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Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” - Genesis 2:18

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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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  1. 8 points
    I love studying and defending the Trinity. My name is Marc and I am 48 years old. I am married and have one daughter. I enjoy jogging and swimming. I left the Roman Catholic church over 25 years ago because praying to Mary is a sin. My favorite Christian writers/theologians include (but are by no means limited to) Murray Harris, G. K. Beale, Frederick Danker, Thomas Schreiner, Moises Silva, James R. White, Norman Geisler, Joel B. Greene, William Mounce, Albert Barnes, A. T. Robertson, John Gill, B. B. Warfield, Steven Tsoukalas, Philip Towner, Matthew Poole and Matthew Henry. My advice to new members and other members (as well as myself) is to realize more and more that the fear of the Lord ought to be our treasure (Isaiah 33:6).
  2. 7 points
    For the first time in nearly ten years I will be preaching on Sunday. Due to many health issued I was prevented from preaching, si I feel so blessed to be able to preach. I would sincerely appreciate a prayer for me as I prepare. I will be preaching from Col. 1:9-15. Thank you for caring for me so much. God bless.
  3. 7 points
    My name is Andrew and I am 44 years of age. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I am an alumnus from George Mason University and my degree is in English. I am a lifelong believer in Christ. I was raised a Baptist, but I found their theology lacking and the church I was raised in had liberal/ science based emphases that I thought cheapened the authority of the Bible and made everything into a metaphor. I converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1995, but the scandals in the Church and the reactions of the hierarchy made me reconsider my position. I wanted a Biblically based church that put tradition in a respected, but subordinate level. That was when I sought out and was received by the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in 2013. Long hours of studying and prayer, coupled with retreats and revivals, have gone a long way to shape me in a spiritual fashion. The faith that God has given me has been confirmed by several experiences than can be explained by nothing more than as answers to prayer. I would say that the fact that I am still alive is nothing short of a miracle, due to foolish choices I made as a teenager and young adult. God has been good to me and He has put good people in my life to keep my focus on Him. For a person to love God is an impossibility until the Holy Spirit has first engendered faith in that person. Love flourishes as a result of this faith and love of God means that He is the Absolute Sovereign over your life. You love your neighbor at least as much as you love yourself, but the Lord God always comes first, up to and including the point of suffering martyrdom. I serve as an usher and a lector in my local church. I read the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions on a daily basis and I meditate on them throughout the course of the day. As mentioned above, I do a Bible Study on a daily basis, followed by spontaneous, vocal prayer and concluding with a study of parts of the Lutheran Confessions. When called upon to testify of the hope that God has given me, I am inspired to do so with detail and enthusiasm. I am in the middle of reading Fatal Discord, by Michael massing, which details the lives and interaction of Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus. I have read a few biographies on Martin Luther ( including Brand Luther by Andrew Pettegree, Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas, and Martin Luther, Renegade and Prophet, by Lyndal Roper) and now, as I prepare for seminary, I am reading Called to Be God's People, Called to Believe, Teach and Confess and Called by the Gospel. Well, as I consider my personality to be greatly informed by my beliefs, I'm thinking it might be a factor of both, adding on any kind of personal hostility that I might have inadvertently earned. I try to answer things with clarity, but it seems like there are times that I'm walking ( or hopping) around with my right foot shoved firmly down my throat. I don't know what kind of advice I would be qualified to offer except to suggest that the topics discussed here be met with respect and a gentle presentation of your own point of view.
