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Nothing happens by chance

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Nothing happens by chance

by Joshua Arnold

The other night, the night before I left for Florida, Andy, the owner of TractPlanet, sent me some gas money, because he was generous enough to pay for my trip down to his place, as we figure out if me working for him here will be a good fit.

I wanted to get my gas tank filled the night before, so I wouldn’t have to worry about it the next morning, and so I went to get gas. I got to the station, and just went I started pumping the gas, a lady came up to me and asked me if I could give her a ride to a grocery store nearby. I hesitated for a bit, because it appeared that she may have some sort of drug or alcohol issue, and I don’t need to risk getting pulled over and then get in trouble for possession of a substance I never saw in my life, simply because someone in my vehicle possessed it. Read the rest of this entry

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Calvinism is not the Gospel

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Calvinism is not the Gospel

by Joshua Arnold

Calvinism is not the Gospel. The Gospel is the proclamation of the person and works of Jesus Christ.

I wholeheartedly affirm all 5 points of Calvinism, but as Calvinistic in my view as I am, and as joyful as I am in my brothers and sisters who affirm and zealously proclaim the true doctrines of the Bible that we have called ‘Calvinism’ mainly for the sake of distinguishing our view from others in a single word instead of spending 20 minutes to explain each view we have as professing Christians, the idea that a person is not saved if they don’t affirm the Calvinistic doctrines, is an error itself. Read the rest of this entry

Judas

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Judas

by Joshua Arnold

Judas mourned more for his sin than most professing Christians do today. Not only did he mourn, but he paid restitution by giving back the 30 pieces of silver. He was deeply convicted of his sin, and did not make any excuses for it like most professing Christians do today. He didn’t say “well, God knows my heart”. He made no excuse for his sin whatsoever. Yet, Judas will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Read the rest of this entry

A heretical church

Here is something I read on Facebook.

A heretical church

by Joshua Arnold

My story of when I was a member of a heretical church.

I’ve had this jersey for nearly a couple years now. It’s a Church of Christ softball league jersey, and it belongs to me. We were allowed to choose the name we wanted, and whatever number was available. I chose Romans 9 for obvious reasons, but there is more to the story than this. Read the rest of this entry

Gays and suicide

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Gays and suicide

by Joshua Arnold

Suicide attempts are significantly more common in the LGBT community than with heterosexuals (3 times more likely with the LGBT youth than with the heterosexual youth), and many in the LGBT community would like to blame heterosexual culture for this, saying that society bullies and shames them. They would like to find a reason outside of themselves for the frequent triggering of suicide in their community. Read the rest of this entry

Falling into sin

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Falling into sin

by Joshua Arnold

Falling into sin at times during my walk has been one of the most miserable experiences of my life. I abhor it, and can’t believe how much carnality is settled at the bottom of my heart, never going noticed until I am hit and shook, and suddenly all of that sediment at the bottom of my heart clouds the whole heart like a glass that had muck at the bottom, and then clouds all the water after it is shaken. I see all that hidden sin that never showed itself when everything was going smooth. Read the rest of this entry

Limiting the grace of God

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Limiting the grace of God

by Joshua Arnold

I can’t count how many Christians fall into sin and sit and wallow in it miserably, and end up sinfully discouraging themselves in their walk, simply because they limit the grace of God.

They entangle their souls by limiting the love and grace of God. It is as though they refuse to believe that God is as forgiving as He says He is. They act as though God reluctantly forgives people with an unwilling willingness, as if He loses glory by forgiving people. Read the rest of this entry

From drug dealer to Christian

Here is something I read on Facebook.  It is the testimony of a former drug dealer who is now a Christian.

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The first time I was ever arrested, I was 16, and it was because my friends and I went into Walmart, and stole some things. I was actually the only person that didn’t steal anything, but I knew what was going on.

Two years later, at 18 years old, I was arrested on a felony assault charge. It was an automatic felony charge, because the person I hit suffered a broken bone, and apparently when a bone is broken, it is an automatic felony. It was dropped to attempted assault, because I had several witnesses that saw the other person assault me first. Plus I only hit the person one time, and so it wasn’t seen as a malicious act from me. Read the rest of this entry

Sin

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Sin

by Joshua Arnold

You grieve over sin. But you need to rejoice that you even grieve over sin. There was a time when you didn’t.

You have no peace because of your sin. But you need to be at peace over the fact that you do not have peace with your sin. There was a time when you didn’t.

You are troubled by your sin, but doesn’t the thought of not being troubled by your sin trouble you even more? Does the thought of waking up one day with a full blown reprobate mind terrify you? Read the rest of this entry

Good mothers

Here is something I read on Facebook

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Good Mothers

by Joshua Arnold

Our good Lord ordained for there to be mothers for His glory. I’m so very thankful for the person my Lord chose in eternity past to be my mother. I thank God for her life.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of Glory. He is the Author of it, and a thing is only as glorious as Christ can be seen in it. The more Christ is seen in a thing, the more glorious it is. Read the rest of this entry

A conversation with the Muslim about eternal joy

Here is something I read on Facebook.

 A conversation with the Muslim about eternal joy.

by Joshua Arnold

Muslim: Allah is the one true god, and only he can bless a man with eternal joy in Heaven.

Christian: So you must believe that allah has had infinite joy from eternity past, right?

Muslim: Absolutely!

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A conversation with the downcast person who is uncertain of his salvation

Here is something I read on Facebook.

 A conversation with the downcast person who is uncertain of his salvation

by Joshua Arnold

Downcast: I’m afraid that I’m not saved.

Reply: Why is that? Is it because you reject the Gospel? If so, then you should be very afraid.

Downcast: No! I embrace the Gospel. I am just afraid that I have deceived myself, and that I am nothing more than a professor of saving faith, and not a possessor of saving faith. Read the rest of this entry

A short conversation with a charismatic

Here is something I read on Facebook.

A short conversation with a charismatic

by Joshua Arnold

Charismatic: I received a word from God today.

Reply: How do you know it was from God?

Charismatic: Because I heard a still small voice, and it had to do with the word of God.

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The wrath of God

Here is something I read on Facebook.

The wrath of God

by Joshua Arnold

Death is not a natural event, but a penal event. It is the penalty of sin, not the nature of God’s design for humanity. Originally, humans were never made to die.

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Author of life, Jesus Christ, was put to death as He received the penalty that you deserve. The wage for your entire life of sin, all that hard laboring to sin, was given to Him. Every hour of sin that you have ever and will ever clock in was given to Him at once. God paid Him in full for all of your sins, and not just yours, but all of His sheep. Read the rest of this entry

Do all infants who die go to Heaven?

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Do all infants who die go to Heaven?

by Joshua Arnold

 

I would like to prove that it is absolutely biblical to say that every human that dies in infancy goes to Heaven. Not only infants, but mentally handicapped people that are unable to grasp the reality of sin, and good and evil, but that’s not what I’m going to be discussing in this post. The post will be a quite long, and so it may not be very shareable, but God willing it will be informative, and worth the read. I don’t expect many people to read it all, but It should bring clarity and give rest to those confused or concerned with the matter. I answer a few common objections at the end.

Without a doubt in my mind, every single baby, unborn, stillborn, or born but dies before they are able to comprehend good and evil, goes straight to Heaven.
In fact, I believe that there is no greater display of God’s sovereign grace than a helpless baby, who has no personal, religious, or moral merits, inheriting the kingdom of Heaven by pure grace.

There are a couple things that must be understood about babies. Read the rest of this entry

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