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    Meditations in Ezekiel 1. The Requirement for a Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:1-2 – “Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman . . . .” 2. The Reality of the Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:2 – “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman . . . .” Ezekiel 33:7 – “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” Hebrews 13:17 – “OBey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” 3. The Representation of the Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:7 – “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” 4. The Responsibility of the Spiritual Watchman A. To watch for the coming judgment of the Lord. Ezekiel 33:2-3 – “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: if when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people . . . .” B. To warn the people concerning their sinfulness 1) With forceful clarity. Ezekiel 33:2-3 – “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: if when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people . . . .” 2) According to God’s Word. Ezekiel 33:7 – “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 3) To turn from their sinful ways. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” 5. The Rejection of the Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him.” 6. The Reception of the Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:5b – “But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.” 7. The Release of the Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him.” Ezekiel 33:9 – “Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” 8. The Rebellion of a Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:6 – “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” Ezekiel 33:8 – “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” 9. The Reason for a Spiritual Watchman Ezekiel 33:10-11 – “Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” 10. The Report of the Spiritual Watchman A. With the truth of righteousness Ezekiel 33:12 – “Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.” B. With a warning against recklessness Ezekiel 33:13 – “When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” C. With a call to repentance Ezekiel 33:14-15 – “Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had rOBbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.” D. With a promise of revival Ezekiel 33:14-16 – “Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had rOBbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.” Posted in Meditations in Ezekiel, Godly Leadership, Godly Discipline, Receiving Correction, Repentance of Sin, Spiritual Revival Please share this post with others: View the full article
  2. 4 points
    With respect to you, the word of God cannot be against itself. Jesus did say: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." And this is not about doing the Law for salvation. It is about living.
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    In my last post, I didn't mean we had to "KEEP" anything. It is wrong to murder. It is wrong to commit adultery. It is wrong to steal. It is wrong to worship anything other than the Lord. It is wrong to bear false witness, lying. Etc.,... Don't know why people tend to focus on the idea that people have or had to "KEEP" anything. With someone, whether New Testament or Old Testament, a belief with all your heart in the Lord, is not a - "HAVE TO KEEP" anything - type of 'religion'. It never was! Gods way of living here on earth has never changed. He wants us to believe in him with all our heart, mind, strength and will. Not be rOBots, like some think Israel was in the OT days. The OT believers never 'kept' the Law. They just OBeyed the Lord out of love for him. Only the one's looking to justify themselves tried to 'keep the law', because there was no real love for the Lord in them.
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    I wish my mind broke the scriptures down like that. Thanks Pastor Markle
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    Jim_Alaska

    New From North Carolina

    Well Phil, speaking for myself I will not buy your book. You sound like someone who has an axe to grind. I seriousely doubt that you have the qualifications to paint all Independent Baptists with such a broad brush. You write like you think Independent Baptist is a denomination or association and all operate in the same manner. The title of your book speaks volumes regarding your bitterness and anger, which has no place in the life of a Christian. I would suggest that a better avenue would be to take your prOBlem to the Lord, rather than sowing discord among those you once called brother.
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    Alan

    Creation And The New Year

    Another excellent article by Dr.Morris. Whoever puts these articles on by Creation Science should be congratulated. As Covenanter brought out, the Gap Theory as taught by Scofield and others, is not biblical, scientific, or even logical. Once a person truly believes the Bible as it is written the beauty of creation, and the plan of God, unfolds in a wonderful manner throughout the scriptures, science, history, and eternity. God is perfect in all of His works in the spiritual and physical realm. Again, thank you for the excellent article on Genesis 1:1 and the new year. AlanTaiwan
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    Bibleman30

