My thoughts exactly, James Thomas. I see myself as not perfected but look forward as I learn and grow. We do learn from our history but not to be discouraged as we are to keep looking to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith, as Paul said. Thank you for your uplifting comment. Sure brought encouragement to me this morning as Jesus meant for it to.
P.S. The President did actualy compare ISIS to a varsity league. Look it up! He also said that ISIS does not pose any threat. He says this as the UK is on high alert, and we're being told to expect something big to happen in the next six months. Rediculous!
This is some spooky stuff! We capture this laptop, and then our President says "there's no threat, these guys are like a vasity league!" (Not actual quote). Meanwhile, our southern border is wide open and ISIS Terrorists are taking selfies in front of our Whitehouse! What a moron!
Christopher000 wrote: SteveR Write: "Im glad that the RCC still reads the Lords Prayer, too many independent baptist churches wont. They say it the 'apostles' prayer and that the kingdom was declined. So sad that the RCC is MORE Biblical in this way than many Protestant Churches today." Steve, I think it's wrong to continue giving John little nuggets of affirmation by defending the system he holds so dearly because he's shy. Every time you defend the church of Rome, you're condoning and strengthing his position, in his mind, because it makes him think you agree that there's no reason for him to come out as a born again Christian. No matter how much you hate everyone, you know that the mass itself and aligning oneself with the false doctrines of Rome while claiming to be a born again Christian is to defy the very God you claim to embrace.
Thank You. Well said. Rome is already making enough orthodox sounding statements to pull the wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting,1192 and needs no help from the well-intentioned evangelical.(or us for that matter)
Where does the Bible say "Worship God for yourself" may I ask? And weren't women supposed to be silent in the church? Not very surprising from Joel Osteen. Maybe he should study more Scripture before he tries to teach other people.
I appreciate your response to my earlier question. I thank you for that. I still do not understand what seems to be a conundrum between who to listen to from your end in regards to Scripture versus tradition. I make no presumptions on what you believe so I have asked. I do not know your heart nor will I pronounce judgment as that task is properly placed in the hands of The Lord. There are only believers and non believers. I sometimes fail to remember that our understanding the Scriptures is a gift so I appear to be boastful to some.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
(Philippians 3:12-16 ESV)
History is to be learned from....but we must keep looking forward.
well, she's about as lost as a canary that's been seen free in a jungle. May God have mercy on her and bring her to an understanding of salvation in Jesus Christ through His atoning work for us sinners.
Great Sermon! I am about to listen to this sermon again after several months and because I am taking a course on Pastoral Counseling at RTS. Both my children have had "treatment" in their young adult lives rather than Christian based counseling/therapy. This sermon has had a real impact on me. See also his sermon on Brokenness on YouTube.
Christopher000 wrote: Well, that's good to hear anyway...
Christopher000 I can identify with your, "Well that's good to hear any..." and it brings me to interesting considerations of how some thoroughly ungodly and wicked, willfully sinning people can still have matters they are revolted by, that ought revolt us too.
The sexually immoral pagans in Corinth would be an example, in my words they would be revolted, it likely would have been unheard of by them, that a man sexually having his father's wife
That revulsion didn't mean in the least they knew God and were right with Him in the least, did it
Let's do pray, fervantly in all the faith God Himself gives us in His word and by the work of the Holy Spirit living in and filling us, for our lost loved ones, that our Father would bring them, sovereignly make them completely thoroughly sickened, nauseated, heart broken, revolted of their own sins against Him, such that it leads them to repentance and saving faith in Christ
AND that He prepare our hearts in faith to REJOICE at His Mercy to hear and answer in Almight Soverign Power even for people like us who are so undeserving and unworthy of such amazing grace.
John Yurich Wrote: I feel convicted and repulsed when I hear the parts of the Mass that mention the Mass being a sacrifice and the intercession of the Virgin Mary and the Saints.
Well, that's good to hear anyway...I didn't know that. Maybe those convictions will get stronger and stronger with time. A piece of good fruit here and there shouldn't fool us into thinking it's good to eat when we can see that the rest of the tree is rotted and over run with bugs and disease.
Anyway, interesting conversation, and again, the level of knowledge is impressive. It's been brought to my attention that I haven't responded to some comments, whether from last week or recently, I'm not sure. I use the smartphone app and as older threads disappear, maybe that's why I'm missing them. For example, Observer sent me a comment from Helps last week that I never even saw. Anyway, sorry if I haven't responded to some things...not intentional. As for emails, they are deserving of much more than a sentence or two so I have to wait for the mental energy to crank those out, plus alone time when the wife isn't around.
My head is still spinning over Lurkers comment about the moon. What's it made of then? Rocks and dirt? Now I'm wondering what else I've had wrong...
SteveR Write: "Im glad that the RCC still reads the Lords Prayer, too many independent baptist churches wont. They say it the 'apostles' prayer and that the kingdom was declined. So sad that the RCC is MORE Biblical in this way than many Protestant Churches today."
Steve, I think it's wrong to continue giving John little nuggets of affirmation by defending the system he holds so dearly because he's shy. Every time you defend the church of Rome, you're condoning and strengthing his position, in his mind, because it makes him think you agree that there's no reason for him to come out as a born again Christian. No matter how much you hate everyone, you know that the mass itself and aligning oneself with the false doctrines of Rome while claiming to be a born again Christian is to defy the very God you claim to embrace.
Lurker wrote: Steve surely is a piece of work. ...I'm probably the only person on this board who gives him the benefit of the doubt that he's a Christian. Yet he tries every dirty trick in the book to make me out to be a heretic...
I wrote you a couple days ago. Hope you got that.
SteveR sure is a devil. Not sure how you reckon him to be a Christian, but I respect your right to be wrong!
Enforced uniformity Presby style certainly means a licence to kill nonconformists. Read the WCF, for instance:
The civil magistrate may not assume to himself the administration of the Word and sacraments, or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven: yet he hath authority, and it is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the Church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire; that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed; all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed; and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administered, and observed. For the better effecting whereof, he hath power to call synods, to be present at them, and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of God.
Of course the magistrate has to be Presby himself!! Doh!