User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • August 3, 2015 at 7:55pm

    Schmiggsy:
    If while America’s knees are buckled she remembers the God in Heaven that brought her to be, there would be hope indeed. And if she repented, there would be revival indeed.

  • August 3, 2015 at 12:12pm

    Drewbster:
    I voted for him the first time, but when he ran the second time, no. There was choice between him, Bill and Bob Dole, who like so many other Repubs were merely place markers in an election they never intended to win… or at least that is how I see it. So, there was really no choice… like so many other elections :(

  • [6] August 3, 2015 at 10:35am

    Mil-Dot:
    To what do I owe your invective? Maybe you will need a dictionary for that one… as far as being related to Sen. Graham, perhaps distantly but as we all got off the same boat I am likely also related to you and that is a very disturbing thought..
    Mr. Perot was interviewed while exiting the voting booth the night he helped Bill get elected and the question asked him regarded the supposition he would be forming a permanent third party movement. Mr. Perot’s answer was no, he’d been a lifelong Democrat and wasn’t likely to change. The fix was in. He had been a shill for the Clintons.

  • August 3, 2015 at 10:22am

    Snooop1e
    Good morning!
    I read your posts with interest and wanted only to say that many of the verses you supplied can also be rendered “creation”. Context will show you which is which most times, not that this significantly alters your point. Thought you might like to know.

  • [7] August 3, 2015 at 9:52am

    I like Trump too but I am old enough to remember a guy named Ross Perot who also ran “against” a Clinton and a Bush but whose goal was only to keep the Bush from gaining the White House. I often have wondered how Perot benefitted from that little charade, because without him, Ol’ Bill would have never gotten elected. I fear this Trump run is a repeat performance of the Clintons…

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  • [2] August 3, 2015 at 9:47am

    Yeah, except the IRS audited him for not paying tax on the lamp oil..

  • August 2, 2015 at 9:59am

    “What did he say?”…… “I think he said the sheriff was near”…

  • [5] August 1, 2015 at 9:46pm

    I was married to an alcoholic for nearly 16 years and in the course of that time we had two children..girls. We divorced nearly 11 years ago and in that time I ended up being primary custodian. The hardest (but best) thing was to ask the court to make me the primary. She hated me for it, but even her own family agreed it was best. Her sister asked me “what took you so long?” From that time we watched as she rose and fell, struggling with the addiction. Every time we thought she had reached the bottom, she would find the trap door to the basement. Only when she decided she needed to get free did she make the effort. Of her own volition, she entered a program available though the Union Gospel Mission called the Anne Ogden House. It involves the women in bible study, counselling, in house work detail, and accountability not only to the counsellors, but the other residents as well. Each woman is expected to become involved in a local church of their choosing/ The program is two years in length. The catch phrase is “personal accountability”.My ex-wife “graduated” in June, has a job and her own place. She has more ‘sober’ thoughts than I can recall in over the 25 years I have known her.
    The change in me is a realization that many addictions cannot just be laid aside by a simple decision, alcohol being one. The best thing for this mother would be if her daughter were placed out of her care but close enough to be in her life, even if only marginally.

  • July 31, 2015 at 10:25am

    LCDR:
    Explained well enough that I can understand where you are coming from. I might have used some slightly different terms but that is where He works with different individuals according to their understanding and abilities. The old thing about not putting God in a box.
    One of the RC apologists used to deride Martin Luther because he claimed to get revelation while sitting on the privy. The apologist failed to note where HE got revelation and failed to notice that the importance is in receiving it at all and recognizing it as such rather than where it was received… oh well.
    We will see each other here again?!? Too bad this site does not allow personal contact (or if they do I have no idea how it is accomplished). Keep preaching!

