Is it important to keep the Sabbath?

Sorry, I don't believe this any more than I do your claim to have found an error in scripture that even Jesus missed while here on earth.
Brother, Jesus had no need to change it because the faithful needed to live near the stand-in Earthly temple-copy where the Sabbath is right in Jerusalem, but nowhere else. Now that Christians are spread throughout the world because of the true temple in heaven, it is necessary to better understand the Sabbath in the new covenant book of Hebrews. Our church has never changed "when it is" that evening takes place since Joshua. Our church still assumes the human tradition since Joshua that the first "evening" took place at the beginning of the first day, when it takes place in the middle of the first day.

I saw that it is even so: “From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” Said the angel: “Take the word of God, read it, understand, and ye cannot err. Read carefully, and ye shall there find what even is, and when it is.” I asked the angel if the frown of God had been upon His people for commencing the Sabbath as they had. I was directed back to the first rise of the Sabbath, and followed the people of God up to this time, but did not see that the Lord was displeased, or frowned upon them. I inquired why it had been thus, that at this late day we must change the time of commencing the Sabbath. Said the angel: “Ye shall understand, but not yet, not yet.” Said the angel: “If light come, and that light is set aside or rejected, then comes condemnation and the frown of God; but before the light comes, there is no sin, for there is no light for them to reject.” I saw that it was in the minds of some that the Lord had shown that the Sabbath commenced at six o'clock, when I had only seen that it commenced at “even,” and it was inferred that even was at six. I saw that the servants of God must draw together, press together. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, Page 116)​

When our prophetess received the above message, the church had understood the first part: "what even is", but not the second part: "when it is". They still assume to this day the human tradition since Joshua that the first "evening" took place at the beginning of the first day, when I know it took place in the middle of the first day. The first day is from first light to light again in the morning or from morning to morning, except for the special case of the first day, which did not start on a standard morning because it was an instantaneous change and not a gradual transition from dark to light to make it a standard morning as it is for subsequent days.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:3-5 ESV)​

Our church must understand that you cannot have an "evening" without light first, because it is the gradual transition from light to dark. It is not the same from evening-to-morning above as evening-to-evening below, when the former is half the time of the latter. Above, a day is from first light to morning light, just as below a Sabbath is from evening to evening, making the first full day start as it ends from morning to morning, except for the special case of the first day where there was no gradual transition from dark to light, but an instantaneous change, unlike the first "evening" in the middle of the first day which made a gradual transition from light to dark.

It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:32 ESV)​

United in our hope for the soon return of Jesus, Jorge
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Have you ever been to Liberty University?

In the School which Jerry Falwell endorsed, His principal was H.L. Wilmington. In the series which I schooled with . The teaching that came forth was that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is okay in our dispensation. Can anyone confirm the same. I know it was for sure and saw it. Matt. 12:31 shows it cannot be forgiven.
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Gay Santas and LGBT-themed nutcrackers are set to line the shelves at Target this Christmas season

I think many are just live-and-let-live. Many too scared not to go along. A lot are just confused by it all. And few who have really bought into it.
Yeah, I think you may be right. It's quite possible that the vast majority of people just don't have the courage to stand up for what's right because they fear the repercussions.
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Are you supposed to forgive someone who you don't know if they repented or not?

Yes, extend the seventy times seven forgiveness, in peace for your own mind and heart. But if they have not repented to you, do not extend trust to them in the matter in which they have sinned against you. They need to show you repentance for that.
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Remember the Appointed Day

The Appointed time Habakkuk 2:3

Isaiah 60:1-22 Arise! Shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come – over you the glory of the Lord has dawned. Though darkness covers the earth, on you the Lord shines. Over you His glory will appear. Nations and kings will come to your light. Look – your sons and daughters are coming from afar, all assembling in the Land. You will rejoice at the sight. The wealth of nations will be yours. Droves of camels laden with treasure will come and flocks of sheep will cover the Land, acceptable offerings for My altar and to enhance the splendour of My Temple.

Who are these that sail along like clouds? They are vessels assembling from the coasts and islands bringing your children from far away, their treasures with them, for the honour of the Holy One of Israel. In My wrath, I struck you down, now in My favour I show you pity. Foreigners and kings will work for you.

