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Audio Sermons / Degrees Of Power Attending The Gospel - Spurgeon
« Last post by Bob on Today at 12:25:18 AM »
Sermon #648 - Degrees Of Power Attending The Gospel
Delivered On Sunday Morning, September 3, 1865,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“For Our Gospel Came Not Unto You In Word Only, But Also In Power, And In The Holy Spirit And In Much Assurance; As You Know What Manner Of Men We Were Among You For Your Sake.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5

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Bible Study / Re: FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP
« Last post by JB Horn on Yesterday at 12:36:53 PM »
This topic covers so much on who we were and who we have become. If your life has not changed then you should do some real soul searching. We are incapable of making these changes on our own.
JB
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If you’re a Christian and believe the scriptures, how can you possibly work as a Army chaplain?
You can no longer hold to your Christian beliefs or values. Basically you are required to become a secular philosopher.
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Rev. Graham to Trump: Please Help Army Chaplain Being Persecuted by LGBT Enforcers

Evangelical Christian Rev. Franklin Graham called upon President Donald Trump "to do something about" an Army chaplain, who is a Baptist, and who faces "serious punishment" because he refused to allow a lesbian couple to partisipate in one of his marriage retreats.

"Mr. President, I hope you will be able to do something about this," said Rev. Graham in an April 18 post on Facebook.  "You are the commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces."

"Army Chaplain Scott Squires is being punished for doing his job," said Graham.  "He’s facing serious punishment for explaining to a soldier that he couldn’t conduct a marriage retreat that would include same-sex couples--because of his belief in the biblical definition of marriage."

"A military investigation determined that he should be disciplined for not including this lesbian couple in his retreat," said the reverend.

https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-graham-trump-please-help-army-chaplain-being-persecuted-lgbt-agenda
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Audio Sermons / Heart’s Ease - By C. H. Spurgeon
« Last post by Bob on April 20, 2018, 07:03:15 PM »
Sermon #647  Heart’s Ease
Delivered On Sunday Morning, August 27, 1865,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“He Shall Not Be Afraid Of Evil Tidings: His Heart Is Fixed, Trusting In The Lord.” Psalm 112:7.


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Political / Planned Parenthood Instructor Has Mother Arrested for Trying to Audit class
« Last post by Fat on April 20, 2018, 12:17:42 AM »
Planned Parenthood Instructor Has Mother Arrested for Trying to Audit Pornographic Sex Ed Class


Planned Parenthood is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep parents from knowing what kind of sex education they offer kids. St. Mary's County Library in Maryland contracted a Planned Parenthood certified instructor to put on a pornographic sex workshop for teens—no parents allowed. When mother Kathleen Crank tried to enter the class, she was arrested for trespassing. It all began when local parents heard about the class and began researching the instructor. What they found was the exact opposite of the type of person they wanted teaching their kids about sex. Parent-led protest site Creepy Library reported:

The instructor, Bianca Palmisano, was keynote speaker of SlutWalk in 2013 where she promoted the sex toy shop she worked at the time, saying it was a place, "where polyamorous leather dykes could hang out with kinky bisexuals and couples and compare notes with lifelong swingers, and still welcome those just beginning to explore their sexuality. We host workshops twice a month, bringing in speakers from across the country to share their expertise on everything from blowjobs to threesomes to rough sex.”

https://pjmedia.com/parenting/planned-parenthood-instructor-mother-arrested-trying-audit-pornographic-sex-ed-class/
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Bible Study / FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP
« Last post by biblebuf on April 18, 2018, 07:10:22 PM »
FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP


Isaiah 53:11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see [it and] be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.

Acts 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Romans 3:24, 26 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; for the demonstration, [I say], of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 4: 25  [He] who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.

Romans 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath [of God] through Him.

Romans 8:1-3 . Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God [did]: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and [as an offering] for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

Galatians 2:16, 17 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.  "But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be!


Romans 5:16-19 The gift is not like [that which came] through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment [arose] from one [transgression] resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift [arose] from many transgressions resulting in justification.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.
For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

Titus 3:5-7 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to [the] hope of eternal life.

