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  1. 5 points
    TheSword

    1 man + 10 women = Marriage?

    Yes. More specifically, they were the bride's wedding party that attended to her needs before and during the wedding. They would be akin to the bridesmaids we know of today. In those days, the bridegroom would come to retrieve his bride. While he approached the bridesmaids would meet him afar off and escort him to the gate of the home and escort the bride to her groom. Though I disagree with Covenanter's presumption of the 70 AD destruction, this passage is indeed meant caution of Jesus imminent return and the need to be watchful and ever ready.
  2. 2 points
    282Mikado

    Gas Prices

    That's funny right there!
  3. 2 points
    282Mikado

    Purge Continues

    Back in the 90's after 14 years active duty Navy I considered cross-rating to Religious Program Specialist (RP) and serving my remaining 6 (or more) years in the reserves. That idea quickly dissolved when I learned that the chaplain corps is not about true faith at all. Regardless your personally held faith, as a chaplain or RP you are required to cater to those of all faiths as if you were of their faith. This includes performing religious services, counseling, etc. Could you imagine being a chaplain or RP in the Navy, (as a true and faithful Christian) and having to council someone from the Qu'ran or the Sutras? Neither could I and so I remained out. The retirement idea came at too great a cost.
  4. 1 point
    Eric Stahl

    Another Fulfilled Prophecy

    Israel has found almost as much oil as Saudi Arabia in oil shale and enough gas off shore to have extra. Google Israel gas on you tube to verify. Deuteronomy 33:18-24 18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand. 20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head. 21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel. 22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan. 23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south. 24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
  5. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Qualifications for Pastor and Deacon

    In all of my forty years as an Independent Baptist, this is one issue that has always caused me great discomfort and sadness. In any discussion that revolves around the qualifications for pastor the issue of divorce always takes front seat. All the other qualifications must always take a back seat to the issue of divorce. If our brethren who so forcefully contend that a divorced man is unsuitable for the pastorate would apply their reasoning to all the other qualifications, then no one could pastor because they could not qualify. Let me clarify on just this one point: Most of those that contend that a man that has been divorced previous to his salvation is still not qualified. But they will not apply the same logic to the other qualifications found in 1Tim.3, such as; Has he ever been not blameless;What about bad behavior?Has he ever in his unsaved life not been apt to teach?While he was unsaved has he ever been given to wine, or a striker, or greedy?Has he ever been a brawler or impatient or covetous?Has he ever not had his children under subjection?So then under the heading of qualifications, divorce remains the unpardonable sin among Baptist people. All of these other qualifications can be overlooked because the man was not saved, but not so of divorce; this is man's reasoning, not God's Grace. It makes no difference that God Almighty has pardoned the man from ALL sin and remembers it no more. Man, in his wisdom and reasoning cannot find it in his heart to understand that God's Grace is all encompassing. Let me insert one example of how God's Grace and Mercy worked in the life of the Apostle Paul. Paul, as an unbeliever, actually killed believers, but look at what he has to say about his qualifications for the ministry: 1Tim. 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Rom. 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. So then, I contend that it is Christ Jesus that enables and qualifies a man for the ministry regardless of his past and in direct contradiction to the reasoning of men. Grace = the unmerited favor of God.
  6. 1 point
    In 1 Corinthians 6, there is a set of verses saying who will not enter the kingdom of heaven. And right after that it says 'and such were some of you'. I don't think that previous divorce, before salvation, is condemning for a man after he gets saved, to keep him from the ministry. We were all lost in sin and the lusts of the flesh and unclean. Everyone of us. And where is it said that a minister of God has to be able to counsel people in their marriage anyway? The scriptures are Godly counsel. Not the messenger.
  7. 1 point
    John81

    Pure Flix

    Anyone know more about this or has actually seen this? This month Pure Flix, a Christian movie film company, has launched its own version of Netflix for Christian movie audiences. Pure Flix is taking the lead in serving the faith-based and family friendly content niche, currently streaming more than 2,000 faith and family movies, inspirational titles, TV shows, documentaries and biblically based educational programs. Pure Flix will exclusively offer many of the Pure Flix titles (75+) including Do You Believe?, Old Fashioned, Jerusalem Countdown, as well as theatrical features, and production of original episodic programming. The platform will also feature a channel focused on spiritual growth content including Bible-based teaching and sermons.
  8. 1 point
    John81

    "Forced to Watch"

    Where does Scripture indicate we will go through 1,000 years feeling regret for vivid memories of past sins? That doesn't seem to agree with portions of Scripture dealing with glorified saints of God.
  9. 1 point
    John81

