Since before the days of the early church, God has always been addressed in prayers as a male, including terms like Father, King, and Lord.
In the New Testament, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to God using a male term. In Luke 11:1-4, one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. "And He said to them, When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name.'" (NASV)
Now the Episcopal Church is debating about overhauling its Book of Common Prayer, which is used in Episcopal congregations worldwide....
When are you gonna let everyone know that your so-called "goat", is nothing but an old coyote skeleton that you have propped up with some boards, and found in the brush behind your village one day? You might have your kin fooled into thinking your wealthy because you have this "goat" that you tell them just hasn't been feeling well, but you really should set your pride and thirst for status aside, and come clean.
I dunno, Dolores. Maybe I'll start her off with a guppy and see how she does. Who knows, maybe The Goat and the Guppy will be a big Pixar movie and I can live off the royalties. Or at least pay my bill at the local feed-and-seed.
Christopher, I appreciate you and John Uk ‚Äės comments about this incident with the rescue dog. Yes, we had gotten attached to her and it was hard to give her up. However when I thought of that verse, it made things easier and your thoughts have helped me also. God really helps us to do the right thing . Wayfarer, your story about the dog you rescued was so touching and special, thanks for sharing. I have decided to put my name on a list for a little dog that needs rescuing. I had a chihuahua that died a few years ago and miss her so much and so I want another one. She reminded me of your dog and she was very protective but loved those she knew .
Dolores, We have a rescue dog, he‚Äôs now four years old. He‚Äôs deaf and has ‚Äúneurological issues ‚Äú. He‚Äôs a good dog, but it‚Äôs been a trial. A deaf animal, untrained, basically abandoned was probably the toughest ‚Äúpet‚ÄĚ challenge anyone could have. But, he now knows the sign for sit, stay, ‚Äú no‚ÄĚ, jump, and ball. He stays on a leash because he‚Äôs deaf and if he doesn‚Äôt know you , he‚Äôs overly excited or if he thinks you‚Äôre a bugger coming to harm us, we‚Äôll, he can be protective. There‚Äôs always another dog who needs a family.
Hi Dolores, your rescue dog event that unfolded recently was a great example of humility and trying to emulate Christ...being a Christian in deed, and not just in mere speech. Good for you, but what you didn't mention was the fact that I'm certain you became attached to the dog on some level in that short time as well, making it all the more difficult. You did the right thing as a Christian, of course, but I have a feeling you were the better home and caretaker, unfortunately. Anyway, I'll keep this about you...I'm well aware of the personality type you encountered, along with unusual deeds that go unnoticed, unappreciated, and without any sort of thanks. All coupled together, you should be commended for your restraint, meek response, and generosity in the face of such negativity and lack of any acknowledgement. I know that none of this is what it's about, but even as Christians, we still battle this flesh daily, so knowing exactly what you were up against with that sort of personality type, I really admire your restraint, and strength to do what was right and good, and then to walk away, maybe a bit sad, but glad that you handled the situation exactly as you did.
...isn't it a great feeling when our spirit triumphs over this flesh?
Hi Dolores, your comment about being your name being printed on his palms reminded me of this hymn which refers to that wonderful fact. Third verse:-
My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase; Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace. Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv‚Äôn; More happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in Heav‚Äôn.
[URL=http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/d/e/debtorto.htm]]]A debtor to mercy alone[/URL] Augustus Toplady
Thanks for sharing your testimony about the rescue dog, and how God blessed you so much that there was no animosity towards the unthankful owner. It is a great encouragement to me to read that, for it proves the mystery of it being more blessed to give than to receive. Normally, anyone would feel aggrieved in such a situation; but a Christian can live on a higher plane, even seated with Christ in heavenly places, full of mercy and forgiveness.
May the Lord continue to be exalted in your life, as you live for him.
John UK, the scripture you gave from Matthew and the Sermon on the Mound proved to be a great encouragement to me recently when I was faced with a decision I had to make. I had been given a rescue dog who had not been claimed by the owners even though all effort had been done so to find. I took her and after a week I took her to the Vet for checkup and shots etc. Bought a collar, food bed as well. A few days later the owners were found. She was told to pay for the bill I had paid on her dog by the rescue people. She refused and I immediately thought of scripture about if someone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. Matt.5:40. She even threatened to bring the Sheriff with her to get the dog. I gave everything to her even the collar and bed. I was not even given a Thank You but I felt so blessed by God and no animosity toward her even though I was out 200.00 dollars.
My thoughts on this article is that Jesus showed us who God is and that is enough for me.He is my Father and my name is written on the palm of his hand. Isaiah 49:16 See,I have inscribed you on the palms of My Hands.. He is my provider for all my needs.When I look at Jesus I see God and all that God is.
Hi Lurker, yes doing well. Thanks for asking and hope all is well with you also. Interesting posts lately just can‚Äôt resist saying something when it touches me and miss reading every ones comments as well.
Right on, MS and Lurker. Unbelievable what we're witnessing today. The thing that really bothers me is that so many false religions fall under the umbrella of Christianity, according to them, and the world at large. The lost see the nonsense, and those searching become disillusioned, etc. as these churches fall deeper and deeper into comprimise and ridiculousness. We are Christians, yet, Episcopals are Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as the Mormons, and the list goes on. How confusing to those who don't know any better.
Matthew 5:43-48 KJV (43)¬† Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. (44)¬† But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45)¬† That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (46)¬† For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (47)¬† And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (48)¬† Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Christopher000 wrote: Lurker Wrote: White washed sepulchers ... beautiful on the outside but filled with dead bones. Good morning Lurker, God sure does have a way with words, doesn't He? The above still describes so many of today, the Pharisees of old are still alive and well Everything looks just fine on the outside, but slowly and surely, are exposed for what's really living within. Unfortunately, it's no matter for those wilfully ignorant because they still appear beautiful on the outside, even when they spring a leak, and the sludge slowly begins to seep out. Study to show thyself approved...seems simple enough.
Quite right, Chris.
God never spoke from a mean spirit but He never minced words either. This politically correct liberal mentality that we need to apologize for God's speech and terms and "tone it down so as not to offend", all in the name of gender equality, is disgusting.
God the Son declared the one who gave Him life was His Father yet these CINO posers say God is bigger than gender. I wonder if they think that will flatter and appease God when they officially declare Him to be an It.
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Greetings Dolores. Hope all has been well with you and yours.