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  1. 4 points
    (Omega)

    Prayer for Pastor Curtis Omo

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This is a prayer for Pastor Curtis Omo. He lives in Houston and is facing the tropical storm Harvey. Thankfully (to God), his house hasn't been torn apart by the storm and the flood. Please pray that our Lord God will keep him safe in the midst of this, and through it.
  2. 3 points
    I thought about putting this under the Music forum, but it isn't really a Biblical issue (at least I hope not!!!) so I put it in the Lounge. Just think of it as chamber music. Here's my contribution. (PS, this was impromptu so please excuse my uncombed hair.)
  3. 3 points
    HappyChristian

    A request for rain

    Tragedy is widespread throughout the US right now, with the flooding and damage from Harvey and the coming damage from Irma. Then the west is burning - literally hundreds of thousands of acres (almost 100,000 in WA alone) gone. We have been smoke-covered since Monday night. Thankfully, to this point, we have not had any major fires. One small one the other day, but it was quickly contained. But Sequim is a prairie. And so it doesn't get much rain in the summer anyway. This summer, though, we've only had rain once since May, and it wasn't much at all. We are dry. I would greatly appreciate it if you would join us in prayer for rain. It is in the forecast for tomorrow and Friday, a little, but we all know how weather forecasts go... Anyway, the link I've put at the end of this post is from the town paper. We've been bumped up to very high on the danger list. Clallam and Jefferson counties are where we live - we are right on the county divide. I am not worried. I know God is in control. I would be lying, though, if I said I wasn't at all concerned. Thank you for praying. http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/fire-crews-staying-put-as-local-fire-danger-increases/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia
  4. 3 points
    This is an old one-I have since re-worked the rhythm as I really didn't like how I did it here. But I'm home sick today and not in the voice for something fresh.
  5. 3 points
    HappyChristian

    A request for rain

    Praise the Lord, it has rained here! Forecast was for "sprinkles" of rain. But sometime in the middle of the night (probably about 3 ish), I woke up to llwind and RAIN!!!! IT continued throughout the night, and has rained much of the day. Not a torrential rain, but a slow, steady rain. The kind that allows the ground to absorb the water. We are still praying that the fire areas will receive rain as well. Thank you to all who prayed with us!
  6. 3 points
    Ok, I can't carry all the weight by myself. That being said, here's something I came up with while playing for my daughter back when she was 1ish.
  7. 3 points
    heartstrings

    3D Printing

    Well, the printer(parts) came in, and my Grandson and I began assembling it at the kitchen table. I finished it up, wired it, and loaded the control software on my laptop but it would not communicate with the machine. Seems the software was configured to load the driver(a separate program) into Windows 7 only; Why I have no idea. So I had to download a copy of the driver from a website and install it manually. The trick was in corresponding with the folks in China, who only check their email late at night.......from our perspective.......and through a lot of not-so-good English and most of the instructions they sent in Chinese characters, I finally obtained the right driver. It's working fine now. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDe1jx4CeBE
  8. 3 points
    DaveW

