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  2. I have to say, I appreciate the honesty of those who admit they are too weak to fast. Honesty is a good thing, but it also implies you know you ought to do it, and you know it will bring your walk with Christ somewhere it has never been before. So I ask: Is it worth it to you? Do you want a better relationship? But I also warn you: like anything we do when we seek to grow in Christ, it has its inherent dangers. The last time I fasted, I fasted for a week, because I wanted to gain some wisdom and seek god's will, as well as begin to improve my work as a pastor. Shortly after starting, my wife got sick. They said it was nothing, but a few days later, she went into the emergency room and didn't leave the hospital for 5 months, severely ill, almost dying. Listening to some preaching sermons to try to gains some balance as I reeled over what was happening, a sermon by my old pastor, who himself has done serious fasting, warned that when we fast, we need to keep in mind that things may occur that seem devastating at the moment, but are happening as a response to the fasting done to grow, and that helped immensely, as I fully realized this was god's will for some reason, and that through it all, there would be some spiritual gain. So when you fast, if you're truly looking for spiritual results, things can happen that may seem hard, but remember, a tree only bears more and better fruit when it is properly pruned from time to time. But is it worth it? Absolutely!
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  4. Yep, after 2,400,789 posts, the winner will be So sad!
  5. The big surprise will come when the winner finds out just what it is that they have won.
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  7. (she goes off pouting, whiningly saying) "I wanna win..."
  8. Yes, there are many times things are added to the store-bought frozen veggies. I don't like them, myself, other than broccoli. This cauliflower supposedly doesn't have any additives. I had gotten some cauliflower "tots" for Randy to eat like tater tots, but found that there is sugar in them. So he isn't supposed to eat them, which is sad because he really liked them. I do give him a few once in a while, though, so they don't go to waste. But once the bag is gone, that's it. I saw a recipe that shows how to make your own tots from several different veggies...I just don't know if the amount of work put into it is worth it. Ricing fresh cauliflower wouldn't be difficult - I could put it in a food processor. But it's pretty convenient to have the frozen. He said it really is a good sub for rice. Today is a "cheat" day, so he had some Taco Bell for lunch.
  9. To my fossilized way of thinking, mission boards are one step away from an association or convention. I know, I am "old school", but I am not of the school that justifies a mission board's existence with the statement that "Few churches possess the personnel or capability to provide all the services and know-how needed to adequately assist a missionary who has been called to serve in a faraway place." I say this from personal experience where our small (40 member) local church helped and fully supported two of our missionary families to Far East Russia against all odds. I am a believer of and fully convinced that if God calls, He is fully able to supply every need.
  10. For the record, Cary Schmidt was one of the associates with Paul Chappel. They are one of the main "conservative" independent Baptist colleges in the US. Cary Schmidt is independent Baptist to the best of my knowledge, but possibly not as conservative as many on here. I only state this for the information, and do not imply any criticism.
  11. 1 Timothy 3 1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; note 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; note 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. note 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. I have been rather surprised that people are talking about sin in relation to this passage. Where does it talk about sin? It doesn't. It speaks of qualifications, not sin. Maybe people should consider that rather than talking about this in terms of sin. Sin? Qualifications? What is the difference between them? Interesting study for those who can be bothered and are interested in the biblical truth rather than winning an argument.
  12. One of the books that Carl Schmidt wrote was a biography on Don Sisk. Don Sisk is the Emeritus Mission Director of BIMI. I have met brother Don Sisk at a Missions Conference, many years ago, and consider him a man of God. Don Sisk, to my knowledge, is IFB. Here is a link to BIMI and Don Sisk: https://www.bimi.org/content/abSisk.php
  13. We rarely have frozen vegetables except peas and broad beans. My mother in law seemed to be allergic to them. We discovered this when shje came to us, whenever we used frozen peas, she went absolutely white and faint. We found the same when we gave her frozen green beans, We went to a wedding and the same thing happened to her and we asked the caterers if there was any frozen veg in the meal and thae said, "The Brussels Sprouts." She was OK with home frozen vegtables. We got out of the habit of bying frozen veg then, I asked my Aunt who worked in the Goverment Scientist, where they test all sorts of food, if there were any aditives they put in green veg, but she said "No. If they did they would have to declare it on the packaging. However when I went on a food hygene course, the instructor said they add a small amount of green dye. She didn't always get things correct though. She said "All French soft cheese is unpastuerised." Which is not true . The vast mahjority of it is pastuerised.
