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  1. 2 points
    Well, my wife put up a 12" white ceramic christmas tree on our kitchen counter. I guess we're okay? This is my opinion, and my opinion is worthless...but I think too often, we look for boogeymen in too many places. If someone is against a Christmas tree, that's fine...I understand. If someone is fine with a Christmas tree, that's fine...I understand. Just as Paul was inspired to write about observing certain days, my opinion (which is worthless) about this is the same... Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
  2. 1 point
    weary warrior

    Starting Again

    Well, after 10 years since the last one, we've accepted a request to take a pastorate of a little church in Washington State 40 miles south of Spokane. They've been looking for a pastor with "callused hands and muddy boots" who can relate to the farmers, ranchers and working men of the area. When they first contacted me back in June, we turned down the offer, not feeling we were up to it. But they never found a pastor they were looking for, and we never found the ministry we were looking for. So when they came back around again last month, we accepted after much prayer. I'm taking off with a truck and u-haul here in about 3 days for the 2500 mile trip out there. I have no support, no job and no salary waiting. (The church has shrunk to a congregation of...6). We are not worried at all, but are excited to see what God does. Our plan? To simply preach straight truth, pray much prayers and love unlovable people. Beyond that, it's in God's hands.
  3. 1 point
    Salyan

    Baptists and Catholics

    To be honest, your writing sounds rather like you have been convinced of their doctrine. I'd encourage to you to look at their claims more critically and compare it to Scripture. Regarding the so-called passage about Peter (we're all saints in Christ, so it's silly to call him Saint Peter anymore than I'd call you Saint Angel), let's take a look at the passage in context. "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:13-18 The context shows that Jesus had asked His disciples a question, and Peter had answered it with a statement of faith - "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." This is the 'it' that Jesus later told him had been revealed to Peter by the Father. He follows that up with a play on words. You see, 'Peter' in Greek is 'Petros'. The word Christ used for 'rock' is 'petra'. 'Petros' refers to a pebble; a small stone, while 'petra' refers to a large rock; bedrock. Peter himself was only a pebble, but the statement of faith he spoke was to be the bedrock of Christ's church - the fact that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), and Son of God. You see? Jesus wasn't establishing Peter as the rock of the church (unstable Peter? that would be a poor foundation indeed). Rather, it was the illustrated faith and confidence in Jesus the Son of God that would be the bedrock of all believers. Furthermore, the Gentile Church (which is what the first church established in Rome would be primarily comprised of) was largely evangelized and led by Paul. Peter stayed in Jerusalem and was a chief elder to the Jewish believers. As far as Mary, she is called a co-mediatrix by the Catholic organization. This means they believe that she is a co-mediator between God and man. This is blasphemy. 1 Timothy 2:5 says: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Also, Hebrews 1:2-3 says: "...his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:" The co-mediatrix doctrine is also where they get the idea of Mary praying for us. But as we see from 1 Timothy, the only mediator between God and man is Jesus - not Mary, not the saints. Only Jesus. As far as that passage in John, let's take a look at the wording: "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." John 19:26-27 First, a grammar lesson. The translators of the KJV were attempting to translate languages that used both singular and plural second-person pronouns (unlike modern English, which uses the generic you/your/yours for both singular and plural uses). In order to translate the sense of the words accurately, they chose to use thy/thine to translate singular pronouns, and you/your for plural pronouns. For this reference to be applicable to all of us, Jesus would have had to say 'behold your mother' (as you incorrectly quoted). Rather, he said 'behold thy mother'. The use of the word 'thy' indicates that he was speaking to a singular person - the disciple He loved (i.e. John). The Catholic understanding that she was given to all of us is thus grammatically inaccurate. The Catholic organization also teaches that Mary was herself immaculately conceived (i.e. of a virgin) and without sin. This extrabiblical teaching would make her the promised Messiah, not Jesus - you see the doctrinal problem with this? They call her 'mother of God' - but God by definition has no parent - only the human body of Christ had a mother. They also call her Queen of Heaven. The Bible references a Queen of Heaven. She was a false goddess sinfully worshipped by the Israelites in the time of Jeremiah (Jeremiah chapters 7, 44). The Catholic representation of Mary thus traces back to an ancient false religion that provoked God's wrath against the Israelites.
  4. 1 point
    Salyan

