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speerjp1

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  1. Panicking serves no one - not yourself, not the people who are suffering, and not the planet. Allow yourself to trust that there is a larger purpose and that it may not be necessary for you to know that purpose at this time. Allow yourself to have faith that ultimately, all will be well.

  2. Not long ago I was preaching at a local church and the Sunday school class I sat in on (ages 18-30 or so) was discussing spiritual discernment and maturity. The definition I gave to them for spiritual maturity was as follows: Spiritual maturity should be the ever increasing state of a believer's spiritual life when he ceases to constantly attempt to justify what he wants to do by pointing to the things that aren't clearly spelled out in God's word, and he begins to seek only to glorify God through simple obedience to the commands that are clearly spelled out in His word. Once the maturing
  3. I'm a dad again! Ava was born @ 1:49 pm weighing in @ 7 lb. 9 oz. and measuring 19.5" long... pics soon to follow.

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    2. Brother Rick
    3. John81

      John81

      Congratulations!

    4. 282Mikado

      282Mikado

      Congratulations! Don't know if you'll remember me; I used to frequent here about three years ago. I came back to check on someone and found a friend of mine, Ted Snyder on here. He's a good man. Thought I'd look around some and found you again. We just had a daughter too, on April 8, 2011. Sarah Grace came in @ 10:23 AM. 20" long and 7 lbs. 6 oz. She is a true blessing. Congratulations again and God Bless.

  4. First day of Grand Jury duty is history... just 11 more to go: once per month for the rest of the year.

    1. Ocracoke_Pelican

      Ocracoke_Pelican

      Never been called for Grand Jury duty but always thought it would be interesting.

  5. Really thankful for our family traditions right now! Our Christmas Eve tradition is to have a pizza any way we want, which happens ONLY at Christmas. This year it was simple, but really good... Little Caesar's large with extra cheese and extra bacon.

    1. John81

      John81

      We had pizza at my daughters tonight. Four different kinds to please everyone.

  6. Well... it will be three statuses in one day. I got an early birthday gift from Greenville County when I checked the mail tonight. I got JURY DUTY!! Wahoo! :-)

    1. John81

      John81

      Yep, proof you're all grown up now! ;-)

  7. Last day of my 20's! Had a successful time at the gun show and a good time doing some Christmas shopping after that. Now, I'm being tempted by the chicken enchiladas Heather is preparing for lunch tomorrow. It smells so good in the house now!

  8. I had a great Thanksgiving Day with my family and realized even more of the good things I have to be thankful for.

    1. HappyChristian

      HappyChristian

      Wonderful. Good to hear from you. Tell your wife I said hello!

  9. I just voted and the poll worker told me that our precinct had gone over 50% today. That's good news for a mid-term!

  10. For all who are interested, when our daughter is born early next year, we will be naming her Ava Gayle Speer.

    1. John81
    2. PastorMatt

      PastorMatt

      Awesome, thanks for sharing.

    3. HappyChristian

      HappyChristian

      Congrats!!! You quiver is filling...=D

  11. anticipating a great couple of days in Charleston with my love! :-)

  12. Hi, all! For Mitch: The Bible does indeed give at least one differentiation between men and women's attire: men are often told to have thier "loins gird" in all sorts of various daily activities. Women in the Bible are never commanded to do so. The one passage where this apparently occurs is in Proverbs 31. However, since it is also apparent that this chapter has more to do with church typology than the supposed "Proverbs 31 Woman," it is more figurative and pertains to the church, the Bride of Christ. So there is your consistent difference between men and women's attire according to
  13. For all who have yet to hear, Heather is due in February with our second child! She is about 11 weeks along right now and is getting better after about 3 weeks of nausea. :-)

    1. Miss Linda

      Miss Linda

      How wonderful!! Congratulations!! "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalms 127:3).

    2. PastorMatt

      PastorMatt

      Congratulations!! Thanks for letting us know.

    3. HappyChristian

      HappyChristian

      That is SO wonderful! Congratulations!!