  14. It actually wasn't. Just put the veggies in the pan, place the fish on it, sprinkle on the coconut aminos and let the over do the work. Frozen riced cauliflower, heated in the microwave and mixed in with the veggies once cooked. It was less work than frying it. =D Tonight we had chicken and veggies.
  15. A search indicates that it is Cary Schmidt, Emmanuel Baptist church somewhere...….. I think this is a problem with the RSS mechanism - at one stage long ago it used to give the extra info from the feed, but at one of the upgrades it stopped. It might be a setting somewhere??????? https://caryschmidt.com/2019/10/move-forward-or-stand-still-which-is-it/ In any case it is annoying …...
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  17. I don't like it when the author is not identified. This makes it up to the administrator to determine which RSS feed to subscribe to and if it is really IFB. The mention of AWANA in this article would lead me to believe that the writer is Southern Baptist, not IFB.
  18. Understood brother! I am not dogmatic trust me, just sounding an alarm to get folks to see through the rhetoric. This new, reprobate "morality" of the left with the fabricated "panic" of climate change are the main candidates I am warning of. Just praying we all keep oil in our lamps and keep this in mind during these perilous days: I Thessalonians 5
  19. Wretched, I agree with your writings on globalism, socialism, leftists, the billionaires and there agenda, etc... except for one point. I do not think, but will not argue the point, that the 'lie' of 2 Thessalonians 2:11 is the lie of "globalism" and all that it entails. It is my firm understanding that the United Nations, the globalists, Socialists, etc... are leading up the one-world government that will be led by the anti-Christ. It is my firm understanding that the events on Genesis 11:1-10, the tower of babel, will be repeated on a world-wide scale with the United Nations, and the globalists, at the head. So, I agree with the article except that I believe the 'lie' is not the globalist movement.
  20. The main stream media outlets have shown unprecedented bias towards Trump since 2016 with no sign of slowing down. Quite the contrary, it intensifies daily with no end it seems. What if this unprecedented bias is not some harmless political rivalry or struggle for control? Seems that fact is getting clearer and clearer in the media. Seems like the majority of the world's richest men and their political pawns have embraced open-border global socialism and hate Trump for being the only significant world leader against it. If you pay attention closely to the leftist's narratives it appears that the globalist's-owned media's only real goal is to remove national sovereignty from the public's mindset. Don't be fooled friends, this a battle between one-world government and national sovereignty only. If you decide that you want to see through the rhetoric for the real motivation, it becomes obvious. Realize this now and you will see what is happening much more clearly. In order to win this battle, the left must remove Trump or more specifically, the national sovereignty mindset from the world completely. Quite frankly folks, if you think America will remain a constitutional republic with a shared balance of power after Trump than you have not been paying close attention at all. As it was 2000 years ago, could it be again at the end of the same age? Could God's supposed "people" at this time in history discern the face of the sky but still not discern the signs of the times? Liberalism/socialism/globalism are all synonymous with each other for the first time in history. What if this is the "lie" of 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2? READ IT Prayerfully. Has leftist ideology now come of age as one big LIE called "progressive-ism". Will the left soon label their deluded new "morality" as Christ's teachings? Certainly not the Christ of the Bible but rather their perverted version of a false "christ". Seems they are attempting that more and more so keep your eyes and ears open. This "lie" is evolving towards this daily. Does anyone rational believe that these globalist-owned pundits, corrupted by greed politicians and world leaders actually hate Trump personally? Do they actually believe that Russian meddling gave Trump the election? Of course not, they are merely the puppets of a much bigger picture. What if they have been brainwashed with riches by the principalities of the air who work through the "great men of the earth"? Our Lord calls them, "the rich men", "the mighty men" whom we refer to as globalist billionaires. These billionaires spend hundreds of millions globally to vilify any Bible based or conservative stand, thought or idea using their financial power to ensure every aspect of their lie is propagated throughout the industrialized world. They go to great lengths to hide behind the scenes but every now and then, they are mentioned vaguely. Names like Rothchild, Bezos, Soros and even the Club of Rome, etc. Currently there are over 2200 Billionnaire families on the planet and they own all of it, make no mistake. All banking and all main stream media. News journalism is a thing of the past. A pipe-dream that never truly existed from the start. News in these days however doesn't even pretend to be unbiased. Now it is only narrative being pushed by the owners of the outlets. After realizing the vast majority of American citizens were not fooled by the Mueller hoax, the globalists then ordered the left to switch their narratives against conservatives to white supremacy. This shift was not enough so undoubtedly more removal attempts will continue to come. The left's ideology, "progressive-ism" has been building steam worldwide for over a century but as separate and unrelated (until now) ideologies. Seems revealing that all 3 of these ideologies arose in popularity at the same time as a result of the industrial revolution of the early 1900s. Never before were they so interrelated as one ideology however. 