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  2. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17) One of the greatest doctrines of the Christian faith is the identification of Christ with His people in all the key events of His great work of salvation. For example, we are considered by God as dying w... More... View the full article
  3. I'm sorry to hear that, how awful that they had to be the ones that discovered him. I will certainly include them in my prayers, and ask God to bless and provide for the family.
  4. Not only do we disagree with you, but the Bible disagrees with you as well. I wouldn't have published the book if the Bible taught monetary tithing.
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  6. Our circle of friends and acquaintances is quite large, so we know there will be lots of reasons for prayer, times of grief, times of joy, etc. Well, this is one of those times of grief. I just found out that a friend of ours has passed on to glory. Yes, I'm thankful he is with our Savior, but my heart breaks for his wife and children. His wife and two of their daughters (one married, w/their first grandchild, the other probably never leaving home) were back east visiting their third daughter, who is interning at a church for the summer (helping with the children's ministries). They arrived back home in IN this morning to find him dead. It is believed that he died some time after Thursday night. The reason is, as yet, unknown. They have two sons, also. One married, the other not. All of their kids are adults. I would appreciate prayer for the family. The last name is Payton. Unbeknownst to both of us until years after we had met, Mrs. Payton and I were in the same high school, the same year, in OK. She was a senior and I was a junior. Small world! The girls all worked with us in our nursing home ministry for a number of years. I taught them how to tell their first Bible stories. They are friends, they are brothers/sisters in Christ. And we hurt for them greatly. I thank you in advance for the prayer. I know the family will appreciate it as well.
  7. I've gone 'round and 'round with Ronald and Linda for years. I say the bible teaches money and is a command for today, they disagree.
  8. It seems to me that BabeinChrist is confusing/confounding repentance unto salvation and daily repentance of sins. Acts 20:21 - One makes repentance towards God and puts their faith in Jesus Christ. Turning to Christ from sin. Two sides of the same coin.
  9. I won't presume to speak for Bob but will mention a couple of thoughts for you to consider friend. Assurance of salvation can only come inside each person's heart. "The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God" Assurance can never truly come from others convincing or reiterating another's belief. In addition, no one can pin down a date or time when they were regenerated. They only know after it happened because their eyes are now opened and they now hunger for the Milk of God's Truth. Sure folks can remember when they recited a prayer or the words indicating belief and can remember when they professed Christ before men but not when they truly believed in the heart. It is at that split second that the Spirit gave them new birth. John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. I am sensing that you maybe misunderstanding the point Bob and others are making in this thread. They are not implying repentance is a "work" but rather a state of one's heart (an attitude of sorrow seeking mercy). This attitude of repentance if brought on by the Gospel Scriptures. I wonder if this may be simply another argument on semantics.
  10. Not as I tried to describe it to you. Yes "Godly sorrow" leads to repentance. But to get "saved", there must be something to get "saved" "from" and that thing is sin and self. You can't just "stop sinning" on your own. Believing on Jesus for salvation is to trust Him to save you from your sin. It's not a "work". It's faith. Getting rid of all the specific sins in your life happens over time after salvation; but begins immediately after because you have been made a new creature. Repentance is an ongoing thing thereafter because we still have the sin nature as well as the new nature.
  11. Repenting of your sins is a work. When you turn from your sins, you stop committing a sin. It is turning away from a particular sin. That doesn't save. If a person stops drinking booze, they have repented of that sin. Using Bob Hutton's definition, it is a change of mind (not wanting to drink), which leads to an "action" (quitting drinking). You are bundling repenting of sin with conviction of sin, which is when one realizes they are a sinner deserving of Hell. Conviction of sin is what will LEAD a person to seek salvation, knowing they can do nothing to save their own soul, and then they are prime for hearing the Gospel and BELIEVING it. Believing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died to pay the penalty of our sins, past present & future, was buried and 3 days later rose again bodily....THAT is what saves someone. BELIEF. the Gospel is about what JESUS DID to save us, not which sins we have turned from.
  12. Please answer my questions. The first one is: "Are you suggesting that one cannot have assurance of salvation?" Thank you.
  13. Bro. Roloff once made the statement, "We need to QUIT teaching our children to memorize Bible verses, they need to memorize CHAPTERS!!" I'll go one farther ---- parents, quit using the "Children memorize better than adults" excuse. You have a wealth of trivial and even useless data memorized, you just have to work harder at the same Bible memory as the kids. Even if you only learn half of those chapters you'll still be ahead of the 'verse of the month' exercise. (or, 'verse a season' or 'verse a year' or 'verse when it sticks to me' or 'where's a verse?')
