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  1. 9 points
    DaveW

    Missionaries

    My church has been blessed lately with visits from missionaries that we support. Where we are, it is unusual for people to stop by - Perth is not really on the way anywhere, so you really have to be going TO Perth. And that is Expensive! As a result we don't get visits from missionaries very often. So far this year - yes 2018 - we have had two missionaries able to spend time with us. What a blessing it is to be able to look after these people!!!!
  2. 9 points
    This morning a couple JW ladies stopped by our house while my wife was at home. Of course, they immediately wanted to talk about end times (their "go-to" topic). My wife asked a question of them, "How would you describe your relationship with God?" The speaker was flummoxed, and the 2nd lady had a stricken look on her face. My wife just waited in silence. After a long, uncomfortable silence, the speaker turned to the 2nd lady and looked at her for help. The 2nd lady said, "Um, I guess I would say, 'Necessary'?" The first lady looked back at my wife and simply shrugged, but said nothing. My wife said, "You, know, I agree that it is necessary to have a relationship with God for the sake of your soul's eternity, but I think I would choose a different word... I think I would say, 'Intimate'." She then briefly gave her testimony, focusing on the personal relationship she enjoys with God through salvation in Jesus Christ. She then asked if she could show them from the Bible how they could have a close, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. At that point, the 2nd person said, "Well, it's obvious that we are not going to agree on a lot of things, so I think we won't take up any more of your time. But I do have one question, What church do you go to?" My wife told her the name of our church, to which the lady said, "I knew you were a Baptist! The only people who seem to know what they believe and who talk like you do about a relationship with God are Baptists. But, honestly, most of them aren't as kind as you."
  3. 9 points
    Alan

    Missionaries

    One of the greatest joys that I remember shortly after I got saved was visiting with missionaries in various countries in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. It was a blessing in visiting the works that God gave them. The Lord gave me the honour of seeing dedicated, and sacrificial, men of God, their wives, and their ministries. A special missionary in my heart is Brother Earl Beegle. Brother Beegle was a missionary to the U.S. GI's on Taiwan. Brother Earl Beegle, helped a lot of young men gain a strong love for the scriptures, soul-winning (both Chinese and American), and HOLY living. Brother Beegle is in heaven now rejoicing in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I love missionaries. I love supporting missionaries. I love being around missionaries. As far as I am concerned, the command of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 is the marching order of the Captain of our Salvation until He calls us home. A New Testament church is a missions minded church.
  4. 9 points
    HappyChristian

    Starting on a new adventure

    Well, the vote was held. And it was unanimous - in favor. So my husband is now pastor of our church. I'm not sure either of us has really wrapped our heads around that, but it's sinking in.... Please do be in prayer for wisdom for him. There are a few negative things he needs to do almost right away. I say negative because it involves stopping things that have gone on that aren't right but have become accepted. He's very patient and will explain things thoroughly, but I know some people will be hurt. The young lady I was going to be meeting with will not be meeting with me. She decided that I was judging her when I told her she needed to be consistent in attending if we were going to do this. I'm still waiting on a call from her mother, who also feels I was judging her. The young lady has said she won't be back. I'm sorry to hear that, but the Lord can work on her heart.
  5. 8 points
    OLD fashioned preacher

    Major changes

    Please pray for us. Selling or giving away practically everything (amazing how much 2 frugal people accumulate in 15 years after losing almost all in a hurricane and tornado). Giving "heirlooms" and such "family possessions" to my kids / grandkids. Looking for small motorhome for temp housing while on deputation for $6000 or less. (Target date for being on the field 31Dec19). Technologically challenged couple trying to put together presentation, etc. for deputation. Cracking down on seeking proficiency in Spanish for two old codgers. We are going on a "survey / fact-finding" trip 25Dec17-12Jan18. We are going to Nicaragua (missionary) probably beginning ministry in / near Jinotega or Boaco. The Lord has already provided me with a couple of national contacts (a paralegal who is familiar with Nicaragua visas and a Nicaraguan Independent Baptist pastor) and a gringo missionary in Matagalpa. The national pastor should be able to make me aware of existing solid Baptist churches that might be in an area that most gringos wouldn't know was there because of them being the result of the ministry of a Nica church instead of a US missionary. That should help avoid an unwitting waste of time and effort in an "already covered" area. If someone knows of some churches which have an annual missions conference that might be worth my while, please let me know. I've always stayed in my little corner, minding my own business and busy with the ministry the Lord had me in. As a result, most the people and contacts I knew are in Glory now. I know no one, no one knows me (which can be a blessing or a frustration).
  6. 8 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Prayer for moderator and wife.

