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theauthor last won the day on February 20 2017

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    Buried or Cremated

    The bible does not give guidance on burial procedures to follow. However, whichever we choose, the end result is the same according to Genesis 3:19: “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” So if we choose the traditional burial in a casket, we will still be buried under the dirt of the ground. If we choose to be cremated, we will become dust itself. Either way, God’s resurrecting power will put us back together again to meet Jesus in the air when He returns for us.
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    Your Favorite Quotes

    Here are three of my favorite quotes: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ by Oscar Wilde "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance". ~ by Oscar Wilde "If you're happy, tell your face." ~ unknown
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    How would you define "Legalism"?

    I believe legalism is extreme allegiance to the law over grace. Legalists are devoted to rules and regulations that they believe will lead to one’s salvation. According to Colossians 2: 20-23, “You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!” Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” I know of a denomination that teaches its followers that if you do not follow the Sabbath, you will burn in hell. But Colossians 2:17 says, “So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.” Someone who lives a consecrated life, is fully devoted to God and has a genuine personal relationship with God, but does not force their views on anyone may be looked upon as a legalist. However, this is not legalism. Everyone should have their own personal relationship with God and it’s okay if it looks “different” to some people.
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    If You Were Selected

    I would definitely go if I knew without a shadow of doubt that God called me to go there and preach. I've been selected to do many things because of my gifts and talents, but not all of them were from God. The enemy has a way of trying to keep us so busy to the point where we are distracted and deterred from the will of God. Make sure you hear God clearly and when you do, you can move in immediate obedience.
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    Finding money

    Proverbs 12:22 (ESV) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. There are times when money was meant to slip out of the hands of someone to be blessing to another. I would praise the Lord for the money and give a portion to someone in need.
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    Seminary- What to do

    That's wonderful news Stacie! Thanks so much for following up to let us know how things turned out. My personal experience in seminary school, studying Pastoral Counseling, was not the best. But I'm so glad to know that God made a way for you and your family to move and get the loan for the house. That is such a "but God" moment. Congratulations and I wish you all the best and many blessings.
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    Non-Christian Friends?

    Some people are meant to be in our lives for a season. When I made the conscious decision to pray and ask the Lord to bless me with good solid friends that could meet me where I am spiritually in life, that's when He began to weed out the non-christian friends. This made things so much easier for me because they chose to leave my life. I didn't have to confront them in any way. When they left, I knew the season was over and it was okay.
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    Forgiveness

    What set me free in an abusive relationship was when I went to the abuser and told him that I forgive him for all that he had done to me. I chose not to regurgitate every wrong against me; it wasn't necessary. I did not expect an apology from him because it wasn't in him to apologize. I just wanted him to know that from that day forward, I was not going to be in bondage another day harboring unforgiveness in my heart. I even asked him to forgive me for anything that I may have said or done that hurt or offended him. This liberated me and opened the way for me to respond to him differently so that it was clear his abusive ways would no longer be tolerated. When I changed, that's when he moved on. When you respond differently, it forces people to change around you.
  9. I also agree with communication being the most important aspect of a relationship. In order to appreciate the other "aspects" listed, what good are they if you don't know how to communicate your needs and expectations? Communication is the key to making a relationship work. Without effective communication, there's the risk of misunderstandings, errors, frustration, and potential break-ups or divorce. Although men and women tend to communicate differently, once a person understands those differences, communication becomes easier.
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    Finding a Spouse

    Thank you William for your post! I appreciate how you encourage both married couples and singles to come together in a way where we can grow and learn from each other. I'm thankful to have received sound advice from married couples who encouraged me to truly embrace singlehood by first enjoying "me", (i.e., that's doing things by myself like going out to eat, to the movies, etc.). I gained an amazing sense of confidence and was more open to the Holy Spirit teaching me more about me and making me whole so that I know how to choose the right person for me.
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