Jump to content

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 02/08/2019 in all areas

  1. I was not sure how much my daughter even knew. For now, I can take over the informing part, and I am now at home. not well, but no worse.but they sure ran lotss of tests and poked me a lot, more test scheduled, and sent me home with ozygen bottles and oxygen concentrator. also, for those of youthat get the inside joke, I have this idea about renting a floor sander, and grinding down the plateaus of the Grand Canyon, the make the Colorado River more accessible. This will help the drought in California and people could drive to it to fill their water bottles, and the red sand beach will be pretty. The can sell sand to tourists and hobbyists, and I could use it in concrete projects. Re-purposing is fun.
  2. My heart hurts for these people. If only they knew that this emptiness they are trying to fill will only grow larger in the absence of God. Only God can sufficiently fill the void in our lives, but when we turn to the flesh to fill it, we sink into a bottomless pit of depravity in an attempt to complete ourselves. The further we fall, the harder it is to see the Truth. Romans chapter 1 goes into the unfortunate details of what's happening here. I am constantly amazed at how fast this all seems to be happening out in the open now.
  3. We raise a child up in they way he or she should go . I can offer frienduffs health class One o One if we need those reminders . Its real simple . GOD made you as you are . If you born with male parts you grow up to become a man . If you born with female parts you grow up to be a woman . When you are grown a man marries a woman or remains single according to his call. Same with a woman , she marries a man or remains single according to her call . Now how simple is that . Oh and no fornication . Marriage only . For purpose of marriage please refer to the above said statement of frienduffs BC health class . Biblically correct health class. IN the end we stand before GOD , not men , not govts , not trends . GOD . Thus let it be said , it is written we shall not live by bread alone , but by every Word of GOD . By the power of HIS SPIRIT given us IN CHRIST . Know and understand this message will not be politcallly accepted . BUT IT IS BIBLCALLY CORRECT . And we KNOW OUR LORD .
  4. Something to consider. I think we're missing something important when we frame *anything* up as "blacks do (did) this...." "Whites do (did) that...". There is ONE place where race distinctions truly get wiped out and we're standing in it. It's at the foot of the cross, where red is the only color that matters and was shed for all colors, UNDENIABLY granting equal value to every race and nationality. People do (did) this or that because they're wittingly or not following the wrong god and in need of the Saviour. Not because of their color or ethnic group.
  5. Shalom turtle, Yes I've heard of and even seen this happening while back via some very informative videos by Jason A on youtube. I would highly recommend subscribing to his channel for his well-produced videos covering significant Christian news. Don't be put off by the "click bait" titles which are pretty terrible! The content is incredibly eye opening and fully backed up with sources and evidence - no crazy ranting. Search Jason A on youtube. In his channel you'll find a few videos on this development. Love & Shalom
  6. Hosea 10:12 New King James Version (NKJV) 12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
  7. Thanks for sharing, friend. Please know that I’m standing with you in prayer, asking the Lord to grant the desires of your heart and bless you with a scooter. We serve a compassionate, loving God who knows and cares about every detail of our lives. Blessing to you!
