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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Are people still getting Saved and Baptized at your church?

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My church has had over 5 familes since the start of Covid Join our flock! We have had about 12 baptisms ( mine included ) and won the soul of a 72 year old man just a few months ago!

My church has been growing, and it's such a blessing to see and be a part of!

 

 

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36 minutes ago, E Morales said:

For someone that don't understand what Saved means, it means to be born again in Christ Spiritually. Thanks 😇

We know what it is but my point is nobody is staying away from our church except when they are sick like they've always done without the goverment having to mandate healthy people staying away.

And a little girl was saved two weeks ago which I highly doubt would have occured over Zoom.

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2 hours ago, SureWord said:

I would like to add that one member has started bringing to "undocumented workers" to church. The one man needs one of our members to translate the sermon into Spanish for him. Let's pray they get saved.

Again, doubtful this would take place on Zoom.

Nice, I pray that he harden not his heart. I was talking earlier about new visitors, that might not know what it is to be Saved. Remember not all that visitors are born again. Thanks

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On 12/29/2020 at 1:38 AM, Hugh_Flower said:

My church has had over 5 familes since the start of Covid Join our flock! We have had about 12 baptisms ( mine included )

 

This is amazing! I've been wanting to do the baptism for over a year now.  I've had various opportunities to do it before, but the doctrine at this particular church was faulty, they wanted me to get baptised to become to 'be saved', they fully believe in baptismal regeneration and I refused baptism there. They told me I could only become a 'sister' after baptistm.

 I hope to find a sound-doctrine church in my local area that will soon allow baptisms.

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Soul-winning as usual is going on at our former work (we handed the work over to a national pastor). In fact, tomorrow, Saturday, we are going on door-to-door visitation as usual. The church has had visitors as usual also.

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On 12/30/2020 at 1:40 PM, Corinne said:

This is amazing! I've been wanting to do the baptism for over a year now.  I've had various opportunities to do it before, but the doctrine at this particular church was faulty, they wanted me to get baptised to become to 'be saved', they fully believe in baptismal regeneration and I refused baptism there. They told me I could only become a 'sister' after baptistm.

 I hope to find a sound-doctrine church in my local area that will soon allow baptisms.

Any local Baptist churches?

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I'm not sure if anyone has been saved lately in our church services or not. I know we had a few baptisms a few months back, and they were mainly youth baptisms. I'm not knocking that, but in the last five years I haven't heard of ANY adults being saved through our church or IN our church services. That worries me about the ministry of our church in a way. There is no active program to go out and reach people for Christ as there is in the IFB churches. We can do it individually, but there is no corporate program for it. I believe this is one reason why the Lord has had my wife and I looking into other churches the past year or so.

 

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Two separate missionaries in Taiwan (which is on soft lockdown now) have recently had people saved through their online services. One was a lady watching the online Sunday school service with her daughter and called the missionary to come to her house to explain salvation in detail and she was saved. The other was similar, watching the online service with her daughter and was saved. The gospel being preached is the main thing no matter if it's in person or online. 

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It seems like most church growth here is mostly from people switching churches. I see people go up to get prayed for after the sermon but it doesn't seem like many get saved that way. 

We do have a lot of baptisms and people getting saved because of K-12 school that is a ministry of the church and literally attached to it. The teachers must have academic credentials and be a member in good standing at the church. The salvation of the kids that attend there is just as high of a priority as the education, and the church is used for many school activities to show the kids the relationship between the two. Sometimes the parents will get saved as well as a result of the child's decision.

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