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  1. 4 points
    John81

    The Widow's Mites

    Amen! That is the biblical truth there!! It's sad to hear Baptist preachers sound so much like the prosperity preachers they denounce, when they come before their congregation and tell them they must tithe even if that means they can't pay their bills or shop for groceries. Then they declare God will honor their faithfulness by sending them whatever amount of money they need to pay those bills and buy those groceries. J. Vernon McGee told a good story of the depression days when a well-to-do man was speaking highly of himself for continuing to tithe during the hard times while speaking badly of those with virtually nothing (in some cases literally having no money at all) who were not tithing each Sunday. McGee pointed out Christians are not under the tithe laws and when God prospers some it could be He wants them to give more during those times others are unable to give. As God provides, we cheerfully give, thankful to give what we can. It's such a blessing to spend time with the Lord in prayer seeking His will with regards to our giving.
  2. 4 points
    Ronda

    The Widow's Mites

    Tithing was a Levitical law. We (saved/church/bride) are not under the law but under grace. I come under fire for this belief often, yet I believe that's exactly what the bible teaches. Now that is not to say we shouldn't give to the church. But we are not obligated to a 10% tithe. We should give from a cheerful heart (not grudgingly). I heard one preacher tell his congregation: "If you have unpaid bills, you better not be putting money into the plate". I agree... when bills are manageable then give (willingly) and if you have looming taxes or utility bills needing paid... pay those first. And it would also depends on each person's walk with the Lord... as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Some years I have given a lot more than other years, it depended on true expenses (not talking about wants, but needs) and other years there wasn't as much to give. God knows the hearts/minds and situations. He meets the needs. 2 Corinthians 9:7 "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." I notice the words "or of necessity" , that shows that churches should not demand a set percentage of income (once again, we are not under Levitical law). But it also doesn't mean "give nothing", I'm not saying that at all... because "God loveth a cheerful giver".
  3. 3 points
    Ukulelemike

    Hagee's Haggle...

    People are so afraid to judge anything anymore, they don't just lack discernment, they outright refuse and reject it, and so they fall to such men as Hagee or Popoff or any of the great number of charlatans out there, fleecing the flock. Even in the IFB circles, this idea of "don't judge" is gaining ground. It seems the highest of sins anymore to speak out against any pastor's teaching, that to do so, even from scripture, is to stand against God's anointed. I read an article today called "What Christians Can Learn From Piranhas" (http://ministry127.com/christian-living/what-christians-can-learn-from-piranhas ) which intimates that ANY public disagreement against another believer, (read: Pastor or church) is like a piranha attacking a larger prey. Certain assumptions are made: A piranha is just a little fish with sharp teeth, they group together because they are weak and cowardly, they attack only prey larger than themselves, and they will always eat their own if they are caught on a hook or otherwise injured. I encourage you to read it-it is clearly written against those who would disagree with ministries, particularly large, very public ministries that have a reach well outside their own walls, as it were, suggesting they are envious cowards looking to bite and devour. It completely repudiates the biblical examples of warning against carnality and false or questionable doctrine. Thus, its the IFB way of saying, let your pastor judge YOU, but NEVER, EVER judge your pastor, or anyone else's for that matter. So, No Discernment Allowed!
  4. 3 points
    Ronda

    Hagee's Haggle...

    I agree, Alan. One of the biggest problems (in my opinion) of "churchianity" these days is that few are opening their bibles up and actually reading the words (let alone studying). There are some instances (I've seen) where pastors don't teach the word, and don't admonish their congregation to read the bible. BUT, on the other hand... many times the blame does NOT lay at the door of pastors. I've also seen/heard good pastors teach and preach on the word of God and yet many in the congregation leave their bibles to collect dust throughout the rest of the week. That's certainly not the pastors fault. I think that's what has happened over the last few decades. Congregations have swarmed to teachers who fill their ears with whatever folly they want to hear. We see these mega-churches filled to capacity because they are giving them a watered-down version of the truth... spun into lies... to appease the masses (and of course make them BIG money). 2 Tim 4:3-4 3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" 4 " And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. It's been my experience that the smaller churches are where you'll be more likely to find the word of God truly being presented. And you don't see them selling items for financial gain. Those are the pastors who have adhered to 2 Tim 4:2 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." I am thankful there are still a few of those pastors left...
  5. 2 points
    trapperhoney

