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    Sailing on dry land, photography, artistic painting, decorative concrete, craftmanship in all things, things with motors, working with my hands, Worthy Ministries, the church I attend, my friends and family, the church universal, Bible study, fossils, marine aquariums, computers, building websites, politics a little, but especially my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, Creator of the universe. These are a few of my favorite things. I enjoy free will, and what I believe about it is:

    You are free to choose to do what you want to do,
    but you are not free to choose what it is, that you want to do,
    nor are you necessarily able, to do what you choose to do!

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  1. That is an interesting question, and I do not feel qualified to reply as if I know the answer. My first thought is, no, God does not use our prayers in His decision. The elect are chosen before the foundation of the world, before they decided for Christ, before they did anything, and before we ever even though to pray. I suspect it is not about His decision that we are praying, like we can change His mind or cause Him to act. I am of several opinions here, let me see if I can flesh them out a bit. Mind you, these are just my opinions, but they are not without reason. 1st, I do believe that God has foreknowledge. I think the means several things. Some want to limit that to the idea, that God knows what will happen, before it happens. Even there, "before" is a strange word. Before is a time word, a word about sequence. I think that is for our convenience, because that is how we think, seeing how we are beings that live in time. God is not limited to time, He inhabits eternity. Eternity is not a lot of time, it is actually timeless. God did not live before time, He lives outside of time. Time is part of His creation, like energy, matter, and space. The are things we experience, and they limit us. So outside of time, God knew/knows/will know, what goes on. You will fine this idea all over scripture. For example, His very "name", YHWH, is a statement of eternal being. He esstially declares Him self to be the one who was, and is, and who is to come, or "I was what I was, am what I am, and will prove to be what I will prove to be. Theological concepts like santification and salvation, are also spoken of like this. What I mean there is, that the Bible says I have been saved, I am being saved, and I will be saved. Time means nothing to God in the big picture, that is probably what is behind 2 Peter 3:8: "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." If a 1000 years = 1 day, and vice versa, then what is time to God? So, back to the idea that God has foreknowledge of who He has chosen . . . Let me put it this way, what ever God sees happening in time, WILL HAPPEN. When He reveals these things, we call it prophecy, and they never fail. So, whether we pray or not, the chosen will be saved. However, I cannot ignore the fact, that God knows that we will pray, so that all works together. I would not go so far as to say, that His foreknowledge eliminates all choice in every tiny detail, only that such choices are foreseen. It is a bit off topic, but indulge me a moment, perhaps a way to see the relationship between freewill and and and God's sovereign choice. Jonah was told by God, to go preach to the Ninevites. That is God's sovereignty. God wanted those people to get the message, He had compassion on their ignorance. Jonah, on the other hands, said, "Pfft. I hate those guys, I am going on vacation to Tarshish!" So, Jonah thinks he can ignore God's command, and do what he pleases, that is Jonah, exercising his free will. Indeed, Jonah did do, exactly that, he boarded a ship, in the opposite direction. No Jonah, might have underestimated God a bit, because God also has free will. So God, in His free will, sent a big sea creature. Baiscally, Johah was out-played, you cannot win a fight against God, if you ever appear to, it is because He let you win, as part of a bigger plan. Like Satan, has his place in the crucifixion of Jesus, yet it was always in God's plan from the beginning, it was not plan B. So, Satan also, was out-played, and used to further God's plan. So, a sort of cute version of God's sovereignty vs free-will, is: God won't make you go against your will, but He will make you willing to go, as Jonah figured out. I mentioned that foreknowledge, in my opinion, is not just foreseeing what will transpire. Knowledge in the Bible is often a term of intimacy, a relationship. Adam knew his wife, Joseph knew Mary. Those are cases where the Bible is not saying that those men had an intellectual awareness of their wives. Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” God of course, knows about everyone, but here I think He is speaking to a special realtionship. Matt 7: 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Surely, Jesus is not saying, that He knew about them. These people seem to have done things "in His name", that most Christians cannot claim. Yet Jesus never know them, the realtionship, was not there! Now, does pray affect things or not? The Jews were told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I have to believe that that instruction must mean something, but at the very least it must be that praying is good for people regardless of whether it has an effect of not. If that is the case, is that not enough of a reason to pray? Jesus said: "But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” I am inclined to think that prayer must have some effect, but I am not convinced that we can change God's mind in reality. It comes back to the fact, that He knows what He is going to do. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. There I think, clearly, that God already knows our need, yet we are told to pray anyway. The key always, I think is that it is His will that we pray, and it is our praying of His will, that will be accomplished: 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to his will He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him. So, if we pray for the salvation of a person, and it is His will that they be saved, then that person will be saved, so why wouldn't we obey Him, and trust Him, yet no knowing that what will be the outcome. Even Jesus, submitted to the will of the Father, over His own desires: 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” So, that is what I take from this, is that we need to be praying for those who are unbelieving, and accepting that in God's sovereign will, they may not be of the chosen. It is not our call, He is the potter, we are the clay. It is His universe, and He decides for His own purposes, what He does with it. It is not ours to question Him, He is not accountable to us. He is our judge, we do not have to agree or understand His ways. but trust that the Lord of all the Earth, will do right! We do not need to know what, if any effect our prayers have, we only need to be obedient, and pray for His will do be done, and leave it in His hands.
  2. Omegaman 3.0

