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4051
Secular News / Europe Cigarettes Warnings
« on: January 07, 2004, 11:24:05 AM »
I used the Jesus smoking cessation program.  For one reason or another, Jesus simply took away the desire for cigarettes the moment I got saved.  Ironically, I was outside having a cigarette at the time I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and become my Lord and savior.  It was the last cigarette I ever had.  
I quit cold turkey, and even began to hate the smell of cigarettes.  I have never even taken another hit off one.

I know of Christians that can't kick the habit, so I'm not suggesting that they are somehow less of a Christian for smoking.   It's just what Jesus did for me.

Blessings
John O

4052
Politics / Bush Resume for 2004
« on: January 07, 2004, 10:30:26 AM »
Why does no one want to deal with what this verse says?  Opinion is great, but exegesis is better.

Blessings
John O

4053
Secular News / Michel Jackson
« on: January 06, 2004, 10:27:59 PM »
My response to all of this is

Why is any of this newsworthy, especailly at the national level?

Blessings
John O

4054
Politics / Bush Resume for 2004
« on: January 06, 2004, 09:55:49 PM »
Then the bible is wrong at this point?

Is God in heaven saying, "Darn it, I really wanted the other guy!"

No, God is soveriegn.

Blessings
John O

4055
Politics / Bush Resume for 2004
« on: January 06, 2004, 02:19:48 PM »
I wanted to correct a few facts here.

1.  America is not a democracy.  It is a constitutional, representitive, republic the way it is laid out in the constitution.
2.  The phrase "Seperation of Church and State" does not appear anywhere in the constitition, the Federalist Papers, or any founding document of this country.  It is a phrase Thomas Jefferson used in a private letter to a church in Danbery Conneticut, who was worried that the prodominant denomination at the time, Congressionalist (to whom most in the government belonged to), would force their baptist church to convert.  Jefferson said that the consitution "created a wall of seperation between church and state, so that the state could not interfere with the church."
The same man attended the largest church in the country every Sunday, which was held in the US House of Representitives, and worship was lead by the US Army band (by his order, as the previous worship was poor).  So much for seperation....
3.  God is the one who ultimately allows the rulers to come into power- Rom 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Blessings
John O

4056
Town Hall / Questions, Answers, Experiences
« on: January 05, 2004, 11:59:33 PM »
That was in 1995, before the wide spread use of cell phones, and even then the cost was way beyond what I could afford.  I can barely afford one now, and I have the small plan...

Blessings
John O

4057
Town Hall / Questions, Answers, Experiences
« on: January 05, 2004, 06:18:20 PM »
Even more at certain venues, like sporting arenas and such.  I made a 3 minute phone call from a Promise Keepers Conference in Soldier Field, and it cost me 5 dollars on my calling card.

Blessings
John O

4058
Town Hall / Roll Call: LOTR fans
« on: January 03, 2004, 08:19:45 PM »
Are we to assume by that verse that you are the arbiter of righteousness, and all of us poor pastors are just muddling along in the dark?

Sorry friend, that reeks of spiritual pride.  Forgive me if my discernment is off, but that's what I'm getting from that.

Blessings
John O

4059
Secular News / Europe Cigarettes Warnings
« on: January 03, 2004, 11:17:40 AM »
There is way too much money involved to ban cigarettes.

Cancer research and treatment employs tens of thousands.  Tobacco companies employ tens of thousands.  
Probably 1/3 of the ambulance calls I do are dealing with medical issues that are a direct result from smoking, and I'd guessitmate that 1/4-1/3 of Emergency Department visits are somehow smoking related in the ER I work at.

These are just three examples of the money involved.  Now consider that political action commitees are funded from tobacco money, so the politicians are in one hand supporting banning smoking everywhere, while in the other hand excepting "donations" to their re-election campains.

You will never ban smoking, until people wise up and stop the demand for cigarettes.  It's like any other drug; the difference here is that it is legal.

Blessings
John O

4060
Secular News / Europe Cigarettes Warnings
« on: January 02, 2004, 08:06:20 PM »
Well, duh!

I used to smoke, and I knew the risks.  If you think about it logically, the first time you take a hit from a cigarette, you cough for five minutes.  It's your body telling you, "Hey, I don't like that!"

Besides, who came up with an idea that inhaling burning leaves is cool????

Things that make you go hmmm...

Blessings
John O

4061
Town Hall / What type of Study Bible do you have?
« on: January 02, 2004, 12:53:38 AM »
I own PC Study bible, which has over 100 references that can be cross-referenced from any scripture that you read, from commentaries (8), to dictionaries (6), Encycolpidia's (4), greek/hebrew dictionaries and lexicons (5), famous Christian works/theologies (over 20), maps, ect.

The end result is that I look much more educated than I am  :p

Blessings
John O

4062
Town Hall / Roll Call: LOTR fans
« on: December 31, 2003, 06:18:52 PM »
sighs....

Rom 10:14-15

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"  

Preaching involves exposition, which involves the preacher digging into the deep truths and sharing them with his flock.  It is hard work.  I usually spend between 5-10 hours a sermon to put it together in a way that will make the most sense and proclaim the central thesis in a way that will change lives.
So to get to the point of having a 1-2 minute sermon would mean that everyone in the congregation would have to be 100% in tune with God's Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit could do the exposition.  That is a worthy, but unrealistic goal this side of eternity.

Kevin,
I love Ravi Z, RC Sproul, D. James Kennedy, and that other irish guy that is an apologist, but I can't think of his name  :rolleyes:

I love people that can argue from both the scripture, logical, and philosophical arena's.
Of course, being Pentecostal, I also like listening to John Kilpatrick and Steve Hill, but I listen much more to the previous group...

Blessings
John O

4063
Town Hall / Roll Call: LOTR fans
« on: December 29, 2003, 07:05:34 PM »
You are right that the bible never questions Christ, because the bible is the revelation of Christ and the plan of salvation for men.

CS Lewis is not addressing God, but man.  He points people to Jesus through his writtings, the same as any of the church fathers that everyone is always quoting.

Using the logic that if it isn't the bible, it should never be read or written, would leave us with about 1-2 minutes of sermon, as the preacher would not even put his thoughts or interpretation into it, but simply read the scripture and sit down.

Is that what you are proposing?  
Up to this point, it seems your posts deal more with an instilled idea then in any theological insight.

Blessings
John O

4064
Town Hall / Roll Call: LOTR fans
« on: December 29, 2003, 06:07:02 PM »
One of CS Lewis' most famous quotes from "Mere Christianity"

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God."

I'm not sure how much clearer he could be in proclaiming the truth about Jesus...

Blessings
John O

4065
Town Hall / Roll Call: LOTR fans
« on: December 29, 2003, 05:43:15 PM »
Well, Lewis may have used some philosophical arguments, but then so did Paul in Acts 17.  He did not stand up and say "Hey, you fools, if you don't believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, you are going to hell!"
Paul started with a philosophical argument, and then told them the truth.

That is all that CS Lewis did.
Don't be so fast to jump up and point the finger and scream "ANTICHRIST!!!!!!" at something that does not say Jesus in every other word.

Blessings
John O

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