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|1||What is the "horn of my salvation"?||Ps 18:2||Country Girl||133556|
|I seem to recall it had something to do with the horn of the alter on which the sacrifice was made in the temple. Also the Jewish ritual including sprinkling blood on certain parts of the alter, including the horn.
In today's vernacular, those in contract law talk about and discuss the pros and cons of a particular court case and finally it's all summed up by asking/saying "What point of case law is the lawyer going to hang his hat?" That is to say when all is boiled down to the "crux" of the matter, what's the final point?
We humans, especially men like to say a "whole lot about a lot of nothing" but I like what King Solomon had to say about it all.
Eccl 12:9 In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.
Eccl 12:10 The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.
Eccl 12:11 The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.
Eccl 12:12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
Eccl 12:13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
Eccl 12:14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
Hope this helps and Blessings to you. Country Girl
|2||The Making of the King James Bible||Gen 1:1||Country Girl||133554|
|Thanks for your note. I'll have to check it out and think twice about paying for it. Looking forward to reading it regardless.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|3||is the seed non-human?||Dan 2:43||Country Girl||133532|
|I must admit this controversy about life from the test tube of a scientist sometime in the future is probably going to be a very severe problem for our generations in the future, maybe even our grandkids or our great-grandkids. Suffice it to say at the current rate of progress in this field of genetics, my wife and I were motivated to teach our boys as solid a faith in God as possible.
We talked about this at length and spent many nights in prayer about it. Here's the bottom line I presented to my family. Even when and if that day does appear and some strange new form of life does progress and graduate from a scientist's test tube, it won't shake my faith. That's because I read my Bible and in Genesis, it says "God created..." the whole universe and everything in it. That means He took nothing, an absolute void and created everything without the modern advent of science, tools and thousands of years of experienmentaion. To man, He gave the gift of intellect and the tools to make his world of tools and science. So this latest development of science doesn't shake my faith and I did my best to instill that same degree of devotion and faith in our sons.
That's about all I can recommend to all of us. Each of us must study and think about this because this storm of controversy is coming along with all the legal and moral consequences so we need to steel ourselves to anchor ourselves in our faith to God. I don't really think there will be much of a way of retarding this kind of progress as it's always been difficult to stop this kind of ocean of development with mankind in the past.
But we do need to cling to the "Rock of Ages" and train up our young people to do likewise. The continuing trend to disrepect God and leave Him behind in this scientific onslaught will not be pretty and I'm a big fan of science, astronomy, etc.
I do sincerely hope this post is helpful and somewhat uplifting to everyone reading it. God's people are all to be encouraged to be faithful. God bless. Rowdy
|4||Question for Rowdy....||Acts 2:38||Country Girl||133529|
|Prayon, dear friend
You already know there's no such verse in the Bible. One has to study the ways of God and then study the ways of the devil. For the simplest display of that contrast, we must go back to the Garden of Eden. There God told Adam and Eve they could eat of anything in the Garden EXCEPT for the fruit from the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge.
In such a scenario, God assumes since He is the Creator and we are the Created that we know how to respond and indeed Adam and Eve did obey. That is, they did so until Satan entered the picture and inserted one single word and of course that was NOT. He lied and deceived Adam, and most specifically Eve in that he said they would NOT die in spite of what God said. Remember, up until that point, Adam and Eve hadn't even looked at that fruit as there was no question but simple obedience. But when Satan put doubt in their minds, that's when they looked and saw the fruit "looked good for food."
Now in the same respect, we like Adam and Eve are given certain guidelines to follow to become a child of God as clearly stated in my posts. Then the devil enters the picture and "re-interprets" the Gospel message in man's mind so much so that he actually deceives himself into believing God will accept him in spite of its not being complete obedience. In this scenario, Satan puts doubt into the minds of men and we think "What's the sense of being dunked in a tub of water? How can that possibly save me from my sins?"
Whole generations are brought up on this re-interpreted Gospel so that young people are motivated to follow their parents or their mentors and develop their own theology. Thus the way of man, we (all of us, me included) are inclined to want to have things go our own way, it's the way we're brought up as humans. We all want to leave our mark on the world, to show our descendents where we lived, how we lived and why we did the things we did.
But in our most sober moment, i.e. on our deathbed, we begin to think "Did I do the things I did for my glory or for God's Glory? Am I actually going to be ready to meet my maker and endure the Judgment Bar of God?"
No, I'm afraid I can't quote you a verse that's going to satisfy your request. I can only refer you to the facts of the previous few posts and the scriptures in support thereof.