    I am asking for prayer for one of our moderators and his wife. The moderator is Ukulelemike, his wife's name is Delia. Mike wrote to tell me that his wife woke in the night some time ago with severe stomach pain. He rushed her to the hospital and they found that she had a perforated colon resulting in a massive spill of bowel contents into her abdomen. At first they couldn't even find her blood pressure, once they did find it, it was only 50/20 her heart rate was 165. He said she almost died. She has been in intensive care for a full five weeks. She is healing now and it is looking a lot better for her. They have no insurance so this is going to be hard on them. I asked him if I could post this on the forum and he said yes, the more the better. So now we have something to pray for, for one of our own.
  7. 8 points
    2bLikeJesus

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    I posted this before but in 2014, so I will post it again in response. I Posted June 24, 2014 I was out soul winning, door knocking in the area when someone who answered the door stated "I have heard of your church, you guys are the one's with all those rules." I looked at him genuinely confused and said "we don't have ANY rules." He said, "then why do you guys dress so different, and you don't drink, go dancing, go to movie theaters, or party like normal folks, and you go to church like several times a week?" I told him it's because of a love for God and what he has done for us. We find principles in His word that indicates what would be most pleasing to Him and out of love we do all we can to please Him. You don't have to do ANY of those things to attend our church, that would make them rules that must be followed. You don't need to follow any of those things to be saved either and on your way to heaven. I then got the chance to explain a non-works salvation to him. A person who needs rules, doesn't understand principles. Galatians 5:18 (KJV) 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. If you are truly led of the Spirit, the Spirit will NEVER lead you to do anything that is contrary to God's will and Word, there is no need for the law. Rules are neccesary for a heart away from God. Galatians 3:19a (KJV) 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions 1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV) 12 All things are lawful unto me [the Law], but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any [the Principle]. 1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV) 23 All things are lawful for me [the Law], but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not [the Principle]. The law makes nothing perfect. Hebrews 7:19 (KJV) 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. The law was not made for righteous men. 1 Timothy 1:8-10 (KJV) 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disOBedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; Galatians 3:24 (KJV) 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. So many people, especially IFB's who have been raised since children in an IFB church, have no idea WHY we have the standards we do. Until they understand that a standard is simply a self-imposed boundary set to help us keep a conviction that was formed by understanding a principle from God's word. You first find a principle in God's word, and from that principle you form a conviction, and then a standard is set by yourself to help you keep that conviction. Because of this, some standards are entirely yours alone. For instance, I will not allow myself to own a boat. There is absolutely nothing wrong or sinful about boat ownership, but for me, outdoor recreation is a huge draw and I am weak enough to it ( "I will not be brought under the power of any"), that my ministry for God is hurt by it. Until people have standards put IN them by understanding the principles behind them, instead of ON them because "that's just the way we do things" they will never have them for their own and it is easy for them to backslide as soon as they are out of the house. Bro. Garry In His will. By His power. For His glory.
  8. 8 points
    No Nicolaitans

    The Altar

    Hi Thief on the Cross. I will give you my view on it; others' views may differ. First, I'm not sure how the area (that you're referring to) became known as "the altar". At one time, it was called things like "the mourner's bench". Charles Finney called it "the anxious bench". Those latter two names will give you the significance of it. Basically, the idea and purpose for it is that it gives a person (who may be under conviction) the opportunity to respond to that conviction at the earliest possible moment after hearing the word of God preached. The idea being, that if a person possibly waits, they may (or may not) make a decision in response to God's word. That's a good question. I personally believe that to call that area "the altar" isn't really in keeping with the biblical use of the term. The altar was the place (in the Old Testament) where animals were sacrificed and slain. There was also the altar of incense. Various people also built altars in the Old Testament prior to the institution of the law. I don't recall if any of those altars were used for anything other than sacrificing animals. They may have been; I just don't recall right now. In the New Testament (aside from the four gospels), the only altars that are mentioned which aren't for Israel's sacrificing of animals are... 1. An altar to false gods in Acts 17. 2. An altar mentioned in Hebrews 13 that belongs to "us". I think most people would say that this altar is the cross of Christ since that is where he was slain. 3. The altar of God in heaven in Revelation. Now aside from that, is there a biblical reason for doing this? I would say that's up to the individual church... My reasons in favor of it: 1. When the people heard the word of the Lord read in Nehemiah 8, they immediately acted upon it. 2. When the keeper of the prison asked Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved, he was told and immediately acted upon it. Now, it must be understood that in those two examples, there wasn't "an altar" (as we're referring to). They heard the word of God and immediately acted on it. So, people can still act on what they've heard from God's word without an "altar". My main reason for using those examples is that it (the altar call) gives people the opportunity to act immediately after hearing the word of God. However, the actual "acting on God's word" takes place in our daily lives. My reasons against it... There is nothing in the bible (that I know of) to describe what we know as today's altar call. At the same time, there is nothing in God's word describing a Sunday School, Church Choirs, Assistant Pastors, etc. There are many things done today that fall under what I would call "Christian Liberty". There may not be anything expressly supporting them in scripture; however, there isn't anything expressly forbidding them either. So churches are at liberty to use them. My concern (apart from the name itself) is that "the altar call" has become more than it was intended to be. Some use that time to pressure people. Some use it as a way of measuring a successful sermon. Some use it as a way to compare themselves with other churches. I want to stress "some"...not all! Now keep in mind, these are my thoughts on it. Others may disagree. In fact, if anyone knows that I'm mistaken in any part of this, I would hope they would point that out to me so that I can make it right.
  9. 8 points
    Jim_Alaska

