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  1. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    SITE ISSUES

    I find acceptance of Ms Word document formatting very useful. This is especially so when writing a long post in MS Word to be pasted into a post. As most folks know, many times you can write directly into a post on a forum only to lose it when it is submitted. I always recommended that people write out their long posts, like sermons and devotions in their word processor and then paste it into their post on a forum. It saves a lot of work and frustration. Thank you for considering this BroMatt.
  2. 1 point
    PastorMatt

    SITE ISSUES

    The feature is now enabled. Thank you for the feedback.
  3. 1 point
    Baptist_Bible_Believer

    SITE ISSUES

    Absolutely agree with you about the wisdom of using a word processor. I have had extremely bad moments when I lost a post that I worked hard on. It might be somewhere in the Ethernet but I sure can't find it. So I always have MS-Word or Notepad open now.
  4. 1 point
    Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding” (Proverbs 2:3 KJV). Yesterday we saw that wisdom cries in the broad way and in the narrow way for any that will hear, today we see that if we would be wise we must cry after wisdom and seek her as one would a hidden treasure. Wisdom initially calls any that would hear and offer to bear their load of guilt and free them from the shackles of sin, but wisdom has so much more to offer, to any that will diligently seek after her. I remember that when I was about ten years old, we went shopping at our local Eagle grocery store and were given volume one of some encyclopedia set which had, I believer, about 30 volumes. If we wanted to complete the set, we had to return to the store on a weekly basis and pay a modest $4.99 for the next volume. The first was a free gift, but the rest cost $144.71 on the store’s installment-type plan. I even saw that first volume in my parent’s house some years later. We only had the one that was free. I have often thought of that in relation to salvation. The initial act of accepting God’s gift of eternal life always seemed to me similar to getting that free book. However, if you wanted to grow in faith, it was going to cost something in the area of commitment and faithfulness to spiritual things. Peter writes: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:4-8 KJV). The promises were ours, and yes, they were exceeding great and precious, but to enjoy them to their fullest it was required of us to give all diligence and to add those promises one by one. As we were faithful to attain one, we would work (yes, I said work, Christian growth is surely a work) to reach the next level, so to speak. If we became stagnate in our life for Christ, we would not grow in our faith. God would not give us something new until we worked out the old. And Peter warned, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (II Peter 1:9 KJV). I believe that we, then, see two characteristics of Divine Wisdom: She is found in her fullest expression only by those that are willing to diligently seek her; and, if rejected, she turns into a most scornful and unforgiving foe. If the lost reject her, they will hear the mocking laughter of God as they seek for help where none is; for the child of God, they will stand empty of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ where it is written that they “shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (I Corinthians 3:15). If you are reading this, and not sure where you will spend eternity, come to Jesus Christ now, He is the embodiment of the Wisdom spoken of here, and know for certain that you’ll have a home in heaven. If you know that you are saved but have stopped growing in the Lord, rededicate your life at the Cross and be washed anew by the Blood of cleansing and resolve to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, thank You for Your great love towards us, even when we were yet sinners, You died for us in a most cruel way. Thank You for letting us have a part in Your eternal plans. Amen.
  5. 1 point
    DaveW

    Sabbath Worship?

    Mat 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Sabbath and first day are quite clearly different. Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. Jesus met with the disciples who were all gathered on the first day, and did nit rebuke them for their meeting that day. In fact.... 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. now if the day spoken of before is the first day of the eight, then they were meeting the next Sunday and Jesus appeared to them again. And once again didn't rebuke them for meeting on a day other than the Sabbath. And: Act 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. It seems that in this case they met on the first day of the week for the express purpose of hearing the preaching of the Word of God. And, 1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. Without getting into what was being laid by, it is noted that again this was done on the first day, with the express purpose that there be no gathering when he came. Written to a church, with the intent that this happen on the first day, indicating a gathering at least for that purpose. Now there are other passages that show that these Christians met on all sorts of days, but the Bible is quite plain that organised meetings were absolutely definitely held on Sundays. There is no biblical command for Christians to meet officially on any day, but by example we see that if a specific day of the week is nominated, it is Sunday. Sunday worship is in the new Testament clearly. That should be enough, but in any case historical record shows Sunday worship also occurred BEFORE the Catholic so called church existed. Ignatius recorded "If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death. " The quote continues on, but you get the idea. Ignatius died around 107AD, Constantine didn't start the travesty of the Catholic system ill about 200 years after Ignatius died, and didn't make his decree about Sunday worship until 321AD. So Sunday worship can't have been a Catholic invention, primarily because the New Testament records it, and history agrees......
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