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  2. Thanks for the verses. I want to see, from the eyes of someone who does not know, what verse or quote tells them of salvation, and what is necessary to obtain it...
  3. Nicotine has been recognized as the most powerful addiction, save NONE. Addicts in the US, Heroin-426,000-Cocaine-821,000-pain killers-1.8 million-Marijuana,4.2 mil-Alcohl-18 mil, Tobacco---------------over 40, 000, 000. (1.3 billion world wide) It creates/grows within your brain additional receptors for maximum shackles of absorption/dependency. Considering the patch, shots, pills, gum-losenge-inhaler-nasal spray-E cigarettes, etc, etc, They all continue the absorption of nicotine, just a different (very cash lucrative) delivery method. They keep you addicted to nicotine, and NOTHING has changed. "As long as any nicotine (from any source) remains in the bloodstream the body will keep craving its full complement. Once the smoker quits, their nicotine level will drop to zero within three days, and they will have moved beyond peak withdrawal. Within 2 to 3 weeks, all symptoms of *physical* withdrawal will cease" Then it's mental. Just you and God. "Online quitting resources are increasingly important to tobacco users. In 2017, more than one-third of all smokers looked online for information about quitting smoking, a proportion that has more than doubled over the past 12 years. This translates to 12.4 million smokers who turned to the internet for help quitting in 2017. Evidence shows that online quit-smoking programs help smokers succeed" Smoked fifty one years. (with my coffee) Tried every method available back then to quit, save hypnoses. Serious praying (son) and laying on hands. Victory. In Christ alone, we can do all things. Cold turkey. seven years, smoke free. (To God be the glory) (and some say there are no miracles today : ) I drink tea and coffee. At church this morning, there were at least six lg coffee urns full of coffee for consumption. Often run out. Baptist! My wife drinks probably no less than eight or more cups of coffee every single day. Genetic, like her mom. Several days a week she goes to my son's gym and works out lifting weights, running, muscle building, etc. She runs her own business and inventory of goods to sell via internet, and does all receiving and shipping. A great cook, (I'm blessed) using little or no sugar, no GMO's, preservatives, salts etc. (and still tastes great!) But. She needs her coffee.... She turns seventy this year. (look up on internet, health benefits of coffee)
  4. All assurance should stand living daily close to God. If you truly live close to God and commune with Him daily, sincerely partake of the Lords super(which you can do alone at home any time) and walking daily close to Him and His word, there will be no falling away as God will ALSO be working close to you. John 10:10 =he is our Good shepherd. He is the one doing the sanctification in us but we need to be willing participants. And if we make a mistake , he will bring it to our attention, that we confess our sins to God and ask for forgiveness. 1 Johnch1 1 John 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
  5. Yes. But the call to faith for healing and provision was backed up by centuries of evidence. Check the wanderings of the Exodus for proof. But I'm not sure you're making sense. Likening a personal conviction such as faith where people are at all levels of faith in things like healing, or meat sacrificed to idols, etc., is not equivalent to the fulfillment of prophecy. Again, that has no bearing on the plan of God nor the fulfillment of the words of the prophecy. However the prophetic utterance comes to pass specifically according to the words spoken there will be no alteration because a person or group either believed or did not believe a particular nuance. One needs special revelation to know the outline of Revelation? Or to know there is an outline or order? There are three groups of 7 and all three sets are opened in order. One only needs to read with the barest comprehension to see this, no special revelation required. Yeah...no.
  6. Hebrews 12:1-17 12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
  7. Hi @frienduff thaylorde @turtletwo @mlbrokish @Jubilea @Jostler Izzy had a lovely time. She enjoyed the beach. She's not yet used to going in the water, so she sat on the beach with Graham whilst I did my impression of a fish in the sea. Ahhh.... memories of lovely sunshine and sitting outside. Meanwhile, back in Strathtongue, (where we currently live), we haven't yet seen the sun since we've got back. And we got back Friday! Our best Home is yet to come! We will all be there, with Jesus. And we'll all get to meet each other as well! God bless.
