John MacArthur wrote: For there's going to be tribulation like the world has never seen. Now that poses for me and for you a very practical question. As a Christian do I need to get ready for that? Because if I do, then I ought to begin to do something to get ready. Now we talk about getting ready for an atomic attack and people have bomb shelters, well, if we really have to anticipate the tribulation maybe Christians ought to be stockpiling food somewhere far away from civilization centers and maybe building little bomb shelter type things way out in the middle of nowhere. Maybe we ought to be getting ready for this if, in fact, it is to be. It's a practical problem.
But on the other hand, if Jesus is going to come back to take His church out before this happens, then all we need to do is make sure we're ready for Him. In one case we're looking Jesus and the other case we're looking for antichrist. Now this has become a big debate in the church. And I say that only in reference to the theological spectrum, not in this church, I hope. And let me give you a little theological education quickly....
Colossians 2: 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.---ESV
Albert Mohler wrote: Donât expect the Diocese of Newark to look for an evangelical bishop to lead them out of their decline. According to the press release about their bishop search process, this diocese is determined boldly to go where no church body has gone before. Consider this statement: We encourage nominations of persons of both genders, all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and of all sexual orientations. All sexual orientations? This could get interesting.
Sounds up todate, Surprise it was written 2005. This golden-oldie article brings up a name from the past Bishop Spong, who helped the deterioration of the Episcopal Church. It's a short article so give it a read.
John Yurich USA wrote: You could have simply found a conservative Methodist parish to attend and belong to. I am sure there are conservative Methodist parishes in the Lincoln, Nebraska area.
No, John Y., the basis that the United Methodist Church is just plain wrong
UMC wrote: Grounded in Scripture: United Methodist trust free inquiry in matters of Christian doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Of paramount importance, however, is Scripture as the witness of Godâs creating, redeeming and sustaining relationship with Godâs people. Learn more about our basic beliefs.
Now, one should go to a church that officially accepts true Christianity. Mosst IFBs do. They certainly can fall down on the job, with the cult of the personality perhaps the most serious problem. There's no way to get rid of an errant pastor.
UPs, ok on yuur position. I think most Dispensationalists are taught that Reformed types are Christian (but the other way around ) But of course we like to see our fellow Christians have the details correct too!
Is tomorrow going to be the really big day? doubtful.
John MacArthur said or, wrote: ...The details of what happens to Christians after they die were elusive in the early church, and the Thessalonians were worried about that subject: âWhere do Christians go after they die? What happens to their souls? And, in particular, what happens to their bodies?â This set of questions troubled young believers in the church at Thessalonica, as we might assume, because they didnât have the full revelation that we do in the New Testament. Their concern, however, was rather specific. Paul had been teaching them when he ministered to them about the fact that Jesus was going to return. And, in fact, he taught them as if it could happen in their lifetime....
ABC News Radio wrote: ... On Thursday, Pena Nieto said search and rescue efforts in Mexico City were ongoing at 38 buildings damaged from the earthquake. But it was unclear Friday how many collapsed buildings may contain survivors....
Mexico has accepted technical and specialized assistance from many countries, including the United States, Spain, Israel, Japan and several Latin American countries....
Romans 8 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.---NASB
John MacArthur wrote: "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10; cf. Titus 3:1-2). It would also display a lack of gratitude for whatever amount of religious freedom the government allows us to enjoy. Furthermore, such pious apathy toward government and politics would reveal a lack of appreciation for the many appropriate legal remedies believers in democracies have for maintaining or improving the civil order. A certain amount of healthy and balanced concern with current trends in government and the community is acceptable, as long as we realize they were that interest is not vital to our spiritual growth, our righteous testimony, or the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. Above all, the believer's political involvement should never displace the priority of preaching and teaching the gospel.
John MacArthur said, or, wrote: The Reformation is not over,...the battle for the Gospel still rages.
The issue of the non-negotiable Gospel wasn't settled 500 years ago, it was settled 2,000 years ago. But we're still calling the professing church to be faithful to the truth,...
The Reformation is not over. Every turn in the road, every new false teacher that arises to teach one version or another of the alternate message must be addressed....
Martin Luther said 'if this doctrine of Sola Fide stands, the Church stands. If this article collapses, the Church collapses,...You think there's harmony between Roman Catholicism and true Gospel evangelical churches and doctrines? None.
I see the Wall Street Journal isn't readable except by subscribers so here's another article that is of interest about the earthquake.
