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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Everlasting Covenants?

    Concerning Romans 11:25-27. It is correct that the apostle Paul was quoting from Isaiah in Romans 11:26-27. It is correct that in his original prophetic utterance, Isaiah was employing the future tense to speak concerning an event that was yet future to him. It is correct that the apostle Paul was quoting the future tense verbs that Isaiah originally employed. However, in Romans 11:26-27 the apostle Paul was not quoting Isaiah with regard to our Lord Jesus Christ’s first coming to die on the cross and rise again from the dead. Rather, the apostle Paul was providing this quote from Isaiah as an Old Testament evidence for a statement that he had made at the beginning of Romans 11:26 under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit concerning the children of Israel. That Holy Spirit inspired statement is as follows, “And so all Israel shall be saved.” Now, when the apostle Paul made this Holy Spirit inspired statement concerning the salvation of “all Israel,” he also employed a future tense verb (“shall be saved”). This statement (“And so all Israel shall be saved.”) was not a quote from Isaiah; therefore, it referred to some event that would occur in the future from the apostle’s declaration of the statement in the epistle to the Romans. Then the apostle made the quote from Isaiah as Old Testament Scriptural evidence for this statement concerning this event that would be future to that moment. Even so, the future tense verbs of the quotation from Isaiah were presented as being in union with the future tense verb of the statement concerning the salvation of “all Israel” in the future. As such, all of these future tense verbs, both in the statement and in the quotation, were a reference to some event that would be future to the apostle’s writing of the epistle to the Romans. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection was already past tense at that point. Furthermore, the sending forth of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was already past tense at that point. In fact, the entire first number of years of the church, wherein the church was comprised only of believing Israelites, was already past tense at that point. It would seem then that the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, could not have been speaking concerning any of those scenarios when he prophesied concerning an event wherein “all Israel shall be saved.” What then is the contextual flow of thought in Romans 11:23-27 concerning this event? In Romans 11:23-24 the apostle presented his conclusion to a picture concerning a good olive tree, its natural branches, some of which had been “broken off,” and branches from a wild olive tree that had been “graffed in” to the good olive tree. Within that picture the natural branches that had been “broken off” represented unbelieving Israelites. Even so, with the conclusion of Romans 11:23-24, the apostle revealed that these “broken off” branches (these unbelieving Israelites) could be again “graffed into their own olive tree” if they would come to heart-faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Then in Romans 11:25-27 the apostle Paul revealed a Biblical mystery concerning the children of Israel, in order to warn believing Gentiles not to be wise in their own conceits against unbelieving Israelites. This Biblical mystery has three basic parts, as follows: 1. “That blindness in part is happened to Israel.” This report was presented by the apostle in the present tense. Therefore, this “in part” spiritual blindness had already begun for the children of Israel, and was a present reality for the children of Israel when the apostle wrote the epistle to the Romans. Now, it is important to notice that this spiritual blindness upon the children of Israel was not in total, but was only “in part.” This “in part” spiritual blindness still allows for a small remnant of the children of Israel to be saved through in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. 2. “Until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” This phrase indicates the length of time wherein the “in part” spiritual blindness would continue for the children of Israel. That “in part” spiritual blindness would continue for the children of Israel until the occurrence and “coming in” of that event which is described as “the fulness of the Gentiles.” 3. “And so all Israel shall be saved.” The “and so” of this statement indicates an event that would occur following the event of “the fulness of the Gentiles.” Even so, this statement is presented in direct contrast to the report concerning the “in part” spiritual blindness upon the children of Israel. In the first place, this contrast is revealed by the two contrasting phrases, “in part . . . to Israel” and “all Israel.” In the second place, this contrast is revealed by the two contrasting phrases, “blindness . . . has happened” and “shall be saved.” It is also important to notice that the event described in this statement (“And so all Israel shall be saved.”) does not allow only for a small remnant to be saved, as in the case of the “in part” reality, but indicates that all of the children of Israel will be saved at whatever time this event would occur. Now, as I have indicated above, the quotation from Isaiah in Romans 11:26-27 is presented as an Old Testament Scriptural evidence for this statement that “all Israel shall be saved.” This is signaled by the word “as” in the phrase, “as it is written,” that immediate follows the statement that “all Israel shall be saved.” Even so, the apostle Paul was guided by God the Holy Spirit to understand that the event about which Isaiah spoke was the same event as that about which he was prophesying concerning the salvation of “all Israel.” Apparently in this event, the Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ, would “come out of Sion” in order to “turn away ungodliness from Jacob,” and in that to “turn away ungodliness” from all of Jacob, since this is supporting quote for the prophetic utterance that “all Israel shall be saved.” Yet had not the Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ, already come once. Certainly, he had; therefore, this prophetic utterance must be a reference to the Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ, coming again. With our Lord Jesus Christ’s first coming, spiritual darkness has fallen upon Israel “in part,” such that only a small remnant shall be saved. Furthermore, with our Lord Jesus Christ’s first coming, the gospel opportunity has been opened wide unto the Gentiles; and this reality shall continue “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” However, when the event of “the fulness of the Gentiles” occurs, then shall follow the event wherein “all Israel shall be saved,” the event of our Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Coming wherein He will turn ungodliness completely and totally from “all Israel.” Yea, then shall come the event wherein God the Father fulfills His covenant with the children of Israel by which He has promised “to take away their sins,” completely and totally from all of them at that time. Indeed, “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” What He has promised unto the children of Israel in His covenants with them as recorded in the Old Testament, He shall certainly fulfill. Yea, this He will do because He is by great, good, gracious, and glorious nature the ever true and faithful Lord God! Amen, and AMEN!!!
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    Pamcakes

