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  1. I am a Pre-Tribber but have a few questions that question the pre-trib view. In 1 Cor. 15:52 it reads: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Then in Rev. 11:15 it reads: And the seventh angel sounded (7th or Last Trumpet); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. In 1 Cor. 15:52 Paul speaks of the Last Trumpet being blown, then in Rev. 11:15 there is another Last Trumpet being blown. In Rev. 11:15 the Last Trumpet being blown is AFTER the Tribulation, not before. If this is supposedly a different Trumpet, then how can there be 2 Last Trumpets? It seems odd how there are 2 LAST Trumpets. Love, Madeline
  2. I visited a Baptist church today only to be surprised and disturbed at how they have a female Pastor known as Pastor Nancy. Not only that... found in their church pamphlet reads "Call to Worship", and directly underneath it reads: The earth is at the same time mother, she is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human. She is the mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all. All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the Incarnation of God's son. (Hildegard of Bingen, 12th C.) Btw, Hildegard of Bingen is a Catholic Nun. First of all, the earth is not a mother like the pagan concept of mother earth. Secondly, The Lord God Almighty is the source or origin of ALL creation, not the earth. I wanted to puke when I read the pamphlet. I left the church and prayed that the hand of God's chastising judgment would fall upon this church. It's sooo difficult to find a biblical church these days. So sad.... Love, Madeline
  3. Our chruch volunteered for the homeless and the indigent. We made shrimp pastas with calamari and other goodies, and there was plenty of leftovers. I also had a Tres Leches ice cream cake for myself. It's always a blessing and a sight for sore eyes watcing the hungry get fed. Love, Madeline
  4. If the doctrine of Modalism were true, then: Jesus prayed to Himself (Matt. 11:25) Was a ventriloquist when God the Father told the Son "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mk. 1:11) Jesus said, "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true." (Jn. 8:17). Jesus also said, "I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. 2 WITNESSES (Jn. 8:18 ). So in other words...If Jesus and His Father are the same person, then that makes 1 witness and Jesus a liar - and I dare say that. Jesus committed His OWN spirit unto Himself (Lk. 23:46) Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. (Jn. 17:24). According to Modalism The Father BECAME the Son at the incarnation, but the bible says that the Son was WITH the Father BEFORE the foundation of the World and was even LOVED by His Father. According to Modalism...Jesus loved Himself according to Modalists! Jesus refers to Himself as YOU [THOU] (Jn. 17) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (Jn. 6:38) TWO different wills. I don't use the word "Trinity" because I believe God is far beyond our human comprehension regarding His essence and it simply wouldn't suffice. I do however know that according to what God has revealed about Himself in scripture, that there are 3 persons who are equally God/LORD (Both equal descriptions of deity - cf. 1 Cor. 8:6) When we worhip a God who manifests Himself in 3 modes, 1 God - 1 person, 1 God - a god (which would make a false God and a direct violation of the 1st commandment), then we don't and can't worship God in Spirit and in Truth. The end result is eternal punishment from the True God who will profess to them..."I NEVER Knew you!!!" Love, Madeline
  5. I fail to see the humour in the initial post. Although I am not a Calvinist, the BIBLE does tell us that God hath "chosen us in him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4a). God hath chosen us because He knew beforehand who would and would not respond to the Gospel, and I'm refering to ALL people. That's not Calvinism, that's the BIBLE! Love, Madeline
  6. Satan is referred to as the prince of the power of the "air" in (Eph. 2:2) which indicates that his area of operation is in the atmospheric and starry heavens. It is further noted in scripture that there are spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). Ufo's may be laughed at my modern day evangelists and bible teachers alike, but they underestimate the deceptive power of the wicked one. The fact that the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY will descend with chariots like a "whirlwind" (Isa. 66:15) gives clues that Satan and his fallen angels might possess some sort of advanced technological conveyances too since they have been taught by God and are thousands of years old. It's not that God needs technology to descend to earth, but the fact is that He will indeed descend to earth with supernatural (conveyances) "chariots" that will take physical form. Consider also: Last days... Daniel 2:43 - And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. The bible even speaks that in the last days, something OTHER than human beings will attempt