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  1. Alan

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    Brethren, Hope you like the accompanying photo. The Red Peacock Flower or sometimes referred to the Red Butterfly Flower the National Flower of the island of Barbados Fortunately for us on Taiwan, the Peacock Flower grows wild. The photo is for you to enjoy, is not copyrighted, so use it as you please. God Bless! Alan
    4 points
  2. Believer (ish?)

    Closed Communion

    Thank you for your response. After two days of prayer, bible reading (KJV) and fasting, I came to the same conclusion. I have contacted the pastor, advised him that my sinful pride of being baptized where Jesus was baptized had been a sticking point which prevented me from asking to join the membership. I also asked to be baptized and offered to destroy the Jordan baptismal certificate, if he believed I should. He accepted me for local baptism and scheduled it for the 13th. He also advised me to keep the certificate and pride of that baptism, but to recognize that it's was meaningful to
    4 points
  3. Doc Flay

    Contrary Doctrine

    Good sermon and an excellent lesson in sound doctrine. It is sad that liberal thinking is so easily acceptable and comfortable to receive and live by. Its no wonder that some churches fall so easily and the congregation is made weak. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal.6:1 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Eph. 4:13
    3 points
  4. One of the best expositions...if not the best exposition that I've ever seen regarding salvation in the Old Testament. One thing jumped out at me, and though I've read it countless times, I've somehow missed it up until now... Heb 9:14-15 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which
    3 points
  5. As has occurred in past discussions between Brother "Wretched" and myself, I am compelled to disagree with his position that the apostles were not regenerated until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. In John 17 our Lord Jesus Christ delivered a prayer unto the Father on the night before His crucifixion. Within that prayer in John 17:14-16, our Lord made the following statement concerning His disciples, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take t
    3 points
  6. Jim_Alaska

    When did the church begin?

    Pentecost was the empowering of the already existing church. The disciples were instructed to wait for this empowering. The church was already in existence at pentecost. The following are some scriptural evidences that the Church did not begin in the days of Abraham, or on the day of Pentecost, but rather during Christ's earthly ministry. The Church clearly existed before the day of Pentecost. 1. Jesus Christ said, "I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18) which He did during His earthly ministry. 2. The authority of disciples was placed in the church during Christ's earthly mi
    3 points
  7. Bro. Mike, your church may be small, but when I came to preach for you it was very evident that the few that you had were attentive and interested in Spiritual things. Small towns tend to produce small churches since there are not many people to draw from, but I am sure you know that by now. Keep up the good work brother and know that your rewards will be proportionate to your efforts, which efforts are commendable in your little section of the country. God bless you as you serve Him.
    3 points
  8. Alan, When I still lived and worked in Alaska I had the privilege to meet and work with a Chinese man who became a good friend. We both worked for a scientific research facility. He was a Plasma and Atomic scientist from Beijing. His name was Chung Wu. He did not speak english well and we quickly made a deal for me to teach him English and him to teach me Chinese. The result was 50/50 he learned English and I did not learn Chinese. lol I still retain three words of Chinese, but that's about it, it is a difficult language to learn, at least for me. He had never driven a motor veh
    3 points
  9. Alan

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Jim, Thank you very much for the kind words and encouragement. We appreciate them very much. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Proverbs 25:11 It is a blessing to all of us in relating that your church that you were saved in was a mission work. That speaks volumes of the missionary pastor and the folks who had a hand in starting it. I am sure in eternity there will be a lot of shouting when we hear the whole story. A new church plant with four missionaires! It took real courage for those early missionaires to go to Russia and stick it out. It is
    3 points
  10. Ukulelemike

    Believers and the Law

    Interesting-the difference with my study, however, is that I was working from the point of the blood covenants-the Edenic, Adamic, Noahidic, and others were not covenants of blood, and the point there, is that they are very specific as to whom they apply. It is a very legal matter when dealing with the blood covenants. But there are interesting to read, and certainly true.
    3 points
  11. What a blessing...and a very timely one too! I had just read this account in Mark 6 this morning! Yesterday, I had been praying specifically about some trials that I've been struggling with, and so I believe the Lord has comforted, reassured, and encouraged me with this account of Jesus in both Matthew and Mark today! Truly....praise Him from Whom all blessings flow! It's so very exciting to me when there is no question that the pecious Saviour has answered my prayers. Proof positive...AGAIN...that He is ever there for me! I'm praising Him for working in and thru you, Alan....to put fort
    3 points
  12. Jim_Alaska

