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  1. 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!
    7 points
  2. 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
  3. 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.
    5 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Praying for the family. I remember him and his encouraging words from my previous visits here.
    5 points
  7. 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
  8. Wow, that was sudden. Please, Lord, comfort his family.
    4 points
  9. DaveW

    Pray for Myanmar

    I got a report from an evangelist friend who has been visiting Myanmar over the last several years. He is keeping in touch with his local Christian contacts and the other day got a report. It is certainly not improving from the reports earlier in this thread. Keep them in prayer.
    4 points
  10. My local church is changing it's name from Decatur Chapel (Happy may remember us by that) to Decatur Baptist. We're still adhereing to the IFB tenets, instead of moving away from them. Probably wouldn't set well with the liberal leaning crowd for us to be going the other way.
    3 points
  11. This distinction is critically important Bro. Matt. I have started a series of adult Sunday School lessons at our church that makes this distinction very clear. It is a series on church history in which the main theme is that it is not the name "Baptist" that is important, it is the doctrine. I have never heard this taught in the context of church history. Most try to teach that one can trace an unbroken line of churches or baptisms and trace church history. I don't believe it. But I do believe that we can know a true New testament church by their doctrine, which will be the same doctrine
    3 points
  12. We had some of our own go on deputation in the past and they had to go the extra mile explaining we're not a non-denominational local church. One said she thought it might have cost her some support but we can't know those things for sure. We had changed our sign out front to reflect we were and Independent Baptist some years back but retained the Decatur Chapel on it. It will help folks in the the area know where we stand, to some degree. We're having a new website built too, when it's finished I'll share with you all.
    3 points
  13. The doctrine is more important than the name, so I'm glad that you are changing the name to reflect your position.
    3 points
  14. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    The pastor friend in Myanmar sent this message: “Last night, around 9:30pm, our neighbor was taken away. All street lights were out and dark. Please continue to pray for our safety and protection of God. My wife was so terrified. We were up the whole night. I will delete it again.” ______ Just sending that short message could put him and his family in danger, so he deleted it after sending. The people there are living in a state of terror, never knowing when they will be dragged from their homes to an unknown fate. The people are being worn down physically and emotionally, it's
    3 points
  15. Alan

    Pray for Myanmar

    We were reading Psalm 9 in our devotions this evening and while we were reading verse 8 the situation in Myanmar, Burma, came to mind. "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." Psalm 9:8. It our prayer that the Lord will bring refuge for the Christians in Myanmar in the current oppression and troubles that they are going through.
    3 points
  16. Chapter 1 is an overview of creation, while chapter 2 concerns the creation of man and what occurred on, primarily, day six in relation to man. Genesis 1 is absolutely literal, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. Even the terminology used, "Day" "Evening," and "Morning" make it clear it is meant to be literal, the earth is about 6000 years old. Notice, as well, in Gen 1, God created the birds from the sea, while in chapter 2, from the ground. A contradiction? Not at all. God created one of each kind of animals in the garden specifically so that, 1: Adam could name them, 2, so Ada
    3 points
  17. Well of course, the dating doesn't match biblical timelines, so no, a 10, 500 year old basket cannot exist, and doubtful there's a 6000 year old skeleton, as this area wouldn't have been excepted from the flood. I suspect they're all from roughly the same time period, probably around the 2nd century AD, though the only items they could actually definitely date would be the coins, since coins are datable due to either an actual date on them, or the imagery on them.
    3 points
  18. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    Things are indeed growing worse. There is so much I was going to say, but as an update, I will simply copy/paste what a local wrote: Dear praying brethren I am writing this Report with a broken and trembling heart. My eye is filled with sadness and tears of hurt. First of all I want to beg you to pray for our safety and protection. It is my prayer that the angel of the Lord will continue to surround every home in our country. Latest Update From the day that the M-C took control over the country which was February 1, there was a
    3 points
  19. Alan

    The Local Church.

