My nephew was doing christian work in Mauritania some years ago. Any christian work was illegal. He had to be careful but shared the gospel with the locals. One man told the police chief that my nephew had given him a copy of the gospels in Spain. The police chief said the gospels were a Muslim documents and he would like a copy. Then came the first Gulf War. People were in the streets shouting "Death to the Americans, death to the English." They were escorted to the airport by French troops. As they were leaving, their neighbours said "Why do you need troops to escort you, we are peaceful people," But nephew said "You were chanting 'Death to the Americans, death to the English.' " They said "we didn't mean you." I may have posted this before, if so, sorry.
My wife was on a course for teachers in Paris 1964-5. She loved Paris. We have been there a couple of time since. We will be in the region on Monday next week. I asked her if she wanted to stay a few days. She said she didn't want to as time we went it had changed and she didn't like it anymore. In France there are numerous stops on the Autoroutes called aires de repos. In German restplatz. Aires have plenty of parking spaces; toilets and sometimes picnic areas. In the UK we have motorway service areas which are supposed to be rest areas but have become large commercial centres, not much rest there. But I digress. There have been reports that tourists stopping overnight in aires have been targeted by French criminals. We have stopped overnight in a caravan (trailer) and just in our car and have never had any problems.
It is not what I think but what God says. We/ know or should now, what predestination means. Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
In our church the pastor will recommend the candidate to the church officers after an interview with one other member, if they agree they will give a baptism lessons and then it will be presented to the next members meeting, if the members agree, which they usually do the applicant will be baptised on an acceptable testimony.
That is a cop out as we say. Trying to make the scriptures say what you want them to. Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
We hope so. We are taking our granddaughter taking down to Sartrouville in the Région Parisienne. I don't really relish the prospect of driving in the Paris region. God willing. I was planning Spaghetti Bolognese, but we had a large lunch and I am not sure if we can manage it.
If a dog came into our garden for a few minutes, our cat would disappear for the rest of the day. A few days ago a fox came into our garden wandering around for about 20 minute jumping into our compost bin a couple of times. Our cat Molly and another cat, just sat there looking at it and the fox did not seem to take a great deal of notice of the cats, but when the fox strolled to within a couple of feet of Molly her back went up and the fox went no closer, and when it did the same to the other cat he hissed at the fox which strolled away seeming disinterested.
PENAL SUBSTITUTION I have never heard a preacher say those words. But if Christ took our sins and imputed His Righteousness, then I guess it is the same thing. 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.