <BR> 6/3 <BR> 7/3 <BR> Week total: <BR> <BR> 8/3 <BR> 9/3 <BR> 10/3 <BR> 11/3 <BR> 12/3 <BR> 13/3 <BR> 14/3 <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 15/3 <BR> 16/3 <BR> 17/3 <BR> 18/3 <BR> 19/3 <BR> 20/3 <BR> 21/3 <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 22/3 <BR> 23/3 <BR> 24/3 <BR> 25/3 <BR> 26/3 <BR> 27/3 <BR> 03/28: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 29/3 <BR> 30/3 <BR> 31/3 <BR> Wee... Sat, 29 Feb 2020 18:58:47 EST February 2020 steps Copy and paste <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> 2/1= <BR> 2/2= <BR> 2/3= <BR> 2/4= <BR> 2/5= <BR> 2/6= <BR> 2/7= <BR> 2/8= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 2 <BR> 2/9= <BR> 2/10= <BR> 2/11= <BR> 2/12= <BR> 2/13= <BR> 2/14= <BR> 2/15= <BR> Total= <BR> total accumulated= <BR> week 3 <BR> 2/16= <BR> 2/17= <BR> 2/18= <BR> 2/19= <BR> 2/20= <BR> 2/21= <BR> 2/22= <BR> Total= <BR> Total accumulated= <BR> Week 4 <BR> 2/223= <BR> 2/24= <BR> 2/25= <BR> 2/26= <BR> 2/27= <BR> 2/28= <BR> 2/29= <BR> Total= <BR> total accumulate... Sat, 1 Feb 2020 11:12:31 EST HEALTH GOALS for 2020! I plan to continue to work towards my goal weight. <BR> Drink more water <BR> measure my foods <BR> avoid junk foods <BR> eat 'more' veggies <BR> avoid eating after dinner <BR> journal all food intake <BR> have a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2020 07:06:12 EST January 2020 steps Please copy and paste. <BR> 1/01: <BR> 1/02: <BR> 1/03: <BR> 1/04: <BR> Week total: <BR> <BR> 1/05: <BR> 1/06: <BR> 1/07: <BR> 1/08: <BR> 1/09: <BR> 1/10: <BR> 1/11: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 1/12: <BR> 1/13: <BR> 1/14: <BR> 1/15: <BR> 1/16: <BR> 1/17: <BR> 1/18: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 1/19: <BR> 1/20: <BR> 1/21: <BR> 1/22: <BR> 1/23: <BR> 1/24: <BR> 1/25: <BR> Week total: <BR> Accumulated: <BR> <BR> 1/26: <BR> 1/27: <BR> 1/28: <BR> 1/29: <BR> 1/30... Wed, 1 Jan 2020 18:23:32 EST December 2019 steps Copy and paste. <BR> <BR> 01 Dec ~ <BR> 02 Dec ~ <BR> 03 Dec ~ <BR> 04 Dec ~ <BR> 05 Dec ~ <BR> 06 Dec ~ <BR> 07 Dec ~ <BR> <BR> Total Steps This Week: <BR> <BR> 08 Dec ~ <BR> 09 Dec ~ <BR> 10 Dec ~ <BR> 11 Dec ~ <BR> 12 Dec ~ <BR> 13 Dec ~ <BR> 14 Dec ~ <BR> <BR> Total Steps This Week: <BR> Accumulated Steps: <BR> <BR> 15 Dec ~ <BR> 16 Dec ~ <BR> 17 Dec ~ <BR> 18 Dec ~ <BR> 19 Dec ~ <BR> 20 Dec ~ <BR> 21 Dec ~ <BR> <BR> Total Steps This Week: <BR> Accumulated ... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 17:59:50 EST WINTER FAVORITES: A-Z! A- baked Apples with brown sugar toppings and whipped cream! Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:23:46 EST November 2019 Week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 2 <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> Total= <BR> Accumulated <BR> Week 3 <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> Total <BR> Accumulated <BR> Week 4 <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> 28= <BR> 29= <BR> 30= <BR> Total <BR> Total accumulated <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2019 12:05:34 EST HEALTH GOALS FOR 2019 I would like to reach the 150's by Christmas!!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2019 07:45:27 EST October 2019 steps October 1, 2019 =12,019 <BR> October 2, 2019 =9,477 <BR> October 3, 2019 =10,215 <BR> October 4, 2019 =4,854 <BR> October 5, 2019 =4,431 <BR> Total =40,996 steps=16.02 miles <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> October 6, 2019 =3208 <BR> October 7, 2019=6,671 <BR> October 8, 2019 =10,007 <BR> October 9, 2019 =8,126 <BR> October 10, 2019 =11,604 <BR> October 11, 2019 =14.,586 <BR> October 12, 2019 =13,034 <BR> Total =67,236 miles= 26.32 miles <BR> Accumulated =108,232 steps=42.34 miles <BR> <BR> Octob... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 20:33:09 EST September's Steps 2019 Week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 2 <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 3 <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> Total= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> 28= <BR> 29= <BR> 30= <BR> Total= <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Sep 2019 07:47:08 EST August 2019 steps Copy and paste: <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> total: <BR> Week 2 <BR> 4= <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> Total: <BR> Week 3 <BR> 11= <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> Total: <BR> week 4 <BR> 18= <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> Total: <BR> Week 5 <BR> 25= <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> 28= <BR> 29= <BR> 30= <BR> 31= <BR> Total: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 21:25:20 EST July 2019 steps Please copy and paste. Let's walk our way healthy for July. <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> Total= <BR> week 2 <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> total= <BR> Week 3 <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 4 <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> Total= <BR> Week 5 <BR> 28= <BR> 29= <BR> 30= <BR> 31= <BR> Total Mon, 1 Jul 2019 15:19:03 EST JUNE 2019 Steps Copy and paste and lets's have some fun and exercise. <em>57</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> June 2019 Let's walk <BR> week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> total: <BR> Week 2 <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> Total: <BR> Week 3 <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> Total: <BR> Week 4 <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> 26= <BR> 27... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 13:06:10 EST May 2019 steps Copy and paste for May <BR> Week 1 <BR> 1= <BR> 2= <BR> 3= <BR> 4= <BR> total <BR> week 2 <BR> 5= <BR> 6= <BR> 7= <BR> 8= <BR> 9= <BR> 10= <BR> 11= <BR> total= <BR> week 3 <BR> 12= <BR> 13= <BR> 14= <BR> 15= <BR> 16= <BR> 17= <BR> 18= <BR> Total <BR> week 4 <BR> 19= <BR> 20= <BR> 21= <BR> 22= <BR> 23= <BR> 24= <BR> 25= <BR> Total <BR> week 5 <BR> 26= <BR> 27= <BR> 28= <BR> 29 <BR> 30= <BR> 31= <BR> Total <BR> Thu, 2 May 2019 22:38:43 EST A-Z 'SPRING' FAVORITES! A- the Arrival of new growth every spring! <BR> Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:04:22 EST April 2019 steps Please copy and paste and let's have some healthy fun. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> week 1 <BR> 1/1= <BR> 1/2= <BR> 1/3= <BR> 1/4= <BR> 1/5= <BR> 1/6= <BR> Total= <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> Week 2 <BR> 1/7 <BR> 1/8 <BR> 1/9 <BR> 1/10 <BR> 1/11 <BR> 1/12 <BR> 1/13 <BR> Total= <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> Week 3 <BR> 1/14... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 11:00:10 EST Lenten Reflections I have a number of friends who are afraid to pray. They’re afraid of what God might call them to do, and rightfully so. <BR> <BR> In prayer, we experience God’s love. In our response, we humbly return that love. And, if we have ears to hear, God always pushes us to go deeper. He says, “I love you, Jurell. Now, these are your brothers and sisters—go and love them as I love you.” <BR> <BR> Jesus’ life shows us that prayer always extends to our neighbor; it pushes us to notice the divine spark... Thu, 7 Mar 2019 20:06:01 EST "Moving in March" 2019 Steps Cop and paste or you can track your own. <BR> <BR> A fun challenge to keep "Moving in March" <BR> <BR> 3/1= <BR> 3/2= <BR> total= <BR> 3/3= <BR> 3/4= <BR> 3/5= <BR> 3/6= <BR> 3/7= <BR> 3/8= <BR> 3/9= <BR> Total= <BR> 3/10= <BR> 3/11= <BR> 3/12= <BR> 3/13= <BR> 3/14= <BR> 3/15= <BR> 3/16= <BR> Total <BR> 3/17= <BR> 3/18= <BR> 3/19= <BR> 3/20= <BR> 3/21= <BR> 3/22= <BR> 3/23= <BR> Total= <BR> 3/24= <BR> 3/25= <BR> 3/26= <BR> 3/27= <BR> 3/28= <BR> 3/29= <BR> 3/30= <BR> 3/31= <BR> <BR> Total= ... Fri, 1 Mar 2019 10:54:40 EST February 24th to Feb. 28 (5 days to end of month) Copy this for the last week. End of month. <BR> <BR> Let's do this. MOVE IT! MOVE IT! MOVE IT! <BR> <BR> 2/24= <BR> 2/25= <BR> 2/26= <BR> 2/27= <BR> 2/28= Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:27:38 EST February 2/17 to 2/23 steps Move it! Move it! Move it! <BR> Copy and paste for more step fun. <BR> 2/17= <BR> 2/18= <BR> 2/19= <BR> 2/20= <BR> 2/21= <BR> 2/22= <BR> 2/23= Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:42:14 EST February 2/10 to 2/16 steps You can copy and paste or make your own. <BR> 2/10= <BR> 2/11= <BR> 2/12= <BR> 2/13= <BR> 2/14= <BR> 2/15= <BR> 2/16= <BR> <BR> total for the week= Fri, 8 Feb 2019 12:48:31 EST i am moving this to challenges <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2019 12:35:09 EST Will you? Will you be in my Father's house? Sun, 3 Feb 2019 14:08:14 EST A-Z WINTER FAVORITES A- Apple crisp with fresh whipped cream! Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:59:06 EST WORD SCRAMBLE: Unscramble and leave a new one. Starting a new Thread! <BR> Please join in... First unscramble and then leave a scrambled word! Blessings on your day! <BR> <BR> LHTEHA Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:08:19 EST A-Z SUMMER FAVORITES! A- Air conditioner!!! Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:59:05 EST A-Z SPRING FAVORITES! A- Anticipation of warmer brighter weather and new growth!!! <BR> <BR> I always enjoy to see my perennials start to bud! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:05:44 EST Fitness and Health GOALS 2018 I plan on working past the chronic 'knee' pain and increasing my daily steps! <BR> Looking forward to Spring and getting outside to walk around our local streets. <BR> Working on a "healthier" eating plan(one food ingredients, smaller portions) <BR> Plan is to drop and focus on 5 pounds at a time! <BR> <BR> Phylis <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:14:14 EST Fitness/Wei ght/Healthy GOALS 2018 I plan on working past the chronic 'knee' pain and increasing my daily steps! <BR> Looking forward to Spring and getting outside to walk around our local streets. <BR> Working on a "healthier" eating plan(one food ingredients, smaller portions) <BR> Plan is to drop and focus on 5 pounds at a time! <BR> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:47:51 EST Fitness/Weig ght/Healthy- GOALS 2018 I plan on working past the chronic 'knee' pain and increasing my daily steps! <BR> Looking forward to Spring and getting outside to walk around our local streets. <BR> Working on a "healthier" eating plan(one food ingredients, smaller portions) <BR> Plan is to drop and focus on 5 pounds at a time! Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:46:14 EST A-Z WINTER FAVORITES A- Apples!! Baked and pies! <BR> <BR> So many things you can do with apples and the assortment in the stores and orchards! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:40:39 EST Good deed or confession This challenge is to remind us to do something every day for someone. To look outside of ourselves. This is not a bragging post because what we are able to do is only because of Christ and He in us. We are nothing but for the saving grace of God. This challenge is to spur us on to good works and willing to be accountable to others. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:33:30 EST A-Z Fall Favorites Many are looking forward to the season of Fall. What are your Fall Favorites? Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:59:48 EST WORD ASSOCIATION:2 words, change one Red, Read <BR> <BR> Any rules go! Pass it on..... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:03:10 EST The Father's Food or Forbidden Food? Father's Food-- Strawberries with low/lite cool whip! Yummy! <BR> <BR> Low calories Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:45:44 EST I Should be doing _______, but I'm on SP instead. I should be doing my exercises... but I'm on the computer instead! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:38:01 EST Eat One Meal with the Opposite Hand! I normally eat 'left-handed', but am also ambidextrous with most things as well! <BR> <BR> hahaha! I will be trying this new challenge for dinner! Sure to get some strange looks from my husband tonight! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>4</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:05:44 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT/QUOTE! Words which do not give the Light of Christ increase the darkness. <BR> <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 09:24:21 EST Fitness goals...2017? 1. Keep and honest Food journal <BR> 2. Exercise at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Talk out lout in a positive manner only <BR> 4. Ask God to help me <BR> 5. Ask Spark friends for help too Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:29:38 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 7/30/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> July 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week and the final hymn study before my summer and fall vacation. <BR> <BR> Philippians 3:10 <BR> That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; <BR> <BR> I chose to do something different this last hymn research, which was to use a contemporary song that I stumbled across during my research that I am mo... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:58:38 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 7/23/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> July 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week and the next to the last hymn study before my summer vacation. <BR> <BR> Romans 8:34 <BR> Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. <BR> <BR> This next hymnist like most, came from an educational background and steeped in strong religious upbringing. For Charles Wesle... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:49:38 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 7/16/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK with History and Inspiration <BR> July 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> 1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us. <BR> <BR> Do you remember your first love? I do. I really thought that Maxwell, was the one, the one that I was going to marry and live ‘happily-ever-after’ with. But, then time went by and so did several years and my interests changed and so on. Jesus, on the other hand, loved and loves us before we were ever born or conc... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:40:33 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 7/9/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> July 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> John 3:16 <BR> For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. <BR> <BR> Ever wonder where someone gets the courage and power to put their lives before others to save someone else? I often wonder if I could do the same for another individual if ever put to the test…. <BR> <BR> Jes... