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  1. JohnD

    A sick kitty

    Gi Gi stopped dry heaves @ 4:00 am this morning. Thank you for your prayers and advice!!!
  2. John 17 (AV) 1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 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. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. This is the disciples' prayer: "Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." Jesus' disciples asked him to teach them to pray like John taught his disciples to pray. Furthermore it is an Old Testament prayer. Forgive us as we forgive... which Matthew 6:15 and Mark 11:26 expound upon: "if you forgive not their trespasses, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses." That's NOT New Testament / New Covenant. See John 3:16-18 and Ephesians 2:8-10. Still further, thy kingdom come (Jesus came), thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven (the will of the Father is that we believe in him who he sent (John 6:29). His kingdom came and his will is being done on Earth. Praying for these is also indication of it being Old Testament times. But these verses are in the Gospels, some say... 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. The line of demarcation between the New and Old Testament is not between Malachi 4 and Matthew 1 but in each Gospel when Jesus died on the cross. The traditions of man have blinded our eyes to these truths. When you see the truth, it takes a lot of the apparent contradictions out of Christianity. "Only by faith are you saved, and if you forgive everybody, and never look at a woman with lust, or tell a lie, or are not homosexual, or a child molester, or a non-tither..." No wonder so many throw up their hands or believe Christianity is as hokey as any other man-made religion. The TRUTH truly matters.
  3. The late Dr J. Vernon McGee once said that the day that Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the Roman Empire was the day the devil joined the Church. Rather than having a born again experience as tradition alleges, he more than likely saw in burgeoning Christianity a cohesiveness his crumbling Empire sorely lacked. It became necessary for it to have a second capital (aptly named Constantinople). He provided the legality and in the eventual Roman version of Christianity becoming the religion of State. His mother Helena set out to pin point religious land marks for this version of Christianity... the site of Mount Sinai and that of the crucifixion and garden tomb (to name a couple). Both of which were inaccurate. Both Constantine and Helena laid the ground work for what eventually became the Roman Catholic Church. The Empire never fell. It morphed into a religion before the empty snake shell of Rome was crushed.
  4. Gi Gi is having repeated dry heaves for hours. She is one of out little ones and much loved. Thank you for praying for her!
  5. I was the childhood victim of homosexual molestation by a "family friend." Took me a very long time to get over all the evil it did to my head, my heart, my sexuality. Took me more years to get over the fact that the man who violated me could even BE saved ever. But I have gotten over it all. Praise God. If I catch anyone abusing a child (especially sexually) I will be seeking the Lord's forgiveness for murder. So I don't downplay the heinousness of abusing children. But we must all ask ourselves, are we not all contributors at least to the abuse of children? We look the other way as society devolves further and further into unbridled sexual perversion and public display. Little kids are seeing this / being exposed to this. Before being molested, I was exposed to extremely little sexual expression out in the world. It was 5 decades ago... when Christianity made a huge influential impact on everybody. Even unbelievers did not do certain things because they knew they could not get away with it in that society. Ah, but we've opened the door to everyone and everything these days. How about atheism / humanism in our schools? That's child abuse of the worst kind. Tell them we are all here by accident and there is no Creator God who lovingly chose to put us here. Then they end up in hell because schools taught them hell doesn't exist, God doesn't exist, and Christians participate in this ultimate abuse for our conformity and fear to put a stop to this crap. UNBELIEF in the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY sin God WILL NOT forgive. 1 John 5:16 (AV) 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 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.
