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« Last post by Fat on Today at 11:22:02 AM »
A lot of people believe that the use of the word Branch refers to the gentle church , but that is not so it refers to the Christ.
When Paul used it he was referring to the gentle.
« Last post by biblebuf on Today at 12:09:05 AM »

Jeremiah 23:5, 6 (NAS)

5 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous BRANCH; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. 6 "In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, 'The LORD our righteousness.'

Isaiah 4:2   (KJV)

2  In that day shall the BRANCH of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Isaiah 11:1-5   (KJV)

11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a BRANCH shall grow out of his roots:
2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Isaiah 53:2   (KJV)

2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Ezekiel 17:22-23   (KJV)

22  Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest BRANCH of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:
23  In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.

Zechariah 3:8   (KJV)

8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Zechariah 6:12-13   (KJV)

12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
General / Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord
« Last post by Fat on Yesterday at 02:24:35 PM »
Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord

Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.
God called R.C. to proclaim the gospel to as many people as possible. R.C. did this knowing the Lord did not need him. In fact, he wanted people to know the enduring, faithful witness of God’s servants throughout church history. God powerfully used R.C.’s ministry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to awaken people around the world to the truths of classical Christianity.
Bible Study / Re: I FOUND MERCY
« Last post by macuser on December 13, 2017, 11:07:22 AM »
Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow;

We are the unfaithful wife yet He takes us back as the virgin bride.
Christian Walk / Re: Discerning the Signs - Ligonier Ministries
« Last post by macuser on December 13, 2017, 10:45:42 AM »
Every generation thinks that end times will happen during their life time. We need to try not to out think our Lord and live as if our own time on this earth is numbered and that we will be leaving unsaved souls behind. So work on lowering that number as much as we can during our stay on this world.
Pro-life leaders from 13 countries accuse Pope Francis of failing to uphold Church teaching

One signatory accused the Pope and other members of the hierarchy of spreading errors

Leaders of pro-life organisations from across the world have signed a letter accusing Church leaders, including Pope Francis, of undermining their movement through ambiguous statements and actions contrary to Catholic teaching.

The letter says that over the past 50 years the pro-life movement has “relied in a particular way on the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church, which affirms the moral law with the greatest clarity.”

However, the signatories say that in recent years that teaching has increasingly been replaced by “ambiguity, and even by doctrines directly contrary to the teaching of Christ and the precepts of the natural law”.

The letter then lists the concerns of several documents and letters to Pope Francis over the past couple of years, including the Filial Appeal in September 2015, the ‘Dubia’, the Filial Correction earlier this year, and Fr Thomas Weinandy’s letter last month.

On top of these, the signatories accuse the Pope of statements and actions which “contradict the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of contraceptive acts”, “contradict the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage and the intrinsic evil of sexual acts outside the union of marriage”.
They also criticise his approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which they say “effectively call for member states to achieve universal access to abortion, contraception and sex education by 2030”.
Christian Walk / Discerning the Signs - Ligonier Ministries
« Last post by JB Horn on December 12, 2017, 12:17:17 AM »
Predictions about the future return of Jesus have spawned so many bizarre distortions of religion that we have witnessed a severe overreaction among many Christians to our future hope. Some of us live as if Jesus Christ is not coming back. We gild the past and try to freeze the present. But the present is made crucial because of the future. It is because Jesus is coming back that we know that what we are doing in the present counts.

Martin Luther thought Jesus was coming back in his day. Jonathan Edwards thought He was near in the eighteenth century. Both of these titans were wrong. Yet the time of His return is years closer than it was in Luther’s day. Each day that passes makes the return of Jesus closer. It may well be very soon.

When Jesus comes, I want to be ready. I want to be like Elizabeth and Mary, like Simeon and Anna, people who were ready and watching for the appearance of Christ, people who are vigilant, people who watch for the signs of the times and have a hope that will not embarrass them. They long for the vindication of Christ. They yearn for the triumph of His kingdom. They labor with the certain knowledge that their labor is not in vain.
Principal Who Screamed at Pro-Life Teen: “I Don’t Give a S— What Jesus Says” Says His Life’s Been a Wreck Ever Since

At one point, Ruff told the teen: “I don’t give an (expletive) what Jesus tells me about what I should and should not be doing. You are harassing public school students and I will call the police if you don’t shut up.”

Dr. Zach Ruff, an assistant principal at Downingtown STEM Academy in Chester County, initially was placed on administrative leave in April after a video showed him yelling and swearing at a pro-life teenager who was protesting on the sidewalk outside the school. Eventually he resigned to the Downingtown Area School Board.

Now the former assistant principal says his life has been a wreck since the incident occurred and since his decision to quit his position at the high school.
Sound doctrine / Re: Salvation is not of works
« Last post by Moss on December 10, 2017, 05:16:27 PM »
Romans 4:2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

Galatians 1:6. I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
Audio Sermons / A Glorious Church - By C. H. Spurgeon
« Last post by Bob on December 09, 2017, 06:36:28 PM »
Sermon #628,  A Glorious Church.
Delivered On Sunday Morning, May 7, 1835,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“Husbands, Love Your Wives, Even As Christ Also Loved The Church, And Gave Himself For Her, That He Might Sanctify And Cleanse Her With The Washing Of Water By The Word,
That He Might Present Her To Himself A Glorious Church, Not Having Spot,
Or Wrinkle, Or Any Such Thing, But That She Should Be Holy And Without Blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27.

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