I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a blessing I have gotten from your website. I have read over many of the articles and topics. I appreciate the information that you provide and the scripturally-backed way in which you present it.
I am going to use portions of your "How we got the Bible" in a Sunday School class that I teach. I appreciate your saying at the end that it was OK to use. We are not currently using any regular literature in our Sunday School class, and I have been teaching from whatever the Lord lays on my heart. We are going to begin a book study (probably the book of Jonah) after the first of the year, and I am teaching on the Canon of Scripture for a couple of Sundays to lay the groundwork for the study of a book of the Bible. I am combining some of your material with a study my father-in-law taught through several years ago.
I'm new to teaching this year, and I am grateful that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to serve in this way.
Thank you for your article on, "Is smoking a sin?". I have been heavily struggling with this sin for the past 7-8 months. It seemed as though the more conviction I had about the matter the less things seemed to be moving for me spiritually - It is as though I have come to a spiritual growth stand-still. No-matter how much praying or reading of God's Holy word I have been doing-Because I have not quit smoking, I know God has not been working in my life spiritually as he would if I were not outright sinning.
Up until I read your article, I have been struggling with all the same excuses you mentioned and refused to believe it was a sin. I figured that as long as I didn't smoke around any church members, and thus, cause them to judge me, I was fine. But, like I said, the Lord has been convicting me more and more. Thank God and thank you that he has led me to your article while surfing on the WEB. I was doing a web search for the word "SHRINE" for a completely unrelated topic from smoking and your article came up. It said, "IS IT A SIN TO SMOKE?" --Exactly the question that was eating at my spirit but never allowed myself to check or find out because I was afraid of the answer or I didn't want the answer. But, since your article was right there, I knew that if I didn't read it it would be like spitting in God's face in response to his answer to the question that he knew that I had about whether smoking was a sin. Well, I read your article, and I praise God for it. I through out the cigarettes and did everything you mentioned to do--PLEASE PRAY THAT I DO NOT START AGAIN.
Warm kingdom greetings! Thanks so much for your good teachings.It has really helped us to dig deep for hidden truths.We now feel very safe and rooted in God's truth. You are always in our prayers.Many of our people here stand in wonder about the great teachings you have made available to us,the Kenyans here enjoy reading them so much.(it is very encouraging when more of our people spare time to read the teachings). Thanks once more for your commitment to the Lord's work.
Pastor David - Kenya, East Africa
I thank you for your terrific dissertation on "Predestination vs Free Will". . .
I want to use it in a presentation to about 30 of my fellow pastor's at a retreat this coming January. . . .Thanking you again for your Godly insight into this most perplexing heresy.
Wow, I was very surprised and very impressed that you got back to me so fast, espically when that was the most diificult contradiction I found in the Bible. . . . Whenever I ask a question concerning God's love or reasoning in class I always seem to get the same response that "I don't have enough faith", which I will always respond back, "but God gives us the gift of faith why will He not give me enough?" It seems like you are the only that can give me a well-informed response to my dilemma. I really appreciate this!
I want to personally thank you for this site! It is a life saver for me as my youth group the "Bible Digging Club" are asking some very hard questions for me. I appreciate and applaud your work and pray God blesses you in a might way!
I am so glad I found your site!
My friend, you seem to be wiser and have more authority than Jesus and his inspired writers. Mark 16:15-16 Mark still in the New Testament as well as l Pet. 3:21. If a person is saved without baptism he then is saved without the forgivness of sins. Acts 2:38 is still in the New Testament. The person who believes in Jesus as God's son, and repents of his sins stilldoes not have remission of sins. Acts 2:38 is inspired scripture and cannot be broken.
Why O why do you continue to wrest the scriptures to your own destruction?
thanks Pastor or brother in the Lord. Is such a great sermon and l'm bless today. Continue the good work in the Lord.And l will be happy if more sermons are posted. God richly bless u and keep us in the faith till we meet together in heaven.
thanks for the information and may the almighty God