pennelope wrote: you can think what you want of him, but to clear things up... 1- he has spoken against the wores for 25 yrs, I'd be glad to post clips..... he is NOT the woremongerer in the crowd. 2- tv station inserted a bad word into his video today that he did not say.... 3- nations have the right to defend their lives from invaders and leaders are bound to do so.
1. We'll see how true that is when he becomes president. 2. I'm only going by what he said after the caucus and shown on the news here. He can't seem to open his mouth without some vile thing coming out of it. 3. Yes of course. It's just a shame that some countries can hardly defend themselves against the US invaders. Haven't you yourself argued about that?
Dave wrote: You'll be cranky if you don't get some sleep oldmate.
Ah, it won't make much difference mate.
GS Montana (phew, takes some getting used to) thanks for that precious text. You know that used to be one of my favourite verses in the Bible and it related to me perfectly, because of God's grace in my heart and soul. But attendance at several different churches somehow knocked it out of me to a degree. I think it does not take very much to change a church for the worse. Just let a little bit of the world in. Then a bit more. Then just never preach on 1 John 2:15, then have worldly music, then have worldly worship, then have jokes instead of Bible exposition, then join the ECT abomination, then have a big screen in the sanctuary and show all the major sporting events, then change the demands of the gospel, then do away with the gospel, then change the name of the church to Ichabodd Baptist Church, then be listed in God's Book as fully apostate and destined for the eternal flames.
Ah, it takes a lot of fighting to stay focussed on God's word and not listen to those enemies who want to drag us down to hades with them.
Shane, your Proverbs 24:30-34 is a great reminder and wake-up call as to how easy it is to let our soul get overgrown with weeds; just a little slumber, a folding of the hands, oh so easy.
Rodney, your Charles Wesley hymn extract is a good example of the Christian's desire when he/she is walking with the Lord in full communion with him. Too often we forget to do the better thing in favour of zealous works which, if we continue in without maintaining fellowship with the Lord, will turn out to be dead works.
Dave, sadly I do not have an open coal fire, so your excellent advice to stick some rocks in there does not work with an electric fire. But thanks for your concern. I don't know how I managed to get my feet warmed up again, they were swollen and gone a dark purple. I think next UK winter I'll have to come and stay with you at the Oz Christian Community Fellowship.
Lurker wrote: 1) Glad to hear you're OK. Sounds like you had a Samuel moment..... answer "Here am I." 2) Me too...... Haggi. As for me, I'm about ready to turn in. Goodnight and may God bless all His children.
Thanks bro. And sure enough, may our precious Lord and Saviour bless all his people with big blessing.
Dave wrote: One thing my brother actually 2. Thankyou. And God's blessing and mercy are endless for us brethren. So Lord bless mate. :-)
One thing my bro, actually two.
Thank you brother, and also the Lord bless you so much that you leap for joy. Oh, but you've already got that, me ol' mate.
GSMontana wrote: sc writes: I do feel bad for the women and children that are stuck with men who watch junk. I use to vex my wife with worldly TV and videogames. Caused her a lot of stress and frustration in fact. Thankfully the Lord led me away from such things. Psalms 101:3 "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes..."
Thanks for sharing that, Bro GS. Really blessed me.
Lurker wrote: Oh dear, John! You're either up very late or very early. Everything alright?
Good morning bro, it's 0315 here, and I am wide awake.
No sooner did my head hit the pillow, then the Lord started feeding me with something to say at the Lord's Day Breaking of Bread meeting. Went on for two hours or more, as he wanted to make sure I got it. And the temperature is close to freezing, and my tootsies are like ice, so I decided to get up and have a hot coffee and continue the discussion. Maybe I'll stay up now.
I did an experiment earlier on. There was a football match on TV, an FA cup replay between a lower league side and a premiership side. I watched it for interest sake. It took 90 minutes, and because the sides were still equal they had to play another 30 mins. They were still equal, so they had to decide the match on a penalty shootout. I concluded that I would have been spiritually better off if I had done something more constructive. __________
G'day Dave, I'm glad to see someone blessing SC and Sister B, both of whom stand up for God and righteousness, and because of whom I am currently disappointed with myself and seeking revival of heart, that I might seek the Lord and gain his ultimate blessing, the powerful anointing and life-changing power of the Holy Ghost, filling me to overflowing, such an overflowing that I might like Jesus declare and be true to the words, "Zeal for thine house hath eaten me up."
I have no desire whatever to be a lethargic Christian, of no use to the assembly; rather a revivalist like John Baptist.