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    Many times the storms of life are the catalyst that causes people to look to the only hope of salvation that can carry them through the storm. Peter is a fine example of Christian life experiences; though the storms of life may at times cause us to falter, our faith in our Savior God will always carry us through. Ps 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Thank you for this fine devotion Alan; we all need to be reminded that He who created and upholds all things is more than able to hold us up amid the storms of life.
    3 points
  13. KJV

    Babies Go To Hell!

    (Here is some advice before I give my returning argument. Before you go worrying about whether babies go to hell or not when they die, you should worry about you.) 1. Are you saved? Did you take Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and can you remember a specific moment? 2. Do you feel guilty about sinning? While saved people can sin, they have the power not to sin. Lost people neither know nor care that they sin. (If you have said “no” to either one of these, you might not be saved.) (Anyway, your argument appears to be more of a rant than anything else, because it is not well
    3 points
  14. Bro. Jim, Yes, this is me. I guess now everyone will know what I look like. I normally have not, since this time, put any videos of myself up on Online Baptist due to a couple of reasons. Due to the seriousness of some of the doctrinal problems within independent Baptist churches I decided to put up this sermon of myself instead of a written sermon. This in one of the English prophecy messages that I did at our church, Victory Baptist Church, in Hua Lien, Taiwan awhile back. We have an American English teacher visiting our Chinese work on Taiwan that was being influenced by Pastor St
    2 points
  15. A wonderful devotion and commentary of Joseph Bro. Alan. I have always loved the story of Joseph, not just for the story, but also for the inspiration his life is in so many ways. It is not limited to simply old testament history, but gives us today the inspiration to overcome under even the most adverse of life's situations. While Joseph is certainly a type of Christ, when viewed in this capacity he exhibits the power and determination to use his life situations for God's glory as well as the saving of his people. He used the adversity for good even while experiencing the heart wrenching
    2 points
  16. Alan

    The Cost of a Soul

    "So, after all that has been said we come to the inescapable conclusion that while salvation is free to me, there is a cost. There is great value placed on man’s soul and that price was so great that God had to pay for it himself. John. 3:16" Thank for the message on 'The Cost of a Soul." The message was a blessing to me
    2 points
  17. "That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?" (Proverbs 22:19-21 KJV) In the New Testament we are told that the purpose of the Scriptures are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, all Christians are ministers. All saints have been given the ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-20). In Acts 8, an Ethiopian Eunuch di
    2 points
  18. "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape" (Proverbs 19:5 KJV). "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish" (Proverbs 19:9 KJV). Often, in Scripture, when the word "witness" is used it is speaking of a spiritual, or godly, testimony. Of course, that includes lying to others, or bearing a false witness. In this instance I believe it is pointing to the false shepherd assuming to speak for the Lord, giving directions to the people, when he was not sent by God. And I doubt there is anything more loathsome to
    2 points
  19. Alan

    "But the LORD was with Joseph"

    As we go through the life of Joseph in these devotions, I would like to express to all of you that God was with Joseph in all of the extreme trials that he went through. Joseph, as with all of God's saints, and the favoured nation of Israel, are led through the trials of life in order to know God, His will, and experience the work of God through our lives for our good and the good of others; Romans 8:28 As we can see in the life of Joseph, and his love for God, and his trust in God, God has been with Joseph and God will work out all things for his good.The Chinese have a saying, a prover
    2 points
  20. *Light*

    Righteousness and Justification

    Thank you for posting this, Jim! We know that TRUE Christianity is the ONLY "religion" that is not based on "human achievement" -- but through the imputed righteousness from Christ as you pointed out very well. I am exasperated by all these "cults" that attempt to attain a righteous standing before God on their own merit; not knowing that their "righteousness" is nothing more than a menstrual cloth in God's sight. Matthew 7:21-23 gives an example of those who call Jesus lord, and then "boast" about their works (v.22); such false converts like SDA's, Jehovah's Witness, and Mormons will be in fo
    2 points
  21. *Light*

