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56146  Welcome / About You! / Re:I Like Cheeze!!!! How 'bout you???? on: December 24, 2003, 01:09:11 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to Nina,

 Grin   Grin  Yes, I read your entire post. In fact, I was sad when it ended. I look forward to your posts and sincerely hope you enjoy Christians Unite.


I would say jump in and have some fun, but you are already doing that.   Cheesy

In Christ,
Tom
56147  Welcome / About You! / Re:I'm new here on: December 24, 2003, 12:58:03 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to ChristianBoards,

I sincerely hope you enjoy Christians Unite.


Jump in and have some fun.

In Christ,
Tom
56148  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Very Toubled on: December 24, 2003, 12:17:55 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to Peachkeen,

I can see from your post that you are growing stronger in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Yes, God will help you through this. Pray, seek His will, and let Him guide you on the path He wants for you. There is peace and joy when you yield to His will and purpose. Many of us pray for you every day.

Love In Christ,
Tom
56149  Welcome / Questions, help, suggestions, and bug reports / Re:Jail on: December 24, 2003, 12:01:47 AM

I think we're beginning to get some good candidates for our ChristiansUnite jail.

Unless they, um, change their ways.


    Roll Eyes

Oklahoma Howdy to Brother Symphony,

Brother, troll packs never change their ways. It may be time for a troll round-up. We'll probably need more road-kill to feed the extra prisoners in the jail. I think many are ready to either have the trolls jailed or call Orkin.   Cheesy

Tom
56150  Theology / Prophecy - Current Events / Re:Public Schools on: December 23, 2003, 06:08:22 PM

John Leo's column in this week's U.S. News and WR(12/29, p6), "Foiling Those Evil Grinches"--public schools that have been outlawing Christmas.  Some excerpts:

"How goes the annual battle to delete Christmas from schools and th public square?  News is mixed, but on the whole, things are not going well for the Grinches..."


"Some spoilsports want to ban Christmas carols andHanukkah songs from schools."

Oklahoma Howdy to Symphony,

Brother, this is already happening around the country, just about every place where a single challenge is filed. My wife is a school teacher, and they have already been forced to eliminate all references to God, and that already includes Christmas plays, carols, and any exhibit that hints of God.

Very few people really recognize what has been happening for the last several years. As one example, the textbooks used by schools are being changed and history is being removed that refers to God. A more specific example involves the pilgrims and Thanksgiving.

In terms of Christmas, there is a move to change the name to winter holiday, as Christmas infers something to do with Christ. It is OK to talk about Santa Claus but not about Jesus Christ. If the ACLU gets its way, the word "Christmas" will be removed from everything associated with public agencies. Jack Frost and the easter bunny are OK, but Jesus Christ is taboo. If the taboo hasn't hit your area yet, the ACLU will get there sooner or later.

It's very sad Brother.

Love In Christ,
Tom
56151  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:"What is Christmas to you? on: December 23, 2003, 04:32:52 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

Thanks, that was very nice. Here's another one I just got by Email - Author Unknown.
________________________________________

You are cordially invited to

A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25
but He's always around, so the date is flexible....

Time: Whenever you're ready.
(Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!)

Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there.
(You'll hear Him knock.)

Attire: Come as you are... grubbies are okay.
He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about
new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's
already paid for everyone...
(He says you wouldn't have been
able to afford it anyway...
it cost Him everything He had. But
you do need to accept the ticket!!

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a
far-out drink He calls "Living Water,"
followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!

Gift Suggestions: ; Your life. He's one of those
people who already has everything else.
(He's very generous in return though.
Just wait until you see what He has for you!)

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth,
Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness,
Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power,
Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more!
(All "G" rated, so bring your family and friends.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important!
He must know ahead so He can
reserve a spot for you at the table.
Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future
reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."

Party being given by His Kids (that's us!!)!
Hope to see you there! For those of you whom I will
see at the party, share this with someone today!

56152  Theology / Apologetics / Re:Trolls Among Us Again on: December 23, 2003, 03:06:27 PM
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Grin  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Lets just attack what they believe with bais and twisted facts, and not let those who know about it correct us. It works to turn the regulars off to coming back. Angry

Oklahoma Howdy to Brother Tibby,

 Huh  I doubt that you or anyone else on the board would claim the ones I'm talking about. Uriyah is one of the more obvious trolls, and a couple more are becoming more obvious by the minute. In case you are wondering, one I'm thinking about has been extremely rude to Catholics on the board. Charlie does not appear to like anyone.

Tibby, we love you and have no desire to run you off.

Love Ya Bro,
Tom
56153  Theology / Apologetics / Re:Trolls Among Us Again, Again? on: December 23, 2003, 08:12:37 AM
This is somewhat post mortem to the original thread.

Is it just me, or has there been a recent flurry of trollatarian activity at an increased level?   Almost as if the raise in national security level has brought trolls out of the woodworks.    Huh

Grace and Peace!

