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How To Pick A Church
  
I am considering that right now but I am not moving.

Denomination is not important, most churches are actually Biblically sound just different ways of expressing that belief. What is important is how that belief is expressed in that churchs individual goals and mission statement. Other considerations are friends, personal season, life goals, worship style, preaching style, small group. By the way I love my current church and it purposes still.

Rita you live in the UK if possible you need to check out freedom church, but that is just a personal plug


Cost Of Evangelism
  
//Meaning...... giving a tithe is more important to God, than keeping his commandments.//

---David on 9/17/14

But

You cannot serve both God and Money. In the NT "under the law" does not mean we are free from the law it means we are subject to the spirit of the law. So giving a tithe is a command under the law but under the NT it shows "where your heart is your treasure will be also." Thus tithing is the outward expression of your heart, a true nature of greed.


Two Source Gospel Theory
  
//Thus sayeth the Bible//
---Jasper on 9/16/14

I agree with it but the Bible does not say that.


Forgive Without Asking
  
//If so, that makes us more compassionate than God?//

//he will not forgive us unless we ask?//

God forgave us 2,000 years ago on a cross. Confessing our sins to God for forgiveness is just our way of practicing humility before God to free ourselves from the power of Satan's lies and our guilt.

Forgive, forget, wisdom:
Forgiveness - frees us from someones elses wrong
Forgetting - restores a relationship between the two parties
Wisdom - allows the relationship to move forward without falling into that stumbling block.


Justice For The Victim
  
Justice is always for the victim, but we are very quick to judge, to establish who the victim is/was.
Proverbs 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other [party] comes and examines him.

Specifically, the police should have came out sooner with details of the incident and not let if foster for multiple weeks.


Two Source Gospel Theory
  
That is possible and Mark might be that Q text. However there are enough differences in methodology of writing (structure, detail, and language) and audience that Matthew written to Jews and Luke written to a personal friend that the different purposes is accomplished in spreading the knowledge of Jesus.


Waliking In The Spirit
  
Keep every thought captive to the Lord

My personal process

Ask God about the situation
Ask friends with experience about the situation
Ask God about the situation
Do what God says


Who Is God
  
equal
God is great (power) God is good (Love)

Bully taking lunch money analogy
God is good - God fights with you against bully but you both lose lunch money because you and him are weak
God is great - God is the bully and steals your lunch money
God is good and great - God fights for you against bully and wins the fight.



Did God Divorce Israel
  
You and i are not Israel, but it clearly states that God divorced Israel.
---aka on 8/20/14

Yes we are Israel (God's choosen people that put faith in the Lord, not the nation as a whole) in that we are God's chosen and He is open to give us mercy. The method is different but grace is the same. Jeremiah 3.1 states the grounds for divorce and that God is justified in divorce but read Jer. 3:12-14. God will not be mocked by pride and rebellion but will always be ready to receive if we humble ourselves.


Did God Divorce Israel
  
//did God unjustly divorce Israel?//

God never divorced Israel. They and us test his patience and he lets consquences come when we choose to go against him but he never divorces us. Read the book of Hosea, it is a real life parable of Hosea being a typology of God and us being Gomer. note the events in the book take approx. 10 to 15 years.


Men Of Adultery
  
//plus the fact that women virtually had to do as they were told//

True but women have more power than they think. Just look at the book of Genesis. Not until Joseph's escape from Potiphar's wife did a man stand-up for what is right at a woman suggestion.


Finish It Here August 2014
  
Kathr
/Wasn't it Apollo 13???. The one that had issues and the whole world prayed, yet in the end God was not mentioned either.//

Kathr - please expand on your meaning, Was this just your concern or was this wide spread. This is one of my favorite movies, engineering nerd. The little clip you are referring to was meant to show how much the world was now involved with the story of Apollo 13 where previously they had not been.


Are All Christians The Same
  
//we attend 3 different denominational churches Fellowship between us is no problem//

you mean you look past denominational difference and love people as people and love fellow christians as equals. This is what Paul meant when he said "I follow Paul, or I follow Cephas, or I follow Christ. Is Christ divided? I don't agree with all of my friends theology but I can still care for them.


Church Out Of Touch
  
In some aspects yes. I discovered this about my previous church recently, which is a totally biblical and a good church. Sometimes we fall in love with the principles of christian life but lose the practicallity of it. James said it this way "...I will show you my faith by my works" or Jesus "I am the vine you are the branches, a good vine creates good fruit." Also people are at different stages of life thus they may need to go to a different biblical church.


Like A Mustard Seed
  
another aspect of mustard plants is that you cannot have just a little patch of mustard. The mustard plant is very invasive plant and will grow and "take over" other plants space. This is related to faith in that a small change of faith by the kingdom of God can have big changes elsewhere in your life.


Adam Saw The Deception
  
yes,
"...and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate" Gen 3:6.


Kids Fleeing Violence
  
about 5 years ago a reporter cannot remember who, summed it up pretty good. "Americans love immigrants (the person) but hate immigration (the process).


Many Right Ways
  
I will take it OT view of it. Look at Matthew Ch. 1 and the lineage of Jesus. How many major sins brought about the birth of Jesus. Look at Abraham, God only spoke to him 4 times in about 40 years. My point is this if God says do something then go do it, if God is silent about something try it. Remember we live in grace not bondage. Satan the thief brings despair and bondage and steals joy but God brings about life and life to the fullest John 10:10.


What Are Gates Of Hell
  
The gates of hell is a whirlpool in Caesarea Phillippi just north of Israel. This naturally occuring whirlpool is said to be the link between the overworld and the underworld and the "gods" would transverse between the two at this location. Religious followers would sacrifice things by throwing valuables into this whirlpool to please the "gods." If the items were sucked down your sacrifice was accepted. Jesus used this location to start the church saying that the forces of evil (demons) would not destroy his church.



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