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John81

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Salvations

07 September 2014 - 01:49 PM

I don't recall if I've shared any of this in another post so I thought I would share both accounts here.

 

Our church helps a church in the Philippines and among the help we provide is funding for two children to attend their Christian school who otherwise would be unable to attend. After attending for almost two years, both came to Christ this year. Their pastor sent us pictures of him baptizing them in the ocean.

 

A married couple from our church did a 6 month mission in Africa this year. Two people who ended up as part of the group they served with in Africa turned out to be unsaved. One even called herself an atheist! The only reason she was on the trip was because she had tried to trick her parents into letting her attend a secular college by telling them it was either that or she was going to spend 6 months as a missionary in Africa. Her parents said "great, go to Africa!" Her plan backfired but God's plan was just beginning! Both of those unsaved girls, including that atheist, were born again while in Africa. The couple in our church told about that today during Sunday school hour and shared pictures of them being baptized in a river. They also shared how they have stayed in contact with the former atheist and how she's a great and clear example of someone who is a new creature in Christ. She is so very different now than when they first met her and she has a real hunger for the Word, growing in Christ and serving Him. Her parents are thrilled!

 

It's wonderful how God moves so differently in different peoples lives to bring them to Christ! It's also amazing how God works through us, in so many different ways, to bring others to Christ.

Modern English Version

28 August 2014 - 06:49 AM

http://modernenglish...com/comparison/

 

The MEV is supposed to be an update of the KJB, using the KJB and the textual line the KJB translators used.

 

The link above shows some comparison verses, with the MEV verse and the KJB next to it, followed by some other versions.

 

Some have said they would like to see an updated KJB, others have said they would not be opposed to such. What are your thoughts on this particular attempt? Does anyone have any more insight into this translation?

 

I've not yet been able to read a large selection, only a few verse comparisons. Has anyone had the opportunity to read more of this version for a more in depth "feel" for the work?

Uk Folks

24 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

Any of you folks from the UK know anything about 20schemes?

Wishing Celebrities Into Heaven

18 August 2014 - 07:04 AM

Why is it that virtually every time a popular celebrity dies Christians of all stripes, along with many lost folks, come up with 101 reasons why they think the celebrity is in heaven? All the talk of how "good" the celebrity was, or how tragic their life was so they more or less "deserve" heaven, or that God "needs" them in heaven.

 

Then there is always the idea put forth that at the last moment of their life they got right with God. So many celebrities have a lifetime history of rejecting God, or toying with God, or of playing with various false religions, yet so many wish so hard that the celebrity suddenly had a clear, often special revelation, of Jesus and was saved before their last breath.

 

It's rather common to hear people declare that God might/probably/could have reached out to them in a special way so that inside their heads they got right with God at the last minute.

 

Of course there are also those who come out of the woodwork declaring the celebrity to have secretly or quietly "found Jesus" at some point in their lives. Somehow that's supposed to end all speculation and we are all to declare "they are in heaven now!". What about the lack of evidence of salvation from the point they supposedly "found Jesus" up to the time of their death?

 

Still, this wishful thinking is used even for those who die in sudden accidents, by their own over-indulgence with drugs/alcohol, or suicide. "Surely before that totally unexpected, instant death crash God must have especially reached into their minds so they were saved!" "Before they died of that overdose God surely touched their heart so they are in heaven now." "Right before murdering themselves God spoke directly to them so they got right with Jesus before going ahead with killing themselves."

 

Never mind so many of these celebrities have years worth of history with them mocking God, mocking Christianity, rejecting the Bible, embracing false religions, and a life noted for worldly living. With enough wishful thinking it seems many Christians and even lost folks think they can be sure virtually all celebrities go to heaven.

Faith To Be Healed

11 August 2014 - 07:23 AM

What is your understanding of this verse:

 

"The same heard Paul speak: who, stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed," Acts 14:9

 

What does it mean for one to have "faith to be healed"?

 

How did Paul perceive this man had such faith?

 

What application does this have for us today?

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