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  1. Please pray for me.

    Strangest thing, all symptoms went away @ noon today but it all came back @ 9 PM tonight. Ugh! Please keep us in prayer. Thank you!
  2. Please pray for me.

    Both jobs ramping up for holiday season (post Office and Walmart) working Thanksgiving night and it's already a full week at PO. Plus I have a case of the crud... feels like strep throat trying to take root. Please pray for my healing and strength and that my beloved bride doesn't catch this whatever it is cold / flu. Thank you!
  3. Are YOU Going To Heaven?

    I see now your motivation for asking the question "end up" being the clue and your response to notsolostsoul. You want to teach you can lose your salvation. Knew I smelled something fishy here. END up was what I was focused on in the biblical sense.
  4. Yet even nudists have to concern themselves about what to wear for supper.
  5. Daniel 9:25–27 (AV) 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 12:11–12 (AV) 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. If Jesus caused the Jewish temple sacrifice to cease forever then "1290 days" until what? For those who find no fault in Preterism take note just how far this dogma must go in order to evade the scriptures that disprove it... Daniel 9:27 is the antichrist not the Christ.
  6. Wow. Some interpretations are really out there. Matthew 24:15 (AV) 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Daniel 9:27 is not referring to Christ but the fake christ.
  7. Spiritual Condition - Churches

    The Roman Empire never actually fell. The empty shell simply collapsed. In its place is the Imperial Religion of Rome (known as Roman Catholicism). Think of it... still has the capital city of Rome. Instead of an emperor there is a Pope. Instead of a senate there is the body of Cardinals. Instead of regional governors, Bishops. Martin's exposé of Roman Catholicism and its continual contradiction of papal decrees and bulls often touched on how unbiblical Roman Catholicism is. Virtually every error or contradiction or disagreement in Christendom has to do with who is and who is not submitting to the Word of God being the final court of arbitration. And the Protestants did not reform nearly enough from the Church of Rome. Many of the early Protestant denominations appear to be popeless catholic churches. Most non-denomination Churches bring Roman traditions with them. As do some Messianics. Some folks are too ecstatic that a Jew would believe in anyone or anything that smacks of Jesus Christ that they will not press them very hard on heretical issues (like not believing in the deity of Christ). 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 and Galatians 1:8-9 show that any old jesus cannot save! So where am I going with this? You should not be surprised at how the Church Organization based on traditions of men that sometimes got most things right unravel sometimes before your very eyes. Mark 7:7-13 states that the traditions of man nullify the Word of God. We have an entire Old Testament testifying in part how this was tried and failed. And the rejection of Jesus in the Gospels and Acts and throughout the ministry of Paul... all based on the traditions of men who denied the Jews their Messiah. Now we have a Church Organization preventing the Church Organism from the same thing the same way through the traditions of man. 2 Peter 1:20-21 states the first imperative. God's Word is God's to inspire and God's to interpret. All scripture came by the means prescribed in verse 21. And "prophecy" itself is merely to profess a thing. The thing being professed is the Word of God which is sometimes about the past, sometimes about the present, sometimes about the future. So "prophecy" does not mean only predictive prophecy. 1 John 4:1 tells us to test the spirits even that which we believe is the Holy Spirit... it may not be him. Acts 17:11 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17 direct us to the Bible to do that testing. You will find this simple formula is opposed far more than most realize or admit in the Church Organization, because traditionally they say Mary was immaculately conceived and is co-redemptrix with Christ, or that one must speak in tongues to be saved, or water baptized, or this or that... even straight (heterosexual)... John 3:16–18 (AV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Ephesians 2:8–10 (AV) 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Sadly I know many more homosexuals who would never consider faith in Christ from the way theirs has been singled out as the one unpardonable sin, than those who believe Jesus loves them as much as he loved us before we believed in him. There is a world of difference between what I just said and a "gay agenda" which I am sure you saw first hand, Debp. But there are Christian outreaches to homosexuals (which function best below the radar). Maybe I have it wrong, but I believe we should get people saved by believing in Christ and let the Holy Spirit deal with them as he deals with us.
  8. Spiritual Condition - Churches

