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  1. 8 points
    FresnoJoe was in the hospital for 14 days, but he's returned home. He's recovering but he's doing okay! God bless, George
  2. 6 points
    Black? naww, He was most likely the same complexion as those indigenous to that area of the Middle East as if that is of any importance. Melchizedek was not a descendant of Ham. Melchizedek has no genealogy. When you become born again, race will have no importance. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2Co 5:16-17)
  3. 6 points
    I haven't considered those great men and women whom I believe will surely be in heaven with the Lord. I keep thinking about that man that delivers lumber to my shop, who listened to the gospel. My atheist high school buddy who listens but hesitates. Several brothers and a sister, my dad, and many friends, and so many strangers that God brought my way, and the Spirit quickened me. Did the seed fall upon fertile soil, or did the birds take them away. Was my witness worthy? Will I see them, did they choose wisely? I look forward to see the fruit of light shared, and will tremble upon my face before my Savior. EDIT: *** Yes, thank you Abby for reminding me. I'm disappointed with myself for not thinking about that faithful old Baptist preacher at a funeral we went to who took the time to offer the gospel to those visitors. I don't even know his name, but I think I will know him, because of that first seed he planted. From that point on, the change in my wife and I, salvation, and later all our children, and grand kids, to those then that received the good news as a result, changed so many. The death of a little neighbor's boy, and the faithfulness of the funeral preacher, brought life to many, through Christ.
  4. 5 points
    Friends due to rain in some places , people are suffering. some people have lost lives, some have lost house, some are suffering with no shelter and no food. can you agree and pray, that God reach these people with his love, Gospel and also meet their needs. God bless!
  5. 5 points
    When we fully understand that God uses everything in our lives (all thoughts, feelings, words and actions) to “work together for our good,” we can then realize that the sum of all we encounter is but to teach us to know that we need not to wonder if our daily lives are counting for Him in the way He desires. He is the Orchestrator and therefore in control of the finalities of all begotten of Him, in directing our lives through the administration of His work “in” and “for” us (Phil 2:13; Rom 8:28). Thus wherever we are, it is in His school of training, which will—without fail—always serve to progress us unto our next level of learning. In His omniscience, all has been taken into account, even the wrongs we will inadvertently choose, and has been preplanned to an inevitable single end—to continually “conform” us to the life of the Lord Jesus (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18). This does not address the redemption in which we are “irrevocably” planted (Rom 11:29), but increases our effectiveness in the possession of it! - NC “But One Thing Is Needful” “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things” (Luke10:41). The Lord’s words are very striking. Beloved friends, if you are busy about many things you will not only be busy, but troubled. Martha, we read, “was cumbered (distracted) with much serving”; and she was not only “encumbered,” but also “troubled”—it weighed upon her (vs 40—NC). If you have service that weighs you down, look to it; see well why it is. Plainly that very character would put you along with Martha there. “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word” (vs 39). The Lord takes her up to signify His entire approbation as to where she was and what she was. He has a reproof for Martha’s service, but has only approbation for Mary’s simply sitting at His feet. “But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (vs 42). Only “one thing.” To what a little point would that diminish all care (e.g. eliminate unnecessary concerns—NC) if we only recognize and bowed to the truth of the Lord’s words. There are a great many needs in the busy world; there are a great many duties that you have, and that Christians think they have to society, to their neighbors, and what not. The Lord here would bring our hearts from everything simply to one—to sit at His feet and hear His Word! Don’t you feel as if that would leave service out altogether? How is it possible that only a single thing is needful, and Mary had chosen that very part, when there are so many things to do? Are we to leave out service to the Lord? What does it mean? Beloved, this: That the thing which is to be our care is that we receive from the Lord Jesus. And if we are receiving, service and everything else will take care of itself. Mark, I do not mean that you won’t serve. You will. But I say this: that if your care is not for service (i.e. as a priority—NC), but to be receiving from Him, you will find that the “one thing” of which the Lord speaks embraces all the rest. What our Father wants from us is receptiveness (first, then service—NC). He wants in us the capacity to receive. “Come” and “drink”; and he that believeth on Me (faith being that receptive character in the soul), out of his inner being shall flow rivers of living water.” Mark what a beautiful thing—that out of the innermost of man’s nature (e.g. new nature—NC), the part that craves, the fullness flows. If rivers of living water flow out of you, this means both testimony and service, surely. It implies real ministry to others, and that God is to get His own from you in the world. But if this is to be true of you, what are the means by which it is to be accomplished? You are to come and drink; you are to come and receive as Mary did, and you will find in this “one thing needful” all other