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  1. 4 points
    Donald Jones

    Closer to the Lord Jesus

    Hello everyone, I would just like to introduce myself to this site or like minded believers, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ eternally. I found it extremely useful for me lately to always remember to stay as close to the Lord as possible in every affair of every day. He provides my strength to overcome every day challenges not only of the world but of myself as well. I thank him for always being there for me, strengthening me and providing me his words of truth and my salvation. He provides my joy and wisdom to share with others and bring them into knowing his love through the gospel and his gift of salvation. Donald
  2. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    An excellent critique of this work Bro. Scott. You are spot on in asking, "which is it"? That author can't have it both ways just to suit his whims.
  3. 3 points
    Pastor Scott Markle

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    In his first main point, the author of the article presented the following: (https://edgarsreflections.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/what-did-jesus-mean-by-“i-will-lose-nothing”-in-john-639/amp/) In the first paragraph of this point, the author made two significantly firm assertions, as follows: (emboldening in the quotes was added by Pastor Scott Markle) (1) "The 'given ones' in the Gospel of John always refer to the JEWISH disciples of Jesus back in his time." (2) "Within the context of the Gospel of John the 'given ones' always refer to the disciples." Then the author of the article focused upon our Lord Jesus Christ's prayer in John 17 in order to support his assertions. I myself have three points of conflict with this presentation: In the first place -- In order to define the phrase, "all that the Father giveth me," in John 6:37, the author of the article focused completely upon John 17. Yet he did not focus upon the immediate context of John 6:35-65 at all. However, it would seem to me that the FIRST place which we should consider in order to define a phrase is the immediate context itself, if there is anything therein to aid our understanding. So then, is there anything in the immediate context of John 6:35-65 to aid us in understanding the meaning for the opening phrase of John 6:37 -- "All that the Father giveth me"? With this phrase of John 6:37 our Lord Jesus Christ spoke concerning the relationship of God the Father toward those who will come unto the Lord Jesus Christ through faith as Savior. In two other verses of the immediate context, our Lord Jesus Christ also spoke concerning this relationship. These two verses are John 6:44-45, wherein our Lord Jesus Christ declared, "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. 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." Through each of these three verses individually (John 6:37, John 6:44, and John 6:45), we are taught a sequence of events that lead unto an individual's coming unto Christ. Through John 6:37 we learn: 1. God the Father gives certain individuals unto God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 2. All whom God the Father gives unto God the Son do indeed come unto God the Son. 3. God the Son will in no wise cast out any who come unto Him. Through John 6:44 we learn: 1. God the Father must draw an individual unto God the Son in order for an individual to have the ability to come unto the Son. 2. God the Son will raise up at the last day any who who come unto Him. Through John 6:45 we learn: 1. God the Father engages in a work of teaching unto all, in order to teach them of their need for God the Son as Savior. 2. Some individuals listen unto and learn from God the Father's teaching concerning God the Son as Savior. 3. Every individual who listens unto and learns from God the Father's teaching does indeed come unto God the Son. Now, when we bring the teaching of these three individual verses together, we may come to a better contextual understanding concerning God the Father's work in relation to those who come unto the Lord Jesus Christ through faith as Savior. First, we recognize that John 6:45 is provided as an explanation for John 6:44; therefore, John 6:45 reveals how and whom God the Father draws unto God the Son. Indeed, God the Father draws through engaging in a work of teaching; and God the Father engages in this drawing work of teaching upon ALL individuals. Yet all do NOT come unto God the Son through faith. Rather, only those individuals who listen unto and learn from God the Father's drawing work of teaching actually come unto God the Son. On the other hand, EVERY SINGLE ONE who listens unto and learns from God the Father's drawing work of teaching DO INDEED come unto God the Son. As such, these individuals would be equivalent unto those whom God the Father GIVES unto God the Son; for ALL whom God the Father gives unto God the Son DO INDEED come unto God the Son. Even so, we now can compile the sequence from all three verses, as follows: 1. God the Father draws all individuals unto God the Son through a work of teaching to teach them of their need for the Son. 2. Some individuals listen unto and learn from God the Father's teaching concerning God the Son as Savior. 3. God the Father gives unto God the Son every individual (all) who listens unto and learns from His drawing work of teaching. 4. All whom God the Father gives unto God the Son, because they listened unto and learned from His drawing work of teaching, DO INDEED come unto the God the Son through faith as Savior. Through this contextual study, we are able to discern a contextual definition for those whom God the Father gives unto God the Son (the "given ones"). The "given ones" are those who respond unto God the Father's drawing work of teaching by listening unto it and learning from it. Now, if John 6:37 applies only unto Jewish believers during the time of our Lord's earthly ministry, then in the context John 6:44-45 must also apply ONLY unto them. However, if John 6:44-45 applies unto both Jews and Gentiles both during the time of our Lord's earthly ministry and today, then John 6:37 also applies unto both groups in both times. In the second place -- The primary argument that the author of the article sought to make in his first main point is that within the context of the Gospel of John the "given ones" by God the Father ALWAYS refer unto the Jewish disciples of Jesus back in the time of His early ministry, and unto none others. Now, it would seem to me that if the author of the article desired to demonstrate this "always" assertion for the context of the Gospel of John, he would then make reference unto EVERY time wherein the "given ones" by God the Father are referenced throughout the Gospel of John. Yet the author of the article did NOT do this. There are actually three passages wherein these "given ones" by God the