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It's been a couple years since I have been active on Online Baptist. It seems like the amount of activity on the forum is down significantly from where it was when I was here last. Just curious as to what people think are the reasons. Has other social media taken away from this forum?

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This month has been especially slow for members posting. It seems like once we eliminated the more controversial members, folks don't have much to post about.

Bro. Alan. Your post showed up as a double post. I deleted one of them, but when I did, both of them disappeared. Could you please repost ?

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I've been lurking amongst the threads, but haven't posted much. Since this forum is more active when there's controversy, here's something controversial for you. The dreaded "selfie"!! *gasp*  :4_11_3:

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Y'all could pass for my daughters!  

As for me, it's been a tough couple of years health wise and otherwise.  I grew sick and tired of the heretics, for a while it seemed i was outnumbered, that I was the heathen so I withdrew to spend time in more profitable endeavors.  I miss Jerry Numbers, John81 and Irishman and others.

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Brother Swathdiver,

I understand the frustration with false teaching and false teachers.  I know that you and I do not always agree on every point.  However, I did try (when time permitted) to contend for the faith against such falseness.  I am sorry if I was not able to do so often enough or forcefully enough.  Indeed, I also miss some of the past members who were more prolific and ever edifying in their posting.

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I always found though I got very frustrated with the Ruckmanites that seemed to flock to this forum, Iron sharpeneth iron. As I debated those who held to differing positions it showed me where I needed to further study.

Anyway, I was just curious. It's been a few years since I was active. I hope to be more active.

Thanks
Ed

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I still check in very occasionally. Good to see you again, PastorJ. Was it late 2000s when you were here last? If I recall correctly, back then OB had well over 50 active, daily contributors making something like 100 new posts per day (John81 alone was adding about 10 of those). I remember the 'Current News' and 'Lounge' sections were so busy that new posts would drop off the bottom within a day or so and I used to browse by section and thread because it wasn't realistic to view by recent activity--just too much. On a given thread I'd sometimes have to go back a couple of pages to pick up where I'd left off.

Now the activity level is a dozen or so regular folk and half-a-dozen posts per day, maybe up to 50 per week. It must, at least, partly be down to general trends in web usage, for mailing lists, forums and chatrooms have declined and disappeared all over. Of course, on OB as it once was, the theological/doctrinal discussions were just a subset of all the activity and the spectrum of members was broader, maybe a bit more like church, with all that brings. I expect some would say that God has blessed this forum by ending its heady days and keeping the wheat, but I do rather miss those busier times. I hope this forum is still a blessing to many, since there are always more reading than writing. And thanks to Matt for keeping it running.

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Hello PastorJ. I think time is the biggest reason why activity slowed down. I know my online time has been cut drastically since we started the church. It's nice to see you again.

Sorry I could not make it to your father's funeral, we had another funeral that we had to attend for someone else in our church. I pray all is well.

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11 hours ago, BroMatt said:

Hello PastorJ. I think time is the biggest reason why activity slowed down. I know my online time has been cut drastically since we started the church. It's nice to see you again.

I found out that I have the same problem.

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I'm late to the game on this thread, but for me, we had some challenges that absorbed every fiber of our being, and as such, internet contributions dropped off the list.  Then, time is always a consideration.  I do think that if we all commit to working at it, we could make it more active.  I was very active on the ladies' forum, less so here.  (I wish we could access some of the old studies we had on the ladies separate forum.)

If everyone would reach out to a member through private message or email, you could gather back some of the contributors you are missing.  I know for sure when we had our challenges, I would have welcomed knowing someone missed my presence, and I would have asked them to pray for me, even if I couldn't get back to contribute here daily.  Happy Christian, you may remember when we private messaged every member on the ladies' forum to invite them to some of the studies.  It did generate a bit more traffic.  Just a thought. :)

