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  2. I have just started receiving promotional emails from "Church Bible Publishers" (CBP). They had a promotion, recently, that said that for every bible a customer purchases, they will donate a bible to someone who needs it; or something like that. I was going to purchase a few of the same item number that I have already purchased from "Local Church Bible Publishers" (LCBP), thinking that they were the same ministry. However, when I searched for the item number (on the sticker in the front of my bible), it didn't show any results. I thought this very odd. Their website also looked very different from what I was familiar with. I clicked on the bookmark saved in my favorites and it came up with the bible I was looking for and the website was in the familiar format. After comparing them for a few minutes, I realized that I was dealing with two separate ministries. However, since I had never initiated any contact with CBP, but only with LCBP, the only way that CBP could have gotten my email address was from the customer list of LCBP. Perhaps LCBP gave CBP permission to use their customer list, but that seems a bit unlikely to me. If anyone has any information about this, I would appreciate knowing. If CBP is using LCBP's customer list without their permission, I don't think I want to give them my business or recommend them to others.
  3. Just a little taste of the beauty of rural Missouri. The tree in the background is a, "Flowering Cleveland Pear Tree." The pond is just one of the many thousands that dot the landscape of Missouri.
  4. Yesterday
  5. No sir...nothing was worth seeing here.
  6. It’s hard to believe how much has changed in the three months since we entered 2020 and our church began the theme “Reaching Forth.” The theme phrase comes from Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” But when I chose it back in the summer of 2019, I had no idea how our life routines would be interrupted in the spring of 2020 by COVID-19. Here were are now, many of us under shelter-in-place orders, thinking about “reaching forth”! Let’s remember though that the apostle Paul penned these words while under Roman imprisonment, most likely house arrest. So if you feel that you are under “house arrest,” trapped in your own home, or if you’re wondering how you can make real progress during this period of waiting, I’d like to suggest eight daily activities: Thoughts for Your Daily Schedule: 1. Rise on schedule. Set an alarm, and get up and dressed. It will set the tone for your day. 2. Reach out to God. Study His Word, worship Him, and give thanks for your blessings. 3. Exercise. Take a walk, do an in-home exercise program….keep moving. 4. Work in place. If you’re working from home, finish projects and commitments; stay accountable. If you’re home but not working, choose a project to tackle—perhaps something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. 5. Reach out to others. Stay in touch with neighbors, the elderly, and your church family. 6. Minister grace to your family. Make this a time when you draw closer to one another, giving one another grace. (I preached on this topic Sunday evening. You can watch or listen to the message here.) 7. Discipline your media impact. Limit your screen time; govern content biblically. If you watch the news all day, you are likely to become anxious and depressed. 8. Rest. Physically, get sleep. Spiritually, rest in the all-wise, all-good sovereignty of God. View the full article
  7. I don't think they should be forcing churches not to meet, but I also believe that ew ought to be considering our areas and what the possible dangers might be. The rain falls on the just and the unjust, and so does illness. We are small and meet in a small place: if we met in a place large enough that we could be separate, physically, spread out, as it were, then we would meet as normal. We also need to consider the lost of our communities, to whom we are called: If they see us as being reckless and acting in a way that might cause a greater spread of sickness in our community, (not understanding that we act in faith, because they cannot understand that), this could greatly hurt our ability to reach them once this is all over. We are in a time of great technological capabilities, that we CAN gather, virtually, for a time, if need be, if the church would take it as seriously as they do the regular assembly. Get up at your normal time, put on CLOTHES, preferably church clothes, have your Bible, look up verses, pay attention, sing along with the songs you know, BE there, in spirit. This last week, and for the time being, I am preaching via Live stream on Facebook, from a camper at my farm, which I have set up for the purpose. Sunday I stood, (I usually sit as it is a small trailer), and showed that I was wearing my full suit, not a shirt, jacket, and sweat pants. And my wife wore a nice church dress and did the music there with me, rather than watching me from home. And interestingly, I am having people listen to my services that do not come to our church-I have twice the attendance virtually, than I do physically! Sunday night I preached a pure gospel/salvation message since I am getting people who I believe are not saved watching. But yes, I pray this will be temporary, but I will use it to God's glory while we can. As for Resurrection Day, I may resort to our usual building and do a presentation of Christ In the Passover. I need more room than I have at the camper.
  8. I do not pastor a church, but I would sincerely hope that most, if not all, IFB churches, would continue on with business as usual. Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Acts 5:29 (KJV) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The governments, both Federal and local are themselves breaking the supreme law of the land, The Constitution of The United States of America, which states: Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIAmendment IAmendment IIAmendment IIIAmendment IVAmendment VAmendment VIAmendment VIIAmendment VIIIAmendment IXAmendment XAmendment XIAmendment XIIAmendment XIIIAmendment XIVAmendment XVAmendment XVIAmendment XVIIAmendment XVIIIAmendment XIXAmendment XXAmendment XXIAmendment XXIIAmendment XXIIIAmendment XXIVAmendment XXVAmendment XXVIAmendment XXVII "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I remind the reader, as well as government of the response of Daniel, when the King made a law stating that no one would be allowed to pray to their God: Daniel 6:10 (KJV) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
  9. With all the CDC guidelines and government restrictions this year due to Covid-19, what is your church planning to do for their Easter Service? Pastors, what outsize of the box ideas are you thinking about doing?