    The LORD was with Joseph

    Yep! Weve all heard the old adage, "sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone." God most assuredly gives Grace to the humble, and that applies in all areas of our life and walk with the LORD -- and not just our Salvation. When I was homeless, I would be in a clique . . . and we would band together in an effort to assist each other with ideas on how we would get off our feet and off the streets; we wouldn't just fend for ourselves, but we would help each other. Most of us (through prayer) got off the streets eventually, and some were more "successful" and had better homes and job
    2 points
  22. *Light*

    The LORD was with Joseph

    Thanks Alan! The story of Joseph is a perfect example of not only humility, but strength being perfected in our weaknesses -- such as the apostle Paul in his frailties. Both were dependent upon the Lord and His sovereign decree. What Joseph's brothers meant for evil -- God meant for good. Joseph was debased . . . and in the Lord's perfect timing -- he was exalted (cf. Matt. 23:12). Who knows what could/would have happened if God had decided to remove Paul's "thorn in the flesh"... God Bless!
    2 points
  23. *Light*

    Spiritual Growth

    I didn't even know that this website had devotionals until a few days back. As mentioned by Alan, it is the Father who does the "pruning" so that we can bring forth MORE fruits in due season. And in that parable -- Jesus said that we can do NOTHING unless we "abide" in Him. The Roman Catholics and their pedophile priests put so much time and effort into "purifying" themselves, when all the while they're heaping judgment unto themselves with their self-righteousness which is a stench in the nostrils of our Lord God. God Bless!
    2 points
  24. I enjoy hearing Pastor Kenny Baldwin, Crossroads Baptist Church. The sermon on 1 Chronicles 21:18-23, by brother Baldwin, preached at Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Sexton, of Crown College, is a blessing. Among the other passages, Brother Baldwin's preaching on Romans 12:1-2, is a great, "preaching storm." Ornan was a man who understood God, "And Ornan said unto David,Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering: I give it
    2 points
  25. This sermon takes me back many years, to when Bro. Roloff was a guest in our home so often he had his own room. Wonderful man with a great sense of humor. If you find "Dr. Law and Dr. Grace", its worth listening to as well.
    2 points
  26. Thank you for the Chinese lesson as well as the teaching, brother Alan. And brother Jim, What a wonderful joy to have been used of the Lord to help lead Wu Cheng to salvation in Jesus! It's been a while since I have felt that thrill of exhilaration and pure joy that we get when someone isn't just interested, but actually believes and accepts Christ, even more when they (as had did) has the desire to evangelize his Chinese friends and family. (And as you said, his thirst for God's word being insatiable, you knew he truly had come to Christ). While there have been several people take an inter
    2 points
  27. Jim, Thank you for your testimony concerning your relationship with Wu Cheng. We are very thankful that you were able to led him to a salvation experience with the Lord Jesus. Sometimes, as with Wu Cheng, due to their background, culture, religion, ancestor worship, and other situations, their salvation experience is often dramatic and life changing. It was also a blessing to hear that your personal relationship with Wu Cheng was a blessing in your heart and life. I am sure that you were a blessing to Wu Cheng as he was to you. A Christian Chinese as a friend is a wonderful blessing.
    2 points
  28. If all of that is contained in the characters of what we would call one "word", what a wonderful language it must be. The lesson, as you have laid it out is the heart and core of the Gospel message to all mankind, regardless of race or language. Thank you for using this wonderful example to teach of the perfect sacrifice of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Your post reminded me of what I write below, which I consider a high point in my life. Twenty years ago I had the privilege of working with a brilliant Chinese scientist who had been a professor of Plasma Physics at the University of
    2 points
  29. Thank you for this sermon Bro. Alan. The life and actions of Joseph are always an inspiration to me and a joy to teach and meditate on. His attitude in service to God are exemplified in his submissive three words, "Here am I." This gives us a graphic example of a life totally dedicated his service to his God.
    2 points
  30. Well done Bro. Dave. This shows beyond doubt that works, or any combination of works and faith cannot possibly save. It also reinforces the controversy regarding how and if the OT saints were saved. Faith was, is and always will be the vehicle to God through His salvation. It is by God's Grace that anyone is ever saved, and then only through faith.
    2 points
  31. Alan

