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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

What Is A True Christian

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A Christian is a person professing belief in Jesus Christ and on the teachings of Jesus.

Many people who do not believe and trust in Jesus consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church or they live in a “Christian” nation. But going to church, serving those less fortunate than you, or being a good person does not make you a Christian. Going to church does not make you a Christian. Being a member of a church, attending services regularly, and giving to the work of the church does not make you a Christian.

Good works we do cannot make us acceptable to God.  Titus 3:5  He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  A Christian is someone who has been born again by God. John 3:3, John 3:7, 1 Peter 1:23
 

A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12  The mark of a true Christian is obedience to God’s Word and love for others.  1 John 2:4,10

 

Other Scriptures explain how a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, though being dead in our sins, we are saved by grace.  Ephesians 2:8-9  A true Christian has faith in Jesus as the Savior.  Romans 10:9-10

A true Christian lives by faith in the death and resurrection of Christ.  1 Cor 15:3-4

A true Christian has God’s Holy Spirit living within.  Romans 8:9,16

The evidence of a true Christian is displayed in both faith and action. 2 Cor 5:17 

 

A true Christian will show his faith by how he lives.  James 2:18

Despite the wide variety of beliefs that fall under the general “Christian” label today, the Bible defines a true Christian as one who has personally received Jesus Christ as Savior, who trusts in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sins, who has the Holy Spirit residing within, and whose life evinces change consistent with faith in Jesus.

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Christ means Anointed

ian means one of another

 

literal translation of Christian is "anointed one (singular) anointed ones (plural)".

 

We are literally anointed ones. The idea that you and I are an anointed one should deeply affect our lives.

 

This is the only use of anointed in the Church writings

 

 2Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God;

 

There is no use of the word anoint or anointing in the writings of Paul to the church.

 

When Paul called them Christians first at Antioch (as recorded by Luke) he was literally calling them anointed ones.

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The title Christian came about basically the same way "Baptist" did. It was a word used to ridicule a person(s) because of their beliefs.
Everyone has their own checklist by which they determine if an individual is a Christian/True Christian or not!

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Why do some believe being called a Christian was first used in a negative way of attack? Being called a Christian is calling one a Christ follower. That's exactly what a true Christian is. There is no hint in Scripture that the term Christian was one of derision used by enemies of Christ.

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Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

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A Christian is a person professing belief in Jesus Christ and on the teachings of Jesus.

Many people who do not believe and trust in Jesus consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church or they live in a “Christian” nation. But going to church, serving those less fortunate than you, or being a good person does not make you a Christian. Going to church does not make you a Christian. Being a member of a church, attending services regularly, and giving to the work of the church does not make you a Christian.

Despite the wide variety of beliefs that fall under the general “Christian” label today, the Bible defines a true Christian as one who has personally received Jesus Christ as Savior, who trusts in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sins, who has the Holy Spirit residing within, and whose life evinces change consistent with faith in Jesus.

YES, the word Christian is placed upon many worldly things today.  This makes a lot of things and works Christian in name only, but in reality have nothing to do with Christ.

 

YES a Christian simply is one who has faith in Jesus and His shed blood on the cross for their sin and all sin.

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Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.


Hey John, the Bible makes absolutely no comment on HOW the name was used at all, it simply states it as a fact.

It is just as inaccurate to claim that it was intended in a positive light.

For the record, historical sources indicate that the name was used in a derogatory fashion - but historical sources are not inspired.......
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Hey John, the Bible makes absolutely no comment on HOW the name was used at all, it simply states it as a fact.

It is just as inaccurate to claim that it was intended in a positive light.

For the record, historical sources indicate that the name was used in a derogatory fashion - but historical sources are not inspired.......

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 

 

Isn't this a representation of christian in a positive light?  This is happening within the church.

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Not necessarily - it is what they were called - they were given the name by others watching.
The general community there would not have looked favourably upon these activities.

But it doesn't actually suggest either way - their actions noted them to the community as those who followed Christ, but the passage doesn't state or imply the attitude of those who so named them.

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1 Peter 4:16. They were calling themselves Christians.


Different context, different time.

We also call ourselves Christians today - the question was whether or not the passage in Acts was complimentary or derogatory - there is no indication in the passage, it is just stated as fact.

In that, it is irrelevant whether it is positive or negative, it is simply a stated fact.
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The real point of the passage in Acts is that the community saw by their manner and way of life that they followed Christ.
Whether the community thought that a good or bad thing makes little difference - they NOTICED THEM LIVING LIKE CHRIST.

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Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

 

the context seems to indicate that through being taught by Paul and Barnabas, either they themselves or the teachers (MHO) started calling them Christians first at that location.

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A true Christian...

 

Believes in the 1611 King James Bible; the once and for all word delivered to the saints.

 

Knows that he doesn't deserve salvation and is a hell bound sinner who does deserve God's love but is given grace because he realizes his condition and seeks the LORD to live rightly.

 

Salvation doesn't mean you have the right to keep sinning. Water only makes you wet.

 

As a Christian we do not equate doctrines, say Jesus is Boo-dah, snuggle up to Muslims, be nice to female apostate preachers, wave to the filthy pope or call Mormons (Morons) brothers. We are to defend the faith, take the gospel to the streets, call out sinners and make the lost foaming at the mouth angry.

 

We don't get "offended" or "have our feelings hurt" or "be afraid to speak GOD's words because our female parts may get burned"....NO! Take it to the streets, get in their face and if they get mad...."Oh well; you're well on your way to hell you rotting dead corpse but at least someone cared to show you."

 

When someone gets offended because we call a sodomite a filthy hell bound sodomite, we reply "So you're on your way to hell too...get away from me you walking dead corpse." And you keep speaking the word of GOD.

 

A true Christian understands that America is an anti-Christ nation, it's going to die, Pledging to a rag is idolatry and this world hates our CHRIST!

 

Did I mention that this world.....HATES.....OUR.....CHRIST?!

 

Good....now go do God's work.

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Unfortunately Daniel you are wrong on several counts.

 

A person can be a true born again Christian regardless of what they think of, or if they even know of the KJB.

 

Most who use the KJB use the revised (meaning various typos were corrected) edition from the 1700s so it would be better for us to simply say we stand for the KJB rather that tossing 1611 in there (unless one believes the 1611 is superior to the revised KJB and only uses the actual 1611) for otherwise the door is opened to charges of falsehood and attacks based upon the editions with typos.

 

Recall that Jesus rebuked His disciples James and John for considering an angry, harmful response to sinners. Christ is our example and when he met sinners on the street, in their homes, by the sea, on a hillside, He spoke to them with compassion, love and kindness with the hope of bringing them to salvation.

 

First Corinthians 13 makes it totally clear that no matte what good we may think we are doing, if it's not done in love, it counts as nothing.

 

To be clear, I'm not talking about the touchy-feely "love" of the world and wayward Christians, I'm speaking of the love we are commanded to example throughout the New Testament.

 

Showing anger and hostility is not the Christian approach to sinners. Neither is name calling.

 

Unless I missed something, I think I agree with the other aspects of your posting.

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