Whitney Eulich wrote: GarcĂa wasnât the only one moved to help. The moment the ground stopped trembling, Mexico City residents jumped into action, directing traffic after street lights went out, offering the use of bathrooms or telephones, setting up collection sites for food, water, flashlights, and blankets, and using their bare hands or tools at their disposal to remove rubble in hopes of rescuing residents trapped in buildings. At least one engineering firm announced free home inspections and ride-share companies were temporarily offering free transport.
Rod McGuirk wrote: Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is still a government lawmaker, began campaigning against gay marriage on Wednesday ahead of the Senate vote.
"I say to you: If you don't like same-sex marriage, vote 'no.' If you worry about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, vote 'no;' and if you don't like political correctness, vote 'no' because this is the best way to stop it in its tracks," Abbott told reporters outside Parliament House.
KLKNTV wrote: "I'm encouraged that Secretary DeVos chose Lincoln and chose Nebraska because we have a unique story to tell here," said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel. "It's a story of success and it's a story of 'all means all' with regards to children."
The topic of charter schools, a controversy that's followed DeVos since her appointment within the Trump administration, came up more than once. DeVos says she wants more school choice, while Joel says he doesn't want to see public school funds going to something that might not have as much accountability.
"Public education is all kids," he said. "With limited state resources and federal resources I think it's extremely important that they stay focused in the public sector."
Yes, Dr. Tim, the sky did fall in Texas, but what to do with it, when it hits the ground.
Nutter & Moore wrote: The flood standard is intended to protect the federal governmentâs most important asset: our nationâs citizens. Flooding continues to be the deadliest natural disaster in the United States, taking 155 lives last year. The historic floods last month in West Virginia that killed more than 20 people serve as a somber reminder of the need to prepare for Mother Natureâs wrath...
The standard also ensures that in an era of rising deficits and tight budgets, tax dollars are spent on projects that will not merely be washed away in the next storm. The rules establish consistent guidelines based on up-to-date science on flooding while protecting federal investments in an effort to ensure that limited federal resources are not wasted. While many Americans may think flooding is only a problem for coastal regions prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, it is far more widespread than that and can devastate any state or region across the country. In just the past five years, all 50 states have experienced flood damage.
ABC News Radio wrote: A record $6 billion dollars in drugs have been intercepted this year and nearly 600 suspected traffickers were arrested and turned over to federal authorities for prosecution, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Justice.
On Wednesday, the Coast Guard offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth an estimated $679.3 million in San Diego, CA. Wednesday morning's offload, which was attended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was the result of 25 separate seizures conducted by four Coast Guard cutters and a Navy ship, which began on Aug. 2, 2017.
Pastor John Piper wrote: And then when they [women] say: Well, what are you saying we can do? My answer is: 75 percent of the seven billion people in the worldâI just checked this to make sure this is a true statementâ75 percent of the seven billion people in the world are women or under the age of 15. They have limitless needs of every kind, right? Physical needs and education needs and spiritual needs and relational needs and parenting needs and needs for rescue and endless needs that they have. And my response is: Do anything you want. Care about them. Care about them physically and especially eternally and minister in whatever way you can.
UPS, perhaps you make the same mistake that I do many a time leaving out a negative modifier?
John MacArthur wrote: Now you can go back to Mark 13. That is a glimpse of the time of Tribulation and its escalating terrors and horrors. You say, âWill we be there?â I have good news for you. I think the New Testament teaches the church will be raptured before that time. That weâll be kept from that wrath, that weâll be taken out. But once weâre out and that breaks loose, at the same time the gospel will be preached. It will be preached by 144 thousand Jews, twelve thousand from every tribe, according to Revelation 7. It will be preached by two powerful witnesses according to Revelation 11. It will be preached by an angel flying in the sky with the everlasting gospel. So powerful will the gospel be that there will be people saved out of every tongue, tribe, people and nation who will come out of that period. Israel will be saved. Two thirds of the Jews will be judged for unbelief, one third will be saved. There will be the greatest revival in any short period of time in human history.
Thomas Ice wrote: ... . Anyone suggesting that the Rapture will occur on a specific date can only make such a prediction based upon speculative elements derived from outside the Bible or upon a misinterpretation of Scripture.Among those who are pretribulational futurists, I observe three basic approaches taken in interpreting current events. The three classifications are in terms of how one relates prophecy for Israel to the church age. I am suggesting a spectrum of 1) loose, 2) moderate, and 3) strict.
Loose The loose view is characterized by those who claim to be pretribulational futurists but often take prophecy written for Israel and suggest that it is being fulfilled todayâduring the church age. This viewpoint holds that sometimes prophecy relating to the tribulation is being or has already been fulfilled in the current church age. This is a weak, inconsistent application of futurism, since it commingles Godâs plan for Israel with His plan for the church at specific points of prophetic fulfillment....