One Extra Empty Chair

We started having a family Bible study on Thursday nights when our youngest son was two or three years old. Then when our kids got a little older, we changed the day from Thursday to Saturday. So, if we all are in town, we always do our family Bible study on Saturday morning with a tasty breakfast which is my second favorite part of our Bible study. Why? Well, I no more cook on Saturdays. The rest of the Banko’s do. Is that a blessing or what!
 
Anyways, so when we started our Bible study, it was very hard to calm our kids down. When we try to tell them about Abraham and Sara or David and Goliath, they fight for a crayon or somebody wants to go to the restroom. It was very frustrating especially for me who tend to often struggle with lack of patience.

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“Don’t I have a biblical ground for divorce?”

A4P Guest: I heard you saying many times and read on many of your posts that looking at a woman lustfully is like committing adultery. Am I right?
 
A4P: First, I didn’t say that; Jesus did on Matthew 5:28 “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” And second, Jesus didn’t say, “looking at a woman lustfully is LIKE committing adultery.” He said, “anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
 
A4P Guest: Okay, Jesus said it and I heard you quoting Him many times.
 
A4P: Correct.

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Are You a Protestant or an Orthodox?

I’m not really sure why but these days many people are coming to this page and dropping this question: Are you a Protestant or an Orthodox.
 
Why do people ask this question? I’m not really sure. Since a number of people had asked this question, I want to say a word or two about it. But before I laid that out clearly, let me, as I always do, first look up the definition of these two terms:
 
Protestant: a member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches.

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You can’t live with sin if you are born of God

Yes, we can’t continue to live in sin if we are born of God.

The Word of God says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

How true that is! We simply can’t live in sin. We just can’t because God’s seed remains in us. Hallelujah! ///

This video is captioned in English.

In And Through Us

Freedom to be Like Jesus

God set you and I free from the bondage of sin to reveal His Son, Jesus Christ, in and through us.
 
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
 
The above kind of lifestyle is not only true of Paul but everyone who is in Christ.

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Lust vs Healthy Sexual Desire

Whenever I mention what Jesus said on Matthew 5:28, “- – – anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” many people ask me, “How can I then decide who to marry without sexually lusting after them?”
 
This question totally breaks my heart because it tells me that those people who ask this question see lust as a holy and pure sexual desire every one of us naturally have.

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50 Shades of Grace???

I’m sure many of you know Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Pastor Tony Evans and she is one of the main characters in the “War Room” movie). Well, this is her show called “The Chat with Priscilla” (made possible by Lifeway Christian Resource.)
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40All91wT2s
 
So, in this show, Priscilla had two guests and one of whom is, Mo Isom, a blogger and speaker, known by her “50 Shades of Grace” blog.

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Very Exciting News!

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What can I say to God except to say, “May You alone forever be the King and Lord of my life!”

Yes! God is pretty much catching me by surprise almost every day! I praise Him!

After my first book, “Beyond the Fairy Tale,” was released, I was informed by my publisher that my book got ranked first in Amazon in its class. Yes, that was a great success, praise God!

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Purity for the brave hearted!