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Theology Forum / LITTLE KNOWN BIBLE FACTS
« on: Wed Jun 14, 2017 - 14:13:04 »
"On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”
“Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house.
But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”
“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.
” (Matt. 17:24-27)

Biblical Fact:  Did you know that the day after Peter caught the fish with the silver coin in it's mouth over 500 fishermen lined the shore? It's true.  ::smile::

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Theology Forum / Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus
« on: Tue Jun 06, 2017 - 14:32:59 »
I don't post here very often. I come in and read a few of the posts from time to time, and chime in occasionally. But I wanted to share something very important. We always need
to be reminding ourselves and others who the Lord is.  That sounds funny---but it is so true.  We need to remind ourselves continually of the actual character of the Lord. We are so
prone to fall under self-condemnation and guilt----or to feel that the Lord really doesn't care about us all that much.  So, let's remind ourselves today with a verse from Matthew 8:

"When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.  A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy."
(Matt. 8:1,2)

Sometimes we can actually believe that God has to be "begged" by us to do something. The leper says "IF you are willing...."   And we as believers, and children of God can
fall into that frame of mind. We believe we simply aren't "good enough" for God to do anything for us. Was the leper "good enough" to be healed? Absolutely not. He was healed
because Jesus was WILLING to heal him. We need to remind ourselves that GOD LOVES US DEEPLY.  Remember that the Lord laid aside His glory, and came to earth to die
on a cross because HE LOVED US SO MUCH. We forget that sometimes. As strange as that may seem, it is true. Our view of God becomes skewed, and we see Him as unwilling, when
He is fully willing to help us in every way.

How does this happen? How do we become blinded to the absolute graciousness of the Lord?  Because we take our eyes off of Jesus. We become consumed with "Biblical subjects", and "points of interest" and our eyes stray from the very ONE we should be considering and adoring. Listen to what the writer of Hebrews says:

"Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,  and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being". (Hebrews 8:1)

The main point the writer is making is to behold JESUS THE HIGH PRIEST who has sat down at the right hand of God for us. If we do not continually gaze upon Him we lose the right perspective. Because as Jesus said He and the Father are ONE. We know God's character by observing Jesus. The enemy seeks to get us to center our vision on things ABOUT Jesus, rather than Jesus Himself. For example, we could spend hours discussing baptism, or hell, or even prophecy, and not really be considering JESUS at all. Again, as the writer of Hebrews says:

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, FIXING OUR EYES UPON JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1,2)

Of course Christians can have discussions concerning all manner of things. But we always need to go back and get CENTERED again. Meditate upon the Savior and the cross---remind yourself of how much He loves you. Worship Jesus and thank Him for all that He has done. Look away unto Jesus and give Him the glory.  Praise the Lord for His great salvation and Grace!

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Theology Forum / The Lord Never Forgets
« on: Mon Dec 12, 2016 - 15:21:56 »
"But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you
!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me"
. (Is. 49:14-16)

I haven't posted for a while. But last night the Lord reminded me that He will never forget
us--that he will never give up on any of His dear children. 

Do you realize how loving a mother is to her newborn child? The Lord says that though she
may forget (a near impossibility) HE will never forget us.

We forget sometimes just how valuable we are to God. "I have engraved you on the palms of
my hands
". He died on a cross for each one of us---that is how much He loved each one of us.

The enemy tempts us to believe that we are meaningless--just mediocre specks of life. But God says
"I will never forget you".

The Lord blessed me with these thoughts, so I wanted to share them so you will be blessed also.
May the Lord bless you.

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Theology Forum / ALL OF GRACE
« on: Sat Apr 09, 2016 - 16:17:43 »
I am posting this on a different thread so I do not go off track too much on other threads here.  I was reading a Sermon last night by one of my favorite preachers,
C.H. Spurgeon, and I was struck with a thought I had not had before.  His sermon had to do with those who teach "salvation by works", and by that he does
not mean just a teaching of working oneself to Heaven. There are also those (and there are some on this board) who teach Grace + works = salvation and eternal life--
and Spurgeon addresses these people also.   If you can read the sermon through--even if you do not agree with the man, you will be blessed by it in other ways:

http://spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1534.pdf

But now to the point that struck me so profoundly. We often think of hell, or the Lake of Fire, and think of demons and fallen angels being the ones who will be the most
profoundly punished there. At least I have--I have thought of the awful terror that awaits the devil and his angels---and indeed the Bible says the "Lake of Fire" was
"prepared for them"(the fallen angels).

But Spurgeon brought up something I hadn't thought about before. I had often wondered when I read "The heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS and desperately wicked,
who can know it?"
(Jeremiah 17:9) How could this be? How could the heart be deceitful above ALL THINGS AND DESPERATELY WICKED? Had you ever wondered at that
verse also?  But then Spurgeon in this sermon points out something very striking.

GRACE is offered to men, not to angels. The Angels FELL in their wickedness and willfully chose to abandon God. But as far as we know God never offered them free
Grace to restore them to their estate. Hebrews states that Jesus did not die for angels, but for the seed of Abraham.  So who are the only agents that can REJECT God's Grace?
Men and Women. We are the only ones who can reject the offer of salvation through God's wonderful Grace.

