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I like to make others laugh and enjoy simple things in life. I also play video and roleplaying games. I am a minister of sorts and also enjoy discussing scripture of the Bible when it is not useless debate.

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Hakuna Matata 8: "Who do I say you are?" ha, thats amazing grace! your testimonies always makes me cry Dan! beyond impossible, God makes miracles! Thank God! And nice shoes! Walk by faith! Praise God, He use you as a vessel to save those who are lost! yay!
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ArtistOfWords: When chatting and going about our day to day social routine, we all encounter a variety of people. Some are kind, some not so much. Some are thoughtful, others are clueless. Some knowledgeable, and others lost in the woods.

What I find truly to be of worth in discussion are those who are some kind of leader of the church in an online fashion. How should that person measure up?

From an outside point of view, those who host a room here have their names in bold lettering. This shows distinction from the average chatter.

This person in this regard is regarded by many as a leader of that online Christian community. Some agree and some disagree on various points but we all should learn to agree on this; our words and actions are always watched by others.

Some folks have insulted or thought ill of these room hosts for one reason or another. What I'd like to do is have anyone who reads this to take a moment and think with a humble heart...is it my fault? By my insert your own name.

What many fail to realize is that when you are viewed as a leader in these Christian rooms, you are viewed in much the same way as a deacon or pastor.

Some are quick to say oh well that is not me and it truly does not matter how you view yourself but rather that your demeanor is either a blessing or a curse to the ministry as a whole to the entire church.

As the book of James teaches, some of you should not be teachers. In a similar but slightly different way Hebrews shows us that some of you should be teachers by now but you lack spiritual maturity and are still on milk rather than meat in regards to your walk.

Let's look at a few verses and pay careful attention because I don't k ow when or if this will resonate with each reader that this is you. If you find one of these is you then count it a blessing to know your fault so that you may repent of it and do better.

An overseer could be viewed in an online community as the leader or owner of a room devoted to Christian topics. Another name for them is sometimes pastor, bishops, and priests.

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
1 Timothy 3:1-3 ESV

This person according to scripture should not be one who others easily are able to mock because of their behavior and words. This person should be gentle and welcoming. They should be able to explain the gospel in a way understood by others and they should not be constantly fighting or arguing for any reason.

He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
1 Timothy 3:4‭-‬5 ESV

Most of us do not see how the family of each person reacts online so while important, this point we can reserve for the person's local church to see

He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:6‭-‬7 ESV

The enthusiasm and zeal of new Christians is admirable but is because of their excitement for the Lord that they may be trapped and led astray while thinking they are serving the Lord. They do not yet have the spiritual maturity to lead well. We need to love them but use caution when assigning leadership to them.

Furthermore, if a person is known to have a less than desirable reputation then it becomes easy for others to not only attack them but also anyone associated with them and the ministry they partake in.

We can look at the hosts who help the owner many times as the same as deacons of an online church and there is still a responsibility here.

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
1 Timothy 3:8‭-9 ESV

This person should carry the general respect of those assembled. They won't say one thing and do another. That would be hypocritical. They shouldn't be looking to get ahead in some odd popularity game with others. They should have a true and humble fear and admiration of the Lord.

And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
1 Timothy 3:10 ESV

A person should not be soon put in a position of authority. We should welcome them and observe not only what they say but their interactions over a period of time before making that decision. Does this person reflect your views or values as a believer?

Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.
1 Timothy 3:11‭-‬12 ESV

Once again this applies to the family that online interactions may never see. It could also apply though to those who are closest to the person such as when dating.

For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:13 ESV

It is a high calling to do either of these positions. Let's remember though, this story is not about YOU. This gospel, this story, it is about the Lord Jesus Christ. Once again, you may dispute this but what is your testimony before others by your words and actions while in this online community.

