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    Leave your troubles with the LORD, and he will defend you; he never lets the righteous be defeated (Ps.55:22)

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  1. I need to laugh and when the sun is out I got something I can laugh about because I can see clearly now the rain is gone and it's a bright sun shiny day... when it's not overcast and snowing, and the leaves on the trees haven't finished in all falling off... what is your hurry Snow.. making up for the last few years of barely snowing at all around here?! You've worked hard this time so why not call it a season and vacation in Tahiti? You deserve it. Meanwhile I'll put everyone around here on notice by putting up a "no snow" sign. They'll be disappointed but they'll get over it.
  2. It's not our actions that define who we are. A Christian is a Christian by salvation through Jesus Christ.. regardless of how we act. Hunger to do what pleases God is growth, to become more like who we've become on the inside. Other Christians who presumably know more about God and how best to live by His guidance are encouraged to encourage those "marthas" of Luke 10, to listen to their heart who hungers to be fed the word of God everyday instead of being distracted by the world and it's troubles.
  3. It's not so unexpected when a parent dies. But it's unexpected when a sibling dies in a car accident. We will all miss her, but we do not sorrow as those who have no hope, for we all know that we will eventually rejoin her in heaven. That's the far better place to be anyway. I'm reminded of the song "If you could see me now". It's lyrics are a comfort, and a reminder of what heaven's like. As much as our departed ones love us, once they get to heaven, they wouldn't want to leave. We can't fault them for that.
  4. Concerning carrying a Bible with me (other than on Sunday church attendance).. there was a time when I decided to take my Bible and some notes, I'd written down for personal Bible study with me to read through while I waited in the car for a family member while they kept their appointment with the doctor. While I carried them to the car in preparing to leave, I suddenly had a thought that I, a Christian, was drawing attention to myself for carrying my Bible and study notes out in public.. I actually took them back into the house to leave them there.. because God forbid that I reveal to my neighbors that I tend to do Christian things like carry my Bible outdoors on a weekday with intent to have a private Bible study in the course of regular activities.. but then I thought.. no one was around to see me, and even if there was, why should I care what anyone would think? I marched myself right back out to the car carrying my Bible and study notes. And I decided to change the topic of my Bible study to address freedom to practice my Christian beliefs. Why should we let the world influence us to refrain from being who we are and doing a Christian thing that we think of to do? Why should I have a moment of condemnation or embarrassment about carrying my Bible in public as if it were morally wrong? Why should we think of a way to religiously not shine our light?
  5. At the same time that Christians are advised not to wear crosses "because it offends unbelievers".. there are unbelievers who prominently and openly wear crosses without apology for it. Christians are too quick to yield their privileges over to the unbeliever. Christians for years have given the television over to unbelievers .. going so far as to call the tv the devil's device... instead of seeing the tv as a tool for evangelism. After all, it says in John that all things were made by Him, and for Him. Thank God for all Christians who do now use the internet.. but strangely there are those Christians using the internet as a tool for evangelism where they still write articles against the use of the television for evangelism, having an attitude against those evangelistic programs. . I wonder if any of you have heard..? unbelievers say "let there be light" when they flip the lightswitch. It makes me wonder why Christians don't do that. We far more than they have reason to do it because Jesus is the light of the world and we are to demonstrate the Bible truths. We too are supposed to be a light to the world also, so why not say "let there be light" when we flip the lightswitch.. bringing light into a dark room.. as a miniature example of what God did in Genesis? The unbeliever does it in mockery but it's still a recognized connection that we'd all be in darkness without God providing light. . My point is that whatever we do, we shouldn't find religious reasons for making our Christian effectiveness into ineffectiveness. We should look for every opportunity to let our light shine.
  6. When that has happened, I've used a cheese shredder to shave off the amount of sugar I wanted. I figure there's no point in de-hardening it cus it'll just get hard again.
  7. Today I was reminded of the songs "It's no secret" (what God can do); then of "Learning to lean" (on Jesus); then of "Crying in the chapel". As I listened to each one they lifted my heart to praise the Lord for bringing me to salvation.. and it prompted me to pray for family, and others that I've met through the years, that they too be saved by grace through Jesus Christ and know such joy and peace in being a child of God, so greatly beloved of the Father.
