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  1. I am constantly amazed when I hear someone preach a message on a familiar passage and see something that I had missed EVERY time I had read it previously. And it happens often. When we think we have nothing more to learn from a passage, then we should just give it away...... It truly is the Living Word.
    4 points
  2. Orval

    Revelation Bible Study.

    Alan, thank you for your commentary. It is true I meant Matthew 13 on the other hand in Matthew 24 the two grinding at the mill and two working in the field and one will be taken and one will be left is also a picture of the tares since both are taken to judgement. I suppose I had never considered the idea that men could live under the reign of Christ and still be wicked with Satan locked away for a thousand years. Also, I never considered the role of the temple during the millennium. Wow, forty years I have been saved and teaching and have never considered the years of the millennium and all that takes place. I am sheepishly grinning right now, wondering why I have never felt led to study any of this. Unfortunately, I cannot break away from my studies right now to pursuit this topic but if the Lord allows me to live long enough I will study this aspect in the future. Thank you for your insights and study.
    2 points
  3. We always pray in public. Not only do we pray, but we all hold hands (on top of the table) while praying. Yes, there is the nervous factor; in which, you wonder what people are thinking or if they are staring. However, we (as a family) nor I (if I'm alone) have ever been openly ridiculed or mocked to my knowledge. We have experienced people commending us on a few occasions though. If the day comes; in which, people start openly opposing our praying, that will be nothing compared to the persecution that many Christians have suffered...and others in many countries suffer today. So no, I don't think there's anything wrong with you...it's just one part of the spiritual warfare that we fight and the struggle we all have between our flesh and spirit. I used to be more "concerned" about how others viewed our praying in the past than I am now. Now it hardly enters my mind. I guess my faith, thankfulness, and desire to please the Lord are what makes the difference in my life. I want to please him...not them. ;) Also, you don't have to pray for 10 minutes at 10,000 decibels either. We say a short but heartfelt prayer of thanks. :)
    2 points
  4. How would a Calvinist answer this question? After all, if no one actually has free will, then our mistakes, our sins, even the most grievous, MUST be by the hand of God causing those things.
    2 points
  5. Sister Rosie, In answer to your question -- Not necessarily. 2 Kings 20:18 speaks specifically about King Hezekiah's own sons, that would issue from his own loins, that he himself would beget. However, Daniel 1:3 indicates that children from the families of Israel would be taken from three different groupings: 1. "of the children of Israel" 2. "and of the king's seed" (see 2 Kings 20:18) 3. "and of the princes" Then Daniel 1:6 simply indicates that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among those who were taken. Yet it does NOT specify from which of the above three categories. It only specifies that they were "of the children of Judah." Personally, I would think that if they were actually "of the king's seed," this phrase would have said "of the king's seed" rather than "of the children of Judah." As such, at this point I myself would "lean away" from concluding that they were "of the king's seed."
    2 points
  6. Alan

    11 Kings 20:18

    Rosie, You need to be commended for your fine understanding of the scriptures. The Lord has blessed you very much. I am sure that the Lord is referring to Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendago. Daniel 1:3 states, "And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of the eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes'" in Daniel 1:7 the scriptures lists all of their names. Daniel 1:7, "Unto whom the prince o the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego." Alan
    2 points
  7. I listen to Abiding Radio almost every day. I mostly listen to the 'Instrumental,' section. Here is the link. http://www.abidingradio.org/listen/
    1 point
  8. Pastor Scott Markle

    MacArthur

    So then, Brother "D-28 Player," While you could technically contend that within the Calvinistic system of belief justification and salvation are indeed THROUGH faith, would you acknowledge that in the Calvinistic system of belief REGENERATION is NOT through faith (because it come before faith according to the Calvinistic system)?
    1 point
  9. heartstrings