  6. The Bible warns of false prophets, wolves in sheep's clothing, deceiving spirits, and people who lean on their own understanding. 2 Peter 1:20-21 is the place to start. Yet almost no one does or even knows the Bible expects this of us. 2 Peter 1:20–21 (AV) 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The entire Bible came in this prophetic manner. The entire Bible is prophetic. Not one portion of the Bible is of any private (human) interpretation. Humanity (human reason / human shortsightedness / etc. under the most honorable of circumstances) is satanic. Matthew 16:13 - 23 is the juxtaposition by the Lord Jesus of "the things of man" versus "the things of God." The things of man he attributes to their source: Satan (which is why he called Peter Satan). This is why the traditions of man actually nullify the Word of God / everything God is doing since the beginning to save man (Mark 7:13). Now ask long established Christian denominations / Churches / pastors on what their authority is based and to a man they will say the traditions of man (maybe they do not realize it)... "the Roman Catholic Church" one says, the Southern Baptist Convention another says... etc. Ask me? Based on 2 Peter 1:20-21... Jesus makes every believer a priest of God (Revelation 1:6 / Revelation 5:10 / 1 Peter 2:3-9). Tell most folks that Jesus made you a priest and they will think you are nuts Why? Because the traditions of man are so entrenched in human thinking. Well, you have to go to seminary, etc. (they say). Indoctrination / brainwashing / programming? Isn't that what the Sanhedrin did? Jesus wasn't one of them so they rejected him and demanded all Jews (who want to remain a Jew) to do so likewise. ← the leaven of the Pharisees which deceives Jewish people to this very hour. 2 Peter 1:20-21 / 1 Thessalonians 5:21 / 1 John 4:1 Acts 17:11 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Proverbs 25:2 / Deuteronomy 29:29 / Isaiah 28:9-13 These are the keys to the kingdom.
  7. Because we all still possess a fallen sin natured body. Answer: die. All who die are finished with sin. Until we die or are translated when the Lord Jesus returns (most likely we will die before then)... we have to contend with the flesh (our flesh). Think of it, so much of the New Testament is written on the subject. If it were possible to stop sinning... why would there be anything written on the subject after our conversion to Christ? The fact that it is written about means it is something we have to continually contend with. Another point on this is that because the line of demarcation between New and Old Testaments (Covenants) is traditionally put in a FALSE place... most misunderstand the admonitions in the Gospels to keep the Law in conjunction with Grace. Both are mutually exclusive (as far as our ability to do this). Jesus fulfilled the Law and we by faith in him fulfill the Law by our faith (which entitles us to the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, as well as the adoption of children of the Father). Our focus should be (rather than on keeping the Law) on evangelizing the lost in whatever part of that overall mission God has individually equipped us and called us to. Subsequent sins are dealt with by 1 John 1:5 - 1 John 2:17 ← read over and over as a single passage until you realize you are already saved, you have already overcome, God is continually forgiving you, and is managing your life. 1 Corinthians 5:5 should encourage and frighten us. God will take us out of the picture entirely in this life if need be... but turning us over to the loathsome hater of God above all in existence as the means for that departure is scary!!! God sees all. We only fool ourselves if we think or act otherwise.
  8. This is my personal opinion: it only means this is what I think may be possible. Okay? It would not surprise me if everything in creation resides totally in the imagination of Almighty God. This would solve the quantum conflicts, and other things like the solidity of everything (whose atoms are so far apart everything should pass through everything else). The holographic universe... and a few other things that puzzles mankind that I will not go into now. So we don't exist? Not what I'm saying. Of course we exist. An omniscient being's imagination IS real IS reality. Opinion over.
  9. Psalm 139:8 (AV) 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. You tell us.
  10. Mark 7:13 (AV) 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. We are warned in the three major divisions of scripture NOT to add to or take away from the Word / Commands of God: The LAW: Deuteronomy 4:2 (AV) 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 12:32 (AV) 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. The WRITINGS: Proverbs 30:5–6 (AV) 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. The PROPHETS: Revelation 22:18–19 (AV) 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Yet so much of what we are taught is according to the traditions of men. For one thing, this is how and why cults can easily cast doubts on these traditions and lead many astray. The Great Commission is that of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the believer's commission (and the charter of the Church): Matthew 28:18–20 (AV) 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Acts 1:8 (AV) 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
  11. Psalm 46:1 (AV) 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  12. I used to find it difficult to comprehend how God could be everywhere... much less how all three individuals of the Godhead could be everywhere at the same time and yet be... distinct individuals. Then he (the Holy Spirit) gave me the example of the three spatial dimensions which coexist everywhere at the same time down to quantum levels. Not that I am applying this to God, but with spatial dimensions... if any one of the three is absent the other two cannot exist. Interesting. If I were to apply this to eternal God (existent without beginning or end, so there'll never be an absent individual of the Godhead) it does suggest a codependency on that eternal existence. It's just a thought. Not a dogma. I'm just an ameba trying to contemplate the most complex organism in existence.
  13. Do you mean omnipresence? Pantheism = All is god. All things are god. God is in all things. Omnipresence = God is everywhere All things are in God. All things are not God. That's the basic difference. Pantheism is NOT biblical. The Bible is God's manual of Truth and Fact. Pantheism is not true.
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