  4. 7 points
    @victory4me I wanted to address this, and I wanted to move it out of the Reformed Theology Forum and into the Pentecostal Forum. I was going to create a new topic, but @justme already created one that deals with the very issue that I wanted to discuss. So I moved the comment and response here. First, let's establish that this is some Pentecostal Family business that really needs to be taken care of. In order to go there, I need to establish my qualifications to speak as a Pentecostal. (For the record, I hate this part.) 1. I was not always a Christian, I was once an Atheist. I was not your garden variety over-intellectual 'man of science' atheist, rather I was the sort of person that set his enemies on fire and did far worse. Nuff said. 2. I came to the conclusion that there was a God by hanging out with a group of Catholic Charismatics. It was their LIVES (not words) that convinced me that God actually exists. 3. I was not 'saved' through any of the typical Church sponsored routes. I never closed my eyes, raised my hand and said a sinner's prayer. No Romans Road. No asking Jesus into your heart speech. I only happened, as a matter of coincidence, to get baptized more than a decade after my salvation (someone was getting baptized and I mentioned in passing that I never did that because I was not saved in a church ... the pastor freaked out and I got baptized.) ... God spoke to me, I fell to the ground, He made me an offer I could not refuse. Everything changed in an instant. That is all I will say about that, except 38 years later ... it still stuck. 4. I have NEVER spoken in tongues. Not even once. God has given me a passion and a hunger for his word and he has allowed me to see threads of truth throughout the Bible that others with far more training and gifting at teaching have acknowledged they enjoy hearing. That someone whose formal theology training consists of a Community College course that did more harm than good and decades of Adult Sunday School and Home Fellowships, can carry on a conversation with people with Doctorates in Theology and they don't seem to mind, speaks of a possible "GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" as we Pentecostals like to say, in that area. 5. I have attended a Pentecostal church for more than a decade and the Pastor saw fit to install me as a Teacher in the Men's Fellowship and an Elder in the church. This is NOT about "look how great I am". This is nothing more than a statement of credentials to prove that I am both SAVED and as much a PENTECOSTAL as any man alive. I have the right to speak to a Pentecostal as a Pentecostal. I believe you are correct that the Bible describes a manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit broader in scope than JUST what happened in Acts 2. You have done a fair job of articulating the source of your definitions and there has been little effort to address any of your texts as Biblical texts. However, you have made a common error among Pentecostals in claiming that EVERYONE speaks in tongues. Now it is MY turn. Where does the bible say that every single saved person speaks in tongues? I believe in Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-31 NASB 4 Now there are varieties of gifts , but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects , but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good . 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith [fn]by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of [fn]healing [fn]by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the [fn]effecting of [fn]miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the [fn]distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues , and to another the interpretation of tongues . 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills . 12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ . 13 For [fn]by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [fn]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [fn]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, [fn]it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we [fn]deem less honorable, [fn]on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no [fn]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another . 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [fn]honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has [fn]appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then [fn]miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues . 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of [fn]miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. The importance of 1 Cor 12:12 cannot be over emphasized. ALL gifts of the spirit are given by the spirit for the benefit of OTHER parts of the Body. Any time a 'gift' is being used to draw attention to the person, you can bet your last dollar that it is NOT of God. Our Pentecostal Pastor is quick to remind us that 'God will share His GLORY with no man.' When 'tongues' is paraded as proof of being a 'real Christian' ... it is NOT the body of Christ being edified and it is not God getting the glory. Take a moment to look at 1 Cor 12:28 and note where in the hierarchy of serving the needs of the Body "various kinds of tongues" falls. Why would we think that even the ability to speak in the tongue of men and angels would make anyone 'greatest' in the body of Christ? The person who can organize the note reminding the church that this Thursday is the monthly 'Covered Dish' Dinner is more valuable than "tongues" ... they are administrators. I have met too many 'Apostles' in my life who list it as a title on their car. I always ask someone who claims to be an Apostle what makes them an Apostle. I mean, if they have seen the resurrected Christ and been personally assigned a task by Him, I want to hear about that. More often than not, what I find is hubris: "Apostles, Prophets, Teachers" (1 Cor 12:28) ... since Apostle is the 'best', they want to be an 'apostle'. God says: Matthew 20:25-28 NASB 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” So should it always be with the Gifts of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:29-30 asks a series of questions. Is the answer YES or NO? All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? If the answer to all of the other questions is "NO", then why would anyone claim that the answer to "All do not speak with tongues, do they?" would be "YES"? God Bless, Arthur T. Pollard (just some poor clod that Christ took mercy on)
  5. 7 points
    Do you realize that President Trump has declined pay thus for the office of POTUS? He has donated any "would be paychecks" to charity. Why is it that your posts seemingly always follow along the subject lines of bashing the United States, the POTUS or the Church? William
  6. 6 points
    Well. I never really expected to post here, but sometimes things change. I just learned that I have colon cancer. We don't how advanced it may be, but it isn't looking good. God clearly has a new assignment for us and we want to live it well. I ask for prayer that my wife and I use this opportunity well to glorify God, strengthen Believers and spread the Gospel. Hopefully, we will be fine and back to work soon. Meanwhile....we may be looking for a place to stay near Virginia Mason in Seattle for a while. So if anyone has suggestions, that might help as well.