  8. Absolute Morality One of the more common objections to God is whether or not He is moral. Right? We've all heard that argument. How can you follow a God who kills people, women and children included, on a whim? After all, it is your God that wiped out almost the entire population in the flood because they did not follow Him! Ugh. How cruel and morally grotesque! In response, most Christians will attempt to defend what God has done. Perhaps you could discuss the issue with the Canaanites and how they were sacrificing infants to the god, Molech. Or you could discuss the absolute depravity of the days preceding the flood and you can try to show how God really did that for our benefit... There are any number of things that we can go back and forth on with the unbeliever. How does that usually work out? Not so great, right? Well, in order to move forward, we need to take on the unbeliever's worldview in order to perform an internal critique to see how it holds up to scrutiny. We can start by asking the unbeliever a simple question like this. Mr. Unbeliever, while I reject the notion that God is immoral, for the sake of argument, let's assume there is no God. In a world where there is no God and we are nothing more than the product of random chemical reactions, on what basis do you judge morality? How do you determine what is good and, therefore, bad? You see, in your worldview, our brains are nothing more than random chemicals fizzing, creating our thoughts and ideals. We evolved from animals. This random fizzing takes away our ability to operate on free will. We can't control the random reactions in our brains. Do we place the tiger in jail for murdering it's prey? No, that would be absurd. Why are our chemical reactions any different than that of the tiger? Do you get upset at the baking soda when it reacts with vinegar? I doubt it. Basically, in a worldview where there is no God, we are random products of our chemical reactions, to which we have no control. Why would we be upset when one set of chemical reactions interacts with another set of chemical reactions? It's survival of the fittest after all! It's nature. We are nothing more than the animals we came from. There are two common responses to this that the unbeliever can present. Personal preference and societal convention. 1. Personal preference. I feel like that is morally bad, so I believe we shouldn't do it. The problem with this is I may not agree with you. I might personally feel my moral responsibility is to kill you and take your stuff. You have absolutely no moral objection to that because morals are based on personal preference. Your preference has no authority over someone else's life. You can't create an ethical system off of preferences. People have different preferences and not all of them are good. That's why we have jails. 2. Societal Convention. Society gets to decide what is morally good and bad and decide we should or should not do something. The problem here is more significant in my opinion. Let's take Hitler as an example. Hitler was elected to his position of power and began to round up all the Jews. Under this societal convention ideology, anyone who said, hey wait, that's a person and I don't think it's right to round them up just because they are a jew, is now the immoral one. Anyone in America who said slavery was wrong was immoral. This means, that in any society, if there is someone fighting for transformation, they are the immoral one. This means you are stuck with society changing morality over time and you cannot go against it because society has decided and to go against that is immoral. If one society decides its moral to round up the minorities and exterminate them, you cannot wage a moral argument against that. That moral objection you feel in your gut... That's just personal preference and extends no further than your brain. Now, even allowing the discussion of personal preference and societal convention is being generous because you still can't point to an external referent with which you can weigh good and bad against. There must be an absolute good to determine where varying degrees of good and bad fall in that. If an unbeliever tries to say that morals are part of the evolutionary process, please refer to the discussion on laws of logic and uniformity in nature. A material world cannot account for the immaterial. A changing random chance universe cannot account for universal and abstract concepts like morals. A mic drop is always recommended when discussing morality with unbelievers. It can go something like this: If we all came from star dust, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson has posited, then how can you justify preference of one set of star dust over another? By doing so, you make it clear you don't live your life believing there is no God. If you place any value in the life of a toddler over that of a mosquito, then you are living as though humans were created in the image of God.
  9. Dear Sisters-in-Christ, Thank you for these uplifting Scripture Verses! They are so encouraging and helps us to remember the Lord's Promises to us! I'm really having fun with this! :) ❤️
  10. Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; Yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: For when thy judgments are on the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
  11. Do not kiss nor bow down to korans and blow smoke through indian pipes nor bow to budda statues in the name of world peace . Do not claim they are serving the SAME TRUE GOD . For these are idols created by men , creations of darkness. Therefore you shall not be as the other nations and other religions and bow nor kiss their books . Nor shall you have unity with any who does teach the people to err . You shall touch not the unclean thing , FOR ye are called Out of the bondage that these images and all who hold to them . You are to be HOLY for GOD IS HOLY . Build no alter , neither physical nor spiritual and exalt or place these false gods anywhere near thee . THEY ARE A CURSE unto the nations and an abomination to the LORD your GOD . having eyes they see not , having ears they hear not , as those who worship them have eyes but see not ears but hear not . FLEE the spirit behind BAALIM , who had his women seduce the people into fornication with other gods . THIS is that spirit that is now at work to seduce the people to build bridges and find common ground and acceptance with other gods . JESUS ALONE is the ONLY WAY and let no man build in this false tower of many diverse stones that many do build trying to reach heaven . IT will never reach heaven . FOR their is but ONE WAY unto the FATHER and HIS NAME IS CHRIST JESUS . all else is sinking sand , thus flee any unity with any who promote this .
  12. 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside Me MY POINT EXACTLY . Don't be putting no allah or budda or some hindu new age junk along side OF GOD . Instead let every lamb that has breath say , JESUS ALONE SAVES and no other can . Flee them false religions and FIND the ONLY PEACE one can have with the ONLY GOD their is , IN CHRIST ALONE .
  13. Will someone remind the POPE of this . He so busy trodding JESUS under foot and making all religions to be as brethren . And most the protestant leaders want unity with this . NEVER . JESUS ALONE will be exalted on our watch . JESUS ALONE , all others are false . WITH a capital F .