    Let God Control You In 2020

    Maybe you should avoid sharing links for a bit.
  5. 1 point
    DaveW

    Baptists and Catholics

    The study of Mary in Catholic dogma is called "Mariolatry". All other area of study in theology are "...ology". With the exception of "Idoloatry". The difference? And "olatry" is worship....... Anyone who says that Catholics don't worship Mary is seriously misinformed.
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    Salyan

    Let God Control You In 2020

    Hi, TGL. Nice to have you back? As you know, this is a discussion forum, and the posting of links is generally discouraged in order to promote interaction between members. Just a reminder...
  7. 1 point
    Miss Daisy, You're an inspiration to me. I know I haven't interacted with you much, but I want you to know that I appreciate you and your input.
  8. 1 point
    DaveW

    Aside from Sunday morning services.....

    It seems to be common problem where I am that Sunday morning is the biggest service by numbers, but no matter what your actual numbers are, Sunday evening is about half or less than Sunday morning, and Prayer meeting (Wednesday night for us) is about half again - so only about 25% of the morning service. Thoughts people? How can we (biblically of course) find a way to help people see the importance of the other services? I struggle to understand it personally, because pretty much from the day I got saved I was in every service I could be. It just seemed to be what I should do, but that is apparently not "normal"....... (How surprising is that? I am not normal!!!!! )
  9. 1 point
    Though I have no issue with a church having a midweek or Sunday night service. The number of times a church meets is up to the church. The early church met daily, not just on Sunday. However, there is no mandate in scripture other than Sunday. With that said, we are definitely in a time where the church is dying, pastors treat the ministry as a job and the people want to be entertained. There are over 80 Independent Baptist churches in a 30 minute radius of my home and none are worth attending. I lived an hour away previously and there were over 100 churches and I only found 1 that preached the Word. We are definitively in the Laodecian Period, the false Church that God is going to spew out of his mouth
  10. 1 point
    Bro. Dave, Bro Mike did not say it was like being a drunk. He said doing those things was like the "activities" of a drunk. The activities of a drunk are nonsense, silly, offensive, etc. Just imagine putting your socks on a mantel and expecting some entity to magically fill them after sliding down your chimney.
  11. 1 point
    Growing up, the church I attended only had Sunday morning service (with sunday school). Maybe a lot of people don't realize it's different sermons each time? They don't see the importance of attending as many services as you can. Providing good health. Our church is broadcast live online. So if we miss a sermon we're able to catch up online. Not very many churches at all that do that. Not every one is at the same stage of spiritual growth to want to attend 3-4 times a week. As you grow spiritually, speaking for myself, you can't get enough true Biblical preaching!
  12. 1 point
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    The mid-coastal area of the East Coast of Taiwan.
  13. 1 point
    PastorMatt

    Jehovah's Witness

    I try not to put down people that are involved in other religions/cults. Just preach Jesus to them and let the Word of God work in their hearts. I just would love to see them find the truth in the Word of God.
  14. 1 point
    weary warrior

    Reverend?

    The name or title "reverend" only appears 1 time in all of scripture. Psa 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend ishis name. The only time it is used is as a name for God. He is the "revered one" if you will. So I can't help but wonder how we, the humble servants of God, can have the temerity to refer to ourselves, or let others refer to us, as "Reverend". We are not ever to be "revered ones", but humble servants who lead the church in grace and humility and truth by our example.
  15. 1 point
    weary warrior

    Starting Again

    Went from 14 people last Sunday to 23 today. Had fully half of the high school wrestling team from the local public school present. And not one person is someone I myself have met and invited to church. No drums, electric guitars etc, no give-aways, no programs, no contests. The highest attendance this church has seen in the last 8 years was 14, and that was last Sunday. I don't know what God is doing, but He's the one doing it. All I can do is remain faithful, preach the truth, love these people and hang on for the ride. It's a testament to God's faithfulness that He is rewarding the faithfulness of the tiny group of 6 that have held on here for so long. I'm really feeling undeservedly blessed today.
  16. 1 point
    weary warrior

