Great Sermon! Thank you for a great sermon on meekness, Bro. Reg. If I may raise my hand to make a comment on what I think too often causes some arguments in a marriage that may head toward divorce, it could be pride pitted against the other spouse's feeling that he or she is looked down upon. Satan's pride can make one of them feel they are trapped with a spouse who is no longer worthy of them, and with such, comes a felt tension. A humble, loving attitude of thanksgiving that treasures the other can save a marriage if accompanied with Christ-like forgiveness and meekness, even when one has gone TOO far. It takes prayer, but I believe Psalms 32:8 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Jesus said it. Must be true.
Mike wrote: What are these believers believing before they receive this gift of faith?
I guess he said it wrong but I'm sure you got the gist of what he meant. Did you read the whole article or did you just pick out that particular phrase to show us how witty you are? Which do you think is the correct translation, faith or faithfulness in Gal 5:22?
Galatians 5:22 Which is the correct translation, "faith" or "faithfulness"?
"The Greek word "pistis" ‚Ä¶ this crucially important word is uniformly and universally translated as "faith" throughout the entire New Testament ... except in one curious instance in which some versions of the Bible have departed from that uniform consistency by translating "pistis" as "faithfulness" in Galatians 5:22. This departure from consistency in translation is particularly curious because the word "faithfulness" has a meaning that is significantly different than the word "faith." One must wonder why some versions of the Bible have chosen to depart from the otherwise uniform consistency of translating "pistis" as "faith" in just this one instance? "Faith" is an extremely important attribute of the fruit of the Spirit. "Faith" pertains to believing in and trusting in God, ‚Ä¶ While "faithfulness" is a very desirable character trait, it is more reflective of one's own efforts and abilities in being loyal and reliable; ...Faith comes to believers as a gift from God rather than as a result of one's own efforts in being faithful, loyal, and reliable‚Ä¶"
Michael Hranek wrote: VW Actually I am NOT worried as God knows far more about what He is talking about than the religious scholars of whatever theological system do. And if one acutally listens to Him instead of making what God says fit what the religious experts claim God says they're going to be quite OK. Isa 66:1,2
You'd think anyone who believes in the sovereignty of God wouldn't be worried. Where is faith?
savedbygrace wrote: Faith, I was seriously trying to be helpful and hopefully not condescending but I surely need prayer, also. I have many faults and weaknesses and the Lord is so merciful and good to me. I honestly love all the people of God. We are far from perfect here in Hbg. Thank-you. In Christ Job 1:8 ps. Even though I fall way short of this verse, I love it, and use it a lot because it shows me that this is attainable by a person like us.
Ouch. . my conscience is pricked . ..I am truly sorry.
savedbygrace wrote: Scripture tells us to really be contented and not complainers and to not be men-pleasers but to do everything as unto the Lord and to not I will be praying for you. Have a "grace day"! JOB 42:2
Your post reeks of smugness.
If I remember correcty, Molly is on West Coast time, so she is probably too busy with her wifely chores to respond to you - So, let me.
Molly's husband is probably the envy of every man, and Molly probably fills every woman's heart with jealousy. From her post, I surmise that she is confident in Lord, faithful to her husband, and a good mother to her children.
Who are you to speak in such condescending terms?
Molly doesn't sound like she needs anyone speaking for her, but I think she should say, "pray for yourself - for understanding."
Life is complicated, and you can't sum it up with your pull-em-outta-the-hat scripture memory verses.
Molly wrote: Here's what I do in my housewifery: I wash and dry all the clothes, but I don't fold them. I buy $1000 worth of food every month, at least, shop, bag, bring home, unload, put it away, cook. Vaccuum, Blessings to all ladies who can do it all AND homeschool. More power to you. And if you can do it in a dress and high heels, even better. I wear jeans.
You've got moxie! I like that!
If there is anything that I'm envious of, it would be the family that epitomizes the loving, harmonious relationships that one has when parents submit to the Lord's leading in raising children - like the Duggars - that family with 18 children and counting.
My life has been more like the song, "I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me."
So, I watch re-runs of "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie" for vicarious living.
I'm content - my life has just been different from many, and from what would be considered the ideal Christian home-life experience. Providence rules with a tender touch for those who know.
savedbygrace wrote: Faith, Our salvation has everything to do with our behavior. Before salvation our relationship with God is estranged. There is neither the desire or power to obey Him. Btw, I believe that the ideal situation would be for the believing mother to be a keeper at home, esp. when the children are young. However, there may be a tiny window open for part-time work(Prov. 31)if entirely necessary(distinguishing between real wants and needs here). Like the celebrated Biblical pattern of wives and mothers of Prov. 31, Titus 2 and I Pet.3, mothers: -nurture their children by diligently teaching them God's Word when they sit in the house, walk by the way lie down and rise up. This cannot be satisfactorily achieved when the parents are both working outside the home between 40 to 60 hours a week! -love their husbands when they joyfully submit to them. -are faithful to the Lord when they deny SELF. Staying away from home may very well be a spiritual indicator.