    MacArthur

    I hear ya!
    1 point
  10. No Nicolaitans

    MacArthur

    To be honest, I guess I'm not enough of a guitar guru to know whether a guitar is too light or not. LOL! I used to just appreciate the sound and whether the strings were easily pressed against the frets (or not). Playing the Takamine (that I had) was like my fingers were placing a feather on a placid lake. How's that for an illustration! LOL! :) Still, to own a Martin would be wonderful. Thank you for your answer. If I could show you (from the Bible) that God doesn't control every action of man, would you be willing to accept it?
    1 point
  11. heartstrings

    MacArthur

    Hey bro, I believe it's pretty much like Brother Dave said. In Calvinist belief, God "enables" a sinner who is totally Unable (The "T") who has NO RESISTANCE to the "Irresistable grace". That is not grace through faith; it's sortof like a remote control robot or something I guess. Furthermore, I believe that attributing "Tulip" theology to our God, IS bearing false witness against Him! And I can't afford a D-28; I play a BR160. :)
    1 point
  12. Orval

    Revelation Bible Study.

    Brother Allen, I have never heard the message that during the millennial kingdom the gospel will be preached? I must ask for some support for this teaching from the rest of scripture. Matthew 24 indicates that all who were tares will be cast into hell prior to the kingdom being established. But you are now stating that the gospel will be preached during kingdom years and missionaries will be sent out? I have to ask if the kingdom years are the 1000 year reign of Christ from the throne of David or are we speaking of two different events? Please clarify?
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  13. That is a very interesting way of looking at it. I will keep that in mind!
    1 point
  14. You might consider looking at prayer from another angle. Does your praying cause others to be uncomfortable? Often new believers will be challenged to pray by the actions of others and you know children they are uninhibited, daddy why don’t we pray? Not being comfortable is good because it keeps us in remembrance that we are not of the world but we are in it.
    1 point
  15. I finished the book “Seeking Allah … Finding Jesus” this past week and found the book to be honest, refreshing and incredibly well written. The insights offered toward understanding the eastern mind set is invaluable. As expressed many times in the book the Muslim mind set is not one that would even consider challenging the authority structure of their religion while the western mind set not only encourages one to prove that what they say and write is true we demand that it be so. The diligence of eastern parents to not just love their children but to begin their religious education at the tender age of three or four years gives clear insight into both Jewish methods and Muslim cultures. I was also reminded once again that God is not to be restricted to the box western theistic culture has placed him, but understand God is free to show himself to whom he will in relation to one’s own culture. I cannot imagine the Lord guiding me to a better book for my initial investigation Islam. The book will not be for everyone, it is clearly written from an evangelical perspective and if you are one who has difficulty allowing others liberty in Christ there are sections that will stretch your understanding of God. I found myself rooting for Nabeel Qureshi as he was confronted with truth and forced to reconsider all that he had been taught. Nabeel diligently searched for truth in both scripture and ancient literature and in his personal investigation he was forced to come to grips with the deity of Christ, the historical Christ and the resurrection of Christ. Many times, I was in tears as my own views of the Muslim world were stretched and expanded, and as I read the book I slowly realized that God loves all men even those whom we do not understand and those who seem to be set on subjugating the world to Islam. This book has my highest recommendation. If you are wanting to gather a very foundational understanding of the eastern mind set and Islam I would encourage you to read this book. A+ 304 pages Today Nabeel Qureshi works with RZIM ministries which is Ravi Zacharias ministries.
    1 point
  16. Rosie

    11 Kings 20:18

    thank you that makes alot of sense...
    1 point
  17. I wonder if the Lord permits us to make foolish errors so that we are aware of our own fallibility, and lean upon the Lord for His grace. If we went through life making no errors we would then consider that we are not in need of His grace, and start depending upon our own perceived goodness and strength.
    1 point
  18. Rosie

    11 Kings 20:18

    thank you Alan....can I give God all of the glory here......
    1 point
  19. We are depraved sinners and will make mistakes and do stupid things (sin) when our focus is not on God. In addition, we must maintain fellowship with the Lord so that he will answer our prayers. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us, he literally turns his face away from us. So confess those sins and pray for wisdom and knowledge and read your bible. I've just completed a very trying day, very painful, very adversarial and contentious, and the Lord was with me all the way! I cannot imagine going through life without the Lord anymore.
    1 point
  20. Jim_Alaska

    And so this happened...

