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#391025 Prayer

Posted by HappyChristian on 13 October 2014 - 10:05 AM

Has no one here experienced God answering their prayers?  I most certainly have!  In many ways, too many to list.  Sometimes the answer has been no, sometimes yes. But always an answer!


Has no one seen God working things together for good?  Yes, I have - as I'm sure anyone else who is saved has, truthfully, even if they don't answer the question.  One example is from when my Dad was sick with cancer.  He had brain surgery in early July (2011). I was able to go up there for two weeks to help my Mom with my Grandma (who was heading for her 102nd b'day in November).  Two weeks with one of the most precious people on earth to me, as well as time with my folks).  Four months later I was back...for my grandmother's funeral. She had fallen, broken her hip, and passed from pneumonia.  I spent 3 weeks there that time, helping where I could, spending time with my folks again.  And then 4 months later, I was back up there. This time for my dad's funeral.  How precious it is to me to know that God worked all of that, even in the midst of stress and sorrow, for me to spend time with very special loved ones whom He knew He was going to be bringing home.  


Has no one noticed the protection of God?  Oh, yes. More than once in my life.  Sometimes looking back on situations I have to ask myself, "how in the world...?" and the only answer is God.


The provision of God?  Yep. God provides. Many times above our needs.


God shutting and opening doors? Well, here you might not agree with me. I'm not a real believer in "open" or "closed" doors. I believe that God leads us to do as He desires us to do, placing those desires in us to do so (if we are right with Him, of course).  And that we are to do what He leads us to do - even if we have to climb through a window, as it were...


Larry, there are times when I feel woefully inadequate in my prayers. I don't know just what to pray for or about. In such times I admit those things to God and ask that His Spirit would intercede and that God would act in accord with what's really needful in accord with His will.


When it comes to confidence in prayer, I'm confident that God hears my prayers and uses them in accord with His will. How that all works, I really don't know, but it does, just as God says.

Recently someone said to me that their faith was on the line, because they believed God was going to do something, and they were certain of it because they wanted it so badly and isn't that proof that God should do it...


My answer to this person was that God is not a slot machine.  When we pray, we have to remember that He works things out for our good and His glory...not for our desires. Now, that has to be tempered with the fact that often God will lay desires/burdens upon us for which He wants us to pray and we will see the answers we want.  But we have to realize that "no" and "wait" are also answers.

#391023 Questions For Ifb On Several Issues

Posted by HappyChristian on 13 October 2014 - 09:41 AM

Indeed, iron does sharpen iron; however, it does not happen when iron is banging against iron.

Post.of.the.year!!   :clapping:


Thread is closed. For promoting calvinism against specific instruction not to do so (even posting it as an "innocent" question is still promoting it).

#391021 I Am New Here

Posted by HappyChristian on 13 October 2014 - 09:25 AM

evangelist, you were already told not to push calvinism when you first joined. You were honest letting us know that you were, indeed, calvinist, and for that I thank you.  But...here's the sticky widget...


You have continued to beat the hammer for calvinism in the greater percentage of your posts, in all actuality ignoring what salyan said.  You blast people when they point out reasons they do not agree with calvinism, calling them liars and arminians.  From reading many of your posts, it is obvious to more than one of us that you are intentionally incendiary.  Call folks liars, but that only adds to the impression...


In one thread, you were not very explanatory about the emails you were presenting. When asked about something that caused confusion (I got the same impression others did), instead of saying that you should have been more clear and that it was the other person you were quoting, you attacked.  That is incendiary.


In other threads, you bring calvinism into much of what you say - whether you use the term "non-cal" or calvinism.


You have accused people who do not agree with calvinism (and put me down as one of them) of not studying it out. That, my friend, would be possibly accurate with a few people, but with many on this forum it would be erroneous.  It is a fact that most of those who are against calvinism are against it because of what they know scripture teaches - and, oftentimes, that is accompanied by knowledge of what calvin and his followers teach...whether that be plain old calvinism or hyper-calvinism.  Same root, same problems.


Now, I'm going to close this thread with verbal warning to you (along with the other).  Cease and desist pushing calvinism even in the little ways you have been - feel free to call me a liar, but that will just cause you more trouble  :smug: - or your other threads will also be closed and, well, action will be taken.  And cease and desist your propensity to attack other members. Period.


For others here: as to the debate forum, it will be ready when BroMatt gives the high sign for it to be.  I realize that it's been a while in the making, but let's remember that we all have lives outside the forum (shocking, I know!  :ROFL: ).  Be patient.  Thank you.

#390709 The Never Ending Story...

Posted by HappyChristian on 10 October 2014 - 09:54 AM

...whose last name was Gingrich...

