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Does America Deserve It
  
It is a sin to wish evil upon anyone - person or nation. We are to pray even for our enemies. God is NO respector of persons and loves America no more or less than any other country or people. It is His earnest desire that ALL should come to a saving knowledge of Him as Lord. If we do not have the same attitude, we are not walking in step with the Spirit. Better examine your heart!


Does Forgiveness Include Repenting
  
If you look at your past mistakes as a means by which you learned valuable lessons, I think that there is nothing wrong with that. However, if you have every intention of repeating those "mistakes," I have to question if you have really experienced salvation in the first place. The Bible says that when we are born again, the old 'man' passes away and all things become new. You should be a new creature in Christ, not desiring to live your old life.


Are Magicians Demonic
  
Specifically, I was speaking of magicians like David Blane and Chris Angel. And I said that I think they are evil, not necessarily "demonic."


Rapture Happen During Lifetime
  
I'm not sure it will happen during my lifetime because my days may be another 40 years or another 40 minutes. However, I do believe that all the signs that Jesus said to watch for are HERE! He said, "When you see all these things begin to happen, look up for your redemption draweth nigh." He also likened the 'end times' to a woman giving birth. We (mankind) are definitely IN LABOR!


How To Love Step Children
  
I completely agree. There is not enough honoring of the step parent as far as I'm concerned. That is one thing I will not tolerate from my own children - if they disrespect their step dad. There will be a price for them to pay, such as being restricted from the phone or hanging out with friends. I think there would be alot more success in step families if there was more respect.


How To Love Step Children
  
Vickie,

Sounds like you are making the best of the situation and you get points for that! I wish you the best and will pray for you accordingly.

Susie,

Now, we are getting somewhere. "Step children are not always lovable." Therein lies the dilemma. How to love children who aren't lovable and who aren't your's. That's the million dollar question!


How To Love Step Children
  
Dottie,

I had the same struggle with my step-daughter. She is big enough now that she chooses not to spend weekends with us. I must say, I'm glad about that. Her mother sounds like their mother. There is no structure (much less discipline) in her life and she is a royal pain in the neck. I believe all kids need boundaries. Without any, kids become unbearable. It is the parent's fault, but what do you do when the father doesn't correct them either? I feel for you. You are in my prayers.


Number One Heresy Today
  
I believe that biggest LIE told to parishioners today is the LIE that Mary is to be worshipped, hears prayers, intercedes for us, or has anything whatsoever to do with miracles. What a lot of ROT! There is NO biblical basis for any of these FALSE teachings at all. Furthermore, I believe that is why many will fall away in the end times and so easily follow after the "woman" spoken of in Revelation. They are being prepared for that very thing by the enemy now.


How To Love Step Children
  
Susie, I see your point, and I believe that your step-father was instrumental in teaching you how to love like that. He modeled a behavior for you that you were able to emulate. Still, I disagree that it is always "easy" to love your step children. There are many many people who struggle with this effort. I have 5 nieces and nephews and 2 grandaughters and of course I love them. They are my blood relatives. It is more difficult to love step-children who aren't. Anyone else?


How To Love Step Children
  
Then Susie, you are a SAINT! That is very admirable and not that easy for most of us. Yes, having the love of the Lord is certainly a catalyst in these situations, but we can't all exibit the same traits as effortlessly as you seem to be able. How did you do that? Do you have any children of your own? My guess would be "No."


What Happens At Near Death
  
Josef,

That's very interesting. Tell me how you arrived at your conclusions.


How To Love Step Children
  
Part II -

I am proud of you, Donna, and happy that your relationship with your step-daughter is so close. Seriously! But you have to understand that you are the exception to the rule. My story is much more typical. The children who grow inside your own body (near your heart) are always going to have a special place that I'm not sure step-children can occupy. Maybe the fact that your step-daughter was so small had something to do with it? I'm not sure, but I admire you and your great love.


How To Love Step Children
  
Donna,

I did not say that I couldn't love another woman's child. I said that I believe it is impossible to love another woman's child "exactly like you love your own." Re-read both the question and my response. Step children are a challenege and, if you don't think they are, then you haven't been there. Even Christian couselors (I've been there - done that) agree that it is tough to make a blended family work. Best case senario? A friendship with your spouses children.


How To Love Step Children
  
Your husband can "want" all he likes, but the truth is that it is impossible for a mother to love another person's children like she loves her own. I truly believe this. Maybe, if she raised that child from an infant, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. The most you can be is a friend to this little girl, and that is what I would shoot for. Leave the disciplining up to her dad.



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