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  1. Alan

    A Word of Encouragment

    I would like to pass along an unusual experience I had about three weeks ago that blessed my heart and I would like to pass along the blessing. On Taiwan there are a huge amount of motorcycles. Due to the price of gasoline being very high, parking places very few, and traffic congestion also high, they are smaller in size than in the US (most of the them are from 50cc to 125cc). Also, unlike most countries, they park them on the sidewalks and every place imaginable. Almost always there are people coming and going on the motorcycles, and, as usual, there are people just sitting on the moto
    8 points
  2. One of our granddaughters, Esther, (the oldest child of our oldest son) was admitted to the burn unit in Wichita, KS on 15Sep20. Next month (Nov 2020) she will be 8 y.o. I took my wife to Dodge City to watch the other 3 children. Alisha (Esther's mother) is at the hospital with Esther. David (Esther's father) had to go back to work this week. Esther is burnt over 40% of her body, 60% of the right leg and 50% of the right arm are 3rd degree burns, the remainder is 2nd degree. When Esther gets back home (probably 2 or more weeks from now), our oldest daughter, Rebekah, (the one th
    6 points
  3. I learned last night of the passing of Bonita Sharp. We met her when she came to college while my husband was in school. She married Gene Sharp and they have had a ministry setting up radio stations all over the world. She leaves behind her husband, 5 kids, sister, parents, and a slew of friends. We know, as Christians, that she is in Glory. She kept her appointment and was ready to go, even though it was unexpected - a head-on collision in a rain storm. But the grief for those left behind is very real, as those of us who have lost loved ones know. Please pray for the family.
    5 points
  4. I see they caught one arsonist. A BLM activist. I saw another video where a woman said her husband caught some guys trying to torch a hay field. This was in Oregon. Global warming has nothing to do with it. Rejection of God does.
    5 points
  5. Acts 20:29-30 -- "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
    5 points
  6. Being part of a small church we always seem to have some sort of distraction. While in a larger church some distractions may not be all that noticeable, smaller churches they become a bigger distraction. Our service yesterday started off like it normally does and everything was going along as planned. My daughter was scheduled to sing the special right before the preaching. We had a guest speaker Jonathan Lyons the VP for Missions for Forgotten Peoples with us. In the middle of my daughters special, I noticed a gentlemen coughing a little, then it keep getting louder and more freq
    5 points
  7. People that have never been exposed to an extremely strong Boston accent may not "get" this. I know that BroMatt will. This is one that I will never forget. Once upon a time, long long ago, I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law back home in Massachusetts. On Sunday evening they invited me to accompany them to their church's evening service. Before the actual preaching the pastor did a little teaching thing where he would say a biblical word and someone in the congregation would have to use that word in a biblical sentence. He went through a few words, with people correctly
    5 points
  8. Christian Charity given willingly and directly to noble causes is not the same as compulsory giving to the government who then chooses for you where and how money is spent. Jesus asks you to do it directly and willingly. The politician seeks forced payment, forces you to give them your money while promising to only give some of it to the poor and even then to things which are appalling and poorly managed, then many squander what you give them to the point there is never enough for the original cause, so then demands more money which they then take by force from you. NOT. THE. SAME.
    5 points
  9. We are literally burning! CA has over 3400 SQUARE MILES that have burned (just to give a little sense of distance, it's 2200 miles from here - Sequim, WA - to Indiana...). OR and WA are also burning. We have lost over 330,000 acres in just 24 hours here in WA. There are fires raging in other western states as well Now, I know someone will probably say that CA is reaping what the government has sown re: closing churches, etc. And that is quite likely. But I do know that it is also a mismanagement of land care by Democrat officials who like to claim environmental care (you know, tree hugger
    4 points
  10. We are voting for a Leader, and we desire that our Leaders possess good moral character.
    4 points
  11. In WA I believe they've caught 2-4...depending on whom one chooses to believe. They've found strategically placed glasses or glass jars with flammable stuff in them lying on the ground in the areas where the sun shines more this time of year (here something like that wouldn't work right now)...homemade magnifiers that, unless you're looking for arson equipment, you wouldn't normally pay attention to. Authorities believe that they've been placed there to start fires. This is not a new thing, apparently, although I've never heard of it til this year. Yeah, climate change. pffft! Our govern
    4 points
  12. Global warming has absolutely nothing to do with these fires. Some of them are from human neglect, some from arson, and some from far-too-dense forests that don't allow the oxygen to disperse. Those forests are too dense because liberal "leaders" and eco-terrorists have pushed the idea of not clearing the forests - both thinning the trees and clearing the forest floor of the carbon which acts as fuel to fires that start. Add that to the natural lack of rain this time of year and you have conflagration. Yes, God did give us brains - and we most certainly should use them, not fall for the lies
    4 points