    Be Ye Followers Of Christ

    What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? We are saved by the Blood of Christ, forgiven of our sin, and eternally secured with Him. But what does it mean to be a Follower of Christ? 1Co_4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 1Co_11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Eph_5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Php_3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 1Th_1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 1Th_2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Heb_6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 1Pe_3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? To follow Christ is to keep all, and to practice all those things which Christ taught. The first time the phrase “Follow Me” is used in the New Testament, is when Jesus saw Peter and Andrew caster their nets, and Christ said follow me and I will make you fishers of men. The first time Christ called, it was to ask that those that would follow, that they would learn to spread the Gospel of Christ. The first mention was witnessing, Christ’s 1st point in being a follower is learning how to preach the Word of God. The second point is in Matthew 8:19-23 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. The Lord is instructing his followers to leave those things that would distract you from walking with Christ. The Lord was not being insensitive to this man, but was trying to help him understand that the things and cares of this world are not as important as keeping yourself on the path of the service of the Lord. As He said “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”. The Lord wants us to learn to not care for ourselves, He promised that He would take care of us, that He would provide our every need. So why would we need to take it upon ourselves? Taking the load from the Lords shoulders and placing it on our own. The third point is in Mat 16:24-27 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. What does it mean to deny ourselves? It is again, to not care for any of the pleasures and luxuries of this life. Like He said to Peter and Andrew, to follow Him and leave behind their cares. They were fishermen, and Christ asked them to leave their livelihood and take up a new vocation as a fisher of men, a preacher of the word. Here the Lord is asking now to deny even the finer things of this life. To fully trust in God is to completely let go of everything that would take your mind off of what Christ would be trying to teach you. “or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” what in this world could possibly be more important than the salvation of someones soul? What could you possibly have in your life that would take the place of the Gospel of Christ? To leave the cares of this world the Lord doesn’t want us to be as Monks in Monasteries, for we would have to leave this world all together to escape the sin and temptations. The Lord only asks that we would be mindful, and keep ourselves in subjection to His Word. 1 Corin 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Always abounding, that’s being always mindful, praying without ceasing. Inviting the Lord into every aspect of your life, asking Him to bless and guide you in your daily work. Being a follower is more than just accepting a belief, but living it. Zealousness, fervency, and devotion in living out its principles is a must. Knowing to do what is necessary and neglecting it, not only harms your own spiritual life, but will rOB you of a chance for Christ to work with and help you in the physical life. God won’t force you to serve Him, He isn’t going to grab your hand and pull you along the path. But He will wait, He will stand by offering assistance and wait until we have had enough in trying to figure things out on our own, and finally acknowledge Him and ask for His hand. Denying yourself can be, and may just be the hardest of the instructions that Christ has given us. But God did say in 1 Corin 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. The Lord promised that anything that you would be tested by would not be anything more than you could handle. It may seem an impossible task to leave behind your life, but Christ promised that all you must do is ask of Him and He will give you the ability to overcome. Phil 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. There are many other instructions and teachings that Christ gave. But if these main points are followed, the others will naturally come. You have to want to follow, to want to overcome this life for the Lord to give you the victory. He is no going to make you change, but He is going to prick your conscience and try to get your attention. Serving the Lord must be with the whole self. Just going through the motions and “tipping your hat to God”, or in any way treating Christianity as just a religion and not a faith, is not being a follower of Christ. Eph 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; God does not want religious rOBots, He wants true disciples, those who WANT to follow and OBey His instructions. Those who would be willing to give up everything to serve Him, if He so called. Being a follower of Christ is more than appearance, it is a sincere full bodied and full life decision. You would be willing to accept any calling, any challenge that the Lord presented you with. Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. The first mention in Psalms is the Lord asking that we leave off the way of the world and follow Him. To not think of the way you want to do things, but to constantly think of, to meditate on the teachings of God. But not only to think on, but that it would be something that we would be delighted in OBeying. It is a heart issue, the Lord wants excited followers, He wants, and would like his children to be joyful in the instructions He lays out for us. The Word of God would be something that would fill you with joy. That it would be something that you just could not get enough of. The Way of the Lord is not a hard or laborious path as it says in Mat 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. To follow the path of Christ is to denounce your own self and desires, and to have absolute trust in Him. To follow the fruits of Christ Gal 5:22-25 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. The Lord is not ordering us here, but is asking that we would follow these things, that we would be willing to put aside ourselves. These are the things that the Lord asks us to meditate on and strive to become. The Lord laid out some instructions for us in Eph 5:1-20 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disOBedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Meditate on these things, strive to follow His teachings. Ask for His help and He will give it.
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    John81

    random fact game

    While attending a black tie gala, a partygoer asked President OBama to get them some coffee — they thought he was a waiter.
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    RSS Robot

    What Authority?

