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  1. 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
  2. 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 th
    6 points
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  4. Good for them. You wouldn't contact trace or provide minute-by-minute coverage for a nasty flu - good on them for not pretending this is the end of civilization as we know it.
    3 points
  5. Tonight Trump announced that he and his wife have tested positive for covid. Now, there are a lot of thoughts on the thing (I'm not convinced it's a pandemic...a virus, yes). But the fact remains that they've tested positive, so we need to pray for them.
    3 points
  6. The severity of this virus aside, governmental bodies as well as any institution of power and influence have used this opportunity as a social experiment to see just how far the people of this nation will allow them to restrict our liberties.
    3 points
  7. Based on our averaged stats (so including all the people over 80 who have died), I have a slightly better chance of drowning than dying of Covid. Surprisingly, the government has not instituted warning signs or snorkels around bathtubs.
    3 points
  8. We're having a spectacular fall...here's some color.
    2 points
  9. Tonight's sunset was spectacular! I took several photos, but since my phone camera doesn't have a panoramic setting, I took a video instead. This was taken from the roof of my house.
    2 points
  10. Preaching/teaching is not necessarily a pastor-only job, so those preaching/teaching are not necessarily limited to pastoral requirements, whatever they may be. Teaching in particular may done by women (to other women or children), so that obviously would not be linked to the position of pastor.
    2 points
  11. SureWord

    No More Lockdowns

    It was all bunk. Socially distance and where masks around certain folks, yes, but to destroy a whole nation just to get Trump out of office is lunacy.
    2 points
  12. Please pray for my friend Laurie. Her husband Doug died of Covid-19 this morning, Saturday, October 10th. Doug was also a friend. We found we had a number of things in common. Both of us were in the Army in Germany when the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961. We both were in interested in history. Put Laurie, and all wives and husbands who have a spouse suffering with Covid-19. Thanks.
    2 points
  13. That is kind of a wimpy response to the topic. Seriously. No disrespect, mind you, but to keep the Sabbath as holy has an entirely different meaning than keeping every day holy. Holy means "set apart, sanctified'. If you keep every day holy, what is it holy from? What is it sanctified from? The Sabbath was holy, in that is was different or holy from all other six days, in every aspect of how a person lived. We can certainly dedicate each day to God, and so should we, but that is different than keeping every day holy-if all days are holy, then none are, because how can they be holy from each o
    2 points
  14. The very same words can be used to describe seasonal flu. No one, including this video say the virus is not real. It simply exposes the over reaction of authorities, as well as the fact that the testing for Covid 19 is not just flawed, but known to not be effective.
    2 points
  15. Covid 19---Crime against humanity? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr04gHbP5MQ
    2 points
  16. Big deal. People catch colds and flu all the time. Are we gonna stay in a bubble wearing masks forever more? The flu season two years ago was terrible at the school I work at and I guarantee if you stuck all of us who were sick into a nursing home we'd wipe the place out.
    2 points
  17. My nephew's wife caught the Wuhan virus and she wore a mask all the time even sometimes at home. She had a sore throat for two days then recovered. Now I'm not saying it's a fraud or it doesn't effect some people worse than others but it's part of life and destroying a nation's economy and morale over what essentially is a cold virus is foolishness. Next they should change the speed limit on the interstate to 10 mph and make everyone wear helmets because people may be killed or hurt if it's kept at 65-70 mph. And definitely nobody over 55 is allowed to drive.
    2 points
  18. As to the issue of whether or not they “have their reward”, are doing it “to be seen of men”? Probably not, only 2-4 people are likely to know (unless they use an accountant or are audited.) If they do as one man I knew of many years ago who had his check sticking out of his shirt pocket with the dollar figure (on the right side of the check) visible as he shook hands around the church (of over 1000 people) - well, he already received his reward!
    2 points
  19. Jim_Alaska

    New Website!

