Did Haman understand what good was? Or was it "good" that he was to hung ? If good defined by God's laws Is twisted by a forked tongue Evil thinks it works a good cause Building humanistic castles of dung. -- Esther 4:5"..when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. 6 aAnd he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews ... 7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them. 9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries. And the king ...gave it unto Haman to do what "seemeth good to thee"10 Good?? Mt19:17
Unprofitable Servant wrote: ...nobody is quite sure what Ignominious Emirakan is trying to say...
Including my wife Excellent summary of a "day in the life" Including our internecine strife
To be enigmatic For me? Automatic From bats in the attic And flair for dramatic To skewer the dogmatic And prick the fanatic And lazy phlegmatic To some problematic It's axiomatic My verse anabatic Whirls acrobatic & Is Undemocratic To most buzzes static.
Got an example "also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood" 2Pet3:16
The suggestion that to be in a denomination is that you are more intellectual and doctrinal than someone not in a denomination.
You can have a strong faith (with an even balance of the emotions because after all God works on the heart) regardless of being in a particular denomination.
My personal opinion is that I'd rather not be in a denomination because I'd rather just be a 'Christian'. I want to lead people to Christ and not to a denomination. Still, my doctrinal beliefs to tend to one particular belief set ~ New Covenant - but I will not lead with that. I'd instead focus on Biblical truths summarized by the 5 solas.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. - 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
jas wrote: ... That's a filthy magazine anyway.... why all of a sudden now you're offended by it?
- sliding scale of pollution standards- Coloform- norovirus- - A group of Virginia Tech researchers who sampled the water in 271 Flint homes last summer found some contained lead levels high enough to meet the EPA's definition of "toxic waste." ... Lead in water is measured in terms of parts per billion (ppb). ... Researchers stress that there is no real safe level to drink But!! ",the levels of lead detected in Flint were safe for bathing, ..." "The drinking water in Flint, Mich., is now in compliance with federal regulations on lead and copper content, officials said on Tuesday. But they cautioned that it could be a year or more before it is safe for residents to drink from their faucets, because lead-tainted pipes need to be replaced.
‚ÄúWe are not out of the woods yet,‚ÄĚ Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement. She called the results of water tests ‚Äúencouraging‚ÄĚ but said residents should continue to drink bottled water or use "
Coprophagic cultures can drink the water- as they have antibodies- but "don't drink the water" goes for foreigners.
We are counter culture & persecuted for pointing out pollution- as "Whistleblowers"
Ben't ashamed of the gospel in what only Christ can do for one, to bring reconciliation & restoration to one alone. May the Lord equip His saints to share His truth in love for the glory of Christ, in up lifting His holy name, as no King but Christ alone amen.
If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18‚Äď19)
Maybe if some of the traditional denominations had kept their first love, there would have been less call to return to the original, i.e. non-denoms. Today's non-denoms have been criticized for sounding like the culture, but it is denoms who have acted like it.
Well, I don't know how others will respond, US, but after giving it some thought, I appreciate the admonishment, if that was the point, anyway. I suppose I do get carried away with the humor at times, although, nobody will ever convince me there's anything wrong with lightening the load here and there, but too much can be too much. You seem frustrated, or maybe a righteous anger would be more fitting, and to a degree, I see your point, but I also understand that we are all vastly different from each other. Some require much patience, some require probing to be better understood, some need to be compassionately weaned from prior indoctrination, and/or childhood trauma that has shaped their thoughts and is the catalyst for certain arguments, and some just need much prayer because their minds are turned off to any sort of reason. We're all different, but those differences that we each bring to the table can be frustrating at times, often misunderstood, but sometimes perfectly understood, and all of the above are why I'm rarely seen going at anyone anymore because with all of the seeds planted here, I can only put certain things and people in God's hands. Nothing I can say will change the perspective or open the curtain on their blindness,etc., on certain matters.
Among the exceptional denominations boasting growing membership in recent years is the Assemblies of God, whose total numbers still trail the SBC and the United Methodist Church (UMC), according to Pew Research Center‚Äôs 2014 Religious Landscape Study. The survey also showed that nondenominational Christians were on the rise.
Earlier this year, the Department of Defense added hundreds of new religious designations and eliminated ‚ÄúProtestant, nondenominational,‚ÄĚ in hopes of obtaining more specific information on military service members
These trends also play out in church names, which are less likely to reference their denominational ties. Among board members of the National Association of Evangelicals, which involves 40 denominations, 63 percent say their church name does not include their affiliation, CT reported in 2015.
