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#259678 Let's talk about Christmas!

Posted by irishman on 30 November 2010 - 06:30 PM

The death of Christ IS a merry event. It is the life-blood of the church, those of us who are redeemed by His blood. The Father looked forward to it, the Son came to fulfill it, and we are saved by the blood of the sacrificial Lamb; to me that is something to rejoice about. All that because He was born on Christmas, and, though He never named it "Christmas", and it has little to do with the mass, Christmas was here before the catholic church existed. It was "born" in heaven.
With that, I wold like to join the others in saying Merry Christmas.


Posted by irishman on 27 November 2010 - 05:11 AM


Three words that sound alike, but vastly differ in meaning:

And holy.

1. Wholly
The Bible is the Word of God, from cover to cover;
It is wholly true,
completely reliable
And perfectly recorded.

There is no need to alter it; the truth needs no altering.
Copied inspiration is total inspiration;
The ten Commandments are copies, and have been re-copied by God. They are not “original“!
“Oldest and Best manuscripts?” Who says so? A matter of preference.
Chevrolet better than Ford?
Vanilla ice cream better than chocolate?
All a matter of “taste“.

2. Holey
You have to believe it!
If you do not believe all of the Bible, you have a Bible that is full of holes!
Cut out that which you don’t accept, and see what you have left--a holey Bible!
A “holey” Bible is no Bible at all! It is as if you had a bag full of money with holes in the bag!
There is no stability when the foundation is full of holes.
The real “Water of the Word” leaks out!
Nothing tangible can be reliable when it is full of holes.

3. Holy
A Holy Bible is the only kind we need.
God-inspired; Christ ordained;
A holy Bible that is obeyed is a holy life that is consecrated. It has to be! (Heb. 4:12)
Do you believe it? Then obey it!
When the guide for our lives is holy, and we follow it in obedience, we too must be made holy!
There is no excuse for dis-obeying God’s Word!
Read, heed, study, and it will prove itself superior.

#259461 A Coat of many Colors

Posted by irishman on 27 November 2010 - 05:03 AM

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours." (Gen. 37:3)

This “coat of many colors” was obviously an honorable garment; it was a coat of distinction. Joseph was loved more than the others, and that was probably because he wanted to do right, as well as being the son of Rachel. Israel particularly loved Joseph, and gave him this coat of honor; this put Joseph above the others, and they sought to destroy him for envy and jealousy. Today, Christians wear a “coat of many colors” in the sense that, as the old saying goes, we wear many hats. Christians function in many different and diverse duties nowadays, and each of them have their value in our lives; our “coat of many colors” becomes Christ and the diversity we enjoy in Him. When Jesus becomes our “badge of distinction” or “coat of many colors”, we rise above the others, and jealousy prevails. Oh, that we might persevere in spite of our peers.

#259268 Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by irishman on 23 November 2010 - 02:31 PM

(An acrostic)

There is so much to be thankful for today. Yes, we have lost a lot of freedoms; we have been subject to ridicule and persecuted for our beliefs, but there is still much to be thankful for. If we will meditate on the Lord and His blessings, we will see that there is much we take for granted. Let us give thanks unto the Lord, for His mercies are new every morning.

Thank you Lord for thy many blessings;
How can we thank thee enough?
All the love that thou can bestow,
Necessitates our esteem;
Know, dear Lord, our hearts desires;
See our tears of joy;
Grant us Lord thy perfect peace.
In all my ways I’ll acknowledge thee,
Visit me in thy grace;
Illustrate in me thy perfect love,
Never forsake thy people.
Give gifts unto men.


#259254 A Heart Monitor

Posted by irishman on 23 November 2010 - 06:33 AM

A Heart Monitor

Did you ever have to wear a portable heart monitor? I did, and the Lord used it to teach me a very important truth that changed my life forever.

It began one day at work while I was working in the paint booth at General Motors. I went to the doctor later for chest pains, and was tested, and failed the treadmill test. I don’t remember the order of events, but while looking for the reason for the chest pains, they stuck a monitor on me. I had to wear it all day and record nearly every movement I made throughout the day. When I went down or up the stairs, I had to record the time and describe the activity in a notebook, so that the doctor could read the ekg and determine the stressful areas, etc. As I was on break one day, and was recording that I was relaxing I began to wonder if I could do this with my Bible time and activities that are pertinent to the Lord’s work. As I said, it changed my life. I began to record how much time I spent reading the Bible, and witnessing, and praising the Lord in song, and I was amazed at how easy it is to keep our minds on Holy things all the day long. Even while doing my job I could meditate on a verse, or sing a song in my heart to the Lord, and still get the job done. The entire experiment revolutionized my life from that moment on.