  7. 6 points
    There is no Democratic party any more. They are a group without a coherent plan or message, other than to degrade those around them into being dependent on them as they are in searching out causes they can champion to validate their existence. Ideology is a poor excuse for a religion, but that is what they've raised such attitudes up to and you can see that by the ferocity in which they defend them. They have not yet cut off anyone's head, but they have surly bitten a couple off with their personal attacks on anyone who speaks out against there insanity. They have even turned on eachother as since there is no devine authorty setting standards, those who are the most vocal set their own standards and call out those who see their authoritarianism as the voice of tyranny that it is.
  8. 6 points
    Yeah I know what you mean. All those false doctrines like reading the Bible for yourself in your native language, believing that the righteous should live by faith, and that salvation is not by works. What were they thinking?!?!?!? THEY MUST HAVE BEEN CRAZY.
  9. 5 points
    There are still very many good churches and Christians out there.
  10. 5 points
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  11. 5 points
    Hi, My name is Sara and I'm returning to Protestant Christianity after 15 years as a Catholic. It's weird; on one hand I'm a very new believer- only a few weeks. On the other hand, I was Protestant before I was Catholic, and I know a lot about both, so I'm not a newbie in that sense. I'm a student who is currently taking a break from school due to health reasons, and I like to write, read, listen to music/sing, and play video games. I live in the Pacific Northwest.
  12. 5 points
    God has once again showed me more Grace and Mercy. The cancer is an extension of my prostrate cancer. Its treatable and no surgery is needed. This is the very best possible out come. It seems I keep thanking you all for your faithful prayers, and I do deeply cherish your prayers on my behalf. God bless you for being my brothers and sisters in Christ. His Follower, Just Mike.
  13. 5 points
    From what I know of hypnotism, the question of sin connects to the wider question of world view. I would find it sinful knowing what I do about how many people use it. At best, it's like leaving your house unlocked and popping out for a few hours. Sometimes nothing happens at all, sometimes a prankster might pop round and rearrange your furniture (like in the popular hypnosis stage shows) and maybe sometimes a squatter might move in who might be hard to get out. As for me and my house, I lock the door.
  14. 5 points
    Martin Luther spent hours upon hours in confession each day, other priests tired of his long confessions until they told him to come back after he really sinned. Luther understood the true Righteousness of God is not acquired by our works, but by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. What I glean from Luther when I am harassed by legalism is this as I often say to myself, Dang right I am a sinner, Jesus died for sinners and not the righteous, therefore where Jesus is there I shall also be: Quote: "When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners. - Martin Luther". There's nothing wrong with having a beer or two and enjoying good company. There's nothing wrong with having a glass of wine over dinner or even in communion. However, there's everything wrong thinking you are so insecure in your salvation that a beer or two will rip you from the hands of God. What you are demonstrating, brother, is a weak faith and you're stumbling. Don't get me wrong, I find some relevance even in the liberty of what we eat (meat). If you stumble over this and your conscience is disturbed then I would refrain from drinking around you. But know this, it is only because you're a weaker brother and you're stumbling. As @Beckypointed out all things in moderation. If you're an alcoholic then stay away from all alcohol, but don't let people make you into an alcoholic. Pretty much all I have to share on this subject. God bless, William
  15. 5 points
    I really appreciate all prayers for my father and family. My dad has taken a rapid turn downwards in his battle with stage 4 cancer of the liver and is in intense pain that not even morphine is subduing. I plan to make an emergency trip to Washington State come this Wed. I may be gone for a month, two, or possibly even longer. Please direct all forum inquires to forum moderators: @David Lee @Origen and @ConfessionalLutheran Going to miss you ladies and gents. Though I may pop in from time to time my only access is going to be from a mobile. God bless, William
  16. 5 points
    You are in my prayers Just Mike. Sorry to hear of your situation.
