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  1. DaveW

    My daughter to PNG

    My daughter, Hannah-Rose is a registered nurse. She has left Perth this afternoon to fly to Brisbane and then on to Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea. She will be serving at Kunai health clinic. The clinic is an independent baptist missionary run clinic with the purpose of reaching the people of the Kotidanga region and beyond for the Lord. I would appreciate prayer for her travel and for her service for the Lord into the future. Regards, DaveW
    9 points
  2. So my Dad's remaining brother contracted covid, as did his wife. (Just FYI - this is not a thread about covid, so don't make it so...just know that masking, "social" distancing, isolation, etc., were all practiced by the family and yet he and his wife contracted covid. Viruses are gonna virus...) My uncle, Dave, ended up in ICU on a respirator. Today I was told that they had to take him off everything - they had to remove air from around his heart and lungs, so the oxygen had to be removed. He had suffered a number of strokes and there is no brain activity. And they said it is only a matter of time. My uncle is saved, and will be reunited with his parents, my dad, and their 3 other brothers, as well as I know rejoicing upon seeing Jesus. The "baby" - their sister - is still alive. There is a lot of family, actually. Most in WVA, so we have not seen them in years. My cousin and her husband moved back to WVA a couple of years ago to be closer to family. She has not been able to see her dad since this covid stuff started months ago. As one who has gone through the loss of a dad, my heart breaks for her. Especially now, when likely there will be no funeral allowed. She also has 2 brothers. And there are a slew of cousins. Prayer for comfort, wisdom, and drawing nearer to the Lord would be appreciated.
    9 points
  3. This short but powerful message of Alan's sums up his life's mission. He lived it to the very end for the Glory of God. Another classic sermon of his was about heaven and the New Jerusalem. He loved the topic and now he is living it. These two messages from Alan will be a blessing to hear. Though he is gone we will meet him again!
    8 points
  4. Alan

    A Word of Encouragment

    I would like to pass along an unusual experience I had about three weeks ago that blessed my heart and I would like to pass along the blessing. On Taiwan there are a huge amount of motorcycles. Due to the price of gasoline being very high, parking places very few, and traffic congestion also high, they are smaller in size than in the US (most of the them are from 50cc to 125cc). Also, unlike most countries, they park them on the sidewalks and every place imaginable. Almost always there are people coming and going on the motorcycles, and, as usual, there are people just sitting on the motorcycles either waiting for someone or just idling time away. While passing out some tracts near the downtown Telephone and Post Office area, the sidewalks, as usual, were full of motorcycles. There was an older man, about 60 years years old, sitting on a motorcycle. So, as it was convenient, I gave him a tract, very briefly said a quick," Hello, can I give you a gospel tract" and proceeded to walk back away (there were two rows of motorcycles; unevenly spaced), from the area. As I was weaving around the motorcycles to leave, the man had read the front page of the tract. The tract, in big print, said, "The Love of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ," with John 3:16. He looked up, and as I was walking away he called out and said, wait a minute, so, I turned around, and he extended his hand and with a bright smile on his face said, "I would like to shake your hand. I am a Christian and I really appreciate you giving me the gospel tract. We shook hands and I left as his friend.
    8 points
  5. DaveW

