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  1. Dear Jerry, i am very happy for you, you are one of the chosen, maybe i am not, many are called, few are chosen!
  2. Greetings, It is very confusing, the whole Bible is very confusing, but then what can one expect when the Book is authored by the Lord. Bless your hearts, Totoo
  3. Dear Jim, Thank you so much for your kindness. Yes, i do not know how to pray, so i have been very happy to learn it from the Lord Himself. What you say seems very reasonable, i hope i will learn. i hope you will receive all you desire from the Lord. Bless your heart, Totoo
  4. Good morning, and kind greetings all i was reading this prayer from our Lord just now and something occurred to me, this is the prayer: Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be Thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done In Earth, as it is in heaven i try to say this prayer every morning, i miss it sometimes, but i try to pray every morning. Anyhow, as i was praying this morning, i went through this prayer, automatically, and without any feeling, then i said to myself, what's the use? read again. And i did, and as i read it again, it occurred to me that 'Earth' is not the Earth we all live on, but my heart. It was always a question, being a language teacher, 'in' Earth, you see, rather than 'on'! i guess i've got my answer to that this morning, thanks to and praise the Lord. i just felt happy and thought i'd share it with you wonderful people. Have a blessed day and remember me in your kind prayers, i am not worthy, but you are kind Totoo
  5. Greetings Previously i have asked about the importance of the word: 'Israel' and that it has been repeatedly mentioned both in the Old and the New Testaments. While watching a YouTube programme, i learnt that this word comes from two Hebrew words meaning 'desire to reach God'. To what extent can that be correct? Thank you for your kind time and bless your hearts, Totoo
  6. Good morning, i guess the best reply and answer to all my silly questions is this: That Jesus Christ was crucified and gave his holy blood on the cross to save us. With this brave action, he took everything away from the devil and gave all to those that believe in Him. i admit that i have yet to learn more about the true meaning of His sacrifice on the cross. The answers are coming, i should be patient and work on my belief and love of the Lord. Bless your hearts and thank you for your kind prayers, Totoo
  7. To follow up on that, Actually, you could encourage better reciting of the Bible by introducing activities and perhaps even competitions at schools, churches, public places and praise and honour the winner for their achievements by presenting them with a valuable prize, medals and suchlike. You could also encourage people to memorise the Holy Book and recite the scripture from heart. That could win a better prize in this world and the next! Thank you, bless your hearts, And pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Lord i'm not worthy, Totoo
  8. Hi, greetings all i've got a humble suggestion for all churches: i propose the kind pastors teach everyone to recite the Bible beautifully, especially the pastors themselves need to be able to recite the verses correctly and clearly. It is heartbreaking to watch some pastors on YouTube just run through the verses without giving nor showing any sense and feeling from what they read. If you are short of time, do not save it by running through the text, if you are so short of time, why are you doing this in the first place? If you need to read the text, pay the text its respect, and read calmly and beautifully, let it sink in the listeners and your audience. Otherwise, what is the point???? How can one expect to move the multitudes when the reciter is sans feeling? i strongly recommend everyone to at least listen to Mr Alexander Scournby's recordings, he is not perfect, but he is the best there is, hope someone will better him soon. There are dramatised recordings, i do not recommend them, for one, they are not the KJV, and when something is dramatised, it's the view point of the director, not the book. Have a better day and bless your hearts, Totoo
  9. i need to add: i understand the King James Bible is a translation. i understand the difficulties and obstacles of such a great and heavy task. i am still sure the questions i am confronted with do not arise from the fact that there may be issues to do with the translation. Unless the translations are totally out of place, which i dare not presume. It is mentioned in the Bible that one has to love the Lord more than one loves oneself. Teach me how to do that, please, since i don't love myself, the only thing i love is learning and studying. Bless your hearts
  10. Jesus Christ says this in Matthew 28: 18: . . . All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Then why is the devil so powerful? If you would like to discuss 'choice and free will' i've got questions regarding that, too. Have a blessed time and may the Lord bless our hearts
  11. Greetings, all, i've been studying and pondering as i read the Good Book. i am trying to avoid the so many questions that come to my humble mind, but they keep bugging me. There is no church for me to go to and there is no preacher or pastor or anyone i could trust and talk with where i live. i believe that means i am on my own and i have to hope to be blessed by The Lord and only He may find the time to reach out and help me understand and walk in the right direction. Meanwhile another question for you, if you got the time to think about it, not that i am waiting for your replies any more, you wonderful people are too busy, i understand. The question is: Why is the devil so powerful? Bless your hearts. Totoo
  12. PS: i started reading this chapter again and now i've got another problem: Matthew Chapter 4 Verse 1: i may be very naiive, but i'd rather ask any way: There seems to be an agreement between the Lord and the devil. i mean, although we hear that the devil is the fallen angel and all that, but according to such texts, doesn't it seem that the devil is following God's will? i mean, in this instance, it seems to my humble mind that the devil is getting employed by the Spirit to tempt Jesus Christ. What do you think? Have a great time and looking forward to your insights. Totoo