to unify themselves with humans (SEED OF MEN) as the context is very clear if we are honest with ourselves. Last days... Luke 21:26 - Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Last days... Revelation 12:7 - And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, Last days... Revelation 12:12 - Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Last days... 2 Thessalonians 2:11 - And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion (ENERGY OF DECEIT), that they should believe a lie: I wouldn't be the least surprised if fallen angels in the last days came down to earth in these so-called "ufo"s and told unbelievers and EVEN Christians that they were the progenitors of the human race and even claimed to have written the bible and call themselves "Elohim". Jesus said,"...and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matt. 24:24b). I'm sure I'll get a few laughs from my post, but I won't be the least surprised. These demonic beings are in cahoots with wicked men and woman who will soon carry out the New World Order. Regardless, Christ will reign Triumphant for ever and ever. Last days... Revelation 11:15 - And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER. Love, Madeline
  7. You're right! Adultery doesn't "just happen." And, this statement is also right, "...Christians are not immune to marriage problems, including adultery." There are many reasons marriages fail besides acting out the sin of adultery. My view is that adultery is a result of a failed marriage, not a direct cause of marriage failure. Sadly, I've seen this in my church many, many times from those who I am friends with. I know, some Christians would find that idea unacceptable, but I'm convinced no person commits adultery if he/she is truly in love with his/her spouse. Adultery hurts. It is so injurious to any concept of an "intimate relationship" that most people never get over it. It is a overt statement that the marriage is dead. We don't risk hurting people we love. So, I can't see it an act of "accident" or "seduction" or any other cause except the marriage the person is legally bound by, has already ceased to be. What can one do to maintain marriage? I would say never deliberately hurt the one you love. You don't see the opposite sex alone... ever (except maybe in a doctor's office and some won't allow that). You don
  8. Even if it is a fact that someone is predisposed to become homosexual because of their genetic make-up doesn't excuse it in ANY way. Why? 1). Homosexuality is a sin as the bible clearly states. 2). ALL men and women are born sinners. 3). Therefore, hypothecially....even if someone was born a murderer or an adulterer - he/she is still born a sinner in God's sight because "in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psalm 51:5b) 4) Thus, it makes no difference to God whether or not they were predisposed or born homosexual because ALL are born sinners and in need of a Saviour. One last note - I could care less what a scientist had to say about homosexuality and their excuse for excusing it. Why? Psalm 118:8 - It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man Case closed! Love, Madeline
  9. I'm glad that the majority here see it as I do. Here's how I see it. You are boyfriend and girlfriend. That means that you are sexually attracted to each other. Yet, you have not married. Within Christianity, "married" is where the sensual/sexual part of your relationship may be morally acted out. Because you are not married you are morally obligated to make sure you do not give yourself the opportunity to sexually sin. Being with a boyfriend (or girlfriend) in the privacy of a house... especially all night....allows the temptation to turn into sin. In fact, if a couple has done this already, it would be difficult to believe they are not sexually active. They are playing with fire (morally). To allow this type of behavior to begin or continue outside marriage is mocking God. We are not to put ourselves in the way of temptation. Remember, He will not be mocked. If a couple finds the attraction between them to be so strong that they wish to maintain the relationship "all" night, then one must ask, why not be married? Self-restraint isn't easy, but there is no way to get around the teachings of the Bible concerning maintaining self-control. The reason a couple are not married apparently needs to be examined by them more closely. There is no reason for single men and women to stay over night together, even if they are mere friends. The neighbors may misunderstand. Christian's have the reputation of God in their choices..... A very serious responsibility. Love, Madeline
  10. Interestingly, I have never met anyone who was a true Christian that has slipped into a coma, had schizophrenia, or any sort of mental disorder. I knew of one evangelist who slipped into a coma, and before he died spake these last words..."did I serve the Lord to the best of my ability?" Regardless, the soul is freed when the body is dead and God WILL bring into account all of our deeds done in the body because He is Almighty God. Love, Madeline