  8. I'm not asking about content. I'm pointing out that you are adamant about a moment where you say there is non-existence. That cannot be proven. I once told an atheist, "Proving a negative is notoriously difficult." The arguments he was using melted away. But I was wrong about what I said, proving a negative is impossible. No one can prove something doesn't exist as there is no evidence for nonexistence. You however are not deflected in the slightest, merrily skipping along the road of self indulgent conviction, in the fantasy of evidence of nonexistence. You say the text doesn't explicitly say Jesus was there, therefore he was not there. That's a logical fallacy called argument from ignorance which is assuming something to be true because it cannot be proven false. The text you cite continuosly is not specific as to Jesus whereabouts, present or not; the text makes no claims it just fits your story that he was not there. There is however a good deal of scripture of proof refutes your story. " But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”" - Acts 7 "For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us." -Romans 8 "the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms," -Eph 1 "strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." - Col 3 "After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" - Hebrews 1 "through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him." - 1 Peter 3 It would appear that Jesus is at the right hand of God when the NT letters were being written well before 95 AD. Including proof that Jesus was seen in heaven by Stephen circa 34-36 AD. But that won't be enough for you and your time warp/wormhole theory of eschatology. Lets check Revelation. "Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man,e dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around His chest. The hair of His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a blazing fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters. He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest." - Rev 1 Here He is. Exalted. In heaven; about to give John the vision of revelation. Worse for your story: "“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades." Oops. WAS dead. Now ALIVE forever. But you would have us believe in the ensuing chapters that the one giving the vision is not only absent, but dead. But even worse for your story scripture not only unequivocally states Jesus is alive and at the right hand of God, but Jesus is the one giving the entire revelation to John: "This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw. This is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ." Now you tell me how Jesus is going to show John a vision when, as you contend, in chapters 4-5 Jesus is absent and/or dead? Not only is Jesus obviously present but He is directing the entire production!! All of it, including the symbolism and reality of the Throne of God and the throne room. Rev 4:1, "“Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things.”" Come up where? To the moon? Mars? Well, heaven obviously, "At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven," - Rev 4:2 Maybe John never left the physical location of the Isle of Patmos, maybe he did, assuredly Jesus is the one imparting the vision as confirmed by Rev 4:1. The words of Jesus tell John to come to heaven to see the rest of the revelation. That means to this point Jesus is in heaven, John arrives and Jesus shows John the Throne, God and the throne room. You made this statement, "Chapter 5: NO man found worthy in a search for one worthy to take the book and open the seals (as if He had not yet risen from the dead)" and further implicated yourself with this: "Then a CHANGE! (Time moved on) Jesus was now found worthy. (There is TIME PASSING between Him NOT found and Him found. What happened? Jesus had just risen from the dead." Your contention is that no living person could be found in heaven or earth who was worthy. Jesus was in neither place according to you because at this point He is dead and in the grave. I suppose you think that if they had looked under the earth, in the grave, they would have found the worthy person since you believe that's where Jesus was at the moment of Rev 5:4, "...no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside it." However, "no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look inside it." So no person was found in heaven or on earth or under the earth, which means the one and only search was conducted thoroughly and completely. Which would mean the worthy soul was standing right there in heaven, exalted and showing John His revelation as given to Him by the Almighty. In conclusion... If you are incorrect about this, are you correct about the rest of your story?
  9. I don't think everyone who believes in eternal security believes in living a sinful lifestyle. I'm just trying to go by what Scripture says.
  10. It's been fairly mild here in Reno this summer, though I would expect some hot weather before the month is out. Even so, I stay inside with my portable swamp cooler turned on. I try to get my work done as early in the day as possible.
  11. I see. So you don’t need to obey your Lord? He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36 JLB
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  13. I had a nicotine addiction as a young man for about twelve years. I spent the last two trying to cut down, switching from non-filter to filter, and trying to quit. I finally decided one day, "This is the last day I smoke." I quit the next day for several months, had a weekend relapse, and haven't smoked since. That was 1986. I suggest you simply quit. Expect a six-week struggle. And then you'll never want another cigarette. Maybe the most difficult time was breaktime at work, when I craved a cigarette. Also, I had the fear that if I didn't smoke, there'd be nothing to do. Turned out that wasn't true.
  14. The Church desperately needs to understand the truth concerning this doctrine? JLB
  15. What happens if you die before the rapture? You do understand that we all will stand before the Lord on the Day of Judgement to be Judged according to our deeds, right? God who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, Romans 2:6-8 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality JLB
  16. Here is the biblical definition of faith - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is a noun. Faith comes to us when we hear God. If we believe and there obey what He says to us, then our faith is activated to produce the intended divine result. If we do not act in obedience to His word then the faith we received remains dormant, or dead; being incomplete, and therefore unable to function and produce the intended divine result, just as a body is dead without a spirit, being incomplete and unable to function. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26 JLB
  17. I think the thing to fear is the consequence of our sin. For instance, if I rob a bank, I'll probably wind up in prison.
  18. Satan's trick was to harass us unendingly for our sins, it seems to me. However, when he had Jesus killed, when Jesus had committed no sin, Satan lost the ability to hold us accountable for our sins.
  19. nice to see you … to see you nice ( Bruce Forsyth comedian and game show host )
  20. My immediate response to this is Islam are submitted. Christians are a Body, a wife , a child. We are a family not submitting fools.
  21. Praying for you and family, God bless you
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