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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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    If a man is called of YHWH he is, like a Police Officer, on duty 24 hrs, 365 days a year, on duty. I was called November 3, 1966 but did not admit the Calling until January 1, 1990. During that twenty-three year dull point, YHWH used me anyway, over and over, drunk, stoned and sober. But from the day I surrendered and claimed Yashuah for my own, there havde been no days off! At seventy-five, in two months and four days, bound to my VA Provided Hospital Bed and Electric Wheel Chair, I use my computers to answer inquiries, to know who and how to pray and to encourage Lost People to surrender their will and to live for and at the direction of Yashuah ha'Mashiah... and still, no days off but the Retirement is awesome or so I hear.
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    ISIS Leader Killed In Trump-Authorized Military Raid | The Daily Wire WWW.DAILYWIRE.COM President Donald Trump authorized a special forces operation targeting Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, and the... I respect the tactic! Pulling out of Syria was a wise move and left a strong message to Terrorist taking out the Number 1 Most Wanted on the way out. Much respect and honor as well as congratulations to Army Rangers and Delta. I can only imagine that Baghdadi surfaced due to pulling out. And to Trump which did not inform Democratic leaders, you, you, you wisely did not ignore questionable patriotism and loyalty helping ensure the objective and mission success!
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    None of that has anything to do with the topic, namely Calvin and Servetus.
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    Ya know there's two things I currently don't click with. There are two criticisms from the Conservative party of the Liberal / Dems. One, with the impeachment trial Conservatives are complaining nothing is getting done. Think about that for a moment! Do we want the current Congress writing laws? And two, the Liberal / Dems have removed God from the party. No prayer etc. Good! Again I don't understand the Conservative party's criticism of such action. I'm tired of the Lib / Dems twisting scripture suggesting that God supports the LGBT or abortion etc. Glad they'll no longer be blaspheming God!!!
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    Hi, My name is Christian and I'm currently 20 years old, studying I.T. at a community college. I was raised in a Christian family, but struggled with a number of addictions after dropping out from highschool from social anxiety and dropping from online university from depression. I recently got things back on track, completely quit all my addictions, and am going to a (non-denominational) Biblical focused church. I'll probably lurk the forums most of the time, but it's great to be here regardless. I look forward to learning from you all.
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    Are you isolating Jesus' teaching from Paul's? Um, Romans 13?
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    Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
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    I'm noting "to whom" these signs were said to follow. A little context: Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever [See my note] believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Also note: Acts 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Acts 9:10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. Acts 16:16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had ya spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. Acts 19:11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all[d] of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. Acts 28:3-9 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice[a] has not allowed him to live.” 5 He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. 7 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. 9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed. Note: The "whoever" refers to the believing Apostles which were sent. The "signs" will follow them! Signs which authenticate the office of Apostle.
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    I have no idea, probably like most of society on their days off.. all kinds of things, maybe even nothing at all. I don't believe being burnt out is healthy for anyone. Pastors I assume like teachers, doctors and the like more than likely still have homework to do. It's more of a lifestyle choice than a job. I'd like to think pastors on their days off spending time with family & friends, some relaxing.. and some study time of course. I'd ask a pastor, but I don't personally know any.
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    They have, yet again, posted a poll that is not supported with any real information. Everytime someone does one of the those "people on the street" segments, especially about impeaching Trump, they invariably find people who have no idea what it means to impeach someone, much less can actually name anything that would be considered an impeachable offense. Don't believe the vitriol, people. Trump isn't going anywhere. If not for the fact that he actually hasn't done anything wrong (or at least nothing the opposition wouldn't do), but the people who are going after him can't find their own ways out of a wet paper bag long enough to actually put a case together solid enough to find any real fault in the man. Poll: 70% of Americans say Trump's Ukraine actions were 'wrong,' 51% want him removed WWW.USATODAY.COM Nearly a third of respondents say they made up their mind about whether to impeach President Trump even before the Ukraine story broke in September.
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    Currently there is a record as to how each member of congress votes. If that was changed then we would have nothing to hold an elected official to should they start voting against how their constituency is wanting.
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    I think Hillary cannot pass the physical fitness test?