Ephesians 2:7-10 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

1 Corinthians 6:11  Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
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Bible Study / Re: Theological Outline of Job.
« Last post by Fat on April 17, 2018, 12:18:52 PM »
The book of Job is not studied much in the church. It needs to be looked at closer because it answers that question that is always brought up by nonbelievers, ‘why does bad things happen to good people”.
And is God responsible for bad things that happen to you?
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Bible Study / Theological Outline of Job.
« Last post by macuser on April 16, 2018, 05:34:01 PM »

From:DISCIPLE’S
STUDY BIBLE


Theological Outline

Job: A Study in Providence and Faith

I. Prologue: A Righteous Man Can Endure Injustice Without Sinning. (1:1-2:10)
II. First Round: Will a Just God Answer a Righteous Sufferer’s Questions? (2:11-14:22)
A. Job: Why must a person be born to a life of suffering? (2:11-3:26)
B. Eliphaz: Do not claim to be just, but seek the disciplining God, who is just. (4:1-5:27)
C. Job: Death is the only respite for a just person persecuted by God. (6:1-7:21)
D. Bildad: A just God does not punish the innocent. (8:1-22)
E. Job: Humans cannot win an argument in court against the Creator. (9:1-10:22)
F. Zophar: Feeble, ignorant humans must confess sins. (11:1-20)
G. Job: An intelligent person demands an answer from the all-powerful, all-knowing God, not from other humans. (12:1-14:22) III. Second Round: Does the Fate of the Wicked Prove the Mercy and Justice of God? (15:1-21:34)
A. Eliphaz: Be quiet, admit your guilt, and accept your punishment. (15:1-35)
B. Job: Oh that an innocent person might plead my case with the merciless God. (16:1-17:16)
C. Bildad: Wise up and admit you are suffering the just fate of the wicked. (18:1-21)
D. Job: In a world without justice or friends, a just person must wait for a Redeemer to win his case. (19:1-29)
E. Zophar: Your short-lived prosperity shows you are a wicked oppressor. (20:1-29)
F. Job: Lying comforters do not help my struggle against the injustice of God. (21:1-34)
IV. Third Round: Can the Innocent Sufferer Ever Know God’s Ways and Will? (22:1-28:28)
A. Eliphaz: You wicked sinner, return to Almighty God and be restored. (22:1-30)
B. Job: I cannot find God, but evidence shows He pays undue attention to me but gives no attention to the wicked. (23:1-24:25)
C. Bildad: No person can be righteous before the awesome God. (25:1-6)
D. Job: Neither your meaningless counsel nor God’s faint word helps the innocent sufferer. (26:1-27:23)
E. Job: Humans cannot know wisdom; only God reveals its content: Fear the Lord. (28:1-28)
V. Job’s Summary: Let God Restore the Good Old Days or Answer My Complaint. (29:1-31:40)
A. In the good old days I had respect and integrity. (29:1-25)
B. Now men and God are cruel to me. (30:1-31)
C. In my innocence, I cry out for a hearing before God. (31:1-40)
1. I have not looked with lust on a maiden. (31:1-4)
2. I am not guilty of lying or deceit. (31:5-8)
3. I have not committed adultery. (31:9-12)
4. I have treated my servants fairly. (31:13-15)
5. I have been generous and kind to the poor and the disadvantaged. (31:16-23)
6. I have not worshiped gold nor celestial bodies. (31:24-28)
7. I have not rejoiced in others’ ruin. (31:29-30)
8. I have not refused hospitality to anyone. (31:31-32)
9. I have nothing to hide, but I wish God would give me a written statement of charges. (31:33-37)
10. I have not withheld payment for the laborers on my land. (31:38-40)
VI. Elihu: An Angry Young Man Defends God. (32:1-37:24)
A. Elihu is angry with Job and with the friends. (32:1-22)
B. Elihu speaks to Job as a man; God speaks through dreams, visions, pain, and deliverance. (33:1-33)
C. God is just; Job speaks without knowledge. (34:1-37)
D. Is there any advantage in serving God? Human sin is no threat to God; human righteousness is no gift to Him. (35:1-16)
E. God is just, all-wise, mysterious, and sovereign over humans and nature. (36:1-37:24)
VII. Dialogue: Prove Your Wisdom Is Sufficient to Contend with the Eternal Creator. (38:1-42:6)
A. God: Can you control the inanimate and animate creation? (38:1-39:30)
B. Job: I am overwhelmed and powerless to answer. (40:1-5)
C. God: Will you condemn God to justify yourself? (40:6-9)
D. God: Take charge of the universe. (40:10-14)
E. Two inexplicable creatures illustrate God’s unfathomable ways. (40:15-41:34)
F. Job: Seeing God, I confess His power and repent of sin. (42:1-6)
VIII. Epilogue: Prayer Brings Reconciliation, Forgiveness, and Restoration. (42:7-17)