    i find it amusing

    Today I drove onto base to collect hubby from work and saw some people out running, but they were running backwards. I had drove on base a couple weeks ago on a very nice day to find 5-7 people running backward around the building. I find it amusing because hubby inadvertently started this. When he was working with recruits he would lead them in physical fitness training, trying to get them ready to pass the physical fitness test before shipping off to boot camp. Most of these kids are involved in no physical activity at all, except that of their thumbs (video games) So leading them in the 2 mile run was challenging. Hubby would hang back with the stragglers and frequently run backwards to he could give them direction and encouragement as they ran and they could hear him (they would not have heard him if his back was to him.) Kids who struggled to pass the test hubby would sit down with and talk with them and help them lay out a training program to follow through the month to get them ready for next drill. Evidently some of the kids who were helped by hubby (who are now specialists and in some cases officers) have evidently been talking. A guy who has kind of self-appointed himself as "trainer" at the armory stopped in a few weeks ago and asked hubby if he could run with him. Hubby said sure, but he runs in the afternoons at 1500. This guy preferred to run at 0700. He said he'd stop in and run with him, but he never has. Hubby tends to leave the younger kids in the dust during the run. Evidently he talked to some of hubby's kids and they must have mentioned him running backwards, because it was probably a couple weeks after that when I saw the first group of people running on the base backwards. It just goes to show how something can be misconstrued and then propagated. If anyone had researched where this started and then come to hubby and asked why he ran backwards, what the benefit was, he would tell them -- the only benefit is to encourage my recruits. So, I have a hard time not laughing when I see all these people jumping on the bandwagon of this fad that was started in a misinterpretation of facts that was not investigated.
  6. 2 points
    Just made this one for my 2yo grand daughter's birthday. She will have to grow into it, but her eyes lit up when she saw it. She rode it a little, then got down and petted it. The bronco-buster in the photo is my 7yo grandson.
  7. 2 points
    Ronda

    My Blessings

    Beautiful family! Thanks for sharing And thankful also for your family's contribution to our military. (I also have family members currently in all branches of the military as well as many vets in the family). Freedom isn't free. God bless you and yours!
  8. 2 points
    Alimantado

    Errors of Calvanism

    In the spirit of getting some more fruitful contributions on this thread: I particularly like this assertion that there are questions of mystery. Trying to comprehend God's plan and will does lead to some tricky philosophical questions, which preachers and theologans have been speaking on and writing about since the early church. I don't know what else the preacher said about the questions listed but I tend to think it's fine to say that they are indeed mysteries--things we may not have satisfactory answers for on this earth. There are examples in God's Word, e.g. Job and Romans, where God chooses not to answer direct questions about His workings. Perhaps systems like Calvinism are an attempt to answer absolutely everything, and in doing so they over-reach. This is what I've always believed, since the Calvinists I've spoken to proclaim the Gospel that I acknowledge, though I think they're wrong in many areas. But there are many on this forum who believe the opposite: that a Calvinist is very unlikely to be a Christian and that a Calvinist is really equivalent to, say, a muslim or a mormon.
  9. 2 points
    Rebecca

    i find it amusing

    backwards
  10. 2 points
    WellWithMySoul

    My Blessings

    I greatly appreciate your husband's and son's service! I mentioned in another thread that all 4 of our kiddos have served (two still serving), and the Lord has sustained us through 8 deployments between them. I do understand the feelings of being a wife of a military man, and also being a military mom...and so I long to be of encouragement and support to you! Thank you for posting all of the pictures. When praying it helps to have their faces in mind, and makes it more personal. You have a very precious family! Lifting you up in prayer... Merri
  11. 2 points
    Sure buddy, easy for you to say. Godzilla never needed a gun unless he was going up against King Kong.
  12. 1 point
    Standing Firm In Christ

    The Widow's Mites

    It has been said by many that in the story of the widow who put her last two mites in the Temple Treasury was being commended by Jesus after she did so. I am not so sure this was the case. Notice: Mark 12:38-44 And he said unto them in his doctrine, BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: WHICH DEVOUR WIDOWS HOUSES, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. If one reads the text in context, (beginning at verse 39) one will see Jesus was warning of religious leaders who, "rob widow's houses". Then, He sits against a wall across from the Treasury. Lo and behold, a widow comes and drops all her living into the Treasury. What I see in that text is Jesus pointing out a destitute women has just been robbed, not that He was commending her. Her money could have purchased some needed things that she lacked, but she put it in the Treasury? Why? The Scribes, the LawMakers, had demanded her needed money.
  13. 1 point
    ..................I want to pet you." She never said that but for a time, as she tried in vain to overtake them, she was holding her tiny palm up in a petting motion. So we got some feed, the tame sheep came near, and we let her pet them.
  14. 1 point
    Standing Firm In Christ