    The beauty of creation

    I am posting this in The Beauty of Creation thread because it has to do with The Beauty of Creation, but it requires more than just a picture. It also needs to be explained in detail so that readers will understand all the factors involved. I hope readers will enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed experiencing it first hand. As I write this the date is May 1st. 2018. We have had to move our residence to a different place about eight miles from where we previously lived. It has been a long and arduous task for two old people, but we got it done. A new location always brings about unexpected changes and surprises, but with this move there was a surprise that I never could have anticipated. But before I reveal this surprise I need to flesh out this story so that the reader understands the unique situation we live under in California. When most people think of California they immediately think in terms of big cities and huge populations. I also thought this way before I became a resident. The truth is that there are many places in Far Northern California that are extremely rural and even off the beaten track. Many places are desert with no population, or mountainous and forested. Where we live is mountainous and heavily forested. It is just a place name with little population. In a fifteen mile stretch of highway the population is just 115. The nearest sizable city is 80 miles distance. Out nearest neighbor is more than three miles away. Hello So, having established how rural we are I will move on. Being surrounded by wilderness we see a lot of wildlife. When we moved in here the person that was moving out told us of a small California Kit Fox that visited regularly. He said this fox liked to stop by for a slice of bread. Since we moved in this little female fox has stopped by a number of times. But I found out something about this visitor that no one ever would have guessed. I'm Foxy After the first couple of visits where I would dole out a slice of bread in small bites, one evening I decided to sing some hymns. I often sing when alone and outside, or in the truck. As I sang I noticed a visible change in the demeanor of the little fox. She was standing about six feet from me and her eyes seemed to soften as she listened. I could tell she was enjoying the hymns because her ears would move back and forward in response to certain notes. Got Bread? Then began a ritual whereby she would stop by not only for a scrap of bread, but also to be sung to. She doesn’t leave right away when the bread is gone, but waits quietly for the singing. The first time this ritual began I was pleasantly surprised to see she was not just inquisitive about the pleasant sound of song, but she was thoroughly enjoying it. First, as she was listening she seemed to relax more and then sat down. As I continued to sing different hymns she then lay down with her head up, still a mere six feet away. Finally she not only lay down, but put her head down between her paws, flat on the ground. She ended up with her front feet tucked under her and her head on the ground in a very peaceful position and continued to listen. What a trusting attitude for one of God’s wild creatures. She shows no fear with the exception of my wife trying to get a picture of her through the window, that makes her wary, but not fearful. Having lived in Alaska for many years I am familiar with most kinds of wildlife. I do not make it a habit of actually feeding any wildlife because they can become habituated to it and lose their ability to forage for themselves. One scrap of bread once in a while is not likely to have this effect. I Like Bread As I said in the beginning of this story, “a new location always brings about unexpected changes and surprises.” But this is a surprise I never would have imagined. It would seem that this latest move has also brought about the surprise of a ready made congregation of one. So you might say that I now have a ministry of food for the homeless, as well as a ministry in song. She does seem to favor the slower, soothing hymns as opposed to anything up beat such as “When the roll is called up yonder;” or “The battle hymn of the republic.” This seems to be a small sample of what nature and man will experience during the Millennium. All of God’s creation has this to look forward to in the future. Awww, come on, just one more song
  10. 8 points
    I do believe that the KJO "movement" is dying, but I'm OK with that. The KJV was around centuries before there was ever a "movement", and will be here long after the movement is over. A movement is spearheaded by men following men. And what men lead other men into, they can lead them out of. I suspect that when we get to heaven, God's opinion of the shadow cast by some of the IFB "greats" will not be quite as high as their own opinion of themselves. John the Baptist said "He must increase, but I must decrease". I've watched these men do nothing but increase for decades, until they crashed one-by-one, ruining their testimonies, as well as the testimony of their "movement". Some 100 -odd years of Icarus flying too close too the sun on wings held together by the wax of personality. It melted. Now we're falling from the sky. We have spent decades sending our best and brightest to these centralized "institutions of higher learning" established and run by egomaniacs and carnal showmen, and failed to do our duty as a local church and train up our own, as commanded by II Timothy 2:2. So we now have a full 2 generations of "pastors" in this country who are the ignorant, carnal product of our own lazy, irresponsibility. The answer? The few real, godly, veteran pastors that are left must start taking their own young preachers under their own wing, and lead them at home by example in weeping, working, loving, studying, preaching, praying and living right. Pastoring is about nights on our knees, not neckties around our necks. It's about working hard on sermons, not waxing eloquent on social ills. It's sacrifice, not salaries. Humility instead of haughtiness. Building faith, not getting fat. We call ourselves "Christian". "Followers of Christ". Well, Christ was poor, humble, loving and forgiving while still preaching hard truth. He was hard working and invested in his disciples on a 24-hour-a-day, personal, sacrificial basis. We, the IFB "movement" left following Christ and began following men who named Christ, but followed themselves. I'm 50 years old. I was born to an IFB preacher, and raised in it my whole life. 3 of my uncles were IFB preachers. My dad graduated under DR Tom Malone at Northwestern in 1972. I was ordained in 1998 as an IFB preacher, and have preached in IFB churches across the US and in a number of foreign countries. I am heartsick at the condition of the church today as a whole. We have to stop doing what got us in this mess in the first place, and start accepting our responsibility to replace ourselves, (Matthew 28:18-20, II Timothy 2:2 etc.), while making sure daily we are even worth replacing.
  11. 8 points
    Pastorj

