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  1. 3 points

    The beauty of creation

    Yesterday I had taken a walk around some tide pools and by chance happened to startle a puffer fish, which I only noticed because it had puffed up due to my startling it. I managed to get a photo of it before I moved and it apparently thought it was no longer 'trapped' and so deflated and swam away. I wasn't able to get a photo of it deflated. It amazes me that it has such an unusual defense mechanism. I have seen them un-inflated in aquariums before but this was the first time I've seen one puffed up and in its natural habitat. I believe this one is a White-spotted puffer.
  2. 3 points
    I'm a missionary sent out of my local church. My home church receives and handles all my support and transfer funds to me as needed (bi-monthly set amount or as I request additional funds). My church set up a bank account with my name on it, but the finance team has access to it so they can transfer the funds as needed. Other than that they don't touch the money in that account. The church handles my income tax forms and helped with the legal paperwork that I needed to get my missionary visa, and as it was a learning experience for both the church and myself, there were some hiccups along the way as we learned what each of our legal responsibilities were. Whether a missionary chooses to go through a board, clearinghouse, or local church, they should put a lot of prayer into that decision and allow God to direct their steps.
  3. 2 points

    Why questions:

    Eph 4:26 (26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: It is possible to be angry without sinning, but I doubt it is possible for me personally...………. At least every time I have been angry, if I am honest I can find sin in my anger. But if anyone could be angry and sin not it would be God. And if you look at the situation of the flood: Gen 6:5-6 (5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. God had every right to be angry because " the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Now we get into deeper theology when we are talking God repenting as mentioned in this passage. If God was the Calvinist God who absolutely determined that men would follow his will in a predeterministic way, then you would have a place to hold your argument. However, if God had determined that men would be able to act according to their own will, then we have room for God to "repent". He was sorry that he made man, because man chose to sin - He therefore chose Noah and his sons, and their wives, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord, to "restart things" (if you will allow that terminology). It was not God's direct will that man become wicked and evil continually - that was man's choice. When man chose that way, God was sorry for it. God did not change, God's overall plan did not change, God's will did not change, but when man chose to sin, it made God sorry. He was always God who wanted man to choose to love Him, and He still is. Just as a father is sorry when his child chooses to do wrong, so also God is sorry for it.
  4. 2 points

    Church or Family of God

    This is an interesting subject....... For my part, it is more about going forward than looking backwards. As far as we can see in the Bible, churches are started by men sent out from other churches. What that means is that if someone wants to start a church they should do it with the proper authority from a sending church, just like in the Bible. But as far as history is concerned..... 1. If someone is relying on their past to prove their current standing they are on dangerous ground. Where does that church stand TODAY? 2. How would anyone prove lineage all the way back? With all the persecution and subsequent secrecy at times it is practically impossible and therefore practically useless. But just because a line of authority is impossible to prove in the past doesn't mean we shouldn't follow the biblical example of starting churches with authority. How your church does things today is far more important than history and heritage. Those things can be undone in a matter of weeks even, with the influence of one strong willed man. But a comparison to the Bible TODAY shows where a church is today.
  5. 1 point
    Pastor Scott Markle

    Sabbath Worship?

    ???????????????? 1. Was the day of Pentecost on a Sunday, the first day of the week? 2. Were the believers and disciples of Christ gathered "with one accord in one place" on that day? 3. Did God the Father and God the Son Themselves hand-pick that day to send forth the baptism and empowerment of the Holy Spirit upon the body of Christ, the church?
  6. 1 point
    No, but they taste great cooked.
  7. 1 point

    Questions about deputation

    Thank you Rebecca. And there we have what I was inadequately trying to get at; If God has called you to a mission field He is fully able to equip you to overcome all obstacles.
  8. 1 point
    Brother "Baptist Bible Believer," Concerning King Saul, I would contend that his relationship with the Holy Spirit, about which you referenced, was NOT that of His regeneration, but that of His anointing for service (different, but similar, to the filling of the Holy Spirit for the New Testament believer). I would contend the King David was speaking concerning the same matter for his own life in Psalm 51. Furthermore, I would contend that such a work of the Holy Spirit could be lost by an Old Testament believer without that Old Testament believer losing his or her eternal security. Concerning Lot, most certainly I would consider him as an example of eternal security in spite of his personal unfaithfulness. Concerning your other question: I do not recall anyone by that name; however -- 1. My circle of relationships is fairly small (although sometimes I find that it is bigger than I had imagined). 2. Names and I do not get along well in my memory banks, so the problem may just be a memory problem on my part.
  9. 1 point

