Are you ready?

    Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready? Are you born again? Are you living in holiness? Are you reading your bible and living as the Lord expects of you? God sent His son , Jesus to this sinful world to die for you and me. Have you really received Him as your Lord and Savior? Time is running out, when are you going to make Jesus , your Lord and Savior? We have this moment to draw closer to God and be delivered. We do not have tomorrow. Dear friend please call on the Lord Jesus now and be ye reconciled unto God.

    Hammock Asked on November 23, 2020 in Question of the Day.
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      What does the Lord expect of us who are His, but to love…to love others as Christ loved us. Very simple but very hard.

      Under the stars Answered on November 23, 2020.
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        I’m ready!

        Under the stars Answered on November 23, 2020.
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          I’m a saved sinner…. doing my best to live a Jesus-honoring and Jesus-sharing life and ready to go when He calls me!

          On the floor Answered on November 23, 2020.
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            Ready and watching. Skeptics only confirm His coming.

            2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
            2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

            Hammock Answered on November 23, 2020.

            I like this a lot Hoosier.  But in the same chapter, check out these verses:

            But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

            10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

            11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

            14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

            on November 23, 2020.
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              Agreed workerbee. I feel the same way about the corner couple who sit out on the main drag locally with there King James Version “sinners repent” and condemnation  verses. I’d feel even stronger if they came into my church and did that…or the people that left me salvation tracts instead of a tip when I was waiting tables years ago. You don’t know me and you assume the worst. How insulting! I’m already a Christian, follow and serve Jesus and I was working then because I need the money to pay bills, not a worthless tract! Same thing with my son who has waited tables, bartended and is an asst. GM in a local restaurant for a national restaurant chain. Trust me, please don’t ever do that to a server. It is not a witness.  You are not blessing them and it does exactly the opposite. They’ll say, “Christians are the most stingy, worthless idiots I know.” Want to be a blessing?  Be crazy generous just like our Heavenly Father!!!  Tip…100%…200%…500%…1000% and say, “God has blessed me so I want to share it on” or “God loves you and so do I and here’s a small token of that.” End of story.  Jesus says in John 13:35 that we’ll be known by our love.

              The most effective invitation to reach people is to come alongside someone, in a relationship, and let them see life-change, hope, a difference in attitude and behavior from the rest of culture. That is attractive and that assumes nothing about the person or relationship because you’re getting to know them personally and their story before talking about faith issues. That’s what Jesus did with His disciples. He made an invite to a relationship and spent time and did life with them.

              SC said it well. Micah 6:8 “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly” and Jesus’ summarized the 10 commandments in Mark 12:30-31 with this, “Love God, love others”. That’s the most effective invitation in a post-modern, pluralistic, me-centered culture.

              Under the stars Answered on November 24, 2020.
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                I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate the sentiment behind this post, but I WILL say, quite unapologetically, that THIS post is why people don’t go or quit going to church.

                And I don’t care if that makes me unpopular or even banned.

                I LOVE TMB because this place fights against the hypocrisy the world [AND CHRISTIANS] believe about sex IN marriage.

                This post has a similar flavor.

                Whited sepulcher-esq.

                My post won’t be popular.
                And I don’t care.

                This makes me want to shower and reconsider the benefits of this place, because this is the least genuine post I believe I have ever seen at TMB.

                It reeks of religiosity and there’s actually nothing Christ-like to embrace.

                Because God and/or Christ don’t want me cowering around wondering if I have said my ABC’s, washed behind my ears, have on clean underwear, said my devotionals, tithed enough, worked at the soup kitchen, worn my mask properly, bathed in the river Jordan, avoided pork,  or touched my own privates.

                I fight against the letter of the law because  I EMBRACE the *spirit* of the law.

                I am saved because of HIS love FOR me, not my works.

                No works will EVER save us, HIS grace already did.

                And to imply otherwise is a fools errand.

                We walk a path, people.

