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Forrest 09-08-2008 12:51 PM

Wisdom & Protection
 
We live in Houston, Texas. As you know, a hurricane might be headed our way. I have Multiple Sclerosis (home bound and in a wheelchair) and the "heat" is very bad on me.

Please pray for God's protection and wisdom. We might leave town, but need His wisdom since traveling is also a challenge. Nevertheless, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

peopleoftheway 09-08-2008 01:16 PM

Praying this side of the World for you Brother, may God's grace be upon you and your family, and may he give you the strength to endure the hardship.

Psalm 119:114
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Psalm 18:25
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great

Forrest 09-11-2008 05:24 PM

Update
 
Just a quick update. We evacuated to Ft. Worth, Texas last night (Wednesday). Thank you for your continued prayers. Looks like Houston is going to get it.

Blessings to all.

George 09-13-2008 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Forrest (Post 7595)
Just a quick update. We evacuated to Ft. Worth, Texas last night (Wednesday). Thank you for your continued prayers. Looks like Houston is going to get it.

Blessings to all.


Aloha brother Forrest,

I hope and pray that you and yours are all safe and sound and that your property was spared serious damage.

Please let us know how you have fared.

Your brother in Christ,

peopleoftheway 09-13-2008 03:37 PM

yes Brother Forrest, please let us know, I was thinking just the same thing George last night in my prayers. I hope all is well and the LORD is keeping you and your family safe.

George 09-13-2008 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by peopleoftheway (Post 7668)
yes Brother Forrest, please let us know, I was thinking just the same thing George last night in my prayers. I hope all is well and the LORD is keeping you and your family safe.

Aloha brother "peopleoftheway",

If you would care to, I would like your e-mail address (mine is: thywordistruth@gmail.com). Please e-mail me privately should you so desire. :)

Forrest 09-19-2008 06:30 PM

Hello Everyone,

We made it back to Houston after a ten day journey. Thank you so very much brothers and sisters for your prayers. Our home received no damage, praise the Lord, but so many others did. People have no home to return to. Please remember them in your prayers that God will use this to draw them to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord sent us to two different homes where we were both ministered to and also had an opportunity to minister to a family needing some encouragement in the faith. That's just like God to take your eyes off of your own trials and turn them to others who are really suffering. God is sovereign and we are so thankful for using a storm to direct us to others.

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).

peopleoftheway 09-19-2008 07:47 PM

Welcome home brother, glad you and your family are in one piece and your home wasn't damaged. The LORD certainly is merciful! Trials are what move us closer to the LORD and that's usually through a humbling experience of those in worse situations.
Anyways, Glad you are safe and I will continue to pray for those affected by the storms.

Brother Tim 09-20-2008 10:28 AM

It is a blessing to hear that your home is okay. I am saddened by the extensive damage that is evident from the news reports, but even more troubled by the reports of how many people ignored the clear and unambiguous warnings about Galveston. It reminds me of how many people refuse to hear the warnings of God's eternal judgment, and what awaits them.

Forrest 09-20-2008 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Brother Tim (Post 7968)
...but even more troubled by the reports of how many people ignored the clear and unambiguous warnings about Galveston. It reminds me of how many people refuse to hear the warnings of God's eternal judgment, and what awaits them.

That is so true, Brother Tim. Blind "optimism" is a dangerous thing. I'm sure many thought, "I'll be just fine." Positive thinking is not going to appease a Righteous God, is it?

George 09-20-2008 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Forrest (Post 7921)
Hello Everyone,

We made it back to Houston after a ten day journey. Thank you so very much brothers and sisters for your prayers. Our home received no damage, praise the Lord, but so many others did. People have no home to return to. Please remember them in your prayers that God will use this to draw them to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord sent us to two different homes where we were both ministered to and also had an opportunity to minister to a family needing some encouragement in the faith. That's just like God to take your eyes off of your own trials and turn them to others who are really suffering. God is sovereign and we are so thankful for using a storm to direct us to others.

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).