  14. Shalom That's only part of the problem. The sad truth is that you would be blasted across the news and social media and even risk losing your child if you tried to encourage them to stay true to there God-given body. In some matters, the world dictates the way to raise your child and you will be quickly vilified if you disagree. Christians were once seen as the moral anchor in the west, always there in times of trouble. Now, we're seen as out-of-touch, old fashioned and bigoted. Lord come back soon and save us from this madness and our children from this confusion! My heart goes out to all parents in this situation. And as for those parents who encourage it, what if your grandmother advised your father to do the same thing as a child? Would you happily forfeit your life so that your father could have grown up more comfortable with his sexuality?
  15. Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; And with my song will I praise Him.
  16. Hi Wayne Thank you, yes I am getting better. Now I hear what you say, but I was NOT referring to the people who of course go to public meetings. I was talking about the system we have developed over the past few centuries that has become the ONLY recognised church. Jesus did not set up the systems we have in place, He called out people to be His Body. Yes there are meetings that have the communion, speaking truth and good fellowship, however the organisation behind that coming together is not the church but an organisation that runs meetings. And because that type of organisation has been around for a while, people think that that is the church, whereas you and I know that `we` are the church, the ekklesia of God, the called out ones. People think they know the difference, but if you don`t go to a public meeting then they think you are backslidden, not supporting God`s work, not fellowshipping with others etc etc. It is subtle but this mind set has caused much pain for if that type of meeting is the real church then I need to obey everything the leader/s say. Very dangerous. Finally, yes there are good meetings, but still behind the scenes is man`s organisation. Two different things, one the church, (the people) & the other, man`s way of bringing people together publically. regards, Marilyn.
  17. And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed: If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed. Exodus 21:16-19
  18. He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die. And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. Exodus 21:12-15
  19. I am praying for you and your beautiful family. I prayed for you four times today. I will keep praying. I am with you in spirit. I wish I could help you get to a safe good place. Jesus has great love for you and your wife and child. I pray he protects you and helps your ills. Stay wise and be careful. The lord will lead you. We have not forgot you.
  20. I will tell you about how I have come to the knowledge of Christ and how my life has changed drastically since then. My life before Jesus: I was a person very tormented mentally, my mind rarely was in peace and was constantly oppressed by evil spirits. They would try to convince me of doing terrible things not only to me, but to others lives as well. I did not do many of those things, but I have done others, and how I regret of doing them. "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." - Romans 3:23 I had many moments of anger and I could not control them sometimes, which led me to do insane things. "A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again." - Proverbs 19:19 But it never brought me too much problem, but ideas of doing evil was almost always in my mind. And in those moments of anger, it was the best opportunity for them to be fulfilled. I was suffering a lot. And as anyone who do not know Christ, my life was full of bad and sinful habits. And while in a moment alone, and I was alone most of the time, I was thinking about my life, and how it is not right. Then I came to the conclusion: I need to repent, indeed. I always had Jesus in my mouth, but the reality is that He was far from my heart. And while hearing a music, it made me think: Am I following Him?! Really, am I following Him?! Then I realized: No, I am not following Him. I know His name, but I barely know who He really is. Then I realized: I have to know more about Him. All this happened about one year ago after being baptized in a near local church. After I was baptized, I remember I was thinking: I will have to change my life. "A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come..." - John 16:21 But the reality was: I do not have the power to change my life. This is the truth. "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find." - Romans 7:18 Then how will I do it?! I cannot do it, I am powerless. "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin." - Romans 7:14 Yes, the reality is that I could not do it. Then I decided to resume my life. Then after some time, after suffering a lot because of my own sins, I decided to think about it. Then I thought: I need to repent, indeed. My life is not right, and I am suffering. I remember before that, while admiring sin I thought: I will live this way until I die. But I knew it was not right, then something made me decide: I have to know Jesus more. I never actually read the Bible or seek to know Him. Then I decided to seek, and I started seeking... When reading something on a website, I saw something inviting me to accept Jesus and be saved. And I did it, I did it. It was like something was attracting me to it, I was like desperate: Save me, save me! But I was not yet feeling saved. And I remember that when I was younger, today I am 27, I used to call upon the name of the Lord. I would use a verse and ask Him to save me, this is one of the verses I used: "And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting." - Psalm 139:24 But I was not yet feeling saved. It was like I needed to seek more. "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13 Then I decided to start reading the Bible, for real, Jesus may be there somewhere. I know He is, but where?! Then I was convinced