User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • December 20, 2014 at 12:00pm

    dhcinak:
    Read Ephesians 4 carefully. It says the ministries of apostles , prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are for (among other things) the perfecting of the saints (believers). It also says they are here until that task is done which of necessity would be when the Lord comes to gather us all together. As that time has not yet happened, then if there are any evangelists, pastors and teachers, then there also would be apostles and prophets. I do not know from what background you are coming from, as I am aware there are denominational teachings that your claims reflect, but both tradition and the Word cannot be true on this subject. If you want to function at 60% of strength, that is your choice, but I want the full meal deal. There are apostolic and prophetic people operating in the Church today. The ‘requirement’ for an apostle to have ‘seen’ the Lord cannot be limited to just Mathias. Jesus Christ plainly revealed Himself to Saul on the road to Damascus. Carefully read Acts and the Epistles; there were more than 12 apostles (or 13 if you want to include Paul… :).

  • December 20, 2014 at 11:45am

    Blink:
    Would it be correct to assume you fancy yourself to be erudite? If your answer is yes, then have you ever come across the concept of a figure of speech? The practice of assigning God human characteristics is called “personification” and is done for the reader’s benefit in helping him/her to understand God better. The Bible has over 200 identifiable figures of speech and are considered by scholars to be markers in the text as to what should be paid attention to more closely than a cursory reading will provide.

  • [10] December 19, 2014 at 7:16pm

    The NT model of the ‘church’ is small house groups collectively called ‘churches’ in a particular city or geographic area. The book of Acts is the map of how it started, grew and ultimately, “so mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed” (Acts 19:20). The ministers in above church were “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers” as well as other more administrative positions. Megachurches deny this model because they are pyramidal in structure which is the corporate/Babylonian model of management. Repeatedly the Apostle Paul referred to ministers and others as “fellowlaborers together with Him”. Man’s pride will not often allow him to follow orders such as these, being driven by his old nature to be the one in charge and not the Lord that bought him.

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  • [2] December 19, 2014 at 11:45am

    Proverbs:
    An interesting note on WA pot sales is that the Yakama Nation has refused to allow the growing or sales of pot on the Rez. Given the high incidents of substance abuse related vehicle accidents there, I can’t blame them.

  • December 19, 2014 at 11:40am

    Plove:
    I agree in principle with you assessment. However, the weak point in your argument is the phrase “personal responsibility”. In my 60+ years I have come to the conclusion that far too many people do not possess the amount of sense God gave a goose, let alone any personal responsibility. That usually doesn’t extend beyond the 70′s phrase “if it feels good, do it”. So I am not holding my breath in waiting for potheads to exhibit ‘personal responsibility’.
    The only real reason I can come up with as to why the initiative in this state legalizing pot was allowed to go forward is that the powers that be decided it was a good time for more tax revenue. Ironically the lessening of pot penalties has lowered the price of the street stuff below what the pot shops have to charge in order to cover the state’s share and so, once again supply and demand trump the State’s convoluted tax schemes.

  • December 18, 2014 at 11:13pm

    Why not a duck?

  • [123] December 18, 2014 at 11:11pm

    While I am just a man and really don’t know what makes women tick (what man really does??) let alone what motivates democrat women, I do believe that what is on the inside too often is manifested on the outside. I submit that the anger and general negativity that seems to inhabit the democratic ranks is being shown in their vitriolic attitudes such as this woman displays. Sour on the inside; sour on the outside. Oh and I suppose the probable lack of Jesus Christ in the democratic lives has something to do with it as well. Just my observation…

  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 7:34pm

    Blink:
    The display of a Nativity Scene would have no power over you, unless you allow it. Can you seriously believe you can convince us you cannot control your mind better than that?

  • December 18, 2014 at 7:27pm

    Thank you for adding this little tidbit of information! I have said often that nothing is included in scripture that doesn’t have some purpose to fill out the tapestry if you will. Mary was that individual through whom the lineage of the kingdom had to come as she was the human being involved in the conception of the Lord.

  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 4:37pm

    Sucks;
    Not sure what you are trying to say as the division into two kingdoms came after Solomon and long after the prophecies Israel made over his sons in Genesis 49. I am aware that ‘jew’ is a contraction of Judah and that the modern day “Israel” is more the kingdom of Judah. “Israel” has been scattered far and wide and only God truly knows where they all ended up. I have a feeling there are going to be some very surprised individuals when all is gathered together and sorted out at the end of time. Another interesting point the Apostle Paul makes is that “not all are Israel which are of Israel” (Ro9:6) suggesting that it has been an issue of the heart more than mere ancestry.

  • December 18, 2014 at 4:24pm

    True. Canaan, Amon and Moab are all products of incest and became the patriarchs of three of Israel’s most bitter enemies. Furthermore, Judah’s dalliances are the reason Samuel didn’t choose Jesse rather than Saul to be the king Israel clamored to have. A bastard child could not be admitted into the congregation of Israel until ten generation had passed and Jesse was the 9th. David was the 10th but at the time Saul came along was not yet ready for the mantle and so Saul got to be a sort of place-holder until David was prepared to ascend to the throne.
    You also should check more closely as the division in the generations given in Mathew (which interestingly shows the Lord as king..) are 14 and not 13 as you have posted. Thirteen is numerically the one assigned to “rebellion” and never is a good number if you are into that sort of thing.