God, through Christ, has elevated man (in eternity) to a HIGHER place than from which he fell. We shall judge angels!  But I had never thought of the DEPTHS to which man could
fall if he rejects the Grace of God. The judgment that falls on men who reject the death of Christ on the cross will be greater than that which falls on demons. And I had never thought
of that before.

We need to think of just how dastardly and horrible it is to reject God's offer of eternal life through Grace. God Himself left the throne of glory, became a man, and suffered a cruel death on
the cross, to allow enemies---hardened sinners, the opportunity to be saved from eternal ruin.  Now, imagine if a man REJECTS that offer.  That is a far more dastardly thing to do
than to fall from innocence as the fallen angels did. No wonder Hebrews 10:29 is so terrible. "Of how much greater punishment shall he be thought worthy, than he that has trodden under foot the Son of God, and done despite onto the Spirit of Grace?"

As I sat and thought about it I became increasingly amazed. I support Wycliffe Bible Translators.  They help to translate the Bible into languages that still await a Bible in their own heart felt languages. There are people who are literally "thirsting" for the Word of God.  But then, at the other end of the spectrum are people who have heard the Gospel over and over and over
again, even in many different translations.  They have received opportunity upon opportunity to receive Free Grace, and yet have continued to reject it.  How awful is that?  It is unimaginably
horrific.

And also imagine the man whom Christ comes to and says "I offer salvation and eternal life to you freely by Grace. There is nothing you can do to earn it---I want to give it to you if you will simply turn your heart, and receive it". Yet the man, thinking himself to be quite righteous rejects the offer and says "No thanks. I will work for my own salvation thank you".  Or, there is the other man who says "Let me help you save me Lord. I may not be completely righteous, but there is a lot of good in me. I will accept what you did on the cross, but my good works will add to what you did on that cross, and then I will finally arrive in Heaven".  And there are many who literally say this to Jesus.  When Jesus said "IT IS FINISHED" they deny it---and want to add some of THEMSELVES to the accomplishment of salvation.

What is truly terrible is that these people are also REJECTING a gift that can only be received FREELY.  And many of these people have been offered Grace over and over and over and over again, yet still reject it, thinking that there is something in themselves that will "help" save them.  They have not put their FULL TRUST in JESUS ALONE.  As I read this Sermon, and also the book of Galatians the night before I was struck at how closely what Paul warns of in Galatians is being warned also to the listeners of this Preacher in the 1800's.

And I would warn and exhort those who come to this board to avoid teaching that takes away from the Glory of what Jesus did on the cross for us, and points to our works and efforts instead. Any teaching that states that eternal life must be "earned", "obtained" or "maintained" by us is preaching a different Gospel.  I state this because the Bible warns us that in the last days will come many false teachers--it's interesting to see that Jude is right before the book of Revelation--as kind of a warning that false teaching will immediately proceed the coming of the Lord.  The Gospel message is a pure message of Grace. Hallelujah!

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General Discussion Forum / Apology
« on: Thu Jul 30, 2015 - 13:28:36 »
StarofDavid----

Though I really do believe you are completely off-base with your prophecy cards, etc., I do apologize for a couple
of posts I have made that displayed bad taste. The humor was at your expense, and was uncalled for. I'm sorry--
may God bless you and yours.

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End Times Forum / Just Coincidence?
« on: Fri May 15, 2015 - 18:38:37 »
On another thread I mentioned something that I find extremely intriguing--and it becomes even more intriguing the more I think about
it. What I find so incredibly amazing is the Dead Sea scrolls themselves, and when they were found:

The Dead Sea Scrolls, in the narrow sense of Qumran Caves Scrolls, are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves from the immediate vicinity of the ancient settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank. (from Wikipedia)

The reason I find it so intriguing and amazing is the timing of this find. Think about it for a moment. God tells us in the Old Testament that He will one day gather His people into their own land once again. It is predicted over and over again, and is really the foundation stone of prophecy pointing to the return of Jesus Christ.

The Jewish Temple and the nation of Israel were completely destroyed in 70 A.D. and the Jews were scattered to the four corners of the earth. For nearly 2000 years they wandered, without a real home, and were persecuted severely throughout the world.  The Hebrew language became virtually extinct--and the thought that these people could one day form a nation, and that the Hebrew language would come alive again was considered nearly impossible.  On May 14, 1948 Israel declared independence, and in one day a nation was born again.

This was incredible enough.  But consider this----some Jews (most likely the Essenes) hid almost a thousand jars, filled with scrolls, in caves hastily, very close to the time of the 70 AD destruction of the Temple. These scrolls remained hidden for nearly 2000 years also! These scrolls contain scriptures from the Old Testament---and several of them, from Isaiah, prove that God's Word has remained intact through the ages.

