Closing Out 2014

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Just a quick thank you to everyone who has been a part of the blog in 2014. It has been a fantastic year, full of challenge, growth and adventure! The blog has fallen relatively silent as of late as I have had opportunity to catch up with friends and family over the last few weeks. It has truly been a blessing.

I hope and pray your year has been a year you can look back on and see God’s hand at work in your life. I am looking forward to 2015 and look forward to getting sharpened up by each and every one of you! Best wishes and blessings in the new year!

4 Responses

  1. Hi Matt, This is Grace from Jay’s blog. I couldn’t find any place to message you privately so after you get this you can delete it.

    I got tired of people repeating their view over and over on Jay’s blog while others were being overlooked. So I started to repeat my view.

    Jay has not answered my question on his post from last night. And when I stay by what I believe and try to get him to actually answer he won’t allow my comment, yet allows others to repeat their view. That to me shows that Jay is unwilling to have a fair dialogue.

    Without others seeing my comment, Jay is commenting back to me as if I’m asking things no one should ask him.

    Anyhow, this is what I commented:

    Why aren’t you deleting Ray’s and any of the others who repeat their view and the same verses over and over?

    I’m clarifying that you didn’t answer my question, which you won’t show to others.

    Wow, I guess you really don’t let those who disagree with you comment here.

    You are trying to say the people had the concept that “calling on the name of the Lord” is when we are baptized.

    I disagree.

    I’m commenting from the position the people had at that time.

    The people didn’t have the book of Acts written at that time. They had the Hebrew Scriptures from which “call on the name of the LORD” is referenced from.

    I asked, What in the text says that the people were to have a different concept of “calling on the name of the Lord” than what God had given from the beginning? God’s salvation is from the beginning of the foundations of the earth since He first created man.

    You never answered that question, Jay.

    Both the Hebrew and Greek words for “call” means “to call, cry, to utter aloud, call out, call upon, or call upon someone for aid”. In both the Hebrew and Greek it is to call a person by saying their name.

    Romans 10:12-13 This includes everyone, because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to Him. As the Scripture says, “Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.”

    I believe we call on the name of the Lord when we have faith not when we are baptized.

    I don’t see any reason Jay should hide this from others seeing it.

    1. Grace, i havent been up on any of thise conversations so i cant really speak in any informed way about what is happening with allnof that or say anything to shed any lightnin your situation. Sorrybi cannot be more helpful.

  2. Hello Grace,
    You bring up an Interesting question. One that deserves an answer. If your interested in another thoughtful and educated response check out Coffee with Paul at I have learned so much through my association with this great ministry and look forward to learning much more in the future. I hope this helps. Have a great New Year!
    Tim Durant

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