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I know this won't be a topic many want to address yet I'm facing it right now. How do you handle it when God lets you down?
I'm trying to think that He has other plans that are better than mine yet still circumstances seem to favor unbelievers at times, and those carrying the cross have even more burdens laid on their backs. How do you handle despair with God - when you really expected help and it didn't come?
I know in Pilgrims Progress I believe it was Faith who died at the stake and then Hope walked on with Christian.
Here comes another water baptism thread for you! I'm starting another because I see this scripture coming up in all of them, and I have some things to discuss. I haven't read every post of every thread, so if someone already pointed out, my apologies.
Here's the main text:
John 3:5 KJV
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
First thing, has anyone noticed that baptism isn't directly mentioned? Yet this verse is often quoted as being proof that water baptism is needed. Well, let's hold off on that for now... We will get to whether this is talking about baptism later.
I want to discuss this "water". This water will...
Christians will find many articles or writings which allege that Penal Substitution as applied to the finished work of Christ is a “theory”, and one among many. They will also allege that this is purely a Reformed doctrine, and that the Reformers came up with this teaching, rather than it being a Bible and Gospel truth, which all Bible-believing Christians accept (including Non-Calvinists). But Penal Substitution is not a theory. It is Gospel Truth. And we do not need to look at the writings of the Early Church Fathers (or any so-called scholars or theologians) to see if they had a correct understanding of Bible truth. Sometimes they...
Luke 17 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus was saying the kingdom of God would not come with attentive watching.
Jesus referred to the kingdom as coming near to them by his presence (Luke 10:11).
The disciples were expecting a visible kingdom to immediately appear, not a spiritual kingdom within the believer (Luke 19:11).
Jesus said to expect a kingdom that would be visible, as is lightning (Luke 17:24).
Zephaniah 3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of...
Y do U believe what U believe, and do U have good reasons 4 those beliefs? - let's find out together.
I haven't always believed what I currently believe, and it took some time to really think and pray about what I believe, and why, and whether those beliefs were true, had any rationality to them, and were biblically sound. In that searching, I found some of the things I believed were untrue, not rational, and incoherent, even dangerous, but was willing to consider what I believed anyway, and in so doing, was willing to change where needful.
So this thread is for that purpose, that we may all consider what we believe, why we believe it, by some searching, studying, thinking and praying.
For instance, I believe Jesus is returning...
If there were 77 books of the bible they may have included....
1. The Book of Enoch - Bible Gateway passage: Jude 14 - King James Version
2. Chronicles of the Kings of Israel - Bible Gateway passage: 1 Kings 16:5 - King James Version
3. The book of Samuel the Seer - Bible Gateway passage: 1 Chronicles 29:29 - King James Version
4. The book of Nathan the Prophet - Bible Gateway passage: 2 Chronicles...
Psalm 54:1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Realize this has probably already been discussed many times. Been meditating on: What is His strength made perfect in weakness? The reason I ask is because recently I was faced with a terrifying reality of just how frail and vulnerable this body is, and I trembled. It was...
Paper money and fiat currency is the true mark of the beast of Revelation, for the mark of the beast is symbolic, and the right hand symbolizes authority to buy and sell once a person possesses fiat currency and the forehead symbolizes debt of fiat currency to buy and sell, like credit cards and mortgages. And fiat currency is issued to everyone great and small and rich and poor, and is illegal to buy and sell without according to the law of legal tender, which condemns the entire world, for the mere possession of a false weight breaks the command of the Torah, "you shall have righteous balances and weights" and "you shall not have in your bag a weight and another weight, a heavy and a light", which is what fiat currency is, a false...
and makes assertions that he has the authority to say these things and to make changes, which if you read prophecy in scripture says would be done. So lets look.
In his encyclical, "The Reunion of Christendom" (1885), Pope Leo XIII stated that the pope holds "upon this earth the place of God Almighty."
In the Catechism, can be found the following: "The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth...by divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth,...
I've been a believer over 40 years and throughout that time I've met a lot of good people, yet I've also seen Christians become abusive to other Christians over doctrinal differences. A believer that I respect said to me a long time ago: "Christians like to cut other Christians up."
Why is this?
How can those who claim to have Christ's spirit within turn around and abuse another believer just because he or she has a difference of opinion? Why do they think it's okay as long as they think it's "for the Lord"?
It's okay to disagree yet we see people cross the line and start getting downright MEAN.
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”