    Starting Again

    We have arrived in Washington and have begun service in the church here. This last Sunday was our first Sunday, and the Lord blessed. The church has been running a steady attendance of 6 regular people for months. We had 14 here Sunday, including my son and I and 6 visitors. and there was an easy liberty to preach. I preached a short, simple message from Luke 8 on the woman who touched the hem of Christ's garment, contrasting her with all of the throng who was jostling Jesus, but never did "touch" Him. I just wanted to update everyone, and ask for continued prayes
  17. 1 point
    JimR

    declining age of accountability

    Sorry, Scott. I gave you the wrong impression. I agree with you that evidence of a changed life is not necessary for baptism. I only asked you about it because this week i listened to an IFB sermon that said that. I did not say exceptional kids who have true faith should not be baptized. I just noted the average age is declining and pointed out that some who were baptized young later decided it was not valid because they did not understand and were going along due to peer pressure. This makes me worry that the trend is not good. The difference between baptists and others is shrinking. Romans 10:9 works for me: that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Philip baptized the Ethiopian straightaway after he believed. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. I hope those scriptures are sufficient foundation for my position.
  18. 1 point
    JimR

    Personal relationship with Jesus

    Some of us may assume that all Christians believe a personal relationship with Jesus is important, but many pastors have pushed back against this idea, equating it to having an imaginary friend. Even the Gospel Coalition site has published articles against personal relationship language. A web search turns up a stress on the personal relationship with Jesus on many baptist church websites, but dig deeper and you will not see it mentioned on their What We Believe page. A couple of years ago i called up a local baptist pastor and asked him why this is so. He snapped at me: What are you, the webpage police? Ouch. The personal relationship language implies some sense of directly knowing Him. It is experiential and fulfilling. To many believers, that feeling makes them Christians and gives meaning to their lives. The spirit of Christ abides in us and we in Him. Anyway, i would like to know how many users of this site believe a personal relationship with Jesus is both possible and important.
  19. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Starting Again

    Glad to have you back online WW. It's been some time since I heard anything from you. I kinda lost track of where you were. Didn't know if you were still in Alaska or had moved somewhere south. I any event, it's good to hear from you and even better to hear the news of the pastorate you accepted. I'll be in prayer for this ministry. Please try to keep us updated on your new ministry and any progress. Six people huh? To me this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to watch God work and reward your efforts. This reminds me of the church I am attending now here in the small town of Yreka, California. When I first found this church there were only six to eight people attending, now we average 40-60 per service.
  20. 1 point
    Alan

    Starting Again

    Sounds like your going by faith. May God bless your efforts.
  21. 1 point
    Ukulelemike

    Jehovah's Witness

    In another post, I was talking about a young couple in our church that had recently had a short text batle with my wife and I. Well we got it fixed, apologies all 'round for us overstepping our boundaires and them getting mad and ignoring my teachings, BUT, in the process, they agreed to attend the local(ish) Kingdom Hall for a meeting, with a notorious JW in our community who really, is a BAD person-not even one of the 'nice' JW's: con-man, smoker, drunk, almost talked me into giving him the five-fold ministry from running his mouth at me one day. So I told them it was a bad idea, but hey, they are grown ups, do as they please. So, Sunday, (and before that), my wife and I prayed for their protection, and that what they had been taught would take hold. I didn't expect to see them for evening service. However, they surprised me and showed up, and didn't have a single good thing to say about their experience. They said everyone was "really-really nice" (love-bombing, the JW's call it), but they said it was boring-the message was read from a book, and had a follow up for about 1/2 hour from the current Watchtower magazine. I came to find out that, despite their hatred toward the Catholics, they do business almost exactly as the Catholics do: the message is prepared and sent to ALL halls, for use that same Sunday, as well as the reading. There is a question time, but even the answers are very closely controlled and anyone who goes into places they don't want has their mics turned off and they are ignored. If they keep 'causing trouble', they are kicked out. So, praise God they were protected from their own folly and came away with what seems to be a somewhat renewed interest in our church.
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