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:31:24 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 7/2/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> July 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week, and for Americans, our celebrated ‘Independence’ weekend! <BR> <BR> 1Timothy 2:1-2 <BR> I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; <BR> <BR> This next hymn, “GOD OF OUR FATHERS”, was penned while Daniel C. Roberts pastored at a rural church in Brandon, Vermont. It was sung there for the first time on the J... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 08:01:03 EST No sweets Day One: <em>224</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:59:06 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 6/25/16HYMN OF THE WEEK, with His HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> June 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> 2Timothy 3:1 <BR> This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. <BR> <BR> In times like these, we have seen many perilous events take place that make us wonder when the last days will end and Jesus will arrive! With all the destruction going on around us, between natural disasters and terrible terrorist attacks, one wonders if the Lord will come sooner ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:13:42 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 6/18/16 THE HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> June 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week, Father’s Day weekend and the official start of the summer season. <BR> <BR> Matthew 7:25 The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the Rock. <BR> <BR> As Christians, our ‘hope’ is in the Lord and His promises. We stand on that hope and those promises. The same goes for Edward Mote when he... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:29:50 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 6/11/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> June 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> James 2:5 <BR> “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?” <BR> <BR> Called to missionary life at an early age, Louisa M. Stead dedicated her years to serving the poor in South Africa against difficult odds. Born in Dover, England, as a youngster she felt t... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:20:30 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 6/4/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK with History and Inspiration <BR> June 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week and the start of the summer season. <BR> <BR> Psalm 23:3b <BR> He leads me in the paths of His righteousness for His Name’s sake. <BR> <BR> This next hymn study as you will agree, is a lovely one and a subject that most believers rely upon which is the Lord’s Leadership. I needed His leadership this past Tuesday when we had to make a serious decision about our old-time friend and pet... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:53:49 EST Tell us about your day, work, kids anything goes After for days know I wanted more...this is Tuesday but it felt like a moody Monday I am so ready to go home....and ready for my next off days....and ready for my trip to my trip to Atlanta...I probably wont be posting a lot after Thursday morning...and when I return Tuesday to work its a busy few weeks....first of the month bills in so I will be a busy bee... Tue, 31 May 2016 17:19:52 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 5/28/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> May 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week as we celebrate Memorial Day weekend! <BR> <BR> Exodus 13:21 <BR> And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. <BR> <BR> Today, especially, I needed a lot of guidance from my Heavenly Father! <BR> <BR> Just this week, I dealt with a troubling situation and I prayed ver... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:09:11 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 5/21/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> May 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week, and Armed Force’s Day here in the United States of America. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” <BR> Are you troubled, anxious, trying to do it your own way? Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understa... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:28:40 EST (( Please Post Your Birthday Here!! )) {{{ Hi Team!! }}} <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I noticed that this thread had become lost, and that at least half of the members are not on SP anymore. Time for a refreshed birthday thread! <BR> <BR> I am making a list of is my wish to be familiar with your special day! ....please post your birthday here and let us celebrate with you! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <BR> My (VISUALLYRIC... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:05:53 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 5/14/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> May 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Mark 10:21 <BR> Then Jesus beholding him, loved him, and said unto him, one thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. <BR> <BR> Do you know someone who has a cross to bear? Have you taken up your cross to follow Him? We are expected to carry that cross ... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:39:13 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 5/7/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> May 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome back to the Hymn of the week and from my needed spring vacation. <BR> <BR> While listening to my morning ‘youtube’ inspirational music, I had heard an old hymn that my deceased pastor used to request often, and I was inspired to research “COMPLETE IN THEE, no work of mine” by Aaron R. Wolfe. <BR> <BR> There was very little information found on Aaron Wolfe, as is with many of the old hymnists. At best, resear... Sat, 7 May 2016 08:05:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:18:17 EST WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO "SPARKS"! Share your story! SHARE YOUR "SPARKS" related story here with us! We would love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:45:54 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 3/26/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> March 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week and the last Saturday before Easter. <BR> <BR> Resurrection ‘hymns’ are always so humbling for me to do research on. They remind us why we are Christians and why we serve the ‘Risen One’. Jesus Christ is our hope! HE saved us, He redeemed us! <BR> <BR> Mark 16:6 <BR> And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not he... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:00:16 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 3/19/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> March 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 12:3 <BR> Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. <BR> <BR> As we continue our hymn studies on the subject of Christs’ crucifixion and resurrection I was inspired to study the next hymn called “LEAD ME TO CALVARY” by Jennie Hussey. She was born into a ‘fourth-generation’, Quaker family and lived mos... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:25:51 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 3/12/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration. <BR> March 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> The beginning of this week, we met up with old friends and went to the movies to see the new motion picture ‘Risen’. It was beautifully done and a must see for all people! Our hope as Christians is in the “The Risen One”! After having watched that movie, my next hymn selection was very easy. I chose “JESUS LIVES, AND SO SHALL I” by Christian F. Gellert. <BR> <BR> Matthe... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:04:41 EST Healthy Habits lead to a Healthy Lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whether you're looking for Lifelong Movement Habits that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.....or perhaps your goal is in creating &amp; maintaining Lifelong Mindful Eating Habits....THIS is the place to BE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We as a team can hang out HERE and share our personal goals. And adapt ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:35:22 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 3/5/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration. <BR> March 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week and the month of Easter! <BR> <BR> Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it. <BR> <BR> Besides the month of our Saviour’s Birth, the month of Easter is usually the next favorite month of all Christians! For the month of March, we will once again be focusing on Resurrection hymns. The next hymn stu... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:36:34 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 2/27/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> February 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week and the last Saturday of February. <BR> <BR> As we finish up the month claimed to be the one set aside for ‘lovers’, I was drawn to this next hymn called “AT THE NAME OF JESUS”, published in 1870 by Caroline M. Noel. <BR> <BR> This hymn is widely used as an ‘Ascension’ hymn to the tune of “Like a River Glorious” and is based on the verses Philippians 2:10-11; That at the name o... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:57:12 EST Hello Hi, my name is Adrienne and I've been a member of Spark People off and on since for years. <BR> I just decided to give it another try. I found this group and it seems like a place where I can feel at home. <BR> Looking forward to making new friends. <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:15:53 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 2/20/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> February 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11 <BR> “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” <BR> <BR> That is the key of our faith…HOPE IN THE SAVIOUR! We need this hope. For me, I thrive on this hope given to us by the Holy Scriptures. We are told to go out into the World and to spread the Gospel. This is c... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 08:22:20 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 2/13/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> February 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> This week we will continue with the love and devotion hymn studies of our Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:59:54 EST SHARE YOUR (STORY)T ESTIMONY WITH US! HELLO TEAM MEMBERS! Share your Story/Testimony with us. It can be very short, or you can pour your heart out! IT IS YOUR (STORY)TESTIMONY OF HOW YOU DECIDED TO FOLLOW/ACCEPT THE LORD! <BR> <BR> AMEN! John 3:5 <BR> Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. <BR> <BR> This is MY Testimony: <BR> For those of you who do not know me, my name is Phylis. <BR> I live in the beautiful Adirondacks. Very se... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:55:38 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 2/6/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> February 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> John 3:16 <BR> For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week, and the month when most loving couples celebrate Valentines’ Day! Which is why I was inspired to choose “LOVE LIFTED ME” for the next hymn to study. <BR> <BR> The author, James Rowe was born in England and immi... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:26:17 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 1/30/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> January 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome, to the Hymn of the week! <BR> <BR> Matthew 8:26 <BR> And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. <BR> <BR> I never tire of the stories behind the ole’ hymns and this next one by Edward Hopper is just as delightful! The Hymn “JESUS, SAVIOR, PILOT ME” was said to have remained a secret as to the composer ti... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:26:37 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 1/23/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> January 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> For the past several weeks, we have studied how many of the hymn composers were able to rise above the challenge of disabilities or tragedies and yet still be able to create wonderful hymns praising the Lord. <BR> <BR> Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:28:37 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 1/16/16 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> January 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> As I have mentioned in the past, I try to select my hymns by inspiration and Godly direction. <BR> Not sure as to what hymn to study this week, I was turning the pages when one caught my attention. It is very short, and yet it kept my attention. So I took it as a sign from above. <BR> When I read the words and heard the tune, I was certain it was God inspired! Amen! <... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:48:13 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 1/9/2016 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> January 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> It seems as though some hymns from the past have been inspired from tragedy or terrible illness. Such is the same for Luther Burgess Bridgers. An American songwriter, and Methodist preacher, who had a gift of evangelism and was always traveling to revival campaigns at many churches. He began preaching at the age of seventeen, and continued on with his education to Asbury... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:35:47 EST Getting Around the Team Page! HERE IS THE PLACE WHERE QUESTIONS ARE ASKED! 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Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind. <BR> And, if you can include a Scripture verse to go along with it that would be "Awesome"!!! <BR> <BR> Psalm 96:1 <BR> O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. <BR> <BR> HAVE FUN! ENJOY, MUSIC IS GOD GIVEN FOR US TO... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:20:16 EST I'm New From Ohio 👋 my name is Edith, I'm originally from New York City, via Ohio. I joined Sparks People February 2015, but didnt engage. September 29th, 2015, I returned, asking God to help me be obedient, in getting this temple healthy. I asked many times before. Where I am weak He is see, I just didn't do "my part." I allowed food to dictate to me when, how much, etc. Then it finally clicked, food was an idol. Finally hearing that within mysef, that food idol had to go. I now eat ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:22:02 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 1/2/15 THE HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> January 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week and the beginning of a new year! <BR> <BR> As this year begins, we are given a fresh re-start in life. It is so wonderful to imagine what the Lord may have instore for us! Open your minds and hearts to a new beginning and just allow the possibilities to enter. Through Christ all things are possible! <BR> <BR> Infirmities did not stop Leila Naylor Morris. She was born in Pennsv... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:10:34 EST goals for 2016?!? Be it long term or short term or both....let's visualize them and make it happen!! <BR> <BR> Long get rid of 25 pounds(long term) small increments(short term)! <BR> <BR> Eat only when hungry! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:53:14 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 12/26/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK With History and Inspiration <BR> December 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week and the final Saturday prior to the New Year. <BR> <BR> Perhaps you wonder how I select the each hymn of the week or perhaps not. But, I select them by prayer and inspiration. This next hymn’s page opened up on my table by accident and I took that as a message from above. I have never heard of this one before nor of its composer so I thought this hymn would be perfect for my last C... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:37:26 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 12/19/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> December 19, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Have you ever read hymns without the music? I would recommend doing so with this next hymn. One will feel the emotion that the composer was trying to convey. I must admit that I do not particularly care for the tune that accompanies this next hymn, but, that does not take away from the context of the meaning behind the words. You can be your own judge of this next hymn... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:26:02 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 12/12/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> December 12, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Our next hymn study is without question one of the most beloved children’s Christmas Carols of all times. <BR> <BR> “AWAY IN A MANGER”, originally titled, “Luther’s Cradle Hymn, was thought to be composed by Martin Luther himself. But, such is not the case as research studies have further proved. The composer of the first two stanzas, remain a mystery to this day. The... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:57:13 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 12/5/2015 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> December 5, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week, and the month of our Saviour’s birth. <BR> <BR> Luke 2:17-20 <BR> And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. <BR> And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. <BR> But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. <BR> And the shepherds returned, glorifying and ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:10:38 EST Team Challenge::: ....December 1st - 7th <em>213</em> Hi Team Challengers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, you guessed it - it's that time again. <em>128</em> - time for our monthly team challenge. Our challenge begins December 1st and runs through December 7th..::::ALL are welcome - the more the merrier! <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Tis' the season to be jolly! <em>445</em> ....:::and we need a PLAN to jumpstart this glorious Christmas month off the right way. I don't know about you, but I need a 7 day strong st... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:26:56 EST Prayer requests for my mom-in-law My MIL, 90 is now on hospice...since a week ago Saturday night; she is in and out and eating very little; she and dad live in Spokane,WA and we are in MI, and it is difficult not knowing. Please keep her in prayer for comfort. Hubby may be flying out soon; we visited them in April and she was ok at that time; dimentia was her biggest problem, but now she is slowing down and not responding much. It will be hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful and vibrant lady! Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:23:46 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 11/28/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> November 28, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week and the last Saturday of November. <BR> <BR> Next week we will start to study Christmas hymns once again! <BR> I felt it important to keep this hymn study short since the last one was so long, and it is a perfect one to end the month of ‘thanks’ and ‘praise’ to Jehovah. <BR> <BR> This next hymn is not that known except for its doxology which was originally used as a prayer every ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:23:00 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 11/21/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> November 21, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Most of us who watch TV or go to the movies are familiar with the word ‘spin-offs’ as they are called. Such is the same for this next hymn study, because the author of his particular hymn was inspired to use the medieval Jewish doxology from centuries earlier to create his own spin-off. <BR> <BR> In the years approximately 1135-1204, a Jewish scholar, Moses Maimonides... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:14:16 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 11/14/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> November 14, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the week. <BR> <BR> Living in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it is easy to appreciate the ‘Wonders’ of God’s creation, and yet I am still in awe of its beauty! This must have been true for Folliott S. Pierpoint when he penned the words to the hymn “FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH” in 1864. <BR> <BR> Pierpoint was twenty-nine when he wrote this hymn as he contemplated the beauty of the... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:21:44 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 11/7/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> November 7, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the hymn of the week and the ‘thankful’ month of November. <BR> <BR> This week upcoming will be Veteran’s Day, the Vietnam Memorial Dedication and also the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. These celebrations, of course, are in honor of our brave men and women that have made sacrifices to serve their country for the sake of “Freedom”! <BR> <BR> That is why I have been inspired to write a s... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:02:57 EST Team Challenge::: ....November 1st - 7th <em>40</em> Oops! ...I'm a bit late with alerting you, team, that it's THAT <em>128</em> time again for our Monthly 7 day challenge, But...::::here it is! <BR> <BR> This challenge is a "7 DAY ONLY" challenge. <BR> (The next Challenge will begin in December...:::watch for my team Spmail) <BR> <BR> Did you survive Halloween and all of the candy that is marketed everywhere? If so, please share your healthy tricks - Here - with us so we can borrow YOUR tricks! <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:51:25 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 10/31 HYMN OF THE WEEK, with History and Inspiration <BR> October 31, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the Week. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, we had discussed the plight of the Martyrs and a hymn study that was based on them. <BR> This week, I have chosen a hymn by an author who found great comfort in serving those who were less fortunate and whom she felt needed the simplistic comforts of knowing our Saviour Jesus. <BR> <BR> Ever wonder why certain people are stricken with a debilitating dis... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:26:55 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 10/24 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> October 24, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the Week. <BR> <BR> How old were you when you first accepted to follow Jesus? <BR> I was forty-two back then and very desperate at the time, in need of ‘spiritual’ guidance. <BR> <BR> When we read about the Apostles and their lives from the Scriptures, one can learn of their backgrounds and the terrible suffrage that they had endured back in those days. Christians then and now, undergo t... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:36:15 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 10/17 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> October 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the Week. <BR> <BR> After a rough separation and divorce, then to have to ‘literally’ steal her children away from their father who had removed them from their home, one would think that was enough for this woman to get through. She later had to hold her estranged ex-husband off at gun point to protect her brood. After remarrying years later and starting a restaurant business, leaving her p... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:33:48 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 10/10/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> October 10, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the Week. <BR> <BR> While reading my devotional book today, the message was from Psalm 119:18, which read, ‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law’. So I was inspired to use this theme for the Hymn of the Week’s next research material. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful hymn this next one is, and we would sing it at least once a month in our church, which was sung on prayerful l... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 08:24:07 EST Living Healthy with a "Once A Week Dessert" Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok folks, I just HAD to create this challenge for ME because, personally, it is crucial that I <em>227</em> adding a lil bit of "dessert" here and there...::::cuz before I know it, my cals have increased so FAST that I am not making any progress. So nuff said, <em>542</em> out with the sugar and in with fruit! <em>474</em> <em>370</em> <em>491</em> <em>289</em> <em>... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:04:55 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 10/3/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> October 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Hymn of the Week. <BR> <BR> Life can really be hard sometimes. <BR> We have all experienced this, such as divorce, illness, loss of job, and maybe even death with a loved one. How do you get through this? <BR> <BR> Our God cares. HE even cares about every hair on your head! <BR> Luke 12:7 KJV <BR> But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:16:45 EST I'm new from Fl. Hello everyone. Looking forward to meeting new friends here on this team and lending my support in any way I can. I've been a member of Spark since Aug. 2, 2006. I maintained around 125-127 for about 6 years and have now gained about 10 pounds. My Dr. said to get to 130, and I'm 134.8 as of this morning. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June and am controlling it by what I eat and watching my carb intake. I also try and work out at a hospital wellness center 5 days a week. Anyway, plea... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:49:36 EST Team Challenge::: :....October 1st - 7th <em>213</em> Hi Team Challengers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, you guessed it - it's that time <em>128</em> again - time for our monthly team challenge. Our challenge begins October 1st and runs through October 7th. ALL are welcome - the more the merrier! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge is a "7 DAY ONLY" challenge. <BR> (The next Challenge will begin in November...:::watch for my team Spmail) <BR> <BR> Our "October Challenge" will be to POST 2 priority goals you commit to... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:02:03 EST HYMN OF THE WEEK 9/26/15 HYMN OF THE WEEK, With History and Inspiration <BR> September 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> Welcome back, to the Hymn of the Week! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to enjoy reading the biographical information about the people that wrote some of the most beloved hymns from the past. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I have been given serious news recently by my surgeon, to remain off my feet for a couple of months. That being said, I was watching a movie on TV two weeks... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:48:40 EST Team Challenge::: :.....September 1st - 7th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, you guessed it - it's that time <em>128</em> again - time for our monthly team challenge. Our challenge begins September 1st and runs through September 7th....::::ALL are welcome - the more the merrier! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge is a "7 DAY ONLY" challenge. <BR> (The next Challenge will begin in October...:::watch for my team Spmail) <BR> <BR> Our "September Chall... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:56:40 EST Describe Your Mood With Emoticons! ....::::I saw this idea on another team, and thought it would be a nice & easy addition to our team. For those with little time to chat, stop by this thread and with a single emoticon (or several if you wish), tell us "How You Are" today! <em>334</em> ...if you are feeling creative, you can post an "image" to express how you feel. Let's Have fun! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:18:17 EST New from Iowa Hi everyone - I'm Annie from Iowa, and I have about a 100# to shed to get to a healthy weight. Two years ago I joined our local gym and lost 50#, but I had to give up personal training due to the cost this summer (had to make a car payment instead), and since then I haven't gone to the gym very regularly at all, and I've gained back 25#. Clothes are tight again, and I'm miserable. Looking for a group for motivation and accountability that glorifies God :) Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:12:46 EST Team Challenge::: :.....August 4th - 10th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> We have a NEW Challenge to introduce to you. It begins August 4th & runs through August 10th. