Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
I had a lengthy one with my pastor the other day about this Old Earth - Young Earth issue. I think we need to do a few things -

1). Understand that while we need to talk about this, we don't want to divide ourselves about minutia. In another church I went to a few years ago there was a huge rift about pre-tibulation and post-tribulation rapture for example. Not good. Remember the real earthly enemy is not a brother believer.

2). The point to remember is this. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Everything else, as interesting as it may be, is minutia.

3). It is not constructive to say another's belief in end times prophesies to be "tin foil" stuff. We may disagree, but if one reads Revelations, we are probably closer than you think.

OK....now having said that I will continue.

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Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
I want to revisit the "Why You Are Here?" This part is simple. It is a two-fold mission.

•The first part if to Speak The Word Of God verbally, through direct or indirect teaching as well as be a living example to any and all who cross your path.

•The second part of that is to fight and resist evil where ever you find it so that you, and others around you, will be able to accomplish the first part.

The first part…speaking the word, may be done on a global scale like the Billy Grahams and Greg Lauries do. It may also be done by living as an example.

Listen folks…once you accept this commission, everyone will be looking at you. Not only to see if you fail…because the soulless busybodies whose lives are spent delighting in the misery of others expect you to fail….but because when non-believers look into the eyes of a Christian, they see a light there that they want. And they will ask you.

The second part is by being a Bold Christian. Not the passive quiet types who are so fearful of offending anyone, listing niceness over being godly, who look at their shoes when questioned, hiding their bibles and crosses.

COWARDS!! Let that never be said of us.

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Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
Most conversations in a bible study will eventiually drift to the "purpose discussion". So I would ask -Who are you, and why are you here? It seems so many guys want that answered as no one has ever told them. That is the job of a father, but today many otherwise good men do not seem to have fathers.

WHO ARE YOU?
WHY ARE YOU HERE??

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09/11: On Loftiness

Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
There is a story of a Rabbi and a Pastor that went to a boxing match. They sat there and watched the fighters warm up. Suddenly, just before the start of one of the bouts, a boxer turned to the corner and knelt down in prayer.

The Rabbi asked the Pastor - "Do you think that will help?"
The Pastor replied, "Not one bit…the man can’t box”.

2 Thessalonians 3-10
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

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Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
Lets discuss the doctrine of unconditional submission. Or simply put, that God requires us to submit unconditionally to the governing powers, regardless of what they ask. I don't believe such a doctrine is biblical.

Lets look at this. Submission to authority is in effect, a contract. Think of our submission to God. We submit because He is God. He will never lie to us, deceive us, nor go back on His word. Thus we should submit to God with no reservations.

Next is the contract between man and wife. The wife does not submit unconditionally. She submits as long as the husband is seeking Christ as an example and loving her as Christ loves the church. If the husband pushes her around and demands she do something evil, she is not to submit any longer. This submission is conditional because while God is perfect, husbands are not.

The contract between family and church is the same. If a pastor brings in some Imam to teach Sunday worship, the families of that church should boot the pastor in the a** so hard he can taste Vibram on his lips. Submission to church is also conditional.

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Category: General
Posted by: Gabe Suarez
THE HISTORICAL VIEW

As we whistle through the first decade of the New millennium, we find ourselves embroiled in conflict with a new enemy. The previous century saw conflicts between city-states, between small states, large nations and even between regions. We saw a “cold war” between political ideologies. This new war is much more than that and before the final shot is fired, we will see its zones of conflict will span and traverse all boundaries whether political, social, or of faiths. Truly it is a struggle of faiths. Colored otherwise as it may be by politician and media pundit alike, it is clear that this is a struggle between Islam (the so-called religion of peace), and the Christian-based nations of the Western world, with its focal point being, as it has been for decades, the tiny nation of Israel.

So it is with this backdrop that I want to examine the Christian Doctrine of Pacifism. I and may of my colleagues do not believe such a doctrine is biblically correct. My objective then is to find whence it came into acceptance, who brought it, and possibly determine why. Knowing this we can make rational decisions about whether such a perspective truly is of God…or not.

I want to point out that I am a born again Christian. Yet, although I prefer living in peace, I am no pacifist. When I became a Christian, I was prepared to sell all my guns and knives and adopt whatever life the Lord put in front of me. But the spirit did not lead me to cast away my sword, only to put it in its correct place…specifically as a tool of justice.

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