    Trust in the Lord

    Brethren, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4 & 5 As we trust in the Lord, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways of life, our way of living, ourselves to the Lord; the Lord can mold us, change us, and restore us to a thing of usefulness. The Lord can change the evil desires of our hearts for good; and then bring to pass those good desires of our heart. My friend, brother Stafford, "Faithfully Restored," made another video on the re
    2 points
  32. Alan

    Right in the Sight of the Lord

    Brethren, I do hope that the devotion on 1 Kings 15:11-15, 'Right in the Sight of the Lord' is a blessing to your heart and an encouragement as you walk with the Lord. Hope you enjoy the accompanying photograph with the 1 Kings 15: 11 scripture verse as a visual reminder. Cedar Tree Clothed with Snow. Note on the photo. I am in the process of learning how to edit my photos with the Linux Gimp 2.8 Photo Editor. If you have any problem uploading the photo please let me know. As before, all of my photos are not copyrighted and are are available as you s
    2 points
  33. DaveW

    Closed Communion

    I just wanted to add to this. This is the record of the first Lord's table, and it is intersting to note who was invited. Matt 26 20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom
    2 points
  34. DaveW

    When did the church begin?

    Hmmm - Great Commission was given before Pentecost. (Matt 28:18-20) Lord's supper was established before Pentecost. (Matt 26:26-29) Church discipline was established before Pentecost. (Matt 18:15-17) Are these all church things, or things applicable to ONLY believers and not the church at all? Church discipline is something that happens WITHIN a church - what would be the point to Jesus giving this instruction if there was no way to apply it? Seems a bit random.... Is the Lord's Supper a church ordinance or an ordinance to be done by any believer outside of the ch
    2 points
  35. I just wanted to make another comment about the sweet peace that we can truly experience even in the midst of a storm. Even though grievously wounded to the very core of one's being, our precious and beloved Lord Jesus is quite able and longs to grant us that heart-reviving peace that only He can give. It matters not the depth of the wounds or the "fragile" condition of our shattered hearts...for those are the very conditions in which the blessed gift or fruit from the Prince of Peace is greatly enhanced. Many a time with tears streaming down my face spilling over from my anguished heart, I
    2 points
  36. These two disciples do not meet the definition of a church Sure, they were followers, but not a church. The church began when Jesus called out his Apostles as the scripture says. 1Cor. 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
    2 points
  37. Shadowfeathers, I am very happy that the devotion was a blessing to you. Golgotha, Thank you for your comments and letting me knw that the devotion was a blessing to you. Some very interesting questions. At this time I just have a few moments I can spend online. I will try and discuss your post more tomorrow. Some of your points are due to the policy of OnLine Baptist, so, I may not be able to say much on the aspects of policy. Glad to hear from you. Alan
    2 points
  38. Bro. Alan, You are to be commended for not correcting my misspelling/pronouncement of my friend's name. I only thought of this after I wrote about it. I spelled his name the way it is pronounced and actually the reverse from Chinese culture. It should have read Wu Cheng. At least I did remember that part of our Chinese language lessons. Family name first, personal name second.
    2 points
  39. Very timely and well done Alan. I especially liked the way you addressed the time factor in church building. Many times supporting churches get discouraged because they don't see a mission work organized into a NT church in the time frame they think it should be. The result of this kind of thinking is that the supporting churches begin to pull their support of the missionary, virtually guaranteeing failure to bring the work to fruition. My original church, where I was saved, started as a mission work. When the work was not formally organized in five years we began to hear complaints.
    2 points
  40. The peace of God is something which cannot be explained fully to an unsaved person. What wonderful comfort we have with the Holy Spirit indwelling us and comforting us (John 14:16). When physical, financial, familial, and all concerns seem to be overwhelming, the peace of God gives us such comfort knowing that Jesus has overcome the world, and that we, through Him, have overcome as well. We need to always bear in mind that this life (in corruptible bodies) is merely temporal (2 Cor. 4:18). Truly a speck of dust in comparison to eternity. I would like to contribute to brother Alan's devotion b
    2 points
  41. swathdiver