Imagine that if you will----these jars remained UNTOUCHED for nearly 2000 years in caves! Wouldn't you think that SOMEONE would have stumbled upon these artifacts during ALL OF THAT TIME??  2000 years mind you----and no one discovered these hidden jars (nearly a thousand of them)--and if someone did---they didn't tell anyone at all.  And when were they discovered?  1946/1947 was the major find. What happened one year later? Israel became a nation again.

The more I think about this the more I realize that it is impossible for me to say it was just a coincidence. What are the odds that Jewish scriptures could remain hidden for the same length of time that Israel was NOT a nation--and then be found a year before that same nation is re-established?

This was the Hand of God for sure! He preserved His Word in those caves, only to be discovered when He once again restored Israel as a nation at almost the exact same time!  I don't know about you---but I find this to be truly amazing---and makes me thankful I am alive at such a key time in history. But man is so blind that he refuses to acknowledge such a miracle!  The odds of these two things happening simultaneously (Israel restored, ancient Jewish scriptures discovered---both after nearly 2000 years) is astronomical.  Praise God we are alive right now!  We are living in a truly amazing time on earth.  We are so privileged to be Christians!

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Theology Forum / The Main Point
« on: Wed Apr 08, 2015 - 12:35:10 »
"Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being". (Hebrews 8:1)

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:1,2)

One very important way to know if we are being led by the Spirit of God is to ask ourselves where we are looking, and where our hope is placed. In John 16
Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will continually and constantly point to Jesus and what He said, and who He is.

It is so important for us to be looking away onto Jesus. It is so important for us to consider what he has DONE for us, and what He also is CONTINUING to DO for us right now:

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them". (Hebrews 7:25)

Right now, at this very moment, Jesus is praying for you. We have a tendency to get so entangled in ourselves, and in the world around us. Everything seems
so important to us. The thorns (cares of this life) can choke us and distract us from what is REALLY IMPORTANT. Sometimes we need to just stop and remember what the main point of our lives is---as Christians we are here to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and lead others to Him so they might glorify Him also! Sometimes we need to stop--and like David did--- "encourage ourselves in the Lord".

Remember how much Jesus loves you. He died on a cross for you. He rose from the dead for you. And right now he is interceding for you. We need to stir up the hope we have within ourselves:

"But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel". (Hebrews 12:22-24)

Let's encourage one another! We have an extremely blessed hope! We have an extremely blessed Lord!  And we ourselves are extremely privileged to be Christians, and Children of God! We should do as the writer of Hebrews encourages us to do:

"let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:1)

Let's throw off the concerns for this world, and fix our eyes on Jesus today.---because He has His eyes fixed on us.

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Theology Forum / FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
« on: Thu Mar 26, 2015 - 23:12:46 »
"Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love". (1 Corinthians 13:13)

I read this verse today and something kind of jumped out at me that I hadn't really thought of before. It says that Faith, Hope
and Love will last FOREVER. I understand clearly why love would last forever, but faith and hope got me thinking. Then I
also remembered these verses:

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6,7)

And this thought came to mind: Will Heaven be a continual unfolding of more and MORE Glory--what I mean is just when you think you have experienced more glory than you could possibly handle, there will be more? And then more.  And then more?  Will the Glorious Hope we have, which fills us with joy unspeakable, actually grow greater and greater throughout eternity?  Will faith last forever because we will BELIEVE that even greater things are in store for us as eternity passes (due to God's promises?)  I'm not sure if I am explaining this very well.  What I mean is that is it possible that eternity will be an experience that actually gets BETTER AND BETTER as we enter into it--while hell may be just the opposite---eternally growing WORSE and WORSE?

Or do you believe the eternal state will be final, with no more growth?  Just curious---strange question I know--but I think the thought of FAITH HOPE AND LOVE lasting forever and ever is amazing!  ::smile::

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Theology Forum / THE FAITHFUL LORD
« on: Mon Mar 23, 2015 - 15:53:21 »
The Lord is so faithful to us. I read this Psalm today, and just had
to share it. There are so many things to be thankful to God for! Even
if we are going through rough times we can be assured that the Lord
has heard our cry, and is fully aware of everything that is coming our
way. Stop for a moment and just praise the Lord for who He is today!


"I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name

For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.


All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;

But the proud He knows from afar.


Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever
;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands". (Psalm 138:8)

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Theology Forum / AMAZING GRACE
« on: Sun Dec 07, 2014 - 22:28:12 »
I had recently spent time on a similar post that was lost due to a computer glitch. Unfortunately, I didn't save it, so I have to
re-post again from memory. The post has to do with the utterly amazing Grace of God, and how much we take it all for granted,
or simply forget about all that we have in Christ as Christians.

Our very physical existence is a GIFT of God.  Our consciousness, senses, emotions and temperament are all something God
has GIVEN to us.  How often do we truly thank God for just being alive at all? Life is an amazing Gift of Grace. But then we con-
tinue in life, and we experience nature around us, which is a GIFT of GOD. Sometimes the beauty of the mountains, streams, forests,
and other wonders we behold are almost overwhelming to us in their very beauty! We did nothing to deserve to see these things! It is pure
GRACE that has allowed us to be alive and enjoy life.