    Why our IFB churches are dying

    I have visited well over 100 Independent Baptist Churches here in North Carolina. If you add the churches we visited while traveling, the number is probably close to 200. What we have determined is that there are 2 areas where IFB churches can and should improve before they fade away. One is with the Pastor and the other is with the People. Pastor Though there are 3 different types of preaching, Expository, Textual, Topical, there is something missing in a lot of our churches. I have heard hundreds of preachers over the years and unfortunately many of them have moved away from Scripture and to telling good stories, jokes, poems, etc. I was taught in college that illustrations illustrate. Unfortunately, what I see in churches is that preachers use 1 or 2 versus of Scripture and then use illustration after illustration to prove their points. There are many reasons why preaching has become an issue in churches, but my challenge to all preachers is to evaluate your preaching style and ensure that you are "Preaching the Word", not the great story about the time God blessed you. Church We have found that the vast majority of churches are just unfriendly. Shaking hands with me as a visitor is not being friendly. It's being cordial. As we have visited churches, many people have shaken our hands and thanked us for coming. However, very few individuals have even asked us our name. We have been invited to church by many people and they have said that they were the friendliest church in ####. When we arrive at church (usually 15 minutes before), we find that no one comes up to talk with us and learn more about us. Even when we try to start conversations with others, the conversation is one sided. It gives me the impression that the church doesn't want us there. Most visitors will only come to a church one time to evaluate it. First impressions are critical. Here are some ways people can make others feel welcome: 1. Have a conversation with the individual. Learn their name, where they live (Not necessarily the address), where they work, family, hobbies. 2. Use the above conversation to build a relationship with them. 3. Take them out for lunch and get to know them further These two areas are easily fixable. Pastors need to train their people to be friendly. It is what is driving the cults and "Modern" churches to excel. I share this in this area to encourage those in the ministry to evaulate
  12. 7 points
    Rebecca

    The beauty of creation

    I enjoy taking photos of nature, whether scenery, insects, plants, animals, etc. I wanted to start a thread where anybody who wants can share a photo they took of something in nature. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
  13. 7 points
    No Nicolaitans

    What would you do?

    Please forgive me for what I'm about to say... Folks here know my stance (I think). I see nothing wrong with women wearing pants...if they are modest. Same with dresses. Sometimes, I feel that I'm the only one who draws a parallel between modern-day IFB "rules and regulations" and the Pharisees who placed the emphasis on outward appearance. Whitewashed tombs? Clean the outside of the cup? Christ certainly wasn't in favor of those who "made proselytes". I've said it before. I'm saying it now...and I'll continue saying it... Allow the Holy Spirit to change a person as they grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. When the change comes from him (and within), the change is real. When the change is forced by others...it's not real. It's done to please man. All of this emphasis on forcing a change on the outward appearance usurps what Christ is doing on the inside. Often more than not, it forces people to seek to please man...and often more than not, it leads to man-worship. I would much rather see a lady (who wears pants to church) yearning to know more of Christ...than to see a woman (who wears dresses only) that gives those who don't "measure up" looks of disgust and disdain, because they wear pants ...and the same for men. Preach standards...yes! However, don't force them on people. Allow the Holy Spirit to change them through the preaching of his word. Please?
  14. 7 points
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    This is a monolith called "Wave Rock" about 500km east of Perth in the middle of nowhere.
  15. 7 points
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    Late afternoon in the SW corner of Western Australia - that is the Indian Ocean.
  16. 7 points
    Jordan Kurecki

    a wife

    Update, yesterday I official began courting a most wonderful godly young lady that I met here at Baptist Bible Translators Institute/ the Lord is good.
  17. 7 points
    One of the colleges I went to was staffed in large part by BJU grads. There were a lot of placards with Bob Jones quotes on them. I don't remember if there were any with scripture. At another college I went to, one of the pastoral staff preached a message in chapel...it was completely taken from a book. The book was very good - I owned it, and that's how I knew from whence the message came. But hearing it "preached" was disconcerting, to say the least. It has always been my belief (and still is) that a preacher should get his messages from God, not a book written by man - no matter how spiritual that man is/was. It doesn't bother me if a preacher quotes another preacher once in a while, if it is apropos to the sermon and is biblically sound. IMO, it could be used as illustration. But, again, only once in a while. I'd much rather hear my pastor quote God's Word.
  18. 7 points
    What joy! Three of our grandsons were saved today! The two oldest boys (15 and 17 yrs old) are both special needs boys, and that just goes to show how powerful God's love and His truths are and how they can pierce through and not be hindered by those special needs! The youngest is almost 12 yrs old and he was the first of the three to ask the Saviour to save him. "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:7). What glorious answers to this grandma's countless prayers! I'm rejoicing with tears of praise, and ever grateful in prayer! Yes, praise God from Whom all blessings flow! I can't help but to add... What an unspeakably joyous thing it was to hear the oldest young man ask Jesus to save him! To be told that his countenance was one of peace and serenity surely wrought the instant longing to join the very angels in Heaven and burst out in joyful song! Glory to God in the highest for all three of my grandsons accepting the gift of salvation! Praise the Lord for my grandsons' momma who led them to Him...and their daddy for also teaching them and desiring that they be saved! In the quietness of your heart, if you will sweetly still yourself...you shall hear the RE-JOY-SING (JOY AGAIN and AGAIN!!!) in Heaven over these 3 precious young men!
  19. 7 points
    DaveW

