Letters on the Mountain!
Date: Wed Feb 3 14:14:52 2010
Subject: Perpetual Virginity of Mary
I am a Roman Catholic, but I have forever been in belief that while Mary was indeed a virgin when she had Christ, she was not after wards as scripture (Matthew) points out that Joseph did not know her until she brought forth her firstborn son and later in Mark it names his brothers but not sisters. I haven't a clue why so many Catholics buy into the premise that Mary was forever virgin. I can see why they would honor her virginity initially but............
I particularly loved the logic in your presentation that why call Christ her first born if she had no other children????
Thank you for such an excellent validation of what I have long held.
Very well stated.
PS: Roman Catholicism is bathed in tradition, much that I reject, but there are other parts of it that
in a long search I could not find in other denominations.
Date: Sun Jan 3 08:03:47 2010
Subject: New Covenant Vs Covenant
Name: John Styles
I found your discussion on Covenant versus the New Covenant Theology doctrines very enlightening and well put together. I would like to pass this paper on to my congregation, if you don't mind. Please advise!
Pastor John Styles
Reformed Presbyterian Church
Date: Fri Nov 27 06:16:30 2009
Name: John Akinnagbe
City: Rockville, Md.
Thank you so much for this article explaining into details why God judged Istrael for David's sin of counting his army. I never understand Davids action until now. May the Lord help me to apply what I learned here daily and may you be strenthened in the wisdom and understanding of the word of God.
Again, thank you so much.
Date: Mon Nov 16 13:40:55 2009
Name: Stanley Dalizu
Thanks for your excellent explanation of The Apostle's Creed. Great website.
Date: Tue Sep 15 21:24:27 2009
Subject: Rewards in Heaven
Name: Julia Huff
I was raised in the Baptist Church and all my life was taught that we would receive different rewards and crowns in Heaven based on our works on earth. Because of this belief, I really dreaded going to heaven and was afraid of not being worthy of any special crown or reward. Recently my Mom died (she was a strong Christian) and this started me thinking again on this subject. I came across your paper on Do Christians Receive Rewards in Heaven for their Works on Earth? on the intranet. What a great lesson. I now am happy to die and go to heaven. I can share Christ more freely now that I know there will be no class system. Thank you for your teaching which God wanted me to read and free my heart.
Date: Tue Sep 8 18:40:12 2009
Subject: Eschatology articles
I really enjoy your articles on the Kingdom and the millenium, and how 'scripture interprets scripture' i.e. stay in the bible.
You really get me thinking about things.
My background was in a pentecostal church.
A couple of years ago I began reading up on 'reformed' teachings of the scriptures and have not looked back.
Now I attend a westminster presbyterian church.
Thank you so much for putting up this website.
Date: Fri Jul 31 10:54:37 2009
Subject: Faith in Christ
Tony Warren By the Faith of Christ, or our faith in Christ? In a matter of opinion, I strongly disagree with the statement stating that we should put our faith of Christ. The bible is pretty clear that we have to go through Jesus Christ our savior in order to be saved and to be part of the great inheritance to Godís Kingdom. If you have faith of Christ, provides the impression that you can mimic Christ faith on your own and donít need to put any faith into him, which blots him out. Itís devaluing his great purpose for us and takes glory for him to work through us. However, If you put your faith in Christ our savior, meaning trust him fully by faith, then he will graciously give his faith to us in return, it gives him glory and he is able to do what he wills by our faith through our patience, therefore we will have the faith of Christ and inherited the great blessing god has to offer, but we canít get them acting alone, we need Christ, we need to put our faith in him!
Date: Tue Jul 7 15:44:12 2009
Subject: Selah Meaning
I want to thank you for this posting of the meaning of Selah. As an African American this name has special meaning to my family and me; it is the name of the earliest ancestor that we can identify born a slave in the late 1700's early 1800's...paternal my grandmother six times removed. I have always wanted to know its meaning. Thank you for this information.
Date: Tue Jun 30 21:26:10 2009
Subject: Your website
I have read through quite a few of your bible studies and I am very impressed. Very few congregations hold to the doctrine of sanctity of marriage and to other profound beliefs that the bible clearly explains. There were a couple questions I had concerning how The Mountain Retreat views adornment and the works of grace, which I did not see details regarding. I would appreciate correspondence and I am looking forward to hearing from someone. Any time a group is found who holds to bible standards (even the stricter ones) it is a blessing! :)
Date: Thu Jun 25 06:51:46 2009
I am so tired of life's problems and pressure points that sometimes I just want to give up. However, I know that this is rebellion against God. I just completed reading your 1999 article on "What About Christians and the Sin of Suicide?". It poignantly uses the Bible to substantiate the premise that suicide is not an option for the true believer. Just think of it - You wrote it 10 years ago but it reaches forth a decade later with the power of God to an unhappy believer who is really just feeling sorry for himself. The scriptural references and your dissertation has given me hope to not give up. Although life is difficult and I am not sure how to manage my personal problems, I will keep my eyes on Jesus. I can make it one more day for Him.
Thank you so much and keep blessing the Body of Christ with your gifts!
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