Dear KMAG: 20200628 Open Topic

By grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not of works, so that no one may boast.

This Superlative Sanctuary Sunday Open Thread, with full respect to those who worship God on the Sabbath, is a place to reaffirm our worship of our Creator, our Father, our King Eternal.

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The Storm is upon us.
Please remember to Pray for our President.


AND WHAT TIME IS IT?
TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

Our movement is about replacing a failed and CORRUPT political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People. ~ Candidate Donald J. Trump


Also remember Wheatie’s Rules:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.

And,


On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, you can find something here that will build you up a little . . . give you a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” . . . “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

In Romans 12:3-8 , we see from verse 3 that God gives varying measures of faith to his people. Paul says that we ought “to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” In the context this is not a limited reference to the unique spiritual gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9). For Paul says, “I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” “To each” refers back to “everyone among you.” God has given all Christians varying measures of faith. This is the faith with which we receive and use our varying gifts. It is the ordinary daily faith by which we live and minister.

In this context, Paul is concerned that people were “thinking of themselves more highly than they ought to think.” His final remedy for this pride is to say that not only are spiritual gifts a work of God’s free grace in our lives, but so also is the very faith with which we use those gifts. This means that every possible ground of boasting is taken away. How can we boast if even the qualification for receiving gifts is also a gift?

That’s how important humility is in God’s eyes. This is exactly the same aim of God mentioned in Ephesians 2:8-9 where Paul stresses that saving faith is a gift: “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, so that no one may boast.” Faith is a gift from God, so that no one may boast. Or, as Romans 12:3 says, So that we will not think too highly of ourselves. The last bastion of pride is the belief that we are the originators of our faith.

Paul knew that the abundant grace of God was the source of his own faith. He said in 1 Timothy 1:13-14, “I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; but the grace of our Lord overflowed [for me] with the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” He was an unbeliever. But then grace overflowed to him with faith.

So he knew this was the case with every other believer too. He said to the Philippians, “To you it has been given for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29). This is why he thanked God and not human resourcefulness for the faith he saw in his churches: “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged” (2 Thessalonians 1:3). We thank God for the enlargement of faith because “God has allotted to each [his own] measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

This truth has a profound impact on how we pray. Jesus gives us the example in Luke 22:31-32. Before Peter denies him three times Jesus says to him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Jesus prays for Peter’s faith to be sustained even through sin, because he knows that God is the one who sustains faith.

So we should pray for ourselves and for others this way. Thus the man with the epileptic boy cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). This is a good prayer. It acknowledges that without God we cannot believe as we ought to believe. Similarly the apostles pray to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). They pray this way because Jesus is the one who can do that.

This teaching about faith being a gift of God raises many questions. God has answers for them all. Even if we don’t, let us seek to put the teaching to its practical Biblical use: namely, the humbling of our pride, and the stimulation of our prayers. In other words, let us pray daily: “O Lord, thank you for my faith. Sustain it. Strengthen it. Deepen it. Don’t let it fail. Make it the power of my life, so that in everything I do you get the glory as the great Giver. Amen”

John Piper 1999 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN–




379 thoughts on “Dear KMAG: 20200628 Open Topic

  1. Gummi Bear (@gummibear737) Tweeted:
    First, a big picture look: Daily deaths by state
    -clearly the deaths do not match the cases overall
    -California has more deaths despite having far fewer cases than Texas and about the same number as Florida

    Next up, the deep dive https://t.co/wJrTitJZnI

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      1. Thanks..I know so many are putting huge effort into the Covid stats but it’s so clear that it’s a ruse, a psy op, a plandemic, a controlavirus that when I see the anarchy, the no go zones, the absolutely infuriating picture of Pelosi and Waters ..my blood boils.