  11. Saba teriyaki, miso soup and nigiri sushi.
  12. Luke 6:26 - Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. John 15:19 - If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 8:24 - I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he (Lit. I AM - JEHOVAH GOD), ye shall die in your sins. Michael was a JW and I certainly hope that he turned to the True God before he fell asleep. Love, Madeline
  13. She goes to church and claims to be a Christian and her bf teaches bible study, but only the Lord knows their hearts. But yeah...I would love to get those verses on why spending the night over would be a unwise decision on their part. I know that the bible says to abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22), so spending the night over would cause other Christians to wonder just why? Love, Madeline
  14. A friend of mine told me that she was going to spend the night at her bf's house today. I thought that it wasn't right in the sense that it could lead to temptation, and then sin. This is the one of the rare occasions where she decided to spend the night over her bf's house - she has probably done it twice. Is this is a wise decision on her part, or on her bf's part since they both consented? In any case, please pray for them both (Ruthie and David) that they repent from any form of sexual immorality or fornication because they plan on getting married one day. Love, Madeline
  15. I am speaking from what I've experienced in the lives of married couples in the church, and Christian friends who have been married for quite some time. I've also seen the ups and downs of marriage life in those who bend over backwards to raise their children to be godly, even my parents pursuit to raise me to be a godly child. Well, like a good spouse, children are a gift from God. How we raise children depends on us; how they respond depends on them. In my observation of things, God knows exactly what He is doing in putting which child with which set of parents. I would say that if it is God's will for a person to marry, they should marry (if not, not); and that if it God's will for a couple to have children, then they should have children (and if not, not). Determining God's will is something every believer has to do continually through the help of the Spirit and continuing spiritual growth through the reading and teaching of scriptures. But if marriage and a family are God's will as if often the case, there is a reasonable expectation of blessing, but we have to be realistic as well. We are not perfect, so nothing in our lives will turn out perfect either. Adam and Eve had Seth and Abel -- they also had Cain. Also, how children "turn out" is something one should not judge before the time. We live in difficult times, and more troubling ones are soon to follow, so that we have to accept that the harsh environment around us will have its influences, at least temporarily. A child who is rebellious at 16 may be a blessing at 21 or 36. One who seems straight-laced at 18 may turn out to be a disappointment at 28. All we can do is to do what is right from day one, and trust God to sort it out. Scripture (and life experience) are abundantly clear that while spouses and children are gifts and blessings, marriage and families bring heartache, tribulation, life complications, and are potential distractions from our main purpose here in the world of growing closer to the Lord spiritually and helping others to do the same through our gifts and ministries. Life being what it is, most of us will choose to take the bitter with the sweet rather than opting to avoid both. In this whole area of life there are no guarantees, in my view because 1) they are optional (i.e., we have used our free will to go down roads that didn't absolutely have to be traveled), and 2) other people's free wills are involved too. No matter how much we love our spouse, he/she is not us, and that means differences in the way things are perceived (to say the least!); our options and choices are all now influenced and limited; and our children also have their own free will; that will be obvious before they even begin to talk. We may be able to control them for a while, and we may be able to influence them to some degree, but they are their own people, and we have no idea ahead of time what sort of choices they will make. This is true no matter how they are raised. I think it is unquestionably true that raising them "right", that is, in a godly way (which for me would mean encouraging them to love the Word), helps. But there are no guarantees. We have trust the Lord that if we are following His will to the best of our ability that He will work things out in just the right way in the end. Complete avoidance of emotional pain in such things, however, is a completely unrealistic expectation. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. - 1 Corinthians 7:28 I commend to you the example of Hannah, who deeply desired a child and patiently trusted in the Lord for this gift with all her heart and soul; while there was emotional pain as she waited, her righteous patience was rewarded in the end, and abundantly so. Love, Madeline
  16. Why would the Church go through the Tribulation? The answer lies in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus paid our sin debt in FULL, so there is no reason to believe that the church will go through the tribulation in any case. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 - For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Love, Madeline
