Bishop Baker wrote: The enemy really fought against Christianity BUT the Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail...
Bishop Baker Thank you for the reminder of: "He said to them, ‚ÄúBut who do you say that I am?‚ÄĚ Simon Peter replied, ‚ÄúYou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.‚ÄĚ And Jesus answered him, ‚ÄúBlessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.‚ÄĚ Matthew 16:15-19
Which is so in danger of being turned into an empty clique by church going people and pastors who has utterly forgotten:
"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12
Here is an illustration of the kind of non-casual sit back in ease and comfort violence needed that ought to be in our prayers and lives in "taking the gates." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PXrVUaoEEc
Remembering a comment by Chuck Meisler about Albert Einstein's scientific observation of the wonder of Creation (the Universe)
It went along the lines of Einstein had seen so much wonder in the Universe that when the typical pastor (casually) spoke about God he wasn't talking about the REAL LIVING GOD who is Infinite in Power and Supernatural in Intelligence, whose very being out to make a preacher want to get on his face and hide himself on the floor behind his pulpit than to imagine he is in the least capable of standing up and speaking of this Best and Foremost of all Beings.
So please do PRAY for your pastor that he might have a genuine Isaiah 6 experience of being in the manifest presence of this GOD, not the make believe or made up one of religious delusions that vainly attempt to fit Him into traditions our human flesh is comfortable with
As a testimony to the Power of the Gospel let me highly recommend a movie of a well told true story of a recent historic revival in Alabama .... on the DVD you can watch interviews of people who were there
Let it be an encouragement to your faith and to your prayer life BECAUSE WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
Rodney K. wrote: I would like to request prayer for Middle Tennessee this weekend. Several white supremacy groups are planning "white lives matter" rallys () in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville on Saturday. No doubt, antifa () will be there as well. I have family members who live in Murfreesboro, and I am praying for their safety. I find this whole thing heartbreaking.
Rodney, thank you for sharing this heartbreaking matter in Tennessee. Love you my brother, wish I could be with you all there; after doesn't the love of God compel us to share one another's burdens (joys too!) I will certainly be in prayer with you all. If it will encourage others there tell them you've got a Yankee praying for Tennessee.
praying along the lines that God would supernatural reveal, and convict their consciences the protesters, the concerned and apathetic: HIS LIFE Matters HIS LOVE Matters HIS WORD Matters HIS MERCY Matters HIS GRACE Matters HIS FORGIVENESS MATTERS HIS KINGDOM Matters HIS WILL Matters HAVING HIS SPIRIT Matters
YOU Matter to HIM, even if you hate Him, even if you are the most vile heinous hell deserving sinner on earth at this time; So REPENT and BELIEVE IN HIM
and our prayers for the lost and the oppressed matter to HIM
John UK wrote: The Ten Commandments will be known and felt by all on the coming Day of Judgment. They are the benchmark, by which God will judge the world. This is why, when God sets to task to convince men of sin (law-breaking) he brings to their mind the law, so that they can see they are law-breakers. Modern man realises that with no law, there is no guilt. And they do not like to feel guilt. And so they do away with law. This means doing away with both the word of God, and the Word of God. Prayer-meeting today at 11.00am in Pembroke, followed by tracting in the streets. Any support in prayer greatly appreciated.
Brother John, thanks for asking. Busy, so much learning and growing to do.
Walked away from a church that didn't want to change. Tried a couple in my home town ... didn't work AND Praise God! Was Providentially led to a church with a young, just turned 30 pastor in the real sense of the word, who believes in the great commission, does street evangelism, cares about the people, continues to be a great student of the word of God, mentors/disciples/influences people for their good.
One who likes me, allows me to write gospel tracts and put the church's name on them; put me on the church's outreach committee; has been with me to the local abortion clinic (he is a personal friend of Jon Speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDyfSHEq5g ) encourages us in a Jeff Durbin approach to Apologetics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMXTlIAN5Q0 who of course is thoroughly opposed to abortion, seeing it as a Gospel issue
Married off 23 year old daughter this spring, ouch weddings are expensive A member at church got me going into our local jail for Bible Study about 3 times a month Leading a small group on making disciples Praying for lost family Working on getting healthy and other issues
Another Michael wrote: Jesus expressed a different attitude towards life than what we sadly see all too often in ...
... the "PROFESSIONALS" in the business of Pro-life ...
2 minutes long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbDcxF5pUpw 45 minute long with an insightful interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbSHpIEUozs
Jesus told us that narrow is the gate and difficult (narrow) is the path that leads to life and few are they who find it
Here is part of that narrow difficult path those who hear (really hear and take to heart) His word and follow Him:
Proverbs 24: 10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, ‚ÄúBehold, we did not know this,‚ÄĚ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?
