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  1. 6 points
    DaveW

    Happy Australia Day

    Happy Australia Day everyone! 26th January 1788 is the day the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove. 11 ships 1400 people, and an evangelical preacher called Richard Johnson, who brought with him 4200 bibles. He preached from Psalm 116: 12, 13 12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. The first Christian message preached on Australian shores was from this passage, by a man who refused to preach good works (when ordered by the governor), instead preaching of salvation by grace through faith.
  2. 4 points
    DaveW

    Better here than.......

    You know there are times when you really shouldn't answer right away? Well..... A lady who has been at our church for about two years (not a member) and comes from an eclectic church background (lots of baggage) has just called my wife to accuse her of not being available outside church, and to complain that another lady is always reporting back to the pastor (me), and a few other things. My wife just rang me upset as anything. She could not get a word in edgeways while this lady just unloaded. Now my wife feels terrible "because she has not been doing enough". My wife is wonderful but she wears things like this heavily, and so this will affect her for a while now. I want to ring this lady and give her an piece of my mind, but I fear I don't have enough mind to spare for things like this. It seems to me that loads of people don't realise that a pastor's wife is not a pastor but the help meet for the pastor, and as such is not is a position to bear this kind of thing. There you go. I THINK I have vented enough now. Thanks for listening........
  3. 4 points
    Jim_Alaska

    A need for Bible College?

    The Bible Institute taught by local pastors is a good one if there are other local pastors in the area. I had a part in that type of training while I was in Alaska. It was very successful and needy at the time, since we were training two missionary families that were to go to Magadan, Far East Russia and they had very little time to prepare. This way they could still live at home, tend to things needing to be done before they left, like selling their homes and other needful things. This was almost thirty years ago, they were very grateful for this type of opportunity, established two churches there with local pastors and returned home to missionary work in Alaska, One of them is pastoring a sister church to our original one in Alaska, which was started by the same missionary that started our original church. As to BroMatt's OP, I think Bible colleges can be good if they are sound on doctrine and curriculum and only if sanctioned by a local NT Church.
  4. 4 points
    Rebecca

    The beauty of creation

    Hermit crabs are an interesting critter. They use the empty shells of other critters for their protection since they don't grow their own shells. Usually when they outgrow the shell they are in they have to go in search of an empty shell large enough to fit them, and if another Hermit crab is nearby that also needs to upgrade they will wait in line to take the hand-me-down shell. I thought I was witnessing that when I saw these three Hermit crabs surrounding a larger shell. However, it turns out that there was a fourth crab inside the large shell! Two crabs were trying to evict the one in the large shell while the smallest was just waiting for the winner to leave its shell so it could take it over. I wasn't able to stay to the end of the fight to see the outcome, unfortunately.
  5. 3 points
    Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to save your wicked soul from God's judgement in Hell and, been indwelled with the Holy Spirit? If so, you cannot be lost: ever. Please read the following verse carefully. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. #1. If you possess(hath) everlasting life....it's "everlasting" #2. "Shall not" means "condemnation" is never going to happen. There are other verses but this one should be sufficient for now.
  6. 3 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    This is a lava rock on the coast of east Taiwan.
  7. 3 points
    DaveW

    Better here than.......

    I should add a couple of things: 1. My wife does far more than many Pastor's wives that I know. Everyone is different and I know several Pastor's wives with severe health issues which restrict them. They would do more if they could. But I know of some Pastor's wives who put 100% into being the best wife and mother they can be, and they cannot be derided for that either. My wife seems to find the energy to do it all - I have to tell her to rest and then it is under sufferance, which is why the accusations were so hurtful to her. 2. Whilst there are no quals that I have ever found, I do think that a Pastor's wife, being his help meet for him, should do more than your average "Mature Christian Lady". 3. The lady involved is obviously having a hard time herself right now (hurting people hurt people - it is true) and I did not give her a piece of my mind partly because I knew about some of this (and partly because I can't go giving away pieces of my mind - I have precious little left right now!). I am not even sure she knows or understands what she did. It really was better here than...…… direct to her. I needed a place to vent that would not harm her, and I do appreciate those of you who were no doubt inclined towards blasting me holding off on that course.
  8. 3 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Better here than.......

    I looked up the biblical qualifications and requirements of a pastor's wife... Hmmmm...Wait... I thought it said something about being the piano player, secretary, phoster club director, nursery director, or something like that. It's got to be in there somewhere... Hahaha! Hope and pray your wife isn't too stressed over it all.
  9. 3 points
    PastorMatt

    A need for Bible College?

    100% agree.
  10. 3 points
    DaveW

    A need for Bible College?

