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  1. GaoLu

    Tithe

    Your description sounds a little too much like luck--like what I see in Asia when people give money to an idol expecting an increase in luck. They would describe their experience just like you describe. I think tithing is about something entirely different--the heart. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." I think the phenomenon of blessing you describe above has a seed of truth. God does bless and provide well for his children, but not as a tithing matter. Rather the matter is a heart matter of right living vs. sinful living. Often the heathen are apparently "blessed" far more than the humble carpenter. On the other hand, while I don't think there is a Bible promise that the righteous will never suffer or go hungry, I can say from personal experience with David that I have never seen the righteous forsaken.
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    Are false teachers ever redeemed?

    Might Paul be an example? Aquilla and Priscilla? Rather than a blanket statement, we might look at each case. If a person is a false teacher and does not repent they are apparently not saved.
  3. GaoLu

    Temple sacrifices during the tribulation

    Right. Probably it won't be like that.
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    Temple sacrifices during the tribulation

    Confusing notions of a tribulation temple with a millennium temple may complicate the question.
  5. I just don't watch TV at all, so never got to the preachers.
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    Temple sacrifices during the tribulation

    I agree. What you say is certainly true. And, does that mean that future temple sacrifice cannot happen?
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    Temple sacrifices during the tribulation

    Passages like.... Isaiah 56:6-8 Zechariah 14:16 Jeremiah 33:15-18 Ezekiel 43:18-46:24 ...seem to indicate a millennial sacrifice. Is it possible the sacrifice is intended to be a memorial--sort of like we take communion? Consider here.
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    Greetings ChristForums.org

    Welcome! I am looking forward to koinonia and your shared wealth of linguistic insights.
  9. GaoLu

    Mixing Metaphors

    My wife offered this: Don’t put all your eggs in one Happy Meal.
  10. GaoLu

    The false "god" of Islam

    God is God. Sometimes people have misunderstandings about God and his attributes.
  11. GaoLu

    Matthew 19:19-20 For Everyone?

    I like this version of the Commission which is for pretty much all of us: "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come." Rev 22:17a And again: "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." Ps 107:2a
  12. GaoLu

    Life as I know it

    Are those photos from your trip to Heaven?
  13. I think that "I believe it's true by faith" is a good answer and not trivial. If I accepted the Bible by proof, it would be a long suspicious battle trying to prove it wrong, trying to ferret out contradictions and probably never trusting it to be true. The Bible is not like a mathematical proof or a list of logical lessons. It is a story and you believe it or not. I don't find it logically or practically hard to believe, though honestly there are questions I have that remain without a solid answer. The Spirit bears witness that we are sons of God, and the witness extends to the Bible. Somehow, that witness is rock solid and is also connected solidly to faith.
  14. The Amish have been surprised to discover the same thing upon receiving similar news from the outside world of the English. I was surprised to discover in the concrete jungle of South Harlem, a successful missionary outpost run by the Amish. That was 35 years ago. They continue today, giving hundreds of millions of dollars to mission work. CAM (Christian Aid Ministries) alone has distributed over $1.3 billion (no typo) of just donated goods around the world (not including everything else they do), funded largely by the Amish.
  15. GaoLu

    Who Likes Cats?

    Coons can be pests. But, imagine a coon that weighs 600-1200 pounds. We lived for years in Alaska. Know what one moose can do to a cabbage patch?
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