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Thoughts on the freedom of the will

The error starts with the assumption that to be made in the image of God means that one must have the ability to will or choose willy-nilly…based on nothing, based on no motives or inclinations from which to choose. That’s where the issue is. The real mystery is that God did create Adam with the ability to sin...with the inevitability that he would sin. ...

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Coming To Jesus: Joe Lamay's Conversion Experience

Here is my conversion experience in one piece....

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 6) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part six: "Dick Mills asked me to stand up. In trepidation, I did. He proceeded to quote a few verses having to do with leaving the past behind. And then he, or should I say a loving heavenly Father, stunned me by saying, “No more flashbacks fo...

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The Size of Our Families and Loving Each Other, by Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung writes "I want to talk about the size of our families. More importantly, I want to talk about loving as we want to be loved and giving each other the benefit of the doubt."...

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 5) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part five: "On my twentieth birthday, September 5, 1981, after a day of drinking a couple of six packs of Budweiser while listening to rock and roll and painting my parents’ house, the next door neighbor, Ammon Trainer, came over to shoot the bre...

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 4) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part four: "During the late spring and summer of 1981, I was in a constant battle to keep myself busy, so that I would not have idle time to just think and be drawn away by tormenting thoughts from unseen demonic forces. One day I stopped by the baseba...

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 3) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part three: "Up until this time, late winter to early spring of 1981, I had never taken any hallucigenic drugs because they frightened the heck out of me. But one evening, in March, my marijuana supplier was out of my stuff, but he told me he had some ...

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 2) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part two. "Then in January of 1981, at the age of nineteen, I began to develop an insatiable desire to read the bible. Up to this point in my life, I never had anyone share the Gospel with me nor speak about a personal conversion experience. I kno...

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A Biographical Sketch of My Conversion Experience (Part 1) by Joe Lamay

Over the next week I will be posting my brief account of my conversion to Christ in four or five parts. Here's a taste of part one. "I was not a Christian. Of course, I didn’t know I was unsaved. Most of us don’t know we are unsaved until our eyes are opened by the miracle of new birth and we awaken as believers who have a personal, intimate faith in Jes...

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