User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • April 22, 2014 at 10:40pm

    My uncle died at Normandy; he was US Army Tank Corps. When he was in Europe, my grandmother faithfully wrote to him and in 1944 received many of her letters back unopened. He had died before they got to him. Mom travelled extensively after she retired (and shamelessly squandered our inheritance, we would tell her..) and visited his grave when she was in France.

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  • April 22, 2014 at 9:02pm

    Bearfoot;
    It is stories like what you shared that make all the tripe and gripe from too many unthankful and doubting Thomas’s here in America endurable. Just because too many of us aren’t interested in hearing the Truth doesn’t mean all people are like that. Thanks!

  • April 22, 2014 at 8:58pm

    I have lately understood that anyone born into time must die in order to escape it. Jesus had to and so do we. My point in posting what I did above was to emphasize that at least I wasn’t going to leave without discharging what God called us Christians to do. We are not doormats for Jesus but ambassadors for Christ.

  • April 22, 2014 at 10:37am

    Ashes:
    Remember that we are called ambassadors for Christ in 2 Corinthians 5. We have the awesome responsibility of representing accurately the Sovereign that has sent us, and in return we have the right to expect His benevolent protection and provision that we may carry out the mission. Don’t be too ready to give in to ol’ splitfoot and his little dippy minions.

  • April 22, 2014 at 10:32am

    Kaboooom! Rev. Al is not going to like this.

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  • April 22, 2014 at 10:15am

    I have known for some time that if you push something hard enough, it will fall over: its called Fudd’s Law.

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  • April 22, 2014 at 10:07am

    Cavallo:
    Are you ready? There are laws already in place about certain types of meetings (house churches in particular) being unlawful. These are usually municipal laws as I am not aware of any federal laws. My attitude re: the feds and their laws are essentially “Render unto Caesar what is his; but what isn’t his don’t render it, nor tell him anything about it.” Peter said it succinctly when he told the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:19-20; ‘whether it be right in the sight of God to harken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have both seen and heard.’ It is best to hide in plain sight as well, but one needs to be very careful what battles one wants to fight too.

  • April 22, 2014 at 9:46am

    This is more likely to happen when the gov’t gets even more desperate for $$$ and they go after the 501C-3 exemption and force churches to pay their ‘fair share’.. whatever that is. “The love of money is the root of all evil”, someone said somewhere..
    The irony of the 501C-3 exemption for non-profit religious is that the FFRF likely has gotten itself this type of exemption as well. More ironic is that churches in America traditionally have never had to pay tax on collections or on church property. It was good old Lyndon Baines Johnson who sold the idea of the 501C-3 to churches in the first place and that wasn’t because he was looking out for their best interests. Because in order to obtain the 501C-3, a church has to incorporated and in so doing enslaves itself to government regulations regarding corporations which always involve tax returns. The IRS de facto serves on the board of any church who has this phony exemption. The love of money? Maybe. More likely fear has driven churches to surrender their sovereignty to the good ol’ US of A. Shame on us.

  • April 22, 2014 at 9:26am

    They do read articles like these; the Chinese communists have operatives over here going to church, trying to weasel their way into the confidences of Chinese Christians over here in order to gain information about the real Christian movement in China and not their government sanctioned churches. Those are only allowed to teach or present the communist ‘approved gospel’; the real Christian church in China is hidden in people’s homes and in out of the way places where several can meet undetected.

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  • April 22, 2014 at 9:20am

    The statistics I heard nearly 4 years ago from a returning missionary from China is that its government has no idea exactly how many Christians there are in China that do not participate in the government sanctioned churches but instead are worshipping in “illegal” underground/ house churches. He told us there are estimated 175 million Christian believers in China and the government wants very badly to ferret out who and where they are, so consequently, great care is taken by them and missionaries from America not to be open at all about what exactly they are doing in China. And, no, God is not ashamed of them because they don’t stand on a street corner and loudly proclaim their faith.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 11:03am

    This is a rather sobering reminder of how petty some of our (my ) complaints about life in America are.. May God help us to remember what He has done for us, and may God lift up this man and keep him in the palm of His hand!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 10:27am

    Patty,
    Thank you for your input; I did not post to suggest that I was denying God by not praying in public. Agreed there are times when that would be appropriate, but my point should have been stated that Christians would be wise to choose their battles carefully.
    I do pray in public, over meals etc. I often give testimony to others (that I don’t know from Adam’s housecat..) of what God has done for me and others. I should have said that if one is being denied access to pray at a public meeting such as a town council meeting, there are other ways, perhaps more effective of getting the job done.
    As far as my comment of praying in private and then seeing the result in public, I can’t tell you how many times I have used that to THEN witness to the truth to someone. Different ways of getting the job done Patty! Have a blessed week!

