As difficult, Brothers, as life is here in the US and UK, dear brothers, for us Christians, our brethern in Cuba experience the worst. The horrible conditions for the average Cuban are something we simply don't understand. The desperation is enormous. Yes, in Christ there is a peace beyond understanding. But such difficult conditions are exceedingly difficult. May the Lord relieve the suffering of the Cuban people and especially His people to His glory.
Typical socialist response, Jim, but I personally doubt justice will be done. My hope is that either candidate, whomever is finally declared the winner, will give glory to the Lord and not himself or his supporters.
Concur, Neil. He is likely aware of certain incidents and areas in which cheating took place, but proving it will be more difficult than a tweet. Still seems like it's down to the wire. Grateful that the Lord sets up kings and takes them down. Also grateful that Rebulicans have held the Senate.
In Africa and South Asia, Christians are being killed, kidnapped, enslaved, etc for their faith. Here in the US, the tactic today is to regulate Christians and churches. Maybe someone will toss an incendiary device on your building's roof. Sue your church for some infraction.
My wife made a profound statement today. A church is like a large family, and just like the government has no business regulating someone's family, so they also have no business regulating someone's church.
The situation in Africa is different than in the US.
I don't think we will face persecution like our African brethern. Ours is more like our brethern in China.
How this story relates to the current political situation in the US is beyond me.
May the Lord preserve His people in the midst of the calamities. The Apostle Paul in Romans 8 reminds that we are more than conquerers. But our status is not measured by earthly success but heavenly gain thru Christ our Lord.
Can certainly appreciate your attempts, Brother John. I am often reminded of the difficulty of our lives in this earthy tabernacle that all of us will someday put off for immortality.
I've found that keeping the long view in mind has helped my mood and outlook. When I was in the Service, I used to deploy. Going out was exciting but after about three days, I was ready to head home...with a long time yet to go before making it home again. Life to me is one long deployment. At the end, we get to return to a home port we have have never known or been before.
Brother Tim, you see correct that the Lord preserved to Himself a remnant. For that and much more, anyone of the Reformed camp should be grateful.
It is more than regrettable - shameful really - that those of the Reformed theology have led others astray, particularly of late but our history is speckled with sin. They, of all people, should have known better. Yet they rejected their core doctrines for the trendy. Our Brother Wayfarer's laments over this have been often. It is a reminder to me that there is but one Hero in all of history, that Second Adam and Lamb of God.
But there are a few of us left, dear brother, who still follow the ancient paths and seek the Lord's face and favor thru Jesus as He is offered to us in the Gospel while holding to Reformed theology and doctrine.
We may not agree on every aspect of what the Lord is doing and how He is doing that. On a separate thread, our Brother Frank aptly stated that knowing the mind of God is like trying to know all the grains of sand at the seashore when all we can comprehend is a single grain. Perhaps that is our situation. Let love cover our differences.
I do, Brother John, see what you mean. No one has dropped a nuke on KN at this point, at least to my knowledge anyway. What you describe, in a way, is why no one has dropped a nuke, in my opinion.
It may be true that the Lord is calling KN leaders to Himself, and I beg of Him that He would. Yet I also ask that any snare they lay or destruction they plan would be defused and spoiled.
The reality of this world is one of brokenness, death, and spoiled lives. Yet not forever. The Lord will avenge His people in His way and in His time. He may have chosen to take the punishment upon Himself as He has with us. He may have them set aside for a particular lake of fire. They may enjoy the minutes they have on this earth as the best they will ever get in eternity, or He may start their Hell here in certain ways. Glad that's not my decision.
Thank you, Brother Frank, for your excellent response. Your "grain of sand" analogy is spot on.
Inviting question for the Lord's Day, Brother John. Thank you for engaging in profitable conversation.
My answer, sir: As I believe we know enough of what the Lord thinks about such regimes from His word, I hope such knowledge would not change our doctrines, at least the ones we *say* we believe. Perhaps considering how the Lord views sin would help us to deeper repentance of our own sin and a better marrying of our spoken doctrine and outward behavior (or "coversation" from Old English).
O Lord, our brother and sisters are held captive by dangerous men bent toward evil. We beg You that they would be released alive and unharmed as a testimony of Your goodness to Your people. We also pray that even their example in suffering would be tools that You use to bring their captors to saving faith in and thru Jesus. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
I take a slightly different take on the situation. That my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ are being abused and murdered bothers me. The interconnectiveness of believers makes that happen. And it is worth trying to do something about, even if that is just asking the Lord for help for them and deeper faith and wisdom for me.
However, they certainly have gained in their losses as you so aptly described. The Lord Himself will avenge them as well.
Christians didn't reject science, Jim. We founded it. Scientists, believing that creation gives glory to God, looked for how He put everything together and how He holds it together.
But like Psalm 19 says, Creation can only give us a little glimpse. To know God, one has to know His word.
Today, science has been co-opted as a way to try to explain away God. Ultimately, it fails.
But for folks who seek truth, we want something solid. Science cannot deliver. None of us were there when the Lord laid the foundations of the earth (Job), Science cannot recreate the scene. And the variety of opinions and changes and tightly held then discarded theories mounds up. So we follow the science to the Lord, which is its natural end anyway, but not where you or the scientists want us to go. Sorry to annoy you, and you are forgiven for annoying me.
Jim, your concept of democracy deciding the ideals for society is really a form of mob rule. It is akin to the Tower of Babel and it will ultimately create chaos as the manipulators of public thinking drive the public toward the abyss of Marxism.
While you are right that law does not change people's hearts, it has some influence. For instance, most Americans opposed LGBT marriages up until the Supreme Court permitted them. We have a social theory that if the government permits it, it must be OK. If the government doesn't permit it, it must not be OK.
The Bible shows another paradyme. The Lord has established what is right and what is wrong. He will hold each individual and groups of people accountable to that standard. Seeing as He made us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100), we don't have the option to crowd-source our morality. Polls, like stargazing, may be entertaining, but they are no way to figure out right from wrong. Psalm 19 points us toward God's holy and inspired word for that.
While the recent confirmation is comforting in a sense, these kinds of actions have taken place for a long time and need to continue. Unless the Supreme Court establishes full rights of personhood for the unborn, states will have the right to regulate what the federal government does not. So it seems these efforts are incredibly necessary.
Meanwhile, the other side of the coin that a recent poster brought up is also necessary. Assisting individuals who became pregnant most likely thru sin to not sin further by murdering their child. As important as the first is, proclaiming the Lord Jesus and being His hands and feet can't take second stage.
But a key component is the Gospel. Not the theraputic Gospel. Not the prosperity Gospel. Not the "best life now" Gospel. But the good, old fashioned Jesus died tomsave sinners Gospel. Then there is discipleship and mentoring, accountability. Then dad's can be dads even when it's hard, and moms can be moms when the going gets tough. And children learn through teaching and direct example what life needs to look like. Not always seeking the easy path or chasing flesh-feeding opportunities. They see in their families a piece of what the Lord intended, imperfect by the Fall's impact. They learn what forgiveness looks like, by God and one another. They can grow up secure and not snowflakes. And they have the foundation to step forward themselves as future adults.
Children have been taught that government is their economic savior, protector of their rights, and arbitor of truth. They, to a large extent, came from broken homes and splintered families. They were fed socialism and evolution within the secular humanist schools. Their college professors encouraged them that revolution is necessary because of preceived inequalities in race and class. And now these social justice warriors have been on the front lines of protest. Some have become involved in violent acts against property, police, and people who may not agree.
It starts with having a Dad and Mom who are married to one another. It continues with hard work and the Lord's blessings thru that work. And it ends socialism in our times.