~ John Donne
MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you see the glory of our one true God in our Savior Jesus Christ this Christmas season.
We were dead in our trespasses. (Ephesians 2:5)
The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7–8)
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
He chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
As many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Romans 9:15–16)
God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened. (Romans 11:7; cf. 9:11–12; John 6:37)
My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me. (Isaiah 43:10)
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Ephesians 5:25)
I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:15)
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. . . . And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:9, 19)
Even when we were dead in our trespasses, he made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:5)Perseverance of the Saints: Those that God has graciously chosen and saved will continue in the fight of faith; God will work in them so that they persevere.
No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father. (John 6:65)
God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 2:25
Those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27–28)
I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:12)
"The key to the Columbo tactic is that the Christian goes on the offensive in a disarming way with carefully selected questions to productively advance the conversation. If you hit a roadblock when witnessing, ask a good question. There are three basic ways to use the Columbo tactic that can tame the most belligerent critic, each launched by a different question. Three uses, three questions:This quote was taken from Greg Koukl's Ambassador Basic Curriculum, "Tactics in Defending the Faith" which can be obtained at his website, http://www.str.org/. Hopefully this will can serve you as you seek to be a faithful of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. To gain information and stay out of the "hot seat" - "What do you mean by that?"
2. To reverse the burden of proof - "Now how did you come to that conclusion?"
3. To indirectly exploit a weakness or a flaw in someone's views - "Have you considered...(then finish the sentence by offering an alternative view that gently challenges his/her beliefs, possibly exposing a point of weaknesss you uncovered in the answers to your first two questions. For example, "Have you ever considered that the existence of evil is actually evidence FOR the existence of God, not against it?")