  17. 5 points
    Yes, thanks @William for this notice and chance to pray specifically for @Origen. I pray that the treatments would be effective and that the Holy Spirit would comfort and council Origen during this ordeal.
  18. 5 points
    Ok - I won't be contrary on this occasion - and for the record I respect MacArthur a tremendous amount, he is a gospel dominated man.
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  20. 5 points
    Wars were fought with swords at one time, things like switch blades, butterfly knifes, and brass knuckles are illegal in most US States, the weapons available make no difference except to law abiding citizens who can't have them anymore.
  21. 5 points
    The Schofield Bible the scourge of American Christianity.
  22. 5 points
    Betcha the majority of those protesting the Star Spangled Banner do not even know when it was written. It has nothing to do with racism. In actuality, both whites and blacks fought for our freedom and continue to fight for freedom. More blacks enlisted in the Revolutionary War then whites because it guaranteed them freedom. A freedom not given them even in Africa when one warring tribe conquered another and sold the defeated tribe off to slave traders. If people truly want to protest injustice, slavery, and oppression, they ought to protest the Democratic party! That is, the actual party instigating racial tensions and division. O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country, should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.' And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
  23. 5 points
    Mark 15:44-45 (44) Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. (45) And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. (NASB) 1. It is obvious that Mark 15:45 tells us the confirmation was about what took place in 15:44. 2. The Greek word πτῶμα is used of the Lord Jesus in Mark 15:45. καὶ γνοὺς ἀπὸ τοῦ κεντυρίωνος ἐδωρήσατο τὸ πτῶμα τῷ Ἰωσήφ A. T. Robertson: 15:45 {Granted the corpse} (edwresato to ptwma). this official information was necessary before the burial. As a matter of fact Pilate was probably glad to turn the body over to Joseph else the body would go to the potter's field. this is the only instance when ptwma (_cadaver_, corpse) is applied to the body (swma) of Jesus, the term used in #Mt 27:59; Lu 23:53; Joh 19:40). http://www.godrules.net/library/robert/robertmar15.htm Finally, it wouldn't be necessary for the Lord Jesus to be on the cross for days before dying since a spear was stuck into His side that would have killed Him (John 19:34).
  24. 5 points
    As you probably know, Calvinism is not a denomination but the name of a theological works pertaining to soteriology. I was a little over six years involved in a non-denominational church that would define non-denominationalism as a body that does not believe in emphasizing any doctrine in order to not cause a division within the body of Christ. Typically, non-denominational "movements" like Calvary Chapel teach through verse by verse expositions. Because of their heavy emphasis, on Scripture, (though they are anti-reformed) many come out of Calvary to pursue the Reformed faith. I believe the emphasis on Scripture leads most to the foundational Protestant pillar - Sola Scriptura. For me, in my life, Calvary was a stepping stone church. God bless, William
  25. 5 points
    These are some pretty loaded questions, but I will take a stab. 1) It would be rather arrogant to think we could somehow prevent or circumvent something that God had pre-ordained to happen. Also, Jesus had to die for us to be saved, so no, I would not want to go back and try to "save" Him from being crucified. 2) That really depends on your point of view, but ultimately you have to look at which denomination(s) holds to the full counsel of God (the entire Bible, not just the parts that are popular). This means you have to understand that sin is real, and without Christ dying on the cross there is no salvation. 3) Of course it is not a coincidence. You have to understand that God created us with a desire to be part of something greater, and for those people who were not exposed to God from birth developed their own belief systems, which ultimately led to the development of their own "gods." Each culture will have their own version. It is just the popular ones that have stood the test of time. Though, there is really only one that will get you to heaven. 4) There is only one path to Salvation, and it has nothing to do with being a good person. It has everything to do with being led to Christ through the Holy Spirit and accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior. No amount of good works will get anyone into heaven. 5) Prayer is not a way for us to somehow persuade God to do our bidding, but for us verbalize our wants and desires and to ultimately lead us to more closely align those with God's will. 6) As alluded to before, there is no other religion that teaches a viable path to salvation other than Christianity. Islam is merely a bastardization of the old testament that was written down by Muhammed and past off as a "religion of peace." It is anything but. You may find some of these responses rather harsh, but you asked, and these are best way I know of to answer them.