    Authority is found several times in the Bible. I like its use in Luke 7:2-10: And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. (Luke 7:2 KJV) Rome held authority over Israel and shared that authority with its soldiers. This soldier was responsible for one hundred men who reported to him, as well as his own household. As a man of authority, he went to authorities when he needed help: And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. (Luke 7:3 KJV) Notice that he didn’t approach Jesus on his own. He went to elders of the Jews, people who were in a position of authority and asked them for help. OBviously, they knew where the real authority could be found: And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. (Luke 7:4-5 KJV) The elders liked the soldier, deeming him worthy to have his request fulfilled. He had shown love for the Jewish people that was not required in his position. Perhaps, one good deed deserves another? Had he not built the synagogue would they have declined to see help? Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: (Luke 7:6 KJV) Did he think of how some would view Jesus for going into a Roman’s home? Not just a gentile, but a soldier of the empire that held them in subjugation? Did he consider the ripple effect of such a visit? Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (Luke 7:7-8 KJV) A man of authority, he knew the limitations of his authority – what he could and could not do. He also knew that upon hearing his words, people responded to his authority. He recognized authority in Jesus. Without spending time with Him, without being in His circle of disciples, this soldier recognized Jesus’ authority to do miracles. He counted on that authority to be accomplished simply by Jesus’ words. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Luke 7:9 KJV) Hopefully, we know the answer to the chief priests and elders' question that came later in His ministry. And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? (Matthew 21:23 KJV) View the full article
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    This ability is a gracious gift from the Lord our God. I give HIM the glory and the praise!
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    ThePilgrim

    Creation And The New Year

    My first study bible was the Scofield, but as time passed and I as I studied more scripture, I have been using a bible with no study notes. I became especially concerned with the notes on eschatology.
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    It is OBvious to me a contrary thought about the "law" not being a thing the Gentiles were 'to do', (the 10 commandments I mean.) It is ingrained in everyone to do something. Paul taught it to the Gentiles in Ephesians. Look: Ephesians 3 - 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; OBviously speaking to the Gentiles here. He then goes on to 'teach' some of the 10 commandments. Ephesians 4 says - 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Ex. 20:17) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (Ex. 20:10) 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ex. 20:7) 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ex. 20:16) 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (Ex. 20:10,11) 27 Neither give place to the devil. (Ex. 20:3) 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ex. 20:15) 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ex. 20:16) 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ex. 20:4,5) 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (Ex. 20:16) 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ex. 20:12) Plenty of '10 commandment' style teaching here. And to Gentile believers! Romans 2 says - 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) It is natural to somewhat follow the commands of God, for their is wisdom and blessings of life in them. But not for salvation.
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    John81

    New From North Carolina

    If your book were about one particular IFB church, how that church took a bad turn and written to help others avoid such happening in their church, using Scripture as the guide, then perhaps such a book would be of benefit. However, your book sounds to be about you having been in an IFB church that took a bad turn so now you want to denounce all IFB churches. The fact the "I" stands for "Independent" should be kept in mind for all IFB churches are unique to one degree or another and none are bound together by any organization, convention or constitution. We live in a fallen world filled with fallen people subject to sin. Nothing is perfect in this world. While one can find some IFB churches which aren't what they should be, one can also find many more that are very good. Scripture says when dealing with wayward brethren our goal should be restoration, not attack, not condemnation. Your book doesn't seem to have that biblical goal in mind and is therefore flawed and out of line with Scripture even as you claim your IFB church was. I pray you will forgive those who have hurt you and disappointed you. May you spend time in the Word and come to view the matter as Christ says we should. Forget that which is behind and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
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    Genevanpreacher

    New From North Carolina

    So Phil, why are you here? Besides advertising your book. Question: What are you now that you are no longer an Independent Baptist?
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    Covenanter

    All Paths Lead Where?

    Challenging to those who read the title wrongly: All other roads lead to judgement by a Holy God - & a final destination in Hell.
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    Alimantado

    Way Of Life - The Beatles

    The stations said they were playing oldies, John, not ancients.
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    John81

    Way Of Life - The Beatles

    Unfortunately I've encountered many Christians over the years with similar attitudes. They carry on about the evils of certain performers and their music, often saying unsavory things about them, and then with what seems a sense of pride and satisfaction talk about how they are, or one day will be burning in hell. We tend to be very lax in our praying for the lost. Too many of us take glee in the idea "they'll get what's coming to them" seeming to forget, or not realize, that there but for the grace of God would we be. It's the same thing with certain criminals and political leaders. I've heard Christians wish some horrible stuff upon such and boast about the "special place" in hell where they will really suffer. We seem to forget, or just neglect, the command to forgive others, to pray for them, to share the Gospel with them, to desire to see them saved when it comes to certain people we deem especially bad.
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    Ataturk