Father are referenced. The first of these passages is John 6:37, which is the passage under question. The third of these passages is John 17:6, 9, 11-12, upon which the author of the article placed a significant amount of focus. However, the second of these passages is John 10:29, unto which the author of the article made no reference whatsoever at all. So then, let us consider this passage that the author of the article completely neglected. In John 10:27-30 our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one." (emboldening added by Pastor Scott Markle) So then, who all are included among God the Son's sheep according to the context of John 10:1-30, these sheep whom God the Father gave unto God the Son? The answer is found through two important verses within the context. First, in John 10:9 our Lord Jesus Christ declared, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." So then, God the Son's sheep are those who enter through Him as the Door of Salvation, and who are thereby saved. Second, in John 10:16 our Lord Jesus Christ declared, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Within this context, the fold that our Lord described as "this fold" would have been the Jewish "fold." Furthermore, those whom the Lord described as the "other sheep" would be from the Gentile "fold." Yet our Lord indicated with the conclusion of John 10:16 that all of those sheep who would become His by entering through Him unto salvation, both from the Jewish "fold" and the Gentile "fold," would become ONE fold of saved sheep with ONE Shepherd, God the Son Himself. Even so, within this context God the Son's sheep, as referenced in John 10:27-30, would include ALL who enter in and are saved by God the Son through faith, not just the Jewish disciples during the time of our Lord Jesus Christ's earthly ministry. So then, we learn that the author of the article is simply not accurate when he asserts that within the context of the Gospel of John the "given ones" by God the Father ALWAYS refer unto the Jewish disciples of Jesus back in the time of His early ministry, and unto none others. Furthermore, we also may take notice that John 10:27-30 also teaches eternal security through the authority and power of God unto all of God the Son's sheep, that is -- unto all of the "given ones" by God the Father. In the third place -- The author of the article supported his assertion for his first main point by placing a significant focus upon the passage of John 17:6, 9, 11-12. First, the author of the article asserted, "Within the context of the Gospel of John the 'given ones' always refer to the disciples. They were the ones whom the Father 'has given' to the Son." Then the author of the article stated his evidence, "The prayer of Jesus in John 17 makes this clear." Now, it is certainly accurate that in John 17:6-19 our Lord Jesus Christ was speaking specifically concerning the eleven apostles (with Judas Iscariot being excluded by our Lord's specific statement in John 17:12). However, in this regard the author of the article presented an inconsistent progression within the context of his own position and argument. First, he stated, "The 'given ones' in the Gospel of John always refer to the JEWISH disciples of Jesus back his time." (emphasis included in the original quote) This statement the author of the article drew from the reference unto physical sight in John 6:36. Thus he indicated that the "given ones" encompass all of the Jewish believers-disciples during our Lord Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, since they were the only ones who physically saw Him. Yet then the author of the article stated, "Within the context of the Gospel of John the 'given ones' always refer to the disciples. They were the ones whom the Father 'has given' to the Son," which the author of the article supported from John 17:6-19. Yet John 17:6-19 does not refer unto all of the Jewish believers-disciples during our Lord Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, but only refers unto the eleven apostles alone. So then, we are compelled to ask -- Which is it; do the "given ones" by God the Father encompass all of the believers-disciples during our Lord's earthly ministry, or do the "given ones" by God the Father encompass only the eleven apostles? Furthermore, we should recognize that the context of John 17:6-19 is grammatically more narrow than that of the other passages. The first reference that our Lord Jesus Christ made unto the "given ones" within His prayer of John 17 is found in John 17:6. Yet in this verse our Lord Jesus Christ did not make reference generally unto those whom God the Father had given unto Him. Rather, in this verse our Lord Jesus Christ made reference specifically unto a group of MEN whom God the Father had given unto Him. Therein our Lord said, "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." (emboldening added by Pastor Scott Markle) As such, throughout the prayer of John 17, our Lord Jesus Christ was not necessarily speaking about all of the individuals whom God the Father had given unto Him, but was very specifically speaking about a specific group of men whom God the Father had given unto Him. Yet in the context of John 6:37, our Lord Jesus Christ did NOT communicate that He was narrowing the "given ones" by God the Father only unto a specific group of MEN. Rather, in John 6:37 our Lord Jesus Christ spoke more generally concerning those whom God the Father had given unto Him, even as He spoke more generally in John 10:27-30. Thus when we seek for a Biblical comparison for John 6:37, we find that the context of John 10:1-30 serves as a far better comparison than does the context of John 17:6-19. (Note: The quotation of John 17:6 by the author of the article does not include this specific reference unto "the men." Rather, his quotation of the the verse reads as follows, "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word." (emboldening added by Pastor Scott Markle) The reason for this is because the author of the article was not quoting from the King James translation, but from some other translation. Yet the Greek word "ἀνθρώποις" ("anthropois"), which is the plural of the Greek word meaning "man," is very specifically found in the Greek text of John 17:6. Indeed, this Greek word is specifically found in the Received Text, as well as in the Westcott-Hort text and in the Nestle-Aland (27th ed.) text. As such, the quotation that the author of the article employed simply came from a looser translation of the verse than that which is found in the King James translation. In addition, that looseness in translation allowed for a distortion in the understanding of John 17:6.) However, the author of the article presented two more main points in his argument. Therefore, there is yet more for us to consider. Sister Rose, are you following this information thus far; or do you have any questions about this information?
  4. 3 points
    Donald Jones