I may even be changing my position from Moderationist to Abstentionist. Maybe that big debate is bearing fruit, as although I am an abstainer and have a hatred for all things alcohol, I put forth a Moderationist position, as I believed that was the biblical stance on the matter.
Anyway, God bless YOU Dave, or you'll be so running out of blessings for others, you'll be running on empty, mate. And we can't have that, can we?
Unprofitable Servant wrote: John UK, my apologies that I offended you with my reply. I am not trying to be "flippant" about our Lord's invitation. Not sure where you are coming from, are you saying that those who use leisure time, preach the Word, or study to be students of the Word have no desire for heaven or things above? You might look at Mark 6:31, I Corinthians 9:16 and II Timothy 2:15.
US, thank you, I was not offended but shocked. It just came across as very flippant, but if you say otherwise I will accept that.
I'll address your question along with Lurker's statement if I may.
If you look back at my post, you will find I described the passage of scripture as a heart check, to see where our priorities lay. Thusly, if folks checked out their heart and found it not wanting (as Bro Lurker said of his heart), then that is fine and good. I think we ought to check out our own hearts regularly, to see if we are still in the narrow way which leads to life, or if we have backslidden and ended up in Doubting Castle with Giant Despair at our throats.
Now being less than the least of all the saints, I am more likely to fail the test than anyone here, so perhaps I wrote it just for me. But I have much more to say.
Luke 14:21-24 KJV (21) So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. (22) And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. (23) And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (24) For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
B. McCausland wrote: The Bible mentions divers mundane topics, yet the actual intent of its writings is to point man towards the knowledge of God. For instance, it contains Geography, History, Poetry or Literature, yet its purpose is not to be a manual for any of those particular sciences, but through such fields of 'tangible' knowledge to endorse spiritual understanding. Because of this, any illustration having to do with sports, commerce, agriculture or war, as we find in the parables or in the epistles for instance, have no further intention than to illustrate spiritual truth. They serve to convey concepts; yet the detail they come enthralled in, should not be taken as a pattern to justify a practice, fashion or line of action. Course of action comes governed by the direct teaching from the Word in the form of precepts, commandments or statues, or by the wisdom derived from God's character easily spotted while reading the narratives. Together, they give way to the solidification of Christian principles and ethical values that form the core of a believer's daily practice.
Unprofitable Servant, there is still time for you to delete your post. I'm astonished that you can be so flippant about the Lord's invitation to heaven. And if you delete your post, I'll delete this post. Brother, I'm just so astonished, or did someone steal your moniker too?
Luke 14:16-20 KJV (16) Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: (17) And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. (18) And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. (19) And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. (20) And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
I cannot come, the Superbowl is just about to start.
I cannot come, I'm preaching tonight.
I cannot come, I'm finishing my theology thesis.
I cannot come, whatever.
Is my heart's desire in heaven? Or is it on the earth?
Ladybug wrote: May God cause us all to examine our OWN hearts, may we have compassion and mercy towards one another, and show love by being there for one another, and serving one another. This is pleasing in our God's sight
Excellent post ladybug.
The family of God ought to go forwards together, all are going to the same place, all are redeemed by the precious blood of the Saviour, all need to examine ourselves, all need the ongoing work of the Spirit in our sanctification, all are needy, and none are perfect. I read recently of a godly prophet (OT) who included himself when describing the ills of Jewish society and God's judgment upon it. Most humbling and very instructive.
Rodney K. wrote: Bro. Lurker was responding to a pretty vile post which was removed by SA. I guess they removed Lurker's post because it contained a quote from the original post. Lurker said nothing amiss.
Aha, that explains it, Rodney. Thank you. I didn't think the old fella would have posted anything worthy of expulsion.
G'day Geff. Sorry for the intensive quizzing. It becomes necessary, as from time to time we have cultists appear on the forum whom nobody knows, and they keep quiet about their true beliefs for a long while, before gently introducing heresies. I'm right glad to see that you hold to justification by faith alone in Christ alone, and that justification issues forth in a changed life with new values and principles, yes, a new creature.
Dave wrote: If it wasn't real it'd be a joke. Mankind is trying to rid the world of all things Christian. The prince of darkness is writhing in terror of that which is to come, and he only wants to take yes many with him as possible.
G'day Dave (see, I'm getting the hang of it now)
The world as we know it is marked down for total destruction by fire, a far bigger fire than consumed Sodom and Gomorra and the cities of the plain. God's fire will be bigger than a nuclear holocaust, even if every nuclear weapon was to be set off at the same time. The whole earth to its very core will be turned to ashes by the consuming fire known as JEHOVAH.