    Just Another Newbie

    New to the board from Tennessee. Just looking for some fellowship with like minded believers!
  3. 1 point
    Potatochip

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    I was at an event last night May 7, 2015. A suburban festival. You could sample food from local restaurants. There were about I an estimated 50k people there. Very rare you have that many teens in one place. They just seemed to be there many with adults. There are many schools around there. We handed out tracts and talked with them. As many as we could. It was rare a opportunity. Teens can talk to other teens of course. However they were really willing to listen to us. It seemed. How many of you get soulwinning opportunities with teens and young people?
  4. 1 point
    evangelist6589

    A Challenge To Everyone

    Something I was inspired to do recently and feel the lead is to evangelize all the false churches in the area. Denver CO is loaded with bad ones and I am sending letters and gospel tracts to as many as possible. Besides this I hit the streets and the parks often doing evangelism. My church also does visitation however this style of evangelism is not my gift. I got used to the streets and the false teachers due to past churches I have been a member that had a passion for these styles of evangelism. The Fellowship Tract League and Chic cartoon tracts have some great tracts on Hell and the basic gospel. I'd get some. The Lords Return or the Grim reaper may be approaching so I would witness to as many as possible.
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    Saintnow

    Presenting The Gospel

    In appreciation for the OP and it's intent, I want to encourage everybody to labor in the fields which are white for harvest. The laborers are few. One thing Jesus said we should pray specifically for is laborers to go into the field, and I'm praying for anybody reading this to grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord as I hope you will pray for me. The more I know Him, the more I want to serve Him so He can bring more fruit.....more of what is going to not be burned away in the Judgment, but will be remain in heaven forever. I'm far from the best soul winner, but I'm also far from the least willing to try. It's a matter of obedience, to be unashamed of the gospel and stand up and say I believe Jesus is God the only Savior on whom we must believe to be saved and whom we must receive to have His eternal life, to be saved from eternal condemnation in Hell's fiery torments. Sometimes I'll be in a place where I have the opportunity to share my faith, tell them the gospel and tell them I believe it....and the time leading up to that moment I wrestle with the fear thinking they are hard headed and hard heated like most people in the world are, and they will reject it and think me crazy ......but I have to obey God and not be ashamed of the gospel ...being ready always to give an answer to every man of the hope that I have in Jesus.... The question, the proof will be my willingness to suffer. Am I willing to suffer shame for the Lord's name sake, like the apostles who rejoiced after they were beaten for ministering the gospel, rejoicing that the Lord counted them worthy to suffer shame for His name's sake? People are dying with one foot in the grave and one foot melting over the fire of Hell. How can I not desire to be used of God to present His offer of salvation? How can I not desire God send more laborers into the field, and hopefully better ones than me How can I not desire God to do whatever He needs to do to make me more fruitful to better serve Him in this vanishing vapor of time He has given me?