Oklahoma Howdy to 2nd Timothy,

Brother, I think there are at least 3. However, they are lesser trolls and share only one brain.   Cheesy We'll put them in a round room and tell them to go stand in the corner. That ought to keep them busy for a week or more.   Cheesy

In Christ,
Tom
56154  Theology / General Theology / Jesus' Call to Pray without Ceasing on: December 23, 2003, 07:57:19 AM
Hoekstra Devotion - December 23

Jesus' Call to Pray without Ceasing:

Pray without ceasing . . . Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart . . . And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him?  (1Th_5:17 and Luk_18:1, Luk_18:7)

Praying without ceasing is the way to relate rightly to the God of all grace. Jesus called His followers to live in this prayerful manner, when He told a parable that contrasted a godless human judge with God, our righteous judge.

Jesus' primary message would be that men should persistently pray at all times. "Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart." Jesus' illustration involved a wronged widow who was appealing for help from an unjust judge. At first, the judge had no interest in assisting her. However, when she persisted, he relented and gave her relief. "Though I do not fear God nor regard man, because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me" (Luk_18:4-5). The ungodly judge granted her relief, although he was not motivated by fear of God nor by compassion for man. His action was merely self-serving. Jesus then contrasts the holy motivations of our loving God, who will certainly respond to the needs of His chosen ones, as they call upon His name ceaselessly. "And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him?" (Luk_18:7). The Lord Jesus hereby encourages us to pray without ceasing.

Jesus' call to a life of persistent prayer was commended to us by His own example. "Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed" (Mar_1:35). Early in the inspired recordings of the ministry of Jesus, His habit of prayer is noted. At times, Jesus was up before dawn for extended prayer with the Father. On another occasion, He prayed the entire night through. "Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God" (Luk_6:12). In addition to His rich private prayer life, Jesus prayed regularly in public as well. "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes . . . Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them . . . Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me" (Mat_11:25; Luk_9:16; and Joh_11:41-42). If Jesus, the Son of God prayed habitually, how clearly we are to do the same.

Jesus, my Lord, I want to heed Your radical call to a path of unceasing prayer. I want to follow Your wonderful example of a life of habitual prayer in private and in public.
56155  Theology / Bible Study / Re:The War Against Sin on: December 23, 2003, 05:49:52 AM
Charlie,

The portions of Scripture quoted by Ollie from John are to Believers, not the lost. The lost don't walk in the light, and there is no value in giving instructions for the walk of a believer to the lost, as they would need to be saved first. So, it certainly does apply to believers.

Tom
56156  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:a bit of my artwork! on: December 22, 2003, 07:25:12 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to Countrycat,

Your work is gorgeous.

In Christ,
Tom
56157  Theology / General Theology / Re:Christian?? - Saved?? on: December 22, 2003, 06:58:35 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to Avemaria,

Quote
Is it ok and right to say that this person is "saved" and this person is not "saved"?  Why not answer this question. Answering a question with a question and no clarification is weak.

Let's just make this simple. What would you tell a person who asked you, "How can I be saved?"

In Christ,
Tom
56158  Theology / General Theology / Re:Christian?? - Saved?? on: December 22, 2003, 03:05:11 PM
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There are a ton of labels people keep tacking onto themselves and others. If a person sincerely made the following statement, would they be a Christian and Saved?

You are asking us to determine if, based on what you wrote after this statement, a person would be considered a Christian and/or saved.

I am answering your question by saying this question HAS NO DEFINITIVE ANSWER because we CANNOT and SHOULD NOT judge another person as being saved or not.  SO this is not diverting the topic at all.  It's answering your question which is more I can say for you who refuse to answer mine.

Oklahoma Howdy to Avemaria,

Are you saying that you have no idea what to tell someone about how to be saved without using man's denominational tags and labels?

In Christ,
Tom
56159  Theology / Bible Study / Re:The War Against Sin on: December 22, 2003, 02:49:43 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to Charlie,

This thread was not intended to be an exercise in semantics. Confession of sins is simply a part of a believer's walk in Jesus Christ that our peace and joy in Him might be more full.

There is a second reason why I posted this thread. I wanted to see if anyone would argue with something so basic, true, and Biblical for all of God's children. You have supplied that answer.

In Christ,
Tom
56160  Theology / General Theology / Re:Christian?? - Saved?? on: December 22, 2003, 02:10:32 PM
Petro - why not answering my question directly instead of hiding behind your verse slinging mannerisms and anti-Catholic inuendos hmm?

Is it ok to say that one person is saved or another is not?  YES OR NO!
You are such a typical prototype of born again christians and anti-Catholics in your avoidance and diversion tactics.

Just answer the question!

Oklahoma Howdy to Avemaria,

This thread is not about denominations, tags, and labels. In fact, there is no mention of any of man's labels in the question and subject of this thread. Are you trying to divert the subject of this thread to man's labels and tags? If so, please don't.

In Christ,
Tom
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