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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. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
  3. You were unsubscribed from news letters etc but I just changed that. Also check your spam inbox to make sure what emails you are signed up in your profile notification settings are getting through.
  4. We, human beings, are not the center of all creation. Our happiness is not the highest priority. Heaven is not a place for celebration of every human being. All creation exists to bring bring glory to God ... He is the center of all creation ... He is what matters most. We exist in life, and in death, to serve a God and to bring God honor ... how we handle adversity should reflect well on our Father ... how we care for others should reflect well on our Father ... how we share the precious truth that we have been entrusted with should reflect well on our Father. When we are called to Heaven, our purpose is not an eternal victory lap ... our eternal purpose is to dwell in the light of the unfiltered glory of God and offer Him our eternal praises and love, even as we receive His eternal love. I agree that the video was a bit too “self” focused.
  5. William , I haven't been receiving current mailings of my Christforums in my mail box . The latest I have is one dated 4-12-19 . Please bring me up to date . Send me any that I missed . M
  6. To be honest I saw nothing that reflected biblical truths in that video. As an example, this phrase kept popping up... "Faith in the purest sense is the ceasing of resistance." Which I think is contradicted by such Scriptures as these... By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, (Heb 11:24) choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Heb 11:25) He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Heb 11:26) By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. (Heb 11:27) And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— (Heb 11:32) who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (Heb 11:33) quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. (Heb 11:34) Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. (Heb 11:35) Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. (Heb 11:36) They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— (Heb 11:37) of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Heb 11:38) 'Ceasing of resistance' would have just 'gone with the flow'. Are you Buddhist or?
  7. The definition of faith is here on Easter to bless everyone who is searching for the understanding of faith and the blessings that faith will give to your life. This is the definition of faith you have been searching for. This definition of faith deserves to be shared with everyone who loves Faith & and wants to understand it
  8. By Chuck Ross - U.S. officials who investigated the Steele dossier had ‘misgivings’ about the salacious document much earlier than previously known, according to a report in The New York Times The FBI also interviewed an alleged source for the dossier in January 2017, and determined that he may have embellished some of the claims attributed to him by Christopher Steele If the report is accurate, it is unclear why the FBI and other government officials have allowed the dossier’s salacious claims to hang like a dark cloud over the Trump administration for more than two years Government officials who investigated the Steele dossier had doubts about the salacious document’s claims much earlier than previously known, according to a bombshell report from The New York Times. According to the newspaper, the FBI and CIA had determined by Summer 2017 that one of the key claims in the dossier was likely false. In the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele alleged that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin insiders as part of a campaign-related conspiracy. But Cohen’s financial records, and foreign intelligence services who communicated with the CIA did not substantiate the dossier’s claims, according to The Times. The special counsel’s report, released on Thursday, settled the question of the Prague allegation once and for all. In his report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller stated outright that Cohen did not visit the European city, as Steele alleged. The Times also reports that “misgivings” about the dossier’s reliability arose soon after BuzzFeed News published the document on Jan. 10, 2017. The new report does not detail when those misgivings arose. But the FBI and other government agencies have remained tightlipped about the dossier’s veracity. That silence allowed a cloud of suspicion to hang over the Trump administration, and several Trump associates. The dossier, which was commissioned by the Clinton campaign and DNC, alleges a “well-developed conspiracy” between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It also alleges that the Kremlin has blackmail material on President Trump in the form of a tape of him in Moscow with a group of prostitutes. The unfounded claim has fostered allegations that Trump is acting under the control of the Russian government. The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s reporting to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Page, an energy consultant who has done business in Russia, is also accused by Steele of serving as a Trump campaign back channel to the Kremlin. Page has vehemently denied the claims. He was not charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which officially ended on March 22 after a 22-month investigation. FBI agents also tracked down two of Steele’s sources in January 2017 and determined that one may have embellished allegations attributed to him in the dossier, according to The Times. One of the sources is described by The Times as “a Russian speaker from a former Soviet republic who had spent time in the West.” “After questioning him about where he’d gotten