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    ​As per Brother Day's request, I am presenting the main points of my study exercise concerning the land promise elements within a number of Biblical covenants, as follows: 1. The Lord God’s covenant with Abraham concerning “the land.” (Genesis 17:3-8) 2. The Lord God’s covenant with Isaac (Genesis 26:2-5) and with Jacob-Israel (Genesis 28:13-15) concerning “the land.” 3. The Lord God’s covenant with the children of Israel concerning “the land.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 8-14, 15, 21, 25, 36-37, 45-47, 62-64) 4. The Lord God’s covenant with the children of Israel concerning restoration to “the land.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-10) 5. The Lord God’s new covenant with the children of Israel concerning “the land.” (Jeremiah 31:31-40; Jeremiah 32:37-42; Ezekiel 36:21-38; Ezekiel 37:19-28)
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    OLD fashioned preacher

    JerryNumbers

    Yes, he occasionally, reads some posts due to notification alerts but doesn't frequent here nor post. He and I exchanged some PM's on Mar 30 this year.
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    DennisD

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    ​If I may be so bold, I know John is not saying what you perceived but I understand how you would read it that way. Definitely a place in church for unbelievers...but the preacher's mission should be to instruct those that are saved to grow in the Lord. While, scheduled "door knocking" would obviously be focused more towards giving the light to the unbelievers in the community.
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    DennisD

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    ​The way that I understand it is the primary purpose for the local assembly is for edification of the saints. While, getting saved at church or preaching to lost sinners is a wonderful secondary component...the primary purpose of worship services is for saved Christians to grow in the Lord, learn, etc.
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    ​You're in my Prayers brother
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    TheSword

    Finding a Church - Church Directories

    I've used this one before but like most online listings, it can be hit and miss as far as how complete it is. http://fundamental.org/fundamental/churches/index.php3?action=listchurchesincountry&countryname=United%20States%20of%20America
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    DennisD

    Catholic Persecution of Christians

    ​I was writing and researching for a paper on Church history. RCC is not "the" church. Catholicism still persecutes baptist missionaries in several countries (specifically thinking of Mexico, Central and South America), just FYI.
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    Covenanter

    Replacement

    ​I think you are saying that the term "church" always refers to a local gathering of believers, as distinct from the concept of the church also being a general term for all believers regardless of location. In the local situation, church usually replaces synagogue, as recorded in Acts. The general meaning is implied e.g. in these verses - Mat. 16:18 1 Cor. 12:28 Eph. 1:22 Eph. 3:10 Eph. 5:22-33 Col. 1:18 Heb. 12:22-24 In that sense, "church" is only a terminological replacement for "Israel" as, of course Israel continued to exist independently of the church of believers in Jesus Christ which from the beginning at Pentecost comprised only Jews, with Samaritans & Gentiles being added & reluctantly accepted. The church is not a theological replacement for Israel, but a continuation of the believing people of God, as it began as the Messianic promises were declared to Israel at Pentecost. The church now comprises believers of all races in the new covenant in Jesus' blood, as distinct from Jews who reject the Lord Jesus Christ, & maintain a belief in the Mosaic Law & the old covenant & who retain the name "Israel." There are of course church denominations that have taken an anti-Scriptural "replacement" position in the past to the extent of persecuting Jews. Orthodox, RCs & Lutherans took that position. Do any still maintain "replacement" theology? That's John's OP question.
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Everlasting Covenants?

