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Sincere Questions for My Calvinists Friends 

1: Why preach ‘repent or perish’ when the non-elect can’t repent and the elect can’t perish?

2: How can God hold the non-elect responsible for ‘not believing’ and damn them for it, when He deliberately did not give them the faith to enable them to believe in the first place?

3: If Christ has already made an efficacious atonement for the sins of an elect person, is that elect person actually lost during the period prior to their being saved?

4: During the period before an elect person gets saved, how are they condemned already (for not believing) when their unbelief (which is a sin) has already been paid for by Christ on the cross?

5: If repentance is a gift only given to the elect, what did Jesus mean when He said that some of the people in hell would have repented if they had had the same opportunity as the people to whom He preached?

6: Why does the Spirit of God strive and convict some sinners who later prove, by dying and going to hell, that they were non-elect? What is the purpose of such movings of the Spirit?

Sister Kim Knisely Williams

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Celebrity Preacher Follower? 

Sometimes when I quote one of Jesus’ “tough”, “religiously incorrect” statements, some church folks, who it seems suffer from selective outrage syndrome, will snarl something like, “Who do you think you are Glenn, to disagree with________________ (insert name of celebrity preacher here)?”

My question, “Who does aforementioned celebrity preacher think he is to disagree with Jesus?”

And what’s more, “Who do you think you are to take the word of some millionaire, private jetting, mansion dwelling, snake oil selling, Bible denying, religious huckster over the words of the Creator of the universe??”

Maybe they’re right and I’m just ornery.

Ps Happy New Year

Glenn C.

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Burdens! 

Originally posted by Josh! 

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;

He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Too often we see God’s children “moved” by the burdens and trials of this world! Too often Christians live in fear, shame, regret, pain, and all manner of doubts and anxieties when we are given such wonderful promises against them as in this verse! 

Perhaps you are now walking through the valley of the shadow of death this very moment. I do not wish to make little of your struggles and I definitely do not wish to speak as if they are not difficult or that I myself know what it is like. There are many who have gone through valleys far deeper than I have and I pray God’s grace to guide you through them. But I am not speaking from my own experience or strength; I wish to point you to God’s living, powerful, and true Word! 

To say we should not mourn or feel pain is absurd and unbiblical. Many of God’s saints have felt the deepest losses in this life and Jesus Himself wept along with many of God’s faithful servants. Think of Job after his entire family save his wife was torn from him along with his possessions and health. Think of the many saints and prophets who lived in poverty, suffering, and loss for the cause of their God. And, of course, our Savior in bearing the weight of the sin of the world and wrath of God for us. When we consider them in our grief we find ourselves in good company, do we not? Though it is difficult now it is, as Paul puts it, “not worthy to be compared with the glory” we receive as Christ’s people who suffer in the path of obedience. Though this valley can feel like the end we must remember it will one day end when we are called home and brought by our Savior to Mt Zion. And to be with Christ forever far outweighs the bitterest sorrows of this life!

But what happens when we don’t feel this truth to be relevant in our current trial? What do we do when our hearts are overwhelmed and the valley seems too dark and deep? What happens when God’s promises don’t seem to sway our emotions and bring us joy? We cry out! We lift our voices to our Good Shepherd and we don’t trust our doubts and fears! We must doubt our doubts before we doubt our Lord! Maybe you are there now. Please, dear child of God, cast your burdens on the Lord in faith! Trust Him with it all! He will sustain you! It is His promise not mine! Do you feel moved as if your heart and soul dangle over Hell itself and Heaven seems to be a distant blurry vision? Do not trust your feelings. Our hearts are deceitfully wicked (Jer. 17:9) so go to the One Who is greater than our hearts when it condemns us (1 John 3:20). We cannot do it on our own! We will be moved if we do not trust the Lord! These giants are too big for us without God’s help! Don’t be ashamed to admit your weakness to God! We must lay aside our pride and fall into His  “everlasting arms” (Deut.33:27) Find rest in Him today, after all true rest is only in Christ! 

Lord, You say we can cast all our cares upon You, for You care for us (1 Peter 5:7)! You also said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” May we truly come to You, abandoning trust in our own strength and relying solely on Yours! Teach us to trust and rest in You that when trials come we know where to run to find shelter! You are our Strong Tower, our Deliverer, and our Good Shepherd! Thank You for the shelter we have in You! Amen!

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Growth & Power! 

Many Christians backslide because this truth is not clearly taught. Some are unable to stand against temptation or their old nature. 

Though they strive to do their best to fight against sin and to serve God, they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret that the Lord Jesus will continue His work in the believer every day from heaven. But there is one condition: Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.

Read Matthew 11:25–30
Andrew M.

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Through Mud and Mire! 

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Originally posted at Secretangel

Through mud and mire…
or tears and fear…
we can do all things through Christ…
who is always near.
For He’ll never leave us…
nor forsake us in any trouble…
even sending angels to help…
and hold us up to not stumble.
For though struggles are real…
with deep wounds concealed…
we can overcome all obstacles…
as we lean on the One who can heal.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2017.

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Dear Lord, only You know the multitude who are struggling to overcome the obstacles that they face during these trying times. Please give them the strength to persevere. Help them out of the pit of despair and bring healing and restoration to all the broken places in their lives… in Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.