things are contained. Even amid a ruined world, paradise is returned again for him who takes this place at Jesus’ feet—this place of happy dependence to which there is no lack. You see, the fullness is His, it is not ours. People have the idea that grace in a man is a sort of thing that God puts as it were a seed into the soul, and it is to grow and grow, and develop there into more, so that he has consciously more and more. That is not it at all! Surely I do not mean to say that a man is not born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, and that as so born he does not grow. Certainly he does; but that is another thing (grace admits in only one degree but understanding it deeper ever increases—NC). From the very beginning of growth this ought to be true of us. Beloved, the blessedness we speak of is to be found in that which God has already given to us, if we are Christians—that which the Apostle sets forth in Colossians 2:9 and 10 (the key of the epistle): “In Christ dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are filled up in Him.” Now, if that is really so, you see your competence at once. God has given you place, your part, in Him already. And think, beloved, that in One in whom is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, in Him we are “filled up!” Faith has got to recognize this. Faith has got to make it all practical. Not to make the thing true—it is true—but we have to recognize it to find the proper truth of it. Alas, we are all Marthas, apt to be busy with much serving. And the last thing which we naturally think of is to come to the Lord to find satisfaction in Him alone. You think, “If He is such a glorious Person, He must be served. No, if He is such a glorious Person, would He come down from heaven to earth to be served by us? Was it not more adequate faith in Mary, saying, as it were, “If He had wanted service, He would not ask for it from such poor, incompetent hands as ours.” “The less is blessed of the better” (Heb 7:7). It is not more blessed to receive, but “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” And are we trying to serve the Lord Jesus? Take care we are not trying to be “the better,” and to make Him “the less” (of course inadvertently so—NC). Are we trying to serve Him, when He had to come from heaven to serve us? What is the secret, beloved ones, of all the dishonor done to Him (alas!) by His people? It is that they are not where Mary was—they are not in the place of real occupation with Himself. That is what the Lord wants. He has come all this weary way to attract our hearts to Himself. He wants us to receive out of His fullness—He want us simply to receive. Not to get us to say, after a little while, “I must be doing something now” (receive to do, not to do then receive—NC). He wants us to receive, receive and receive! If it is only receiving from Him, every other responsibility will be met easily—not by effort, but met of necessity. This will come after you own soul is fully satisfied; for the vessel must be filled itself before it can properly flow over. It is not from a vessel that is partly full that you expect an overflow. You must sit at His feet until you are filled yourself—that is the first thing. And when filled yourself, don’t think that you require effort then. As surly as you are filled yourself, out of your inner being shall flow “rivers of living water.” How slow are we to receive in its full reality the grace that requires not, but gives—that delights to give—that only seeks to have objects for it; the grace that, simply as we receive it, we find not only fullness for ourselves, but that which makes our lives full also for others. That “one thing” needful is occupation with Him—to sit at His feet and learn of Him. So then, if we want to serve Him, the only possible way is to receive from Him first until our hearts are so full that we cannot contain it any longer. The overflow is not measured by the capacity of the vessel, but by the power of the spring. Think of that! Think of our testimony in the world being the testimony of the divine fullness—not the measure of what we are, but the measure, so to speak, of what He is. The “one thing” needful for us is that our whole souls should be satisfied with Himself—and to be occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ is to be satisfied (In satisfaction there is absence of greed—NC). - F W Grant Excerpt from MJS devotional for August 10: The legal Christian considers the law to be his best friend who will enable him to live righteously. But in reality the law, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, is his beloved enemy. The Spirit’s purpose is to bring the well-meaning believer down into defeat, wretched and ready to realize, “I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Rom. 7:25). - MJS “It is perhaps the most alarming symptom of decay to be seen amongst evangelical believers today, that so many have accepted (at any rate mentally) the fact that they cannot be justified before God except by the sacrifice for sin once made for all upon Calvary, proceed to build a new legal code by which to live, and seek to be sanctified by their own efforts and endeavors. – JCM www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/
  6. 5 points
    You got that right Yown! My grandparents, parents and brother are long deceased and I've had questions I wanted to ask them, that for now I'll never find out. But especially things I wanted to say in love and gratitude, but never got around to it, then it was too late. Seems like some of these questions I have today really didn't matter back when I was young, and only interested in myself. Now that I've gotten older, repented and following the Lord now; my priorities, thoughts and want to's have changed quite a bit. Solomon didn't say this but, the old adage of "you're going to miss me when I'm gone", is oh so true.