    Origin of the Bible

    I have said very little about this, but I feel like I have to interject at this point. I understand that you are trying to find a way to answer the Catholic claims, but the problem with that is that these people will constantly present as much history supporting their view as you present denying their view. The better way would be to show that the Catholic church doesn’t teach Bible truth now, as that is when we are living. You need to present to them the places where the Catholic church is preaching contrary to the Bible and the Gospel. There are plenty of passages that show commonly known Catholic practices as biblically untrue. For instance: Matthew 23:9 (9) And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Yet they INSIST that you call their priests “Father”. Note that this also covers the idea of a Pope, for this name is simply a Latin form of “Papa” or “father”. 1 Timothy 2:5 (5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Yet they call Mary a “Mediatrix” – which is simply the female form of mediator. Or how about: 1 Timothy 3:2-5 (2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (4) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Note here that there are several qualifications here of a “bishop” that are specifically stood against by the Catholic priesthood rules. • “Husband of one wife”. (Catholic says: They MUST be celibate – not married) • “Not given to wine”. (Catholic says: They MUST partake of alcoholic wine at least in the communion, if not in other parts of various services) • “ruleth well his own house…children in subjection”. (Catholic says: They are not allowed to have children as a priest.) These are three that are specifically spoken against in the priestly rules that they impose. So, here are three examples of where the Catholic church SPECIFICALLY and DELIBERATELY goes against very specific and particular commands, and these three are areas that are commonly known to be Catholic positions. What the Bible says cannot be denied, and what the Catholic Church commands also cannot be denied. And they are total opposites. So, leave the argument of them “Canonising” the Bible, and ask them why they deny what the Bible says.
  20. 6 points
    Rebecca

    Rock Tumbling

    The church I am working at has a home school ministry and I thought it would be a fun thing for the kids to learn about rock polishing/tumbling, so I brought in my little rock tumbler and a few rough gemstones that came with it and showed them how it works. They were a bit disappointed that it's going to take so long to have a finished shiny stone, but are excited to seeing the finished product. The rock tumbler works by turning a barrel of rocks, sand, and water constantly for up to 3-4 weeks depending on your desired shininess or rock type. The tumbler that I got came with four different grits of sand, the first grit is the roughest type and just gets the rocks smoothed out, the final grit is the finest type and polishes the rocks. The rocks have been tumbling for two weeks now, and are now at grit #3 and will tumble for another week before I change the sand again. The pictures are of the tumbler and some random rocks I found, before tumbling, and after the first week of tumbling. Before: After 1 week:
  21. 6 points
    Alan

    Bubbles.

    Bubbles by Alan As one goes through life, troubles, like bubbles, arise and flow, Turmoil and woe, Friend and Foe Alike flow like bubbles, Bubbles, like troubles, are the woe on man, The curse of sin, Bubbles, like time, wax and wan, rise and fall Though big and complex, like the throes of life, meet man alike Bubble like troubles, are strong and weak to all they meet A wind shall carry, all alike, from start to finish. Though alike in form, the end is not norm, for all bubbles. To prove the fact, the truth may be known All bubbles are not the same. Though flimsy and flighty, the race is not in the bubble, 'tis the wind. Though not swift, nor strong in might, 'tis the wind. 'Tis wind my friend, the determines the end, of the bubble. ' that the race is not, to the swift,' 'tis the wind. Ecclesiastes 9:11 Photo by Mrs. Alan
  22. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    Wesco Family to Cameroon

    Please be in prayer for the Wesco family. This family of 10 arrived in Cameroon in recent months as missionaries. Brother Wesco was shot in the head and died either this morning or yesterday (the time difference fools me...). Anyway, all of their children are minors, so Sister Wesco is left to rear them as a single mom. Her prayer is that God will be glorified through all of this.
  23. 6 points
    25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. When we married, my wife tried to change me, and I tried to change her. To make a long story short, the truth of those verses finally dawned on me. After I gave up my own desires and accepted her for who she was, life was much better. Take it as you will.
  24. 6 points
    Here is something to ponder -- 1. The character of God's Law is holy. Thus it is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 2. The character of God's Spirit is holy. Thus he is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 3. If by character God's Law directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, and if by character God's Spirit directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, in what manner does God's Law and God's Spirit contradict each other?
  25. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    I have a request