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When I first joined OB, there were a lot of friendly and astute folks who knew their bible very well, and they contributed so much to this website, and I also missed them. I know that I have personally left several bible based website forums because they didn't want to here the truth. It was basically, "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up, let me continue to stick my head in the sand.". I've noticed this type of mentality among MANY website forums.  And as a result, I left these forums. There are several reasons why some "Christians" refuse to be corrected in their false beliefs, and I believe that they are because of arrogance, or their mind is made up; or like others here have said in this thread, because of time. I am in several ministries, and I still believe that the Lord wants me to go out and preach to the lost FACE to FACE, or in person. One cannot grow in the knowledge of the truth if one is not willing to be rebuked by another forum member who has clearly showed their error using hermeneutics and exegesis. I use to believe that one can lose their salvation until a friend of mine opened my eyes showed me using scripture how I was wrong...this was almost 30 years ago, and now I have grown in the knowledge of the truth of the Word of God . Time is too short in this life to engage in debates with someone who has shut their eyes and closed their ears to the truth of the sacred scriptures. This website also use to have a chat section where folks could chat live here on OB, and for some reason, there were no dissensions, and the members would work out their differences. It's also difficult to tell if someone is raising their voice at you, or that you can perceive their voice inflections and their tone, so someone elses words can be misinterpreted as them being indignant towards you, or if they're trying to communicate in a friendly manner. We who are spiritual should restore such one in the spirit of meekness (Gal.6:1). I am now currently seeking more ministries to get involved in. As I said, life is too short, and we only have a one shot deal in this life, and how we serve the Lord in this world will result in rewards that will last for eternity, so we should make the most of it, and use our talents wisely. We all want to here the Lord say to us, "Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matt.25:45), when we meet Him face to face. I would encourage everyone on this board to engage in some type of ministry. Even the smallest amound of good works that we do for the Lord is significant to Him (cf Matt.24:45; 10:42). And again, it's either hearing these words from the Lord, "Well done faithful and good servant; or, thou wicked and slothful servant." Lets us use our talents wisely. I won't be posting too much here on OB, because I believe that I have other duties to fulfill in this world, and I want to make the most of it, because the ramifications are eternal once we enter the Eternal state.

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On 11/17/2017 at 4:12 AM, BroMatt said:

I know my online time has been cut drastically since we started the church. It's nice to see you again.

 

On 11/17/2017 at 3:27 PM, Alan said:

I found out that I have the same problem.

Same thing here. Its a good problem to have I guess!

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On 11/15/2017 at 9:34 AM, Alan said:

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That little feller looks like a Pond Apple Snail.  We have them here too.  Had a whole swamp named after them that was a favorite hideout for drug runners during the 1980s and now a major highway runs over it.  Somewhere we have a photo of a bunch of them all over our youngest daughter's hand and arm after a good rain.  Thank God for these little creatures!

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On 4/21/2018 at 2:51 AM, swathdiver said:

Somewhere we have a photo of a bunch of them all over our youngest daughter's hand and arm after a good rain.  Thank God for these little creatures!

Edited yesterday at 02:51 AM by swathdiver

Swathdiver,

If you ever find the photo of the Pond Apple Snail on your daughter's arm, and you feel led to,  can you upload it so we can see?

Alan

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11 hours ago, swathdiver said:

Well here's the photos but I don't think they're pond apple snails now, that's what my memory told me.  We do find them empty along the shore lines though, eaten by the wading birds.  Time flies, this was ten years ago!

Do you eat them?

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On ‎11‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 7:51 AM, Pastorj said:

It's been a couple years since I have been active on Online Baptist. It seems like the amount of activity on the forum is down significantly from where it was when I was here last. Just curious as to what people think are the reasons. Has other social media taken away from this forum?

I've been filling my time with a lot of reading. I want to stay away from TV, internet, and all other forms of electronics noise. I'm attempting to concentrate on Bible and Christian authors. I'm behind on a couple of book reviews I intend to post later. There is another situation I'll mention in another thread. 

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4 hours ago, swathdiver said:

No, we're not French!  I reckon they're edible, though those little fellers were pets for a few days and then let go if memory serves.

Not only the French.  My daughter, after a visit to Crete, brought me back a Cretan recipe book. There were a number of recipes for snails.  One was Holy Thursday Snails.  I didn't keep the book.

Some years ago, in a supermarket near here, I saw two lots of canned snails.  A French one which also had a net containing shells, and one which was imported from Taiwan which was half the price but didn't come with the shells.

When I have seen them in France they have always been frozen, except when an old French farmer invited us into his house and said, excuse me, I need to attend to my beasts.  I followed him and in his grange (barn) he had a large pot of snails cooking.  They looked like common or garden snails to me,

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