    The Christian Walk Isn't Hard...

    Scroll up a couple of posts, I responded to that! In short, we do not work to be saved, we work because we are saved. Works are the result of, not the cause of, salvation.
  3. Omegaman 3.0

    The Christian Walk Isn't Hard...

    17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You sound like Martin Luther here, I also had problems with those verses. I do not see a proble, The Bible does not contradict itself. Therefore if Eph 2 says (and it does): 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Then we need to understand passages in a way that sees them as harmonius. If they are contradicting, then we know we have interpreted them wrong. First, in Eph 2, it is clear that we are saved NOT as a result of works, not interpretation needed there, the words are plain and clear. Furthermore, the Greek there allows for the notion, that the gift of God, is inclusive of the faith through which we receive God's grace, so that salvation is 100% God, 0% us. If that were not the case, then we would have something to boast about, but we do not. Back in Eph 2:10 it even says that is what the saved are created for. So we can understand, that those who have saving faith, do produce good works, that is what saved people do by design. That is totally compatible with James 2. James even said there that faith is not merely believing in God, he says even the demons beleive in one God. So, saving faith, is the faith that submits to the Lordship of Christ, those who have Christs as Lord, obey Him and do good works. I truly do not understand why Luther had a problem with this, perhaps because he was so long a Roman Catholic, I guess it is understandable. James 2 also said: 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Notice the rhetorical question in verse 14. Obviously, he is making the case that faith without works is dead, it does not save you, so there, he is agreeing with Paul thatsaving faith is accompanied by works, the faithful work, period.Faith without works is dead, useless for salvation, just like the faith of demons. Then in verse 18, he offers that the evidence of faith, is good works. You mentioned also Eph 2:10, but as you can see, I already commented on that, you were on the right page to include that in the conversation. I hope that is somewhat helpful, but even if you will not accept it, it is there for the sake of those who can.
  4. I do not see why this is an issue for Calvinists in particular, salvation is of God, whether one is a Calvinist or not. Paul said in Romans 10: 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?c And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. Calvinists believe that God has chosen that believers are to preach the gospel to the unsaved. Who are we to disagree? The thing is, yes, we believe that there are elect chosen by God for salvation, and we get the privilege of being part of God's saving action to the elect. Since we have no idea who the elect are, we preach to everyone. Furthermore, we see in Matt 28 that Jesus said: 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We do not see Him saying "Go out and preach only to the elect", we make disciples of all, if we are obedient. There may be some hyper-Calvinsists who are lazy and disobedient, and think it is okay to not be concerned about the unsaved, that God will send someone else to do the work of evangelism and prayer, etc. I would say to that, that they will get their reward based on their works, which are lacking, assuming they are even saved at all. We are to model Jesus, having sacrificial love. If Jesus was willing to die for His enemies, should we not at least, tell them about what He did for them?
  5. Omegaman 3.0

    Cleric Response Teams.

    No idea what that is, is that like a Clergy Response Team?
  6. Omegaman 3.0

    Omegaman Cant Breath well right now-

    Thank you all so much. Feel free to devote you valuable prayer time, to those with more immediate needs, I am doing pretty good now. If/when I am in trouble again, I will be back!
  7. Good deal Pencil. I have been thinking about topics and priorities - what things should be first. It occurs to be that there are some topics, that are too often neglected, and yet are key to understanding a lot of scripture. For example, the sovereignty of God comes to mind. Without that as a given, some things seem to raise questions. Once understood and appreciated, even embraced, there is a lot of peace in being able to rest in it.
  8. Omegaman 3.0