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    Right, female deacons are a red flag and tip of the ice berg. A series of events leads to that point. I recommend finding a Reformed church of known reputation. Lots of Reformed denominations have church locators so people can locate a church in their area. I recommend finding an OPC, PCA, or URC [in no particular order] all of which are genuine Calvinist.
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    Speaking of puppies, we may be having a litter soon. Want one? I believe the breed could be called Mutt Terrier.
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    God keeps His promises so why do they not have the land God gave to Abraham today? Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
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    How should you evaluate claims of Christian conversion that don’t involve exposure to the Word of God? This question has taken on greater significance in recent years, as a growing number of Muslims claim to have been saved through dreams in which Jesus appeared to them. We recently put that question to Justin Peters, one of the keynote speakers at our upcoming Truth Matters conference. Here’s how he responded:
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    Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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    Were Eli's sons always unsavable or did they reach a point of unsavability? Are the non elect always unsavable or do they reach a point of unsavability?
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    How about the tree producing the fruit?
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    Quite right Becky! War is a choice.
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    Wars are some ones choice.
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    Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. I believe Ruth Ginsberg meets that qualification, so any prayers for her are ordained by God.
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    The liberals can not forget what they will not know .
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    There are people in history that were unsaveable (Eli's sons are just two examples). It really comes down to whether or not someone has committed The unpardonable (unforgivable) sin, that being blaspheming the Holy Spirit. So, with that said, there are going to be people in this world that God never intended to save, and those that He does. Yes this smacks of predestination, but that is what the bible teaches.
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    And that's your judgment. And you judged thinking you know the intentions of others.
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    Trump picked Kenneth Copeland is he "any" better than Osteen?
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    By saykot So many post and talking about brave community that there is nothing new in this topic without new update.We all know that brave browser is mainly known for their ad blocker system and unique tipping model and their BAT token. First my ref link download now Today i will talk about brave community that not new.All people know that.But i playback them. Brave browser gives 5$ per ref,ref must use that app for 1 month. They have ad blocker. they block sometimes 99+ ads on just you tube video.And they save some time for browseing. But i some time i thought that publisher get harmed by this ads blocking system. Because most of people now use brave browser and they browse many sites and they don't tip their site.Nowadays they also don't give any free bat to their users .People can only earn bat token by showing some ads.This offer only in urban countries.But in poor country they don't gives ads.So ,in result bat users don't get bat token and can't tip site user. Normally people don't tip site owner easily,if they don't have bat token they never tip site owners.And this ad blocker is so powerful that not a single ads or pop ads don't show. If system goes this way many sites owners will face loses. My friend run a website.He have many visitors in his sites but some months he can't earn money properly. Every thing has a good and a bad sides. I thing this thing is brave browser bad thing
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    The prices of the new smartphone drops approximately $50 dollars a month. A good investment? 😧
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    Today the scientist would come up against a brick wall regarding 'gender identity'. LOL
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    Research Agnes Ozman a student of Charles Fox Parham. Such gift was claimed in order to authenticate the office and messages which paved the way to an Apostolic movement.
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    Isn’t that a bit backwards?...unless us pea brains are stronger than the Holy Spirit.
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    Ha, there is no more such an animal as “the Pentecostals” than there is such a thing as “the Baptists”. [LOL] For example, as a Baptist you must handle snakes like that one Baptist Church that I read about. No? Then you must believe that the KJV is the only inspired translation because all of the modern translations are based on those corrupt manuscripts added in the 19th Century. No? Well you must believe that there is no need for evangelism because God has already decided like those Hypercalvinist baptists. No? Well you do protest soldiers funerals like those Baptist’s that I see on the news from time to time. You mean you are just a plain vanilla “Southern Baptist” type of Baptist? [The teasing is all in fun, as a theological “Reformed (Paricular) Baptist” attending a Pentecostal Church, I know enough to know that every community of believers is unique and deserves to be judged on its own merits rather that the reputation of an out of control second cousin that just has the same last name. The dead have been raised at our local community and nobody has ever been kicked. Elders do anoint with oil and pray for healing. We have a 70 year old lady that likes to dance in the aisle without her shoes, but it is more of a combination sway and shuffle to the music.] I actually visited a large Baptist Church where the ushers surrounded me like I had sat in their seat, making me so uncomfortable that I left before the service started. (Only time I was ever run out of a church). I later attended a small Southern Baptist Church for few years and really enjoyed spending a year studying through the Baptist Faith and Message. I just wanted you to know that I wasn’t picking on Baptists as an outsider, but as an insider.