                Not a tightrope.

                I think it’s time to grab a glass of wine.
                It’s good for your stomach, and I sure could use it now.

                 

                If you’re preaching to the choir, we’re already born again.

                If we’re already born again, we can’t backslide into not being born again.

                 

                Now there’s renewing of the mind, putting away the old/putting on the new….

                That would be us, here, as a body of Christ.

                 

                I understand revisiting basic principles.

                Fundamentals are important.

                 

                But once you’re born again, you’re born again, unless I missed some ancient missing Greek/Aramaic Text not found in King James or any of the numerous lexicons/concordance that I have.

                 

                I am not a Joel Olsteen fan because he smiles and says milk-toast things that make people feelz good feel good.

                 

                I don’t like this post for the opposite reason.

                 

                 

                It’s hell fire and brimstone.

                 

                We aren’t there.

                If we’re saved, we’re not there.

                 

                If you are here, I doubt it’s possible.

                 

                Who in tarnation is looking at a biblically based forum on sex in marriage asking how to be saved?

                 

                Nobody.

                 

                “Oh, but maybe there’s one?  One that can be saved?!!  And you are squandering it, workerbee, by being divisive!”

                 

                Well, the audience is the audience; Christ knew who he talked to, and said what was appropriate.  We’ve found Christ, we’re trying to improve our marriage beds and be like Christ and the bride.  I don’t know how we can be convicted for not being born again if we’re already here doing exactly that.

                 

                 

                Hammock Answered on November 24, 2020.

                I’m not here to disagree at all.  Interesting thoughts for sure.  But, what if it is soul driven meaning what if I want to read my Bible more, what if I want to pray more, what if I want to fellowship with believers more, what if I AM THE ONE THAT DRIVES THIS, not works, not guilt.  The question (s) made me self reflect.  Is that bad?

                on November 24, 2020.

                I saw works driven in there as well hence my comment. The gospel should be the gospel no matter where one goes, but I do believe Sam is from a different culture, so what influence does that play in his style?

                on November 24, 2020.

                Thanks.  I know so little as I am new.  I feel as if I should not have even answered like there was some history I was not aware of.

                on November 24, 2020.

                Matthew 5: 13-16

                13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

                14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

                2 Peter 1:

                For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

                10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                (emphasis added)  

                I believe that the Bible teaches that we are saved only by the grace (gift) of God.  But once saved, we have a purpose for the rest of our tie on earth and we find meaning and fellowship with Jesus (Joy!) in sharing His reality with others.  First by our actions and interactions with others, and (attuned by the Holy Spirit to the opportunity) by telling those who ask “Why are we different?”  I am a slow learner but have found this to be true in my life.

                Blessings to all for a peaceful and thankful Thanksgiving!

                on November 25, 2020.

                Seeking Change and others, please my post has no reference to works. My culture has no role in this post as well. I strongly believe that where I worship has some great influence with my believe in God and the Bible. I will love to say that I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the only Son of God and the Holy Ghost. So am in agreement will all people who believe in this too no matter their race or culture.

                Finally, I worship with (one of the branches of )  www.apostolicfaith.org Portland Oregon USA.

                Salvation is not of works. By grace are we saved. God sent Jesus to die for us, so we can be saved and be made ready for Heaven.

                on November 26, 2020.
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                  Seems to be some harsh judgement going on here. I saw this post a while back and chose to not respond for my own reasons, but now as it has developed, I see some things said that concern me.  I don’t know Sam’s motivation for this post. Maybe it’s too much to ask to “think the best of him.” But, just for funzies, let’s look at what Sam wrote in the light of scripture. Novel idea? Get your Bible app ready…

                  “Jesus is coming soon.” – Matt 24:36   **No one knows when

                  Should we be ready? Matt 24 again, but then Jesus further explains in the next chapter 25:1-13