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> This challenge is a "7 DAY ONLY" challenge. <BR> <BR> (The next Challenge will begin in September...:::watch for my team Spmail) <BR> <BR> The "August Challenge" will be to Omit Sugar for 7 days. <BR> <BR> Join us in giving... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:32:02 EST grateful for being able to walk again and for my husbands life and his love and kindness. Thank you Jesus for all the wonderful people, places and things you have put in my life! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:31:51 EST Hi! Not New To The Team, But I Might As Well Be :) <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, all! As the title of this post says, I'm not new to this team, but I might as well be. I've not been active here for a long, long time, but then I'm just getting back into being active here on SP. When I first joined waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2008 or so, I was on this site every day for more than just the few minutes that it takes to log on & update my SparkStreaks & stuff like that. Now that's what it comes to, but I'm slowly getting back into being a bit more ac... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:17:35 EST my morning breakfast I am always hungry first thing in the morning. And when I eat a large supper (occasionally) I am starving long before I wake up. <BR> But I go on break at 10 am at work,I wake up at 5 am. But usually if I allow myself time to eat,it's around 6-6:30. But if I don't eat at my break,I am so hungry that I'm shaking before the end of my shift. But then,if I do eat,I still get hungry by 2. We usually have supper between 5-7 depending on hubby schedule. That would be 4 meals a day however small (usu... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:06:56 EST song of praise My song of praise is : a soul on fire by Third Day <BR> I pray for a soul on fire. On fire for Jesus.&#10084; Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:29:57 EST I'm in need of a restart button &#128522; For the most part,I do eat healthy considerably. The exercise part,nope,not at all unless you count work. I'm struggling with inconsistency and getting discouraged quickly when I don't see any results. &#128542; I still have this post pregnancy belly (from 12 years ago). Mostly loose hanging skin. I'm in need of a restart button. This week,I hope to make small changes,each week I want to add another change and so on. Drinking more water than anything is my goal for this week. Please pray with... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:51:19 EST Anyone want to join me on New Year's Resolutions? I'm setting some resolutions for 2015. I have given up on resolutions for a few years now; but thought that if I had some accountability and friends to cheer and encourage me on, this year just may be my year. <BR> <BR> I'm totally isolated in real life so any encouragement I get will have to come from online friends. <BR> <BR> I have debated for the past two days where to blog my progress (other sites, message boards, and teams), but this team appeals the most to me since half my resoluti... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:06:22 EST Post a Bible Verse He who heeds the Word wisely will find good. And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. <BR> Proverbs 16:20 <BR> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:18:08 EST Newbie I hope I'm going about this right. I'm Mia, and only by God's grace have I survived the past few years. Now I'm on a journey of losing weight and good health, but I know the most important part of that journey is my relationship with the Lord. I hope to make new friends here along the way! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:06:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:22:46 EST Hello from India Hi, I am Ruth. I am 56 years old, have 4 children, and expecting my 7th grandchild. I have a lot of weight to lose. I have become serious about my weight and am starting the 4th week. I have lost 6 pounds in three weeks and that brings me down to needing to lose 119 pounds. I know, long way to go, but I am determined to stick with it with the Lord's help! My husband and I serve the Lord in India working with the hearing impaired. We have a boarding school and church. <BR> I Corinthians 10:31... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:32:06 EST I'm Darlene Hello. I am Darlene. This is my third time here with Spark. I just do better with the accountability and companionship. <BR> <BR> On a personal note, I am a 59 year old homemaker and retired nurse, married to my best friend, and mother of 3 with 12 grandchildren counting one due this February. I enjoy the study of God's word, writing, reading, crochet, and other creative activities. My husband heads up the welding department at our local community college. His hours run late into the evening... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:56:11 EST P)rayer request My mother-in-law fell out of bed early Sat. morning and thank God Dad called 911 and then their daughter who lives 2 houses away. She was admitted with possible stroke. Tests are being run. She is 89 and Dad is 92! We're in Michigan and they live in Spokane, WA! Please pray for them and thank you so much!! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:32:27 EST NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 on November 30. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a story waiting inside them ... ready for release?? <em>203</em> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:13:28 EST Tricks to avoid the CANDY ? The Candy is everywhere <em>431</em> <em>421</em> How are you avoiding it?? <BR> <BR> Putting limits on or just any hint for us all to learn from! <BR> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:05:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:58:58 EST Hello Hello. Just wanted to say hi Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:56:14 EST To help clean or organize my home...A to Z Things you use, have or want to help you organize or clean your space <BR> Done in A to Z order...this could be a mental challenge! <BR> <BR> - A - Ant traps <em>40</em> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:47:50 EST Hello I am new to this community. My weight issues have dominated my life for a very long time. My true love has been about food. Somewhere along this difficult journey, I have realized that in spite of my choices, God has been present. He has been faithful even though I have wondered far from Him. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that He is still with me and continues to lead me. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:02:14 EST National Simplify you Life Week First Week in August is "National Simplify your Life Week" <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Share several things YOU are thinking of doing that would simplify your life..... <BR> I will have to think before I can add mine! <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:04:40 EST July 11 is Cheer up the Lonely Day July 11 is a designated day to 'cheer up the lonely'. <em>39</em> <BR> 1) make a list of people you think might be lonely <BR> 2) mail cards by the 9th <BR> 3) make phone calls and visits on the 10th & 11 <BR> <BR> 4) Report back here and let us all share in your results! <em>220</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:36:18 EST Safety over July 4th What are you doing to be safe over the next 8 days?? Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:25:52 EST Another Howdy from WI Hi, I'm Trina! This looks like such a great team to help me reach my goals!! <em>244</em> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:57:00 EST Duct Tape Festival ...leads into Father's Day The tenth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 14, 2013, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. <link> </link> <BR> This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world—Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck Tape® brand duct tape. <BR> <BR> From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everyth... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:14:25 EST Howdy from Arkansas Hi my name is Katie. I am a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I am taking a Christian based class to address my binge eating and emotional eating issues. I start day 1 tomorrow. will be blogging my 60 day journey. I started 3 years ago weighing 250 pounds. I am currently at 179 pounds. I have a very hard time expressing emotions/ feelings without food . so finding this team of friends who understand and will support me is crucial for me Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:06:38 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! TODAY’S THOUGHT <BR> 6/4 <BR> Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. God knows exactly where it is buried, and when the time is right, he will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! That will be a shocking day in the life of the guilty party. That is why it is so important for us to keep short accounts with God! DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story an... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:01:18 EST June 1-8 National Tire Safety Week OK ladies <em>40</em> when did you last check your tire pressure??? <BR> <BR> This is a safety thing. Advice from RMA (Rubber Manufacturers Association) <BR> 1) Check tire pressure every month <BR> 2) Check when they are cold before you have driven on them <BR> 3) Look for a label on the inside of the door for the correct number to match to your reading. <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:04:25 EST Hello From WI Good morning & hello to all! <BR> I am new to this team, but not to SP. I want to get healthy, lose weight, & grow in my faith. I am hoping that I will get the encouragement and strength from this team! I look forward to interacting with you all! <BR> <BR> Amanda Tue, 21 May 2013 09:41:10 EST I MAY try new about you? Ready for something new? Let's do it! <BR> <BR> So May's challenge is to do four new things, or at least things you haven't done in ages. <BR> <BR> We'll think in terms of four "weeks" - May 1-7, May 8-14, May 15-21, May 22-end of month. Each block of time, do something - anything - to expand your horizons. Truly anything. Something physical, <em>358</em> like a hike. Something nutritional, <em>368</em> like trying a new seasonal food. Something spiritual, <em>335</em> like re... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:12:38 EST Volunteer Recognition Day This is a great time to talk about Volunteers.....most of those who died in the Texas explosion were the volunteer fire fighters and the EMTs. <BR> In Boston, we have also seen great outpouring of volunteer efforts. <BR> <BR> Celebrate this "Volunteer Recognition Day by: <BR> 1) Thanking volunteers for their work <BR> 2) Getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity. <BR> 3) Donating to a volunteer group <BR> 4) Tell us of YOUR volunteer efforts or how you celebrated this Recognition in ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:36:38 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:37:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:43:44 EST March 22 is World Water Day United Nations sponsors World Water Day....Water Cooperation is the theme 2013 as so many nations (states here in the USA) have rivers as borders.... <BR> <BR> Say a word of Thanks as you turn on a faucet and receive running hot water. <BR> Please put an emoticon here as you do this daily until the 22nd <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13/home/en/ </link> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:38:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:39:15 EST No Sugar <em>255</em> I will be kicking the sugar habit <em>216</em> and throwing away any leftover Valentines candy!! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:34:58 EST How will your Lent be different? Lent begins on Wednesday Feb 13 for 2013...40 days (Sundays do not count) before Easter. <BR> <BR> In what ways will your life be different during this 40 days? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:48:17 EST WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ? 9:58 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Good Morning all <BR> God is so good .. 2 Things hes talking to me about today .. you know the Song where he leads I will follow .. when we used to sing it don't hear it much today .. <BR> BUT I used to think do I mean this .. he talks about taking up his Cross and following him .. think,,, all the men who just dropped all they did to follow him <BR> why do you think that was .. I can only imagine God radiated out of him .. He was anointed from Birth but Gods Spirit was ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:54:48 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 8:10 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Whoo hoo good Morning God .. <BR> I ask myself why are we still here .. But is ok you have a plan we will walk it out .. Father today not our will but yours .. not our ways but your ways .. we lay our will <BR> at your feet and say Father if anything be in us that is not of you we don't want it .. it has to go and now .. in your dear sons name Jesus go .. Father we know Jesus is in <BR> us according to the word .. but we also know we are a 3 fold body so neat just like y... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:58:11 EST DO YOU HAVE YOUR ARMOR ON ? 5:10 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Wow I have been so busy attending a online Divine Healing Course that my Preacher is teaching .. I am not sure how much I will get to listen to today as we are having company .. <BR> Is a good thing .. My Granddaughter is coming and it will be a awesome time .. well God is directing me to your Armor today .. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6: 10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. <BR> 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:31:49 EST WELCOME TO COME ITS FREE DIVINE HEALING CLASSES <link><BR>ministries </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:26:27 EST ARE YOU HIS BRIDE ? 0:59 AM 1/29/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Today .. I feel God wants me to Share somethings .. Are you Happy ? .. there is only one thing that can make you happy .. That is Jesus Christ .. Accepting him .. asking him <BR> to be lord of your life .. Daily I have to die to self or if you will the Flesh and soul .. My Spirit wars with them .. I yield my way to God in the morning .. I say not <BR> my will but yours .. God created us to need fellowship .. we have a hunger in us that wants that uncondition... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:55:30 EST ARE YOU HIS BRIDE ? 