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  1. We have not had much of a garden since we moved here. Hubs is way too busy to do much. But my brother is living here now, and loves to garden. So we're going to do something this year. A neighbor plowed the garden yesterday (he has a tractor plow). We have a small tiller that can do little areas, which they will use as they plant. Our son and dil got my mom and me each a blueberry bush for Mother's Day, so those are definitely going in asap. We all love blueberries (except my son, the weirdo lol), especially Asher. So we'll have bushes at their place and here. My bro wants to pick up at least two more, so he'll be going to the farmstand that has them and checking things out. Because of the short growing season here, we are going to be buying starts. Should have had them going from our seeds, but time got away from us. I'm so looking forward to fresh garden veggies again!
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  2. I did 5 gallon buckets.
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  3. Aurora Borealis in the PNW tonight. Stunningly gorgous! The first two are directly overhead our house, taken at 11:45 pm. The third (with a view inside the house) is taken from the back deck at 10:45. The final was taken in the front yard 10:45ish. Did anyone else see the lights? Any pictures?
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  4. Foggy morning in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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  5. I have a couple of different prayer requests that I am putting in this post. Two days ago my wife and I received a call from a relative informing us that our great-niece has attempted suicide for the second time in as many years. A little background. Her mother, our niece, has jumped from man to man, indiscriminately, and has had three children, Kaylie being the oldest at 14 years old. She has a younger sister and a brother who was just born last year. Our niece got married to the baby's father early last year or late the year before and has already divorced. My sister-in-law, and her ex-husband, were the only stabilizing factors in the lives of these kids, and they both passed away in 2022, just a month apart. This left a real vacuum and further destabilized the situation. We have been witnessing to this family for years but, thus far they have rejected God's offer of salvation. Our niece has sought counseling for her daughter and will put her in an institution if necessary. We have offered to take Kaylie for a period of time if necessary. We're still continuing to witness to these family members. We have had 14 people that we're related to, have worked with, are friends or acquaintances with, commit suicide over the last five years. Vivian just had a coworker commit suicide last week. The world has become a sad place for many people. They need Jesus. Second prayer request is for my wife's continued recovery from her knee surgery. She's still experiencing some difficulty with her left knee which affects her ability to walk on the concrete floors at work. Because of everything that has been going on with this we've been considering selling our home and moving back home to Augusta, GA, where we can buy a home outright, or have a very small mortgage. It would help us tremendously to do so, but we've gotten no direct leading on it from the Lord. Thank you all in advance. BT
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  6. Who said anything about "finding God"? It is quite likely that there is at least some one in the best Appalachian church that has yet to "find God" while there are many in much worse places (Sudan, China, North Korea, etc.) that have. Physical location has nothing to do with "finding God". I would like to go just to see with my own eyes the places where our savior walked. Get the lay of the land. Help the stories in the Bible become more vivid from a first-hand view of the flora, fauna, cities and landscape. I have read extensively of historical events that occurred in America and many other countries and I always gain a much better understanding of those events when I am able to personally see the places. My desire to visit Israel is for no other reason than to sharpen my understanding. If you don't have that desire, well that's good for you. As to your statistics, I don't see Israel being very different from America. Their numbers may be higher, but America is on a crash course to match them. Besides, God hasn't started dealing with them yet. As for them sending Palestinians to America, well they will fit right in with the millions of illegal immigrants already bringing their crime and vice to our neighborhoods.
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  7. We didn't have much time for a garden this year. I have been under the weather but did tiller up about half of the 73x30 green house, then made some rows with the middle buster plow. LynnDee then planted several varieties of lettuce and we've been munching on that like a couple of rabbits for awhile now. Hopefully I can get out there in the fall and till up a fall garden in a few months and we can grow a few more things besides lettuce. We picked about 3 gallons of berries off the mulberry trees and LynnDee made some Mulberry jelly. Delicious. We also had three of the sheep butchered and have been eating stuff like sheep burgers, sheep spaghetti, sheep stew, sheep and potatoes, fried sheep, roasted sheep etc. pretty good.
