Unprofitable Servant wrote: Joshua admonished the people to choose whom they would serve, David was given 3 choices for punishment, Elijah told the people to stop halting between two opinions, Paul struggle with choosing to depart or stay to serve, Moses told the Israelites to choose life and blessing over death and being cursed. We all make choices each day. However our choices according to Proverbs 4:23 and the teachings of our Lord come from the heart. Our choices are bound by what controls our heart. Luke 6:45Â Â A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil
Thanks, US. More questions though, if you don't mind. All you say is true, yet it is also true that Jesus said an evil man knows how to give good gifts to his children. How does the evil man manage to do that? Is it that even evil men can do good, and choose not to give him a stone or a serpent, but rather bread or a fish? What is it binds the choices made by the children's father, that he cannot choose the good, yet he does?
Unprofitable Servant wrote: .. That God has given man a will with the ability to choose can be easily proven from Scripture. That it is â€śfreeâ€ť cannot. ..
US, might I interrupt long enough to ask if the ability to choose exists, how is it not then free to do so? Ability to choose what? Wanting to understand where you're coming from, not looking to join the present crusades.
Christopher000 wrote: Please don't take that as me coming at you in a negative way, and looking for a fight. I just wanted to lay out where the heat comes from. Preachers can get emotional while preaching, and I know that's not the issue you have, but nobody would disagree with you on the clear types that you've spoken about. There's just a clear line of delineation, where the "yee-haws" are in one corner, and the rest, in the opposite corner, yelling, "Get out of here!".
Yolanda wrote: I guess we can label all undercover investigations as "spying." This is a precedent of lawlessness set for the return of Christ. Lawlessness abounds in this administration. And religious hypocrites are lining up with the government to bring everyone into submission or into an arena of dying for the cause of Christ.
You have something backwards. If this administration is most guilty of something, it is in the revealing of the depth of corruption and lawlessness that had already infiltrated the government up to the revelation of it. Whatever one thinks of Trump, his election was a reaction to that increasing lawlessness.
Jim Lincoln wrote: https://tinyurl.com/y4gmtwdt (Courts say anti-abortion 'heartbeat bills' are unconstitutional. So why do they keep coming?)
The court says lots of things. The true issue gets sidetracked. What needs continued hammering is that the unborn at any age is a life, a separate human life from the mother. "Viability" is irrelevant.
"State Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat who is Pennsylvaniaâ€™s first-ever openly homosexual legislator, used PeriscopeCo, a social-media streaming company, to display his rant, which went on for nearly 10 minutes."
Thoughts on this-
No need to include the redundant "Democrat" is there?
Why does a homosexual care one way or another about abortion?
His mother was not pro-death, why does he disrespect his mother?
Bible Based Christian wrote: The truth is some people don't want to face up to the truth. Christians in American segregate themselves by race. Just like segregation in prisons, you have the whites, the blacks, the Mexicans, the Asians. MOST churches are the same. Denial is not Godly. How could a white man foster all of that hatred of others who are outsiders to his church? Perhaps because they are outsiders. Don't forget how many Klansmen where church goers. How many black youth who partake in racial motivated attacks against whites consider themselves Christian? Why? My Bible says "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" How many lost people look at the all white and all black congregations and say look at these hypocrites and bigots I sure don't want to be like them? Say Amen or look for some stones to stone me with for telling you the truth.
Isn't it possible for people with meaningless fleshly differences to be of one spirit, without being in the same place at the same time?
Jim Lincoln wrote: ABC News Radio Online wrote: "In testimony before members of the Senate on Tuesday, FBI Director Chris Wray appeared to split with Attorney General Bill Barr, telling lawmakers he would not use the term "spying" to describe his bureau's investigative practices...."
excerpt from "FBI Director Wray splits with AG Barr on use of 'spying' to describe bureau's investigations" Wray, considers all the investigative techniques that were used, by the FBI as proper. The above article explains it. https://tinyurl.com/y5of6mtc
spy: n. One who secretly keeps watch on another or others.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Defense budget is way outpaced by spending on social programs which have built in mandatory yearly increases. If yâ€™all really were concerned about the deficit it would not be the military budget that would being discussed
Quite agree, US. Programs designed to get people's continuing support by keeping them needy. Thankfully Trump is rebuilding the military, a proper use of spending. But the greater issue here is the policeman issue. Where are those most in need of keeping Hormuz open? We are no longer that rich nation able to run at every concern of others. Are we the only nation with boats and aircraft?
John Lee wrote: --- I'll never understand how a country trillions in debt can afford to spend so much on weapons and aircraft carriers. Where is that money coming from? Would it not be cheaper to just retrieve all personnel from the area and leave the Iranians to themselves?
A country such as ours, trillions in debt, cannot actually afford it any longer, but for some there is still some profit to be made from war, and the "global economy" is important to the global minded. It isn't for the US that the need to protect Hormuz oil flow exists, for we get little via there, providing 40% of our own, and importing another 40% from Canada and some from Mexico and Columbia. So it must be for the protection of others? In any case, I should expect that those most threatened would have the most interest in keeping the flow flowing, and not continue expecting that it will forever be that America can police the world. If people here knew what could come of massive debt, they might not be so anxious to fire up the federal reserve printing presses. I often tell folks I have more money in my wallet than the US government has. Debt is not wealth.
Jim Lincoln wrote: The Vox party is clearly far right. but then people are apparently saying that is in the eye of the beholder. Anne Applebaum wrote: .. excerpt from, "Want to build a far-right movement? Spainâ€™s Vox party shows how." https://tinyurl.com/ylfd6vq
Doesn't Anne Applebaum write for the Washington Post? Isn't she opposed to an independent Britain? Are you a globalist, Jim?
"And it would specifically prevent Christians from relying on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to uphold their religious rights."
Only if they let it. Christians don't have to rely on the RFRA to uphold their religious rights. We have them from God, codified first in Scripture, then in the Bill of Rights, neither of which can be lawfully superceded by any court decree nor lawless Democrat operatives nor spineless Republican blenders. There is no requirement to obey unlawful laws under our system. btw, for those who might think otherwise, all courts, including the Supreme, are subject to the limits the Constitution places on them. The court's job is not to interpret the Constitution, but to interpret laws according to what it says. And it says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Simple enough even a Democrat can understand.
Jim Lincoln wrote: .. This person was mentioned by David Brooks, and since the transcript is included with above you can easily find David Brooks reference to: from "The Catastrophic Performance of Bill Barr" https://tinyurl.com/y2mv38zt
Why would any intelligent person want to read David Brooks? Isn't he still squirming in his chair because Trump won in 2016?
Jim Lincoln wrote: excerpt from, "Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections" ..
No end to myth, Jim? The leftist president of Russia did all he could to interfere with left leaning candidate Clinton, just so she could lose? Meanwhile Russia pays Bill Clinton hundreds of thousands for making a speech in Russia. Short memories seem to be a problem for revisionist mythmakers.
By the way, Clinton lost, with good reason. Totally unfit for the White House. Check out some of those who were unfortunate enough to have to work with her. If you can, answer this- did the Russians change your vote?
"By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said."
Another promotion of the concept of guilt until innocence is proved. The frog continues to happily float in the water atop the stove. Also LA is a sanctuary city, from which we should not assume anything about potential sources of measles.