0:59 AM 1/29/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Today .. I feel God wants me to Share somethings .. Are you Happy ? .. there is only one thing that can make you happy .. That is Jesus Christ .. Accepting him .. asking him <BR> to be lord of your life .. Daily I have to die to self or if you will the Flesh and soul .. My Spirit wars with them .. I yield my way to God in the morning .. I say not <BR> my will but yours .. God created us to need fellowship .. we have a hunger in us that wants that uncondition... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:54:47 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 9:37 AM 1/29/2013 <BR> Father We come to you .. We just want to thank you for the healing you did on that baby .. we know that you saved that baby we know you intervened .. Thank you <BR> Thank you .. Thank you for the privilege to come to you and the love you have for all of us .. Jesus died for us before we were saved ... while we were yet lost <BR> and undone .. He came here suffered and died for us the only person who never sinned all he came for was to do good and that is all he ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:29:30 EST TODAY'S DID YOU KNOW? 1/26 <BR> We are often in need of a revival. There are two basic times in life when God’s people need revival. The first is in times of wickedness, and the second is in times of weakness. During both those times, we need for the Lord to miraculously open His word and give us the resources we need to have our strength restored. If we could ever drink deeply of the word of God, we would seek God’s deliverance from our times of wickedness and from our times of weakness. We would see him revive o... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:39:47 EST DAILY PRAYERS ! 8:22 AM 1/25/2013 <BR> Father .. I pray this am .. I pray for our nation again .. Father draw the people who want to be yours .. I pray that someone goes to them .. That they will be <BR> saved so we can come home .. Father I know we need to get closer to you I pray you help your Children get to where they Trust you completely that we give <BR> everything over to you and that you lead us as we walk in The Spirit .. Father not our will but yours .. we ask you touch our President and government... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:32:31 EST DID YOU KNOW? How long has it been since you praised God for the victories He has given you in your life? He worthy to be acknowledged for His power! Think of all the prayers He has answered for you. Think of all the times that He has enabled you to serve Him. Think of how many times He has made a way when there seemed to be no way. Think of how His power has been manifest in your life, and praise Him for it! He is worthy! Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLL... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:36:38 EST DID YOU KNOW? Samson is a man whose life should be studied, but not duplicated. Yet, the lessons we learn from the life of Samson teach us that the greatest enemy we have is ourselves. If we can learn to conquer self, we can walk in this life in spiritual victory and power. But I fear, there is more Samson in each of us that we would like to admit. Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”. Vic. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:12:57 EST DID YOU KNOW? Often churches and church people use ungodly means to achieve their goals. God, in His sovereignty, is able to bless in spite of our failure to walk in His will. I am glad that my sin will not derail God’s plans! I am glad that the wicked tactics of my enemies will not derail God’s plan. God will do what He is going to do either with, or without, our cooperation. Our foolishness will not even slow Him down! He has a plan, and He is working that plan day by day. No matter how things may appea... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:17:32 EST DID YOU KNOW? Far too many in the church have adopted the motto, “You have to go along to get along”. They are afraid to take a stand for the truth because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. They are afraid to say anything, do anything, or take any position that might “rock the boat.” Let someone dare to “rock the boat”, and that person will often find themselves standing alone, while the very people who ought to stand with them make deals with the enemy to protect their own hides. Did You Know? ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:52:27 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/21 <BR> We need to be aware that when we attack Satan’s territory, he will not sit idly by and take it. He will swiftly launch a counterattack against us. When we begin to give our time to the things of God, we can be sure that Satan will attack us. He will send distractions into our life that will hinder us from the Bible, from prayer and from serving the Lord. He will tie us up so that we do not have time to serve the Lord. Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesso... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:06:56 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/20 <BR> Did you know that scientists have determined that there is a part of the brain that produces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction that is stimulated when we act in revenge? That’s right; we find pleasure and satisfaction in getting even. It’s part of our human nature. It is hard wired into us and we have a hard time walking away and simply letting things go. A lady was sick, so she went to the doctor. He examined her, did a number of tests and told her the bad news. “I’m sorry to... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:10:59 EST Famous quotes to share Great is the art of beginnings, but greater is the art of ending. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:31:57 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/19 <BR> Seeking to attract people using gimmicks is like someone said, “If you get them in with a hot dog, you will have to keep them with a hamburger.” That is exactly right! A lot of the churches that have resorted to worldly methods and gimmicks to draw their crowds will see a falling away when they run out of gimmicks to keep them there. That is why we need to examine our motives. Why do we serve the Lord? Why do we come to church? Why do we do the things we do? If we are motivated by... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:01:19 EST DID YOU KNOW? Remember that God warns His people against forming close relationships with unsaved people. He forbids marriages like the one Samson was about to enter. That prohibition extends beyond marriage to all the associations we enter into in life. It includes our friendships, our business relationships, our social relationships, etc. Believers need to be very careful about the kind of people they form close associations with in life. The wrong kind of relationships can have a devastating effect on y... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:01:30 EST New! So glad to run across this site by accident. It is good to know I have 402 Christians friend here to chat with. <em>30</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:45:08 EST DID YOU KNOW? Our reactions to the negative actions of the people around us are a window into our heart. When we are like Jesus, we will react like Jesus. When there are problems in our heart, we will react according to our fallen nature. We will be bitter, unforgiving, vengeful, hateful and mean-spirited. Our reactions are indeed a window into our souls. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:28:29 EST DID YOU KNOW? A person has real spiritual problems when they cease to be affected by their sins. We all sin, but when we sin as “believers”, there is chastisement and conviction. There is the sense that we have dishonored the Lord and damaged our fellowship with Him. When we sin, we look for a place of repentance. When that sense of sin is missing, it is an indication that the heart has grown hard toward the Lord. It is an indication that the conscience has been seared. It is an indication that sin has pl... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:52:57 EST DID YOU KNOW? In Old Testament time, a period of time of marriage would begin called the betrothal period. This usually lasted about 1 year. During that time, the bridegroom would prepare a place for the couple to live. The bride would take this time to prepare her wedding wardrobe and to get ready for the arrival of the groom. At an unannounced hour, usually at night, the bridegroom would come for his bride. He would arrange for a feast to be ready. He would take his friends and go after his bride. He... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:57:22 EST DID YOU KNOW? When we willfully disregard God’s will for our lives, we always pull others down with us. You see it in families all the time. One member will get out of God’s will and they will pull the rest of the family away from God with them. It is sad, but true, most of us never stop to think about the impact our decisions have on the lives of others. That is part of the deceptiveness of sin. It blinds our eyes to the true consequences of our actions. All we see is the pleasure, we can never see the p... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:59:47 EST DID YOU KNOW? The disobedient heart always shows itself through disobedient actions. It does as it pleases without regard for God or for the consequences. When you do as you please, even though you know God is against it, it is a huge, red, flashing warning sign that you are headed for trouble. Did You Know? Vic Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:23:55 EST Did You Know? When there is rebellion in a heart, that rebellion will manifest itself through disrespect for others and for the things of God. When you find yourself doing as you please with no regard for how your actions impact others, you are headed for trouble. When you could care less about what God says in His Word; when you could care less about how your actions could hurt others; when you show no regard of people’s feelings, you are headed for trouble. The desire to live for self; what I think... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:21:38 EST Did You Know? It would do us well to remember that our problems in the spiritual realm begin in the same place that Samson’s problems began. They begin within our own hearts as we seek to fulfill our own selfish, sinful desires. The problem of sin is an internal problem. It doesn’t begin with someone else. It doesn’t even begin with the devil. Our sin problem begins with us. This should be a warning sign to us. When we begin to long for things that God forbids, it is a sign that we are headed for trouble.... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:39:34 EST Did You Know? Parents, you are doing your children no favors when you bow to their every whim. They need to know that there are boundaries in life. They need to know that there are limits in life. They need to know there are consequences in life. They need to hear the word “no” every now and then. It won’t kill them, but it might just salvage their lives! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:43:20 EST Did You Know? Barrenness was often seen as the judgment of God against a home. In that culture, every young woman wanted the same thing. They all wanted to be a mother who would bear many sons for their husbands. And, they all wanted to be the woman through whom God would send the Messiah. To be barren crushed both those dreams. To be barren in that culture meant that a woman was always exposed to the danger of being divorced by a husband who wanted sons. It meant that when her husband died, she would b... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:34:02 EST Did You Know? Who is this “Angel of the Lord”? We have every reason to believe that this is a pre-Bethlehem, pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, this is a “Christophany”. Jesus Christ steps out of eternity and into time to bring good news. This is not the only time Jesus showed up in the Old Testament. A few more of His “Christophanies” are: He appeared to Hagar, (Gen. 16:7-14, Gen. 21:16-20). He appeared to Abraham, (Gen.18:10; Gen.18:17, Gen. 22:11). He appeared to Jacob, (Gen... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:37:49 EST Did You Know? Never try to strike a bargain with God. Your plan will not change His plan. Regardless of what you offer Him it will not change His mind about what He plans to do. Our God is sovereign and He will not be coerced into anything that is not part of His perfect plan! We are to walk by faith and trust the Lord to do with us as He pleases. Don’t bargain, simply obey! Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:59:07 EST Did You Know? When there is victory over some sin, over some enemy, over some difficult period of life, we should always be quick to praise the Lord and thank Him for the victory. If victory came our way, it came to us through Him, and He deserves all the glory for it! We should never take any credit for any of the victories in our lives. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:33:17 EST Did You Know? “If you will do this for me, Lord, then I will do something for you.” Have you ever done that? Have you ever tried to bargain with the Lord? I think we all have at times, but I think we all fail to recognize the serious nature of the vows we make to the Lord. God expects you to fulfill every vow you make to Him! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 07:53:11 EST Did You Know? A man who makes a rash vow may live to regret it. Jephthah teaches us that we need to take heed to every word that comes out of our mouths, and nowhere is that more important than when it comes to the words we speak to the Lord. Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, For the Father up above, Is looking down in love, So be careful little mouth what you say. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:09:06 EST Did You Know? Whether we will accept it or not, how we treat others is a direct reflection of the place God holds in our hearts. If we can spitefully mistreat and attack those who are made in God’s image and bought by the blood of His Son, it does not say much for our opinion of Him. When we love Him as we should, we will love others as we should. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:26:24 EST Did You Know? What a shame! This is how many people treat the Lord. They refuse to be faithful. They refuse to serve Him. They refuse to honor His word, His will or His house. They treat Him like He is an unwanted intruder in their lives. They treat Him like He is the spare tire on the car of their life. He is to stay in the trunk and keep quiet, but He better be ready when they have a flat and pull him out! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:00:26 EST Did You Know? Most of us do not trumpet our abilities, yet we go to great lengths to conceal our problems. This just reminds us that we are human, and as long as we live in this world, we are going to remain less than perfect. No matter how far up the ladder of holiness we climb, we will still be sinners, and we need a Savior still desperately. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:47:55 EST Did You Know? The spiritual climate in Israel during those days is summed up by the last verse in the book. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” And, what is so discouraging about this book is that there is ample evidence that we humans do not learn our lessons well. Left to ourselves, we can do little but get ourselves in trouble time and again. Did You Know? God Help Us! Vic. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:34:33 EST Did You Know? Why would any of us be discouraged like the disciples, when they saw Jesus walking on water? They were afraid. How about us? Why is it that after we got the job, after we are in remission, after we find the lost document or the right house, after we have seen Jesus perform a sign ....we turn to the next crisis, the next storm in life, and we don't hear, "It is I, don't be afraid". Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:43:56 EST Did You Know? “Tola” means “Crimson Worm”. This speaks of the Coccus worm found in oak trees. These worms were used to produce the red dye that used in the articles made for the tabernacle. It comes from the Hebrew root “tala”, which means “to be clothed in scarlet”. Tola is the son of “Puah”. His name means “light”. Thus, Tola was “the son of light”. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:26:07 EST Did You Know? God’s people are “the salt of the earth”. Salt, as you know, purifies, adds flavor to bland foods, and helps preserve meat. In Bible times, salt was more valuable than money. The ancient Romans used to give a soldier his pay in salt rather than money. The word “salary” comes to us from the Roman word “salarium”, which speaks of a soldier being paid in salt. The phrase “not worth his salt” comes from this practice. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:25:44 EST Did You Know? It’s not always easy to walk in the old paths when everyone around us is looking for something new, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to live for the Lord when others around you are living for the world, the flesh and the devil, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to do the right thing when others around you are acting in bad ways, but it is always right! The fact is we can make a choice to live for God, even when everyone else seems to be going their own way and living for self. Did ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:10:53 EST God Bless Everyone! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! We will be back on Dec 27th. In His Love! Vic. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:12:13 EST Did You Know? Polygamy was tolerated in Israel, but never authorized by God. In fact, in the beginning, marriage was always one women and one man for one lifetime. The first polygamist was a man named Lamech. He was from the line of Cain, and has no regard for the will of God. In Deut. 17:17, the rulers of Israel were forbidden to take multiple wives. God knew that many wives would divide the hearts of the kings and pull them away from God. In fact, anywhere you find polygamy in the Bible, you find proble... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:26:24 EST Did You Know? An ephod was a garment used in the ministry of the high priest. It was a sleeveless outer vest that came down to the hips. The high priest of Israel wore a linen ephod that had twelve stones on the front which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. There was a pouch on the front that contained the “Urim and the Thumim”, which were stones used to discern the will of God. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:54:11 EST Did You Know? Did you know that the majority is not always right? It was the majority that cried “Crucify Him!” the day Jesus died. It was the majority that tried to throw Jesus down a cliff in Nazareth when He preached in the synagogue. The majority of the people refused to enter Canaan at God’s command and caused the rest of the nation to die in the wilderness. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:04:03 EST Did You Know? Where do some people get the idea that they can join a church and never do anything? Wherever those ideas come from, they certainly did not come from the Lord. We all grow weary from time to time in the battles of life. When we do, we need to look to Jesus and learn from His example. We will only be in the world a short time, and then we will fly off to glory to be with Him. While we are here, let us determine to do all we can for His glory! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:49:17 EST Did You Know? Some Christians today are still playing politics. There are some who play politics with the things of God. You see there are no gray areas when it comes to the work of the Lord. You cannot be neutral when it comes to serving Him. Jesus put it this way, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad,”( Matt. 12:30). Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:54:46 EST Did You Know? Not everyone is excited about the great victory God has given us through Christ Jesus. It seems that some are more concerned about their personal profit and pride than they are about what God has done for them and this nation. They failed to grasp the big picture. They are too focused on their own interests. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:21:48 EST Did You Know? When we submit to God’s plan and carry it out for His glory, there are certain results we can expect: God’s Enemies Are Vanquished ; God’s People Are Victorious; and God’s Name Is Venerated. He has the best plan for living and He has the best plan for leaving. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:23:44 EST Did You Know? If we are going to see God’s best plan for our life, it too is going to require faith! God is going to ask us to take some steps along the path of life that will be difficult, and that we will be unsure of. But, the path to God’s best is always the path of faith! God always honors faith because faith always honors Him. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 07:24:02 EST Did You Know? God uses many means to speak to His children! <BR> He speaks through His Word, (Rom. 10:17; Heb 1:1-2). <BR> He speaks through the Spirit, (Acts 13:2; 16:6-8). <BR> He speaks through other believers, (Acts 9:17-18). <BR> He even speaks through the circumstances of life, (Gen. 24:12-16). <BR> The bottom line is this; God will always direct your feet plainly! He will not leave you in doubt. His plan is a declared plan! Knowing His plan requires prayer, holiness and patience, but be sure, ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:27:19 EST A - Z Name a Christmas Song.. Is your brain up to it?? A - Z Name a Christmas Song <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> - A - All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:45:25 EST Did You Know? How does God guide His people? The Bible tells us exactly how God leads us to know His will for our lives. <BR> God guides through His Spirit – (John 16:13). <BR> God guides through His Word – (Psalm 119:105). <BR> God guides through His peace – (Col. 3:15). <BR> God guides through the desires He gives us – (Psalm 34:3-4). <BR> God also guides through the godly counsel of His people – (Pro. 11:14). <BR> When God guides, the leadership of the Spirit will line up with the Word of God. These tw... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:43:25 EST Did You Know? We are living in a time when it appears that the enemies outnumber the people of God. It seems that way because it is true. Satan has far more servants at his disposal that the Lord does. We should not be disturbed by that fact. We simply need to remember that when God’s Spirit is in control of God’s people, He enables them to accomplish amazing victories. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:24:41 EST Did You Know? We are told that the enemies of Israel made their camp in the “Valley of Jezreel”. This valley was the largest and most fertile valley in all of Israel. Many of the crops that sustained the nation were produced there. So, having the enemy invade and take the harvest from that area would have been a serious blow to the food supplies of the nation. Just as a side note, the Valley of Jezreel is also know and the Valley of Megiddo. Many great battles have been fought on that piece of ground. ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:23:31 EST Did You Know? Some of you are much farther along than you used to be. You are willing to trust the Lord for more than you could have at the first. You are able to believe Him for big things that you could not have trusted Him for when you were first saved. Where did this faith come from? It came from God. It came from seeing Him move the mountains, meet the needs, answer the prayers and lift the burdens. It came from seeing His power at work in and around you. It came because He developed you step-by-step,... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:45:50 EST Did You Know? While Gideon demonstrated faith in doing what the Lord commanded; he demonstrated fear in that he did what he did at night. He tried to hide his obedience to the Lord under the cover of darkness. It is good that we have a realistic opinion of our own abilities, but we must never forget that success in the Lord’s work is not our responsibility. Success in the Lord’s work is the Lord’s business. Our duty is to submit to Him, allow Him to work through us, and He will accomplish His purpose... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:19:59 EST Did You Know? Baal was the Canaanite god of fertility. The Canaanites believed that Baal was responsible for the success or failure of their crops and herds. They did everything in their power to worship Baal and ensure his blessings. The “grove” was a pole called the “Asherah pole”. Asherah was Baal’s female consort. Worshippers practiced vile sexual acts near the groves. They believed these acts would bring Baal’s favor upon them and their families. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 06:45:11 EST Did You Know? The Lord sometimes used a staff to work His miracle. The staff was an instrument used by a shepherd. The staff was used to comfort, control, protect and lead the sheep. The Lord is teaching us that He will be with us to comfort, control, protect and lead us as well. It is a way of teaching us that we need not fear where the Lord would lead us. For where God guides, God provides! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 8 Dec 2012 06:25:30 EST Did You Know? A lot of us are just like Gideon. We know the Lord wants us to serve Him; we might even understand that He wants to use us for His glory, but we are so filled with fear and a sense of our own inability that refuse to trust Him. Without the Lord, we are weak, frail and failures. With Him, we are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 06:37:48 EST Did You Know? When the Lord says, “The Lord is with thee”, it literally means, “His power is on you.” Gideon could not see it, nor could he sense it, and it sure didn’t look like it, but he was about to be used of the Lord is a powerful way! The same is true in our lives. If we ever grasp the truth that we are indwelt by the Spirit of God and that His limitless power is available to use, it would change our walk and it would change our lives! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:36:28 EST Did You Know? Wheat was usually laid out on a special piece of ground prepared for just that purpose. The ground was very hard and usually circular in shape. The threshing floors were located on top of hills where there would be more wind. The grain would be poured out on the ground, and oxen pulling a threshing sled called a “noreg”, would walk over the grain. It consisted of three stone rollers embedded with pieces of iron that would break and cut the grain. After this process, which broke the hard shel... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:42:29 EST Did You Know? God’s grace has been even more real in our life! He has never parted a sea for us. He has never sent plagues for us. But, He did give His Son on a cross for us! He did put us in His plan before the world began. He did love us in spite of our sin. He did save us when we weren’t even looking for Him. He did change our life just because we called on Him by faith. For that reason alone, He deserves our faithfulness, our love and our devotion. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:31:46 EST Did You Know? Sin strips us of everything we value and everything we live for. It leaves us slack, weak, at the very end of our rope. If you choose to live your life under the control of sin, do not be surprised when you look around and see the things you value taken from you. Some people have chosen sin over a spouse and their marriage is gone. Some people raise their children to be the best, have the best and do the best, but they fail to raise teach them to love the Lord. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:38:38 EST Did You Know? Every one of us deals with certain areas of weakness. There are areas in our lives where we seem to be in a constant struggle for righteousness. The book of Hebrews refers to these areas as “the sin which doth so easily beset us”. Some have problems with their language. Some have problems with stubbornness and submission. Some have problems with gossip. Some have issues with sexual sin. Some have a pull toward alcohol and drugs. People struggles in many different areas. Did You Know? ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:57:19 EST Did You Know? By the way, things have not changed today. The majority of the work is carried out by a minority of the people. The call has gone out for us to tell the world about Jesus, but few go. The call has gone out for us to take our stand against evil, but few have answered. The call has come for us to rally ourselves together and fight the good fight of faith, but few answer the call. I thank God for those who are willing to work! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 07:09:34 EST Did You Know? Women hold a vital place in the work of the church. They are the ones who, for the most part, teach our children. They are the ones who have the kind of compassion that drives the outreach ministries of the church. They are the ones who bring the gifts of grace, love and mercy to the table. By and large, they are more dependable than the men when it comes to be involved in the work of the church. Did you Know? Vic. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:40:49 EST Did You Know? There is still a high price to pay for disobedience to the will of the Lord. When we choose our ways over His ways, and when we choose to follow other gods instead of Him, we can expect His displeasure. He will send chastisement into our lives. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to experience the displeasure and chastisement of the Lord in my life. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:51:22 EST Did You Know? All around us, many are laying down their oxgoad and running away in fear of the enemy. Some are running away to join the enemy. Can I encourage you to stay in the fight? Can I encourage you to keep reaching out, to keep teaching, to keep living for Jesus, to keep witnessing, to keep fighting for those things that matter? We are too near home to quit now! Stay in the fight until Jesus comes. Great will be your reward. Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:26:47 EST Did You Know? We are at war with the world. Like the Philistines, it would invade us and take away everything we value. We are at war, and some things are worth fighting for. Some things cry out for us to stand our ground and fight. If we do not fight and protect the things that matter the most, we will see them taken by the enemy and destroyed! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:23:31 EST 2012 Praises from Sparkling Believers! This idea is inspired by our team leader! Thank you! <BR> I praise YOU, Lord Jesus, that You pardon all my iniquities, heal all my diseases, and satisfy my years with GOOD things And my youth is renewed like the eagles! (Psalm 103) <BR> Thank You, Lord, for ALL the healthy parts of me. Forgive me for complaining about the parts that I struggle with at times. I purposely choose to be grateful and thankful for this wonderful body that You have blessed me with. And I thank you, Father God, f... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:02:01 EST Did You Know? An oxgoad was not a weapon, it was an agricultural tool. It was a pole some 8 to 10 feet in length and about 2 inches in diameter. One end was tipped by a long iron point. This end was used to encourage the oxen he was driving to move. Oxen might not respond to voice commands or the pulling of the reins, but they would respond to the sharp point of the oxgoad. The other end of this tool was shaped like a spade. It was a metal blade used to clean wet clay, roots and other impediments off plow... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:41:11 EST Did You Know? We all have problems with the flesh. It is overindulged, self-assured, and out of control. This message is a call for us to take the battle to the flesh. The flesh does not have to carry the day. It does not have to win the victory over us. It does not have to claim the victory in our lives. We can be free! Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:51:19 EST 2013 is almost here!! How has God blessed YOU? Hi Team! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow!! 2012 passed so quickly! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> How has God blessed YOU this year? <em>38</em> <BR> Let's post ...:::2012 PRAISES:::... on this team thread and give GOD all the glory for His magnificent Hand in our lives! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> <em>296</em> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:39:59 EST Did You Know? The flesh knows we are crippled. The flesh knows we lack the power to overcome it on our own. The flesh thinks we are weak. The flesh thinks it can control us and rule our life. The flesh is right! But, the flesh forgets one important truth. The flesh forgets about the Spirit of God Who lives inside the believer. The flesh forgets that we have this promise from our Lord, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:04:58 EST Shop local small business on Saturday Nov 24, 2012 Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day <BR> dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Last year, <BR> over one hundred million people* came together to Shop Small® in <BR> their communities on Small Business Saturday®. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iness/Shop-Small/?extlink=US:OPEN:shop<BR> </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:19:18 EST Did You Know? Israel faced three nations because of their rebellion against God. They faced the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Amalekites. All three of these nations were continual problems for Israel, and all three were connected to Israel by blood. The Amalekites were descended from Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. The Moabites and the Ammonite were descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. After Lot and his daughters were delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s daughter made him drunk, had sexual intercourse... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 06:58:38 EST Did You Know? We are indeed a BLESSED PEOPLE! As we celebrate THANKSGIVING today with love ones, remember the many that are not as blessed as we are. Give God all the Glory! From my family to Yours: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:01:51 EST Did You Know? The truth is, left to ourselves, we are incapable of serving God as He deserves to be served. The only way we will ever be useful to, and usable by, the Lord is when we are controlled by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God will enable us to stand against the enemies around us. The Spirit of God will make us powerful for the glory of the Lord. The Spirit of God will use us in ways that we can hardly imagine, but we must yield to Him and His power in and over our lives. That is the secret to... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:36:17 EST Did You Know? If you are saved and you choose to walk away from the Lord, you might as well know that there will be a price to pay. God will bring His chastisement into your life. God does this, not to hurt us, but to help us to get back to where we are supposed to be. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:00:26 EST Did You Know? Here’s the problem, Israel was to be separate from the world around them. They were unique among all the peoples of the world. They had been chosen, redeemed and set apart to serve the Lord God Almighty, and He expected them to remain separate. Because they didn’t, they opened a floodgate of sin that would end with them facing the terrible chastisement of God. Are we guilty of this? Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:53:53 EST Did You Know? God is no longer looking for judges, but He is looking for leaders. He is looking for men and women He can use to stem the tide of evil that threatens to overtake the church in these dark days. He is looking for people who will rise up, taking their stand with God and the Bible. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:24:05 EST Did You Know? Look around America today and you will see a nation that has forsaken God; rejected His Bible and thumbs its nose in defiance of the God Who formed her. God is given mere lip service in the public arena, while the same people who declare His Name in vain deny Him by their works and their walk. This trend is only going to get worse as the end times draw closer. Judgment is coming and America is going to pay a terrible price for her transgressions unless she repents. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:18:45 EST Did You Know? America is busy compromising with the Canaanites of our day. There are some that we cannot seem to overcome. They have “chariots of iron.” We cannot seem to deal with drugs, crime, abortion, immorality, sexual perversion and moral decay. When we face these Canaanites that we fear, we simply adjust to them and accept them as “being part of life.” Then there are the Canaanites that we favor. Things like legalized gambling, lotteries and alcohol are accepted by society because they are supposed... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:00:46 EST Did You Know? Today, we stand on the eve of our nation as a free, sovereign country. There is no doubt that America had an amazing beginning. Our great nation was forged on the anvil of truth with the hammer of the Word of God by men who held tightly to their convictions and who were held in the strong grip of their faith in Almighty God. There is no disputing the fact that America was founded, not as a religious nation, but as a Christian nation! There is no question but that God Himself had His hand in t... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:36:32 EST Did You Know? It's time to make up our mind? If the Lord be God then serve Him. If He isn't, then go ahead and serve whatever has your heart. Whatever you do, stop trying to have the best of both worlds! A Christian that refuses to live for the Lord is a poor advertisement for the Lord Jesus Christ! While a life lived in His power and victory is a powerful advertisement indeed! Which are you? Did You Know? <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:06:13 EST ARE YOU READY ? 7:56 AM 11/13/2012 <BR> Good morning <BR> I see we are fast approaching Thanks giving .. It is a time we are all suppose to gather around a table and have <BR> family and friends .. And tell how thankful we are ... I feel we should do that daily .. The thankful part .. <BR> I see pictures of people on the tv now in our country who don't have shelter and food and water .. no where to go <BR> It breaks my heart .. Again I wish I was Rich I would do all I could .. I see the rich worrying about g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:29:13 EST Did You Know? We are seeing the church develop an appearance that is more and more like that of the church in Laodicea. A church that has everything it needs, except for the presence, power and glory of God. <BR> Did You Know? Vic. <BR> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:21:52 EST Did You Know? The God of Elijah is not dead! The God of Moses and of Joshua is not dead! He is alive and well! The problem with our generation is that there are no Elijah’s, no Moses’ and no Joshua’s. God is still willing to use anyone who will make himself or herself available to Him. Are You that person? Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:54:40 EST Did You Know? Listen, the whole church does not have to get right with God for you to! We need to lose the mindset that looks at others and measures ourselves against how they are doing. Your relatives, your fellow church members, your friends you neighbors, etc., are not the standard you are to reach for! Our standard is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! God saved us to be like Him and that is what we should strive for. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:33:15 EST Did You Know? It is my conviction that the sins of complacency and apathy are among the most common and devastating sins that exist among the people of God! We have allowed ourselves to adopt a Laodicean attitude…neither hot or cold. The modern church is neither refreshing like a drink of cool water, nor is she stimulating like a hot bath. We are lukewarm and fit for nothing, but to trigger a gag reflex in those acquainted with us! Did You Know? Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:12:17 EST Hi! I'm back to Spark People AGAIN! Hello! I am back to try Spark People again. Since I have come back I've had terrible eating days! Poor choices, poor self control. I already feel discouraged. Sorry to introduce myself in such a downer way! I'm a 48 year Old mom of 3 girls. I've been married for 24 years. I love Jesus! I am a Canadian. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 22:18:39 EST Did You Know? Jesus is there for our salvation simply because God cares about us! You do not have to remain in your sins. You do not have to die and go to Hell. God has provided a place of safety! He loves you, and He proved His love for you when He allowed His Son, Jesus, to suffer on the cross in your place. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:09:26 EST Did You Know? Most of the cities of refuge were built on top of mountains. They were built of white limestone. When the sun hit these cities they gleamed. Even in the night, under the light of the moon, they would be visible. They were easily seen, even from many miles away. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:26:06 EST Hi! :) Hi! I've been a member for a while, but I couldn't get onto SP. So I'm stopping by to say hi. :) Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:17:42 EST Did You Know? Jesus Christ is sufficient for the need of the soul! Regardless of the past you carry around. Regardless of the depths of your sin; regardless of the hardness of your heart; regardless of anything you wish to name that you feel might keep you from coming to Him, let me tell you that He is bigger than all of it! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:39:57 EST Please Vote 8:50 AM 11/6/2012 <BR> If you are a Christian and yet are still undecided on who you will vote for, consider this: <BR> 1. If you saw the convention, the Democratic party did not want God or Jesus mentioned in their platform. What true Christian could support any Democratic candidate? <BR> 2. President Obama has now openly declared his support for homosexual marriage, which God's word says is absolutely unbiblical. It's not a homosexual issue, it's a sin issue. How could a true disciple of Je... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:21:39 EST Did You Know? Whatever anyone may tell you about getting to Heaven, the Word of God tells us that it will never happen unless it happens by His grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is all God from start to finish! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 07:20:21 EST Did You Know? Here is our problem. We are born sinners. It isn’t our fault; we are just born with an old sinful nature that we inherited from our father Adam. Even though it isn’t our fault that we are born this way, it is our fault that we stay this way! As we grow older and reach an age where we can make a choice regarding sin, we make the wrong choices. We are guilty by birth and by practice. Did You Know! Vic. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:10:02 EST Did You Know? We must refuse to give up, back up, or shut up or be held up, until we have stood up, lined up, read up, prayed up, confessed up, stored up, spoke up, looked up, and filled up on everything the Lord wants to give us! We ought to settle for nothing less than that place of perfect fellowship with the Lord our God! Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:27:13 EST Did You Know? Many Christians are guilty of spiritual window-shopping. Now there is nothing wrong with window-shopping! Some folks like it and some don’t. As believers, we need to do more than window-shop with God's promises. We need to appropriate those promises and claim them in our lives. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:54:18 EST Did You Know? Faith is not positive thinking. Faith is not “name it and claim it.” Faith is not optimism. Faith is not looking on the bright side. Faith is simply acting on what God says. Faith is simply taking God at His Word and believing that He will do everything He has promised to do! Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 07:41:13 EST Did You Know? The story is told of a man who rode in his car as it was being towed to be repaired. When they arrived at the repair shop, the tow truck driver told him, “I didn't think I was going to make it up that big hill.” The man replied, “I didn't either. That's why I kept the brakes on.” To live without total dedication to Christ is the same as trying to go forward and to hold back at the same time. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:27:13 EST Did You Know? To those who may be waiting on easier times to begin serving the Lord: you may never have an easier time than TODAY! We are not promised one more day upon this earth. The only day we have to fight and live our battles is TODAY. Tomorrow may never come for us! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:15:36 EST Did You Know? As a child of God, you have no right to do as you please! In fact, if you are saved and allowing sin to reign in your life, you are doing so with stolen property! You are the Lord’s and you have no business using His body, His mind, His anything for sin and wickedness. One proof of walking in the Spirit is self-control! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:33:33 EST NOVEMBER Goals....time to PLAN for the holidays... <em>465</em> Can you believe that Thanksgiving holiday is almost here? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Halloween is a day away..... <em>431</em> as well. Thanksgiving ...just around the corner. <BR> What are YOUR plans? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> ...for clean eating <em>4</em> during the holidays and tracking your <em>311</em> fitness minutes too? <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> POST Your Goals here! <em>411</em> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 01:11:55 EST Did You Know? As God’s children, we need to remember that everything that happens in our lives has to pass first over God’s desk and it received His stamp of approval. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:35:31 EST Did You Know? Our sins and mistakes do not have to knock us out of the Lord’s work! When we fail, we need to allow the Lord to use that time of sin, chastisement, correct, repentance and restoration in our lives for His glory. What the devil meant for your defeat can be turned into the source of your greatest victories, if you will allow the Lord to have His way in your sins. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 07:16:46 EST Did You Know? To break bread with someone in Israel’s day was considered to be a sign of unalterable friendship. But what they considered to be the right thing to do, turned into a problem because they did not take the time to take the matter to the Lord in prayer first, and neither did they take the time to wait on His answer. As a result, they stepped out of the will of God and had to suffer the consequences! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:53:45 EST Did You Know? When the devil comes against you, he will not do so in a red suit with a pointy tail and horns. He will not be carrying a pitchfork and he will not smell like sulphur. When the devil comes to your life to cause you trouble, he will appear as an angel of light. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:04:32 EST Did You Know? There will come a day when the battle with the flesh will end. One day, the Lord will deliver us from this vile flesh and we shall be changed to be like Him. God says that our flesh is dead to sin. Practically speaking it can be, but only as we take the initiative to reckon it dead day by day. One day, we will be changed and we will be delivered from the very power and presence of sin. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:11:46 EST Did You Know? There is just one way for us to prevail in this battle, and that is for us to learn to appropriate the power of God in our lives. We are unable to fight the flesh, sin and the world in our own power. We need to realize that when we cannot win the battle, only Jesus can! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 06:54:53 EST Did You Know? We can either live in a place of victory and blessing, or we can live in a place of defeat and misery. We can either have a Bethel kind of life or an Ai experience. The kind of life we live will be determined by where we pitch our tent! Did You Know! Vic. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:32:22 EST Did You Know? God’s way of handling sin is for His people to throw the covers off their sins and tell Him the truth that He already knows. He can bless a person who handles sin the Biblical way. While God hates sin with His entire being, He still loves the sinner. Even though man is the enemy of God, God still commands men to repent and to come to Him for salvation and for forgiveness. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:02:05 EST GREAT VACATION! We are glad to be back! We had a GREAT Vacation! Saw some of God’s most beautiful scenery and landscape, the Great Passion Play, numerous attractions, two horse-buggy rides, and covered over 2000 miles. We will rest and worship God today and get started again tomorrow. PRAISE GOD! Vic. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:31:18 EST Did You Know? More often than not, when there are defeats, problems, and trouble down at the house of God, you can bet that there is someone in the church who is out of God’s will! When there is a lack of the manifest presence and power of God in the church, it can usually be traced to some sin in the body! There is an infection and it needs to be identified and treated before there will ever be a return of God’s power and glory! Did You Know? I’ll be back with YOU on Oct 22nd! Vic. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:23:47 EST Did You Know? Some things you just can’t hide. If you eat raw onions or garlic, others will know about it. If you stop bathing or using deodorant, you won’t hide that for long. If you eat Cheetos, your orange fingertips will give you away. If you try to hide sin in your life, your secret will eventually get out, because your sin will affect you and all those around you. Did You Know? PS: My wife and I are going on vacation to the OZARK and we will be gone Oct 14 thru Oct 21. We will continue our lesso... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:48:34 EST Did You Know? When you do it God's way, there will always be victory! It isn't about new means and methods! We don't need a new Bible or a new kind of service. We do not need to have this fellow in to preach a revival. Then, when the preacher is gone, after a few days, we are the same way we were before! No! We do not need all these things! All we need to do is patiently do it God's way. You see, obtaining the victory is His concern, obedience to Him is ours! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:35:14 EST Did You Know? In Jesus, we find all we need to wage the battle against the strongholds in our lives. He gives us all the provisions we need as we fight. He has all power in heaven and in earth. He gives us power to walk in newness of life. He has freed us from the power and the demands of the Law, setting us free to live for the Father in power and victory. Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:21:19 EST Did You Know? Sanctification is us acknowledging and confessing Jesus, to be Lord in every area of our lives. Is that true for you? Or, are there areas of your life that are off limits to God? Real sanctification knows that He is Lord of all…. or He is not Lord at all! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 08:27:45 EST Are You Being Corrupted? The problem with Jericho was not the city itself. The problem there was the people in the city. They had to be destroyed or their ways would have corrupted the children of Israel. Are You Being Corrupted? Vic. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:27:11 EST How Are You Walking? God’s plan for His children may sound a bit strange. All He asks us to do is walk in faith! The secret to living the successful Christian life is this: you can’t do it! It is not about what you can do, but it is all about what He can do. It is not about trying and failing. It is all about learning to abide in Jesus, and in drawing one’s strength from Him. How Are You Walking? Vic. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 07:45:10 EST Who Is In Control? God is looking for people who will quit trying to fight their own battles and win their own victories. God is looking for people who will sell out totally to Him and let Him have everything. Does that describe you? Sadly, it does not describe most of us, does it? We like to be in control. We like to call the shots. We like to be the boss, and it shows! It shows in defeat; in lack of peace and joy; in our being less than we could be for the Lord. Who Is In Control? Vic. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:44:25 EST Have You Surrendered? Before we can have the victory, we must be vanquished. Before we can conquer, we must first be conquered! Many today need to do just what Joshua did. Many need to lay down their swords at the feet of the Captain of the Lord’s host; and surrender their pride and yield to His authority! Have You Surrendered? Vic. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:36:37 EST How Good Is Your Word? “A man is only as good as his word”. Our ancestors placed high value on their word. When the moral values of the country began to deteriorate, lying became a more common place. Honesty became a less valued virtue in the world. How Good Is Your Word? Vic. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:46:46 EST Are You A Leader? Leadership always comes with great responsibility. There is the responsibility to seek the will of the Lord in every matter you face. There is the responsibility to make decisions that honor God above feelings. There is the responsibility to do everything with the understanding that every decision is like tossing a pebble into a pond. There are ripples from every decision you make. Are You A Leader? Vic Wed, 3 Oct 2012 07:17:11 EST Who Do You Believe? For every situation in life, God said one thing, and the devil said another. Which one will you choose or believe? Faith is not WHAT a person believes. Faith is Who a person believes. Who Do You Believe? Vic. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:45:11 EST Did You Know? Did you know that man had no knowledge of Good and Evil until Satan caused them to sin. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they became aware of the core of Satan (Gal 5:19-21). Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:58:47 EST O-C-T-O-B-E-R- Goals! Make this month COUNT! <em>431</em> October goals <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> Post YOUR goals here:::::......Team! <BR> <BR> 1.) Do you have a PLAN ready for the upcoming calorie laden holidays? <BR> 2.) How about fitness...need to change your routine up? ...or perhaps sign up for a 5K. <BR> SP has a great opportunity for you to participate in a Virtual <em>364</em> !! Try it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>race-home.asp </link> <BR> <B... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:56:50 EST Are You Feasting? When we find ourselves in our own Canaan, in that place of spiritual victory and power, we will lay down the diet of the wilderness and we will feast on the riches of the Lord. Are You Feasting? Vic. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:51:14 EST Did You Know? We know the power of God to do all things, but did you know that there is one thing that God cannot do? Do you know what it is? Read Titus 1:2 and Heb 6:17-18 and e-mail me the answer. Vic. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:17:56 EST NEVER NEVER GIVE UP ... 8:27 AM 9/27/2012 <BR> HI .. Its Thursday yay ... another day to be here and to do good .. God is so awesome I have found so many awesome friends on here .. He gives us all we need and more , <BR> I see so many people who have made it to their goals... and it is our inspiration .. I hope you all the ones who have made their goals know what it means to us who are still making the journey .... When I feel like giving up or throwing in the towel .. I go <BR> to someones page I admire and look at... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:16:10 EST Do You Remember? Get back in fellowship with the Father and serve Him like you know you should. Remember the vows you made in the beginning? Remember the promises you made to Him? Lived like you are who you claim to be? Lived like that new creature that God said you were by His saving grace. Do You Remember? Vic. <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:27:17 EST Are You Remembering? As we pass through this life, we must constantly call to mind the great things the Lord has done for us in our pasts. We need to remember times when: He called us in love; saved us by grace; forgave our sins; cleansed us when we fell; conquered our enemies; gave us victory when there seemed to be no hope; and blessed us in innumerable ways! Are You Remembering? Vic. <BR> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:38:11 EST Are You Walking In Victory? If you have place your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, your past is no longer an issue. The reproach of the old life has been removed forever! You must get past the guilt of those days before you can walk in victory in your Canaan! Take the time to contemplate that! Are You Walking In Victory? Vic. <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:36:36 EST On Whom Do You Rely? As we move through this life, we often face times of testing. When the times of testing come, we can rely on lots of things, (i.e. Family, friends, finances, the church, etc.) but there will never be real, lasting victory in our lives until we learn to rely solely on Him. <BR> On Whom Do You Rely? Vic. <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:41:18 EST What Is Weighing You Down? If we are saved, then we are supposed to live like we are saved! Anything that is displeasing to the Lord needs to be removed from our live. It needs to be cut off and put away from us forever. What Is Weighing YOU Down? Vic. <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:59:05 EST