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  1. Well, the word Eucharist literally means "thanksgiving", and has been carried into religious terminology as follows: Eu·cha·rist (yo͞o′kər-ĭst) n. 1. A sacrament and the central act of worship in many Christian churches, which was instituted at the Last Supper and in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed in remembrance of Jesus's death; Communion. 2. The consecrated elements of this rite; Communion. [Middle English eukarist, from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistiā, from eukharistos, grateful, thankful : eu-, eu- + kharizesthai, to show favor (from kharis, grace; see gher- in Indo-European roots).] Catholics differ from most non-Catholics with their doctrine of transubstantiation so in that respect you are right about there being no equivalent.
  2. Here's a parable that's on my heart at the moment: Mat 13:31-32 (31) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: (32) Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. I've done a lot of gardening and agricultural work in my life...know a bit about seeds and what they produce. Most seeds are small...mustard seeds tiny. The kingdom of heaven is likened, not just to this tiny seed but to the way it grows and increases to become a perfect support structure for those desiring it.
  3. Hi Matto, I'm wondering what keeps you observing Roman Catholicism? As I recall one of its tenets is that if you renounce the Catholic faith you lose your salvation. I could search whether this is currently what is taught but I would like your personal input, if you are comfortable answering.
  4. Placable37

    Should We Pray Against Devils?

    Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 👍Helmet of Salvation = Thoughts Free of Condemnation. 👍Breastplate of Righteousness = Heart Full of Godliness. 👍Girdle of Truth = Covering Secured by Living Proof. 👍Footwear of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace = Stability in Readiness to Preach. 👍Shield of Faith = Protection Impenetrable because of Belief. 👍Sword of the Spirit = Attack Effectual with the Word that is Perfect. 👍Praying in the Spirit = Requests Holy not that of the Hypocrite. Here we see the wiles of the Devil at work. Peter gets the first part right... Mat 16:16-19 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. But after learning what is to happen... Mat 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. He gets it wrong and we are left in no doubt as to why... Mat 16:22-23 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be unto you. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offence unto me: for you savour not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Here again there is a problem, and the appropriate action is taken... Luk 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren. Thanks for the topic to post on, Emekrus. 🙏
  5. Here are some Hi Just Mike, If you have time to ponder this verse and seriously do some deep study on it please let me know if it uncomplicates the question of God's choice. Mat 18:3 (3) And Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Not that children are perfect in every respect, but that they are in need of assistance, which is why they are often called "dependants". Generally this dependence is akin to humility, which is the meaning conveyed in the verse. I listened to a dear old man share his testimony of salvation, in which he stated that he was a Post Office employee most of his working life and had no church or religious upbringing or inclination. Somewhere around the age of 50 he was influenced to give his life to Christ, and I know he continued in the faith until he passed away about 25 years later. What made this man change and why did it take that long? It is the kindness of God that leads to repentance, Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith, it starts with His call and ends with His all, and takes as long as it takes, but without humility we are lost for eternity. Is the humility initiated by God? Yes, He leads us to it so that our repentance is genuine, not something we change our mind about. The giveaway of a false conversion is the lack of humility and reversion to the old sinful nature with no guilt or remorse.
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    Trauma Surgeon Looking for Answers

    A very interest Hi SPaulsir, This is an interesting topic which has occupied me so intensely in the past that I amassed a lot of related material and spent hours discussing relevant issues on and offline. The work you do is born of necessity, - you are needed, your knowledge, dedication, expertise, skills and focus are needed. The survival and well-being of your fellow humans is dependant on your profession. The chaos and confusion of this world is a result of the fall and the curse. The madness of reality is the reality of madness. People do stupid things, individually and corporately. When it comes to cause and effect there are 3 basic categories: ~ Things we have direct control over. ~ Things we have no direct control over. ~ Things God directly controls for us. While it is true that God knows all that is knowable, is everywhere it is possible to be, and has all the power there is to have, His reasons for not preventing every plane crash or other fatality are His to know and ours to question, such is life, such is the reality of the situation. God's angels have prevented my death a few times, but not some injuries. God's Word says that our trials, tribulations, and testings build our character, and that compared to the eternal weight of glory are but light afflictions, and also that we are to give thanks in all things, which isn't that easy sometimes, but is the will of God. Blessings in Christ.
