Andrea,Athens Greece wrote: Hooroo mate!! How are you doing Dave? John!!!! How are you? Missed you,many blessings!! The grace of our Lord on all
Good evening Andrea, missed you too. I'm fine, and still learning more and more about Jesus, and what we are and have in him. He is King of kings and Lord of lords, and he intercedes for every one of his people every day. Praises to him who has loved us and washed us from our sins in his precious blood, who has given to us eternal life and we shall never perish. He is worthy of being served all our days.
Rodney K. wrote: I believe there was an article here on SA a few months back about the spyware included with Windows 10. Anybody else remember that?
kjg wrote: Rodney, On SA site, July 12, 2013
Anyone else noticed how it is becoming increasingly difficult to live life in this world (in the west) without the internet?
When all the shops are gone, you have to do all online. A High Street without shops? Sure, it's not long to go. They are all going out of business for lack of trade (because the vast majority are all shopping online).
Buckeyes wrote: (TMC) "And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 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. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."~ Acts 4:18-20 I suppose if this "hireling" wished to be consistent he would wait until someone asked before airing his opinions. If he saw someone's temporal house on fire, would he wait till they asked for assistance, or does he consider buildings to be more important than souls? Amazing.
Amen to what you said. There is no coming to Christ without drawing, and there is no drawing without quickening and enlightenment and conviction of the Holy Ghost. And there is none of the above without electing. And there is no electing without predestinating. And there is no predestinating without a God who cares, who is willing to be gracious to undeserving sinners. Praise the Lord!
Geoff wrote: On a positive note, I sat next to a man on an airplane who was lost, but the Lord opened his heart to hear the truth of Scripture. Let's consider how we can stir our own hearts and those of others to preach the Gospel everywhere we go. I know I need that encouragement myself and have seen the Lord bless one-on-one preaching as well as open-air preaching. Preach the Word!
Amen to all the above.
Our labour and self-sacrifice will not go unrewarded, even though we do not seek a reward, for our labour for the Lord is a delight, placed in us by the Holy Spirit, along with a concern for lost sinners. This is one of the effects of the new birth.
Dave wrote: I'm sorry, to hound, I hope, well know, your not insinuating that I'm happy with any of the other filthy, pervert driven sin you've mentioned,or haven't mentioned either. I personally would be concerned if the other brothers and sisters weren't repulsed by the photo, I pray you are, and I pray for the man in the photo. :-)
If a man is going to make himself look devilish, he ought to be told instead of patted on the head. He sure looks devilish to me - needs some deliverance ministry, full of devils which he's attracted to himself by his devilish thinking and lifestyle. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. None are so far away that the grace of God cannot reach them, unless of course he has heard the good news of salvation and rejected it out of hand and incurred such displeasure of God that he has given him over to Satan. Thankfully, many on here can testify of the grace of God that Jesus Christ receives all who come to him in true repentance and longing for holiness of life, being set free from the hand of that wicked one, and washed in the blood of The Lamb.
Typical ecumenical nonsense; no understanding of what salvation is all about. The gospel is unique, it is the only way to be right with God through faith in the atoning death of Christ. Does Jesus rebuke unbelief? Sure he does.
Mark 16:14-18 KJV (14) Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
James Thomas wrote: 1. Are you saying the NT is the greater and the OT is the lesser? Not wanting put words into your mouth. 2. Yes I have. 3. It is worth pondering.....what are your thoughts?
1. To the Jews, certainly. They had the OT and misinterpreted it. The NT reveals all. 2. Me too. 3. My thoughts are this: a new born child of God is today born into a time when they are unlikely to grow fit and strong; they are unlikely to be all out for God because they have no mentor; they are either told that George Mueller was a historical figure to be admired but not emulated, or they are taught they can have everything they wish for - the best car, house, chopper, all with enough faith.
What is happening today? I think the church is leaving God out of the thinking and practice. It is back to the days when Jesus was outside the door knocking.
What I'm talking about James, is a faith that is not God's righteousness. How can it be, when it changes so much from generation to generation?
Justified by (through) faith = Righteousness by (through) faith in Jesus Christ
This never changes at all, ever. And we all have the same, identical, righteousness.
Romans 6:1-6 KJV (1) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Romans 6:13-15 KJV (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Hebrews 3:13 KJV (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
I appreciate a daily dose of exhortation, to pray more, avoid temptations, listen to the right things, avoid worldly thinking, worldly viewing, to let the word of Christ dwell in me richly, to put on the whole armour of God, to enjoy communion with Christ, live only for him, to reject the devil and all his host and fight against them, to take the glorious gospel of Christ out to the world, doing the Father's will, preparing for the second advent, blessing the church, praising God for his grace, singing and making melody in the heart, engaging in any necessary repentance, exercising more faith in the Lord, being available to the Lord so that he can use his spiritual gifts, sacrificing self so that others might be blessed. There's no shortage of biblical exhortations, so please bring them on and let's have revival, instead of lethargy and lukewarmness.
Ah, but sin is deceitful, and the heart is deceitful. Fasting and prayer may be required. Let not one sin have its foothold, but do a thorough work of it. Yes Lord, I will.
James Thomas wrote: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. - Romans 1:16 That is the power. His truth is throughout His Word...... We can learn more about the NT by referencing the OT.
Bro James, we are agreed on this power of God in them that believe unto salvation. Another text would be:
1 Corinthians 1:17-18 KJV (17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
The preaching of the cross itself does not have the power, or some would not regard it as foolishness.
To read the OT in light of the NT is a good plan. But to read the NT and grasp it from the OT is like making the lesser more and the greater less.
But regarding [faith (righteousness)] I wonder if you have thought of the answer to this question.
Why is it that there is so little faith in them that believe?
James Thomas wrote: Understand that most of what I post to you would not be what I would present to one who is lost in the means of Scripture. You and I know a bit more of the lingo as we have read the bible and they probably have not. The questions people ask are quite a variety so being able to demonstrate where God answers their question in Scripture as opposed to me giving an answer has more power. I can then say that they have heard from God from His Word concerning their question.
Thank you James my bro. You have restored my faith in you, one who I imagined would never sink to the level of apologetics, in order to convince men of the truth, showing them from scripture the proofs needed to answer their questions, so that they might believe (having been persuaded) and put their trust firstly in God's word and then in God himself through Jesus Christ, who lived and died for them and rose again.
James Thomas wrote: faith and love. Faith is the means to fulfill the Zion covenant (love God, Deut 6:5) and love (the brethren, Lev 19:18) is the means to fulfill the Sinai covenant and both are IN Christ crucified just as Paul wrote...... they are His righteousness imputed to us by promise (Ezek 36:26, Joel 2:28) Sorry so late Bro.
Dave wrote: Funny pants , and girly wig, Need I remind you both of your footware and hilarious clothing from your countries during 16 and 1700s. Note. Akubra hat, a pair of stubbies shorts, blue singlet and A pair of thongs , on my feet, and A driza a bone oil skin overcoat, that's fashion lads.
I know Dave it's so embarrassing those historical artyfacts. However, I still think it's not wise to talk about wearing thongs on your feet, lest certain gentlemen who are well famed for wearing white technician jackets and carrying syringes full of largactil should start to get an interest.
Dave wrote: I wonder John , if being a peanut, he thinks coming out of his shell, is akin to bring born again? Unless of course, a Roman catholic priest watered the said peanut when he was growing, and that may explain him thinking he is baptised.
I've never heard the term "peanut baptism" before, Dave. But it seems to fit all the facts. Whatever, notwithstanding, he must needs be born again, then he will love everybody because he will be filled with the Spirit of Christ.