User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • [4] July 22, 2014 at 10:41am

    After reading this story and the one about the Sudanese banning the building of churches, I would think it well past time for Christians to give serious thought to returning to the days of Acts if you will. The churches (which after all means assembly and has no particular value assigned to it to mean ‘building’..) met in people’s homes, essentially making it an underground movement. The house church movement is how the Chinese Christians are growing and it WAS that way until a few years ago in places like Syria and Iraq incidentally. It well may become that here if the American Church continues to play footsie with the government.

  • [879] July 20, 2014 at 10:07pm

    An orchardist near where I grew up had similar problems with young buckaroos driving their jeep over his newly planted fruit trees, at night of course because they didn’t have the guts to do it when they could be observed. So, the orchardist ‘planted’ railroad ties cut short enough so they would stick out of the ground just higher than the axle of the offending vehicles. He then posted the property with signs that said, “do not enter; property is barricaded”. The boys did anyway and ripped the front end out of their jeep. One of them was the son of a lawyer who of course threatened to sue the orchardist, and took him to court. The judge threw the case out and then threw the book at the lawyer and ordered him to pay the orchardist damages to replace his damaged property.

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  • [12] July 20, 2014 at 11:00am

    I wouldn’t call that love; more like a mutual ‘using’ society. It would have to be given her mug shot, but then again in order to be fair, lets see a photo of the cheated wife. Or.. maybe not..

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  • July 19, 2014 at 1:44pm

    In the Old Testament when Israel turned away from God, they “did right in their own eyes”. Basically without God to set a standard, this is all mankind has left to use. Since you evidently disdain the Bible what other ‘standard’ do you propose to use? And, incidentally I was raised in a “moral” family, but no church and no Jesus Christ. I became a Christian in college at the age of 20, at a major university where the prevailing philosophy was “if it feels good, do it”. There was this guy named Ted who was running around at that time murdering women and burying their bodies all over the place. Apparently for him, it “felt good”.
    I can assure you there is nothing in life that the Bible cannot and does not cover more than adequately. The issue is whether or not a person wants to live by its standard.

  • July 19, 2014 at 1:31pm

    Freedomlover:
    Then, what do you do with the statement by the Lord, “I come not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill”? The timeline for Mathew by in large is pre-resurrection, so in its context the Law would still be in effect. After the Resurrection, the Law of Love is in effect, which changes much, and adds more individual responsibility for the believer. The unbeliever is still bound by the Law until such time that person receives Jesus Christ.
    FYI the ‘time changes’ God has set into the scripture are found in the various covenants He made with mankind over the ages. The rules for each are different but not mutually exclusive of one another. The age we live in at present is the most free (and freeing) mankind has ever seen. The time was that many of the comments made on this website that denigrate and blaspheme God would be met by a volley of stones. Now because of God’s grace and mercy, people get away with saying all kinds of horrible things about the God that gave them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but that too, will change when the Lord returns to rule with a rod of iron. Should be interesting to see how the unbelieving and believing alike handle that.

  • [96] July 19, 2014 at 9:51am

    Gotta love actors who have made their fortunes pretending to be something they are not, suddenly want to be taken seriously when it comes to politics.

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  • [17] July 19, 2014 at 9:44am

    While one wouldn’t expect a business (who after all is in business to make money) to show some sort of compassion, it nevertheless isn’t good advertising to be rude to a customer. If it were me, shopping there would cease, and anyone in marketing knows that a disgruntled customer will tell at least 10 other people. With the advent of Facebook, and this site, the number is much, much higher than that. Big mistake Dollar General.

  • [5] July 19, 2014 at 9:28am

    DLV:
    Take the down vote as a compliment, even if it is a backhanded one. If what you are saying is common sense and you get a down vote, then logically the voter who gave you that doesn’t have any common sense. right?

  • [8] July 18, 2014 at 6:45pm

    The phrase ‘preaching Christ and him crucified’ comes from 1Corinthians and is NOT a compliment, no matter how well intended preachers who use it may think it. The Corinthian congregation had gone no farther than that, which essentially leaves Christ on the cross. (RC crucifixes have him there still..) It is the Resurrection that is the important key and in 1 Co 2:4 Paul goes on to say, ‘and my speech was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’ In other words, the power of christianity isn’t in the crucifixion per se because “as in Adam shall all men die”. Jesus had to die in order to “seal the deal” as it were and the cross was necessary for God to have a legal means of cancelling the curses against mankind: ‘cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree’. The power of Jesus’s sacrifice is made available to all those who call upon His name, because God raised Him from the dead. Phillipians says we can walk in the power of the Resurrection.
    I have no argument against what this preacher says, except he doesn’t go far enough in my opinion.

