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Family protection prayer against Proverb 6−16 wrongdoer young adult groups, whenever buying burger king or utensil for church

 posted by: Toro Nagai Michiko on 11/19/2018

Taking taxi ride is expensive but cab driver advise us that not to drive your own because many accident were intentionally done by professional drivers here in Japan. Read More

prayer request

 posted by: li cross on 11/16/2018

Prayer request : Sorry, please pray for that not to lost my job in the Administration Wing to preach the gospel, thank you. Read More

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Bullying

 posted by: Robert on 11/15/2018

Pray Derek's Bully will feel great fear when he sees Derek. Pray Derek's Bully will feel great Terror when he sees Derek and will not want to go near him. Read More

Protection against black magic and curse

 posted by: Fernanda Gomes de Melo on 10/25/2018

To protect Lukas Flucht (born on 11 of December of 1988) from a black magic, demonic oppression and curse. Please pray as much as you can, this situation is out of control now. Thank you Fernanda Read More

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Please pray

 posted by: Edmund Krzeminski on 10/22/2018

[We read] In the King James Bible, Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." O God, please help us... Read More

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Nostalgia: Handle with Care

 

Nostalgia: Handle with Care 

“Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
IT’S HARD TO REACH FORWARD AND BACKWARD AT THE SAME TIME. Yet I fear that’s the very thing we often try to do. We say we’re reaching forward, but the pull of nostalgia can tug at our hearts so strongly that we catch ourselves trying to make the world like it USED to be rather than the way it OUGHT to be, as if “used to be” and “ought to be” were exactly synonymous. The net effect of our exertions in life is often more backward than forward.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and not many folks love it any more than I do. But nostalgia must be handled with care. If we don’t watch out, it can hinder us in our journey toward God. So here are a few tips on enjoying the past in a helpful, healthful way.
(1) WHATEVER GOOD MAY HAVE BEEN DONE PREVIOUSLY, TODAY IS THE ONLY DAY ANY NEW ACTIVITY CAN BE DONE. We can enjoy the past, and we can certainly learn from it. But yesterday’s work is already done, and that work won’t suffice for today. Thinking about the past (or anything else, for that matter) can’t be a substitute for today’s action.
(2) WE MUST LEARN TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST WITHOUT WORSHIPING IT. Having the right attitude toward past, present, and future is a matter of BALANCE. If there are good things about the days gone by, we must love those things neither too little nor too much. Maintaining that balance requires making frequent adjustments.
(3) EVEN IF THE PAST WAS BETTER THAN THE PRESENT IN SOME WAYS, IT IS FRUITLESS TO WONDER WHY. None of us — not even the philosophers — have enough information to answer the question, “Why is the world changing as it is?” The farmer must stick to seed-sowing and not worry too much why the weather’s not what it used to be.
When we get to wondering “Why were the former days better than these?” we need to understand that THE PAST WASN’T REALLY AS WONDERFUL AS WE REMEMBER IT. After all, our memories are quite selective, remembering a few pleasant things and forgetting others that weren’t so pleasant. So while the good old days may do our hearts good to ponder, they don’t serve very well as a goal for the future.
“Through the centuries the people have dreamed of a Golden Age and longed for its return, unconscious that they dream of a day that has never been” (Guy E. Shipler).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com

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