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How is the Word of God to be read and heard?

    With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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    What should we pray?

      The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

      Ephesians 3:14–21

      For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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      With what attitude should we pray?

        With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

        Philippians 4:6

        Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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        What is prayer?

          Prayer is pouring out our hearts to Godin praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

          Psalm 62:8

          Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

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          How does the Holy Spirit help us?

            The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.

            Ephesians 6:17–18

            Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

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            What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

              That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

              John 14:16–17

              And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

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              Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

                All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

                Titus 3:4–6

                But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

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                Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

                  Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

                  1 Peter 2:9–12

                  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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                  Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

                    No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

                    Galatians 2:16

                    Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

                    Frenetic Friday


                    And what a week it’s been folks.  Well we have a little bit of everything here even some Robotic Over Lords!

                    So this appears in my feed in the first part of the week

                    Now let’s state the obvious only one combination is going to keep you in your seat on a plane.  And frankly if the others are actually offered I’m not flying KLM I’ve been in turbulence.  But this is the best response I have seen.

                    HT: Doug Wilson

                    And then we have a new update from the culture of death featuring James Franco.

                    Pay special attention to Franco’s face as Princeton philosophy professor Elizabeth Harman gives her argument for aborting some babies.  No matter how she tries to justify it her argument just doesn’t hold water and Franco’s face reflects it. 

                    And in the culture wars a former soldier who is transgender warns about the danger of gender dysphoria in the military.   One of the most interesting quote of that article is this:

                    When a service member becomes nondeployable because of gender transition related surgery, they’re going to not only not be on duty in some cases, but they will also be on light duty for most or all of that time.

                    They’ll have a medical profile against either performing their duties at all, or one that limits them. Commanders are forced to respect these limitations. But the health and fighting capabilities of a military unit are determined by how many of its members are deployable. It’s that serious.

                    As a former platoon sergeant I know this to be true.

                    Think about that.  

                    And now our Robotic Over Lord’s.

                    First something truly terrifying.

                    Who thought giving the robot a sword was a good idea?

                    And now let us send the kids out of the room.

                    So there are these things called sexbots.  That apparently are being programmed to be used in rape fantasies.  And yes it is amazing just how depraved men are.  

                     But riding in on the robotic white horse comes Professor John Banzhaf, a well-known activist professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School.  He is concerned about the sexbots being used in such a manner and he wants Congress to rule and regulate the sexbots industry.  (Click on the link if you want to read the article)

                    Now is it me or does he want Congress to regulate a type of sexbot prostitution?  

                    But on another note the thought of people having sex with robots reminds me of a quote from  That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis:

                     There dwell an accursed people, full of pride and lust. There when a young man takes a maiden in marriage, they do not lie together, but each lies with a cunningly fashioned image of the other, made to move and to be warm by devilish arts, for real flesh will not please them, they are so dainty (delicati) in their dreams of lust. Their real children they fabricate by vile arts in a secret place.”

                    And this ends another Frenetic Friday.