  26. 5 points
  27. 5 points
    Imagine that. A Protestant community forum whose members want the matter to be settled by the authority of Scripture? If you can't make your case from Scripture @First Love then you're in the wrong forum! God bless, William
  28. 5 points
    I'd like to go back to the basic and what is fundamental or written in the bible which says we should look at marriage as a lifetime commitment and that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, will be guilty of adultery. Not getting a divorce doesn't mean you're not following the laws of your country, it simply means honoring a commitment you made before God and men. If you start a marriage with the view that you can get a divorce if you find that the relationship is no longer working, then you're starting the marriage on the wrong foot. We should look at marriage as a lifelong commitment and consciously work on keeping it alive and happy.
  29. 5 points
    If the church wants to influence society it must conform to God's standards, not society's. By doing so it will receive God's power and be able to make a real difference. Without the power of the Holy Spirit it can do nothing to bring about any lasting change in society. 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. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
  30. 5 points
    Hi fatimamazlouma, I'd like to welcome you to our forum and refer you to our statement of faith and rules. Please read the rules, and refrain from posting links to non-Christian websites. This is not an open religious forums, but a Christian website. Please keep to the Christian theme. No other warnings will be issued but a ban, because this is your third attempt at posting the same content which was removed for the 3rd time. You're a guest and at this point welcome, however, you will abide by our rules or your welcome and account will be terminated. On a personal note, if it is your attempt to bend or change a Christian's perception about Islam, especially during a Christian genocide, I recommend you post your material in Islamic extremist websites, or moderate Islamic sites in order to acquire more following to gain support for a cause in which Muslims take responsibility for extremist's doctrine. I find it rather distasteful that you come into a Christian site and attempt to alter a Christians perception of an ideological cause that is leading to the murder of men, women and children, not to mention torture, slavery and rape. William
  31. 4 points
    I believe this is correct. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws that person (John 6:44). A Christian should daily examine themselves to see if they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
  32. 4 points
    I think that one lesson of the Old Testament is that there is no such thing as a Christian (Godly) nation. There are Christian people, and when they are the leaders of a nation, that nation takes on a Godly appearance, but ultimately it is a thin mask. People are people. Do not get me wrong, there most definitely IS a Godly nation. It is a Kingdom with no geographic boundaries, or official language, or standing army in the traditional sense. It is united under the banner of ONE KING and shares HIS character. The best analogy I ever heard came from one of the last places that I expected ... Creflo Dollar. He said that there are actually THREE teams on every sports field. There is the Home Team (and half the people are cheering for the home team) and there is the Visiting Team (and half the people are cheering for the visiting team). Then there is the team with the striped shirts, the referees. They are not loyal to either the Home Team or the Visiting Team. They are loyal to something greater than the teams. For this reason, they can pass freely among the teams and make decisions that are for the good of the game rather than just the team. Christians are part of the Kingdom of God and we walk on this earth more like the Referees than one of the Teams. America is and will be a Christian when, where, if and for as long as Christian Referees are in leadership positions. When and where Leadership is handed to one of the teams, the game ceases to be played by Christian rules.