    Early church eternal security

    Just want to add a couple of things. The Manna is used as an illustration to us - illustrations never teach a new truth, they only support a truth. By this I mean in this instance, the Manna is used as an example for us, but NEVER in the way you are proposing. In fact, the manna is used in reference to Jesus as the bread, but it is used as follows: John 6:31-35 (31) Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. (32) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. (33) For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (34) Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. (35) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. You see, in this passage we are shown that Jesus is the "True bread" - the point is not that the manna had to be continually gathered, but that the manna gave them life. This is further understood when Jesus says in vs 35 "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger". Jesus actually makes the point that the difference between Him and the Manna is that men hungered after eating the Manna, but after accepting Him they will NEVER HUNGER. You see, the teaching of the illustration about Manna SUPPORTS the doctrine of eternal security. So you can happily strike the Manna argument off the list. Secondly, one of my favourite passages talks about signs and experiences: 2 Peter 1:19-21 (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. This is talking about the fact that the Word of God came from God, not from men. It is called here a "More Sure" word of prophecy. Have you ever wondered what it is "more sure" than? You only have to look in the preceding verses: 2 Peter 1:16-18 (16) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. Note here that Paul says they were "eyewitnesses of His majesty". Then in the next two verses Peter describes the event he is talking about. The Father speaks and says "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased", and at the end of vs 18 it says "when we were with Him in the holy mount" This is talking about what we call "the Transfiguration of Christ" and it is recorded in Matt 17:2-9; Mark 9:2-9; and Luke 9:28-36. The most amazing thing to me about this is that Peter, James, and John saw the Lord transformed into His glorified body and standing there with Moses and Elijah on top of the Holy Mount, and Peter in the chapter above says that we have a "more Sure" Word of God than even this incredible experience that they genuinely did experience. The Written Word of God is more sure, more reliable, more trustworthy than even the things you see with your own eyes, and the things you experience in this life. Make no mistake - Peter really did see these things happen when he and James and John went onto the mountaintop with the Lord, but Peter (speaking under the influence of the Holy Ghost) said the Word of God was even more sure than that. If the Word of God was more sure than that certain experience, then the Word of God is more sure than anything you or I might experience, see, hear, feel, or otherwise perceive. Trust the Word of God: It is true in all it says. Psalms 119:160 (160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
  9. 3 points
    Here is an audio file of me doing a song I found. The Guitar is a Fenix 12, basic fingerpicking, two voices. Assuming the attachment thingy works.... God's been good_harmony.mp3 Folks, a quick warning - link downloads on my phone instead of playing. I don't know what it does on pc, but you most likely don't want my droning permanently on your device......
  10. 3 points
    (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    Hello brother Alan, I spend most of my time in ministry for the homeless. It breaks my heart to see the homeless without food and shelter. I stop by this website to post scripture when I have time, and I never forget to pray to the Lord for inspiration. "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath 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." (1 John 5:20)
  11. 3 points
    God made certain UNCONDITIONAL promises to Israel. He will keep them regardless of the actions of Israel.The Jews today still know which tribe they are from. This idea that they are not really jews is largely rubbish. My Sister went Israel and was not treated in the way you report. They had their Bibles out constantly and not one of them was treated as you report. They guy who took them takes people every year and has NEVER BEEN TREATED the way you report by the Jews. They are extremely careful in Jordan however, and are not allowed to take out their Bibles. And there is no genocide going on in Israel. Do you know that they text the Palestinians before they fire on MILITARY targets? They drop flyers before they fire on MILITARY targets. What does Hamas do in response? They gather as many civillians to their rockets sites as they can. And then after an attack, they get civillians to lay around as though dead and take photos. Not that civillians are not killed accidentally, but they add numbers to make it appear worse. And Israel retaliates for suicide attacks on pre-schools, day care centres, cafe's, and other civilian targets. Or they attack rockets sites (after giving notice) from where rockets are fired towards areas that have no military installations, only civilian structures. There is SO MUCH WRONG with your post that it saddens me also. You obviously simply accept what the media feeds you. I know a missionary to Israel who has never been treated the way you report, and it is his life. And he also sees the day to day issues of Israel vs Palestine, and I can asdure you your views on Palestine are wrong.
  12. 3 points
    So we have learned that people in Israel are sinners and reject Christ. Now go to Iran, China, or maybe North Korea on an open missions trip and see how they react to you and your presenting the gospel. Didn't Christ say they hated him and they would hate us too? Folks here know that I don't claim to be a "dispensationalist" per se, but neither do I deny God's promises to Israel. It doesn't matter if every male Israeli citizen is a homosexual, wears bloomers with a bow in his hair, and openly practices sodomy with a wink and a grin while putting on lipstick...God is greater and will perform his word. Your post saddened me beyond comprehension.
  13. 3 points
    John 10:17-18 -- "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." Acts 2:22-24 -- "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it." Acts 4:26-28 -- "The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done."
  14. 3 points
    DaveW

    Born Of God

    Calvinism promotes a line similar to that. That would be one possible source.........
  15. 3 points
    If we want to be technical: Jesus chose to come to die. He placed Himself in a position for the Jews to arrest Him and demand His death of the Romans. He did not attempt (physically nor verbally) to prevent the Romans from nailing Him to the cross. He only did this to provide "...himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." So: nobody took His life, He gave it of Himself at the hands of His creation. Romans: GUILTY. Jews: GUILTY. The rest of us: GUITY. Jesus: GUILTY -- not of sin but of caring so much for the whole sorry lot. In exchange we give a pretty lousy excuse for gratitude which is why we don't strive any harder against sin than we do.
  16. 2 points
    Alan

    Man and His Labor

    Good devotion on Psalm 104:23. Dr. Morris observed, "Thus, labor is necessary, even for those who don’t know the Lord. But it is far better if we work not just to earn a living but to please the Lord. “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23)."
  17. 2 points
    heartstrings

