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  1. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,

    You’re welcome, Your closest friendnt. Thank you, for your confidence in my reply. I’m fairly new to the faith, being born again only about 5 years or so now, so, I still have a lot to learn. I agree with you that there is a lot to learn about the early believers. I disagree with you here; You said: “It must have been Peter telling the Believers that the Lord is coming very soon and within their generation,” No, Peter isn’t at fault for the people not believing in the return of our Lord, Jesus. The mockers that were mocking, following after their own lusts, refers to unbelievers. They are not following God, they are following their own desires. We read this here; Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 Basically, the unbelievers are calling Jesus, and his disciples, liars. Peter and the other Apostles didn’t teach that Jesus would return at a certain time, or in that specific generation. Jesus, himself, even stated that He didn’t know the day of His return. We read that here; “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone”… Mathew 24:36 In Mathew 24, we read of how the world will be when Jesus’ return is near, the “signs of the time”, so to speak. Believers, on the other hand, believe in the return of our Lord Jesus, and we even hope he comes soon, but it doesn’t upset us if we die before He returns, because we will be with Him either way. See? If He comes, we go to Him, if we die, we go to Him! So, either way, we get to be with Him! Now, we do grieve, when we think of all the unbelievers that will be dead in their sins at our Lords return, but to us, who have been born again unto new life, we have joy at the thought of being with our Lord. …in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8
  2. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,

    Your closest friendnt, I will try to answer your questions. (I welcome any corrections from others, if I get it wrong.) You asked: "...Who are the people he is addressing,..." The Apostle Peter is addressing other Christians. We read this at the beginning of his letter; Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1 You asked: "...what is the reason to address them in this manner,..." He is addressing them in this manner to remind them what they have been taught in truth, the promise given, and as a stern warning, because other people were mocking, and teaching contrary (false doctrine) to what had been taught by the Apostles. We read of this here; Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 This particular verse (2 Peter 3:9) refers to His promise to come back, and how some people think He's slow about it, but God isn't being slow, He's being patient. You asked: "...and what is the promise." But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:10-13 There are also other promises referred to in 2 Peter, which makes for a very good study.
  3. Sounds to me like it's a useful gadget to have!
  4. I think you can get a magnifying glass app, for Android phones.
  5. What is Love?

    “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." John 14:15 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. 2 John 1:6
  6. A few questions

    You're welcome, Opywang!
  7. A few questions

    1. As far as I know, the bible does not say outright that cussing is bad, however, we are instructed to; Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Colossians 3:8 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:3-4 2. Yes He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip. Proverbs 20:19 For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 2 Corinthians 12:20 3. As far as I know, the bible does not state outright that horror movies are bad, however, we are instructed to; Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
  8. where do you draw the line

    Being pregnant isn't a sin, Mary was unwed when she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and became pregnant with Jesus, and God does not sin. Scripture tells us that children are a gift from God. Also, we can't assume she sinned to become pregnant, as pregnancy can also result from rape, or artificial insemination, to name two examples. To make a righteous judgement, your friend would need to determine if fornication actually took place. If she did commit fornication, then after repentance, she should be restored as per scripture. After repentance, to continue in ministry work would depend on your friends church's by laws or signed commitments (if she signed such).
  9. The Gospel Message pastor Bob DeWaay

    I enjoy Bob DeWaay. He posts a lot of articles at Critical Issues Commentary. http://cicministry.org/
  10. You've all been very helpful. Thank you! I'm in complete agreement that we may not know how the forest devoured people, but can believe it did happen, and that it happened through God's providence and power.
  11. Private Messaging

    You're welcome, Larry 2.
  12. Private Messaging

    I've noticed two ways... - click on the envelope icon located at the top of the forum page, located next to your name when you're signed in. - hover your mouse pointer over a member's name in a thread, you'll see an option to message.
  13. I'm having a difficult time understanding how the forest killed these people during the battle. How do trees kill people? 6 Then the people went out into the field against Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. 7 The people of Israel were defeated there before the servants of David, and the slaughter there that day was great, 20,000 men. 8 For the battle there was spread over the whole countryside, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured. 2 Samuel 18:6-8 NASB
  14. Correct, Out of the Shadows! (Found in Ruth chapter 3). Now it's your turn to ask a Bible question.
  15. The Gentiles received faith. When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27 Question: How did Ruth ask Boaz to marry her?
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