Aloha brother Forrest,

I Praise the Lord that you are safe and secure and that your property was spared from serious damage. :)

May God continue bless you and yours always.

Scott Simons 09-21-2008 04:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Forrest (Post 7974)
That is so true, Brother Tim. Blind "optimism" is a dangerous thing. I'm sure many thought, "I'll be just fine." Positive thinking is not going to appease a Righteous God, is it?

I would not so quickly judge those that stayed as blind, things are not as clear as many may think.

peopleoftheway 09-21-2008 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Scott Simons (Post 8023)
I would not so quickly judge those that stayed as blind, things are not as clear as many may think.

You may want to elaborate on that subject, preferably somewhere else rather than a brothers prayer request.

Forrest 09-21-2008 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Scott Simons (Post 8023)
I would not so quickly judge those that stayed as blind, things are not as clear as many may think.

Let me expound and clarify Brother Scott.

I wrote: "That is so true, Brother Tim. Blind "optimism" is a dangerous thing. I'm sure many thought, "I'll be just fine." Positive thinking is not going to appease a Righteous God, is it?"

When we evacuated to Ft. Worth, Texas, we were able to view a state wide news program on cable. To our amazement, even though there was a mandatory evacuation in Galveston, many people ignored it. The news media interviewed people at beer joints who were having a Storm Party, and laughed as they said, "We'll be okay."

Certainly, not all people were blindly optimistic, that is why I said "I'm sure many thought I'll be just fine." Brother Tim and I were making a application and comparison to the blind masses who live in optimism and have no fear of the coming judgment.

Blind optimism is a dangerous thing and positive thinking does not deliver you from the penalty of sin. I'll be just fine will not satisfy the just demands of God toward sin. That was the admonition and warning. That was my heart.

Pray for the "blind" optimistic.

George 09-21-2008 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by peopleoftheway (Post 8032)
You may want to elaborate on that subject, preferably somewhere else rather than a brothers prayer request.

Let me double what peopleoftheway just said. This is not the place for personal criticisms - we were praising God for brother Forrest's safety and the preservation of his property.

Brother Tim's and brother Forrest's comments were appropriate - Scott's criticism is "inappropriate" (for "Prayer Requests"! :() and even more so because he missed the application that brother Tim was making.

Had hurricane Ike (Category 2-3) been as strong as hurricane Iniki (Category 4-5) that hit our island (Kauai) in September 1992 thousands of people would have lost there lives - JUST LIKE IN 1900! :(

Scott Simons 09-21-2008 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Forrest (Post 8034)
Let me expound and clarify Brother Scott.

I wrote: "That is so true, Brother Tim. Blind "optimism" is a dangerous thing. I'm sure many thought, "I'll be just fine." Positive thinking is not going to appease a Righteous God, is it?"

When we evacuated to Ft. Worth, Texas, we were able to view a state wide news program on cable. To our amazement, even though there was a mandatory evacuation in Galveston, many people ignored it. The news media interviewed people at beer joints who were having a Storm Party, and laughed as they said, "We'll be okay."

Quote:

Certainly, not all people were blindly optimistic, that is why I said "I'm sure many thought I'll be just fine." Brother Tim and I were making a application and comparison to the blind masses who live in optimism and have no fear of the coming judgment.
Blind optimism is a dangerous thing and positive thinking does not deliver you from the penalty of sin. I'll be just fine will not satisfy the just demands of God toward sin. That was the admonition and warning. That was my heart.

Pray for the "blind" optimistic.

Dearest Brother Forest,
Praise God that you are safe and all those that stayed too, for whatever reason they stayed, which is not always clear or blind. In deed many do not put the weightier matters of judgment in its use, rather will quickly criticize what they do not understand, what I found "inappropriate" (for "Prayer Requests"!) was while we are praising God for his love and mercy it seemed we where judging others and comparing them to those who do not heed the judgments of God. :( How sad that would be if God had called them to stay!
Never the less Praise God for what he is doing through you, and may all our prayer be for all who God has called, coming or going.
Sincere Love is Christ, Jesus the Son of God


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