But we then have relationships. We are able to experience and comprehend LOVE when we meet and marry our spouses, and when we have the marvelous experience of having children. These are all GIFTS OF GRACE to us.  I have listed but a few things in our NATURAL lives that come from Grace alone, and in which we should be truly grateful, though the list goes on and on and on.

But, even though we enjoy these things, we are all in a FALLEN state. God revealed in many ways, especially in the last Covenant with man that we are failures. We are sinners unable to approach God. There was no way we could be redeemed unless HE HIMSELF did something. And what is truly amazing is that God waited 4000 thousand years (of recorded history) to come to earth Himself. By this time so much wrath was stored up that we ALL should have been destroyed! But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!!

Remember the Host of the Wedding in Cana?  Jesus turned the (6) water pots of water into wine and then had it served to the guests. The host said "You have saved the best for last!" And indeed, God really did save the best for last when he came to this earth to redeem us.  We did not DESERVE this in any way. But God left his throne of glory, and came to earth, to be incarnated as a man just like us. This was AN ABSOLUTE GIFT OF GRACE from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. None of us could ever say that they were worthy enough for Jesus to die for them---no one.

And by doing this Jesus bore our sins, and tore the veil in the Temple in half, opening a way for us to come to the very throne of God Himself! "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life". (John 3:16) This was a GIFT given purely from the love of God to us.

When we open our hearts to Christ, and believe in Him, and what He has done for us, we become NEW CREATIONS in Christ. We receive new hearts, and turn from what we did in the past--we can no longer practice what we did before. We stumble at first, but as we begin to walk, the former things we did have less and less power in our lives. This is also a GIFT OF GRACE.  We are "born-again" at salvation (Titus 3:5-7, Eph. 2:8,9), and become children of God (1 John 3:1,2), and we are given the Gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).  God now deals with us as HIS DEAR CHILDREN--we have been "transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light".  He begins to lead us as a Shepherd with His rod and His staff, chastising us when necessary, but pouring upon us GRACE IMMEASURABLE. We absolutely do not deserve one drop of this Grace---but he pours an ocean of it upon us in forgiveness, restoration and life.

But----after all of this Grace has been bestowed, God has still more Grace to bestow upon us as PROVISION for our walk as Christians. Here are just a few of these AMAZING things:

1. THE WORD OF GOD; This is ENTIRELY A GIFT OF GOD TO ALL MEN, but especially to believers. The Word itself leads us to become believers, but is also "manna" for us in our daily walk. This book contains 'EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES that by these ye may put on the divine nature and escape the pollution that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4).  God has also Blessed us with ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN THE HEAVENLIES IN CHRIST" (Eph. 1:3)   The Word of God is entirely a Gift of Grace to us----it is God's own word--it is nothing we deserve, and we should praise God daily for this gift.

2. THE ARMOUR OF GOD: Please note that it is "God's Armour" and not ours. As a gift of Grace God gives to each believer His own armour. We can be protected in no other way. If we attempt to construct our own armour we will fail. We have to put on the armour GOD HAS GIVEN TO US: SALVATION, RIGHTEOUSNESS, TRUTH, THE GOSPEL, FAITH AND THE WORD OF GOD. This armour is an amazing provision, and can only be a GIFT OF GOD.  Will we use the armour and one day receive reward, or will we be lazy and not use it, resulting in shame before the BEMA seat? We have the opportunity to do great things for God---and He wants us to do just that!  That is why he would provide us with such provisions!

3. THE ANGELS: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation? (Heb. 1:14) Not only does God freely give us His Word, and His Armour, he also sends forth spiritual helpers and protectors to help us on our way. Read Psalm 91 and see what huge provision God has made to us through these beings.  Do we deserve in any way that these beings be sent to watch over us? Absolutely not.  IT IS A GIFT OF GRACE ALONE.  But God so greatly wants us to live victorious lives, that he sends helpers to strengthen us along the way.

4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: UTTERLY AMAZING GRACE!!  God Himself comes to LIVE WITHIN ME! "Greater is He that IS in you, than He that is in the world" (1 John 4:4) When we are born-again the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us and we are regenerated as His Children. He then comforts, convicts, causes us to remember Scripture, gives wisdom, guides and enlightens us.  He does far more than this--he is an INFINITE GOD living within me!  Now---think of that----God gives us eternal life, salvation, regeneration, the Word of God, The Armour of God, and the Angels (besides myriads of other things I have not listed) completely as GIFTS OF GRACE.

5. OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST: HOSANNAH! PRAISE THE LORD FOREVER! WHAT WONDERFUL AND STUPENDOUS GRACE IS GIVEN TO US IN JESUS!  Jesus, RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, is at God's right hand PRAYING FOR YOU! Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus is "able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, seeing that HE EVER LIVES TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR THEM".  The same Lord who prayed for Peter is praying for you!  He knew Peter would stumble and deny Him, but he prayed for him anyway that "his faith not fail". We may all stumble in many different ways, but if we truly belong to God as one of His children we can never fall eternally. How can I say that?  Because Jesus is praying for every believer!  "All that the Father gives to me WILL COME TO ME" and "He that comes to me will in no wise (not for any reason) be cast out"!: (John 6:37)

Have you just become a Christian? REJOICE! Look at the GRACE God is pouring out upon you!  God doesn't want us to fail! God isn't looking for loopholes to keep us from the Kingdom.  "He that spared not HIS OWN SON, but delivered him up FOR US ALL, how shall He not also through Him give us All things?" (Romans 8:32)

Are you someone that has been a Christian for a while, and may have backslidden or lost your joy?  Meditate on the things listed above--look at all that GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN TO YOU.  God will pardon and forgive---He did not leave His throne in Heaven so that you could believe and then be lost------NO----he came from Heaven to ETERNALLY REDEEM YOU!

"I know the thoughts I think towards you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jer. 29:11)

Rejoice my Christian brother and sister! Rejoice! God did not start something in you and not intend to finish it.  Be thankful to God! Look at all the AMAZING OUTPOURING OF GRACE he bestows on each one of us! Take hold of these amazing promises of God. God WANTS you to have assurance. God WANTS you to KNOW that you HAVE eternal life! (1 John 5:13)

"Through God WE SHALL do valiantly, FOR HE IT IS that shall tread down our enemies!" (Psalm 108:13)

Praise the Lord. As Paul said "WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US".

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General Discussion Forum / Angels
« on: Thu Dec 04, 2014 - 15:18:11 »
Have you ever seen one? Hebrews 1:14 says they are sent to minister unto us.  Have you ever had anything happen to you that
made you think an angel intervened? The Bible says that some may have entertained angels without realizing it. Just interested in
your thoughts.

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Forum Issues and User Help / THREAD MISSING
« on: Thu Dec 04, 2014 - 09:59:43 »
I have revised my post.  It was explained to me that the board had technical difficulties yesterday, and the thread
was lost.   I will get my thoughts together and re-post it again in a day or so.

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End Times Forum / OCCUPY TILL I COME
« on: Wed Oct 17, 2012 - 14:49:21 »
http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/occupy_till_i_come.htm

Occupy Till I Come  by J.C. Ryle

Please note that this man died in the year 1900---but FULLY EXPECTED Israel to be regathered as a nation again.  If you have the time, please read this article----this warns against the teaching of preterism---and it does so back before the year 1900.  It warns us to expect the return of Christ--and the gentleman, J.C. Ryle, is a very intelligent and spirit-filled man.

I recommend reading this article, and keeping in mind once again---it was written before the year 1900.(Israel became a nation again in 1948).  He was scoffed at back then--for teaching such a notion--that Israel would become a nation again.  But he is sincere in his teaching that we not make the same mistake the Jews made----they saw their "Messiah" in prophecy--but missed seeing the cross.  They saw the crown, but not the cross.

We should not make the same mistake, and see the cross, but not the crown(the reverse)----- and miss seeing in scripture the clear teaching of the return of Christ to earth physically in the Second Coming.  It is a great article.


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End Times Forum / You Shall Eat
« on: Thu Jul 12, 2012 - 12:53:08 »
YOU SHALL EAT OR FEEL THE WRATH



1/7/2008 at Sizzler's restaurant----A message given to Fish153 for his son Timmy, and all at the table who have ears to hear.

Behold Timmy, before you is a plate of plenty, which contains a steak medium rare, a skewer with several grilled shrimp, and a baked potato. And before you also, my daughter Carol, appears a plate of like sustanence prepared for you by the Lord.  Take heed son and daughter and hear the words of your father,  for they are inspired words, and not to be ignored or looked upon with scorn. Hear and do not turn back.

You shall devour all that is put in front of you my children, or you will suffer my wrath.  It is a wrath that grows from observing other unfinished meals placed before the two of you, though you have heard my words and my complaints. And you shall not forget the baked potato, nor the butter and sour cream which accompanies it, or you will bear the brunt of my bitterness towards  faithless and unthankful children.

Behold you have scorned my words, as devilish children, and failed to completely eat the steaks prepared for you. And thus you will feel the rod of my wrath, and tears shall be your drink of choice.  For you are disobedient children--ungrateful children, who have strayed far from the disciplined words of a loving father. Woe to you, and to all who will not eat everything that is put on the plate before them!  Woe to them, for they visit the salad bar, and then fail to consume what they have chosen, and waste what has been put upon their plates!  



I shall surely visit them with a belt of leather, and words of anger when we arrive at our dwelling place, as they have failed to heed the word to eat all that is placed in front of them. They shall suffer the consequences of their ungodly choices.



Behold, it has been spoken, and it shall come to pass.

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Theology Forum / The Good Shepherd
« on: Wed Mar 07, 2012 - 11:42:40 »
"He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit
".(Psalm 147:4,5)




The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.

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Chat with Moderators / To the Moderators
« on: Mon Jan 09, 2012 - 22:06:22 »
God bless you!  ::smile:: 

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Theology Forum / Wonderful Lord Jesus
« on: Thu Jan 05, 2012 - 22:41:11 »
"Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.