    Closed Communion

    You need not pray so much as read your bible. 1st Corinthians 5:6-13 deals with the unrepentant in the Lord's house. Remember that Matthew 18:15-17 tells the Christian how to deal with other Christians within his local church. Finally, re-read 1 Corinthians 11 very carefully paying attention also to the context and who Paul was addressing. He is addressing the local church at Corinth. Now as for membership, we find that again in 1st Corinthians 5 in the matter of church discipline. How can you discipline a non-member, someone who comes and goes? How can the Lord's table be saf
    2 points
  42. Ronda

    The Blind Beggar

    Brother Jim, Thank you for sharing those things with us. None of us would be worth a whit (or have any understanding at all) were it not for the Holy Spirit guiding us. To God be the glory. I know many people who have graduated from colleges with "esteemed names" only to come out of those colleges thinking they know more than the Lord! Even some who have graduated Baptist seminary coming out thinking they now "know it all". I don't think God gives it "all" to us at one time, nor do I think we ever should get to the point where we feel we've learned everything God's word has to teach us. And
    2 points
  43. Jim_Alaska

    The Blind Beggar

    Thanks to both of you for your encouraging comments. I have not written any tracts or books either. I have written and been published professionally, but not anything in the religious realm. I wouldn't know how to go about writing a tract. I think I am bit too "wordy" to be able to condense it down to tract size. I have years worth of sermons and lessons, but unfortunately they were hand written before I ever had a computer. I did start to put them on computer, but that's a lot of work to type them all out. Thank both of you again for your kind, encouraging comments.
    2 points
  44. Alan

    The Blind Beggar

    Ronda, Thank you for your post and link to the photographs taken by the Royal, KIng Edward VII, in 1862, photographer. Very enlightening. Jim, I can see why people would want your notes. Have you ever thought of making a salvation tract from the above message? do you have any written books or phamplets that are available? Alan
    2 points
  45. Jim_Alaska

    The Blind Beggar

    Thank you for your comments on my sermon Ronda. I write out my sermons and lessons completely because when I get to preach I most always have people who want my notes. If I gave them notes they would not be able to get the whole picture. I don't always follow my outline and adlib a lot as the Lord directs. But by writing them out completely anyone reading them will get the importance of the work. I really enjoyed your recitation of your interaction with those on FaceBook too, thanks for sharing it.
    2 points
  46. Alan

    Trust in the Lord

    Since the days of Cain and Abel there have been righteous and unrighteous men on the face of this earth. Like Abel, we need to do right in spite of the evil in this life. "Holy, Holy, Holy," in a good hymn that we need to remember in our hearts. May God bless all of you in your daily walk with the Lord Jesus. Alan
    2 points
  47. Alan

    Psalm 19:1 Integrity

    The essence of integrity is Holiness. Job purposed in his heart to have personal holiness, integrity, in his life. May we purpose in our lives to be like Christ. In Holiness and Integrity. Alan
    2 points
  48. Alan

    The Stubburnness Of My Own Will

    After reading this devotion, and looking at my own life, my thoughts concerning the stubborness of my, or our own will, brought me to Proverbs 14:6, "A scorner seekieth wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth." Thank you for the good devotion.
    2 points
  49. What a blessing this site is already! I agree with your posting... let me add... "2nd TImothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." Now-days it seems to be "out of season" and more and more people not only see the gospel as foolishness but are downright offended. But even though they may not seem "open" to the word of God, only God knows each heart and mind. We plant the seed, and if there is to be any increase... that is up to God. Only he knows what type of ground it is planted
    2 points
  50. northernministries

    Babies Go To Hell!

    Babies most certainly do not go to Hell. This is false. In 2 Samuel 12:23 it says, " But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. David was going to see him in Heaven that is why he said, I shall go to him. Absalom on the other hand probably did not go to Heaven that is why David mourned so much. 2Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my so
    2 points
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