GsTexas wrote: You can't force Christianity on someone, either God is going to draw them in, or he isn't. Just give them the Gospel message, and pray God gives the increase. John 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
I agree, it must be God Who changes people's hearts, and brings them into the revelation of truth. Confining someone, criticizing their way of living, and not showing empathy when they are driven to tears I believe has the potential to drive someone away from the Gospel.
"Duggar compared the United Statesâ€™ abortion practices today with the Nazi Germany Holocaust during World War II."
I would have to agree with Mr. Duggar; I see Western society as cultivating a climate of acceptance of abortion while rejecting the rights of the unborn. Having stated this, I also believe in extending mercy and comfort to women who have had an abortion. I know and believe the sacrifice on the cross and the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua is all sufficient for the forgiveness/cleansing of sin.
Lastly, I believe that we need to support women who are pregnant. We need to support Christian Pregnancy Crisis Centres. We need to provide for the needs of under-privileged women who are pregnant. We need to give to our local Food Banks, give baby clothes and baby food, we need to pray for women in need and be non-condemning just as Jesus/Yeshua was to the woman caught in the act of adultery.
â€śNow therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks â€“ for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation.â€ť Says George Washington of Thanksgiving.
'â€śIt has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, [...] to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens,â€ť he [Abraham Lincoln] wrote."
I admit, after reading the words of president's, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, President Obama's, words regarding Thanksgiving seem rather underwhelming. It is my hope that President Obama's private 'prayer closet,' is filled with fluid grace and thanksgiving towards God our Father and The Lord Jesus our Saviour. For, prayers of public display are of no effect, unless a man has his private time with God, his Maker, and Redeemer, with all humility, respect, and reverence.
Dopey wrote: "Happy Birthday" Jessica!! Jessica, it turns out that we are currently the same age of 38 years old. I always count my second birthday as my "Happy Birthday" because I get younger that way. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)
Thank you very much for the birthday wishes!
When I was a child, I was ill a lot and I used to hold one arm up while I was in bed, so Jesus could hold my hand.
I started listening to Christian radio while I was living common law, with my now husband at 17 years of age. Our son was a toddler at the time. We were married when I was 18, and against all odds we have been married over twenty years today! Wow!
I didn't get baptized till I was say, 23-24 years of age. It's been a long road and I still have a lot of growing to do, in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
I still don't even understand, when the exact point of being born again is!
Please feel free everyone to wish me a "Happy Birthday," on May 22nd!
Matthew 24:35-42 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
I was treated badly by doctors and a social worker, for not deciding to have an abortion at 15 years of age. I was treated badly by the nurses in the hospital, when I was in labour and during my hospital stay. I was even treated badly by the janitor at the hospital, for having a baby so young.
University studies have been done: Such as having plants and some being prayed for a some not. Double blind studies have been done on groups of patients. Where one group is prayed for and one group that is not. It's no secret that the group prayed for does better, than the group having not been prayed for. Even brain scans have been done on people praying, and a special part of the brain is shown as active. Countless people have had near death experiences and we have their testimonies. There are people who have testified, having gone to heaven and there are people who have testified having gone to hell. Someone saying there is no evidence for God, is like saying there is no evidence for wind. You don't see wind, but you see the effects it has in the world.
Mark 13:1-6 KJV And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
CJW wrote: "While the Roman Catholic Church has held up heroes, patrons, intercessors and spiritual companions for centuries, the path to sainthood is never easy or quick." - Article That is strange. My path to sainthood was both easy and quick. The moment I turned from my sins and put my trust only in Christ, Who alone paid for all of my sins, by faith alone I became a saint just like the Christians still living in Philippi... Philippians 1:1 "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to ALL THE SAINTS in Christ Jesus which ARE AT Philippi... Did Paul make a mistake and write a letter to dead people or did he write to Christians in the Philippian church?
Amen, excellent statement!
Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalm 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
I don't believe the next verse, means tending to the graves of those who have passed on.
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
May we all grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! ~Amen
"As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked"
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
The Lord Knows, man will rejoice when his enemies perish.
Proverbs 11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
Proverbs 11:10 NKJV When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
Proverbs 11:10 NASB When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
Yet, God is righteous and justice is served.
Romans 13:3-5 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
So as much as a person feels any choice within their spirit and flesh: Choose life, choose Christ. So much as a person feels a lack of choice within their spirit, within their flesh: They may trust God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
If we has so much as a notion of choice in our lives, it is God who has granted that authority. Such as Mary choosing to listen to Jesus' word, rather than serve. And, Pilate being given the authority to crucify our Saviour. Yet, God is the author and perfector of our faith.
"What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice."
Philippians 1:14-19 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Mike wrote: Jessica, I have a question. How would you apply R&R's statement of April 17 9:54 PM to this issue of abortion? "Are all these terrible tragedies outside of God's purpose and will? You are not getting the big picture. God is outside of all these little happenings. He blends the good and the bad into a grand tapestry to bring to pass His glory on earth."
I went and read the comment and my outlook is Luke 17:1: "Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!"
Romans 7:20-25 KJV Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 6:16 NKJV Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that oneâ€™s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
We are either servants of sin, or of righteousness.
Matthew 19:16-19 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Revivalandreformation wrote: Remember this verse, Jessica? James 2.10 "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." Be careful with that mentality. If you decide to follow one part of the Law you automatically place yourself under obligation to follow ALL the Law.
A person is still required under The New Covenant: Not to kill, steal, have other Gods, commit adultery etc. and yet we are still under grace. I do not seek to be made righteous by The Law, but by Christ's sacrifice for my sins. Thank you and God bless!