    We have a bible institute that is taught by local pastors. That means that a man can stay serving at the church where he was saved, grew, and was called to service, but still get a rounded "education". Interestingly, of the four pastors currently involved we have one who was "big Bible college" (Heartland actually), one who was "small local college", one who was "evening Bible institute", and one was "direct mentored" by his pastor (with no "formal bible college education at all). We have an ongoing discussion about the differences, but all of us accept that options are useful and each of us has a valid preparation. __________________
  11. 3 points
    This was a national debate over here not so long ago. Bread or roll....... For the record, I prefer a snag angled from corner to corner of a square piece of bread, topped with fried onion, and drizzled in tomato sauce, then fold the bread around it all. But if I get given a bun, I am gracious enough to consume it without grumbling. And I am serious about it being a national debate - news stories, stations taking votes of their viewers/listeners, even the politicians getting involved. But everyone knew it was just for fun. Mostly. Sorta.
  12. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    In one post you say "Eternal life does NOT depend on works." And in a post directly before it you say: "As i have stated if we are faithful, committed to serving our Lord, trying to obey and do what is right, we have no fear. " This is works for salvation if we have to DO anything. So which is it, works or no works?
  13. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. It's not my salvation to lose. The deal (covenant) was made in eternity past between God The Father and God The Son. The ONLY part I have in Salvation is accepting it. Once I accept it there is no provision in God's Word to un-accept it, or discard it.
  14. 3 points
    John Young

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    If you could "lose" or CHOSE TO LEAVE eternal Salvation then an all knowing God would have never given it to you in the first place. Ephesians 1:4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
  15. 3 points
    DaveW

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    Answer a few questions for me please: 1. What names does God use for "Salvation life"? (I will give you these ones) There are two main ones: Everlasting life, and Eternal life. 2. If something is everlasting, what does that mean exactly? 3. If something is eternal, what does that means exactly? 4. If something can end, was it EVER everlasting? 5. If something can end, was it EVER eternal? With all the verse arguments that go on, sometimes people forget the simple facts. God, not men, calls Salvation life both everlasting and eternal. These names can only properly be used to refer to something that was, is, and always be eternal or everlasting. If God says something is eternal, and then it ends - for any reason whatsoever - then that makes God a liar. If God says something is everlasting, and then it ends - for any reason whatsoever - then that makes God a liar. Now remember, these are not my names for salvation life, but God's names. So one last question: Why would God use terms that indicate that salvation life is both eternal and everlasting, if that salvation life can be lost in way for any reason? He would be lying in His use of those terms. I know I haven't quoted any verses "Proving" you can't lose your salvation, but you all the verses I am talking about: Mat 25:46 (46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Mar 10:30 (30) But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Joh 3:15 (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Joh 3:16 (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Joh 3:36 (36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Joh 4:36 (36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. Joh 5:24 (24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Joh 5:39 (39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Joh 6:27 (27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. I could of course go on, but you get the idea. And of course I know this is a really simplistic argument, but if it is so simple, then it should be a breeze to answer - but no one has ever explained it away to me. Eternal and everlasting are God's names for salvation life, and if salvation can be lost, then it is not everlasting nor eternal and NEVER WAS.
  16. 3 points
    BALONEY! Please allow me to LEEK a little iinformation for you. The last THYME that I MUSTARD enough energy to KETCHUP on important things in life, it was needful, because I had been working 12-16 hours a day...7 days a week...for several years. I had to STEW over my predicament for quite some time afterward. I was tired, and my countenance was PASTE-like. LETTUCE move beyond this. Perhaps we can learn to SQUASH our differences, and STEAK a claim; in that, to KETCHUP or not to KETCHUP...there is no question. We all must KETCHUP on some things at some point. Posted with love, respect, and admiration to my brothers and sisters of Online Baptist. If I could give you each a FLOUR, I would. Respectfully, NN
  17. 3 points
    NO NO NO -- when things need to be done, the energy is to be MUSTARD that no KETCHUP be required..
  18. 3 points
    My wife, upon hearing all this, said, "Hast thou considered that thou mayest just be a picky old man?"
  19. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    A Valentine Praise