    My friend

    I miss the reasoned, godly voice and advice of my friend Alan. I miss his lessons posted here. I miss his input to the discussions. Mostly I miss his gentle advice, direction, and when necessary, rebukes. Pro 27:6(a) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; Pro 27:17 (17) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Although we never met face to face, I count him as a true friend, and look forward to the day when we do meet face to face, as we glory in the Lord together.
    7 points
  6. Why would you need to update anything? The ‘old language’ is still perfectly good English.The fact that modern folks are too lazy to learn the meanings of words is no reason to change the Bible. Save your trouble and buy a dictionary. You’ve hit a bone of contention for me - not so much in defense of the KJV, but in defense of good English. You can’t really ‘simplify’ something without removing the depths of the meaning of the larger words. I think such an attempt, if made honestly to retain the true meaning, would result in unnecessary wordiness and a more confusing text. Also, modern English has lost nuances — such as the difference between me and thee — an important difference in meaning that would be lost if the text was updated.
    7 points
  7. I learned last night of the passing of Bonita Sharp. We met her when she came to college while my husband was in school. She married Gene Sharp and they have had a ministry setting up radio stations all over the world. She leaves behind her husband, 5 kids, sister, parents, and a slew of friends. We know, as Christians, that she is in Glory. She kept her appointment and was ready to go, even though it was unexpected - a head-on collision in a rain storm. But the grief for those left behind is very real, as those of us who have lost loved ones know. Please pray for the family.
    7 points
  8. Christian Charity given willingly and directly to noble causes is not the same as compulsory giving to the government who then chooses for you where and how money is spent. Jesus asks you to do it directly and willingly. The politician seeks forced payment, forces you to give them your money while promising to only give some of it to the poor and even then to things which are appalling and poorly managed, then many squander what you give them to the point there is never enough for the original cause, so then demands more money which they then take by force from you. NOT. THE. SAME.
    7 points
  9. It amazes me how many people think that the government is the one that gives us freedom. Freedom comes from our creator. If anyone feels that we have not lost any freedom, then they themselves are enslaved to the government.
    6 points
  10. I am posting this with permission from the family. One of our members @Alan has gone on to be with the Lord last week. Alan was a great contributor here, and was a blessing and encouragement to many on Online Baptist. Alan will truly be missed on this earth, but he is now with our creator. Please keep the family in your prayers during this time as there are details that need to be worked out. Please feel free to comment below on how Alan was an encouragement and/or blessing to you.
    6 points
  11. I counted Bro. Alan as a friend. We never met, but did exchange private messages. I always enjoyed his sermons and devotions. His departure seems sudden because he had a stroke. Still praying for his family. When something like this happens on the mission field, there are always complications.
    6 points
  12. Since an answer does not seem forthcoming, allow me to provide the grammatical facts concerning the meaning and significance of the "archaic" pronouns "thee," "thou," and "ye." Concerning PERSONAL PRONOUNS in English 1st person personal pronouns are those referring to one's self. 2nd person personal pronouns are those referring to another or others spoken to directly. 3rd person personal pronouns are those referring to another or others spoken about indirectly. Personal pronouns contain both singular and plural forms for the sake of accuracy, EXCEPT in the case of the 2nd person personal pronouns for present-day English: Singular Plural 1st person -- I (nominative case), me (objective case) we (nominative case), us (objective case) 2nd person -- you (nominative case), you (objective case) you (nominative case), you (objective case) 3rd person -- he, she (nominative), him, her (objective) they (nominative case), them (objective case) (Note: For present-day English usage, the pronoun "you" serves both for the singular and plural, as well as both for the nominative and objective cases in both the singular and plural. As such, some element of confusion is possible; and since both the Hebrew and Greek possess distinct forms for the singular and plural 2nd person personal pronouns, some aspect of accuracy would be lost.) However, personal pronouns contain both singular and plural forms for the sake of accuracy WITHOUT exception if we use the more "archaic" English forms: Singular Plural 1st person -- I (nominative case), me (objective case) we (nominative case), us (objective case) 2nd person -- thou (nominative case), thee (objective case) ye (nominative case), you (objective case) 3rd person -- he, she (nominative), him, her (objective) they (nominative case), them (objective case) (Note: When using the more "archaic" English personal pronoun forms, the pronouns "thou," "thee," "ye," and "you" each serve in a distinct manner to accurately distinguish the singular and plural, as well as to distinguish the nominative and objective cases in both the singular and plural. As such, these more "archaic" English personal pronouns in the King James translation retain the precise accuracy of the Hebrew and Greek from which they are translated.)
    6 points
  13. Rebecca