  7. Although the Bible doesn't specifically mention the words Total and Depravity together the message is clear, so Catholicism is corrupt, always has been, always will be, and should be protested against, which throws much doubt on the Eucumenical Movement and the World Council of Churches which is keen for a "One World Religion".
  8. I like to know whether people really acknowledge Jesus as the author and finisher of their faith: Heb 12:2-3 (2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. As many of us are well aware, there are controversies that are centuries old, but we should not be wearied or weakened in our faith by them. I also like to tell people that although I have a dark past, and a testing present, I have the brightest of futures. ☺️
  9. Some of the nicest people are Reformed. We have a very strong Dutch Reformed Church not far from my place. I have been among them for two of their Easter Conventions.
  10. Hi Just Mike, Thanks for the heads up, we do have a Unity Church in NZ, led by the Reverend Rhonda no less. http://www.unitynz.org/ They have a centre in Auckland, our largest city. I also missed Calvary Chapel but I read somewhere they are more a movement than a denomination - but a rose by any other name smells just the same! I make it plain to those who contact us for simple in-home fellowship and join in with our core group, that we don't have and don't want a name, or a special building, or a special bank account, or an official committee or board, (and Yay, no pews or pulpits). A number of us are mature in years and have previously been in the thick of missions, ministry, and administration. We don't make it obligatory for anyone to read Frank Viola's heavily criticised book, "Pagan Christianity", but regardless of his track record the book itself is an excellent introduction to and explanation of non-denominational, non-institutional, pro-early New Testament fellowship. GBY2.
  11. THE MERCY OF GOD: The Holy Spirit motivated many of the early Christians to charity. Acts 4:34-37 (34) Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, (35) And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. (36) And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, (37) Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet. THE MEANNESS OF SATAN: A contrasting, counterfeit motivation is revealed to the apostle Peter. Act 5:1-2 (1) But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, (2) And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. Acts 5:3 (3) But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Three things in collusion qualify the actions of Ananias and Saphira to be declared satanically motivated: ~ THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO GIVE ALL ~ THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO TELL ALL ~ THEIR AGREEMENT TO DECEIVE ALL Acts 5:4 (4) While it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power? why have you conceived this thing in your heart? you have not lied unto men, but unto God. THE MOTIVES OF TRANSGRESSORS: Three reasons they are caused to move contrary to the will of God. - Rivalry. So there are people being charitable...we can compete with them...no problem. - Ambition. So there are people being appreciated and commended...we will gain favour and advancement, eminence and applause, yes...and power! - Covetousness. So people shouldn't have to give things they want for themselves...there's no harm in accumulating and retaining wealth whenever, however, and from whomever you can. THE JUDGMENT OF GOD: Instantly, with no recourse to repentance and restoration. Acts 5:5-11 (5) And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. (6) And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. (7) And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. (8) And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. (9) Then Peter said unto her, How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. (10) Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. (11) And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. Why has Satan filled your heart? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? No chance is given Ananias and Saphira to answer these questions but God knows all things, and His swift response is a warning to all who imagine they can behave falsely. Satan can fill anyone's heart if they allow him into it. Not a good idea! Eph 4:27 applies.
  12. Hi Becky, In Luke 22:16 the eating refers to the Passover meal. Jesus is firstly stating a fact that He knew to be true, and secondly prophecying of a time when that which typologically the Passover meal represented and commemorated, namely divine deliverance from worldly bondage and the blessings of triumph and redemption, would be the eternal reality partaken of in heaven. See also Matt 26:29 In Luke 24:41-43 the eating is not of a Passover meal, and not of necessity but rather to add to the proof that Jesus was not an apparition or phantom, but was risen from the dead in a true and real body.
