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  1. Sorry not going down the OSAS arguments rabbit trails. I simply paraphrase the declaration at: Romans 8 English Standard Version (ESV) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  2. Seems a presumption without evidence, to me. In fact I think it to be just the opposite. Why would my pride be lifted by Jesus having to take on my shame to reconcile tha twhich is impossible ot reconcile. My shame and God's perfection, where is the pride to be found in that for me.
  3. God the Holy Spirit is the deal. Anyone can read the Bible, well anyone that can read. But no one understands it without the Holy Spirit and the Spirit or perhaps Jesus ( Angel Of the Lord) sending others that are Holy Spirit filled to explain the use of the armor of God the word of the Bible. There was a man of importance, of good education, and high responsibility, an Ethiopian, that was reading the Bible of the time. He asked; how can I understand it if no one will explain it to me? A Man named Phillip was there for that very purpose, sent by God. There is the Word who is God Jesus the son, There is God the Father and there is God the Holy Spirit. It is by God alone the triune God that understanding comes that brings about the turning about to repentance from sin against God and into submission and bond servitude to Jesus. The word of the Bible, the very armor of God for his own, to the atheist is foolishness, it is not understood, can't be, by design of the divine Holy author. All credit for understanding it is God's. it is not to be found in the academic pursuit of it by those that deny it. God makes sure of that for His good purposes. Understanding is a total gift a privilege from God alone to those He has foreknown and predestined to be made aware and led to His Son Jesus under the protection of the Good Shepherd who loses not a one of those given to Him by His Father. It is the works of the Holy Spirit that is the enablement. For example; I personally was pretty well informed of Christianity, it was my professional need to deal with it. Yet I did not believe Christianity. I had to be taken away from my profession by God and dropped into a hard to handle very harsh foreign to me environment for God to then get me to see of Him, His existence and to turn to Him instead of away. I was turned about to my humbling repentance, and the Holy Spirit then made me to be able to see anew the word of God and to live it. It is all of God and The Holy Spirit is God. Acts 8:26-40 English Standard Version (ESV) Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
  4. Dianetics, Scientology, Flag, does not give individuals time and space to be themselves!
  5. Hi, May I suggest the potential of serious problems is far more significant that just content being inappropriate? I suggest that it is the actual development of hand eye coordination and physical motor skills that may get affected in large numbers of today's children, because of the use of computing devices as toys for kids and as baby sitting aids by parents. Parents are having serious issues, behavior issues, with their kids. The kids are having serious trouble just learning to tie their own shoes. Specialists of varying ability and theories are working hard to help overcome the very disruptive behavior issues, many do reach a conclusion that the use of computers and the playing of games on a flat screen regardless of the content is affecting adversely the development of children. "Brain Balance" is one program center that does some pretty excellent work!!! and addresses the subject of "computers" or computing toys and games, and kids use of them. Our family has had personal experience with the problems and with the program of correction and aid to a child's need of help. It is a widespread problem. I worked at a school that tried to handle it, public school stend to not have any programs to help and just end up putting all the troubled kids together in one school. It is quite scary to see it hit home, but after much ard two years hard effort and a ton of money spent see the outstanding result. Praise God and praise God for parents with the resolve to not cave into the whims of merchants and their own kid's desire to follow the crowd. The parade of the crowd is headed in the wrong direction.. p.s. -Might take a look at the book Disconnected Kids.
  6. As the Moderating boss says- "looks like this one has run it's course." I'm hitting the "Ignore This Topic" box anyway.
  7. On the whole, I'd rather be a poorer rich person. - Job Just kidding. More seriously though, should one worry excessively about tomorrow's needs, does not today have enough troubles of it's own? Those that live without joy in today are precious little encouragement for tomorrow. Moving On Up To The East Side is not all that bad a place to be going long as one does all that they do to the glory of God as they go about what they are led to be doing in bond-servitude to our Lord Jesus.