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Prayer Requests Online and Praise Reports / Prayer for brother in law
« on: Tue Dec 20, 2011 - 13:49:02 »
Please pray for my brother-in-law Robert. They have transferred him from the hospital to "hospice".  He is extremely weak (kidney disease) and very close to the end. It is heart-breaking to see a person who once was so strong reduced to a 90 lb. frame.

I appreciate all prayers for him--that the Lord would comfort him and give him peace.

Thank you.

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Theology Forum / Fairest Lord Jesus
« on: Sat Oct 22, 2011 - 23:36:25 »
There is a very old hymn I was thinking of today---we used to sing it
a lot in a church I attended years ago.  But I wanted to share it because
it is all about Jesus.  We can get into all kinds of discussions sometimes
about theology, and our eyes can lose their focus on who is our all in all
as Christians.  After all, the joy of Heaven isn't the golden streets, or the
trees with different fruits, or the river of water of life, or even the city itself-
the joy of Heaven is JESUS.  As another hymn says "Where Jesus is, tis heaven
there
".

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us.  And thank you for always being willing to start over with us when we fail or fall.  You are always filled with compassion towards us, and willing to heal us. Our prayer is that we could love you more and bring honor to you.  Create in us a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within us.  Thank you for all of your wonderful blessings.

"And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed
". (Mark 1:38-40)

mod. ---I understand if this has to be moved to "devotionals"---I just wanted to post it a brief time here. -- Thanks.  ::smile::

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RPG Characters / Skippy
« on: Thu Oct 20, 2011 - 23:21:05 »
Name: Skippy (he calls himself "Thkippy" due to a lisp)
Age:    12 years old
Gender:  male
Race:   Caucasian
Hair Color:  reddish-brown

He is short and chubby, ususally wearing red shorts that are a bit too small
for him, and a white T-shirt that says "Winner" on the front, covered with
numerous catsup and chocolate stains. The T-shirt is also a bit too small for
him, showing a hint of his belly fat between the shirt and the top of his pants.
He almost always has a Twinkie in one hand,  and an I-phone in the other, on which he plays
numerous computer games. He wears horn-rimmed glasses with extremely
thick lenses, and he has a habit of adjusting the glasses upon his nose every
few minutes or so. He wears tennis shoes that are a size too big, and continually
untied.

He talks constantly, and says such things as "Hi, I'm Thkippy. Thometimes I eat theeth twinkieeth becauth I'm alwayth tho hungry". He annoys his parents so badly that they often give him money for candy and
allow him to roam the streets where he lives.

But Skippy does have one amazing "thing" which he carries around with him.  It is a magical backpack that literally produces anything he needs when he asks for it. He doesn't realize what a treasure he has in this backpack and it's awesome powers. He is literally a potential super-hero without realizing it. He has rescued several people out of dangerous situations while eating a twinkie, and keeping his eye on the I-phone at the same time.

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RPG New Worlds and Fantasy / Evergaard
« on: Fri Sep 16, 2011 - 00:10:58 »

http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/rpg-character/raleigh-swift/msg1054619614/#msg1054619614

In a small town called Stonesthrow, in a small house made of Barrow-wood, lived
a man named Raleigh Swift . Raleigh had lived in this house since he was quite young,
when he had been abandoned in front it, and taken in and cared for by
the woman who lived there, Maggie Swift.  To Raleigh Maggie was his mother, and he
loved her deeply. He would do anything to protect her.

She was older now, and gray-haired, and Raleigh took care of her now, rather than her
taking care of Raleigh. They lived in the county of Trune, which is in the southeast corner
of the land of Evergaard; the largest kingdom in the Territory of the Kings of Matrona.

..to be continued

**Admin-----I don't know how to turn my character name into a link so that one can
go back and see description of character.  Can you explain how to do that?

(Fish, this is how I did it. per Larry2.............go to your characters "bio" page, right click on the name, select the shortcut option, come back to this page and choose a spot to "paste" in the link..............p.rehbein)

 ::smile::
(I'm trying to work up a character that will fit into your storyline.............  ::pondering::)


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RPG Characters / Raleigh Swift
« on: Wed Sep 14, 2011 - 14:27:08 »
Name: Raleigh Swift
Age: Unknown (left on doorstep of Maggie Swift when just a youngster)
Gender: Male
Race: White
Hair Color: Brown with wisps of gray
Personality: Guarded, but willing to pursue any adventure--friendly,
joyful, though he has a habit of unknowingly insulting others with his
bluntness.  A free spirit.
Bio (history):   Left standing on the porch of Maggie Swift when he was a youngster, and she raised him.  An excellent archer and swordsman, he was involved in the battle of the Two Woods, where he slew 2 giant Trolls, and also slew an ogre with a sling from 100 yards away.


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General Discussion Forum / Wireless Mouse Question
« on: Fri Sep 09, 2011 - 10:01:55 »
I was wondering whether anyone might be able to help with a small problem I have been having lately.  I just bought a new laptop a couple of weeks ago, and with it a wireless mouse.   It worked fine for the first week, but now keeps freezing when I start up my system (the arrow is frozen in one place and won't move).