  7. 5 points
    There are many in the Bible that I look forward to seeing... we know Paul will be there.... but there are others that not many think about, like Ruth, and Mary Magdalene that I look forward to seeing and hearing their testimonies from their own mouths .... John "the beloved" ... now, I do look forward to fellowshiping with someone who had a revelation of God's love!!! I look forward to seeing the missionary couple who the Lord woke me up to pray for one night... I don't know who they are, but I know I will recognize them when we get there! :) ...people in their vehicles that I drive by or little children who I pass by on my way through town, who Holy Spirit moves me to pray for ... perhaps, I will see them and their families in eternity. ...my 6 yr old granddaughter who was stolen ... I pray for every day, and her adoptive brother .... and the family who took her... But the first person I thought of was my earthy father .... I look forward to seeing him, a man who came to Christ in the end of his life, after a life of much pain, sorrow, and sin, who I was honored to pray for and with... I'm so grateful that our Lord saved him and that I will see him there!!!
  8. 5 points
    All those questions we wished we had asked our parents now that they are gone. My Mother passed on as a believer AND NOW I think of many questions I wished I had asked her, but IN THAT DAY I don't think it will matter.
  9. 5 points
    Praying for @FresnoJoe!
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  11. 4 points
    We are so blessed these days to have access to the Word of God. I often wonder what it will be like to meet people we have read about through the years. I was wondering who are you looking forward to one day meeting and why?
  12. 4 points
    Welcome, hope you enjoy the fellowship here!
  13. 4 points
    Yep! 2Cor 12:9, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Thanks.
  14. 4 points
    I feel a whole lot better today. Mentally more alert. Have an appetite again. Actually ate last night. Throat is still raw and I have thrush since my immune system is shot atm. My internal furnace (body heat) is also working again. 2 more weeks until my next round of chemo. I see a new primary care doc today to get my blood sugar taken care of. Then the pa for my oncologist on tuesday to discuss how hard all of this was on me and what can be done to minimize it next time. Man chemo is rough, I hope none of you have to go through this. This is a year long battle. Multiple years if you take into account tamoxifen therapy too. Meanwhile my brother and his wife are off gallivanting in another country, visiting their daughter. Some folks just get to have alllllll the fun lol.
  15. 4 points
    Annette, you do ask the most thought provoking questions don't you 😀 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I take the above verse to mean; we will probably automatically know who everyone is in heaven? There's just so many people I one day want to meet, and a zillion questions I want to ask, I can't even narrow it down to just a few I don't think. It should go without saying that Jesus is the One whom I want to meet and be with forever first and foremost. I suppose deep inside I'd want to see my saved family and loved ones followed by dear friends and my church brothers and sisters in Christ. I'm counting on our tears being wiped away, whom could be happy with the memory of our beloved lost ones that didn't accept the Lord Jesus in this life, and their fate. Good thing we will have eternity, I personally will be keeping the Apostles, Patriarchs, Prophets, Judges, and people spoken about in the Bible occupied for a very, very long time. Just like I'm a pest on this forum with my questions, in heaven when the Apostle Paul finally gets bored with all my questions, he's probably going to say, "hey, there's Job over there, you probably have another 4,205,429 questions for him don't you?" 😁
  16. 4 points
    I pray all is well with him.
  17. 4 points
    Thank .you for letting us know.
  18. 4 points
    Thank you everyone for your prayers. I've finally found the therapist who I can pour out my problems with and who cares deeply about me getting better. She's a woman of God and it shows. I working on some tough issues with her. First time to share it with a therapist for some of these things.
  19. 4 points
    thank you for the information.... and prayers for Joe.
  20. 4 points
    None of the pagan writings had prophecies that were accurately fulfilled as does the Bible.
  21. 4 points
    It's not about putting God in a box. Paul had ONE message and it was the message of the cross. Paul didn't waste time studying religion of the Romans and Greeks and whatever else. Paul had one message and that is what God chose to reach the world to Himself and that message has not changed. One does not have to understand the ins and outs of any other particular religion in order to give them the message the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All of mankind is equally sinful before God and everyone is rebel against God in their own way. Every person is a sinner before God. That message isn't very popular today. Before God, every man, without Christ, stands condemned and on their way to Hell. The only remedy for that condition is Jesus and His finished work on the cross. There are missionaries out there to the Muslims and they reaching them for Christ at great risk to their own lives and the lives of those who convert and become true followers of Jesus (as opposed to the state-approved Christianity in some Muslim countries). There are Muslims being reached and converted to Christ in Israel and it isn't because the missionaries are experts on Islam, but because the Holy Spirit is actually moving in their ministries. So it is not required or necessary to study Islam to any great depth in order to simply share the Gospel. We are only called to share the truth. The Lord takes it from there.