2 Thessalonians 2: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. If this doesn't describe the left then nothing does. Now, think about the term God uses in verse 10 above: with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. If you live anywhere except under a rock these days, one can easily spot this deceivableness of unrighteousness in every single leftist big name or speaker every time they are in front of a mic or a camera. The democratic political party is the party of the political and moral "left". Its tenants and morality are dictated and controlled by globalist billionaires. The central element of their deception has been to accuse the political right by repetition and without specific evidence, of BEING EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE secretly and overtly. So overtly that they hide in plain sight of their brainwashed minions. First the Russian collusion hoax of which the globalist's media accused Trump of for 3 years without a shred of evidence turns out to be exactly what the left did and is still doing. This latest coup attempt of quid pro quo in dealing with foreign governments is exactly what the left's leadership has always done. The evidence of which is coming out more and more and may burst open soon enough (if AG Barr does not sell out to the deep state's globalist's handlers, that is). Now as mentioned above, they are accusing the right of what they have always been and definitely still are: racists and white supremacists bought and paid for, self-serving, corrupt public officials. The democratic party has always been the political party of slavery, of the confederacy, of the Ku Klux Klan, of Jim Crow, of Bull Connor. Instead of physically forcing "people of color" into slavery or to the back of the bus like they did back then; Satan has now upped their game against the weak-minded common people "of all colors". Seems nearly every leftist run local and state government throughout our country has been riddled with corruption and their own pocket-lining while the actual public they are sworn to serve suffer economically and socially. This is certainly also true at the federal level. Seems every member of the last administration entered office with modest personal wealth but left office gaining multiple millions, even billions in personal assets. Globalist and Chinese pay-offs they desperately want to hide. You see, public office to these types only means their own self-service. They are the ruling class over you and will keep you in slavery. They now use deception, lies, coercion and manipulation with the vast resources of the globalist-owning media. Instead of physical slavery, they now keep their slaves through ideological and emotional slavery. Bribing these deluded minions with the impossible promises of free everything, except free-thought and free-speech. Keeping them oppressed and fully dependent upon the scraps from the left's white, elitist's table (socialism). Satan is a liar and father of it. Seems every globalist's bought and paid for, leftist big name out there tell lies constantly that normal, average Americans know are lies. They delude the commoner leftists with fake "woke" social justice reform and climate change. Delusion is defined as an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder. Not surprisingly but so obviously, they all say the same thing, the same script, scripting by globalist minions. Their plan which is working by the way, is to continue to bombard all media outlets and academia with this 3-fold LIE. Satan knows full well that in order to trick the weak-minded into believing a lie, that lie must be repeated without wavering regardless of facts, historical records, common sense or clear-cut evidence to the contrary. I know that it seems like they have but these leftist politicians have not gone insane. Globalist influence started during JFK's administration and he warned of it just prior to his assassination in 1963. The deep state has been entrenching in every corner of our government since. The term "Deep state" refers to those in government who do not work for the interests of the American people but rather for their globalists "owners", whether identifying themselves as Democrat or Republican, they have sold out. Since the election in 2016 it has become obvious who is part of the globalist deep state and who is not. By enlarge they identify as democrats but not all are. Many hide as self-described republicans. If a cabinet nominee makes it through the senate vetting process easily, you can be assured they are against the American people's interest and will work to subvert Trump's national sovereignty policies until they are discovered. Hence the non-stop turnover within the administration since his inauguration. Is it because Trump is some sent by God savior of the American dream? of course not. It is only because Trump has (so far) refused to sell out the American people to the globalist, one-world government agenda! The current state of politics in America is anything but normal or business as usual. It is divisive by design (divide and conquer), revolutionary (government overthrow or coup has been attempted and continues to be) and violent (violence is encouraged against dissension to the new world order or religion of progressive-ism). ALL of which has been and is being orchestrated by globalist billionaires. The deluded younger generations of the industrialized world seem to buy into this lie so easily but no wonder, they have been indoctrinated through public education into every aspect and nuance of this LIE. Humanistic philosophy, sexual deviancy, transgenderism, dependency on government and the panic over climate change are the tenets of this new religion and our institutions of public education are the temples. This fabricated, anti-Bible religion of progressive ideology has already taken over the last two or three generations through