I find that if I take out the battery from the mouse, re-insert it, and then unplug and re-plug the wi-fi(?) unit back into the lap top the mouse then breaks free and starts working again.   But now I have to do this every time I start up my computer.

Is it the mouse itself, or could the computer be failing to see the mouse until I re-do everything each time?  It's very aggravating---just wondering if anyone has had this problem, and how to resolve it.   Thanks for any help anyone can give.
 ::smile::

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Theology Forum / Return to the Lord
« on: Wed Aug 31, 2011 - 11:55:52 »
I read this verse this morning and wanted to share. God dearly loves His children and constantly seeks them out if they wander, and calls to them to return.

"Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come to you; for you are the LORD our God". (Jer. 3:22 KJV)

"Come back, you children who have been turned away, and I will take away your desire for wandering. See, we have come to you, for you are the Lord our God". (Jer. 3:22  Bible in basic English)

Are you a wanderer? Are you one of God's children who came to this board today, but in your heart you know you are not walking closely with God?  Perhaps you have wandered very far from God.  Or maybe you are walking with the Lord, but you have allowed other things to cramp the close fellowship you used to have with Him.

The Lord is calling to you to return.  He is coming soon! And He wants to reward you on that day! He dearly loves you and is seeking you out---the very fact you think of Him is because He is thinking of you first!

Our enemy always accuses---He accuses us to God---and accuses God to us. "You think after what you've done you can come back to God?  Do you really think God is going to forgive you?  Do you really believe God can still love you? You're crazy if you think YOU can return to God after all of your unfaithfulness!!"  This is his modus operandi--He is the accuser of the brethren. But don't listen to that voice---listen to God Himself instead:

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious
slow to anger, abounding in love.
 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us
" (Psalm 103: 8-12)

If you are a wanderer, return to the Lord today.  Confess your wayward ways, and return to the Lord.  He loves you, and He can change your heart. He can heal your wandering ways. He is calling you by name!

"Come back, you children who have been turned away, and I will take away your desire for wandering. See, we have come to you, for you are the Lord our God". (Jer. 3:22  Bible in basic English)




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Videos, Forwards, Jokes and Games / Are you ready?
« on: Wed Aug 10, 2011 - 23:08:54 »
I ran into this video tonight, and though the artists are most likely not Christians, the
song message is great.  Some great guitar playing too buy Jeff Beck:

Small | Large

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Theology Forum / Man of the Tombs I was
« on: Thu Jul 28, 2011 - 10:23:55 »
I was reading in Mark 5 about the Man of the Tombs.  Jesus makes a trip over to the Gadarenes for the express purpose of freeing the man from His demon possession (another account says there were two demon possessed men, but Mark centers on this one fellow).  The man breaks his shackles and cannot be held for long---he cries at night in fear and grief, and cuts himself with stones.  He is hopeless.

But then Jesus appears and changes all that. (Mark 5:1-20)  Does this sound a bit like your own life before you were saved?  You may not have physically cut yourself with stones, but we all cut ourselves internally with guilt and shame, and are completely hopeless until Jesus comes to free us.  It reminded me of this song by Bob Bennett---if you get a chance to listen to it do so--it is beautiful:

MAN OF THE TOMBS
Bob Bennett
© 1989 Matters Of The Heart Music (ASCAP)


Man of the tombs
He lives in a place where no one goes
And he tears at himself
And lives with a pain that no one knows
He counts himself dead among the living
He knows no mercy and no forgiving
Deep in the night he's driven to cry out loud
Can you hear him cry out loud?

Man of the tombs
Possessed by an unseen enemy
He breaks every chain
And mistakes his freedom for being free
Shame and shamelessness equally there
Like a random toss of a coin in the air
Man of the tombs, he's driven to cry out loud

   Underneath this thing that I've become
   A fading memory of flesh and blood
   I curse the womb, I bless the grave
   I've lost my heart, I cannot be saved
   Like those who fear me, I'm afraid
   Like those I've hurt, I can feel pain
   Naked now before my sin
   And these stones that cut against my skin
   Some try to touch me, but no one can
   For man of the tombs I am

Down at the shoreline
Two sets of footprints meet
One voice is screaming
Other voice begins to speak
In only a moment and only a word
The evil departs like a thundering herd
Man of the tombs, he hears this cry out loud

   Underneath this thing that you've become
   I see a man of flesh and blood
   I give you life beyond the grave
   I heal your heart, I come to save
   No need to fear, be not afraid
   This Man of sorrows knows your pain
   I come to take away your sin
   And bear it's marks upon My skin
   When no one can touch you, still I can
   For Son of God I am

Dressed now and seated
Clean in spirit and healthy of mind
Man of the tombs
He begs to follow, but must stay behind
He'll return to has family with stories to tell
Of mercy and madness, of heaven and hell
Man of the tombs, soon he will cry out loud

   Underneath this thing that I once was
   Now I'm a man of flesh and blood
   I have a life beyond the grave
   I found my heart, I can now be saved
   No need to fear, I am not afraid
   This Man of sorrows took my pain
   He comes to take away our sin
   And bear it's marks upon His skin
   I'm telling you this story because
   Man of the tombs I was




Praise Jesus for his infinite love for us!  He seeks us out and saves us.  What a wonderful Savior!

