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  1. Check out the World English Bible found online. I quote it often. It is based on the Byzantine text N.T. and ASV. Mat 12:47 WEB One said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.” Mat 17:21 WEB But this kind doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting.” Luk 24:40 WEB When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. Joh 5:4 WEB for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.
  2. So no one can see you unless we are soused?
  3. 1Pe 4:12 Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. 1Pe 4:13 But because you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy. 1Pe 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified. 1Pe 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials, 1Pe 1:7 that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ— Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, Jas 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Jas 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Mat 5:10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. It seems that it is normal for Christians to endure trials. We may not go through everything Job went through but some of us have felt like it. We go through the grief of losing loved ones. We go through illness of various kinds. We go through the rejection of people we love for Christ's sake. God gives us grace to endure, but sometimes it didn't feel that way. A common cold can make you feel like Job, let alone the flu. For some of us these common respiratory infections can be life threatening. But it is nothing to being threatened with beheading if we don't renounce our faith, and watching our family and friends die. It makes me wonder if a person is a genuine Christian if they have not endured trials. It is the human condition. But it is also the mark of a true believer to have our faith tested. Those who endure and are more solid in faith after trials have been tested by God and have developed patient endurance. Our trials have differed, but they were putting a finger on a sore spot, a weakness or a fear, and they were tailor made for each of us. Sometimes it seems like we go through the same thing over and over and we ask God to please help us learn the lesson. Jesus was tempted by satan when he was in the wilderness. They were tailor made for Him. We are told that He was tempted in all ways as we are, yet without sin. Often the words trial and temptation are interchangeable . peirasmós Satan may tempt us during a trial that was sent by God to establish us and show us to be faithful.
  4. Those who fall away or walk away are by doing so proving they are not true disciples. I go back to examining the hearts of those who hear the gospel. Perhaps those who hear the gospel and produce good fruit are the ones that Father God chose and are true believers. Many are called but few are chosen. Those who love God's word are the ones who persevere. Their roots run deep into His Word. True disciples are those who do not fall away. Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luk 8:12 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Luk 8:13 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation. Luk 8:14 That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. Luk 8:15 Those in the good ground, these are those who with an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and produce fruit with perseverance. Jesus also spoke of the vine and the branches: We are here commanded to remain in Christ so that we can bear fruit and thus prove to be His disciples. This seems to be indicating that we do have a choice whether to remain in Christ or not. But perseverance seems to be a test of true discipleship. The branches that do not bear fruit are cut off and burned. Joh 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Joh 15:3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Joh 15:4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. Joh 15:5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Joh 15:6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. Joh 15:7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. Joh 15:8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples.Joh 15:9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. Joh 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. Joh 15:11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. Joh 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.
  5. Also praying. My husband did that once when he was deeply depressed. He had cut off the ends of 4 fingers and was also in a lot of pain. He copes with pain by sleeping. He started feeling better when he found someone in worse condition than himself and reached out to that person. He was hurting so bad he couldn't risk more pain by opening up to even me. Men often express grief with anger. When he walked in the door I would tell him I loved him and he would yell What for? But it only lasted a few months. Still I know a little of the pain you are experiencing of rejection and confusion. It helped me to go for long walks or exercise and pour my heart out to God. He may need to see a medical doctor to sort it out, and even to take an antidepressant for a while.
  6. Welcome, peaceful. We look forward to seeing more of your here.
  7. Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. So set your mind on the riches Christ has provided for us in Ephesians 1. Look into the face of Jesus who demonstrated the Father's love for us, wherein while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Determine to do the things Christ has set on your heart to do and follow Him. Bathe daily in the Word and put on the mind of Christ so that you may love with His love and forgive with His forgiveness. Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.
  8. Sexual sin is selfish. Selfishness is self destructive. You are not doing what is best for the other person in sexual sin. You are indulging your own impulses and gratification at the expense of others. It destroys families. It destroys the preciousness it holds as an expression of giving love in a marriage. Fidelity represents God's relationship with His chosen people. Infidelity represents abandoning God.