the public education systems of the industrialized world. The faculties of which have increasingly been made up of the "priests" of this new morality (against all that is Bible Based) and have proselytized children and young adults into their "progressive religion" right under our noses. These latest generations are largely reprobate as God describes in Romans, Chap 1. The "Godless" new religion that public education has brainwashed into them has taken strong root and has replaced the God of the Bible completely in their minds. They have been raised by public education to reject the Bible and any Bible-based ideology as racist, homophobic, trans-phobic and xenophobic. Therefore evil and must be done away with. They don’t realize in their folly that they have given themselves over as worshipers of the beast already. A counterfeit morality and a counterfeit "god". Depraved lust, slothfulness, and self-entitlement are the results ensuring that the True God is not retained in their knowledge.......condemning them for eternity. Why are the conservative pundits missing the point of the left's delusion? Because they are dead in trespasses and sins and are incapable of discerning "Truth" themselves. They falsely apply reasoning to the leftists narratives and are left dumbfounded at the rationales behind their delusion. They seem to be waiting for a logical and reasonable argument from the left. The conservative pundits cannot comprehend the gravity of this delusion. They still live under the misconception that government is supposed to balance out ideas through the American people's election results. Those days are obviously gone in America and will never come back. It is the left's way or death very soon. Think this is an over-reaction? Keep reading friends. The leftists protect all their own because they believe the end justifies their means and that any dishonesty, resistance, obstruction, violence, crimes and even self-humiliation committed by them is completely justified as long as their “righteous”, leftist agenda remains fully agreed with and keeps getting promoted. Seems very likely that the climate change/progressive lie will get more and more press, priority and push here in America. It is not going away friends. The sleeping, normal people of the world cannot be bothered with the "lie". They are too busy to care and certainly too busy to do anything about it. This is how and why the LIE has succeeded to become more and more "normal" in the average mindset. We tolerated their fake "new morality" too long and now indifference and inaction by conservatives has allowed reprobate ideology to get a foothold of normalcy in society slowly over the last 100 years. As the end gets nearer the LIE gets pushed on the world more and more by a small minority of globalist billionaires. As verse 11 above clearly states the cause by which the Lord sends strong delusion is that they ALREADY refused the love of the Truth. What if the natural disasters our Lord said would increase as the ends of days get closer propels this strong delusion causing massive worldwide panic and embracing of anyone who may have the answer for the world's salvation. Keep reading...... Now the TRUE fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3: For the first time in history, the following characteristics of human behavior are now mainstream and acceptable if done to advance the left's LIE. They are and will continue to lawlessly replace all Bible-based institutions and our Constitution with their progressive "religion". 2 Timothy 3: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. The Books of 2 Peter and Jude are God's foretelling of the world we live in today. It describes the globalist's progressive-ism and clearly shows us that we are now living in the very last days. Appropriately placed near the Book of Revelation. The left's politicians are blinded by mammon dangled by billionaires and cannot look past their own bellies "as natural brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed by the Lord at His coming". See 2 Peter 2:12 and Jude 1:10. I am not talking several decades friends. What if Trump’s coup, fraudulent defeat in 2020 or assassination is the catalyst to plunge America and the rest of the world into global socialism? He truly is the only hold out of significance. The United Nations (which has been bought and paid for by globalist's since its inception) has passed international laws against national sovereignty already. Any other hold outs are only because of Trump's stand so they will crumble as soon as he is out of the picture. The United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), World Health Organization all press for open borders globally and demonize any world leader who disagrees with them. These global elitists have been secretly influencing the whole world for decades to accept liberal political correctness, border-less nations, defenseless populations, gender-less identities, universal health care and wages? Every aspect of their LIE is in direct rebellion with God's Truth by which every person will be Judged. The goal of the left is a one-world government run by the elite ruling class (under the beast, perhaps?). Oh, the rank and file minions don't understand this. They only understand their brainwashing from media and academia including the false religious of "christianity" thanks to public education- indoctrination and the media. Remember when most Christian denominations use to warn against public schools and TV, even the internet when it became popular? Remember when they used to warn against the very idea of a one-world government as the sign of the beast's coming? Most if not all seem silent now. Well, here we are: Now, most of what identifies as "christian" (even the seemingly elect) seem ready for his mark (open border, socialism). One-world Government vs. National Sovereignty