  13. Hi Just Mike, True, unfortunately. Not something I contest. We have much the whole spectrum in NZ. No official state religion but Anglican/Church Of England historically in the majority. Then Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Brethren, Nazarene, Lutheran, Church of Christ, various Reformed; also JW, SDA, & Mormon are well established as is The Potter's House, small pockets of Quakers, the Local Church (Witness Lee), Christian Science, Scientology, Christadelphians, and splinters of the World Wide Church (Armstrong: Plain Truth), plus affiliates to the United Church of God, and a huge exclusive community called Gloriavale.[ http://gloriavale.org.nz/ ] A Charasmatic Revival in 70's & 80's led to numerical increases among what were the minority denominations such as Apostolic, Elim, AoG, Open Door, Christian Fellowship, and New Life; and the likes of these have prolificated exponentially with executive corporation type models such as Church Unlimited, Destiny Church, Breakthrough Church, City Impact Church, Activate Church, Awake Church, Ablaze Church, Arise Church and believe it or not, Loud Church. In my city Gateway is a large independent congregation that ceded from AoG, and an Australian franchise called 3C (formerly Christian City Church) has a Hope Chapel which is quite popular. Much of what goes on in such places is pagan Babylon...best God's people come out of them. Rev 18:4-5 (4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. (5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
  14. Ezra 7:6 (6) This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him. About Ezra 1. He was a Descendant of Aaron the Chief Priest: (Brother of Moses) - Born to a priestly family as the younger son of Seraiah, the high priest slain by Nebuchadnezzar (Jer 52:24). - Brother to Josedech, and Uncle to Joshua, who were high priests in succession. 2. He was a Skilful Scribe: ("ready") - Not merely a penman. - An attorney well versed in forms of law, and all that related to polity and customs of the Hebrew people. - Capable of preparing public or private deeds. - A rabbi, or doctor, with authority and influence. 3. He was a Man of Grace and Wisdom According to King Artaxerxes: - The king granted him all his request (Ezra 7:6). - The king made a decree giving Ezra great authority (Ezra 7:11-26). 4. He was a Man with a Mission: - He had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it and to teach the statutes of Israel (Ezra 7:10). - He gathered chiefs of Israel to go with him from Babylon to Israel (Ezra 7:28). - He persuaded 220 temple servants known as Nethinims to return as ministers for the house of God (Ezra 8:20). 5. He was a Man who was Helped by the Hand of God: Six times in the narrative of chapters 7 & 8 in the Book of Ezra, we find reports of God's helping hand at work in Ezra's affairs. - Ezra 7:6 THE KING'S FAVOUR .This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him. - Ezra 7:9 THE FOUR MONTH JOURNEY For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. - Ezra 7:28 THE STRENGTH NEEDED And has extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me. - Ezra 8:18 THE PERSONNEL NEEDED And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; (38 Levites, 220 Nethinims) - Ezra 8:22 THE PROTECTION NEEDED For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. - Ezra 8:31 THE DELIVERANCE NEEDED Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. Both sovereign and scribe must have a steady hand, the one to rule with and the other to write with. Likewise the rebuilding of Israel required willing hands, and the concentrated imagery of God's helping hand at work in these two chapters is a strategy to get our attention. Nehemiah Also Neh 1:10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand. Neh 2:8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me. Neh 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. The Holy Spirit is our helper, our comforter, the advocate, the one who comes alongside, Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; G3875 παράκλητος paraklētos par-ak'-lay-tos An intercessor, consoler: - advocate, comforter. Total KJV occurrences: 5
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    The LAST REFORMATION ever, apparently.

    One of the joys of networking via simple in-home fellowships is that you meet new people and discover things you were unaware of. Along with my wife, a colleague and I who are established in a home fellowship were invited to participate in the home fellowship of another group, so we thought we would visit with them a few times and check it out. They were nice people, younger than us and some raising young children who shared fellowship with us. It transpired that the group had come together through a movement called "The Last Reformation" whose Danish founder, Torben Sondergaard, has been labelled as a "restorationist" rather than a "reformer". Like Huss, Luther, Cavin et al in their day, Sondergaard believes currently that important biblical truths are not being adhered to, focussing particularly on the Book of Acts. Quote from Last Reformation site: [https://thelastreformation.com/about/] "The Last Reformation is a new movement, started in 2011, that is now spreading all over the world. It is about coming back to what we read in the book of Acts. We believe that what we read in the book of Acts is also for today and that we need to come back to the simple disciple life the first Christians had. We believe that The Last Reformation is a reformation about the true gospel and the simple disciple life, but also a reformation of the church. This is the reason why the movement is called The Last Reformation. The “first” reformation was the reformation with Martin Luther in the 16th century. A reformation of the Catholic church that led to the Protestant church. If we look at the Protestant church today, it looks so much like the Catholic church and so little like what we read in the Bible and especially the book of Acts. Therefore we really need a new reformation that goes so much deeper than what Martin Luther and the other reformers came with. We are talking about a reformation that deals with the doctrines, the Spirit and the whole church system, why we do church the way we do it." As nice as these "Last Reformation" people were, after assisting their main family to relocate to another city, our group decided we were not in agreement with their movement due to its emphasis and practices which we determined to be cult-like.