Just another WordPress.com site

It has been such a long time people! I have been extremely busy with school and everything. However, I really enjoyed this past weekend. We had a end-of-the-semester banquet this past Saturday, and all of the students got to share. It was so enjoyable to hear each one’s portion and to see how the Lord worked in each student this semester. Sunday was also great! A sister got baptized, and I got to blend with saints that I usually do not see. At first, I was hesitant to go to lunch with the saints and just wanted to go home to sleep. But praise the Lord! It was so enjoyable to spend time with fellow Christians. I really have been enjoying this hymn,Once by nature we were dead in sin. It is so good to get together in oneness to enjoy the Lord with other believers, and many times we need the body of Christ to bring us back into the enjoyment of the Lord.

Once by nature we were dead in sin,
In a world of utter discord;
But together God has quickened us,
Raised us up to sit together with the Lord.

Jesus is getting us together,
Come and see the saints in one accord.
His love is knitting us together,
To the stature of the fullness of the Lord.

Thus with all saints we can apprehend
All the vast dimensions of God.
Knowing Christ’s love passes all we know,
We’re together filled to fullness with our God.

Now we know the purpose of our God,
Visible the mystery became:
Christ, the church, together now we see,
And together put the enemy to shame.

For this cause we pray the Father God—
Strengthen Thou with might our inner man;
Make Yourself at home in all our hearts,
Root us, ground us in Your love and for Your plan.

In the Body we’ll be fitly framed
As the many members Christ supply;
Working in the measure of each part,
All by growth in love the Body edify.

Now we’re one His purpose to fulfill,
As the one new man of His plan.
Unto Him be glory in the church,
And in Jesus Christ forevermore—Amen!

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/1232#ixzz1fiVWGIk2

Advertisements

So, I just wrote a paper for my biology class, which focuses on artificial intelligence, about whether or not a machine can think and learn on its own without the interference of humans. I had to put my biases aside because one of first things that I thought of was Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Writing this paper has really got me thinking about whether or not this is possible. Of course I do not think it is possible. However, many people think it is indeed possible. There is something called the Turing Test, which places a human and a machine in a room, and an interrogator asks a series of questions to both. However, questions such as really difficult math questions cannot be asked because the machine will most likely be able to answer quicker than the human. A person outside of the room has to guess who is the human and who is the machine. If the person cannot guess, and the machine fools the human, then the machine can think. What do you all think about this? Can a machine think and learn on its own? Why or why not? What about a machine having a soul? The Lord clearly states that we, man, were made to be His dwelling place. However, putting all Biblical talk aside at first, can you tell me what you think scientifically about this subject, and then tell me what you think Biblically, only after you have used science, although science can go with the Bible?

Praying for Others

I am really enjoying the matter of praying for others.  Many times I have the concept that I need to pray only for myself and for my problems and material wants.  However, there is also a need to pray for others.  When I do pray for others I have the concept of only praying for the Saints, those close to me, or other Christians.  Although this is good, there is also a need to pray for those who are not close to us and even for our enemies.  God desires for all of us to be one in His body.  I enjoyed James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.  The petition of a righteous man avails much in its working.”  Sometimes the Lord gives us something to pray for, but because it concerns someone other than ourselves we may ignore this.  Those who you think about the least or those who you do not like are also the ones who you need to pray for.  You can also pray with others as well as pray by yourself.  Praying with others is so wonderful because then we can bare one another’s burdens.  However, there is also a need to pray alone and have personal time and prayer with the Lord.  Some other verses that I enjoyed were Matthew 5:38-48.  These verses are great!  They tell us that we should not only speak to those in the Church life but also those who are not in the Church life.  What good would it do to only pray or speak to those who are Christians or like ourselves.  We need to spread God’s word to everyone and pray for everyone.  God is someone “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth”, 1Timothy 2:4.

I really enjoyed this hymn that we sang in my home meeting.  We sing this whenever someone is leaving.  The couple that the home belongs to told us that us college students coming to their home keeps them going.  This amazed me because I always thought it was the other way around, and that their home meeting keeps us college students and community saints going.  However, it is a mutual feeling.  We keep each other standing firm in the Lord.  It is really encouraging and wonderful to realize how much one has become built up into the Body of Christ.  We all need one another just as God needs us.  So, stand firm in the Lord because it not only keeps you going but also those around you.  “I live, if you stand firm in the Lord.  You live, if I stand firm in the Lord.  My going on is for you.  Your going on is for me.  Not separate entities, I need you saints desperately!”

