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  1. It is a nickname for a prayer of repentance, of turning from a lifestyle of sin, often confessing ones sins, and tuning to God for forgiveness with the understand that forgiveness is provided through Christ's death on the cross. .There is no specific prayer. Some just call out to God for help because they need His Grace to overcome sin. This, coupled with receiving Christ into there lives provides entrance into God's Kingdom and adoption as His child. Act 26:18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' Act 26:19 "Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, Act 26:20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mar 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mar 6:12 So they went out and preached that people should repent. Luk 13:5 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Act 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Act 8:22 “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you
  2. So good to know, Kwik. I just asked Snow how Cheech was doing because I didn't want to ask you if he is still with you. Glad your kitty is still with you as well. They can be so entertaining and such company. But there is nothing like our old friends.
  3. Lack of Solitaire.
  4. Yes cinnamon might help but you would have to use an awful lot of it. You might have to see your doc again--he might be able to add another medication. They have several new ones but they are spendy. It is worth it to get your fasting blood sugars down to normal range. I have been able to keep mine around 105 and my A1C below 6. But hubby's was 10. The doctor added the other med but I am not sure if he is taking it. He has memory problems but won't let me help with his meds or food. I even got him a box with morning and evening pill storage but he doesn't use it. Please pray for him. Using My Fitness Pal helps to keep track of food and calories. It is free. I just change their recommendations for carbs and such to what the hospital diabetic dietitian recommends. I will be praying for you as well, deer nooby. It can be a battle.
  5. God never intended for much attention to be given to angels. In the Revelation when John discover he was talking to an angel he prostrated himself be fore it, and the angel scolded him and told him to worship God. Ministering angels were sent to Jesus after his fasting and temptation in the wilderness. We probably have had ministering angels visit us as well, since He lives in us. I always think of Elisha who opened the eyes of the man to see all the angels fighting on his behalf. 2Ki 6:15 NKJV And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 2Ki 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us aremore than those who are with them.” 2Ki 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. We must have angels fighting on our behalf as well. God is faithful to us.
  6. Personally, I have only visited my parents burial site a few times in the 40 years they have been with the Lord, and for that very reason. The people I knew don't reside in the ground. I know one lady who calls it a meeting place to visit her dead parents. I don't know that it is a Christian attitude. I don't believe souls of dead people hover around in cemeteries either. So much of that is superstition and fear of death. So many of these beliefs are not godly. Jesus said let the (spiritually) dead bury the dead. We should follow Jesus. But I do respect the beliefs of others somewhat for their own sakes, not wanting to deeply offend them. Kennewick Man was finally laid to rest by the Indians in WA State, US. It did make me wonder if they were elevated on a platform as was the customs of some Indians or buried where the coyotes can drag them off. Hopefully scientists obtained enough information from them to satisfy future scientific investigation as well.
  7. Just as we must receive Christ to be born again, we must also receive His forgiveness when we have knowingly sinned. It is already provided for us, just as it is provided for the whole world. We don't need to go through ritual repentance and forgiveness, or even go forward to be saved again as so many churches preach. But we do need to approach God in our hearts and confess our sin; otherwise we are unable to approach the throne of grace with a clear conscience. Yes, the blood of Christ is already applied on the mercy seat once for all. But our fellowship has been broken so His blood doesn't automatically cleanse us as it did in the prior verse of 1 John 1. Willful premeditated sin still needs to be confessed to God. This has nothing do to requirements of any church. It has to do with our relationship with God in practical terms. It has nothing to do with the accusations of satan. It has to do with living with in in the Holy Spirit. God sets us free and restores fellowship when we confess our willful sins. Satan accuses and rubs our noses in it, telling lies "what kind of a Christian are you?" and " God will never forgive you!" He puts us into bondage. I do agree that satan's first temptation in Gen. 3 was to doubt Gods word. But Adam's fall through it all and satan's reign on earth are responsible for the crime and atrocities on this earth. God certainly is not. It is mankind in his natural state in satan's kingdom. Man needs to accept his near kinsman Redeemer's purchase of him by His own Blood to be free from the reign of satan and his own flesh.