    Repairs

    Last weekend, the controller on our well pump went out. The capacitor had melted down. I went to town, bought another, and installed it: quick fix. But yesterday morning, the points (contacts) on the pump's pressure switch burned out on one side so there were no baths until I got home from work with a new unit. I changed it out after dark with my sweetie holding the flashlight. The parts on a farm's well do take a beating. Surprised this one lasted as long as it did.
  18. 2 points
    And here's one on my soprano recorder. This is an adaptation of a Baroque piece by Mouret (pronounced Mor-ay).
  19. 2 points
    Here's one on my alto recorder. I haven't played my recorders in a while, so bear with me please.
  20. 2 points
    DaveW

    Last one to post in this thread wins

    Plan no worky........
  21. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Whats for Supper...

    I've got an idea Invicta, if you invite me for dinner there will be no more leftover chicken. Matter of fact, there may not be any for you.
  22. 2 points
    BroMatt

    Emoticons

    I just removed a bunch of the relationship ones.
  23. 2 points
    Since the latest upgrade (I suppose), I'm no longer being notified of "ALL" new posts. I look through the "Unread Content" shortcut, and go on about my business. Today, I noticed several items in bold throughout the forums that I hadn't seen before, but those items never showed up in my "Unread Content"...if that makes sense. In other words, there are things I haven't seen, but when I click on "Unread Content", those items aren't showing (or didn't show). It's not a big deal now that I realize what's going on...just thought I'd report it...then again, perhaps I'm just looney.
  24. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    A request for rain

    We have been inundated constantly with heavy acrid smoke since June 4th. This last week has been unbearable. No matter whch way the wind blows, it blows smoke from different directions and numerous fires, both here in Northern California an d Southern Oregon.
  25. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Climate change

    The permafrost is not melting. Alaskans see no evidence of this with one exception that has always been the rule. This rule is that permafrost will melt whenever humans expose it to direct sunlight. Other than that, the temperatures in Alaska have remained what they have always been on average. Even in Alaska's warm summers permafrost have never melted naturally, that's why it is called "PERMAFROST", because it is permanently frozen.
  26. 2 points
    Ukulelemike

    A request for rain

    Yes we had a fire from a lightning strike, maybe 1/2 mile from our farm. praise God the wind was blowing it west, while we were north, but it still got pretty close. We were all loaded up, ready to release the animals and lead them to the lake about 1/2 mile the other way at the edge of our property, but the crews and the planes got it out before we had to. burned about 80-100 acres. But yes, fires everywhere, over 600,000 acres in Montana already, a real mess. I don't see these things as any kind of judgment by God, as some do-rather, I see part as the result of the wrong-headed environmentalists not allowing forests to be thinned and undergrowth to be cleaned out, making normal fires much worse, as well as people throwing cigarettes out of cars, and apparently one large fire from someone playing with fireworks. As for the storms, well, it IS storm season and the storms have overall been much less of late, so two storms seems so odd right now.
  27. 2 points
    DaveW

    Not all New items are showing?

    Just wanted to say brother - we know you are working at this as you are able, and we appreciate your work in keeping this forum available. We can wait patiently and muddle through until you can find a solution.
  28. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Early church eternal security

    You're reading it as if all of the "servants" were saved. Think of Judas Iscariot...think of the Roman Catholic Church. Think of the many false "servants" through the years. They supposedly serve(d) Christ, but that doesn't mean they were his. They served their own self-interest...not Christ. To be a servant doesn't mean they were saved; it just means that they served.
  29. 2 points
    Alan

    Life--Light--Love

    “Herein is love . . . that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). JDM
  30. 2 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    This is a lovely waterfall that all of my family enjoyed visiting here on Taiwan. The waterfall is found in the , "Loshan Recreation Area," in Chinese, 「羅山遊憩區」here is the website address: http://www.erv-nsa.gov.tw/user/Article.aspx?Lang=1&SNo=03000145 "Hidden Falls" Photo by Alan
  31. 2 points
    The Lord is good and greatly to be praised! It's somewhat funny to me personally...the scar that I have from where the surgeon cut away my dead flesh from the flesh-eating bacteria is shaped like a cross. There's a spiritual significance in that. :)
  32. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Early church eternal security