  1. I’m thankful that God has placed me
    With you to build up His Body.
    Christ in you is the hope for me!
    You also need Christ lived in me.
                    (Chorus)
               I live, if you stand firm in the Lord
               You live, if I stand firm in the Lord.
               My going on is for you,
               Your going on is for me,
               Not sep’rate entities,
               I need you saints desp’rately!
  1. Oh, what a sweet church life have we!
    Built up in Him, His bride to be!
    In Him steadfast, you help me be;
    Encouraged by Christ whom I see.
  2. Your faith in Christ helps me pursue;
    My progress depends upon you!
    As I seek Christ, with you in view,
    My heart, full of prayers, is for you.
  3. God’s heart longs, desires that we,
    His lovers, seek Him corp’rately.
    On each other spent constantly;
    My life is for you, yours for me.
  4. I want to encourage you all,
    Without your supply I would fall.
    Never think that your Christ is small.
    Christ needs you, and so do we all.

We Need to be Washed

I really enjoyed the matter this week in the Morning Revival about being washed.  Just like most of us would not eat before washing our hands, the same is true with the Lord.  We wash our hands before we eat to get rid of the dirt from the world.  We also need to be washed from the defilement of the world and our sins.  When we confess our sins we are washed by the Lord’s blood.  However there is a second washing, the washing by the water of the Word.  One way that we can get this washing is by pray-reading His Word.  Just take a verse and really pray over the verse.  Eventually you will touch your spirit and become washed in His Word.  The Lord is the Spirit and the Word, so whenever you touch His Word you are touching Christ Himself!

We Are All The Same

In my home meeting I really enjoyed that we need to forget about our concepts, and realize that we are all the same and are all brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Does it matter if a certain group of Christians have a rock band or a gospel choir or if they have no band at all?  No!  Does it matter whether or not everyone dresses up for service?  No!  Does it make one group better than the other if they have more members or if their meeting hall is more fancy?  No!  As brothers and sisters in the Lord we need not judge others.  John 8:15-17 says, “You judge according to the flesh;  I judge no one.  But even if I do judge, My Judgement is true, for I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me.”  We need to lead with our spirit not our human flesh.  If our flesh was good for something then we would not need redemption.  Praise the Lord we have our spirit!

Romans 14:1-13 are excellent verses that testify that we should not judge one another due to our own concepts, but we should embrace each other.  Romans 14:10-11 says, “But you, why do you judge your brother?  Or you, why do you despise your brother?  For we all stand before the judgement seat of God, For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall openly confess to God.”  There needs to be no divisions among ourselves, and the secret to this is letting the Lord live through us and with us.

I had to speak because I am just really enjoying Christ today! Before coming to college, I rarely read the Bible, but then I met Christian Students on Campus about four years ago. Joining this group has definitely changed my life for the better. It has been four years now since I have been with Christian Students on Campus, and I do not think I have enjoyed the Lord more than I have and still am in college. They really emphasize reading the Word, which is God Himself, praying, calling on the name of the Lord, and being with the saints.

One thing that I have enjoyed and still am enjoying here at UT is calling on the name of the Lord, especially during the stressful week of finals. At first, I thought “Whoa this is weird.” However, it allows me to really get into my spirit by saying, “Oh Lord Jesus!” When we call on Him, he answers us. When you call someone you know, do they acknowledge you or just ignore you? Surely, they would respond back unless of course they did not hear you. The same is with the Lord. He responds back to us when we call on His name. It is almost like being at a concert or a football game at UT. Can you be silent at a concert or at a football game? Maybe you can, but inwardly you probably want to shout along with everyone else because you are so excited. This is my experience with the Lord. It is great to call on Him from our spirit, both aloud and inwardly.

Christian Students on Campus really helped me with this matter. At one time I even felt that I was not saved, but some sisters gave me a verse in Romans 10:13, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All we have to do is believe and call! Romans 10:14 goes on to say that “How then shall they call upon Him into whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe into Him of whom they have not heard. And how shall they hear without one who proclaims Him?” We have faith, believe, and hear through His Word, which is just God Himself.

Have you ever thought of God as being the Word? Well, He is. John 1:1 says,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”I never realized before that God spoke the Earth into existence. If he did not speak we would not be here today! I also really enjoyed that because we are mingled with God, and He is living in out spirit we also can speak forth His Word. The Lord can speak through us and for us.

Reading the Bible is awesome! Before coming to college and meeting Christian Students on Campus, I did not like to read the Bible because it was difficult for me to understand. However, they linked me to this site called Bibles for America where I could get a free Bible called The Recovery Version. The Recovery Version is great! It has footnotes to help you understand the Bible more along with cross references. It is wonderful to enjoy the Lord each and every day moment by moment!