  22. 4 points
    The idea that we're not supposed to reason with unbelievers is not something you'll find in the Bible. The very author of the Letter to the Romans that you're citing spent more time reasoning with Jew and Greek alike than you may have realised and Peter wrote the famous apologetic verse, "Be ready to give an answer". Not to even mentioned the wisdom of Solomon and savvy of Kings such as David that believers throughout the ages are encourage to consider and emulate. Are we not told to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves? Surely that doesn't mean riding in on a high horse and announcing that those who disagree are blind and those talking to them are wasting internet ink. Did Jesus command us to go into the world and make disciples or did He tell the disciples to sit back and do nothing, because talking to unbelievers is a waste of time? Here's a free history lesson. During the enlightenment, the church feared that reason was going to displace belief in God, so to mitigate against that they started teaching that reason is worldly. This lead to the romanticism which was a reactionary movement to the rationalism of the enlightenment. Before this Christianity had a rich history of Christian thinkers as demonstrated by people such as Aquinas, Anselm and Augustine. You can also read the early church fathers to see that they actually did a great deal of dialogue and engagement with the various heresies of their day. You won't find any of them claiming that doing so is a waste of time, because they believed that worshiping God is not only done with the heart, but with one's mind and one's strength too. Sadly I'm sure my history lesson will fall on deaf ears, because the problem with romanticists such as yourself is that when a person prides themselves on being unreasonable, they insulate themselves from any reasonable attempt to show that their views may be wrong and might not have a biblical origin. It becomes an incorrigible self-affirming bubble. I assure you that I am well aware that many atheists come here after getting all fired up reading atheist blogs and thinking they'll come here and show us how intellectually superior they are. In fact it's quite probable that bumble_b_tuna is one of them too. I also know that atheists get angry when they're challenged, and they skip from one atheist objection to next when their objections are answered. I also know they keep coming back and eventually they come to realise that their excuses don't hold as much water as they initially thought. They realise that their blogs were incorrect in painting all Christians as ignorant buffoons who have no good reason for the hope that's in them. They realise that memorising a list of logical fallacies doesn't make them paragons of reason and that Christianity has more to it than they originally thought. And some become Christians. So thanks for telling us what we already know. P.S. I didn't call you pious, I said your statement disparaging apologetics serve to make your appear pious. Also, age doesn't mean anything, in fact, I suspected you may have been older, because most of the older people are still firmly entrenched in the Romanticism that's done so much damage to the Church. Fortunately, apologetics got a huge boost in the last 20 years from the great efforts of Christian philosophers like Plantinga, William Lane Craig, historians like Dan Wallace, and everyday Christian bloggers and the guys and gals who regularly contribute to the outer court. I remember a time when atheists used to outnumber the Christians here 5 to 1....and they were militant as can be. And we Christians fumbled around with bad answers and cluelessness, having been raised in Churches that espoused romanticism and thus, discouraged research, reason and honest answers, but instead merely offered sanctimonous platitudes, and pious dismissals. Now the discussions are much better, despite the protests of the Romanticists. Everybody's always praying for revival, and yet they're blind to the wave of young apologists who have come out of the last two decades. How sad. If you allow yourself you may find that the Gospel and the truth of Christianity has as much to satisfy the mental craving of the ivory tower intellectual as it does to fill the yearning of the human heart.
  23. 4 points
    Did these people ever read the verse just before Rom 10:13? For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. (Rom 10:12)
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    “The LORD is close (near) to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
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    Chris, God correct His children when they sin because He wants them to be Holy as He is Holy and because you're His child He will discipline you in love to get you close to Him again, He's not out to punish you but to correct you. Just like you correct your children , God will correct us , sometimes it can hurt a parent to discipline a child but what will happen if they don't discipline the child? The same happens to us, if God would let us go on our own ,we will drift away from Him and do our own thing and we will get in trouble, Jesus loves us so much that He will do the same correction to keep us close to Him. Hebrews 12:5–11 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” 7 It is for discipline … Hebrews 12:5–11 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” 7 It is for discipline … Proverbs 3:11–12 11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, 12 for the Lord reproves Him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom He delights. 1 Peter 1:15–16 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”