  8. Yes, it's true that we cannot see Him, but our faith sees what cannot be seen. To the world, our faith is blind .. by their perspective we trust God without evidence in the natural. They say "seeing is believing." But for us, believing is seeing. The Bible says that "Faith is the substance and evidence of things not seen." Faith in God is not blind faith. It's seeing what cannot yet be seen in the natural. Faith sees better than the natural eye can see. Natural sight is blind to what can be seen by faith. Jesus said in John 20:29 "Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe." And also said in Mat.13:16 "Blessed are your eyes for they see." 2 Cor.5:7 says that "we walk by faith and not by sight." But we are not blind because 1Jn.1:7 says "we walk in the light as He is in the light." 1 Cor.2:9-10 "What eye has not seen and ears have not heard, nor has entered into the heart of those things that God has prepared for those who love Him. God has revealed to us by His Holy Spirit." 2 Cor.4:4 "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." It is not we who are blind, or have blind faith. It is them. They don't believe because they cannot see what we see. Their faith is blind because they walk in darkness. Heb.11:6 says that anyone "..who comes to God must believe that He is." (to believe without seeing with natural eyes). In Acts 26:18 Jesus told the apostle Paul.. "I send you to them, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see.
  9. Photo caption: A car load of boys who don't own a car. The one who does own it took the picture.
  10. To Behold: I will only be answering a few things out of your long post, as my time is filled up with Bible study, family and tasks to do during the day. First. You said: If you feel you want to preach, if you feel you have to preach, then just go out there...... a park, a parking lot, a sidewalk, an intersection,....... and just share the Love of God centered around the Cross. I reply: I will do as God leads me. At this time. I'm here. I've been studying the Word of God for 40 years, so much of what you said in your long post, I already know or I don't agree with. . There is repeated posts in what follows due to the mechanics of the forum's means of posting back and forth. Starting with your most recent post replied to me. 5/8 Behold: 2nd, I never said anywhere on this forum or anywhere ever, that our "obeying Gods' Chastening, causes us emotional pain". I reply: Do you deny saying this? 5/6 Behold: Actually, you stated that God's correction, never hurts, or causes any emotional pain.....ever. I reply today: I never said "causes any emotional pain... ever." As you see, you did. . 5/7 and again on 8, Behold: You stated previously that God does not correct any believer, that causes us pain. I clarified who said what.. 5/8 Joulre2abba: You used the Hebrew scripture to state that our obeying God's chastening causes us emotional pain. According to what you said here: 5/6 Behold: Actually, you stated that God's correction, never hurts, or causes any emotional pain.....ever. You further said: Behold: I didnt say this as you claim, because i know that the verse does not teach it exactly as you have read it. I reply today: Do you deny saying this? 5/7 Behold: Actually, you stated that God's correction, never hurts, or causes any emotional pain.....ever. I reply today: You added "or causes any emotional pain... ever." Therefore, that is what you are teaching. You are in error to say that I said it. Anything I posted about "emotional pain" was in response to you having said the words. I have all through this conversation maintained that willingly obedient believers do not experience "grevous, emotional pain".. I used Mat.11:29-30; 1 Jn. 5:3. in response to you saying that they do.. so why would I suddenly turn around and say that they do experience emotional pain? That makes no sense. The posts I've copied from our lengthy discussion back and forth shows that I didn't. If you still say that you didn't say any such thing. Then I will not be participating in discussion with you any further.