  14. I will speak from personal experience to give a demonstration of how I was convicted by this verse more than ten years ago. When I was around 14 or 15 I got into the habit of adding the words "just kidding" to the end of almost every statement I made because hardly anything I said was ever said in seriousness. I would say things that were mostly unkind jokes that were pretty benign, but it often would go to far into sarcasm (which I also struggled with for a while). I finally heard a preacher mention this passage in a sermon and, while I cannot remember his application, I can tell you tha
  15. Galatians 6:2 says "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." The other week, I was asked to fill a pulpit on short notice. It was almost immediately that the Lord burdened my heart with the thought of caring for one another within the church. If we read further into Galatians 6, we find that verse 10 says that we should "do good unto all men, especially unto them who are the household of faith." What about those who are in our very households, though? Should we care for them? Should we prefer them? Should we humble ourselves and consider their needs before we consi
  16. Proverbs 14:16 says "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident." I recently saw the title of a new book out by Max Lucado called "Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear". I have not read this book so I cannot endorse it or criticize it in any way, but the title struck me as something to consider within the context of the home. Imagine your home life without fear. Fathers and husbands, imagine having no fear when it comes to making hard choices and tough decisions for righteousness' sake. Think what it would be like to know of some scriptural com
  17. "Honest, Leroy, I just fount this huntin' forewiller sittin' in the road. Nex' season I kin haul 4 deers at oncet!"
  18. JOB's wife spoke out of despair when she advised him to curse God and die. JOB still had faith in God and trusted the he knew what was best. It seems that, once JOB reminded her of the foolishness of her proposed solution, she realized her folly and corrected herself. It is important that we do not treat Bible characters more harshly than God treated them. Some, like JOB's wife, Peter, and Sarah, are treated horribly from pulpits everywhere, while God was much more forgiving and far less condemning. I think one of the most wonderful points of the story of JOB is the last chapter where he
  19. The NT commands for the home are in perfect harmony with the commands found in the OT. The first relationship a husband and wife have is one of being brother and sister in Christ and of being joint heirs with Him and of being fellow laborers for the Lord. In addition to that relationship, we also have the responsibility as husband and wife to exemplify the relationship between Christ and the church and we should strive to have homes as different from the world's idea of the "home" as much as we strive to be separated personally. It is all about moderation and each individual taking persona
  20. I agree that the help a wife should give her husband is largely spiritual, but there are instances, even in regular day to day living, that she is to be of help in a physical way as well. If something can be accurately said in reference to Christ and his church, then, generally speaking, that same thing can be said of the husband and wife and their relationship.
  21. When you are in such a difficult position, you have to do two thing: First, try to take the laughter and teasing without offense and simply as friendly ribbing. Second, when your husband is in a position where he can't make necessary arrangements for the household, such as he is, you should seek help and guidance from family and elder brothers in Christ. For instance, my brother was in Afghanistan a couple of years ago and could not take care of his house. While he was away, his wife, who had their first child while he was gone, stayed with Christian friends and family, all of whom hel
  22. If you don't think you are capable of doing something, you are in the perfect position to totally rely on God's power and strength to work through you in your relationship. What is an example of something in which you consider yourself incapable?
  23. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010 Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Until recently I have always viewed the "help" and "meet" as two words pushed together to be an adjective of what a wife should be-a helpmeet. As I was reading through Genesis a few weeks ago it "dawned" on me that Eve was created to be a help that was meet (sufficient) for Adam. In studying the Bible for the things necessary for a Biblical home, one cannot overlook the role that a Christian wife must play in the home. We have examples all thro
  24. Another thing to consider while noticing the apparent lack of conflict in the lives of those who are in less Biblically sound congregations is the fact that there IS a lack of conflict. Soldiers on the battlefield are far more likely to be wounded and killed than those soldiers who are not fighting at all. Defend the faith, stand for Christ, seek God's kingdom and righteousness and you, by virtue of being in the fight, will have conflict.
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