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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.

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  2. The question that comes to mind is why would Jesus use unleavened bread?
  3. Yes, I think you are on the right track. We can share many things but we cannot determine what of the word is planted seed, and what is testimony. We need to share the hope we have and follow the guide of His Spirit. 🌝
  4. @Origen Sitting on your hands? Hey brother, Are you open to other alternative views?
  5. I don't like Rand Paul. I don't agree with him on his position for abortion and I don't agree with him on issues of national security. Trump's emergency border declaration survives yet another Senate vote to kill it WWW.CONSERVATIVEREVIEW.COM 10 Republicans voted to override the president.
  6. Good bye and good riddance ! " Hate " to see you go...See ya at the Judgment Seat of Almighty God. This is where you'll get your "just reward " . MD
  7. What would he do ? Invite Louis Farrakhan to the swearing in ceremony with his Quran in hand while Obama put his hand on it and took the oath of office . MD
  8. I want to believe that the Philippian jailer asked this out of curiosity , not because he actually wanted to be saved . The offer of salvation is given to everyone . But the actual act ,from the effectual drawing by the Holy Spirit ,to confession, faith, belief and the actual indwelling by the Spirit is all in God's divine plan of salvation. If you are giving all credence to the human spirit then you should be prepared to explain the multitude of times in Holy Writ where God is the author and finisher of our faith . When the gospel is preached it doesn't mean that everyone will respond to it . But the gospel message is God's work in justifying His elect and chosen people . As Paul says ; " How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed ? And how shall they believe In Him of whom they have not heard ? And how shall they hear without a preacher ? And how can they preach unless they have been sent ? Rom.10:14,15.
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  12. It often helps to define terminology so we aren't talking past one another. For example, the unregenerate is simply the natural man. The phrase "free will" needs be defined as well as what we mean by "choose". Here's the Calvinist explanation of the theological term "Regeneration" as well as other similar phrases:
  13. So? We are constrained such that the unregenerate can only choose to reject God, and the regenerate can only choose to receive Him.
  14. In his commentary on Acts, Ben Witherington speculates that they were probably praising God loudly and joyfully in other languages early in the morning.
  15. Prophecy good and bad things to come, will take place.
  16. One disadvantage in studying Scripture is the unknowingly over-paralleling the dispensations of God’s administrations concerning God’s people, Israel and God’s children, the Christians. Though much teaching within the prior Covenant typified and “shadowed” the coming “very image” (Heb 10:1), there is a point at which proper understanding between the prior and the present Everlasting Covenant (Heb 13:20) can breach into misunderstanding concerning the designed intentions contained within the truths of each! Among the many Biblical subjects that seem to be a bit unclear for immediate understanding, the issue concerning the translation or “change” of the Church (1Co 15:51, 52; 1Th 4:13-18) is surly not least among them. Of this subject, only the chronology of its occurrence concerning “that day and hour” is unrevealed (Mat 24:36). Though for the learned and discerning, there appears to be the possibility of approximating its season (Mat 24:32, 33). But knowing when of its transpiration is secondary to knowing of its “blessing,” which is towards “he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it” (Rev 1:3). While an unbeliever can only await the grave, believers can await the rapture, or translation! Whichever of the two believers choose to await can significantly determine the quality of their walk. Be it dread or joy, one thing is for certain, the majority of the world can only await the prior; and for those of this company whose lives will tarry, there first “shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Mat 24:21). NC Church sans Tribulation (Reposted and reedited from 2013 for new viewers) Not only is the Church a product of this specific age with no relation whatever to any other age, but each believer is perfectly accepted now and forever before God on the ground of his position in Christ, and, being saved out of this world, he is no more of this world than Christ is of this world (Jhn 15:18, 19; 17:14, 16). The coming tribulation (not even remotely related to Acts 14:22, noting the words “coming tribulation”—NC) is the judgement of this world. Israel has her part in it since, being not yet saved (Rom 11:26), she is of the world. The believer, being what he is in Christ, has no more a rightful place in this world’s judgements than Christ Himself or any unfallen angel. Back of the theories that the Church (Body of Christ) will enter or pass through the tribulation is the Arminian heresy that the believer contributes something to his own acceptance before God, and, having failed to some extent is this responsibility, he will be purged by the suffering which the tribulation affords. There is a line of truth which concerns the believer’s personal faithfulness; but this is consummated before Christ at His judgment seat in heaven. As for any condemnation, or other judgment, the Christian is wholly delivered forever on the most righteous ground that a Substitute bore the condemnation and judgment and has provided a perfect standing before God. It is established by Scripture that the believer is delivered from all condemning judgments (John 3:18; 5:24; Rom 5:1; 8:1, 33, 34; 1 Cor 11:31, 32). In general, those who contend that the Church will experience the tribulation assert that all believers—spiritual and unspiritual (carnal babes-in-Christ - 1Co 3:1, unlearned but not “carnally minded” because that is “death” Rom 8:6—NC) will enter that period of suffering, though there are those believing in a partial rapture who assert that the Church will be divided and the spiritual element, which always includes those who advance this notion, will go directly to heaven, while the unspiritual will suffer for their sins in the tribulation. This constitutes a Protestant purgatory. The answer to all such conceptions is the recognition of the truth that, when members of this sinful race go to heaven, it is not on the ground of their own merit, but only through the merit of Christ. It is to be remembered that each believer is already perfectly justified forever (Rom 5:1; 8:30, 33, 34; Heb 10:14), and this wholly within the range of divine justice (Rom 3:26). Thus the contention that the Church will enter or pass through the tribulation becomes and insult to, and unbelief towards (though ignorantly—NC) the measureless grace of God in His Beloved Son. Those who entertain the idea that the Church experiences the great tribulation must reckon with the fact that of upwards of seventy-five generations (2,250 years, given a generation is about 30 years—NC) who comprise that company, all but the present generation have entered Glory without the supposed benefits of that purging experience. Why, then, should the last generation suffer that from which the vast host have been spared? On this point a specious argument has been advanced, namely, that as the Church has suffered martyrdom in certain periods of her history she may be expected to suffer thus again at the end of her age; but back of this claim is the failure to recognize that past sufferings were due to the attack of wicked men upon the Church, while the great tribulation is God’s judgment upon wicked men. Wholly justified believers have no place among evil men who are destined to eternal doom. - L S Chafer (1871-1952)
  17. Right, I am reminded of Calvin's quotation: "When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers." Why don't we ever acknowledge that God even has a purpose behind such rulers that promote abortion? Could God be smashing the enemy with His rod of Iron? Psalm 137:9 "Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!" Job 2:10 "Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?"
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  19. There is not a person in power that God has not placed there. Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. I believe some are put in our faces to bring us to our knees. All are there because of prayer in one way or another a lack of prayer ? At my age i remember Christians turning their backs on government because the Rapture was coming soon. God told us to occupy , occupy does not mean set on a log and do nothing.
  20. Give us the Free Stuff you promise us...
  21. If he was president today, be nice.
  22. Just Mike

    Just Mike

  23. No I don't, but others might not agree.
  24. What does that have to do with being drunk? I'm also OK with people eating food. But I'm against gluttony. You think that's also a contradiction?
  25. But you mentioned its okay to have Wine under admitted to do, on your website. see more on Drinking
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