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  • Birthday February 22

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  1. I've never visited Notre Dame Cathedral or even been in Europe (someday, I hope!) but here is an interesting article about its hstory. Apparently, it was not always used as a church. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-know-notre-dame-cathedral/
  2. I sincerely wanted to know the answer to this question. I now understand that there are some things in the Bible we will never completely understand. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor.13:12 I was hoping to get some insight into this question that I have but I did not get that. Instead, I was lectured about being prepared for Christ's return, which I think I already am, and to stop being foolish. I know now that this is not the place to ask any questions. God bless you all. And I sincerely mean that.
  3. Thank you for all your replies. I think you misunderstood my question. First, I don't think you can "buy" the Holy Spirit, @Who me. The passage is not to be taken literally. Just like all of Jesus' parables, he means to communicate an important principle to those with ears to hear. So, I am just trying to hear what he's saying. My understanding of oil here, and as it is mentioned throughout the Bible, is that it symbolizes the Holy Spirit. I understand that having enough "oil" means being prepared for Christ's return. But, still, in the text, the 5 wise virgins tell the foolish virgins to go to the "dealers" to get more oil. Jesus said it. He wouldn't say something in a parable without a reason.
  4. I was reading about the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-10 and I know that the "oil" symbolizes either the Holy Spirit or walking in the Holy Spirit. But who are the "dealers" that the foolish virgins are to buy their oil from? "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed,they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry,‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to thewise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But thewise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and ithose who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut." Matthew 25:1-10
  5. Hello trialsOFlife, Welcome! I totally get what you are saying, I have been there myself a few times. And it's hard to live in joy when you can't see it or feel it or touch it. So here are a few things I've learned that I hope will help you. 1.We all are completely dependent on God to supply all our needs, including our need for joy! So tell God about your need for joy and ask Him to help you see it and experience it. He wants you to ask for His help! Keep asking, seeking, searching and and pursuing God. He will answer your prayer! 2.You already know that the things of this world are temporary, as you've mentioned in your post. But we have so much to look forward to in eternity! 2 Cor 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 3. Keep your eyes off yourself and your fellow humans (we can all be pretty depressing, let's face it) and fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith! Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. We have joy set before us, too! I hope this helps you in some way.
  6. Hi Amabella, I am new here, too! Welcome and I hope for God's comfort and peace to be with you today, in Jesus name.
  7. Hello, I was searching for the meaning of the "whirling wheels" in Ezekiel and found an interesting discusion here so after perusing other topics, decided to sign up! Really glad to have found this site. I became a Christian in Dec 1990, the Lord and I have been through a lot together! Looking forward to engaging more in the discussions with my brothers and sisters in Christ. :-)
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