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by churchmouse
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18241

Re: Views on Worship

The basic idea of your big question gives me the impression your trying to find a way to best please God but also gives the impression at how you can please man in the way you please God. It's like you want people approval of how to worship. I can assure you I am not looking for the approval of peo...
by churchmouse
Thu May 14, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Should We Not Pray for Some?
Replies: 1
Views: 12298

Should We Not Pray for Some?

What does 1 John 5:16 really mean? If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. (NAS) I brought up this v...
by churchmouse
Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18241

Re: Views on Worship

Thank you for your reply! I agree that where a congregation meets is not important. John 4:21-24 was a passage that eventually grabbed my attention while attending a church that held worship services in private homes. I was struggling with the myriad beliefs that were expressed - even the outright r...
by churchmouse
Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18241

Re: Views on Worship

I'm sorry my post is so long. Some things seem resolved in my mind until another question arises and I feel like I'm back where I started because everything is interrelated. Maybe we could start with this: Some church leaders object to meeting in private residences for worship and yet claim to meet ...
by churchmouse
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18241

Views on Worship

I have been trying to organize my thoughts so I can present my quandaries on interrelated topics as clearly as possible. So, I apologize if this post seems too disorganized or circuitous. I wrestle with the many different beliefs among various denominations/divisions in the Church, even among congre...
by churchmouse
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9438

Re: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly

Just a few more thoughts on the matter, picking up where I left off in my previous post... In 1 Corinthians 14:26, Paul enumerated various items of worship, including a psalm, with which people were to contribute in the assembly of the church. Again, in Ephesians 5:19, Paul instructed the church to ...
by churchmouse
Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9438

Re: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly

Hi churchmouse, First, let me apologize for the long belated response. I'm very sorry that I did not respond sooner. :( m273p15c, I appreciate your taking the time to delve into the scriptures to answer my questions. Your reply, with the related articles, are very helpful. I can relate to the warni...
by churchmouse
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth
Replies: 2
Views: 9503

Re: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth

Yes, it does make sense. It's surprising how simple it is when you explain it. I've been confused because in the previous church I attended, people believed their church was the only right way due to how they worshiped on Sunday morning and how the ministry preached the gospel. But, when influential...
by churchmouse
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9438

Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly

I believe I understand why instrumental music doesn't belong in the assembly of the church. In the former fellowship I attended, there was no instrumental music (other than piano music occasionally at a gospel meeting) and no one questioned it (that I know of). It seemed prudent to guard against tur...
by churchmouse
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth
Replies: 2
Views: 9503

Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth

In John 4:23-24, Jesus said, "the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." What did Jesus mean by worshiping God in spi...
by churchmouse
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: How Many Spirits?
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

How Many Spirits?

I've been reading through the discussions about the Holy Spirit on this forum, but none seem to thoroughly address my question. In the church I now go to, people claim that the Spirit we all receive is not the same Spirit received by the apostles. They acknowledge the existence of "One Spirit" spok...
by churchmouse
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Which translation is the best?
Replies: 7
Views: 10256

Re: Which translation is the best?

I pray this will be helpful and encouraging to you and others. :) It is helpful and encouraging to me, m273p15c. I'm glad someone else understands how I feel. I have become very skittish of people in a church who dictate what I should believe while it appears their beliefs contradict the Word of Go...
by churchmouse
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Which translation is the best?
Replies: 7
Views: 10256

Re: Which translation is the best?

I'm sorry to see this discussion ended so abruptly. It is a subject of great interest to me. Soon after I began reading the Bible on my own as a college student, I gravitated toward the KJV. I used it almost exclusively for 30 years or more. I began looking into some other translations - from the or...
by churchmouse
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10266

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Thank you for your continued prayers, m273p15c. Because of some things going on in my life, including the matter in the church, and not wanting to experience again what I went through at the previous church I attended, I feel on the verge of a nervous breakdown. My life has been one catastrophe afte...
by churchmouse
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10266

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Thank you again for your reply. I've re-read your replies to my posts on another thread, too, for encouragement. The one man in the congregation continues to cite 1 John 1:8-10 every single time he teaches in the church, claiming that we all sin every day without realizing it. :banghead: I'm gettin...
by churchmouse
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10266

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi! Thank you for your reply. Below are a few comments. Hi churchmouse, This is an important and excellent question. I don't think there is just one Scripture or principle to apply to this question, so it can be a difficult question to answer specifically, since each case varies. So, please allow me...
by churchmouse
Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10266

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi, grand_puba! @churchmouse, Was this the post you found? Bases for joining/separating oneself to a local church Just curious. Yes, that is the one. BTW, I am sorry about the technical trouble you encountered on the forums. I'll be the first to admit that this software is not the most user-friendl...
by churchmouse
Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do We Sin All Of The Time?
Replies: 3
Views: 11218

Re: Do We Sin All Of The Time?

Yes, it is helpful, m273p15c. Thank you for confirming, with scripture, the absurdity of the pop theology promoted in the congregation I attend. When the elderly gentleman spoke again after my post, the scriptures he cited refuted any idea that we sin without knowing it. I don't think he was necess...
by churchmouse
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10266

Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

After staying up late the other night to seek advice, I didn't copy my post before trying to submit it and my entire post was subsequently eradicated when my login time expired. So, I will try to remember to copy it tonight after giving this another shot. My dilemma is whether I'm partaking in anot...
by churchmouse
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do We Sin All Of The Time?
Replies: 3
Views: 11218

Do We Sin All Of The Time?

I'm greatly disturbed because of a new doctrine being taught in the congregation I attend. However, the same doctrine has become increasingly popular in other religious circles over the years. It contends that we all sin all of the time without knowing it. The doctrine was first taught in our congr...
by churchmouse
Mon May 27, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Introduction
Topic: churchmouse
Replies: 1
Views: 2507

churchmouse

Where did you grow up? Ohio How did you come to be interested in spiritual things? I grew up going to church. I can remember becoming personally aware of God when I was about 8. When I was 13 and facing major surgery, I felt angry and began challenging God. But, I came to realize that God was not m...