    Concerning God’s Covenants. As we consider the various covenants that the Lord our God has made with various individuals or groups of individuals, it is important that we consider them from the perspective of “precise details.” Approaching these covenants from the perspective of “loose generalities” will not bring us to a valid understanding of that which the Lord our God has promises. In each case, the Lord our God delivered His covenants with precise details (whether many or few). In each case, the Lord our God will fulfill His covenants precisely in accord with the precise details that he delivered in them. Therefore, a correct understanding of these covenants will require us to consider them in accord with their precise details. For an example of this principle, let us consider the covenant that Lord our God made after Noah’s flood in Genesis 9:8-11 (to which verses 12-17 might be added, if we desired to consider the token of the rainbow that the Lord our God gave as evidence for His faithfulness to this covenant), as follows: “And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” 1. Precisely with whom did the Lord our God make this covenant? Answer – “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.” A. With Noah. B. With Noah’s seed after him. C. With every living creature, from those with Noah out of the ark unto every other beast of the earth. 2. Precisely what is the promise that the Lord our God made with this covenant? Answer – “Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” (It is important to notice the precise modifiers that the Lord our God included in this promise.) A. The Lord God did not promise that some flesh would not ever be cut off by flood waters, but that “all flesh” would not ever be cut off by flood waters. Does this allow room for flood waters still to kill multitudes of people at a time? It does, as long as those flood waters do not kill off all of humanity at a single time. B. The Lord God did not promise that He would never again “destroy the earth,” but that He would never again send “a flood to destroy the earth.” Does this allow room for the Lord our God yet to destroy the earth by some other means other than by a world-wide flood? It does, and He has indicated through His Word that He shall do so in the future by means of fire. 3. Precisely what conditions did the Lord our God include with this covenant? Answer -- There is nothing to quote because the Lord God did not include any conditions with this covenant. By this example (over which I do not believe that there is any contention), we are able to observe the importance for the principle of “precise detail,” whereby we may learn precisely the extent of the covenant, the precisely the limits of the covenant, precisely the participants of the covenant, and precisely the conditions of the covenant. Even so, as we proceed I wish to engage in a study exercise wherein we shall apply the principle of "precise detail" unto the land promise elements within a number of Biblical covenants.
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    beameup

    Replacement

    This theology is the cornerstone of Catholicism, going back to the very foundation of the Roman Church under Constantine. There are other "elements" of this 4th Century Catholic theology that go along with it. Unfortunately, even IFB churches adopted certain elements of this Catholic doctrine. One reason for this is that the "Reformers" (like Luther) did not go far enough, and so their teachings are simply adopted and continue to be so. The Apostle Paul would be weeping if he were alive today.
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    ThePilgrim

    They have one job

    I doubt that those on this forum need this advice, but maybe someone you know does. Far too many women are let down by their mothers failing to teach them the one basic skill they actually need in life: "My mother hadn’t felt the need to give me a recipe—she knew that I had watched her, and before her my Nani, make the same pot of sauce nearly weekly in my previous 17 years. So many times I smelled the meat, browning in olive oil before the garlic and onions were added, intensifying the distinctive aroma of Nani’s kitchen, which lingered even years after her last pot had been simmered. Yet I didn’t know how to cook. But what did my mom expect? Both she and my late Nani had always praised and encouraged my good grades and scholarly instincts, and neither had encouraged me to do anything in the kitchen other that set the table. Nani never taught me to forage for burdock or can tomatoes because “you won’t need to,” she said. Cooking was something else the modern young woman wouldn’t have cause to do either, it seemed. So, I focused on my career. What had stuck with me from those hours in the kitchen watching my mom and Nani cook weekly Sunday dinners or nightly from-scratch meals was not the recipes for beef bracciole or manicotti, but the conversation. “Go to college,” I was always told, “have your own money and don’t rely on a man.” Let's not make the same mistake with our daughters and sentence them to a lifetime of bad food, obesity, and culinary frigidity. There is nothing more important than for a young girl to be taught how to be a good wife and mother. Nothing. Because nothing less than civilization and the continued existence of the human race depends upon it. Don't raise your daughters to be dead ends.
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    Alan