  8. Hi and welcome to WCFs, My immediate thought is that it is God alone that made Saul and at the time of His choosing named him Paul turned him about to his repentance and new birth. Saul was well educated high in the order of those that taught and enforced Rabbinical laws the Pharisees and the under the Law of Moses. He certainly did not want of Jesus faith. He denied Him as Messiah and killed the followers of it, those that had acquired the faith of Jesus. In him it was God that did the impossible, the reconciliation to Him that is Jesus the Christ. Jesus, in a Christophany appearance literally stopped Saul in his determined hard set heart as he traveled to get Him. The Holy Spirit I suspect was part and parcel of this turning about and after a period of three days blinded, in a total fast, and in the presence of his own "posse" Saul was released by the Holy Spirit born again and named of God, Paul of Tarsus. It was and still is all of God and by God for the glory of God. It is a testimony of the absolute sovereign power of God. That is my own take on it at this time. Acts 9:1-19 English Standard Version (ESV) But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.
  9. Seems to me I heard of a street preacher that once went about shouting repent and shouting Old Testament stuff at people! Geesh he called out people declaring some to be vipers even, and talked of unquenchable fire too. Kind of a nutsy guy, had a strange diet and all. Should I judge him to be unprofitable to the gospel of Christ Jesus? I don't think so. Best for me not to judge the servant of another. If my Lord is happy with the ministry, I should be happy too. If He is not happy, well I am not his avenging angel, so I will leave it to my Lord Jesus to encourage or correct through the Holy Spirit as He sees fit at this time. In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
  10. Hi, Perhaps it is a matter of definitions. Prosperity gospel drives many individuals. Some are very fine and quite generous to others. They tend to think in terms of hanging on, just hanging on, even in the harsh times that beset them. And that is a fine attribute. Their reliance on our Lord prospers. On the other side however are the numerous and known far and wide claimers of divine power to make one rich, rich in the treasure of this world. All by sending them money as they are the representative of God that has the power of prosperity. They can move mountains, cast away hurricanes according to them ( usually upon someone else is what I have noticed). What they seem to have in common, though their own schtick might be unique to them, is that if YOU fail to get what YOU want it is Your fault for not having sent to God seed money, - of which they are the treasurer. God evidently needing seed money of faith to be exhibited by trusting the prosperity preacher with the seed buying fund. Wishing and praying for a person to prosper, helping a widow in need, raising orphans, and teaching the young the word of God is also prosperity as well as personal gain; but the treasure gained is set up in heaven for each bond-servant of Christ Jesus to receive a garland or two or three or more, all to be placed at the feet of our Lord Jesus, giving Him alone thanks and credit for all that has be done, for we do all that we do for the glory of God if we try to prosper for our eternal life with God. -That's the way I tend to see it anyway. We are to run the race as though to win it.
  11. Prosperity as in Positive Thinking of Norman Vincent Peale and the Possibility Thinking of Robert Schuller tends to lead to a grand failure that is devastating to those that get caught up in it. But, a lesson leaned is a good thing too. I did miss my own opportunity to buy one or both of the last two panes of glass for the Crystal Cathedral of Robert Schuller at $100,000 US each. Got to see which pane it was to be that would be dedicated in my name too. A pittance for the gain in possibility thinking I might have obtained. Of course today all the panes of glass and the whole facade is owned by the Orange County California diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. seems Bob and the gang bellied up went bankrupt, much as others like Tim and Tammy Bakker did. Seems they can't handle their gain at all. Last thing I heard from the lips of Tammy was, normally I don't recommend using your credit card to buy property, but these condos are just such a super deal you can't lose, call buy today use your credit card for the down payment. Sorry Tammy I already maxed out my cards for green prayer hankies, but the money will roll in soon and I will buy the Christian retreat condo unit yes I will I will. I have a Possibility Thinkers Bible, just picked it up and looked at it yesterday, it is a good reminder that all that sounds good-ly is not necessarily so. Poor Bob started out preaching at a drive in movie facility and just hit a hot button of the people of the time and place, 1960's Orange County Ca. People driven to find a better life in the sun. He got so caught up in himself that he passed God on by, and he fell hard. I do feel for those that so desperately want the rewards of this world that they will try to use God to get it from others. Bob and the group were teaching how to get rich in California real estate. An okay thing , but when it is the cause of Christ Jesus I think they exceed their gift of teacher and become false teahers to be avoided less one get caught up in it and sheared by the shepherd's of evil. These preachers of prosperity know hell, they may not find it profitable to teach of it and of the kingdom of God, for that takes time away from the close they wish to make by deceiving as many as possible that do have some money already, and to simply con them out of it. I do think each of them started out on a good path with righteous goals, but they each got full of themselves, decided they could sell God by selling prosperity and also get rich themselves. Soon they were much like Gideon in chapter 8 of Judges, having forgot God, and instead are found gathering gold for the making of an idol a golden idol of one's self- God just doesn't long tolerate that. Anyway that is what I think. There is Hell and there is hell on earth, so to speak, too. Kinda works out best if one can avoid being so poor as to resent God, and not be so rich as to perceive having no need of God. Share sacrificially with widows and orphans give, as Paul said for the oppressed church at Jerusalem, and be kind to one another sharing in all that are needs.
