OK...I can tell this is going to be a long post...
@Jane_Crankclunk1, @Peregrine_Appleclock, @Jacoby_Elderfun, I'll be praying for all of you. It's no fun to be sick.
Surprise surprise, I'm sick also. I got some kind of sore throat that makes my voice gravelly and yesterday while I was outside I heard my ears pop and that scares me because last time that happened I got the 'flu, an ear infection, and pinkeye all at the same time. Please pray for me to be healthy and to not give in to doubt.
Job search update. My mom's still looking for another job at the company she works for and she has a little more than 2 months to do it. The interview mentioned previously went well and she'll get her reply to that in two weeks. She's still trying to get other interviews so if she doesn't get hired for one position she still could get hired for another position. She had an interview on Friday, and she has another interview early this Friday morning. (2nd). So, please pray for her that she gets a job at the same company.
I am currently watching a Christian Group Help Project with my church, The Truth Project (which I would very much recommend), but we studied a bible verse that I think applies to a question posed above.
"And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have been made like him. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians--you are one in Christ Jesus." -Galatians 3:27-28. I believe what that means is that when we are a part of Christ--in fellowship with him as part of the body of the church--then everyone is the same. There is no race, no class, and no gender. We are all equal in the sight of the Lord. I don't know what to make of 1 Timothy, but I think that Galatians makes it pretty clear.
In the Truth Project, I believe I also found a diamond.
"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." -John 13:34-35, emphasis mine.
The world will know that we are Christians if we love one another!
We are Christians if we love others.
Final greetings, from 1 Corinthians,
My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.