For the nation that refuses to serve you will perish, there will be widespread devastation among such nations
. The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, to adorn My holy sanctuary. All who reviled you shall pay you homage, calling Jerusalem “The City of the Lord”. I shall give My Land and people everlasting renown. You will receive the best gifts from kings and the nations. Then you will acknowledge that your Redeemer is the Mighty One of Israel. For copper you shall have gold, for iron, silver. You will live in peace and righteousness will rule over you. No more will havoc and ruin be within your borders. Your walls will be deliverance and your gates, praise.

The sun and moon will no longer be your light, for the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will be ended. The Lord’s people, all of them righteous, will possess the Land forever. They are My own planting, the work of My hands for My adornment. The few will become a great nation.

At the appointed time, I, the Lord, will bring this swiftly to pass. Psalms 102:12-22, Isaiah 49:8
Ref. REB. Some verses abridged.

‘At the Appointed time’: God has appointed times for His celebrations and actions.
Zephaniah 3:8, Revelation 6:12

‘darkness covers the earth’: It may be months before the smoke and ash from thewidespread devastation’ of this disastrous fire from the sky clears. Jeremiah 4:23-27
However, this may also be allegorized: the darkness being people’s separation from God and the Lord our everlasting Light, those who enjoy the Lord’s favour.

The Lord’s people, all of them righteous, assembling from the coasts and islands’, Isaiah 49:8-11, Ezekiel 20:34. They travel on every type of transport to the new country of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5, Isaiah 66:20

‘Over you, His Glory will appear’, His Glory, not his presence. 1 Thess 1:10

Then you will acknowledge your Redeemer’. Revelation 7:9

The wealth of nations will be yours’, This happened before; at the first Exodus, the Israelites took treasure from the Egyptians. Exodus 11:2

‘The splendour of My Temple’, One of the first projects of the new inhabitants of Beulah, will be to build the third Temple. The Temple mount will have been cleared and cleansed by the fires and earthquakes of the Lord’s punishment. Revelation 6:12-17
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Baptism is a work.

I suppose, yes. I am asking if the baptism extends its Spiritual benefits based upon the heart of the one performing the task. For example, Adolf Hitler allegedly held a form of "christianity." Would baptism be Effectual if Adolf Hitler performed the task?

If you have the time, I'd also be interested in what water baptism gives that the Father, Son, and Spirit give themselves. A list would be great, but if not I understand.
When a sacrament is celebrated according to the norms of the Church and in faith, we believe that it confers the grace it signifies. While a human being is the minister of the sacrament, Christ Himself is the one who is at work: He baptizes, He confirms, He absolves, He changes the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, He unites a couple in marriage, He ordains and He anoints. Acting in His sacraments, Christ communicates the grace — that sharing in the divine life and love of God — offered through each sacrament. (Cf. Catechism, No. 1127-28.)

Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify. They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptises, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son's Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

This is the meaning of the Church's affirmation that the sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: "by the very fact of the action's being performed"), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that "the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God." From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them.
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What? It still says Ten Commandments. Are you claiming God wrote more than Ten Commandments on stone?
No, I’m not saying God wrote more than Ten Commandments on stone. I’m not saying God changed the Ten Commandments. What I’m saying is the Ten Commandments God wrote on stone were incorporated into the Covenant, just like all the other commandments under the Covenant.

The Covenant included the Ten Commandments, the holy days, the cleanliness laws, the dietary laws, the temple ordinances, the sacrificial laws, the worship laws, the laws around strangers, the cultivation laws, the allotment of land, the firstborn laws, etc.

If you notice, after Moses broke the first set of commandments on stone, God re- wrote them on the stones Moses brought up, Exodus 34:1 KJV, Exodus 34:4 KJV. While Moses was still on the Mount, God made a Covenant with Israel and relayed to Moses (Mediator between God and Israel) what was required, and included the Ten Commandments under that Covenant, Exodus 34:14 KJV, Exodus 34:17 KJV, Exodus 34:21 KJV. It was after God spoke what was required under the covenant, that afterwards He told Moses to write the words He spoke regarding the covenant. He said
Exodus 34:27 KJV
And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
Again what was included in the Covenant were commands also from the Ten Commandments. It’s clear that God joined them, Exodus 34:14 KJV, Exodus 34:17 KJV, Exodus 34:21 KJV.