  13. I will not watch any videos with Phil Kidd in them, whether it's him preaching or someone praising or condemning him for whatever hobby horse he's on/language he's used this week. I've listened to him "preach" before and I couldn't finish the video. That's all I will say about that. The IFB is a movement of sorts, but not in the sense that there is an overseeing board or group that tell the other IFB churches what to say, preach, etc. Not in that sense. For the most part, the majority of IFB churches are indeed independent of other churches while still following the same core Biblical doc
    4 points
  14. The government was specifically designated by God "for the punishment of evil doers and the praise of them that do well." We could also extrapolate a responsibility for national security in that. Anything beyond that is out of scope. 1. Christians are told to support the poor and needy. (This is an individual responsibility, and not given to the government.) 2. "If a man does not work, neither shall he eat." (this implies that programs that give money to those who WON'T work, rather than CAN'T work, are in violation of God's principles). I feel like conservative government aid prog
    4 points
  15. Actually, Biblical Liberality, as I have presented above, is the position that EMPHASIZES PERSONAL responsibility, because it emphasizes my own responsibility to take out of my own pocket in order to give from my own heart of my own material possession unto another in need. Indeed, the Biblical command of Biblical Liberality is so PERSONAL that if I do not personally give of my own personal possession to help those in need, I personally commit a sin in the sight of the Lord my God, and will personally be held accountable by Him. Governmental liberalism, however, removes personal responsibili
    4 points
  16. Governmental Liberalism - The government putting its hand in your pocket to forcibly take your wealth for distribution to those whom they deem the worthy "poor" (after pocketing some themselves). Biblical Liberality - You putting your own hand in your pocket to willingly and lovingly take your wealth for distribution to those whom the Holy Spirit directs you as the "poor and needy" (not the lazy and immoral). Our Lord Jesus Christ and God's Holy Word command Biblical Liberality, but do NOT support governmental liberalism. Those who use the commands of Biblical Liberality as a defens
    4 points
  17. Please pray for our Revival starting tonight through Sunday. God is blessing His church. Last week Mimi who is 90 came forward for Baptism, she came from a Catholic background and is on fire for God. Our state just imposed more restrictions for meeting, so please be in prayer. Thank you
    3 points
  18. It's raining! Praise the Lord! This is about the normal time of year that the rains begin, but it has been hoped and prayed for by so many of us now! I know it was raining a bit earlier near one of the fires, so I'm sure hoping and praying it rains all over the state (since there is no such thing as a global climate, there is no guarantee that it will rain all over... ), as well as in other western states.
    3 points
  19. Even the far left global warming advocates and scientists have had to back off of that specific term; now it is Climate Change. As if this is a completely new thing; disregarding the fact that climate change is the reason for weather forecasting. I may be wrong, but I believe that the weather, or climate has always changed; sometimes by the day or hour.
    3 points
  20. Yes HC, it is bad. we have one burning near us that went from 150 acres in the morning to 22,000 acres by evening. Burned over 150 homes and threatened 400 more in the small town of Happy Camp. Fortunately for us it was burning about thirty miles from us and moving away. But after I left for church this evening a second one started closer to us resulting in an evacuation warning for us. Hopefully they will get this second one under control before it gets too large. A cool evening and favorable east to west winds in the mornings should help. Here's are a couple of pictures.
    3 points
  21. Bless your heart, Alan, You have also blessed my life a lot with your kindness and care along with everything else you have done for me from the very first days of my conversion to Christianity and finding out about this website. i'm sure Jesus Christ will bless your heart heartily and may you be blessed with His Grace. Totoo
    3 points
  22. Brethren, Here is the link to the PDF "Accurate Scientific Statements in the Bible." Note on September 8, 2020: I had to revise the PDF copy to correct some formatting, grammatical and other minor errors. Here is the link to the updated PDF copy. Sorry for any inconvenience. Alan https://preceptpublications.org/Accurate Statements Bible Internet 09.08.20.pdf I am considering this thread on "Scientific Facts in the Bible" still open for discussion. Also, there is some new material in the PDF manuscript. If a question, or a comment, in some part of the PDF manuscript tha
    3 points
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  24. Biblically, there is a distinction between those who are poor because they CANNOT from those who are lazy and WILL NOT. In order to be strictly Biblical, we must develop an understanding and behavior that includes both sides of the distinction.
    3 points
  25. Alright, so, does any of this matter? We argue over silly things-the mechanics of HOW God performs a miracle are of no consequence to the miracle. Did he move the sun, the earth, the shadow, deflect, who cares? God did as He said He did. These days I don't even care about the flat earth/round earth argument-the Bible wasn't written to explain how God does what He does, nor was it written to explain the shape of the earth, or how it moves or doesn't moves-it is about the faithfulness, the mercy, the severity, the righteousness of our God and Creator, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and His
    3 points
  26. Jim_Alaska

