Not so much a prayer, but I just wanted to give God some awesome thanks because I have a massive "YAY GOD" moment. Last weekend at our church over 90 people gave their lives to Christ! It was SUPER AWESOME! I just want to thank God for doing awesome things in my area! We also have over a hundred people to be baptized on Good Friday this week, so pray for them to follow Christ with the entirety of their being!
Original Prayer Request (posted 3 Years Ago): This is not so much a prayer for me, as it is for other people. I dont know why I decided to post this either, but it just kind of came to me. I think God wants me to post this too, so thats why its going up. For everyone who has ever struggled to find self worth, with self-esteem, or with their body image (Im included in this too)know that God himself calls you his masterpiece. God made you who you are and thinks that, regardless of your past history or what you look like, you are beautiful and fantastic and that you are perfection! Ephesians 2:10 says that "We are Gods Masterpiece." (NLT) Take comfort in that!
I dont really know, I just have the guts to start telling people about Jesus. Ive already invited a few people when I wouldve been to scared to do so before. Thank you all!
Original Prayer Request (posted 3 Years Ago): First, please pray for my church. We are doing a MASSIVE Easter campaign and are planning to break the 3,000 attendance marker. A ton of people have been fasting and praying about this for the past two weeks. FYI I go to The Crossing ( www.crossing-church.com if you want to see some of our past services, etc.)
Secondly, please pray that I suck up my fear and start witnessing to people. Please pray that the holy spirit empowers me to do and say everything I would never be able to say otherwise. I know that this is what God wants me to do, but I just cant conquer my fear for some reason...
Thank you and God bless all of you; have a great Easter too!
Im new to this board and actually got saved a month ago or so. Hi :). I have a really long question.... I have been stuck on the topic of homosexuality.. The Bible states it is sinful because God intended relationships and marriage to be between a man and a woman. I cant say whether they were born this way through genetic components, through environmental factors, or both. I wonder if it was genetic, why would God make them this way (If they are born this way and cant change, are they stuck with sin)? If it were environmental, why are there so many reportings that changing to become heterosexual is unsuccessful and is actually harmful (they only repress these same sex attractions and are not happy)? I have always been accepting of their lifestyles but now I feel it conflicts with Gods ways and I actually feel that I am opposing Him because my beliefs are different. :( I dont want to judge. I want to be loving but it is difficult to say that homosexuals are wrong to say they were born that way because I am not gay.. Im straight. I am ATTEMPTING to see it in the way as if someone were molested, they learned the abuse. Sometimes it happens that the victims abuse later in life for power and control because they felt they never had that. But they repress these urges because they are self aware that is sinful and harmful to do that. What do you guys think about this matter? I am not trying to offend anyone. Im just confused. :(
Homosexuality is a sin, I feel that there is no arguing otherwise(and Im someone who used to try and argue otherwise). However, I say this with a few things in mind. First, homosexuality is a sin, like any other sin. Those who ask God for forgiveness of that sin, and who repent of it are forgiven. Too many Christians now have the tendency to demonize homosexuals, and then I have to wonder what makes homosexuals any worse than any other group of people. Sin is sin, I have no right to judge or demonize anyone else, beause Im no better (I just choose a different sin). My only job as a Christian is to show love and compassion to everyone: child molesters, rapists, gays, murderers, atheists, witches, satanists, and everyone else REGARDLESS of what wrongs theyve done.
On the topic of is homosexuality natural. If by natural you mean present in genetic code, then I would say Yes and No. Yes, in the fact that I see no problem with some homosexuals being homosexual because theyre genetically wired that way. However, I will say it is not natural because God didnt every design people to be gay. God didnt line up that persons DNA to code for gay. If there is a legitimate genetic reason for homosexuality, then I would say that it is due to the influence of Satan. Do not forget that Satan is very real, and very powerful. I see no reason why Satan could not tamper with a persons DNA to make them have homosexual feelings. I hope that what I just said makes sense, and doesnt, pardon the language, make me look like a total ass.
Also, in the area of repressing urges to act homosexually... I would say that, if the homosexual turns to Christ, that they dont just stop having those homosexual feelings. Satan will still try and pop back into their lives. The same goes for me and porn. I used to use that crap, and just because I became Christian didnt just make it go away. I always have to be on guard against that, and I pray daily for God to constantly give me the strength to stay pure. Even with that, I still fall into that sin sometimes. Just like drug addicts and alcoholics, theyre addicts for life, but I feel that, with prayer and maintenance of that relationship with Jesus, then people can overcome their desires for homosexual relationships, or for any sinful thing for that matter. Jesus conquers a persons junk when people ask him to, not when people say I can do this on my own without him. Again, I hope that makes sense what Im trying to say