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Matthew Duvall

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About Matthew Duvall

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    I am a Presbyterian America believer. I attend a Presbyterian Church that is built around and teaches Reformed Doctrines
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    Fellowship with fellow believers . Love a good argument once in a while

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    Marrero

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  1. I view this as a childish stunt to call attention to the wrongs associated with homosexuality and Jenner's choice to become a woman. I'm certainly not in favor of these two things, but I don't feel that God is glorified by anyone publicly exposing the antics of being part of this group. The pastor is wrong ! I doubt that he is associated with the Presbyterian Church America.
  2. Matthew Duvall

    Sick With The Flu

    You certainly have mine, David. I had the Flu in 1975 and have , through the good graces of the Veterans Hospital received my annual Flu shot and haven't experienced a recurrence since . I never felt so sick in my life as when I contacted the Flu back then. So I know how you must feel. Prayers ,my friend.
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    Objections to Christianity

    A Christian praying for a healing shouldn't look back to the days of Jesus healing the sick and raising the dead . Those days are gone . Now we can include a healing in our prayers . Submit it to God ,through Christ and have faith in the answer . Jesus gives us His approval of prayers being received and answered. " ask As for a miracle in healing and a rapid one happening, that is not going to happen. That's why we have medical personnel in our lives. God can work a miracle through any of His chosen vessels in creation . The only responsible thing is that we must have faith. Remember what the apostle says , " But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Heb.11:6 We have the genuine words of our God. It is our responsibility to take advantage of it.
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    Objections to Christianity

    When God came to us in the Person of Jesus Christ one of His miracles was the gift of healing. And since He was God incarnate there was nothing impossible for Him to do . He healed many people that had sicknesses and diseases as well as tell the people that the age of salvation that was spoken of by the prophets was here and that He was to die for the sins of many ,giving light to the privilege of entering into Heaven and having eternal life. He healed people based on their faith that He was the long awaited for Messiah and not only could they be healed but obtain salvation given to them. After His death on the cross and before He was resurrected into Heaven He gave His apostles the gifts that He once displayed before them and the people. The purpose here was that the apostles were given charge to build His Church and that by miracles they could attract newer participants to accept and believe the gospel message of salvation by grace through faith. Healings included . However these gifts only lasted as long as it would take to gather a "People made unto Himself called His Church " and the apostles are were given the task of building it ,first with miracles and then eventually by faith alone. As the Church progressed the apostles would eventually lose the miracle producing powers Jesus left them with . We know this from what Paul tells us in 1st.Cor. 13:8 ff. " Charity never fails ;but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail ; whether there be tongues they shall cease; whether there be knowledge it shall vanish away ." This is only a short list of miracles that once held a valuable part in Church Growth but are no longer in use. That of course includes healings. Today we do receive the healings from God in the form of medical personnel trained in that field. We also have the indwelling Holy Spirit as our teacher and comforter enabling us to have communication with God always.
  5. Matthew Duvall

    President Trump wall

    All of these model walls seem to be impregnable . There are five of them that all have the same good qualities in mind , Height and depth of the walls themselves . Looking at them one would have to wonder how a ladder or a rope could possibly scale one of them. One in particular had no exposed steel bars that would act as a place to pass narcotics through . But they all were very high. Trump has the blessings of the American people on his side since so many are in favor of a wall. I say,,," Build the Wall !! "
  6. They are well vested in the art of brainwashing. If I happen to flip through some of these "Christian" channels and see these thieves taking command of their congregations by emptying their pockets , it makes me feel so fortunate and wonderfully grateful that God brought me unto Himself via a far different path . And that does not include health and prosperity. It also verifies the fact that genuine believers are so few in number . " Yet I have reserved unto Myself seven thousand in Israel ,all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth that hath not kissed him." 1st.Kngs 19:18
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    Hi all.

    50 % Muslim in a few decades ? Gulp !!!! I should be out of here by then. Btw,,,is the English language spoken by many people in Holland ? You seem to have a good command of it judging by the way you handle it . Matt
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    Hi all.

    Hi Hieronymus, You made a good choice in leaving forums that are filled with atheist . Welcome aboard . Matt
  9. I haven't rad the article ,but if this is a joke I find it sickening .
  10. Humm,,,probably had Gordon Robertson standing by closely . You know Gordon . He's the one that prays for one person out of a population of three hundred fifty million either dying of cancer or one of the other terminal deadly diseases and they get " miraculously healed ".
  11. Matthew Duvall

    President Trump wall

    Yes, build the wall. Illegal immigration probably would not affect where I live .But that doesn't say that the illegals cannot expand their limits to other parts of our nation. Weather looking for work or housing it would only be a matter of time until new ghettos grow where once moderate safe cities used to be .
  12. I don't remember a movie about that but I do remember that it was making headlines when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton in the sixties. They wanted to blame it on an unusually active earthquakes taking place .
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    Poll Question: The Rich man and Lazarus Parable or Not?

    Then why did Jesus believe He had to use proper names to represent these two groups of people ?
  14. He probably would not have made this statement if he never had a majority of depraved leftist willing to believe him. What keeps this idiot in office ?
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