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Short Question Of Utmost Importance!

Real quick – I read an example today that I must share and hopefully you will share your insights in the comments below. Here goes:

One day a man’s bank account number was found by a person who then proceeded to deposit 50 million dollars in it.  This donor knew the person’s name but did not call the man to tell him about the deposit.  The man continued living his life, struggling to pay his bills and stressing over his future, yet apparently, because of his poverty, did not bother to check his account balance (bear with me, OK!).  Then one day the donor sent him a letter instructing him to check his balance in his bank account. The man did, and his life was changed.

Question: When did this man become a millionaire?

Now for the hook.  I will post again in a few days with another story that YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!  So, stay tuned!  How was that for promotion?

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A Quick Comment About Commenting

Anyone wishing to have their comments approved by me on this blog must interact directly with a post I have posted.  All comments that merely have links to other posts, are not directly interacting with words I have written, or merely want to espouse their own views without dialog concerning a post of mine, will not be approved but deleted.  This doesn’t happen very often, but it is prompted by a recent comment that I deleted.  I am not an advertising agency where other people can promote their views without meaningful interaction with my writings.

Thank you for your prayerful support!

Craig

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Part 2 – What do you say when…

OK, back to the issue at hand.  Remember Romans 5:20, “Yet law came in by the way, that the offense should be increasing.  Yet where sin increases, grace superexceeds.”  In other versions, you may have read this verse to say where sin abounds, grace does much more abound, or something to that effect.  Let me now ask a series of questions for those who have been raised in the church and still defend the modern church business as it is.

1.  What was the purpose of the law?  (A. To increase sin Romans 5:20)

2.  Can we merit grace from God?  If so, what must we do to merit God’s grace?  (A. No, no answer because we cannot merit grace from God, meaning we cannot earn God’s grace by anything we do)

3.  Since we cannot earn God’s grace,  can we do something against people or God that would nullify God giving His grace?  What would that be?  (A.  No, we cannot nullify God’s grace.  Why?  Because where sin increases, and Paul does not say sin against whom, God’s grace superexceeds that sin.)

4.  Why does the modern church and its leaders continuously teach that we can sin against people or God and miss out on God’s grace, as if Romans 5:20 does not exist?

I think you are getting the point.  Here is what I think about NOW, versus what I used to think, which is that even the horrible sinners like Hitler and Stalin and others in recent history will receive God’s grace at a point in God’s history.  I even believe that the chief of sinners will receive God’s grace and will even tell us stories of how bad he was (oh, wait, that story has already been told by Paul in 1 Tim 1:15) that we would understand more fully how deep and wide and high God’s love and grace are!  Even if Paul does not tell this story, we will ALL find out one day how abundant God’s love and grace really are!

You see, the modern church is still hung up on the law rather than grace.  It is still about works and not grace.  No matter what any of them say, they all still rely on works (if they believe in an eternal conscious torment in hell) to keep them from hell and position them in heaven.  If they truly believed that sin isn’t the issue, but grace is (I believe Paul is trying to explain that we should not be focused on sin, ours, your, mine, whatever!), they wouldn’t try to scare people into heaven by thoughts of “hell.”  After all, what is scary about grace?  Nothing!  So many Christian leaders in the modern church MUST keep people scared and threaten them with eternal torment or else they wouldn’t do the things the modern church needs done (paying for buildings, pastor salaries, trips around the world, etc.).  If every Christian was hung up on grace, meaning they were given over to God’s grace and living in it, then there would be true unity in the Body of Christ and no need for all the materialism of the modern church.  We could simply get together with our neighbors next door and around the block and have grace-filled fellowship with them!  Wow, how cool would that be?

Anyway, I will close this now and save a little for the next article, possibly even finishing out my thoughts on Paul’s teaching of God’s grace .  Until then, may God’s grace be your focus and may your sin fade into the past, to the back of your mind and thoughts.  Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Craig

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If Hell Is Eternal Separation From God, Then…

God cannot be omnipresent.  The modern church believes that God is everywhere and there is no place where God is not.  David supported this teaching when he said,

“(Psa 139:7) Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?

(Psa 139:8) If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!”

(NOTE:  The whole chapter is worthy of your time and meditation!)

Yet, the modern church also believes that eternal conscious torment in hell is away from God’s presence.  They say, as I did for many years, that hell is eternal separation from God.  How can this be?  This is an oxymoron.  The term oxymoron is an oxymoron (composed of two words meaning sharp and dull, implied that one thing is both sharp and dull at the same time).  So, my question to the modern church is this; how can God be omnipresent yet be eternally separate from hell?  Is there anything God created outside His presence and control?  If you wrestle with these things let me  assure you that God is not a liar, nor is there anything He created outside His presence nor is the modern concept of hell as eternal separation from God true.  It is false and that itself should give you hope, and the knowledge that God is not  a monster but a lover of His creation who only has the best in store for it (them).

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 253 Air Date 12 12 14” on YouTube

That You Might Have Life 253 Air Date 12 12 14: http://youtu.be/87U7ag92LjU

This is the last video in the series on Unraveling the End, by Dr. John Noe.  I hope you have been enlightened as to  a plausible explanation of biblical teaching and an understanding of the end times as the original hearers would have believed. To me, it makes a lot of sense.   It answers a lot of questions in a way that does not seem to have to contort Scripture to fit a theology and seems to also fit and conform to other Scripture on the same subject.  Thanks for tuning in here and as always, your comments are always appreciated. Again, blessings to you!

Craig

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 252 Air Date 12 05 14” on YouTube

S That You Might Have Life 252 Air Date 12 05 14: http://youtu.be/y5IX_boi618

I believe this is the 8th video in this 9 video series.  They should be wrapping things up.  I will be viewing this today.  Let me know how God is or is not using this in your understanding of the Bible.  Blessings to you!

Craig

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 251 Air Date 11 28 14” on YouTube

That You Might Have Life 251 Air Date 11 28 14: http://youtu.be/s_rZLsDA5Wk

Here is the seventh video in the series.  Hope you can take some time and watch this soon.  As always, blessings to you!

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 250 Air Date 11 21 14” on YouTube

That You Might Have Life 250 Air Date 11 21 14: http://youtu.be/Kx2O5TUi0nQ

Not sure why this video came out this early, but, since I have been enjoying this series, I am glad it came out early.  Hope you enjoy this episode.  I will be watching it tonight!  Blessings!

In Christ’s love,

Craig

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 249 Air Date 11 14 14” on YouTube

That You Might Have Life 249 Air Date 11 14 14: http://youtu.be/0pzDropI2YI

Here is the 5th of 9 videos in this series.  Hope you enjoy!

Craig

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Watch “That You Might Have Life 248 Air Date 11 07 14” on YouTube

That You Might Have Life 248 Air Date 11 07 14: http://youtu.be/q0GfTqeUTBQ

This is number 4 in the series.  Getting interesting isn’t it?  Watch and be blessed.  Any discussion yet?

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