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  2. I think in some respects it is even worse today with the interwebs.... People can look up and find out about the person and follow them into whatever their heresy is..... In times past the person would often just remain a name and nothing more.
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  4. I do know the 7s in the book of revelation are always divided into two parts one part with 4 and then the other part with 3. The churches are also ordered in the direction of travel on the main road from Pergamos and were the closet churches one would naturally go to when departing from the Island.
  5. We're doing a study on Revelation in our Wednesday night study and while talking about the 4 of the 7 churches listed in Ch. 2, one of the congregants asked if there was a specific reason the churches were separated into 2 chapters. I reminded her that when John wrote this, he didn't list chapter and verse, but that these were added later on. She kept questioning and raised a thoughtful question. Is there any significance to the order due to geography? If you look at a map, see attached, there is order (Ephesus to Laodicea in a Clockwise circle.) Does anyone know if there was significance to the order or are we looking for meaning where there isn't meaning intended? TIA, Bro. Richard
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  8. I just know that certain names seem to pop up regularly when you see "Conference preaching" advertised, and I thought his was among them.....
  9. He graduated from Hyles Anderson. That isn't meant to be derogatory in any way - I simply mean by it that he likely knew/knows a number of what you refer to as "big name" preachers as a result.
  10. Wasn't he associated with meetings with Doug Fisher, Paul Chappel, etc? I am sure I was given a CD set of some preaching meetings with a bunch of "big name" preachers, and I am pretty sure that name was among them.
  11. Many years ago, so many years that I had forgotten what year, I visited with Pastor Eric Capaci at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hot Springs, AR at the church and met some of his staff. I did not have a meeting with the church but I was just in the area and wanted to ask him personally for a meeting. At that time, he was, to my knowledge, IFB, had a very active soul-winning ministry and a lighthouse for the gospel in the Hot Springs area. As a missionary, I was well treated, his staff showed me the ministry, and I was afforded every courtesy as a missionary. It saddens me to know that he is in the SBC.
  12. That's too bad. I know a number of people who either went to the college or were in the church years ago - when it was IFB.
  13. I know that he used to be a somewhat "popular" Youth Conference preacher among some IFB churches many years ago. An IFB church that we once were members of (in the mid-90's) tried to get him to come to one of the Youth Conferences. I didn't know he was now in the SBC.
  14. Remember my location: "Under a Rock but Crawl Out Occasionally", or in other words: I've always been too busy with the ministry the Lord had me in to get out much. So, I had heard somewhere about an Eric Capaci and got the impression he was somewhat known with Independent Baptists????? Anyway, I was calling for meetings in Arkansas and left a message on his voice mail at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hot Springs. I read something this week saying that he was dabbling around SBC ministries and events. FWIW, if anyone is wondering if there's any truth to that - I just got off the phone with him (I must give him credit for returning my call, over 3/4 of pastors DO NOT!!!!!!! I know several missionaries who can concur to that. As a pastor I made it a point of being courteous enough to return those calls because it's the right thing to do!) Back on track - he told me "we are Southern Baptist and though we do support some missionaries who are not SBC most of our missions work is through the Convention." So, there's no question, he is upfront about their current status as an SBC church and College.
  15. On Saturday, August 10th, 2019...my Dad passed away from this life into the loving rest of Jesus Christ.

    This was also my dear wife's birthday. Though he hasn't known who I was for several years, he still had the same loving and happy disposition as before. 

    I count myself blessed to have been the son of this great man. He was my teacher, my inspiration, and my hero...he was...

    ...my Dad.

    Dear Lord, thank you for allowing me to be his son.

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    2. HappyChristian


      Oh, NoNi - I am truly sorry for your loss, but so thankful you know where he is. And I'm thankful you have the memories that you do.

    3. DaveW


      Hey brother, I will be praying for you.

      Another friend of mine's dad went to be with the Lord last Wednesday - another great saint unrecognised by most, but known by the Lord, a faithful servant of the Lord.

      These are the ones who many never hear about but who faithfully serve the Lord, not for the recognition of men, but for the glory of the Lord. Men like these will hear those words "Well done thou good and faithful servant.."

    4. No Nicolaitans

      No Nicolaitans

      Thank you all.