    A website is a valuable tool. For years we had only the small listing in the newspaper, which did not produce much. I put up a website for our church and we have had favorable results in that; we have had people visit that found us because of our website. Glad you have one in the works HC.
    2 points
  20. Perhaps we err in not making the distinction between the body and the spirit. The body of Jesus spent three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. But His spirit went directly to God upon His death. Luke 23:46 (KJV) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
    2 points
  21. I agree that it is an issue of liberty to observe or not, but when a group observes because they are following the false doctrines of a false prophet, and therefore observe because they believe they MUST, and that those who do NOT are lost and of the Devil, that is worthy of judgment. They fall under the condemnation that Paul threatened the Galatian believers with, when he said they were placing themselves back under bondage to a law that Christ had ended, and were seeking to complete their salvation, started by faith, by works of the law.
    2 points
  22. Yeah, you can see that here. Alberta is traditionally very conservative (think Texas level), except for the cities might be more liberal, and the heavily student areas around the universities are more socialist. In the last election, you could clearly see the strongly immigrant-settled areas of our major cities by the areas that voted socialist.
    1 point
  23. Well, you are both correct and incorrect - According to our Lord's own words in Luke 23:43, He most certainly DID go to "paradise." However, our Lord's own words do NOT include the indication that this "paradise" was some "area of hades." In fact, God's OWN Word in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 indicates that "Biblical paradise" and the "the Third Heaven" are to be equated with one another.
    1 point
  24. That sounds very good and all, but that isn't the same thing as the observance of the Sabbath as a holy day. God sanctified the seventh day; HE set it as different from other days, though that would not have any effect on mankind until Exodus 16-what you are doing, in saying you consider every day as holy, tells me you don't understand either what God did, or what the word 'holy' means. Now, if you tell me that you consider every day as a day set apart for God, I agree with that; but in the context of the Sabbath, the seventh day, it isn't the same thing. For the Jews it was clearly set
    1 point
  25. HappyChristian

    New Website!

    We have a website now! Andrew Canavan, second generation missionary to Ireland, is putting it together for us. It is not complete, but it's looking well! I've wanted a website for a while, as I know that many folks use the Internet to search. Andrew and Shawn were with us a few weeks back to present their ministry, and he talked to both my husband and me about designing it for us. I don't think we're going to be deluged with folks, but I do believe it will be a good tool. The website is here: https://lbc-pt.org/ We've had our information in the local paper for a couple of years - ju
    1 point
  26. Agreed. I'm all for voluntary social distancing and community efforts to stop a virus from being as severe but the draconian government lockdowns of businesses and people is a clear violation of constitutional and basic human rights of self determination.
    1 point
  27. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, just that the likelihood of it being serious is low enough that I don’t believe it is worth the measures taken. I really agree with Luanne’s assessment there. And honestly, if I can’t find places to laugh at it all, I’ll go insane with frustration at what the governments are doing to our liberties - and how much people are letting them.
    1 point
  28. Trump was taken to Walter Reed Hospital earlier today, as a precaution. Apparently he wasn't slowing down his work. He'll be there for a few days. He is getting medicine that will help clear it up. I completely disagree that "social" distancing has done anything to prevent the spread of the virus, nor do pieces of cloth. It is my opinion, and it is supported by many in the medical field. Of course, there are others in the field who believe the opposite. I believe in liberty, and I think Americans are smart enough to know to stay home when they are sick.
    1 point
  29. John Young

    New Website!

    So true. I still need to make one for our church institute as well but it takes a lot of work to get it to where its just right. You all are almost there! And what you have done looks great. Good job!
    1 point
  30. John Young

    New Website!

    Very nice website. Its simple and straight forward. The only thing I noticed was the "Our Story" page wasn't updated yet and still has the nonsense language posted. https://lbc-pt.org/our-story/
    1 point
  31. I'm with Jim-Alaska - I think it's a non-issue. A more pertinent question might be - should churches provide tax receipts?
    1 point
  32. Salyan

    New Website!

    That is a cute little international airport! Your website looks very sharp. I want to visit Vancouver Island one of these days, and if the borders allow, was thinking it might be fun to drop by for a visit.
    1 point
  33. Personally i feel that this subject is a non-issue.
    1 point
  34. On the seventh day God rested. The Sabbath was not one of the things laid on Gentile believers at the Jerusalem council, led by James.
    1 point
  35. PastorMatt

    New Website!