    I'm not sure which verses imply that one can forfeit their salvation. Roselove, I may be wrong...and if so, please forgive me. However, I believe that you are looking for either a feeling or some type of sign to confirm your salvation. If that's the case, then these types of things; such as, forfeiting salvation, losing salvation, etc. will continue to haunt and plague you. That's why I stress that believing God's word, trusting it, putting your faith in it, and resting on that is the only thing that will help you in the end. I can't stress it enough. If you're looking for biblical proof that one can't lose their salvation...or forfeit their salvation, then here it is. Now, compare these with whatever the verses are that seem to imply one can lose their salvation (or forfeit it). For one, I believe the Lord settles the matter, nails it down, and closes the lid on it here... John 6:29-58 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
  33. 2 points
    That's perfect, There is no music like unto music sung. For the words of music is the essence of music and carries it's true meaning and purpose.
  34. 2 points
    RSS Robot

    God's Grace

    “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Although Christ has set the believer free from legalistic bondage, he is now under a still higher law—the law of Christ. It is also called “the law of the Spirit of life” that has made us “free from the law of sin and death” (More... View the full article
  35. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Whats for Supper...

    This does sound delicious! Will definitely try it this fall/winter (we don't do much baking in the summer because the kitchen gets far too hot). Thanks!
  36. 2 points
    (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)
  37. 2 points
    Alan

    If You're New Here Please Read

    "Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble." Psalm 41:1
  38. 2 points
    A Private Prayer Language? Pentecostals and Charismatics often teach that there are two types of tongues described in the New Testament: the “public language tongues” of Pentecost and the “private prayer” tongues of 1 Corinthians 14:4 -- “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.” Some call this distinction “ministry tongues” and “devotional tongues.” Early Pentecostal leaders understood that biblical tongues were real earthly languages. They even thought they would be able to go to foreign mission fields and witness through miraculous tongues without having to learn the languages. Those who attempted this, though, returned bitterly disappointed! “Alfred G. Garr and his wife went to the Far East with the conviction that they could preach the gospel in 'the Indian and Chinese languages.’ Lucy Farrow went... Read More View the full article
  39. 2 points
    Alan

    If You're New Here Please Read

    Omega, We do want to thank for the inspiration scripture verses. Alan, "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." Romans 3:12 & 13
  40. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Whats for Supper...

    I really like horseradish with fried chicken. It's good with roast beef, too, but I much prefer it with the chicken. Jim, my brother is like you in that he doesn't like sauces with his meats because he feels they cover the taste of the meat. I think the sauces enhance the taste. It's interesting how tastes differ, isn't it? We put potatoes on the grill to cook one night...and they were still rock hard by the time the meat was ready. Of course, that's because potatoes take longer to cook. So I began zapping them in the microwave to soften a bit before grilling. That works pretty well. I rub some olive oil into the skins and then throw 'em on there. I love it when the skin gets crispy but the meat of the potato is melt-in-your mouth done! Tonight my nephew is coming for dinner. My mom and dad basically raised him, so my mom is always thrilled to see him (I'm looking forward to it, too). So she is making pot roast. I suggested that we cook 2 of them, because we always like to send food home with him. The house is starting to smell lovely...
  41. 2 points
    Evo

    New Member

    Hi, I'm just a 17 year old girl from texas. I never went to church my whole life until i was 13 and it was too a mormon church. I always knew something was up about it and I personally never liked it, then my dad found out everything about them so we never went again and we were there less than a year. I never even knew what church or jesus or anything was then..Years went passed and then my dad went to kansas for 6 months and found this independent fundamentalist baptist preacher named Pastor Steven Anderson! He listened to him and he liked what he said and he got saved. Then he found out that there opening up a church in my city! (san antonio, texas) called Old Path Baptist so we been going there ever since and me, my mom, and sister all got saved! we believe in the kjv only and we soulwin every sunday! and there's some great hard preaching! and well that's my story...thanks for reading!!
  42. 2 points
    Bob from England

    Born Of God

    We are born of God when we trust Jesus. This idea, that some people have, that we are born again first, then trust in Jesus does not have Biblical warrant but I'm bemused by it. Where do they get it from?
  43. 2 points
    DaveW

