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Are Tragedies "Gifts From God"?

(I had this post on my other blog, but it fits right in with all the anti-Calvinism/anti-predestination posts that I am writing.  For more on that, see "What's The Best Way To Make People Agree With Your Calvinist Views?" and "Letter To Our Elders Regarding Calvinism Growing In Our Church" and "Anti-Calvinism Memes and Links.")


James 1:2-4:“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”


I am reading a book right now by a woman who lost her mother to cancer.And she is struggling with the common Christian idea that all trials and tragedies are “gifts from God, meant for our good” and that we are to be thankful for them.

Are we supposed to accept infertility, fatal car accidents, chronically-ill children, divorce, disease, cancer, natural disasters, the death of lov…

Are We At The Very End?

I'm not the only one who thinks that we are at the very, very end:

https://www.raptureready.com/2019/01/11/loving-exhortation-alice-childs/


At least, that is my prayer!


Hallelujah! by the Newsboys

In The Sky by Bob Carlisle and others

Coming My Way by City Harmonic
Break Open The Sky by TobyMac

The Rapture Song

People Get Ready by Crystal Lewis

I Wish We'd All Been Ready

I Have This Hope by Tenth Avenue North

Holy (Wedding Day) by City Harmonic

Oh, What Love by City Harmonic.

Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle

#AsylumforBibi

Say a prayer that Trump grants asylum to Asia Bibi and her family!  Do what you can to support her.  We must stand for and with persecuted Christians.  For someday, it could be us. 


https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/president-trump-grant-asylum-to-asia-bibi-2.html

Finally! Someone In Hollywood Stops Apologizing!

So glad to see this finally happen: A celebrity has finally stood up and said that enough is enough, that they are not going to apologize to the mobs who constantly attack others to bend them to their twisted political agendas.

Way to go, Kevin Hart!  Good to see that commonsense still lives and that some people still have a backbone!

The more people apologize to these mobs and try to appease them, the more powerful and power-hunger they get.  There's a lot that we need to stop apologizing for, before we end up giving them total control over social customs and values and what's allowed and what's not allowed.

The madness will only end when people do just what Kevin Hart did: stop apologizing, and stop letting them make you feel like you have something to apologize for!

#21 The End Times (shortened)

(For full version of this Bible study lesson, click here.)

No study on the “less clear” things of Scripture would be complete without a look into the End Times.There are many different ideas about how the world will end.Of course, most Christians believe that it will end when Christ returns and God makes all things new.But what isn’t clear is the timing of everything.And the biggest “unclear” thing: Will there be a rapture?Will it come before, during, or after the tribulation?

I have studied this really intensely at different times over the years.Reading every book on the topic that I could find, studying the Bible, checking the original Greek meaning of the words, etc.To me, it is a huge, complex, wonderfully-frustrating puzzle.And I could never really understand it . . . until this last time that I studied it.And I was finally able to settle this issue in my mind once and for all.

Yes, I do believe that there is going to be a rapture before the tribulation (trib) starts.And I am thorou…

Letter To Our Elders Regarding Calvinism Growing In Our Church

Below is the letter my husband and I wrote to our elders regarding the Calvinism that's growing in our church.  (We will give it to them when we see them.)  I am including it here (omitting any identifying details) in case I need to share it with anyone in our church.  And I am posting it to help anyone else who might be disturbed about Calvinism growing in their church. 



To the Elders of ***** Church (and anyone else who may want to know this),

There’s something I want to bring to your attention.It’s nothing huge or really bad, but it’s more like a “difference of opinion” that I think you should know about, in case it matters to you too.

Before Christmas, Pastor ***** wrote a post on the church’s blog about predestination.About how predestination is what the Bible clearly teaches, and how we don't have to like it but we do have to accept it, and how even though the Bible teaches that God decides who goes to heaven and who goes to hell, we are still fully accountable for our choi…

#20 Atheism and World Religions (not shortened)

(This is a super long post, as it is in the original Bible study lesson, except for some questions I cut in this one.)

            In this lesson, I combined parts of several posts from https://myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com.This lesson in not really an academic “study” of atheism and world religions, but it’s a very personal account of why I could never give up my faith in Jesus, why those other options are not for me, and how I would explain salvation and faith in Jesus to a non-believer.

Anti-Calvinism Memes and Links

This is the last half of the post "What's The Best Way To Make People Agree With Your Calvinist Views."  But I put it here in its own post so that it's easier to find.

These are some links to posts which are against Calvinism, the belief that the Bible teaches God has predetermined from the beginning of time who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.  It's no secret from my writing that I strongly disagree with this view.  I believe the Bible clearly teaches that God offers us all salvation, that Jesus's death paid for everyone's sins, and that we have to decide if we will accept Him or reject Him.  And here is some of what others have to say about Calvinism (I haven't read everything in all of these yet and I don't necessarily agree with every point they make, but I needed to link to them before I lost them online):  

"Reflections of a Calvinist 'Unelect'"

"My Journey Into Calvinism"

"Calvinism Critiqued by a Former Cal…