BRF wrote: Sorry Mike but you have bought into one of the myths around Christ's incarnation. While we agree the account in Matthew 2 and Luke 2 are different visits the word inn found in Luke 2 is also the same word translated upper room in Luke 22:11 but not the same he used in the parable of the good Samaritan 10:25-37. The upper room in Jewish homes being a guest room. It was the upper room or guest room that was full and so Christ's family were taken into the family home, . Also in the family area people kept their most valuable possessions namely animals with them and so the manger was not out of place in a house.
Not sure where BRF is coming from, the word is translated manger 3x in Luke 2 and the only other time it is in Scripture is when our Lord rebuke the pharisees for their hypocrisy about keeping the sabbath, and He said, "Thou hypocrite, doth not wach one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall and lead him away to watering" (Luke 13:15) The stall was where the animals were kept, not an upper room in a house. There was no room in the inn, which is the word translated guestchamber, so they were not put there. Even in modern greek it is shown as a feeding place for animals.
Many thanks for the kind wishes from Lurker, Christopher, pennned, and ladybug. My daughter-in-law had had two miscarriages prior to the birth of our precious granddaughter, so every milestone during the pregnancy and the birth was not only exciting but a blessing from God as He graciously answered the prayers of His saints in regard to the matter.
Psalm 113:9 He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.
I can list more than a dozen verses in which Paul speaks of sports in a positive light. (I know, he wasn't as spiritual as you) So, your analogy that a sporting event is a pagan festival is inaccurate.
I reached the conclusion I posted by quoting your words. Are you saying you didn't praise the atheist and disdain the chaplains? You better get the moderator to remove your 8/22/15 11:00 a.m. post because it says you did.
Your disdain for cheerleaders is well known. You have never expressed a desire to see them saved and delivered. So your statement to care about them rings hollow. Your assumption that men only go to sporting events to see them shows your disdain for men and your pride that you think you know all things.
The article is about an ungodly group (who you praise) trying to remove those who are ministering the gospel to the players, which you would know if you had bothered to read it. You want them silenced. That is not slander it is what you said.
Thank God, someone cared enough for you to share the gospel. They didn't condemn you for the way you were dressed or the habits you had, they simply showed the love of God to a person who needed Christ.
Communism is not philanthropic. Philanthropy flows from capitalistic countries, people in communism live in poverty.
The Bible speaks neither of communism or capitalism, they are terms that help us communicate to each other even though it is obvious they are not fully understood.
Our time here is but a pilgrimage. We take what God graciously provides and bless His name. People in this country and others are blessed, in relative terms, with wealth and while we are thankful for it, we don't put our trust or confidence in temporal things. Some brethren live in areas of poverty and want. I would think the allure of the world which besets us would have much less attraction to them.
The apostle Paul said it this way, "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:12,13
Our goal should be
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Hebrews 13:5,6
can't speak to all experiences, the guy was invited to view the funeral for an article he was writing so it would have been part of his research.
I can see this as a good thing. Sometimes people cannot make it to a funeral of a loved one or relative and this would give them access to the service. When my son's sister-in-law died of cancer her mom and adoptive dad could not go to the funeral because she was in the hospital due to breaking her hip the day before the funeral. A live stream of the funeral would have meant a lot to them. We already are accustom to watching funerals of famous people on television so I don't think this is necessarily about desensitizing us to death or devaluing people. You don't attend funerals to exploit people. (unless you attend Westboro Baptist) Will some abuse it, sure, but that doesn't mean it can't be a valuable tool to help those whose loved one or relative have died and gives them an opportunity to be "at" the funeral they would have otherwise have missed.
Dolores wrote: Well, I have a prayer request..that gives me assurance that His hand will be on him.
Will pray that God in His grace will grant him wisdom and safety. That That he will follow the counsel of Solomon and when sinners entice him he would not consent. Also, that He would calm your understandable concerns in this matter and give your grace to trust the God in whose hand are all our ways. God bless.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Bible also reminds us you cannot serve two masters. Why would I want to be part of a church that persecuted, tortured and condemned those who were the true followers of Christ?