    Christmas service

    I just wanted to share what an amazing service we had at church today. I serve at a little church in Taitung, Taiwan. Since last year, our church has done an outreach with the Indonesian workers that live in and around our city (caregivers and fishermen). We had a good Christmas service with many attending last year, and this year we made plans to do the same thing, to have our church members be servants to the Indonesians who attend the Christmas service. Word got around and today we had a record-smashing 98 people attend service today! Many of them are Muslim and they all listened well as the gospel was shared as Christ was glorified and preached. While no decisions were made, seeds were planted. Please pray for the people who heard the gospel today, they know how to reach any of us if they have questions, so pray they have the courage to reach out! The lady to the right of the pastor is translating everything from Chinese to Indonesian. The little church building was packed wall to wall, front to back. I sat in the back on the stairs!
    6 points
  14. Do you ever have anything else to offer here in the community forum besides this incessant election nonsense? Anything edifying or the least bit biblical? We all know who the god of this world is and this is of know surprise to us. The Supreme Court has been siding with Satan for 50 years now. You apparently think this is a sign of things getting better when it is nothing but a dog returning to its vomit Bible believers know better.
    6 points
  15. One of our granddaughters, Esther, (the oldest child of our oldest son) was admitted to the burn unit in Wichita, KS on 15Sep20. Next month (Nov 2020) she will be 8 y.o. I took my wife to Dodge City to watch the other 3 children. Alisha (Esther's mother) is at the hospital with Esther. David (Esther's father) had to go back to work this week. Esther is burnt over 40% of her body, 60% of the right leg and 50% of the right arm are 3rd degree burns, the remainder is 2nd degree. When Esther gets back home (probably 2 or more weeks from now), our oldest daughter, Rebekah, (the one the Lord healed from Myeloid Leukemia after the doctors told here there was nothing else they could do for her) will go to Dodge City to handle in-home nursing for her (she's a CMA, CNA, Cardiotech and probably a few more things I don't remember). Rebekah started a GoFundMe to try to defray some of the costs beyond David's insurance. Here is the GoFundMe link https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-esther-with-her-hospital-stay?utm_source=facebook Updates are being placed on the GoFundMe page as they happen. Yes, the page list Rebekah as beneficiary - Rebekah needed to set things up quickly. David has his Venmo set up now, so the GFM monies can be transferred to him as needed. Thanks, I may not be able to update or respond to posts for a while - drove 25 miles to do this one. Thanks
    6 points
  16. Governmental Liberalism - The government putting its hand in your pocket to forcibly take your wealth for distribution to those whom they deem the worthy "poor" (after pocketing some themselves). Biblical Liberality - You putting your own hand in your pocket to willingly and lovingly take your wealth for distribution to those whom the Holy Spirit directs you as the "poor and needy" (not the lazy and immoral). Our Lord Jesus Christ and God's Holy Word command Biblical Liberality, but do NOT support governmental liberalism. Those who use the commands of Biblical Liberality as a defense for governmental liberalism demonstrate their Biblical and spiritual ignorance. (By the way, I am pretty sure that Bouncing Bill is still not using the King James translation for his Bible quotations.)
    6 points
  17. This coming weekend we will be having Andrew and Shawn Canavan in to present the field of Ireland (we have known Andrew since a baby, and Shawn for 14ish years, so are really excited). On Saturday, the 15th, the ladies will host an Irish tea with Shawn speaking. Our church is very tiny (seems to be growing smaller on a regular basis), so there won't be many ladies there, but I know it will be a blessing. While we are having our tea, my husband and Andrew will venture to downtown Port Townsend to do some street witnessing. We have ordered a sandwich sign (hopefully it will be ready in time!) to identify us as not being Mormons or JWs. LOL - yes, that is a concern. When we were able to door knock, folks immediately assumed we were one or the other. Anyway, would you pray for us? For both activities to be used by God as a witness? The town is not very friendly to anything that might suggest that there is such a thing as sin, so...we are not at all sure how this will go over. I know this isn't the prayer forum, but if you would please be praying, we would appreciate it. We are trying to reach our area, and our governor's mandates re: covid have made it nigh on to impossible. Hubs and Andrew will be masked, as per mandate (sigh) and will have gloves, etc., so that nobody can rightfully raise a ruckus about that. More than anything, we want to get the gospel into as many hands as possible. We have 300 tracts about Jesus' soon return. Thanks!
    6 points
  18. Huh? Makes no sense. You always had the freedom to stay in the cottage. To now say you have the freedom to read and write is a lie because you always had that freedom as that was always your choice to be in or out of the cottage. Sounds a lot like what Hitler did to gain control. To now call staying in freedom is a lie because you always had that freedom to travel or stay home. That's the mentality I see in dictator leaderships
    5 points
  19. Spoken like a true dictator
    5 points
  20. The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s). Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines. And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
    5 points
  21. Thank you Jim. We had another great service yesterday, as we had a missionary to Japan in and we were able to take them on for support.
    5 points
  22. Jim_Alaska