        My brother (in Memphis) got it about 2 months ago. He was tired and coughed for about a week. Thought he had a sinus infection and was breathing all over my SIL and nephews, people at work..nobody else got it. Recently he had to have a drug test for work..blah blah long story but once you’ve had it and admit to it you’re a pariah. Had to go get a negative test to get the drug test . The nurse told him straight up…you will test positive..she said..quote..”.this is going so far up your nose it’s show disease that your grandma had”…and yes he did show positive……….and then they had to start the entire isolation again.

        I can’t even see ‘normal’ again.

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          1. lol the funniest part of the story..at the drug test site ..the nurse or tech with a clipboard, in the waiting area..she’s asking if he’s been out of the country etc..gets to the Cv question..have you known anyone who’s had it..he says, yes maam..I had it a few weeks ago, I’m all clear…no exaggeration….she starts yelling at the top of her lings …he got da covid..he got the covid…lol the waiting room clears out and she’s still yelling for the dr…Andre he got the covid………..

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              1. It’s Memphis which at times seems like a different planet….can you imagine having to test and retest every time you have to do anything health related? Every time if you’ve had it..and admit it. My bro went to another drug test place and lied and at least walked away with the certificate

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            1. The whole thing is nuts. “Undocumented recoverees” is a terrible category to be in. People either believe you or don’t believe you – whichever one is momentarily more problematic.

              Can’t go to the doctor. Can’t get a test. Gotta wear a mask, even though probably immune. The whole thing is ridiculous.

              CHINA’S FAULT!!!

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              1. I think I had it in December, actually. Not the one in March. The first one I had the cough that wouldn’t go away, and that was the worst of it.

                I’m not going for testing on it, though, until the hysteria is over.

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  2. Look at this piece of Dem fake news garbage TN passed 2 weeks ago!
    Click on reading the actual text of the “bill” – just disgusting

    The facts are not out and the officers are innocent until proven guilty … if they are proven guilty

    How many times has a criminal been recreated after resisting arrest &/or being killed in self defense?

    Floyd violently resisted arrest, was high on huge amounts of Meth + other drugs, was held still while they waited for medical help to arrive that the police called, could literally breath the entire time until he died, autopsy found no evidence of suffocation or strangulation, neck holds and chokeholds were SOP at the time of the incident and the man complained of not being able to breathe before they even had him on the ground – confusing the tightness of a heart attack with not being able to breathe due to the large amounts of drugs he was on?

    He was Covid 19 positive (and he knew it) + his heart was in horrible health (75-95% blockages)…he had a heart attack after violently resisting arrest, while in poor lung health and while high on lots of strong street drugs.

    Died while in custody but *because* of being in custody? Not proven!

    And the lavish praise of the criminal? Sick!

    https://www.billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1233347

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    1. This has really just made me mad … such fake sugar sweet cr*p … they Literally called him a “gentle giant”!!!! GRRRRR!!!!

      Yes, its horrific to watch a man die – esp. face down in the street, struggling to breath and uncomfortable as he was as he suffered from what seems to have been a heart attack while high on drugs.

      But I am not moved to call it murder if it wasn’t nor am I moved to create an alt reality.

      TN RINOs fell in line with fake news and dem narratives yet Again!!!

      Just so made that mess that our Gov signed I could spit.

      *IF* the officers were found guilty then maybe … but until then to call it a murder before the investigations and trial…UGH!

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      1. I don’t even post here that much any more and now have gone on a full rant … guess that shows how upset that made me. … guess I am “triggered”! haha

        OK – going to listen to some old time radio with son as he falls asleep and get over the TN RINOs/useful Uniparty idiots

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    1. That’s excellent and what everyone seems to be overlooking. Saves and will spread. Shift workers need this, especially those near the end of a good career needing to round things out. Shame on any thinking they don’t. And if this doesn’t help some photo’s of the bosses secluded away with other bosses taking a break without masks will certainly help!

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      1. Also in the thread an argument against with case law, but it’s not what the real situation will dictate. Trial lawyers will tear this apart when they get the right cases, ie a bus driver or cabbie blames mask for falling asleep while driving.. IMHO.

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