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#388584 Parenting Advice

Posted by John81 on 21 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

Biblically, the husband is the head of the house.


One mistake couples with blended families often make, and that includes many Christians, is not coming together as one family. Blended or not, when a man and woman marry they become one and their children become theirs.


In the best case, the husband and wife would come to agreement regarding any and all of the children. If a mutual agreement cannot be reached, then it falls to the head of the house to make the decision and for the wife to accept that.


The children need to know that they are accepted by both parents as their child, that they are loved, and that biological parent and step-parent will stand together in the raising of them.

#388504 A California 'christian' School With Homosexual Student Groups

Posted by John81 on 20 September 2014 - 11:31 AM

Do they also have student groups for those who enjoy other sexual sins? Perhaps a premarital straight sex group; or maybe 'Adulterers are us', how about 'Porn Addicts Group'?


Are there student groups available for those who prefer non-sexual sins? Liars Group. 'We Be Thieves'. 'Cuss All You Wanna'.


The whole idea is far worse than ridiculous, it's sinful.

#388365 Scripture And The Christian Life

Posted by John81 on 20 September 2014 - 07:14 AM

Part of the reason for the lack of Christians spending time in the Word is due to the "say a prayer and you're good" approach to "soul winning" coupled with weak preaching in many pulpits.


We read in Scripture where Jesus told those following Him the hard truth of what it meant to truly be His disciple. We read that many turned away. Today those followers would have been presented with a pleasing message that would have kept them hanging around...adding to the church numbers...adding to the collection plate...adding to the appearance of success.


Most who call themselves Christians today believe they are doing well if they cleaned up their life a bit, attend church (at least once in awhile or when there's 'nothing better to do', or on holidays), they are doing good. The few verses they might hear at church or read on a Christmas card is their intake of Scripture.


Over the years I've heard many Christians carry on about how they just don't have time to read the Bible, or they don't understand the Bible, or don't know where to start, or even that they don't know why they need to read it themselves when they go to church every Sunday.


Look around at most churches and their adult Sunday school and Bible studies (if they even have either) and they are only attended by a very small percentage of the congregation.

#388296 I Have Many Health Issues

Posted by John81 on 20 September 2014 - 06:33 AM

Hebrews 4:16


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

#388138 Way Of Life - Friday Church New Notes, Volume 15, Issue 38

Posted by John81 on 19 September 2014 - 06:28 AM

The wisdom and pride of man leads only to foolishness and destruction!

#388041 Last one to post in this thread wins

Posted by John81 on 18 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

I had been praying over a pending financial need and shortly before crisis time the need was met.

#387963 Please Pray For Pastor James Knox

Posted by John81 on 18 September 2014 - 10:00 AM

Pastor James KNox is a friend and we have been praying for him for years. 


FYI, he is believes in right dispensational divisions of scriptures.  I have most of his books, he is a man of God that deserves our prayers.

This isn't relevant or helpful. None of us "deserve" prayer any more than another and it doesn't matter if he butchers Scripture as you do in that area, applies them as does Covenanter, preaches as Pastor Markle or dismisses the whole thing, he "deserves" our prayer all the same.


I lift Pastor Knox up as a man in need, as a brother in need of care.

#387929 "Ban The Person Above You" Game

Posted by John81 on 18 September 2014 - 06:49 AM

Ban NN so I can also wish Salyan a very happy birthday!!!

#387924 Please Pray For Pastor James Knox

Posted by John81 on 18 September 2014 - 06:22 AM

Thank you for the update.


I pray the Lord will provide answers through the upcoming tests, giving the doctors the wisdom, discernment and understanding to rightly interpret the results and put forth the appropriate treatments.


May the Lord grant Pastor Knox peace, comfort, strength, wisdom, direction and patience in all this.

#387896 Robin Williams: The Sad Truth The Media Won’T Tell You

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 07:35 PM

Why not captain or colonel browsers?

#387893 Robin Williams: The Sad Truth The Media Won’T Tell You

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 07:33 PM

No, I'm actually using Firefox at the moment.


Oh, not talking to me... :icon_smile:

#387875 Urgent Prayer For Soldier Taken

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 06:08 PM

All praise and glory to God!


That's great to hear!!

#387705 Persecution From Family

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 07:41 AM


#387704 Way Of Life - Country Music: A Safe Alternaive?

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 07:01 AM

Well, if one isn't thinking too much, and they like the country sound (although much of what passes for country these days I wouldn't even say sounds country), the tunes can be lively and the lyrics catchy. Most people don't bother to think too much about what they are actually listening to.


I've tried talking with professing Christians about music, always to no avail, and they say it's just fun, the lyrics don't really mean anything, they don't effect them, they are just singing about real life, it's harmless.


There is a reason certain music is played in bars and other music isn't. There is a reason certain music is played at booze parties. There is a reason those living a sinful life choose certain music.


If your aim is to get drunk and have sinful sex Saturday night do you want to play a CD of hymns and listen to Amazing Grace or do you plug in a country (rock or rap) CD singing of the glories of getting drunk and having sinful sex for fun?

#387701 Way Of Life - Country Music: A Safe Alternaive?

Posted by John81 on 17 September 2014 - 06:35 AM

There are indeed a lot of Christians who listen to country music. I don't know any who would say it's a "safe alternative" but I have heard many say "it's not as bad as that other stuff". In essence, that would be at least a tacit acknowledgement country music isn't all that good.


In many ways I would consider country music to be more dangerous than the outright and egregiously wicked songs from rock and rap. So much of country music is wrapped in a patriotic flag, or rebel flag, with doses of weak or secular christianity mixed in. This is tossed in the mix of lyrics about drinking alcohol, almost always with the idea of getting drunk, lusting after women, premarital or adulterous sex, breaking the law (all in the name of fun and good times), and the concept of those living like this being "good 'ol boys and gals".


All this fits in perfectly with what secular and much of watered down christianity teaches; both of which leads folks down the wide path of destruction.


If one looks at any country music videos (and I wouldn't recommend such) the immodesty, immorality and sin on display is only different from rock and rap by degrees. Country music videos tend to be degenerate and glorify sin; even if some do have a church in the video.

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