to start reading from the New Testament, from the first book: Matthew. I remember I was reading on my computer, and I started reading daily. I liked reading, Jesus is awesome... I loved Him and His words, He was like someone I always waited for. "...If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." - John 14:23 "...the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word." - Acts 10:44 And when it was somewhere in December 2016, that while I was reading, I understood one thing: I need to repent as soon as possible. "A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come..." - John 16:21 Then, as far as I can remember, I started praying asking for forgiveness and salvation. "...the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’" - Luke 18:13 "if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them." - Jeremiah 18:8 "For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all." - Romans 11:32 "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost..." - Titus 3:5 Then I thought: How could I have been like this for so much time. He was not happy with me. And I decided: My life cannot be the same anymore. "...If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." - Matthew 16:24 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." - Matthew 16:25 "A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come..." - John 16:21 My life after Jesus: Then my life had to change and I knew what I had to do... And I knew one thing: I love Him. "...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails..." - 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 "We love Him because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:19 And I decided to get water baptized again, this time knowing very well. And something that caught my attention was this: The first time (YYYY-MM-DD) I was baptized was on 2015-09-12, and the second time was on 2017-12-09. Then I started reading the Word daily, and believing in what was written. I was so full of problems, I could not know where to start... But I started with the milk. "as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious." - 1 Peter 2:2-3 Then after that day, my behavior changed drastically, I wanted to love more, to improve more, because of Him. Then one day I lost patience and I had one episode of anger. Then I thought: Why did I do this?! I am sorry, Lord Jesus! Then I prayed, and ask Him for help and forgiveness. "...be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”" - 1 Peter 5:5 But this was not the biggest problem I had to repent of, I was full of bad and sinful habits, and I knew I had to forsake them. "He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." - Proverbs 28:13 But I also knew I couldn't do it on my own. "But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”" - Luke 18:27 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 But I was in love with those sinful habits. How will I forsake them?! I had to make a choice: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;" - Deuteronomy 30:19 And I thought, sin is evil, it is not right. And if I can indeed be free, then why not?! Sin is useless anyway. I want peace with God. "...as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance..." - 1 Peter 1:14 "Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God." - 1 John 3:9 Then one day I decided to pray like: Lord Jesus, I know these evil things do not please you and I have to confess I cannot stop loving them. My wish, Lord Jesus, is that I can stop loving these things so I do not do them anymore. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." - John 15:7 "...this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." - 1 John 5:14 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says." - Mark 11:23 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" - Matthew 7:11 "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." - James 1:6 After that day, my life started changing, and I was learning daily. And with the help of the Lord I was feeling more free each day. What once seemed impossible, now started becoming a reality. And today I can say I have peace with God, just as it is written: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..." - Romans 5:1 And today I can say I am free indeed, just as it is written: "...Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." - John 8:34-36 All the bad habits, all the sinful pleasures I had is completely in the past. I just have no desire for them anymore. It is a miracle; He has been purifying my heart, in truth. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." - John 17:17 "...you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His." - Romans 8:9 "...if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11 There is nothing, nothing impossible for Him. I have experienced it. And how good it is... Sin is indeed deceitful, just as it is written: "but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." - Hebrews 3:13 "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit..." - Ephesians 5:18 Today I feel saved, and I feel in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. "He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true." - John 3:33 "...it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 And He has helped me overcome so much problems I had in my mind as well. I am living so much better. It is something that exceeds all expectations. And I can also say that I am waiting for His coming. Come, Lord Jesus! "And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." - 1 John 3:3 And you?! Are you ready?! No matter what you have done, just believe in Him and start seeking Him today. "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men..." - Mark 3:28 "...unless you repent you will all likewise perish." - Luke 13:1 Your life will change, you will be forgiven, and you will have peace. It is a promise, from God. "in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began..." - Titus 1:2 "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." - Galatians 6:9 "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith." - 1 John 5:3-4 Thank you, Lord Jesus! Blessings to you in Jesus' name!
