Christopher000 wrote: the best advice on any given issue often comes from those who have actually been through the tough times and experienced the same,
No Sinner to Hard-Rev Thomas Martin http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3616153038
Dear Christopher I posted regarding the necessity of continual prayer for your wife-no matter how bad the situation appears to be, no sinner is too hard.
A few days after posting and for your encouragement, I received notification from a dear friend that a couple have recently had the joy of seeing their grandson and his young wife brought to repentance and faith after a number of years of pleading for them before the throne of grace.
Do you think your wifeâ€™s eternal soul is worth a number of years of pleading? That your own personal and present heartache would be counted as nothing if she was to be brought, by Sovereign Grace, to repentance and faith...even if you are to yet suffer several more years?
I can speak with compassion as I was converted in a marriage where my wife remained unconverted. But she didnâ€™t cease to be my wife when the Lord chose to have compassion upon me. Godâ€™s grace in our heart should only make us more compassionate towards our spouse, may the above sermon be a
Dave from oz writes: On reflection Christopher, you'd be a nong to listen to my advice on relationships, I'm a single dad.
Well, ba-bam, then...I'm a nong. Wonder twin powers, activate...become a nong.
Look, the way I see it is that the best advice on any given issue often comes from those who have actually been through the tough times and experienced the same, or like issues. The only time their advice is worthless is when they repeat the same cycles, never learning, never growing.
It is extremely rare to see a preacher give out his message sitting on his horse on his farm, Bible in hand, before he goes off to see to his cattle, fence posts, whatever.
It's also rare to hear preaching of five minutes or less. But this farming preacher has no problem with that. He gets straight to the point, and guides believers into a good place of blessing and joy, and many of his messages on YouTube are less than five minutes. Great for those who can't focus on a long sermon, yet want to be fed and led by the Spirit into green pastures and have a cup full of blessings.
On reflection Christopher, you'd be a nong to listen to my advice on relationships, I'm a single dad! G'day sc and God bless, Also bmc if you happen to read this may the Lord bless you and Hope you are well, :-)
S C has a problem with "christmas", not Scripture which speaks of the Incarnation of Christ. The problem is with the man-made "holy day". ...which is not in the Bible. No one can come up with the man-made holiday of christmas in Scripture because it does not exist,neither was it something which the followers of Christ observed. However,the RCC did make it up to appease the pagans. Better to follow God than the RCC. Do what you will but don't try to convince the world that this is biblical. The world had it long before the corrupt RCC "christianized" it.
the angels are lighting up the night sky, about to say, Glory to God in the highest, but sc, is out there waving her arms and saying, " hold it, hold it, this is no big event, there is no cause for celebration and praise to God." She goes to the stable and instructs the shepherds, "nothing to see here, no need to spread it abroad." Eight days later she is the temple downplaying the praise to God of Simeon and Anna, "Your blowing this thing all of out proportion." Why? because she has the "Biblical" view, no need to honor the birth of Christ.
Jesus told His disciples, you are going to weep and lament but the world shall rejoice, but you will be sorrowful. But your sorrow (at His death, at their desertion) will be turned to joy (at His resurrection) How do we now that is what He is speaking about, "and ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man takes from you." "..Jesus.. stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. and when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord." but sc had ran in and said, "Fellas, you need to shut this celebration down, I have the "Biblical" view, no one celebrates this."
What you are doing is attempting to continue to speak out against your pet peeve sins - immodesty, sporting events, holidays - here's the proof - you claim it may be possible the bakers may not have a problem making 'easter' products. How in the world would you know this?!? Talk about being biased and jumping to conclusions - YOU are guilty of everything you accuse others of. You seem to imply that homosexual marriage and the celebration of all that includes is far less severe than cheerleaders, Easter bunnies, the Super Bowl, etc. In all honestly, you sound foolish in your attempt to force your opinion off as true and correct. Now, if these bakers made a bunny cake for easter, how would that be any different than making a cake to celebrate a homosexual marriage? Is it wrong to make bunny cakes, or easter egg cakes? What does that type of cake represent? What does a wedding cake for a homosexual marriage represent and what is the difference between that and an easter egg cake?
Frank, excellent points, I agree. Yes, the referral is troublesome isn't it? It may have been better to speak of Christ and His gospel.
Again,it helps to not jump to the wrong conclusion... I drew a distinction between what made a cake acceptable or not- a generic cake with bells and the like,as long as it has no references to sodomy,etc. is just a generic cake and is no more a problem than the tuxedo that was sold to someone who participates in the ceremony. The baker is not being asked to officiate the "marriage" nor attend. That was my main point. Interestingly enough, it's possible that these bakers may not have a problem making "easter" products or other MAN-MADE holy day products...as does a well known hobby business. While I don't think that they ought to violate their conscience,I think that looking into other things that may be an equal offense to God,wouldn't be a bad idea. Sometimes I think that Christian businesses that do celebrate things that aren't in the Bible will often times be the ones which will be confronted with issues like baking cakes for sodomites.
Sister Ladybug! You and I have both been in positions where our faith could have or did affect our livelihoods. I have always understood that if I believe in my heart that something is a sin, then if I do it, it was indeed a sin. The longer I have been saved, the clearer my sins become to me. This bakerâ€™s conscious/understanding led him to believe that baking that cake would be sinful, and I agree, and I think it was a wonderful testimony to say no and lose their livelihood. If they are in Christ, whatever they have sacrificed for Him will be repaid; that is for sure. I also donâ€™t think that baking the cake was purely a conscience issue, but clearly would have been sinful to do it. IOW, they would have been condoning or helping to celebrate homosexual marriage. It would be the same as me going to the homosexual wedding of someone I know, or telling a homosexual couple that I pray the Lord blesses their relationship.
The only thing about the baker that disturbed me was although he wouldnâ€™t bake the cake, he would refer them to someone who would. That would violate my understanding as much as baking it personally would have. Would be like a doctor who didnâ€™t do abortions, but would refer to someone who would.
Perhaps you are biased sc, you speak out against immodesty, sports, holidays, etc but have no problem with homosexuals demanding Christians provide them with a wedding cake. Again, all can see it but you
Ladybug,you need to go back a couple of pages to see where even you said, "brace yourself". I think you're a little biased. As far as my ... "posts concerning alcohol, modesty, Christmas, etc." They are in line with Scripture. What God says about these things (christmas,btw isn't in the bible except in the principle of what to avoid) hasn't changed and is not up for private interpretation. "All things lawful" would not include things which are evil as the bible has so presented. This kind of thinking would allow for no judgment on any issue,including drug use and legal prostitution (which we already have...it's just in the guise of entertainment). Liberty is not license and a good understanding of issues in the bible helps to narrow "gray areas". Christopher,sorry that you are struggling. Things may not change at all as I have heard many testimonies of other men who have experienced the same. Keep praying and avoid that which would hinder your prayers,including drugs. She may very well leave you if she doesn't come to the Lord. Whether she stays or leaves,God is glorified when we abide in Him and are not moved.
CHRISTOPHER. just to say, my heart goes out to you in your situation. I had 3 years or persecution from my husband . It was terrible. But in and through it all, the Lord, Encouraged me to PRAisE HIM , so hard to do. THEN I gradually saw a change in him and he could not get away from the word of God which convicted him. Keep praising the Lord
Bro likewise you know my take on anti depressants etc, but if you're not right in the noggin then there's nothing wrong with utilizing the brilliant minds that have given us such meds. You do what you need to do, then prayer is our weapon, whata mighty weapon it is! To commune with our Father in heaven and to leave all to his good timing.