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01-27-13 10:31 AM
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How many of us find ourselves scraping for time to read the Bible daily?  God has provided us with sustenance for our spiritual health, and yet how many of us actually take the time to partake of it?  Life keeps us so busy, doesn't it?

I for one know I find it difficult to read my Bible daily, and this is a fact that causes me to weep.  God is so good to us, every day, and yet we struggle to make a few minutes for Him.  I know many Christians who just... 'can't find the time'.  Let's be honest with our selves... we CAN make the time.  I'm sure there are a few minutes each day that we can set aside.

So please, I beg of you... let's make an interactive effort.  I would like to get together with some of you daily and read the bible.  If daily proves to be impossible.. at least once a week.  I would love for us to find a common time and to enter a chat room in which we can read aloud and discuss what we have read.  As fellow Christians, we can learn from each other and grow.  If you don't have a microphone, you can listen in and type your responses, so don't shy away for the sake of lacking a tool.  We have many at our disposal, and we should use them.  I can easily get us all into a chat room where we can speak and listen to each other.

Then, after each meeting, we can type reflections here, and summaries for those that might have missed it.  I'm really hoping a few of you will be interested because this is something I've wanted to do for a long time.  We could even rotate who gets to pick the passages we study.. I don't mind, as long as we are studying together.  The bible speaks often about receiving nourishment from the Word, and coming together to read it.

We all life in different places, I realize, so we could even maybe have two sessions a day so that everyone gets to participate. 

Some people I'd LOVE to see involved....:
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01-27-13 10:35 AM
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I would gladly participate in this. I'm not sure if I could post every day... (As in what I read.) But I will commit myself to this!
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darthyoda:  I'm not proposing that you submit what you've read because there's already a thread for this. I'm proposing that we daily enter a chat room and read the Bible together.  We can speak to each other and hear each other through microphones and headphones.  Then we can come back here to type a reflection or discuss what we've read further.  I know most of us can't commit daily, but as often as possible?  Even if two of us could do it daily, it would be worth the effort.... but of course I'm hoping for more.

I know you're in Germany, so we'd have the hardest time managing your schedule.  If you can give us the times you'd be available based off vizzed's server time, it would help greatly.  The more times you are available, the more likely we'd be able to come up with a schedule so that everyone can participate.

I did forget to mention my own schedule.  I work the following hours according to vizzed's server (in other words, I can NOT do it these hours):
Monday and Wednesday  7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays  7:30am - 6:15pm
Fridays 7:30am - 4:15pm
Saturdays 7:30am - 12:30pm
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I don't know if I can, my grandmother (who is 86) is very sick and we are worried so we are going to visit her.
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BluemageKyle :  It'd be an ongoing thing, so you could always join in later.  I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother though.    I'll add her to my prayer list and I hope that things go well.    If you need to talk, must remember that I'm always here for you!
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As long as someone can host it, I will make an effort to join.
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AuraBlaze:  Oh great!  This makes me so happy!  I'll host for the most part unless anyone else wants to.  I don't want to host all of them, after all.  When would you be most free (according to server time)?  (If possible, can you list more than one time to add more possibilities for everyone interested?)
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I love this idea. Even though there are other communities that I might be involved in, I am definitely interesting in participating in this. I was gonna say that I pretty much have time any day, but I am recently offered a temporary job and depending on how many hours I'll be working, I might be limited on when we can do this.

What chatroom are you thinking of using?
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Singelli : oh yeah I would love to join in this if I may and I'm sure I can mostly find time between 

6 pm and 10 am sever time that is my day time here in Australia 
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play4fun : I have several ideas, though I need a bit more information from my husband on one of them. Until I have that information, some simple solutions are gmail chat (no install necessary, but capable of one on one chats. I'm sure you could do group as well if I had the time to figure it out), msn, or other such programs. These aren't ideal though. My husband uses something with a group of people he does prayer meetings with and such, so I'm going to get more info on that.

If you have any good ideas in the meantime, please do share. Don't hold back!

RetroSteve : I'd LOVE to have you, of course! I might end up doing 2 sessions a day since a few of you are from around the world. (I had a good friend in Australia for about 3.5 years, so trust me when I say I know how those hours work. )

I won't really know how to manage it until I hear from more people, but I'll likely hold an early day and later afternoon (times according to the server, of course) session both just so everyone can participate.
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Singelli : Unless someone is camera shy, has anyone considered Google Plus' hangout? Or does no one use Google+ here? (I don't, but I have one just in case someone wants to do a hangout.)
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Singelli : I will be honest I don’t read the bible but I do have an audio version of the bible. I admit I haven’t listened to it much lately. In all honesty I have a bit of a hard time understanding it. I do try as best as I can to maintain a relationship with God though. I make it a point to do prayers and pray to god daily. I have been through several difficult things over the years and there have been times where I have been very angry with God. I admit I have flaws and I am far from perfect.

