HerbalMama wrote: Here we go 'round the bad theology bush, the bad theology bush..... God ordained Hitler and those who rebelled by hiding Jews were in a sin. Those who helped Paul escape by being lowered in a basket down a window were in sin. The midwives thst refused to murder babies as commanded by the pharoh God had ordained were in so much sin that God in a spectacular contradiction blessed their disobedience with a family of their own. Me thinks someone needs to read their bible and loosen their muzzle.
Herbal, are you saying that we ought rebel against the judgments of these states and insist on having more lockdowns?
I read the words 'full pardon' and immediately thought about what the Lord God Almighty has done for me, in pardoning all of my sins, past, present and future. The blood is sprinkled on the heavenly mercy seat, the debt is paid, and I am free. No wonder I am so happy.
Jesus paid it all All to him I owe Sin had left a crimson stain He washes white as snow
What can wash my sins away Nothing but the blood of Jesus
The vilest offender who truly believes That moment from Jesus a pardon receives
There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel's veins And sinners plunged beneath that flood Lose all their guilty stains
Mine, mine, mine I know thou art mine Saviour, dear Saviour I know thou art mine
Joy unspeakable and full of glory!
Do you long to be saved? It is far simpler than you think. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved:
1. From the consequences of your sin 2. From the dominion of sin 3. Eventually even from the presence of sin
I serve a risen Saviour He's in the world today Above him there's no other For Jesus is the way
Oh happy day that fixed my choice On thee my Saviour and my God
‚ÄúThis weekend, CNN‚Äôs Jake Trapper made the gloomy proclamation that, ‚ÄėChristmas is probably not gonna be possible‚Äô this year. I have news for him ‚ÄĒ Christmas is going to be celebrated by millions and millions of people around the world,‚ÄĚ Graham wrote.
‚ÄúThe reason is that Christmas is not about gatherings and festivities, but it‚Äôs about Jesus Christ. It is about God GIVING His Son ‚ÄĒ sending Him to earth to save us from our sins. As Christians, we celebrate that ‚ÄėGod so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.'‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is what Christmas is about ‚ÄĒ and even COVID doesn‚Äôt change that! Christmas celebrations may not be exactly the same this year, but for Christians, Christmas is in your heart,‚ÄĚ he wrote. ...
Franklin Graham has spoken the truth I never thought I'd hear.
I am so looking forward to Christmas, and the annual debate.
But professing Christians who are unregenerate will always argue with scripture, and those who promote scripture. In the UK, this is especially true of the Anglican soft-peddlers and Charismatic BBQ types. Also true of the mixed-up Methodists, and the no communion, no baptism, Salvation Army types. Also true of the United Reformed types, united with the ecumenical movement and RCC. Also true of the cults like Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses and Christadelphians. Oh and a whole host of others who, not having the Spirit, will never understand scripture, nor will they obey the word of God, due to their false assumption that God doesn't want them to do anything in this world lest it smacks of works salvation, which thing they don't even understand what the phrase means.
Mike wrote: Ran into more irony recently. As we know, the Chinese virus has resulted in financial boon for China. Walmart has oodles of non-medical purpose life saving masks and hand sanitizers made in China. This week I found toilet paper made in China. Designed in the US. (like that must have been complicated.) Just in time for the next panic buy. If someone were to write a fiction story of all this stuff, it would be rejected as not believable.
I ordered a small audio lead off Amazon. It was ¬£1.99 including postage. When it hadn't arrived within a week, I checked the order over, and discovered that it was coming all the way from China.
Frank wrote: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV (18) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. What a wonderful verse to meditate on. Thanks fellow Pilgrim.
It is a remarkable verse, fellow pilgrim. And it can be applied in every situation, no matter what is happening. I know someone for whom the verse means a lot, and she lives a life of continual thanksgiving; it is very noticeable, and a most wonderful thing to behold, when compared to the negativity of most. The effect on myself is most edifying, and I seek to apply the exhortation every day.
Frank wrote: Brother, I understand and agree with your thought. If God is all loving and sovereign, then we can thank Him for any circumstances we are put through. A perfect example is the Apostle Paul praised the Lord regardless of his circumstances and his suffering. Romans 8:28 ‚ÄúAnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.‚ÄĚ 1 Peter 3:17 ‚ÄúFor it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.‚ÄĚ I have personally not conquered the above.
Amen brother! I realise how deep this could go, and I prefer the simplicity that is in Christ. I have one exhortation that I remind myself of continually, and if I could only do this one thing without wavering, it would make me a very happy man.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV (18)¬† In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It reminded me of a woman I read about once, whom the Lord seemed to have gotten into a position of peaceful resignation, and to all intents and purposes she seemed to be able to give thanks to God, not only in all circumstances, but even for them, seeing every thing as an expression of God's love to her.
1 John 4:7-16 KJV (7)¬† Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (8)¬† He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (9)¬† In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (10)¬† Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11)¬† Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (12)¬† No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (13)¬† Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (14)¬† And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (15)¬† Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (16)¬† And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
I wonder if he would have said that God is still in charge if he had not got out of the woods. It's like thanking God for journeying mercies if you get there safely, but leaving him out in the cold if you have a blowout or worse.
Watcher wrote: I never saw flu act like this before.
In the UK, Watcher, flu season lasts only a couple of months normally.
This virus has been going for about a year now and is showing no signs of going away.
Here, we eased off lockdown and discovered that the virus took off again, and some of our hospitals were overrun. This could go on indefinitely, until the world population reduces by half. That would save a third world war with all its mess.
BTW, the reason why hospitals are so important at this time, is because the virus can prevent people from breathing, and the only hope for them is to put them on a ventilator in a hospital. And once the hospital ventilators are all taken up, there is no hope for the rest who are seeking admission. It is a horrible way to die.
In England, many folks did not take this pandemic seriously, and now they are on an even bigger lockdown. The Scots too have had to rethink the situation. There is a claim that vaccines are nearly ready, but time will tell how effective they will be.
In conclusion, I would say that the Holy Spirit led the early church into something better than is found in countries all over the world.
This something is produced by the Holy Spirit in the hearts of God's people. He has written in their hearts the law of love, and they love by their new nature not by their adamic nature.
They recognise that all who are born again are such because of God's sovereign grace, and therefore unless they are backslidden they will love every believer, without respect of persons, simply because God loves them.
The old covenant principles of caring and sharing with others of God's people, if and when they are in need, are carried forward into the new covenant, not to gain merit, but on account of God's Spirit dwelling within each believer who now becomes a temple of the Holy Ghost.
I know of several Christian communities, and each one is very industrious, with no shirking or laziness tolerated, unlike countries where a political ideology is entertained. This alone is sufficient to show that God's way is far better than any of mans' ways.
When Christians stick to God's blueprint, there should be no Christian anywhere in the world who is suffering for lack of help. ______________