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General Discussion Forum / Re: Any Snake Handlers ? Thoughts
« Last post by Free Christian on Yesterday at 07:58:49 PM »
"Well, that's the funny thing about the spirit..if you ever have it come over you, you will feel nothing but bliss and no harm can come to you.."
Acts 7 vs 55 to 60!?
If one listened to what is said in the Bible, Ephesians 6 v 11 to 17, then there would not even be any need to worry about such things be they real or not.
General Discussion Forum / FB
« Last post by JERRY C on Yesterday at 07:34:23 PM »

no, this is NOT about FaceBook!

it is about "faith-builders" and "faith-blockers".

what would you add to the list of things that help and/or hurt your faith?
what helps you believe?  what makes you doubt?

here is a start.  (maybe add-to/comment-on the list using the numbering system?!   ::pondering::  )

FB – Faith-Builders and Faith-Blockers

1.    Faith-Builders
1.1.   Scripture reading
1.2.   Answered prayer – track-history
1.3.   OT stories/NT stories “…these written for …”
1.4.   Xn music. Eph.5; Col.3
1.5.   Xn friends/fellowship
1.6.   Product of prayer – “…Lord, I believe; help my unbelief….”
1.7.   Spiritual gift?! 1Cor.12, CTB types?
1.8.   Long steady walk of faith. “…raise my Ebenezer…” “…run with perseverance…”
1.9.   Good preaching
1.10.   Bible class
1.11.   X
1.12.   X

2.   Faith-Blockers
2.1.   Personal sin
2.2.   Different voices – Muslim, Hindu… ; Mark Black “…took debate; believer all and nothing…”
2.3.   Life problems – job, auto, house
2.4.   Divorce
2.5.   Death – wife, child, parent
2.6.   Crime victim – rape, assault
2.7.   Liars – TV evangelists
2.8.   Unfairness – good guys lose?!
2.9.   War – Nazarenes
2.10.   Old age – “…seek Him in youth before days come…” Eccl.
2.11.   Bad health
2.12.   Success/beauty/brains
2.13.   X
2.14.   X

Theology Forum / Re: 1 Corinthians 2:2
« Last post by e.r.m. on Yesterday at 07:33:37 PM »
Look Up,
               I think you nailed it when you said Paul spoke about Jesus being the Messiah.
The following refers to Paul trip to Corinth:
Acts 18:1, 5, 7 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. [5] When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.

Other than Jesus crucified, this is what Paul preached.
Catholic Forum / Re: 17th century sermon about Tyranny
« Last post by Saint Misbehavin on Yesterday at 07:09:57 PM »
Dear Winsome,

Thank you for your response.

 More than likely Sweeting was of the Protestant persuasion, and I would bet if he was a partisan in the English civil war, he favored the House of Commons section of Parliament, over the King.  This is THE one protestant sermon I can whole heartedly agree with, especially in regard to tyrants in general, and murderous tyrants in particular.

I was hoping to get some feedback from my fellow Catholics about the message itself, if we can somehow get past the problem of it probably being composed by a Protestant.

The core of the message something that I can gather only by taking the scriptures as a whole and is not so succinctly stated in any particular verse of the Bible that I know of, i.e. that God is never the patron of any unjust power, nor of any injustice (whatsoever) for that matter.

What do other Catholics think about this core message?
Theology Forum / Re: 1 Corinthians 2:2
« Last post by e.r.m. on Yesterday at 07:08:35 PM »
                  2 Cor. 7:10 doesn't say anything to the effect of

Christ crucified is the beginning of knowledge that brings us to Gods grace. Without knowledge of Christ crucified there can be no repentance.

Your commentary cannot be substituted for Scripture. Show a scripture that says that.

I'm not as much interested in how you translate that verse into what you said. I'm interested in what the Bible says first?
Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by e.r.m. on Yesterday at 06:59:13 PM »
Theology Forum / Re: 1 Corinthians 2:2
« Last post by Charlie24 on Yesterday at 06:56:19 PM »

Without Christ crucified there is no church.
Exodus 19:5-6 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, [6] you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Without God's plan for his kingdom, there is no crucifixion.

Christ crucified is the beginning of knowledge that brings us to Gods grace. Without knowledge of Christ crucified there can be no repentance.
Says who?

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2Cor. 7:10

What is that Godly sorrow? Is it not knowing that Christ died for the sins you committed. Realizing you placed Christ on the cross.

Christ crucified is the beginning of understanding Gods plan.
Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by Nevertheless on Yesterday at 06:55:57 PM »
There is only one place in scripture that the phrase "faith alone" is found. It's in James. Any of you who are unfamiliar with the passage I'm referring to should look it up.

This goes beyond being selfish. I t screams stupidity and lunacy.

I heard her on the morning news this AM and she was saying this "quarantine " was against her civil liberties.

If that is so then what she is truly saying is that if I were to somehow obtain... this is an example only... a box of anthrax and managed to
fly over some mountainous area  and toss it into the wind that I should not be arrested and jailed because my arrest would go against my civil liberties as there is no way knowing that anyone would definitely be harmed from that.

For that matter, her civil liberty talk could be only the tip of a horrendous nightmare because every time we interrupt a terrorist we are also infringing on hie rights.

I would bet she is still getting paid. Who here would not love a 3 week paid vacation, even if it was in the confines of your home?
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