    Tomorrow I will be going in for an echocardiogram. I have had the test before and there was nothing wrong. However, I recently had an EKG that showed some issues. There is an issue in my sinus rhythm, and they suspect that my left atrium is enlarged. Hence the ECG. There is definitely something wrong - I can feel it. Please, if you would, pray that they can find what's wrong and we can take care of it. On a happier note, I had a whole slew of blood tests done, and everything is great with those. No high blood pressure, either. My hubs had some tests as well. And they weren't as happy. His A1C hit 7, and his triglycerides were so high they couldn't figure his LDL or HDL count. My TOTAL lipid panel was 134. His triglyderides are 1500. Yes, you read that right. Ugh... So now we are in the process of trying to change some things. Would appreciate prayer for that as well.
  26. 6 points
    Alan

    Salvation after the rapture.

    The "left behind" series are to be taken with a grain of salt. Although entertaining, thought provoking, and an element of truth, they are not entirely scriptural doctrine. They were written with more thought on making money in the Christian market than teaching biblical doctrine. Your question is not silly. It arises due to the confusion in false teachers teaching salvation by our works. So, we understand that your question is logical. First of all, nowhere in the Bible, in either the Old or New Testament, in either under Law or under Grace, nor even in the 7-Year Tribulation Period, will anybody be saved by works. Second, false teachers take verses out of context and give their own reason why they think people must work to be saved. I do hope that my short explanation helps. In other areas of OnLineBaptist the issue of working for one's salvation has been minutely studied. I am only giving you the conclusion of our studies. If you have any specific verse that you want us to study please let us know.
  27. 6 points
    Pastor Scott Markle

    My Apology

    Sometimes it is not the words themselves, but the attitude in which those words were administered. We observe the words, but God the Holy Spirit is able to look upon the attitude. Thus if God the Holy Spirit brought conviction against what was done, although you or I do not see the fault, then God the Holy Spirit should be heeded. Although I also may not have recognized any fault in Brother Jim's responses, I do certainly honor his humility in publicly providing the above expression of humble repentance at the direction of God the Holy Spirit.
  28. 6 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    Sunset East Coast of Taiwan The evening sun reflecting on the clouds - No Photo editing or special lighting. Photo by Alan
  29. 6 points
    Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
  30. 6 points
  31. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    The beauty of creation

    This picture was taken by a gentleman in Sequim last Thursday. Even though we are surrounded by mountains, snow is very rare in this area. It started snowing Sunday a week ago, and snowed several times after that. Temps remained very cold, so the snow hung on. Yesterday it began raining, so our front yard is basically clear (the back yard still has a lot of snow). It is beautiful, but I''m ready for spring.
  32. 6 points
    I have full assurance of conviction that the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 are NOT angelic beings.
  33. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    The beauty of creation

    A lady took this photo this morning. It's from the east end of Sequim. Gorgeous sunrise.
  34. 6 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Missionaries

    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves. Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of six teen aged boys to help with the building. They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending) After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years. I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town. The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.
  35. 6 points
    weary warrior

    The beauty of creation

    Alan, you mentioned the full picture of the lion in my avatar ...
  36. 6 points
    Jim_Alaska

    The beauty of creation

    This is in contrast to weary warrior's beautiful late summer picture, also taken in Alaska. Notice that it is a different season.
  37. 6 points
    weary warrior

    The beauty of creation

    I've guided horseback off and on for several years here in Alaska. This is on one of my trips up in the mountains....
  38. 6 points
    DaveW

    Just braggin' a little.

    My wife is a wonderful, lovely, gorgeous, but slightly silly lady. I say slightly silly for the simple reason that you would have to be at the very least slightly silly to put up with me for 29 years, and yet as of tomorrow, it will be 29 years ago that we were married. I love her more now than I did then, and at that time, I didn't think it was possible to love a person more than I loved her. So I am bragging about how wonderful she is, and how amazing she is that she could put up with me for so long.
  39. 6 points
    In my early ministry, I quoted a lot of Old time preachers. I felt like it would give me some validity with the people in the church. As I grew in the Lord, I realized that people didn't come to hear me or funny stories or quotes from great preachers. They did not come to church to be entertained. They came to hear God's Word. My messages decreased in length from 50+ minutes to around 35, but the people began to grow greatly in the Lord and I saw a change in my church. I don't tell jokes anymore and rarely even tell a story. God's Word is the center point of my message.
  40. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    I think both of you need to take a step back and breathe. It seems that you are talking at each other, saying much the same thing. For some reason you've rubbed each other the wrong way (at least that is certainly my impression of your interactions in this and other threads). Sadly, I do know of Christians who have stupidly said things like "you can go murder your grandmother now and you'll still go to Heaven." My mother's best friend was told this when she got saved as a teenager. It's no wonder she had no interest in learning anything more about the Lord. The fact of the matter is that eternal security is a Bible doctrine, and we are promised it in God's Word. We do not persevere, we are preserved. Christianity has, in many instances, equated OSAS with eternal security (and Omega is correct that there are minute differences between the two; but minute is the key...). Because once we are saved, we are saved. Period. And that is something with which the two of you are in agreement, even if you don't seem to realize it. So, let's, as I said, take a step back and a breath. And let's rejoice that we will meet in Heaven - and we won't talk at cross purposes!
  41. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    Starting on a new adventure

