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Roe is Dead. Praise God!!!!
by Tom - Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:43 PM
Travel Story
by Tom - Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:23 PM
The Spiritual Profit of Fuller Delight in God's Perfections
by Pilgrim - Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:07 AM
how often we fall, even when our intention is good
by chestnutmare - Thu Jun 23, 2022 7:04 PM
The Spiritual Profit of Firmer Trust in God's Sufficiency
by Pilgrim - Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:39 AM
Dominion Theology
by Pilgrim - Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:10 PM
Roe is Dead. Praise God!!!! jta Yesterday at 04:51 PM The demonic Roe v. Wade decision, a key instrument used to justify the premeditated murder of over 70 million unborn human beings created in the image and likeness of God, is dead.

If anything better has happened in my lifetime, I'm certainly not aware of it.

It is not the end of the fight to protect innocent life. Not by a long shot.

But it removes one of the biggest obstacles preventing the States from at least once again prosecuting those who commit such murder going forward, and, hence, deter many of these murders in the future.

Now, the unborn, in some states at least, will have a fighting chance.

I praise God for this huge victory, while continuing to entreat Him that the fight to protect innocent life will continue until it is no longer necessary.
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The Spiritual Profit of Fuller Delight in God's Perfections Pilgrim Yesterday at 10:07 AM That in which man most delights is his "god." The poor worldling seeks satisfaction in his pursuits, pleasures and possessions. Ignoring the Substance, he vainly pursues the shadows. But the Christian delights in the wondrous perfections of God. Really to own God as our God is not only to submit to His scepter, but is to love Him more than the world, to value Him above everything and everyone else. It is to have with the Psalmist an experiential realization that "all my springs are in Thee" (Psalm 87:7). The redeemed have not only received a joy from God such as this poor world cannot impart, but they "rejoice in God" (Romans 5:11), and of this the poor worldling knows nothing about. The language of such is: "The Lord is my portion" (Lamentations 3:24).

Spiritual exercises are irksome to the flesh. But the real Christian says: "It is good for me to draw near to God" (Psalm 73:28). The carnal man has many cravings and ambitions; the regenerate soul declares, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord" (Psalm 27:4). And why? Because the true sentiment of his heart is, "Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee" (Psalm 73:25). Ah, my reader, if your heart has not been drawn out to love and delight in God, then it is still dead toward Him.

The language of the saint is, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (Habakkuk 3:17-18). Ah, that is a supernatural experience indeed! Yes, the Christian can rejoice when all his worldly possessions are taken from him (see Hebrews 10:34). When he lies in a dungeon with back bleeding, he can still sing praises to God (see Acts 16:25).

Thus, to the extent that you are being weaned from the empty pleasures of this world, are learning that there is no blessing outside of God, discovering He is the Source and Sum of all excellency, and your heart being drawn out to Him, your mind stayed on Him, with your soul finding its joy and satisfaction in Him, are you really profiting from the Scriptures.

A.W. Pink Profiting From the Word Chapter 2
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how often we fall, even when our intention is good chestnutmare Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:00 PM We know too well from experience how often we fall, even when our intention is good... Our reason is exposed to so many forms of delusion, is liable to so many errors, stumbles on so many obstacles, is entangled by so many snares, that it is ever wandering from the right direction. Of how little value it is in the sight of God, in regard to all the parts of life, Paul shows, when he says, that we are not "sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves," (2 Cor. 3: 5.) He is not speaking of the will or affection; he denies us the power of thinking aright how any thing can be duly performed. Is it, indeed, true, that all thought, intelligence, discernment, and industry, are so defective, that, in the sight of the Lord, we cannot think or aim at any thing that is right? To us, who can scarcely bear to part with acuteness of intellect, (in our estimation a most precious endowment,) it seems hard to admit this, whereas it is regarded as most just by the Holy Spirit, who "knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity," (Ps. 94: 11,) and distinctly declares, that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," (Gen. 6: 5; 8: 21.) If every thing which our mind conceives, meditates plans, and resolves, is always evil, how can it ever think of doing what is pleasing to God, to whom righteousness and holiness alone are acceptable?

It is thus plain, that our mind, in what direction soever it turns, is miserably exposed to vanity. David was conscious of its weakness when he prayed, "Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law," (Ps. 119: 34.) By desiring to obtain a new understanding, he intimates that his own was by no means sufficient. This he does not once only, but in one psalm repeats the same prayer almost ten times, the repetition intimating how strong the necessity which urged him to pray. What he thus asked for himself alone, Paul prays for the churches in general. "For this cause," says he, "we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord," &c., (Col. 1: 9, 10.) Whenever he represents this as a blessing from God, we should remember that he at the same time testifies that it is not in the power of man.

~ John Calvin Institutes
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The Spiritual Profit of Firmer Trust in God's Sufficiency Pilgrim Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:39 AM Whatsoever or whomsoever a man most trusts in is his "god." Some trust in health, others in wealth; some in self, others in their friends. That which characterizes all the unregenerate is that they lean upon an arm of flesh. But the elect of grace have their hearts drawn from all creature supports, to rest upon the living God. God's people are the children of faith. The language of their hearts is, "O my God I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed" (Psalm 25:2). And again, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15). They rely upon God to provide, protect and bless them. They look to an unseen Resource, count upon an invisible God, lean upon a hidden Arm.

True, there are times when their faith wavers, but though they fall they are not utterly cast down. Though it be not their uniform experience, yet Psalm 56:11 expresses the general state of their souls: "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me." Their earnest prayer is, "Lord increase our faith" (Luke 17:5). "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Roman 10:17). Thus, as the Scriptures are pondered, and their promises received in the mind, faith is strengthened, confidence in God is increased and assurance deepened. By this we may discover whether or not we are profiting from our study of the Bible.

A.W. Pink Profiting From the Word - Chapter 2: The Scriptures and God
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Travel Story Tom Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:40 AM Thought I would tell you about a vaccination story from friends of my wife.
This couple because of the Trudeau announcement, lifting vaccination rules for travel; drive into the States.
At the border they gave their Passports, then were asked if they had been vaccinated.
When they said no, the border guard proceeded to tell them that because he is a U.S. citizen he is allowed to proceed.
However his wife was required to go into the building and after they went into the building; because they were already on US ground, she was required to go back home and quarantine for 14 days. They made it very plain that they would be checking up on her; so do not think they will get away from not quarantining.
All because she is not vaccinated.

Apparently, they had tried to check to see if they would have any trouble getting into the States and did not think there would be a problem.

Tom
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