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    Post  AdamCollings on August 14th 2017, 6:54 pm

    I just realised, we should totally have a praise points thread on here.
    This community is great at sharing prayer points, and actually praying for each other when we say we will, but I think it could be equally important for us to share the victories with each other. We are told to approach God with thanksgiving.

    (not sure if prayer requests is the right sub-forum for this, so you might want to move it somewhere else Peater)
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    Post  AdamCollings on August 14th 2017, 6:58 pm

    I'll start the ball rolling with something that's not at all super-spiritual.

    We got our tax refund yesterday, and we have officially paid off our cruise! It's all starting to get a lot more real, which is very exciting.
    I sometimes wonder if I'm being too indulgent taking my family on a cruise ship, but then I remember what my pastor always says about how he prefers to give his family experiences rather than material things. This will be an amazing experience for our kids. Very educational, seeing another country, being surrounded by another culture. They'll remember it for the rest of their lives.
    So, praise God for the provision of our jobs, and the money we've managed to save for this adventure.
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    Post  Paeter on August 15th 2017, 9:35 am

    AdamCollings wrote:I just realised, we should totally have a praise points thread on here.
    This community is great at sharing prayer points, and actually praying for each other when we say we will, but I think it could be equally important for us to share the victories with each other. We are told to approach God with thanksgiving.

    (not sure if prayer requests is the right sub-forum for this, so you might want to move it somewhere else Peater)

    Great idea! So easy for me to focus on my needs and the negative that I lose sight of how God has already been faithful and gracious. (I think the thread is right at home in this space for now. I'll let you all know if my thinking changes on that.)


    As much as I can worry about the future, I want to praise Yahweh for the things I have today that I'm not entitled to:

    A body that functions without crippling pain.
    Opportunity to be useful to others in their spiritual growth.
    Financial resources to have food, medicine, fuel and a home.
    Beautiful and precious boys who place their trust in Jesus for forgiveness and have tender, affectionate hearts.
    A gorgeous wife who is even more beautiful in her character and commitment to daily walk with Jesus.
    A local church committed to the Bible and helping people seek truth and recapture the kind of true life we're meant to experience.
    People in our church who are willing to mentor or walk alongside me to invest in my growth.





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    Post  Reed Benson on August 15th 2017, 10:24 am

    Our time in the U.S. (we're going back to China in about a week).
    My hometown's public library system.
    The fact that I have no cavities when I thought for sure I was going to need at least one root canal!
    Our recent weather, especially how the rain has avoided us when we've travelled and spent long periods outside.
    Pretty much everything about my home church in America.
    The overt faith of a lot of the people I see at my church in China (which is actually an official, State-regulated church).
    My job back in China and the people I'm blessed to work with.
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    Post  Paeter on August 16th 2017, 8:53 am

    Reed Benson wrote:
    The overt faith of a lot of the people I see at my church in China (which is actually an official, State-regulated church).

    I've heard that some amazing things have been happening in the body of Christ in China in recent years! Thanks for the reminder! I'd love to pick your brain regarding your experience of that sometime! Praise Yahweh!


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    Post  Reed Benson on August 16th 2017, 12:48 pm

    Paeter wrote:
    Reed Benson wrote:
    The overt faith of a lot of the people I see at my church in China (which is actually an official, State-regulated church).

    I've heard that some amazing things have been happening in the body of Christ in China in recent years! Thanks for the reminder! I'd love to pick your brain regarding your experience of that sometime! Praise Yahweh!

    PM me or email my Gmail account (if you still have it). I probably shouldn't post about it too publicly.
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    Post  Paeter on August 17th 2017, 10:19 am

    Reed Benson wrote:[I've heard that some amazing things have been happening in the body of Christ in China in recent years! Thanks for the reminder! I'd love to pick your brain regarding your experience of that sometime! Praise Yahweh!

    PM me or email my Gmail account (if you still have it). I probably shouldn't post about it too publicly.[/quote]

    Makes sense. Thanks!


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    Post  Reed Benson on August 20th 2017, 3:14 pm

    I was rededicated at church today. I was baptized/dedicated as an infant, so today I basically "remembered my baptism" and reaffirmed what I was baptized for.

    And at the end of service, the pastor got my wife to come up and say the Lord's Prayer in Mandarin.
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    Post  Paeter on August 21st 2017, 10:57 am

    Reed Benson wrote:I was rededicated at church today. I was baptized/dedicated as an infant, so today I basically "remembered my baptism" and reaffirmed what I was baptized for.