    My friend

    Well said Bro. Dave, I echo your sentiments as well. Bro. Alan will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Like you, I never met him in person, but counted him as a dear friend all the same.
    5 points
  23. Thank you all for praying. For those who don't know, I'm Alan's daughter. This was posted on the facebook page started to keep family and friends informed of the situation: "For all who have been following. Plans have been discussed and settled. We are having a Memorial Service for Maurice Young, Saturday May 15th at 10 am, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Lebanon, Missouri, Pastor Don Ball presiding. There is a luncheon afterwards for family and friends. For some family and friends, we are having graveside services Friday May 14th, at 11:30 in St. Louis. If more info is needed, message me for details. There are hotels in Lebanon, they can be found on internet. Thanks for all your prayers and support for our families loss." ____________________ If you could also be in prayer for the memorial service that will take place here in Taiwan on April 22nd, we would be grateful.
    5 points
  24. I counted Brother Alan to be a faithful servant of our Lord and a valued online friend. I thank the Lord for the past number of years wherein I was able to experience Brother Alan's friendship and spiritual edification through Online Baptist. I am certainly praying for his wife and family, concerning comfort in their grief and help with their needs. I will miss him here.
    5 points
  25. Alan has been a blessing to me on many occasions in the past and recently as well, both privately and publicly. His insight will be missed but, the Lord has need of Him.
    5 points
  26. Praying for the family. I remember him and his encouraging words from my previous visits here.
    5 points
  27. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    I am going to politely ask that this thread not be turned into yet another place for bickering and hobby horses, please and thank you. This thread is specifically asking for prayer for the people of Myanmar as they are going through a time of horrible turmoil and upheaval in their lives.
    5 points
  28. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    Some good news, the pastor friend got back in contact, he and his wife are safe! They are at home now but are emotionally drained and are having difficulty eating and sleeping. They are very grateful for the prayers and ask for continued prayers.
    5 points
  29. DaveW