  21. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. Colossians 2:8 If Christianity is true, it must, therefore, be the only one that is true. When you argue against the ultimate authority of the Bible, on any level, you undermine the preconditions of intelligibility and destroy logic, uniformity in nature and absolute morality. In that, we must internally critique the opposing worldview and therein you will find the proof of God as it rests in the impossibility of the contrary. That was a mouthful. What do I mean by that? Throughout our lives we hear a repeated phrase as the world is explained to us. “Science tell us…” followed by some explanation provided by a scientist, professor, talking head or some actor like Bill Nye on TV. But, it is important to understand one very simple concept about this statement. Science doesn’t tell us anything. I know this will sound elementary, but just stick with me. Science doesn’t talk, scientists do. Science doesn’t interpret itself, scientists do that. Have you ever wondered why there are some scientists that don’t agree with others? It is not because they are looking at different data, it is because they are looking at the data through different worldviews. Everyone has one. What if I told you we have irrefutable proof of God and the Ultimate authority of His Word? Now... What if I also told you we can also do this without providing any evidence for God's creation? Stay with me here! In my opinion, there are mountains of evidence for creation. I'll outline a couple for you, just for fun. Let's literally start at the very Beginning. - many times we hear unbelievers talk about the big bang and evolution as a means for the existence of life without God. Often times they claim that they refuse to believe in some magical sky God because they follow science instead. - it's always interesting to ask them what science they use to explain how nothing created the observable universe today. They can't, therefore it's a faith claim. They can try to argue that there wasn't a beginning but, even amongst secular scientists, they mostly agree that there was a beginning. At Stephen Hawkins 70th birthday party, agnostic Alexander Vilenkin declared the following conclusion, which couldn't have been easy for him: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.” To argue against the big bang, as an atheist, is to go against mainstream opinions on the matter by atheist scientists. To claim an eternal universe or a cyclical universe introduces another set of obstacles that I won't get into at this time. I'd like to note that many Christians shy away from the big bang because they assume it is a product of a godless universe, but this isn't necessarily the case. It doesn't matter if it was the big bang or not, because that is the scientific consensus and we can argue against it by asking how. If this is what mainstream science is using, we can use it to our advantage. You can call it the big bang if you like, but I know who banged it!! As we move forward from here, It starts to get worse for the unbeliever. One faith claim will quickly turn into several. For instance... We can examine the probability of protein forming by chance. To tackle this, we will turn to Doctor Steven Meyer and Dr. Doug Axe who calculated that the probability of one simple protein forming by chance is 10 to the 164th power. To put that huge number into perspective, there are only 10 to the 80th power elementary particles in the observable universe. There has only been 10 to the 16th seconds since the big bang. No serious scientist thinks that life began by chance. Here is why. That was the probability of just ONE protein forming by chance. But that’s not the end of the story for the creation of a single cell. The cell also needs carbohydrates, complex sugars, nucleic acids, DNA, RNA, lipids…etc. All these elements then must be brought into the same micro environment at the same moment in time. By micro environment, it is meant that all these pieces would need to be present inside of a cell-like membrane, in that microscopic space. Even with that, you still don’t have life, merely the required ingredients. This is why the topic of inorganic matter turning into organic matter is mostly ignored. We could talk about Evolution and how the fossil record is not consistent with the Darwinian theory of gradual evolution. We could talk about Information science and how information has never shown to originate from anything other than an intelligent mind. There are lots of things we could talk about when it comes to evidence for God. However, even with moutains of evidence that seem to point to creation, the unbeliever will still shake their head and contend that this is just not how they see the world. This is because any astute philosopher will find a rescuing device. What is a Rescuing device? - basically, excuses for the unknown. - we all have them. - you wouldn't be prepared to change your worldview based on one piece of evidence I can give you. You'll find a rescuing device. Thats because we all have presuppositional beliefs. What is a presupposition? That is the very core of what we believe at a foundational level. - For me, my core presuppositional believe is that the Word of God is the Ultimate Authority. This is the foundation on which I use to interpret the evidence set before me in my daily life. We all come to the evidence with a certain worldview. Some claim they don't. They believe we should come to the evidence neutrally and objectively. But that is a worldview on how you should evaluate evidence. - The philosophy that we should interpret evidence without a philosophy, is itself a philosophy. I'll give you a quick example of a presuppositional belief that most of us share, whether we realize it or not. You take for granted things such as your memory. You believe that your memory is reliable. Someone my say, but Walk Softly, I don't need to presuppose a reliable memory because I had it tested a month ago on a certified Facebook test and I did awesome! Well, I'm really proud of you, but you're still presupposing your memory is reliable because otherwise how could you know you took a memory test? How do you really know you took a test and that you remember it correctly. Right? This is just one example of how we all utilize presuppositions. This is why the battle isn't about evidence. I can show you enough evidence that a rational man would see the absurdity of any existence outside of God. But if you presuppose there is no God, that rational