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  1. I believe it is possible. There is an event in Acts chapter 16. If you look at the underlined portion, what she was saying is absolute truth! She did not say these are servants of one of the gods (small g). She is saying they are servants of Most High God (Yahweh). And the good news they are proclaiming is the (emphasis) way to be saved and not one of the ways. And this is coming from a female slave possessed by an evil spirit. So it is true that demon possessed can acknowledge God and speak truth. Does not mean anything in terms of their relationship with Lord. 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
  2. I personally don't believe this verse is intended to provide a litmus test to find whether a person is believer or not. I don't want to derail this thread, but I don't think we should assess a person based on whether they can verbally proclaim "Jesus is Lord". We have to look at this verse with rest of the Bible and events to understand the true meaning
  3. In the morning I was reading Bible and had never paid attention to this part in Gospel according to John, chapter 12. This is the event where Mary Magdalene uses a costly perfume to wash Jesus's feet. I have never paid attention to the underlined portion of the scripture before. We all know Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. That was not the first time he fell for the desire of money. This was something he has been doing often and routinely. Even before that, he was a thief. He was stealing money. He was in-charge of money bag and he was keeping some for himself. What started as simple theft, led him to betray the Messiah. I think this is so true in all our lives. We give into little sin thinking it does no harm. All sins start as a paper cut. When not paid attention, it deepens into a severe wound and becomes life threatening. This made me wonder what are all the paper cuts I am allowing in my life without cleansing them with Jesus's blood! Something to ponder about 4 But Judas Iscariot didn’t like what Mary did. He was one of Jesus’ disciples. Later he was going to hand Jesus over to his enemies. Judas said, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold? Why wasn’t the money given to poor people? It was worth a year’s pay.” 6 He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor. He said it because he was a thief. Judas was in charge of the money bag. He used to help himself to what was in it.
  4. I will be praying for you! These doubts are either coming from flesh or enemy itself. I know there are 2 doctrines - once saved always saved vs losing salvation. I believe a person saved will not lose salvation. Assurance of salvation is Biblical and many verses support the same. You don't have to worry about your salvation irrespective of that view. Christianity is not performance driven. Our works do not determine the end result. It is just the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. We are saved only through faith. Just spend more time in Bible reading, praising and prayers. Praising God is just amazing. Find some mature fellow brothers and sisters to pray along with you, study Bible along with you. Keep yourself in good company. Bible says the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. I truly believe it refers to "joy of salvation". The devil wants to rob the job of our salvation by asking questions like "Did God really save you...". Lord is our strength! Stand firm and resist the devil. Put on the armor of God. Keep praising Him! The devil will flee away along with these doubts
  5. I have seen many preachers preach from this verse - Nothing can separate you from the love of God, except you.. Well, the Bible does not say that exactly! It simply ends saying nothing can separate us from love of God.. Which would include us
  6. And it is amazing that God would actually allow satan to try to distract us in other areas. I would look them as God putting these tests for our own benefit. Where is our trust? But I totally agree with you. If there are no tests and trials, that's when I would be worried about my walk with God!!
  7. Yes, I do believe these reference pre-incarnate Christ. The instance with Joshua is pretty obvious. Because he falls down and worships Angel of the Lord. We are not supposed to worship angels. Only Lord Jesus should be worshiped.
  8. I am not scientist and this is not a topic that I pay much attention to. Frankly, there is lot of politics behind this. Just like anything else. I truly believe we need to be good stewards of planet earth. God gave authority over His creation to Adam and Eve. It was partially lost during fall. So mankind is no longer able to control destiny of this earth. It is already written that the earth as we know today will perish. Mankind is simply not able to stop that from happening. This is where I disagree with climate change people. We cannot stop earth from being destroyed. Earth will one day perish. And that is not just because of what we are doing now. God has ordained that to happen. While it is important to be good stewards, the destiny of earth is not in our hands. This is the fundamental difference between conservative Christians who deny climate change and liberals.
  9. I wouldn't worry much about the author's personal faith. There are unbelievers with amazing gifts and talents in various areas. Authoring books is one of them. I would be worried about the content of the book rather than the author's faith. A person claiming Christian can write a demonic book. An unbeliever can write an amazing novel. If the content is not going to distract your relationship with God, there is no harm reading it.
  10. John Piper (a well know Calvinist) has a nice booklet on this topic. I just want to quote him from the book. I have also put a link for the book. You may not agree to this. But I do want to answer the question from Reformed perspective. The difference between the Reformed and the Arminians lies not in whether there are two wills in God, but in what they say this higher commitment is. What does God will more than saving all? The answer the Arminians give is that human self-determination and the possible resulting love relationship with God are more valuable than saving all people by sovereign, efficacious grace. The answer the Reformed give is that the greater value is the manifestation of the full range of God’s glory in wrath and mercy (Rom. 9:22–23) and the humbling of man so that he enjoys giving all credit to God for his salvation (1 Cor. 1:29). https://document.desiringgod.org/does-god-desire-all-to-be-saved-en.pdf?ts=1446647103 Personally, I had a debate in my mind on this. I studied and studied on this. All scripture pointed to predestination and Reformed view. Plain understanding of most of the scriptures will lead to Reformed view. Arminians will have to give a complicated explanation to support their view. Below is a link to 10 such scriptures and how Calvinists and Arminians interpret this. Ultimately this question led me to Reformed view. When we go to heaven, let's say Jesus asks us this - "Why did you believe Me?" Am I going to say "Your Grace Lord" or "I chose to follow you". That my friend was my answer to this debate! https://www.xenos.org/essays/calvinism-arminianism-controversial-passages
  11. Everyone in believes in predestination. Calvinists (Reformed) and Arminians have a different definition of predestination! I have a Reformed view on predestination. Yes, we all need to be concerned about those left out. We need to pray and evangelize. There is no question about that. It does not change irrespective of one's view on predestination.
  12. Appreciate all the feedback on this so far. Please remember my daughter in your prayers today. She has taken her Bible to school. Actually I am the one scared and not her! Yesterday I was asking if she is afraid or something. She asked "why?" Made me realize who is the scared one here!! I will report back on how things went tomorrow
  13. This is something I have heard from people who work from home completely. They miss the social aspect of having someone to talk about politics or sports, etc.. Seems like you are already part of a Church and hope you enjoy that fellowship. That is really important. Try to engage in some local Bible studies. There are lot of men's fellowship as well. That would help you form a circle of friends who are some in spiritual nature. You can also try finding some social groups in meetup based on your hobbies. If you play sports, you can find some local groups through meetup. You can do that a couple of days and that will help you socialized with people and talk about stuff which you don't get to do at work!
  14. Thank you! Sounds like I should tell her to keep the Bible in her bag. Read in school bus. And read during lunch break? And just keep it inside rest of the time and not bring it out or talk with friends about it during rest of the day. Talk with friends just during school bus and lunch alone. Probably safest for her? And give enough opportunities to talk with friends when they ask what she is doing?
  15. I was also wondering if I should give heads up to the class teacher so that she is aware of it and have thought through this from her side.
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