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Religious Rituals Save You
"You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only." (James 2:24) And James, in this same chapter gives examples of works which justify. They are not religious ritual works. They are not pre-planned copy-cat items. These are works of *personally* loving needy people (14-18), God (19-24) and His servants (25-26). And while we do works in God's love, God's love is curing our character so we become more and more just (justified) like how God's love in us is so right and the only right love to live. So, God's works exercise us in His love so we get stronger in this love (1 Peter 3:4) and become more pleasing to Him so we are ready for Jesus (1 John 4:17).

Why Churches Don't Counsel
2 Timothy 2:4 says, "No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." A pastor needs to not get tangled in "affairs of this life" . . . "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) And, during each sermon, a true pastor gives us what can help us do well in our marriages. So, the counsel *has* been given! And their *example* is there for us, if we have Biblical pastoring couples (1 Timothy 3:1-10).

The right people possibly *have* reached to the couple, but in private. Plus, possibly, there *has* been *prayer* reaching, but the couple has refused God.

Can I Continue To Sin
Jesus did say, "sin no more" (John 8:11). But maybe the adulteress still had her nasty character and desires witch could get her to seek what she got by sinning. But Jesus knew what is possible with God, and Jesus said "no more".

If we get with Jesus, we become one with each other so we are very different than when we were more isolated and independent. God's love is beautifully pure and pleasant and personally caring, making us "tenderhearted" *together* (Ephesians 4:32, 1 Peter 3:8), making us so different than we used to be.

So, if I'm doing the same sin over and over, I'm missing out on this, and God wants to forgive me *and* change me to share like this with Him and all the others.

Can I Continue To Sin
Rhonda, you said, "sinning against one another is all together different than sinning against God". What you mean "could" be altogether different than what I'm thinking about (c:

David does say to the LORD, "Against You, You only, have I sinned," in Psalm 51:4. And Jesus does say that what we do "to the least" of His brothers and sisters is what we do to Him (Matthew 25:34-46). So, how we sin against one another can be against Jesus. Also, our bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness against each other grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:31-32).

But, by "sinning against one another", maybe you mean doing what someone doesn't like but what doesn't matter to God.

Does Evil Come From God
To create something does not have to mean it was created from nothing, at all. You can create what comes from what already exists, like using clay to create a pot. So, if God "creates evil", this can mean He is using what already exists and then developing where it goes and what it does. And so, if the people of Israel turned against God, He could have "evil" come to mess with them. He could channel evil people's energy so they come against the Jews, and this could interfere with the disobedient Jews so they did not get into much worse self-destruction like they would if "evil" had not gotten in their way.

Can I Continue To Sin
"Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'" (Matthew 18:21-22) If God expects us humans to forgive "up to seventy times seven", then I offer that God is willing to be more generous to forgive us, than He expects us to be.

Also, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16) God includes us in His process of getting us "healed" so we do not keep on sinning.

Prayer About Anything
It says, "Test all things, hold fast what is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21) This would mean to find out what *God* wants that is good. So, in "all things", I would say, we need to be in prayer communicating with God, to test what is the good that He wants in every situation.

And this would include testing to see where our *attention* belongs. So, we need to test for what God wants our prayer to be about.

It's like if you are in a special relationship with someone. Your relating will effect where your attention goes (c:

How To Pray In The Bible
Possibly, the "Lord's Prayer" is almost the whole of John chapter seventeen. Jude says, "praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God" (in Jude 20-21). In God's love, this love has us praying, "Our Father . . ." while this love has us so perfectly enjoying Him, deeply desiring, "Your will be done," since Your love so satisfies to want to please You, Our Heavenly Father. And Your love makes us so eager to trust You to provide the "daily bread" You please to give us, and satisfied to forgive, in love. So, this prayer is meant to be not just a recitation but the process of how love has us relating with God.

Not Right For Each Other Divorce
"Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife." (1 Corinthians 7:9-10)

This means how God's love will make this work, not how we may "try" and fail. But there are ways the "faithful" spouse can make it *tempting* for the other to be a cheater. And . . . I would say not to try to compete with what is attracting the cheater to a person who would help the cheater betray a marriage. That's not "likely" to be a Christian who is doing that. Charm and smooth talking and attention are no substitute for God's love.

Saved Same As Born Again
I think what you are sharing is beautiful, Donna. Why worry about what labels to put on it ? ? ? (c:

Why Is God So Far Away
We first need to be concerned about being pleasing to You, LORD our Father, not mainly concerned about how we are feeling but what You are feeling so You are pleased. God does have feelings.

"rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 3:4)

While we are being pleasing to God in His love's "gentle and quiet spirit", we also are enjoying Him in His own "incorruptible beauty". But this is in quietness. So, Satan attacks quietness with boredom and loneliness so we fear becoming quiet where we can meet God.

Bishop Eddie Long Sex Scandle
In our church, we had Mass on Sunday, and we might not see the priest for the rest of the week. So, that left a lot of time for him to find other things to do, without us Sunday people seeing what he did. So, maybe some of these leaders abusing people have been in charge of a lot of Sunday-only people. Ones with an uncomfortable conscience "might" be glad not to be around their pastors, at other times. Keeping people feeling guilty can help to keep them elsewhere.

But, of course, a number of pastors have meetings and ministerial get-togethers and choir rehearsals, etc. during the week. Not all are alike. With God, we can tell the difference between a person of love, versus a predator.

Fate Of Isolated People Groups
Pray for these people.

Husband Using Dating Sites
Should you divorce him? Things can change. You two are unique people, and your relationship is unique. So, we pray you get with God, more, so you enjoy His presence and how He leads you, creatingly in love. You will be surprised at the good He will have for you. But what will your husband do? Mmm . . . ah . . . er . . . he could do something else. That would be tragic for him, though he can repent, at any time. So, haven't you gotten to know him, more or less? Love him as he is, by giving and saying the good things you can. You do not need to try to compete with what cheating type women can tempt him with, since what they have has nothing to do with love. God bless you!

Can A Priest Be Called Father
"For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." (1 Corinthians 3:15) So, Paul was saying they *needed* people who were "fathers" . . . ones who would therefore be called "fathers" or a "father", I guess. Plus, Paul said he had *begotten* them through the Gospel: they were not begotten physically, butspiritually, so Paul was *spiritually* their father, but this is in sharing with God of whom love's spiritual begetting comes. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God," (2 Corinthians 3:5)

Obama Causes Poverty Increases
Before President Obama was elected, didn't the U.S. already have a number of companies setting up employment in other countries, resulting in many people losing jobs and getting payed less? This started before President Obama was in office. The Constitution guarantees the "right" of "freedom of enterprise", to operate how companies like in order to make a legal profit. And people buy the products of ones who have sent jobs overseas. So, why aren't we talking about how the voters have helped support companies who have sold out American workers? Ones voted for him plus support those companies. Let the one without sin cast the first stone? But why shouldn't our neighbor be loved by getting some of what Americans have had?

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