    My daughter to PNG

    Well, late last week they were able to fly up to the airstrip. First try on Friday was no good - cloud everywhere (Normal for PNG) and so the plane would not have been able to find the airstrip. They didn't even try. Saturday, they gave it a go, and the pilot said in 21 years of flying PNG he had NEVER seen it that clear.... Sunday, she was in Church at Kotidanga. She said the service was wonderful and she was able to follow the general line of the message - understood enough of the language to "sort of follow it". This week she ahs been observing clinic, in the mornings and having intensive language studies in the afternoons. She is a little overwhelmed, but loving it. This is what the Lord made her for. The others at the clinic are wonderful, and have all been through this already of course, so they are helping her out, and apparently loving her being there already. Thanks for the prayers folks.
    5 points
  30. I'm a high school drop out though I have gotten my GED. I never read much more than the Sunday comics before I was saved at 18. I've never had a problem with the so-called "archaic" language of the KJV. In fact, I always enjoy looking up words I've never heard before. My friend who is the pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Oriskany Falls, NY grew up a farmer and dropped out of school in 7th grade and said he never read anything until he read the KJV. He credits the reading of the KJV for increasing his comprehension and cognitive abilities. He had graduated from his bible college as one of the top students among his peers. From my experience anyone who complains about the "archaic" KJV wouldn't read an updated edition even if they had one just like many still won't read one of the 300+ modern English translations (yes, I have a list of approx that many since 1900) put out in "for ease of reading in a modern, updated English". It's just an excuse for laziness. Along with that I really don't know of any KJV bible believers clamoring for an updated edition. It something nobody is really asking for. Anyone at church not understanding an "archaic" word during a sermon has four avenues. 1) Wait for the pastor to define it which most likely would happen. 2) Look it up on their smart phone or tablet which many bring to church with them (please make sure your ringer is off) 3) Take a guess since the context and feel of the word usually will give you an idea of it's meaning. 4) Jot it down and look it up when you get home a enjoy learning a new word. "Besom of destruction" (Isaiah 14:23) My take on this "archaic" word. According to etymonline .com the word broom was in use 300 years before the KJV translators chose the word "besom". As I see it the word "besom" (a type of broom) fits the passage better since a "besom" is traditional associated with the occult and witchcraft (even to this day among Wiccans) and the context of the passage has to do with Satan himself as well as probably the future beast of Revelation. God will destroy these people with their own satanic devices. Just my thoughts.
    5 points
  31. My experience from people who claim not to understand the KJV because it's too 'hard' or 'old-fashioned', is that they object to the thee's and thou's and to the (apparently) big words. I would contend that removing all thee's and thou's for modern pronoun usage would reduce accuracy, and ditto for "simplifying" words. I'd really love to have the OP respond to my query as to examples of the words he would update, and their replacement, to see if my experience holds true. Also, I object to your (earlier) labelling of various of us (assumedly including me, from your indicators) of having a superstitious attachment to the words of the KJV. I support using good English, which includes many words that are considered archaic to young people due simply to their poor grasp of the English language. I have said nothing to suggest I have an overattachment to the KJV words itself. I'm not KJV only - I'm Textus Receptus only. What I am is a big fan of good English and not changing things just for the sake of change. Who cares if something is old-fashioned - there's nothing wrong with that! (That last line not directed to anyone in particular; just a generic rant.)
    5 points
  32. When you use "archaic" in reference any word in the KJV it shows you've already drunk the modernist cool aid and believe in their errant reasoning. I don't say that to be harsh but rather to ask that you reconsider that concept in reference to the words of the KJV. Every trade, and even sub cultures, has words that are more common among that trade than the general populace. The translators used a unique English format so that it could be cross cultural with minimal effort. The problem with modernist logic is that now they must make a separate "simple" U.S. update, a separate "simple" U.K. update, one for Australians, one for teen boys, one for pregnant moms, one for milk men, one for steel worker, etc. Its much simpler to take the time to update yourself and learn the biblical words and grammar that all English speaking people have used for over 400 years than to turn the bible into a Dick and Jane story book that must be updated ever few years to accommodate every generation and subculture's unique quirks. A person who will not learn a few uncommon words nor slightly expand his grammar and reading style will never take the time and effort to grow spiritually either. As far as simple and accurate updates, publishers have already done as much as they can without making a new translation. Its been found that whenever they attempt to change the words, the "modern equivalent" is lacking in substance and in accuracy and typically would need additional words and a whole new sentence structure. In other words, it would become a different translation and not an update. So, what you are purposing would be neither simple or accurate.
    5 points
  33. I think you came here with your mind made up already! Can you give examples of words you consider to be archaic, and the words you think may be an appropriate 'modern' replacement? I'm very curious as to whether your suggested updates would be appropriate replacements. Examples of grammar would be welcome as well. Also, how do you purport to appropriately replace the oft-maligned thee's and thou's without losing the distinguishing of singular and plural pronouns that is lost with the common modern usage (i.e. using 'you' for both singular & plural situations)? The word 'archaic', btw, means 'old-fashioned', and is neither a censure nor necessarily a reason for replacement. (Yes, I am using as many big words as possible to illustrate the precision of language that is gained by their inclusion.) In answer to this, yes, of course - I want to give them the most reliable translation. I trust them, as adults, to look up any words they don't understand. Remember, too, that the difficulty for non-believers in understanding God's Word is not in the text itself - it's in that the Scripture must be spiritually discerned, and they are spiritually dead. Changing the text will not improve that situation. The Holy Spirit must explain it to them.
    5 points
  34. Have you accepted this position? "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." [Matthew 28:18-20] Satan and those who are confused or deceived by Satan will, in Satan's case knowingly, and in the case of the deceived, knowingly or unknowingly do any/every-thing to prevent you from performing the work you have accepted when you accepted this position.
    5 points
  35. Yes!! So much so that we had to purchase a baptism to accommodate our baptisms (We used to use another churches faculties). Our church is 5 years old, and we've seen more growth in 2020 than any previous year. Just to be clear I'm bragging on God here
    5 points
  36. No, it doesn't "close" any doors. SCOTUS did not rule on the MERITS of the case, only on their belief that TX did not have standing regarding PA's election activities. There are still a lot of cases out there, in different states, for different reasons. So, please, stop this. It appears you are rejoicing that Marxism may "win" the day...although it had to STEAL it to "win" it. But, again, it's not over yet. There is still process to go through, and, as I said, cases in courts. How about, instead of starting a brand new thread with every little bit of bad news you can rejoice in, you make your comments in the plethora of threads you've already started? (BTW, that's not really a request...from here on out, please place your comments in threads you've already started...otherwise I'm going to think it's spam...)
    5 points
  37. I see they caught one arsonist. A BLM activist. I saw another video where a woman said her husband caught some guys trying to torch a hay field. This was in Oregon. Global warming has nothing to do with it. Rejection of God does.
    5 points
  38. Acts 20:29-30 -- "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
    5 points
  39. Being part of a small church we always seem to have some sort of distraction. While in a larger church some distractions may not be all that noticeable, smaller churches they become a bigger distraction. Our service yesterday started off like it normally does and everything was going along as planned. My daughter was scheduled to sing the special right before the preaching. We had a guest speaker Jonathan Lyons the VP for Missions for Forgotten Peoples with us. In the middle of my daughters special, I noticed a gentlemen coughing a little, then it keep getting louder and more frequent. Then the gentlemen next to him started doing the same thing. I didnt think too much of it as he was offered a cough drop. Then it slowly started overcoming more and more people in our auditorium. I saw my staff frantically moving around trying to figure out what is going on. Next thing I know nearly everyone is in tears coughing and choking. I then suddenly stopped the special and instructed everyone to leave the auditorium to figure out what was going on. Apparently one of out bus kids was playing with my daughters keys in which there is a pepper spray attached to the chain. Well, he opened it and accidentally sprayed some in the air. We're thankful everyone is okay and now the joke is that the pastor (me) is tried to poison the church. Those watching out live stream were so confused as to what was going on. Definitely never a dull moment at Highpoint. I think I missed the class in Bible College on how to handle this situation.
    5 points
  40. People that have never been exposed to an extremely strong Boston accent may not "get" this. I know that BroMatt will. This is one that I will never forget. Once upon a time, long long ago, I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law back home in Massachusetts. On Sunday evening they invited me to accompany them to their church's evening service. Before the actual preaching the pastor did a little teaching thing where he would say a biblical word and someone in the congregation would have to use that word in a biblical sentence. He went through a few words, with people correctly responding to his word and putting it in a sentence. His last selection for a word was, "Manna". My brother-in-law quickly raised his hand and was acknowledged; whereupon he promptly shouted out his usage of the word with this sentence: "What manna of man is this?" Upon hearing this the pastor gently said, "Bro. Frank, that is not quite the kind of manna I was thinking of."
    5 points
  41. Chase Tallent