"Blessings on you and your household, as you walk with Him."
savedbygrace wrote: Faith, Relationship with God - pre or post salvation? In Christ
There is no relationship with God before salvation. Rather, it is a broken relationship because of sin. So, relationship with God, as I intended, means "intimacy with God."
There are directives given in Scripture for the living of our lives for the blessings of both ourselves and those around us. It is good for mothers to nurture their children, love their husbands, and be faithful to the LORD.
However, a return to staying at home, does not necessarily have any spiritual advantage apart from the grace of God working in and through those lives.
savedbygrace wrote: Faith, Satan is subtle and because unbelievers may happen to stay at home and wear dresses does not directly correlate with those actions being evil. Modesty and being discreet are Biblical directives and whether or not they have widespread approval in the church of today, they nevertheless should still be the norm. Things may be what they appear. The question is how do we interpret Scripture?
All I'm saying is, staying at home - or not staying at home, wearing dresses - or wearing jeans - has nothing to do with one's relationship with God.
Dresses and staying at home may be influenced more by the ungodly t.v. series, "Desperate Housewives," than anything to do with the '50's and June Cleaver. I've never watched it, but who isn't aware of it? I have seen young ladies on planes viewing this series while they travel to a vacation destination. So, things aren't what they appear to be.
My father is Dr. Paul T. Eckel ( Pres. minister) My father is retiring in two weeks (Dr. Paul T Eckel) Church of the Palms in Sarasota Florida, after 40 plus years of being my personal minister.
Im the daughter..my name is Faith.. I prayed to god that I could find a minister as great
and filled with the true gospel of truth. One that I also could hear the word. You are so wonderful!!
This sermon and four others have changed my life today.
You are a true blessing and have a gift that spoke to me today,
Michael Hranek wrote: I have mixed emotions about this on one hand the issue of freedom of speech Yet far, far more important I am reminded that Jesus told us: Matthew 5 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. For example hasn't Focus on the Family which claims to be Christian knowingly and willfully, etc. etc....? and I am sure you all could probably give multiple examples also.
It's sad to see how eager people are to give up their rights and freedoms, even of the churches to speak, because they do not agree with you. In the end, it will be the true Christians who are silenced and killed, and the rest will spout the government's line.
rogerant wrote: We are not using human logic. We are humbling ourselves to scripture. Paul rebukes the questioner that accuses God of the same charge that you have levied against his Soverighn choice in election! Romans 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
No, you are using human logic as the previous poster claimed logic was good. You presuppose things from these verses that are wrong and then claim you are "humbling yourself" to accept horrendous conclusions that nullify the entire rest of Scripture and make God out to be some kind of an unfeeling computer orchestrating every move on Planet Earth. And you call this faith.
Jim Lincoln wrote: There is no Zionist conspiracy. Now there is an anti-Jewish conspiracy, which all good Christians need to put down, to be anti-Jewish is to be anti-Christian. Christians have a Jewish Messiah."
But Jews have an antichrist Messiah they are eagerly awaiting, to rule the world with a rod of iron, to blow up the planet in the NWO. It is a false religion, vitriolic in its hatred of Jesus and Christians. It's one thing to pray for them and witness to them, another thing entirely to idolize them and be an Israel-firster, to hand over the country to dual-citizen Zionist warmongers who steal 4.5 trillion dollars from the Pentagon, ship it to Israel for nukes and weapons and who knows what else.
It's also wrong to unleash war on the planet to destroy people perceived to be enemies of Israel.
The Bible doesn't warn about Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Mormons. It warns of the Synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2 and 3), and says the SOS will round us up and kill us during the Tribulation. Jerusalem is compared to "Sodom and Egypt" in the last days (see Rev.11:8)
Talmudic Cabalist Jews are scary people. Their religion has little to do with the Old Testament but is straight out of Babylon and Satanic paganism and they hate Jesus.
Neil wrote: "Logic is good." DJC49, that's a gross understatement! Without logic, no communication is possible, whether with God or other men. God is either logical, or He is insane & we all are fools.
Logic is good, true. But when you start from the wrong presuppositions, you can "logically" come to some very strange and ridiculous conclusions. When the conclusions are preposterous, it's time to go back and examine the presuppositions or examine the thinking that was so supposedly logical.
Shocking to believe people think God has no feelings or emotions. God the Holy Spirit produces fruit of the spirit which are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Galatians 5:22-23
Derek wrote: Preacher, you said: Likewise I am deeply offended at the casual way you take cheap shots at great and learned men of God, mightily used by the Lord to take the Church out of the evil clutches of Rome and to re-establish the truths of the Bible. Why didn't Luther join the already existant church when he "left Rome"? The church was already being persecuted by Rome, like the Lollards in Luther's day, and they would continue to be presecuted by the Reformed Catholics. I don't think they re-established the truths of the Bible - they constructed their own system. Remember, it is the cults who have a central head for their system, and it is a man, not God. Every argument goes back to what "he" said or to what "he" wrote. Be careful not to fall into their trap.
Really great post. Thank you. As though the real Christians never existed until the Reformation, as though every Christian went running to join up with the RCs, so for 1500 years there were no Christians living on the planet.
And the Bible says not to try to put a new patch on an old wineskin because it won't hold the new wine (ie the Holy Spirit).