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My heart is heavy with concern for John81. He has not been on the board since June and others have asked about him. No one seems to know anything about him.

I have spent the entire day, since six o'clock this morning, searching through his posts, looking for any information. I had to give up after 22 pages of his posts and replies. He has over 66,000 posts so it is quite a task to read through them.

I was looking for anything that might say where he lived, so I could search for a church in that area that might be his. I found nothing. I did a google search for his username and only found one that referred to him. I found it on a reformed theology message forum. I searched all his posts there for any information with no results. There is nothing in his profile of either that forum or this one.

As I write this I wonder if anyone reading this post might know where he lives, or possibly the name of the church he goes to? In this respect I just thought that since his posts were so prolific that someone may have asked him about either his church or his location at some time since he joined the forum in 2005. Most people will, at some time mention where they live, but he didn't seem to that I can find.

Anything that anyone can remember about his location or his church would be welcome. I may be able to track or find out information about him if I could find either his church or location.

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32 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

Maybe he just got tired of us all?

I don't think so Mike. He has been on the board every day since 2005, that's eleven years. If he just got tired of us he would have said something, he was too polite to just disappear without a word.

He was only 53 years old. My main concern is that he may be sick to the point that he cannot use the computer, in which case encouraging words from long time friends as well as the prayers of God's people might be of help to him.

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I miss John81 also.

John81 was quite prolific in his knowledge, seemed to be IFB down the line, was against the Charismatic tendency to promote dates and sensationalisim in prophecy matters, and seemed to be very concerned about the changes in the IFB Movement. Maybe someone could use that information to find him.

It is my hope that John81 comes back to OnLine Baptist.

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I've reviewed several of his posts and garnered a few items.

1. He lives in a small town; evidently in Arkansas.

2. His wife was from Amarillo, Texas; she left Amarillo in 1993.

3. His church supports a missionary to India.

 

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On ‎10‎/‎25‎/‎2016 at 7:46 PM, HappyChristian said:

Hmm - Arkansas? I know Jerry#s lives in Arkansas. I thought John lived elsewhere. But I'm not sure. (I thought he was actually closer to Indiana, for some reason, based on comments about storms, etc., at times.)

John once told me that he didn't say where he lived because his wife did not want their location out over the internet. John once said something about the Missouri Tigers so, I 'assumed' he was in Missouri somewhere. John was very guarded about his personal details and I respected that. He was having to help his father with trips to the doctor but, I don't recall any discussion of personal illness. John's oldest son Tim went to Florida around 11/15/11. If Jerry Numbers can be contacted, he may know how to reach John, they appeared to have a close friendship (as close as you can online) over many years.

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I had the impression that although John identified as IFB, there was no IFB church close enough to attend, so he was attending a Southern Baptist. That may have some bearing on a church search. 
Jim_Alaska, have you tried his personal email?

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Hey all, I know I don't have much to say since I have been pretty absent for....a few years but John81 was one of the people I called my friend on this site and I've been wondering about his absence as well.....this thread is a little old but has anyone been able to contact him or anything?

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27 minutes ago, SarahStrawberry said:

Hey all, I know I don't have much to say since I have been pretty absent for....a few years but John81 was one of the people I called my friend on this site and I've been wondering about his absence as well.....this thread is a little old but has anyone been able to contact him or anything?

Hi, Sarah. Good to hear from you. :1_grinning:

As far as I know, attempts to contact him have not been fruitful.  I know I've not had any responses. We all miss him.

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I have not heard anything from or about him either. I did come across a few posts the other day where someone was taking him to task about John putting down IFB's. In those posts he indicated that he was attending a non-denominal church.

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On ‎10‎/‎25‎/‎2016 at 5:31 PM, OLD fashioned preacher said:

State of Arkansas is as narrow as I have for a location.

 

On ‎10‎/‎25‎/‎2016 at 5:46 PM, HappyChristian said:

Hmm - Arkansas? I know Jerry#s lives in Arkansas. I thought John lived elsewhere. But I'm not sure. (I thought he was actually closer to Indiana, for some reason, based on comments about storms, etc., at times.)

I may have crossed John and Jerry up, I've gotten them mixed up before. So, he may not be in AR.

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16 hours ago, HappyChristian said:

Hi, Sarah. Good to hear from you. :1_grinning:

As far as I know, attempts to contact him have not been fruitful.  I know I've not had any responses. We all miss him.

Thanks! :) I try to pop in every few years ;)

aw okay..... :( thank you!

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16 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I have not heard anything from or about him either. I did come across a few posts the other day where someone was taking him to task about John putting down IFB's. In those posts he indicated that he was attending a non-denominal church.

Yes, because there were no IFB churches near them that were correct - I can't remember why, whether it was a version issue or something else. 

16 hours ago, OLD fashioned preacher said:

 

I may have crossed John and Jerry up, I've gotten them mixed up before. So, he may not be in AR.

I have no idea. heh.  He did a good job keeping it secret, eh? :4_joy:

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I was wondering if he had inadvertently been blocked? Remember a couple of years back when I had that issue? The anti-spam settings were such that if a person made numerous editing changes to a comment (while typing it, before posting it) OR if a person put 2-3 comments in a row in succession that the spam-filter would think it was spam and block the person? (Or so I was told). The only way I got back in was to contact a fellow OB memver on facebook who put me in touch with sister LuAnne (Happy Christian) to then get in touch with Bro_Matt to fix the issue? Had I not known someone, nor had a way to reach someone here I also would not have been able to get back in. Once blocked by the spam-filters, a person can't even re-apply for new membership, since the computer IP # (or whatever computer signature used) is also blocked. I wonder if that has happened to John81 as well? 

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John81 played the contrarian often to Jerry Numbers later on.  To me too!  But more often than not we agreed on the topics of the day.  He was a member of a New Testament church that did not call itself Baptist, it was conservative and still used sacred music.  He lived in a very rural area and like me was not in very good health.  He was very distraught over the conduct of his son.  I think he also suffered from severe back pain and as time went on seemed to move away from IFB movement.  He may have gone on to eternity.  I think he would be in his late 40s early 50s today.  I think he was a truck driver at one time too.  

There were discussions about his town but mostly about what other churches were in it, 5.  No name comes to mind; don't think it was ever mentioned.  Ohh, and once he mentioned "going to university" or something like that.  This is not normally an American saying but is common with Canadians.

There's a John81, a John Jansson in Illinois who works in the trucking industry... In 2005 John posted that he lived in southern Illinois and in another post lamented that it was snowing outside.

Oldest child named Michelle, would be about 32 now.  2 younger boys, 20 and 24 maybe now. Relatives in Missouri, ancestor was governor of Nebraska, lives in Central Time Zone in 2006.  Wife might be from Texas, he bought her a shirt that said Texas.

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49 minutes ago, 1John2:15-17 said:

For those who remember Jerry #’s, I have a source that recently told me he went home with the Lord in April 2016.  My source had no info on John81.

Oh...... Sad to hear it. I had a lot of time for Jerry, and we had some good discussions.

Glad he is now in glory.

Sorry for those left behind.

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