#390598 I Am New Here

Posted by HappyChristian on 09 October 2014 - 10:21 AM

He is a member here but I wish to keep his privacy. If someone continues to ask a question after I have asked him to stop it's called harassment.

Nah - it's called concern about trolling...  Although it does lead one to wonder why, it's fine to keep his privacy. 

#390595 I Am New Here

Posted by HappyChristian on 09 October 2014 - 10:14 AM

evangelist, for what it's worth, curiosity is only natural. You said a friend recommended the site to you.  If it is a member here, of course we are going to be curious as to whom it was.  Knowing who knows whom lets us know a little bit more about a person.  If the person who recommended it is not a member, then that raises questions - the board has had more than its share of folk who simply joined to cause trouble (not saying you did, just 'splainin' a bit).


Please, though, knock of the martyr attitude. Just because someone questions you or points out that they don't believe what you believe does not mean they are attacking you and questions are not necessarily pressure.  

#390587 A Sounds Gospel Tract

Posted by HappyChristian on 09 October 2014 - 09:22 AM

Okay, apparently folks don't think they need to heed when a moderator says get back on topic.  This discussion has gone astray long enough.  Get back on topic or the thread will be locked.  Jordan started this thread to get feedback about his tract. Not for people to argue about everything under the sun.



#390377 Romans 2:16 Who Does The Judging?

Posted by HappyChristian on 07 October 2014 - 11:02 PM

WW, I think the point about it is that Feldick pushes a Paul over Christ doctrine. Sadly, many - and we've had them on here - choose to believe that, if what Jesus said about something seems different from what Paul says, rather than dovetailing scripture, Paul is right, Jesus is wrong.

Oh, they don't say it like that. Instead, they say Jesus was addressing the Jews and Paul the church. So what Jesus said isn't really relevant to us because it isn't for us. Hence the idea of following Paul or the "Paul thing".

#390244 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by HappyChristian on 06 October 2014 - 09:32 PM

Well, Jim, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. We don't celebrate Baal when we celebrate the birth of Christ any more than we celebrate Oden when we make plans to go to a party on Wednesday (Wodin's Day) night. Nor did my son worship Janus (the two-faced god) because he got married in January.

Nor, when we celebrate Thanksgiving, do we recognize or worship any of the pagan gods of the harvest. And when we celebrate Resurrection Day, we don't worship Ishtar.

I'm honestly not trying to be a smart aleck. I'm just pointing out that there are a lot more things that have pagan links - and that we associate with every day - than we might realize.

I do know of people who have changed the names of weekdays and months because they don't want their kids to associate in any way with paganism. Laudable goal, no doubt about it. But is that really practical? When no-one else in the world - even other Christians - would know what they are saying? Of course, practicality doesn't enter into obedience. But...the basic thought is the same. If one doesn't celebrate the birth of Christ simply on the basis of a link to paganism, what does one call the days of the week or the months of the year? SWIM?

I'm not trying to change your mind - far from it. Well, heh - maybe we are trying to change each other's minds...that's usually the end goal of a conversation in which folk disagree, right? :-D.

If you feel celebrating the birth of Christ would be a presumptuous sin on your part, don't do it, by any means. Rest assured, though, that we glorify Christ and not Baal when we remember the birth of Christ.

#390204 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by HappyChristian on 06 October 2014 - 10:42 AM

God gives us liberty, as long as it isn't used for licentiousness.  If a family chooses to celebrate the birth of Christ, that is their choice. If a family chooses not to celebrate the birth of Christ, that is also their choice.  Using a day that the world has set to do so is not sin. Anymore than it is sin to call the days of the week and the months of the years - all named after pagan gods and goddesses - what the world has named them.  True consistency in rejecting all things pagan would mean that we make up our own days of the week...because it honors those gods when we say "Tuesday" or "March."...

#390203 Asking For Prayer For My Friend Joe

Posted by HappyChristian on 06 October 2014 - 10:31 AM

EK, I've just seen this. Please let us know how it's going...I'm praying.

#390200 Paul Chappell - 5 Ways To Engage Your Community With The Gospel

Posted by HappyChristian on 06 October 2014 - 10:22 AM

Yes, AVBB, please cite scripture - in context - with each point where Chappell erred.  That is more credible than just making a blanket statement, not backed up by scripture.  Thanks.

#389960 The Never Ending Story...

Posted by HappyChristian on 03 October 2014 - 10:21 AM

Once there, I plan to contact my friends Byron and Judy to see if they can loan me a horse.

#389762 The Never Ending Story...

Posted by HappyChristian on 01 October 2014 - 04:40 PM


#389721 Last one to post in this thread wins

Posted by HappyChristian on 01 October 2014 - 10:29 AM

Praying for you, Larry.

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