    And at the end of service, the pastor got my wife to come up and say the Lord's Prayer in Mandarin.

    That sounds like a really cool "marker" on the timeline of your faith. Something you can look back on and use to remember what God has done for you. Praise Yahweh! He is good!


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    Post  AdamCollings on December 18th 2017, 5:39 pm

    I'd like to Praise God for the supportive community that is Christian Geek Central.
    There is a genuine care and concern for each other in this place.
    Plus, it's so much fun geeking out together throughout the year.
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    Post  Paeter on January 8th 2018, 2:47 pm

    I want to praise Yahweh for allowing me to engage in things of eternal significance. I think of my boys, my wife, my relationships and service opportunities at our church. God is at work in so many lives and for little moments here and there he allows me to be "swapped into rotation" among the various people and events he is using to bring about moments that will be celebrated in eternity.

    I can't wait to see the details of how he has orchestrated so many things!


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    Post  AdamCollings on January 9th 2018, 5:27 pm

    I want to Thank God for the provision of a new house, and for supportive, generous parents, who are going to help us "make it all work"

    The house has three bedrooms, so my almost teenage daughter will no longer have to share with her little brother.
    It's a two-minute walk from the kid's school (rather than a 40 minute bus trip all over the city)
    It has a garage, sealed with plaster inside which will make a nice office for me. I plan to paint one wall green to use as a green screen.
    It's in the same suburb as my parents which will make baby-sitting a lot easier.
    It's close to my son's best friend's place.
    It's a much nicer neighbourhood, so we won't have to worry about having ornaments stolen from our front yard by drunk bogans late at night.
    The master bedroom has an ensuite with toilet and shower. A luxury, to be sure, but nice.
    The house is in great condition and doesn't really need anything done to it.

    Settlement is 15th of February, so we're busy reducing our belongings in preparation for moving. (which feels great. I always felt like I was suffocating in stuff before)
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    Post  jorowi on January 10th 2018, 9:49 am

    I want to praise God for the 35 pounds (~16kg/2.5 stones) I've lost since September. 15-20 lbs (~7-9 kg/.5 stones) more and I'll be at my goal weight.

    I put on about 5 lbs in December but I'm back on track!

    Side note: I'm exploring the science behind intermittent fasting (which helped me lose weight). Christians are called to fast and pray but so many of us don't because of the way it makes us feel. Fasting should actually help us focus and bring clarity to our thoughts. A lot of it has to do with how our diets affect insulin levels and blood sugar.

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    Post  Paeter on January 10th 2018, 10:12 am

    Wow, Adam! So much to be thankful for in that! Praying that it all goes forward smoothly and will provide some respite from all you've been struggling through lately.

    John, this is interesting timing. The idea of fasting came back to my mind yesterday and I brought up the topic with Holly. I've hardly practiced fasting at all in my life. But I think that fasting and/or some form of strict dietary boundaries might be a spiritual discipline God wants me to develop. In my mind it's always been a messy issue, because my flesh whispers "this could make you look better, too!" But I think I need to stop letting concerns of my sin keep me from engaging in a discipline and just go into it with repentance and awareness of grace at the ready.

    So please feel free to update me/us on your findings regarding fasting! I'd love to hear about what you're doing and anything that has helped you in the midst of temptation. I think dietary stuff is another one of those issues that isn't unique to Geeks by any means, but seems to exist among us more commonly than folks with other interests/hobbies.


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    Post  AdamCollings on January 10th 2018, 8:12 pm

    Wow. That's an impressive achievement John. Well done.
    I've lost 3 Kg (6.6 pounds) since Christmas. It's a start.


    Fasting is interesting. It was a big thing in the bible, but it's not a spiritual discipline that is often practiced, or ever talked about much, by western Christians.
    I guess the idea of denying yourself lovely food just sounds sucky, so we conveniently forget about it. Plus, fasting is really not part of our culture, as it was more in those days, which makes it a bit embarrasing to say "Oh, no thanks. I'm fasting."
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    Post  jorowi on January 11th 2018, 12:39 pm

    I'm going to dump ashes on my head and wear sackcloth.

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    Post  Paeter on January 12th 2018, 9:51 am

    jorowi wrote:I'm going to dump ashes on my head and wear sackcloth.

    Pictures, please!


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