Have you ever thought about Noah and his predicament? He went through a 100 years plus of ridicule, simply obeying his God in building a huge boat, many miles from deep water. I'm sure he was probably tempted and thought "Lord, wonder if I do NOT build this boat. Won't you find another way to save me and my family?" Just a thought for you to consider. I'm sure to the whole world, other than his family, Noah's boat seemed just as silly as baptism does to you.
Sorry, but I do hope you'll reconsider your position in light of ALL of what God says on this matter. He'll certainly remind you on Judgment Day. God bless you, my friend. Keep studying and praying. Rowdy
|5||The Making of the King James Bible||Gen 1:1||Country Girl||133479|
|Emmaus, my friend
I noticed it's been a little over a month since your post on this subject. Do you have a digest for us? How about an evaluation? I might be interested in buying the book myself.
Let us know and Blessings to you. Country Girl
|6||explane the book of esther to me||Esth 1:1||Country Girl||133359|
|It seems that you left out the most dramatic climax of Ester's story. Haman (the bad guy) in the end get his just reward just like a modern movie.
Esth 9:20 Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far,
Esth 9:21 obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same month, annually,
Esth 9:22 because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
Esth 9:23 Thus the Jews undertook what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them.
Esth 9:24 For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the adversary of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to destroy them and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to disturb them and destroy them.
Esth 9:25 But when it came to the king's attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
I'll let you elaborate if you'd like. Blessings to you. Country Girl
|7||A New Perspective!??!||Bible general Archive 2||Country Girl||133274|
|I truly enjoyed reading your post in spite of your inserted difficulties:-) It was worth it. Thank you for focusing on the proper priorities.
This is the first time (that I can remember) you and I exchanged posts so I re-read your profile. Obviously you've lived a very full and productive life. I'm thankful we have you on the Forum.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|8||Why does God send storms?||Gen 3:17||Country Girl||133273|
|I like to think the storms in our world is God's way of trying to clean up the planet we humans have messed up so thoroughly. When one looks at all the awesome power and majesty that is shown throughout this world, we can only be impressed by God's talent.
Look at the wonderful way this planet is balanced with the perfect amount of gravity so in spite of spinning through the cosmos at thousands of miles per hour, you and I stay put. Look at the perfect way friction works so that our car brakes slow our cars down just like they're designed. All the science that's evident in our world forces one to draw a solid conclusion. God is in charge and He knows exactly what He's doing.
So, if He decides to send about 5-6 hurricanes out way, we have to trust Him and just "batten down the hatches" and endure. Our area is not in much danger of hurricanes but every single area of this planet is subject to some kind of danger. Ours is tonadoes. Some people put up with floods from too much rain, others put up with constant earthquakes like those in the Far Eastern "Rim of Fire." Others put up with Tsunamis (aka tidal waves). The bottom line is that this planet was perfect at its beginning with the Garden of Eden. Apparently, God kept all these things from happening but we messed that up and find ourselves with all the dynamics evident as described above.
I, too am grateful that God truly is in charge of this planet and better than that, He's in charge of the next universe after the destruction of this one. Thank God He's given us the Way to find Him and go Home to Him after it's all gone.
God bless. Country Girl
|9||why was the thief saved without baptism?||Luke 23:43||Country Girl||133270|
|As I've said in several posts in the past, I'm firmly convinced that God knows His Word does NOT provide every answer to every question we could possibly think up. We just know and are assured that He does answer ALL the questions we NEED to have answered so as to go Home to Heaven.
We've all discovered some very tough topics that just defy truly clear answers so I'll settle for your position and resolve to keep studying and praying on the matter. I'm also thankful to Him that it's not hinged on salvation one way or the other. I would encourage all who may be reading to study ALL of God's Word and draw your own conclusions.
That's one thing that the Bible is very clear about from Peter:
1 Pet 3:14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,
1 Pet 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
1 Pet 3:16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
I'm sure you already know that part of the Greek meaning behind the word "defense" means using our logical minds. So this is most certainly an endorsement from our Lord that we ARE commanded to use our intellect to deduce certain conclusions from His Word. We just have to be thorough and draw the right conclusion after studying ALL of what He says on each respective subject.
Blessings to you, my dear friend. Country Girl
|10||A New Perspective!??!||Bible general Archive 2||Country Girl||133269|
|As a supplement to my previous thought, I might throw this in.
No matter how they're mixed up or who is responsible for the mixing (confusion) as long as our first reaction is to go to God's Word for clarification, we'll be well on our way toward the real answer. So in spite of all the abuse, the misinterpretations and other misuses, God's Word, our Bible will endure forever.