  • [6] December 18, 2014 at 11:52am

    Skylight:
    Read both genealogies carefully. The one for Mary descends (kings ‘descend’ genealogically) through David via Solomon the next king and so on down to Christ and the record in Luke ascends (as a common man’s would) back up to David through Nathan who would have been Solomon’s brother and therefore a prince and not an heir to the throne. Joseph, Mary’s husband was of the House of David, but was not in the line of the kings. Hope this helps!

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  • [5] December 18, 2014 at 11:44am

    Blink:
    You are speaking about your interpretation. The people who are tying up the courts are your crowd, the ACLU an the FFRF. The Christians I know are not demanding that you believe or acknowledge anything of the sort. Methinks your skin is a tad bit thin on the subject of Christianity. Why would that be?

  • [3] December 18, 2014 at 11:38am

    Sorry, but Genesis 49:10 disproves your assertion. Israel, a.k.a. Jacob, on his deathbed said that “the sceptre shall not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come…” Plainly put, Messiah shall come as a direct descendant of Judah, and that the line of kings would descend through Judah all the way to Christ (Shiloh).
    The reason that Jesus Christ is said to be after the order of Melchizedek is because as ol’ Mel was both priest and king without any claim to both by inheritance, so would Christ be both without having claim to both by inheritance. In His time the High Priest came from the tribe of Levi, not Judah. Christ is now our High Priest, having been appointed such by the Father at/on the Mount of Transfiguration.

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  • [6] December 18, 2014 at 11:24am

    There is one glaring problem with this treatise and that is the author has gotten Joseph’s and Mary’s lineage bass-ackwards. As Jesus would have to have a direct line to David in order to qualify for his throne, it would of necessity come through Mary. The error comes through a lack of understanding that Mary’s father was also named Joseph, and the word “husband” in Mt 1:16 is “aneer” in Aramaic and means literally “mighty man”. It can be translated ‘husband’ but also can be rendered ‘father’, as it should be here. Furthermore, there is a safety ‘valve’ written into the text in verse 17 with three sets of 14 generations each. If one counts the last set with Joseph as husband, there are not 14 but only 13. If Joseph is Mary’s father, then the error goes away and the scripture then tells it accurately.

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  • [-1] December 18, 2014 at 10:59am

    Keres:
    Can’t see why you got a thumbs down for accurately referring to hades as the grave.. oh yes I can. I think the reference to ‘Hell’ is more in keeping with Dante’s Inferno than the Bible anyway. Gehenna is the better choice, but then that was the garbage dump outside the gates of Jerusalem, where they threw the unclaimed dead bodies. Somewhere, somehow it caught fire and was not put out, hence the fire that “is quenched not”. Imagery for the Lake of Fire perhaps.

  • [3] December 18, 2014 at 10:53am

    The part of the Church that has risen out of the ‘gentilic persuasion’ would do well to remember the Hebrew roots from which it sprang. I am told that some rabbinical schools have actually used the Gospels, not to teach about Messiah, but to demonstrate the cultural realities of that day. Much of the Gospels remains hidden from view for those who do not understand the culture of the Middle East at the time of Christ, and the minute detail in His fulfillment of the Law is lost on those who do not understand the system under which He lived.
    The practice of ‘cutting a covenant’ is one glaring example of unfortunate ignorance on the part of the gentile branch of the Church. It is so much more that a contract for example; and one traditional practice (Communion) actually is two covenants wrapped into one. Not understanding this has given rise to many rather colorful but inaccurate practices.
    Judas’ betrayal of the Lord was the breaking of a covenant, which was considered punishable by death by many in the Middle East. Judas’ decision to off himself was in some measure, doing the job himself rather than another killing him which would not have been ‘our of order’.
    There are many words and phrases that appear in the OT and even into the NT that are cultural references and would make perfect sense to those of that day who read them, but muddled and confusing to modern Christians. Check out ‘heaping coals of fire’ on someone’s head in Romans 12:20 for a good example.

  • [4] December 18, 2014 at 10:28am

    This is getting old.. don’t these groups have anything better to do with their time and money? Can any of these atheist groups provide tangible proof that the presence of such a display has actually converted an atheist to Christianity against their will? Contrary to popularly claimed belief there is no provision in the Constitution to provide ‘freedom from offense’. This action by the ACLU an the FFRF borders on obsessive-compulsive behavior in my opinion and if so, should constitute some serious counselling time. Maybe they should all go flop down on a couch somewhere with a certified psychoanalyst and find out what trauma they suffered at the hands of a religious person (or some such rot as that).

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  • December 17, 2014 at 9:04pm

    How are you chosen, Huff? To be a believer or merely a thorn in the flesh?

  • [3] December 17, 2014 at 10:34am

    Very:
    Who says He has stopped? The trouble with too many people is that they either never learned how to listen or in some cases forgot what His voice sounds like. The good news is that you can learn even at this late stage in life…

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