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    It wasn't withheld from OT saints but only eludes NT saints that use a key word search rather than context 😉. In all seriousness, though Predestination/Election is not so much an exclusive Reformed theology [as if we have our own verses] as Scriptural always keep in mind that Reformed are "Systematic" therefore imposing the entire Scriptures [from cover to cover]. I take it that you already knew this as your basis for posting this wonderful thread in the Systematic sub-forum. The OT doctrine of predestination is most vivid in God's choice of Israel to be a light to those around them (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). Moses, speaking of Israel, says of them: For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:6-8 It is important to note that God chose them to be a "treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth," not because they "were more in number than any other people" but because the LORD loved them and is keeping the oath that he swore to his fathers. Also, from the context, it is clear that Israel was involved in God's plan, but so was Egypt. God hardened Pharoah's heart so that he would refuse to let them go (Exodus 3:19; 7:13; 14:13). Thus, from the beginning of history, the predestined plan of God is evident in the redemption of his people. The OT writers viewed history as occurring in God's sovereign and predestined plan. The entire idea of prophecy rests upon this truth. If God does not sovereignly control and predestine whatever comes to pass then how he could make statements that are predictive and expect specific results in the future? And on the topic of foreknowledge: The object of God’s foreknowledge in Romans 8:29 is people. God does not say here that he foreknew inclinations, choices, or actions. It is not faith God foreknew; he foreknew people. God did not choose to save based on foreseen human works or decisions; Scripture is clear that we are sovereignly saved by grace through faith (e.g. Romans 9:11-13, Ephesians 2:8-9). Commenting on the parallel passage in Ephesians 1:4, Robert Reymond writes in his A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, “God chose us before the creation of the world that we should be holy, not because he saw that we would be holy.” What does the word mean? In Scripture, It can mean “prescience” or merely to know in advance (e.g. Acts 26:5, 2 Peter 3:17). The Westminster Larger Catechism Answer 14 uses the English word in that sense: “God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will.” But especially since the object of God’s foreknowledge in Romans 8:29 is people, we must see the connection to the use of the parallel word for knowing in the Old Testament. To know in the Hebrew Scriptures is to know intimately, as Adam did Eve when they conceived their son (Genesis 4:1). The word is frequently used to describe God’s election of his people. Genesis 18:19 says of Abraham, “For I have chosen [known] him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” The Lord knew of every child before he or she was born, so he must have something more intimate in mind when in speaking to Jeremiah when he said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Similar uses abound in the Old Testament (c.f. Psalm 1:6, 144:3; Hosea 13:4-5, Amos 3:2). The theme of God’s intimate, loving knowledge of his people carries into the New Testament, “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity’” (2 Timothy 2:19, c.f. 1 Corinthians 8:3). Certainly, the Lord knows every person on earth from a standpoint of bare knowledge, so the text is clearly speaking of something more personal in these cases. https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/3251-what-does-“foreknew”-mean-in-romans-829/
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    Is this post in the gray area? Not sure, but I don't want to offend anyone?
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    Technically, a Wall separated Mongolia from China. Acknowledged, like Mongolians Californians attack an ideal wall.
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    Todd Bentley PENTECOSTALPIONEERS.ORG Pentecostal Pioneers. History and Heritage. The Men, Message, Miracles and Movement. I think we're down playing the seriousness of what Todd Bentley does: What is beyond me is how he appeals to a certain Christian and even worst how they let him get away with it.
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    Everyone who places their faith in a crucified Savior seems to be exercising 'raging faith'. Where can I buy a raging faith T-shirt? 😛
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    Are they going to commandeer every letter of the alphabet?