  • July 30, 2015 at 10:25pm

    LCDR:
    Clarify, please? Gift of prophecy ala 1Co12? As in a ‘word of prophecy? or prophecy like Agabus gave in the book of Acts? Do you also speak in tongues? Curious..:)

  • [1] July 30, 2015 at 3:09pm

    There were three (3) safeguards built into the Constitution. The first forbade (in essence) the formation of bureaus as these would inevitably supplant the role of Congress to write laws. This was ignored in the 1880′s with the formation of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The second safeguard was kicked to the curb with the amendment to the Constitution regarding the election of senators. Originally the Senate was to represent the desires and direction the respective States wish to give the Republic. By making senators elected by the people and not their state legislatures effectively made the Senate too much like the House, except one cannot now get rid of bad ones nearly as easily.
    The third is still there but is being undermined greatly by not adhering to its purpose and that is the Electoral College. The Presidency was never intended to be representing “the People”. He was and should be an executive whose charge is to carry out the will of the people and the collective States together.
    We are not so much a Republic as an oligarchy run and ruled by black robed judges and Wall Street bankers with a union boss or two thrown in for good measure. Sad but true.

  • July 30, 2015 at 2:40pm

    Immaculate conception? That would be Jesus, right? Any others would of necessity be of the ‘presumptuous assumption’ kind I would think.

  • July 30, 2015 at 12:59pm

    LCDR:
    No one in their right mind would seek to become a prophet because of the heavy responsibility one carries to be accurate not only in the telling of things to come, but the burden to speak forth the truth even in the face of fierce adversity. I have a dear friend who is called to be a prophet, who ran away from the calling for several years for the very reasons I listed above. He functions as an apostle when he is in Romania, but similarly does not claim the title. ‘A man’s gift makes room for him’ it says somewhere and it will be evident to those who are the willing recipients of said gifting. It is the Romanian gypsies that claim he is an apostle.
    A problem for those who do have such calling is that the years of traditional teachings regarding the gift ministries have clouded the waters of understanding of them, how they are best carried out and even that they are still in operation today.
    The box that religion keeps Christians in is largely to blame and is nothing more than the flesh attempting to control the spirit (or Spirit if you will). Those who hold the box are perhaps the most deceived as they have no clue the depth of deception that has been put on them. As you said, we have an obligation to speak the truth in love, even when it is summarily rejected as evidenced on this thread. “I am become all things to all men that I by all means might save some” is one of the many things Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Keep preaching brother!

  • [9] July 30, 2015 at 12:42pm

    While draining my hot water tank in order to replace elements I once found a wee frog. He was quite cooked however and somehow I neglected to tell my kids what I found..:)
    Ignorance is bliss sometimes, but in others, a filter would be well advised.

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  • [5] July 30, 2015 at 11:28am

    As long as it is the middle one..

  • July 30, 2015 at 11:02am

    Geets:
    You prayers are working as I indeed have found truth in the Church Jesus gave us. It is contained in the Word the Holy Spirit gave us. And while it is Catholic (universal :) it isn’t necessarily Roman, if you get my drift. It is too bad there is so much more outside the walls Rome has built around your mind, but if you don’t want it, rest assured there are millions who do want it. Read the parable about the Prodigal Son again Gita. It has truth on so many levels. In the immediate application the younger brother is the Gentile while the older brother is Israel. But today one can see the hostility of the elder brother in the way the RC’s treat the Protestants. At least you don’t still burn them at the stake (although I understand that the Vatican hasn’t disbanded the Office of the Inquisition :) At any rate the parable is more about the Forgiving Father than any prodigal…
    And as your prayers toward me may be commendable (I certainly hope they aren’t actually curses :) it might be effort better spent for you to pray to Him to reveal more of Himself to you than whatever the Catechism taught you. Just an idea. Cheers!

