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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. Great poem Turtle! I loved it, especially this opening lines. Happy Easter!!!
  2. @Tigger56 This is a great answer that touches many points, all worth reasoning on. This is true! Some may argue that "God changes not" means that prayer are irrelevant. But this point wouldn't be Biblical at all. From the very beginning to the end God listen to prayers, and hasten or delay things based on prayers. So it is true that the Lord changes not: He has always been listening to prayers and taken them into account for His decision, and He will always be, He will never change this trait of using prayers. He is the God who said: "ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". This is a great point to keep in mind. Maybe if we have a very comfortable life, in a safe country, from our couch we may think that the Return of the Lord is something to fear. But if we keep in mind all the infants suffering, all the Christians persecuted, all the poors oppressed, then we'll realize that the Return of the King is the greatest mercy. True. We are not to just pray "Maranatha, come quickly Lord" by ourself alone. It is still fundamental to spread the Gospel in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. So for example we should pray the Lord to send workers to harvest His field. The prayer Maranatha, Thy Kingdom Come, Come quickly Lord should be the burning desire out of which every other prayer burns. This is so true! And He is indeed speaking mightly about this in these last day. He is making the prophecy happening: "the Spirit and the Bride say Come". For centuries this prayer was lost, except for some remnants, and now is being restored on a global scale. All out of His will. We can take part of His work of Restoration. Amen! Amazing and encouraging thoughts. Woah!! What a great example from Daniel! I'm very inspired by this. Given all of these considerations, I believe it's safe to state that everyone who join this prayer with their hearts and will, make an important difference. @Tigger56 would you agree? I'm very inspired by the whole answer, thanks!
  3. Welcome @Ragingheart If we fix our eyes on ourselves what we see is wickedness. All of us. But if we fix our eyes on Him what we see is Righteousness. Let us not listen to the enemies lies, not matter how strong, and let us fix our eyes on Him.
  4. WOW! @angels4u I've just found another version and I was about to publish it, and just noticed the last video published was this from you! Here the version I found:
  5. Praise the Lord for 35 years of walking in Him Welcome!
  6. Very humbling and edifying! So true, another reason why repentance is so important and the contrary of pride
  7. I tried to answer your question, hope that gave you some insight! Personally, I enjoyed the question and it made me think. To wrap up: If the oil is the Holy Spirit, or our relationship with God, or anything similar, then the "currency" to buy it is where we put our time and efforts, and the "dealers" are the Church, the Word, the poors and persecuted who are Jesus in disguise, and the unreached. Investing our time, energy and even money on these activities edify us. And it requires the intentional decision to not use our resources in the things of the world instead. By this I didn't mean that we buy the Holy Spirit in weird ways. But I meant that day by day, with our decisions, we decide whether to make a way for the Holy Spirit in our hearts, through obeying what Jesus commanded, or not. Actually, if you consider that in the same speech Jesus continues with the prables of the talents, and the sheep and the goats, this seems to be even more reasonable.
  8. There is a special crown for those who live by longing for His appearing. 2nd Timothy: "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." Let' s demonstrate thig longing through our prayers for His Return, by spreading the Gospel and by living an holy life!
  9. Amen! "If you love me, you will obey my commandments. You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free"
  10. If the oil is interpreted as the Holy Spirit, or the relationship with God, or similar things, then who are the dealers? One thing that I have experienced is that walking daily with Christian people makes a huge difference. Real Christians, obviously, not ones who sugarcoat the Gospel to make it lose all its salt. So spending time with Christians is fundamental. We don' t technically buy the oil with money. But the intentional decision to walk with God, with His Scriptures and His Church, requires us to invest our mind, energy and time. This is a way in which we can imagine the "currency" by which we buy oil. "Love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength". Every day we have 24 hours, our most precious currency. As @Michael37 pointed out (brilliant answer), at the heart of this Parable there is timing, in particular being prepared in time for the day we will meet the Lord. Will we invest it in spending time with God? Through reading the Bible, through edifying each other in the Church and to serve the unreached? Or will we spend it in the things of the world? What will be our answer daily, weekly, and of a lifetime?
  11. It is called: the fall. Creation itself has been corrupted by sin, is tired and suffers the pain of birth until Jesus returns The new Testament keeps repeating this over and over again
  12. Welcome! Very nice name
  13. This is beautiful! It reminds that the enemy wants us to forget what the Lord has brought inside us, by using external attacks and making us weary. Then through worries he attacks our faith and relationship with God. And the solution is to fix our eyes on Jesus, the day star who arose in our hearts, the rose.
  14. We have already discussed this above, you can see the answer in the above thread. If we would think like this, we should wish the Day to never come because there will always be at any second this world goes on billions of people losing the way. So there will never be a point in history in which what you are saying would change. There will always be non Christians and it will get worse. For the increase of lawlessness the love of most will keep growing cold. That is why Jesus didn' t taught us to pray "come slowly, Lord". Instead He taught us to pray "come quickly, Lord" The bare minimum to expect from a Bride worth marrying is that she burns with desire for the marriage, not that she hopes it will be as late as possible. @Wayne222 you asked why the Lord is delaying. Now you are seeing that many even within Church wish He comes as late as possible. This is so different from the sentiment of the first Christians who were crying "Maranatha" all day long. This because they were persecuted, while today most of us in the western world have everything and don' t think about the billion people suffering in this world. Now do you see how we are delaying His return? Revelation say that the Spirit and the Bride should cry "Come!" Now, the Spirit is doing His part but the Bride seems to be crying "please not now Lord" In the persecuted countries, Christians are praying "Maranatha" all day long. Will the Western Christianity join?
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