WELL HERE IS THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE OLD FORUM.
THREAD OF FAITH -
This is an important thread to continue. Thank you for "resurrecting" it!
Though I haven't been active in this forum, I plan to. In that light, I wanted to share a few web resources that I have found to contain very important "bible study" videos and audio clips. The "author" and Pastor is Tim Warner from the Berean Church, Oasis, in Florida.
Bereans Bible Institute - Currently 5 study modules of which I've completed 3 and found fascinating.
Answers in Revelations - A complete indepth breakdown of Revelations, chapter by chapter.
The Bereans historically are know for their "studiousness" in the Bible and adhering strictly to what is stated in the bible and rejects false and pagan doctrines (or baggage) that has crept into Christianity over the millenia.
Before I forget...
@JerJr: Thank you for the Spurgeon sermon, and the meditation from 'Morning and Evening', now Archived on the last page of old thread.
@NW VIEW: As usual, I have enjoyed another story from the past (Preacher Arrested!)...and the Poonen sermon was attended to by 'yours truly'. The Word, rightly divided, is like a two-edged sword.
@SWM: I cannot rid you from my night-watches, or from my prayers, or from my heart. It is an unbreakable bond that Christ knits and forges between Himself...and His. It is often bitter-sweet. May you be receiving double-portions of His love, His comfort, and His faithfulness. I can say no more.
@Foggyroad and IRB: Neither is forgotten by me, and it does not embarrass me to say, "I love you."
O, for the day when Faith will be Sight; when the Crooked will be made Straight; when the Promise will be our Possession!
NWD...who is in need of your help to praise Him.
Your post sent me back to the place I left off in my reading of 'The Pilgrim Church', which was Chapter IX: The Anabaptists. This portion of the book immediately follows the chapter: The Reformation. My recent fascination with A Cappella hymn singing (which I consider a gift) came to me via an Anabaptist-Mennonite inspired YouTube channel found here:
My 'copy' of 'The Pilgrim Church' came from here:
Chapter IX is quite long (Pg 153-192). I read as far as Pg. 183 today, but became too tired to press on, and Pg.183 was an excellent place to take a 'breather'. What a treasure-trove of church history, and how important it is to follow that history in order to be able to flesh out the difficulties, and the personalities, in order to be able to embrace Christ's church whole-heartedly in spite of it's bloody (and that for good reason!) past.
Out of the struggle to gain a good understanding, my heart is expanded and my love is deepened for Christ, most assuredly, but also for the 'clay-vessels' who have carried Him about in themselves; and not believing the 'servant is greater than the master'. The Anabaptists were persecuted by Lutherans (Protestants) and Papists alike. I find it difficult to believe they were ever persecuted, and prosecuted, by a man in whose heart the 'love of God had been shed abroad'. Most, I believe, who brought the malevolence forward could be labeled C.I.N.Os (Christian-in-name-only). If truly Christian, they labored under the weight of great error! And, my reading in Chapter IX has helped immensely in this regard, as it is hard to connect the DOTS with merely a cursory knowledge of their importance.
Anyway, from my 'accidental' thread...
Glad to see ToF is alive and back up and thanks to all that post here, thanks NW for starting it up again. I thought I would post some Spurgeon that really hit home for me today.
"Underneath are the everlasting arms."—Deuteronomy 33:27.
OD—THE eternal God—is Himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet "underneath" thee "are everlasting arms." Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ's great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as "the uttermost"; and to the uttermost He saves. Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are "the everlasting arms." He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him. The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the "everlasting arms"—they are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan's efforts to harm him avail nothing.
This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty. And, further, when death comes, the promise shall still hold good. When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, "I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me." We shall descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall. All through life, and at its close, we shall be upheld by the "everlasting arms"—arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for "the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is weary."
Will do, our prayers are with her, thanks for the update.
Prayed as soon as I read it.....
JJ, thank you so much for the inspirational post (#15), that reminded me in prayer God will heal Carol one way or another, physically or by taking her home.
God Bless you Carol, may He keep you close to His Heart.
Prayers for Carol and Family,
Heavenly Father, Beloved and True, we bring Carol's name up to your ears, Precious Father.
If it it be good in Your eyes Loving Father, refresh Carol's body and mind and soul with your Living Waters, let her drink from your Everlasting Waters, that flow freely from Your Throne, beloved Father.
Please bless Carol, steady her heart, strengthen her body and mind, fill her with peace Father, we pray,
Refresh and cleanse Carol's Spirit and Soul, with the pure Waters of Life, bless Her, with your abundant Loving Kindness, Peace and Grace.
Heal Carol, Father comfort her, grant her your blessed Peace, rejuvenate her sickly body and quicken her weary Spirit.
Praise the Lord.
If it is time for Carol to come Home, grant Your Comfort and Peace to her Family, grant them great Joy, the Joy that they may rest in the knowledge, that Carol is in Your loving Arms.
Carol will be in His Glory, standing in the bright Light of the Lord, in His Love.
Blessed Joy, in loving embrace, surrounded with Love and Laughter, of Friends and Family gone before.
Thank You, loving Father.
In Jesus most beautiful Name , I pray.
Praise Jesus, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
Praise the Lord.
He is Risen!
The heavens Rejoice, for He has overcome.
Rejoice in the Lord.
He is returning Soon!
Praises and Blessings, and Thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven, the Most High.
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy will be done, Thy Kingdom come, Praise the Lord.
Carol beloved, soon we shall all be united, look up with heartfelt Joy.
Love Foggy, and Friends.