    Happy Valentine's Day to all. What a difference a year makes! Today the sun is shining brightly. Last year we were having a "snowmageddon," as it has been dubbed. This time last year (Val. Day was on Thursday), my husband had gotten home early from his client's house because he had a slip-and-fall on black ice. Thus began a journey of healing that isn't done yet. Randy is better - much, much better - although he still has a ways to go to complete healing. The rip in his thigh muscle healed well, and the hematoma should be mostly, if not completely, drained (his doc said it was the biggest hematoma that he had ever seen and that it would take, at minimum, a year to heal). The foot still gives Randy problems - pain and swelling. But even that is better than it was, thankfully! We know there are certain foods that cause inflammation in his foot, so he either completely avoids those foods or eats them sparingly (dairy is a big inflamer...and something he likes very much! So that is sparingly consumed.) His CK levels were through the roof when he had his accident (that can damage the kidneys), but they came down nicely. They are just a tad elevated right now (blood tests this week showed that), but not in any way a danger. His triglycerides were over 1,000 - supposed to be around 150. Keto eating brought them down to just under 700 6 months ago. This week, they are down to just under 400. Amen and praise the Lord! The cardiologist is happy with his dietary changes and with the improvement in his count. He is still in the pre-diabetic range with his A1C, but we're pretty sure that is because he isn't able to exercise like he should (also likely the reason for the CK slight rise). Walking is good, but he still can't do that for long. We haven't been able to get an exercise bike yet, but it is on the list. I think that will help in a number of ways. Randy has always planned something special for Valentine's Day. Last year we spent the bulk of it at the emergency room, followed by an 18 day stay in the hospital. Pretty special, eh? LOL We are so thankful for the way God has worked. So, once again, Happy Valentine's Day to all. Remember two things: #1. God is good, all the time, and #2. This, too, shall pass.
  20. 2 points
    Alan

    A Valentine Praise

    We are very happy and thankful for the blessings in your life. We are also happy for the spirit that you have during the times of adversity. All of which is a fine testimony.
  21. 2 points
    Ukulelemike

    Christians and Politics

    Simple: In a President, we don't support the man, so much as the office. We also trust that, if God ordains the powers that be, then He ordained that gay man to be president, and we trust He has a reason for it. The rules here don't change-remember, those rules were set in scripture when the Caesars were ruling, and they were horrible, wicked men who considered themselves gods; so then the Lord had Paul write to respect those wicked men-how much different is that from today? God ordains the powers. It is kind of like supporting Israel: We don't support all they do and believe, because they are still basically a secular nation, and are still antagonistic to Christ; rather, we support them because the Word tells us to, and in doing so, we are obeying God. As well, there is not a list of qualifications for a temporal leader, the way there is for a pastor, in scripture; that is why we can rightly take a stand against a man who is an open, wicked sinner of that sort. We still take a stand against a homosexual becoming President by voting against him-it is our vote that we will need be concerned to give an account for, not for who wins, in such a case. And if he DOES win, then we don't support his wicked lifestyle, any more than we did Clinton's, but we respect the office and the laws of the land, insofar as it doesn't disagree with scripture.
  22. 2 points
    Alan

    Better here than.......

    Sometimes, like the three friends of Job, even his wife, other people miss-judge us in our service to the Lord and cause anguish of heart. Like Job, let us not, as they sometimes come across, 'curse God and die.' Take heart and, like David at Ziklag, encourage yourself, and your wife, in the Lord!
  23. 2 points
    Ukulelemike

    Christians and Politics

    Believers need to get back to the biblical truth that God ordains the powers that be, and that, unless they take stands specifically against God and His commands, we are to obey them as obeying the ordinances of God. That goes for Trump, as it did for Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, etc, all the way back to Washington. God will have His way in this, and every other country, and He will use the powers that be that He puts into place to do it. As such, we ought to honor them as they whom God has placed into positions, pray for them to do well, to be blessed, to be saved, to have God's wisdom. Trump is far from perfect, but he is far more interested in doing well by the country, by its laws, and at least gives good lip service to God and Christian rights. I don't know if he is saved: he is surrounded by false prophets and money-grubbing wolves who will never dare tell him his need for salvation, but we need to pray the Lord will bring someone who will tell him, and pray he is saved.
  24. 2 points
    PastorMatt

    A need for Bible College?

    No worries. We have no problem with you posting a link to a college you endorse, but we also would like to hear what your thoughts are as well.
  25. 2 points
    Female pastor, charismatic activity going on, misapplication of the scriptures big red flag to me!
  26. 2 points
    John Young