    Enoch – A Type of the Church Age Saints Enoch was a saint, a man of faith, who lived a holy life in the wickedness of the ante-antediluvian age. Enoch walked with God and pleased God. “Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” The mind, the thoughts, and the daily life of Enoch was in heart agreement with God and all of His ways. The Chinese have this proverb to explain the mind of Enoch with the mind of God, 俗語說「同心同德。」Translated to English it means, “To be of one mind.” Or, “Same heart, same virtue.” Enoch is a saint that is an example for every Christian to emulate.
    3 points
  20. "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." J.S. Bach
    3 points
  21. Alan

    The Local Church.

    The next installment will occur as soon as I get out of this traffic jam.
    3 points
  22. Yes, they weren't there, because they didn't need to be there in the original language-it was added for clarification, because it didn't translate directly into English the way it read in the Greek. So yes, it was added, but the thought was there, it just didn't translate. Some thing. Like Spanish has certain word that are in the female sense, and some in the male sense, Hermano and hermana, both of which translate as friend, but one, we would write as male friend, the other as female friend, because English doesn't have all the words words to specify male and female that way; (those we had, l
    2 points
  23. Thank you so much for the information. We'll be praying for you and all these churches in Canada. I cant imagine what it is like. So sad to see this stuff take place all over the world. Protesting in large groups acceptable...church meeting in large groups... illegal.
    2 points
  24. This church is about 30 minutes from us. It is the church that had its pastor jailed for 5 weeks because he couldn’t agree to bail conditions that violated his conscience (ironically, the consequences for his charges would have merited only fines, not imprisonment). Basically, the church chose not to comply with the unscriptural demands of the health services to limit attendance to 15% capacity (which practically means no physical distancing), and they refuse to enforce masking (because it is a personal health decision). The last few weeks, they have had capacity crowds, with more listening fr
    2 points
  25. Do they have the security walls around Capital in the virtual tours? I want my tour to be realistic. lol
    2 points
  26. SureWord

    Easter

    I knew you'd show up for this one "steelmaker". No way Herod would have delivered Peter to the Jews to be killed as that would have been illegal according to Roman law. This is why the Jews brought Jesus to Pilate. Ultimately, it would have been Herod that murdered him incurring the favor of the Jews.
    2 points
  27. John Young

    Easter

    Ten Years after the resurrection of Christ we find that the church in Jerusalem is prospering and the Jews are becoming more and more jealous of the popularity of Christ. This was particularly felt during the Passover week (days of unleavened bread), as the Christians focused less on the Exodus aspects of Passover and more on the Christian aspects culminating with Easter (sunrise) morning Resurrection on the first day of the week after. On this tenth anniversary of the crucifixion Herod wanted to please the Jews by harassing the church by taking Apostle James and executing him. Seeing thi
    2 points
  28. Yes, I believe that was from the movie "Expelled", very good. He really boxed Dawkins into admitting what he didn't want to admit: that there HAD to be an intelligent source for life. Later, Dawkins claimed he was 'tricked' into saying it, even though he had the right to have them remove that footage of the show. He is a whiner. Another issue with the Urey-Miller experiment, was that about 97% of what the experiment produced was a toxic tar sludge that had to be immediately removed, or it would have killed the few amino acids produced. So either the slidge, or oxidation, both had to be
    2 points
  29. I agree. There's a video in YouTube with Ben Stein confronting Dawkins about this. Even if we were genetically engineered from apes where did the "engineers" come from? It takes more faith to believe what they believe than to believe the God of the Bible created us.
    2 points
  30. I just ask, "So, where did THEY come from? And did they plant the universe in place, as well? Did they supply the open space to put the universe into? You can't have aliens without having the same questions of origins.
    2 points
  31. Many secular scientists are abandoning evolution for intelligent design because of the many failures of the theory. Unfortunately, they have aliens designing us. I think even atheist Richard Dawkins has moved towards this position, at least, he suggests it's possible. Anything but believe in an almighty creator God.
    2 points
  32. "Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior." John Newton
    2 points
  33. Climate! Yes and the world wide catastrophic flood changed the climate and which is still returning to its pre-flood state even today. So carbon dating is not a reliable source.
    2 points
  34. Alan