    Closer to the Lord Jesus

    Sure, my pleasure, through a life of growing up in a Catholic School, living a life of sin and being of the the world, then searching in other denominations such as SDA, Pentacostal, Evangelical I then began to look up some history on the bible. I was confused as to why there were so many churches and bibles. If God was able to give us his word then there should only be one. In 2006 I was on the internet and listened to a Pastor Anderson preaching, he just started his church and I was drawn how he preached. First explaining about KJV only being the inherent word of God which made sense to me, then giving the Gospel as it was literally written, Salvation through Christ Jesus through faith only and not of works. It all made sense to me finally after so many years of deception. My wife and myself then knew this was the way in which the Bible began to reveal the truth to us. We confessed that we were sinners, we believed in our heart the God had raised Jesus from the dead just as it is written in Romans 10:9 and 10. We were then baptized in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in Castlegar BC. and that was quite some time ago, since then life has been a challenge but I have always known that Jesus was always with me.
  5. 2 points
    I'll leave the preparations for the Post Tribulation folks, I'm not going to be here.
  6. 2 points
    Alan

    Help Needed in Winning Souls

    Very good question Steve. A testimony, in soul-winning efforts, is a personal story of how the Lord Jesus convicted a person of their sins, realized their need of salvation from an eternity in hell, they then trusted in the Lord Jesus as their own Saviour, and then they relate their experience to others in an effort to see other people turn from their sins and trust in Christ as their Saviour. Normally, when a person wants to see other people saved, they get involved with the visitation time at the church. As a small word of my testimony. After I trusted in Christ as my Saviour (in January 1972, after reading a gospel tract and John 3:16, I believed in Christ as my Saviour), I felt the need to go to church (I was raised in a non-church, non-Christian, and atheistic household). A friend of mine, through his testimony as a Christian, led me to a church (a southern Baptist Church I found out later), and I started to grow as a Christian. At church I discovered that they had a time of visitation where they went out and visited homes, and passed out tracts, in an effort to see other people saved. As time progressed, and I visited people, I was able to share my personal testimony with other people. Steve, I would suggest that you get involved in a local independent, fundamental, Baptist church, and start going out visiting with the pastor. At this time, I would not suggest that you write a biography. As time progresses, and you learn from the pastor, and you have a solid testimony of salvation, ask the pastor how you can be a better witness in other areas. Alan
  7. 2 points
    Ronda

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Thank you for the Chinese lesson as well as the teaching, brother Alan. And brother Jim, What a wonderful joy to have been used of the Lord to help lead Wu Cheng to salvation in Jesus! It's been a while since I have felt that thrill of exhilaration and pure joy that we get when someone isn't just interested, but actually believes and accepts Christ, even more when they (as had did) has the desire to evangelize his Chinese friends and family. (And as you said, his thirst for God's word being insatiable, you knew he truly had come to Christ). While there have been several people take an interest in God's word lately as I witness to the unsaved world, sadly, they are soon "turned off" (so to speak) when they find out that God isn't going to guarantee to grant their every wish nor fix all their worldly problems. I spent a good deal of time answering (with scripture) questions from a secular friend. She had (sadly) been watching a TV evangelist and was under the belief she would be healed and receive riches and prosperity in this life if she found a "prayer partner" to "pray in agreement" with her. It angers me greatly the harm that these false teachers and wolves have done. It was rather a long ordeal trying to deprogram her. And so I first started with the gospel. Sadly, she wanted to SKIP that.... and as you know we can't do that. Over the course of a few weeks, I then also explained to her that God doesn't work like waving a wand over us and fixing all our problems here on earth... but rather I took her to the scripture pertaining to eternal rewards instead. There is much more to this account, but in a short summation she really wasn't interested in eternal salvation, she (sadly) still was of the belief she is a "good person", even though I'd used much scripture to explain to her that we are all sinners in need of a savior, and all our good works of what we call righteousness are like filthy rags to God. I explained Rom.3:10 to her, and many others. I also explained that Jesus was the one and only acceptable propitiation (payment) for our sins, etc. She just wanted interested... she wanted immediate gratification, and all her worldly problems fixed "right now". She'd been brainwashed by the TV evangelist into believing if she just had someone to "pray in agreement" with her, all her worldly woes would be over :( She wanted immediate health and wealth... she didn't want to admit she was a sinner in need of savior, and there are no short-cuts to that! She wasn't willing to believe that Jesus died for her sins, was buried and rose the third day (1 Cor.15:1-4), in fact as long as she still thinks she is a "good person", it's not likely she will see her need for salvation at all, no matter the scriptural warnings. And that is one of the "better" experience I've had of late... most often I am cussed out, threatened, given "facebook jail" (24-72 hour bans) for posting Bible verses that offends anyone, and mocking... always the mocking from those who believe their "god" is false science (1 Tim.6:20). I truly hope it is not this way for everyone, and that there are still some coming to Christ in the world. These are truly the perilous last days forewarned of in 2 Tim.3:1-7,13. Not just that, but a marked increase in those whom God Himself has turned over to a reprobate mind (Rom.1:18-32). Receptivity of the unsaved is at an all time low that I've ever seen in my lifetime. And hostility towards the gospel, or even any of God's word, is also increasing greatly. Nonetheless I will keep posting the gospel and scripture to the unsaved world in the places they most need to hear it, it may be that I plant or water, and it's up to God whether there be an increase. Maranatha!
  8. 2 points
    Alan