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  11. I hope DeBlassio and the State of New York gets hit with 20-40 law suits PLUS a class action suit with at least 200 named complaintants.
  12. In response to NY Gov. DeBlassio I would submit this response to his Covid-19 mandate: Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIAmendment IAmendment IIAmendment IIIAmendment IVAmendment VAmendment VIAmendment VIIAmendment VIIIAmendment IXAmendment XAmendment XIAmendment XIIAmendment XIIIAmendment XIVAmendment XVAmendment XVIAmendment XVIIAmendment XVIIIAmendment XIXAmendment XXAmendment XXIAmendment XXIIAmendment XXIIIAmendment XXIVAmendment XXVAmendment XXVIAmendment XXVII Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  13. I believe Yes, if you are still at work and getting paid. No, if you are not working, lost your job, or getting unemployment. God does not need to test every single person for their faithfulness, especially during these trouble times. What is your opinion?
  14. Okay, thanks. I was told the above by a preacher in Alaska. The other states my wife read, DiBlassio I heard personally.
  15. There is a lot of misinformation, fear and panic mongering and irrational response to the Corona-19 Virus, on a worldwide scale, never seen before. Our Bibles warn us that times like these will come shortly before the return of Jesus. I am providing the following link to a video for informational purposes only. I cannot endorse this man and have no idea of his religious standing. So I provide this solely for informational purposes. It is always wise to hear all the information available, rather than just a one sided, agenda driven account. Covid-19 Scam
  16. OFP, I read the whole mandate from Alaska's governor. While he has closed the state to all travel and mandated that people stay home, I saw nothing about specifically not allowing gatherings for religious activities. There is a list of businesses allowed to operate in appendix "A" of his mandate, but I did not see anything related to churches or religious activities. I suppose his mandate could include churches, but the list of things allowed to stay open or having to close specifies "businesses", a church is not a business.
  17. South Carolina has stated no groups over 3 people, Alaska has said no gatherings in any locations (including the woods) for religious activities, Bill DeBlassio (NY) has said the police will stop services in churches and synagogues and has threatened to close offending places PERMANENTLY (even after COVID elimination). DeBlassio is also using police to enforce distances between people in public (he didn't say if that included couples or parent/child combos walking together). Kansas declared church and religious services as essential business just as grocery stores, and Georgia declared alcohol dealers as non-essential (unlike most states).
  18. This is a example on how we serve the Lord. This is not thought in this manner in the bible. We humans need to see things to get the picture. If you see the stripes, you understand what I'm talking about. You and I can full man, but not God, so we remove are invisible stripes. You are serving were you at, not only Baptist can lead a lost soul to Christ.
  19. Yes it is unbelievable what the self righteous will do to pastors. I am currently filling our pulpit as a Lay Preacher because our pastor retired and we cannot afford to pay a pastor at this time. I would be very miserable if I would have refused. Sometimes dogmatism goes to far, and the Church is suffering from it. Many IFB’s will condemn me and say there’s no such thing. Just as I was once told there’s no such thing as a fundamental Presbyterian. All I can say is if they want to judge another man’s servant, I will not be offended, but I will do what the Lord called me to do. I have never seen this in scripture but have heard it many times. Maybe you can give me references to this doctrine of yours.
  20. When dealing with the difference between 'God sovereignly decided, before the foundations of time, who would be saved and who would go to hell', and then commands them ALL to be saved or go to hell' as opposed to 'whosoever will', THAT is doctrine-in fact, it covers a few doctrines, like the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ, whether man has free will to choose to follow or reject, and such. That is doctrine.
  21. They are all interpretations not doctrine, althoughmany think they are.
  22. Thank you for you reply. I think this is more of a cultural definition than anything else. What one see as bold another may see as sarcastic/rude/inappropriate. However, I see Jesus in those verses being bold and to the point, but I don't see him making fun of them. After all...It was it's love that brought Him here for them.
  23. In Matt. 23, Jesus really blasted the scribes & Pharisees. In Vs. 13, 14, & 15, He called them hypocrites, pretty strong language in that context And, in Vs. 17 & 19, He called them FOOLS. Most of that chapter is one big verbal reaming of the scribes & Pharisees by Jesus. In Matt. 12:25-37, Jesus again verbally dresses down a group of Pharisees, calling them a generation of vipers, among other things. Jesus didn't hold back when He denounced them. I believe He had a powerful speaking voice, but, of course, we don't know what inflections He mighta used, but He certainly got His message out ! I don't believe He was a bit polite to those men ! (I goofed with Matt. 3:7. That was John The Baptist who called the local Pharisees a generation of vipers.)
  24. That's probably because they are not rude/sarcastic BroMatt. Jesus was firm in His denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees and their legalistic doctrines, as well as their rejection of Him. But then again, I am not Robycop, so I should probably bow out and let him explain if he can.
  25. I'm not trying to be dumb here, but can you please break the verses down for me where Jesus was sarcastic/rude to others? I want to put some thought into this. Or maybe you need to define what your definition of sarcasm and rude for us, because I cant see where those verses are sarcastic/rude according to the dictionaries definition.
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