    Hard to know where to begin. Don't know if you are old enough to remember the late Dr. Walter Martin. He was an excellent Bible teacher and a leading apologist. Google the old John Ankerberg show with his name or go to his daughter Jill's tribute website to her father www.waltermartin.org to listen to hours of his sermons. He hailed from Los Angeles (actually San Juan Capistrano in Orange County). Martin stated on the Ankerberg show before his death in 1989 that the Church has been in a state of apostasy for over fifty years. Me being a student of his (through recorded or broadcast messages since the mid 80's) undertook this as an assignment to validate. Bible says prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and to test even the spirits (1 John 4:1). And the only way to adequately do that is by the scriptures (Acts 17:11 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Hold the Bible up to 99.99% of all churches (every denomination Jewish or Gentile) and there is a major difference in them and scripture. That's the problem. And I found Martin's claim not only true but extremely conservative. I would say the Church has been in apostasy for over 1500 years (with the advent of Emperor Constantine). There are differing versions, but I gather that his mother Helena was a believer in Jesus. And about the time he had to establish a second Capital city over the empire (which was crumbling), Constantine had either a vision or an alleged conversion experience (though evidence to the contrary exists in that he died a sun worshiper). And it was olly olly oxen free for Christians who had been persecuted and hunted down into an underground until then. Come out, come out, wherever you are. And his mother and he set out to make Christianity the state religion of Rome. Helena in particular undertook the duties of religion building. It was she who determined the wilderness wandering of the Israelites was in the Sinai peninsula rather than Arabia (Saudi Arabia) as the Bible indicates (Galatians 4:25). The peninsula was named Sinai after she picked the spot, BTW. Archaeology supports Saudi location Jabal Al Lawz (Google for yourself). She was a busy lady as she also picked the spot of Jesus' crucifixion and burial (Church of the Holy Sepulcher) and so on. Some good actually came from the actual Christians coming out from hiding and being able to compare scripture with scripture. But a lot of Roman ecumenism (to appease locals conquered by the empire) was blended into the formerly Jewish faith... which the Romanized Church leaders expunged from the faith as quickly as they could. Some speak of the rise and fall and one day return of the Holy Roman Empire. What rose and fell was the Roman Empire or actually the empty shell. Within a snake had already hatched in the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. Martin did not go this far in his studies of Roman Catholicism (which he said at one point the theology of which almost sent him to hell). But he was no fan of the Roman Church. he often debated their scholars. Also at the site I mentioned above. A prominent Bible teacher on the radio who I will not name because I cannot find his exact quote. But one day listening to his daily broadcast he said about the Roman Catholic Church that the devil could not lick the Church so he joined the Church.
  9. Good question. I would say (based on the Apostle Paul's reasoning) that you are not "responsible" but you should be considerate of your brothers in Christ. Using of course his message about eating meat... All things are lawful, but if it causes my brother to stumble may I never eat meat again... that sort of thing. I would also add that God will not hold anything against a woman who is lusted after though she wears only moo moos and burlap sacks... some men are certainly capable of this... So to use that as an excuse not to try at all is a bit weak. I'll go as far as saying Esther, cousin or niece of Mordecai, won a beauty contest for the queenship after Vashti was put out for not showing up naked at the kings' party wearing only her crown. Kay Author (Precept Ministries) and just about any Jewish scholar teach this about Vashti's dilemma. Do you suppose God hammered Esther for the situation that was out of her hands? Fast forward to 2017 AD, Church service three Sundays ago one of the female members of the praise band was wearing something not only ridiculously short but it looked like a daddy shirt... giving the impression she had nothing on under it. I am hopeful she is actually a Christian (which is the forgiveness of ALL sin). But comparing she and Esther for showing skin... which would you admonish?
  10. Promotion position at Kellogg's

    Simple, promote Girl power and put this on the box:
  11. Point well taken. But we live in a world of evil men too. And the most innocent of girls may be showing just what the evil men are looking for. Again... we don't live in an ideal world... ALL things must be taken into consideration.
  12. Let's take a look at what Jesus said, when he said it (under what covenant) and why he said it: Matthew 5:27–30 (AV) 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Jesus was responding to a misapplication of the Law (in that only one side of it was being enforced). Rabbi Hillel lived about a generation and a half before the Lord Jesus. He taught (based on Leviticus 18:8 and Isaiah 47:1-3) that a woman who exposed her uncovered hair, legs, or thighs before men who were not her husband (even if accidentally) was guilty of a divorceable offense. Read that adultery. Matthew 5:27-28 was in direct response to this. Notice Jesus did not refute Hillel. He simply reminded the teaching (assuming the Rabbi was already dead) that Job 31:1-13 is as much Law as Leviticus 18:8 and Isaiah 47:1-3. And BOTH were elements of the futility of man keeping the law (forcing the human race to Grace).
  13. The Law of Moses was in FULL effect until the cross of Christ. Hebrews 9:16–17 (AV) 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. When Jesus said "It is finished" he meant all of it. Salvation, the Law, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Without going through half of Romans, Galatians, and 1 John, suffice it to say the Law is still in effect... just not FULL effect (meaning it is no longer the current covenant between God and his people). The way the Law IS in effect is to stand as the sign post for Grace (the futility of law keeping), to maintain the line between good and evil, and to stand as the writ of condemnation for all who believe not Jesus Christ. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Sermon on the Mount was preached under Law and was generally about the Law. Or as some put it, the Talmud was man's commentary on God's Law. The Sermon on the Mount was God's Commentary on man's commentary. You will see in it several times where he says "you have heard it said... but I say..." Some might argue there are portions of the Sermon that are Grace and New Covenant. Indeed. So is a percentage of the Old Testament / Tanakh. Both spoke of a time and covenant that had not yet come. That came after the cross. Observe the elements of Old Testament Law: Matthew 5:27–30 (AV) 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. New Testament is: John 3:16–18 (AV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Belief plus nothing (Ephesians 2:8-10).
  14. Reminder: We do not live in Eden / Utopia / The Perfect World. My freedoms and rights are limited by those of others. There is sin in the world. And we all possess a sin nature that we were born with. Any one of the above I would be happy to defend under another thread title. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In an ideal world, women should be allowed to freely express their femininity without fear of repercussion or that it be interpreted as welcoming unwanted advances. In an ideal world, men should be free from the snares of temptations to lust at almost every turn, or to be free of confusing and conflicting signals by those females who make it difficult on men and other women by contributing to the confusion. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sometimes girls are just being girls. And when a guys gets that, everything is fine. Sometimes guys are just being guys. Now I know a lot of evil that should not be tolerated is excused by "boys will be boys" but I am NOT referring that. I suppose we could be here on this point for many weeks listing what is and what is not acceptable. But I dare say most of us know from earliest childhood what is NOT acceptable. So I am not going on record as saying every girl who shows some leg or wears pants too tight is going to hell. Sometimes people go overboard trying to combat the onslaught of inappropriate dress and behavior in the world. I used to be one of those overboard types. I had the argument down pat six ways from Sunday. Then I realized I was trying to bring the Law of Moses into the age of Grace.
  15. Is Hell Eternal?

    The smoke of her burning rises forever and ever. Think about that. Could that be possible if the source of that smoke does not continue forever and ever?
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