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Rage Against the Unvaccinated!
by chestnutmare - Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:50 AM
Strength via Weakness
by NetChaplain - Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:29 AM
Good News for a Change
by Pilgrim - Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:53 PM
by chestnutmare - Fri Sep 10, 2021 7:41 AM
John 3:16 – Kosmos refers to "Believers Only"?
by Pilgrim - Fri Sep 10, 2021 7:25 AM
All-inclusive Object
by NetChaplain - Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:58 PM
Rage Against the Unvaccinated! Tom Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:25 AM It is a comfort to know that God is sovereign and that all things work together for good for those that love God; as Romans 8:28 assures us.

In the meantime, sometimes it is really hard to know how to handle things and whether or not I am doing the right thing.

I am presently the only one in my family that because of my studies on the subject, refuses to get vaccinated. Canada is getting more and more "vaccine crazy"; and the family is believing the narrative of the health authorities that until everyone is vaccinated, we will not get out of this mess. I can handle the narrative that our government is throwing at us; but now that the family has embraced much of it, it become another matter.

As the Provinces get more and more into lockdown and vaccine crazy; it becomes more and more clear that the family thinks I am crazy. They may not agree with how the government handles these matters, but the way they are seeing it they need to live their lives and I am holding them back.

My wife and I just had to cancel our trip to Alberta to go see our eldest daughter and go on a road trip. It was supposed to happen this weekend.
My wife is allowed to be in my daughter's house, but I am not, because I am unvaccinated. My wife and I are allowed to go to a hotel, but my daughter can not be there with an unvaccinated person. I am not even allowed to go to restaurants.

This Saturday is supposed to be my wife and my 39th wedding anniversary; but now she is thinking about going to see my daughter without me. She just said to me that "you might as well cancel your holidays, no sense you wasting them.
My daughter who is an Alberta nurse in the fight against Covid, told my wife that it is a proven fact that the unvaccinated are 30-40% more likely to get Covid. She also is consulting with a long time nurse friend, who told her I am wrong.

My wife told me all this and I told her that I can not do anything about it. Believe me, I wanted to say a lot more than that, but that would not go well; I am too upset right now.

I have tried to show my family the reasons why I do not want to get vaccinated; but they are convinced that I am wrong.

Right now, other than prayer; I am at a loss to know what to do. This is putting serious strain on the family and I am not certain if I should just give in and get vaccinated and relieve their fear for me. I also feel like an inconvenience to them; ruining their plans.

Sorry, I am not even certain if I should be writing this here.

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Strength via Weakness NetChaplain Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:29 PM To be strong in self, even new self, is to be weak in the Lord, for the command is—“be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Eph 6:10). Thus to be strong in one’s self is to appropriate natural strength instead of spiritual strength; and natural strength never rightly endures, as only “the trial of your faith” does (1Pe 1:7), because your faith, concerning all things is solely in God and nowhere else.

When believers rightly reckon on faith, they are appropriating God’s provision of grace wherein they walk—which alone ever suffices the needs in the present time of difficulty, regardless the level of hardness (2Co 12:9). He would not have it any other way than by His grace, eliminating all natural means! Every time He meets our need, it isn’t in the provision that we learn the greatest lesson—but in the support of God continually assuring us of His presence and care for us at all times.

Strength via Weakness

In the day of Elijah’s faith, the ravens can feed him, and the widow sustain him; in the day of his depression angels wait upon him and God Himself feeds him. What a Father we have to care for us! “His compassions fails not.” “Though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies” (Lam 3:22, 32).

This was Elijah’s experience; awakened by the angel “he looked and behold, there was a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head.” Moreover, Jehovah of Elijah’s day is the Lord Jesus of the Gospel day, and in like circumstances the wandering disciples may turn aside to fish all night and catch nothing, only to find in the morning the Lord of glory waiting on the needs of His failing servants with the fire of coals, and fish laid thereon, and bread and a loving invitation to “come and dine” (Jhn 21:9).

