Who Calls Those Things Which Be Not As If They Were?

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he (Abraham) believed, even God, Who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (KJV).

From time to time, there will be those who will misapply the Word of God when trying to walk or speak by faith. It is not that they intend to misapply it; rather, they have either have been taught incorrectly, or they believe they see a principle to apply without studying it out more fully. Usually, the intentions are good in that they want to please God through living by faith. One such verse that is sometimes misused is Romans 4:17. Sometimes, believers will use this verse as a license to “Call those things which be not as if they were.” While this verse helps bring definition to how faith works, we cannot lawfully use it to call things into existence, at least on our own.
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Why is Sex a Taboo Subject in the Church?

Sex is a gift from God to married people, yet many churches fail to teach on this topic/ subject. They shy away from issues to do with sex and relationship, yet they wonder why the divorce rate is so high, even in the church.

If couples go to church to get married, should it not be that pre-marital and marital counselling also come from the church? Just as a new believer is taken through pre-baptismal and/or ‘new converts classes’ so should a couple be given pre-marital counselling. But it shouldn’t stop there. Once you become a believer, you don’t automatically become a mature Christian; knowing how to walk the path of righteousness. For this reason, the new convert’s class; Bible study and prayer meetings are introduced so that one can learn and grow. In the world of retail we call this ‘after-care.’
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The Master’s Prayer Part 1

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:1-5 NIV
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A Biblical View of God’s Will

I believe that God’s calling is the will of God for each individual person. It is what you have been uniquely designed to do to further advance the Kingdom of God, using your supernatural gifts given by the Holy Spirit, and taking into account your natural abilities, training, and past experiences, including all of your hurts and emotional baggage that can be used to glorify God and to help others.

Let me break down all of what has been said into easily digestible pieces, using my own life as an example. God’s will for me, as with all believers, is to obey the Great Commission, as given in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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Capture the Scope of Our Hope

The Bible assures us that hope doesn’t disappoint (Romans 5:5). In reality, there are many people who have hoped for certain things without getting them. Were they disappointed? Maybe, but this is only if they minimised the scope of their hope. 1 Corinthians 15:15 says: ‘If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men’.

Hope is counted among the three things that shall not pass away in 1 Corinthians 13. This means that even when one has lost all things, including life itself, he shall have not lost a thing if his hope was set at the right place (see Hebrews 11:13,39).
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Guess What? Calvinism is Biblical

by Jeff Hagan, DCE, DMin, (ThD)

I know some of you have heard it, perhaps some of you have even said it, “Calvinism is a doctrine from hell.” Or, it comes in other forms as well, “Calvinism is a blasphemous heresy,” “TULIP is an apostate teaching,” “I don’t follow anyone but Christ and the Bible,” or many other variations of these. Anyone who truly understands the Doctrines of Grace knows how foolish these comments are. It is clear that those who make such proclamations don’t know their Bible nor do they have any sort of a grasp on Calvinism.

In one debate I took part in the other party referred to Calvinism as the “doctrine of devils.” I calmly mentioned how her statement was inaccurate and explained that both views (Calvinism and Arminianism) can be supported by the use of Scripture and fall within the pales of Christian orthodoxy. Don’t get me wrong, I fully adhere to Calvinism and debate against Arminianism, but to make such a bold claim as one of them being the “doctrine of devils” is far beyond the bounds I’m willing to go (nor should anyone go). There are other belief systems that are heretical, apostate, and even “of the devil,” but Calvinism and Arminianism are not among them.
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