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  1. And there it is right there! For sons of God, we need look no further. It's just that simple. For we who are In Christ the only place for us to look for righteousness is our Lord. Any manifestation of 'righteousness' that occurs through us, has its origin in Christ and is in fact 'Christ'. Never a separate thing apart from Him. If it is a separate thing than it is 'our righteousness'--which we know are as filthy rags. Right? With my understanding of scripture, I disagree. The righteousness of man described as 'filthy rags' is God's comparison of the perfect righteousness of God. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.Romans 5:19 That does not negate man's righteousness. When we say we are 'the righteousness of God in Christ', that is imputed righteousness, of God, resulting from faith/belief. GOD says; Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous 1John 3, 7 You have to deal with God if you do not agree with His word. God enables us, the word, truth and light, the holy spirit, is there at our disposal. But each of us must decide, we all come to that point, to choose this day who we will serve. Believer do unrighteousness (the wrong thing according to GOD'S standard) every day. The world, the flesh, the devil, or God. Unrighteousness vs righteousness. YOU CHOOSE! You're not a robot. Robots do not receive rewards, nor lay down crowns at the altar of God. Good works are necessary! Say what? Not for salvation, but to fulfill the the urgent desire to please God. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. We can do no righteousness without abiding in Jesus, but we each must choose to abide. When we choose to practice doing righteousness, bearing fruit, we glorify the Father! By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples Jn, 15, 8 Abiding, choosing, deciding, are acts of the will, influenced by, enabled by, drawn by, Jesus Christ. The one who decides to do the right thing, GOD calls a righteous man/woman. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. Romans 6:13
  2. Doing the right thing is righteousness. Doing the wrong thing is unrighteousness. Like Not me said, right standing with God is the result of 'doing the right thing' Doing the wrong thing quenches -grieves God. We lose fellowship. But not His promise. God is perfect, He wrote the program. The right thing, truth, light, perfection, God. He has a standard, a will for us, His mark/target we should strive to hit. We miss His target we sin. Unrighteousness. We hit the mark, the right thing, that's righteousness. "If you love me, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . God's righteousness is perfect, the perfect righteousness required to satisfy the final sacrifice. His son. That paid, IN FULL, the debt for all our unrighteousness (all the wrong things) It redeemed all mankind that believe. God requires perfection. His son. Not any dirty rag man perfection. "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous." Yes! that's what it says. We have our own righteousness before God. (hitting those targets/marks, great fellowship) However. We also have our own unrighteousness.(missing the marks/targets, loss of fellowship) It's been my experience, the more I purpose to do the right thing, the much more I see to do. The more I have to lose self will, and let God. Not I but Christ. This is difficult for me. To whom much is given, much is required. Take my yoke! (There is no end, don't look back) My understanding. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matt 11, 28-30
  3. "The way to learn good manners, is from those who have none"
  4. When in my younger days, fifties/sixties, even lost as I was along with lost friends, every male would still jump up and offer their seat for any woman. Anywhere. And the woman would accept the seat, with a gracious thanks. It was the norm. Even if the woman on the bus just got on, there would have been several seats vacated instantly, back in the day. Somebody on the bus also thought it was a shame, enough to take a picture and post it. Shame is a word not used much anymore. Or felt.
  5. I believe that unless I change my mind, my thinking about something, nothing else changes. It was the word, LIGHT, that exposed darkness in my mind, that CHANGED my thinking. More of the word/light/truth, that changed my thinking, then changed my actions. My course purpose intentions etc. It only took a tiny seed, light, that grew, and blossomed. Plant seeds. Thy word have I hid in my heart. That I might not sin. Against thee...... Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Jn 15,4 Abide, and it is God who will make the changes.
  6. "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." 1 John 5:14-15
  7. I enjoy a lot of your art and mini sermons, creativemechanic, but I disagree with your conclusion about this old tune. It's relative. The underlying theme 'I understand' is, if it ain't broke, Don't fix it! You're assuming their old religion was not true. You say we "should not be singing it in churches, it's toxic, and causes people to stand firm in their old traditions which in some cases aren't always biblical" You are condemning this old tune because it did not meet with your approval/standard. Does it contain the gospel? No. So what. There are so many great Christian songs that also do not have the gospel message. The definition today of "religion" is frowned upon by modern Christians. Because there are so many false religions today. At the time it was first written, almost a hundred and fifty years ago, having 'religion' was a good thing. Considering modern religions today, I think the 'old time religion' would fare better. Give me that old time religion And it's good enough for me It was good for our mothers,... Makes me love everybody,... It was good for our fathers,... It was good for the Hebrew children,... It was good for Paul and Silas,.... It will do when I am dying,... It was good for the prophet Daniel,... It was tried in the fiery furnace,... It will take us all to heaven,... People often make "critiques" on your art work creativemechanic, that missed your intent. I think you miss the intent of the the writer of this tune. African-American spiritual first published in 1872 in "Jubilee Songs As Sung By the Fisk Jubilee Singers"
