It reminds me of when the LORD sent out the 12 Apostles and later 72 other disciples to minister to the lost. Those houses and towns that refused to receive them were hopelessly lost and will not fair well in the Judgment.
Countries like Myanmar, China, and others are using this pandemic as cover to persecute and attack our Christian brothers and sisters. I believe that a few Democratic governors are going too far and being heavy handed against Christians in their states where some counties are so sparsely populated and have little or no chance of outside contamination that they could still have congregations meet.
2Ti 2:19 HCSB-r Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His, and Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness.
Who can quibble with "Essential"? It is the right word to use in this situation.
Great Sermon! Thank you very much Dr. Allison for not being a part of the herd mentality and not following the more popular commentaries that try to pre-place the Revelation of Jesus Christ into their own particular doctrine of the End Times. I agree with practically all of your conclusions especially concerning the meaning of the First Resurrection in Revelation chapter 20. It agrees with what our Lord Jesus talks about in John 5:24-25. And though the Second Resurrection is not mentioned specifically in Revelation 20 but strongly alluded to, it fits neatly into what our Lord mentions in John 5:28-29 where all in the graves hear His voice and their bodies are resurrected.
A little bio on the writer of the article Sophie Lewis:
Sophie Lewis is a writer, translator and feminist geographer living in Philadelphia. Her translations include Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak (MIT, 2016, with Jacob Blumenfeld), A Brief History of Feminism by Antje Schrupp (MIT, 2017) and Unterscheiden und Herrschen by Paula-Irene Villa and Sabine Hark (Verso, 2019). Lewis is a member of the Out of the Woods collective, an editor at Blind Field: a Journal of Cultural Inquiry, and a queer feminist committed to cyborg ecology and anti-fascism.
This poor girl does not realize how far out she is in the Left bleachers. But she is not alone out there. These are very dangerous people attached to the Democratic Party; even more dangerous than young AOC and ancient Bernie. They have aspirations to influence society for the worst.
I am a witness that our North Korean and Chinese brothers and sisters are some of the most dedicated, mature, and faithful children of God on the planet. Their persecutions and tribulations are many factors more intense than ours in the West. They are truly super-conquerors in the Faith. They are cut from the same cloth as those saints mentioned at the end of Hebrews 11: Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused their release, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Still others endured mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were put to death by the sword. They went around in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, oppressed, and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and hid in caves and holes in the ground. (Heb 11:35-38)
But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Mat 18:6)
See that you do not look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. (Mat 18:10-14)
President Xi Pooh (yes, ironically, Pooh is his first name) and any other leader who use and take advantage of children (especially children of believers) do not escape the observation by the Father and His angels. I've read that China banned a Winnie the Pooh film in 2018 because they felt it would cause him to mocked. Of course, banning a children's film is peanuts compared to banning married couples from having a certain number of children and using kids to spy on parents of believers.
This "paper" should become irrelevant; it has seen its best days long ago. In its physical form It should be used to supplement the shortage of toilet paper and its articles should be classified as "sensationalist" (the dirty form of the word) at best. I've noticed that the Washington Post has toned down its political propaganda. Even Hillary and the bitter stars who were gleeful and mocked on Twitter that the U.S. had become the nation with the most cases of the virus were roundly mocked in return. Hopefully the NYT and NPR will come out of this epidemic with a major loss of subscribers and viewership. With a nation struggling together as one to overcome a danger to all of its citizens of all backgrounds and philosophies there is no room nor patience for those who continue to have caustic attitudes against another fellow American.
The above link is a report from Fox News this morning referencing that $35000 of produce from a grocery store had to be trashed because a customer came in and coughed all over it as a prank. If you read the article you will find that the prankster (a woman) has always been "a chronic problem in the community" by police.
It would be interesting if someone who actually has the virus intentionally infects other people and causes a death would be prosecuted. It is already a problem with people naively spreading it because of carelessness.
This is disheartening if "'close to' 4.63 million" online viewers listened to Olsteen's message is true. Now, it will be irresponsible for me (or anyone else) to say that all of these viewers are lost for no one knows but the Lord who are truly His. Paul, in 2 Corinthians, severely chastises that assembly of believers for receiving men who he labelled as "false apostles, deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ" (2Cor 11:13). Remember in an earlier letter to this assembly Paul lamented "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly - as infants in Christ" (1Cor 3:1). The point is many believers today remain spiritual infants "tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting" (Eph 4:14). They will all stand before the Lord at His judgement seat and get His "review" and reward. No one can complain if the reward they receive from Him is paltry.
Also, we must be careful of the things we view online concerning conspiracy theories. To quote Edgar Poe "Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see."
Wow, Jim. I agree with you. It is only one step with Jesus: "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Mat 11:28-30)
Dr. Tim wrote: Carl, let me tell you about the most wonderful rehab program ever... To anyone struggling with addiction of any type, may I say that faith in Jesus Christ is the way to overcome it.
Amen! Yes, and Amen!
And for me, immediately stopped smoking pot and cigarettes, stopped popping speed and Darvon, stopped drinking beer and alcoholic spirits, and (more importantly) stopped fornicating and carousing with "friends" who encouraged me to do those things. "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!"
Yeah, science takes a hit... again. It is better to be a skeptic against scientific theories (such as Theory of Evolution or the Big Bang Theory) than being a skeptic against scientific fact such as Earth is circular (versus the Flat Earth Theory), jet contrails are fuel exhausts (versus the Chemtrails Conspiracy Theory), and that only females menstruate (versus "Not everyone who menstruates is female").
I am sure that the study does not include those who attended both AA and spiritual counseling via church attendance, Bible Studies, or direct counseling from a church elder. I could also add direct counseling via prayer to his Wonderful Counselor.
At yesterday's fellowship it was mentioned the possible "positive" side effect this pandemic might have on reducing abortions. I pray that people rethink their position concerning the shedding of innocent blood. It is great hypocrisy to care for one's own life concerning the virus and be fickle and care less about taking the lives of the unborn.