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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

    Encouraging Bible Verses

    17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10: 17-20)
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    My hypothesis is that would be necessary. Exactly, your point on remembering Jesus cross goes in that direction. Of course it would not be a constant thought....But if anyone would have the doubt of what happens when we don't follow God, the testimony will be there to answer.
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    the testimony of everything that happened in the world will likely remain, in order that we may never forget all the damages that sin caused
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    Favorite Lines from Movies & TV

    Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why, why? Why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting... for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although... only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist? Neo: Because I choose to. THE MATRIX
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    Encouraging Bible Verses

    "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." John 17:24
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    An unprecedented event: would you join this?

    Very well said. Part of that started from Jesus pouring the Spirit through His Word and from the Cross. He has done His part. The Bridegroom is ready. But the Bride is being slow... (as usually brides are ) It's time for her to get ready. And one sign of readiness, will be her cry: "Thy Kingdom come, Come quickly Lord!"
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    Messianic teachers

    I'm not very learned on the subject. But I've noticed some dangers that Fidei Defensor mentioned, with some of those thinkers. Just wanted to add my concern as well. Hope you will get the best out of your research, by focusing on what Jesus talked most about, and not be mislead in pointless discussion on things Jesus didn't even mention, or even fought against. God bless you!
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    Scripture Memorization

    Totally agree. Memorizing Scriptures is one of the best activities we can do as Christians. "But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." My first suggestion is starting through memorizing what is the center of our salvation, what all the prophets were looking for: the Gospel, the direct Words of Jesus Himself. I've noticing that memorizing Matthew is pretty easy. The language and the structure is very logical. A good tip is to "imagine" the scenes that the Gospel describe. By imagining what's happening, it's easier for our brain and heart to retain. Another suggestion is to start from the most meaningful parts. So for instance, the "genealogy of Jesus" or some very descriptive part can come later, while the verses in which Jesus speak should come first. Another tip is asking yourself questions about the teachings, even have the courage to leave the questions open when you can't answer right away. That way you make room in your heart to learn more. Last but not least, pray the Spirit to help you. "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
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    Who Do You Look Forward to Meeting?

    This is such a beautiful and encouraging question, thanks! First off, like all of you, I want see Jesus glory....One of my favorite verse from the Gospel is this: "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." (John 17:24) There are many glorious people that I'll be excited to meet, prophets, righteous men and women from all over the world. But one of them, I'm particularly eager to meet: Socrates. Socrates lived 3-4 centuries before Christ, yet the Spirit put into His heart so much wisdom.... He was speaking about Heaven (although he wasn't calling it with this name), when people were more concerned about their social status. He was speaking about The God, when people of his time had a lot of different divinities. He was speaking about the quest for the Truth, as the only way to live a righteous life. He himself was speaking about how beautiful would be after death, to met glorious and righteous men and women from the past, and the righteous God. There's so much to be said about him... But I'm sure that he's now so glorious in the Kingdom, with all the lovers of Jesus and the Truth
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    Apocalypse: The Unveiling

    I love this summary! That reminds me the parable of the wedding banquet. God tried to gather us together to Him, as a hen gathers her chicks (Matthew 23:37), but we didn't want! Time to be the ones who cry for Him, and not for our worldly matters, if we don't want to be like in the parable: ""But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
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    Apocalypse: The Unveiling

    Wow, this is such a great thread. I'm moved! Agree, what I see around me is a lot of confusion and even fear of the Day of the Lord. So, with time we have come to fear what early Christians were excited for! Such a shame! And this for many reasons, one of this is people discussing too much on unnecessary details (about which NONE of them agree on), and not discussing what is certain and encouraging. And what is certain is that Jesus will wipe out every tear (Revelation 21:4), and we'll live with Him forever and we'll be made similar to Him! (1 John 3:2) Jesus taught us to be excited about His Return: "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28) I like your romantic metaphor here, we should be more excited than a wife who doesn't see his husband for a long time! And Jesus forecasted this sentiment and this longing of true good Christians: "Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it." (Luke 17:22) A lot of times, we get very excited when something happen in the world that we think is from God, desperately looking for signs, forgetting that Jesus told us to be excited for something else: "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20) Totally agree, time to stop wasting words like the pagans (Matthew 6:7), and start praying as Jesus taught us: Thy Kingdom come, Come Quickly Lord Jesus! This prayer can spread all over the world, and the power of this prayer cannot be stop because it's not from men, but from the Word of the almighty God!
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    An unprecedented event: would you join this?

    Woooow!!! I can't praise the Lord enough for this revelation you just got! Just to confirm that it's all about it, let's remember the last request: "deliver us from the Evil One" When will we be delivered from the Evil One? "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown." And then of course Luke 18: 1-8.... I am also thankful to the Lord that not only you understood this, but you understood that it is a BIG DEAL! Our understanding is so important, otherwise our prayers become "vain repetition". So if we pray the Lord prayer to just get worldly things, we are basically asking the opposite of what the prayer teaches...Then we become similar to those described in Matthew 22:1-14. I know you put a lot of importance on understanding, as your name "Fidei Defensor" says
  13. I recently learnt about these movements. What do you think about?
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    Money: God or Mammon

    Great question. I wish I had a perfect answer, but I haven't. I think a first step would be, when there are money, try always to think how to use them to help people and spread the Gospel. Does buying a bigger house help people or spread the Gospel? No. Does buying a brand new shiny car help people or spread the Gospel? Nope. Does buying luxury clothes help people or spread the Gospel? No. If in our heart and soul we have those 2 desires, help people and spread the Gospel, I think we'll definitely make a step closer to what the Scriptures teach. I think that having this clear goal, and be 100% undivided about it (pure in heart) or at least desire to become it, will help us balancing our choices, as long as we keep a close relationship with God and the Scriptures.