Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Hello Jerry! Thanks so much for reaching out, and I am so glad to hear that you haven't missed a Sabbath since your baptism! That is wonderful dedication to God's way! Regarding online vs. congregation, it's hard to know the best set of circumstances with every individual depending on their location. The goal is to assemble with a group of individuals of like mind - that is the intent behind the command. To gather together with the ekklesia - not just for a sermon, but for everything else that goes with it. The encouragement, the opportunity for godly interaction, etc. If you would like to reach out - I can try to help in your individual circumstances. firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings, and thanks for reaching out. When you consider the argument of a common ancestor which we share with primates, and thereby a great deal of similarity between our genetics. It's important to put that into perspective. We are also 90% similar to Abyssinian cats. We are 85% similar to mice, 80% similar to cattle and for that matter we are 60% similar genetically to a banana. That doesn't mean that we are those things, it means that a certain amount of that genetic code is just normal and codes for basic housekeeping.
When you consider primates, we are quite similar structurally. It stands to reason that as a result of that structural similarity - the genetic code used to create that structure and enable its function would be similar.
It is not a coincidence that most structures built today are built on a concrete foundation - with stud walls that are spaced 16 or 24 on center, with electrical and plumbing that follows specific rules... it is because it is a good design, and results in a more effective building.
With all this said - it is important to gauge whether any argument presented will be successful, if not - it may not be worth engaging.
Thank you for taking the time to write! I'm glad that it resonated with you - I find we all need a reminder now and again. :)
Thanks for the comment John.
I'm very glad to hear that it was something helpful John. To God be the Glory!
Thank you! I'm glad you appreciated it. We recently had a chance to attend and serve at Camp Hye Sierra in Kings Canyon outside of Fresno, CA - little to no light pollution - just gorgeous skies. I hadn't seen the Milky Way myself in quite some time - so it was wonderful to lay out on the basketball court at night and ponder. I'm with you - I greatly appreciate the help along the way. Thanks for your encouraging comment!