Theological Setting
Why do bad things happen to good people? That was Job’s question. Job was a good person. God said he was good (1:8; 2:3). Job claimed he was innocent and righteous (9:15, 20; 31:1-40). At first his friends did not accuse him of evil (2:11-13). Only Satan doubted Job’s sincerity. Satan’s question was, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (1:9).
Job’s external circumstances indicated to some he was righteous. Traditional teaching showed from experience that God blesses the righteous and curses the wicked (Dt 28:1-35 ; Pr 3:15-18 ). Job had been blessed with an ideal family—seven sons and three daughters (1:2). He was rich in houses, land, servants, possessions, and social standing. He observed all the religious practices.
Outwardly, Job appeared to be righteous. But Satan claimed otherwise. In a meeting of the heavenly council (unattended by Job), he accused Job of being good only because goodness paid dividends. Indirectly, Satan accused God. He said God gave Job reason to practice religion simply to get material rewards. God had placed a hedge around Job and had blessed him abundantly. Why should Job not be religious?
Satan proposed a test to see if Job would continue to serve God even if he lost everything and suffered personal anguish and pain. Satan was so sure of the shallowness of Job’s faith he claimed Job would curse God to His face (1:11; 2:5). God had such confidence in Job He accepted Satan’s challenge and agreed to the test. However, God retained ultimate control over everything Satan could do to Job.
Job’s problem really began in heaven, but it was carried out in the world. Job lost his property, his family, his health, and his standing in the community. He was not consulted. He had no control over the test; yet he experienced all its trauma and fury.
What responses or options do righteous people have when bad things happen to them? Several such options might be considered.
1. One response remained closed for Job. He could not unlock the secrets of heaven and obtain perfect divine wisdom. God gives wisdom but only in limited amounts (26:14). Job had to deal with his problem with the limited wisdom God gave him.
2. He did acknowledge God’s gifts and recognize that the God who gives good gifts had the right to take them away (1:21; 2:10).
3. Still, he lamented his fate bitterly (3:1-26). Job defended his innocence, debated his accusers, and questioned God’s justice (3:23).
4. Job’s three friends reacted differently. They considered his suffering evidence of his sinfulness.
5. Elihu argued that Job’s suffering was primarily to discipline and teach Job (33:13-30).
All of these options may be legitimate in varying circumstances. No one of the opinions can be made into a general rule that covers every problem any person may have. Job finally humbled himself before God. He confessed that God can do all things and that none of His purposes will fail (42:2).
The Book of Job does not deal abstractly with the problem of evil in the world. It deals instead with a very practical problem: Why am I suffering? The book is about the sufferings of one righteous man in the Old Testament. Most of us have occasion to raise Job’s question.