man will invoke any number of rescuing devices to support their worldview. So, what are we to do then? You've got your secular friend looking at the world presupposing God doesn't exist and therefore comes up with infinite unknowns to support his worldview. Here you are, holding your Bible, explaining all the evidence with great care and articulation. Yet you get nowhere. You bring up comets and ask how we can still have comets in our galaxy after billions of years, but the unbeliever will simply invoke an ort cloud, which simply supplies new comets. Even though there is no evidence of an ort cloud, you will be unable to prove it doesn't exist to the unbeliever! You explain that the fossil record doesn't match gradual evolution so you get someone like Stephen Gould who posits the idea of - Punctuated Equalibrium. "The fossil record doesn't support evolution as its interpreted in a gradualist Darwinian fashion, but we know evolution took place so the fossil record must prove to us that evolution took place with punctuated periods of equalibrium." You raise legitimate concerns with irreducible complexity to which the unbeliever says just give us enough time and we'll figure it out. You can point out that animals reproduce according to their kind. Well, they do right now, but go back far enough and they didn't! This will go on and on and back and forth with no real accomplishment on either side. Like I said earlier, evidence will rarely be enough to change the mind of an astute philosopher. However, there is a different approach which is to show the absurdity of the unbeliever's worldview and how they borrow from the Christian worldview when it suits their needs. Now we have come full circle and we are back at my original assertion. If Christianity is true, it must, therefore, be the only one that is true. When you argue against the ultimate authority of the Bible, on any level, you undermine the preconditions of intelligibility and destroy logic, science and absolute morality. In that, we must internally critique the opposing worldview and therein you will find the proof of God as it rests in the Impossibility of the contrary. Stay tuned as I'll be posting separately about how the unbeliever's worldview cannot account for logic, uniformity in nature (upon which all of science is built) and absolute morality. When we are confronted by an unbeliever we must, just for a moment, step into their core presuppositional belief (no God) and show them how they live their lives in direct contradiction to their worldview. This won't necessarily change the unbelievers heart, but that's not our job. After we gently (1 Peter 3:15-16) destroy their worldview, we must pray for them. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. Titus 1:9 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 1 Corinthians 1:20
  22. "Drag Queen Story Hour" to children in libraries! I had never heard of these. Have you? Just when I think 'I've heard it all,' something new pops up to shock and disturb me. I am learning that our children are under attack big-time. Satan is out to get them by messing with their heads. One of the two books "Annie Christ" drag queen reads to them is called 'Sparkle Boy," The story is about a boy who 'feels he is a girl' and wants to dress like one. The agenda? Teach the kids that switching your gender is fine. Sad days. This should cause all Christians concern. We must do whatever we can to protect them-starting with exposing such events. I am posting this to bring it to the attention of others like myself who were in the dark. Please join me in praying about this great wickedness...guidance for what to do to combat this and for God's protection upon the children. drag queen story hour Charisma News Drag Queen ' Annie Christ' Joins Children's Reading Hour at Public Library 1:00PM EST 1/30/2019 Drag queen "Annie Christ," who dons satanic symbols and performs lewd, sexually charged nightclub shows, is scheduled to be at the Lansdale (Pennsylvania) Public Library this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to present "Drag Queen Story Time" to children. Tom Meyer, director of the Lansdale Library, approved Annie Christ to present the story hour to children. Meyer and others on the Lansdale Library board of directors researched the drag queen's background and still agreed to allow Annie Christ to perform, even though his sexually explicit and offensive video is featured on YouTube.com. Meyer also stated he was receiving many phone calls, emails and Facebook posts protesting the event and would consider canceling it. Taxpayers who fund the library are urging Meyer and all elected borough officials to cancel the drag queen story hour. The library reserves the right to cancel the event and the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, papastors.net) Executive Director Gary Dull says it is in the best interest of the public, children and taxpayers to do so. Parents and concerned community members have been protesting similar organized activities at libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and New York, according to The Christian Post. Concerns have been heightened in Pennsylvania, as three drag queen story hours have already occurred this month, notes the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a state chapter of the American Pastors Network (APN). In addition to the library event in Lansdale, another is slated for Feb. 9 at Exeter Community Library in Reading. "This toxic spread of a damaging agenda has come to Pennsylvania and is targeting our children," said Dull, who also serves as pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. "Where is the common sense in this? With the serious problems that children in this generation are experiencing—drug use, high-anxiety, suicide and depression—why would parents and elected officials willingly put children in front of a drag queen to confuse them even more? This should be a matter of grave concern for every person who cares about children. The LGBTQ agenda demands dominance and wants to silence those who would dare speak out on cultural issues. The public library is not a place for activism, and a children's story hour certainly isn't the place to push a confusing message delivered by a confused individual. The fact that we have even been forced to address such a matter as a story time for children provided by men dressed in drag is a tragic commentary on our culture. We pray for clarity, truth and the protection of children in this dire situation."