    Thanks for the update LuAnne, will continue in prayer.
    1 point
  21. Jim_Alaska

    Jehovah's Witness

    Their organizational structure is very much compartmentalized. For instance I will list positions people hold within the organization. 1. The average JW: who will never miss a service, even feels guilty when sick and can't attend. There is a large majority of women in this classification. 2. The Publisher: This is the person than knocks on your door with the aim of putting literature in your hand and trying to get you to agree to a "bible study." 3. The Pioneer: This is also the person that knocks on your door, usually accompanied by a publisher and/or average JW in training. This person has applied to the elders and been approved to become a Pioneer. This is viewed as a full time ministry and all expense is born by the pioneer, they are not reimbursed nor paid in any way. 4. The Ministerial Servant: This classification is held only by men, they are the ones that pass out the microphones at meetings, do odd jobs like cleaning, running errands, visiting the sick, or anything of a menial nature that is below the dignity of an elder. 5. The Elders: These are always men who have shown a degree of leadership qualities over long periods of time. They have been recommended for the position of Elder by the other Elders in the congregation and approved for the office by both the Elders and the Circuit Overseer. These men are the ones that conduct the services by making sure that the guidelines of the governing body are followed to the letter. Usually one of them is assigned to record things such as, the performance of various parts of the services. They actually keep a written record of how the other people in the congregation are performing. This is critical for advancement in the local congregations. This is a critical control tactic. They record things such as: How the speaker holds his bible, how any speaker pronounces words, whether or not they pause in their reading at appropriate places, proper use of punctuation, proper posture. This is not confined strictly to platform speakers, but also to audience question and answer and bible reading. People are vocally praised at the end of their presentation for their proper use of these things. A detailed record is kept, listing exact numbers of home visits, numbers of materials passed out, baptisms, bible studies held, numbers of attendees at both yearly assemblies and conventions, and the progress of every JW. This information is made public as an incentive for every JW to excel in his or her ministry. 6. The Circuit Overseer: This man has an assigned "territory". He makes his circuit on a regular schedule, visiting every congregation in his territory at least once per year. His job is to make sure things are being done correctly, supervising the Elders, making sure that the rules of the governing body are being followed, writing evaluation reports to the home office. He also helps out with any problems that the Kingdom Hall may encounter. He is held in high esteem by all, almost to the point of being seen as an Apostle, although not called one. They are not paid a wage, but are required to demonstrate that they can be self supporting. They are afforded a very small stipend to help with travel expense. 7. The Governing Body: These are the men headquartered at what they call "Bethel" in New York. They are the ones that dictate all material used by all JW's. Design lesson and "talk" material, produce lesson movies and videos and generally run the whole show. At Bethel there are also servants that do the menial tasks like the printing material, videos, conducting tours of the facility. I could go on and on, but it would take quite a bit of writing time, which I don't have this morning. Suffice to say that they are a highly organized cult that is possibly the most influential cult in the world at this time.
    1 point
  22. Bob Hutton

    MacArthur

    I don't agree with Dr Macarthur on everything but to liken his ministry to "rat poison" is not only extreme but also failing to evince a Christlike spirit. If you wish to disagree with this dear brother's ministry, and use reasoned arguments in doing so, then that is fine. However, lashing out with vituperative abuse demeans yourself and the whole concept of the body of Christ. It also contradicts our Saviour's command to love one another. I look forward to a sensible and reasoned discussion of Dr Macarthur's ministry. If you present objections in a responsible manner then I will attempt to answer them. With sincere regards and much love in Christ, Bob
    1 point
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