his information, they suspected he might have added his own interpretations to reports passed on by his sources, one of the people said. For the F.B.I., that made it harder to decide what to trust,” reads The Times report. According to The Times, FBI agents did not believe that the source or Steele had lied about the information. Instead, they appear to have assessed that the information contained in the dossier was the result of a game of telephone, where gossip and innuendo were passed along through a network of Steele’s sources and sub-sources. The Times did not identify the source. But Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-American businessman, has been identified in news reports as an unwitting source for Steele. Millian is reported to be one of the sources behind the blackmail tape claim about Trump. He also cozied up to Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in Summer 2016. The intelligence agencies are now taking more seriously the possibility that much of the dossier is the product of disinformation planted by Russian operatives, according to The Times. The Justice Department’s inspector general is reportedly investigating the FBI’s handling of the dossier, and the use of Steele as a source. Politico reported on Wednesday that the inspector general’s report is excepted to cast doubt on the dossier’s veracity. Politico also reported that Steele has declined requests to meet with the DOJ watchdog. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected] Report: US Officials Doubted Key Dossier Claims Earlier Than Previously Known is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  9. By Mary Margaret Olohan - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday that several U.S. citizens were killed in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists killed over 200 people and wounded 450 others in Sri Lanka using coordinated explosive attacks on churches and hotels. Bombs erupted in churches in Negombo, Colombo, Batticaloa. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning,” Pompeo said in a statement. “Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.” Pompeo offered the United State’s deepest sympathy to the victims and families targeted in the attack. “The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families,” he said in the statement. “These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism. We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.” The U.S. condemns in the strongest terms the Easter morning terror attacks in Sri Lanka. These attacks demonstrate the brutal nature of terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace & security. We offer our deepest condolences and stand with the government & people of #SriLanka. — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 21, 2019 Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected] Pompeo: Several US Citizens Killed In Sri Lanka Attacks is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more. View the original full article
  10. And that's all in one year ? It's the cost we have to maintain just to attempt to stretch out a few more years of our lives. My family tends to live very long lives and usually just die of old age and the inability to take care of themselves. I kind of hope the same applies to me as well as my brother and sister when we reach the golden years.
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  12. You don't need to make it personal. I said what the the usual comeback is...inferring it's not mine. So put your label maker back in it's holster. lol
  13. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at a press conference that there appears to have been information about a possible attack prior to the series of deadly attacks on Sunday. The prime minister said he was not kept informed about the information and that it is one of the issues that must be looked into. "For now the priority is to apprehend the attackers," he added. 2 hr 48 min ago A memo warning of an attack was circulated in advance, police source says From Journalist Sandun Arosha F'do in Colombo Before the blasts on Sunday, a memo warned of a potential attack and requested heightened security, a police source tells CNN. The memo was dated April 11 and was signed by Sri Lanka's deputy inspector general of police. Sri Lankan Minister of Telecommunication Harin Fernando tweeted a picture of the memo on Sunday. "Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night," he wrote. CNN obtained a copy of the memo. Here's what it says: April 11, 2019 Director/ Ministerial Security Division Director/ Judicial security division Director/ Retired presidents security Division Acting Director/ Diplomatic security Division Acting Director/ Retired presidents security Division INFORMATION OF AN ALLEGED PLAN ATTACK Reference to the letter of the defence ministry with regard to the above and the statement of IGP dated 2019.04.09 ref : STAFF05/IGP/PS/OUT/2860/19, 2. We would like to draw your special attention to the a page no 2 to 4 of the statement of the State Intelligence service stating that information has been received regarding an alleged plan of suicidal attack by the leader of ' Nations Thawahid Jaman ' Mohomad Saharan . 3. According to information of that statement ,would like you to give special attention and inform your staff to provide special security measures to the areas covered by your division. Sri Lanka explosions kill more than 200 -- live updates WWW.CNN.COM View the latest news and breaking news today for U.S., world, weather, entertainment, politics and health at CNN.com.
  14. Sad, very sad retort and just reeks of the Holiness Movement out of the Heretical New Covenant and this Later Day, New Testament Only, New Testament Movements. Should I continue being civil or should kick the dust off and paste a label on you? My prayers are extended to you in either case for there are none righteous, no, not one.