    Steven Anderson

    At some point the church has got to start calling a spade a spade or in this case a heretic a heretic. So sick of this anything goes Christianity. I have heard folks (not on here) defend people that have gone full blown apostate and say that they believe they are saved but confused. What about the part in the bible that says if we deny Him, He will deny us. Just because Anderson sprinkles in some truth along with his heresy doesn't make him any less of a heretic. Anderson isn't confused he knows exactly what he is doing. BTW if he loves the bible as much as he claims he would step away from the pulpit because he ain't qualified. Due to his complete lack of self-control he is not "of good behavior" due to his false doctrines he is not "apt to teach" he is not "patient" and he is a "brawler". Those are just the ones I noticed in the videos in this thread. The fact that he has learned a script and has taught it to others and is intentional when it comes to soul winning doesn't justify his heresies neither does the fact that he has memorized several books of the bible. The fact that he has memorized so much of the bible makes it even more alarming. That proves that it isn't an intellect issue it is a heart issue, it is a salvation issue. As you can tell I don't post much on here and I don't have the desire to sow discord among the brethren but we need some folks with some backbone that'll call this stuff out (I appreciate those who do). Not for the purposes of rocking the boat but for the purposes of taking a stand on biblical truth and advancing the gospel. Some people need to change the batteries in their discernment detection devices also lol.
    5 points
  42. SureWord