  16. Howdy! Seems like you're good with a paint brush. Care to tell us a little about you and your family and your testimony?
  17. I've done it before and it was wrong. It's not right to eat the meat and spit out the bones. A little leaven, still leaveneth the whole lump.
  18. I've noticed the same. Just today there is an on going discussion concerning a similar problem. A pastor friend stated that he would not be reading or sharing articles written by Christians who look and act like the world. Most in the discussion are in agreement. One said they read the article in question and found it good and felt torn. I think many people just see the nice quote or article that they agree with or may be doctrinally correct in this one area and so feel it's okay to share, or may not know the person who the quote or article came from and so they share it. Sometimes it's hard to look past the good to see the bad lurking behind it. I've also noticed that many times someone will share an article based solely on the article title and hadn't actually read the article itself, or looked to see who the author was. This is very easy to do on facebook. I've found facebook to be a very useful tool, which is why I continue to stay on. However, like anything on the internet, it can be and is abused by those who want to take advantage of others. Just like anything in life, we need to be careful with it, including sharing or reading memes or articles by other Christians.
  19. People do the same thing with "Christian music" and Bible Versions as well. Simply put prole don't pay attention to who is saying stuff or why they are saying it. As that that takes too much work on their part. Particularly when people are sharing things on Facebook is when they are having their down time and as entertainment and not their thinking time. If they like it, or the person that shared it before them, they just share it as well with no real after thought to where it originated.
  20. Why do so many people quote heretics just because they say something 'nice' or cute? I have been forced onto facebook (long story but it is necessary...) and it amazes me the number of quote memes posted that are from men who teach false doctrine but who happen to have said something cute or nice. Do people not realise that quoting such men gives your approval to them, and promotes them before others? You are in effect promoting them, their ministry, and their false doctrines.
  21. I do hope that the piano hymns are a blessing to your heart. The music and the scenes of Colorado are the courtesy of Kaleb Brasee May God bless all of you. Alan
  22. My wife and I went for a drive in the country the other day to a place called Dwellingup, stopped and had lunch near the river, and saw these couple of guys. No Idea what the first guy is as I am not a birdwatcher (after some searching it is a Scarlet Robin), but everyone here knows what the other one is: a Kookaburra. They are a kind of kingfisher, but have a distinctive call, which sounds a little bit like maniacal laughter when they get really into it. They are not a cautious bird at all, well known for stealing food from the tables while people are eating there. In fact, one of them flew right in between my wife and I facing each other at the table. He didn't get our food though, because we were quick enough.....
  23. “Independent Assemblies” Philippians 4:15 The apostle Paul is now on his second missionary journey that he and Barnabas started in Acts 15:36. “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.” Philippians 4:15 & 16 The apostle Paul is commending the Philippian church, or local assembly, for helping him with his physical necessities. Three Locations Mentioned 1. Philippi. The city where the current church, or assembly, is located. We will also take note that the accepted time of the writing of the book of Philippi was in 64 A. D. Also, according to Acts 16:6-12, while at Troas, Paul received the Macedonian call. So, instead of travelling to Asia, the East, the Lord directed Paul and his companions on the first missionary effort towards the West, the Roman province of Macedonia and Europe. 2. Macedonia. The Roman Province that Philippi and Thessalonica is located. 3. Thessalonica. A city further south from Philippi. At the time of the writing of the epistle to the Philippians, 64 A. D. , the church at Philippi had know of the events that took place at Thessalonica, Acts 17:1-9. The book of 1 Thessalonians was written in 54 A. D. So, since the distance between the two cities was not great, and there was an church in both places, and as Paul clearly indicates that the the two churches were in close contact with one another, both of the churches had fellowship with one another but there was no other ties between the two churches nor with the other churches in the area. Map is the courtesy of BibleStudy.org I would like to bring to mind that at that time the apostle Paul mentioned only one church, or local assembly, was giving towards his necessities as a missionary. Later on in his missionary journey that situation changed. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 we read, “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering of the saints.” Different Churches not a Universal Church “… no church ...” As led by the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul clearly differentiated between the church at Philippi from the other churches in any other city, region, or location. In this passage, Paul mentions the church, or assembly, at Thessalonica. Therefore, the saints at various locations, when they assembled together, constituted a local church and were independent of other local churches, or assemblies. Independent Assemblies “… communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.” The church at Philippi knew the brethren at the church at Thessalonica. The two churches, and probably more churches than we know, had close fellowship with one another. But, besides fellowship, there was no denominational binding of the assemblies together. Even though Paul had stated other churches, only the church at Philippi gave toward his necessities. So, it is plainly evident that the local assembly makes the decision to use its funds, or time, or other goods, or any other decision, without the authorization of any other assembly. Every church is a local entity, independent, from other local churches, or assemblies. There is no ecclesiastical authority, or hierarchy, above a true, New Testament, local church. As with Paul the Apostle, when it comes to missionary effort, if a church wants to support a missionary, or any other decision affecting the assembly, than they make the decision. In the New Testament, let me repeat that, in the New Testament, there is no denominational board, nor is there any religious hierarchy over the church, making any decision. All, as in every one, of the churches in the New Testament were independent from one another with no denominations, or a religious hierarchy, binding them together. The New Testament Bishop We had previously looked at Philippians 1:1, “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.” Even though the church at Philippi was in close proximity with the church at Thessalonica, and with other assemblies in the region of Macedonia, the bishops at Philippi did not, repeat, did not, have any authority over the church at Thessalonica nor in any other assembly in the region of Macedonia. In the New Testament, the bishop was the overseer, or the pastor, or the elder, of only the local assembly. The concept of a bishop being the overseer of a region, or in an ecclesiastical hierarchy, over numerous local assemblies, is foreign to the scriptures and a man-made position.
  24. Yep: 2Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. The chariot and horses separated Elijah from Elisha, the whirlwind carried up Elijah.
  25. For what? God has a plan for funding His churches already.
  26. What is a good fundraiser that is Christ-based?
  27. Isn't it funny that the Bible often upsets what people want to teach?????
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