• Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 49 minutes ago

    God’s Blessing

    In Psalm one, the Bible promises great blessings for those who meditate on Gods law day and night. To start, we focus on God’s Word and on His law in the morning and in the evening. But, how can we meditate on it during our busy times thoughout the day?
    Meditating is speaking, thinking, and musing. When we study the verses for…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 1 hour ago

    Spiritual Ideas

    Ralph, recently homeless, was walking in a park looking for more wood to build his hapless shelter. A man with a big smile walked up to him.

    “Hi, I’m Charlie, do you have a minute to talk?”

    “Sure.”

    “I am on my way home right now, but I wanted to give you this tract,” he said, as he handed him a small folded piece of paper. “I w…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    It is helpful to turn away aggressively from thoughts of gambling as many times as it takes per day to train ourselves that we will do what we should do. To turn away aggressively means to turn away instantly from any emotions, situations, temptations, wrong people or anything else that may trip us up.
    Consider praying: “Father, help me to focus…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks ago

    Pick 7 prayers that you can focus on this week. Consider printing them out or writing them down and carrying them around with you. Consider:

    “Father, please keep me from this yoke of slavery.”
    “Father, today I will live right. Today I want to see what life is like if I don’t eat the apple (like Adam and Eve did).”
    “Father, help me to turn aggre…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Spiritual Ideas about being blessed

    Over the last week, I have not felt blessed. So I prayed quite a bit about it and here is a verse I came up with.

    1 Chronicles 4:10′ Oh, Lord, bless me indeed and expand my territory. Keep Your hand on me, and keep evil from me, that I may not cause pain!’

    Why pray this prayer? Because we have habits, a…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    When we pray: “Father, take away this spirit of gambling and help me to increase in love,” we are fighting against addiction. But when we develop the habit of praying this prayer several times a day we are putting on an important piece of armor. Consider using notes, alarms, or help from an accountability partner to make this habit a solid pie…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks ago

    Christian Ideas

    I wrote an article 6 months ago about a 4-year-old who decided she was going to be content. Content despite her life being ripped apart.

    Very few people have made it a habit to live right when bad things happen. Very few are content with life when bad things happen.

    Do we still trust God? Do we still say that God’s ways are…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    The story (Christian Inspirational) continues:

    “Hi, Charlie.”
    “George, how are you?”

    “Not great. Yesterday my boss ripped me pretty good.”

    “Does the verse: Do all things for the glory of God help the situation?”

    “No, I work hard, but he just hates me because I am a Christian.”

    “Ah, consider the fruit of meekness. A meek person is alrea…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Thinking about the fruits of the Spirit is a home run. Here is a story about working on that:

    “Hi, Charlie.”
    “George, how are you?”
    “I am doing better. I’ve been focusing on the fruits of the Spirit. Do you have some ideas about some of the other fruits?”
    “Sure do. Longsuffering is a great trait for fighting bad habits. When something bad happe…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    This is the ending to my story from 2 days ago.

    The next day Mikey comes into my room. “My temptation level is up again,” he said.
    “Today I was studying temperance, which is a “habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions, I said.” It is one of the fruits of the Spirit.”
    “Habitual,” Mikey commented, “That is interesting. G…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    This is the ending to my story from two days ago:
    The next morning I found this verse: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 That verse quickly led to this verse: Acts 1:8 ESV But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all J…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    I fake to the left, then drove to the right, and shot the basketball. It’s in, I win. 
    My younger brother Mikey threw the ball into the yard. “I am faster and can shoot better, but you still always win. Unbelievable luck”, he said while rolling his eyes in disgust.
    “I can tell you my secret.” His face turned red and tightened up as he stared at…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month ago

    We often gamble because we are either not content or because we are not prospering. To increase contentment consider praying: “Father, take away this spirit of gambling and help me to be content.” Next, look up how to be content in Google and try some of the ideas.

    Prospering

    David wrote in Psalm 1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the c…[Read more]

    • tony replied 1 month ago

      Speak in the 1st person. Stop with the “we”. why do you gamble and why do you not stop and stay stopped. Those are the issues YOU, as a problem/compulsive gambler need to answer for yourself. Keep flailing about. One day you might get really “LUCKY” and find your way home. Best wishes on finding peace and serenity. YOU NEED TO DO THE WORK. I’M…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month ago

    Gambling becomes addictive because sooner or later the gambler will get on a winning streak. However short this streak is, does not matter. The streak is proof that winning can happen. That your new system can work. Then… the winnings disappear again, plus a bunch more.

    To quit gambling we study specific Bible verses that will help change our…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month ago

    I wrote a thread called how Jesus overcame temptation. But, within a few days, I was back to fighting temptation the way I like to fight it. I like to pray when I am tempted. Praying when you are tempted is a great idea. Keep doing that. But when you feel yourself starting to fall it might be a good idea to do exactly what Jesus did when he was…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month, 1 week ago

    Use notes to remind you of what you should be thinking about. Have a list of 8 healthy things you should be thinking about. Maybe 4 things that are productive and 4 that are spiritual.

    Think about:

    1. Praying and going to war with negative emotions
    2. A challenge you overcame
    3. A goal you have achieved
    4. How obedience will lead to God’s…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    My in-law went to a bonfire party. He is a sensible guy with a normal fear of fire. But, at the bonfire, they dumped a bunch of gas on the wood and didn’t light it. Then it was accidentally lit and he was burned fairly severely over a third of his body despite being dozens of yards away from the fire (fumes carry a lot farther than I thought). He…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Recently, my wife was around a 4-year-old girl who said: “I am not allowed to see my dad anymore because he did something bad. But everybody has bad in their life and it is okay. We just have to decide to be happy. Sometimes when tears come, you just have to push them back.”

    That 4 year old is going to do okay. Most of us have something bad happ…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months ago

    Spiritual Ideas
    Boredom is a trigger. We get bored then we flippantly decide what to do to pass our time. We choose an activity and then realize that it is really destructive, or even sinful. Stop. If you want to find joy it is wise to learn the habit of stopping and finding a better “pure” activity to do. Gray area activities usually start you…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months, 1 week ago

    Reset Often (Christian)

    It is wise to reset often during the day. Many start their day with Bible study and prayer and a commitment to turn from gambling. But at some “change” in the day, determination starts to slide. One key to success is to know when or where those changes happen. Often things like going home, starting to watch TV, or even goi…[Read more]

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