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    • Yep, I agree Jim, but it still burdens me.
    • My own personal opinion on how to change that scenario is through prayerfully and scripturally addressing this situation during the times when they are actually there. If God's Word doesn't change them nothing will. In my experience trying to address it one on one with them in a personal setting usually doesn't work. They will  most likely be offended and think of it as a rebuke against them.
    • Paul didn't simply quote a philosopher or poet and leave it at that (which is what is common to do on fb), he used those quotes to gain the attention of the audience who would be familiar with the source material, then used that to show them the error of worldly wisdom and the truth of God's wisdom. They were basically sermon illustrations which he used in such a way that the listeners would understand the gospel. He did not use the quotes in support of the author or the original intent, he always turned them around and pointed towards Christ. So in this sense, it would be misleading to say something like "Paul quoted pagan poets" and not mention why he did so.  Otherwise it would make it seem like Paul quoted them in support of their philosophical outlook on life, which is clearly not the case.  When specifically speaking of sharing quote memes on fb, it's very common for people to just slap a nice sounding quote on a pretty background and share it, which is then shared by many others, without thinking/caring about who said it or what it might really mean. 
    • I am in the process of starting the next lesson on the local church as brought out in the book of Romans. As a starting point, I will be discussing Romans 1:7. In connection with Romans 1:7 and the usage of the word "saints," I will be referencing to the previous lesson in this thread on October 2, 2018, Paul's speech to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:17-38, and the numerous points that I brought out on the book of Ephesians, "Doctrines Distorted in the Book of Ephesians."  God bless! Alan
    • Miss Daisy, not judging, seeking answers. Brother Matt actually mentioned your points of the elderly or unwell, and although I did not mention it in my post I am fully aware of these matters. But it doesn't address those who choose not to attend. These are the ones I was speaking of.  Those whose vision does not do well at night, those whose health drops with the cold night air.... these are legitimate reasons. But there are many who choose not to attend for the sake of their own convenience. And of course, as some mentioned, it is because they love the Lord less than whatever keeps them away, but that doesn't address the question. How does one help those who CHOOSE not to attend the other services to love the Lord enough to change that?

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