  8. Newnature said: "The history of Genesis chapter three is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime or immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart." Satan also works through pride and rebellion, since he wanted and wants to be like God and be worshipped, and he rebelled, taking 1/3 of the angels with him. Mat 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. Mat 4:9 And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"
  9. I could go along with much of what you said till you came to the astrology. Yes, ancient man used astrology, and especially the Chaldeans of whom were the Maji. That doesn't make it righteous or good in any way, and we should guard against it since there is much error and occult in it. Nor can I agree that the church was built upon Paul or his blueprint that God gave to him alone. Paul even checked with the church leaders in Jerusalem to be sure their messages were the same and he had their stamp of approval. God gives His message to the church, and to all the church. If he gave it to Paul he also gave it to Peter, John, Matthew and the rest of the apostles. So often my pastor preaches over the same passage or message as I hear later in the week by pastors of other denominations. "Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches" is still in effect. The church was born at Pentecost, and not when Paul was converted. Jewish Christians were the first Christians, and Paul always took his message to Jewish congregations before preaching to the Gentiles. There were true believers among both, then and now. We are one in Christ as there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, free nor slave in God's economy. He doesn't look at skin color nor academic credentials. Peter was an unlearned fisherman, Paul was a Roman but had been schooled in the best rabbinical schools, Matthew was a tax collector, Andrew a fisherman, etc. But God gifted each with supernatural wisdom, supernatural knowledge, great love and endurance, all because of the life of Christ in them. So I find it very disturbing that you elevate Paul above the other apostles. He was the most prolific writer, probably because of the time spent in prison with little else to do, and because he was constrained to share the Gospel with all who would hear. He also was a man of prayer. But I will not say that any apostles was less so because we don't have much writing from them or about them. Luther was set free from bondage to legalism when he comprehended that the just shall live by his faith. Habakuk 2:4, Romans 1:17. Few churches more strongly emphasize salvation by grace through faith, that it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast. Luther set up camp on these scriptures so strongly that he once said that the book of James should be tossed out of the Bible! But there is a balance to be had, of those who think their head knowledge faith can save them. To believe is an action verb and the root of the two words are the same Greek word. It means to cling to, adhere to, and rely upon Christ. The faith that God gifts to us is the kind that is full of love motivated acts of compassion and attitudes that are also full of love and forgiveness. True faith affords Christ to live in us and He can't help but to produce fruit. The Holy Spirit in us lights up our faces and eyes with kindness and long suffering, with meekness toward God and humility toward men. But He also gives us boldness and authority. So James has his place in Scripture since it brings faith into the balance of practical reality, where the rubber meets the road. True faith produces godly attitudes and actions because Christ in us can do not other. I was like Luther and had to learn that we are both saved by faith and that we live by our faith. Having begun in the Spirit I was trying to live the life in the flesh, and failed miserably. Gal 2:20 ESV I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
  10. Universities may teach about Islam and the Koran in the US, and they may teach Buddhist, but they rarely teach that the Bible is the Word of God or any beliefs of evangelical Christians. They might teach "liberal Christianity" which believe the Bible is written by man and there are/were no miracles, no virgin birth, and no God in human flesh. So they teach humanism and that Jesus was just a good man. Even Jesus said that only God is good! They teach things like comparative religions. So this is also the approach of some Bible Schools. The use higher textual criticism and believe that prophecies were made after the stuff happened because they don't understand how God can reveal things to people before they happen. Many don't understand the working of the Holy Spirit and how He inspired the men to record the thoughts and words of God. So they teach people to question all they have been taught. They say that there was no Bible until 400 AD and fail to mention that it was a collection of scrolls until that time. I think the seminaries may be worse than the Bible Schools. You can still find good Bible School. But often people who have a lot of degrees let it all go their heads. Pride was the sin of satan and educational pride and spiritual pride can be just as insidious. 1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1Co 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 1Co 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 1Co 1:28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 1Co 1:29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1Co 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—1Co 1:31 that, as it is written, "HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD."