Thus, too, with ourselves. Our faith may grow dim; we may be downcast by reason of the apparent failure of all our service, and in our moments of depression and disappointment we may lose heart and think bitter thoughts, pray unadvisedly, and even murmur at our hard lot, yet our Father’s tender care never ceases; His mercies never fail.

Having refreshed His servant Elijah with sleep and food, the Lord gives him fresh directions. He learns that he is on a journey, but says the Lord, “the journey is too great for thee” (1Ki 19:7). What a journey was Elihah’s through this world. Cherith, Zarepath, Camel, Horeb, mark the stages of his pilgrimage, and the chariot of fire is ready to end it in power and glory, but every stage was “too great” for Elihah (requiring God’s provisions—NC).

The power displayed, the courage demanded, the faith required, the opposition to be encountered, the privations to be endured—all were too great for a man of like passions with ourselves. If for one moment Elijah loses sight of the living God; if he fails to walk in daily dependence upon God, immediately he will find that he is no better than his fathers and that the journey is “too great” for him.

It is good for us, as Christians, when we see that our rest is not here (undisturbed rest in God, as in the New Heaven—NC). We too, are on a journey that ends in glory, but a journey in which there are trials to meet, difficulties to overcome (and not allow failures to “trouble” you – Jn 14:1, 27—NC), testimony to be borne, and opposition to be faced. For ourselves, also, we may say the journey is “too great” and we are too small for the journey.

But if the journey was too great for Elijah, it was not too great for Elijah’s God. In tender love, God provides for the need of His servant; and “in strength of that meat”—the meat that God had provided—he went on his journey for “forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God” (1Ki 19:8).

With God all things are possible (all that He has willed through this entire life—NC). As we view the greatness of the journey and our own littleness, we may well cry out, “Who is sufficient for these things” (2Co 2:16)? But at once the answer comes, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2Co 12:9). So, if all the grace and power of the Lord Jesus in glory are at our faith’s disposal we may well press on “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2Tim 2:1).

—Hamilton Smith (1862-1943)

MJS online devotional excerpt for September 19

"Have you ever thought of the Father dealing with you not as to what you are in yourself, but as to where He has positioned you in His Son? Have you ever thought that it is the affections of the Father’s heart which flow down to us where we are, seeing us in the Son, not in our poor wretched selves? What we are in the old man is not the thing to scan (for we are “not in the flesh” – Ro 8:9—NC), but what we are, and where we are, in the Son; and what there is in the living affections of the Father, who has raised us up together with His Son, and has given us all heavenly blessings in Him." -George Vicesimus Wigram (1805-1879)
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Good News for a Change Tom Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:13 AM In British Columbia Canada; we finally have
some good news for a change.
Worship services are now allowed have in person services without
number restrictions. Masks are recommended, but not mandatory.

Praise the Lord
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Doxology chestnutmare Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:41 AM Many congregations unknowingly sing a stanza each Sunday by Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1710). What numerous congregations commonly call “The Doxology” (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow...”) is actually the final stanza of Thomas Ken’s hymn.

ALL praise to Thee, my God, this night
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, O, keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

Forgive me, Lord, through Thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done;
May peace with God and neighbor be,
Before I sleep restored to me.

Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Rise glorious at the judgement day.

O, may my soul on Thee repose,
And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close;
Sleep, that shall me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.

If in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No powers of darkness me molest.

O when shall I, in endless day,
For ever chase dark sleep away,
And hymns divine with angels sing,
All praise to thee, eternal King.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

~ Thomas Ken, 1637-1710
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John 3:16 – Kosmos refers to "Believers Only"? atdcross Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:47 AM I came across this website that has a list of meanings for kosmos, which include under 8b, "of believers only." See:

I see two problems here; the first minor, the second major:

First, assuming the definition is correct, why would anyone cite "1 Cor 4:9" as an example of kosmos referring to believers? That doesn't make sense to me.

Second, and more important, what other reliable and scholarly language resource has "of believers only" as a definition for kosmos, and citing John 3:16?

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