    New To The Site

    Welcome! May God bless you and in the days ahead we can have some good fellowship and discussions.
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    MountainChristian

    Everlasting Covenants?

    Pastor Scott, I will be very pleased if you post here. In Romans 11, Paul says "There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." Paul knew all about the cross and resurrection but he is still looking for a Sion Deliverer. Paul said it had not happened yet but it shall happen. Ken
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    OLD fashioned preacher

    Church building

    ​While we're there (I'm back in town), when you look @ some of the things that the deacons ought to be doing -- too many churches have deacons who are old coots who couldn't hold up to it with 2 pairs of suspenders and an oxygen tank. But it seems that the prevailing attitude is "once a deacon, always a deacon!". Many pastors are still wet behind the ears, the youth directors don't even have any of their children out of nursery, the old men and women (unless the guy is a deacon) have retired from seeking to teach the younger and critique them instead and the deacons have to have an EMT check to see if they're still alive when they're at church. Okay, I've been driving 15 hours, I'm gone to bed -- Sunday School in 9 hours.
  20. 1 point
    DaveW

    Replacement

    To add some info which is a guideline: in general, any church that teaches "universal church" will tend towards the replacement. This would include most pentecostal and charismatic churches. To have a biblically local church position makes "replacement theology" very difficult to follow. Note: this is a generalisation.
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    My hope and prayer is that some will change. That they will see that all Scripture centres on God's purposes for the blessing of all families of the earth in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. God's people, God's family, are all redeemed believers from all nations. Eph. 3:1-21
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    Potatochip

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    Li Bai Jia, Thank you so much for the compliment. Every once and a while in the street I get someone that compliments the work I do for the Kingdom of God. I am so busy. At those times. I have to say thank you quickly and move on. I actually got this idea for reaching young people from a much older woman. In her 70s I believe. It was at lunch with 2 other ladies. They had invited me to lunch after services. She had said mentioned just how open that young people are. That reaching them while they are young is a fairly easy thing to do. I figure as a grandmother. She just might know what she is talking about. Sure enough handing out tracts. They were reading them. Young people are just getting acclimated to being social in the world. I recognized all those things and thought what a wonderful idea. I have her to thank for it I really do. Of course Jesus Christ who brought us together.
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    Rebecca

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    Potatochip and others who have offered testimony of your Biblical witness to young people, thank you. You are setting a good Christian example for the people around you and to us through your testimony. Also it's too bad this thread got so derailed into yet another fruitless discussion argument about Calvinism. And I sincerely apologize for my part in it.
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    wretched

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    ​Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in. He that goeth forth weeping, bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him. Pretty much all of it related to the Lord's Command is related to the bus ministry. The bus ministry is the open door ticket into countless homes with the ice already broken. Time is getting shorter every day folks, you may want to reevaluate sitting on laurels. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. I don't want to be in the "dull as mud" section of Heaven with the calvin worshippers. I want to be in the shiney section thank you very much
  25. 1 point
    David didn't write Proverbs...
  26. 1 point
    Alan

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    Li Bai Jia, Thank you very much for comments about John 3:16 and the fresh air of how a soul winner should conduct himself, or herself, when witnessing. For those who know my testimony, John 3:16, was foremost on my mind on the day I trusted in Christ as my Saviour. And, the conduct of the individual who gave me the salvation tract that led to my salvation was also on my mind. Because that soul winner had a sincere concern for me I trusted in Christ about three months later after reading the gosple tract and John 3:16 in the New Testament Bible I was given. "For the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient." 2 Timothy 2:24
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    Gorship

    Reverend?

