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  1. Not that I have been here for very long, but that is why that I am going to leave the forums, people just seem to what to fight and argue. So many of the postings turn into arguments and it seems like some people only want to say things that are contrary to what has been said by the other posters. I thought that these forums would be uplifting (and some posts are), but more times than not, I come away from this site discouraged and not uplifted at all.
  2. Beautifully said! Earlier on in the discussion, I mentioned that I had tried to make the scenario more simple for myself to understand. I wish I had used your example - cant break it down and make it any more simple that that.
  3. Another thing to take comfort in when you are in distress and do not know what to pray is from Romans 8:26-27 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. I have thought about this when I was in or had a situation that I just didn't have the words to pray. I hope this helps.
  4. I have not heard that before, but that definitely hits the nail on the head. Kudos to you @Justin Adams!
  5. Not sure how much more clear I could be: From my post: "In my opinion, there is no way after being saved and asking forgiveness for all of our past sins to individually repent for the sins that we have committed since being saved. Heck, I probably sinned 10 times driving to work this morning. If I do not repent for each one of those - even though I might know they are sins or remember the sins that I committed, will I still go to heaven? Again, I firmly believe that I will." One more thing - this is supposed to be a calm discussion - please do start your reply with saying that something that I said is "utter insanity".
  6. You asked "You believe you are saved, and on your deathbed you wonder if you had done enough good things to please God. Are you heaven bound?" I absolutely believe that I am heaven bound even if I wonder if I had done enough to please God.
  7. @Coliseum Absolutely. We can never do enough things to please God for all he has done for us. And I believe that works are a result of a change of mind/spirit of being saved not something that gets me to heaven. That was already decided when I was first saved. Or as the hymn writer said "the hour I first believed".
  8. I have been thinking about this since the first post went up and being a programmer, I had to get it into simple terms that I could process. Hope this does not muddy the waters, but just something to think about: Suppose that a man was saved (accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior) and on his death bed right before he died, his wife asked him if he cheated on her with his secretary. He knows that he did, but to spare her feelings, he lies and says "no". Then he immediately dies - no chance to repent (turn to God and ask for forgiveness) for the lie. Since I believe that God sees all sins as equal, this could very well have worked with the initial scenario. It is my belief that the man mentioned above by grace would absolutely be heaven-bound. Here is my reasoning: In my opinion, there is no way after being saved and asking forgiveness for all of our past sins to individually repent for the sins that we have committed since being saved. Heck, I probably sinned 10 times driving to work this morning. If I do not repent for each one of those - even though I might know they are sins or remember the sins that I committed, will I still go to heaven? Again, I firmly believe that I will. This is just something that I came up with to make it clearer for me. Please forgive me if this is not in the spirit of this discussion.
  9. I have not read as much Spurgeon as I would like - going to remedy that over the holidays. I joined a Spurgeon quotes group on Facebook and that made me dig deeper. I found that he had several discourses on depression and found those very helpful. When I read his biography (all 4 volumes!), I knew that I really needed to start reading more. I have heard good things about his "Lectures to My Students" and I just checked and it is $0.00 on Kindle, so I think that I have a winner! By the way, thank you for the welcome!
  10. @Neighbor - Reading your post, I can't but help thinking of Charles Spurgeon. He had the same attitudes about present suffering and setbacks. I just finished reading his autobiography and I was amazed at his focus on the future glory that he was to receive. Awesome post by the way!
  11. My go to Christmas profile picture. Love Ralphie in The Christmas Story.
  12. My mother instilled the "tithing mentality" into myself and my brother for as long as I can remember. No matter what our financial circumstances, she always tithed (10% I believe). She never talked about doing it for some kind of reward, but when I questioned her later in life about my tithing if I did not necessarily have the money to tithe, her answer was always "God doesn't keep his checkbook like we keep our checkbook". Has stuck with me for more than 40 years. Ahh . . . the wisdom we can glean from our parents.
  13. I apologize for this one, but it made me chuckle. Q: What do you call a lazy baby kangaroo? A: A pouch potato Told you.
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