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56716  Theology / Apologetics / Re:'For by grace you have been saved... on: April 28, 2003, 07:14:55 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to Sean,

I'm not trying to be smart or start an argument with this post. I just wish to give you some thoughts about the new covenant. They will be in the form of questions, and you should easily be able to answer them with very little study.

1.  Who was the old covenant (the Law) with? The Jews, The Gentiles, or both.

2.  If you decide to live by the law, how many places in the Bible say that you have to obey all of it?

3.  Do you regularly see a High Priest to serve as an intermediary for you with God? Surely you don't pray directly to God, do you?

4.  Do you eat pork?

5.  Do you make burnt offerings on a schedule?

6.  Do you stone to death adulterers, witches, and rebellious children that reach the age of 18?

I think that's probably enough examples. Would you believe there are hundreds of them? You either live under the LAW, all of it, or you live under Grace. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you are living under Grace. The Gospel of God's Grace was not available to man until after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I hope you don't think I was trying to be smart with this post. I can see from your posts that you do read the Bible. I'm not asking you to believe anything without studying it for yourself. If you start in Ephesians, you should get a really good idea of what the crucifixion of Jesus Christ actually meant and what it means for a Christian to live under the Gospel of God's Grace.
56717  Welcome / About You! / Re:new member!! christiansunite.com rocks!! on: April 27, 2003, 06:27:38 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to Wrtbooks,

I hope you enjoy Christians Unite. Welcome to the forums. You will know me when you see me.  Smiley

In Christ.

56718  Fellowship / For Men Only / Re:Men Lessons. on: April 27, 2003, 06:21:28 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to All,

I wanted to offer a bit of clarification on my last message.


However, my wife tells me which pair to wear and where I can wear them.

In Christ,

56719  Fellowship / For Men Only / Re:Men Lessons. on: April 27, 2003, 06:17:04 PM

What are some lessons, as a man, you've been learning lately?

I've been learning to keep my mouth SHUT('cept on these boards, hehe).  I've been learning that everything is in the power of the tongue.  That I just need to ZIP IT.  To SHUDUP.  To listen.  To ask question first, shoot later--or not shoot at all.

Oklahoma Howdy to Symphony,

I think you are on your way.  Wink

However, you did miss a few very important points.

1.  Women are in charge.
2.  Don't argue with women.
3.  When you are in their presence, ask if you can speak.
4.  If you feel like arguing, go back to rule number one.

In Christ,

56720  Theology / Apologetics / Re:'For by grace you have been saved... on: April 27, 2003, 12:35:16 AM

7 Is this another gospel?


Oklahoma Howdy to Asaph,

No, it is the Gospel of God's Grace, but you left out some things. A child of God will receive rewards for good and chastisement for bad. The quality and depth of our fellowship with Jesus Christ is measured by a Christian's walk in the Spirit. No man can live without sin, regardless of how hard he or she tries. God proclaims this in the Scriptures, and this fact should be obvious and painfully clear to all men. The very thought of sin is the same as the deed according to the Scriptures, and any man claiming to be holy would be a liar.

The gift of Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour does not give you a license to sin. The Apostle Paul makes this very clear in Ephesians. It is also made exceptionally clear that no man will ever be able to boast of his own good works, his own righteousness, or his own holiness as having anything at all to do with his or her salvation. In plain terms, no man can add to or take away from the BLOOD OF JESUS. If Jesus is your Lord and Saviour, you have been purchased and you belong to him forever. You could live and breathe Jesus and his Holy Word 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still have no righteousness or holiness of your own. You would also have NOTHING to claim in terms of earning or paying for your salvation. All goodness and righteousness of God's children is imputed to them through the BLOOD OF JESUS. Good works on the part of a believer is from a grateful heart for the precious gifts given them by their FATHER, ALMIGHTY GOD.
56721  Theology / Apologetics / Re:'For by grace you have been saved... on: April 26, 2003, 12:53:07 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

AMEN!!!! Thank you brother for a host of beautiful posts. I received a blessing from them. I made some notes to study many of the Scriptures you quoted. Complete assurance is refreshing and joyful. Thank you brother!

