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    At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is NOW ready.’

    But they all alike began to make excuses.

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  1. listener24

    His Coming

    Dear @Chrisy It is very wise and kind from you to share these thoughts. As other people said here, everyone have had these thoughts at some point/points in time. Not everyone have faced them though, so some Christians aren't looking forward to that day (2Peter 3:12) because they have this fear in their subconscious. Instead, you are facing this fear and this is honorable. The other users had already great suggestions. The only one I add is to read the Gospel frequently. Sometimes our fear comes from not knowing, but a frequent relationship with Jesus words fills us with the Spirit and blows fear away. To get rid of evil, the best way is not staring at evil and trying to avoid it, but staring at what is good! God bless
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    New to Worthy

    Dear @Betha, I praise the Lord for your 40 years of service of Him! I think it is very honorable that at your age you talk about "learning", this is the spirit we should always have at any age as Christian. God bless you. "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
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    Where is your hope?

    Thanks @Yowm, I wasn't thinking about that actually, this is something I've noticed in years and all over the places (different nations). One thing is to participate in politics, which is good (I edited my question specifying it), another thing is put our hope in events/rulers of the world, when Jesus never said that justice will reign on this earth until His return, quite the contrary. @Neighbor Yes, exactly as prophesied by Jesus (Matthew 24) things are getting worse and worse. We just came out from 2 world wars and we still have dictatorships all over. You are totally right, everything predicted by Jesus about this world is happening. "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." @Dennis1209 and @Betha This is exactly the spirit that this post wants to emphasize. Thanks all for enriching the conversation. God bless. Maranatha
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    Where is your hope?

    It recently seems like the main hope for a lot of Christians is politics. I don't think it was the same for the first Christian, whose primary hope was Christ Return and who were greeting each other with the word "Maranatha", which means "come quickly Jesus". If the hope of the first Christians for the world were in politics, they would get quickly discouraged, since people like Nero existed from since then, and for 2 thousands years we haven't yet seen a truly just government, nor does it seems it's gonna happen if we read Matthew 24. So the question is were is our hope? What do you pray for? What do you talk more about with fellow Christians? "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20) PS Clarification: This post is not an invitation to not care about politics. It is good to be informed and participate in politics. This post is about not putting our hopes in politics or human rulers, since Matthew 24 shows us how things will get worse and worse until his return.
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    The Title Is? Whatever?

    AHAH so true! Seems like often we like to talk about what we are familiar with and what we already know, and don't wanna spend too much energies on considering new topics
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    The State of the Church

    Amen! "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom."
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    Welcome jeremiah1five. Nice avatar!
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    Shocked by a sermon today

    "for they loved human praise more than praise from God." (John 12:43) "Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." (Matthew 15:14)
  9. This is a GREAT, epic post! Time to roll up our sleeves! While it is important to escape wolves in sheep clothes, "counting other people's sins won't make us saints". Instead, making the Bride ready for the Bridegroom will make us saints. Let's complain less and do more. After totally agreeing with your point A and B, as always in my posts let me add a point: C) let's spread the cry from the Bride to the Bridegroom, and teach others to do the same: "The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come!". Thy Kingdom come. Come quickly, Lord." "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" Let's be the ones who will answer that question positively. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
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    An unprecedented event: would you join this?

    Glad you are joining the prayer brother! Every single prayer according to the will of God has an effect, and we couldn't be more sure about how Biblical is the prayer for the Bridegroom to come. Starting from the Our Father, the prayer taught by Jesus Himself, when prayed with the right understanding. You are right, unfortunately worldliness leads to not care about our blessed hope of the Return of Jesus, or even fearing it! I love your Scripture about our treasure in Heaven. Indeed, true Christians get a huge part of their motivation from the blessed desire of Heaven. I always have goosebumps when I read these words of Jesus: ""Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." A way to fight the worldliness is indeed focus our prayers on this blessed hope of Jesus Return, "thy Kingdom come/come quickly Lord", knowing that when we pray "your will be done" it is also included the request of whatever is needed to get there. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Maranatha!
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    You can Judge. Just judge Carefully

    Good points, agree. Jesus taught several time to beware of false prophets and recognize them. That requires a judgement. Further, we have to judge what is right and wrong at any point in time in our life, as long as we let the Scripture transform us every day and improve our understanding of what is right. Judging the deeds of someone though doesn't give us the credits to also know how good or evil is that person. While we should avoid evil deeds and reprimand brothers who follow evil ways, we can't think we are superior to them, because we don't know their background nor where they are in their path. If someone has grown up in a very bad environment, his path to recovery can be very slow, still inside he can be a good person. Therefore we should never feel "superior" or "better" than anyone, and the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in the Temple reminds us this. This is in line with what you wrote, I'm just reminding it.
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    Who is the Bride?

    Indeed we are the Bride Kristin, and we should be happy and eager for the Bridegroom to come back for the marriage. "But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast." When the Bride comes to Her fullness of preparation, a cry will start from Her: "The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come! He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. " (Revelation 22:17, 22:20) The time is already here for the Bride to shout this cry from the whole world, as a testimony to all nations. It is time to answer what Jesus asked us in Luke 18:1-8: And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Through this prayer, the Bride hastens the coming of His Bridegroom: "Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming." 2 Peter 3:12 Let's answer the call of the Spirit who wants to make the Bride ready!
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    Don't soften God's Character

    I don't think those are righteous prayers. It's not righteous in any conceivable way to wish the skull of babies to be crushed unto rocks. Jesus said: ""You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." Jesus is greater than David. David wasn't always right, he had many wrong thoughts and deeds. Jesus was always right. In fact He said "For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." If they already knew everything perfectly, they wouldn't have need to "hear" anything new, but Jesus said that they needed and wanted to hear the full Truth but they didn't. We are lucky that we did, let's not forget this luck. In the same way Jesus cancelled things said by Moses: "Jesus replied, "Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended." The Gospel is not "another book in the Bible", it is God's incarnated perfect Words. He clarified what was unclear. Yet sometimes we prefer to go back to when He didn't spoke in His perfect incarnated form. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for [e]the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins [f]break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
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    Red Heifer?

    @Montana Marv @Retrobyter Thank you very much for the answers! Can you share some Scriptures about it? Thanks!