Within evangelicalism, the charismatic and Jesus People nondenominational movements of the 1970s (think Calvary Chapel and Vineyard), which ‚Äúemphasized just being ‚ÄėChristian‚Äô‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúcriticized denominations as divisive,‚ÄĚ have had a lasting influence on how people understanding their religious identity, Olson said.
‚ÄúThere is a trend toward what I call ‚Äėgeneric Christianity‚Äô that is very feeling-centered and pragmatic and somewhat anti-intellectual,‚ÄĚ
A challenge, Butler said, is "for the church to be able to shine a light on [internet addiction] and to not shame and guilt the use of technology. There is more we should do and we have got to be more proactive."
One reason teens might become addicted to the internet, Butler said, is their desire to be connected to what is happening around them.
"There are so many points of connection on the phone, and so many things on the phone are incredibly appealing," Butler said. "Students love being connected to each other. They love being connected to everything that is going on."
Educating parents on how to deal with internet addiction is one solution to the problem, Butler said.
"We've had the opportunity to get in front of parents and teach them about technology," Butler said. "We've attempted to help parents understand that the internet doesn't always have to be an evil thing, but you have got to be aware of the dangers
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)1Cor16:15
A much better addiction Than net affliction Not a construction Better? nonfiction! From crucifixion To benediction And true prediction Brings conviction!
John, will say more later on a more serious note later, the good Lord willing.
Even the meeting you describe has to have order. We come in and and Dave and Christopher are debating the good, bad, and ugly of vegemite. Brother Rodney is telling about his latest skeeter adventure and SC's word of exhortation is always about cheerleaders and football. Meanwhile B. McCausland is trying to explain to her what Americans call football isn't right, but alas it goes over her head. Brother Lurker and yourself are constantly saying opposite things on the doctrine of original sin and nobody is quite sure what Ignominious Emirakan is trying to say. In the mean while John Yurich is is testifying in favor of the RCC and others are pushing the greatness of the WCF. I am sitting there puzzled as to why anybody would choose wicked Haman from the book of Esther as their moniker. Jim from Lincoln is pushing his liberal agenda (but no one is listening) and MS, ladybug, and Frank left after one meeting telling themselves once again it was confirmed it is just better to stay home than to attend church.
"We reiterate that the national security charges leveled in all of these cases amount to the criminalization of the Christian community for exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief, and that this is occurring despite the fact that the Iranian constitution recognizes Christianity. We urge members of the international community to extend the sanctions still in place against Iranian individuals to include members of the judiciary who are implicated in ongoing and severe harassment and persecution of religious minority communities."
Christians face severe persecution in the Shia Muslim country, including regular crackdowns and jail sentences due to their faith.
House churches are not permitted, and Christian converts are beaten and arrested for gathering to worship.
Ac4:18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
Great Sermon! Thank you so much for this message. It was exactly addressing the cries of my heart to the Lord when I woke up this morning in such despair. God is good. I'm in my 60s, facing many foreboding circumstances right now that I cannot in myself deal with or endure. "The God Who was faithful to me in the past will be the God Who will be faithful now." And I have a history of 40 plus years with Him of His faithfulness. God bless you for reminding me to trust in what I very well know to be true in my faithful Savior.
Even the classic Romanist condemned this level of filth by their own laws and regulations- the RCC history is a slide into depravity after initial condemnation of this deathstyle. "Although sexual sins are generally a matter of private confession, at different periods of the Church, the sin of sodomy has been a ‚Äúreserved‚ÄĚ sin, that is, the penitent was required to confess to the pope or to a bishop. From Saint Peter to Saint Felix I, the early popes together with the early Church Fathers drew up Church general decrees, and later canons and pastoral and penitential codes and instituted a series of synods and councils by which their decrees in matters of faith and morals, including the immorality of all homosexual acts, were made known to the universal Church. At the Spanish Council of Elvira (305‚Äď306) the Church condemned homosexual acts especially pederasty excluding from Communion, even at the point of death (articulo mortis), one who does violence to boys (the stuprotores puerorum). At the Council of Ancira (Ancyra) held in Asia Minor in 314, canons 16 and 17 prescribed heavy penances by both age and condition for both sodomy and bestiality and bishops were ordered to root out these practices from among the people" From RCC author of "The Rite of Sodomy" Randy Engel