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  1. Software Upgraded

    Wow! I just discovered the little square box (the first selection with three lines on it), on top of the new format that has the "traditional format." Thank you very much for keeping the "traditional format" available.
  2. Descriptive Attributes of God

    Good article and devotion.
  3. A hole in the water

    Have fun!
  4. Christian Warfare

    Thank you for sharing the video with us.
  5. Be Still. Psalm 46:10

    Whisperingsage, It was a blessing this morning to see your testimony. God blessed both you, your husband, and the church. I just finished reading the Book of Psalms yesterday and I was reminded to give God the praise continually for the many blessings of life, creation, the scriptures, many answers to prayer, and His work among the peoples of the world. Your thoughts also brought to my mind what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:19, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." Paul quoted this from Job 5:13, "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the forward is carried headlong." I am sure that others appreciate your thoughts. As you feel led to comment on any other devotions I am sure that your testimony will not only be a blessing to me; but to others. Brethren, All of my devotions are written to help all of us in our daily walk with the Lord in this world of sorrow, heartache, troubles, and concern. Please feel free to comment, give a testimony, ask a question, on any of the devotions as you feel led. Alan
  6. Brethren, The building of of wall on our border with Mexico was a campaign promise of Trump. A wall in our southern border will greatly enhance the security of the citizens of the United States, help in the reduction of illegal immigrants, and make it harder for terrorists to enter our country. http://video.foxnews.com/v/5509481801001/?#sp=show-clips Among many good things for America, the building of the wall will also help enforce the legal mechanism, through Law, for the immigration of citizens of other countries into the United States. President Trump is making America great by the citizens ruled by the Law of the Land, the Constitution, and not by the dictates of Socialist, illegal immigrants, and those whose flout the Law.
  7. BabeinChrist and Brethren, I fully understand the faults of President Trump and the degrading power of politics in our country. As I have previously brought out on several occasions, JimAlska, a Moderator, found it appropriate to agree with my thoughts, that this thread is limited to only the polices of President Trump is doing to make our country great again by defeating the legislative actions of the previous administrations. As JimAlska, and I have brought out previously, if you want to bring out President Trumps' bad characteristics, associations we do not agree with, and other detrimental characteristics that he has, please do so in your own thread. As a polite reminder, here a three of the admonitions that I am referring too: I humbly request that only those policies that President Trump creates that will help America great be brought to our attention. All other issues need to be in another thread as per the admonition of JimAlaska. I want to thank all of you for adhering to my request. Alan
  8. Jim, We appreciate the update and added information. It is our hope that eventually the actions of the State of California will be overturned by the Federal government. It is also our hope that the Trump Administration, at all levels, will cleanse our land of the illegal laws, unjust governmental regulations, and the excessive regulations, that the previous administrations put into place in order to turn our country over to Socialism and Communism. King David said, "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?" Psalm 94:20 The Socialist administrations of the past tried to change our country from a Republic to a Socialist, or Communist, country through mischievous laws, regulations, and government bureaucracy. One of the reasons why I think the Trump Administration is good for America is that I feel that Trump is putting individuals into our Federal government agencies that will repeal unneeded, and unjust, legislation, and turn our country back to being a Republic. Alan
  9. Jim, Is there any updates on the mining ban in the State of California? Do you think the Trump Administration is making a positive difference? Alan
  10. Refuting Verses of TULIP belief

    Before I continue my thoughts about the Calvinistic doctrines of TULIP, I need to add that my postings are a condensation of a Bible study that I did here on Taiwan, in Chinese, that I did in our Bible Institute of our church that we started. On Taiwan, the largest Christian denomination is the Presbyterians. The study on Calvin and his doctrines help our students understand Calvinism (TULIP) and the doctrinal errors of the Presbyterian Church. if I skip over any important parts, or you have a question that I need to clarify, please let me know. Once I gone through Romans 8, I proceed to emphasize the foreknowledge of God. Foreknowledge precedes predestination. The Calvinist theory of predestination is that God elects those, or predestinates, individuals to either hell or heaven arbitrarily: in other words man does not have a free will or is able to make a decision concerning salvation. In emphasizing the foreknowledge of God I proceed to 1 Peter 1:1 & 2,"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." The saints are in the 'elect' according to the 'foreknowledge of God the Father.' God, in His foreknowledge of all events, especially in the eternal salvation of the soul, knows (does not predestinate), those individuals who will make the decision, out of his own free will, to get saved or not. If there is still a problem with the foreknowledge of God, the sermon by Peter is useful; Acts 15:6-30. I need to make a note here. When we discuss a passage of scripture in our Institute we discuss the whole passage; not just one verse. I am condensing a whole lot in this posting. The apostle Peter stated, "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." Acts 15:14 We, including Calvin, cannot fully understand the foreknowledge of God, it is a mystery to our finite minds. Therefore, a lot of people have a problem with understanding salvation, what predestination really entails (Romans 8:29). Basically put, God knows who will be saved beforehand and who will not. Alan
  11. Refuting Verses of TULIP belief

    I usually start out with Romans 8:27 to get the exact context that Paul is dealing with, and proceed to verse 28 & 29, with my comments inter-spaced as we talk. Verse 27, "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit [only the saints have the Spirit] because he maketh intercession to the will of God." Verse 28 & 29, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God [only a saint can love God], to them who are the called [the saved, the redeemed] according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also [also: in addition too after salvation: after being redeemed; after the Spirit enters the saint] did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Please also take careful note Paul stated, "among the brethren." I then concentrate on Romans 8:29 & 30 to bring out the 'foreknowledge' of God is before predestination, and to define the biblical definition of predestination, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and them he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." " And," and "also" are key words. In talking to the saints, Paul starts with "And," after salvation, also, in addition to, the saint is predestined to "be conformed to the image of his Son," and the other gifts of salvation from verse 30-39 If I have time, I generally talk in detail about verses 30 to 39 to show that there are other blessings every saint has after salvation. I hope the above study helped. Alan
  12. How to Understand Revelation and Daniel

    Invicta, I am not going to argue the matter and let my two posts stand as they are. Celina, All of the above material, talked mentioned by Invicta and I, has been discussed numerous times here on OnLine Baptist and I do not want to continue the discussion on your thread. I will give you, and anybody else, who wants to research whether or not the early church fathers were pre-millenial, the following website for reference: http://www.essentialchristianity.com/pages.asp?pageid=21918 Alan
  13. How to Understand Revelation and Daniel

    Invicta, In order to simplify the main methods of interpreting the scriptures to a relatively simple explanation, in my explanations I gave Celina, and all of the brethren, the two main methods of interpreting the scriptures: the Historical and Futurist methods that are commonly accepted among IFB brethren. And, I gave the results of those two methods. In your explanation you combined the results and added some thoughts which are in error. In fact, your post is somewhat confusing. I have put my thoughts in red fonts in your posts in reply. Alan
  14. Joseph and his Jewish Dreams

    Brethren, The words to the hymn, Simply Trusting Every Day, are very good and can help us develop a better relationship with the Lord. Simply Trusting Every Day Words by Edgar Stites, 1878 Tune by Ira Sankey, 1876 Sung by the Cleveland Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-ddc-linuxmint&hsimp=yhs-linuxmint&hspart=ddc&p=youtube+congregational+simply+trusting+every+day#id=1&vid=749af4d129bc3e25c466447da3a5c2d3&action=click May the Lord bless all of you. Alan
  15. An Eternity At Dire Risk

    Thank you for informing us about the time that you were able to spend with Dorothy before here passing into eternity. May the Lord bless you for your efforts and compassion towards Dorothy and those who need to hear about the Lord Jesus.