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Fellowship: Spiritual or Social?

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"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" Acts 2:42.
Contemporary assembly conditions often show a marked departure from New Testament simplicity and dependence upon the leading of the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit. Often this is due to failure on the part of the elders to provide guidance and teaching from the Scriptures. There is a great need to promote spiritual growth and stability among promising young brethren and sisters. There are five forms of fellowship in the New Testament.
1. Social Fellowship:"Breaking bread (eating of meals) from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart" Acts 2.46. This was especially necessary for those who had lost their houses and livelihood because of persecution. It is still good to show hospitality to the Lord’s people in our homes. "What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in?" 1Cor.11.22.
2. Fell…

More NASA Foolishness

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OSIRIS-REx they're calling it, supposedly a mere technical acronym. It is a mission to travel to the asteroid Bennu, map it, take a sample, and return to Earth, so that they can analyze the sample and learn what part asteroids played in bringing the building blocks of life to Earth.      This is stupid for several reasons. First of all, we can tell you with total confidence that asteroids had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with life on Earth. There were no building blocks. Stop passing off theories as facts!! "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). All anyone has to do is read the first 3 chapters of the Bible and he will know the answers to all kinds of questions that people pose today. No need for philosophy. No need for "discovery" missions to "unlock the secrets of Earth's origins", etc. God was there in the beginning. He did it, and He tells us about it in His book. Instead of spending astronomical amounts of …

Right with God

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Old Cross and New Cross

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SAVING FAITH - BELIEVE GOD

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"...Faith sees that what God says has been done, and believes God's Word, having the conviction that it is true, and true for ourselves. In saving faith, then, you do not trust God to do something for you: He has sent His Son, who has borne sin for you. You do not look to Christ to do something to save you: He has done it at the cross. You simply receive God's testimony as true, setting your seal thereto.* You rest in God's Word regarding Christ and His work for you. You rest in Christ's shed blood."
*"I often quote I Timothy 1:15 to inquiring sinners: 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.' In response to my question, they confess that 'came' is in the past tense. Then I say, 'How sad that you and I were not there, so that He might have saved us, for He has now gone back to heaven"' This shuts them up to contemplate the work Christ finished when He was here; upon which work, and God's Word concerning it, sinne…

Do You Reject The God Of The Old Testament?

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"It is forgotten that our God is a consuming fire [cf. Deut. 4:24 and Heb. 12:29]. Many there are who, in the blindness of unbelief of the last days, proudly say, "We reject the Jehovah of the Old Testament." It is "the Jesus that loved little children," and "went about doing good," who "taught us to call God, Father": - this is the one in whom people say they believe. But will you remember that this same Jesus is called in the Old Testament Jehovah's Servant, and that under Jehovah's smiting hand of wrath He poured out His blood on Calvary and was laid in a tomb, dead, and that it is this Jesus, the Son of God, dead and risen, upon whom you are called to believe?"
Newell,  Romans Verse by Verse, page 119, Moody Press