    Bible College

    1. What Bible College did you attend? Fundamental Baptist Bible College. 2. Did you graduate? What was your Major Yes. N/A BaTh 3. What years did you attend? 1995 - 1998 4. What did you like best about the college? Taught by local, on the ground, missionaries and Pastors 5. What did you least like about the college? Isolated - Western Australia is loooooong way from anywhere, so I didn't get to know a lot od other pastors 6. Would you recommend that school now? Folded years ago now. 7. In your opinion, did the school properly train you for the ministry? As much as a small Bible College can. I tell people that I learned so much in three years at Bible college, but so much more in the next three years as a training associate, and so much in the time since. There is so much that can't be taught, only learned......... Quote this
  44. 2 points
    Nobody killed Christ. John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
  45. 2 points
    Clothing is a Language It is important to understand that clothing is a language. It is a “social message,” a fashion “statement.” Wikipedia defines fashion as “a prevailing mode of expression.” It acknowledges that “every article of clothing carries a cultural and social meaning” and observes that “humans must know the code in order to recognize the message transmitted.” The knowledge of this is the engine that drives the fashion industry, and the child of God needs to understand it, as well. I need to ask myself what message is my clothing broadcasting? American fashion designer Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” (goodreads.com). “Clothes change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us” (Feminist writer Virginia Woolf, Orlando , chapter 4). “Choose your clothes for... Read More View the full article
  46. 2 points
    Bob from England

    An example from Watchman Nee

    Reply to Alan: Many thanks, dear brother, for your kind and encouraging comments, this is much appreciated
  47. 2 points
    heartstrings

    Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

    You never ask anyone to pray for you? I do. Sometimes, when I feel pretty low, and don't feel like I could get a prayer through, I think (thought bubble)......"maybe my brother here is closer to God than I am, and can get a prayer through for me" sort of like this...... .....Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3 and so........ 13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. The brother was of a humble spirit, and instead of getting all haughty and prideful about it, he showed the fear of God (The beginning of wisdom the Book says) and he simply asked them to pray. So I still believe I'll meet old Brother Simon up there. :)
  48. 2 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    While walking in the area of our house, my wife saw one of our fuzzy friends just lounging around, contemplating life I guess, in a tree. Commonly called a Black Squirrel, Pallas's Squirrel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas's_squirrel His (her?), residence is an Indian almond Tree (Chinese: 欖仁樹)
  49. 2 points
    Starward

    Jesus, All Alone

    View Edit [for Lady Certainly] That night, we swore our faithfulness unto the very end. We all spoke in a proud, courageous tone. Bu when the temple guards came, armed, into Gethsemane, we ran. He had to face them all alone. Three years we walked with Him. We saw the miracles He did. His Words had brought us joy as never known in all the world before those days. Despite all He had done for us, we left Him standing there alone. Three trials, before priests, prince, and governor; and then the scourge that flayed His skin, and sliced down to the bone; the beam upon His bleeding back; the walk to Golgotha: His hour had come. He met it, all alone. Those Romans drove their dirty nails into His sinless flesh, then raised that cross right up. But not one groan came out of Him. Then I remembered . . . He had come for this, and He had said He would not be alone. His Father, God, went with Him, as we mortal men could not. (We are but carnal, weak, and always prone to make a mess of very blessing God has given us. But in this nature, we are not alone: for you, and you, and you, too, would not have done other than we did, although you love to cry and moan about us. You might even have betrayed Him for those coins. So leave your proud self-righteousness alone.) Six hours, He hung upon that cross, until His breaking heart gave way to death. The spirit in Him had flown back to His Father. Then they took Him down and brought Him to a brand new tomb (but it was just a loan). In those three years we spent with Him, He told us many things. And one came back to me: a seed is sown and buried in the ground where it must die to bring forth life. Or else, it must lie lifeless, there, alone. Then on the morning of the first day of that week, we heard good news from Mary Magdalene: the stone upon His grave had been rolled back by angel hands, and He had risen from the dead. And THIS alone proves all the rest. I say that Jesus is the Son of God, the Saviour and the Lord, and He has shown us all the Way of Faith that leads unto Eternal Life. CHRIST IS SALVATION, CHRIST, AND CHRIST ALONE. Starward
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    Alan

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Jim, Thank you for your testimony concerning your relationship with Wu Cheng. We are very thankful that you were able to led him to a salvation experience with the Lord Jesus. Sometimes, as with Wu Cheng, due to their background, culture, religion, ancestor worship, and other situations, their salvation experience is often dramatic and life changing. It was also a blessing to hear that your personal relationship with Wu Cheng was a blessing in your heart and life. I am sure that you were a blessing to Wu Cheng as he was to you. A Christian Chinese as a friend is a wonderful blessing. Chinese is a very hard language to learn: both spoken and written. Deep within the history of the Chinese race is the work of God among them to bring them to Christ. Although written Chinese is a complex language; as you said, it is a wonderful language, and God has His hand in it in order to show His love to the Chinese race. In eternity we will understand the work of God in all of the races of the world and spend eternity renewing friendships as you had with Wu Cheng. I am sure that all of us enjoyed hearing your testimony. Alan
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