  12. Now I "see" two sets of saints spinning up and out, and of course all you southern hemisphere dwellers spin backwards or counter to us in the northern hemisphere.
  13. Nope! It does not. There is repentance that will occur and with it a new life to be lived as a sojourner even in this world. The lady will likely have need of aid and assistance from the body of Christ Jesus, mainly if not exclusively by the ladies within the local church in order sustain herself gain safe living place and anew way to support herself. She will not be able to continue in her sin, nor will she have want to do so. The born again believer is not alone each is indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
  14. Actually here (and elsewhere) the ladies of the "gentlemen's clubs" learn of Christ Jesus from the ladies of the church that get together with them have a social time together giving them a treat of cosmetics, hair care, the doing of nails, and getting to know them (plus them to know of the church the ladies of the body of Christ), and share of the gospel of Jesus. Any ladies ( and only ladies ) that find they might want to be part of sharing the gospel with these ladies may find several leads into the ministry by searching online missionaries ministering to strippers.
  15. Oh btw a true tale that I have shared here about cats before but will add to the mix of cat talk on this thread; that second cat Cookie my wife's Texas feral cat first stayed in our fenced city yard for a few days, then ventured over the fence and disappeared. My wife was upset, spent time calling for Cookie, then had to go get her prescriptions. So I watched for the cat, and sure enough there it was in the back yard. I opened the door called "Cookie" and ot my surprise it came right in. I cell phoned wife to tell her the good news, all proud of myself. She came home looked at Cookie, looked at me with a odd expression, and said "That's not Cookie that tom cat is twice as big and not even the same colors". Well Cookie stayed lost for a night plus. And wife was upset that Cookie would not know about cars and dogs. We called. "Cookie, Cookie!". I felt like an idiot outside "Cookie Cookie", what kind of man yells Cookie Cookie in a sweet voice? Auugh! On the second night of my walking around calling "Cookie!" I thought I heard a meow. I thought it was right next door. My wife who speaks Spanish went next door but the people would not answer the door. So I dug holes under the fences and put lit flash lights in the holes I dug, so they would be lit up and an attraction in the night; much like Kleg lights at a grand opening or a movie premier. It only took minutes of nightfall for the cat to come running through a lit up hole to the back door. She had been pinned evidently behind the neighbor's bushes away from their dogs. Cookie has been a house cat ever since. She doesn't want out except to challenge other cats that wander onto the property, Then she goes absolutely berserk with fighting anger. -Cats, who needs em? They should be wild creatures eating mice in the woods barns and fields, not in the house with a poop box. Gawd a poopbox, in the house! No no no why me why me? Okay Cookie, tap tap, you can sit on my lap, but only after I put a lap blanket over me. Dang claws ow. Stop that cat kneading. God's creatures big and small and the man was to name and claim and be responsible over them? How about just beagles? Beagles are fun.
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