Carl. You have gotten sound advice (and I also agree with SteveR) Also remember this... we can read the bible cover to cover several times and never know the Lord. It must be in tandem with a seeking of his face in deep prayer. In doing so, you won't go through the word of God, the word of God will go through you brother.
Carl... I think Peter gave a great sermon on this topic... 1 Peter 1 : 3(esv) Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded THROUGH FAITH for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, THOUGH NOW FOR A LITTLE WHILE, IF NECESSARY, YOU HAVE BEEN GRIEVED BY VARIOUS TRIALS, SO THAT THE TESTED GENUINENESS OF YOUR FAITH-MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD THAT PERISHES THOUGH IT IS TESTED BY FIRE-MAY BE FOUND TO RESULT IN PRAISE AND GLORY AND HONOR AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
Dave, you seem fired up a bit. What Jessica is highlighting, of which I agree, is that preaching the gospel of Christ is one thing. Taunting another religion, even though it is false, is quite another thing entirely. As my earlier post alluded to.
Good morning John. Flibble dribble? Didn't celebrate that one. Easter? Didn't celebrate that one either. It's kind of like the story you told about (paraphrasing) helping an older lady across the street. and an opportunity came up to witness to her. Everything was going Ok until you told her that the pope is the antichrist. At which the woman, who was listening to you, then got up and walked away. Correct me please if I didnâ€™t get the story right. But the story was about a word in season.
I just had a non believing coworker say to me "happy Easter". He knows I'm a believer. Now, do I make lemonade with no sugar and put a sour taste in his mouth by rebuking him for not knowing any better? He was reaching out to be kind to me by telling me that. But am I condemned by some for saying "same to you"? That's what this is about. A word in season. It is my life in Christ daily that ministers to him. On the other hand, if a brother in Christ says to me "happy Easter", do I rebuke him? Do I defile his conscience at that moment? If he loves the Lord, and we are brothers, I will wait for a better time, as to not defile his conscience. I know what the word easter is about. I know the foolishness and evil that the egg and bunny stand for. I won't win a nonbeliever to the Lord by coming off as smarter or better than him. And I won't help enlighten a brother by seeming to be more informed than him. It must be gentle and in season. That is all.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Romans 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all wwho are descended from Israel belong to Israel.
Romans 10:3-4 for being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.