    Job Interview

    Well, it's 2am in the morning and I can't sleep because I worry about my job situation. Seems the school is going virtual so I'm out of a job again. I've applied to so many jobs and when I had one lined up the CDL examination doctor failed my physical. In haste I changed my license to a "K" restriction to be able to keep my CDL but this basically means I can only drive a school bus, farm equipment or a van full of illegal aliens to work. I decided to take another CDL physical and that doctor passed me saying he couldn't understand why the other doctor failed me. I think it's because the other doctor is a commie So, I guess I might go ahead and sign up for a bible correspondence course I intended to take 25 years ago but got sidetracked from it. Anyway, please pray for me regarding my employment situation. It's sad when a man wants to work and is willingly to do just about anything (legal) and yet nobody wants him. God bless you all.
    5 points
  43. Alan

    Blessings with Tracts.

    About three weeks ago, while passing out tracts, I had placed a tract on a public phone. Yes! A few public phones in this technological changing world still exist in Taiwan! The next Sunday a man and wife, who were visiting in the area, came for church services. In the introduction they let us know that they were already Christians, were visiting the area, and found our church through a tract placed on the top of a public phone. The wife then took the tract out of her purse and showed it to the congregation. The couple loved the Lord and were thankful for the tract. They visited the church for two Sunday services and then went back to their hometown (the capital of Taiwan: Taipei). During those two weeks they were a blessing to the congregation and a living testimony of the value of the tract ministry. A wise soul-winner stated, "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good." Ecclesiastes 11:6
    5 points
  44. The "freedom" to make the best of one's cage is not freedom.
    4 points
  45. One of my nieces in Illinois has had the coronavirus for the past 14 days. She is in the hospital and is receiving injections in her stomach, is on oxygen, and will probably be in the hospital for the next week or so. She has a young son who has been exposed to the virus, as has my sister and her husband since my niece lives with them. We were supposed to go to Illinois to meet a brother whom we just discovered last year, but, it looks like we won't be going there, instead going to Indiana to see my birth father. I didn't want to drag the coronavirus over to him since he's dying from stage 4 emphysema. Please pray for my niece and her son, and for her mom and step-dad. They have already had the virus, but that was a while back. Also for my mother who is 79 and has heart problems and lives up in the same town. She's been exposed again. She knows the Lord and is ready to go if he calls her home. I'm sure they would all appreciate your prayers. Also pray for Vivian and I as we go to see my birth father in Indiana and present the Gospel to him once again. Thank-you.
    4 points
  46. Pastor Scott Markle

    Calvanism

    Hmmmm, to me that does not seem Biblically valid. Since this debate concerns the doctrine of the gospel, if one or another side is wrong, then they are "accursed" according to Galatians 1:6-9; and I for one could not comfortably engage in ministry fellowship with those whom the Lord our God has pronounced as "accursed."
    4 points
  47. Thank you, @PastorMatt. Keeping the family in prayer. Even though I didn't always comment on his posts, I admired his obvious love for the Lord and his desire for people to learn the truths of scripture.
    4 points
  48. Wow, that was sudden. Please, Lord, comfort his family.
    4 points
  49. And there it is -- Avoid the question of ACCURACY in order to push your agenda of updating. You have again revealed your priorities. By the way, concerning the matter of accuracy and the "archaic" pronouns, with God indeed all things are possible; and God has already provided an answer -- Bible teachers who teach others the importance and meaning of those pronouns for the sake of accuracy. (Note: I myself did not know the grammatical significance of ANY pronouns, except that someone first taught me English grammar, so the need to be taught is NOT an argument against this provision.) This is the manner by which God made it possible for me to learn their importance and meaning. This is the manner by which God has made it possible for me to teach others concerning their importance and meaning. You, on the other hand, do not seem to care, but only seem to want to avoid the subject of their accuracy. (Note: At this point I remain very uncertain that you even know the grammatical significance/meaning of those pronouns.)
    4 points
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