  • July 18, 2014 at 6:02pm

    Chapter and verse, please? Your statement sounds a little flatfooted to me…

  • July 18, 2014 at 6:00pm

    Blink:
    You will get no argument from me on the point you made. I have thought for some time that the Church (in it’s organized, regimented form) is its own worst enemy. I took a year mission trip in my early 30′s and the most burned out on religion groups we encountered were ex-Catholics and ‘cultural Jews’. Both had been forced as young people to attend and apparently got little in the why’s and wherefore’s and too much in the ‘do this or else’ category.

  • [2] July 18, 2014 at 10:48am

    Nigel:
    “has gone completely mad..” Don’t you think they have always been of unsound mind and body, only now when things are so stirred up, it has become obvious? 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “for God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a SOUND mind”. (emphasis mine)”. I submit that atheism is a development of unsound minds..

  • [2] July 18, 2014 at 10:42am

    Proverbs:
    Of course it is, but these loons are quite skilled of tripping over the obvious. It is like the old saying “don’t bother me with the facts; my mind is made up!”

  • [1] July 18, 2014 at 10:35am

    When people allow emotions to do their thinking for them, we come up with silly protests such as this knit-a-brick campaign. I personally applaud them for their valiant effort… not that I agree, but it is fun to see them waste their time with a pointless venture instead of throwing real bricks..

  • July 17, 2014 at 6:28pm

    How far the nation’s education system has fallen. It is my understanding that the parochial school system was emphasized by the RC’s early on in this nation’s past because the public school system was so strongly influenced by the Protestants that the RC children enrolled in the public schools were leaving the RC church and becoming protestant. Now, people I know have withdrawn their children from the public system and enrolled them in the local Catholic H.S. in order to have them exposed to Christian teachings, even if they don’t agree with some of the RC doctrines.

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  • [5] July 17, 2014 at 1:22pm

    A ‘familiar’ is a demonic being “assigned” if you will to a person that follows them around and becomes ‘familiar’ with what that person says, does, wears etc. and when or if necessary can impersonate that person exactly. They will do things such as is described in this story. The dead, if the Bible is to be believed, are in a place where communication with this world is not possible for them, or at least that is what I have been taught.
    A ‘medium’ is a person who employs familiar spirits in order to ‘tell you everything you ever did’. They aren’t so good at the future however, because the future is a realm the true God keeps to himself, unless revealed in the pages of the Bible or by His prophets.

  • [3] July 17, 2014 at 12:40pm

    Familiar spirits to be exact.

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  • [12] July 17, 2014 at 9:40am

    Pride and envy do funny things to people. Pride can sometimes be a good thing, but envy is nothing but evil and eventually will consume the person who wallows in it.

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  • [25] July 16, 2014 at 10:39am

    This man’s prayer reminds me of the “face-off” between Elijah and the 850 prophets and priests of Ba-al. They yelled and “prayed’ and cut themselves even (!) for hours and nothing happened. The Elijah got up and took his turn and prayed to God a simple prayer that essentially was “God I know you hear me, but these guys need a little demonstration. So if you don’t mind, let ‘er rip!” The fire came down and consumed even the stones of the altar..
    My question is ‘who of significance is listening when an atheist prays?’

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  • July 15, 2014 at 8:38pm

    Jells:
    All I can derive about you is what you write, so please forgive me if I have hastily determined something about you (even if you never said anything to indicate it).
    Please understand that it is not honest scholarship to attempt to make the Bible fit modern cultural allowances or to retrofit it as it were to accommodate what the unbelieving or disobedient wish to allow in their lives.
    I take umbrage with your comment about it being a ‘collection of stories’, and that was from which I made my statement to you in the first place. As far as the Bible containing ‘how to act and behave’ you actually are right, but since it is the Word of God, it is timeless in its application, regardless of how much culture may have changed. You have heard the phrase, the more things change, the more they remain the same? And an oft repeated phrase, mostly from Ecclesiastes, “there is nothing new under the sun”. you might profit from reading the last part of Ecclesiastes where it says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
    The Bible says of itself that it contains “all things that pertain to life and godliness”. Hope this helps you.

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