I'm thankful to God that He is such an incredible Author, so as to write such a Book and then protect Her throughout all time. What a Treasure.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|11||What is the biblical def of apostle||Luke 6:13||Country Girl||133228|
|Just my one and a half cents' worth. There's a couple more points that could be thrown in:
First: Acts 1:20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms,
'LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE,
AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and,
'LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS OFFICE.'
Acts 1:21 "Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us-
Apparently, these men agreed with Peter that they must fulfill the prophecy.
Second: 1 Cor 15:6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
1 Cor 15:7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;
1 Cor 15:8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
Apparently from vs 8, Paul didn't consider himself a legitimate apostle so one could argue that he is the odd man out and Mathias was part of the proper 12. Ultimately, I don't really think this basic question at the beginning of this thread can be answered Biblically this side of Judgment Day but I just want to try and complete the picture.
Blessings to you all. Country Girl
|12||why was the thief saved without baptism?||Luke 23:43||Country Girl||133227|
|You seemed to have left out a very important detail of this discussion and these words are from Christ himself:
John 3:4 Nicodemus *said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
I've mentioned this kind of logic before but I'll repeat myself yet again. When the Bible teaches two or more different ways to answer a particular question such as this, it behooves one to be thorough and study all of what Scripture says about it. Now readily enough, everyone knows about Paul's statement: "one faith, one baptism,... But then the Bible also clearly states there are two different kinds of baptism cited within the Scriptures which were apparently applicable in their day when these Words were written. So we're left with a puzzle.
Oviously Paul's words about "one baptism" were issued for guidance to ALL christians throughout all the age or this dispensation. The one single baptism that we can know for certain is indeed applicable to ALL christians is the one as Jesus referred to in being born again and thus the phrase "born again christian."
Like I've mentioned before the age of miracles was a temporary one in this Christian dispensation. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was the primary source for these miraculous powers so since the Apostles, Cornelius and his family were the only ones blessed with these miraculous abilities from this primary source, it is perfectly logical to conclude that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is no longer applicable in this day and time.
This also is in harmony with Paul's teaching in 1 Cor as there tends to be much strife and immature bickering between christians when they are blessed with these powers. I think it is correctly inferred from all this that God never really meant for us as His children to have these miraculous powers throughout this dispensation because in addition to the strife, it takes away from our development of our faith.
If we had physical manifestations or demonstrations of miracles all the time like the Jews did in their world, they would become commonplace like they did then. The worst thing is that they lost their respect for God as shown at the very giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses. God wants us to grow up spiritually and learn to come to Him in simple faith based on what we know to be Bible based facts and the historical records that match them so perfectly.
So, my friend, I must conclude the one baptism that's so important to Paul is the same watery grave of baptism important to today's christian. I hope this is all clear.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
PS: I know you know this being the learned Bible student you are but I need to mention for everyone else's benefit. The conclusion cited above is shared now and has been promulgated by christians by the tens of millions plus throughout all 2000 years of the church's existence.
PSS: As to why our Lord didn't make this more clear i.e. as in a Standard Operating Procedure or a manual, etc. I'd have to refer you to God Himself upon Judgment Day.
|13||Why does God send storms?||Gen 3:17||Country Girl||133225|
|If I might, I thought I might interject.
I'm not exactly sure to what you're referring but you seem to be questioning some of the instances where God's official representatives meted out certain punishments for sinful activities. Surely you're not questioning God's judgment in commissioning these men as they made their judgments with complete and perfect justice since they had the Holy Spirit to guide them.
This is just merely another chapter in God's long running series of handling these kinds of affairs in the same way he handled Uzzah, Nadab and Abihu, King Saul, King David, Jonah, Sodom and Gomorrah and on and on. The list is far too long.
God hands out judgments as he sees fit as He created us and we are simply the created for His pleasure. Notice Jesus had that same ability and potential but He seemed to restrain Himself as He came to seek and save the lost.
If you don't mind, I'd like to have you clarify yourself and make your question as posted much more plain. Please clarify. Blessings to you. Country Girl
|14||Why does God send storms?||Gen 3:17||Country Girl||133160|
|There's no scripture that could be used to support the idea as cited in your question. Instead I would cite
Matt 5:45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
God doesn't use the forces of nature to punish as He is NOT "a respector of persons." It's on Judgment Day that all will get the reward in Heaven or the their condemnation to Hell.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|15||Bible ... be ďa doubting Thomas."?||1 Cor 13:8||Country Girl||133153|
|Good response. Well put and Amen. Blessings to ALL those who study AND obey His Words. Country Girl
|16||What are ways to stay free from strife?||2 Tim 2:15||Country Girl||133111|
|I would say reading and re-reading all scriptures that encourage the art of peace making would be a good start. One of them is from Paul in
Eph 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,
Eph 2:15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
Eph 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
Eph 2:17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;
Eph 2:18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,
The most important aspect of this is to realize that there's always going to be a similar wall separating us from God as long as we have on-going sins in our lives with no indications of repentance on our part. AND it's only by the Grace and Forgiving Love from God that any of us have a chance of going to Heaven.