    New Website!

    A website is a valuable tool. For years we had only the small listing in the newspaper, which did not produce much. I put up a website for our church and we have had favorable results in that; we have had people visit that found us because of our website. Glad you have one in the works HC.
    2 points
  27. Perhaps we err in not making the distinction between the body and the spirit. The body of Jesus spent three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. But His spirit went directly to God upon His death. Luke 23:46 (KJV) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
    2 points
  28. I agree that it is an issue of liberty to observe or not, but when a group observes because they are following the false doctrines of a false prophet, and therefore observe because they believe they MUST, and that those who do NOT are lost and of the Devil, that is worthy of judgment. They fall under the condemnation that Paul threatened the Galatian believers with, when he said they were placing themselves back under bondage to a law that Christ had ended, and were seeking to complete their salvation, started by faith, by works of the law.
    2 points
  29. Only if they are itemizing. I always took the "standard deduction" as my items were always less than the standard. However, all Americans, not just Christians, should deduct everything they legally can, so that they then can have as much of their own money as possible to disperse as they feel led. No if someone wants to give more of their hard earned money to the government, well that is their prerogative, though, in my opinion, a foolish one.
    2 points
  30. Before he died, Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine waiting to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver . "You know," he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?" The driver said, "No problem. Be my guest!" Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap. The long blac
    2 points
  31. I myself am also praying that Vice President Pence will serve like a Daniel for President Trump.
    2 points
  32. The dog owner wanted to baptize her dog, she asked the pastor? The pastor kindly answered, we don't baptize doggies here. She replied, but I was going to donate $5000 to the building fund drive. Then pastor said quickly, but you did mention to me, that your dog was a christian pet dog.
    2 points
  33. For maybe two or three days we had clear blue skies over the valley minus a "ribbon" of smoke coming from the south. It was wonderful to see sky again and be able to breathe fresh air. Then...as I left home to head to the place where I do volunteer work the sky was clear overhead--but a short while later that ribbon of smoke was once again beginning to blow in and saturate the valley with a thick, almost choking cloud. Visibility was less than a mile. I can't imagine what Jim_Alaska is going through. We surely ought to pray for him. One of the fires is due west of his location, though it
    2 points
  34. Well, we've had casualties now, because of the fires. And police have caught folks starting fires. Today the wind has brought the smoke from CA and OR fires to our area. It is not horribly uncomfortable here, for which I'm thankful. Hubs went over to the church, which sits in an area that has been marked as very bad air quality. He still has a lot of painting to do, so I'm hoping it's not very bad right where he'll be. Our governor has declared an emergency (he's become very fond of that since covid). But many, many folk are very cynical - because of his obvious lack of concern for the st
    2 points
  35. Pastor Scotts quoted Scripture verse is right on the money. This subject is nothing new and men like Anderson have been doing things like this from the beginning, hence the warning from the apostle Paul. Real, doctrinally correct Baptists will not be fooled. They are the ones that feel no need to go outside of their local assemblies for their spiritual food. The Anderson's of this world cannot survive without someone foolish enough to listen to them.
    2 points
  36. I usually have them when I can't think of anything else.
    2 points
  37. I appreciate the study and agree with most of it. The only thought that I have is that I do not see that the Temple in the tribulation period is the temple that we see as written in the book of Ezekiel. And, I understand your reference to Psalm 79:1-4 as many Jews will loose their lives at the Tribulation Temple. But, I see that Psalm 79:1-4 is a main reference to the destruction of Solomon's temple by Nebuchadnezzar. It has been my understanding the temple is Revelation 11 is a temple built by the Jews during, or just before, the 7-Year Tribulation and that the Temple in Ezekiel 40-48 i