Theological Conclusions
The Book of Job is concerned primarily with undeserved suffering. That issue is raised in several other places in the Old Testament (Ps 26:1-12 ; 73:13-14 ; Jer 12:1 , 3 ; 20:12 ; Hab 1:13 ). At least five theological conclusions may be drawn from the Book of Job about God and undeserved suffering.
1. Suffering can come suddenly and inexplicably to anyone, even to a righteous person. On one day Job lost his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, and all his children. Later, he lost his health. Job knew the immediate causes of his suffering and loss—thieves, storms, and disease; but he believed that behind these immediate causes God was in control of all things. God’s apparent failure to control these disasters as Job had expected Him to disturbed Job.
2. Undeserved suffering raises the question of justice in the world and ultimately the justice of God. The Book of Job is not a theodicy (the justification of the ways of God to man). Solutions to the problem of suffering which lie outside biblical revelation (such as polytheism or reincarnation) are not considered in the Book of Job. Job pressed God for an explanation within his faith in one all-powerful God. He questioned the ways of God, and God agreed Job was justified in doing so (42:7-8). God encourages people to exercise their moral judgment, even to the point of questioning His conduct of history or nature. God does not, however, want us to justify ourselves by condemning Him.
3. Human wisdom is not adequate to solve the problem of undeserved suffering. The reader learns in this instance that Job was suffering because of a test of his faith. However, as readers, we can never be sure our suffering is only a test. We, like Job, must suffer “in the dark.” Job and his friends used human wisdom to speculate, to argue, and to debate possible reasons for Job’s sufferings; but they never discovered the real reason. In the process they said things that had no basis in fact (21:34). The friends were silenced, and Job confessed he spoke without knowledge about things he did not understand (42:3). Human wisdom is severely limited (26:14); only God has perfect wisdom (28:23).
4. The Book of Job provides us hints of possible explanations for human suffering. Suffering may be a test. In our struggles and suffering we can, without knowing it, struggle and suffer for God’s honor. Again, suffering may be to discipline and to teach us (5:17; 33:16-18; Pr 3:11-12 ), but this is not a comforting explanation. Suffering may be due to known or unknown sin. The three friends thought all suffering was due to the sin of the sufferer. This is not always so. Jesus said of the man blind from birth, “no one sinned” (Jn 9:1-3 ). Hints of possible explanations may or may not help the sufferer.
5. Only God can meet our needs in a time of suffering. Humans are unitary beings. When our bodies suffer, our minds, emotions, and spiritual life are affected. The book aims to deliver a spiritual message to tortured people. Job’s problem was not primarily physical. The account of his healing and restoration serves only to inform the reader the test is over. Job’s problem was not primarily mental, because Job was never given an explanation of his suffering. Job’s problem was mainly spiritual. Although he held on to his righteousness and faith, he felt his suffering had separated him from God. When God spoke to him while he was suffering, Job found relief but not from his sufferings. God assured him that innocent suffering is no proof of isolation from God. Job and Paul were sufferers in common (2 Co 6:10).

