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  1. How about one of these ... “Faith is the substance of whatever it is that we hope for. The important thing is that we teach that faith is connected to good works and responsibility.” ― T.D. Jakes, Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits “You cannot rush God’s timing. When the Lord speaks a word into your life, it is like a seed. Is your confidence in God’s seed?” ― T.D. Jakes “Faith is the oil that takes the friction out of living. Faith will enable you to turn liabilities into assets and stumbling blocks into stepping stones. When you begin to have faith, your load will get heavy but your knees won’t buckle, you’ll get knocked down but you won’t get knocked out. You’ve got to have faith if you are going to make it in life. You must believe in yourself and in a power greater than yourself, and do your best and don’t worry about the rest. You must maintain faith and work as if everything depended on you, and pray as if everything depended on God.” ― T.D. Jakes, Why? because You're Anointed
  2. To make a silk purse out of this sows ear ... Since FAITH is not the surrender of our resistance to "belief" (as the OP suggests), then: 1. What is FAITH? 2. Where does FAITH come from?
  3. We, human beings, are not the center of all creation. Our happiness is not the highest priority. Heaven is not a place for celebration of every human being. All creation exists to bring bring glory to God ... He is the center of all creation ... He is what matters most. We exist in life, and in death, to serve a God and to bring God honor ... how we handle adversity should reflect well on our Father ... how we care for others should reflect well on our Father ... how we share the precious truth that we have been entrusted with should reflect well on our Father. When we are called to Heaven, our purpose is not an eternal victory lap ... our eternal purpose is to dwell in the light of the unfiltered glory of God and offer Him our eternal praises and love, even as we receive His eternal love. I agree that the video was a bit too “self” focused.
  4. “Christian Satire” is humor, not serious news. You are correct. The article is probably making fun of the current trend towards painting everyone as victims of the white, privileged majority.
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    A very creepy image.
  6. atpollard

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    Amen. Being saved and going back is an impossibility ... like amputating an arm and later deciding to grow it back. The heart of stone is either gone forever, or it never left.
  7. Psalm 37:27-34 27 Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off. 29 The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip. 32 The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged. 34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
  8. "At publishing time, sources had been able to confirm that he wasn't raising his hands because he was holding his Bible and meditating on the Psalms throughout the time of worship, because he didn't recognize the 7 new songs written in the past week that the worship leader had chosen." Been there, done that ... If the song isn't about worshiping God, then I don't stand during it. A quiet vote of "no confidence" for any song whose basic message is "God sure is lucky to have a worshiper like me." or "Gimme, gimme, gimme."
  9. That code was easy to remember as (m) for MODERATOR followed by a "wink" (;). There is no known cure for 'self-rightous' indignation ... or as Forest Gump would say: "Stupid is as stupid does." (It always applied to me when I had my head in the wrong place. [keeping it 'G-rated']) Fortunately we are monergists with a soverign God, so fixing hearts and minds is more the job of the Holy Spirit than us.
  10. It was recently pointed out that it can be hard to tell when a comment by staff is just a poster on a topic stating an opinion and when it is an "official warning" or notification. I do not know how hard it is to implement, but on another site I visit test surrounded by the symbols [m;] "moderator text" [/m;] displays the "moderator text" as bold, red and highlighted in yellow. It then becomes OBVIOUS when a staff member has put on their "moderator hat". Just something to think about.
  11. That's a hard question to answer. Should all people believe that there is a CREATOR? Does creation itself provide sufficient evidence that some sort of 'god' must exist? So are atheists guilty of 'would not' believe in God or 'could not' believe in God? Is belief in a God really impossible, or are atheists simply unwilling to believe. That is a hair too fine for me to split ... "above my pay grade", as they say. The very fact that God forgives the sins of any (since none deserve it) and damns others for eternity (which all sinners deserve) when in fact many of the sins forgiven are far worse than most of the sins left unforgiven ... shows effectual favoritism. Everyone living in the Americas before 1492 did not have the same opportunity to hear the gospel and have their sins forgiven as the Europeans and middle eastern peoples who had possessed the Gospel since AD 100. That shows effectual favoritism. I think that we just have to come to grips with the fact that God does show favoritism. ... which is a hard thing to accept. (That must be a human perspective flaw).
  12. Now you did it ... "mom's" mad. [Becky: You said once that you feel like a mom around here.]
  13. Just MY personal observation based on a sample size of 1, but the issue is less about "can not" and more about "will not". I comitted many sins, but view only a tiny handful as sins of ignorance. The vast majority were a deliberate choice to do as I wanted rather than what I thought was 'the right thing'. So I would change your quote slightly ... "So God requires that which He knows will not be obeyed unless He inwardly and effectually calls, and yet holds responsible those He knows would not possibly obey while enabling others, nay, making sure others do obey!"
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