Dr. Tim wrote: One reason people donâ€™t have a firm knowledge of doctrine is because they are lazy and uncommitted to personally searching the scriptures. They would rather have Spurgeon, Gill, Matthew Henry or someone else tell them what the Bible means than to take seriously their personal duty to learn it for themselves.
Paul charged Timothy to war a good warfare according to the prophecies which went before on him. Traditions from the fathers were shown to be lies from doing just that. Those prophesies Paul refers to are cited by NT writers numerous times and are expounded upon by them in their context. Instead of making attempts of reconciling the prophets to traditions they instead revealed those vain jangling traditions as false and enlightened Paul to call things that were gain to him, dung.
John 6:45, Isa, 54:13, Isa. 2:3, Micah 4:2 all say He will teach us of His ways. I believe Him!
I think many examples have been provided in this thread by others to show that using necessary means for protection are acceptable in the eyes of God. Those needing more examples from Scripture to shape their thoughts on the matter can be found when God used a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Adriel wrote: 1. It must be God's fault that America has a regular Sandy Hook and the nation does nothing about it except blame mental health problems.
2. Today the idea of a right to have a deadly weapon for no other reason than bureaucratic rules, ancient ideas or to kill intruders does seem to be primitive and uncivilised, - Besides unnecessary!
1. The Boston marathon had a tragedy due to a pressure cooker filled with nails. It was neither God's fault, nor the manufacture of the pressure cooker and nails. It was, however, the intention of the individuals to harm, maim, and kill for a reason that I cannot fathom. Shall we ban pressure cookers and nails? THEIR actions received the just consequences.
2. Intruders do not care about rules. Only law abiding citizens do. One who lawfully carries can and do defend others and themselves from those who make these choices of destruction.
Isn't it interesting that In the early 1780â€™s when the outcome of the war with the British was in serious doubt, The need for guns and clothing and food to supply George Washingtonâ€™s Army were in critical short supply; nevertheless, the Congress voted to fund at great cost the Bible in English to issue to the soldiers.
The faith of his own making would simply be filthy rags so good riddens to them. Perhaps he will be called to the Faith which is the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22) which is the life of Christ and part and parcel of the gift of grace. Only God knows. Then he will know that faith is not given; rather it buds and blossoms into life (the just shall live by faith) in the heart of those who hear (ears to hear) or read (with eyes to see and a heart to perceive) the word of God.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Hey Chris, I have no idea of what his ministry is\was but it seems he was just a hireling and nothing more. Putting on a name badge is different than receiving the new name given to those whom He wrote to.
Jer 31:33 After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
God thankfully does preserve those who are His.
Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
When the Son calls, it's always successful.
Here's what Jude had to say:
Jude 1:24-15 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
The Son is charged with the job of preserving that which belonged to the Father and was given to the Son to redeem in time. Jude says He is able. I agree.
Carol wrote: Mr. James, concerning your tea you enjoyed in Ireland perhaps it was Barryâ€™s Tea, and the chocolate biscuit was probably Mcvites Chocolate Digestives. Our favorite Irish treat..yum.Can both be ordered through Amazon.đź‘Ť
It may have been Barry's tea. I may have to try some. The chocolate biscuit was first discovered in what would be our convenience store but with fresh baked goods served as if it were a bakery. Then again in a very small coffee shop. Thanks for the recommendations.
John UK wrote: Hey James, thanks for that. Say, that tea you found in Ireland with a rich flavour, it wasn't called Guinness was it?
We drank tea every chance we got and it was great every time no matter where we were on the Island. I have no idea what type they served though it was all better than we have ever had. We also found a delicacy that I had not known to exist until we went on that trip. It's called a chocolate biscuit.
John UK wrote: James, have you been busy? Not seen you around these parts for a while. When it comes to tea, I drink a rather special brand, and I would be interested in what you yourself drink. I discovered in recent years (or I should say I was told) that both tea and coffee contained caffeine which is not a good thing. But that there was an alternative, and this was caffeine free by nature. It is a tea made from the Rooibos Bush, and is healthier. I have it together with Soya milk and no sugar. It is possible to get used to that, and I have been drinking it for many years now. Unfortunately, both are more expensive than ordinary tea or milk, but what price health?
Hey John, I'm not too particular on what tea I drink. My wife, however, is a chamomile lavender fan. The best tea we both ever had the chance to drink was found during a trip we took to Ireland last year. The flavor was rich with no signs of artificial flavor that tends to jade the mass produced ones. Yes, the schedule has been pretty busy here as of late.
John UK wrote: Thank you James, and I sure wish you well. One thing that puzzles me is, How is it that I am the only one who engages in conversation with you? Is there a reason for that? If so, I would like to know what it is.
Maybe it seems that way because you ask many questions. But I've talked to many here plenty so I don't think that to be the case. Perhaps the topics of late have not been things most are interested in commenting on at lenght or some just follow along silently.
John UK wrote: Cornelius was visited by an angel, and told to send to Joppa for Simon Peter. For what purpose? Simon Peter would bring him a message
I understand your thoughts and have no problem you no seeing it that way. Few things to consider in addition to the picture I gave with the passage from Hosea.
Gal 2:7 the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
Zech 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.