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:06am

    May:
    I agree with your assessment of America being a great mission field, but.. I have a friend who goes to Romania several times a year to minister among the Gypsies. They truly are a great example of the ‘off-scouring’ of the earth, but he has said many times that because they have nothing, giving them Jesus Christ is the greatest gift to them. Since he first preached Christ to them in 1995, hundreds and hundreds of churches have sprung up in Romania and even in Bulgaria and other nations where there are Gypsy populations. He even has heard the same Gospel message from them in this country, so it truly has gone around the world.
    Contrary to this success, he also has reported that where he has gone in this country, there is an increasing hardness to the Gospel, largely due to unthankfulness and the fact that too many Americans trust to their stuff rather than the Lord, and rely far too much on ‘churchianity’ rather than the Truth.
    Sooo… I agree with your assessment of America but would ask: “are you up to the task? It ain’t going to be easy..”

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:55am

    Harsh words Mystery! What will God do with the believing ones in California? It isn’t like sending angels to get one righteous man and his family out of Sodom. It very well may be true that the prayers of the faithful in California have kept it from sliding into the ocean as it were. I feel the same way sometimes as you do. Despite my urgings for them to leave, I have dear friends who are faithful believers that live in the Seattle metro area who will not leave because they believe that part of their mission as Christians is to ‘stand in the gap’ for others in the area who want the truth. Let God sort out California.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:46am

    Christians need to remember that prayers such as would likely be offered with respect to a town council meeting need not be uttered on site or even at the time of the event in order to be effective. Prayers done in private with like minded believers are usually more effective anyway because one doesn’t have to battle the unbelief that ‘others’ exude, especially atheistic types. Besides (pardon my dark humor..) it is more fun to pray something privately and see it fulfilled publically without having drawn attention to the prayer beforehand. The atheistic ones won’t acknowledge God in any case so why share the fun with them?

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  • April 20, 2014 at 4:30pm

    Sorry Greenwood, I was having some fun before I ran off to church this morning. I am well aware of the so-called mystery, Babylon the Great, which is the embodiment of virtually all world religions and to an unfortunate extent, much of Christianity. There are no mysteries or secrets that pertain to the Church that God has not revealed to us. I was obliquely referring to the famous dodge that so many Christians have used over the years to explain the ‘unexplainable’ by saying something of the sort, “its a mystery: take it on faith”.

  • April 20, 2014 at 11:55am

    @Dudley;
    You are correct about ‘eating’ the lamb, but what significance does His body hold for us, if as we would all agree, His shed blood is for the remission and forgiveness of sins? The answer is in 1 Corinthians 11, where the Apostle Paul says that many among you are sick and weakly and some even sleep (die). All because they did/do not correctly discern the Lord’s body.

  • April 20, 2014 at 11:02am

    BBucky2;
    The practice of offering bread and wine actually goes back into antiquity, well before the time of Christ. Christians rightly celebrate Communion in remembrance of what He accomplished. Most however do not fully understand the purpose of the bread, even if they do get the significance of the wine.
    Genesis 14 records the first time bread and wine are offered, and they relate themselves to two very old methods of making a covenant with another person. The blood covenant is represented by the wine and was done instead of actually cutting oneself (blood brothers?) and the bread, which would have contained salt, was the other covenant. The covenant of salt was to show that the parties involved would treat the other better than themselves and also showed that they would rather die than be false or lie to each other. When Judas said, “I have betrayed the innocent blood”, he was referring to the fact that he had eaten salted food with the Lord, and then broken that solemn vow by betraying him to those who wanted Him dead.

  • April 20, 2014 at 10:49am

    @Greenwood;
    Glad to see someone here had the courage to point out the whole Festival of Ashteroth/ Isis/ Semaramis connection to the Resurrection. Gotta love those politically savvy Early Church Fathers for synchronizing the events of the Christian calendar with the Babylonian deities, just to satisfy the flood of ‘converts’ once Christianity became acceptable in the Roman world. Why they did it is ‘all a mystery to me’.

  • April 20, 2014 at 10:37am

    Blink:
    The positioning of this holiday has little to do with the spring equinox per se but more with when and where Passover is celebrated, which since the Exodus was tied to the Hebrew month of Nisan. The ancient Hebrew calendar being a lunar based calendar always has their feasts associated with the full moon. The Gospels record that Jesus was crucified on the “eve of Passover” or the afternoon before Passover began which would have been at sundown, the Hebrew day beginning and ending at sundown. One of the other spring feasts, called the Feast of First Fruits was also associated with the month of Nisan and the Feast of Passover. It was timed to be celebrated when the first of the barley harvest would begin, again in the spring of the year. Consequently the early Church chose to remember the Resurrection on the first day of the week (Sunday): the closest one following Passover. Does this help?

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