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Secular News / An outrage
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:01:54 PM »

Religion & Theology / Sickness
« on: May 20, 2013, 01:31:18 PM »
Many claim that illness came from the fall. However there is no scripture to support that nor is there any to deny it. So why do we believe that illness was caused by the fall?

Religion & Theology / Hallowing God’s Name
« on: May 19, 2013, 06:49:11 AM »
Your kingdom come. - Matthew 6:10

Scripture (1 Peter 1:16) commands believers to be holy (“hallowed”), whereas it recognizes God as being holy. So attributing to Him the holiness that already is His is how we hallow His name.

As with every other truly righteous action, hallowing God’s name must begin in the heart. Peter reminds us to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15). When we do this, we also sanctify Him as Lord in our lives, as we above all affirm that He exists: “for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Discovering and believing scriptural truth about God is also a way to hallow His name. Any deliberate ignorance or wrong doctrine about the Father shows gross irreverence for Him. But if we want to completely hallow His name and have full reverence for Him, we must go on to have a constant awareness of the Father’s presence. David was a great example of this: “I have set the Lord continually before me” (Ps. 16:8).

Perhaps the greatest way of all for us to hallow His name is by following His will—down to the smallest task—making it the entire goal of our lives to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31).

Furthermore, we hallow God’s name by drawing others to Him. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may … glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16; cf. Ps. 34:3).

Ask Yourself

Everything we do, think, say, and communicate is a reflection on the name of God, since we have been called by His name and wear it as our chief identity. When are you most likely to forget that you bear the name of Christ, that you carry the responsibility for doing nothing to defame or discredit it?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission

I assume we all understand that it is sin to use God's name in vain. However I do not think we all understand what constitutes using God's name in vain. No doubt when someone says God and then profanes it with profanity we can easily see that His name has been used in vain.

However there are much more subtle ways of also doing it, and many who claim to be Christians do it daily. Keep in mind that His name is holy! Think about that for a moment. His name is holy and how we handle it in our speech determines if we are using it in vain.

So the question arises how should we handle His name in our speech so as to set it aside unto holiness? The answer is that when we use His name it should only be used to speak about Him to others whether teaching or witnessing, and praying to Him. It should never be used to spice up a conversation or as an exclamation issue.

Today we hear things like Oh my God or OMG or Jesus Christ or Holy...... (this or that) or some other expression using God's name in common daily speech. This and other types of this is always using God's name in vain whether written or spoken. In other words it is not being used to glorify Him in reverence so it is being used vainly. His name is Holy so we need to treat is as such and not use it in common speech.

Politics / IRS extending its terror
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:33:57 AM »
 Franklin Graham claims that the IRS audited Billy Graham Ministries after running North Carolina Marriage Amendment ads in 2012. (Fox News)

Religion & Theology / How far we have fallen
« on: May 14, 2013, 05:43:54 PM »
Today we are so accustomed to government control and church decay most people think that any kind of Christian influence in the schools is unconstitutional. Even some Christians, or at least professing to be Christians calling for God's word to be ruled illegal in the schools and government buildings. The problem is our nation was built through bible teaching in our schools and colleges.

Today our children are being raised in a vacuum when it comes to God our Creator and as they enter adulthood they are empty and disillusioned. They wind up seeking fulfillment through sex and partying only to realize more emptiness. The foul language that comes from the mouth of many adults only shows how far we as a people have sunk. Here is a link to what it used to be like in school. Look it over and see how far we have fallen and then think about what we see in everyday life of the people of this nation.

Religion & Theology / True Giving
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:59:47 AM »
When you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:3–4

When you give as Jesus directs—lovingly, unpretentiously, and with no concern for public recognition—“your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” In other words, if you remember, God forgets; and if you forget, God still remembers. You should simply try to meet every need you can and leave the bookkeeping to Him. This kind of giving is just a matter of realizing that “we have done only that which we ought to have done” (Luke 17:10).

There is nothing wrong with humbly anticipating our reward for true and honest giving. God knows our hearts, attitudes, and motives, and He will not fail to reward us appropriately. After all, our sovereign Lord knows exactly what everyone is doing (Heb. 4:13).

In giving and every other realm of good works, Jesus Christ is our perfect role model (cf. Eph. 2:10). He preached and taught before crowds large and small, and He did miracles of healing, compassion, and power over nature for many to see and benefit from. But He always focused the final attention on His heavenly Father and did not seek His own glory but the Father’s (John 8:49–50).

Our motive in hoping for any rewards ought to be the anticipation of placing them as offerings at the Lord’s feet, like the twenty-four elders who “will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power’” (Rev. 4:10–11).

Ask Yourself

Like with any sinful tendency you wish to conquer, the secret is daily obedience, even in the smallest ways, not wanting to give the enemy the slightest opening for victory. In what ways could the day ahead likely give you an opportunity to practice this—to seek God’s reward alone?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610,

Religion & Theology / Almost a Christian
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:24:59 PM »
 If you were intending on driving to a vacation spot in another state would you get some directions or would you just set out and hope to end up there? Of course no ration thinking person would set out without any directions to get to a place that they had never been. Yet every day multitudes of people die and yet they cannot tell you with assurance how to get to heaven.  Even more sad is that there are multitudes who are yet to die who are not sure how to get to heaven.
Jesus said the following;
Mat. 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat. 7:13,14
"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. 