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Thank you for your in-depth study and analysis on the whole article; particularly on the author's usage of a corrupt manuscript, and a distortion of the Greek language, in order to promote a false teaching. Is it no wonder that some of God's saints are confused when they study under these false teachers?
  9. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    England/Wales

    We have a friend who was a missionary to Wales for 10 years. Early on in his ministry, he actually worked at gaining a Welsh accent. One day as he was street preaching, somebody yelled at him, "Go home to Ireland."
  10. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    England/Wales

    I've been around here for years, but your accent doesn't seem English to me. :D
  11. 1 point
    (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23,24)
  12. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Prayer for David

    David is one of my closest friends, and I consider him like a brother. He has a serious problem with drugs and alcohol. He went to Christian counseling classes a few years back but has recently backslid seriously. I think the reason is because him and his mom don't get along. They cuss at each other and his mom smacks him around like a ragdoll while on drugs. I've noticed that there are several dark entities in his home that manifest in physical form. A 7ft man in a fedora hat and trench coat that no light can penetrate him. he is a solid figure with no distinguishable features that can be made out. Then there is another one that manifests as a doll that moves. Then there is one that masquerades as his ex girlfriend. Another one masquerades as an "alien" (most likely a demon), and a similar one with red eyes with horns. I mentioned these because I believe that this is a sign that some of these demons are inviting other demons in his home. Anyway, I pray that God will bring spiritual healing to his family and his mom will be saved. I also pray that his family will stop being drunkards and drug addicts and surrender their lives over to Jesus and be permanently healed. I pray for David to overcome these problems and become a mighty man of God and one day be a minister of God and bring people to Christ. Please pray fervently over this. Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ.
  13. 1 point
    Rosie

    Prayer for David

    I will pray for David and his Mother
  14. 1 point
    Steven Yeadon

    Help Needed in Winning Souls

    Thank you for your counsel. I will have to find a church where I can help out with visitation. I am currently between churches. Honestly, I was told by friends at my last church to make a book out of my testimony. I guess I got wrapped up in the idea of making a book because of them, and the idea I could help the Kingdom with my story. I see now, though, that my testimony doesn't need to be a book. In fact it can just be a short story that builds to an invitation. I already have a rough draft of that short story, so I do want to use it to help the Kingdom, but you are right that I need to learn how to witness to others face to face and seek counsel from those around me on how I witness before jumping into something like a short story.
  15. 1 point
    Alan

    Prayer for David

    I will be praying for David this morning. May the Lord bless you and those who are dealing with David with wisdom.
  16. 1 point
    (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:2,3)
  17. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Which Is Your Favorite Sport?

    You Brits are a hoot, everyone knows that cricket is an insect.
  18. 1 point
    Rosie