  15. I haven't read the rest of the posts here, but I'll just throw in my 2¢. If a scientific theory says 'Wabooses' are green, but the Scriptures says they are pink...I'll go with Scripture every time. When Scripture says 'evening and morning...one day, and concludes all is made in 6 days; and Scientific theory says millions of years...guess what? I'm going with Scripture. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Heb 11:3)
  16. From John Calvin’s Geneva Liturgy of 1543: Lord God, eternal and almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption, prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good. Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments. But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from all our offenses. We condemn ourselves and our evil ways, with true sorrow asking that your grace will relieve our distress. Have compassion on us, most gracious God, Father of mercies, for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. And in removing our guilt, also grant us daily increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, and produce in us the fruits of holiness and of righteousness pleasing in your sight: Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. From John Knox’s Liturgy of 1560: Almighty God, we are unworthy to come into your presence, because of our many sins. We do not deserve any grace or mercy from you, if you dealt with us as we deserve. We have sinned against you, O Lord, and we have offended you. And yet, O Lord, as we acknowledge our sins and offenses, so also do we acknowledge you to be a merciful God, a loving and favorable Father, to all who turn to you. And so we humbly ask you, for the sake of Christ your son, to show mercy to us, and forgive us all our offenses. Forgive the sins of our youth, and the sins of our old age. By your Spirit, O God, take possession of our hearts, so that, not only the actions of our life, but also the words of our mouths, and the smallest thought of our minds, may be guided and governed by you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. From the 1585 Reformed Liturgy of the Palatinate: I, a poor sinner, acknowledge before you, my God and Creator, that I have terribly and in many ways sinned against you, not only outwardly, but much more with inward blindness, unbelief, doubts, despondency, impatience, pride, covetousness, envy, hatred, malice, and other sinful affections, as you, my Lord and God, know well, and I cannot deeply enough deplore. But I repent of these things, and am sorry for them, and heartily ask you for mercy, for the sake of your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
  17. Why does placing wickedness, sin, and death on Jesus Christ to the point of killing Him dead bring you hope? 🤗 1 Corinthians 15: 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
  18. These questions are entertaining. Were Nero or Hitler Elect? Did America have the right to attack Germany? I can't know, I can only go by "Today" and Kim Jung demonstrates no fruit. I can only examine the evidence of today and not evidences which may or may not present themselves tomorrow. Today we should pray for Kim's regeneration. Even if Kim was Elect that doesn't excuse him from earthly consequences as stated above.
  19. How do you know Kim Jong-Un isn't one of the elect?
  20. Happy Easter and may it be a blessed one for everyone here. 🙂
  21. That's an excellent point. Happy Easter everyone!
  22. The demons were planning on having a party one night. They got beer, Jack Daniels, and pretzels, a little red wine, some white. They were celebratin how they crucified Christ on that tree. But Satan, the snake himself, wasn't so at ease. Well, he took his crooked finger, And he dialed the phone by his bed, To call an old faithful friend, who'd know for sure if he was dead. He said "Grave, grave tell me, did my plan fail?" Ole Grave just laughed and said "Ah man, the dude is dead as nails." On Friday night, they crucified the Lord at calvary, But he said, "Don't dread, in three days I'm gonna live again, you'll see!" When problems try to bury you, and make it hard to pray, It may seem like Friday Night, but Sunday's on the way! A tranquilizer and a horror flick, could not calm Satan's fear. So Saturday night, he calls up the grave, scared of what he'd hear. "Hey, grave, what's going on?" Grave said, "Man look you've called me twice, and I'll tell you one more time boss, the Jew's on ice." The devil said, " Man grave, you remember when, Old Lazarus, was in his grave. You see everything was cool then four days later... BOOM, old Lazarus, he was raised. Now, this Jesus, he is much more trouble than anyone has ever been to me, And look grave it's got old devil scause this man said he'll only be dead three." On Friday night, they crucified the Lord at calvary, But he said, "Don't dread, in three days I'm gonna live again, you'll see!" When problems try to bury you, and make it hard to pray, It may seem like Friday Night, but Sunday's on the way! Sunday morning Satan woke with a jump, Ready to blow a fuse. He was shaking from the tips of his pointed ears, To the toes of his pointy shoes. "He said grave tell me is he alive, I don't wanna lose my neck?" Grave said "your evilness maintain your cool devil you are a wreck" Grave said Cool your jets Big D, my sting is still intact. You see Jesus is dead forever take it from the grave brother he aint never coming back. So just mellow out man, just go drink up or shoot up, but look devil just leave old grave alone And I'll catch you la... la... Oh no! Oh no! OH NO! OH NO! Somebody's messin' with the stone!" Well, then the stone was rolled away, and it bounced a time or two, and an angel stepped inside, and said, "Yo I'm Gabriel, who are you? If you're wondering where the Lord is, at this very hour, I tell ya he's alive and well, with RESURRECTION POWER!" Friday night they crucified the Lord at Calvary But he said don't dread He said in three days you can even count em boys Im gonna be kickin again you'll see When problems try to bury you and make it hard to pray It may seem like Friday Night But i say Sunday I'm here to tell you Sunday The devil hates Sunday I tell you Sunday is here to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. Hundreds of millions of faithful Christians across the globe are celebrating Easter, the anniversary of the event Christians believe in that – if true – marks a singular status for the person for whom they are named. They say Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected from the grave days after he was publicly executed, and that his rose from the grave to an eternal and indestructible life. View the full article
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