Notice not everyone is going to heaven. In fact it is a few who do go compared to those who do not go.  Not even many who are really religious and do good things are going. The gate is narrow and hard. That means there is only one small way to enter and it is so small that one must press themselves through to get in.  If you asked someone how to get to heaven most would tell you to be a good person. However one would need to know just how good?
Jesus tells us this;
Mat. 5:48
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
So if we are trying to get to heaven by being good we need to be as perfect as God. The problem is no one has ever done that except Jesus Christ. The bible says of us all;
Romans 3:10-18
as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."
"Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips."
"Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

So according to God there is no one who is good enough. We all have fallen short. Some more than others, but all are headed to the same eternal hell. So the question is if we are not good enough then how can anyone enter heaven? The answer is Acts 20:21 repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are all born with a bent not to want anyone to be our Master/Lord and that includes God. Some may have nice thoughts about Him, pray to Him when they need Him, and even obey some of what He says as long as it fits their own agenda, but in the end we really do not want Him in our lives as He demands. We do not want His rule over us.

So God says we must first repent toward God. The word used there in the original writings is a Greek word that is equal to a 180 degree turn. If it were used in the military one would say about face. It is not 50%, 75%, or 99%. It is 100%. There is no such thing as almost turning to God (almost repenting). When we come to the point in our lives where we realize that we have sinned against God and are not heading to heaven because of our sins and we want to get right with Him no matter what it may cost us we are in a state of repentance. We then take that heart and place it on the Lord Jesus Christ who paid for our sins and faith comes alive and He saves us by grace. He paid the price for anyone who will repent and believe.

True repentance is not something we do once and are finished. True repentance/faith is a state in which we enter and never leave. Jesus is the One who we now follow on a daily bases.
Because we receive Him as Lord He saves us and we follow. This is truly a narrow gate as it is not easy to give up ones self and say yes to God from a broken and contrite heart/spirit to God.
Luke 9:23
And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
So what road are you on? Have you repented toward God, and come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Is Jesus the most important Thing in your life? Be very sure about this as there are no second chances after death and God is not going to make any special way into heaven other than this one very narrow way so few are they that find the way. Be sure that you are not an almost Christian. Listen and see if you are almost or really a Christian.

Religion & Theology / The faithful
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:09:39 PM »
Standing for truth is not always easy. One thing we can know is this;
2Cor. 13:8
For we (who are of the faith) can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
2Tim. 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Mat. 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat. 7:13,14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

Religion & Theology / Which side are you on?
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:07:48 PM »
"The time is fast coming when nothing but reality will stand the fire. Real repentance towards God, — real faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, — real holiness of heart and life, — these, these are the things which will alone pass current at the last day. It is a solemn saying of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Many shall say in that day. Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works ? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you. Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 12:22-23.)" --J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion (via David News)

1John 2:3,4
 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Religion & Theology / The Tithe
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:07:54 AM »
I am afraid that many in the church have placed this unbiblical requirement of the tithe on the believers when it is simply not true. First let me point out that the tithe was part of the law. We are not under the law. Second the tithe was not simply a 10% yearly giving. The tithe was a system and it amounts to at least 23 and 1/3 percent as there was more then just one tithe. Some hold it was as much as 30% or more because of some passages, but those passages are not so clear on the matter. Now let me really shock you. The tithing system was not about giving money. It was about possessions. They gave from their flocks or farms (grain), not money. If they wanted to give money it was not forbidden, but they had to buy back their normal tithe and pay a fine to give money. It was called redeeming the tithe and they had to add 20% of the worth of what they were buying back to it (Lev 27:31-34). So we know it was at least 23 1/3%, plus the amount of the fine for redeeming the tithe if they chose that route. Keep in mind that any suggestion that the tithe is for the church is false and legalism.

So why would I say it is not for the church and legalism? I say that because the bible in the NT tells us how to give and the tithe is not mentioned or used as a reference. Now what happens is that some people go into the gospels where Jesus mentions the tithe to support their claims. The problem with that is that during the time that the Lord was doing His earthly ministry He was dealing with Jews who were still under the law. Not until He died did the law end the church age begin.

Under the church we are ALL to give. There is no exceptions, but the giving is not based on any percent or the tithe. Our giving is based on how God has prospered us and our hearts.

Here is how we are to give; 2Cor. 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

We are not to base it on an amount or percent. Nor are we to set a minimum. Often times I hear someone say if under law they had to give a tenth then we who are under grace should give at least that much. That is false and legalism! We are to give only the amount we want to give and the amount has to come from a cheerful heart. In other words their is no pressure, only cheerful giving from the heart. We have been set free! So let us not return to bondage. The biblical formula for the church giving sets us free to give as we choose not grudgingly or from any pressure, but from a cheerful heart. Don't give a penny more then your heart can stand and you still remain cheerful in that amount as the Lord will not bless it. Any other teaching is not of God and is sin.

Religion & Theology / Godly Daughters
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:00:40 AM »
24 Ways to Prepare your daughter.

Religion & Theology / Preparing Godly men
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:55:10 AM »
24 ways to prepare our children to be Godly men.

Religion & Theology / Truth
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:48:39 AM »
There is no blessing unless the whole truth is preached.

Ask Your Bible Questions Here!!! / Eph 2:1
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:44:26 PM »
In Eph 2:1 it reads;
And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;

What is the distinction between sins and trespasses?

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