    REV'EREND, adjective [Latin reverendus.] 1. Worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear and affection; as reverend and gracious senators. http://webstersdictionary1828.com/ I know I'm not worthy of reverence... neither is anyone with a theology degree.
  28. 1 point
    While I have had mixed feelings about homeschooling, everything has turned out great for my children !  
  29. 1 point
    In my experience, homeschooling mums tend have times where they feel like they have failed their kids - not many actually are. If you feel like it is part of your ministry, then talk to hubby and tell him that. He is probably thinking that you would appreciate the break..... after all, homeschooling is tough. 
  30. 1 point
    John81

    Where do we draw the line for IFB?

    ​Those who have studied the matter know the translators of the KJB consulted and compared the previous translations (Geneva, Bishops, Great, etc.) and there are stats and charts which show how much each of them and the KJB are the same. While the older Bibles are exceedingly superior to the MVs, it makes for better continuity and ease of discussion when everyone here is quoting from and discussing things from the same Bible. Being used to the wording of the Geneva Bible I can understand why you would prefer to use such more and why some of the wording in the Geneva fits your thinking better. If I read a book or article which uses MVs I make sure I have my KJB next to me in case a particular quote isn't clear to me or I can't reconcile it in my mind with what I recall from the KJB. While many others use the NIV, NLT, or another newer version because they say they understand it better, for me those are much more difficult to comprehend. I can read a verse or passage from the NIV (for example) and think "huh?" and then turn to the KJB and read the same verse or passage and it's clear to me. In my case, the Lord led me to the KJB and upon heeding the Lord's command I found the Word to be so clear to me as it never was before no matter which MV I had tried (at that point I had not read any of the pre-KJBs). Anyway, I can understand your thoughts on this, but this is a KJO board and everyone having the same Bible as our reference does help overall.
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    John81

    They have one job

    ​So, you are currently cooking with an iron? That must take awhile to prepare a full meal.
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    ThePilgrim

    They have one job

    I am the cook in my house. My wife and mother-in-law seem to be very happy with it . . . . either that or they are faking it. The wife and I just got married a couple of years ago ( me a widower and her a widow) and we talked about our duties around the house and it is working out great.
  33. 1 point
    Washed Clean

    A Challenge To Everyone

    I must applaud you envangalist6589 for being so bold as to preach the Gospel. I could not agree more, churches today have certainly become too liberal. Preaching acceptance of homosexuality and the non-existence of Hell are just two OBvious example. The gospel may be unpalatable to those perishing but we must press on, I only wish I could be so bold. "David, I am striving to write to you in kindness but the Bible is quite clear that you are not as good as you think you are and will spend an eternity in Hell unless you repent and turn to Christ" This kind of language can often be misconstrued but I absolutely get where you are coming from. If somebody was about to walk off a cliff would you yell and scream at them or just casually softly talk to them. Amazing stuff !!!
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    evangelist6589