If you know of some topic of controversy or strife between you and another, I can only suggest going to him and tell him honestly you'd like to remove that wall/barrier by starting off by reading this passage and then pray together to God, the Father of both of you. Two people who pray together should find it a little easier to forgive each other and "gain a brother," and thus gain a closer relationship with God.
I hope this helps and Blessings to you. Country Girl
|17||Bible ... be ďa doubting Thomas."?||1 Cor 13:8||Country Girl||133110|
|Generally, we should always strive to obey ALL of God's commands, including those by clear direction as in James 5 or by examples throughout the NT, whenever it's within our power to do so.
I praise God that He saw fit to include this story about Thomas' doubt for it means Christ really was ressurected in bodily form. So once again, the Bible really does deliver what God's Word should and that is solid reasons to believe in God and His Desire to have us come join Him in Heaven is real.
Now the tough part for us here on earth is to figure out what's NOT real. I would have to definitely include those deceptive acts called miracles by those doing the deceiving when those miracles DON'T meet the high standards as set forth in God's Word. But this kind of determination is a rather personal one but we can encourage one another to stay true to His Word and use It as the standard for measuring such activities as we're directed in 1 John 4.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|18||Discerning supernatural effects?||Heb 5:14||Country Girl||133073|
|I would have to say one vital ingredient in making such a determination is patience. God assures us "things work out for good for those that love the Lord." But sometimes this involves some waiting and see the results.
In my life, sometimes I finally figured out that God was having his way in my life many years prior to my discovering that fact. I think we see the Bible endorsing this kind of of hindsight in the life of Joseph in the OT. I think most everyone remembers Joseph's dreams, his trials and tribulations but He finally sees God's providence in his life and even shares this discovery with his brothers. But I emphasize it took a lifetime, apparently for Joseph to see this as a definite plan of design from God.
Personally, I think the more we study God's Word, the more we're inclined to see God's handiwork in our lives. Just my opinion but I think I'm on solid ground.
Blessings to you. Country Girl
|19||Bible ... be ďa doubting Thomas."?||1 Cor 13:8||Country Girl||132994|
|I think I've presented my case rather thoroughly so I would answer your question with more questions.
Why do you think the episode of Thomas' doubting the ressurected Lord and verifying Christ's nail prints and wound in his side was included in our Bible? If I were to show up at your door claiming to be Jesus Christ, would you not expect to see some sort of Godly endorsement of such a claim just as in the first century? It seems the same principle should be applied to anyone who claims to have powers reserved for someone actually representing God as all Bible prophets did.
Naturally you know my answer to your question frin James 5 so I won't address it at all.
It's curious that you would question my encouraging the practice of "testing the spirits" as commanded, especially in this day and age where deception has become very common throughout the business AND the religious world. What narrow parameters would you suggest that we invoke this guidance from 1 John?
I would have to say that God through the Bible does indeed expect us to be fruit inspectors and check out one another's relationship with Him as the Father of us all. Here on earth, when a brother or sister goes out and misrepresents the family name, bringing shame and reproach on that family, don't you know each family member is motivated to approach that misbehaving family member and attempt to rectify the situation.
The same is true with God's family as we really ARE our brother's/sister's keeper. The Lord really DOES expect us to love our christian brother/sister enough to approach them and attempt to rectify the wrong that going on in their life, in this case the deception. Now of course, this must be done with genuine Agape type love and concern for that person's soul. We should study and show that person the truth as displayed in God's Word, showing them what real Biblical miracles are all about.
In this regard, Jesus Himself said in
Matt 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."
I hope this is a little clearer to you. Blessings to you. Country Girl
|20||Humility is Foundational||Prov 22:4||Country Girl||132982|
|Whenever I think of this subject, my mind goes back to the night before Christ's betrayal and trial. He instituted the Lord's Supper and then did something truly amazing. He took a bowl of water and washed the feet of all His disciples, even those of Judas, His betrayer.
This Perfect God of ours, about to go through the most gruesome and horrible way to die this planet has ever thought about and die for the sins of the whole world. He knew this would separate Him from His beloved Father, something He was definitely NOT looking forward to. And yet he performed one of the most lowly tasks performed by the lowliest servant in the household.
That my friend was truly an incredible example of humility. If we could only imitate it and make it real and genuine in our lives. If we could only learn to serve our fellow man and not hope or expect something in return.
Good job in digging up this quote. Blessings to you. Country Girl
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