  8. Pray for the peace on this forum. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity. Psalm 122; 6-8
  9. Some people just don't get it. The OP is "Let Us Pray" Show a little respect. Brother.
  10. I understand. I'm just not familiar with any churches you describe, and not saying they don't exist. Like any thing with mixed groups, there has to be a balance. Nursery school is not what the church is about. Now concerning the worldly view of children, I would then agree that it has become a kids rule. I even commented to this affect to my wife recently, scanning TV programs during commercials, all about super boy/girls. Perhaps finding a church more suited to your needs would be beneficial. If the concerted effort in a church for kids didn't work, it wasn't the kids fault, but those entertaining then and not instructing them. Look at the government run schools. "I apologize, the text editor is turning my text various colors, and I don't know why." Sorry about that. I always try to distinguish what has been posted by others, scripture, and my own dialog, using different color.. Haven't figured out how to post multiple 'parts' of different posts, so I 'color code' them:)
  11. Would like to ask you first, LonerAndy, are you married, and do you have children, young or old? (just noticed your name) Andy said; We have deified our children. Parents choose churches, based on their child programs. I did just that! As do my own children with their kids. A wise move, to a FAMILY oriented complete body of believers, not prejudiced against children. Never heard of such a church, except maybe a retirement community church. Andy said; We need to make the church into a place for adults, not kids. We need to make the church, where G-d teaches people how to live life, not "have fun" Believers should be the most joyous of all people, whatever age, and and not a bunch of grumpy old cantankerous 'adults'. Our church has plenty of old seasoned grand parents, being jumped on by the kids. And they love it. Andy said; Having kid-centered churches, results in church that do not deal with hard issues of life. Don't know of any "kid-centered churches, but any church needs to address all ages, and that includes children. We have at least fourteen bible studies, kinder to the ninety yr olds, dealing with the hard stuff. Our pastor deals with those tough problems we face, and does not water it down. And there is plenty enough things to wear out the 'adults' to do. By the way, it's the parents and grandparents who are supporting the church, then years later, those pesky kids!........ Andy said; I think most of the rest of our issues, all stem from these issues. I think we would likely deal with all those other problems, if the church wasn't so kid-friendly and culture centered. Personally, I couldn't disagree more. The future of the church is only one generation from falling away. Instilling character, honesty, truth, the word, Godliness into our children should not be blamed for the problems the adults have today. If there's too much emphasis on children in your church, Andy, change churches. The body is made of many parts, old and young. What better place to have your kids meet friends, learn about the bible, grow up with Godly instruction, than church. I remember hearing Christian advice about those kids that you think overwhelm your church, Andy. The message was actually simple. Get and try to keep your children involved in age appropriate church activities, the opposite to what you suggest. I remember hearing the importance of creating a friendly atmosphere for the young, challenges for the older youth, God oriented. Remember specifically hearing that if the church you attend has no children activities, then pick up and move. My wife and I with our new family now had a new responsibility, so I listened up. And became involved. Our church has many programs that teach, memorizing scripture at early age, fifth quarter for teenagers after football games, where two thirds of the kids were non church goers, having a blast after a game, snacks, games and the gospel presentation, professions of faith, and at least one of the youths I know of that was saved, went on to become a pastor himself. Awanas program on Wednesday night also for children and youth, projects and outreach to communities, collections for the needy, derby races, basket ball tournaments, summer youth camps and missionary work into Mexico, etc etc. Of my three children, all met their future spouses in church, church outreach, or church youth programs. It works. These young growing children are the next generation to carry on the battles we leave with them. Train up a child the way he should go. I'm sure you wouldn't want these kids to be deprived of learning to conduct themselves as a Christian. Adult activities are not lacking, as when my wife is not home, I can find her at church. (or Walmart:) When the church becomes just the old folks, with no young families, no children, then it will die out. The church's families with more continuing families born into and growing up and having their own families, keeps the body alive, thriving. Our church is over a hundred and thirty years old. And we still preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
  12. 26,4 Don't be caught up (thinking) in his foolishness, lest you think similarly (untruth). 26,5 If you answer his foolishness without replying truth, he continues to believe himself (as wise) Like on this forum, foolishness vs truth is/should always decided with good scripture interpretations. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
  13. I don't think I understand you, as I believe you are a very knowledgeable student of the word. If you are saying everyone, or nearly everyone 'wants more', to consume it upon themselves, then I have to take exception with this statement. Personally, I know I own nothing. I am only a steward of all the Lord has blessed me with. I read in scripture that what He has entrusted to me should be used to the best of my abilities, with all my might, giving thanks for any increase, or loss. I re read the parable of the talents again just now to be sure of my words. God blessed me with certain 'talents' (according to my abilities) to use in my trade/craft, Christian walk, role as husband, father, friend of the gospel, etc, opportunities and responsibilities. He expects me to be wise in investing these 'talents' to good use, AND, some of which includes income . Excerpts; ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. There is much scripture validating hard work to receive income for sustenance, and sharing. There is scripture to validate investing the money for increase. More income is not what is wrong, it's the use of the increase that's important, good or bad. I've said it many times before on this forum, I'm the richest man I know. "It is not he who has little, but he who wants more who is poor".
  14. "Not yet son, plenty innings left and your time will come. I have a game plan, with a goal, and I'm saving you for the power inning, so just wait till it's your time as I have foreseen !"
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