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About daughterofGrace

  • Birthday May 9

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Reading -- fiction (mysteries), non-fiction (theology, history, biography), poetry;
    Music -- I play the trumpet and piano;
    Baseball -- I'm a Toronto Blue Jays' fan
  1. Experts estimate that Sweden will be a Muslim-dominated nation by 2050 and that France will reach that even sooner -- by 2040 -- with a Muslim president. And yes, it will be through immigration and because Muslims have much larger families than the average European. David Wood writes about such things as well as how to witness to Muslims here: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/
  2. Craig Keener put out a massive two-volume book on the subject of miracles several years ago. He went all around the world and interviewed all kinds of people about miracles they had witnessed and experienced. Unfortunately, because it's a lot of reading and rather expensive, I'm afraid most people won't get to read what he wrote. However, there are other ways to get some of the information. Here are a few free samples of what he has to say on the subject: http://www.craigkeener.com/miracles-around-the-world-podcast/ http://www.craigkeener.com/its-okay-to-expect-a-miracle-interview-from-christianity-today/ http://www.craigkeener.com/answering-some-objections-to-miracles/
  3. Thanks so much for explaining that passage about judging, Mike 2. I so agree. It doesn't tell us NOT to judge. It tells us HOW not to judge -- that is, hypocritically, condemning someone for something that we ourselves are guilty of.
  4. I'm big on defining terms. Therefore, before we can even discuss whether we think someone is a Christian or not, we have to define just what it is to be one. I put it this way: A Christian is someone who is born-again (spirit brought alive in Christ) and who has entered, by faith, into a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. That's it. That's what a Christian is. As such, he/she recognizes that Christ is the second person of the Triune Godhead, that he was born of a virgin and that, as God Incarnate, he died on the cross to atone for the sins of humankind, but rose from the dead three days later. He is currently seated at the right hand of God and will return at a time unknown to us. In other words, a true Christian is going to profess orthodox Christianity. He or she will espouse the above primary doctrines. I have found that the most obvious way of telling whether someone really is born-again and Spirit-filled and in a relationship with Jesus is how they think of Christ. If they get Jesus wrong, then they can't be Christians or they would know who he is. And there are, of course, people claiming to be Christians who do get Jesus wrong. The Mormons come to mind first and foremost. Additionally, there are cultural Christians, that is, people who grow up in a culture based on a Judeo-Christian foundation. And there are nominal Christians, people who attend church and consider their participation in that church as what it means to be a Christian. In these cases, they aren't really Christians because there is no relationship, no rebirth, no infilling of the Holy Spirit. A true Christian should enter into a life-long process of sanctification upon conversion, empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit. The goal is to become like Jesus. But I fully realize that some believers might not know anything about that because of the churches they attend. I say that because I attended church for quite a while with the Holy Spirit being the "silent partner" in the Christian life. The denomination I was raised in didn't teach about the Holy Spirit, about sanctification, etc. I had to learn it as an adult much later in a different denomination altogether. I always say there are no perfect Christians, only Christians in the process of being perfected. And yes, sometimes we can make such a mess that people question whether we really do know God. But at that point, confession and genuine repentance are the signs that we love and follow Christ. But the bottom line is this: Only God can see right into our hearts and that's where the true identity of us all rests.
  5. Culinary -- as in cooking? If so, I hope you share some of your favourite recipes. I'm a fairly recent member myself, but I expect there's a place for such things. Adding my welcome to those of the others . . . .
  6. Good suggestions, PlanetChee. Thank you!
  7. You are so right about reading other things than the Bible. Of course we should make it a priority. But as you say, other books can bless us as we attempt to navigate through life. Other people who have walked the same path can share what they have learned, how God has guided them, etc. I always find that encouraging. And I think it's a shame if people don't read non-Christian books, too. I love history. Right now I am reading Anthony Beevor's The Second World War. It's mammoth and may take me a month to read as I go back and forth from it to the Christian books that are a steady part of my literary diet. As they say -- so many books, so little time . . . .
  8. I agree with you. I love to listen to books. Christianaudio.com offers a lot of Christian audiobooks, but I don't have the money to spend on it right now. If I did, I would definitely subscribe.
  9. Almost done the Zacharias book. Next on tap -- two books by Nabeel Qureshi. I read his Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus some time ago. In it, he talks about how he left Islam and became a Christian. The two I am going to read now are entitled Answering Jihad and No God But One: Allah or Jesus? Qureshi is currently battling stomach cancer. He was diagnosed with it last summer, has had treatment, but the cancer remains. He is only in his early '30s and has a young daughter to raise. He says he isn't afraid to die because he knows he would go to be with the Lord. And he says there are plenty of people to take up his ministry to Muslims, but he doesn't want his daughter to grow up without her dad. He has a vlog available on Youtube. Really good stuff. I recommend it to one and all. Additionally, it would be great if people here would add him to their prayers.
  10. You're right, other one. I expect they do in their own way. But it is so warped. It's hard for me to understand how they can put their arms in the basements of schools, knowing that the Israelis are going to bomb them to destroy those arms. The Israelis will send planes over and blanket complete neighbourhoods with flyers that tell the people when and where the bombers are coming, warning them to clear out of the way. I think that's where Meir's statement stems from. It looks like the Israelis care for Muslim children more than Muslims do. It's a worldview so far-removed from mine.
  11. I agree with your friend. I don't follow Bible reading programs either. I think the purpose of them is to help people make sure they are in the Word regularly even if it's only for a short period of time. Sometimes we get so busy that spending time in Scripture gets squeezed out of a day. The Bible reading programs have a structure that some need more than others.
  12. I'm sorry that you took what I said as an insult. The word "so-called" can be used in several ways. I was using it to mean the way your church was designated, that is, as St. Troy's Church, etc. as opposed to St. Andrew's or St. John's or St. Peter's. I meant nothing more than that. I apologize for the misunderstanding. I will choose my words more carefully in the future. Thank you for outlining your beliefs. However, I think that, when you say you have no doctrine, all the beliefs you laid out are indeed doctrine. So my next question is -- you say the beliefs stem from God's creation. How does that work? Who interprets nature? How do you know you're hearing the right thing? As for Jesus not authoring a book, that's true. But the Holy Spirit did lead others to author books about him. Does the Holy Spirit play a role in your church?
  13. I recall hearing David Jeremiah recommend the reading of Proverbs every day. It has enough chapters that one can read a chapter a day for a month -- and then start back at the beginning for another month. That's the beautiful thing about the Bible. It's like a gold mine. You can dig out gold day after day after day and the mine never runs out.
  14. Yes. He interviews some of the best re: different arguments for the existence of God. I have read his Case for Christ as well. He has more books, but I haven't gotten around to them as of yet. He's a journalist by trade so he writes clearly for a general audience, not an academic one. He's a good one to recommend to people who don't want something you need a Ph.D to understand.
  15. Ravi Zacharias is one of the world's foremost Christian apologists. He has spent most of his life going around the world, spreading the gospel and defending it against attackers. I have read quite a few of his books. This particular one is kind of a follow-up to one he wrote years ago. It was called Jesus Among Other Gods. In it, he did a comparison of Christianity with Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It's good, too. He also has podcasts available through iTunes from the talks he delivers all around the world.