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  1. Gary Lee

    I am the vine, ye are the branches:

    You make a good point. God's word is true, as God is light. But my point was, there will always be that remnant, the scarlet thread, throughout history, of those who would believe. But what about; Romans 10;14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? There were those who do/will believe. I do not worry about who will not receive the truth, but proclaim it to whosoever will. As I have been instructed. As every believer should be faithful.
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    I am the vine, ye are the branches:

    I wonder how many believers, born again brothers and sisters today, were just as stubborn with closed ears, when a sower of the seed planted that spirit led scripture that penetrated the good soil and blossomed life, eternal...... Like myself.
  3. Gary Lee

    I am the vine, ye are the branches:

    I think so, Willa. Thank you for reminding us of the purpose of believers coming together to edify one another, to build up, and share the victories God has wrought in our walk. To learn truth. And act like it, as if we actually possess/bare these fruits. (The fruit we bear is for others, to bless their life) If not kept in check, my competitive juices will overcome my spiritual guidance.
  4. Gary Lee

    Your 'Life Verses'

    Sorry, I cannot decide............I mentally repeat them both daily...... They deserve to be framed in gold........
  5. Gary Lee

    A Sincere Question

    My view, my experience. At our church over many years I have known several female/believers members who were married to lost husbands. It is usually the wife trying to bring the husband, the majority of the time. I believe the wives were saved after the marriage. Occasionally some husbands would attend, but then later, not. After a time, the wife, growing, enthusiastically involved, thirsting for Christian fellowship, would eventually not show up, for whatever reason. Sad. I do remember there were some couples that I still know that were saved at different times after marriage, as in my case, and many couples I know also. Based upon the fact that there be few that enter therein, it is dangerous ground to ignore God's explicit warnings.
  6. Gary Lee

    Worthy Book Club

    For those who are cheap/frugal like myself, the book, The Bondage Breaker Paperback –by Neil T. Anderson (overcoming negative thoughts-irrational thoughts-habitual sin) is available at ebay, less than four bucks, free shipping.
  7. Gary Lee

    I am the vine, ye are the branches:

    Understood. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves"
  8. Gary Lee

    I am the vine, ye are the branches:

    Saved by grace. In faith. Only! Evidenced by works. Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? OP......John 15 is one of my favorite chapters in scripture, and it is a tremendous help in it's example of grafted branches on a vine, and the vine tender purging/pruning these branches. A beautiful example, believers in Christ, the true vine, and the grafted in believers, and the Father, pruning/removing from the believers/branches, all the unnecessary growth, that then there is less of us, and more fruit. Amen!. And the Father is much glorified with much fruit. The goal for all believers. To glorify the Father. This chapter is about 'fruit bearing', not salvation. Those branches, 'IN CHRIST,' that beareth not fruit, the vine tender, God the father, taketh away. Just like any good gardener or vineyard tender, removing branches that use the nutrients and produce no fruit. A serious warning. Abide = to stay in a given place, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand. Tabernacle-pitch a tent. Those who do not produce fruit are "taken away", by the vine tender, the Father. These words 'taken away' are the same words used in the parable of the sower sowing seeds, where the birds had 'taken away' the seed. They are considered as (my understanding)a burden on the vine, receiving the benefits of life in the vine drawing the nutrients, yet bearing/producing no fruit. Unhealthy branches deserving removal. Believers, taken away. But entering in, as by fire. (My take) Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Jn 15, 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Abide..........
  9. Gary Lee

    Joy and Compassion etc question

    That remark about being considered a “ good Christian”by Rome ......that was nice......loved it! frienduff thaylorde. Gotta love him............
  10. Gary Lee

    Fear and Trembling IS Repentance

    "you cannot have works of righteousness period". I agree with you enoob, They were relying on their works and not on Christ's finished work, but have a question. Are you also stating/implying your belief that a born again believer cannot do works of righteousness? That if you could (do works of righteousness) you would then 'negate' the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross? Perhaps I misunderstand. (I'm not talking about Christ's righteousness, for salvation, but believers righteousness) 1 Jn;3,7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Psalm 1;6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
  11. Gary Lee

    Tenemos muchos problemas en las iglesias

    I got tickled . Raise those hands , towns . levanta esas manos, (pueblos) pueblos; = people(s)= the 'town' (pueblo) contains people. Si? (quien sabe, frienduff) pueblos > people personas, gente, pueblo, habitantes, amigos, nación village pueblo, aldea, poblado, lugar, pueblito, pago town ciudad, pueblo, municipio, población, habitantes, ciudadanos the people pueblo, los hombres populace populacho, pueblo, vulgo folk gente, pueblo, familia, parientes, nación, unidad common people pueblo, vulgo
  12. Gary Lee

    Tenemos muchos problemas en las iglesias

    Esto es muy cierto !!............. levanta esas manos pueblos!!!!!
  13. Gary Lee

    Fear and Trembling IS Repentance

    "Fear and Trembling" What it really means? I worked on this years back, in depth, myself, every 'fear' used in scripture and found the real meaning. What it really means is; Fear and Trembling.
  14. I don't watch TV/commercials much anymore but do find a bunch of old black and white movies on u-tube I really enjoy. Sometimes it takes a lot of searching through the 'b' flicks, and then a real golden nugget shows up. So much of the older movies were more about relationships, and morals. I typed in 'Christian movies full length' and scrolled through a ton of them, with no end. You will have to be discerning early on, and I usually scroll through the entire film and sample tiny 'bits' to give me a "mental rating" before committing. There are many inspiring films if you can locate them. I wish you well, Turtle.
  15. Gary Lee

    What did Christ mean in Matthew 7:21-23?

    Matthew 18:3-4 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.