    A Challenge To Everyone

    Sample letters... Unity Church of Denver Attn: David Howard 3021 S. University Blvd Denver, CO 80134 Dear David, I was browsing your website and saw some things which required a response. On the front page of your church's site you say the following. · Where God is within us · Where Jesus is followed rather than worshiped · Where spirituality is more meaningful than religion and is measured by personal growth and a higher capacity to love · Where an inclusive group of open-minded people welcomes anyone seeking growth and truth. · Where your religious background doesn't matter · Where following your heart is more important than following creeds On another page you acknowledge being a Christian church, and that you are a student. From that standpoint, I hope you are open to discussion. I would also hope that you love to read and study, so I have attached three gospel tracts, which I hope you will read. I'd like you to read, "Are you a Good Person?" & "Hi There" before you read, "Who is the Real Biblical Jesus?" Regarding your view of the Bible, I have read that you personally believe the Bible to be the thought of God expressed in creative ideas, and that these ideas are the primal attributes of all enduring entities in the universe - visible and invisible. Also, regarding salvation, I understand you believe that there is no sin, sickness or death, nor a need for the cross. But that confuses me. You said on your website that the Bible is a “valuable spiritual resource”, yet it would appear you do not embrace its teaching. For example, you say it is more important to follow one's heart over creeds; but Jer 17:9 says that the heart is desperately wicked, and the NIV says it’s beyond cure. Trying to follow our hearts can lead to ruin because it's too subjective. The only sure truth is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in each believer guides us into understanding His Word. Also, you say that Jesus is not God; but this is not what the Bible says. Refer to John 1:1,18, 20:28, Rm 9:5, Tit 2:13, 1 Jn 5:20. Jesus is God and He demands true worship (Jn 5:23, Heb 1:6). David, I am striving to write to you in kindness but the Bible is quite clear that you are not as good as you think you are and will spend an eternity in Hell unless you repent and turn to Christ. Your conscience bears your guilt and you need to turn to Exodus 20 and read the 10 Commandments and take the tests to see if you are a good person. Since all of mankind is guilty, and since you have chosen to reject Christ and turn to your sins, God has no choice but to punish you. Think of it this way - what good judge would turn a blind eye to injustice? If someone murdered your wife would you not want justice? But what if the judge did not care because he did not believe in sin, or absolute truth? So in his view he would see no need to bring your wife’s murderer to justice. What kind of a judge is that? A corrupt judge, no doubt! But God is not like that. He will judge the murders and all others that remain in their sins. So David, I plead with you to repent of your sins and turn to Christ so you will not have to spend an eternity in Hell. The tract "Hi There" which I provided tells a story of a man who went to Hell as he died in his sins, but didn't see it coming. Do not die in your sins David. Repent and turn to Christ today, for you may not have a tomorrow!
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    evangelist6589

    A Challenge To Everyone

    I have had conversations. If a pastor wrote up that would be great. You and I will prOBably not agree on this point but in my view I only evangelize to glorify God, to OBey Him and I leave it to him to draw people to salvation. So it's not my words not methods but the Holy Spirit. But I don't wish to be a stumbling block for His work. Results are all Gods and I will continue doing what I am doing regardless of any results.
  36. 1 point
    A loon with 5 wives . . . . silly goose prOBably spends most of his life ducking for cover. Sorry I couldn't help myself. God bless, Larry
  37. 1 point
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 1Chron. 7:14
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    honebee873

    Mrs. Francie Taylor

    Have any of you ladies or your wives heard of her? She is a godly Christian speaker for women. She teaches on how to be a Titus 2 woman and how to be a Proverbs 31 wife. I have received so much help from her! Our church ladies go to the Sword of The Lord Ladies Retreat and she is one of the guest speakers there. Bro. Joe Author will be there this year too! Just curious?
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    Ukulelemike

    Catholic Persecution of Christians

    A friend of mine has a newspaper from Mexico City from just a couple years ago. In the paper is an advertisement from the Catholic church there, posting a bounty for all Christian Missionaries and pastors killed. Its real, I've seen it. That they don't persecute in America doesn't mean they don't in third-world areas where they still have power. Also of note is that in many such countries, Catholics differentiate themselves from Christian-they don't claim the title-they are Catholic, not Christian. No doubt that the Muslims are a greater threat physically, but spiritually, the RCC is a greater enemy, since so many are fooled into believeing they are Christian when they are nothing of the sort, but are the pagan offspring of Babylon. Their festivals and feasts are all of pagan origin, their use of idols and statues forbidden by the word of God, their Mariolatry straight out of Babylon's worship of the queen of Heaven.
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