Hi everyone. I like coming to this board and reading what you all write. I was glad today to see so many new entries.
I am glad to have found brainout on youtube but still have a long way to go on understanding Bible meter. It seems overwhelming at times. I try to spend a lot of time reading the Bible in the morning and listening to a message from my pastor later in the day and it gives me much to think on and chew on during the day.
He started a new series about the Kingdom recently and how we even now are to be preparing for that wonderful day when God's will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
My PT does not teach Bible meter, but he was ordained under someone ordained under Thieme and does refer to some of the stuff Thieme teaches. I like the Col's books and find a lot of inspiration from them.
Getting to my subject, one verse my PT frequently mentions frequently is I Tim. 1:5:
"Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith..."
When I look around Christian internet communities (not here) I see many battering one another and putting each other's pet doctrines down and just being downright nasty and rude. I wonder how much that detracts unbelievers away from believing in Christ.For Jesus said in Jn. 13:34-35:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
I sometimes get caught up in prophecy stuff and will go and look at some of the things written about it but it seems I am always coming back to the one thing, just growing in grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior. I want to know Him better and better so that I will not shrink away in shame when He appears.
It seems to me He could be coming back soon, but I could be wrong on that. I just don't see how we can continue on much longer on the track we are going on this planet. Things are way out of control and I am amazed that our country has not been totally destroyed.
Does it seem to you that Christians are being more hateful toward one another?
One last thing I wanted to mention. I found an old book from the 1910 era written by HA Ironside called Shipwrecked with Paul. I have not yet finished it, but he stated a premise that the church was represented in that voyage of Paul's at the end of Acts, and that Paul was sailing from Jerusalem (where Christianity was birthed) toward Rome (where it became paganized). If you believe that the 7 churches in Revelation are based on times of church history, it seems quite difficult to deny we are in the Church of Laodecia, which Christ said He would spew from His mouth. Sounds pretty much like a shipwreck to me.
Ironside referenced some work written by FWGrant in his Numerical Bible in the chapter on Acts. I just happened to have this old work and read it. Quite interesting.
Anyway, just wanted to share these thoughts with you all and see if you had any reaction to them. Even though I have not met you face to face, I appreciate your love for the Word of God and look forward to meeting you in heaven someday.