  11. After you have post a few times here you will be able to go to the other areas open to non Christians. You will be able to ask questions and comment in the seekers areas and the Outer Court. You may read in the inner court but not post. The person who started our forums lives in Israel. His name is George. You are certainly most welcome here, Lady Brittany. Blessings, Willa
  12. Are you saying that the books of the Bible written by the apostles are not appropriate for us gentiles to read? I really don't understand this. Yes, you are preaching from Romans 6, and I live in Romans 8. But I am not a follower of Paul or Appolos, but of Jesus Christ. So while I understand and believe the teaching of Paul, I also believe that all of the Bible is profitable 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Or am I supposed to ignore this book because it was written to Timothy in particular? Several books like James and Peter were written to the Jewish Christians in dispersion. Many were under persecution. But if we read them in that context we can still apply the lessons to our own lives. Otherwise only the Gospel of Luke would be suitable for Gentiles to read. So I really don't understand what this point is. I appreciate that Paul wrote to the churches in Turkey, Greece and Rome; but James Peter and John wrote to the churches as well. And we are one church of all true believers. Now the "Gentiles" constitute all heathen, and we are not a part of the world. We are a part of Jesus Christ, and as such we will rule and reign with Him by virtue of the fact that we are in Him.
  13. We haven't seen White Rabbit for a while. Is he OK?
  14. The book of Romans really has to be read through the first 8 chapters or so. It is developing logically that no one is worthy of salvation and all are sinful, Jews and those without God alike. All are in need of a Savior, and of God's grace. Even the good people fall short of God's requirement of righteousness. Concerning those who are without Christ, whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life: Rom 2:6 He will render to each one according to his works: Rom 2:7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; Rom 2:8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. Rom 2:9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, Rom 2:10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. Rom 2:11 For God shows no partiality. Rom 2:12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. Rom 2:13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Rom 2:14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. Rom 2:15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them Rom 2:16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Rom 3:9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, Rom 3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; Rom 3:11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. Rom 3:12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— Rom 3:22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3:25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Rom 3:26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. So we come to the verse in question. Robertson's Word Studies has in interesting perspective: Until the law (achri nomou). Until the Mosaic law. Sin was there before the Mosaic law, for the Jews were like Gentiles who had the law of reason and conscience (Rom 2:12-16), but the coming of the law increased their responsibility and their guilt (Rom 2:9). Sin is not imputed (hamartia de ouk ellogeitai). Present passive indicative of late verb ellogaō (̇eō) from en and logos, to put down in the ledger to one’s account, examples in inscription and papyri. When there is no law (mē ontos nomou). Genitive absolute, no law of any kind, he means. There was law before the Mosaic law. But what about infants and idiots in case of death? Do they have responsibility? Surely not. The sinful nature which they inherit is met by Christ’s atoning death and grace. No longer do men speak of “elect infants.”
  15. lol! Our teen age sons used to accuse me of that all the time. If I did it I never knew it. The Holy Spirit might have been working on them. There was no other family to complain to really. But yes, I was heartless. I insisted that they go to any church as long as they were under our roof. When they were in school, if they got in trouble there they also were in trouble at home. When in trouble their car keys were confiscated and they were seen with mommy driving them to school, a fate worth than death. They also had to keep us informed as to where they were. They paid for their cars if the old one we provided wasn't good enough, and they paid for their own auto insurance and college tuition. I was a mean mama. I called it teaching them responsibility for their own actions and my mantra was with every privilege comes responsibility. Their dad would pray with and for each of them before school. Like I said, I still don't know how I put guilt trips on them. I told them when I was disappointed in them, though. But it was being honest and I wasn't trying to manipulate them. Now they are in their late forties and it is pay back time. They each have 3 teens to deal with not just two. I just pray for them for God's wisdom, and pray for all the kids, especially for their salvation. Two are still resisting God's grace and love.