Pray for, love, and lift up your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all part of a sacred ministry that has been entrusted to us. Be humble. Be kind. Be the Jesus you talk about before others. God bless you all.
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Hakuna Matata 8: Awesome! So true, Amen to that, Dan. Help me, I know I'm guilty of violent and I'm no gentle! oh nose! this cant be! I know I'm mean, I always want to get my bread knife to scare my siblings coz they hard headed. I get irritated to moronic.. then I turned moronic too, This is scary. Sigh now i remember the fruit of spirit, be a role model, be humble, grow spiritually, and may God reveal all the areas that I need to change! Im not sure about being a host in Christian room, I hope I'm not being a bad example. wut you think dan?
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ArtistOfWords: Quit praising God for your situation and start praising God for His reputation. Everyone is one of three things. You are either in a storm, heading into a storm, or coming out of a storm. No matter where you are realize that God is still in control and make a habit of praising God at all times for his live, mercy, and goodness are the same at whatever hour of the storm you may find yourself in.
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flowing2hands: Amen! Thank you
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wheelgirl: Praise God! So true. He is still reigning in all situations we go through. He never changes.
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Hakuna Matata 8: Amen to that! absolutely right!
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Rachem: Happy Birthday;!!
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flowing2hands: Happy birthday!!! 🥳
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Hakuna Matata 8: Yay! Happy Birthday Dan!, God bless! 🎂🍰🎂🎈🎈🎈
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ArtistOfWords: Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

1 Corinthians 15:8‭-‬10 ESV

Our experiences in life both good and bad make us uniquely equipped to function in a particular way for a calling higher than we often think we are able. What are you uniquely equipped to do?
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ArtistOfWords: And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10 ESV

So many people say they are believers in Jesus. It's what is known as good in many neighborhoods across the country.

Believing has a dual component though if it is to be biblically honest and true. One must hold an idea to be true and then one must act accordingly to that belief held to be true.

This verse begins to show just a glimpse Jesus gave in parable about those who will not be ready when he comes.

They were not ready when the master called and sadly it will be the same way for many believers on that day that Jesus comes to take his church home.

How many times and how many ways are we told to be ready? When we hear of him arriving it will be too late for us to start acting the part of a believer.

The days of Sunday Christianity will come to a swift end on that day. Simply because we will be left outside the gates and told to depart I never knew you.

I don't know who may read this whether ghost or friend but I have to ask...Are you ready?
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ArtistOfWords: I'm about to head out for another blessing filled service at church. Now some may say how do you know this service will be blessed and I just I know who my God is, his character and his attributes and his promises. This leads me to a word of encouragement for all my friends here. Do you know Jesus the way He wants you to know Him? Is he your savior, best friend...is he your everything? I encourage each of you to spend some time right now as you read this and take a moment to pray and just soak in the relationship Jesus wants to have with you. Then after you've spent that time in communion return to serving Him the way you once did or in the ways you now should begin, loving God with your whole heart and serving one another as loving neighbors, brothers and sisters...all built up in the same faith.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6‭-‬7 ESV
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ArtistOfWords: About to have our second tent revival service in 30 minutes in Humansville, Missouri at LifeChurch, can't wait to get going and expecting God to move in amazing ways.
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ArtistOfWords: Just got home from revival service and God is so good. So many folks responded to the call on their spirit to come to a saving condition with Jesus. I seen at least three dozen folks healed of various conditions of illness and sickness of body and mind. Praising God for his goodness and reminding anyone that reads this that the same promises are for you too.
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ArtistOfWords in reply to The_7rh_ArchAngel: Hopefully in a week or so...lots of work and not much time for those guys to do it right now.
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ArtistOfWords: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 12:25 ESV

Anytime we find ourselves burdened with anxiety, agitation, fears, depression, and worries we undoubtedly go through emotional valleys. Sometimes when we are in these places it can be hard to believe that God is still with us even though He often carries us through them.

It is during these difficult times when we have not only an opportunity but an obligation given by God to lift up our brothers and sisters. We listen to their concerns and, however we are able, we should offer a kind and encouraging word. Sometimes this is all that is needed to help ease the burden of another. It is guided and in step with the Holy Spirit and is a mark of spiritual character in both the believer who utters it and in the believer who receives it and holds it close to their heart.
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