    "Ban The Person Above You" Game

    Ban NN for expecting me to know that he had been up so long and had been working so hard that he didn't have time for anything and being grouchy from lack of sleep.... lol
  19. 1 point
    Analyzing the Chinese word Righteousness 「義的分析」 by Alan Introduction The Chinese written language is very unique. The Chinese words are called, “Characters,” and use a visual, or pictograph, series of lines, called, “strokes,” that represent a word, or a thought, or an action. In written Chinese, we have an example of the righteousness of God through His Son, the Lord Jesus, in the word, “righteousness.” In Chinese, the word righteousness is written as, 「義」 The Chinese word righteousness is composed of two major words; the word Lamb「羊」 on the top and the word Me 「我」or Us 「我們」on the bottom. The word Me 「我」or Us 「我們」is composed of two words: the hand 「手」 and a spear「戈」 Righteousness is very important. God is holy and will not allow sin into heaven. A person needs to be reconciled to God, or to become righteous, in the sight of God, in order to escape the punishment of hell and enter into everlasting life in heaven. Before a person is a Christian in the sight of God he is unrighteous. The Apostle Paul said, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10 Therefore, in order for a person to have eternal life in heaven, in the presence of God, he must be righteous. He must have his sins forgiven. We will analyze the Chinese word for righteousness and look at an example of how we can become righteous by God’s principles. In order to understand righteousness in the sight of God, we must turn to the word of God; the Bible. The Bible is God’s word and we can trust it. First 「羊」 A Lamb A sinless sacrifice must be made to forgive sins. And, it must be according to what God says. The Bible says that the blood of animals cannot take away the sins of mankind. Hebrews 10:4 says, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.” The animal sacrifices of the world cannot take away a persons sins. This includes the Muslims in the Middle East, and the sacrifices of the Buddhist, Confucianists and Taoists of the East. Hebrews 10:4, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” The sacrificial lambs that God required by the Jews under the Law of Moses in the Old Testament did not take away sins; they were an object lesson of the sacrificial sacrifice for sins by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. They were a guide, or a teacher, for the sacrifice of Christ. Galatians 3:24, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The Lord Jesus was sinless and perfect. In contrasting the sacrifices of the Jews under the Levitical law, the Old Testament, and the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus as our priest and sacrifice for sins, the author of the book of Hebrews makes this statement. “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. … For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,and made higher than the heavens. Who needed not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for his he did once, when he offered up himself.” Hebrews 7:22, 26 & 27 The Lord Jesus was sinless and totally righteous. A Chinese proverb says,「義刑於色」Translated, that means, “Righteousness manifested in one's appearance.” Wang Ming-Tao says, “Yes, our Lord is completely holy. You can not find anything that He did without any blemish or unrighteousness. When He was on the earth no matter if it was a disciple, or if it was an enemy, including anybody else that had anything to do with Him, they all gave a clear testimony that He did not have even a little bit of sin or unrighteousness. 王明道:「是、我們的主就是那樣完全聖潔。你不能在他的身上找出一點污穢不義來。他在世上行走的時候、無論是他的門徒、他的仇敵、以及與他毫無關係的人、都證明他沒有少許的罪惡不義。」i A free translation by the author. The Lord Jesus was like a lamb sacrificed for us. John the Baptist said, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 The Lord Jesus died on the cross, like a harmless lamb, and shed His blood as a sacrifice. As with the Jews in the Old Testament the eternal salvation of the soul is by the imputation of righteousness the moment a person, by faith, trusts in God. When a person realizes that he has sinned against God, and deserves to spend eternity in hell, and believes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his payment for sins, than God imputes, or gives, His righteousness to that individual. “For what saith the scriptures? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 Second 「我」 Me, 「我們」or Us Why did Jesus become a sacrifice? In order to redeem us. So we can obtain eternal salvation. To reconcile us to God. Before a person is saved he is a sinner and His relationship with God is severed . The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus is the only way we can be reconciled with God. The Lord Jesus was sinless. He became sin for us while on the cross in order for us to become righteous.2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Third 「手」The Hand God made us. He made our hands. We can use our hands for good or for evil. God gave us the ability, the will, to either serve Him or the Devil. The decision is ours. Matthew 27:1&2, “When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontus Pilate the governor.” Because of our sins, the hand of man apprehended the Lord Jesus Christ. The hand of man hit Jesus. The hand of man took a whip and whipped Jesus. The hand of man took a nail in one hand and a hammer in the other hand and nailed Jesus on the cross. The hand of man caused the blood of Jesus to be shed. The Lord Jesus allowed men to crucify Him so His blood could be shed for our sins. The apostle Peter testified, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Acts 2:23 We can either use our hands for good or for wickedness. Fourth「戈」 A Spear The hand of man took a spear and pierced the side of Jesus and more blood flowed from the body of Jesus. John 19:34 says, “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” Jesus died for us! The Lord Jesus became a sacrificial lamb to die for the penalty of our sins on the cross of Calvary. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We need to have a repentant heart and believe on the Lord Jesus as our Saviour! Conclusion The Lord Jesus was righteous in every aspect. When a person repents and trust in Jesus as their Saviour then God imputes the righteousness of Jesus to that person. The Lord Jesus becomes our righteousness. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary we can have forgiveness of our sins, escape the punishment of hell, and obtain eternal life in heaven. The Lord Jesus left the glory of heaven, became a man, to die on the cross as a sacrificial lamb, to shed His blood, so we could be saved and the righteousness of God imputed to us. So we can be reconciled with God. i Wang Ming Tao, Treasuries of Wang Ming Tao, Volume II The Hard Road, (Touliu, Taiwan: Conservative Baptist Press, 1996), Page 93. 王明道,王明道文庫,第二冊,小徑(臺灣斗六:浸宣出版社,1996),93頁。
  20. 1 point
    Alan

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Ronda, Thank you very much for your comments. It is a blessing to my heart to know that the devotion was a blessing to you. I also appreciate your dedication in trying to bring others to Christ and His righteousness. As you stated, so many in the Charismatic Movement (the leaders and the followers), as so caught up in emotions, seeking wealth, health, and the things of the world, they miss the eternal blessings of salvation and the righteousness of Christ. Keep up the good work in witnessing; in person and online. As always, I do enjoy your comments and testimony on how the Lord is using you in these last days. May the Lord bless and keep you. Alan and the Mrs.
  21. 1 point
    Didn't we used to have a book/movie forum?
  22. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Whats for Supper...

    That is all interesting information Invicta, thanks for writing it. The italian place you described sounds like it was a real Pizza place that did it right.
  23. 1 point
    Roselove

    Candy apples, for fall!

    Of course!
  24. 1 point
    Roselove

    Candy apples, for fall!

    Ingredients: 1 cup of hard cinnamon candy 1 cup of hard caramel candy (both candies I chose, were sugar free). About 4 tbsp of honey (amount just depends on how thin you want the coating) 4 green apples Red food coloring (optional) Supplies: Candy apple sticks Zip lock bag Hammer or rolling pin Double boiler or metal bowl over pot of water Sprayed or non-stick pan Directions: Put sticks in apples and prepare baking pan. Put candies in a large zip lock bag and crush with hammer or rolling pin, I'm barbaric and like to use a hammer lol!! Put candies, honey, and food coloring in double boiler or metal bowl over pot of water and set heat to low or low-medium. Stir frequently until melted (it took a little while) Once melted, dip apples into candy and place on baking sheet until, cool!
  25. 1 point
    Invicta

    Whats for Supper...

