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  1. I'm happy to pray for turtletwo.
  2. So explain this: Matthew 5:32 New King James Version (NKJV) 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except [a]sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. Sexual immorality appears to be grounds for divorce in this passage.
  3. One good thing has happened from all these eternal security debates. They have encouraged me to read the Bible for myself with fresh eyes.
  4. Hi Drafido. I believe unsaved people prepare their hearts for repentance BY effort on their end, although this in itself does not save you. Only the blood of Jesus saves you. Rather, the effort in turning away from sin and seeing just how lost you are by your own self--- that is what causes you to reach out to God for salvation. So don't be afraid to put in the effort because the way to repentance isn't waiting for God to zap you but to turn away from evil and start doing good.
  5. Thank you all for helping me in my goal to figure out this parable. I this the fruit Jesus is looking for is faith resulting from a regenerated heart. In that sense, he could definitely be talking about Israel but it's relevant to us too, isn't it? It's up to us to bear fruit as Christians.
  6. Luke 13:6-9 The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree 6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it [a]use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”
  7. OMEGAMAN!!! It's so good to see you too! I love seeing the fruit of patience in your posts amongst thread arguments! Keep up the good work!
  8. I like this post. God's grace and the fact that believers can rest in it is such a blessing--- especially for those like me who are hard on themselves.
  9. Real quick, (have to work) I want to share with you guys why Im leaning against OSAS. It's not an impressive list of Scriptures but... In a nutshell, bases on my personal times with God in the last year, I've concluded that man-made doctrines can be part of a long list of things we humans like to seek after instead of relating directly to God Himself. Because of our flesh, we are easily deceived into lining our beliefs up into a doctrine rather than seeking the Lord and Scripture directly for answers. For example, the question, "Am I truly saved?" Wouldn't that be a great question to take time alone to be with God and stay there till He speaks the answer?
  10. I suppose you're right. I just think that being for or against OSAS ceases to become spiritually profitable when you become a clanging symbol and not a loving person.
  11. To me, eternal security vs conditional security is a compelling topic. I'm researching both sides but on this forum, I'm doing something else too. I'm looking at the spiritual fruit of posters on both sides of the issue. Lately I've been leaning against OSAS being biblical. But I don't want to become like the people who support this view. They come off as ornery and divisive. The OSAS camp seems to approach arguments with a calmer, less defensive attitude. For that reason, I don't agree with those who say OSAS is always dangerous. I believe you can agree with OSAS and truly love the Lord.
  12. We will never find ultimate fulfillment in this world. This world is passing away. When we recognize this we are free from the bondage of this world. Free to offer our lives to Christ and live out our lives in a manner worthy of His Kingdom.
  13. The thing that stands out to me the most about the narrow path is that because not many are on it, you will sometimes have to walk alone. When I first became a Christian I thought other professing Christians would be like guideposts to welcome and guide me. Instead I keep befriending the wrong sort of people who aren't seeking the Lord, in search of that sense of belonging. However, I'm finding now that I often feel out of place with the world in general. This is okay because I belong to the Lord and that is the grandest, most beautiful thing I could have.
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