    These Foods Do NOT Belong Together

    Is that stuff were they take all the rotten veg covered in mites and grind it all up? we call that compost here.
  27. 2 points
    Ketchup: on meat? depends on the quality and the kind. Burgers, yes, with mustard, maybe bleu cheese. Steak? Maybe, if tough. Eggs? Never. Tacos? Never. Pineapple on pizza? Sure, why not? I like it okay, but prefer pepperoni, spicy, preferably. Mayo? Only on a BLT or Club sandwich, or in a tuna sandwich, with some mustard. Nowhere else. Turkey and cranberry? Never thought I'd like it til I tried it, and I liked it. Oh, mayo on that, too. Onions? Peel, cut, chop, throw in garbage. It is a little known fact that onions are grown directly in Satan's armpits. Cheese and apple? Love it! Cheese and peanut butter? Love it, (crunchy only, please) Peanut butter and apple? Love it. Of course, I love good cheese all the time, of all kinds. Tried it once in Australia-reminded me of salty bicycle grease. Never tried salty bicycle grease, but my guess is it would taste like vegemite.
  28. 2 points
    This is why I stay up North. You all are weird.
  29. 2 points
    Not a Hebrew National, Jim. They blend with the ketchup, mustard, and bread (sorry, we didn't have any buns hehe) to make one GOOOOOD dog! I'm so glad it didn't put you into a PICKLE. Wouldn't want any bitterness SPROUTing, right? As ESCAROLE through this thread, it still makes me laugh. It is THYME for me to go to church now, so ICEE ya'll later.
  30. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    Gregg, the examples that you've given had to do with earthly/physical happenings. Salvation is spiritual. Man can do nothing of his own merit or works to earn salvation, nor can his merits or works cause him to remain saved or cause the loss of salvation. His merits and works can make his relationship with God stronger, or his merits and works can break his fellowship with God...but not his relationship with God. The word "saved" is an interesting word...it is a past-tense verb that defines past, present, and future happenings... I was "saved" many years ago. I am "saved" today. I will be "saved" in the future. No man can pluck us from his hand...and "no man" includes our self. Christ said that if any man will come to him, he will not cast them out. To say that we can lose salvation is to say that Christ is a sinner. Lying is a sin.
  31. 2 points
    DaveW

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    So in other words you, like everyone else I have asked, cannot answer the simple matter of the names God chose to use for salvation life, but choose instead to sidestep, redefine, and ignore the plain and basic truth. Eternal life cannot be eternal if it ends for any reason. Everlasting life isn't and NEVER WAS everlasting if ends for any reason. And OF COURSE we want Scriptures for your points. We are not interested in Calvin's lies and false doctrines.
  32. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S

    1 John 5:13 (KJV) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Written in the present tense, not a future event.
  33. 2 points
    LYDIA WESTERN

    Cherith

    Cherith Thy camp is pitched by Cherith stream, The hamlet of thy love, thy means, And running low the crystal drains away, Sinks into the burning sand, the hardened clay. From its waning freshness thy spirit found its share, And foolish fear has told thee thy Jesus doesn’t care. That little shall drain till nothing left But turbid leagues of hearts bereft. Greater eyes have seen the stream has dried, The fainting spirits died. And comes the voice of One beholding, Guiding words, His new unfoldings. Get thee hence, my will is thy supply. Let Cherith’s blessings die, If once supplies thy soul hath cherished Turned to dust and perished. Let Jesus be thy guide. He shall not mock nor disappoint thee. Trust his promise for the need. New morning joy, the night its fears assuage, And wipes the burning tears away. L.Western
  34. 2 points
    That's it! I'm starting a new movement...a new charity...a new cause! Save the Ketchup Donations accepted at nonicolaitans.org to help save ketchup from extinction.
  35. 2 points
    Alan

    Making America Great Again

    I am not sure why and it is a serious matter. But, I will give two thoughts. A year or two ago, I read a well thought out article on why Trump has not pared down the debt of the U. S. that may, or may not, have a bearing on the Virginia situation. I forgot where I read the article. Maybe it was on, "The New American." The New American has a lot of good, well-written, articles concerning globalism, conservatism, laws, the agenda of the left leaning liberals, etc... Here is the link to The New American. https://www.thenewamerican.com/ 1. Trump has a history of tackling one major item at a time. Trump knows that the debt is unrealistic and harmful to America. He also realized that in order to pare down the debt he would have to do some major, and I mean major, cutting of a lot, not just some, of the social programs in the U.S. At that time Trump stated that in his second term he would tackle the debt program. 2. Everything, or at least almost every thing, every decision, every cost-cutting item, every immigrant situation, the "wall," etc... has been bitterly fought against by both the Democrats and the liberal Republicans. And, almost every decision that Trump has made has been contested in the courts. At the time of the article that I read that until Trump has two more things in his favour he would not seriously cut down the debt. Here are the two items. 1. He had to have a majority in the Supreme Court and more conservatives in the lower courts. 2. He needed a majority in both the House and the Senate. In the article it was mentioned that in his second term he would be able to do more to help undo the mess our country is in.
  36. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    These Foods Do NOT Belong Together

    I don't have the answer, but I agree. For instance eggs, I like the taste of eggs, why would I dump Ketchup on them?
  37. 2 points
    DaveW

    Away for anniversary

    3 bears carpark and surf breaks in the background, our old Cruiser in the fore.
  38. 2 points
    OLD fashioned preacher

    Major changes

    The current pastor has been here 15 yrs, he was on another res for 23 yrs prior. About 30 yrs ago he spent 1 yr as the res museum's alligator wrestler. The current main alligator wrestler has attended the church a few times. This Sunday morning he and the Seminole Princess and Jr. Princess are supposed to be in the service when I preach. Please pray, I'm sure they've heard the gospel from Bro. Payne, but Billy (the gator wrestler) is still trying to hold Seminole spirit traditions and play around the edge of Biblical Christianity.
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