Let me ask you now, do you spend more time in the things of the Lord than you do reading the newspaper? Or how about amusements? Do you at least give the Lord equal time as hobbies get, or sports, or anything of that nature? Or even reading a book? We can spend much more time dwelling on the things of God than we usually do—or even more than we think we can! Maybe you should write down the amount of time you spend in secular activity and the amount you spend in soul winning or reading or whatever the Lord would have you to do at the time, it may revolutionize your life too.

#258413 Unequal walk?

Posted by irishman on 11 November 2010 - 09:24 PM

cubfan, I saw this thread, and immediately my heart went out to you. To be honest though, I can give no better advice than Happy has given you. heed it, please, and let me add that playing "your" music (good, Christian music) as often as is practical can change atmosphere too. God Bless you, and keep praying, Good wants things to work out even more than you do!

#257021 Disagreeing parents

Posted by irishman on 23 October 2010 - 06:31 AM

Miranda, I too was raised in a Catholic home. I heard the same type of things that your mother is telling you, but I also knew that what I had with Jesus was real. He will see you through. There are times when we must put Him before family, if necessary, but that should be a last resort; it is very painful to do so, but the Lord gives us grace at times like that.

The advice you have been given already is the best advice for you at this time in your life. Keep reading, studying, and praying, and the Lord will give you the grace you need. Believing that is a part of our daily faith.

Obey your parents as much as you can, and be kind and tenderhearted, so that your light will burn brightly before them; it won't always be easy, but it is always worthwhile.

#252945 Will A Man Rob God?

Posted by irishman on 03 September 2010 - 06:08 AM

The first tactic of the devil, all the way from the Garden of Eden, is to say... "Yea, hath God said???"

The devil wants us to doubt and water down the Word of God.

There are alot of man made rules in fundamentalism and I'm against each and every one of them.

But I firmly believe that the entire Bible has made a case for 10% being the basic, bottom line of what we should give.

If that's what you believe then that's how you should give.

Yet what God hath said to Christians is that we are to give according to as God leads in our hearts. If God leads you to give 10%, then that's what you should give.

I just don't understand the mentality that God would ask saved believers to give LESS than what Jews had been giving under the law for centuries. Everything I see in the New Testament tells me that people were following God's leading to give MORE than a tithe. In my opinion, tithing is basic...then God leads in our hearts to go far above and beyond that, "according to measure".

But of course this discussion will go on forever....we have to agree to disagree.

God didn't require 10% of all the Jews, just the farmers and herders.

God sometimes leds me to give less - as in the church is being mislead, don't give. I think God also doesn't direct me to make an offering to a particular place as He hasn't been directing me to give exactly 10% - which are both types of laws, and the "tithers" have been making a law about how much and where both from OT law.

Peter told the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 that the Gentile Believers were not to be put under the yoke of bondage in the Mosaic Law. Gentile Believers were not to be required to keep the commandments of Moses... this included the command to tithe.

Since God was not a God of the Gentiles prior to the cross, I cannot believe that they were paying tithes to Him prior to the cross. There is no evidence that they did from what I can tell.

That said, it is absolutely wrong for pastors, or anyone else for that matter, to tell Gentile Believers today that they must give 'x' amount of their income to God.

The Gentile Believer should however pray to God asking Him as to what He would have them give and then give that amount cheerfully and willfully that they feel God wants from them.

That is the problem with applying what the Bible doesn't say! None of us have mastered what it does say yet, and now we are practicing what it doesn't say!

Another problem I see with the op's posts is that we too often isolate the Word to a few people instead of an all-inclusive Word of God. I mean, when we, to support our argument, say that God only talks to a certain group at a time, then we may as well cut out the parts that don't belong to us! Otherwise, we are reading that which is none of our business; other peoples mail, so to speak. If I can do that then Mt. 28:19,20 were talking to the apostles, and are not required for us today! That, of course, is foolishness, and it would make soul winning to be foolishness too!

All of us need to be careful of thinking we know the mind of God,(including myself!) and what pleases Him, in all truth, we barely get by in His sight, and without grace, we would miserably fail Him. I have said many times that "God wants...." and I should have perhaps bitten my tongue, but if the scripture is clear on the matter, which I believe it to be, then we can speak on behalf of the Word.