                  Should we be born again? John 3:3-5

                  Should we strive to be holy? 1 Peter 1:16

                  Should we study The Word (read the Bible)? 2 Tim 2:15-22

                  Should we strive to live according to His will? Joshua 1:7-8, Luke 12:47, Col 3:16, John 8:31

                  Should we understand and accept Jesus as our Lord, savior from our sins? James 1:21, Acts 2:36-38, Roms 6:3-5

                  So…with the one exception of one word “soon”, I find it difficult to see how anyone one would choose to judge Sam harshly for anything he said. It seems to me you would be finding fault with God’s word. Proceed cautiously brethren.  If you want to think God will have no expectations of you while here on earth, maybe look again at the words of the one who will be sitting at the judgement seat – Matt 7:21-23

                  I understand, nobody wants to bring up hell, or final judgement, or that some who think  they are saved won’t be. But…no one spoke of Hell in scripture more than Jesus himself. Far more than he spoke of heaven. You think He maybe knew what He was doing? Think He might’ve wanted us to have a healthy respect for what could happen if we didn’t follow His word?

                  And since “works” was referred to a few times – James 2:14-26. Some of the clearest scripture in the Bible. This is the brother of Jesus speaking. The ESV reads really well here IMO. Read V 14 very slowly and carefully.

                  Well, maybe I’m in the wrong place myself…

                  Under the stars Answered on November 25, 2020.

                  I see a lot of people who claim to be Christians with zero fruit in their lives.  I want to be different.  I want to show fruit and one of the ways I do that is by works.  Of course, this doesn’t earn me favor with God in terms of my salvation.  But, alas, the never ending debate:  Just saying the words, I receive you as my personal savior and then living my life however I want with no outward fruit seems ridiculous but happens A LOT.  How sad God must be when that happens.  I try not to judge, but I once heard it said, “We are really going to be surprised who we see in Heaven and who we don’t!”

                  on November 26, 2020.
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                    Not sure if these questions are legit or if this is spam, but on a Christian site, I believe they are appropriate.  I hope your account didn’t get hacked.  It’s funny.  For decades going back to the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s Christians have heard the mantra that “Jesus is coming soon” and here we are in the 2020’s and it still has not happened.  And, so we wait and wait some more.  Of course, as good as life is here on this earth right now due to God’s blessing upon my life, I’m ready.  I don’t pray and read the Bible as often as I should but I try daily and it ends up being 3-4 times a week.  Prayer is easier as I just talk to God on my commute to work which is about 25 minutes.  So many people living in fear of Covid right now, I do hope that Christians will turn to Jesus for reassurance and comfort and be a source of calm for our fellow brethren.  Peace.

                    Fell out of ... Answered on November 23, 2020.
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                      The gospel is offensive. Yes, we are justified by grace through faith. Repentance itself is a gift from God according to the scriptures. But Hebrews tells us that without holiness no one will see The Lord. If you have felt the wrath of your deserved condemnation for rebellion against Him, and have run to Him for shelter found only in Christ by His atoning sacrifice, we will want to be like Him. If we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments. Don’t just end at justification and ignore sanctification, and absolutely pursue holiness.

                      Fell out of ... Answered on November 25, 2020.

                      Where do we get our holiness? From works? By Christ and Christ alone. Yes, we will see fruit when we are in Him, but let’s not get mixed up on what makes us saved, what makes us holy and righteous.

                      on November 25, 2020.

                      This is why I differentiate between justification and sanctification. Salvation is ours because we can be justified before God in Christ, receiving a righteousness that is not our own by imputation. But faith and works are somewhat like two sides to the same coin. Hard to separate.
                      James 2:18
                      But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

                      on November 26, 2020.

                      Hungry I do agree with.

                      We obtain salvation and sanctification from God .

                      Seeking Change, they can be obtained free from God through Christ. Its by grace and not of works.

                      on November 26, 2020.
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                        “Yeah, verily, verily”

                        Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on November 23, 2020.
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