    Difficult Wedding

    I pray the Lord's will be done at the service and for the marriage and family. When it comes to performing wedding ceremonies churches have various stances on the matter. Some churches will marry virtually anyone who walks through the door wanting to get married there, a few won't do weddings at all, and some restrict weddings to members of the church only. Then a variety of stances in between. At our church, our pastors only marry couples who are saved and who agree to a certain amount of what they call premarital counseling. During those meetings the pastor discusses biblical marriage and asks questions to see if the couple have thought things through, understand what they are doing, are on the same page. Most often these sessions go well, either the couple are already pretty solid or the few areas of need or concern are addressed during the meetings and answered or resolved. There have only been a few cases where the meetings exposed some serious problems and either the couple called the wedding off themselves or the pastor informed them he couldn't in good conscience marry them. I don't know about in England, but in this country a church that won't perform weddings or only performs weddings for it's own members or only saved couples, won't prevent others from getting married. There are plenty of other churches around that will marry those others, as well as options of getting married by a Justice of the Peace, or a retired pastor, or anyone holding "minister's" papers and a license from the State.
  10. 1 point
    Covenanter

    Difficult Wedding

    Sounds complicated, David. I've been to a number of mixed weddings - but not with that mix of "parents." I pray all will go smoothly with for a happy marriage.
  11. 1 point
    Invicta

    It Is Time

    Have you ever studied the symbolism of the two witnesses? 3 ¶ And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. Candlesticks represent churches. Re 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; Re 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Re 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Re 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; Re 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. Candlesticks represent churches. Olive Trees:? Zec 4:1 ¶ And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. 8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. 10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. 11 ¶ Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. In the Continuous Historical interpretation, the seven Candlesticks represent the whole church. seven being the number of completeness. The two witnesses or candlesticks represent churches in their most depleted state in the dark ages of the great tribulation on the church. the seven Candlesticks represent the whole church. The two olive trees represent the anointed ministers or pastors fed with thye oil of the Holy Spirit.
  12. 1 point
    282Mikado

    Pure Flix

    I'm glad you posted this. We haven't had outside t.v. reception for years (cable, satellite, or aerial). Our total experience is either Netflix, DVDs from the local library, or an occasional Redbox movie. After a little over a year of Netflix the material worthy of viewing is getting pretty scant. I started looking into Pure Flix last night and it looks like it has potential. My wife will look into it today and we will discuss. I really dislike spending money on something I use as little as the T.V., but there are some days, especially after a long hard day, that I only feel like vegging in front of the screen. Isn't it a shame that we have to work so hard to find a service that offers only morally clean content? You would think that every parent would want to have nothing less for their children (not to mention for themselves). We certainly have witnessed a steep decline in values over the past 50 years.
  13. 1 point
    John81

    Gas Prices

    They always have a convenient excuse for why gas prices rise. It's interesting that when they rise they often do so by large amounts, yet when they drop the prices go down much slower. Gas prices in some parts of the country are also effected by various State and city regulations regarding the blend of gas they will allow to be sold there. This is one of the main reasons for higher gas prices in California and cities like Chicago and others. Those States and cities which demand special blends of fuel drive up the cost of preparing the fuel and creates bottlenecks in the fuel supply line. It was amazing to see how quickly greedy politicians across the country jumped on board the idea of raising gas taxes just as soon as prices for gas drop. If the politicians wisely handled the money they already have there would be more than enough to accomplish what needs to be done.
  14. 1 point
    Covenanter

    1 man + 10 women = Marriage?

    Mat. 25 immediately follows Mat. 24, when, after the warnings of the AD 70 destruction, Jesus gives general warnings regarding his second coming. We must live in readiness for that coming. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.People will be going about their business, their daily life, some regardless of the coming Jesus is warning about, & some living in the light of that coming. Chapter 25 reminds believers & unbelievers that whether we live in the expectation of his coming, or ignore it, that he will certainly come, for blessing or judgement. The 10 virgins are bridesmaids waiting for the groom, not brides. Watch & pray.
  15. 1 point
    I'm going to throw a wrench in the whole thing. First, Jesus spoke to Jews under the law-the law was being appealed to and Jesus spoke according to the law. We are not under the law. That we can find examples under the law is true, but as well, under Christ ALL can be forgiven and gone. As for blameless, NO man can be blameless in the eyes of man, any man-there will always be something to find fault in. We are blameless only in that we are born again and bought by the blood of Christ, which covers all our sins. In Divorce, we all seem to like to ignore what Paul said about it. For instance, if a believer is married to an unbeliever, and the unbeliever leaves, ie, divorces or abandons, the believer, the believe is not under bondage to them, we are free. meaning, there are no bonds to them in the eyes of God, nor should there be by man. Keep in mind as well, in Jesus' words, we need to consider the reason for divorce. So, if a woman was faithful in all ways to her husband, but he tires of her and divorces her, she is then automatically an adulteress, and any one who marries her is then committing adultery? No, only if she has committed fornication against her husband, is he allowed to divorce her, thus she is an adulteress. But can adultery be forgiven? Can a woman, or a man, be cleansed from such things? By your way of thinking, apparently not-its a shame among Baptists that divorce seems to have taken the place of the unforgivable sin. My wife and I were both abandoned by unbelieving spouses, and both committed fornication against us. We are both right to be divorced from them, and not being under bondage to them, we are both free to marry again.
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