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  8. We are independent Baptist, so we as a congregation decide which missionaries we support and for how much. Hubs invites the missionaries in as God leads him, we hear them teach/preach (and sing if they so desire). Usually the man will go visiting with my hubs (or street preaching). I try to have something for the ladies so they can spend some time with the missionary wife. If possible, we try to schedule the missionaries for a first Sunday of the month. This gives them the opportunity to have a meal after the service and to fellowship with our folks while eating. Our folks enjoy being able to talk to them and get to know them a bit. We, then, will vote at the next business meeting whether or not to take them on. We already have a set amount to start. Since hubs has been pastor, we have never refused to support the missionaries he has presented to the church. As well, he always takes a love offering for them. We are a small church, but our folks are so very generous! We currently support 6 missionary families. Am I happy with our outreach? Yes. I'm grateful that God has allowed us to support these missionaries and look forward to being able to support more. The first family we took on came for furlough last year. They have been our personal friends for over 30 years, and it's so great to know they are still serving the Lord. We are looking forward to the others coming home on furlough and spending some time with them. One of our families, the Suttons, is in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Tomorrow (May 19) is their "grand opening" as a church. They've been having services and have seen several saved, but the church is launching tomorrow. They have passed out 4,000 invitations. Please, if you read this before tomorrow morning, please pray that God will abundantly bless.
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  9. We wanted a garden this year, but, I guess it's not to be. With all the health challenges we're experiencing, and with my wife working 40+ hours at CEVA, and me working with the dogs all day, we just don't have the chance to do it. Besides, we don't have a plow or a tiller. We're probably going to be visiting the farmers markets. We've got two blueberry bushes we planted last year. They're still alive and look healthy. The two blackberry bushes succumbed to the bad winter, birds and windstorms. Maybe next year, and maybe in South Carolina.
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  10. Here in WA, there is one Spanish church that I know of that is quite strong. The pastor is from Mexico and has a real burden to reach Hispanics. He has trained and sent out a number of men to plant Spanish independent Baptist churches. I am not sure which translation they use, but since the KJV is required for members of the Baptist fellowship here, I'm assuming they use the Reina Valera 1960, which aligns with the KJV. I have a side-by side copy and love to read it, although I am not a Spanish speaker. One day, when we have our own property, we are hoping to begin a Spanish ministry and mayhap get a Spanish church going in this area. When it is time for that, we will most definitely work with Brother Vanegas. You are, indeed, head of your household. But as such one of your responsibilities is to ensure that your wife can grow spiritually. Don't choose your church on the basis of what makes one of you "happy." But do consider her needs for a church in her (and your) native language...for both the teaching and fellowship (which is very important, actually). Maybe move to Yakima, WA.
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  11. I was saved at an altar call in an IFB church, but I got saved before I could even get out of the pew.; Our SB pastor has an altar call every Sunday morning too. I would suggest asking the pastor, privately, in a prayerful, respectful, non-accusatory manner.
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  12. Well, we are anti-Calvinists here and believe their overall theology is false - therefore from the perspective of the main IFB’ers here, Calvinism is heresy.
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  13. The Trinity and the work of the trinity in our salvation is laid out in this one verse. {1Pe_1:2} Those that wish to deny the Trinity would have to explain away the clear words found here. God the Father sanctification of the Spirit the blood of Jesus Christ The Trinity at the best of times is a challenge to explain. I heard it explained this way: There are three who's; Father, Jesus, & Holy Spirit and one what GOD. The Bible is clear when it speaks of: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But states that there is only one God "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" Deu_6:4 cf Mar_12:29 If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3 this would be polytheism. It would be 1×1×1=1 this is monotheism. God is a Triune God. Trinity is clearly shown in the bible. See Act_2:32-33, Act_7:55, 2Co_13:14, 1Pe_1:2. The Trinity is clearly seen in the baptism of Christ Jesus Luk_3:22 So to answer your question; who is the one true God? God is a Trinity so whichever you speak of; Father, Son or Spirit you are speaking of the one true God. I hope this helps clear up a hard to grasp concept.
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  14. We have a lunch the Sunday Sunday of every month. It necessarily isn't to get visitors in, but rather for fellowship.
