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I just wanted to share something my fiance' came up with. She is a jewelry designer and has a shop with her daughter. They asked if I had an outlet for some of their items and I told them I would share it with everyone here at CF. So I started them an Etsy Shop account to showcase what they have done. And this is the first items! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks so much! - Rex
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Is the church eternal or can the church fail?
Catholics tell me that Jesus ordained His Church and that Church will stand until the Day of Judgment. God ordained it and that's that. Is this what the Bible really tells us?
In Revelation chapters 2-3, John is directed to write to seven churches. Jesus says mostly good things to four of them, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira and Philadelphia.
There are some rather chilling comments directed to the other three churches, Ephesus, Sardis, and Laodicea.
The seven churches are represented by seven lampstands which stand before the Throne of God.
To Ephesus: "If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place."
--Rev 2:5 NIV
In other words, barring drastic...
I've run into Mormon missionaries a few times, and I've talked with them and done some research. Which led me to my question.
Most of the distinctive Mormon beliefs seem to come from the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, rather than the Book of Mormon itself.
So why not hand this out rather than the Book of Mormon? I asked two female missionaries and they said that if you had a testimony of the Book of Mormon then all the rest falls into place, Joseph Smith, the Church etc. But this feels a bit like, "buy into this and we will tell you what you're buying into later"... that strikes me as deceptive. Especially when later you'll be told about secret temple ceremonies, God having wives, etc.
Or have I missed something?
I know this may seem like a silly question... But I have to ask due to all the differing opinions out there on when the rapture will take place.
First, I'd like to state that I am operating based off the assumption that the rapture of the Church occurs at the 7th trumpet blast.
Who out there shares that viewpoint, and why? I'm very interested in this. You could say that this is a mid-trib rapture idea, and where I heard about this was at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO.
But Personally, like most believers, I'm not sure when the rapture will happen...
Anyway, make some good arguments for me! I'd love to indulge in some critical thinking here!
So for the first time ever, I read the whole book of Revelation today, and I discovered something that I had never been taught about the 1,000 year reign of Christ and His Saints. Clearly in Rev. 20:5 the only ones who will get to be on the earth with Jesus for the Millennial Reign will be the ones who had to withstand the Beast and his Image and were killed because of their faith in our Lord, Jesus. Only after the thousand years ends do the rest of the dead come back to life.
I have never seen this taught in eschatology and I am wondering why I haven't since it's so clear in scripture! I think people need to know that not everyone is going to have the privilege to be on the earth for that period of time. But, I hope I get to though!
I would like to share with you all my thoughts on God`s numbers in His word regarding the tribulation. I will start at the millennium, and proceed backwards. I will do a step at a time so any questions or other thoughts can be discussed.
I am starting with the thought that the millennium will begin on Israel`s New Year. This will become clearer as we proceed. The Jewish New Year is the month of Nissan. God instructed Moses regarding setting the Jewish Calendar and the mitzvah, (commandment) of sanctifying the new month.
`This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.` (Ez. 12: 2)
This ushered in the first Jewish month and commenced the lunar calendar that the Jews have been following...
I John 4
11 Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.
13 We are sure that we live in union with God and that he lives in union with us, because he has given us his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and tell others that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If we declare that Jesus is the Son of God, we live in union with God and God lives in union with us. 16 And we ourselves know and believe the love which God has for us.
God is love, and those who live in love live in union with God and God lives in union with them. 17 Love is made perfect in us in order that we may...
Truth7t7: The False Teaching Of (Partial Preterism) From The Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest (Luis De Alcazar 1554-1613) During The Counter Reformation.
Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest, Luis De Alcazar, "A Corrupt Tree"!
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Wikipedia: Luis del Alcázar (Ludovicus ab Alcasar, Louis of Alcazar) (1554–1613) was a Spanish Jesuit theologian.
He is known for his Vestigatio arcani sensus in Apocalypsi (1614) published after his death, putting forward what would later be called a preterist...
So our Lord Jesus has promised to all believers the gift of eternal life but when does that eternal life start? The moment we are born again? After we die and are given our perfect bodies on the last day? Jesus promised believers will live even though they die so does that mean that when our bodies die we still live in spirit? So that would mean that our eternal life starts from when we first come to Jesus. Maybe even from the moment we were born because Christians were chosen by God before he formed the world. But there are verses in the bible that seem to support all views. Like for example on the last day we are given eternal life to reign with Jesus during his 1,000 year reign. I just don't know. Thoughts?
Does scripture give any indication as to why Christ's physical execution on the cross was seen as a satisfactory substitution for an eternity in hell for all humanity? Even from the sinless and perfect Christ, physical death doesn't seem, to me at least, match up with the severity of eternal damnation.