  33. 4 points
  34. 4 points
    https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/556757572668896723/
  35. 4 points
    Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Tis not i that refuses to believe the Scriptures . You sir by your own words are on dangerous grounds. A few post, few days back i tried to let you let know to step back , calm down phrase it how ever you wish. You have chosen to march on proclaiming others are of the devil. All the while you absolutely declare the Scriptures to not be so. You do not have the right to clam brothers and sisters are of the devil .
  36. 4 points
    Frugal Dad Suggests Family Lodge At Starbucks During Memorial Day Vacation May 23, 2018 LOS ANGELES, CA—While researching possible cheap food and lodging for an upcoming weekend getaway for Memorial Day, local frugal dad Daniel Bernard reportedly suggested to his family that they simply sleep at Starbucks, to avoid paying anything for a hotel room. Bernard scouted out several Starbucks locations near the family’s chosen vacation spot and narrowed their options down to a nice mall Starbucks downtown, a strip mall location in the suburbs, and a smaller urban location close to several local attractions. “Plenty of free space to hang out, air conditioning, clean restrooms—and we don’t even have to buy anything!” the father exclaimed excitedly upon reading a news story indicating that Starbucks would no longer require purchases for loitering in its stores or using its restrooms. “We can bring our own food, drinks, and coffee and pack them in a cooler to save even more cash. And just think of all the scam resort fees we’ll avoid!” Bernard called ahead to ensure the company’s new policy allowed the family to bunk indefinitely, and was pleased to report that the Starbucks was unable to turn them away. “With this great new company policy, only suckers would pay for a hotel room!” he declared to his family, none of whom were listening to him, according to sources. At publishing time, the father had suggested the family leap onto a passing Starbucks company delivery truck in order to save money on transportation. http://babylonbee.com/news/frugal-dad-suggests-family-lodge-at-starbucks-during-memorial-day-vacation/
  37. 4 points
    You must not dismiss the two-part covenant promise. One is spiritual and one is physical. The physical will be carried out at Christ's return. He will indeed give the Promised Land back to the real Israel at that time.
  38. 4 points
    And yet the current pope contradicts the previous one on almost everything - and I know for a fact that I can go to a RCC church locally and I will get a very different 'interpretation' to the one I would get in a Irish catholic community - why is that if the RCC is infallible? As for the denying infallibility - well I'm sorry that is simply wrong - we believe the scriptures to be inerrant and infallible - we believe man to be neither and so, we would never be so arrogant as to assume we have everything right, rather we continually search the scriptures to learn the truth and the grow in knowledge and understanding. It seems to me, being honest enough to admit we can get it wrong is simple humility, truthfulness, and a proper recognition of human sinfulness! However that being said we also believe in the perspicuity of scripture - ie that on the most important matter the bible is perfectly clear - so for example, I would never say 'my teaching is infallible' - but I would say, for example - 'on the doctrine of the deity and humanity of Jesus I am right and those who disagree with me are heretics'. As for teaching error....well people in glass houses......... You know it is amazing how many people are so desperate for certainty and so keen to be told what to think that weather it is right or wrong just isn't important to them!
  39. 4 points
    I believe to take up our cross requires of us a cost, which is to lose our life, so we may gain his; Matt 16.25. We are to crucify the demands of our flesh, which could be things like our need to be right or to point out a wrong in others, our desires for comfort and pleasures, the compulsion of being angry or to fear - or all or anything that dictates what, how, why, etc we do things that are from a self orientated motive. It's putting down (or nailing to the cross) what we want to do and picking up what Christ wants instead. As Paul says, I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me Gal.2:20a. It's obedience that requires our discipline ..... the narrow way as Jesus puts it. As we empty our own self - through a crucified lifestyle we are filled and empowered by Christ to do all that he requires of us and it is our joy to serve Him, by serving others!