My own logic, and my relationship with the Lord, lead me to see that tithing is good for us, and not meant to demeaning or demanded of God. We ought to be glad to that the Lord only required 10% and not much more! He deserves it all, plus some! Tithing will help take our eyes off riches (or the lack of) and allow us to have our needs met, and still focus on Jesus. If I have to worry and plan and fret all day about "making ends meet" then I am not trusting the Lord for the things that even the Gentiles worry about (Mt. 6)
Everyone is free to believe what they want, of course, because of that free will of man, but not every one will be able to say that the Lord told them differently than others. Why should He tell you not to tithe when you ran up your own bills? We are all responsible for our actions, and unfortunately, we claim that it is that Lord that moved us in that direction--He gets the blame for a lot! It is as if He bases what we should give on the foolishness that we accrued in managing our money.

Some are going to do what's convenient for them regardless, but "as for me and my house, we will serve God". (Now some cry baby will say that I am telling them they "have" to tithe. I really don't care if you do or not, that is between you and the Lord.)

#251915 Will A Man Rob God?

Posted by irishman on 25 August 2010 - 08:08 PM

I have to agree with Kitagirl (surprised?), at least as far as she went.

No one seemed to mention that we are to give a "good measure", which implies a percentage.

Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The tithe was God's, but it was a bare minimum, and yes, it could include money. The men gave silver and gold as am offering for the building of the temple, and although it was not called a tithe, it may have exceeded the tithe.

By the way, how did Abraham even know what the word "tithe" meant? I mean, who told him of tithing, even before the "law"?

Paul gave his own advice in 2 Cor. and spoke of percentage giving:

2Co 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
2Co 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
2Co 8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

Read the entire chapter. I know the word "tithe" is not mentioned, but as Kitagirl said, they were all familiar with the tithe of the O.T. times, and the first thought
would be to carry it over to the N.T.

You can't out give God anyway! To miserly hold on to what we have is to ignore His ability to provide for us. it is (like it or not) a lack of faith. If it looks like you cannot pay your bills, let the Lord have them, He can pay them, and you can still have money to tithe. The key word is "trust"--trusting Him to meet our needs when we honor Him with the tithe.

In this verse, spoils is not mentioned:

Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Then in 7:4,(the verse that the OP quoted, the thought is continued as if to say "And he also gave a tenth even of the spoils" (I do not attempt to re-word the Bible, but hope to explain this one passage.)

It goes on to say:

"Heb 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth."

"Here" which means "here and now" doesn't it? (Men that die, not men that have already died.)

then finally, Levi paid tithes while still in the loins of Abraham (Heb. 7:9), which shows generational tithing, of which the 3rd chapter of Galatians says we are of the generation of Abraham spiritually, and by the same faith.

#247887 Restoring Broken Relationships

Posted by irishman on 25 July 2010 - 08:10 PM

I was planning on posting this tomorrow, but just couldn't wait! Hope it can be of use to someone.

We need to seek out principles for restoring relationships, and remember that love always prevails.

1. Reminisce about past shared experiences.
Remember the “good old days”.
Times spent, things done together.

2. Don’t be afraid to “eat crow”.
Swallow your pride.
--Pride is destructive; it seldom, if ever, edifies.
Why not take the blame for the problem? 1 Cor. 6:7
At least make it right on your end.

3. Build dreams with them!
Talk of “better days” ahead; Instill in them a new hope.
Find something to compliment them on (Need not lie, everyone has some accomplishment we can compliment them for.)
Let them know they are useful--important to you.
Excite them toward a better relationship.
Even if they spurn your efforts, you have not lost anything!

4. Humble thyself!
Control your resentment and anger.
Ask yourself “What would Jesus do if He were in this predicament?”
Spill your heart out!
Explain that you do want to “go on” like this…a little humility goes far.

5. Keep a tear in the corner of your eye.
Pray for compassion. One man’s spirit cannot fool another mans spirit;
Learn to be sincerely compassionate. A man can often see through insincerity
If the offendee is unsaved, it is your obligation to reconcile--not his! (Romans 12:10, particularly the middle part, “as much as lieth within “you,” not “them”. It is your duty to reconcile.
Don’t wait for them to make the first move, they probably won’t.
Don’t even begin to reconcile until you have prayed for/received a compassionate heart.

#241932 Do Methodist belives they can lose salvation?

Posted by irishman on 10 May 2010 - 04:58 AM

I'm sorry if your local Methodist church was incorrect. I'm not sure if they are affiliated with the UMC, but I have taken confirmation classes and I promise they do not teach works based salvation.

Okay, I believe in love the sinner hate the sin. As far as homosexuality goes, Leviticus says that it is an abomination. Well guess what? It also says that I should go stone my mother for wearing clothes woven of different fabric. Oh and my uncle? He plants different crops side by side. So I guess i have to put him to death too. Perhaps you can advise me how to handle this situation according to Leviticus?