    I agree with you there Jim. What about those machines in the street where you put your money in and choose which one you want and then after a few minutes it turns it out? We had a nice pizza in an Italian place in Amsterdam. One of those where the chef tosses the dough. in the air and spins it round. We also went to a small village by the Lac du Der in France, and the only eating place was a pizzeria. The did other meals up to abut 1.30 pm but after that they only serves pizza. The pizzas were very good and the thinnest I have had, almost like water biscuits. There is a thing the French do which is similar to pizza called Flammekueche or 'flam for short. They originate in Alsace. They are like a very thin pizza base spread with fromage frais, topped with bacon bits (lardons) and onions, sometimes with a little grated Emmental cheese. It is said they originated in the days when the only oven in a village was the baker, and when he finished his bread for the day villagers would take their 'flams to him and he would cook them in his oven as it cooled down. They would then roll them like wraps and take them home and eat them with their fingers. I quite like those.
  26. 1 point
    Alan

    Candy apples, for fall!

    Do you give out samples?
  27. 1 point
    Roselove

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Thank you for this explanation, it makes much more sense to me, now. I see that, the article writer was inconsistent and biased, it appears. Thank you for clearing up the confusion that I had from his, page!
  28. 1 point
    Alan

    How to Apply the Seven Habits?

    That is very effective biblical advice. "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their children." Titus 2:3 & 4
  29. 1 point
    Alan

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    A Ranch in the Colorado Mountains near Guffey, Colorado Linux - GIMP 2.8 Photo by Alan May the Lord bless all of you. Alan
  30. 1 point
    No Nicolaitans

    Whats for Supper...

    I love roasted red potatoes, drizzled with oil, and a packet of dry onion soup mix sprinkled over them. Any potato will do, but the reds are my favorite cooked that way.
  31. 1 point
    Invicta

    Whats for Supper...

    Our seniors lunch today. We had shepherds pie. I was feeling much better and managed to serve the meals at the tables. First time for weeks, We went shopping after and I got some Southern fried chicken bits from the Hot Deli, and served them with left over potatoes from the lunch, fried in a little olive oil and tossed in Persillade (Parsley, garlic and shopped shallots)
  32. 1 point
    Invicta

    England/Wales

    That would be nice. If you are in York,you will be in Yorkshire and they have a very distinctive accent, In country areas it is almost like a dialect. On Ilkla Moor baht'at is the unofficial anthem of Yorkshire. The tune was written by a Kentish man, or was he a man of Kent? His name was Thomas Clark and it is a hymn tune, Grace 'tis a charming sound, harmonious to the ears. But don't tell a Yorkshire man that.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUsQ9Qs2DQo Kent is traditionally divided into West Kent and EastKent by the River Medway. This division into east and west is reflected in the term "Men of Kent" for residents east of the Medway; those from west are known as "Kentish Men". The female equivalents are "Maid ofKent" and "Kentish Maid". I am not a native of Kent, I was born in London but the family moved to Surrey in in the war and I moved to Kent in 1964.
  33. 1 point
    DaveW

    England/Wales

    I have never been, but mt in laws have been across a couple of times. As far as driving is concerned, it took them a lot longer to get anywhere then they expected. I don't know what it is like driving in Canada, but country driving in the UK has heaps of little towns to slow you down - that is what they found anyway. An "outsider's" point of view of driving in the UK. Have fun!
  34. 1 point
    Invicta

