its social control, not true community. people censor their real lives and fcbk censors certain views (remember him meeting with Merkel and going after any against islmc invasion?) at best its a convenient tool. tell someone you love them today by instead of writing about yourself and the bird on the ledge outside the window or the rude driver on the road, rather call them, go see them, send them a letter and tell them they matter to you.
Great Sermon! Responding to Lisa: I to will be praying you. God is so faithful. He will not fail, seek him with all you have and He will meet you. His promises are true if we tie into them and ask Him to perform His promise to us.
and yes, missionaries are being brought back. churches have less funds, people are out of work. and massive immigration taking any jobs left. don't expect gen x and millennials to float huge budgets, they can't! AND China merging in Asia countries making costs skyrocket, money doesn't go as far. and you aren't going to hear this from the "tither" pastors who think someone on fixed income with increasing monthly costs has any money left at end of month -- we used to see them as "the poor and needy" not as $ receptacles.
John UK, the good news is that where 2,3 are gathered in HIs name He is there. So let's pray for God to bring together the brethren, it does not have to be in an incorpated church, it can be a few people getting together to worship and read the scriptures and pray for one another. Additionally, one can share the gospel with others, pass out bibles, and anyone interested discipled, well, there's the church. However, let the scriptures confine who we fellowship with, not necessarily the teachings of men, even those who claim to be "more conservative" than the rest (stoicism in the flesh is no replacement for the work of the Holy Spirit!).... have you ever seen or met someone and knew they belonged to Christ even before they said a word?
wonder what this might sound like, if many made this into a psalm and sung it for the masses to hear.....
comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our GOd. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 40
yes, Christians should have been active in all areas of public life, and it was their responsibility. however we had neopietists who insisted that their men stay on the side line and silence themselves (the 501c3 mantra, the easy believism mantra) as not to offend. how "offensive" to have a Christian mayor that fires corrupt police officers and cleans up prostitute corners and encourages legit businesses! no, we'd rather be ruled by tyranny that to speak with the wisdom that only Christ gives? (what the world desperately needs in their confusion)
so our "holy" men protected within the churches spent their time silencing and controlling men of God out in the real world, and as a result, we never actually needed the tyrants to hibernate the Christians church, we did it to each other.
may God continue to raise up a sanctified people prepared for the spiritual battle for the souls of men.
Norm Hager wrote: I have always found it hard to understand how the ACLU can support a perceived right of a few while trampeling on the rights of thousands and call themselves protecters of civil rights.
I'm thinking this was a rhetorical question but thought I would add this...
is there a religion behind the aclu that is explicitly antichrist?
and are we seeing the Ephesians teaching on the spiritual battle (in a nation that teaches rationalism?) -- that this is an issue of spiritual principlaties and powers that we have given power to through our institutions rather than seeing spiritual realities through the eyes of scripture (ie the idols professionalized themselves, if it was called molech and they sacrificed babies in the high place in the city in the open maybe we'd recognize it better?)
I'm perfectly fine with the day of atonement being on the "wrong day", it was set on the calendar months after early churches celebration of Christ's resurrection.
that's perfectly alright with me.
the idea of the standardized calendar is that the main points of the faith and biblical history are taught throughout the year.
I tend to go to follow teaching verse by verse and that is helpful as well for learning how to read the Word.
A shared experience is a blessing. where 2 or 3 are gathered in My Name, I am there, Christ says.
I'm personally sad to see the nativity scenes go. They represent an event in history that changed the world forever and was planned from the beginning. Emmanuel, God with us.
This is good for children to see. Instead now they are singing commnst style songs, the old words are being changed for the self to be lost in the greater good, and just the fact that Christians believe that this Christ child came is lost.
So these generations will be like the soviet children, "what is GOd? I've never heard of this."
if one hears the gospel as was given by the Apostles and does not have the prick of heart, as we are describing conviction right now, then they can pray and ask God to open their eyes. Keep coming back to the Father and ask Him to give you the faith to believe, knowing that Christ is sure and true, and atoned for the sins of those who believe. Ask Him and trust His work, trust in His Righteousness. Repent from going your own way and ask Him to lead you and to forgive you of your sins. I have no idea what order that has to happen, just go to Him and ask, and talk to Him, He is not the enemy of the forgiven, we do not hide from Him like Adam and Eve did in the garden but rather go to Him freely.