    Questions about deputation

    Salyan pretty well summed it up. There is much more to it than simply collecting the offerings and dispersing them. The sending church that also takes care of the monies is not just a money conduit. The church we used to attend is quite a large church. The pastor and staff decided to handle things directly with several of their missionaries. They had a secretary who basically did nothing but the missions stuff. And it was a LOT of work. By the time we were looking at going to Ireland, the pastor had decided not to be the "clearinghouse" for any more missionaries - even though sent out of the church. That is why he only recommended FBWWM (he had quite a bit of experience with other boards...including one major one which, when he had to pull a missionary from the field due to some serious sin problems, that board ignored what he said and took the missionary on...FBWWM does not do that. They do what the pastor says.). I talked with the lady who had been doing the work...she explained to me just a little bit of what she had to do, and believe me it was more than just collecting and dispersing. It is in all actuality a lot different from paying bills. Our church is quite small, and so the pool of workers is not large. The 2 ladies who count the $ and do the reports are quite good at what they do. Both have in the past been involved in jobs where they were required to do the finances. One of those ladies is my mom. As I said, she is good. But she is also going to be 80 years old this spring, and there are issues just based on her age. And so, when it is time to do financial reports, a lot of my time is spent helping her. Do I mind that? Of course not. But it does cause issues when I am in the middle of schooling my niece or doing other needed church work and have to stop for an hour (or usually more - for several days) to help my mom. There is no way, no way, she could handle the work needed for us to be the complete package for a missionary. Neither could the other lady, who is on her way to 70 years old and has a lot of health issues personally and with her family (her daughter is terminally ill and requires a lot of her attention). I do not like messing with finances. I could do it if I had to, but I honestly do not want to because I don't like it LOL (and I think it's better if the pastor's wife isn't the one doing the counting/depositing, etc.). And there is no way I want to get into having to be involved in the legal work required, the tax returns (because that is something the church we attended did and does do for the missionaries for whom they disperse monies), etc., etc. I am very busy with what I have to do and honestly cannot take on something like that. That might sound like a cop-out, but it isn't. Now that my niece is gearing up to graduate, I will have "free time," but that is a vacuum that will be quickly filled with other responsibilities for church (already in the wings, waiting for me). I give honor where it is due to those who answer the call to the foreign field. There are days when I wonder where life would be for us right now had we gone on to Ireland (we know now it wasn't God's will, but our experience sure has given us some understanding of what missionaries go through as they gear up for deputation). I don't regret not going, for sure (well, I would LOVE to visit Ireland...maybe one day =D ). Whether a missionary goes through a board or their church sends them completely, or they go through a clearinghouse, I'm glad they're on the field. (BTW - I just wanted to say that we truly appreciated candidate school. They have veteran missionaries come in to teach the noobs about things that you and I just don't think about needing to learn or be aware of. It's actually a good resource.)
  10. 1 point

    Local Church

    "Salvation adds to His Church" in respect to this one single portion, can I ask you to consider something? Act 2:41 (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. and: Act 2:47 (47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. verse 47 clarifies exactly what they were added to - I think there is little debate about that point - added to the church. However, in considering this passage, what is the order of events here? Is it not "received his word" (saved), then "baptised", then "added unto them" (the church: see vs 47)? It is very clear that baptism comes before being added to the church - so if we believe that baptism is not part of salvation (and I certainly believe that baptism is not part of salvation), then we have to understand a couple of things from this passage. These people were added not to the group of all believers, for that is salvation, and they were clearly baptised BEFORE being added. The church being spoken of here MUST be a local church, or else you MUST follow after baptism being a part of salvation. The order is clearly noted - "received his word" (saved), then "baptised", then "added unto them" (the church: see vs 47). And before someone tries to make this baptism something other than water baptism: Act 2:38 (38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter, in this verse is clearly noting that "baptism" in this context is a separate thing to the "receiving of the Holy Spirit". This baptism IS NOT HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM, because Peter say it is not...... (And I don't believe that Peter is teaching baptism is part of salvation either, but if we go down that trail we will simply be adding confusion - one passage at a time folks.) Funny isn't it, that my use of these passages seems to support baptismal regeneration - but ONLY if you accept the idea of a universal church - if the Bible is speaking of a local church ONLY in this passage, then it absolutely defies the concept of baptismal regeneration...….
  11. 1 point

    Local Church

    Well, Jesus is talking to the disciples at that time - the obvious conclusion is that they are the church he was talking to. They were baptized believers, they were organized as displayed by the fact that they had a Pastor and a treasurer, and they were gathered to do the will of God - what else do they need to be a church?
  12. 1 point

    Why questions:

    1) Repentance speaks of a change of mind. It isn't that God changed His mind as though He had made a mistake, but that man's actions caused Him to change His plan for man--which was to be good and blessing to a curse because they rejected Him. The same can be said toward you and I who are 'condemned already' according to John 3:18, but when we receive Christ His plan changes from eternal separation from Him to eternal salvation through His Son. 2) It would help if you give the address of your concern, but the one I am thinking of was when God told Moses He was going to destroy the stiff-necked children of Israel after they built their golden calf. In actuality, God knew how that would turn out as Moses interceded for the people and won their reprieve. It was more designed to strengthen Moses' faith--as the result shows.. 3) The bow in the sky was a reminder to us of God's promise to never destroy the world in the same way again. God remembers not in the sense that He forgets, but that it ever speaks of the covenant between Him and Noah. As for my part, I am glad that He remembers the Blood that His Son shed for me. "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth" (Genesis 9:13-17 KJV).
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