  17. Ok, I admit it, I'm not a perfect person...
  18. How much time should you spend with somone prior to your marriage? A friend of mine spends approximately (3-4 days, 20-35 hrs) a week doing church activites (Bible studies, choir, and personal studies) together. They plan on getting married within a year or two after they get settled and have financial security and stability. They have however slipped in the past (had sex) but promise not to engage in any sort of sexual activity until marriage. Should they continue to see each other this often? and how often should they see each other as to avoid any sort of conflict that would go against God's will? Love, Madeline
  19. I have somewhat of an odd question and hope that it doesn't sound too silly. I was wondering what would happen to a saved person who slips into a coma and forgets that they were once saved? would this person still retain their memory of their salvation or forget about it when they awaken? or would God not allow a saved person to slip into a coma? Love, Madeline
  20. I coudn't agree with you any more, John81. Whenever I ask a "Christian" as to why they're glad they're saved? and their response is: "I'm just glad I'm not hellbound and that I get to live forever!....I could care less if I'm a streetweeper as long as I make it there." This sort of lack of stewardship and commitment towards God demonstrates that their "love" that they proclaim for God is nothing more than lip service. WRONG ANSWER: Let the scriptures speak..... John 17:3 - And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Jesus said that Eternal Life was this. "To KNOW 'Gr. ginosko' (have an intimate and beautiful relationship) God, and that believing ye might have life through his name. I desire so much to be with Christ in heaven because I want to KNOW my Creator, and this is Eternal Life. Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Love, Madeline
  21. There are those who think they're saved and are not, and then there are those who think they're not saved but are. Keep in mind that no amount of good work or keeping of the law can merit eternal life, it is solely the work of God purchased by the shed blood of Jesus. It is also bibically true that commandment keeping and good works (not sinlessness) are the manifestations of the Holy Spirit working in us (Phil 2:13). The same with repentance. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin. A person who professes to be in Christ and shows no fruits of the spirit such as repentance and lives a life of habitual sin really ought to examine themself to see whether or not they are truly saved (2 Cor 13:5) because nobody wants to stand before God to hear the words ..."I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." echo throughout all of eternity. Doubting whether you are saved can be either a sign that you are not living how God would want you to live, OR....it can be the Holy Spirit drawing you to God to become saved. I really can't say for sure since this is a matter of the heart. You can know for certain whether or you are truly saved. 1 John 5:13 - These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1). God chastises ALL of His children. If you never receive chastening, then you're not His child. (Hebrews 12:6) Btw, chastening doesn't always come in physical form...there are many ways God can chastise you. 2). Answered prayers is also a sign that you have been born again (Jn 9:31; 14:4; 1Jn 5:14,15). 3). Love of your brothers and sisters in Christ is also a sign that you have been born again (1 Jn 3:14) 4). Your testimony and the witness of the Holy Spirit testifies that you have been born again (Rom 8:16) 5). Your understanding of God's Word (1Jn 5:20). But don't just go by what I have said in this post...search the scriptures and it will set you free. John 5:39 - Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Love, Madeline
  22. A few of my commentaries from E-Sword states that "Jacob" should have been named instead of "Abraham" in Acts 7:16 and this made me wonder why since God's Word is infallible. Acts 7:16 (King James Version) 16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
  23. I never wrote that God had "orchestrated" it. If God allowed for Obama to become president, then Obama was a part of God's plan. Your reply sounds as if you are MOST certain that Obama is somehow on the side of those who are currently hellbound ("baby murderers, wars fought with a no win approach, etc"...), which gives me the impression that you might have a degree of prejudice towards Obama. Unless you are positively certain that the Sovereign Almighty God did not purpose His will in the life of Obama, then you have no right to make a judgment that somehow He (God) did not plan for Obama to become president. The bible CLEARLY states that God Almighty has purposely placed (not orchestrated) in the hearts of some of the the WICKED to fulfill His purpose and will (Rev. 17:17), which btw was my point. The Omniscient God knew full well that the devil would deceive Eve in the garden, and even used the serpent of old as part of His divine plan. For without the fall of man, we would have never known the joy of Salvation and the Mercy and Love of God and His dear Son. Isaiah 55:7-9 -- Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Cheerio! Love, Madeline
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