    Omegaman Cant Breath well right now-

    Thanks, I am rapidly improving, more of less out of the woods now I think! Not high energy yet, but breathing in no longer at the anxiety producing stage that it can get. Will probably just rest for a while now. Thanks again!
  9. You are welcome New Member. Coincidentally, I made this again a couple of days ago, but tried some changes from my thoughts about my first try. The cooking time etc, did not use any pre-program, just set it on high pressure, ten minutes. That was perfect. I still did the 2 tsp. of olive oil in the bottom, and a light spray on the sides - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Again, it cleaned very easily and I like getting some olive oil into my diet. This version used: 1 Cup of cherry tomatoes Again, I used 6 small, colorful peppers, sliced them into rings about 3/8 of an inch (10mm) wide 1 cup of baby carrots, about as long as a finger is wide, and their diameters the way God made them 1 small white onion, cut into pieces that were sections of the rings, varied in side and shape, but just what resulted from cutting an onion like this: I used about two tablespoons of minced garlic, from a jar. I sliced 6 smallish mushrooms, and I placed all of those ingredients into the bottom of the cooking pot Next, I placed 1/2 pound of pasta (the type shown in the above picture) on top of the veggies. I made 2.5 cups of vegetable bouillon using the mix I mentioned in the first post, and added to that a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice (the kind you buy in a squeezable bottle) and set it aside I again used the tablespoon of mixed spices that I did in the first post, but also added a couple of teaspoons of dried oregano to that, and spinkled these spices over the pasta. Additionally, I sprinkled 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes over the pasta (instead of the 2 teaspoons I tried the first time) Now, taking the liquid that I previously set aside, and poured it over the pasta Now, in the image above, you have to use your imagination. Imagine that the leaves, represent the pasta. The grey circle, is the pot. You should be able to detect a sort of beige set of spirals. Those represent the pattern I poured the liquid in, in an ever to pre-wet the dry pasta. It might not be necessary, but that is what I did. Of course, it washes a lot of the dry spices down into the pot, some go all the way, some stick in the pasta and veggies. Probably not critical, but that is what I did. At this stage, the lid goes one and is locked and sealed in place on the cooker. Set the cooker to high pressure for ten minutes. After the cooker heats up, and builds pressure, the timer starts to count down the ten minute cook time. At the end of the ten minutes you turn the pot off, and release the pressure, then when that is done, you remove the lid, stir up the ingredients to mix it all together, and dish out the servings. Yummy!
  10. Sorry for the delays getting started on this section, but it is not forgotten, just delayed.
  11. I fell almost guilty for this one. it started out as a concept for a painting I was planning, but I came to like it as it is. The guilt? It is just digitally created, no 'real' skill, just applocation of technology. Sure, i moved the mouse with my hand, but I don't know, I push buttons on a calculator too, is that art? LOL, never-the-less, I just it has more aesthetic value than 3.14159!
  12. Yeah, from PETAs staand point, I think even guide dogs might be animal cruelty. I was thoughtful enough one year to see if they had a humane solution for a rat infestation we had, their suggest was to get live traps, capture the animals and turn them loose in my yard. They are not bit on anything derived from animals, and even pets are not called pets, but companion animals (pets is demeaning, and makes animals seem less that equal). I wonder it they are against antibiotics, which indiscriminately kill protozoa (microscopic animals) in your body!
  13. Chicken fried steak isn't that unusual in California, at least in my county where leftists are not in control. In other counties, there are two concerns, one is that it is cruel to the chickens, the other is that the fat cat capitalist pig entrepreneurs don't pay the chickens minimum wage. If P.E.T.A. finds out about this post, they may call for a boycott of Worthy, because I fat shamed a cat, and implied that pigs are capitalists. Trining the chickens to fried the cows, is difficult I imagine, but here in my county, we are not big on welfare for chicken, the have to earn their keep, not just lollygagging around on free ranges or in pens becoming obese on free grain. That also makes the left mad though, because that grain could be converted in alcohol for fuel, instead of supporting the big oil monopolies who prevent us from driving 200 mile per gallon cars.
  14. Omegaman 3.0

    USING GOD'S NAME IN VAIN

    Might consider this: https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html
  15. Omegaman 3.0

    Jesus has already come? Second Coming

    Except for many places, including the very next verse, where it says: "This is the first resurrection." Resurrection is physical. The Greek word, translated to our English word "resurrection", is anástasis, it is a compound word from aná, up or upward, and hístēmi, make to stand or to stand. In other words resurrection is literally to stand up. That is what a formerly dead person can only do with a body, souls in heaven to not have bodies, resurrected souls in the first resurrection, get them when Christ returns for them. Besides the fact that the resurrection means literally to stand up, we have descriptions to let us know what it will be like, consider the following verses in no particular order, just combine the information given ot get a fuller picture: 1 Cor 15:12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming That "made alive" is not spiritual only, that happened when Christians are born again. This is future, when Christians are made alive in a new body. It is a different kind of body, yes, but it is a body, not a disembodied soul. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. Phillip 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Luke 24:"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."
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