    We got back from church just a bit ago. The vote was 14 yea, 4 nay. The constitution that the church was under at the time of the vote required 3/4 majority. And so Randy is now permanent pastor. After the vote for pastor, the church also voted on the constitution. So now the church has a pastor and a constitution that is unique to the church. They also gave my husband a gift of cash for Pastor Appreciation Month. Thank you for praying. We appreciate any prayer as our adventure continues.
  42. 6 points
    Danny Carlton

    Urgent, work needed

    I find myself in a place where I have no idea how we will pay this month's bills. I've been supporting my family as a freelance web developer for the past 10 years and we've always had money coming in from somewhere, but my freelance clients have dwindled down to just a few and the website I was relying on as a financial backup also petered out and is now defunct. I know God will come through and provide, but the stress of times like this is always what's worse. So I'm asking for prayer for strength to trust in God's plan. He knows what He's doing, but it's very hard not to worry and fret over every little thing that I do, whether I'm doing enough, too little or too much.
  43. 6 points
    And herein I do stand also. Based upon my study on the doctrine of Biblical inspiration and preservation as delivered in God's Word, I can do no other.
  44. 6 points
    PastorMatt

    Why is Steven Anderson hated?

    Hold on, I'm taking my church out soul-winning, I'm respond later today when I get back.
  45. 6 points
    DaveW

    Why is Steven Anderson hated?

    I actually think the funniest part of this thread is that the detractors from Steven Anderson have posted points and facts in a matter of fact way, some of it with evidence, some of it with Bible passages, whilst the supporters of Steven Anderson ahve made wideranging accusations, and laid charges that are completely unfounded upon the members here at OLB, and in at least one instance done it in a way that is verging on being disgusting in its description of "some of you"(us) here at OLB. That alone shows the reality of Steven Anderson's so called ministry. But in fact, he most likely won't mind at all - it appears as though to him any publicity is good publicity.
  46. 6 points
    DaveW

    Christian and Depression

    Oh, this is a big topic with much controversy. To begin with, it is just a lie to say that the Christian life is one of constant happiness and good living - it is definitely not. Jesus Himself said: John 16:33 (33) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. In this world YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION - it is not all going to be roses just because you are saved. And as you read through the book of Acts in particular you see men suffering for Christ, not having good times. So it is plain that the Christian life is not all smooth seas and plain sailing. That is point 1. Secondly, this world is perpetuating the lie that if you are unhappy there must be something wrong with you. Think about this for a minute: if your dog dies, how would you expect to feel? You would expect some level of unhappiness over it. That is absolutely fine - but the world makes it out as though only people with depression are unhappy, and if you are "depressed" or unhappy about something then you need to be treated. Now the Lord does want us to be happy, and the Lord does want us to be joyful, but there are specific reasons to be joyful that are not necessarily related to our daily living. By this I mean the Bible tells us to : Philippians 4:4 (4) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Note that it is rejoicing in the Lord - and it is just after this that Paul speaks about his contentment in all situations. Philippians 4:11 (11) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I doubt very much that Paul was "happy" when he was abased (in great need), but he was contented - there is a difference between being "happy" and having godly contentment. And in fact this is one of the keys - godly contentment comes from knowing that God is in control, and that although he may allow hard things into your life, you know that: Romans 8:28 (28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Understanding this - and it is not easy to come to terms with by the way - but understanding this fact allows you to rest in Him. So it is absolutely OK to be unhappy when sad or hard things happen in your life, as long as you keep in mind that the Lord loves you (if you are saved), and: 1 Corinthians 10:13 (13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. There is another thing to keep in mind through all of this, and it is another thing that the world has totally wrong. The world says you have have drugs to stop the bad thoughts. (Note here that I am not saying that the drugs are always wrong - I am no medical professional, and do not have the knowledge or authority to advise about that specifically, but it is my opinion that drugs are way over-prescribed, and many of these people need nothing more than to be told they are normal and feeling like normal people should feel. Also, anyone currently on drugs should not stop without talking to their doctor, because some of these drugs will cause withdrawal symptoms that can be severe.) The world says that you cannot help the way you think. The bible says differently - very differently. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. Notice here that we are told to "bring into captivity every thought" - now it specifically relates this to Christ, so this is not in our won strength, but why would the Lord command us to take our thoughts captive if it was not possible? Casting down imaginations? That is putting our thoughts into their proper place. The World says you cannot control your thoughts and in fact that your thoughts control you, but the Lord says you must take your thoughts CAPTIVE! DO NOT BUY the lie that says that you cannot control your thoughts - God says you can and should. And the best way to do that? Lets go right back to one of the first passages I pointed to, but lets look at more of it: Philippians 4:4-9 (4) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (5) Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Several things here: Rejoice IN THE LORD, not in your troubles. Moderation, not extremes, are the way of the Christian life - including moderation in emotions. Try not to go "really high and really low". The Christian life should be one of stability. "Be careful for nothing" means don't worry about everything all the time - instead of worrying about everything, pray about it. Do these three and the "peace of God" can be yours, because of what Christ has done for you. But it doesn't stop there. Paul adds a "finally" to it, and it is an amazing addition. He lists a bunch of things and says to us at the end of verse 8 "think on these things". This is again an indicator that we can control our thoughts, and we should control our thoughts, and we should specifically think about the things he lists in vs 8. Things that are: true honest just pure lovely of good report virtue praise And the thing I like to remind people of is that the highest expression of truth, honesty, justice, purity, loveliness, good report, virtue, and praise, is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about the wonderfulness of God and what He has done for you, and what He continues to do for you every day. Now then, whilst always keeping in mind that Jesus Christ loves you in amazing ways, if you lose your job, or you get some bad news, you are allowed to be unhappy about it - but if the unhappiness begins to overwhelm you, then you need to bring those thoughts into captivity, and make yourself think about the things of the Lord. Then you can be unhappy, and yet still rejoicing in the Lord. God made us with emotions - the key is to control them, not allow them to control us. Finally, the world loves us to think we are the only one and that everyone else "has it all together" - the truth is that people only see what we let them see. the best illustration I can think of is the wife and mother, who when she hears that someone has been invited over, goes on a massive cleaning spree. When the guest comes over they look around and see the house spotless and perfectly organised, and they think to themselves "I wish my house was as neat and clean as this". But the house isn't always as "neat and clean as this" - it is normally pretty good, and not a mess, but it only gets perfect when people come over - but the guests don't see that - they only see the specially prepared "neat and clean" not the normal. But when the roles are reversed and the hosts become the guests the same things happens, and each wife feels as though she is not as good as the other - but they each do a fine job normally, but a special effort for guests. Depression is exactly the same - people look at each other and only see the outside that we want to show them, which looks like we have it all together - but inside is a different story. Outside we want everyone to think we are doing fine, and that is what we show them, and that is what they see. What they don't see is the inside, which is probably very much like their own "inside" which they don't let others see......... I hope all of this is clear.......
  47. 6 points
    Alan

