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All to often is seems that there is controversy between people on forum topics. So, I'd like to suggest we all take a moment and focus on something that we can agree on! The praise God deserves from us!!

Please use this discussion to unite as one family under God!

I'll get us started...

I give praise to God for bringing so many wonderful people into my life recently and for being so patient with me as I grow in my relationship with Him. Thank You God for being so loving and kind to me! Amen

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Good Topic Jodie. we do owe everything to God. We simply cannot thank Him and praise him enough for His Gifts, As we learn to do that more, our thoughts will be lifted heavenward and our joy more complete.

AO has many different people in many different theological positions. Some here will be blessed and learn truth that is life-changing., which should be never-ending;including through the endless ages of eternity Others come on to promote false doctrines doing their "evangelism."

Many are at various stages of sanctification and may yet exhibit much of the Christian graces we need.Some who are tares delight in controversy, and attack all who present the straight testimony. I doubt we ever see good unity on this site.

We who really seek to put on Christ can still learn much from the interacting of different mindsets. Through our trials, if we submit to Him, He will refine our character. Words spoken in truth and love can turn minds heavenward. Thanks for your contribution to this principle.

Zep 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over you with singing.

Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psa 100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.

Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Psa 100:3 Know you that the LORD he is God: it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name.

Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.

I give praise to God for His patience with me. He is a forgiving God, and teaches us to trust Him. I forget that at times. Thank You, Jesus!
Hi Jodie,

What a breath of fresh air, to replace so much of the residual vitriol that passes for fellowship, on this forum.

I am not now suggesting that we all thoughtlessly agree with each other, for the sake of complying with Paul, who recommended that we all speak the same thing. However, in our attempt to resolve some of our reasonable differences in perspectives, consequences of our individual 'environments', we need to deliberately demonstrate a much higher level of CHRISTIAN COURTESY.

Many of us would remember the general ed course in OTB. The life cycle of the group requires the organic progression from STORMING to PERFORMING. Even among the disciples of Jesus, this process was evident. But have we learned nothing, through the years, of the grace of God? Has God's Holy Spirit not been working in our hearts to effect the meaningful growth through the transforming of our minds?
'Being right' is so important to many of us, that it supersedes the need to being a 'child of God'. ( yes, there are times when we must be uncompromising in defending the non-negotiables of our faith; but HOW to do is as equally important as WHAT to do).

We should remember that 'courtesy is the fragrance that the flower exudes upon the hand that crushes it' and temper all our interactions by this adage.

The real blue-chip negotiator, is the one who operates with a fist of iron that is well cladded in a glove of velvet. He intends, always, to leave something on the table, so that while his touch may be firm, it's always smooth. Taking the glove off, is always a last resort.

We often consume the breath that God's benevolence has provided, on things that do not contribute to the advancing of the purposes of His kingdom. So with a resounding concurrence I say, "Let every thing that breathes, PRAISE THE LORD"
I thank God for the perpetual assurance He has provided for me when, looking at me He said, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love. With lovingkindness have I drawn thee." From the very bottom on my heart I say, PRAISE BE TO YOU, GOD ALMIGHTY.


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