    The Widow's Mites

    The widow was not tithing. We can know this for several reasons. 1. The Law was still in effect. The Law would not end until Jesus' death on the cross. Ephesians. 2:14-15; Colossians. 2:14 2. The Law said that God's holy tithe was to be agricultural, not monetary. Leviticus 27:30-33 3. Even if the widow had a farm to tithe from, she would not have tithed to the Temple. She would have taken her tithe to the Levites in the farming community instead. Numbers 18:24-28; Nehemiah 10:37-38 4. Only Temple staff tithed to the Temple. Nehemiah 10:37-38
  15. 1 point
    Give that hippy horse a hair cut! ha ha ha.... j/k. It must be nice to have some talent.
  16. 1 point
    Critical Mass

    i find it amusing

    When I played high school football I was always one of the slowest during sprints but when it came to the backwards running drills I was usually the fastest. Go figure.
  17. 1 point
    ha ha ha... This made my day.
  18. 1 point
    Alan

    posting a photo in directory

    One of the best church sites I've visited. The scripture verses with the accompanying photos, and the wise sayings of some of the great men of God, was encouraging and edifying. I also appreciate the photos of the revival meeting. Thanks for letting us know about the site. After viewing the site I felt that the church, 'Georges Creek Missionary Baptist Church,' was a church worth visiting to all those in the area of the church. Alan
  19. 1 point
    trapperhoney

    posting a photo in directory

    WHAT??? I will have to double check that.... okay, the link is fixed
  20. 1 point
    Alan

    Hagee's Haggle...

    Ronda, Amen and amen! 2 Timothy 4:3 and 4 is totally applicable to our age. Alan
  21. 1 point
    trapperhoney

    My Blessings

    In November there is an important date in our family. It is November 10, the Marine Corps birthday. Hubby is a Marine. He started his military career (though he hates that word) in the Marines in 1985. The Marines did a great deal in shaping him. He had grown up without a father, had to work a huge garden as his single, widowed mother worked long hours in a factory to support her two little boys (born 18 months a part). He grew up in the wilds of PA, close to the Poconos. He enjoyed hunting, helping put food on the table, and eventually went into trapping which he did very well at. But until he joined the Marines he didn't have a lot of purpose. He was in the Corps four years and was discharged due to a back injury. They gave him severance pay. The youth minister at the church he worked with suggested he go to a Bible college in WV, the same college he had graduated from. He drove hubby up to WV for a visit, and that is where he decided to go. While there, Desert Storm came up. His back had healed so he tried to get back into the Corps but they wouldn't take him, so he went into the Army Reserve where they asked him to become a Drill Sergeant. He was going through his schooling the first year I went to the college. That is where we met, though it was several years later when the Lord brought us together as husband and wife. While not at all interested in him romantically at first, he "grew" on me, wore me down, and I did fall in love with him. Over the past 20 years it has become obvious we are soul mates and a matched set. He is my best friend. He is a gifted teacher, not just in the Bible. He is currently working with a little four year old at our dojo and the boy adores him, much like our own son did at that age. That brings me to my second blessing -- our son. He recently received his black belt amidst some challenges (God fought that battle beautifully for us) He enjoys being his Dad's "superior" in karate. He spent two years in JROTC, and while not interested in pursuing a military career, he now has something in common with his father and understands him much better. I have been truly blessed by God, we have a blessed family.
  22. 1 point
    Rosie

    My Blessings

    praying for God's will for him
  23. 1 point
    Rosie

    please pray for a special situation

    praying this goes well
  24. 1 point
    Alimantado

    Errors of Calvanism

    Whatever you meant by detract, that you accused me of improper conduct with my original post is a fact, not an opinion: "Permit me to explain my motives. The method of using one small section of a lesson to throw doubt on the whole lesson is a common practice to detract from the main points. That is a common practice." You're saying my original post was a deliberate smokescreen to stop people from reading the rest of the article. That's completely untrue, but since you don't withrdraw it then that means you stand by it. For any others reading: I've been very happy to get UkeleMike's response to my response, I consider that exhange a constructive contribution to the OP and I'm looking forward to reading comments on the rest of the OP.
  25. 1 point
    John81

    i find it amusing

  26. 1 point
    Alan

    My Blessings

    Please keep us posted.
  27. 1 point
    trapperhoney

    My Blessings

    thank you for your support. up until now he has been in training units, therefore "non-deployable" but he has recently moved into a combat engineer unit (he was cross trained in the reserves but never did the job) and is very likely to be one of the first to be deployed if things with ISIS really heats up.
  28. 1 point
    Alan