  21. Do you ever have trouble “standing still?” I do too! I prefer ministry in motion over ministry sitting still. I like to move forward serving God, and I like things I’m investing in to move forward. To me, it’s exciting to be engaged in Kingdom work—to invest, to serve, to encourage, and to reach as many people as possible with the gospel. Jesus gave us a mission, and I love to be on mission. But sometimes “standing still” is a good thing. Sometimes God says, “go forward” and sometimes God says “stand still.” So, which does God want us to do? Stand still? Or go forward? This past week, our office received a wonderful email from an AWANA mother who was facing a deep trial. She recounted to story of how her son told her the previous night’s AWANA lesson—how God commanded the Israelites to “stand still” and see the salvation of God. (Exodus 14:13) God used that moment to calm her heart and cause her to rest in what He was doing in her life. Sometimes God calls us to stand still and watch Him work. Hundreds of times in recent years, God has said to my heart, “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”—in other words, You are in way over your head. There’s nothing you can do but wait on God and watch Him work. He is prone to place us into impossible situations, so that our only option is to stand still and leave it up to Him. He places us into situations where we can’t move forward. In this, He orders sovereign rest—providential pauses, where we must be still and let Him be God. These times force our hearts to release anxiety and enter His calm. Amazingly, two verses later (Exodus 14:15) this same God tells the same people to “go forward.” So, which is it? Does God want me standing still or moving forward? Does God want me resting or pursuing? Does God call me to disengage or to engage. The answer is yes! At times, standing still is obedience. At others, moving forward is obedience. In verse 13, moving forward would be have been disobedient. But in verse 15, standing still would have been equally disobedient. The key is hearing God and contentedly doing what He says. When He says “stand still, be still, or rest”—then do it. When He says, “move forward, go ye therefore, press toward the mark, run with patience”—then do it. In standing still we express contented dependence. In going forward, we express active obedience. In resting, we express faith, in moving we express courage. They go together. We stand still long enough to catch our breath and wait on God’s timing—to be reminded that this is God’s battle. But then, as God directs, we move forward as He chooses to call and use us. We watch God do what only He can do, as we do the little that we can do (like the boy with the loaves and fish). We are invited to co-labor with a God who really doesn’t need us, but He loves to take us along on the journey. He invites us into His work! We get to be “in” on His action, but all the while knowing it is really all Him! Second Timothy 1:9 teaches that Jesus has saved us and called us with a holy calling—not by our own works—but by His purpose and grace. We bring nothing to the table in terms of filling God’s needs. He doesn’t need us, but He does want us. He allows us, permits us, invites us to be a part of His story and His eternal purposes! Wow! What a great way to live life! Standing still to see God, then moving forward in His wake, at His side. That’s how I hope to live. I pray that my heart will be sensitive to when to “be still” and when to “move forward.” I pray for wisdom to balance the two. If God has called you into a “stand still” season—don’t resent it. Rest in it. You have His permission to be calm and wait. He is still working, and in your waiting He is preparing you for what is next. Catch your breath, because He’s about to call you to ride out with Him! If God has called you into a “move forward” season—don’t hesitate in it. Step forward with courage and confidence, even though you’re staring at a Red Sea that still needs to part. You may not see a way through, but step forward in faith. Move out in courage and obedience. Saddle up—the great adventure awaits! Know this. If God has said “stand still” then it’s destructive and probably impossible to “go forward.” And if God has said “go forward” then it’s dangerous and painful to “stand still.” Hear His voice. Have confidence in His credibility. Fully entrust yourself to His commands, and refuse to take matters into your own hands. When God says “stand still” then stillness is what you need. What God says “go forward” then motion is what you need. Either way, He is right—and the best life is always the one that is doing exactly what God has instructed. View the full article
  22. Quite frankly, the title of this thread is misleading and somewhat deceitful. The title implies that Baptists do not fast and therefore Baptists are not spiritual and do not obey the admonition to fast. This is one of the reasons why I have never commented on this thread the years that I have been on Online Baptist. In other words, the title of this thread already insinuates that "Baptists" do not fast which is an error. Quite a few "Baptists" do fast; they just don't tell everyone about it. Why? The Lord Jesus said, "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, which seest in secret, shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:16-18 Normally, when I fast, and I am a Baptist, only my wife knows as she cooks the food I would normally eat and maybe the children. 'nuff said.
  23. If the sun went backwards, then scripture would have said so. It doesn't say that.
  24. Maybe someone new visiting this topic who believes the Messiah died on the 6th day of the week and who thinks He was using common figure of speech/colloquial language in Matthew 12:40 might know of examples to support the idea of commonality.
  25. Our church has a WhatsApp group which is mainly for prayer requests.
  26. I heard the first are actually going to be last so does that mean the one who started this thread is the real winner? lol
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