Thanks to all for praying. Disaster avoided. Good things can be accomplished by bearing one another's burdens. A human being can only take so much, the mind is a very delicate organ. Even temporary support can make a difference. Work still to be done, but at least one dilemma resolved. Praise the Lord for the love he imparts to his people to make them loving, kind, and gracious. To transport doctrine into practical outworking is a most marvellous thing, bearing fruit in the will of God. Thanks again for prayers, as I have been at peace in the situation all day.
Eibret wrote: "As faith leaders and Nebraskans, we believe in loving our neighbors" How is willingly leading them into more sin loving your neighbour?? Loving your neighbour is telling them about how the blood of Christ was shed for sinners like them and like us.
John Yurich USA wrote: I agree 100 percent that the blood of Jesus was shed for sinners to save sinners from Hell.
It's always nice to see posts about the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blood that speaketh.
Dorcas wrote: John UK, I am most willing to add this sister to my prayer list, would it be possible to have her name or initials? Perhaps it would encourage her to know that her brothers and sisters in Christ from across the pond and beyond are concerned and praying.
Dorcas, I do thank you for being willing to pray for her. I will tell you her middle name is Liz, so if you pray, the Lord will know who you mean straightway. And please do pray for me also, that the Lord gives me wisdom beyond my means, and needed strength, as I am not in the best of health myself.
If anyone else would care to pray for a successful outcome tomorrow, and that the Lord would do graciously in his maidservant's heart, and wipe away her tears, do please do so. Thanks in advance, as I know many on here are filled with love of the Holy Ghost and are true friends in Jesus.
Those that are well are in desperate need of seeing in action the exhortation (command) of the Lord Jesus Christ to "love one another" and "bear ye one another's burdens" and so fulfil the law of Christ. How much more so, those who are sick, in pain, depressed, in agony, feeling hopeless, suffered a sudden shock, fearful of the future, feeling helpless, tearful?
Roendar wrote: John. If this then is your convincing argument for accurate Biblical doctrine then you had better repent and return to Frenchy's doctrine and throw out your old hyper-Wesleyan free-willy stuff.
Ah, you are sadly mistaken, as I did not write that.
Frank wrote: How could this fellow preach Christ excellently if he believed the pope was Christ on earth and if he didn't believe in the doctrines of grace? How anyone could say something positive about him if he believed that his salvation was inextricably intertwined with the RCC and their sacramental works based salvation and not in Christ alone is really interesting. I would say these learned men were wrong, at least on the surface.
He's an interesting character, this Bernard. He must be well respected in the hymn singing community, as one or two of his hymns can be found in Reformed hymnbooks. If the words of his hymns truly express his beliefs and experience of Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be surprised if he has been in heaven since the 12th century.
There are at least two of his hymns in the Sermon Audio hymnal.
MS, Bible Gateway is promoting the study of church history, and send out e-mails with extracts from the book once a week. It is most interesting.
Bible Gateway snippet on church history, received today by e-mail:
Bernard of Clairvaux
Quote: "While I am in this life, this more sublime philosophy will be mine â€” to know Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."
The most celebrated of the Cistercians monks and the leading reformer of the twelfth century, Bernard (1090 - 1153) was more than a monastic leader. He was a theologian, a papal confidant, a Crusader, and a hymn writer. Indeed, he was one of the few medieval Roman Catholics widely heralded by the Reformers. John Calvin regarded him as the premier proclaimer of truth in the centuries between Gregory the Great and the Reformation, and Martin Luther found him to be "superior to all the doctors in his sermons, even to Augustine himself, because he preaches Christ most excellently."
Jessica, just to say that it grieves me that one ignorant person can do so much damage with a few ill conceived words and useless advice. But you have supportive friends here who know that it is not advice you need so much as prayer and loving support from the wider Christian community.
Biggles Throgmorton wrote: I thought they were the ones running the country at the moment, John?
Ha! You're not wrong there.
But then there's also UKIP, who I think will secure some more MP positions in this election.
You know what it's like, though. People will get fed up of the Tories and vote Labour back in, maybe with yet another coalition. And then in four years they will get fed up the Labour and vote the Tories in again.
In our democracy, it seems to be always choosing between the lesser of two evils.
Biggles Throgmorton wrote: "There's nobody who can run a country. They all lie to us," said Victor Loach, a fishmonger selling his wares in the cobbled central square of Atherstone" In the last few decades Westminster has demonstrated that it couldn't run a bus queue - never mind a nation. # Conservatives do not understand what the term conservative really means. # Socialists are communists in disguise and you cannot trust them. (Stalinesque) # Liberal Democrats are so morally defective that they don't know what planet they are on. # Scottish Nationalists are not fighting for independence they are trying to move Scotland to Brussels (EU).
You never mentioned the Monster Raving Loony Party.
tb wrote: Amen John UK. And He gives the needed grace to those who obey His command to abide in Him. Without Him we can do nothing, but if one with the Spirit finds he can do nothing, it's probably because he is disobeying the command to ABIDE. Those who CONTINUE and ABIDE in Him know Him; they are known by Him; and they receive and walk in the grace He gives. Be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect. Good verses John, thanks for sharing.
The following verses can be a source of discouragement, except we get the drift.
1 John 3:9-10 KJV (9) Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (10) In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Take the expression "cannot sin". It means what? That a child of God does never sin ever again?
No, I don't think it is saying that. Or there would never be any need for Fatherly chastisement. Hebrews 12
It could refer to habitually sinning, which a true Christian does not. Or the fact that being under new ownership, God does not permit his children to sin without his displeasure.
It is a good thing to be set free by the Lord Jesus Christ and given all needed resources to live godly in him, serving and worshipping him, loving him, obeying him, and looking forward to being with him forever.
2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Romans 8:9 KJV (9) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:30 KJV (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:33 KJV (33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
I'm no expert on this, but it seems to me that it is a heart problem. Dealing with symptoms is a bit like taking a pill for depression. It never gets to the actual problem.
Christianity deals with the heart, it renews it, recreates it. And we are thus exhorted to live in the light of that. "Reckon ye yourselves dead indeed unto sin."
We still have the flesh, and there is a big war going on between the flesh and the spirit. But if we live in the spirit we shall not fulfil the desires of the flesh.
When the psalmist fell into gross sin, he knew that it was his heart problem, rather than simple disobedience. He could have turned his eyes away, but that in itself does not prevent the heart from sinning. And thus he asks the Lord to do something which he himself could not do:
Psalms 51:10 KJV (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
It's a good prayer.
Anything else will be a failing sort of legalism, trying to accomplish the impossible. Hence the words of Jesus, "Without me ye can do nothing."
Elmer, you don't half post some tripe. I point out that the KJV has a poor translation in one instance, and all on a sudden I've got an error-filled Bible.
Do you ever listen to good preaching? Say, someone like Dr Peter Masters? He preaches from the word of God, and always seeks to bring out the meaning, utilising the original greek language if necessary.
Now stop being silly, and get a hold of the "Translators To The Reader" online document, and discover for yourself just what the KJV translators said about their new version of the Holy Bible. Take off your rose-tinted specs, and begin to live in the real world.
And if you remember, I referred to the KJV as having one or two "blemishes", not errors.
Officer Elmer wrote: I guess I do not have a Bible without errors. And since you folks don't either, then stop quoting from your error-filled Bibles like they are truth.