    England/Wales

    Hi Salyan, You don't see to be coming our way, I am in the South East near Canterbury. I don't often go to places the other side of London these days. The lakes are beautiful, I went camping there in my 20s with' a Church youth group. .Camped in the Derbyshire Peak District with my wife and two young (they were then) daughters. My Wife comes from Sheffield and we used to go to visit here family and friends. But her family are no longer alive. And she only has one friend up there now who is a bit senile. We went to Wales several times once to our nephews marriage. That was in Neith near Cardiff. The Bride's father gave a speech in which he said, "When Sian said she wanted to get married I was very pleased, but when she said she was going to marry an Englishman, I wasn't so happy" Cornwall is very pretty. I only went there once. My wife had a friend who moved there and we went to visit as she was very ill. They have their own language similar to Welsh, also to the Britons in France, Brittany. Many think they are not part of England and want independence. Here the main attraction is Canterbury Cathedral. But I would rather take people to see the Martyrs Memorial, and the West Tower, where many were held and some starved to death. I don't drive far on English roads these days, I am too old and the roads are too overcrowded. My daughters won't let me drive too far, if I want to visit my sister in Somerset, they make me wait until one of them can drive us. It will only be my younger ones as the elder has just moved to Dudley in the midlands. Driving The speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 70 mph unless a lower limit is indicated. In some places they have variable limits depending on the amount of traffic, These are shown on a gantry overhead, Main roads outside towns are 60 mph unless a lower limit is indicated. In towns the limit is usually 30 mph but in some places it can be 20 mph, usually after campaigns by residents who use the slogan TWENTY IS PLENTY. Speed Cameras. Speed cameras are in a number of places and are painted yellow, and have lines on the road to give you time to slow down. On motorways the sometimes have average speed cameras, but in my experience they are usually in places where the traffic is usually so heavy you can't reach the speed anyway, Don't forget you will have to drive on the left. If you have never done it don't worry, we had to do the same when we first went to France. I did have to take our car to the garage and the mechanic opened the left door and then realised it was on the other side and wouldn't drive it. The main problems may be with roundabouts or as the US pastor we know, calls them traffic circles. You have to give way to the traffic on the right, We usually go to France if we want a break. The traffic there used to be horrific, but they have a completely different approach to speed cameras, they are hidden and you are not allowed to have warnings on your sat nav. or radar detectors. or you and get a large fine. This has made a great difference to their driving. It is much more leisurely now. We can get a day return on the ferry for £27 this time of the year, that is for the car and up to nine people, It gives us time to have a meal and do the shopping. OK as long as there are no school parties on board. If we go for a longer break we go to Laon these days or Soissons. There is a small Bible Baptist Church in Laon. The pastor is American and is disabled, I think he is over 70 and has been in a wheelchair for years. About two years ago friends asked him why he didn't reply and he said "There is no one to take over the ministry," about 6 months ago his wife wrote that they thought he would have to retire in two years, but the last newsletter said that he had been to hospital in Paris, and they wanted to do a full body scan to find out why he was in constant pain, but couldn't do it as he was too bent over, and ttat they may have to retire in days rather than years. Sorry Salyan I have digressed. Sorry I have not been much help but I hope you have a great time.
  35. 1 point
    IF you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud, and we’ll be honest with you, we struggled with parts of it. You’ve been reading “The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité, written nearly 100 years ago in 1922, designed to demonstrate the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation.
  36. 1 point
    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
  37. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    If all of that is contained in the characters of what we would call one "word", what a wonderful language it must be. The lesson, as you have laid it out is the heart and core of the Gospel message to all mankind, regardless of race or language. Thank you for using this wonderful example to teach of the perfect sacrifice of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Your post reminded me of what I write below, which I consider a high point in my life. Twenty years ago I had the privilege of working with a brilliant Chinese scientist who had been a professor of Plasma Physics at the University of Beijing. His name was Wu Cheng and we became very close during the time he and I worked together at a remote research site in Alaska. His English was poor and he felt a need to learn the language better so that he could communicate better with our staff and researchers. This resulted in my offering to teach him English and he, in return would teach me Chinese. lol...the result was a 50% success rate, he learned English and I failed in Chinese miserably. But through our friendship we became close friends, with him visiting my house for dinners and casual conversation about each others lives. He was able to teach me many things in regard to Chinese culture and I was able to do the same for him. I have had very few friends in this life that were as close as he and I became. This friendship and mutual sharing of cultural differences and similarities led him to become extremely interested in my life as a Christian and Christianity in general. He attended church with me on Sundays as well as mid-week services. In our time together we had many many opportunities to not only talk about my faith, but to actually hold Bible studies, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Before long his interest in my religion and walk with our Lord bore fruit. Our friendship, his keen interest in Christianity, as well as his professional thirst for truth as a scientist, was the mechanism that God used to bring him to Christ. His conversion was very obvious to me; he developed an insatiable thirst for God's Word as well as a burning desire to be able to take God's word to the Chinese people once he returned to China. He spent a lot of time devising ways to be able to bring Bibles back with him when he finally had to return to China. I thank God for the opportunity to use a working environment to develop a friendship resulting in the salvation of a soul that had never heard the Gospel message. Wu Cheng went to be with our Lord shortly after his return to China. I will miss him here, but rejoice that our parting is but for a short time. We will renew our friendship and fellowship once again in the land that is fairer than day, for death has given way to victory.
  38. 1 point
    Our tithes do sustain. We give to our church because we KNOW our Pastor is using it to pay the church building's rent, and provide a place for saints to assemble. Also, our church is growing. House churches are a good stepping stone for Pastors who are new to the ministry & still working to get a real building for the church established, but I don't think it is practical to meet in a house indefinitely, as a church should see growth. And our Pastor doesn't force us to tithe, we do it because it makes sense, and our church goes soulwinning weekly, and we give hundreds of people the Gospel & collectively get hundreds of people saved. Call it giving if you wish, because we do give joyfully, but we all give a tithe(tenth). We give 10%.
  39. 1 point