    2 points
  38. The apostle was speaking under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit TO - the believers at Thessalonica. The apostle was speaking under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit ABOUT - "ANY" who "would not work." 2 Thessalonians 3:10 -- "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if ANY would not work, neither should he eat."
    2 points
  39. This also is a misrepresentation of my position, for my position presents the need to balance ALL of God's teaching on the matter. Consider the following: Also consider: Now, the "entire body of principles in God's Word" on this matter would include the following studies: 1. The responsibility to give in support of church leadership and the Lord's work. 2. The responsibility to help fellow believers in material need. 3. The responsibility to help the Lord's Jewish brethren in material need. 4. The responsibility to help the general poor and needy. 5. The r
    2 points
  40. Matthew 25:31-46 -- "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I w
    2 points
  41. Brethren, Among many other responsibilities that are too numerous to mention, I had to make modifications in my new website and manuscript. In a day or two the PDF "Accurate Scientific Statements in the Bible" will be uploaded. Alan
    2 points
  42. There are an awful lot of differences in churches and groups that call themselves IFB, some, as we know, border on the heretical, and some are plain weird. Gap theory, Noah's son sexually molested Noah, angels marrying humans, Devils being the size of mosquitos, even, dare I say it, flat earthers, among many, many others. What I see is the "I" part of IFB-we are all Independent of one another, which means if there is someone who is a wacko teaching false doctrines, or someone abusing the sheep, I will not, and cannot, be lumped in together with them.
    2 points
  43. I agree. It's hard to be concerned about these things when your unemployed and your country is being burned down. Thank God I don't have a wife and kids but I do have a disabled, elderly father I care for. These kind of arguments are luxuries for those with too much time on their hands.
    2 points
  44. Well, Brother Matt, I also pastor a small church (in rural Michigan, for the past 22 years); and interesting things do indeed happen. But life as a whole is not really that different. We plan; then life happens. As far as "the class in Bible College," I am pretty sure that the apostle Paul did not have a class on how to deal with one who falls out a window and dies . . . So, so, so many things never mentioned in the training of Bible college. LOL
    2 points
  45. You are correct. Nothing in God's Word directly prohibits a government program from engaging in charitable giving unto the poor and needy, neither does anything in God's Word command the employment of such a government program. As such, it would indeed be wrong for me to oppose a government program of charity (depending on how it was administered); just as it would be wrong for you to condemn me if I did not give through that government program of charity. Thus IF governmental liberalism was simply a government program of charity, I would not express direct opposition against it (depending
    2 points
  46. You clearly don’t understand the role of government. If we followed your logic, should the government also preach the Gospel? After all individual believers are commanded to preach the Gospel. Do you think the government should take peoples tax dollars and pay ministers to preach the Gospel? If you say no then your thinking process is contradictory. You don’t seem to understand that God has different commands and requirements for individuals and for different institutions such as the Church, the Home, and Civil Government.
    2 points
  47. Jim_Alaska

    Psalm 9:17

    Matthew 24:6 (KJV) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Luke 21:9 (KJV) But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. We all have those that are on our hearts and minds in regard to their spiritual state. Regardless of the social or economic situation we must ever be vigilant and never cease trying spread the Gospel. We can look to Scripture for an example of how we should purport ourselv
    2 points
  48. PastorMatt

    Heritage Baptist Church

    https://www.youtube.com/user/HBCLiveStream
    1 point
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