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About Michael37

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  1. I've got you, Cool of the Day. Some folk have axes to grind, God bless them. The good thing about the "remnant" I was part of was the close fellowship. For 5 years & 8 months I chauffeured members across our city to and from our midweek evening in-home Bible study group because I believe in small group fellowship around the Word of God. Anything above 8 people assembled and the dynamic changes from organic to something more institutional, so small congregations of those that love the Lord and love to search the Scriptures in order to edify and comfort one another can be an absolute blessing...nothing to be ashamed of but definitely an opportunity to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding.
  2. You have named the problem, there Cool of the Day, "keeping the doors open". Having been the treasurer of a "remnant church" such as you describe I am familiar with the institutional denominational dilemma of maintaining a building and property when the congregation is down in numbers. At 55 years I was the youngest person in the assembly with a couple of regulars being around 90 years. Fortunately the building and large land area were suitable for hire and the income from their regular weekly lease paid the bills and balanced the books. The Lord has moved me on to simple in-house fellowshipping now and none of the property maintenance issues arise.
  3. Points noted, Not Me. Further to my comment that we take inventory of what is already accomplished in Christ and conduct ourselves accordingly, this quote is from the Believer's Bible Commentary
  4. Hi Cool of the Day. As long as you are in regular fellowship with one or two other genuine Christians with whom you can search the Scriptures, you are not in a dying ekklesia. God is not confined to pulpits and pews, all followers of Christ are ministers of the Gospel. 1Pe 4:9-11 (9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging. (10) As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
  5. Hullo Not Me. Yes. Your otherwise thought provoking and edifying thread has me puzzled with regard to this particular segment. I agree with the first sentence but find the second sentence to be in contradiction to it. Perhaps you can help me here as I consider "reckoning ourselves dead to sin but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom 6:11) to mean that in Christ it is already accomplished and this we are to take inventory of (Gr. logizomai), and conduct ourselves accordingly. Yours faithfully, Michael37.
  6. Some are broking, we call them brokers, and some are broken, so kind words are spoken. Good post, Rebecca. Thanks.
  7. Should we be paranoid because of some flags on a stage? No. I can assure you, nickm727, the eighth king who is of the seven, to whom the ten horns give their power and strength when they receive it as kings for an hour, is as yet some way off manifesting the complete governmental control of all the world's nations that Revelation 17 depicts.
  8. Simply put, natesute, if God needed causation to exist He wouldn't be God. Various philosophers during the ages arrived at much the same conclusion, if not specifically acknowledging the personal God of the Bible that engages with His Creation as He wills, then realizing the need to for an uncaused causer in their models. Wkpd Quote & Link: UNMOVED MOVER The unmoved mover (Ancient Greek: ὃ οὐ κινούμενον κινεῖ, romanized: ho ou kinoúmenon kineî, lit. 'that which moves without being moved')[1] or prime mover (Latin: primum movens) is a concept advanced by Aristotle as a primary cause (or first uncaused cause)[2] or "mover" of all the motion in the universe.[3] As is implicit in the name, the "unmoved mover" moves other things, but is not itself moved by any prior action. In Book 12 (Greek: Λ) of his Metaphysics, Aristotle describes the unmoved mover as being perfectly beautiful, indivisible, and contemplating only the perfect contemplation: self-contemplation. He equates this concept also with the active intellect. This Aristotelian concept had its roots in cosmological speculations of the earliest Greek pre-Socratic philosophers and became highly influential and widely drawn upon in medieval philosophy and theology. St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, elaborated on the unmoved mover in the Quinque viae.
  9. The preaching from pulpits during events like the French Revolution, WWI, & WWII would often include speculation and claims that prophecies in the Book of Revelation were being fulfilled, and the Lord was about to return any day, with Armaggedon a dead cert any time soon. Rev 16:16 (16) And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Rev 19:19 (19) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
  10. Address away, young Michael. Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
  11. The power of three - just sayin'. If you like acronyms, as I do, here's one I've composed: the Blasphemous Evil Administration Supporting Tyranny Thank God all three opposition operators end up in the Lake of Fire.
  12. To whom it may concern, from the Word of God we learn: Mat 24:24 (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Rom 8:38-39 (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1Jn 5:10-13 (10) He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son. (11) And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1Jn 5:18-20 (18) We know that whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touchs him not. (19) And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness. (20) And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
  13. We are also tested in order to produce more fruit...being purged or pruned in some unpleasant episode and then coming back with all of the above Joh 15:1-5 (1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (3) Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. (5) I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
  14. Yeah. Too bad his "weird" is continuing at The Shepherd's Chapel. Quote: Part of the Shepherd's Chapel's doctrine follows the Anglo-Israelism theological doctrine of faith, as well as a version of the "serpent seed" doctrine that identifies a "Kenite" lineage of people who are descended from Cain who slew Abel.[4] (Wkpd) Sorry for the sidetrack, Debp. Andrew Murray produced about 240 books and tracts, some of which I have read.
  15. No chance. Andrew Murray died in 1917, Arnold Murray in 2014.
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