Lately things have seemed like they may be starting to look up for my family and I but I haven’t exactly felt too comfortable about breathing a sigh just yet. The one thing I tell God every day other than thanking him for getting me through things is that I won’t take things for granted if things were to get better and if things started falling into place for my family and I.

One thing I have learned is that although God is powerful, things take time to materialize. The last couple of years have been very trying on my family and I and it’s taken a toll on me personally. I hope that things are going to turn for the better this year. One thing other than telling God that I wouldn’t take it for granted is that I want to use the experiences I’ve been through to help people.

Although I do get down on myself for some of my mistakes and such I think it’s important to use those mistakes to help someone else even if it is as simple as offering advice and a sympathetic ear.
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play4fun :
I have a Google + account; I simply have never understood quite what a 'hangout' is. LOL ((I'm not very technologically savvy))

That'd be an easy way to do it for sure! Thanks for the suggestion! I'll play around with it when I get the chance this weekend.

bvd1022 :
I understand the way you feel. Most Christians have, at some point, felt that way. I don't know if you claim to be a Christian or not, but I've seen you express your faith before. Would you like to join us at your leisure?

I can guarantee that we won't shove our views down your throat; we just want to discuss and learn together. Maybe if you have a hard time understanding certain things, you can ask us questions whenever you are able/ willing to join? If you don't want to join, I'm always willing personally to answer questions, as it's never good to have our questions go unanswered (so says teacher!).

I do feel for you. I've heard you mention your struggles and though I don't know what they are, I'm sure they were harsh. I can feel the pain in your words every time you mention them. Even if you want some non- religious conversation and you need someone to talk to, you can always come to me. I will keep whatever you tell my private. I'm not a comforter unfortunately (I don't know how to be), but I -can- listen and discuss things.

And by the way... you are completely right. God does use what we experience to help us help other people. I know that for a fact. You're last sentence? Describes me in a nut shell.
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Singelli : Thank you for the kind words I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I don’t really have much time right now but I will definitely keep it in mind. It has been difficult for me as I said before things seem like their starting to happen so hopefully this year brings better luck than the last couple of years have been. I know I could sure use a boost to my moral.

I’m still debating with myself whether or not I want to keep going with the school course I told you about or if I want to attempt a GED again. I have some stuff going on right now so it’s really putting a monkey wrench into that. Hopefully I’ll get my act together and will get things going one way or the other.

Either way I am hoping that I will start getting some opportunities off of my writing. I’ve been paying my dues so to speak for a really long time and it would be nice if I could finally get a steady paying gig after all this time. Least I hope so.
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I'm thinking I'd be interested in this. What times are you thinking? Of course, our schedules are different, but I'd like to make it work! XD
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Singelli : I'd love to partake in this fellowship and reading of the Word, therefore "going to church" with others. The thing is, however, that I will not be available all the time so don't expect me to be a regular attendee. It'll especially be harder for me to interact online now that classes have started up again this semester. Just let me know when and where.

Jak.

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jzrozzn8706 : Oh no, no. I wasn’t inferring that I was trying to bargain with God. What I meant was things have seemed so bleak and so hopeless at times that I won’t take it for granted once I’m past it. I have seen some people go through hard times but once they were past it they seem to forget what they went through.

I’ve been through so much that I don’t want to take it for granted when I’m past it. It’s been very hard to deal with and very stressful. I don’t sleep too well at best it’s kind of spotty, I sleep but I get up several times and if I do sleep through a long stretch, it’s more like I pass out rather than restful sleep.

I am not so much concerned about making a lot of money or things like that. It would be nice though to be able to make a steady living and at minimum be able to not have so much stress to deal with. I am grateful that I have gotten through it and I thank God for it every day. I’m sorry if I confused anyone. It wasn’t intentional.
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I have no access to the internet other than an outdated phone most of the time, and on rare occasion from my android, via wifi. That said, I doubt I'll be able to partake in this. Thank you for letting me know, though.
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bvd1022 : Ok. I understand. Thanks for clarifying that. hah. Take care man.

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I'll take the time to respond to individual responses later this weekend, but I wanted to update everyone on a few things.

First, I've decided to have two sessions a day.  The first session will be at 6:30am server time.  The second one is still up for discussion, but any time past 6pm server time would be ideal for me. I mainly need now to hear from people that are interested in the afternoon sessions.

Also, google hangout is SUPER easy to use, and I think it will be our best option, if everyone is okay with that.
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