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"The Shepherd of Hermas" (updated to modern language by Daniel Robison)
From the back cover
“The Shepherd of Hermas was one of the most popular books, if not the most popular book,
in the Christian church during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries. Believed by the early Christians to have been the work of the Hermas referred to by the apostle Paul (in Romans 16:14), this book was regarded as inspired Scripture by many(1) and was even included in several of the early canons(2). At the very least, the historical and universal acclaim of this work by those who were still burning with the recent fire of Pentecost demands a serious consideration of the message it gives to us; a message that, after nearly 2000 years, still exhales the prophetic...
Having established the fact that we are all prone to making mistakes and misinterpreting scriptures and as we all desire that the truth be made clear, I now ask that we look closely the critical issue of the Sixth Seal.
Points to be considered:
1/ Are the seals, trumpets and bowls a progression of events?
2/ Have the first five seals been opened already?
3/ Is the Sixth Seal actually the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath?
4/ Is there a literal explanation of the Sixth Seal?
1/ All the commentaries that I have perused and most of the Bible scholars I have asked, agree on the chronological sequence of the seals, trumpets and bowls. It is only those with the agenda of the next event being a war and all the wrath of God is to be...
That person was most definitely saved, but this other person was most definitely not saved, etc.
God might say, "Not in my eyes", etc....
How can you/me/we judge, etc...?
Those whom men might say or think was not saved at all, could easily have a much purer, better, and just a much better, and more right, good, just, etc, "heart" or heart condition than those who some men might say most definitely was saved or had to be saved for sure, when God may not, etc....
If you make automatic or snap judgments in your heart and mind about "certain people" or certain individuals (those that might seem like great sinners on the outside) (or people in dire desperate states, conditions or circumstances, etc) (or "whomever" for "whatever"...
I made this account because I just need advice to get over this in my life. I'm just 20 years old and my wife is 18. I don't need any judgement and bs, this already got me losing faith. To make it short and not hurt myself digging into details, My wife is pregnant and she is 4 months in, she confessed to me that It's not mine and won't even be the same race. I never believed in divorce, I'm trying to forgive but honestly I'm also trying to not get a gun and shoot her. I'm not thinking straight, I don't want to do a mistake God won't forgive me from.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit highlights the power of God which points people to Jesus
Denying the Baptism of the Holy Spirit focuses on what God no longer does, which points people away from Jesus
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is designed to produce: Edification, exhortation, comfort, healings, miracles, faith, blessing, insight, growth and intimacy with God.
Denying the Baptism of the Holy Spirit produces: Bitterness, resentment, argumentativeness, indifference and a necessity to dismiss or minimize when God heals or performs miracles, signs and wonders....
Why the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not for Today
Understanding the Baptism with the Holy Spirit in Acts is difficult. But I found the keys are the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:27 and the Samarians Acts 8:5. In essence, all had the Holy Spirit but only the Samarians had the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
These received the gift of the Holy Spirit according to Peter in Acts 2:28 just as we do today. But the Samarians also received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit through the apostle’s hands which the Eunuch did not.
On Pentecost God baptized the 12 Apostles with the Holy Spirit who also spoke in tongues. According to Acts 2:38 the eunuch and the Samarians had the gift of the Holy Spirit through Philip’s preaching. But Philip could not...
Something that I have been thinking about a lot lately is 1 Corinthians 5:11. This is specifically about the person who claims they are Christian, but is living in sin...even boasting about it. It is clear that we are not to associate with a person like this, not even to share a meal.
In these present times, I'm seeing more and more people who claim Christ embrace some of the very sins listed in this passage. I can scroll through facebook and see someone post about God's love only just to post acceptance of immorality not too long later; this person also lives with her boyfriend and child they have together. I've had a classmate who claimed she was Christian laugh about sleeping with her boyfriend; they're not together anymore and she...
Trump has expressed serious interest in buying Greenland
President Trump has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring the northern island country of Greenland.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Trump has asked his advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, during "meetings, dinners, and passing conversations" because of Greenland's "abundant resources and geopolitical importance," according to White House sources.
While some of Trump's advisers support the idea as a "good economic play," others dismiss the inquiry as a "fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition."
Coincidentally, the president will be making his first visit to Denmark next month, although the...
events of the 1260 days* - Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6
(then in ) second half
* followed by events of the 3 1/2 days** - Revelation 11:7-13
** followed by events of the 42 months - Revelation 13:5, Revelation 11:2
[events of the time, times, half time - run concurrently with the 42 months - Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7, Revelation 12:14]