After Moses came down from the Mount, he told the people all that God commanded them,
Exodus 34:32 KJV
“And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.”

So do you believe Moses separated the Ten Commandments from the covenant? He could not have done that. All the commands were given at the same time, that is, during the 40 days Moses was on the Mount.The Ten Commandments were written on stone, and the other commandments were to be written by Moses the mediator - all were part of the Covenant God made with Israel. There is no separation.
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Do Christian Women love a challenge in romantic relationships ?

So a real christian woman will love a emotionally vulnerable honest man that is not playing games ?
I would hope so.

Speaking from personal experience only, giving someone a challenge leads woman to lust. If you're looking for premarital sex and to stir up extreme amounts of desire, by all means do that. But if you are looking to establish a marital relationship based on love and trust, the honest and upfront approach is far better.

Think about it this way: the challenges of merging your lives and birthing and raising children are hard enough for a woman. You don't need to artificially produce another challenge on top of that.

Since you've gotten negative remarks from women when you were vulnerable, I think the emotional vulnerability isn't the problem. You may be in the company of toxic and selfish women. Still, what I would do is continue being emotionally vulnerable and honest, and listen for feedback about how you can improve your emotional life. Maybe even ask them questions. Women enjoy answering questions. If they say that you're immature, ask how you can mature, for example. Just keep being honest, keep talking to women, and keep improving, and you'll get there.
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Holy Spirit comfort before chaos today.

This morning in my praise worship music time God had been showing his presence with joy. I was full of joy as he was showing me many things at once that were so awesome. Then came a strong anointing. I was praying in tongues with travail. His peace was so wonderful.
Then this evening my wife came home and said she got a message from the sheriff in North Al. They said someone was asking about where my younger brother was. For some reason they had to barge in his trailer. He was laying there dead. Found he was dead 3 or more weeks and hard to identify. They knew it was him. He was having some heart problems and that may be what it was. I shared Jesus with him for 2 years and he wasn't interested. I pray my other 2 brothers will get saved also. I am saying that God prepared my heart before that I would know his love before the chaos came. Thanks to the Holy Spirit who prays that which we don't know what to pray for-- in tongues.

Preachers supporting Israel

Who was responsible for Yemen being a destination for tourist ships? Yemen has been an Islamic country for centuries.
The British were responsible for Yemen pretty much from WW2 to the 60's. Cruise ships used to stop there after the journey down the Red Sea. There was a massive oil refinery there. It was one of the world's busiest ports. This was a few years before ME oil producers realised the power they wielded. The British pulled out. Egypt was playing America off against Russia. Russia promised more to Egypt and so won that round. Russians moved into Aden and the Suez canal was shut for a time. That's when supertankers became the norm. I met someone who was on a cruise ship that stopped off at Aden once the canal was reopened. They said that it was a waste of time. There was little left of the thriving businesses that used to cater to tourism. I forgot to mention that Aden was duty free. My family lived like royalty while we were there. Everything was dirt cheap and my dad was paid an overseas allowance. My mother worked for the Sheik of Yemen and was driven from home and back in a limo. We had a servant! The weather was amazing. It rained once a year, maybe. It was hot in summer but milder at other times. Certainly no worse than parts of Australia.

Yes, it was Muslim. There were many Indians and Chinese also. Some Muslims resented us, especially prior to the withdrawal of the British.
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The Alternative to a Rapture

There are millions of Christians scattered all over the globe. How is this going to happen Rev 3: 10.
Many scriptures say how the Lord will protect His own people from His fiery wrath. The 3 men in the fiery furnace is the prime example.
If people think Revelation 3:10 means a rapture removal, they are quite wrong, as that idea is not even hinted there. What is coming will be our test of faith; 1 Peter 4:12
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Israel, Ukraine, and China: Where the Republican candidates stand

I believe that this article is interesting and informative. What do y'all think about their stated stands on those foreign policy issues?

What are some good places to go to for cold approach evangelism ?

Restaurants and coffee shops, particularly where poor people hang out. Bars. Storage unit complexes. Beaches and hiking trails, fishing piers, chess clubs, horseshoe clubs. Basically if there's a Meetup group for it, you may be able to find someone to hear the Gospel at it.

Also, Discord. The last time I shared the Gospel, it was on Discord. That's a good platform for long conversations.
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Is Sola Scriptura Self-refuting?