    Looks great
    1 point
  36. For all who may be following in the audience, A number of times in this thread discussion I have asserted that the basic meaning of the English word "hell" is "the place of the dead," and that it includes two possible meanings -- (1) the grave or (2) the place of eternal judgment for the wicked. Allow me to present the following evidence for the assertion. In Noah Webster's dictionary of 1828 (facsimile edition), we find seven definitions for the English word "hell." The first two of these definitions are as follows: 1. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after d
    1 point
  37. Indeed, the English word "paradise" is often used for the Garden of Eden. But that is NOT the question. The question is whether God the Holy Spirit ever inspired such a usage in the Holy Scriptures. If you use common human usage as your argument, then common human usage is your authority; but a sad (and unsound) authority it is for Biblical doctrine. Destroyed in the Flood. Where does God's Word indicates that "captivity" is a "them"? Actually, in His resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ took the captivity of death itself captive. Now the power of death and hell are in His han
    1 point
  38. Once again, what does God's OWN Word actually say about this place called "paradise" --
    1 point
  39. Jesus did not go to "Hell", the place of the damned, because those there had no second chance-they died in their sin. He went to Paradise, where the OT saints were who had died in faith to God before Jesus' resurrection, to include the thief on the cross. I believe this would also be the place called "prison". I have had people argue with me about that, saying paradise is a pleasant place, but prison is not. Well, one of the primary things that makes a prison a prison, is that those therein cannot leave of their own will. There are, in fact some prisons that are, in themselves, quite pleasant
    1 point
  40. I saw that. I'll be praying for the family.
    1 point
  41. Only if they are itemizing. I always took the "standard deduction" as my items were always less than the standard. However, all Americans, not just Christians, should deduct everything they legally can, so that they then can have as much of their own money as possible to disperse as they feel led. No if someone wants to give more of their hard earned money to the government, well that is their prerogative, though, in my opinion, a foolish one.
    1 point
  42. It's raining! Praise the Lord! This is about the normal time of year that the rains begin, but it has been hoped and prayed for by so many of us now! I know it was raining a bit earlier near one of the fires, so I'm sure hoping and praying it rains all over the state (since there is no such thing as a global climate, there is no guarantee that it will rain all over... ), as well as in other western states.
    1 point
  43. Now, along highway 101 - the highway that goes from our area all the way down CA (our area meaning that 101 curves around at our northern most point of the peninsula and heads south) - they have been finding power poles that the wind has blown over...these poles had transformers that popped and fires started. Thing is, at this pint there have been 18 - EIGHTEEN - found that were helped along by chain saws, to weaken them so that the wind would knock them over. That's arson. This graph is interesting...if the fires were from climate change, why do they stop at the borders? It couldn't be t
    1 point
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  45. Lol, that makes me think of something....Are skeletons immodest?... they are not wearing clothes.
    1 point
  46. Interestingly, I just recently went to get some x-rays on my back, first time I have seen a doctor for anything in 15+ years. And got a female. Had to drop trou, but she gave me a covering, so I maintained my modesty. Though she DID see my bones, so not sure how I should feel about that.
    1 point
  47. I know this is an old thread but it doesn't have to be an issue of "opposite sex" here. My brother had a male doctor (a man who was once a deacon in his church) proposition him during an examine. He even exposed himself to my brother in the examination room. These days you may have more issues with the same sex than the opposite. I've had two female doctors who were very good doctors (I still credit the one for saving my life) and there was never an issue. I guess this all depends on the individual and I would imagine it would be more of a concern for female patients with male doctors es
    1 point
  48. In looking through my resource material I cam across this article from the US Census that I thought might give a good addition to your local church thread. I will include more as I search for material. Bureau of Census for 1926 United States Department of Commerce "It is a distinct principle with Baptists that they acknowledge no human founder, recognize no human authority, and subscribe to no human creed. For all these things, Baptists of every name and order go back to the New Testament. And while no competent Baptist historian assumes to be able to trace a succession of Baptist ch
    1 point
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