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  1. God has been speaking to me through the book of the prophet Joel in the Taurat. I hope you enjoy this poem I wrote based on its meaning and how God has been working in my heart. Joel Joel 1-2 I was SO close. I had waited SO long. How did everything go so wrong? I was almost there. Within reach of my goal. But somehow things slipped out of control. All I had worked for, All my hope was upon, All of it is now suddenly gone. Just as the farmer whose crop is lost by the plague, Or the virgin whose be
  2. That's a great question! For one thing, I am not a Jew so I do not feel completely qualified to answer this. But the way that I interpret scripture is that there are present-day fulfillments of prophesy, spiritual fulfillments, and future fulfillments. In other words, I believe that these words of Joel were first fulfilled in Bible times when God delivered his people from the foreign armies that had invaded them and restored them to honor. AND I believe this prophesy is fulfilled spiritually in the lives of believers when we repent from our sin, and allow God to carry away the shame of ou
  3. I have been studying the book of the prophet Joel in the Taurat. And I am amazed by the way that God takes away that shame of His people, and honors them as His children. I can testify from my own life, that God has removed my shame and blessed me with honor. What a merciful and mighty God He is!! In the following verses, Israel had been invaded and destroyed by a foreign army that God had sent to punish them for their sin and rebellion. It was as if they had been a crop destroyed by a plague of locusts. And yet, when they repented and cried out to God for mercy, He had compassion on them
  4. I wish I had answers for you, my friend. But I admire your heart and desire to serve!! I am not sure how to get past those structural obstacles, but I do know that God will use your desires and lead you. I will be praying that He opens doors for you to be able to help those in need. There are certainly those in need of help, even in Western countries. After God called Gideon, He gave him everything he needed to follow through in obedience and be victorious. If we depend on Him, God fights our battles for us. I hope you will be able to see Him providing you with ways to live out your calling.
  5. I am so sorry for the persecution you faced in your own country. But I believe God has a reason for everything, including where we live. He still has a calling for you!!!
  6. I am glad that you are in agreement! And I also very much admire your sense of calling. I really believe that God has one for all of us! I understand your frustration of feeling like the people around you have everything they need and have a lost sense of humanity. But I think that people everywhere are suffering in some way. They might have all the material blessings they need, but perhaps they are in great spiritual need and could use encouragement from someone like you. But I also do believe that God has a special place in his heart for the poor, broken and needy. It's those who feel
  7. God has been speaking to me through the story of Gideon in the Taurat. One of my favorite parts of the story is in Judges 6:1-12. The Israelite people have been conquered and oppressed by the Midianites. Their land has been raided and impoverished. They are hiding in caves in fear of Midian. But they cry out to God for help. And so God chooses to call Gideon to be their leader and take back their land from the Midianites. When God comes to tell Gideon that He plans to use him to deliver the Isrealite people, Gideon is hiding in a winepress, tying to thresh wheat to hide it from the Midian
  8. I understand your frustration, my friend. And I am very sorry for the hypocrisy that you have seen. It is true that many who call themselves "Christians" do not really follow the teachings of Jesus, or even read the Bible for themselves. I do not agree with what the crusaders did any more than you do. I agree with you that there are many discrepancies in the way so called Christians have behaved in history and still today. I am also very sorry for the way your people are and have been persecuted. I respect your religion, even though I disagree with parts of it. And I am so sorry for those who
  9. Yes. I think that we need to treat all people with love and respect, but I do think God gives a special kind of love for brothers of the same faith.
  10. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. But if Jesus only meant for his followers to show love and kindness to each other, then why did he say, "Love your ENEMIES and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) He was clearly teaching that we should love all people, not just those who believe as we do. I love the following verses in Matthew 5:43-46: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborand hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evi
  11. With all due respect, I think the verses are referring to the way individuals should treat each other with kindness and dignity rather than about international relations. God bless you, my friend!
  12. Great question! I did a little research and found twenty different English translations, all using the word "sue." From what I can understand, the Greek word from which it's translated "krinó" means to judge, to decide or to condemn. So I think the intended meaning is that if someone decides that they can "judge and take" or "decide to take" your shirt, then you should also give them your cloak. The principle being that when someone decides to steal from you, you should still show them love. So I would agree that although it says "if anyone wants to sue you," the intended meaning is not t
  13. Yes, I agree that it is important to treat all people with kindness and respect because they are created by God. We don't have to like them, but we have to choose to love them with our actions...the same way that God loves us!
  14. I absolutely agree! It is sad how many Christians do not live out what they say they believe. True faith is always accompanied by action!!!
  15. I think it's a combination of both. We are all influenced by the faith of the family into which we were born, but I believe that at some point we have to choose to make our faith our own. Great question!
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