    Way Of Life - The Beatles

    This article left me with a profound feeling of sadness. Here we have real life illustration of Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? John Lennon was a man who clearly was looking for something to fill the God-shaped vacuum in his heart, and I wonder if he may have found it if those who bitterly attacked him had prayed for him to find God's truth and shown Christ's love instead. I remember a visiting speaker in my chapel once gloating that half the Beatles were in hell, and he was praying that they could soon have a full reunion concert.
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    While I am fascinated by the discovery of the fragment of Mark's gospel, I am also wary. I don't trust dating methods, though the younger something is,the more accurate they tend to be. But I still don't trust it. So if it comes up as following the Alexandrian, I won't be shocked, because I don't know that I believe they dated it accurately. It is a curious item, no more. If it follows the TR, all the better, but still, ultimately not all that important, UNLESS it covers the last of the final chapter, which all the new versions declare to have been added later-THAT would be sweet! Of course, then all the 'scholars' and 'experts' would declare it to be a later fake. Can't trust anyone.
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    Brethren, It an blessing as a Christian, in not being, "under the Law," as the Law is our schoolmaster to show us our need for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:24. The Law was also given to condemn the unrighteous man, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and not for the righteous man. Also, may we remind ourselves in this morally perverted nation, perverted Laodician churches, perverted bibles, that the Law is the most perfect set of moral standards the world has ever seen. Most people hate the Law because it condems the sins of their flesh and spirit. We need remember what Paul the Apostle further taught. "But we know that the Law is good, if a man use it lawfully." 1 Timothy 1:8 Most people do not know how to rightfully use the Law. If a preacher "rightfully" uses the Law of God it will bring sinners to Christ. During the Tribulation Period. For those brethren who do not believe in a literal Tribulation Period and in the literal 1000 year of Christ as clearly taught in Revelation 20:4-6 I am afraid the following will not set well with you. Please bear me out. In fact, maybe if you started to believe the Bible instead of your denomination, or teachers, you would believe in the correct doctrine of the literal coming reign of our Saviour. The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 will be proclaiming salvation by grace through the finished work of Christ and will exalt the Law of God during their ministry. One of the fruits of their teaching is recorded in Revelation 12:17, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Any time you preach and teach the whole Bible, the Old and New Testament, you will incur the wrath of the devil. For those who spiritualize this verse, or regulate it back in the early days of the church, I personally feel sorry for you and it my sincere desire for you to learn from this lesson The, dragon," is the anti-Christ or Satan incarnate. The, "woman," is the literal nation of Isreal. The, "remnant of her seed," is saved Jewish believers." The, "commandments of God," is the Old Testament Law. The, "testimony of Jesus Christ," is the testimony of the saved remnant. The Jewish believers in the Tribulation Period are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not by any works of the Law. The Two Witnesses preached the Law of God to them and they realized their need of the Saviour and got saved. After they got saved they realized that the Law of God is GOOD AND HOLY. Did these Jewish believers get saved through keeping the Law? No. Did these Jewish believers stay saved through keeping the Law? No. Did these Jewish believers keep the Law through intimidation, coercion, etc...? No. Did these Jewish believers keep the Law like a ceremony that has no meaning? No. Did these Jewish belivers keep the whole Law? No. Do you think these Jewish believers believe they could keep the whole Law? No. Did these Jewish believers, like the Galatians, try to justify themselves by circumcism, and other rites for salvation? No. Did these Jewish believers mix Law and Grace for justification? No. The Law condemned them like every other lost sinner throughout the ages. The Jewish believers realized that the Law, especialy the moral Law, including the sacrifices, told them of the saving grace of the Mesiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our coming KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. These Jewish believers willingly OBeyed the commandments of God. "If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish [ a type of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as will be preached by the Two Winesses]: he shall offer it of his own free will [ a little reminder from God for the Calvinist and the Covenant brethren] at the door of the tabernacle of the congregration before the LORD." Leviticus 1:3 The Two Witnesses knew the reason for the Law and were filled the Holy Spirit of the Living God so they could, "rightly divide," the Law and its useage. May God bless His perfect and Holy Word. Regards, AlanTaiwan
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    Ah, yes...those are very familiar names... I really do not like going into a store that plays songs from that era. Talk about ear worms! I'm thankful for cd players in vehicles that can chase those worms away!
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    Makes it easier to learn the lyrics that way, too! Right?? Before salvation, my wife was all about the Beatles; Jim Croce; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; etc. After salvation (1976) she wanted to know more hymns than secular songs than she had learned. We tease about how she doesn't need a songbook. She has well over 200 hymns (and about another 150 "spiritual songs" not in the hymnals) memorized ---- ALL the verses, not just the "Baptist" first and last or first, second and last!! (being the 3rd verse of a 4 verse hymn in a Baptist church is worse than being the Vice President from 6 or more administrations past).
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