Contemporary Teaching
Suffering may come suddenly and inexplicably to anyone. Suffering does not necessarily mean God is angry with or separated from the sufferer. A mystery surrounds much suffering. Human wisdom is severely limited in its ability to explain the ultimate causes of suffering. God can relieve the distress and calm the fears of the sufferer. The sufferer, in turn, must have faith in God’s goodness and sovereignty (Ro 8:28). God can transform evil into good as He did at the cross.
This theological statement will not meet our needs when we must suffer. Rather, the theological statement seeks to point us beyond wisdom and knowledge to faith and trust. Suffering calls us to renewed dialogue with God. In conversation with Him, we, like Job, can discover His personal presence with us. The joy and comfort of that presence may not still our pain. It will, however, provide our greater need of assurance that He still cares and accepts us even as we suffer. His presence reminds us that our Redeemer lives today even after suffering and dying for us. He understands what we are enduring and gives the ultimate answer—resurrection to life beyond pain.
Theological Outline
Job: A Study in Providence and Faith
I. Prologue: A Righteous Man Can Endure Injustice Without Sinning. (1:1-2:10)
II. First Round: Will a Just God Answer a Righteous Sufferer’s Questions? (2:11-14:22)
A. Job: Why must a person be born to a life of suffering? (2:11-3:26)
B. Eliphaz: Do not claim to be just, but seek the disciplining God, who is just. (4:1-5:27)
C. Job: Death is the only respite for a just person persecuted by God. (6:1-7:21)
D. Bildad: A just God does not punish the innocent. (8:1-22)
E. Job: Humans cannot win an argument in court against the Creator. (9:1-10:22)
F. Zophar: Feeble, ignorant humans must confess sins. (11:1-20)
G. Job: An intelligent person demands an answer from the all-powerful, all-knowing God, not from other humans. (12:1-14:22) III. Second Round: Does the Fate of the Wicked Prove the Mercy and Justice of God? (15:1-21:34)
A. Eliphaz: Be quiet, admit your guilt, and accept your punishment. (15:1-35)
B. Job: Oh that an innocent person might plead my case with the merciless God. (16:1-17:16)
C. Bildad: Wise up and admit you are suffering the just fate of the wicked. (18:1-21)
D. Job: In a world without justice or friends, a just person must wait for a Redeemer to win his case. (19:1-29)
E. Zophar: Your short-lived prosperity shows you are a wicked oppressor. (20:1-29)
F. Job: Lying comforters do not help my struggle against the injustice of God. (21:1-34)
IV. Third Round: Can the Innocent Sufferer Ever Know God’s Ways and Will? (22:1-28:28)
A. Eliphaz: You wicked sinner, return to Almighty God and be restored. (22:1-30)
B. Job: I cannot find God, but evidence shows He pays undue attention to me but gives no attention to the wicked. (23:1-24:25)
C. Bildad: No person can be righteous before the awesome God. (25:1-6)
D. Job: Neither your meaningless counsel nor God’s faint word helps the innocent sufferer. (26:1-27:23)
E. Job: Humans cannot know wisdom; only God reveals its content: Fear the Lord. (28:1-28)
V. Job’s Summary: Let God Restore the Good Old Days or Answer My Complaint. (29:1-31:40)
A. In the good old days I had respect and integrity. (29:1-25)
B. Now men and God are cruel to me. (30:1-31)
C. In my innocence, I cry out for a hearing before God. (31:1-40)
1. I have not looked with lust on a maiden. (31:1-4)
2. I am not guilty of lying or deceit. (31:5-8)
3. I have not committed adultery. (31:9-12)
4. I have treated my servants fairly. (31:13-15)
5. I have been generous and kind to the poor and the disadvantaged. (31:16-23)
6. I have not worshiped gold nor celestial bodies. (31:24-28)
7. I have not rejoiced in others’ ruin. (31:29-30)
8. I have not refused hospitality to anyone. (31:31-32)
9. I have nothing to hide, but I wish God would give me a written statement of charges. (31:33-37)
10. I have not withheld payment for the laborers on my land. (31:38-40)
VI. Elihu: An Angry Young Man Defends God. (32:1-37:24)
A. Elihu is angry with Job and with the friends. (32:1-22)
B. Elihu speaks to Job as a man; God speaks through dreams, visions, pain, and deliverance. (33:1-33)
C. God is just; Job speaks without knowledge. (34:1-37)
D. Is there any advantage in serving God? Human sin is no threat to God; human righteousness is no gift to Him. (35:1-16)
E. God is just, all-wise, mysterious, and sovereign over humans and nature. (36:1-37:24)
VII. Dialogue: Prove Your Wisdom Is Sufficient to Contend with the Eternal Creator. (38:1-42:6)
A. God: Can you control the inanimate and animate creation? (38:1-39:30)
B. Job: I am overwhelmed and powerless to answer. (40:1-5)
C. God: Will you condemn God to justify yourself? (40:6-9)
D. God: Take charge of the universe. (40:10-14)
E. Two inexplicable creatures illustrate God’s unfathomable ways. (40:15-41:34)
F. Job: Seeing God, I confess His power and repent of sin. (42:1-6)
VIII. Epilogue: Prayer Brings Reconciliation, Forgiveness, and Restoration. (42:7-17)
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Christian Walk / Re: Pillars of the Church - By Charles Haddon Spurgeon
« Last post by Fat on April 16, 2018, 12:24:04 AM »
The world is looking for Christians to point out as hypocrites. Don’t even put yourself in a position to even being mistaken as one, stay out of bars!
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