I hope you all understand it is so easy to say, 'Lord, Lord' and give verbal acknowledgment abortion is so wrong
To seek God for the right thing to do and then go and honor Jesus with your obedience is: NOT Easy AND It is NOT safe and comfortable
Jesus expressed a different attitude towards life than what we sadly see all too often in the self-identified National Right to Life Groups (sometimes financially & Socially profitable for those in its leadership)
Jesus spoke of a shepherd who would leave the 99 in a safe pasture to go, seek and find the 1 sheep that was not with them, that was not safe, that needed to be again under his protection
IMHO we need to have and practice this attitude, this concern of our Lord Jesus Christ towards our fellow human beings born and unborn, male or female, young (even preborn) rich or poor, saved or lost, etc. etc. etc.
It seems something the "PROFESSIONALS" in the business of Pro-life are lacking:
2 minutes long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbDcxF5pUpw
45 minute long with an insightful interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbSHpIEUozs
The LORD tells us that His ways are NOT our ways, and His thoughts are NOT our thoughts
Here is one of the very best sermons I have ever heard on Biblical Manhood/Biblical Womanhood and so much more touching on genuine Biblical Truth and Christianity (please prayerfully watch the whole series)
Men and Women: Who are We? (Part 1) - Ryan Fullerton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3T9-gYunc
Christopher000 wrote: By the way, it's hardly fair that you refer to everyone here as pathetic imbasiles
to all of us: We might not even be having this discussion with J4Jif men feared God more than we did the opinions of religious experts
No endorsement of J4J but a humble thankfulness he threw up an important passage of Scripture regarding those who are going to hell.
26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, ‚ÄúVengeance is Mine, I will repay.‚ÄĚ And again, ‚ÄúThe Lord will judge His people.‚ÄĚ 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
This applies to two kinds of people outside the church and within "Church society" with empty 'Lord, Lord' religion
Good Morning! all. Providentially came across an article on Charisma News (don't get angry with me for checking their site SA has often given links to their reporting, which is often quite good on the news)
From the article: Pastor Francis Chan warned an audience assembled at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, that too many Christians are ashamed of the gospel and, as a result, are changing their theology.
This article goes on an links to a fuller telling of the story; Chan essentially pointing to, in my words, 'we don't get persecuted for feeding the poor, we get applauded for fighting human trafficking, not persecuted, and people don't get angry with us for laboring for racial reconciliation [let me add: often lost people will flock to an entertaining, well performed inspiring Christian music concert or even Hollywood movie]
Here is an often repeated example of someone ashamed of actually preaching the Gospel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mACbV4xweHE
Adriel wrote: God's Holy Word warns us today..... 2Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
Amen! and Amen! to that, Adriel
The very next verse is also powerfully filled with life: 2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Adriel, I hope you know that you've got yourself stoned or at least shunned and put on the bad list, in far too many of today's Pro-Roman Catholic Ecumenical and even Interfaith Seeker Sensitive type churches.
Christopher000 wrote: ladybug writes: When I recall my past sins, it is troublesome to me. But, when I think of how all that vileness was laid upon Christ, it greatly distresses me to think a holy, sinless God would be a sin offering for ALL my vileness.
Christopher000 Thank you for quoting Ladybug. Taking her comment deeper
An enormous part of my testimony of conversion was having a woman explain the Cross to me; He proving His very real compassionate undeserved love for me a guilty sinner, in enormous danger of perishing in my sin; Jesus dying in my place because He loved me, while I was still a sinner that brought me to where I wanted this Jesus the Bible tells us of, tells us the Truth of so many religious people aren't (I was raised Catholic), making me want to be His disciple in every part of my life, to know Him and be with Him, all the live long day, not just for 75 minutes on Sunday morning
And by His grace seeing it is this kind of love He has for heartbreakingly lost sinners, desiring none to perish but for all to come to repentance that is a huge part of motivating me to go and tell them of the One who saved a wretch like me.
‚ÄúHave you no wish for others to be saved? Then you‚Äôre not saved yourself, be sure of that!‚ÄĚ - CHS
Ignominius Emirakan wrote: "By any biblical measure, America is most definitely not being born again ...
IE While I have to sadly think many naive and gullible people who profess to believe will get real excited thinking we are headed to a great Revival
In my previous post I wanted to point to the Mercy and Sovereignty of God using this imperfect President to give His people opportunity to leave the safety of their "pristine churches" to actually go out into a dirty and dark world with the light of the Gospel
Please do humbly thank God for His mercy to us and to everyone who will hear the Gospel and Believe in Jesus Christ in this opportunity we have right now, and not squander it away complaining and fault finding. People simply will never believe in Jesus Christ if they have never heard of Him, and if we don't have the enthusiasm to speak up and preach the Gospel now what makes us delude ourselves when things get imaginably worse that somehow we will finally get up off our blessed assurances and go into places we don't want to go, to give a message we haven't been willing to give, a message sin loving people haven't wanted to hear and treat it as important, life and death realities when they see THEY WEREN'T THAT Important to us?
Now for all of us who read these news reports, I urge you and pray for you and ask/beg you to pray along with me ; that you (we) would not receive this grace of God to speak freely about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in vain, and waste the opportunity we are being given here.
I trust you already know, the battle is going to heat up, and the joyful victory of obedience to Jesus, to preach publicly in His name, pray in His name, speak of His name, to teach of Him to people, especially children, teens and their parents and teachers, who Satan seeks to prevent ever hearing of Him, will be more than worth it