In Christ.
56722  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Could you pray for me? on: April 25, 2003, 10:43:53 PM
Ah, unfortunately that hopeful note didn't last.
I OD'd last night, and spent the night and today in hospital, hooked up to heart monitoring machines and shaking like someone with the DTs from the drugs. Had to have some long conversations with a psychiatrist, but I was allowed to refuse their offer of a week or two in a mental hospital, and I'm back home now.

Hello Broken,

I pray that you are at a turning point in your life. You already know there is another direction you could take. Maybe some quiet time and some counseling wouldn't be all that bad. There is nothing to be ashamed of in accepting help and counseling. That one or two week stay might be just what you need to make up your mind and be determined to go in a positive direction. I bet they would let you bring your Bible with you. I don't know where you live, but a voluntary sign-in in Oklahoma also means a voluntary sign-out. They might also be able to change or stabilize your medication and make you feel better about making positive decisions for your future.

I'm not trying to push you into doing something you don't want to do. I'm simply asking you to think about it and maybe give it a chance. In Oklahoma, the stay and the medication would be free. If the same is true where you live, it's worth considering.

In the meantime, I promise that many will be praying for you. Jesus does not want you to harm yourself: He wants you just as you are to yield and follow HIM. The Holy Bible describes many things of the world as walking in darkness. Think of darkness as many of the things you know are wrong and make you feel bad. You can choose to turn your back to those things and WALK WITH JESUS IN THE LIGHT.

I pray that God will lead you away from the darkness and INTO THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST. I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
56723  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Could you pray for me? on: April 24, 2003, 12:23:58 PM
- From Broken
I am getting help though, its just that I don't think that seeing a psychiatrist or another doctor by itself can accomplish much. I suspect that the strength to get better comes from within - or from God - rather than simply from doctors or drugs. Thats really why I'm asking for prayers, because if I can regain my faith, if I can really believe again, I can get through anything.

Oklahoma Howdy to Broken,

I think you are headed in the right direction. I also firmly believe that Jesus is the best medicine. I can assure you that many are praying for you daily. I can also assure you that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. You may have stumbled with your faith if you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. If so, Jesus is still with you with every step. I remember one post from you that mentioned you lost your faith and wanted it back. If you were a child of God, you are still a child of God. This is the beauty and power of the Gospel of God's Grace. When you stumble, Jesus is still with you and will never leave you. Pray for forgiveness, and you will be forgiven as if it never happened. Yield to the Will of God and what He wants you to do with your life. Many Christians describe the Will of God as a voice from the heart about right, wrong, and what you should do. The Holy Spirit lives in your heart. The more you listen to your heart, the greater your fellowship with Jesus. The more you pray and ask for guidance, the greater your fellowship with Jesus. Pray, ask, listen, and obey. Jesus will never tell you to harm yourself.

I pray for you daily and hope you will also pray. I pray that God gives you guidance and peace. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
56724  Theology / Apologetics / Re:'For by grace you have been saved... on: April 23, 2003, 05:35:41 PM
There are many other Bible verses and excuses that some have problems with but if we keep them all in the light of the above seven points we will trust God and His Word and give no place for doubts and distrust.

John .5:24 . Truly truly I say unto you, He who hears my Word and believes on Him who sent Me HAS EVERLASTING LIFE and SHALL NOT come into judgement but HAS PASSED from death to life. WHAT A PROMISE ! LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR !

Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

It is fairly easy to become confused with certain portions of Scripture. Like you said, it is sad that some folks torture themselves by being in a continual state of confusion and doubt about their Salvation.

I think the majority of the confusion is caused by:

1. Failure to find out who the speaker is.
2. Failure to find out who the intended audience is.
3. Taking a few words out of context with the verse or the chapter.
4. Does the verse address the law (old covenant), or does it address Grace (new covenant)?
5. Does the verse address spiritual death, or does it address physical death?
6. Does the verse address loss of Salvation, loss of rewards for a child of God, or chastisement of a child of God?
7. THIS IS A BIG ONE - Does the verse address Jews or Gentiles?
8. THIS IS A BIG ONE - Does the verse address a time before or after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on The Cross?
9. THIS IS A BIG ONE - Does the reader believe he or she lives under pure law ALONE (old covenant), under pure Grace ALONE (new covenant), or some type of mixture of LAW AND GRACE?