    Pray for Myanmar

    The situation in Myanmar, or Burma, has affected Chinese, or Taiwanese, businesses in Burma. Because there are both Chinese businesses from Mainland, or Communist China, and Chinese, or Taiwanese, businesses from Taiwan. Many local Burmese citizens can hardly distinguish from the two countries. So, the Taiwan Government Agency, “The Overseas Community Affairs Council has suggested that all Taiwanese citizens fly the Taiwan flag on their business. “The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) yesterday warned Taiwanese businesses operating in Myanmar of the highly risky situation in the n
    2 points
  35. No. Chapter 2 is about the creation of Eden, which does not contradict Chapter 1. Please re-read a KJ Bible.
    2 points
  36. Funny how it all dates to around the 2nd century AD, yet included is a 10,500 year old basket??? Funny how that lasted from even before the creation of the universe. And a 1000 year of cache of coins? AND a 6000 year old skeleton?So people were storing things in this cave from 10,500 years ago, to 1000 years back? The numbers aren't adding up.
    2 points
  37. Very well done Bro. Alan. It was worth waiting for.
    2 points
  38. Jim_Alaska

    The Local Church.

    OK Alan, the time you posted this was two hours ago; where is the next installment? A whole two hours has gone by .
    2 points
  39. Alan

    The Local Church.

    Lesson # 5b Revelation 1:4 & 11, “The Calling Out of the New Testament Church From the Earth.” The objective of this study, “The New Testament Church,” has been to discuss the passages of scripture that pertain to the local church. I have attempted to abide by that objective. The objective in this lesson is one: At what point does the local church, the body of Christ, cease to be on the earth and all of the saints in the church are assembled in heaven. In this lesson we will be looking at two passages, the words of the Lord Jesus in Revelation 1:19 and the fulfillment as written
    2 points
  40. 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.
    2 points
  41. Except for the ham, it's "just like" the sixth day when twice as much in abundance was provided generously by God to be more than enough, yet not too much, for two days.
    1 point
  42. SureWord

    Changing Our Name

    My pastor friend in PA did the same his church went from Haymaker Chapel to Country Chapel Baptist Church.
    1 point
  43. Jim_Alaska

    Changing Our Name

    This is wonderful, sounds like a move in the right direction in a day when some are dropping the name Baptist. Shame on any who do!
    1 point
  44. SureWord

    Who wrote this?

    If I may chime in there's nothing that I know of that states that Moses actually wrote the Pentateuch. But remember, holy men of God SPAKE (not wrote) as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. It's definitely his words yet there are passages that probably weren't written by him like Numbers 12:3 and Joshua 24:26 suggests Joshua may have written down the words of the Pentateuch. Now in Jeremiah 36 when Jeremiah tells Baruch to write down the words that God gave him and read them to king Jehoiakim who preceded to cut up the leaves and toss them into a fire. Baruch was then commanded by Jeremia
    1 point
  45. "In a new reality where there is more content than we can possibly consume, we need to develop the necessary discipline to recognize the danger in drinking from a bottomless mug." ~ Ed Stetzer
    1 point
  46. Here is a good video from Answers in Genesis, called, "Science Confirms a Young Earth - The Radioactive Dating Methods are Flawed," given by Dr. Andrew Snelling from Australia. Dr. Snelling examines the science, and assumptions, used in the Carbon Dating method. Dr. Snelling proves that the carbon dating method is flawed with three major assumptions. Therefore, proving that the carbon dating method is not accurate but flawed.
    1 point
  47. 1Timothy115

    Quotations Anyone?

    It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. - Niccolo Machiavelli
    1 point
  48. SureWord

    Quotations Anyone?

    If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. - George S. Patton
    1 point
  49. SureWord

    Calvinism

    Because you don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Too much cancel culture among Fundamentalists.
    1 point
  50. According to a reliable source: the whale died of indigestion. The SPCA arrested Jonah and was fined for cruelty to an animal.
    1 point
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