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This thread is to identify a minimum of three reasons we would/should not do something.  Allow me to demonstrate:

 

Three reasons not to vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

1) She is a feminist

2) She is a Socialist

3) She is an idiot

 

Really, any of these as a stand-alone would be good enough reason, but when you put them all together the case is very convincing.

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Three reasons not to encourage learning from "life experience" rather than Wisdom:

 

1) The story of the Prodigal is not to encourage his behavior.

2) The story of the Prodigal is not to encourage living his life but rather living the Wisdom from the story.

3) The story of the Prodigal is not to encourage life experience (man) as it doesn't supersede Wisdom (God) and its application from faithful obedience as seldom do most people ever come to "their senses".

 

 

 

 

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Three reasons not to miss Sunday Service:

#1: You'd miss out on fellowship with other believers,

#2: You'd miss out on hearing the Word proclaimed, and 

#3: You'd miss out on having the Sacraments distributed to you.

 

Those three things, kept up for a long enough period of time, can kill somebody's faith.

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Three reasons not to do "good" for yourself or to listen to false teachers such as Victoria Osteen:

 

 

1) Selflessness is illustrated by Jesus' examples and teachings.

2) Selflessness runs counter to human nature. Selfishness and Self centered worship is natural to the unregenerate.

3) Selflessness runs counter to finding support for our own selfish desires. And that includes listening to false teachers which justify our depravity.

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I can't think of any reasons, let alone three to listen to either of these Word of Faith, super extremely wealthy, false teachers. 

 

Anyone who supports the Osteen's is being mislead, and a spiritual sandbar is soon to shipwreck their faith. 

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On ‎8‎/‎31‎/‎2018 at 5:32 PM, Knotical said:

This thread is to identify a minimum of three reasons we would/should not do something.  Allow me to demonstrate:

 

Three reasons not to vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

1) She is a feminist

2) She is a Socialist

3) She is an idiot

 

Really, any of these as a stand-alone would be good enough reason, but when you put them all together the case is very convincing.

Not too " bright " is how I view her . Asked by a conservative news outlet about the surge in job growth under president Trump , her reply was ; " The reason that employment is high is because Americans are having to work two jobs. "  How about  that level of intellect  ? However I would not be so quick to rule out her and her socialistic ,communist  intentions she wants desperately to bring to the presidency. Her voting block is large enough to give her a rather handsome lead over any conservative contenders . Remember," Everything for free "  sends a message to a large portion of the population that still believes that this country  owes them something. Couple that with the limited educational level of the ones she manages to bring to her side through lies and deceptions and you have the beginning of the end of our freedoms and democracies . Maybe she is viewed as not being a threat for now. But even the thought of this nation falling into socialism is enough to get all conservative Americans to the polls to vote out anything that resembles a democrat administration.    M

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On ‎8‎/‎31‎/‎2018 at 7:03 PM, ConfessionalLutheran said:

Three reasons not to miss Sunday Service:

#1: You'd miss out on fellowship with other believers,

#2: You'd miss out on hearing the Word proclaimed, and 

#3: You'd miss out on having the Sacraments distributed to you.

 

Those three things, kept up for a long enough period of time, can kill somebody's faith.

If these three things can kill someone's faith that easily ,that tells me that they never had genuine faith in the first place.   

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On ‎9‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 12:03 PM, ConfessionalLutheran said:

#3: You'd miss out on having the Sacraments distributed to you.

Now there's a turn of phrase.

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39 minutes ago, Matthew Duvall said:

If these three things can kill someone's faith that easily ,that tells me that they never had genuine faith in the first place.

Yes, if they had faith they wouldn't neglect fellowship, edification from the Word, and observance of the Lord's Supper.

 

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Three Reasons Not to...go off topic

 

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On ‎8‎/‎31‎/‎2018 at 7:39 PM, William said:

Three reasons not to do "good" for yourself or to listen to false teachers such as Victoria Osteen:

 

 

1) Selflessness is illustrated by Jesus' examples and teachings.

2) Selflessness runs counter to human nature. Selfishness and Self centered worship is natural to the unregenerate.

3) Selflessness runs counter to finding support for our own selfish desires. And that includes listening to false teachers which justify our depravity.

Agreed........ M

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