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  1. Becky, God bless you and your husband as you navigate these challenges.
  2. You are correct Sue. I guess what I should have said was I haven't taken the time to read up on all the various arguments such that I could make a convincing case for one view or the other. When I have read about the various views, I have found that historic premillennialism made the most sense to me.
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    Hi @justme, quite a few years ago, I heard this book recommended to someone and I found it quite helpful. I think it does a good job of addressing some of the questions you have mantioned. And, (in my opinion) it's hard to go wrong with Packer! https://www.amazon.com/Evangelism-Sovereignty-God-J-Packer/dp/083083799X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520513915&sr=1-1&keywords=packer+evangelism+and+the+sovereignty+of+god
  4. Hi @Matto, even though you weren't asking me, from what I have read Calvin was a very generous and pastoral guy. If memory serves he worked tirelessly to minister to his flock. Anybody care to comment or correct my memory here? One other thing. If you are interested in a really easy introduction to Calvin's thought, you can try this new translation of a very popular little slice of the Institutes. It's pure gold, short, easy to read and quite beautiful, I think. Price is right too. https://www.ligonier.org/store/a-little-book-on-the-christian-life-leaves-paperback/
  5. Hi @Matto, even though you weren't asking me, from what I have read Calvin was a very generous and pastoral guy. If memory serves he worked tirelessly to minister to his flock. Anybody care to comment or correct my memory here?
  6. How about one more: Paedobaptism. Neither Calvin nor Luther got clear of that one (with apologies to Paedobaptists!).
  7. I have heard the term "Identity Politics" but had not really considered it's meaning, until I read this excellent article in Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College. Here's the first paragraph: "The beginnings of identity politics can be traced to 1973, the year the first volume of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago—a book that demolished any pretense of communism’s moral authority—was published in the West. The ideological challenge of socialism was fading, its fighting spirit dwindling. This presented a challenge for the Left: how to carry on the fight against capitalism when its major ideological alternative was no longer viable?" That paragraph hooked me. The rest is well worth reading, I think. If you want to do so, you can go here.
  8. Please share your favorite tools for Bible reading/study. I am fond of the free tools available at Fatihlife, especially the Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. Go here to sign up for free: https://bible.faithlife.com/
  9. And, just in time for Advent, Isaiah 9:6 adds some more: And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  10. Hey, @William, any idea why Reftagger didn't work in this post?
  11. Since I am lazy and a sucker for Reftagger, I'm copying the article here so I can quickly look up the scriptures. Scriptural Basis for the Doctrine of the Trinity By Mike Ediger ONE GOD - THREE PERSONS ONE GOD - Deut 4:35; 6:4; Isa 43:10; 1 Tim 2:5. The FATHER is GOD - John 17:1-3; 1Cor 8:6; 2Cor 1:3; Gal 1:1; Phil 2:11; Col 1:3; 1Peter 1:2. The SON is GOD - Isa 9:6; John 1:1-18; 5:18; 8:58; 20:28; Rom 9:5; Col 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb 1:8-12; 2Peter 1:1. The HOLY SPIRIT is GOD - Acts 5:3-4; 2Cor 3:17-18. Implied in - Mark 3:29; John 15:26; 1Cor 6:19-20; Heb 9:14. "Spirit of God" - Gen 1:2; Gen 31:3; Num 24:2; 1Sam 19:20; 2Chr 24:20; Job 27:3; Isa 61:1; Ezek 11:24; Matt 3:16;12:28; John 4:24; Rom 8:14; 1Cor 7:40; Eph 4:30. Although the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, the doctrine or the Trinity is plainly taught in Scripture, as evidenced by the passages listed below: Old Testament Strongly implied - Gen 1:1-3; 12:7 (cf. Col 1:15-17; Job 33:4); Isa 48:12-16. Elohim (plural) - Gen 1:26; 11:7. The Trinity is implied in the word Other indications found in - Gen 48:15-16; Exod 31:3; Num 11:25; Judg 3:10; Isa 6:8; 11:2; 42:1; 61:1. New Testament Clearly taught - Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 3:6-16; 14:16-17,23-26; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 2:32-33; 5:29-32; Rom 8:16-17,26ff; 1Cor 12:4-7; 2Cor 1:21-22; 3:14; Eph 1:1-14; 2:17-22; 3:16-19; 4:4-6; Col 1:3-8; 1Thes 1:2-5; 2Thes 2:13-14; Heb 9:14; 1Peter 1:2; 1John 3:21-24; Jude 20-21. The Trinity is implied in the word "Godhead" (KJV): Acts 17:29; Rom 1:20; Col 2:9. Other texts support the doctrine of the Trinity: In Isa 63:7-11, the Trinity is seen in the reference to The Lord who is the God of Israel was their Savior (Is 63:7-8). The Angel of His Presence saved them (Is 63:9). The Holy Spirit was grieved at their rebellion and was within them (Is 63:10-11). The seraphim's song in Isaiah 6:3 and the angelic chorus in Revelation 4:8 both containing the phrase, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord" seems to be a reference to the triune nature of God. The Three-fold Benediction of Numbers 6:24-26 and the similar Apostolic Benediction of 2Corinthians 13:14 also seems to indicate the triune nature of God. Those texts which clearly show a distinction between the three Persons of the Godhead (Father/ Son/ Holy Spirit) support the doctrine of the Trinity. Such passages include: Matt 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:32-34; John 14:1-31;15:26;16:7-14; 1Cor 12:4-6; 2Cor 13:14; Eph 1:3-14; 4:4-6; 5:18-20; 2Thes 2:13-14; 1Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21. While the word "trinity" is not found in the Scriptures, it is quite clear from the foregoing, that the Bible does, in fact, teach the doctrine of the Trinity. An honest appraisal of the Scripture texts listed above should lead to no other conclusion. Scripture references from: The New King James Version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1982, unless otherwise indicated.
  12. It has been backed up by previous posts. If you are interested in why the doctrine of the Trinity is an essential, non-optional doctrine for the Christian faith, there is plenty of evidence. There are also many here who will help to explain it. However, if you have already decided that you don't accept it, you should stop arguing about it.
  13. Just as in creation, each member of the Trinity is active in salvation. For example, The Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus: Luke 1:35 God sends his Son to save sinners: Gal 4:4-5 God's Son comes freely to save: John 10:17-18 Therefore, each member of the Trinity is essential and indispensable in salvation. Edit: I wanted to add that since the return of Christ to heaven, the Holy Spirit is very active in convicting of sin, regeneration and counseling/comforting God's redeemed.
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