  • July 30, 2015 at 10:48am

    LCDR:
    Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I should be used to the kind of comments I receive from the ‘roman crowd’ by now. And while I have never considered them opponents or enemies, I nevertheless have not withheld speaking the truth in love to them. I will always attempt to find common ground somewhere in scripture with those with whom I disagree, but even that is not easy most times. “am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” Paul famously asked the Galatians this in 4:16. When a person thinks they have all the answers, then the verse that says ‘those that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled’ goes wanting because there is no more room in the theological bucket (so to speak) to receive fresh revelation.
    Another problem I have encountered in these kinds of debates is the increasing evidence that many here do not define words the same way. They must be defined according to their biblical usage so the conversation can proceed on the same level of understanding (at least theoretically :) One of the catch phrases is ‘the eucharist’. Another is ‘commandment’ as is ‘church’. The list goes on as I am sure you are aware. At any rate, expect I shall see your comments on this site again. Looking forward to it!

  • July 29, 2015 at 9:48pm

    Gita:
    I did NOT call Him a liar! The problem you have is you don’t read nor do you comprehend what you do read. Prevail means to overcome. There has ALWAYS been a remnant of believers no matter how screwed up the leadership has become. The Church Universal is still here even if many of the believers are not RCs. The problem I think for you is that you do not really have any idea what the “church” is. It is the assembly of the called out of Jew and Gentile alike and they meet in various places and home around the world. It isn’t some smug little country club with stained glass windows and men running around in funny pointed hats telling their faithful that they and they alone have the whole truth and the rest are sadly outside the walls hoping to get a crumb or two. And maybe just maybe they might get lucky and get in the door if they are good enough. You really should look at the picture made in Revelation 3 re: the church of Laodicea. they had a form of godliness but denied the power of God, instead being content to think they had it all figured out. Jesus Himself is pictured knocking on the door to be let in.. into a ‘church’ that claimed to be His and doing His will. Sounds awfully familiar to me. Open your eyes and see!

  • July 29, 2015 at 10:43am

    I regard the Reformation as an attempt by God to restore the Church to its First Century power and authority. But as always, God has had to work with fallible men to carry out His desires..Too many times we see Christianity as “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof,” and this is not a malady limited to one denomination or another but all have this problem. The only answer is to re-elevate the veracity and authority of scripture to its rightful place and again allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to walk in Him.
    Over time the RC’s did a marvelous job of preserving Christianity against the onslaught of Islam (a.k.a. the dark ages). There was good value in the monastic movement as it effectively became a bulwark against the ungodly hordes of unbelievers. Also, the RC’s preserved the Word so that it could be received (with gladness:) by others who have had the desire to go farther and deeper than they have done.
    I have said to you before, please feel free to rejoice in your Catholic faith, but for your own sake and those you love, don’t stop at “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” as it goes further: “and my speech and my preaching was not in 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”. (1Cor.2:4-5) Lift up your eyes Gita; there is much more to Christianity than you suppose.

  • [1] July 29, 2015 at 10:21am

    Geets pt2:
    There is a rather succinct laying out of what happened in the First Century that gave us the mess that became the RC Church and it is found in 2Timothy. Pay close attention to these 4 passages: 2T1:15; 2T2:17-18; 2T3:8 and 2T 4:3-4. The ‘church’ first turned away from what Paul presented in the Epistles. The second step was after that, leaders began to err concerning the Truth. The third step was when confronted with the Truth, the leadership resisted the Truth and fourth, having done all that, they turned their backs on the truth and embraced fables. And I assume you know what a fable is, yes? Most Christian fables have a decidedly ‘gnostic’ flavor to them (at least in my opinion).
    It is quite true that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church, but too often the ‘church’ is not found in the leadership but in the congregants. “Where there is no vision the people wander aimlessly” Proverbs says. The problem I see is that somewhere near the time of Constantine, the Church “married the world” and brought in wholesale non-Christian ideas in order to placate the volume of new ‘converts’ and so became what we see in Rome today. Christian? yes but barely so. When Paul came to Corinth he saw that they had gone only as far as “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. The cross you have has Him still on it. Dead but not resurrected. The power in Christianity is not in the death , but in the resurrection. to pt. 3

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