It seems to me the best way to understand what it is is how it was used by those who are most closely associated with it. Certainly some misunderstand it to require Scriptural derivation, but that's not how Jan Hus and the proto-reformers, and the reformers who followed, used the term. What they used it for was to challenge scholastic theology that was more rooted in medeival culture than in the historic tradition. The reformers didn't see Scripture as exhaustive, in fact they relied heavily on Augustine for their doctrine. And sola scriptura isn't really a dogma, as it's not meant to be taken axiomatically but by recognizing that either we rely on what has been authenticated as codified Apostolic tradition or we subject ourselves to authorities of dubious character. There has always been a recognition of authorities alongside Scripure.
Good description of a version of Sola Scriptura that makes a little more sense. So often all of this stuff is a caricature. For example, the Catholic view is often said by Protestants to be 'Tradition Alone'.
I will say, I probably should have made clear I don't fully agree with sola scriptura, and instead take a view similar to the orthodox of scripture in tradition. It's simply that the argument is based on what seems to be a mischaracterization of the historic doctrine rather than how it was used in church history.
I hear you. I point people to Dei Verbum from Vatican II. I doubt more than a tiny percentage of people I point to it ever read it, but it is a surprisingly good statement.
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The US broke another record this year.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Many people claim these are two separate thoughts when it is one sentence. A sentence is

The first definition of the word sentence:

a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate, conveying a statement, question, exclamation, or command, and consisting of a main clause and sometimes one or more subordinate clauses

"a set of words that is complete in itself."

So why would one part of the sentence indicate that "A well-regulated militia," has nothing to do with "the right to keep and bear arms?"

The sentence would seem to indicate that members of a well-regulated militia have the right to bear arms, not cowboys who want to punish others by murdering them or otherwise take the law into their own hands. "Well-regulated" would seem to indicate that it is not illegal to be required to register one's firearm(s). People should look at the entirety of the sentence and not simply cherry-pick the part of the sentence that would allow them to keep and or carry unregulated firearms. Even if they claim the rights of a cowboy, their firearm(s) should be regulated.

Having the freedom to kill as many people as one can before there is an armed response is not a right that the Constitution protects. Nor do the "stand your ground" laws protect one's right to execute an unarmed citizen IMO.
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Did the early church worship on Sabbath?

John 21:25
But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Scripture is just a part of God's Word. Sunday worship was established by the Apostles. They did not need to write down everything they had taught face to face, in fact they wrote very little.
So your argument is that unwritten scripture conflicts with inspired scripture. Sorry, I can't accept such a claim.
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I want to write some novels, but I don't know if God approves of any of them.

I want to resume writing, but I'm afraid of being punished by God.

If I have to give up writing, then it's another dream of mine built up and smashed to pieces.
Romans 8:14-16 said:
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

Hebrews 12:4 said:
4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are punished by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He punishes every son whom He accepts.”

7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had [d]earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much more be subject to the Father of [e]spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 For the moment, all discipline seems not to be pleasant, but painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is impaired may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

From these verses, we know that the discipline of the Lord for believers in Christ, while painful, does not lead to fear. We are not God's slaves who have to fear His every sovereign move. I pray that you may be strengthened. From what I have read, it seems that Satan is coming to scare you away from what could be a valuable witness to others.

Our Lord disciplines his children in love. His correction is not something to be feared. It is Satan who attacks and punishes people for making progress and accomplishing tasks that could be a witness for God's glory and honor. Adversity frequently means that you are heading in the right direction.

But if you have a mental illness, please do seek treatment so that you may not have any more broken dreams.

1 John 4:17-19 said:
17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, we also are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us.

I pray that the Lord would show His love and support for you very soon, so that your heart may be strengthened.
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Stunning images show Arizona border crossing overrun by massive surge of adult male migrants from across globe

A legitimate point.

May I ask if you are concerned about illegal immigrants into our nation?
It's my opinion many are supporting the actions, untold criminals and drugs crossing the border unchecked, on "Bidens Watch"
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Books You or I May Want to Read

I love MacArthur's preaching!

My gardening days are no more, but I imagine that's a great book.

He does a good job preaching. I have several of his books.

The square foot gardening book is really good. It's helping me plan a garden for spring. I remember PBS had a series about it eons ago.
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