    My Blessings

    Trapperhoney, The sacrifice of your husband, and the family in support of the husband, towards the freedom of the United States, in war and peace, by his service in the Armed Forces, is appreciated. Alan
  29. 1 point
    That works! Finally! Thanks Salyan! I did notice that some of the buttons are shaped like stars...not sure what that means? If anyone isn't sure what to click, this is it...
  30. 1 point
    To go to the last unread post, click the round button to the left of the thread title. Title takes you to the top of the thread, round button takes you to your last unread.
  31. 1 point
    It looks like, If God doesn't intervene, our grand daughter in the photo will be in a broken home. Our daughter in law is in the process of divorcing our son. She is still living in the house with him until she can find a job and her own place. She filed the papers yesterday. I would appreciate all your prayers.
  32. 1 point
    trapperhoney

    My Blessings

    well, he doesn't know. after the first of the year we will probably start him on a locksmithing correspondence course so he can have our lockshop open during the day. I would like him to do something in computers, he is good at what he knows, but he doesn't know a lot.
  33. 1 point
    No Nicolaitans

    My Blessings

    Wonderful testimonial! Thank you for sharing it with everyone.
  34. 1 point
    I am in the middle of building 2 1911s but the Spirit has nothing to do with it, I just cerakoted both frames and lapped the slides. Nowhere in the NT however BTW: unless you are a Jew and sacrificed a goat today don't bother with the OT references. Jesus cleared all that up in the NT. He and His Apostles in the Epistles taught and demonstrated how we as born again, Spirit indwelt believers are to live in this day and age. Shoot em up, bang bang aint in there anywhere.
  35. 1 point
    Alan

    Hagee's Haggle...

    With these reprobates they do not need a scripture reference to fleece the modern Laodicean saint.
  36. 1 point
    Ukulelemike

    Hagee's Haggle...

    I think the references can be found in the NHRV, the New Hagee Reprobate Version.
  37. 1 point
    No Nicolaitans

    Hagee's Haggle...

    Some of Hagee's "discoveries" of the mystery of the prayer shawl... Moses wore one to his funeral. David wore one when he battled Goliath. Jesus wore one his entire life...from the time he was 13 until his death. The sheet that Peter saw in his dream about the unclean animals wasn't a sheet...it was a prayer shawl. Elijah's mantle that fell to Elisha was a prayer shawl. The head cloth that Jesus folded and set aside in the tomb (after his resurrection) was a prayer shawl. The woman who touched the hem of Jesus garment was touching his prayer shawl. Paul didn't make tents; he made prayer shawls. And the real whopper...the tabernacle in the wilderness was...you guessed it...a prayer shawl. Scripture references that proves all of the above are found in...wait a minute, they're in there somewhere...ah! Here it is...well, no...that's not it. Ahem...sorry 'bout that...Okay...the scripture references that prove all of the above are found in...well...Hagee's haggling.
  38. 1 point
    Standing Firm In Christ

    The Widow's Mites

    It was everyone giving, yes. But more was required of the widow than of the others. They gave out of their abundance, she gave all. And yes, He was pointing out that she was being robbed. Mark 12:38-40 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. Jesus was warning of religious leaders who, among other attrocities, were oppressing the widows, depriving them of what rightfully belonged to the widows. Mark 12:41-44 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. After warning of those unrighteous acts of the religious leaders, Jesus sat down across from the treasury and watched people give. What was the purpose? To show how the widows were being robbed. More was required of them than of the rich that gave to the religious system. There was no commending in that passage at all, only condemnation. Malachi 3:10-11 has absolutely nothing to do with Mark 12:38-44. Israel's tithes were agricultural, not monetary. She was not tithing in the passage, nor were the rich.
  39. 1 point
    robmac68

    The Widow's Mites

    Seriously?? If such were the case as you pointed out, we would not need the comparison that the "rich cast in much." Many that were rich does not specify they were all lawmakers and scribes. Rich were casting in a lot from their abundance but she cast in more. If Jesus was pointing out they were robbing this poor widow, He would have just pointed out she gave all she had, now she has nothing. He then goes on to point out she gave more than "all" that gave. This was everyone giving, not just scribes and lawmakers. He is pointing out her 100% and "all they" gave less than 100%. This was not needed to be done if just pointing out that the scribes and lawmakers were thieves. And personally I don't see a widow being robbed. Malachi 3:10&11 applies to her so she is being taken care of.
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