  14. SFIC has a new book available for anyone interested. The Biblical Tithe: Cash or Crops? https://www.createspace.com/7342426
  15. Letter to the Editor: Purpose Driven Movement – Is There Really Something to Be Concerned About? Dear Lighthouse Trails: I don’t normally write others with questions, but seek answers through my own research. Your posting about Rick Warren and the Purpose-Driven Church, along with books offered on your website, have been most helpful. On June 26-29, I attended a PD conference at Saddleback Church. The church staff and spouses attended a […] The post Letter to the Editor: Purpose Driven Movement – Is There Really Something to Be Concerned About? appeared first on . View the full article
  16. Many thanks, brother, for your helpful comment. Regards Bob
  17. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” (Luke 1:68-69) These words of praise, uttered by Zacharias the priest at the birth of John the Baptist, comprise one of seven great doxologies given by men and women in connection with the entrance of... More... View the full article
  18. "Repentance" is in the heart, therefore it is faith and not a "work". When you realize that you are a lowdown sorry hateful sinner, on your way to Hell and deserve it, you turn "against" or from that sin and self to Jesus. That's repentance. It's not a "step one, step two" thing. I've heard some put it this way "to take God's side against yourself". However, "repentance" is still an active necessity in the Christian life; not for salvation but to grow and stay in fellowship with God.
  19. Are you suggesting that one cannot have assurance of salvation? If, as you say, "true" salvation is linked to a turning from sin.....then it cannot be by faith alone. It is either by GRACE through faith ALONE,or it is by works. It cannot be BOTH a gift AND a wage. Have you turned from every sin in your life? “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” .......Romans 11:6
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  21. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
  22. I was wowed by the building's design and construction which are ingenious and the artwork and craftsmanship are second to none; especially stuff like the animal "kinds" and the dinosaur models. Everything is first class. I have some opinions on some of the speculative stuff which is displayed, but I will save mentioning those for a later date. I still hold to "........... blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." There is no comparison to that. The best thing was, that the plan of salvation was presented throughout.
  23. I was just checking that out yesterday, might like to take a trip and visit.
  24. This morning at breakfast, my mentor said something along these lines: that when a man's heart is ready to be saved, he'll send a witness. Keep witnessing, be bold, pray without ceasing.
  25. Reply to "Wretched" : Absolutely spot on, dear friend. True Christians see the need for continual self-examination and living daily in a spirit of humble repentance and reliance upon God for His grace.
  26. Excellent assessment IMO. Roloff understood that conviction of the Spirit comes only from hearing the Scriptures and produces a broken and contrite spirit in the heart. Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Easy believe-ism has produced IMO 95% of the so called "saved" people in this country today (including most IFB big numbers churches). People who claim Christ as Savior but do not humbly Fear God because they are given a partial "gospel" of Good News when they have never heard the bad news of sin, righteousness and judgment to come first. These demonstrate no fearful sorrow seeking God's mercy. Sure they are active members of local churches but at the same time, full of the pride of life and self-satisfaction. Although He died for all to be saved & gives all the opportunity to be saved whether they admit it or not, He only loves those who humble themselves when they hear His Word and fear Him. This fear produces repentance which in turn produces regeneration of the Spirit which finally produces our love for Him because of His Great Mercy (never the other way around). We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself a Ransom for us. The moral of this post is this: How can one benefit from the Good News when they are clueless to the bad news. Easy believe-ism truly is the most cleverly deceptive apostasy of all IMO and it is wildfire now in these final days.
  27. Indeed. Another one that pushes nonsensical "something from nothing" ideas is Lawrence Krauss. He takes it a step further & ridicules Christianity, which is not surprising. I wish one of these scientists would get saved, and admit the truth of the Bible, although I can't help but wonder if many are reprobates.
  28. Thank you. I truly appreciate it. ;) Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Psalms 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Above are some verses of encouragement. I keep lists of them in my purse, my car, my bathroom mirror, etc., to remind myself of God's love & that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us. It is understandable that you are mourning your grandmother's passing. It is healthy to grieve. That is how one heals. But please STOP blaming yourself. It is NOT your fault. Remember, every child is a blessing FROM God to the mother & father. Do not destroy their blessing. You do not have the right to. I pray that the Holy Spirit reveals that to you. Have you had the chance to check out a church near you?
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