You already know what I believe. There is only ONE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL OF GOD'S GRACE. One can end tremendous confusion by trying to understand GRACE, the reason for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the PROMISE OF GOD for those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Every child of God should have and can have 100% assurance they are SAVED FOR ETERNITY. GOD SAID IT, IT'S DONE!
56725  Theology / Apologetics / Re:'For by grace you have been saved... on: April 23, 2003, 10:49:02 AM
Oklahoma Howdy to Early57,

I enjoyed your post. I think you described the real beauty, love, and power of the Gospel of God's Grace. The gift is free, undeserved, and eternal, All by the Matchless Grace of God.
56726  Fellowship / Just For Women / Re:Mid-life Cries on: April 21, 2003, 08:36:54 PM
ROFL... oh deaar... to funny
Thanks for sharing this "non issue" my friend Grin

TL.... Cool

Oklahoma Howdy to TigerLily,

I also loved the "Mother's Job Description". I have been blessed with a wonderful Christian mother. I couldn't help but remember her thousands of acts of love as I read this. I know this is a women's only area, so please let me say one thing while I'm here. I give thanks to God for loving, Christian mothers. I have great appreciation for Godly Mothers, and I'm very fortunate to still have mine here to hug and thank.
56727  Fellowship / Just For Women / Mothers on: April 21, 2003, 07:19:50 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to all Mothers,

MOM   -  Job Description

This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, none of us would have done it!!!!

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.  Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.  Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT &PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
56728  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Saturday eve. on: April 21, 2003, 02:29:44 PM
Oklahoma Howdy to All,

I do wish to join in prayer with all of you. I will pray that God gives peace, healing, and joy in HIM. I must be honest and tell you that I can't fast with the medicine I take, but I do wish to join in prayer with you.
56729  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Could you pray for me? on: April 21, 2003, 02:20:37 PM
I was wondering whether you could pray for me. I'm not sure whether I've got any faith at all, sometimes I believe and sometimes I just can't, however much I want to.

Dear Broken,

I will pray for you daily. I ask you to spend some quiet time reading your Bible. I think that Ephesians 1 might be a good place to start. You will find here the Gospel of God's Grace, God's Love for you, and God's Gift of a Personal Saviour for you, Jesus Christ. Jesus will accept you if you accept him. Even now, Jesus loves you and wants you to accept Him into your heart.

In between times of reading God's Holy Word, I ask you to look at the beauty of God's Creation. Walk in the park, look at the trees, look at the flowers, listen to the birds, and know the MAJESTY OF THEIR CREATOR, ALMIGHTY GOD. Go back to your Bible and know that you are reading God's Holy Word. Relax and try to enjoy the Peace and Beauty of ALMIGHTY GOD'S CREATION AND HIS HOLY WORD.

Ask Jesus to come into your heart as your Personal Saviour. Ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins, and HE WILL. Ask Jesus to guide and direct your life and pray from your heart that HE WILL GIVE YOU PEACE. Ask Jesus to have your life IN HIM; that HE will direct your path. I ask for these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
56730  Theology / Completed and Favorite Threads / Re:Eternal Security. on: April 20, 2003, 07:43:28 AM
Regardless how many feel on whether this is a great truth or not, (it wouldn't change it one iota) and we should  be shouting it from the rooftops, we should not let it slip away from us, and we be believe it, because we understand the teaching of it, and we teach it, because the next generation of soldiers of the cross need to understand it; it is a fou8ndational doctrine to our faith,  because it is grounded in the truth of the Living Word of God.

Oklahoma Howdy To Petro,

I believe this is the greatest truth and the greatest event of the Holy Bible and the history of mankind. I'm drinking a cup of coffee and getting ready to leave to spend Easter with my daughter and her family. There is no doubt at all that we serve a LIVING SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD.

If there is any doubt, it is on the part of man, NOT GOD. Another Christian friend uses the terms, DIE OR FLY. You are already aware that dying is for the lost and FLYING IS FOR GOD'S CHILDREN. He didn't expound further on FLYING, but I immediately recognized much more in these simple words. The pilot is JESUS, one worthy of complete faith and confidence. The flight is beautiful, safe, and secure in complete assurance of our safe destination. Our complete confidence should be shared with others so they may also FLY WITH JESUS. There should be no fear of FLYING, as there is joy from the beginning of the flight. Boarding is entry into his GLORIOUS LIGHT. We rest safe and secure in HIS POWERFUL MIGHT.

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