  40. 4 points
    . The best way to grow as Christian is to have a regular time of reading the Bible in a systematic way, and being consistent in doing so. I suggest reading John first. Even if we can only read one chapter a day. That is how we will grow in our faith. All too often people have an experience of hearing God speak and answer prayers, but do not read the Scripture. That soon ends up with a persons faith falling away. The real surety of our faith comes from learning that God really speaks to us from reading the Word. That truly is how God mainly speaks to us. We must be very careful that what our minds sometimes tells us, it might come from a voice that seems like God but can be from the evil one. It might come with wonderful good things, but have a mixture of things that seem good, but do not line up with what the Bible says, so we must be very alert. Reading the Bible is so wonderful and once it becomes a habit we will want more time reading it. The Bible never contradicts its self, we can trust the Bible from cover to cover. God bless all who read my post.
  41. 4 points
    A schoolboy came home after classes and asked his mother where did human beings came from. His mom told him that God created man in his own image and followed through with the story of Adam and Eve, The boy thought about it for awhile and then asked his father the same question. To his surprise the father said that man evolved from a hairy apelike animal and that the apes were our closets cousins. The boy, then went back to his mom and told her what his father had said about where humanity came from. His mom set down the work that she was doing and replied., "Your father was talking about his family tree and I was talking about where you and I came from." lol.
  42. 4 points
    2 Peter 2:4 God did not [even] spare angels that sinned, but cast them into hell, delivering them to be kept there in pits of gloom till the judgment and their doom.
  43. 4 points
    To reach people with the gospel you need to build relationships but your friends those you associate with most should be your Christian friends,people of like faith and mind.
  44. 4 points
    There is definite injustice in this country but there is a time and place and ways to protest. Kneeling during an NFL game during our nation's anthem is not a good way to do it in my opinion. It is a disrespect to our own flag and country, as jacked up as it may be.
  45. 4 points
    The Man, Jesus Christ, Did die. And He was also buried and He also Did rise again bodily from the dead.
  46. 4 points
    The scientific community has been overrun with atheist to the point that science is more biased theroy than it is facts. But science has roots in Christianity, micro evolution came from a theolgian. Micro evolution is the only form of evolution that I can see as possible, and it contradicts macro evolution. I'd say the bigger problem is Christians is that were told science contradicts God because some fancy pants atheist professors tell us that theory and assumption are fact yet all it is is a selective study.
  47. 4 points
    Eight posts. That could be a new record.
  48. 4 points
    I would venture to guess that his response would be that it is what he learned as a Catholic and did not feel it necessary to dive into the validity of the doctrine over the others that he questioned. From my understanding of Luther he did hold onto many of the Catholic doctrines even after posting his theses. Quite frankly his actions were just the beginning of the bigger reformation which Calvin, Knox and others built upon. This is why we can't hold everything these gentlemen commented on as gospel. Sure we can glean some wisdom from what they wrote, but as we know from our own studies of the word their views were developed over time, and each of their successors built on what they learned from their predecessors.
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    For me, part of it comes down to the fact that you are unable to make a determination of what kind of life the unborn child will have. You may think that you are not ready to be a parent (in which case preventative measures should have been taken beforehand), that you are unable to financially support a child (FYI: my parents did it with 4 kids and under $30k/year), or any other myriad of reasons why a person would try and justify an abortion. If the person having the abortion is a Christian, they should be more concerned with what the Bible teaches than whether or not family or friends will be offended if they put the baby up for adoption. I think the issue that needs answered here is not whether or not society has a right to tell someone what to do with their body, but rather whether or not the Bible has a right to tell someone what to do with their body. According to the Bible, abortion is wrong, which I literally take to mean at ANY point after conception, not after whatever stage. Christian's are fine with using preventative measures, so that is the route that should be taken. If a believer ends up pregnant while using protection, then that is Gods way of saying it is time for you to become a parent (even if you give the child up for adoption you are still now a parent). In my opinion, this issue is far too often looked at from a secular viewpoint and not based on the teachings of the Bible, which allows for some wiggle room. Quote from Ronald Raegan: "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born." In the end, I feel you are correct that other people should not have the right to tell you what you can do with your body in terms of abortion, that is between you and God. However, if abortion is to be argued under this premise, then it needs to be carried to the extreme... If society has no right to dictate what can be done with someone's body, then all drugs need to be legalized, suicide can't be illegal, and people should be legally allowed to walk around naked in public if they so desire.
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