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    It's one thing to sit on our thumbs waiting for something to happen, it is another to get involved in something that is none of our business. We do not belong in Syria taking part in another country's civil war. We should not act as the world police, regardless of what the UN's directive is. Honestly, we shouldn't even be in the UN and should kick them off our shores (kick them out of New York). We should take a page from China's example, not the communism part, but the one where we worry about ourselves and our own interests before helping out other countries part. I am not completely in favor of isolationist policies, but we really have bigger problems here at home that need to be dealt with before we start helping other countries with theirs.
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    What is lacking in the newly-reborn in Christ? In our possessions—nothing; but in our walk—much! In the outset of our faith we are given “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2Pe 1:3; Rom 8:32; 1Co 3:21), but during this babe-in-Christ stage (which all progress from) there is great lack in the believer’s walk in these blessings, for no new-born saint is readily matured with the ability to “walk, even as He walked” (1Jo 2:6). No, we must be at the feet of the Lord’s Word (Luk 10:42), continually learning and receiving from Him the manner of His life and walk which was upon the earth. Our relationship with the Father depends on this maturity (conformity by the Spirit) because the more you mature in Christ’s image, the closer “He will draw nigh to you” because in the maturing, you “draw neigh to God” (Jam Jas 4:8). In redemption there is a twofold involvement: union and fellowship. Union admits not in degrees, unlike fellowship, which ever grows. Though we can have no greater desire than close fellowship with God, we know that only progressing in application and practicality of His Word (by the Spirit of course, as are all things) will conform us in His fellowship. Doctrine within the Pauline Epistles is mostly where the Spirit of God teaches concerning our new birth, who also is the Creator of it in the Lord Jesus’ Life (Jhn 3:5, 6, 8; Col 3:4). Considering these possessions which abide within those reborn, what could there ever be within—or without, that is “able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?” Not self, because the Cross of Christ restrains the “old man” from “ruling” and “dominating” the believer (Rom 6:6, 12, 14); the Spirit opposes it (Gal 5:17); and the Father guards us against it by instilling within the believer’s mind and heart, “to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phl 2:13). In the light of Scripture, the only possible answer for not abiding in Christ is attributed to the nonoccurrence of rebirth, and the most outward confirmation to others concerning “Christ in you” (to self, the Spirit is confirmation - Rom 8:16) is the permanent continuance of the “walk in the Spirit”; which “walk” is hypocritical otherwise, because only those reborn will “endure unto the end.” NC
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    Never suggested ignoring. Simply stating that IMO not voting or voting third party is most likely a vote for the democrat butchers.
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    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
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    There are still very many good churches and Christians out there.
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    Pictures of my loved ones, and the places I've tread upon the earth.
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    Where are you located Nora? You may want to check a denomination's online church locator. I recommend the Orthodox Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Church of America. The OPC has a church locator which you can use on its website: http://opc.org/ Just type in your zip code on the left of the website in the search field for the locator. Like you Nora, I suffer from depression. I am bi-polar and have in the past have made numerous suicide attempts under my belt, though I would never again. It is in my opinion that a person that can have enough faith in death from suicide can have enough faith in God to live. I think you're on the right track and should find a good bible believing church. Surround yourself with fellow believers, engage in fellowship through bible study at your local church. And while I recognize a familiar struggle as you shared with being able to trust God to handle your struggles and things initially, I personally acknowledged those struggles and things were beyond me and never were mine, they were out of my control. Roll your struggles onto God, and hear Him through His word. Remember, unlike the "prosperity gospel" of so many televangelist, all the apostles and many Saints died a horrendous death for His name's sake. Even today's martyrs are suffering death in the world at a rate beyond the 1st century. This is not to make you feel down, but to remind you many a false prophet today suggests God promises happiness, when in reality they fail to tell you there will be great tribulations, like wandering in the desert for 40 years. I hope this poem is a reminder, and may provide hope during your tribulations: God hath not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God hath not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. God hath not promised we shall not know Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; He hath not told us we shall not bear many a burden, many a care. God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, Swift, easy travel, needing no guide; Never a mountain rocky and steep, Never a river turbid and deep But God hath promised strength for the day, Rest for the labor, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing sympathy, undying love Author: Annie Johnson Flint God bless, and I extend my prayers to you, Nora, William
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