    Here are my thoughts on the matter: I believe it is biblical to tithe. I haven't found any Scripture in the NT where God says, Stop tithing, do not give to your biblical, local, NT church. Perhaps I missed something, but I've looked & can't find it. "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts." .....Malachi 3:6-12 The Bible says here, that they were cursed with a curse because they had not been paying their tithes, & because they had been robbing from God that which belonged to him. Notice He says, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house." The storehouse is God's house, according to this scripture. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, so that there will be meat or food in my house. He says if you do that, "I will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive." He says, "I'll rebuke the devourer for your sake." What he's saying is that, people who would not give the tithe would have bad things happen to them to where it would end up costing them more money than it would've cost to just give the 10% unto the Lord that he wanted. In fact, that's what tithe means. If you study the Bible, the word "tithe" and "tenth" are used interchangeably. Tithe simply means 10%. God expected man to give 10% of his increase, his income, what comes into his hand, unto the Lord. He says "I'll rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts." What God is saying here is that, He's able to make them prosper. He's able to make their crops grow better, and so forth; or He can allow these things to be cursed, dried out, & withered. What He's teaching here is that you're going to live better on 90% than you're going to live on 100%. If you, in your own wisdom, think to yourself, "Well, I just can't afford to pay the tithe. I need all the money that I can get, to live off of." What God's saying is that, he can stretch your money further. He can bless you ... Pour out a blessing and give you abundance, whereas ... If you rob God and withhold the tithe, the opposite will be true. You can have unexpected expenses come up where you'll end up even worse off, financially. The reason why (I think) people will scoff at this ... (Even though, the Bible is very clear. It's right there in Malachi 3. Anybody can see that that's what the Bible says) ... Is that there's a LOT of false teachers out there that don't care what the Bible says unless it makes them $, so they capitalize on it.... The televangelist crowd, the 'name it, claim it' prosperity preachers that are living in multi-million dollar homes ... They've got gold rings on their fingers, driving Jaguars or a Porsche & telling everybody, "Hey. If you give us money, God's going to bless you! You give a $100, you're going to get $1,000! If you give $1,000, you're going to get $10,000!". The Joel Osteens, Benny Hinns, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakers, Joyce Meyers, etc. Obviously, these people are liars, frauds, and charlatans. The problem is that then, people throw out the baby with the bathwater. At the same time, we don't want to go to far in the other wrong direction, and not understand that God DOES bless you when you obey Him. It's a fact. If you obey God, He blesses you. This is one subject where that's true. In other subjects it's also true. Any time you're keeping God's commandments and doing the right thing, God's going to bless you. Where the prosperity crowd gets it wrong is, they don't tell you about all the trials, tribulations, and persecutions, and that you will possibly go through bad health. Look at Job, he's covered in sores from head to toe, and he was the most righteous man on the earth at that time. What was the latter end of Job? In the end, everything works out. In the end, he's blessed. My pastor does not live in a big fancy mansion like the worldly false prophets that covet filthy lucre; he lives in a VERY modest home (1400 sqft +/-), despite having 8 children (9th on the way) and of course, his wife, & they live in a humble neighborhood. He is certainly NOT in it for the money. He takes nothing from the government...no food stamps or free healthcare, he doesn't drive a jaguar or a Maserati; he shares a used, old van (the kind you rarely see anymore--the baby blue w/yellow stripes, metal ladder up the back, with the hideous OEM faux velvet curtains in the back windows that most people would rather take the commuter train than be seen in) with his wife, who stays home to guide the house & school their children, all of his suits are used (from secondhand thrift stores), our church building is plain....it's merely a very large suite rented out from an office strip, so there are no beautiful stained glass windows, lush landscaping, ornate wooden pews to pay for, No stage or music room filled with elaborate instruments or impressive sound system---just an old piano needing tuned in the corner that was donated by the landlord's wife. The pulpit was built by the Pastor himself, from a stack of 2x4s he paid $5 for from Craigslist, which he then stained with instant coffee(it looks quite nice, actually). But our services every week are air-conditioned, we have lights, power, running water, our Pastor works around the clock, he writes his own sermons thrice weekly, preaches hard against sin, in season AND out, he rips face like the old school IFB, he teaches us how to be effective soulwinners & is out pounding the pavement with us weekly knocking doors, he doesn't allow queers in the congregation or tolerate fornication (if a couple are dating & are in fornication or living together unmarried he will give them 3 options: 1. If they claim to be in love & want to be together, they have 7 days to get married; 2. If they don't want to get married they must not live together & MUST stop fornicating; 3. If they refuse to get married or stop fornicating & stop living together then they must leave the church) adultery, divorce, false doctrine, he stands on the King James Bible only, he doesn't fold when persecution comes, and when homos are outside protesting he makes no apologies for the Word of God and preaches even harder.. EVERYTHING he preaches he proves with Scripture from the KJB, he encourages us to read our Bible daily & prove all things from Scripture. He sells nothing. Everything is free. We give out a free King James Bible to every soul led to the Lord when out soulwinning, the fridge is always stocked with water, Gatorade, special snacks for the elderly/diabetics/pregnant or nursing moms. He offers the younger adult couples (that wish to marry, and are biblically eligible to) a free wedding, decorates the church building, marries them, provides a free cake & free wedding photos, he provides every family a free annual family portrait, he provides church activities, like camping trips, baby showers for expectant mothers, free CDs of his preaching, free USB drives of his sermons, he provides breakfast & buys lunch weekly to all that go soulwinning on Saturdays, the list goes on and on. He is clear & open about church finances & hides nothing. He is a good steward of the tithes we give, & our church has never borrowed $, never had any debt. He NEVER has fundraisers or asks us to "dig deep". He is one of the hardest workers I've ever met. He truly practices what he preaches in all aspects of his life and ministry, and that is rare these days, even amongst IFB. My point is this: Pastoring a church is a full-time job. It IS work. And it is a LOT more work than people think. Our pastor is CONSTANTLY working. It is also a HUGE responsibility, as any Bible-believing pastor knows that God is holding him accountable for the flock, and he will be chastened & held accountable by God more than the flock. It takes MONEY to have a building for the church to meet at. If nobody tithes, how can the pastor support himself, his wife & kids (which is, by the way, a biblical requirement to pastoring a church--It must be a man, of one wife, with children, that ruleth his house well) ? Our family has NO problem paying our tithe...and we actually have LESS financial problems since we started this church and tithed. Plus, we KNOW where it's going (our church building alone costs $6,000 a month to rent) and our pastor works harder than most any pastor I've known and the Bible says if a man works he has the right to eat and drink.


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