Perhaps before calling the article stupid one should understand that the point is not the sub 1% fatality rate of those surveyed but the statistical relevance of the twice-as-high death rate of those who consume too much TV. While drawing an immediate causal link between TV viewing and mortality rates may not be warranted (probably a sedentary lifestyle is more causally relevant) the double mortality rate is indeed significant. It's easy to judge something as "stupid" when we don't understand it...
God desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Why will you die? -- turn ye and live! God commands all people everywhere to repent. Christ died for the sins of the whole world.
This is all Bible. Gnostics- Augustinians- Calvinists should drop their "God hates those sinners" attitude and remember that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
As many as received him to them gave he the power to become children of God.
Michael Hranek wrote: RK B Dear Friend I want to weep when I read your post of this verse BECAUSE it is written: 1 Cor 1:18- For the message of the CROSS is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
That's beautiful brother.
It's all about the CROSS of our King. Precious Jesus. He picked us up out of the mire of sin and washed us with His own precious blood. What a Saviour!
My God is BIG ENOUGH to get His will DONE *DESPITE* His gift of FREE WILL to man.
My God is BIG ENOUGH to both be SOVEREIGN *AND* to give me a FREE WILL.
He CHOSE to save me; I CHOOSE to follow.
I'm His CHOSEN work... and I CHOOSE to continue to WORK OUT what He WORKS IN.
Maybe Calvinists weren't created in HIS IMAGE? Is that why they don't have a FREE WILL?
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men...For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Barry from KY -- "I would love to hear the opinions of my brothers and sisters here on SA."
My opinion, for what it's worth, is that you should keep sharing the Gospel & praying for him. Of course, I'm only a 0.5 point Calvinist, so you may want to disregard my advice.
The main problem with this sort of thing has nothing to do with shaking the faith of those who know Jesus. Those who know him will not be convinced by anyone that he doesn't exist, regardless of their credentials on lack thereof.
The problem is that this kind of psuedo scholarship gives another "reason" for mockers and scoffers to remain in their self-delusion.
Christopher000 wro+e: I was Charismatic for a while and am really apprehensive to step out to do anything now...
I've had witnessing situations too that did not turn out as planned and left me wondering... for me it was a matter of coming to terms with not caring what folks would think of me as much as caring that they needed to hear the Gospel. Over time the Lord helped my confidence in him to grow more so I generally don't care anymore about looking like a fool for Christ. Let me encourage you brother to just ask him for opportunities and then rest in what he provides. Think of it this way -- he's given us the privilege of representing him! we have nothing to offer and we're just dust & ashes and he still let's us be a part of his glorious work. And every good thing we have is a gift from him. What an amazing saviour! I'll pray for you Christopher. God bless.
"I would love, love, love to be able to do things like this."
Christopher000 -- We can do all things through Christ who dwells in us. Commit it to the Lord, ask for pure motives, then step-out in faith with the goal of honouring Jesus and seeing souls snatched from destruction.
"Anyway, boy, did this thread blow up. TB, I was impressed with your posts back to Lurker...all of the verses, that is. Man, I wish I could do that when asked a question...ha-ha"
My secret is a decent KJV app with search and copy/paste on my phone. Punch in "labour" and voila, zillions of good verses. God bless.
Just a few examples of the normative standard of "labour" we should expect as we enter into the divine labours. If you want more just search "work" or "trials" or "tribulation" or "suffering" or "persecution" etc. Should be abundantly clear that you were not called to join a country club but rather to strivings.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Revelation 2:2-3 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.