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  15. In the Cowboy Church movement, many of the churches have breakfast available on Sunday mornings. One reason for this is because many of the members are farmers/ranchers, and are out on the farm or in the fields so early in the morning up until time to go to services. And in many of the SBC churches I have been a member of, luncheon is served each week to allow for people to fellowship, and for newcomers to be reached in a non-hostile atmosphere. it work...Jesus fed the 5000, and did so on many other occasions.
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  16. My wife wants to try the five gallon buckets. My aunt in Missouri does them along with her raised beds. She gets quite a bit out of produce that way.
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  17. How old are you, shlomo? I'll never understand why posts like this garner sympathy.
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  18. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. It only makes sense to me to present new business to the leaders first. The leaders then get feedback from family and friends in the congregation. The leaders can present the difficulties to the pastor, so that the leadership can be prepared for questions and objections. I have seen business meetings get out of hand because there are strong objections to a new agenda item that nobody was prepared for. I mean what is the point of a pastor and deacons if they can't be trusted to gather information?
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  19. Praise the Lord for that, @HappyChristian! It's so wonderful to hear about a smaller church that is actively supporting more than 2 missionaries! I know when my wife and I worked with a group of Christians in Augusta Georgia back in the mid 80's to start the Garden City Baptist Church, within the first six months we had taken on support for 11 missionaries. Our church started as a small split off of the West Augusta Baptist Church which supported 41 missionaries. Both churches have now been absorbed by a couple of larger churches. Our missionaries usually came to give their presentations on the first Sunday of the month, and we did much like you do. In the SBC churches we have been members of we have only had one or two missionaries come to give presentations about their work on the missionfield. That's pretty sad...it seems that in the SBC churches there is very little accountability for what is being taught by many who are being sent out. There's a growing trend towards the "Reformed" teachings of Calvinism, a millennialism, etc. The SBC supported seminaries seem to be leaning that way as well. It's so sad to see the growing indifference.
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  20. You are giving your opinion of how the SBC affiliated churches give to and distribute funds to missionaries. You forget that I, too, have been a member in both systems. In the SBC affiliated churches, each church decides what percentage, if any at all, they will send to the cooperative entities, ie, the North American Missions Board (NAMB) and the International Missions Board (IMB), and others like the Gideon's, etc. Granted, there are starting to be problems with these entities, especially the NAMB. Under the leadership of Kevin Ezell mission start-ups in the USA have dropped dramatically, while a good deal of the funds have been used to line the pockets of Ezell and his cronies, for the attorneys fees used to protect the NAMB from the lawsuit for overstepping their boundaries and trying to make the SBC a TRUE denomination such as the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Catholics, with himself as a "Pope" having the authority to hire and fire missions directors at the state and local levels. He and the ERLC have submitted FALSE information before the SCOTUS, and the Circuit Court of Appeals, misusing funds to this date. That's one reason my wife and I are searching for an IFB church again. But, then, the IFB churches have their own troubles in the area of missions giving when monies go through a missions board like Baptist Mid Missions and others instead of directly to the missionaries. So, just to be clear again, Eddie, you're showing a lot of interest in what other churches do as far as giving. Your constant attention to money is disturbing, especially when it's not in your own church. No way of giving is ever going to be perfect or without problems. Let's just be happy that many are still giving and supporting missions.
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  21. I noticed going through the forums and all topics. There is nothing there for missionaries or missions. I think this would be a good topic. My next topic is going to be regarding missionaries. Maybe I’ll post it in general chat.
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  22. By the way, the record flooding that took place in Dubai, was that the "heavens declaring the glory of God" or the result of them seeding the clouds? Or is this another conspiracy? Man can mess with God's creation. Just ask Hiroshima and Nagasaki when they experienced what splitting the atom can do. As far as the flat earth? I don't know but there are a lot of pilots who think it's flat and on a clear day with a powerful camera lense mountains can be seen from top to bottom hundreds of miles away. Mountains that should be well below the horizon.
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  23. If I spoke better Spanish, was in better health, and had the drawing towards the Hispanic population that I used to have, I would love to help in Washington State. We're praying for y'all there.