A little extreme aren't we CPR?
How many of those things you listed are an "abomination"? That is a mighty strong word; if God hates something enough to call it abomination, then He still hates it today! I am saying that, sure there are many things that we do not adhere to today, in the law, but we had better realize that an abomination is still abominable to our Lord; He hasn't changed his mind in the N.T. about hating sin, and it didn't pertain only to Israel if it was abominable. Are you justifying the condoning of homosexuality? it sure sounds like it. Even the N. T. deals with "effeminate" practices (1 Cor. 6:9 for one), but implied in several other places. To condone that which God condemns, especially from an ecclesiastical position is...well you figure it out.

We have too much of this sham love! We think that if we stand against sin, then we are "hate mongers" and that is exactly what the world wants us to think. Today we can hardly speak against homosexuality, lest we be ostracized at the least, and maybe even incarcerated! Love does the right thing; it obeys Gods Word, and aligns itself with it; love is often different from our meager concept of it. It contains chastisement, grace, judgment, instruction, and the whole realm of Christian graces, and yet we only wish to emphasize the "lovey-dovey" side of it. Sure we should help people, but is that all there is to our Christianity? is that what we were created for? The greatest need that man has is Jesus, and everything else is secondary.

#241746 Do Methodist belives they can lose salvation?

Posted by irishman on 06 May 2010 - 09:39 PM

So clearly we should spend all our time "soul winning." Next time I am faced with an opportunity to minister to the needy, I think I'll just tell the hungry child and the old lady with the collapsing roof who can't afford her thyroid medication that they must not be praying hard enough. Either that or they aren't true believers. In fact, I might just tell my priest on Sunday when he asks for volunteers to tutor disadvantaged school children that we should disband the program. Obviously, if these poor children had more faith they would make straight As somehow.

CPR, it is no wonder you do not grasp the spiritual side, (your "priest"?). Surely we are to help the down and out, but why not meet the greatest need of all--Jesus in their life? As John 81 has said, you meet the physical need for today, but they will need again another day; if the spiritual need is met, they have the promise of God they shall "never thirst again" or go hungry; in fact ALL their basic needs will be met, and eventually they will have no more physical needs either. And yes, if the children were taught faith, they would be better off.

#241436 The False Teachings of Seventh Day Adventism

Posted by irishman on 30 April 2010 - 09:01 PM

I have had extensive dealings with the SDA's. When i was a young lad, I spent many summers up on my uncle's farm, and his wife tried to raise all of the 11 kids in the Adventist belief. I went to "Sabbath School" and even went to camp meeting down in Barrien Springs Michigan. I was a Roman Catholic by name only, and they tried their best to convert me. I heard H.M.S. Richards "preach" at the camp meeting (one of their "big guns"), but could not stomach the "vege-burgers" that they ate in place of meat. It seemed hypocritical to me that they ate vege-links and vege-burgers,and pretended that it was meat! The sect that i was exposed to did not wear jewelry either, but it was ok to make it out of agates that they collect on the roads! They sold it, but did not believe in wearing it! I even dated a SDA gal, but we could only go roller skating, and drive around and talk.

Many years later, my wife's aunt and uncle became SDA's and gave me a book to read called the "Blue collar law" or something like that. By that time I ws saved, and threw the book in the garbage. I don't think they ever forgave me for that; to this day they do not speak to us. I do not see how a Christian can take the Holy Spirit which indwells him into an environment like that, and claim that some may be saved.

Anyway, It is a cult, and furthermore, the Bible implies that a true Christian cannot be deceived by false Christs and doctrines. I said it "implies" that in Matthew 24:24
It mat be impossible to deceive the elect. And I am not afraid to say that any person that believes you can lose your salvation is not saved; they are trusting in their own works, and living in fear. It is ridicules to say that one can enter into eternal life by grace, and then suddenly think it is up to him to keep it.

#239180 Jail ministry

Posted by irishman on 01 April 2010 - 12:24 PM

We recently had 5 saved at the County Jail, and 1 at the state prison--Praise the Lord! I often hear of one/some being saved in prison.

I know about "jailhouse religion" and that some think it will help their case, but the Lord knows who is truly saved, and who is not...for that matter, we do not no if the people we write to on this forum are saved, for sure. I only know that I am, and I take your word for it that you are.

Anyway, maybe a few inmates have begun a new life. I have quit the Jail ministry because of a stand on the KJB, but I still like to keep abreast of it. The "Rock of Ages" prison ministry has missionaries all over, one at our church, and they go to the state prisons, while several of the laymen go to the County Jail; it can be quite a blessing.

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