  9. A confusing analogy. A non member (spider) had his home destroyed by a church. The event could be reported to the pastor and elders, and if nothing in done to correct the problem a complaint could be make to the overseeing or parent organization. I would also go for family counseling at another church which counsels with Scripture. Problems within a church should be handled by leadership unless they are part of the problem. If there is no parent organization, find another church.
  10. 2Pe 3:7 But the heavens that now exist, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 2Pe 3:8 But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
  11. We have an obligation to take care of our environment as well. There has to be a balance. We don't want to destroy life giving oxygen producing greenery like trees that absorb the carbon dioxide that can destroy our earth. We don't want to use lead shot and bullets when hunting which when left in soil give lead poisoning, a horrendous death, to birds and the wildlife that consume them as gravel for their gizzards--a part of their digestive system. There are common sense things that we can do that are not a great inconvenience to the general population. We can do a better job of managing public lands and prevent over grazing and destruction. We need to protect the food chain and the balance of nature. I know people who kill off eagles and hawks that keep the rodent population in check. This is senseless. I do believe we need to be independent of foreign fuel and utilize environmentally safe practices as well. The Audubon Society is not your enemy. The Nature Conservancy is a militant group that is associated with Audubon. There are more apt to be extremists in it, but not all are. People who love the Lord believe in the primacy of human beings. We are more apt to establish good priorities than animists and earth worshippers.
  12. Can people be more merciful than God? Yes. But people aren't as righteous and holy as God. We call it being indulgent. God does what is best for us; He is all knowing and all seeing, and knows the beginning from the end. We do what is best for us, not what is best for our child. So we never correct them, never spank them, ignore their sins and pretend they are perfect. This is not being righteous and it is not being loving. Nor is it true mercy. The main reason that people refuse God's help is pride. They want to live their own life and do it their way. So they refuse to acknowledge there is a God let alone humble themselves before Him and ask for His help and forgiveness. They don't want to answer to anyone. They don't want to be held accountable. So they hate the law, hate the police, hate God, and hate Christians in whom God lives. They even try to bring Christians down to their own level and tempt them to sin. Some malign Christians. Paul participated in the murder of Christians. He was a religious person. Often it is the religious people who demonstrate hatred of true Christians as well. God's mercy is totally righteous. I find it very disturbing that anyone would spare satan and his followers from the death they totally deserve. God takes no pleasure in the death of sinners. He gave His only begotten Son to save them, knowing that a rip tide was taking all mankind to hell and they were totally helpless to help themselves. He didn't just throw us a life preserver, He snatched us out of the danger and adopted us into His family. His hand reaches out to all mankind, but most resist His help due to their own stubborn pride.
  13. Gotta send that one to our son! He has a couple that look just like that and totally expect hand outs at drive in windows.
  14. Perhaps in depends on whether the person has come to the understanding by the Holy Spirit that they have no hope of being saved in their own power and are totally lost, and then clinging only to God's grace, totally surrendered to Him and worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Remember the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed? Only one went back to Jesus, glorified God, and fell at the feet of Jesus in thanksgiving. All of them had experienced a miracle and an encounter with God. I wonder how many people want to use God for their own purposes instead of allowing themselves to be used by God and give God the glory. But that doesn't mean that God is through with them; He may still bring them to a better understand just what they are and just Who God is. But are we truly saved before we have abandoned our lives to God? I don't know. I can't say I wasn't a christian when I repented when I was in the 8th grade. Certainly a lot of growth and teaching was needed. But after I surrendered to God in 1970 there was no place else to go. Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. Joh 6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. Joh 6:65 And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father." Joh 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Joh 6:67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" Joh 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Joh 6:69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." At some point we come to see that there are no alternatives and God's word becomes a living part of our lives. We hunger for the spiritual food in scripture. We totally trust in God's character as revealed in the Bible. We stop questioning Him.
  15. We used to see porcupine fairly often; not for a few years now.