  11. I disagree.. most who post here are not ordained to preach, or most likely not officially teach. In my capacity as a student of the Bible, I am sharing what I read. I believe that we all are doing so. The word of God is to have authority, not we un-ordained Christians. The fact that we aren't ordained is the strongest reason why each Christian with a differing doctrine .. do so easily disagree with every other. We are each only under obligation to follow the word of God.. not every Tom, Dick or Harry Christian who gives their views. However, if you are right then should we all presume a mantel which the Christian forum is according to you, qualified to ordain each of us as bonafide teachers of God's word? And, if they do, then why is there a section that states that only those carrying a specific qualification may post Bible lessons in it? No. You are presuming something that isn't true. You used the Hebrew scripture to state that our obeying God's chastening causes us emotional pain. 5/7/2019 Behold said: Actually, you stated that God's correction, never hurts, or causes any emotional pain.....ever. I didn't use the words "emotional pain".. you did. 5/3/2019 Behold said: Actually, thats not the case. As if you read about the correction toward Holiness that God gives every born again child that He has ever saved, you'll read that this correction is described as "chastening" "discipline", and the effects are, depending on the bible translation....."grievous, painful", and never less then painful. Hebrews 12:6-11. All that I have said in my posts on this subject, is that those who are willingly obedient do not suffer chastening or pain of any kind. The scripture that I use is the words of Jesus in Mat.11:30 "..for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." The apostle John also stated in line with His words, 1 Jn.5:3 "..His commandments are not grievous." Who is he talking to there?.. those who love God. Those who desire to please Him. While Hebrews 12:6 is speaking to those who are still fleshly in their thoughts who haven't cultivated a desire to please God because they are still like a bucking horse not willing to be gentled by Jesus who is said, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart." The scripture reference was brought up by you because you wish to emphasize it. I am not obligated to quote it when I am using a chosen scripture of my own to emphasize it in response to yours. You have been ignoring the verses I have posted. Yet you complain that I don't quote yours?.. what you are practicing is "special pleading" a logical fallacy that simply put it means "I can but you can't." I'm aware of that, however.. the context is to be considered which tells who it's applied to. That has to be the case or else all who read the Bible will conclude that the apostles contradicted Jesus as well as each other. I do believe what I read, I also pay attention to context. While it's evident that you don't. I have in my home several and various different translations. Some of the Bibles that I have.. have more than ten versions each.. that's more than ten variations of text in one collective Bible. I have one that's strictly new testament, the other is strictly the old testament. I also have the very first new testament for young hands to hold that I was given while attending Sunday School. I have no lack of Bibles to read in my home. Then there's also the many Bible versions that can be found on the internet. Many of them include several commentaries from very excellent Bible scholars. You can be assured that I always consult any number of what is available to me. Your emphasis on the pain is not all that the Bible has to say about our training. I've given you over the course of our discussion more than three texts from which to establish what the Bible has to say on the topic.. regarding what pertains to the willingly obedient Christian. Which you have totally ignored. So I have no problem with ignoring yours. Read what I typed above.
  12. I was responding to your words (underlined) You are right the Gentiles were to provoke Israel to jealousy. These Gentiles are not Israel they are part of the remnant of the election of grace. These are the Gentiles who heard the preaching of Peter and the Apostles and believed but they are not Gentiles in the body of Christ. That part has no support in the new testament. But we have from Paul writing the Gentiles .. which includes all who heard the gospel through the apostles.. 1 Cor.12:27 "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." If you continue on this line of discussion, you will have to find someone else to participate. There's always the possibility that there will be another topic that we will agree on.
  13. If you recall, I stated concerning the child of God who desires to obey God and please Him. Please explain to me how being cheerfully willing to obey God would bring emotional pain. I am not teaching anything. I'm sharing what I've read from God's word. Hebrews 12:6 says "..because the LORD disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." That is a quote from the old testament where God was dealing with unborn-again, unsaved people in covenant with Him. God was dealing with those who were less likely to obey Him, as well as being more susceptible to commit sin as not. That I believe is why the old testament quote was used when speaking to particular new testament believers. Because the audience was at a level in their salvation that it would seem to them that resisting sin was like being whipped with a cat of nine-tails (as the word "chastens" means). But the operative words are "seemed like". Because the following gives encouragement and incentive to obey for a noble purpose. The verse is in context with vs.1 "let us lay aside the sin which so easily besets us and let us run with patience (endurance-perseverance) the race that is set before us. And this. Rms.8:13 "For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live." I don't see that emotional pain would be involved when the matter of obedience to resist sin involves our faith in God to be working in us to be willing to do of His good pleasure (Phil.2:13). The only emotional factor that I would think to be involved is when the believer yielded to that easily besetting sin.. again.. and thus failed to please God. But then thank God for Jesus our Advocate before the Father who loves us, for when we repent, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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