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Theology Forum / Lovingkindness of God
« on: Tue Jul 19, 2011 - 18:31:20 »
"Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD
". (Jer. 9:22-24)

It's wonderful to note that in the verse above God puts lovingkindness first in his list of things he "delights" in.  He'd much rather be merciful to us than judge us. And don't we see that clearly in Jesus coming to die for us while we were "yet sinners"?  What an amazing God!
Praise God for his Lovingkindess!   ::smile::
 

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Belief in the trinity is not the same thing as belief in the divinity of Christ.  
One can affirm the latter without the former.

It's one thing to not understand the Trinity but a whole 'nother to deny it.
To deny it is to oppose and deny
1. What Christ said of Himself
2. What the Scriptures say of Him
3. The reason He was crucified

Yes, the divinity of Christ sure is a separate issue than the Trinity.

Gospel, I'm puzzled about your point 3 above ...

I'm of the opinion that God's Plan to save some of mankind entailed
producing a sinless human to die for all of the sins of mankind.
And I'm sure it was a continuation of God's blood covenants also.
I don't see why this person had to be fully God, or half God - half man, etc.

Of course, Scripture says that He was fully God,
but I'd like someone to explain to me WHY He needed to be.


John----

The Bible says that Jesus bore the sins of "THE WHOLE WORLD".  That's billions of people.  How could a mere man bear the sins of billions of people?  The Father poured out eternal wrath (He would be just in sending us to eternal hell if Jesus had not died for us) upon the Son.   The Son had to be eternal to bear the eternal wrath of the Father.  Jesus HAD to be both God and man to redeem millions of souls.

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Theology Forum / God's Understanding
« on: Fri May 13, 2011 - 14:20:27 »
I read these verses this morning and they really
encouraged me, and thought I'd share:


"Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name
.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit
". (Ps. 147:1-5)

Astronomers have stated that there are more galaxies (each of them with millions of stars) than there are sands on all the beaches in the world!  Imagine that!

Yet---the Psalm above says God has names for EACH star.  God's understanding is infinite.  Jesus said that He calls "his sheep by name" also.

Sometimes we feel God is so far away, or isn't really intimately interested in us.  But God is intimately interested in EVERYTHING He creates.

To think that this God left His throne of Glory to die on a cross for me?  God's love is amazing!


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Theology Forum / Treasure
« on: Fri Apr 29, 2011 - 14:45:15 »
I read this last night and thought this was a very interesting passage:

"At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery.  Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?

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Theology Forum / Letter from Purgatory
« on: Wed Apr 20, 2011 - 11:28:51 »
I received the following e-mail from an old friend of mine. I guess I stand
corrected.  There really is a Purgatory.  I have to tell you I was really sur-
prised that it existed, and that my friend was there.  Here's his letter:

Dear Fish----

You had asked me if I could confirm (since I have passed on from your world) if Purgatory really does exist. I can assure you that it does, and man am I tired.  Just 237 years to go now. They have a version of the Sistine Chapel here, and it is my job to clean every inch of the place using a toothbrush and my own spit.

It's pretty mundane, and taxing physically, but what adds to the discomfort is the constant smell of burnt popcorn, the continual sound of babies crying, mixed with a radio blaring through speakers  that are caught between two different stations; the
static is really irritating; The whole place is also covered with sopping wet carpet that has the smell of mildew.

Since we are all being purified, some dude comes by every hour on the hour and blasts me with a flame-thrower.  It hurts like heck---but it is for my own good I'm told. But going through that for the next 237 years is really going to be an ordeal--hope I can make it.

Well, gotta get going now--we eat once a day, and tonight's enchilada night. Every Wednesday, it's enchiladas---stuffed wtih dill pickles and marmalade, and topped with rancid mustard.  We have three minutes to eat them or we get smacked on the hands with these gigantic wooden rulers.  Thanks for asking about me Fish---there's only one computer down here, so I might be able to e-mail you again in about 28 years.



All the best,  Murph

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Theology Forum / Bible Tidbit
« on: Thu Jun 10, 2010 - 14:42:15 »
"Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6-10)

I read this this morning and found it very interesting.  Note how Luke (who wrote ACTS) speaks of "they" when referring to Paul and his companions.  Then, the Holy Spirit will not allow them to go in two different directions (Asia and Bithynia) so they come to a city called Troas.  Paul has the vision in Macedonia at that point. At this point in the book of Acts there is a change in Luke's description of events.  He himself is now part of the events.

Now, note when they leave for Macedonia Luke says "WE got ready"---it changes at that point from "they" to "we" in Lukes account.  The Spirit had led Paul to Luke in Troas (he would not allow them to go in two other directions for a good reason)----Luke now joins Paul and the others and becomes an eyewitness to the events from that point on, and eventually writes the book of Acts.
I found that to be very interesting and thought I'd share.

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