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  24. For us this evening, we're having steamed cabbage and homemade cornbread. For dessert we are having fresh butternut squash pie .
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  25. Yes, I do speak Spanish and My wife speaks and reads better than me in Spanish and English. She has a higher education college. She speaks more Spanish than English. She was also a senior accountant when she worked, so you know who pays all the bills and take cares and manage the finances in our home. I don’t mind if she does it well. One year I got home from work and she said, our house is paid off for, other years I get home from work. She says our vehicles are paid off for. I say, excellent good job.
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  26. Many can not for their bellies are in the way.... HaHa
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  27. Did anyone read where this Aurora Borealis was man-made? I guess there was an experiment called HAARP taking place. This is why people in places that shouldn't have been able to see it were able too. I guess as far down New Zealand.
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  28. I was just in that general area a couple of weeks ago at Sight and Sound, glad we didn't have that fog.
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  29. That was way past my bedtime so I missed it
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  30. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
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  31. From Broken To Beautiful From broken to beautiful; Made with the Potter’s own hands, Transformed into gold and silver - Part of God’s wondrous plan. Vessels of the Lord’s mercy, Of His forgiveness and His grace; From a past of brokenness To true beauty in its place. Once separated from God’s family, Now adopted as a child of the King; Precious treasure in earthen vessels - To the Lord, worth more than anything. Vessels of honour, fit for the Master, Sanctified, forgiven, and set free; From forsaken to accepted in His sight - Beloved, and transformed for eternity. From broken to beautiful, Given a new purpose for His glory, Renewed, and made righteous in Jesus Christ - That is salvation’s story. April 15th, 2024 Jerry Bouey Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
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  32. Hell ..a LITERAL, REAL, hot place of torment. I'll take what the Bible teaches over your JW heresy anytime.
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  33. Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 1 Peter 1:23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 3:4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
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  34. Covenant eyes? Net nanny? Content watch? I've been looking for a filter that can't be uninstalled/turned off. I think the way to do that is to have a trusted friend be the Admin.
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  35. Presence and coming are two separate things...tell me you have a better grasp of the English language than that...
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  36. Christ, in this particular passage is telling his followers that they are of one purpose. Again, context, content, and comprehension. Christ NEVER claimed that the apostles were a part of the Godhead. I can't believe that you are intentionally that obtuse.
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  37. You sound more like a Jehovah's witness. And that was FAR from what he was saying. And the KJV using a form of the English language that was appropriate for that time doesn't make it less relevant because the English language has changed.
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  38. BrotherTony

    JESUS : Is Alive

    You truly should be careful when you make those kinds of statements. You call yourself "Thinking." Your antagonistic attempts here indicate that you might need to change your moniker. Read your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand, and examine yourself and realize your need for Christ as your Savior.
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  39. Jehovah/the LORD is the name of the true God - ALL three members of the Trinity, not just the Father. You could easily see that if you were saved and studied your Bible by noticing the OT quotes of LORD in the New Testament, applied to Jesus. Actually, yes.
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  40. Thinking, the rules of this Board require only the use of KJV. Please edit this post and use the KJV in future for quotes. Thank you!
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  41. Thinking

    I face torments

    First, you need to KNOW Him! Ps 83:18- the KJV!
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  42. Calvinists are not teaching heresy. What they are teaching is an errant view that is based on a misreading of scripture. All calvinists believe in the sufficiency of Christ in their salvation. By using your logic "we are certainly saying X doctrine is false when compared with the Bible." All of us could at sometime be said to have taught heresy by some group that disagrees with our views. I have been called a heretic more then once by calvinist's because I disagree with their view. I would say the JW's Mormons and Islam are all teaching heresy as they deny the work of Christ for salvation. Again calvinism, as the people I have dealt with understand it, is errant but it does not reach the level of being heretical but taken to what I see as it's logical conclusion it would step over that line. Following is a quote from Dr. Roger Olson April 19 / 2024. It is a good article that has good insights re calvinism. "I will say it again, I consider Calvinists authentic Christians with defective theology that, if taken to its logical conclusion, makes God monstrous. Fortunately, most Calvinists do not take Calvinism to its logical conclusion and/or settle into some kind of inconsistency, claiming that God loves even those he predestines to spend eternity in hell for his glory." Roger E. Olson https://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2024/04/why-calvinism-cannot-be-true/
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  43. FYI I am not a calvinist but I have dealt with calvinist's on other boards. Calvinism is not heresy. I would say that most have a great love for God but they error in their understanding of the means of salvation. Some are just a "bit" more zealous in their support of the TULIP / DoG. Where they error is they start with the calvinist philosophy and then search scripture in the hope of finding a verse to support their view even if they have to twist the text or change the meaning of words. It seems you encountered a more zealous one who trust what some man tells him the bible means rather than actually trusting what the bible actually says.
