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    'Reductionist' versus 'Complete' view of the Gospel

    1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: I know of no scripture that says that believing Jesus...
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    How Did Jesus Want the Gospel Preached and Evangelism Done?

    What Did Jesus Want Preached and Done God chose Abraham and the people of Israel as His inheritance. God promised Abraham that all the kindreds of the world would be blessed in him. He gave him a promise about his Seed, which refers to Christ. In the Psalms, God tells the Messiah to ask and...
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    Understanding Apostleship in Scripture--'Outliers'--James & Apollos

    Understanding the 12 as Apostles-- 'Sent Ones' Jesus sent 12. He spoke to them personally and sent them. In Matthew 9, He says to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest. Have you ever had a plan to pray for something and asked others to do the same? Well, the...
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    Can there be apostles today, and have their been throughout church history?

    If the author is referring to past apostles and prophets, referring to the past does not mean that he is making commentary about the present or the future. The ministry of apostles and prophets was an ongoing thing when he wrote this. There were also historical prophets and some commentators...
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    Who Must a Church Allow to Speak?

    Who may speak in church? Who is the church commanded to allow to speak? What limitations are there are speaking in church? There is one passage in scripture of length that addresses the topic. I Corinthians 14 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a...
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    Anti-Religion Nonsense, Religion v. Relationship Replaces Gospel Message.

    When I was a child, religion was an okay word at church. Our religion was Christianity. Vain religion was deceiving yourself and not bridling your tongue. Pure religion was "visiting the fathers and widows in their affliction and keeping himself unspotted from the world." Then there was a...
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    Married at First Sight TV Show?

    Has anyone here ever seen this show? The premise was shocking, and I saw the first season, or at least a lot of it. They have 'experts' match up people as potential spouses. I've seen bits and pieces of later seasons since streaming services became available. For the first season, I noticed...
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    How God Leads People-- how to make decisions.

    I see different extremes on how God leads and directs people. One extreme is the idea that if you make a decision, or a major decision, without getting specific direction from God, that you might seriously miss God's will. The other extreme is the idea that God does not direct people...
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    Are All satans and lucifers in the Bible the Devil?

    Was the angel who opposed Balaam the same being as the Devil in the New Testament? Was the angel that brought the plague after the census the Devil? Is the satan of the book of Job the Devil? When Jesus told Peter 'get thee behind me Satan' that he savored not the things that be of God but...
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    Prepping a family for an international trip

    If you are going to fly your kids on a long, international trip, here are some pointers: 1. Take empty water bottles-- an empty disposable bottle is fine. They won't let you take the water through the security check, but you can take the bottle. In a country with potable water, you may be...
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    Getting Personal Direction from God

    Some Christians talk about getting personal direction from God. For example, they might say "I believe God wanted me to move to Wyoming" or to get a job at a certain place or marry a certain person, etc. Other Christians may tell of promptings, impressions, hearing God's voice or sensing a...
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    If you are transphobic or homophobic

    And you have an actual phobia, then shouldn't that phobia give you special rights (in the USA at least) under the Americans with Disabilities Act, if it affects your work at least. If these things really are 'phobias', then they should be legally protected. Employers should not fire someone...
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    Men can you tell if another man is good-looking?

    Several years ago, I read a blog or post from a woman who was upset that a male friend could not tell her if a guy she was being set up on a blind date was good looking or not. The man said he could not tell if he was good looking or not, and she thought he was being dishonest. I thought this...
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    Something Muslims do that Christians Should, Say "If the Lord wills"

    Muslims probably borrowed a number of practices from Christians that are actually Biblically. Many Muslims will say, "Inshallah' before making plans, which means "If God wills.' James 4 teaches Christians to say 'If the Lord wills' while stating their plans for the future: 13 Come now, you...
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    Greek Myths--Bad Greek from the Pulpit and Online

    There are a number of assertions about the Greek language that have been promulgated through pulpits and Internet discussions that are not true. Here, recently on this forum @Major asserted that 'tois' (them) Mark 16:17 refers back to 'the eleven' in verse 14 instead of the participle ('that...
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    Ideas for Evangelistic Videos

    I was thinking of some ideas for videos, maybe using doodle or cartoon video software that could take an issue in Islam, compare it to Christianity, and then use that as a springboard to share the Gospel. For example, in a hadith, a woman was brought to Muhammad after stealing a sheet. She...
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    Thoughts on Heiser's views of demons, divine council, etc?

    Michael Heiser wrote a book entitled _The Unseen Realm_. He takes some views from Old Testament scholarship and looks at them through the lens of an evangelical with some particular emphases of his own. I am familiar with his ideas from some of his videos rather than the book. Heiser believes...
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    The Resurrection and Funerals

    I may have posted in the past about going to two funerals-- at a Baptist church and a Pentecostal church-- and hearing references to dying and going to heaven, but no references to the resurrection. I was specifically listening for it. I went to a Roman Catholic funeral, the first ever for me...
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    Are 'pastors' Biblical? (Modern as opposed to Biblical pastors)

    I am not asking the question about the role described by the word 'pastors' in Scripture, in Ephesians 4:11. My question is about the extent to which the modern concept of 'pastor' we see in the western world with his duties and responsibilities is actually taught in scripture. Let us consider...
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    Lost Gospel of Evangelicalism

    Has anyone else noticed this-- there are a number of pastors of churches and preachers on TV who do not preach about the cross, the atonement, or the resurrection of Christ, then tag a little schpeel on the end of their sermon that religion is a bad thing and we need a relationship, and declare...