  23. My friend and brother in the lord and Co worker for ten years. Stop breathing twice on the way to hospital. He is in the ICU. He has six children. He nee d s your prayers very much. His name is Michael. Thanks and God bless.
  24. Ephesians 4:4-6 King James Version (KJV) 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  25. @Jostlerthanks for saying that!! The tone in the previous comments seems iffy
  26. Blessings SelahSong, thank you for the confirmation, it did my heart good. When I got to this portion of your post my heart leaped at the profound and all encompassing truth being put forth by these four words; “it is just Christ”. It is so true “it is just Christ” is the answer to all things in any and all moments of time. If we need strength, Christ is that to us. If we need joy, Christ is that to us. Wisdom, peace, understanding, knowledge, whatever the need might be at that particular moment of time. Oh the heart that has learned to access Christ by faith can most assuredly testify to the truth of; “it is just Christ” Blessings, Much love in Christ, Not me
  27. John 17:22-23 KJV And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
  28. turtletwo

    My mom

    I will definitely pray for your mom that the Lord will help her with these things. She is blessed to have a daughter like you.
  29. Thanks for sharing, Frances. Please know that I’m standing with you in prayer for Ayin, asking the Lord to touch her with His healing hands and surround her with His strength and peace. May He also fill her heart with His peace that surpasses all human understanding in the days ahead.
  30. Praying. Hope you get one.
  31. Laws of logic How can an unbeliever account for the laws of logic? What are laws of logic? - Immaterial, universal, invariant, abstract entities which govern all possible conceptual relationships. - They are contingent upon the God of the Bible. Material atheists will, no doubt, try to argue against the necessity for God with regards to laws of logic. -They might tell us that laws of logic are material and are just chemical reactions in the brain. Well, they can't be material if they are laws and they certainly can't be universal if they don't extend beyond your brain. No two people would have the same laws of logic because we all have different chemical reactions. -Maybe they are just descriptions of how the brain thinks? If laws of logic are just descriptions of how the brain thinks, why would we need laws of logic to correct the way the brain thinks? We don't always think logically, and if laws of logic are just descriptions of how we think, we could never violate one because we always think the way that we think. -Laws of logic are just conventions that we all agree on. OK, but that means different cultures could adopt different laws of logic. Welcome to America, here contradictions are true. My car is in the parking lot and it's also not in the parking lot. Enjoy your stay. - They are just properties of the universe. Well, then we would expect them to change over time as the universe changes and thus they would no longer be invariant. Plus, the universe is different in different places so we could expect laws of logic to be different too and therefore they are no longer universal. Laws of logic are describing concepts, not the universe so that last answer is quite silly. To think that laws somehow developed out of the material world is philosophical nonsense. How did that which is particular and contingent give rise to that which is universal and necessary? This would be a good place to quickly dismantle a few worldviews. Relativism - usually presented in the following way. There is no truth. Or, there is no absolute truth. These are easily refuted by turning the statement onto itself. There is no truth! - Is that true? There is no absolute truth! - Is that absolutely true? Your truth is not my truth! - Is that true for everyone? These are called self refuting claims. Every worldview, with the exception of Christianity, is self refuting. Empiricism - the idea that the only truth is that which can be empirically measured. - How do you know what statement is true? Can you empirically measure it? When you know how to ask the right questions by stepping into the opposing worldview, this becomes are very powerful method of apologetics!