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  44. I had a Calvinst straight up tell me that unelected babies go to hell and that we should be thankful and give God glory for this. He was the most consistent adherent to what the heresy ultimately comes to, i.e. God fueling the fires of hell with babies. Most will stop short of this conclusion.
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  45. Calvinists teach that God’s elect have eternal life before they can come to Christ to receive eternal life. Calvinists teach that we must be born again with life from the Holy Spirit before we may respond to God in any way. “A cardinal point of Reformed theology is the maxim: ‘Regeneration precedes faith.’ [R.C. Sproul Chosen By God, pp.72-73]. “A man is not saved because he believes in Christ; he believes in Christ because he is saved”. [L. Boettner The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, Page 75] If Calvinism is true then faith in Jesus is secondary to election and logically faith plays no part in your salvation, election is what matters not faith. The Calvinist asks: “How shall they believe if they have not been regenerated?” whereas Christianity asks: “How shall they believe if they have not heard?” Rom_10:14; Joh_5:39-40
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  46. You're right - no one can will to be regenerated. But we certainly can respond positively to God's offer of salvation, then HE regenerates us (NOT BEFORE). To be blunt, how do YOU know you ARE saved if you never responded to the Lord Jesus Christ nor received His gift of salvation, nor personally trusted in His finished work? Sounds like you might still be unsaved. The Bible teaches we can KNOW. 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Pity the poor person who has no assurance of personal faith or salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ because they never made a choice of their own. We don't find anywhere in the Bible that God forces people to be saved, nor regenerates them against their will.
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  47. I use the Blue Letter Bible. It's easier to use on the desktop than the app on my phone, but it's still very helpful. I like that I can look up a word and find out which verses it's used in and the meaning of the word in Hebrew or Greek, as well as the commentaries and resources. I also use the "The Bible English Chinese Bible" app so I can look at both versions at the same time. I have a physical bilingual Bible, but the app is much faster and more convenient to use. It has extras such as bookmarks, notes, and highlights, but I never use them, I use it just to look up verses or passages.
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  48. Mary was not the mother of God. She was the mother of Jesus. God chose Mary so she must have been a Calvinist.
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  49. Herein lies the danger I am forever warning against: That danger is listening and watching preachers and services from churches other than your own. For proof of the validity of this concern, just consider than this preacher has gone off the tracks and there is no way to tell where or when else he has done so. God put us in a local church for valid reasons, one of those reasons is so that we will not be exposed to things such as this that was posted, and especially from a preacher that is SBC. Many times those that follow these preachers from outside of their own church do not even realize that they are following a man instead of being Spirit led. This makes them susceptible to following false doctrine and error without many times even knowing it. In posting about this issue, I especially noticed that Bro. Tony said this: "I'm seeing quite a bit of this in nearly every sect of the Baptist church". This would indicate to me that Bro. Tony is visiting many other churches, other than his own. But even more disturbing is his indication that he may think that Baptist means universal church. This is what is indicated when someone says, "the Baptist church", in the singular voice, but meaning all churches instead of local churches. When I hear this phrase I always want to ask, "which Baptist church?" Please understand that I am not picking on Bro. Tony here, I am specifically warning against following preachers other than our own and indicating the error of universal church as opposed to local church. Just some thoughts as I read the forum early this morning and saw this post. If I offend anyone including Bro. Tony, please understand that is not my intention, my intention is simply to warn against error and preachers that have the capacity to lead others in their error.
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