  13. Greetings all i've been reading the Good Book and i came across this in The Gospel according to St. Matthew: 4-4 : Can someone clarify and explain what this really means, please? Of course, i think i get the first part about 'bread', but what does 'every word' refer to? Is this referring to the entire Holy Bible and does it merely mean that we should live according to what is set there for us? i cannot take the 'word' as Jesus Christ, can i, since there it is mentioned: 'every' and there is only 'one' Christ. But then thinking about the context of this quote, this is in reply to hunger. i am confused. Thank you so much for your time and kindness. Bless your hearts, Totoo
  14. Dear Jordan, Thanks for your kind link, i will take a good look and i hope to get the chance to hop on that bus along and learn. Cheers and best wishes, bless your heart, Totoo
  15. Dear Alan, i am very grateful for your kindness. i totally understand and can identify and i apologise. i did not mean to say the good Pastor was wrong, mistypes and misprints happen all the time, but as i confessed to John, i have been too stupid to believe, and i hope you will pardon me for that and for my impatience. i will try harder and again, many thanks for your feedback and assistance. Bless your hearts, Totoo
  16. Ahhh, that was so stupid of me! Thanks John, i'll be more careful Bless you all Totoo
  17. Dear Alan, Once again, many thanks for your kindness. i've got a problem right from the very start, i hope it's a good thing. i have got, as it says, a King James Version of the Holy Bible right here on my desk. I purchased it online from a Chinese online store. It has been published by: Christian Art Publishers.2017. I have been using this since it arrived in the mail, and never doubted it. But now the first assignment according to the Bible Course is to study Tim: 3: 10 - 17. There is no Verse 17 in my Good Book and it ends in a rather long verse 16, compared it with other verses above it. Is there a misprint in the Bible Study course, or is my Bible faulty? How can one ever know if one's Bible is correct!? Thank you very much for your time, and may the Lord bless your hearts, Totoo PS: i must add, i just checked my PDF KJV of the Holy Bible, and just like my physical Bible, there is no Verse 17! So i gather there could be a mistype or misprint in this:
  18. Thanks a lot DaveW, i've already downloaded 'The Genesis to Revelation Bible Course' Alan suggested above and i've started reading. i will try to reach Brother Sargent's books in a bit. Thank you so much for your kind replies and time. Bless your hearts, Totoo
  19. Thanks a lot Alan, i'll check them links out right away. Your kind help and assistance is much appreciated, heartily. Bless your hearts, Totoo
  20. Dear John, As always, very thorough and kind with your time, thank you so very much and bless your heart. Well, as i have just replied to our other member NN above, i don't think it is a good idea to order physical books from abroad, you might like to take a quick read at what i mentioned there about my humble life here and all i've had to go through. PDF or epub digital format books are easier to pass around and obtain. Having said all that, just now i was lucky to receive a number of studies on the Bible from different publications and about different books of the Holy Book from an online friend i found a few days back. He has been able to find many epub format e-books for me. He is Chinese and he was saying that even he cannot order a physical book from abroad! As for the differences between the Bibles used, well, i do have a KJV of the Bible here on my desk, and whenever there is a reference to the Bible, i can simply open up my own Good Book and read the book for myself rather than depending on their references, but thanks for the heads up As you know, John, i would like to come to an understanding through research and ponder, rather than listen and follow without any thought. i know i may not be intelligent nor wise enough to grasp everything right away, but i am sure i can rely on good friends and helps such as yourself and Alan and other kind people here and i will ask questions or i can put forth what i have come to understand from a study and see what you kind people think on it. i was listening to your sermon, John, the other day, and you were talking about 'Stewards of the Lord,' and i liked it so much, but then arose the question, what is a 'Steward of the Lord'? What are the duties and responsibilities of such a one? i hope you will clarify that in your coming sermons, or you might have, but i haven't had the chance to see it yet. Thanks again, my man and take good care of yourself for us sinners. Bless your heart, Totoo
  21. Dear NN, Well, i must say, i am humbled and very grateful for your kind offer and also for your time and patience to reply to my questions. i do not think it is a good idea to send me actual books, but if you can find any books in PDF, they are all welcome. As you have wisely guessed, it may not be without trouble to receive books, especially religious books here. As a matter of fact, life has been super difficult for me here, as a Persian guy, with all the politics going around about Persia (Iran - poor translation for Persia, politics, i guess, when they say 'Iran', one forgets the millennia history and culture!) and all, after living here for about 13 years, i still have not had the chance and opportunity to obtain a resident's visa, nor a work permit, nor any other human right, i'm always at home and try to stay away from anything. Before last Christmas, i also kept away from any religious thought and beliefs, too. But then things changed. Now i want to be a good Christian and i don't think i could ever be one wholesome Christian if i cannot grasp the Holy Bible and the teachings and precepts there. The Holy Spirit and The Lord have graced me, but i have no experience whatsoever and as i have said before, this website i trust and the Holy Bible and nowhere else to go to for help. You people have all been very comforting and helpful, bless your hearts. Thanks again so very much. Totoo
  22. Dear John, Once again, many thanks for your kind help and guidance. I couldn't find that book, but i have managed to find this: Is this in any way the same and helpful? Thanks for your kind feedback and assistance. Bless your heart, Totoo
  23. Dear Alan, Thanks very much for your kind advice and suggestion, i trust you and John very much and i believe to be in very kind and helpful hands here. i will follow John's suggestions and hopefully the Lord will also bless us all with the true knowledge and light of the wisdom within the Word of God. Bless your heart, Totoo PS, i have been looking for books and publications from Baptist churches and publications, unfortunately they are hard to be found here in China.

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