  32. Say No... If they opt for the Social Service option then you can at lest say you did all you could do.. So before God you can stand with your conscience clear..
  33. I’m sorry to hear that, friend. I just said a prayer for you, asking the Lord to touch you with His healing hands and provide the help you need at this time. We serve a compassionate, loving God who knows and cares about every detail of our lives. May He prove Himself your healer and sustainer in many tangible ways. Hugs!
  34. Greetings to all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, MM, Jesus says that He is going to send His angels to gather His elect unto Himself after the tribulation is over. This gathering of the elect He says takes place after the sun, moon, and stars go dark and He arrives in the clouds of heaven for all the world to see. Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. I agree that we are not told the day or hour, but we are told of the signs which will signify that it is at hand. Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luk 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Jesus says that when we witness the cosmic sign and the associated earthquake we can expect His arrival at any moment. The signs will let us know our rescue is about to happen. If I'm still here I'll be looking up into the heavens for my Saviour. Your idea, since Jesus is the Word, and He said that only the Father knows the day and hour, that the Scriptures have nothing to say about the time of our rapture, is way off track. Paul said explicitly that we, the elect, the church, are not in darkness that the day should overtake us as a thief. 1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. The day of our rapture is the day of Christ's arrival and the day His wrath begins to fall upon those who will have been persecuting us. MM, this isn't rocket science, it just requires one to read and believe what the Scriptures say. Glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ
  35. Exciting news. Youngest grandson just led his girlfriend to to the Lord. She has been going to church with them, and he has been having Bible studies with her and praying with her. Now she has actually received Christ. She and her brother have been celebrating holidays with us as well. The trouble is that they are still high school age and need to get careers before they think of marriage. Please pray to that end.
  36. Hi Wayne, I agree that we should listen to and take heed of those mature in the Lord and who are actually in our lives. To give someone who is in charge of a public meeting the authority over your life, is not right. Let`s see what the apostle Paul demonstrates. `For you yourselves know, brethren that our coming to you was not in vain, but even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from deceit or uncleanness, nor was it guile, but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness - God is witness, nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. BUT we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you became dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil: for labouring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you live a life worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.` (1 Thess. 2: 1 - 12) I wrote the whole chapter out as it gives a good picture of Paul living amongst the believers in everyday life, working with his own hands so as to not be a burden to the believers. His behaviour was of a `nursing mother,` & `as a father.` That is very personal, and not the picture of someone over a great congregation who does not know the individuals, plus receives a wage for preaching. The latter is certainly NOT the scripturally picture of a leader. Marilyn.
  37. I wouldn't try to be dogmatic on this, but my best guess would be "both". We have references that indicate "house to house" meetings...meetings IN the temple in Jerusalem...meetings in synagogues. I don't really know but I'm doubtful Christian felt like an offensive label due to its direct connection to the messiah. Jesus said the gospel needed to go first to the Jew....and primarily it did in the early church. It wasn't until Peter was sent to Cornelius house that an overt focus on evangelizing the "nations" was even imaginable to the early Christians. And Jesus had to give Peter a vision to overcome the "separateness" of Jew and gentile in Peter's eyes. I think the message of Jesus would STILL be emanating from synogues in our day had Israel not rejected Him....but they did ...temporarily...so that's speculation Fun to think about though I long for the day when Israel turns as one to the One who bought them...it will be glorious!
  38. Thank you TT🌻 🌹 Yes, Aus needs prayers ty.
  39. @ForHisGlory37 Thanks so much for speaking forth that timely word (much needed). Repentance and yielding to the One who bought us with His precious blood is so vital. Time to get serious as we watch the end begin to unfold with the apostacy and the great falling away before our eyes.
  40. I am not simple Jeff, and I am sure he will have a response but its kind of implied. there is the right way... there is the wrong way. there is the straight and narrow way, and there is the smooth and broad way. Jesus said He is the way. its His way... or the highway(to hell) what other way is there? He Is the only way. He is the gate. Got to go thru Him.
×
×
  • Create New...