    Christian and Depression

    Celina, at this point, not knowing you personally, or why you are going through your depression, I feel it would be difficult to answer your questions completely. I will give a few thoughts. The Psalms record many things. Among them, the Psalmist, sometimes David, sometimes others, and sometimes the Lord Jesus in prophecy, all go through times of discouragement, trials, verbal persecution from their enemies, and times of doubt; maybe even depression. This world is full of sorrows, heartache, disappointment, and discouragement. If we are the cause of the problem (as David was in Psalm 51), we need to deal with the problem. If we going through the trials of life; then we need to trust in God and have, "the sacrifice of praise." For example: Psalm 43:1-5 is a case in point. We do not know the writer of Psalm 43 The writer in Psalm 43 concludes in verse 5, "Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." With that thought of putting our hope in God, by faith, and praise Him, I will conclude. Hopefully, your trust in the Lord will bring back the health of your countenance. May the Lord bless you. Alan
  48. 6 points
    You are correct. The simple "root" meaning of the word "repent" is to turn from or turn against something. It always means the same thing but has different implications in different contexts. God "turned against" or "turned from" the "evil" He intended for the people of Nineveh after they "turned against"/"turned from" their wickedness. Likewise, pertaining to salvation, "repent" means to "turn from"/"turn against" sin. The Bible says, (speaking of the Comforter, or Holy Spirit) "He shall convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgment...". When the Holy Spirit deals with a person's heart, in order to be saved, that person must fully believe that they are a low-down, wicked, sorry sinner, headed for Hell, and deserve to go there, but at the same time fully believing that God is all good, loving and righteous and casting their soul at the mercy of God. That is turning FROM sin and self TO God. It is all done in the heart, and it can happen in the heart/mind of a deaf/mute quadriplegic who can't move a muscle or call out Jesus' name. It is pure faith, not works.
  49. 5 points
    Doc Flay, Thank you for your testimony. It helps us understand how a sincere Catholic thinks and how it is best to deal with them. You also reminded me of the time a year or so after I was saved and had a discussion concerning a couple of Catholic beliefs to a Catholic Chaplain in the Air Force. Although both of us were friendly to one another, the result was somewhat the same. As I was a new Christian at the time I was I was somewhat taken aback as he did not really care for what the Bible had to say and said that because I did not know the Greek language (which I admitted I did not), and that due to my ignorance in not knowing what the church taught (which at the time I was), I did not know what the Bible really taught. I was dumbfounded at the time as I felt he just didn't care what the Bible clearly taught. Afterwards, it came to my mind that he was religious but lost and cared more about his denominational beliefs, traditions, and ceremonies then the scripture. In my eyes, he used the Bible but did not believe it. He reminded me of the Pharisees. The Lord used that conversation that day in the Chaplains office to help me grow spiritually. Alan
  50. 5 points
    HappyChristian

    The beauty of creation

    Both photos taken by Sakonnie In. Mt. Rainier Mt. Baker
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