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Why Do You Believe In God
---Mark_V. on 12/12/11, Thank you Mark. I appreciate the encouragement you give to many here. As for suffering, when one is in pain, if outside of Christ, they can see little if anything but that pain. All our pain is perhaps most real to self, however, He is able to lift us above that pain if He chooses, and Im sure He did in cases such as when Stephen was stoned to death, and Stephen prayed in words much like Christs on the cross that Father would forgive the very ones stoning him. Our pain and suffering ought to teach us something of God, whether to trust Him, to know His comfort, to correctalso, none has suffered as Christ has. Be blessed MarkV

Please Pray For Me
MarkV, I'm sorry to hear your news. I'll be praying, and hope that this provides an opportunity for the Lord to work something wonderful in her life as well as other family/loved ones. That must have been upsetting for your wife, yet a blessing that she found her in time. Keep us updated, and God bless and strengthen you...

Finish It Here July Blog
Elena, "Not perfect but,Love Has brought Me this far!" Amen! So true, and God alone knows how far that truly is. He knows what is behind.

What Is A First Fruit?
Markv, Thanks, I understand and believe you are correct.

"Their good deeds were dead works cause it did not bring salvation through Christ."
I do believe that there were and are 'dead works' as opposed to perfect works, the perfect works being led by the Spirit, "dead' works, of the flesh. "...purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?." We serve the living God by being a living sacrifice.

What Is A First Fruit?
MarkV, "all they are doing is deceiving themselves if they don't do what they listened to...genuine saving Faith always produces works." Agree. Interestingly, I woke this am thinking "dead works". The first thing I did was look it up. Hebrews 6:1
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Hebrews 9:14
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?". Religiosity produces 'dead' works, opposed to 'perfect' works. Can we always tell them apart?

What Is A First Fruit?
Trav, This is interesting: "Fig Trees....bear twice a year. The first fruit is the first showing of figs.
The symbology/analogy of the Fig Tree is applicable to Israel.
The Fig Tree representing "Judah" from which the first fruit should have came from among them....did in Christ.

Judah, the nation did not bear this first fruit.
Therefore the tree cursed/ withered." Thanks

Gifts Of God Without Repentance
MarkV, another post I missed responding to. I've misread many things here myself, especially with the way we sometimes need to cut back what we post in order to make it fit. "There are many who are well learned and have very good intentions." So I've noticed and so am blessed.

What Is A First Fruit?
Thank you char! I appreciate your input and insights. They are quite helpful.

What Is A First Fruit?
aka, I'm familiar with "bumping" posts. I might do the same here by copy/paste. Yours were good posts, and I thank you.I haven't been responding to many, mostly taking notes and absorbing. May share at some point.

What Is A First Fruit?
MarkV, I REALLY like this! "Giving God that initial crop was an act of faith that He would fufill His promise of a full harvest to come (Pro.3:9,10). In the same way, Christians are the first evidence of God's new creation that is to come (2 Peter3:10-13) and enjoy presently in their new life a foretaste of future glory (Rom. 8:19-23)."
Thank you

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I hope people won't leave here for the FB version. I may check it out at some point, but I like the anonymity one has here. Having had a bad online experience a few years ago, I keep my fb friends to a minimum, mostly family and some college friends I'd lost touch with. My youngest daughters friends invite me to be friends. I think they all like to see how many "friends" they can acquire.

Love Your Enemies
joseph, had more that wasn't posted. My daughter read 1 cor 15:25-28 with me, and at first vs 28"...the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all." seemed a bit confusing, having thought Christ would reign for ever and ever. It might seem to some that this is proof that the Son is not God.
What immediately came to mind was Phil 2:6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage,
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
This did not cause Him to cease to be what.all He was and is. Cont...

Love Your Enemies
Part 2. So, Christ made Himself nothing,takes on the nature of a servant,,,he humbled himself,,,
"And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, ( this happens before we go into the eternity) then shall the Son also himself 'be subject' (submit His reign) unto The Father. Also fact."
So once again Christ submits,(humbles himself?) to the will of the Father

"Why "so that "God' [The Father in His fullness] may be all, in all"."

Love Your Enemies
joseph, correction, part 1..." seemed a bit confusing, having thought Christ would reign for ever and ever." Should be reign eternally, especially seeing that we are comparing/contrasting the 2

Different Types Of Christianity
duane: "A Christian is one who trusts in Christ alone, NOT what we do to gain eternal life.

I agree with Jerry, and think sometimes the "simple" truth(s) are most profound.

What Is A Hypocrite
In reading other posts, it's interesting to note who Jesus calls hypocrites.josef's distinction of teachers of the Law' and 'those who Judged others by the Law'" speaks volumes. It seems their very nature is hypocritical, as opposed to one who on occasion, has done something hypocritical.

How To Love The Unlovable
Elena, Absolutely, keep praying for this woman. Bless you.
"How do you LOVE the UNLOVABLE?" By the Grace of God. We are to Luke 6, 27 ...Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you." God puts unlovable people in our lifes for their sake (to be loved) as well as ours, so that we might grow in love. In the natural we do not love the unlovable, but with His help we can,

What Is A Hypocrite
You're not alone Bill_willa6989. If not led by the Spirit, we all can be hypocrites.

Who Are You Blessing Today
"Who are you blessing? Whomever I am able.
"and why?" Because I can.
---josef on 7/15/11

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